Accidental Innuendo: In #13, Gentaro promises to help bring Miura (the Orion Zodiarts) back to school, saying "The best medicine for a hurt heart is friendship, so I'll make sure he gets his daily dose of me morning, noon, and night!" Judging by the reactions of Miura's girlfriend and Yuuki, he's the only one who doesn't realize what he's saying. And he keeps saying stuff like "Drink me" or "I'll be good for him" as he tries to "help" Miura out.
Awesome Music: This is Kamen Rider we're talking about. We're bound for entries like this.
"TAKE A STEP FORWARD!" Whenever Giant Step starts playing, you know awesomeness will ensue.
And now May'n has released a solo version which isn't quite as energetic as the original, but more than makes up for it with her trademark powerful vocals.
Endless Play brings the edge to fight scenes, perfectly encapsulated during the finale's Bike Fu sequence.
Meteor's theme, Shooting Star, is just lovely. The PV takes it even further by simply being Meteor beating up 100 Dustards.
Bounce Back is an awesome tune to represent how Gentaro gets back on track despite taking blows.
Cosmic Mind, the theme for Cosmic States, is very befitting of the main Rider's final form. "SHOW ME YOUR COSMIC MIND!" indeed.
Evolvin Storm, the theme of Meteor Storm, is quite the treat, with the PV in particular being a mixture of awesome, and silly.
Blooming is also awesome.
The finale of Swan Lake plays over the rematch between Meteor and the Cygnus Zodiarts. You don't get many Rider Kicks to classical music, but damn if it didn't work wonders.
SAMURAI STRONG STYLE from Movie War Mega Max. The fact a former Megadeth guitarist and the vocalist of J-Rock band Kishidan, and Ear Worm-like opening chorus lyricals is only a couple of things that make this song stand out among the other Movie War themes.
The main theme, "Switch On!" is quite the rousing piece, entirely appropriate for living in the exciting school days of Fourze.
Badass Decay: Arguably Shun from #20 onwards, his Powerdizer appearances have been cut back and he's officially the Dogged Nice Guy to Miu now.
Tatsumori Yamada/Aries Zodiarts. He was transferred around the same time Ryusei came to Amanogawa and in that amount of time, he's the undisputed king of Subaruboshi high. He forces the whole school (teachers included) in his little play like world where everyone is graded on their performances. If they did bad jobs, he would put them into a permanent sleep. He even makes a Deal with the Devil with Meteor, reviving Jiro if Meteor killed Fourze and he follows up on his deal. Then he decides to do a play called "School War" which has the Kamen Rider Club kill students before deciding to reverse the roles and have the Kamen Rider Club being tied up to poles and killed. Thankfully, Gentaro is revived and kicks his ass so badly that he is sent into a coma.
Rem Kannagi, the Big Bad of Movie War Megamax. His goal is to use the power of the Astro Switches and the Core Medals from the future to become an all powerful being known as the Super Galaxy King and will do absolutely anything to accomplish this, and taking a sick glee in rubbing his advantage in the faces of his enemies whenever he gets the chance. He essentially kills Gentaro's girlfriend, Nadeshiko for the SOLU she's composed of, and then rubs that fact in Gentaro's face. He also had no problem killing anyone that gets in his way without an ounce of remorse, or creating clones of all the Greeed and Sonozaki Dopants for his own evil purposes. He gets his in the end though, after being Double Rider Kicked by Fourze Double Rocket States and OOO Super TaToBa Combo, sending him into the path of his own shuttle that runs him over.
Creepy Cute: Tomoko is so hilariously creepy yet acts just as dorky at the same time.
Crosses the Line Twice: In #28, Kijima subjects the Kamen Rider Club to his "Open Mic from Hell" — IE, make him laugh or he destroys your soul. Obviously a very dark thing, but the way in which it's handled actually manages to make it pretty funny. Highlights include him "snipping" Miu mid-joke and then offhandedly saying "I never liked her anyway", and Kengo challenging him to a funny faces contest (he immediately says "Nope" and "snips" Kengo's soul too).
Ear Worm: Like OOO, the henshin sound effect. Fourze's theme from the Kamen Rider OOO movie ("Rocket Rider") is also quite catchy.
The opening theme, "Switch On" is also very catchy.
The MEGAMAX theme, "Samurai Strong Style".
