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SamuraiEchidna

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Kamen Rider Decade might not be good, but it's not nearly as bad as people make it out it be. Could be better, but still not that bad.
 

Toku Prime

Well-Known Member
There was already a thread on this back in the day (here). But then again, it's riddled with posts I made years ago where I really needed to chill out about things that don't really matter, so maybe it should stay forgotten :confused:

But to bring up a few:

I really liked Den-O and Black RX, two seasons that seem to get a lot of hate. On the other hand, I really did not enjoy Agito. It's not quite my least-favorite Rider series (Faiz and the second season of Amazons immediately come to mind as being worse) but it seems to be a lot of fans' favorite season and it's nowhere near that for me.

Foundation X were rubbish in Double and I disliked all the attempts to bring them back.

Kyoryuger is the only toku series that has given me the same beyond-excited feeling that I had watching MMPR as a little kid, so for that alone it's my favorite Sentai.

When I was first getting into toku, it seemed like everyone hated Magi Pink and Deka Pink, but I thought they were front-runners for best members of their respective teams. Similarly, people seemed to despise Gosei Red but I thought he was interesting too, if not a favorite.

I thought Kikaider was pretty crap tbh and yet somehow it spawned a (minor) franchise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Kamen Rider Decade might not be good, but it's not nearly as bad as people make it out it be. Could be better, but still not that bad.
I always say that Decade was a great "shop window" for showing off the previous Riders' suits and powers. Some great music and great fights too. One of the best opening episodes to a Rider series. I even think the plot works quite well as they go through the initial nine worlds, even if it does go to pieces afterwards. Oh, and it's World of Amazon is better than either the original Showa Amazon or recent Amazons TV series.
 

Dr Kain

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The only reason Foundation X is rubbish in W is because nothing came out of the plotline in the long run. Toei once again got scared of trying something new and went right back to their safe place.
 

Toku Prime

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They spent most of the series developing Museum, an evil organization that operates by giving Gaia Memories to random people in a manner resembling drug deals, only to then replace them with Foundation X...an evil organization that operates by giving Gaia Memories to random people in a manner resembling drug deals. Replacing your villains with new ones that are functionally the same. It's like the Natives from Kabuto all over again.

It didn't help that their main on-screen representative was the Utopia Dopant, a character who was both barely any more relevant than a standard monster-of-the-week and quite spectacularly wooden.

It seems like a lot of fans wanted them to come back in subsequent seasons so that they could be the new Shocker...but we already have Shocker. Why would we need two of them?
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
You know, I'd say that Captain Shark should probably be in here, but he'd never set foot in a thread like this. He thinks his misguided opinions are "the truth". :p

I've always thought Den-O's TV series was great, but the tons of movies and crossovers after the show's end are completely unnecessary, and the main reason why people are tired of Den-O.
I also didn't enjoy Agito the first time around either. (wasn't until a second watching with better subs that I began to really enjoy it) I was also a big fan of Faiz. Seems like back in the early Heisei days, the big popular three were Blade, Faiz, and Agito. Chances are, many people discovered Kamen Rider through one of these.
Your feelings on Kyoryuger? Same.
Really?! :eek: People hate Magi Pink and Deka Pink?! .... I don't see why. (Also, never hated Gosei Red. Wasn't exactly hyped about him, but then again, the entire was just kind of bland. Not terrible, but not horrible either. Just middle of the road.)
Decade is best enjoyed if you're familiar with Multiverse theory/tropes, and therefore expect changes going in to it. And coincidentally, I agree that some parallel worlds were better than their original! Because you mentioned it, World of Amazon was interested despite the weak actor they got for him, but I would pay money to see World of Kabuto as a full show!
 

Captain Shark

An ocean of depression and misery
More like I finally got off time from work and yesterday marathoned Raideen The Superior (cool anime but the last ten eps really shoulda been chopped down) while simultaneously watching Jushin Liger and Star Gunman Bismarck as well as stuff I've been watching this season (Price of Smiles, W'z, and Pastel Memories). With all that out of the way time for me to post where I rank things in various franchises.

