gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Okay, seriously why is it that my favorite characters always seem to die or suffer horrible fates? I mean, well, okay, not always, not every one of them, but very very often.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Okay, seriously why is it that my favorite characters always seem to die or suffer horrible fates? I mean, well, okay, not always, not every one of them, but very very often.

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gekidasa: (Yaguruma)

It’s interesting how much of a difference perspective makes. I never really appreciated Yaguruma as TheBee until he was no longer TheBee.

I just rewatched the original 3 episode arc in which Yaguruma and Kageyama are introduced for the first time in a long time. It’s really interesting to me to think back on my original reactions to the things that happen in this arc and contrast them with my reactions now. Originally, I kind of watched the whole thing with a gleeful sense of shadenfraude, waiting for the moment Yaguruma would inevitably snap; but now when I watch there is none of that, and although I do think Yaguruma was in large part responsible for his own downfall, I’m mostly left thinking that Tendou really had it coming, for being a very callous catalyst and for a lot of other things that have nothing to do with Yaguruma, but karma never caught up to him.

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gekidasa: (Gay Hoppers)
Title: Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve
Author: Mura ([livejournal.com profile] gekidasa )
Fandom: Kamen Rider Kabuto
Pairing: Yaguruma/Kageyama
Rating: PG13ish? PG?
Summary: Yaguruma thinks back on what he could have done differently.
Spoilers: References to pretty much their entire storyline.




It was already too late by the time he found Kageyama feverish in that alley )
gekidasa: (Gay Hoppers)

This is an old LJ post from a couple of years ago. I’ve been thinking for awhile of bringing some of my (less sparkly-texty) posts over here, and I was thinking about the Hoppers today, and found this while going back through my old Kabuto posts, so I figured why not…

And just in case: SPOILERS LIKE WHOAH

 

So, Kageyama. It’s really interesting how much he enjoys pulling the rug out from under Yaguruma. I mean… here’s a guy who pretty much worshipped the ground Yaguruma walked on, and he is just so satisfied that he gets to betray Yaguruma. Specifically that he gets to tell him, “you can’t a part of Shadow at all, you’d just bring disharmony”. He’s just gets so much glee over basically destroying Yaguruma… or maybe, over destroying the fiction Yaguruma built about himself.

I mean, the thing about what Kageyama is you either believe he’s just a total snake, with no real sense of loyalty at all, in order to turn around and betray his captain so completely (because it would be one thing for him to take over, what he did was quite something else), or you think there’s more to him than that and you try to figure him out. And what I think about it is that it’s all because of how disappointed and disillusioned he was. That’s the only thing that I think can explain Kageyama’s change in attitude towards Yaguruma.

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gekidasa: (Yaguruma)

Kitaoka Shuichi/Kamen Rider Zolda – My favorite Rider character overall. It’s kind of amusing, since in many ways he’s kind of the anti-Kamen Rider. He’s opportunistic, selfish, conceited, not exactly the bravest man ever, and he sucks at close combat (this is why he has those sexy BFGs). So why do I like him? Initially, because that type of douche is a character type I love, and because his antics are mean but really really amusing; later… well, he just gets more and more interesting as the layers are peeled back. And while it doesn’t make him a better human being in the slightest, when you find out why he’s fighting, it does add a certain depth. In the end, I just love morally gray characters, and he’s pretty much the epitome of that; he’s certainly not a hero and neither is he particularly villainous, he’s just an extremely flawed man.

Yaguruma Sou/Kamen Rider KickHopper (formerly Kamen Rider Zabi) – Yaguruma was my first crazy Kamen Rider love, so to speak. That is to say, I was enjoying Kabuto, but it was when Yaguruma dragged his spur across the ground before strutting over to kick Worm ass before an incredulous Kageyama, while declaring himself a loser and renouncing Perfect Harmony, that I really found something to flail over in Kamen Rider. In a way, it’s probably his fault that tokusatsu ate my brain in the first place. All because I do love a good anti-hero, and Yaguruma is an awesome one.

Aikawa Hajime/Kamen Rider Chalice – In many ways, Hajime’s is my favorite character arc in Kamen Rider. It’s just so amazingly complex and touching, the non-human that starts to be human despite himself, who at the same time doesn’t know how to be human. What gets me most is the conflict between the Joker’s nature and his brand new, fledgeling desire to feel, to embrace that new humanity in himself; and ultimately, once he’s made his choice, the struggle to be what he chose; to overcome nature and fate, to prove that he doesn’t have to be what they dictate, that he can choose his own path. It’s so heartbreaking and noble at the same time.

Kagami Arata/Kamen Rider Gatack (also formerly Zabi) – I’m sure I’m not alone in that I actually didn’t particularly like Kagami when the series started. But as Kabuto went on and more was revealed about him, I couldn’t help but respect him and feel for him, because of that need, that drive in him, to be a hero no matter what. Yes, he was destined to be “the God of Battle”, but unlike Tendou, he built himself up from nothing, and in the end, he was twice the man and hero that anyone else in that series was.

Hikawa Makoto/Kamen Rider G3 – If the above is true of Kagami, then it goes double for Hikawa. In a story about a select group of people who are developing special abilities, surrounded by a battle between the Unknown and two Riders who are more than human because a mystical being/deity gave them something of himself, Hikawa is only human (the moment when he screams “Tada no ningen da!” is my single favorite moment in all of Agito). There is nothing inherently special about him, even as a regular human man. But what he is is brave, and even though he knows perfectly well that he’s in over his head, that at any time the suit Ozawa made might malfunction and that he could easily die, he pushes on and keeps fighting, because he may be only human, but he made a choice to protect people, and it is what he will do, the best way he knows how.

