Episode 7: Toei’s Asleep, Post Blue Kamen Rider

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THIS WEEK: We return to our coverage of Kamen Rider; Shocker has perfected their soap bubble technology; dogs are better than Kamen Rider at fighting crime; Tohru Hiriyama’s influence on the show; the subject we’ve been dancing around comes to a head as Takeshi Hongo fades out from his own show; Great Leader is everyone’s worst micromanaging boss; SEGATA SANSHIRO IS CANON; Toei’s increasingly-grainy recycled footage; I don’t think the showrunners know what electromagnetic waves are; the introduction of Kazuya Taki and Hayato Ichimonji; and Blue Kamen Rider is Fat Pikachu.


  • Kamen Rider (1971) 9-15
  • Cobram’n, Gebacondor, Yamogelas, Tokageron, Sabotender
  • Cobraman’s legacy in the franchise
  • The show is still finding its feet
  • It turns out that a henshin sequence that requires your lead actor to jump off of a speeding bike is the littlest bit risky
  • Why does Shocker hate dogs so much
  • Hongo’s evolution from nice grad student into a lying liar who lies
  • Tachibana’s cunning plans
  • Ruriko’s character development
  • Shocker’s global influence
  • Shocker’s greatest minds stymied by a waist-high fence
  • Alexa has been watching Blue Blazes
  • The Tachibana Racing Club
  • The introduction of the lucha libre combatmen
  • Kamen Rider 2: Hayato Ichimonji, babyface photographer and professional ass
  • c a c t u s o r b s
  • Hongo and Ruriko go back to their home planet
  • The classic Kamen Rider pose and transformation
  • riders georg
  • Proximity bomb hot potato
  • Never tell the truth, always commit to the lie
  • Kazuya Taki is not Spiderman
  • Poignant dialogue ruined by Sabotegron’s gag boobs


  • “Fight! Seven Riders! Showa Rider Taisen”- Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go! Rider Kick” and “Kamen Rider no Uta”

Visual companion post in the next few days!

NEXT WEEK: The Double Zero cyborgs go on a nice vacation.

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