Godzilla movies (nothing ranked lower than 3/10):
Godzilla vs. Biollante
Invasion of The Astro Monster
Godzilla 1985
Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Godzilla 54 and 98
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
Son of Godzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla: Final Wars
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla 2014
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla Against Megaguirus
Godzilla 2000
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. Gigan
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Godzilla Raids Again
Ebirah, Horror of The Deep
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla's Revenge
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All-Out Attack
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle For Earth
Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Urobuchi Anime Trilogy
Godzilla: Resurgence

Ultra Series (nothing rated lower than 6/10):
Dyna > Gaia > Nexus > Geed > Jack > Mebius > Joneus > Ginga S > Tiga > Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey > Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle > Powered > 80 > Ultraman > Max > Leo > Great > Neos > Taro > Ace > Ultra Seven > Orb > Cosmos > Neo Ultra Q > X > USA > Ginga > Ultra Seven X > Ultra Q > Dark Fantasy > Ultra Fight Victory > Ultra Zero Fight > Nice

Super Sentai (nothing rated lower than 4/10):
Kyuranger (absolute best tokusatsu) > Magiranger > Changeman > Go-Busters > Timeranger > Fiveman > Goseiger > GoGo-V > Zyuranger > Go-Onger > Kyoryuger > Gingaman > Dekaranger > Denziman > Ohranger > Toquger > Shinkenger > Gaoranger > Bioman > Carranger > Zyuohger > Dynaman > Abaranger > Maskman > Goggle-V > Boukenger > Turboranger > Battle Fever J > Ninninger > Flashman > Gorenger > Dairanger > JAKQ > Kakuranger > Jetman > Gekiranger > Sun Vulcan > Liveman > Hurricanger > Megaranger > Gokaiger

Daiei movies:
Wrath of Daimajin > Advent Legion > Guardian of The Universe > Daimajin > The Brave > Vs. Barugon > Return of Daimajin > Vs. Gyaos > Super Monster > Vs. Guiron > The Invincible > Revenge of Iris > Vs. Zigra > Vs. Jiger > Vs. Viras > Kujira Gami > Warning From Space

Non-Godzilla Toho movies:
Rodan
Space Amoeba
Frankenstein Conquers The World
Latitude Zero
Mothra
The Three Treasures
Varan The Unbelievable
The H-Man
Atragon
The Mysterians
King Kong Escapes
War of The Gargantuas
Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon
War in Space
Matango
Gorath
The Battle For Space
Rebirth of Mothra trilogy
Half-Human
Dogora

Kamen Rider:
Drive > Skyrider > OOO > Black RX > Original > Wizard > Decade > Stronger > Fourze > Black > Amazon > Kiva > Super-1 > Agito > J > ZO > Ghost > ZX > V3 > Kuuga > 555 > Hibiki > X > Gaim > Den-O > W > Ex-Aid > Shin > Ryuki > Blade > G > SD > The First > Kabuto > The Next > Build (absolute worst tokusatsu)

Random Tokusatsu series:
Megabeast Investigator Juspion
Space Sheriff Sharivan
Garo: The Makai Flower
Inazuman Flash
Space Sheriff Gavan
Android Kikaider
Garo: The One Who Shines in The Darkness
Space Sheriff Shaider
Extraordinary Zubat
Giant Robo
Tekkouki Mikazuki
Garo: Makai Senki
Inazuman
Super Robot Red Baron
Unofficial Squad Akibaranger Season Pain
Superhuman Machine Metalder
Garo
Iron King
Kikaider 01
Unofficial Squad Akibaranger
Cutey Honey: The Live
Spider-Man 1978
Daitetsujin 17
Zone Fighter
Shougeki Gouraigan
Bio Planet WoO
Daimajin Kanon (worst tokusatsu before Build)

