This clinches it! Now, count up your sins! Kamen Rider W is two detectives in one!!!
When I first heard of double, I thought it would be a silly, forgettable series that was mostly focused on selling toys. While it was rather focused on selling toys (11 SH figuarts just for all the double forms + accel yellow form lolwhut?) it was also an absolutely amazing show from start to finish, and a very welcome surprise.
The plot for Double starts out rather simply: Hidari Shoutaro and Phillip are two detectives who use the double driver and a variety of Gaiamemories to transform into Kamen Rider Double, who protects the city of Fuuto from dopants, people who buy Gaiamemories to cause chaos. The plot, and the plots of the individual two episode arcs, are, I have to admit, rather predictable. Being predictable does not stop them from being engrossing and interesting. I liked the plot of Double, and it kept me interested. Also this series is one of those series where I flipping teared up near the end. *DON'T WORRY, THEY WERE MANLY TEARS, MY MASCULINITY IS INTACT*
The characters are a huge, huge
improvement from the crappy characters of the series prior. There's a lot of development for everyone: Shoutaro and his constant attempts to be hardboiled, Phillip and his growing love for the city of Fuuto and the people in it, Terui Ryuu's loss of his jerkass nature. Really, I couldn't tell you a character that I DIDN'T like in this show. Even the villains were complex. Also, Akiko. I liked her, personality, and no, it's not because lolshehasbreasts. (She was pretty damn flat anyway) I liked some moments, like when she HIT A DOPANT WITH A CHAIR or SMACKED A MAJOR VILLAIN WITH A SLIPPER WHILE DE CONSTRUCTING THEIR MOTIVES and she was pretty alright after the first few episodes.
The base double forms were well designed, and Fang Joker was awesome. While some people might say XTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME
was kind of silly looking, I liked the form itself and its capabilities. Accel had some great designs all around. The music was awesome, and it was also well placed.
Double felt like a 'back to basics' series, at least in spirit, the form change thing aside. It just had two main riders and a character based story, and it showed why the basics of a rider series were so awesome. Whether you translate it as W or Double, the 11th Heisei series is one of the best.
Now, count up your sins!