Top Main Kamen Rider Final Forms

I’ve mentioned countless times on this blog my near endless love for this series from Japan. Great action, great suit design, fantastic music and characters. I’m focusing on the suits again, this time on purely the final forms of the series. More specifically, the main rider’s final forms. Consider this a part 1 of the list, since I’m going over ALL of them. #18-#9 is in this part.

#18 – Decade Complete

Lord this suit makes me queasy just looking at it. Who honestly thought card pauldrons were a good idea? I mean, the series was beyond awful, but the original Decade suit looked passable at least. Who thought draining all the color out of it, and adding those beyond ridiculous pauldrons was a good idea? This is why you don’t drink and design. At least later series got back on the ball of designing these final forms with SOME thought to them.

#17 – Faiz Blaster

Now, to the non-Kamen Rider fan, this suit might not look so bad to you. But to the fan, it looks awful. It’s basically a red recolor of the original Faiz suit with a new backpack, and an admittedly sweet gun. To be honest, the only thing saving this from the bottom of the list is the gun. I mean, what can you say about something like this? Next number.

 

#16 – Armed Hibiki

Once again, a recolor of a previous suit the rider had. But instead of it being a recolor of his base form, let’s recolor his previous form but with a bit more armor! If there’s one thing I hate in the KR series the most, its when they recolor entire suits. Seriously, it’s very distracting how obvious it is sometimes. Unless you’re Kamen Rider Genm you have no excuse. Next.

#15 – Shining Agito

Yet another recolor, but at least this one has an excuse. His previous form, Burning Agito, could only truly unleash its power in the sunlight, and when it does it brings forth this form. While extremely basic, it still has a decent enough design to work. The silver and red compliment each other, but man the suit needs more to it to make it stand out among the main rider’s other suits. At least the secondary characters got forms that look better.

#14 – Ryuki Survive

If it wasnt for the chest piece that juts out way more than the picture shows, I would have placed this one higher. The Ryuki suits were fairly boring looking, with the exception of Knight. But when both Ryuki and Knight gain their survive forms, the colors overtake their body, from boring shades of grays and dull blues and reds (red in Ryuki’s case), to bright shades of their respective colors. Ryuki also gets some nice gold trim on his body, making his features pop out even more, alongside gaining antenna. But like I said, his Rob Liefeld chest makes this thing kind of… dumb looking sometimes to say the least.

 

#13 – Hyper Kabuto

Basically, take the inital Kabuto suit, and take off his armor, and gives him a nice split open chest, larger horn, and fins on his arms and legs? Yeah, sounds like a decent enough final form. Despite me really disliking how over powered his form is (LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN.), the suit works decent enough since there really wasn’t much to work with in this era for a bug themed final form. Nowadays theyd think of a lot more bells and whistles to add the suit. Anyway, decent looking suit. Next number

#12 – Drive Type Tridoron

Here’s when I start really liking the suit design. Initially, I didn’t care much for Type Tridoron, or most of Drive’s forms for that matter. But thinking about it some more, I find this suit really fitting. Considering Drive’s initial form was based on his own car already, it makes sense to go all the way for his final form. It’s powers, involving mixing the Shift Cars’ powers to make move combinations is really cool, and the fact that “Mr Belt” takes over sometimes and changes to his personality (with the suit actor matching said personality) is also amazing. It’s a sort of return to form for Rider suits, going for a more basic look instead of being bright and flashy. A nice change of pace.

#11 – PuToTyra OOO

Oh if you live in a Spanish speaking country how unfortunate of a name this thing has. With the combination of the 3 dinosaur Core Medals (Pteradactyl, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus), we get OOO’s PuToTyra form. It’s a very divisive form, with me personally liking it but still preferring his previous form (TaJaDor) to be his final. This thing also had the dumbest arc ever in the series, and was really not worth using. But that was the intended purpose, to not want to use it even in emergencies. The suit itself is a rare breed of purple colored riders. Even nowadays I’d argue we need more of them. The detailing on the suit is nice too, with the emblem now being an armor piece as opposed to painted on. The boots are now dino claws as opposed to shoes as well. It really feels like a monster has been unleashed on the battlefield.

