Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tokusatsu Review: Kamen Rider Final Form Top 17 Update Type Tridoron: Start your Engine!

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 Yep it's that time again for the newest Riders final form debut and how I rank last years Rider in comparison to those who came before. Now there is a perfectly good reason why it's taken me so long to get to this point and that's because the newest Final Form; Mugen Damashi is well.

 Which all comes down to how it's presented and its odd power set but first let's get a good look at it.
Honestly I've seen worse final forms, I do get the Infinity symbol all over the design since Mugen means Infinite in Japanese as well as Dream and Fantasy. The colors could have worked if they just stuck to the White, Orange and Black but the glitter all over the thing just reminds me of the "Metallic" Armor from Season 3 of MMPR. 
 How Takeru gets this form is another pile of BS, it literally comes out of nowhere because his supporting cast wants him back from the dead. See Takerus Eyecon was destroyed by the Ganmizer, who as of right now are not clear as to where they came from and what they are. Apparently they're the guardians of the Great Eye, the thing that can grant the wish of one who gets 15 Luminary Eyecons but Ghost has this horrible problem of not explaining background elements, like what the Ganmaizer exactly are, why Saionji betrayed Takeru's dad and joined the Ganma, how the Ganma world became such a hellhole; it's nuts. Now I know that not everything has to be explained right away but it does have to be explained eventually! I'm just hoping it's sooner rather then later.

 Back to Mugen, one of the main reasons why it's taken me so long to do this update to my list is because I have no idea what the hell Mugen actually does! I've seen at least 5 episodes after it premiered for real and I still don't know what it does exactly. ( Yeah the suit wasn't finished when it was introduced because half of Ghosts budget went to Amazons and I'm not joking about this. Though I still like Amazons so, money well spent I guess, maybe?)  All I've seen of this form is that it just basically turns on Takerus god mode, because once he gains that form he destroys two Ganmizer with one shot which then becomes the modus operandi for his fights with the Ganmaizer since. The Ganmaizer delivers a one sided curve stomp, Ghost goes Mugen, one shots the Ganmizer.

 What I do know from some research is that Mugen's power comes from emotions and strong feelings. Wait, power that is the culmination of emotions, has a primary white color scheme, represents the strength and beauty of life.
 Yeah I just realized it; Mugen Damashi turns Takeru into a White Lantern! Wait by that logic the Ganma are undead creatures aka zombies that draw on death as their power. IT'S THE BLACKEST NIGHT OF KAMEN RIDER!!!!

 Though thematically this does make sense, earlier in the show when Alan was still a bad guy he kept going on about how emotions are unnecessary and stand in the way of perfection while Takeru kept proclaiming how that human lives aren't just disposable and how precious life is. Such as when the Eyecons were being gathered the Ganma saw fit to let the people who connected with the Luminaries kill themselves to summon the Parka Ghost where as Takeru tried to remind them of why those people drew inspiration from those figures. So Kamen Rider Ghost is the story of passion and emotion vs stagnation and perfectionism. On one side we have heroes who harness the power of the Eyecons ( the souls of people who through their own drives and passion accomplished extraordinary things in their life and lived their lives as full as they could) which channels their passion into power while our villains see emotions and individuality as glitches, flaws and obstacles in their goal of maintaining their "utopia". Yet the flawed emotion driven human world is bright, sunny and vibrant, by comparison the Ganma world is red, barren and looks like something out of Fist of the North Star.

 But despite the themes trying to be conveyed Ghost so far is really underwhelming, the villains aside from Igor are boring and just deliver one sided smackdowns and the main baddie Adel is Shinji Akari 2.0. He has daddy issues, is way more deluded, obsessed with perfection and wants to rid the world of emotions since they stand in the way of perfection and BLAH BLAH BLAH. Also the fight scenes are too numerous and far too one sided to get any enjoyment out of it. Normally this would just mean this was a meh series, but the fact that this is the 45th anniversary series of the franchise drags it down considerably. But this is still nowhere near as bad of an anniversary season as Decade or Power Rangers Megaforce.

 But enough about Ghost for now onwards to Type Tridiron and where it stand in my top Kamen Rider Final Forms list.
Not taking back what I said about how it looks, it still looks like a Mc Donald's NASCAR driver, but less bulky then it could have been what with it being a fusion of man A.I and Car.
 Thematically this form gets the job done, showcasing the competed bond of trust that Shinnosuke and Krim share since coming back to life after the two were killed by the Freeze Roidmude. At this point I might as well give my thoughts on Drive the series. It started off bad but man did it pull itself together after Roidmude 001 was introduced. 001 aka the Freeze Roidmude was the first showcasing of the Roidmude's ultimate goal, he was one of the promised number. Which is a Roidmude who having mastered their base emotion was able to evolve to a much more powerful form (basically a gold recoloring of their normal evolved form) using this new power he manages to kill Drive and Krim but the two came back and using Type Tridoron managed to destroy Freeze.

 Type Tridoron is powerful but its full potential wasn't demonstrated in the main series. He has the power of Tire blending which is the power to mix three Shift Cars of a set into one to use all three abilities of the Shift Cars at once. The combo he primarily used was mixing the three hotrod cars (Funky Spike, Midnight Shadow and Max Flare) into Attack 1, 2, 3. The rest of the combos and what the ones that appear in the show do are detailed on the Kamen Rider Wiki. So where does it stand on my Final Form list?

#17 Hibiki Armed
#16 Ryuki Survive
#15 Agito Shining
#14 Decade Complete
#13 Stronger Charge Up
#12 Fourze Cosmic States
#11 Faiz Blaster
#10 Drive Type Tridoron
#9 Wizard Infinity Style
#8 Kabuto Hyper Form
#7 Blade King Form
#6 Ultimate Kuuga
#5 W/Double Cyclone Joker Xtreme
#4 OOO Putotyra Combo
#3 Den-O Liner Form
#2 Gaim Kiwami Arms
#1 Kiva Emperor Form

Yeah I'd put it higher on the list like #9 but unfortunately because we don't see all of the potential combos that this form could use in the series proper it does hurt it quite a bit. So right between Faiz and Wizard seems to be just fine. Now to wait until the next Rider's final form to give Mugen Damashi the thrashing it deserves. Also Happy Second Anniversary!

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