Batchiriminā! Here we go then people. Yes, there's still one episode to go, but the main story has now ended so here's a place for you to scream in agony or ecstasy for the 17th Heisei Rider series, Kamen Rider Ghost!
Maybe this will really start the decline of adult viewer of Kamen Rider....
Why am I not surprised that Drive and Gaim are so high on your list? Most of the harshest criticism from Ghost seems to come from fans of those shows. Some of it is to do with petty "rivalry" between shows but generally, Ghost is a break from the last two years' trend of deliberately courting an older audience (that looks set to continue with Ex-Aid) and I suspect a lot of people don't welcome that. No matter how much some may try to deny that they expect Kamen Rider to be for adults, or dress it up with "Good media for children SHOULD appeal to adults!" - yeah, you're not fooling anyone.
What's wrong with liking Gaim and Drive? You're having a lot grudge with the two shows. For one thing there isn't a 'petty rivalry' between shows. Drive wasn't even adult-oriented but it managed to find a nice balance.
My problem with Ghost isn't about adult or children oriented, the whole delivery was just terrible, simple as that. You can deliver the "good messages" in a much better fashion. but it wasn't persuasive at all.
Toei cut Ghost's budget to finance Amazons, a Kamen Rider series aimed at adults. It is getting another series next year, a big fan event in November, and they will probably continue to make other online streaming shows like it after it ends (to compete with Tsuburaya who are now introducing an "adult" Ultraman.) Gaim, Drive, and now Ex-Aid all deliberately court a periphery demographic: who watches Urobuchi anime? Who remembers 70s-80s cop dramas, or what games were popular in the 90s? Not young children. So, no, I don't think Toei is ignoring adult viewers or that they are likely to stop watching any time soon.
I do find it very telling that your measure of quality for a Kamen Rider series is how much adults like it, despite its being aimed at and marketed to 6-8 year old children.
I know that Kamen Rider series are for children, but you can't tell that when watching Kuuga to Hibiki. There are still hooks there for the adult viewers. Starting from Kabuto, it's gearing more and more toward children. Sure there are still hooks for adults.
But starting from Fourze, feels like they're ramping up their efforts to try eliminating adult viewers from their target demographics....
Akari: Liked the way she was portrayed as a independent woman, doing anything she could to help in battle. Glad they didn't force the romance with Takeru.
I find it strange you would say that when they've built two recent series (and the new one just started) around elements that appeal to adults, created an Amazon Prime show for adults (and will probably make more - Amazons did well, and Tsuburaya's releasing an adult-targeted Ultraman now) and have been releasing more collectibles and V-Cinemas for the sake of older viewers. You can tell just from the Chase movie that they didn't think (or didn't care) many kids would be watching
After 3 years of female lead as love interest and likely next year as well (everything we know about Asuna from Ex-Aid promo material makes her look like a blatant Kiriko copy) it was nice to have the franchise acknowledge women can do things other than fall in love with men.
"Adult" can simply mean "humor that doesn't appeal to kids but still sucks" though. I haven't watched them yet but it seems the Next Generation Sharivan and Shaider V-Cinemas weren't well received.
Three years? Rinko wasn't a love interest in Wizard. Or do you mean Koyomi, who was barely in the show after a while and wasn't really a love interest anyway so much as "we're the survivors of this event and we only have each other". Her and Haruto are more like Shinji and Yui from Ryuki, and those two certainly weren't a couple.
Even Mai wasn't really a love interest, either. Just because Kaito was fond of her (and that wasn't even one of his main goals) doesn't mean anything, and Kouta was just her friend. It's only Drive that placed emphasis on Shin and Kiriko potentially being an item, via Gou teasing them about it. Which frankly I liked. It (Gou's teasing) was cute.
It's funny how if we put the first 20 episodes of Ghost together with the last 25 episodes of Drive, then the combined quality would equal a pretty decent Kamen Rider series. Now if only we could have a Kamen Rider series that's good from beginning to end like Gaim again, that'd be great.