#10 – Den-O Liner

Ending off part 1 of the list, we have Den-O’s arguably final form. Some say it’s Climax form, but Climax would be below Decade Complete on this list if that were the case. Seriously that suit looked awful. This suit, is very sleek, and blends the different colors really well. And yes, that ridiculous thing he’s holding is his sword. A sword with faces. Make of that what you will. Anyway, the suit is really colorful, yet blends them together so well you almost don’t notice they have 8 different colors on the suit alone. The fact that even at Den-O’s strongest form, the main character is still an unbelievably meek and shy person is beyond hilarious, considering this form can destroy buildings just by punching hard enough. Den-O’s notfor everyone, but we can all agree at least this suit looks better than Den-O Climax.

Part 2 coming soon.

Top Ten Favorite Kamen Rider Suits

While I await news on the next Kamen Rider, I decided to make a list of my top ten favorite suits from the Kamen Rider series, excluding the final forms. That is for another time. Also: only one suit per franchise. Sadly this meant certain ones had to get cut out from the list.

Honorable Mention 1: Kamen Rider Wizard (Kamen Rider Wizard)

One of the most elgantly designed main character designs of the show. Seriously, it’s all in that color combo of red and black, and that cloak that Bandai keeps using in its later series of Ex-Aid. The face is also unique: keeping the sort of insect motif while also showing his ring gimmick because of his gemstone like appearance.

Honorable Mention 2: Kamen Rider Zangetsu Melon Arms(Kamen Rider Gaim)

Gaim’s suit designs were pretty good across the board (except for Kiwi Arms and the abysmal Pine Arms) and Zangetsu is certainly no exception. His upgraded “Melon Energy” form looks good too, it’s his sleeker and refined default form that really does it to me. That pure white and toned down green just fit so well. Plus, I love his “weapon”; a shield that’s known as the Melon Defender. It just makes him look that much more like a really cool ancient samurai.

#10: Kamen Rider Orga (Kamen Rider Faiz)

The main villain from the “Paradise Lost” Faiz movie, we have an interesting design in the form of Orga. It’s already interesting in that the villain of this movie is the Horse Orphenoch from the show, but the design itself is unique among Faiz suits. The Faiz suits look amazing: technological and lighter on the armor. This one is heavier on the armor and gives off an almost regal appearance: like THIS is the main villain no questions asked. He also looks almost ancient in a way: the head crest is mostly to blame for that. Once again I have to mention: that amazing cloak. Seriously, more Rider suits need that cloak.

#9: Kamen Rider Meteor (Kamen Rider Fourze)

I’m angry that they ruined this form later by giving it the absolute garbage looking Meteor Storm form. This suit had literally nothing wrong with it! The nice star pattern on his suit, the vibrant blue on his mask and shoulderpad, even the magenta eyes really fit well together to make a beautifully done suit. Even the weapon on his right arm, the Meteor Galaxy, is pretty cool, albeit really ridiculously silly when asked to describe. You punch with holographic planets. Both cool and stupid. Perfect for a show like Fourze.

#8: Wiseman (Kamen Rider Wizard)

This one only barely beat out the other Wizard suits (which look amazing aside from Beast Hyper and the Mages), and that’s because of two things. First reason being, the colors. While I like black and red more, the colors on this suit just blend so well together, making this almost holy looking vibe: making it all the more frightening considering he’s the villain. Plus: the small details of the face. While Wizard has a more refined cut of diamond on his face, Wiseman has a much more crude cut, giving off malice that much more. Also: he’s got a combo of both cloak and a hood: extra points for that.

#7: Kamen Rider Mach (Kamen Rider Drive)

Considering Drive’s vehicles motif, what better secondary rider to a big hulking car and truck based rider, than a sleek refined motorcycle? Seriously, a bright white, red stripes, and long flowing scarf (yes, that red and white striped thing laying across the back there, is a scard) make him a great combo of new and old Rider designs. The big blue eyes are a very nice color offset. Plus the “motor bike helmet” cana ctually be lifted off, revealing that the eyes are one big pair of motorcycle goggles. That’s a very cute touch.

