Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

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What did you think of Kabuto?

☆☆☆☆☆ The Strongest
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53%
☆☆☆☆ To the top
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27%
☆☆☆ La men
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12%
☆☆ Worm
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3%
☆ Convoluted time travel story
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Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by takenoko » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:13 pm

5. It's definitely flawed, especially at the latter half, but it has so much potential and does so many things right from the get go to the movie, that I can forgive all that. Probably has the most strongest set of RIder personalities in one show (outside of Agito).

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Post by Catastrophe » Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:56 pm

I agree exactly with what you said Take. 2nd half was kind of odd (Dark Kitchen Arc I'm looking at you), but by god was it fun.

Tendou being a Mary Sue or whatever people label him isn't really and issue when Kagami is normal and is almost just as much the main character. And they did the right thing making him a rider. It has some fantastic and tearjerker scenes throughout and some sweet fights. I love how distinct the fighting styles for each of the riders are. Clock Up is a cool gimmick before rider gimmicks become over the top. And if that triple rider kick with Kabuto/Gatack/KickHopper doesn't hype you, then you don't understand justice.

I can also appreciate some of the rewriting that had to be done based on availability of the actors for Hiyori and Drake. I still think they pulled those off well.
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Post by mholden020 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:29 pm

Hurrrrrmm...I had to settle on a 3 for Kabuto. I've been watching the Hesei series in order (excluding Kuuga for the time being), and Kabuto didn't really stick with me. What I liked about the show was independent of the story, like the suits and the music, for instance. Honestly, I don't think it really have much of a chance on my list being sandwiched between my two favorite KR series: Hibiki and Den-o. I was never a big fan of Tendou's personality, but I also think that the character fit the "mysterious hero" better than any of the other Riders I've seen so far. I personally thought the story was very safe, and didn't go all out with wild bombshell twists and things like that, but I wonder how much that was affected by the Hibiki staff fiasco. I would have liked to know more about Dark Tendou, he seemed like an interesting part of the show. The story sort of reminded me of Agito, just with the visuals brought up to the standards of the day. Definitely not my favorite KR series, but definitely not the least favorite. That honor belongs to Blade.
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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by xenoss » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:59 pm

My favorite series BY FAR. To this day I think Kabuto has the best Rider designs and gimmick designs. Both clock up and cast off are so stylish, and the suits themselves look great. The rider cast is also among the best; Mizushima Hiro and Ito Ken from Den-O are the only toku actors who made it relatively big as far as I know.

The story had so much potential, but never really reached my initial expectations. It is a damn shame. But for a rider show, it isn't too bad either. The characters are so interesting, it pulled through with personality if not plot.

The largest scar in Kabuto is the final episode. It felt as though they ran out of budget; oddly out of place with the rest of the series. Not only did they not use clock up at all during the last fight, but the choreography of that fight did not have Kabuto and Gatack's usual fighting styles. It looked like a crappy wrestling match in a shitty set. To call it disappointing doesn't even come close to how let down I was.

But overall still one of my top favorite series.

It was sad that it was followed by Den-O, which to me, was one of the worst if not THE worst. It was the beginning of the childish tonal switch.

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Post by Kamen Rider Gumo » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:40 pm

Kabuto was my very first Rider series and it still my favorite; I give it a solid 5. It still had some missed potential (mostly due to the rewrites that were already mentioned) but I don't think they could have done any better with what they had. Kagami and Tendou were the perfect duo, making up for one another's flaws with their own strengths and though they didn't always agree, woe be unto he who angered them both (usually by targeting Hiyori; that's a surefire way to win a Darwin Award right there). It also has, hands-down, my favorite suit designs and Henshin devices in the Zecters (coolest device voice ever, in my own humble opinion) and it felt like everyone brought their A-game to every episode.

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Post by xenoss » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:12 am

Can you guys elaborate on the rewrites? How did you guys find out anyway?

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Post by Kamen Rider Gumo » Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:38 am

xenoss wrote:Can you guys elaborate on the rewrites? How did you guys find out anyway?
There were some hasty rewrites done to to the fact that Daisuke/Kamen Rider Drake's actor was also a singer, and the shooting schedule conflicted with recording and promoting his album, so they had to rewrite several episodes to remove Daisuke from them, scrapping some plot lines entirely. Also, Hiyori's actress suffered from health problems and was removed from the show for several episodes. When she recovered sufficiently to return, they had to bring her back somehow and so the final arc got a heavy rewrite in order to explain her absence and return, which was, admittedly, hit-and-miss with its execution.