Random Tokusatsu movies:
Death Kappa
Casshern
Agon: Atomic Dragon
Zeiram 2
Zeiram
Guyver 2: Dark Hero
Guyver
Dragon Ball: Evolution
Garo: Beast of The White Night
Space Sheriff Gavan The Movie
Nezulla: The Rat Monster
Monster X Strikes Back: Attack at The G8 Summit
The X From Outer Space
Gokaiger vs. Gavan The Movie
Garo: Kiba Gaiden
Blood: The Last Vampire
Gappa: The Triphibian Monster
Devilman
Re: Cutey Honey
Invasion of The Neptune Men
Garo: Red Requiem
Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo
Mechanical Violator Hikaider
Long and Dark Haired Monster Gehara
Skullman: Prologue of Darkness
Kikaider Reboot
Deep Sea Monster Raiga
Deep Sea Monster Reigo



I am holding back a lot due to character limits.
 
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Dr Kain

Well-Known Member
Godzilla Resurgence?

Also, how the hell can you put any Showa Gamera film over Revenge of Iris? Also, The Brave is the worst movie Daiei ever produced in their Kaiju films.
 

Captain Shark

An ocean of depression and misery
Godzilla Resurgence?
That's what they call Shin Godzilla in english, what's the problem?
Also, how the hell can you put any Showa Gamera film over Revenge of Iris?
Because Revenge of Iris ended on a cliffhanger and Gamera had no reason to blast his arm off and Vs. Barugon and Vs. Gyaos are kaiju classics.
The Brave is the worst movie Daiei ever produced in their Kaiju films.
You've never seen the whale kaiju movie with the rape scene or Warning From Space, I can tell.
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
Hey! Captain Shark is here! Welcome to the thread, Captain. You've come to just the right place to share your opinions. :cool:

I am holding back a lot due to character limits.
Holding back?! Oh no, please, do go on! Don't hold back on our behalf. Make multiple posts if you need to. We need to see the FULL dissertation on all this and more. I've been on PINS and NEEDLES hoping that you'll talk about why Kamen Rider Build is terrible again for the 3rd or 4th time. We're all just DYING to hear what you have say. :D
 

Captain Shark

An ocean of depression and misery
You make Trump look intelligent.
And reported.
I've been on PINS and NEEDLES hoping that you'll talk about why Kamen Rider Build is terrible again for the 3rd or 4th time.
Sarcastically asking for things is still asking for things.

