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Kamen Rider Kuuga

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Kamen Rider Kuuga
"A New Hero, A New Legend"
Genre: Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Running Time: 24–25 minutes (per episode)
Country: Japan
Release Date: January 30, 2000 - January 21, 2001
Network(s): TV Asahi
RCTI (Indonesia)
Created by: Ishimori Productions
Toei Company
Starring: Joe Odagiri
Shingo Katsurayama
Kazumi Murata
Wakana Chizaki
Mie Nanamori
Kenji Urai
Seasons: 10

1 (Heisei)

Episodes: 49
Previous show: Kamen Rider Black RX
Next show: Kamen Rider Agito

Kamen Rider Kuuga (仮面ライダークウガ Kamen Raidā Kūga, Masked Rider Kuuga) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is the tenth installment of the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows and the first of the series to air entirely in the Heisei period. It was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and was shown on TV Asahi from January 30, 2000, to January 21, 2001. Kamen Rider Kuuga is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in widescreen format (albeit presented in a letterbox form.

Why It Deserves a Thumb-up

  1. It was the new beginning of the Heisei Era, despite the Heisei era taking action in 1989 (during RX's run), and this show aired in 2000, nevertheless, Kuuga was considered to be the fresh beginning of the era.
  2. The concept of intertwining a cop-drama within a tokusatsu show, was an unique idea, and was executed excellently.
  3. We were also provided with some likeable characters, such as Yuusuke Godai/Kamen Rider Kuuga, Kaoru Ichijo and Sakurako Sawatari.
  4. It was also the first Kamen Rider season, to broadcast within a 16:9 aspect ratio.
  5. The suit designs for Kuuga, are very simplistic, yet for what was going at the time, were beautifully crafted.
  6. The opening theme is really catchy, while it isn't any extraordinary it's still there to do a great job of getting you within the vibe of the show.
  7. The action scenes are pretty entertaining, also having some impressive choreography and some decent cinematography.
  8. Daguba Zero is a threatening last boss, his final battle with Godai is also tearful.
  9. The show tends to delve in within continuous stories and story-arcs.

Bad Qualities

  1. The next season and the direct sequel Kamen Rider Agito wasn't received well as it.
  2. 18th Episode was perhaps the worst episode of the season.
  3. While ratio was 16:9, it still has SD ratio, since all television from the past (1990s to mid 2000s) still use.
  4. It could be too disturbing for kids sometimes.