Film: Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai
Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Wars feat. Super Sentai is the third installment of the Super Hero Taisen movie franchise, following Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taisen and Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z. It is the first of these movies heavily leaning towards the Kamen Riders over Super Sentai, rather than focusing on them entirely. Toei allowed the fans to vote for whether Heisei or Showa won, much like the multiple endings of the 13 Riders special for Ryuki.Some time after meeting the Toqgers and fending off the Badan empire, Kouta hears rumors of a strange new world being discovered underground. Deciding to investigate with Mai, they indeed travel to this new world and meet Shuu, a boy with the mysterious power to reverse objects. He wants to do... SOMETHING but doesn't know what, so Kouta and Mai help him out.However, they are interrupted by Takeshi Hongo aka Kamen Rider Ichigo who demands Kouta hands the boy over and refuses to acknowledge Kouta as a Kamen Rider. Kouta doesn't buy any of it, but the discussion is interrupted when goons attack. Ichigo deals with them and lets Kouta go.It's here that, when they return to Druper's they find none other than Tsukasa Kadoya aka Kamen Rider Decade, who tells them that the Badan empire hasn't been thwarted at all. He's trying to gather the 15 Heisei Riders together to stand against them, but the Showa Riders are making things difficult by trying to kill them, not to mention that the Riders themselves all have their own problems...A movie celebrating the fact that both Showa and Heisei series have 15 members now, the show is a commemoration of all things Kamen Rider, and a long-awaited showdown between the two eras.
Tropes featured in Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Wars feat. Super Sentai:
Achilles in His Tent: It's implied that Takumi had never transformed into Faiz since Kusaka died, as he refuses to transform to aid Decade against Fifteen and suffers from PTSD that he doesn't get over for quite awhile.
Armor-Piercing Slap: X delivers one to Faiz after Kusaka's ghost pushes him to interfere with destroying the Mega-Reverse Machine.
Art Evolution: When Hongo transforms for the first time, he gets a classic 70s-ish henshin scene. When he transforms for the final battle between Riders, he gains a brand new sequence.
It's also very Mythology Gag-laden: his first transformation is the first transformation effect in the old series (which ironically was actually Hayato Ichimonji's; the early episodes where Hongo was sole Rider did not have one.) with new effects. His second transformation is based on the later one. Also, before the effect finishes, the armor as it is forming is his original look (which underwent a few tweaks over the course of the original series and V3 before it settled on its familiar design.) Then a final burst of light turns the green gloves and boots white, the dark green helmet a lighter sea green, and brings the white stripes on the arms and legs, becoming his final Shin Form.
Badass Boast: Takeshi Hongo gets one of the type that's badass because of who says it and how rather than the words themselves being grandiose. The first Rider, who's saved the world repeatedly in his series and in team-ups, makes a dramatic slow-mo walk as we slowly see him from the ground up. Even his footsteps sound dramatic, as is the music. We finally get a good look at his face as he steps into the light. How does the supreme Badass, now the supreme Badass Grandpa, introduce himself? "I am Takeshi Hongo. I fight for the sake of people's freedom to the best of my ability."
Badass Grandpa: Keisuke Jin. The man talks down a hostage taker and later beats the hell out of Badan mooks without transforming into Kamen Rider X.
Let it not be said that Takeshi Hongo and Ryou Murasame did not have Badass Grandpa moments of their own.
Poor Takumi still can't stand hot food, referenced first in the ramen shop and then again when dinner at Keisuke's office turns out to be a hot pot.
Shotaro's back to finding lost pets, and the ending even shows his "Be the cat" act again.
Tsukasa and Shotaro are obviously acquainted, having first met and fought together years back in Movie War 2010. Likewise, Fourze coming to help his 'buddy' Wizard against Fifteen is a subtle nod to Movie War Ultimatum.
Curbstomp Battle: Gaim #1 Arms delivers one to Fifteen, beating the stuffing out of him. Probably justified by the fact he now has the skill of the first Kamen Rider and the power of the newest one.
