The Impact of Kuuga and Agito in Kamen Rider

If there are two series in the Heisei era that started it all, it's Naruhisa Arakawa's first job as a headwriter and how he wrote Kamen Rider Kuuga and Toshiki Inoue's best work Kamen Rider Agito.  Now let's take a look at how these two series managed to create a revolution:

First there's Kamen Rider Kuuga.  Kuuga began to define the new seasons, introduced the "realistic approach" to where the hero doesn't immediately master his new forms, removed the silly monster plot of the weeks that we love about Tokusatsu but gave a nice substitute, made most battles a two-parter and began to interweave the characters together.  It's too important a prototype not to be credited even if there were others that I like better but still, Kuuga is the molding of Heisei era that's too important to ignore.  I guess most of the writers or even Toei is ignoring the mold that is Kuuga.  What really I think is a major part of the mold is the "realistic approach" to which Naruhisa Arakawa writes the "human appeal" in a rather nice attempt to make us relate to the hero's flaws.

Then we have Kamen Rider Agito.  While Arakawa did good with his first work (but I didn't like how the finale was written), Inoue somehow managed to polish the template further than what was done last in Kuuga.  So Arakawa did his part, Inoue did his with Agito.  Agito in its own way presents a series of mysteries that are woven into one awesome show to which it did what Kuuga did good.  The show in itself reintroduced secondary Kamen Riders into the show, then Ryuki took it to a whole new level!  In fact, Inoue's ending here stands out compared to his ending in Jetman, it was his best written finale.  Sad to say though, Inoue ended up breaking the mold that Naruhisa Arakawa gave when he wrote Faiz. =(


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