For a while now, Liz and I have been watching various Kamen Riders or locally known as Masked Riders. It started last year around June or so when my friend Rei mentioned that he was able to download and watch various Kamen Rider series. The truth is, I really find the Kamen Rider series interesting and fun to watch. It all started when I was in my earlier years when I laid my eyes on the first Kamen Rider series to be released in the 90’s here in the Philippine local channel: Kamen Rider Black or commonly known as Masked Rider Black.
Unfortunately, the channel which it was being aired on, which I believe was TV13, did not show the last few episodes of Masked Rider Black, the same with Uchuu Keiji Shaida or more popularly known by the name “Space Sheriff Shaider”. I have been wondering as a kid why such series did not end which was part of the reason I stopped watching local series. But that is another story.
So far, we have watched the following Kamen Rider Series, arranged in chronological order: Den-Oh, Kabuto, Decade, and OOO. We’re currently watching Kamen Rider W. Basically; the story revolves around a young self-proclaimed hard-boiled detective named Shotaro Hidari along with Philip, a mysterious guy who has the power to access the Gaia Library. The Gaia Library is like massive search engine which allows Philip to acquire knowledge regarding everything about the world. Together, they solve various cases which often involve Dopants, the series’ Kaijin or strange beast. Using their Gaia Memories and plugging them into their Double Driver belt, they transform into Kamen Rider W.
On the other hand, the series’ antagonists; the Sonozaki Family plots to revolutionize man’s existence. They sell Gaia Memories to interested individuals. Gaia Memories are like USB Flash Drives that can be inserted within a person. Once a person does so, he or she becomes a Dopant. The Dopant’s form is often the physical or monstrous manifestation of the memory inscribed within the Particular Gaia Memory. Thus, an individual plugging the “Bird” memory becomes a Dopant who appears like a bird monster.
So far, we have watched up until episode 19 and haven’t continued where we left off. We’ve been preoccupied with a couple of things lately both with work and particularly with Magic: The Gathering. So if you’re looking for some fun and monster-ass kicking program that your kid would definitely enjoy, Kamen Riders will always be a good bet. Henshin!