Favorite Japanese Tokusatsu Based Kaiju:
1. Obsidius- Godzilla: Unleashed
2. Krystalak- Godzilla: Unleashed
3. King Ghidorah (Showa)- Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
4. Godzilla (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
5. Bagorah- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
6. Destoroyah- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
7. Super Mechahgodzilla- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
8. Rodan (Showa)- Rodan
9. Space Godzilla- Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
10. Godzilla Meltdown- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
11. Hollywood Godzilla- Legendary Godzilla
12. Orga- Godzilla 2000
13. Kumonga (Showa)- Son of Godzilla
14. Agon- Agon: Atomic Dragon
15. Dagarha- Rebirth of Mothra 2
16. Upgraded Gigan- Godzilla: Final Wars
17. Mechagodzilla (Heisei)- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
18. Baragon (Showa)- Frankenstein Conquers The World
19. Barugon- Gamera vs. Barugon
20. Gyaos (Showa)- Gamera vs. Gyaos
21. Mecha-King Ghodrah- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
22. Gigan (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
23. Hanna-Barbera Godzilla- Godzilla Power Hour
24. Godzilla (Heisei)- Return of Godzilla
25. Godzilla 1954- Godzilla
26. Gamera (Heisei)- Gamera: Guardian of The Universe
27. Majin- Daimajin
28. Hangyolas- Death Kappa
29. Guiron- Gamera vs. Guiron
30. Keizer Ghidorah- Godzilla: Final Wars
31. Mechagodzilla (Showa)- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
32. Hyper Gyaos- Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
33. Godzilla (Marvel Comics)- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
34. Gamera (Showa)- Gamera The Invincible
35. Gyaos (Heisei)- Gamera: Guardian of The Universe
36. Forgotten Island Horror- Godzilla Power Hour
37. Monster X- Godzilla: Final Wars
38. Anguirus (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
39. Final Form Hedorah- Godzilla vs. Hedorah
40. Final Form Biollante- Godzilla vs. Biollante
41. Megaguirus- Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
42. Fire Rodan- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
43. Giant God Warrior- Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo
44. Gigan (Showa)- Godzilla vs. Gigan
45. King Caeser (Showa)- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
46. Godzilla (Showa)- Godzilla Raids Again
47. Varan- Varan The Unbelievable
48. Bagan- Super Godzilla
49. Death Kappa- Death Kappa
50. Titanosaurus- Terror of Mechagodzilla
51. Rodan (Heisei)- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2
52. Megalon- Godzilla vs. Megalon
53. Cretaceous King Ghidorah- Rebirth of Mothra 3
54. Megavolt Monster- Godzilla Power Hour
55. Antarctic Magnetic Monster- Godzilla Power Hour
56. King Caesar (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
57. Godzilla Junior- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
58. Flying Form Desghidorah- Rebirth of Mothra
59. Rhinan- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
60. Flying Form Hedorah- Godzilla vs. Hedorah
61. Godzilla (GMK)- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All Out Attack
62. Kamacuras (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
63. Legion- Gamera 2: Advent Legion
64. Red Ronin- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
65. Male MUTO- Legendary Godzilla
66. Super Godzilla- Super Godzilla
67. Land Form Hedorah- Godzilla vs. Hedorah
68. Anguirus (Showa)- Godzilla Raids Again
69. Goliath- Daigoro vs. Goliath
70. Normal Desghidorah- Rebirth of Mothra
71. Time Dragon- Godzilla Power Hour
72. Iris- Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
73. Guilala- The X From Outer Space
74. Jiger- Gamera vs. Jiger
75. Kamacuras (Showa)- Son of Godzilla
76. Tadpole Hedorah- Godzilla vs. Hedorah
77. Toto- Gamera The Brave
78. Gorosaurus- King Kong Escapes
79. Beta Beast- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
80. Take-Majin- Monster X Strikes Back: Attack at The G8 Summit
81. American Godzilla- Tristar Godzilla
82. Energy Beast- Godzilla Power Hour
83. Mothra (GMK)- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All Out Attack
84. Shin Godzilla- Godzilla Resurgence
85. Ebirah (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
86. Manda (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
87. Zigra- Gamera vs. Zigra
88. Orochi (Heisei)- Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon
89. Viras- Gamera vs. Viras
90. Kumonga (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
91. Female MUTO- Legendary Godzilla
92. Ebirah (Showa)- Ebirah, Horror of The Deep
93. Little Godzilla- Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
94. Moguera (Showa)- The Mysterians
95. Power Dragon- Godzilla Power Hour
96. Battra- Godzilla vs. Mothra: Save The Earth
