Monday, June 13, 2011
Kamen Rider Episode 14!
This is a pretty monumental episode. We not only have the introduction of Kamen Rider 2, we also have a new opening (with new vocals, by Masato Shimon, who has been the singer for the ending theme since episode 1) a new ending, three new girls, Tachibana's racing club, and the debut of the "Henshin Pose!" That's right, the first character to pose while transforming was NOT Rider 1. The pose itself is explained in greater detail later on, but for now it's just another indication that the show was evolving.
And it is a much better episode than the last handful of Fujioka-less Rider 1 eps. Don't worry, we'll hear about Hongo every so often. And he's back for good in episode 52. For now, we can all enjoy Rider 2's arc, and the awesomeness that is Hayato Ichimonji.
Kamen Rider episode 14:
Do you want to play a fun game in this episode? In the second half of the show, try and see how many times Rider 2 is riding the Cyclone 1 instead of the Cyclone 2. It happens quite a few times! While it's never officially called the Cyclone 2, it's Ichimonji's "offroad" mode for the Cyclone. It's much thinner than the original. There's never any transition shown, this episode. It's just... there, sometimes!
Next week, we'll have Skyrider 09, and the week after that Kamen Rider 15. That's a little cruel of me... you'll understand why, after you watch this week's episode!
Also, many of you seem to like my trivia posts on the blog, facebook, and twitter. If you're interested in more detailed background information, check out our release thread on the /m/subs forums, where user "Scissors Jaguar" (Or, 鋏ジャガー, actually) has even more extensive information on these episodes than I could ever HOPE to have. I'm truly jealous of his skills!