Demoted to Extra: Super Sentai for sure. It was well known there would be a big showdown 15 Heisei Riders on 15 Showa Riders and various cast appearing from both sides, but the only confirmation that any Sentai would appear in this movie was the title itself until Tokkyuger and Kyoryuger were confirmed at the end of January. Even in the trailer aired with the Super Hero Time on January 26th, while the title appears on-screen, the narrator only reads Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen.'
On top of that, the only Kyoryuger to actually appear in the movie is Daigo/Kyoryu Red, which doesn't help the accusations that he stole the spotlight from his own teammates.
Gets even worse when you include the fact that they only appear near the end of the movie!
Haruto's cameo amounts to a single scene where he talks down Takumi when the latter is briefly swayed by Badan's plans.
Fake Shemp: With such a heavy emphasis on a grand total of 30 main Riders, this is unfortunately going to be a thing. Sadly, this happened by default to Riderman and Stronger due to the passing of their actors. Ultimately averted for nine Riders (#1, X, ZX, Faiz, Den-O, Decade, Double/Joker, Wizard and Gaim).
This being the first appeareance of General Jark after his voice actor Seizō Katō's death in January 2014, he is noticeably heard only grunting during his only solo fight scene.
Generic Doomsday Villain: Kamen Rider Fifteen has major shades of this. Though expanded universe materials give him more characterization. Ultimately, his reasons are very human.
How the Mighty Have Fallen: Poor Shoutarou - he's been stuck hunting down lost pets. Tsukasa gives him so much trouble over it and one incident cheeses off Kaito.
Improvised Weapon: Kouta's uses Orange Arms, Strawberry Arms and #1 Arms in odd ways - he uses Orange Arms as a shield, he kicks Strawberry Arms at Fifteen to get him away and he makes like Kamen Rider Shin and brutalizes Fifteen while #1 Arms is over his head.
In Medias Res: The movie begins with an Action Prologue showing fights between Kabuto, Stronger, Fourze, J and Gaim. They return to this part halfway through the movie.
In Memoriam: Dedicated to Tohru Hirayama (producer from the original series to ZX) and Takao Nagaishi (director for the first decade of the Heisei era)
Insistent Terminology: Despite technically being made in the Heisei Era, Shin, ZO and J are clearly labeled as Showa riders.
Kids Versus Adults: Considering the ages of the Riders and their actors, it can basically fall into this trope. This is because Shotaro Ishinomori had direct involvement in their creation.
Leader Forms The Head: Played for Laughs. The DenLiner combines with ToQ-Oh, but Daigo says "No, that's wrong!" and shoves the DenLiner out of the way with the Kyoryuger Ressha, taking the head spot and forcing the DenLiner to be the legs (a fact which Momotaros complains about continually).
and 5 years for Kamen Rider Decade and Double. WHEW!
It also seems to celebrate how there are now an equal amount of primary Showa and Heisei riders, as seen with Kamen Rider Fifteen.
Multiple Endings: Much like the 13 Riders special for Ryuki, Toei held a poll where you can vote for the Heisei or Showa riders, with the winning side deciding the ending of the movie while the losing side having to wait for the home video release for an alternate ending. The endings:
Heisei Ending (winner): As Ichigo performs a Rider Kick at Gaim, Gaim spots a flower growing on the beach and tanks the attack. When Ichigo sees why Gaim did so, he realizes that happiness and kindness CAN be a strength and stands down.
Showa Ending: Gaim comes to the conclusion that their fight is utterly pointless and stands down.
Mythology Gag: Kamen Rider Joker (Shoutaro's solo form from Double's movie) was heavily based on Kamen Rider Black, and Renn Kiriyama (Shoutaro's actor) is a huge fan of Black. Joker's first fight in the movie is against both Black and Black RX. In the final battle, he even gets to both defeat and be defeated by Black when he and Joker perform their Rider Kick on each other at the same time.
During Gaim and Fifteen's final battle, Gaim leaps on Fifteen and "chews" on him with #1 Arms; this refers to how Ishinomori originally intended the Riders' "Crusher" mouths to be able to open and close like human mouths (which is seen extremely rarely in the franchise, most famously on Gills.)