97. Adult Gappa- Gappa: The Triphibian Monster
98. Gabara- Godzilla's Revenge
99. Mothra 1961- Mothra
100. Stone Guardian of Ramul
101. Dragon Orochimaru- The Magic Serpent
102. Toho King Kong 1- King Kong vs. Godzilla
103. Oodaku- King Kong vs, Godzilla
104. Sanda- War of The Gargantuas
105. Gaira- War of The Gargantuas
106. Gezora- Space Amoeba
107. Ganimes- Space Amoeba
108. Kamoebas (Showa)- Space Amoeba
109. Mutant Seaweed Monster- Godzilla Power Hour
110. Axor- Godzilla Power Hour
111. Earth Eater- Godzilla Power Hour
112. Shin Godzilla- Godzilla: Resurgence
113. Manda (Showa)- Atragon
114. Batragon- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
115. Zedus- Gamera The Brave
116. Toho Frankenstein- Frankenstein Conquers The World
117. Aqua Mothra- Rebirth of Mothra 2
118. Waterfall Valley Spider- Godzilla Power Hour
119. Yetigar- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
120. Jet Jaguar- Godzilla vs. Megalon
121. Toad Ikazuchi-Maru- The Magic Serpent
122. Rodan (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
123. Fake Godzilla- Godzilla vs. Mehagodzilla
124. Gravity Goliath- Godzilla Power Hour
125. Mechani-Kong- King Kong Escapes
126. Triax- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
127. Raiga- Deep Sea Monster Raiga
128. Toho King Kong 2- King Kong Escapes
129. Imago Mothra Leo- Rebirth of Mothra
130. Atlantis Colossus- Godzilla Power Hour
131. Indian Golden Guardian- Godzilla Power Hour
132. Soran- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
133. Hedorah (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
134. King Ghidorah (GMK)- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All Out Attack
135. Baragon (GMK)- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All Out Attack
136. Krollar- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
137. Devil Bonefish- Deep Sea Monster Raiga
138. Utsuno Ikusagami- Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon
139. Mothra (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
140. Zilla- Godzilla: Final Wars
141. Gehara- Long and Dark Haired Monster Gehara
142. Cyborg Whale- Godzilla Power Hour
143. Maguma- Gorath
144. Inagos- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
145. Minilla (Showa)- Son of Godzilla
146. Baby Gappa- Gappa: The Triphibian Monster
147. Kaishin Muba- Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon
148. Ghilaron- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
149. Centipor- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
150. Lepirax- Godzilla Comics (Marvel)
151. Atlantic Cave Octopus- Godzilla Power Hour
152. Stranger- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
153. American Baby Godzilla- Tristar Godzilla
154. Daigoro- Daigoro vs. Goliath
155. Larva Mothra Leo- Rebirth of Mothra
156. Minilla (Final Wars)- Godzilla: Final Wars
157. Rainbow Mothra- Rebirth of Mothra 2
158. Mothra (Heisei)- Godzilla vs. Mothra: Save The Earth
159. Mothra (Showa)- Mothra vs. Godzilla
160. Daigoro's Mother- Daigoro vs. Goliath
161. Lost Ship Island Chimera- Godzilla Power Hour
162. Dr. Voltrang Clone Monster- Godzilla Power Hour
163. Baby Iris- Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
164. Rose Form Biollante- Godzilla vs. Biollante
165. Dogora- Dogora
166. Gamera (The Brave)- Gamera The Brave
167. Gyaos (The Brave)- Gamera The Brave
168. Orochi (Showa)- The Three Treasures
169. Breeder Beast- Godzilla Power Hour
170. Cybersaur- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
171. Ghidorah- Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Monsters All Out Attack
172. Ookondoru- Ebirah, Horror of The Deep
173. Giant Sea Snake- King Kong Escapes
174. Prehistoric Mothra- Rebirth of Mothra 3
175. Mothra (Tokyo SOS)- Tokyo SOS
176. Amulet Spider- The Magic Serpent
177. Mantle Fire Bird- Godzilla Power Hour
178. Baby Jiger- Gamera vs. Jiger
179. Moguera (Heisei)- Gozilla vs. Space Godzilla
180. Reigo- Deep Sea Monster Reigo
181. Kiryu 2- Tokyo SOS
182. Grand King Ghidorah- Rebirth of Mothra 3
183. Dark Horse Godzilla- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
184. Amano Shiratori- Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon
185. Great Watchuka- Godzilla Power Hour
186. Eternal Mothra- Rebirth of Mothra 3
187. Kiryu 1- Godzilla Against Mecha Godzilla
188. Light Speed Motha- Rebirth of Mothra 3
189. Bowhead Whale God- Kujira Gami
190. Gekido-Jin- Godzilla Comics (Dark Horse)
191. Kamoebas (Tokyo SOS)- Tokyo SOS
192. Armor Mothra- Rebirth of Mothra 3
193. Pink Fog Fly- Godzilla Power Hour
194. Tectonic Magma Lizard- Godzilla Power Hour
195. Waterfall Valley Ant- Godzilla Power Hour
196. Waterfall Valley Ant Lion- Godzilla Power Hour
197. Waterfall Valley Bee- Godzilla Power Hour
198. Waterfall Valley Dragonfly- Godzilla Power Hour
199. Waterfall Valley Beetle- Godzilla Power Hour

