Kamen Rider Kiva
Kamen Rider Kiva (仮面ライダーキバ Kamen Raidā Kiba, Masked Rider Kiva) is the title of the 2008 Kamen Rider Japanese tokusatsu television series produced by Toei Company and Ishimori Productions. It premiered on January 27, 2008, following the finale of Kamen Rider Den-O. It aired as a part of TV Asahi's 2008 Super Hero Time block with Engine Sentai Go-Onger
Why It Rocks
- A Kamen Rider based off of monsters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, and others was an amazing theme for a season.
- The suits and monster designs are some of the best in the franchise.
- The dual plotline is an incredibly unique concept that was executed very well.
- The two protagonists: Wataru Kurenai/Kamen Rider Kiva and Otoya Kurenai/Kamen Rider IXA (1986) have a great father/son dynamic despite their limited interactions.
- There are many other likable characters in this show, such as Keisuke Nago/Kamen Rider IXA (2008), Yuri Aso, King, Taiga Nobori/Kamen Rider Saga, Kivat-Bat the 3rd, and The Arms Monsters.
- Due to the heavy influence of music, the OST is very nice to listen to.
- The action choreography and camerawork is really well done.
- Most of the finale was really entertaining.
- Despite his chemistry with other characters, Wataru is a wimpy and bratty protagonist, similar to Misao Mondo/Zyuoh the World.
- There is also a fair share of unlikable characters present such as Megumi Aso, Mio Suzuki, and Bishop.
- The IXA Belt being worn by multiple users can be really tiring, similar to Kamen Rider 555.
- The last part of the finale with Masao Kurenai was really open ended with nothing being continued from it.
- It aired alongside Engine Sentai Go-Onger.
- Although it's on here, Kiva is a very divisive Rider season amongst the fanbase, and because of that, it also gets a spot on the Terrible TV shows Wiki, for more info, read here.