#6: Kamen Rider IXA (Kamen Rider Kiva)

You’re noticing a pattern, aren’t you? Like the fact I love the sleeker designed riders? Well, you’re right. For some reason those riders always appealed to me. IXA is no exception. This time giving off a properly holy vibe, fitting considering not only is the Rider a secondary rider but also if I remmeber correctly, a man of God. I could be wrong though, but still. An amazing looking suit, giving off a highly technological vibe. The golds, whites, and blues of the suit blend well together to make a really good suit, and they blend together WAY better than his Rising form.

#5: Kamen Rider OOO Tajador (Kamen Rider OOO)

OOO was a very mixed bag to some: while the complete combos looked amazing and simple, the mixed or incomplete combos were very awkward to many as well. But suit designs like this more than make up for it: different shades of red and black are all you need. It had a huge effect on the story as well, and had an honestly stunning theme song when brought out. Seriously, look it up. Every second this suit is on screen is eye candy. I’ve got nothing more to say: it’s just fantastic.

#4: Kamen Rider Gills (Kamen Rider Agito)

I apologize for the bad quality of the photo: but I have a good reason for that. Shortly after the filming of Agito, the Gills sit was destroyed by water damage. Maybe making the suit out of a material that didn’t like water and filming TONS of water fight scenes did not help much. Even outside the show, Gills had bad luck. Anyway, being one of the first of the secondary riders along with G3, Gills really stands out from the basic designs of years gone by, looking more evolved and advanced and overall vicious. Those huge horns, and the fact his mouth actually opens up so he can yell make him an utter spectacle to behold during his brutal fight scenes.

#3: Kamen Rider Genm Zombie Gamer Level X (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid)

I’ll just call him Zombie Genm for short. And no, not level 10 (though he does start that way), level X. AS IN THE VARIABLE. Seriously, what a monstrous design: truly threatening from the detailed spine on his back, to the blood red eye and cracked health bar. This guy was the biggest thorn in the main riders’ side for a long time: seriously, 10 episodes in his base form and another 13 for this form. While he reformed eventually, this thing was monstrous, strong, and actually frightening. Seriously, give the suit actor and main actor for the character credit for making Genm the insane madman he is, and for a seriously unforgettable voice and character.

#2: Kamen Rider Skull (Kamen Rider W)

My favorite movie exclusive rider, and one of my favorite Kamen Rider characters. Beyond tragic, and a beyond amazing suit design. It’s as basic as basic can get: a msotly black uniform with a silver skull pattern on the face and a skeleton pattern on some of his chest. A tattered scarf that represents an age ending: and passing it down to the new generation. Something about this suit always makes me love it, despite it ahving the absolute most basic design. I can’t put it into words.

#1: Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms (Kamen Rider Gaim)

What I CAN put into words is my love for THIS suit. With a grandiose design, especially compared to other Gaim suits, and the best reveal in Kamen Rider history, taking on an entire ARMY of troops SOLO. ON A TOWER THAT STRETCHES ABOVE THE CITY. Seriously, it’s no wonder I love the suit so much: it mixes the fruit theme, the Sengoku era theme, and the modern dance era theme of the show in a perfectly blended, no pulp needed, suit. I’d lvoe to see Kamen Rider top this, though I know perfectly well they won’t.

Nintendo Switch

Question: Is a 300-400 dollar console worth it for Mario Kart and Breath of the Wild alone?

Short Answer: Yes.

Long Answer: Yes, and also buy it for a bunch of other games like the Neo Geo games they have on the online shop, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and a bunch of other stuff they have coming out.

Seriously, for Nintendo to pick themselves up from the failure of the WiiU and to do it so fast, is astounding.

Tokusatsu and the Cash Train

Tokusatsu has always been a cash train, ever since Kamen Rider and Super Sentai was a thing. Recently, they’ve been doing “collectable gimmicks” for their series to sell even more toys.

Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on if the show itself is still good.

It also depends if the gimmicks are actually an original idea and arent just cheap things like cards with the characters printed on them. Luckily most of them are just fine, and I still end up trying to buy some of these strange new toys. But, this is of course all up to you.