You may have noticed over the weekend the overwhelming reponse that the clash of two of Toeis’ biggest franchaisies movie, Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Superhero War movie hasn’t been particularly well recieved… But why? Gun Caliber star, Bueno, voices his opinion on the movie.
Pitting the current Superhero Time teams against their own predesscors, and throwing in every hero from the series’ ever, should be a recipe for success, but could have easily tipped over the line and make the whole film over saturated; and sadly that’s what happened. Having 200+ superheroes running around on screen means that not every fan is going to be happy that their favourite doesn’t get some screentime, but this isn’t the case. The plot itself is rather thin and isn’t even as complex or written as well as a typical Kamen Rider Fourze episode, the big question as to why both Marvelous and Tsukasa now both run two different evil organizations is obvious within the first 15 minutes.
If you happened to be a fan of either Fourze or the Go-Busters, they get little screen time in the movie and have little to do with the plot. Even the Gokaigers get a raw deal, the girls are for the most part not even involved and regulated to being stuck in some different universe. Den-O fans shouldn’t be worried, the Den Liners crew gets it’s arbitrary screen time and wackyness ensues. The fight scenes are far and few between and everything you see in the trailers is about as much as they appear in the movie. The choreography has been blamed for a large portion of the negativity because of it’s limitedness in creative use. The Gokai OOO Change lasts seconds and only placed to sell the keys and any left over OOO toys, while the Gosei Cards being used by Riders could barely be considered plot orientated.
The movie carries many of the same problems as the last few movies shared, as well as staff members. The writer, Shouji Yonemura has written this addition to the movie entries, as well All Riders Vs. Great Shocker, the Decade portion of Movie War 2010 and last years Let’s Go Kamen Rider. Yonemura is also credited as being the head writer for Kamen Rider Kabuto and the last few episodes of Decade, all of which are inflicted with the same incoherent and plothole full to the brim. Osamu Kaneda the director is responsible for the All Riders, Let’s Go Kamen Rider and Climax Deka, all suffering from linear mediocre visuals.
But has it been doing well? It has topped the box office for the weekend, knocking the Detective Conan movie off the throne. The cinemas over the weekend were packed out and cinemas decided to add extra showings to the early schedule to keep up with the demand. No word on takings, as yet.
Bueno, indie film maker and creator of Tokyos’ local hero Gun Caliber was particularly vocal in his opinions and incredibly disappointed. Beware of spoilers and not for the light of skin as he tears the movie apart.
For fans outside of Japan, they will have to wait and form their own opinion of the movie when the home release of the movie will be coming in roughly half a year. Perhaps after that period and going in with no expectations, western fans might appriciate it more than the disgrunted fans in the east.