Ensemble Darkhorse: Tomoko Nozama, with her whole Creepy Goth shtick and Pinkie Pie-level randomness. The wait for her focus ep was agonising. Pre-empting the second part for a week didn't help.
Nadeshiko has only appeared in a few movies, but has become extremely popular thanks to her interactions with Gentaro.
Fan-Preferred Couple: Tomoko and Ryusei seems to be a pretty popular pairing after their story arc in #23-#24.
Gentaro and Nadeshiko are extremely popular as well.
Faux Symbolism: #27-28 has Cancer Zodiarts gaining the ability to pull halos out of people. It's implied that all humans have them, and they're vital to one's life, as it's their life essence given solid form.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Gentaro is noted to do anything in order to help out and befriend fellow students. This comes to really bite him in the ass when he gets killed and willing allows himself to do so so that Ryusei can be with Jiro again.
All the jokes made about Ryusei trying to protect Gentaro as atonement would sound a little bitter after the events of #43, with Ryusei Jumping on a Grenade to do it.
Remember how, in recent years, it's practically tradition for a large number of Riders to line up and then pull off a group Ass Kicking Pose before a major battle ensues. They're doing it in the movie as well, except it's the Horoscopes.
Another early rumor stated that Kamen Rider Meteor was going to be an alien. He wasn't. But Kengo is.
Anna Tsuchiya's MV for "Voyagers" has Kengo and Yuki in a misty area looking for something. Pretty harsh if you consider the misty area like an afterlife that Kengo has been sent thanks to Sagittarius Zodiarts.
This show was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of spaceflight. It feels bad when the finale airs on the same day one of the best known astronauts, First Man On The Moon Neil Armstrong, died. Not to mention that Japan's first man in space Mitsuaki Gamou also does!
In #27, Gentaro notes that his parents died in a car crash and encouraged him to make lots of friends. Then we have our next Kamen Rider, whose parents also died in a car crash, and they told him that "he was their hope". Guess which one is the more optimistic and better-going of the two.
Kengo's whole "King of the Infirmary" shtick fell into this trope in 2016 after Ryuki Takahashi announced he was retiring from acting due to health issues.
Yuuki's eccentricity is harder to watch when we learn of her actress Fumika Shimizu being part of a cult.
Gets even funnier in Movie Wars Ultimatum - while Tachibana's helmet is based on Bangalter, the kidnap victims are masked in helmets based on de Homem-Christo.
During the early days of the show, fan art of Fourze as if it looked like Crayon Shin-chan was shown. Then it's revealed that the two shows are crossing over.
Possibly the shortest-range example yet - Ohsugi yelling "I'M A BUNNY!!" during his first walk on the moon in #30. #31 reveals that Aries Horoscopes was one too.
Speaking of Aries Zodiarts, prior to becoming Gentaro, Sota Fukushi was part of a drama called "Shima Shima" (Striped Sheep), which involved men helping people fall asleep. And now he meets the Zodiarts that deals with it.
Episode #40 sees Ryusei challenging the Taurus Zodiarts to a game of golf. However, it was preempted a week. What for? Actual golf.
Tachibana telling Ryusei during the Cygnus arc about how unlikely it is to find a good Zodiarts is this with the reveal that he is Virgo, and also that he has been a good guy for the whole series. Of course, he had questionable methods, probably due to that pesky switch, but it still counts!
#43. Apparently Doctor Maki finally caught the cosplay/cuisine bug from Chiyoko.
With that in consideration, there was also a Tachibana in Fourze, and he was an actual mentor to the heroes. Okay, Evil Mentor, but still.
Notice how Gentaro insistently wouldn't teach Nadeshiko the Secret Handshake in Movie Wars Megamax, developing a crush on her and yet not wanting to befriend her like normal? He's basically acknowledging the FriendZone!
In Movie Wars Megamax we have a Mad Scientist who's been doing his own research on the side, including experimentation on himself, so he can rebel against the evil organisation he's been working for. And the finale involves our heroes going after him as his ship takes off. If it all seems familiar... maybe it is.
The witches' coven arc has Yuki supposedly receiving a spell to "become prettier", which gives her makeup and a blonde wig for a moment. Fast forward to Movie Wars Ultimatum and how do they show Yuki's 'matured' five years? With the same makeup.
