Thursday, August 30, 2012


Episode 48 of Kamen Rider Fourze came out this last weekend, bringing end to one of the most amazing and memorable Kamen Rider series I have ever had the pleasure of watching, and that's something coming from me. 
I mean, when I first heard the rumors and saw the suit and saw the switches and even when I saw how Gentarou was supposed to look, I flat out hated it. I had for some reason always hated the whole pompadour style, especially in animes, and when I saw our protagonist was going to sport one, I immediately had a hate for the character. At first the design looked horrendous. I took one look at that rocket helmet and I groaned out loud. I had no intentions of watching it nor did I think it would amount to anything great.... HOLY #@$ WAS I WRONG. This has GOT to be one of the best written and best casted shows I have seen since Kamen Rider Double and Shinkenger, my two all time favorites. I'm going a little more in depth here than I usually will, so please bear with me while I have my fangasm.
So Fourze premiered back in 2011, airing alongside of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, until that show ended and it aired the remainder of it's episodes along with the current sentai, Go-Busters. The show revolves around the students of Amanogawa High School, namely Gentarou Kisaragi, a transfer student who looks like a “bad boy” but has a heart of gold.
Upon first arriving, he encounters Kengo Utahoshi, who very rudely tells a girl off who gave him a love letter. Kengo immediately despises Gentarou and simply ignores him as he goes to retrieve the love letter which Kengo threw away. Kengo then meets up with his classmate Yuki, and we briefly learn about “Zodiarts” which are students that have been turning into monsters with the aid of “Switches”. To Kengo's dismay, we learn that Gentarou has been assigned to his homeroom.
Gentarou's main goal to become friends with everyone in the Amanogawa High, and trust me, he genuinely wants to be friends with everyone.
We also learn that apparently Gentarou and Yuki were close friends when they were children. Later on, Gentarou roams around the cafeteria, and we see two other side characters, JK, a “hip” guy who serves as an informant and Tomoko, an odd goth who keeps to herself.
As Gentarou greets everyone, he makes the horrible mistake of sitting at the “cool kids” table and people start murmering. Enter Miu, the “Queen” and Shun, the “King” of Amanogawa. They immediately insult Gentarou and when he begins to fight back, Shun has the football team grab Yuki and threaten to hurt her unless he listens to them. Reluctantly, he goes outside and begins getting beaten up by Shun, This ends, however when they are attacked by a Zodiart.
The entire football team runs, leaving Gentarou to fight the Orion Zodiart, who doesn't take even a scratch from Gentarou's beating.
When all seems lost, Kengo appears, manning the Power Dizer, a robotic suit that puts immense strain on him. We also find out that this is also due to the fact that Kengo has an odd sickness that cause him to cringe in pain every so often.
Shortly after the fight, we see Kengo and Yuki entering through a locker, which through cosmic power, serves as a gateway to the Rabbit Hutch, a base on the moon which apparently was left to Kengo by his father, along with the Power Dizer, Fourze Driver and plans for several Switches. Yuki reminds him that he is too weak to handle the Fourze system, and just then, they hear a familiar voice.
Gentarou had followed them to the Rabbit Hutch and heard the whole story.
He volunteers to fight as Fourze, and before Kengo can argue, he is struck by another wave of pain, and Gentarou leaves with the belt.
Gentarou immediately encounters the Orion Zodiart and Yuki instructs him on how to transform into Fourze.
We see Fourze fighting the Orion Zodiart, displaying a number of switches including Rocket, Launcher, Chainsaw and Radar, each which provide Fourze with distinct and awesome weapons on his hands or legs.
Fourze then performs a Limit Break, or final attack, and a pretty awesome one at that, and defeats the Zodiart. 
Kengo appears, manning the Power Dizer and grabs Gentarou, with intentions to hurt him.
The rest of the show is an explosion of awesomeness, with UNFORGETTABLE characters, a beautiful storyline, unbelievable twists and explosive action. Even the suit grew on me and remains one of my all time favorite suit design for Riders. This series took me by surprise and it now holds a deep place in my heart. It has great morals, great episodes, it's just great! Sadly, it finished the past Sunday. But this isn't it! I will write a full overview of the characters soon, for all Fourze fans who have already watched the series. If you haven't watched it GET TO IT! Now, all that's left is to look forward to Kamen Rider Wizard.

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