Episode 7 - Toei's Asleep, Post Blue Kamen Rider

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THIS WEEK: We return to our coverage of Kamen Rider; Shocker has perfected their soap bubble technology; dogs are better than Kamen Rider at fighting crime; Tohru Hiriyama's influence on the show; the subject we've been dancing around comes to a head as Takeshi Hongo fades out from his own show; Great Leader is everyone's worst micromanaging boss; SEGATA SANSHIRO IS CANON; Toei's increasingly-grainy recycled footage; I don't think the showrunners know what electromagnetic waves are; the introduction of Kazuya Taki and Hayato Ichimonji; and Blue Kamen Rider is Fat Pikachu.

TOPICS:* Kamen Rider (1971) 9-15* Cobram'n, Gebacondor, Yamogelas, Tokageron, Sabotender* Cobraman's legacy in the franchise* The show is still finding its feet* It turns out that a henshin sequence that requires your lead actor to jump off of a speeding bike is the littlest bit risky* Why does Shocker hate dogs so much* Hongo's evolution from nice grad student into a lying liar who lies* Tachibana's cunning plans* Ruriko's character development * Shocker's global influence* Shocker's greatest minds stymied by a waist-high fence* Alexa has been watching Blue Blazes* The Tachibana Racing Club* The introduction of the lucha libre combatmen* Kamen Rider 2: Hayato Ichimonji, babyface photographer and professional ass* c a c t u s o r b s* Hongo and Ruriko go back to their home planet* The classic Kamen Rider pose and transformation* riders georg* Proximity bomb hot potato* Never tell the truth, always commit to the lie* Kazuya Taki is not Spiderman* Poignant dialogue ruined by Sabotegron's gag boobs

MUSIC:* “Fight! Seven Riders! Showa Rider Taisen”- Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax* Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go! Rider Kick” and “Kamen Rider no Uta”

Visual companion post in the next few days!

NEXT WEEK: The Double Zero cyborgs go on a nice vacation.

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