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Creator / Toshiki Inoue

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Toshiki Inoue was born in Saitama, Japan in 1959. He's the son of the man who wrote the script for the original Kamen Rider, Masaru Igami. He is well known for writing anime and Tokusatsu. He gained some bad reputation among the fandom from being part of executive-mandated retool of Kamen Rider Hibiki.

No relation to Masahiro Inoue, the actor who portrayed Tsukasa Kadoya in Kamen Rider Decade.

Compare with Frank Miller for a similar writer who does Darker and Edgier takes on established properties.


His involvement in certain works include:

Tropes associated with his writing style:

  • Anyone Can Die: In some cases.
  • Conflict Ball: Part of the Signature Style, as it mostly runs off of Poor Communication Kills.
  • Darker and Edgier: He sure likes his grit. When watching one of his series, you should expect lots of angsting, heavy arguments between characters and at least one character dying.
  • Disposable Woman: Likes to kill off female characters just to give the male heroes motivation to fight the villains, or something to angst about.
  • Fanservice: He often has female characters placed in this.
    • According to him, after Jetman ended, he wrote several that goes a lot more in the romantic part about it. As a side effect of keeping it a kid's show. He replaced romantic undertones with plenty of eating.
  • Fantastic Racism: Most of the enemy races in series written by him look down on humanity. They believe their superiority over humans gives them the right to rule over or exterminate them.
  • Foe Romantic Subtext: In his two series Kamen Rider Faiz and Avataro Sentai Donbrothers, there are two similar pairs of foes that have Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman going on, but even after their identities are revealed to the other, they still have a lot of Ho Yay with each other. They are Takumi and Yuji & Taro and Sonoi.
  • Grey-and-Grey Morality: His most distinctive writing feature is that he dislikes the idea of conventional good-and-evil heroism, so he likes creating dark hero characters and different shades of morality. That said, he's not shy about making Hate Sink villains either.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Inoue is quite fond of writing numerous love triangles into his series and wringing as much romantic drama out of them as possible.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Boy howdy, does it ever. In many cases, the problems characters face in his works would be solved if they would just sit down and talk about it for a few minutes.
    • Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't subversions. One instance was used in three different Kamen Rider seasons and in his latest Sentai series Donbrothers. Long story short, it involves Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman, but once they find out they're the same, they start liking both.
  • Sacrificial Lamb / Sacrificial Lion: Introduces characters just to kill them off. Most of these are female, tying them to the Disposable Woman trope.