Reviews: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Walking the path of heaven, ruling over everything! Speed up to the next level, Kamen Rider Kabuto!!!


I'm back from the dimension of the eclipse! Time to review Kabuto.

At first glance, I thought Kabuto looked hella awesome. At a deeper inspection, I thought it was flawed, but still pretty damn awesome.

The plot of Kabuto is probably one of the weaker points. Kabuto, a man who mysteriously has a rider belt, can transform into Kamen Rider Kabuto to fight the worms, aliens who steal people's identities. Overall, the plot is simple: fighting off an alien invasion. It seemed like they tried, they really tried, to make it more complex, but a whole lot of plot threads were introduced and... never really picked up on again. (Red shoes system lolwhut?) It got messy around the latter half, but it remained entertaining enough to watch.

The characters were, for the most part, coolio. Tendou had some really subtle development, but he was clearly getting nicer by the end, and his antics were fairly amusing. Kagami was the everyman and a hugely likable character, and the way he rose up was just great to watch. Everyone else is... pretty cool, but I'd like to give an honorable mention to Tsurigi. Kamen Rider Sasword is one of those characters you just don't forget. From his haughty beginnings to his brilliantly done development and, eventually, his tearjerking tragic end, Kamishiro Tsurigi will go down as one of the greatest Kamen Rider characters ever.

Also, the hopper hell brothers. They were AWESOME AND AMAZING but I do wonder why they were there. Like, where did their zecters even come from? And The Bee. I can't tell you who The Bee is because HIS ZECTOR WIELDER WAS CHANGING LIKE EVERY FIVE MINUTES GODDAMN

Complaints about the plot aside, Kabuto's biggest strength is the rider designs and fight scenes. Clock up is one of the most brilliant things ever, at least for when was used. It, along with Cast Off, seemed to just become forgotten in the latter half, but while they were being used, shit was cash. The designs are all good, with the exception of some of the masked forms, but the rider forms are all good looking. Hyper Kabuto is awesome, btw.

If you're looking for a fun ride and are willing to dismiss the flaws of the plot to enjoy what's good about it, Kabuto is right up your alley -

Oh damnit Hiyori, I JUST saved you.

Excuse me for a moment.