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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by dualvision1984 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:30 am

For me, I'll give it 5 out of 5. Excellent story. Cool transformation to Rider form and great characters especially Tendou san.

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Post by decade368990 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:03 am

When I watched the show sometime between 2006 and 2009, I was obessed in rewatching the series because Kabuto was cool and entertaining.

Now, I find the story is a meh. The second half is very flawed, Tsurugi's parts are dumb, his comedies are inferior to the story. I didn't even want to mention his parts when I contributed the episodes on the wiki. Same with the Hopper Brothers (Yaguruma and Kageyama), they were cool when they appeared in ep 7. They become useless from ep 34 onwards.

Sorry, Kabuto. A three out of five for me because your story is poisoned by the comedies parts.

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Post by daigotsukojin » Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:42 pm

Giving Kabuto a 5 here. While Kabuto did have its ups and downs related to story, so does every rider series in its own way.

On the whole, I felt that Tendou's overall personality kept me watching. His interactions with each other character fit in perfectly with his persona, and did not waver.

I was also impressed with the Rider system designs. While I prefer they keep with the belt motif for each rider, I wasn't too upset with the different types used.

Kabuto will go down as a series I can watch over and over again.

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Post by godstriker8 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:37 pm

I loved the show when I first saw it, but a rewatch got really unenjoyable during the second half.

I admit the Rider designs and music is all really good, and Tendou is hilarious and refreshing as a rider protagonist.

However almost all of the riders except Kabuto and Kagami felt superfluous and contributed next to nothing to the overall story other than their own personal little arcs. Additionally, I hated how they completely ignored masked forms and clock up in the second half of the show.

But the biggest problem is just how shit the story got in the second half, for so many reasons. Just the existence of Hyper Kabuto alone raises so many plot holes.

So it gets a 3.

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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by Shaider03 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:08 am

I really like Kabuto so I'm going to give it a four. It has amazing fight scenes and Kabuto himself has this amazing over the top cocky personality that you don't see often from the main Rider. The best part is he can back it up. Which is a welcomed change from the standard main Rider archetype.

However their are some plot holes and a bad placement of a filler episode that wrecks the tension from the episode before it and is two part too long. Worse you have to watch it because the B plot of it is actually the main plot of the show. This creates a massive tonal shift back and forth during both episodes. All the time travel stuff just created a slew of issues leaving you to question whither or not God Speed Love is Cannon. The show hints it in one scene and tries to debunk it in another. The key problem with that the pro scene regard's Kagami's dad knowing he was going to be Gatack before he was even born. This could be them hinting that the previous time line from God Speed Love and its attempt to link to the show is cannon. The other debunking scene regards young Tendou getting his belt for the first time. This scene has two different version one from God Speed Love and the one presented near the end of the show.

The show is very entertaining and some how can hit the mark in both its dark tones and at times its humor. Its a solid 4 for me and the issue's I mentioned all the only thing keeping it from being a 5 or 4.5.
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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by mholden020 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:04 pm

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xenoss wrote:Can you guys elaborate on the rewrites? How did you guys find out anyway?
There were some hasty rewrites done to to the fact that Daisuke/Kamen Rider Drake's actor was also a singer, and the shooting schedule conflicted with recording and promoting his album, so they had to rewrite several episodes to remove Daisuke from them, scrapping some plot lines entirely. Also, Hiyori's actress suffered from health problems and was removed from the show for several episodes. When she recovered sufficiently to return, they had to bring her back somehow and so the final arc got a heavy rewrite in order to explain her absence and return, which was, admittedly, hit-and-miss with its execution.
THANK YOU for explaining this. I thought both disappearances were strangely placed and poorly explained during the show, but I couldn't find any explanation. :D
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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by miryoku » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:14 pm

I give it a 3.
The story was nothing special, i hated tendou, he was too mary sue to me ^^;
Seems like it was disguising the fact that Kagami was the true protagonist XD
But yeah, i always felt that kagami was more of a mc than tendou.

What it stands out are the rider suits, the zecter insects and the music which it was pretty good!

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Re: Ratings Poll: Kamen Rider Kabuto

Post by Triple M » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:25 pm

5
Kabuto > You
Grandma always said that Kabuto was one of the all time greatest
I also recommend BLACK, when are we doing that poll

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