14. Kamen Rider Decade
Last time the traveling rider was at the number ten spot. My reasons were that there are good parts of Decade and I still like some parts, but when things got ugly they are very ugly. First is the main character himself he isn't really that special. All he has is all the past Hesiei rider powers. The character is very boring though as I really hate the superficial heroes as he can act very cocky. There is also Natsumi who barely does anything and the AU Kuuga and we don't need to talk about him. The only main character I enjoyed was Daito, Kamen Rider Diend because he was just awesome in everything he does. His back story was pretty good as well while Decade's back story isn't much. I think Decade could have done better if they didn't do a cliff hanger and just have the series tell the story and not let a movie finish it. Even though the movie makes more questions! I still want to know where did the Decade powers come from and why is Tsukasa given it? All I can say this series inspired me to make my own crossover rider called Gatekeeper and I will make sure to have an actual story with him. So I probably would give Decade a C+ back then, but today it's a D+
13. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
12. Kamen Rider Ryuki
How fitting that the original comes right after the adaption. Ryuki was in the number eight spot back then since I liked the Rider War and seeing a good amount of death in the series. Some characters still stand out as popular favorites like Ouja, but looking back there wasn't that much to the series. The fights are okay with some great suit action in only limited amounts. This series used a lot of CGI compared to the last two rider series before it and I know it was made in 2002-2003 and it's low budget, but it's still a flaw. They just use it too much so soon you will get used to some good effects. Some effects are just not that good at times too and it doesn't fit Kamen Rider. The story is better than Dragon Knight it's just the pay off is not worth it. When everything is found out it doesn't feel that well and it follows a big cliche. If the villain has a sibling the sibling is somehow involved. I mean Kenzaki who I like still don't like why he's doing it. He is very smart, but finding out why he's doing it disappoints me. Also as I said before Ryuki's characters can be great, but there are more good and bad. The minor characters are just good between bad as I don't care about them and some of the acting is ehh. Then the ending....... it just sucks. So I would give Ryuki a B- back then so now it's a C+
11. Kamen Rider Den-o
10. Kamen Rider Faiz
9. Kamen Rider Fourze
Call me lazy if you want, but this is going to be quick since my previous post is a review for this series. Fourze was good it had a nice friendship motif along with partners. The designs were mostly great for the monsters of this series and Meteor. Fourze looks good, but his character is amazing. The other side characters are nice as well. The series does soon push a little too much at the viewers when it gets closer to the end, but it's a fun series and a good one so it has B.8. Kamen Rider Kiva
7. Kamen Rider Hibiki
Hibiki is still the most under-rated Kamen Rider series. It may have fallen two ranks, but it still deserves more love than other rider series. Even though Hibiki isn't that much story driven there are very good character plot points. There is a change of a director and yes it's sad that we couldn't see how the series was supposed to be, but I say critic on what you get. When people complain on what they didn't get makes them look like a child crying because he didn't get a certain toy. People should shut up and deal with what they got. I'm sorry if I am rude about this, but this topic gets me mad. Even with the change it's not that big of a change. The nature motif is still around and the characters still mostly remain the same. Then the most important part is that the message is still around! Hibiki really explored into something different than the usual rider series and I respect it for that. There are great arcs like the Zanki arc and amazing suit designs. Also the monsters of the series are still good. So it keeps it's B+
6. Kamen Rider OOO
5. Kamen Rider Black
Black is still the only showa era Kamen Rider I have finished and it's still in the top five for great reasons. First is the action it was very good even if it was the 80's. There was a lot of attention to the detail of the fights and good direction. Black also took a step into something different which was more story driven. The villains were interesting with the three bishops being supportive of each other at times, Birugenia being a good rival character for a while, and then Shadowmoon who still lives on in the memories of rider fans as the first pure evil rider. Kotaro is another great feature as his personality completely glows in the series as he faces hard decisions and that affects the drama of the show greatly. It does focus on children like other Showa series and kids can affect an episode positively or negatively. The ending was also really strong and still holds a strong impact. So Black stays on the list with an A-
