Monday, January 21, 2013
Kyoryuger is upon us...
More and more info for Kyoryuger is coming out, and everyone's offering up their opinion, and me? I'm afraid. Very afraid. First of all, I roll my eyes at dinosaur motifs. Let's get away from animals and cars for a show, Toei. Geez. My cynical and curmudgeonly self thinks the show looks like it's going to be bright and obnoxious and idiotic and that it might make Go-onger look like Sons of Anarchy. It doesn't help that Bandai's saying stuff like Kyoryuger's going to be bright because Go-busters is "too dark." Go-busters -- dark? (Are you sure you don't mean "sucky," Bandai? As in, not even the most easily brainwashed kid wanted to buy that show's crappy toys?) The battery gimmick seems dumb and like it will hog a lot of episode focus and they'll try really hard to pretend like it's interesting (see: Gao Jewels), and this whole samba thing...I just get flashes of that one awful episode of Wizard I watched, where his belt wouldn't shut up with its loud sounds and drunken Steven Tyler voice: "Rider Kick, please! Oops, I forgot this franchise isn't Kamen Rider anymore, so there's no Rider Kick. Pixie Sparkle Dance Time, please! SHABADABOODOOOOOOO!"
Ugh. But, then, I try to keep in mind: my intense hatred for preceding series Hurricanger and the idea of talking CGI dinosaurs caused me low hopes for Abaranger. But, hey, I ended up liking that show, it pulled me in from the first episode and is one of my favorites. And Kyoryuger's main writer is Kamen Rider W's main writer, Riku Sanjo, and I thought all of the early info on Double made it look like a really bad Toei Fushigi Comedy, but, again, I was pulled into that show from the first episode. So, a flimsy sense of optimism is like "Hey! Maybe Kyoryuger will surprise you!" But I'm mostly afraid and skeptical and more interested in Akibaranger Season 2 -- and even then, I'm afraid Akibaranger II: Akiba Harder will suffer from the disease of Sequelitis*.
(*Symptoms of Sequelitis include not realizing what it is that made the predecessor good or liked; trying too hard to "outdo" the previous entry, resulting in strain; lazily recreating popular bits in an inferior manner; putting more money into the product, but not more thought.)