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.

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.

Top Kamen Rider Belts/Transformation Devices

I will make a new countdown today, because it’s been a while. This time I’m looking at my top ten Kamen Rider Belts or Transformation Devices! If you don’t know what Kamen Rider is, it’s basically a normal everyday man (or woman) who gets supernatural powers from a type of belt.

Sometimes this belt is alien in technology, and sometimes it is actually manmade. Sometimes, it’s not even a belt at all. Either way, this helps them turn into the titular Kamen Rider. And some of these belts look really cool.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mega Ulorder (Kamen Rider Ghost) and Gamer Driver (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid)

I put both on here because both look really appealing, just not appealing enough to be on the list. The Mega Ulorder is a very unique transformation device, in that it’s actually wristmounted, something usually saved for Kamen Rider’s sister series Super Sentai. It’s beautiful silver and transluscent green highlights give this the spectral, yet technological feel of Necrom, who this belongs to. The Gamer Driver on the other hand…
is a huge nostalgia bomb. From the font used on it, to its bright neon pink and green colors. Coupled with the fact its used by a LOT of main riders and you get a spectacle for the eyes. Plus I love both for having astounding voices. Yes, some of the transformation devices DO talk. The Mega Uloader has a deep, perfect English speaking voice. The Gamer Driver’s gashats have the wonderful voice of famed Japanese singer Hironobu Kageyama, known for singing a LOT of Super Sentai songs, and Dragon Ball Z’s Japanese theme song. Both however, jsut werent good enough to make the cut.

#10: Kingstone (Kamen Rider Black)

The Showa era of Kamen Rider, from the first series in 1971 to Black RX in 1990, all had very simple but effective belt designs. The Kingstone is lone such belt. It has a very simple design, being a silver box with a bright red circle in it. But this is very fitting for the technological, yet alien lore of Kamen Rider Black. All it does is flash during a finisher or during transformation and that’s enough to put it on this list. But it’s its placement and lore behind it that also put it here: being crafted by the evil alien cult Golgom, trying to turn innocent Kotaro and his brother into slaves for their cult. While they managed to brainwash his brother, and force the other Kingstone into him, Kotaro resisted and chose to defend the earth from their tyranny using his own Kingstone, and unlocking its secrets. Truly great.

#9: Typhoon (Original Kamen Rider)

The OG belt. Simple. A classic. I could just end it there, but there’s more. While it may look overly simple, the logo inside the belt splits open to reveal a spinning fan, and using the power of the wind, turns Takeshi Hongo into the very first Kamen Rider. This simple belt birthed a legacy of a series spanning over 45 years. That alone is enough to put it on here.


#8: Decadriver (Kamen Rider Decade)

Decade, to put it bluntly, is an awful series. It spits in the face of the Rider series, and it was painful to sit through even one episode. However, compliments go to this belt. This was the first belt to use a collectible gimmick, in the form of cards. To use this, you pulled on the sides of the belt, slotted in a card with its back face away from you, and pushed the sides back in. This belt takes the simplicity of the original Showa era series and mixes it with a bit of the refined bits of the Heisei era series. Plus, it really looks like it naturally belongs there, if that makes any sense.

#7: Genesis Driver (Kamen Rider Gaim)

This particular belt takes the more technological approach. Actually, all of Gaim did considering that both belt types used in the series were handcrafted by the main villain. I liked this one just a bit more then the Sengoku Driver though, because it feels a lot more technological. You “unlock” your Energy Lockseed, insert into the front of the belt, lock the Lockseed back up, and push the level to the side inwards like a fruit juicer. Yes, Gaim is very out there. But a spectacular kind of out there. This is also both a goofy looking, but admittedly unsettling belt. To me, the “straw” part of it, always gave me the impression of exposed wires. And considering what happens to the users of this belt in the series, it might as well be.

