YMMV: Kamen Rider Blade

  • Awesome Music: Kakusei, sung by Ricky of Rider Chips.
  • Broken Base: Who is the real Second Rider of Kamen Rider Blade; Chalice or Garren?
    • Those who argue in favor of Hajime Aikawa/Chalice point out his status as the Deuteragonist making his relationship with the main character one that receives more focus than the latter's relationship with Sakuya Tachibana/Garren. In relation, Hajime receives second billing in the credits and is also the second character to feature after Blade in the Title Sequence. He's also the only Rider to receive a Super Mode equivalent to Kenzaki's King Form while Garren only has a Jack Form and Leangle has nothing.
    • Sakuya Tachibana/Garren supporters point out the aesthetic contrasts between Blade and Garren that in any other show would be the ideal Primary Rider-Second Rider dynamic. Not only are their powers both based on the BOARD-designed Rider System (Chalice's originates from his nature as the Joker Undead, while Leangle's Rider System was designed by an Undead), there's also the contrasting nature of their animal motifs (Kenzaki's Rhinoceros Beetle to Tachibana's Stag Beetle) and the blue-red contrast of their suits. Additionally, Tachibana's Ensemble Darkhorse status and the fact that he is the second Rider to appear in the series proper (as well as having the first arc of the series being essentially devoted to him) provides extra fuel to the argument.
    • Notably, Toei itself seems uncertain as to who is Blade's Second Rider. In the Climax Heroes and Battride War games, Garren is treated as the Second Rider. But in the Ganbaride games, promotional cards featuring the Primary Rider in tandem with the Secondary Rider depict Chalice as the Secondary Rider.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Hiroshi Tennoji, the series' true Big Bad, absolutely reeks of obsession for self-preservation and world domination by any means necessary. As the head of BOARD, he creates the Battle Fight by releasing the Undead and manipulating his contracted Kamen Riders to take them out. As the battle progressed, he invented the Trials and the Titan Undead, all so he could buy himself time to create Kerberos, an artificial Undead with DNA from all 53 Undead that could surpass the Black Joker itself. Tennoji's invention kills the entire BOARD staff upon being born from the Stone of Sealing before he seals the artificial Undead to create a new Change Card. He uses the card to transform into Kerberos II before revealing his dream: to create a new world order with himself as its ruler. It takes all four Riders (with Blade in his King Form and Garren in his Jack form) to stop Tennoji once and for all.
    • Isaka, aka the Peacock Undead, exemplifies how low manipulative bastards can go. As the first Category Jack Undead, he designed Rider System 3, a belt that allows the user to transform into Kamen Rider Leangle. Unfortunately, that same belt requires using an improperly sealed Ace card that contains the Spider Undead, meaning that its user would be mentally enslaved by the Undead (as later seen with Mutsuki). After designing the corrupted Rider System, he brainwashed many people that he was going to use as expendable slaves to create his "Ultimate Rider". When this plan failed, Isaka turns his attention to Sakuya Tachibana and attempts to retrieve him as a prototype user. Isaka knows about Tachibana's subconscious fear and takes advantage of it to curbstomp him. Isaka tricks his defeated opponent to getting addicted to Schuld Ketsner seaweed, lying that the aggression-inducing plant would eliminate fear. When Sayoko notices her lover's addiction, Isaka smugly kills her for attempting to clean up her lover. Upon learning about Sayoko's death, Tachibana loses his subconscious fear and eventually gives the bastard exactly what he deserves.
  • Creator's Pet: Mutsuki Kamijo. He's despised by the audience yet the staff likes him. Fortunately, he got Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in the final quarter of the series.
  • Fountain of Memes: In its native Japan; other than the Ondulish "language" this series Riders (especially Garren, for some reason) tend to cross over in other series fan art.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Joker Undead defies whatever connotations its name implies, by being quite possibly the scariest monster in the show, despite being armed with just a knife. Heath Ledger would do the same thing some years later.
  • Game Breaker: King Form.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This series is filled with things that would be awesome Mythology Gags if this series had aired about ten years later. A wind-powered Rider whose Rider Kick lifts its Rider in a cyclone, and who is associated with black and the joker? We'll see it again five years later. Also, a password at one point is "Double Joker." And we'll be seeing the Japanese Beetle Brothers with a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic again in Kamen Rider Kabuto, though with the colors swapped to fit the trope better. Also, the card names are two words: the effect and the animal the sealed undead is based on. This makes the card Blade uses for changing "Change Beetle," a phrase we'll become very familiar with in Kamen Rider Kabuto.
  • Ho Yay: A lot between Kenzaki and Hajime. Especially given the ending. Moreso given the tone and content of this song.
  • Memetic Mutation: A relatively unknown meme in the West (for obvious reasons), the Japanese have had a lot of fun with Kamen Rider Blade. Onduru-Go (roughly translated as "The Ondul Language" or "Ondulish"), is a meme originating from protagonists, Kenzaki's fairly heavy-handed enunciations. The meme name comes from the first episode where Kenzaki is supposed to be saying, Hontou ni uragittan desuka!? ("Have you really betrayed us?"), but ended up sounding like, Onduru ruragittan disukaa!? Since then, it's reached a fair amount of popularity as a Japan-based net meme and has in fact received reference within the Blade Alternate Universe episodes of Kamen Rider Decade, as well as a shout-out in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. It got another nod in the net movies for Let's Go Kamen Rider (the 40th anniversary movie), where the phrase that inspired the meme is the title of the episode that focuses on Blade. Kenzaki, for his part, has since been labelled the Kenjaki, the Prince of Ondul Planet.
    • A meme concerning this scene does exist in considerable parts of the English speaking fandom, though not for the same reasons. It concerns the line: "Tachibana, why are you watching? Are you a traitor?". This stems from the fact some found it very hard to take the scene seriously, and it grew from there.
    • Another aspect of this meme are the Blade emoticons ( 0w0), ( 0M0), ( 0H0), (<::V::>) and chibi Blade's going "Wa~y!" (Mondegreen from the original opening theme's "BLADE BRAVE" line, and his primary Battle Cry).
    • Another famous one is the shot of Garren looking out silently behind a wall from episode 1. Whenever there is a Blade related fanart, be sure to look out for this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Leangle belt leaks spiders, which should creep anyone who has arachnophobia out.
    • Also, children could get easily freaked out by Mutsuki when the Spider Undead possesses him.
  • The Scrappy: Amane, due to being a Clingy Jealous Girl for Hajime, to the point that she absolutely cannot function without him around, making her attachment to him just creepy. There's also the fact that she's incredibly disrespectful to adults, including her own mother, and especially to her uncle.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Done entirely for humor in the Hyper Battle Video. A Trial has impersonated Kazuma, and he asks Tachibana and Mutsuki for help. Each of them in turn says "I know who the impostor is!", pulls out his personal weapon (while not transformed)...and attacks the real Kazuma, getting him shot in the ass and bashed over the head respectively.
  • Tear Jerker: Trial B's death.
  • Wangst: Mutsuki's childhood trauma from being kidnapped and locked into a safety box as an infant was brought up early in the series, apparently reinforcing his resolve to become a Rider... at least until the trauma's resolved and the Wangst is all that remained.