The Net Movies for The Movie revealed that Virgo's suit actor is a guy. Let that sink in for a moment.
In the DVD-exclusive Riderman Quiz, after noting that "Yuuki Joujima" was derived from "Jouji Yuki", the cast sees a clip from V3 where Jouji saves a baby and they joke that it's an infant Yuuki. Then the quiz suggests that the baby is secretly a monster, prompting everyone to joke that Yuuki may be a monster herself. And then came the Gemini arc...considering how bleak things got for poor Yuuki, this may count as Harsher in Hindsight for some.
The whole idea of "attack a school and turn students into a Monster of the Week" has been used in another show, though that series is merely animated in Japan- it's actually French-Korean.
Ho Yay: Tomoko is initially shown to have this towards Yuki, ever since her performance for the Queen Festival, as seen here◊. It's also telling that they share the same interests.
The Yuki/Tomoko Ho Yay gets even stronger in the DVD-exclusive special quizzes, where they keep telling each other "I love you" and, when they're partnered together in the Kamen Rider X quiz, spend most of the time snuggled together and giggling.note It's actually unclear if these quizzes were supposed to be in character or not, since we have both character and actor names thrown around, as well as things like Justin Tamamori alluding to his being half-Australian (which we're pretty sure Shun isn't), and Shiho being herself and not really bothering to play Tomoko at all.
Why is there no mention on the Gentaro - Kengo - Ryusei dynamic here?
Forget that. If you want to look at it that way, episode #47 is rife with Gentaro/Kengo fodder.
Ohsugi is crossing the Despair Event Horizon because Sonoda isn't around anymore. What does he do? He tries to give Gentaro detention, for no reason other than because he wants some "company". Huh. Gentaro gets a bit shocked by this...And so do the other students.
Ohsugi: Come with me to the staff lounge. You're my conversation buddy now.
Gentaro: Why me?
Ohsugi: I'm lonely!
(Gentaro stares at Ohsugi while he brings out a photo of himself with Sonoda attached by tape)
Ohsugi: Sonoda-sensei! My beloved...How long is she going to be sick?
Not to mention the way Ryusei regards his sick friend Jiro doesn't seem to just be friendship.
#32 has Ryusei trying to prevent Yukina Takamura from getting close to Gentaro. I wonder what that indicates?
In Megamax, Shun tries Hint Dropping on Miu, which she completely turns down instantly. Shun goes crying into JK's arms.
More from Ohsugi; when Gentaro finally gets into a school uniform, Ohsugi couldn't stop teasing him, even calling Gentaro "cute".
Kamen Rider Fourze: Friendship is AWESOME!!!Explanation Due to the show's overall theme, as well as Fourze's declaration to make friends in his own way, certain jokes and crossover fanarts/fanfics with a similarly-themed kid's show are popping out immediately. Does this mean Gentaro love and tolerate the *yay!* out of you?!
Ryusei: Expert Cockblocker[[labelnote:Explanation]]In #33 during the Kyoto trip, he constantly tries to get between Gentaro and a girl who wants to be his girlfriend. His only response to this? "I need to take care of Gentaro."
It's also pretty common to compare chest sizes for all Female Zodiarts—whether the switchers are female, or the Zodiarts is female-looking. Two important things to note are the chest sizes of both Aquarius and Virgo belonging to Most Common Superpower, and Scorpio Zodiarts going through A-Cup Angst.
Misblamed: A more positive example: due to the many plot similarities to Kamen Rider Double, many people mistakenly believe that Riku Sanjo was the main writer for this series. While he was a secondary writer, he was not actually the main writer for this series; that would be Kazuki Nakashima.
Moral Event Horizon: Hiroki Makise, the Pyxis Zodiarts, crosses this by blowing up the locker serving as the Rabbit Hutch for no other reason but to make Yuki cry, knowing full well it's vitally important to her (and after that calling her 'damaged goods'). If that didn't send him over this, trying to murder a bus full of innocent people certainly does.
What's worse? Those innocent people were the girls he stalked before he went after Yuki. There must've been around 20 girls that were in that bus (Miu being one of them). Now factor in on how he went giving Yuki all those letters, gifts, and voicemails...God, I feel chills down my spine...
