Kamen Rider Drive

Yes I have discussed this show before. But not a specific series.

Recently I’ve been watching Kamen Rider Drive, and I think I can safely assume this is my current favorite Rider series.

Basically, the plot of this series revolves around a cop by the name of Shinnosuke Tomari, who finds out that he can use the police’s secret weapon “Drive System”. This system is run by a belt of all things by the name of Krim Steinbelt, affectionately referred to as Mr Belt who may or may not have a human mind and heart in his belt form. With Belt’s help, Shinnosuke becomes Kamen Rider Drive. It’s up to Drive and the rest of the Special Crimes Unit to defeat the Roidmudes, an evil group that can disguise themselves as humans, from causing chaos with their Slowdown abilities.

Slowdown is exactly as it sounds, they slow down time for everyone excluding themselves. Thr only way to break out of it is to have a certain machine that stops Density Shift from affecting you, or having Shift Cars, the collectable gimmick of that series. The leader of the Roidmudes, is the monster with a lot of joy, Heart. His comrades Brain and Medic, both equally as hammy, are part of the Roidmudes as well, along with the ever mysterious Chaser.

Of course, there isnt just one Kamen Rider in Drive, but two! Actually three but thats a spoiler. The other one is Mach, a Japanese man who came back from America to help with the Roidmude case. People rag on him for being too cocky and arrogant, but hey he’s definitely a very interesting rider, especially when the story delves into his backstory. His belt, the Mach Driver, uses Signal Bikes as opposed to Shift Cars, which have similar properties, even having little quirks and personality traits like the Shift Cars did.

Overall, I’m really enjoying the series.

Choujin Sentai Jetman

A show I’ve been recently watching goes under the name “Choujin Sentai Jetman”. It’s a show from the Super Sentai (basically, where Saban gets their footage for Power Rangers from) series, premiering in 1991.

The plot is centered around 5 individuals (Ryu, Gai, Raito, Ako, and Kaori) joining forces against the evil Vyram who plots to destroy planet Earth in their rampage across the universe.

Each of them can transform into one of the 5 Jetman, color coded for your convenience: Ryu is red, Gai is black, Raito is yellow, Ako is blue, and Kaori is white. Each of them are also based on different birds: Hawk, Condor, Owl, Swallow, and Swan.

What I love most about this show is that its actually pretty deep and sometimes even dark at times. That, and the characters are absolutely wonderful, with special mention going to Gai Yuki. Seriously, take everything you know about what a Power Ranger is supposed to be, and turn it on its head. He’s a very aggressive person. He smokes, he drinks, he starts fights and conflicts; and yet, he’s loyal. He cares about his teammates especially Kaori and Ryu (though he tries his best to pretend like he could care less about Ryu.) Even the VILLAINS are interesting, special mention going to Grey and Maria.

Not only that, but the action, cinematography, the suits, and even effects are absolutely amazing for their time. The music is absolutely perfect as well, with the special mention going to “Honoo no Condor”, Gai’s theme. Oh, and remember when I said this series was dark at times? Well, people die a LOT. And no, they don’t come back. That and the action is pretty grizzly at certain points, ESPECIALLY from Gai and Radiguet, one of the more major villains. Now you know why they picked up Zyuranger (which would become Mighty Morphin’ Power rangers) instead of this.

Overall, this series is amazing and I still need to finish it up.