Hongo's improved transformation at the end of the film has him briefly changing into his original form (currently dubbed "Old Rider #1") before turning into his Shin Form.
Although she's a different Mari, the Auto Vajin's main directive is still protect Mari.
Nobody Calls Me Chicken: The first preview trailer comes out and Hongo pretty much says that he doesn't recognize the Heisei Riders as real Riders.
Power Copying: Well, since Decade has been confirmed, this will be likely. Then there's Kamen Rider Fifteen, who uses a Heisei Rider Lockseed to copy the Wizard and Fourze Arms from Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Gaim And Wizard The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle and two new Arms representing Gaim and Decade; his Decade Arms also allows him to copy the first nine Heisei Riders' powers as he briefly demonstrates by pulling out Hibiki's weapons.
Beyond that, Gaim also gets his hands on a Showa Lockseed and uses it to assume Rider #1 Arms.
Power Creep, Power Seep: One of the biggest fears about the movie is that the Heisei Riders, with their multiple forms and Super Modes, would make their fight with the Showa Riders a Curb-Stomp Battle. While some fights are easily one-sided (Kabuto takes out Stronger with just a Rider Kick and Fourze uses Rocket States to defeat Skyrider), the Showa are no slouches as X easily defeats Faiz (To be fair Takumi was holding back for the majority of the fight) and Riderman easily grapple-hooks and slams OOO out of a Tatoba Kick.
Also, it becomes clear that lack of special effects doesn't mean lack of strength, and now that they do have the effects to make it look like what modern fans are used to seeing, you'll find watching the old Riders use the same powers they always had don't even look weak. Of course, we've seen such before (All Riders vs. Dai Shocker's Rider tournament and the Seven Legendary Riders vs. Foundation X's cloned monsters in Movie Wars Megamax.) All transformations, Stronger's electric powers, and X-Rider's energy X-es that were once just the letter on a black backgroundreally lend themselves to the Big Budget Beef-Up treatment.
Retcon: In Kamen Rider Faiz, Kusaka died by having his neck snapped with no one noticing. In the movie, it's changed so that Kusaka dies in Takumi's arms, setting off his Heroic BSOD. Also, Kiba fights alongside the Orphenoch King, where in the series, he did kill Kusaka, but Kusaka had it coming. It's Kiba who wears the Kaixa armor in the final battle against the Orphenoch King.
The nature of Badan changes as well: In Birth of the 10th! they were merely another evil organization, while Spirits had them as aliens. In this movie they're depicted as an Army of the Dead who wants to break into the land of the living so they can enact their vengeance against the Kamen Riders.
Shut Up, Kirk!: An odd variation. When Hongo tears into the surviving Heisei because their attachments to the dead allowed Badan to revive, Kouta, Tsukasa and Takumi fire back that their idea of casting aside their happiness is meaningless.
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The main conflict between the Showa and the Heisei - the Showa believe that, to protect humanity's future, happiness and attachments towards the fallen must be cast aside. The Heisei run with those feelings as it gives them the strength to keep moving forward.
Stealth Pun: ToQ-Oh Kyoryuzin featuring DenLiner's finishing attack is the "ToQ Brave Arrival Slash", fitting for a train mecha.
Stylistic Suck: X Rider's X Kick performed here as compared to it being performed in Movie Wars Megamix.
Super Dickery: Hongo and Murasame had planned the war between Riders, however, it ends up being subverted - their feelings towards the Heisei were genuine. Once the Badan were taken care of, the Showa were ready to take care of things.
A new character this time, Kamen Rider Fifteen. While common in summer movies and Movie Wars, a spring film having a Kamen Rider of its own isn't something which usually happens, especially after Super Hero Taisen started.
Three words, Generalissimo of Badan. Particularly since he shows up as a giant undead Tyrannosaurus whose head splits open to reveal his trademark three-eyed human skull.
Unfinished Business: To cross over to the other side, all Shu needed to do was apologize to his mother, turning his last note backwards. Obviously, this would be a Spanner in the Works for Badan's plans.
What the Hell, Hero?: Hongo tears into the surviving Heisei Riders over their attachments towards the dead, as they were the reason the Badan came back.