Misa Toriizaki gets one for forcing Eguchi to become the Cygnus Zodiarts despite Eguchi knowing what would happen to him. Made worse when the Ugly Ducklings also go with it, chanting "Cygnus!" as Eguchi screams in terror and then those Ducklings start worshiping him.
It will seem pretty hard for Ryusei to be likeable for effectively becoming the Hero Killer and causing some heartbreak in Kengo. Especially considering the other option he had. Even he believes he crossed it and tries to redeem himself. He succeeds and even becomes Gentaro's friend.
Rem in Movie Wars Megamax crosses this line when he takes Nadeshiko and turns her into the SOLU Switch, pretty much killing her, even going as far as to state that he "killed" her.
Virgo Zodiarts crosses the MEH three times in one episode when she's revealed to be Emoto. The first MEH is leaving Rokuro for dead on the moon. The second is invoking the Heel–Face Door-Slam on Sugiura. And the third one that kicked him far past the MEH is sending Tomoko to the Dark Nebula. He doesn't know when he's crossed it however, and the next episode after, he threatens the KRC with death unless they leave the club, then sends Ryusei to the Dark Nebula after he reveals that he's also Tachibana.
SUBVERTED! he actually was a double-agent, and he didnt send then to the dark nebula, but hide them in the M-bus to protect them, including Tomoko and Ryusei.
Libra and Leo both cross this when they downright force Yuki of all people to become a Horoscopes.
The reveal of Gamou's endgame pushes him across it.
Though, if you wish to interpret it as such, all three Zodiarts crossed the horizon when they kill Emoto.
Gamou really crosses this by not caring one bit that Libra gave his life for his.
Gemini when she tricks the Kamen Rider Club into nearly killing Yuuki. She'd win in 10 hours anyway, she outright says she did this For the Evulz.
Most Wonderful Sound: The Switch-Activation voice for the Barizun Sword is a choir. And putting other right-arm switches into it will trigger choir versions of their pre-existing sounds!
The sound effect that accompanies Meteor Fusion States' debut is just plain beautiful.
Narm: When the Aries Horoscopes is revealed to have evolved from...a Rabbit Zodiarts. (Yes, there's one.) Not only is it never shown physically in the flashback, but the silhouette of a rabbit, bunny ears and all, is waddling in a very distinct fashion.
Sometimes when Gentaro overacts, he gets one of these.
Narm Charm: Sure, giving the Big Bad a handshake may sound silly, but that really doesn't matter considering the speech, fight scene, and build-up that came before it. Not to mention it shows that no matter who it is, Gentaro can help and befriend anyone.
Principal Kouhei Hayami is played by Kousei Amano (Kamen Rider Blade's Sakuya Tachibana/Kamen Rider Garren), and in his first appearance he displays many of the same mannerisms as the Scorpio Zodiarts. He's actually Libra.
It was announced that Nao Nagasawa (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger's Nanami Nono/Hurricane Blue) would join the cast around the same time the Virgo Zodiarts first appeared in the show, causing many fans to think this trope would be in effect. Her debut episode instead has it look like she's the Pegasus Zodiarts, not Virgo. She was neither.
Kasumi Suzuki, who played child villainess Rije in Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, returns in episodes 25-26 as the Coma Zodiarts.
Zigzagged again with Runa Natsui (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger's Kaoru Shiba/Princess Shinken Red) who appears in #30-31 as Ryusei's old classmate, who's just one of Aries Horoscopes' dozens of victims.
Averted entirely with returning antagonist Makise, who had nothing to do with the Aquarius arc eventually.
Dr. Maki from Kamen Rider OOO reappears in #43 as Yuki's father, and yet he's not even close to the villain for that arc...Well, unless you count Yuki's doppelganger as a pseudo-daughter.
Never Live It Down: Yuki accidentally has caused trouble for the Kamen Rider Club about twice (both coincidentally involving slipping too much information to Ohsugi), and yet people hate her like she's done this on purpose multiple times.
One-Scene Wonder: More like two episode wonder. Hiroki Makise had garnered himself quite the attention despite only appearing for two episodes. Just look at all the Fridge Horror surrounding this guy! He's the entire reason why this show's Nightmare Fuel page was made! Makise is the go-to person in Kamen Rider history for messed up people. He was so popular it seemed, that he returned for a later arc, though rapidly toned down.
Nadeshiko is also very popular with the fanbase for her relationship with Gentaro.
