By Darling_Luna 14 Comments
Hello and welcome, to the first review in a series of reviews that I will be attempting to do in the upcoming months. This series is called Henshin!
A look at my favorite (or maybe my least favorite) Kamen Rider and Super Sentai shows. I know these appeal to a specific audience, so don't worry I plan on doing other Kitten reviews as well. But, I'm doing these because I like sharing my interests with others along with maybe giving people something new to fall in love with. Feedback is encouraged. Even if you just want to make fun of me for not watching shows about meth : P
Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) one of Japan’s most popular and longest running “super hero” properties. Kamen Rider Hibiki is the Fifteenth series in the Rider family; it is its “Artsy” member.
As odd as this may sound but, depending on how you look at it, the superhero stuff is secondary, centered around Asumu Adachi, a young boy entering High school, unsure about himself as he enters the adult realm, turning to the main character, Hibiki, on how to better himself as a person.
Now back to the hero stuff, in this world, peace is upheld by the Kamen Riders refered to as "Oni". Japan and subsequently the World is being threatened by Makamou, giant Kanjiu monsters. The Oni battle the Makamou with "Pure sound." (Yep they kill monsters by rocking out. : D)
My favorite part of the show is the Father/Son, mentor dynamic between Hibiki and Asumu, Hibiki, a hero that’s worth idolizing, giving advice and then beating up giant crabs with drum sticks. Asumu learns from the other oni riders as well as they train and hone their skills along with their own personal growth. Asumu's development is gradual and believable.
Odd that I pick the series that is so unlike the others Kamen riders, it moves away from the norm and tries bold ideas (Yeah, I’ll admit, it took me a bit to get fully into it), trading in belts and cell phone morphers for tone forks and whistles, downplaying cgi and focusing on other visuals, stunning music and heart to carry it, but that’s the beauty of Hibiki. Like I said it’s the Judy Funny from Doug of Kamen Rider.
If you’re not the artsy type, you may not dig it, and if you are they flip the script and turned into more like the other Rider series, which you may not like. :D
But with show many other Rider series out there is bound to be one for you ^-^
I’d suggest to someone looking for a hero that follows a different drum beat, giving it a on the Henshin scale.