Favorite- Non-Japanese Kaiju:
1. Buraki- Dragon Wars
2. Oceanic Crocodile- Crocodile 1979
3. Thai Gomora- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
4. Garuda- Garuda
5. Inframan- Inframan
6. Celestial Dragon- Dragon Wars
7. Hanuman- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
8. Yonggary Heisei- Reptilian
9. Yonggary Showa- Yonggary: Monster From The Deep
10. Thai Tyrant- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
11. Thai Astromons- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
12. Naga- Garuda
13. Cykor- Reptilian
14. Thai King Dark- Hanuman and The Five Riders
15. Thai Dorobon- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
16. Thai Dustpan- The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army
17. Pulgasari- Pulgasari
18. Good Imoogi- Dragon Wars
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
And reported.

Sarcastically asking for things is still asking for things.
No, it's really not. Sarcasm is an expression of the OPPOSITE thing you want. I still believe this is the right place for some of your opinions, especially the ones that very few people agree with. But it's up to you on how much of those opinions you actually share here.

Oh, and if you're going to report Dr Kain for that comment, you might as well report me too (and maybe anyone that's ever disagreed with you, depending on how offended you feel). The Trump comment might have been going too far, but if Kain really wanted to insult or attack you, I think he could do worse.
 

Dr Kain

Well-Known Member
but if Kain really wanted to insult or attack you, I think he could do worse.
lmao Oh, you know me so well. :p Not sure why he apparently reported me, but that's okay, snowflakes are adorable. ;)

Here's my unpopular opinion - Ultraman Leo sucks! It was boring beyond comprehension and Dan was an utter asshole. Also, they did what they did to the cast of the show because they wanted attention not because it improved the already lackluster story.
 

Toku Prime

Well-Known Member
Back with more salt for y'all!

Fanservice doesn't really work in toku. It clashes horribly with the tones of pretty much every Rider/Sentai/Ultra series. In Garo it feels a bit desperate - like they're saying "hey we showed a topless woman because we're sooo edgy...please don't compare us to the Sunday morning shows".
Which is not to say that there isn't or shouldn't be anyone attractive in these shows, just that shoving it in our faces often has the reverse reaction for me.

The poster boy for bad fanservice has to be Koichi Sakamoto, who has a long history of creating unique (and often great) action scenes but then in recent years has begun insisting that every project he's directing includes an action girl wearing a tiny pair of shorts. He then spends the action scenes zooming the camera into close-ups of their thighs while they do high kicks - sometimes to the extent that you can't tell what is happening in the scene at all - just so he can leer at them. And yes, actress Mikie Hara did confirm in an interview that it's totally because he has a leg fetish and enough clout that nobody is willing to tell him to knock it off. The guy needs to get laid and stop spoiling his action scenes.


On a completely different note - I never cared for King Ghidorah in the Godzilla movies. I haven't seen the recent anime trilogy so I don't know what he's like in that, but in his previous appearances he was really boring and it's a shame that he's become regarded as "Godzilla's greatest foe". I feel that title should really go to Mecha Godzilla. And of course, Mothra is always Queen. I always liked the more offbeat monsters like Hedorah or Ebirah too.


If someone was curious about the Showa-era Gamera films, I would tell them to just watch Gamera Super Monster. Yes, just that one. Yes, I know it's basically just a compilation of the fights from the previous films - That's the point. The bonkers battles are the only reason to watch those films anyway, so if you can see those parts without having to crawl through the rest then you should totally do that.

Having said that, if someone were to insist on watching more than one, the first two movies (Gamera The Giant Monster & Gamera vs Barugon) are good efforts and Gamera vs Jiger has probably the most competently told story out of the rest...provided you have a strong enough stomach to withstand the (brief but gruesome) scene containing genuine stock footage of an elephant with a trunk full of parasites.
Decade is best enjoyed if you're familiar with Multiverse theory/tropes, and therefore expect changes going in to it. And coincidentally, I agree that some parallel worlds were better than their original! Because you mentioned it, World of Amazon was interested despite the weak actor they got for him, but I would pay money to see World of Kabuto as a full show!
I suppose I can better understand the Decade hate now that I'm watching Zi-O and finding the way that it treats previous heroes to be really grating.