4. Kamen Rider Kabuto
Last time I said Kabuto is the most over-rated rider series and that is still somewhat true, but going back to it I negate some of my previous sayings. First I would have to say Den-o is now the most over-rated and I think I should have said that in the first place. Kabuto was very good when I saw it again. I have mentioned how I hate cocky superheroes and Tendou can be like that. He does show more emotion though and he does get thrown around a couple of times. He is given amazing powers, but the series still gives him challenges to overcome. I have then talked about Sasword as he is one of my favorite riders of the whole franchise probably number two or three. Kagami is also another big and memorable character for the series and there are really good characters. The only thing that keeps this series from being third are the Hoppers and I won't say anymore about them. I have to say though the story did come in play earlier than I remembered and somethings I got confused did get cleared up when watching it again. So it's mostly my fault that I missed somethings in the story. The series still holds the best action thanks to a higher budget as the clock up fights were amazing. Debris was slowly falling in the background and there was a fight in the rain where the rain drops were slower. Kabuto is even my favorite comedy rider series as it had great moments like Tsurigi and his famous sword, Discailbur. Even though Thebee and the Drake were wasted the series still holds a fierce torch thanks to a strong story, action, comedy, and characters.
3. Kamen Rider Kuuga
Warning, my top three still haven't changed so you can just stop if you want to. Back to the list then, what hasn't been said about Kuuga. It revived the franchise, took it in a new direction, and it's still one of the best. Kuuga held a great mystery thanks to the Grongi and their scenes. The series had nice dark elements that are similar to the Showa era. It was a single hero series and heck Kuuga had allies. There was the police officer, Ichijou who helped him in battle. Sawatri who gave him new information about Kuuga, and many others who kept his secret to help him improve. It's funny that Kuuga had all these partners and the recent three Kamen Rider series are called the partner era. Kuuga had that element and also gave us the many forms which got very popular. Kuuga IMO used the forms in the best way since he grew with his power making the progression of the series feel strong. Again there are some odd scenes, but are still nice to watch since there are strong messages and have good direction. Overall Kuuga will never be forgotten for what it has done for the franchise as it keeps it's A.
2. Kamen Rider Blade
Blade remains number two with an A because of how great the story progressed. At first things were at a good pace and then things went boom in an instance. Things are becoming clearer and everything gets more and more intense. We even find things out about the main characters and yet things are still a mystery. I love it when the riders learn something, but are still skeptical to believe or not. This is personally my favorite story in the franchise since there was always a good twist here and there. Also the ending of the series still remains my favorite. The characters were great as we saw them go through a lot with themselves. They faced tough enemies and fought them with all of their fighting potential. I said this before, but these riders really fought with their true strength as they took down big enemies without flashy finishers every time. So overall Blade as one intense of a story and I will always remember it for that.
1. Kamen Rider Double
What haven't I said about Kamen Rider Double? It set a very high bar for the next Kamen Rider series, it has some of my favorite characters, the action is short and sweet, the story was amazing, the acting was top notch, and everything works perfectly. The best thing about Double is that there was always something going on which made the story easy to follow and helped the progression. The series still isn't one hundred percent perfect because of the ending. Still that ending is still good and the only reason it was around was because Toei wanted the Double X OOO movie. There was Kamen Rider Accel who is still my favorite rider of the whole franchise as he had the perfect look and even when his story was done he still had a lot to do with the overall story. The twists were very good and some were unexpected, the forms for Double were well balanced even when Xtreme was shown. There are really only little things that can hurt this series, but for me I can ignore them. This series perfectly uses past Showa and Hesiei elements along with brand new elements. Kamen Rider Double will easily stay as my favorite for a long time as it stays at number one with an A+ I thank you for reading through the new list and yes I will keep my old list still since it's fun to compare and contrast. Also I am watching Agito right now it's just hard for me to watch more episodes in a row since I got classes and work. I am hopefully going to finish Agito before the next year.