sorry ladies and dudes but i’m on vacation
I haven’t seen any Ultraman, but I can totally see them having a million things in common.
I think the only reason the goofiness of it stuck out at all is because I went in expecting more, and got a little impressed by the other things it did, so when the shot of the doctor melting was just a reversed shot of an alka-seltzer it snapped back on me. I’ve gotten into the original Star Trek lately and I can see some comparisons between the two, not the least of them being that you have to be willing to enjoy both their moments of earnestness and philosophy and their goofy bad-costume 60s quality.
Like I said I’m totally hungry for more. My only regret is I can’t watch it while I work on stuff.
So pretty much everything I know about Kamen Rider comes from parodies I’ve seen in anime and gifs people post on tumblr. Having watched the first episode of the original series I came away with the following things:
- Kamen Rider could easily be one of those shows where its concept exceeds its grasp. The show basically stated its intent to deal with themes of betrayal, responsibility, and What-makes-a-man, but it distracts from itself with big goofy spider suits and henchmen with berets.
- They shot the hell out of that first episode. Though it comes with varying degrees of success every frame of that show felt incredibly deliberate.
- This show is stylish as fuck and I almost feel jealous of little Japanese kids who got to watch Hongo walk around in his suit with his bigass pompadour and learn how to look slick at such a young age.
Sign me up for episode two this is a thing I’m into.
Thanks for all the responses about Kamen Rider, I should’ve expected plenty of people would jump out at me. I have every intention of starting from the beginning so wish me luck as I dig in.