First, some history; Madan Senki Ryukendo is the first attempt at a Toku show by toy company Takara and film studio We've Inc.
The plot starts out as a young kid by the name of Kenji Narukami coming into our setting, Akebono City. Akebono for me seems VERY out of place, coming out of yet another Kamen Rider set in a large Japanese city by the coast. It seems almost like a hidden village, as Narukami seems to be walking through what looks like farmland and fields through much of the first third of the episode. We're also introduced to some of the minor characters as Kenji first enters the city limits, with a Police barracade waiting for him...
|Yikes, no wonder they need guys in dragon suits.|
|HYELLO NICE PROTAGONIST|
|MY MUSCLES ARE HUGE, MY CAUSE IS JUST, AND MY GUN IS VERY, VERY LARGE.|
|It's fun when the subbing guys admit it's moonspeak.|
|Sticks: The weapon of champions.|
|"Hope he has insurance for that."|
|Narukami puts the key in the medallion and clicks it down, turning it into a sword..|
|GekiRyuKen enters our intrepid hero...|
|HEROIC POSE #697: Sword on shoulder right after hacking monster in half like a tomato|
Like any good Toku series, the ending is absolutely crazy. Ryukendo and RyuGunOu face several Jamanga in a soccer match. That's all you need to envision.
PLOT: First Episode? not too bad, the setting's nice, rural, not huge like other toku, and the characters, quirky as some are, are very well fleshed out in the small time slot given, but they also have a whole series to introduce new ones and flesh out our main characters to their fullest.
SFX: This can be the make or breaker for some Toku fans, and it's mostly CGI. The CGI is sort of dated now, but it's nothing offensive. They do a good job of making it seem somewhat realistic, what with Narukami holding on to a CGI bug for several minutes.
COSTUMES: The Ryukendo and RyuGunOu suits are fucking badass. RyuGunOu's suit is based a little more off a dog, with more defined ears, a snout that looks vaguely like his gun's barrel, and jagged "teeth" patterns around the red visor. Ryukendo is more dragon based, with a winged creature on the facemask of Ryukendo, with more diamond shaped than the prisms.
ENEMIES: The initial Jamanga are absolutely retarded looking, this will throw alot of people off the series if you give it a try. Jack Moon looks suspiciously like Kamen Rider Knight, and by default of that, Batman, though more like if Kamen Rider Knight became a monster. Doctor Worm is of course, just a guy in makeup, but they do a good job of making his mugging look creepy.
OVERALL: A good start, but not one for those looking for the most serious of stories.
Stay tuned for more.