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Kamen Rider Decade Episode 30 (Spoilers) 
24th-Aug-2009 12:07 am

Oh man oh man. I don't really understand this episode at all (and I even got subtitles). It's just really weird...and I thought it was just the preview that was confusing and the real episode would make more sense.

Okay, done now. Moving on to trying to put some sense in this post...


-- So this is the infamous Rider War, which I don't really care for. I don't know why I didn't have a problem with it when I first saw Natsumi's dream...or maybe that's it, I believed it was a dream and not some kind of foreshadowing.

-- That's a real low blow, Kazuma and Wataru (though I don't blame the kid all that much), saying that Tsukasa can't understand why the two of them have to fight one another since he (Tsukasa) has no world to protect.

-- Mio...ummm I suppose if I have a choice of seeing her actress in anything, I would still prefer the first rider series she was in... Still, I think this Mio is an improvement over the Mio in the original series. Too bad I can't get attached to this one because she has become rather generic for a villain. (For all the original Mio's problems, at least that one has some charms...)

-- Daiki... has learned not to be subtle about his feelings for Tsukasa anymore. :P

Seriously though, I think his character has turned out for the better. I actually didn't like Daiki back in the beginning (and said so in ep 13), but now I feel rather differently. It's kind of weird since I don't think he has that much character development (his world is rather pointless, but then I can say the same with Amazon World, which I can see some similarities). It's not like I know the exact moment for my change of heart either; it's just, Daiki is just Daiki, always up to some childish mischief, trying (and mostly failing) to steal some treasure, and during the time, telling Tsukasa not to get in his way, but putting himself in the way, helping Tsukasa and the others battling enemies of the week.

-- The worlds are colliding...and I don't much care other than Tsukasa finds his own world and the other three (Natsumi, Yuusuke, Daiki) also survive. But I'm not that optimistic; I'm afraid that someone might go...

-- I think Asumu is shown in better light than the other two alternates (Kazuma, Kid Wataru). He seems to genuinely care for his fallen comrades, when the other two, especially Kazuma, seem more angry that they have less hands to help with the war.

-- And...I'm strangely not very excited at seeing Kenzaki. I don't know. He seems too much different from the character I know and love. True, this is Kamen Rider Decade, not Kamen Rider Blade, but still...I think he's supposed to be the original Kenzaki, and I feel like he's someone else with the same face (and not even really the same voice). Or maybe I'm really mistaken and this Kenzaki is someone else after all. Either way, it's still nice to see his actor back.

-- Narutaki has done a complete turned around. It makes for a nice change, but I'm confused as to why...

-- So who is the true enemy? At least Kenzaki (whoever he turns out to be) is still around, so maybe he might explain more in the next episode...or so I can hope.


Speaking of answers, I really do hope that the all riders movie provides some kind of answers, and since I don't go look for spoilers, that means a long wait. And supposedly there is another movie (team-up with the new rider) in December, and that's another long wait if it's going to be in theater first. I think for my peace of mind, I won't speculate any more (at least, not seriously trying to guess the outcome, which I probably don't even come close to anyway) and just try to enjoy the rest of the series, which is exactly one episode left.
Kamen Rider Decade; In A Bottle
Comments 
23rd-Aug-2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
From the TV guides summaries, this Kenzaki and Wataru we see in Decade are different existences from original Kenzaki and Wataru. So even if they have the same actors, apparently they're also alternate Riders from other alternate worlds, so that's why they don't really ring that close to the original guys we know.

About Asumu, Wataru and Kazuma, I think this episode was pretty faithful to the personalities they showed in their own worlds. Wataru and Kazuma were pretty self-centered Riders more concerned with their own little personal boo-hoos than the bigger picture of their worlds falling apart around them, while Asumu put everyone and everything else before himself. I guess the difference just shows more clearly when you put the three of them together, but they were always like this.
23rd-Aug-2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I suspected a little, but I didn't know for sure that Kenzaki and 'original' Wataru in Decade are also alternates.