I agree that the actor for the AU Amazon was pretty weak, but I really liked how they managed to show this bleak situation where he's the last free man on the run in a world otherwise completely taken over by Shocker, trying in vain to find a way to save the brainwashed population. Plus the re-imagined 10-Faced Demon has to be one of the best re-designs of a villain ever.
Also, The Brave is the worst movie Daiei ever produced in their Kaiju films.
Aww I really liked Gamera The Brave. It really felt like they captured the "friend to all children" aspect of the character and even took it a step beyond the Showa entries without making the kids anywhere near as annoying as the old films did.
Because Revenge of Iris ended on a cliffhanger...
When I watched the film it felt like they had reached the natural end point of that story. I didn't feel disappointed as I did with, for example, the Ryuki movie. I didn't need to see him fight even more Gyaos; The narrative arc was already complete.

The director claims that as the movie is about faith (they even have the main characters spell out that 'so long as people believe in Gamera he will always be victorious') he decided to end it on a test of faith for the audience. If the person watching the film knows that Gamera would win, they can take it for granted that he does. If they doubt whether he would, then the Gyaos won and it's because of your lack of faith in your turtley savior.
That's what they call Shin Godzilla in english, what's the problem?
No, they call Shin Godzilla Shin Godzilla in English.
IIRC Toho did originally say that the film's English language title was "Godzilla Resurgence" but it never really caught on and was eventually abandoned in favor of simply using the Japanese name. It seems that the Captain is hanging on to that early title (but yes, my British copy of the Blu Ray has 'Shin Godzilla' written on the front too so that's the name I'd use).
Here's my unpopular opinion - Ultraman Leo sucks! It was boring beyond comprehension and Dan was an utter asshole. Also, they did what they did to the cast of the show because they wanted attention not because it improved the already lackluster story.
I loved the 'Ultra Seven' series but then 'Ultraman Leo' completely destroys his character. Dan/Seven spends so much time beating up Leo that I'm tempted to claim that he was the true villain of the show. As for Leo, well I love an underdog but he spends so much time curled up in the fetal position cowering from Dan's cane that it's difficult to see him as the mighty hero who will save the world.

Still, it's the only Ultra series that remembered that Taro quit being an Ultraman at the end of his own series and shouldn't turn up again.
 

Shougo B'Stard

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The poster boy for bad fanservice has to be Koichi Sakamoto, who has a long history of creating unique (and often great) action scenes but then in recent years has begun insisting that every project he's directing includes an action girl wearing a tiny pair of shorts. He then spends the action scenes zooming the camera into close-ups of their thighs while they do high kicks - sometimes to the extent that you can't tell what is happening in the scene at all - just so he can leer at them. And yes, actress Mikie Hara did confirm in an interview that it's totally because he has a leg fetish and enough clout that nobody is willing to tell him to knock it off. The guy needs to get laid and stop spoiling his action scenes.
I wonder how many #MeToo stories there might be about the guy.
 

SamuraiEchidna

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No offense to rangergod or anyone that makes topics like this, but what makes a tokusatsu opinion popular or unpopular? It's kind of hard to say when the fandom pool is so small; especially here.

You'd have better luck measuring which Power Rangers seasons are the most popular. For the stuff from Japan, unless you know how most Japanese fans feel, it's kind of hard to tell which seasons of Super Sentai/Kamen Rider/Ultraman/etc. are popular or not. Seems like for everyone praising one show, there is just as many people who didn't care for it. Heck, there's more people talking about it on YouTube and other places than message boards like this.

Not to mention, even with the absolute best fansubs or official subtitles, you still lose something in translation. Unless you understand the Japanese cultural perspective, it's kind of hard to know what counts as good acting or not if all you have is a western idea of good acting. It's hard to tell what counts as a good story if different things connect with audiences from different nationalities. Nuances in performances and get lost. Etc.
 
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