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  • 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.
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    • 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 Breakout Character 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.
      • Ultimately, Kamen Rider Zi-O and related material conclude Garren as the Secondary Rider, who is often included with the secondary Riders. Despite the show's actual tribute to Blade featured the return of Blade and Chalice, not all the Legends who returned in the season had to be primary and secondary riders.
  • Complete Monster: In the battle royale to become the dominant species, many competitors had good qualities, but these selected few only care about themselves and crossed the ultimate line in an attempt to achieve victory:
    • Hiroshi Tennoji serves as the series' true Big Bad and 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. Wishing to remake the world under him, his actions would produce countless tragedies throughout the series.
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    • Isaka/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 Tachibana's girlfriend Sayoko notices her lover's addiction, Isaka smugly kills her for attempting to clean up her lover.
    • Shinmei/Wolf Undead is the third Category Jack and is, like his predecessor Isaka, a calculating scoundrel. Possessing the unique ability to revive human corpses as his minions and having infiltrated human society as an "Undead Hunter", Shinmei goes on random killing sprees and then sends his squad to eliminate his victims, hunting other Undead in the process. Pretending to be an ally of BOARD, Shinmei completes the Black Fang, a motorbike which he had stolen from the company, with the help of Kenzaki and Tachibana, massacring his own crew afterwards and intending on using the motorbike to seal every other Undead and become the strongest.
    • Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace: Junichi Shimura/Kamen Rider Glaive is the real identity of the Albino Joker, the Evil Counterpart to both Kazuma Kenzaki and Hajime Aikawa. Joining BOARD as the replacement for Kamen Rider Blade, Shimura became the team leader of the Ace Riders and used them to further his own goals, starting by killing the president of BOARD and then releasing half of the Undeads, allowing them to massacre humans just to seal them again as part of a ritual that would grant him ultimate power, disposing of his two subordinates after they had served their purpose. Sacrificing Amane's life energy to have control over an Eldritch Abomination, Shimura was an ambitious monster whose need for power knew no limits.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Pretty much the three female Royal Clubs.
  • 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.
  • Game-Breaker: King Form.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is ridiculously popular in Thailand, gaining more viewers and selling more toys over there than it ever did in Japan. It is so popular, a Thai channel even made an after-school special featuring Kamen Rider Blade. In terms of quality, however, it never stood a chance against the original.
    • Since Kamen Rider and tokusatsu as a whole was still quite obscure in the West while Blade was airing, the negative press around it was largely obscured, and by the time a sizable fandom had started to form, the far more favorable impression it had received (see Vindicated by History below) in retrospect had become more common; the benefit of having the entire series complete and able to be binge-watched rather than having its weaker episodes play out once a week caused its reputation in the West to be much better from the get-go.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Ho Yay: A lot between Kenzaki and Hajime. Especially given the ending. Moreso given the tone and content of this song.
  • Memetic Loser: Despite all the hype of being the “Strongest Rider”, Mutsuki not only proves himself easily manipulated, but never gets a Jack or King form. This has not gone unnoticed.
  • Memetic Mutation: Easily the most memetic Kamen Rider show in Japan. It has spawned many parody vids, and most Kamen Rider parody videos will often refer to memes from this show.
    • 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 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. Here it is in video format.
      • 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).
      • And then there's (^U^) for Kamen Rider Glaive, though rather taken from the rider suit like those other emoticons, it is taken from his actor. And even then, it is based on the A. R. version of Missing Ace from Kamen Rider Decade (there called DiEnd World as it also ties to his backstory). There Glaive is donned by Junichi Kaito (as with other A. R. Worlds, he is based on a character from the main world, this one being Junichi Shimura, although this time he is played by the same actor). His acting there is very memetic to the Japanese due to the mix of Slasher Smile and Stepford Smiler, hence the happy emoticon. Because the character is played by the same actor and that the A. R. World is based from a movie of Kamen Rider Blade, this emoticon (along with the other memes associated with the character - like the dissonant smiling and repeated phrase of "Brother!") have been treated as some sort of Canon Immigrant to Blade memes. It's telling that whenever he is included, they usually refer to the Decade version than the Missing Ace version.
    • Tachibana / Kamen Rider Garren is rife with this.
      • A 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.
      • The set-up for the meme above (Garren half-peeking through a wall) is pretty much a meme of its own. When scenes from shows, usually from other tokusatsu, have a character or group of characters peeking through a wall, expect someone captioning it with "Did you really betray <group>?"
      • ORE NO KARADA WA BOROBORO DA!!Explanation 
      • SAN!!Explanation 
      • His over-the-top scream when an Undead approaches him is very infamous.
      • While not technically Garren per-se as the song is used even when Blade is doing something, the insert song Rebirth is attributed to him as his actor Hironari Amano sung it. Part of the end of the chorus is the line "GOTTA BE STRONG!" repeated twice. However, Monde Green is in full effect and Japanese fans have taken to call it as "KARA-MISO!" (a brand of spicy curry).
      • SAYOKO!!!
    • Kamen Rider Chalice has some that is used a lot.
      • Him threatening Kenzaki and shouting "MUKOROSU!" is his meme catchphrase (a kin to the "traitor" phrase of Blade and "body is broken" phrase of Garren). Japanese fans also take note of his face, complete with hilariously popped out eyeballs and widened nostrils. Hajime's expression was popular enough that one of the designers for Another Riders used this expression as the basis for Another Blade's face.
      • In one point in the series he became amnesiac and is switched roles with a look-alike (Ryo Mikami, played by the same actor) who happens to be a heir to a takoyaki stand. Later in the episode Ryo puts on a hilarious armor called Taiyaki Master that improves takoyaki cooking. He even yells "ULTIMATE FORM! SPECIAL TURBO!" that doubles his speed in cooking (as fans joked as a pre-cursor to Clock Up). It doubles as a Shout-Out to Kamen Rider Kuuga, particularly his Ultimate Kuuga form as they share colors even. Now even though the character Hajime never wore it, his actor did, and so using this image and meme is attributed to him.
    • Kamen Rider Leangle has some too.
      • SAIKYOU DA!!Explanation 
    • These videos should ultimately summarize the whole insanity of the memes this show produced.
    • "IS HOPE ACUTE?" Explanation 
    • THE BENCH. Explanation (Spoilers) 
  • Narm: There's a lot of this in the first ten episodes of the series, mainly due to Kenzaki's actor slurring a lot of his lines as mentioned above (Though, this is only noticeable if the viewer knows Japanese). Some standout examples include the aforementioned scene in episode 1, and Kenzaki's reaction to Tachibana telling him that the Rider System will eventually destroy both of them in episode 3.
    • In general, early on, the way a large amount of the dialogue was pronounced was so bad that viewers in Japan had to rely on Closed Captioning to understand what the characters were saying. And if you thought it was bad trying to watch the series in a language you were a native speaker of, imagine being a fansubber.
    • Tachibana's scream when approached by an Undead made audiences not to take the scene seriously, as this video attest.
  • 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.
  • Never Live It Down: Tachibana's betrayal of BOARD hasn't been forgotten by the fandom even as of 2020.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: During its airing, ratings and toy sales in Japan dropped to a huge low for Heisei Kamen Rider, with people citing the poor character development and stiff acting from the lead actor during the first half of the series (with the "Ondulish" meme being made largely to mock the latter). It wasn't until the 2010s when people started to look upon the series more favorably in retrospect, especially since the second half (which had a switch in writers and improved acting) was seen as Growing the Beard.
  • 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.


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