Actually, I agree with you about Asumu, Wataru and Kazuma. I didn't mean to imply that they were unlike the originals, but simply wrote my impressions of them in this episode. And, yeah, this is the first time they are together, so the difference seems to stand out more.
23rd-Aug-2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... just to make sure I didn't express myself badly either here, I meant alt!Asumu, alt!Wataru and alt!Kazuma acted like themselves as the Decade characters acted in their episodes, not like how the real Asumu, Wataru and Kenzaki from their original series would have. :d I have a deep dislike for alt!Kazuma for what they turned Kenzaki into in Decade, so I'm definitely not saying his shitty attitude in ep 30 was true to Kenzaki's nature, just that the way he acted in ep 30 was true to the way he acted in his two Blade world episodes.

Just to make sure. XD
23rd-Aug-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, no problem. I think it's really my choice of wordings is too blame, though, for both instances (my original post and my comment). ^^;; Kazuma and Kenzaki are different, so yeah, I sure hope you didn't mean Kazuma was anything like Kenzaki (other than being Blade). And I don't like what they did to Kazuma either; I mean, if they were going to make alt!Kenzaki, even if he is not the same as Kenzaki, he probably should have inherited Kenzaki's goodness a little bit more. In fact, I can't even care that Kazuma disappears in this episode and probably would never be heard from again.

Thanks for coming to make sure, because reading it over, my first reply to you is rather misleading even to myself. ^^;
23rd-Aug-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I will no doubt tl;dr at you when I have more time, but for now thank you for the link to the subs. I really need those for this ep. :Dv
23rd-Aug-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Glad to help. :)
25th-Aug-2009 10:28 am (UTC)
-- Daiki... has learned not to be subtle about his feelings for Tsukasa anymore. :P

...wait, he was being subtle since the beginning? *gets brick'd*

Daiki did become better since he crossed paths with Tsukasa (again, or so what he says). Him teaching young Asumu the lesson and managing to help in the defeat of that scary Missing Ace monster were the best examples of his change. And probably, during the time Natsumi was in the hospital and when Natsu helped Tsukasa after the fight with that ten-faced guy, he realized he needed friends, and young Asumu saying that friends are the most important treasures made him realize even more that friends are truly irreplaceable, and just went "don't you dare touch my Tsukasa >:(".

-- And...I'm strangely not very excited at seeing Kenzaki.

Same here, but probably because when Blade aired here, I couldn't understand much with all the English dubs and totally missing out on the local dubs.
25th-Aug-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
LOL!

Actually, it's more like Daiki says one thing and does another thing, which I equate to him being subtle only because he does not directly state how he feels. ^^;; But he's clearly not alone in the 'watch what I do, not what I say' department.

Daiki did become better since he crossed paths with Tsukasa (again, or so what he says).

Does he really say that? I guess I'll make some time to re-watch the series. It would be rather fascinating to see how far Daiki has grown as a character.

Asumu is good for Daiki. And I like that Daiki befriended him back in Hibiki World and Asumu sort of trusted Daiki while the rest of the gang (or maybe just Tsukasa) thought Daiki was up to something underhanded (which he was, or perhaps he was just mad at Tsukasa for accusing him, again).


I like Kenzaki. Just not the Kenzaki in Decade, since he has kind of different air about him than the Kenzaki in Blade. I feel kind of disappointed, I suppose, that it was not the Kenzaki I'm familiar with.

You could try subbed episodes for Blade, that is, if you have the time. I think it's an amazing series to watch, and yes, not really understanding the dialogue would not really help.
26th-Aug-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Well, Daiki kind of knows about Tsukasa and his past, so I'm assuming that they crossed paths once and then again during Blade/Faiz World.


I'm planning to watch Blade and probably Faiz on our one week vacation later this year. That is, if teachers are nice enough to not give us any homework and whatnot...
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