gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Always wanted to do a Kitaoka video with Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever. Finally did. Features Reiko and Gorou heavily.

Spoilers for Kitaoka’s whole storyline, including the movie.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Consider this a followup to that post I made on Shinji and the first episode of Kamen Rider Ryuki over a year ago.

Sat down and watched episodes 1 and 2 again today. Aside from being the episode where Shinji becomes Ryuki, episode 2 is also the true introduction to Reiko’s character. And it also just spells out what I mentioned in that previous post about Shinji rushing into things, clear as water, and how that is the reason he got involved in the Rider Battle in the first place.

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Behind again, yada yada yada. Just finished episode 19, and while I do have last week’s episode ready to go, I think I’ll just give my thoughts on the past 4 episodes of Kamen Rider Wizard and leave what I assume is a two parter till the subs come out for 21.

So, to very briefly touch on each of the past 6 episodes…

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

I thought that my first post of the year would be Sherlock, since it’s back on and I’m just loving it (I’m completely obsessed with Lestrade), but I watched Ryuki’s first episode for the first time in a long time, after recommending it to a friend, and I ended up having things I wanted to say about it.

Word of warning for anyone that hasn’t seen Kamen Rider Ryuki through to the end: several of my observations relate directly to the very end of the series, so this will be spoilery. Very spoilery.

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Title: When the night has come and the land is dark
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ryuki
Characters: Kitaoka Shuichi, Yura Goro
Rating: Gen
Summary: Goro lost track sometimes of how long he'd been with Kitaoka.

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gekidasa: (Kitaoka/Reiko)
Title: Deja Vu
Author: Mura ([personal profile] gekidasa )
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ryuki
Pairing: Kitaoka/Reiko
Rating: PG
Summary: The first time she met him, she felt like she knew him already.
Spoilers: Only if you already know how the series ends. But then you can't be spoiled.


In which Reiko meets Super Lawyer... again? )
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: (Gotou)

Right. Been busy again, yada yada. But it doesn’t feel right to just skip through, so I’ll go off my notes for the episodes I watched (yes, I take notes while watching Kamen Rider, and yes, I realize what this says about me) but didn’t get around to blogging about.

Episodes 21-22 explore whether the desire to fight for justice can become twisted. The Yummy is born from a man who never passed the exam to become a lawyer, and was frustrated because he felt like a failure, and so he left his family. The Yummy initially targets criminals, and so the man accepts the Yummy as a way to punish those he perceives as wicked. From there, the show obviously moves to questioning whether this is really justice, and how self-righteousness twists a person’s sense of justice so they become cruel themselves.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Right. Been busy again, yada yada. But it doesn’t feel right to just skip through, so I’ll go off my notes for the episodes I watched (yes, I take notes while watching Kamen Rider, and yes, I realize what this says about me) but didn’t get around to blogging about.

Episodes 21-22 explore whether the desire to fight for justice can become twisted. The Yummy is born from a man who never passed the exam to become a lawyer, and was frustrated because he felt like a failure, and so he left his family. The Yummy initially targets criminals, and so the man accepts the Yummy as a way to punish those he perceives as wicked. From there, the show obviously moves to questioning whether this is really justice, and how self-righteousness twists a person’s sense of justice so they become cruel themselves.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Revolutionary Girl Utena, one of my favorite anime series, is getting remastered release. The first 12 episodes, The Student Council Saga just came out earlier this month. I got the new DVDs this weekend, started rewatching, and figured it would be interesting to blog about it as I watch episodes, hopefully with a new perspective after all these years.

I love Utena because it’s so different from any other anime. It’s a magical girl shoujo series, but it’s really a deconstruction of the genre (probably part of why I like it so much, since I was never a huge fan of straight shoujo). And there’s the sheer weirdness of it all: the Shadow Girls, the duel songs, everything about it. I love it. I also love that it’s a perfect mix of depth and crack.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Revolutionary Girl Utena, one of my favorite anime series, is getting remastered release. The first 12 episodes, The Student Council Saga just came out earlier this month. I got the new DVDs this weekend, started rewatching, and figured it would be interesting to blog about it as I watch episodes, hopefully with a new perspective after all these years.

I love Utena because it’s so different from any other anime. It’s a magical girl shoujo series, but it’s really a deconstruction of the genre (probably part of why I like it so much, since I was never a huge fan of straight shoujo). And there’s the sheer weirdness of it all: the Shadow Girls, the duel songs, everything about it. I love it. I also love that it’s a perfect mix of depth and crack.

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

Catching up on blogging about OOO. About damn time! (I’ve actually watched beyond this point, but hadn’t goten around to blogging).

