||[Feb. 20th, 2010|04:10 am]
As it's so much more amusing to read about me doing another silly-ass meme as opposed to whining of any sort. So here's another meme!
Got it from kiellne :
Reply to this meme by yelling "RIDER KICK", and I will give you five words that remind me of you; then post them in your journal and explain what they mean to you.
Yeah, so I changed it a bit. So sue me. Anyway, here goes:
Wow, where to begin with this one? Even though I didn't realise it, I've pretty much been a fan of, or at least have known of Kamen Rider for nearly all my life. My first exposure to Kamen Rider was through an old Super Famicom/SNES game I had called Super SD Wars or something like that, which was a platformer featuring several Bandai-franchised characters which you could swap between.
Amongst the properties featured were the RX-78 and Knight Gundam representing Gundam, Ultraman and Ultraman Taro for Ultraman, and Kamen Rider Ichigo and V3 for Kamen Rider. From that little game, though brief, was enough to raise that subconscious awareness of the bug men to me.
From seeing bits of Saban's (horrendous) adaption of Black RX as 'Masked Rider', to even having a friend back in JC who was into the Showas series, Kamen Rider has actually always been something in my psyche for most of my life. Hell, even MSG Man draws quite a bit of influence (and parodies) Kamen Rider.
But of course, it wasn't until around 2007 or so, when during an outing with Leon and seeing him buy his SIC Faiz, did I decide to make that fateful impulse purchase of the Movie Realization Kamen Rider The First Ichigo and Nigo - and the rest was history XD.
Since then, as corny as it may sound, I owe Kamen Rider quite a bit to how my life's changed. Fully realising my love for Kamen Rider had helped make me decide to break out into cosplaying proper, which in turn has helped me make wonderful new friends, as well as getting to know older ones better at last.
Kamen Rider has also helped inspire me to become a better, stronger person in many ways. Staying positive, being strong for others and yourself and of course, to always do things with all your might and with style, or not bother doing it.
I was stagnating badly some years back and was immensely depressed and dissatisfied with how I was, and Kamen Rider was definitely one factor that helped me break out of that rut. I can only hope I continue to improve myself further and doing the image oArf the franchise justice in the best way I can.
Oh well. Err what can I say about him?
He's one hell of a goofy looking man with a goofy sounding accent, who can't really act but somehow manages to get by with his goofy set of constipated expressions and equally constipated sounding lines and good scripts for good movies.
And that he's the Governor of California.
And that my Mum's like his biggest fan.
I admit to liking one or two of his movies, but other than that, I don't care for him too much other than it's REALLY REALLY FUN to imitate and make fun of him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ladies & gentleman.
Ahhhh Ultraman. The one and only classic tokusatsu superhero. The bloke of red & silver means a TON to me, as Ultraseven was one of the first live action super hero shows I watched and loved as a kid.
Sure it's a kiddie show with cheesy ass effects, goofy rubber suited men wrestling goofy rubber monsters in equally goofy miniature littered backgrounds.
But that's the beauty of it, it *KNOWS* it's cheesy and goes on doing its thing with all its heart and might.
It's really funny when an Ultraman movie with half the budget, shows that it much more heart, soul and effort put into it than some over-blown Transformers movie.
But that's exactly what makes Ultraman what it is to me - a simple, entertaining show with decades of history that everyone working on it loves, cherishes, and treats it with the respect such a long running franchise oughta be treated with.
Possibly one of my most favourite Kamen Rider shows in the short time I've been a Kamen Rider fan, and possibly one character that I've been finding very easy to relate to.
A guy that maintains a strong front and tries to be the perfect detective, despite all his short comings, frustrations and having to rely on his friends to help him out. That's very much something I can relate to, especially in my recent situation.Which is why I'm pretty keen on cosplaying him and W next.
Wow, what can I say here that I haven't already said before? This was the first proper full-fledged Kamen Rider series I watched (The First and The Next are movies, and I had only seen Kabuto and Den-O in the form of clips), following up on new episode releases quite religiously until it concluded.
It has a pretty decent, if slightly confusingly presented story that is engaging, funny, serious and dramatic and also wraps itself up nicely for the most part. The characters are mostly good and decently developed (though some ping-pong quite a bit), and let's not forget how awesome Rook, Maya and Kivat are!
I also relate quite a bit to Wataru, wanting to become a better, stronger person and all. And let's not forget just how awesome Kiva's design is, which was the primary reason why I chose to cosplay him in the first place.
While I do want to move onto other projects soon, Kiva will forever have a special place in my heart as one of the few things that I've accomplished by myself.