We can't forget Yuki's parents, can we? Bonus points for who her father, who played Dr. Maki in the previous Kamen Rider series.
The Scrappy: JK. His actions toward Gentaro in #6 were the cause.
Shun gets the same reputation in the early episodes. He's already a Jerk Jock, has an obvious It's All About Me behavior, and his sheer rage towards Gentaro and co. simply existing around him pushes him to directly cockblock Fourze AS HE IS ABOUT TO DEAL THE FINISHING BLOW TO A RAMPAGING ZODIART. He gets some redemption toward the end of the following episode, though, when he confronts his Freudian Excuse and uses the Power Dizer to hold the Scorpion Zodiart off while Gentaro defeats the Monster of the Week. He's shown to be trying to become a better person afterward.
Misa Toriizaki for what she did to Eguchi. She gets cold on Eguchi even though the others praise for his good deeds in #24, and then forces Eguchi to activate his switch that was on Last One for the sole purpose of making Cygnus emerge and forces the Ugly Ducklings to trap him so he wouldn't be free. Thankfully, The Dog Bites Back, uses her as a Human Shield, and breaks her so hard that she realizes that leading a cult is a bad idea, and thus disbands it.
Ohsugi-sensei can slowly become one in #29. His reasons for hating Gentaro? Because he made Sonoda-sensei leave (he didn't). He relentless pursues Gentaro, Kengo, Yuki and Ryusei and finds out about the Rabbit Hatch. He confiscates the Net Switch and threatens to destroy the KRC!
Yuki Jojima for some, for she's been the Swiss Messengertwice in the entire show's run, and the fact that she's just too energetic for some people.
Some people consider Yukina Takamura to be this. Why? Well, due to her being a Clingy Jealous Girl to the point where she took away the Fourze Driver and refused to hand it back despite there being a monster that's going to kill her.
Squick: Tomoko freaks out so badly at being caught without her makeup on that she'll cover her face in mud from a drain. Seriously, whoa.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: When we get our first Switcher who already has a split personality, the Zodiarts actually says "I'm free of him" upon entering Last One stage, with the comatose human body left behind...the split personality had remained in the human body and could awaken it. It didn't happen then, but this sums up the creation of Gemini Horoscopes later on.
Due to his fighting style, Ryusei would fit a Chinese Zodiac theme much better.
Foundation X members show up in the Kyoto arc, and yet they don't break out Gaia Memories or Cell Medals like they did in Movie Wars MEGAMAX.
The Fourze plot of the MEGAMAX movie would have made a great long term arc for the show itself. It's a shame it was crammed into such a short movie.
Was anyone wishing that Capricorn Zodiarts used that brainwashing music against Fourze and Meteor to do what he wanted? Or maybe use them to work for the bad guys?
Ryusei's rivalry with his friend Jiro could be much better exployted if he became one of the Horoscopes after waking up from his coma.
Ohsugi-sensei's role as faculty adviser would've been great if he could've been used to find out who most of the teacher Zodiarts were.
Hand Switch never got used in battle.
Gentaro's parents could've been used as Foreshadowing seeing as Gentaro didn't now what job they did and could've been involved in the plot.
Gentaro hardly used the switch combos in his Cosmic State.
The Presenters aren't mentioned until near the end of the series, and we never figure out just who or what they even are.
Too Cool to Live: The Black Knight was destroyed by Groundain and Skydain for no reason other than to show off their power.
Two Episode Wonder: Despite just being another Monster of the Week, the fact that Makise's entry is twice the length of any other Zodiarts and he's got an entire section in the Fridge Horror entry shows how much of an impact this psycho has made in the show.
Uncanny Valley: The Coma Zodiarts' Limp and Livid fighting style is deliberately filmed and played backwards, a technique often done in horror movies.
WTH, Casting Agency?: Kengo's actor, capable of several stunts and fight scenes, plays the sick guy. However, Kengo gets to bust out martial-art movies in Movie Wars Ultimatum.
The Woobie: All of the Kamen Rider Club has their moments.
Tomoko. When Gentaro and Yuki enter her house, the mom is pleased to see her daughter having normal friends, and her room has more stuff related to insects than the occult. She even has a cute little figure of a girl holding a duck hidden under a Gothic matroyshka doll to probably hide the fact that she's very shy and alone. Not to mention how she confesses that she just doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere on Earth and only joined the Goths so she could escape to the moon. When she goes to the moon (after Gentaro transforms to Fourze and drags the girl to the Rabbit Hutch) she's crying about how easy it was to get there.
