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A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by takenoko » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:47 am

So Decade's back and on Zi-O, and he's easily one of the show's highlights. He's so good that, he might be even better than on his own show. Why is that?

On Zi-O, he's an agent of chaos. He doesn't have any obvious goals, and he's apparently just there for his own amusement. Because of this, he frequently falls into the role of antagonist for Zi-O's protagonists. This is a great role for him. But maybe Decade being the antagonist isn't a new development?

Sure, Tsukasa is the Great Leader of Shocker and he's the destroyer of worlds. I always wrote off these aspects, because on the show Kamen Rider Decade, he's the protagonists. He's befriending everyone, helping out, he's good to his band of fellow journeyers. If he's a bad guy, surely he was brain washed or tricked into it.

But at the end of the TV series, all the Riders are mad at him. "You were supposed to be the destroyer of worlds. Instead, you befriended the other Riders." In a celebration of the first 10 Heisei Riders, maybe they were originally supposed to be an anthology of stories with Decade connecting them as a main villain. He was supposed to be the main antagonist of the show, but instead, flipped it around and made it about him instead. (Maybe the amnesia in episode one had something to do with it?)

It makes sense. Having the power of all the heroes in the show isn't a heroic trait. That's being overpowered. Only bad guys like Shao Tsung have all the powers. That's why it's fun to see Zi-O and Geiz fight against Decade, because he is that tall obstacle for the heroes to overcome.

Maybe that's why Narutaki distrusts Decade as much as he does. Narutaki knows the old Tsukasa and the old Tsukasa was a bad guy.

Maybe this is just head canon. Maybe this was super obvious and I'm just slow. What do you guys think? Is Decade the obvious villain in his own story, and does that explain Decade's confusing story?

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by Go-On Macaroni » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:21 am

Given Aikawa Sho's writing, I wouldn't doubt that he probably meant for Decade to be a villain at some point. I mean, he did give us Satoru Akashi the adventure junkie after all. The only notch in that idea is him leaving (over disagreements, apparently) midway in and the staff having no clue what to do with the rest of the show. So just, in my opinion, I'd say that it's hard to say what the intention was for sure if they won't - but I'm pretty dang sure it wasn't Narutaki saying Riders are awesome and Decade giving him a thumbs-up.

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by Catastrophe » Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:34 pm

I have to say that I look more favourably on Decade now than I did when it was airing. At least the character is charismatic.

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by Kamen Rider Raven » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:40 am

The one thing that I feel the original show tried to portray is that Decade is literally a wild card. He can go anywhere and do anything pretty much. WE saw him as a hero because WE were following his adventures through the worlds. This time we're focused on one world and we're only seeing one side of things. Plus, the main rider this time around is destined to be a despot and bring the world to ruin. Is Tsukasa REALLY the villian here?

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by takenoko » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:13 am

That's a good question, because so far we haven't explored why Sougo would change into Oma Zi-O. Assuming he's not brainwashed or tricked, is there a more pressing reason for why Oma Day happens?

How long before Oma Zi-O reveals he did what he had to to avoid an even greater catastrophe. The ends justifaiz the means.

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by Kamen Rider Raven » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:38 pm

I believe that's going to be the driving point for the last quarter or so of the show. Maybe half. It reminds me of the "Rider War" flashbacks from Decade, but much more interesting.

Which adds more fuel to the theory that Decade in Zi-O was how he was originally envisioned. The Destroyer of Worlds. The Necessary Evil. Keeping the Rider Multiverse safe by destroying elements that threaten it. We saw the Hero side of him. Now for the "Villian" side.

The more and more I think about it, the more it feels that Zi-O is being used to flesh out Decade's story.

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Re: A Decade Late: Did I miss the point of KR Decade?

Post by takenoko » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:02 pm

It certainly is effective and makes both shows greater for it.

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