#6: Den-O Belt (Kamen Rider Den-O)

Had to use the toy version of this, because it was hard to find a good quality pic of it in show. Anyway, the sleekness of this belts design really fits in with the time travel and bullet train motif. To transform, or trainsform if you will. Simply press a colored button and slide the pass over the front of the belt. I wont repeat myself saying its simple and effective but, it really is. Plus, you get 4 unique forms right out of the gate without buying extra accessories!

#5: Meteor Driver (Kamen Rider Fourze)

The planetarium design of this belt really fits the motif of Fourze’s space theme. Not only that, it fits utterly perfectly for Meteor. It practically blends right into the suit, which is a beautiful suit by the way. To transform, insert the translucent blue “switch” into the belt, and pull really hard on the small silver lever on the left. The belt will announce in it’s fantastically wonderful voice “Meteor Ready?” and after a short, looping jingle plays, push down on the blue circle on the left of the belt to transform. I cant really say much else, except that it also lights up beautifully in the show and in the toy.

#4: Alter Ring (Kamen Rider Agito)

Going back to simplistic designs, we have the Alter Ring. With a nice gold spinning trim around it, it already catches your attention. While all you have to do is just push the two buttons on the side, or slam them rather, it’s just so beautiful, and as one of my friends says “It makes-a the nice noises”. While I have yet to see Agito, this thing already makes me think this is gonig to be a good series.

#3: IXA Belt (Kamen Rider Kiva)

Oh man, where to begin. The elegantly technological design of this belt fits IXA perfectly. Its bright blues and whites and golds blend into the suit quite well. And, the left part of the belt slides off to activate tranformation. Simply lift off the left part of the belt, push the buttons on the inside of that left part, and slot it back in. I can’t even put into words why I love it so much. I jsut… do I guess.

#2: Break Gunner (Kamen Rider Drive)

Oh Break Gunner, how I love you. Let me count the ways. From being both a weapon and transformation device, to its wonderfully frightening and aggressive voice, to the character who uses this item being one of Kamen Rider’s best. Honestly though, it really is a unique and fantastic design, and the fact its a transformation device, a gun AND a brass knuckle is just genius design work. To transform, simply hold down the big spring on the side for a short bit, then let go. Simple and effective. Plus, rather handy for a fight to transform so quickly.

And number 1…

The Double Driver form Kamen Rider W.

This belt, this belt is just so nostalgic. It was my first Kamen Rider series and man was it good. And the belt, oh is it ever beautiful. It starts off folded up, but after inserting two Gaia Memories in, one in each top slot on the belt, and pushing the sides away, it makes a W. Isn’t that creative? Plus, this thing practically oozes “painstakingly crafted”. Like you can definitely tell this was manmade. I half wish Rider belts could be as good as this, but I half don’t because I want my completely rose tinted goggles to stay like that when it comes to the beauty of this particular belt.

Kamen Rider Ex-aid

Despite this show’s very unusual visuals for a Rider series, it also has the most intricate and well written plot and characters from a Rider series in quite a while.

The story revolves around an intern by the name of Hojou Emu, who is also known in the underground gaming circuit as M. Emu’s personality shifts when he games, from a quiet and meek guy, to a very aggressive and forward person. This also affects him when he transforms into the titular character.

His mission is to cure the world of the Bugster disease and to put a stop to their world ending infection that they hope to spread. He is assisted by Kagami Hiiro, a prodigy in surgery with a major addiction to sweets, Hanaya Taiga, an ex-doctor who lost his medical license 5 years ago, and Kujo Kiriya, a coroner with a habit of telling tall tales. Many other colorful characters come along like the Genm Corp president Dan Kuroto, and the ever hammy Pallad, a strange human with even stranger powers.

The belt this time around is a very bulky neon green and pink mess that I adore known as the “Gamer Driver”, and the collectible gimmicks for this year are strange cartridges known as “Gashats”, a pun in Japanese for the sound a cartridge makes when inserted into a games console. The Gashats are based on different game types like platformers, first person shooters, sports games, and racing games for an example.

So far the series is a quarter complete, with episode 15 going online quite recently. It’s worth a watch, trust me.

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.