Shun being a Kamen Rider version of Andrew from The Breakfast Club counts. He tearfully confesses to Gentaro that he's actually jealous of him, because his club actually has fun being together. Shun, on the other hand, has to be constantly told by his father on what to do (ranging from dating Miu for being Queen, deciding his plays and forcing Miura to be on the bench) and feels so bad about all of this because in the end, everyone ends up being pissed off at him. As he ends his spiel he asks Gentaro "Is what I'm doing wrong?" before Gentaro replies back with his Inelegant Blubbering.
And then in #25-26, he tries his hardest to go to Prom with Miu because he generally fell in love with her. Miu, however, wanted to ask Gentaro out. Gentaro tried to get the two together and they did try to dance...until Shun realized that the fighting Zodiarts was more important. In the end, Shun removes his coat and puts it around Gentaro so he and Miu could dance together...while he walks off and looking like he was about to cry.
The events at the end of #11 and in #12 seemed to make Yuki one. She asked a favor from the Pyxis Zodiarts to find the missing locker that connects to the Rabbit Hatch, and then—accidentally—lets the Zodiarts destroy it with the redirected missiles of Fourze's Launcher Switch. It turns out in #12 that the locker which was destroyed was a different one and that everything ends OK.
Then that was taken Up to Eleven in Episodes 43 and 44. Two words: Gemini Zodiarts.
How about Kengo? The guy's father is dead, we have no idea about his mom, and he got stuck on the moon due to sheer accident that was mostly blamed on Yuki, and he cries that he doesn't want to die alone on he moon when he believes that no one will rescue him. And you need to give this guy a hug in #32 as he tries to revive Gentaro after Ryusei kills him.
And then there's episodes 45-47 where everything just goes Up to Eleven for him as well.
Miu becomes a small one in #25. She's graduating, and feels somewhat sad that she won't be able to be Club President of the KRC anymore, and also gets upset at how Shun is able to brush it off so easily and focus on prom. It's also made even worse when she got extremely angry at Shun for setting Gentaro up so she could go to the prom with him, when she really wanted to go to prom with Gentaro.
Subverted with Gentaro. When Shun asked where his parents were Gentaro calmly states that they died in a traffic accident while he was in third grade while happy music is in the background. He states that is his parents were the one who taught him about making lots of friends and he continues to do so.
With the events following Episode 31, let's hope he doesn't have a mental breakdown for dying.
It's played straight in Megamax when just as he's about to give Nadeshiko the Secret Handshake, she's being sucked up and transforms into a switch. All Gentaro can do is scream, "NADESHIKO!!!!" and go into Heroic B.S.O.D. mode.
JK gets this treatment in #35-36. His whole party attitude is just a way to hide the fact that he's just trying to keep his dream of being a rockstar alive because he's not a good of a singer. And then his old friend is Capricorn Zodiarts whose music can give him a better singing voice and then he tells Gentaro that he's afraid of losing his dream, citing that his friendship doesn't matter at that point because "after high school, you don't see your friends anymore".
Jerkass Woobie: Ryusei Sakuta. He holds an arrogant prideful attitude, but that's only because his best friend told him that friendship was stupid and ridiculous and then got stuck in a coma after using a Zodiarts Switch. Even though the same friend hated friendship, Ryusei goes out as Meteor to find a way to save him, although in #27, he's lost that ability to do so due to his arrogance. He thinks Gentaro is too naive about friendship but that's only a way to deny the fact that he couldn't do anything to save his only friend. Someone please punch him in the face and then give him a hug.
Also, earlier that same episode they managed to preserve Cancer's Hurricane of Puns.[[labelnote:List]]"How's Meteor like a poster? They're always held up with a tack (attack)! Even if your attacks could pin me, you'd still need to push a little harder! You're all thumbs compared to someone like me, so I'm going to nail you!"
You've gotta take some liberties when translating a guy whose whole shtick is puns and wordplay. A literal translation of him would leave much confusion.
The popular Fan Subbed version of Gentaro's Catch-Phrase as "It's space time!" caught on like wildfire with the fandom despite not being an actual translation.