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gekidasa: (Karisu)

And so it begins. Watched episode 1 raw, so obviously I will have missed things. :D

The first episode kind of already confirms the impression I got from the press releases and character descriptions: that many elements of Os are very obvious nods in the direction of past Riders. To be fair, Kamen Rider is a franchise that relies on a specific, limited set of tropes; but what I’m talking about isn’t that exactly. A trope is an archtype basically, something honed down to its basic elements; what I’m talking about is the specific ways in which those archtypes are explored. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if one liked what is referenced, and it’s all revisited in a way that revamps the ideas.

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gekidasa: (Yaguruma)
From [livejournal.com profile] greatfountain :

Comment and I'll give you three fandoms, blah blah blah
1. The character I first fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer
6. The character I would shag anytime
7. The character I'd want to be like
8. The character I'd slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
11. Favorite character
12. My five favorite characters
13. My five least favorite characters
14. Which character I am most like
15. My deep, dark fandom secret



Shinkenger )


Agito )

Kabuto )
gekidasa: (Gay Hoppers)
Fandom: Kamen Rider Kabuto
Pairing: Yaguruma/Kageyama
Rating: PG
Note: Set during Shadow and Kanzen Chowa.
Summary: Kageyama knows it would be inappropriate to give chocolates to Yaguruma on Valentine's. He wishes he could do it anyway.

He leaned back on the park bench, staring up at the sky and shielding his eyes from the light with one hand as he wondered what type of chocolate Yaguruma-taicho would like best. )
gekidasa: (Mori Kanna)
What is it about Tendou that makes guys inmediately get all hot and bothered for him? XD

In a totally manly, heterosexual, 'dude's a righteous bro' kind of way, of course. 0¦D


Seriously, due to circumstances involving how guys can't seem to resist a cool action figure like Kickie, a couple of guys at work Expressed Interest in Kamen Rider. So we watched the first two eps of Kabuto over lunch. Like I told [livejournal.com profile] dimmie, they were most impressed with the production value, the Worm's evolved designs, Misaki's badass handling of her phone (seriously, they were flailing over how she snaps open her cel one handed and how badass it is), and how lots and lots of things go BOOOOOM spectacularly.

And the words 'Ten no michi wo iki' were barely out of Tendou's lips when they were already all starry-eyed and crushing like fangirls. 8D

...

Aug. 28th, 2009 05:27 pm
gekidasa: (Hoppers)
Having trashed my cubicle, he now lounges around waiting for it to be 6 p.m.

So basically, what I do everyday. 8D










[...]

I'm done now. Really.



For now, at least. :D;;;
gekidasa: (Hoppers)
Kickie decided that my cubicle is a mess and proceeded to kick down my empty Pepsi cans. He made an even bigger mess. D:


gekidasa: (Hoppers)


Kickie even brought me lunch. ¦D
gekidasa: (Ma-kun lips)
List 10 of your favorite characters from different fandoms Kamen Riders, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, and if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.
  • Super Lawyer Kitaoka (Ryuki)
  • Yaguruma (Kabuto)
  • Wagatomo KaGAAAmi (Kabuto)
  • Kenzaki (Blade)
  • Hajime (Blade)
  • Hikawa (Agito)
  • Tsukasa (Decade)
These are not necessarily in order. I don't think I COULD put them in order, actually :D

Not really part of the meme, but my thoughts on each under cut )
gekidasa: (Default)
Yeah... another one that I was ended up posting on its own. I fail at not being long-winded. And Dimmie is evil. XP

Wagatomo KaGAAAAmi )




...I really need a Kagami icon. Actually I really need to go through my icons and get rid of a bunch of so I can have lots of Rider love in my icons. :D/

I WILL MAKE A KAGAMI ICON TONIGHT AND USE IT ON THIS POST. Yes!

Kageyama

Jun. 20th, 2009 09:33 pm
gekidasa: (Gay Hoppers)
So I've been talking to [livejournal.com profile] dimmie about Yaguruma, and we'd veered off into how Yaguruma's illusions about who he was supposed to be affect Kageyama, and my comment got so long that I'm just going to make a separate post. :D;;;


tl;dr about Kageyama )
gekidasa: (Jabi)
From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

Name 5 character deaths that surprised or shocked you.

This is... actually really interesting, because very often character deaths don't exactly shock me. I mean... specially not when it's a character I like. Once, when talking about Jabi from Garo with [livejournal.com profile] dimmie, she said that she could tell exactly what sort of character she was just from the fact that I liked her... right down to the fact that she'd be killed off. She's right.

Also, I read spoilers. :D;;;

So anyway, deaths that actually SHOCK me are rare. )

And well, there's other character deaths that really affected me, but somehow they weren't shocking, per se.  )

And I really don't expect X to ever be finished (and at this point I'm not sure I want CLAMP to go back to it >.>), but if it ever is... while I don't think it's inevitable that Fuuma will die, I know that there is a very very good chance that he will. Really all I'd like is for Fuuma's death to be good, when it comes down to it.

Oh, and since I still have the last episode to go... I'm going to be all sorts of sad and surprised if Hikawa dies in Agito.

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