Kamen Rider Beast makes his debut in Episode 17 of Kamen Rider Wizard and already I’m sick of his shit. The show has kind of been floundering. Shunpei is supremely annoying. Rinko somehow manages to keep her job as a cop even though she does NO ACTUAL POLICE WORK. Shigeru the ring maker is pretty interesting but doesn’t get nearly enough screen time. Koyomi is totally moe bait. Haruto is okay, but there’s no real personality there. He’s almost too cool for school. Also, the power creep has begun way too early. So the show could use an injection of awesome. Secondary Rider, GO!
Suit wise, Beast fits in nicely with the Wizard aesthetic. The off-center design with the lion head on the left shoulder is kind of awesome. And who doesn’t love a gold colored Rider! I was pretty excited to see what new awesomeness this wizard could bring to the show. And then Kousuke Nitou, the guy who wears the Beast suit, shows up. He’s a bit of a foodie although his palette is somewhat questionable as he puts mayonnaise on absolutely everything. Part of me wants this to be a side effect of him becoming Beast. He’s lost his humanity so that his tastes are completely wacked similar to Ankh and the whole Popsicle thing. But I suspect that this will just be a character quirk that will just annoy the shit out of me. Kousuke is constantly hungry which will probably be his only weakness since Beast is completely overpowered.
Speaking of, Beast’s first fight scene is completely one-sided. Certainly secondary Riders usually bring the pain. Accel and Meteor both kicked a lot more ass than the show Rider, but I never felt that they broke the show. On the other hand, the only way for Beast to ever lose a fight is if he gets too hungry and just collapses. He can turn invisible, he can instantly heal himself, he can fly, he eats mana, he’s got a sword, he’s got more form changes than Kuuga. The only way for a phantom to compete is if he’s similarly overpowered. And then the show becomes a great big pissing contest over whose suit can get the most ridiculous power-ups. There’s no build up, there’s no tension. It’s all just form spamming and ring spamming for the sake of selling toys.
I’ll keep watching the show, of course, because it’s Kamen Rider. But I think they’re blowing their load way too early.