So episode 15 was basically set up for the events of 16. Notable (to me, anyway) things from this episode:

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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: (...aaahn?)

As is probably obvious, my response to Den-O eps 7 and 8 can best be summed up thus: LOL, Smart Lady! Or Shimada Nanako, whichever you prefer!

Also! Urataros comments on the unfortunate length of Momotaros’ pole. And then Momotaros takes offense… when he figures out what Ura means, at any rate. 8D/

(For a kid’s show, they sure get away with Urataros implying an awful of lot really horribly badwrong stuff).

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Now, if one is identifying common tropes that Kobayashi likes to revisit, wouldn’t it be fair to say that Urataros is probably the closest Den-O has to one Kitaoka Shuichi? :D

Probably, and this would explain why I like Urataros so much. I mean they’re both full of it, they’re both smooth with the ladies (well, Kitaoka supposedly is, we don’t see it work in Ryuki because it’s always directed at Reiko), and they’re so much smoke and mirrors around their motivations that it’s very hard to tell just what there is underneath it all… except for the fact that one suspects they’re really not bad, underneath it all, just selfish, opportunistic and self-serving. But quite charming, really!

Especifically with Urataros, there’s the mystery of why exactly he’s doing what he’s doing, why he’s possessing Ryotaro knowing the limitations of possessing a singularity point (which at this point… haven’t exactly been explained).


Omae... boku ni tsuraretemiru? »

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gekidasa: (Kitaoka happy to see Reiko)

Now, if one is identifying common tropes that Kobayashi likes to revisit, wouldn’t it be fair to say that Urataros is probably the closest Den-O has to one Kitaoka Shuichi? :D

Probably, and this would explain why I like Urataros so much. I mean they’re both full of it, they’re both smooth with the ladies (well, Kitaoka supposedly is, we don’t see it work in Ryuki because it’s always directed at Reiko), and they’re so much smoke and mirrors around their motivations that it’s very hard to tell just what there is underneath it all… except for the fact that one suspects they’re really not bad, underneath it all, just selfish, opportunistic and self-serving. But quite charming, really!

Especifically with Urataros, there’s the mystery of why exactly he’s doing what he’s doing, why he’s possessing Ryotaro knowing the limitations of possessing a singularity point (which at this point… haven’t exactly been explained).

Omae... boku ni tsuraretemiru? »

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gekidasa: (Zolda henshin)

ZOLDA MY LOVE T__________T

(Yeah yeah, I know that if it’s Dragon Knight, it’s not technically Zolda… I don’t care!)

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gekidasa: (Shinji peeks)

So, starting with the Den-O (re)watch.

Personally, I didn’t realize before the link between Den-O and Ryuki, but now I do, and Ryuki being my favorite it’s inevitable that I’m going to be drawing conclusions, the first of which involves Ryotaro himself and the ways in which he is like Shinji, and the ways in which he’s not. Obviously, they’re both “Fail!Riders”, but their attitudes are very different. Ryotaro is resigned to be bullied, both by other people and by the universe itself, really, while Shinji kind of… just creates his own shenanigans, but meets everything with what can only be called feistiness. But really, even in this first episode, the real similarity between them is their drive to do the right thing. Shinji gets involved in things that are not his business out of his sense of justice, and Ryotaro, even when kicked to the curve, is always all about doing the right thing… to the point protecting those that have wronged him. And there’s kind of an innocence, I think, in that, in their overpowering goodness.

Thoughts on ep 1, and potentially thinking too hard about Momotaros »

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...I got behind +_+

Day 06: Character who would probably be your rival



Not so much that I'd see HER as a rival, necessarily, as that I think she'd certainly see me as one, because if I was part of the Ryuki world, I would most likely be at web designer at Ore Journal (Ryuki is personally amusing because I actually at a news/media company as a web/graphic designer, so it's... about as close as toku will ever get to being sorta true something that I can relate to in RL, although honestly my worplace is more like Decade's Atashi Journal than the original Ore Journal). Anyway, I would be a web designer, which would mean the line between my job and Shimada's would be fuzzy to start with. Add to that the fact that Shimada tends to kinda view other women in general as competition, and I'm sure she at least would see me as a rival. :D;;

Day 07: Character you have most in common with



Well, okay, Reiko is a LOT more serious business than I ever am; I tend to not take things all that seriously and am a lot more laid back, but part of why I've always Reiko is that I can certainly relate to the fact that she's a young professional single woman with a very low tolerance for BS, particularly when it comes from guys.

Day 08: Character you look like the most

I REALLY don't look anything like anyone in Ryuki. :D;;

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