The Legacy of The Failure That Was Saban's Masked Rider and Its Influence to Later Tokusatsu?

Saban's Masked Rider for me was a failure on its own and ruined itself.  Okay I could be very biased considering that I have seen Kamen Rider Black RX first on Cable TV so I didn't really have much of an opinion.  What really happened was prior to Saban's Masked Rider airing (correct me if I am wrong on this), the special three part series called "Friend in Need" with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers hence the first unofficial TV crossover of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.

What I thought of Saban's Masked Rider was well, as a child, it ruined Kamen Rider Black RX.  In truth, it ruined itself with bad acting, bad writing, poorly written comedy and no wonder why it was a failure in the United States.  However the failure may not be so bad considering that out from its ashes came out some ideas Toei would later reuse after it was shelved.

So far, no Kamen Rider and Super Sentai was ever done until Kamen Rider Decade.  Purists may rant about the stage shows but... the idea of bringing it to TV CAME FROM SABAN, deal with it.  Kamen Rider Decade was a super duper SH*TTY show (pardon the language) and it had a crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger... which was miles above Saban's Masked Rider teaming up with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.  Unlike MMPR's special, this was a two parter, concise direct and it was one super bad show teamed up with a decent show.  Kamen Rider Decade itself is really not popular and might as well be the Mashed Rider of Japan.  The Shinkenger episodes in Decade would be the first time Kamen Rider really teamed up with Super Sentai.  Just a bit of a spoiler, at the end of the Shinkenger Arc in Decade, the next world they travel into was the world of Kamen Rider Black RX!

Unfortunately something even truly horrifying was born namely the Super Hero Taisen movie.  Yes, just avoid that piece of trash like you'd avoid Saban's Mashed Rider.  This movie is just as trashy as "A Friend in Need" in MMPR.  All I say is, avoid the Super Hero Taisen films unless you are really a glutton for punishment for a critic with a strong stomach.

Later on, Kamen Rider ends up having its very first teenage Kamen Rider in Gentaro Kisaragi.  Yeah the show is much better than Saban's Masked Rider in terms of writing, acting and just everything.  Still shows you can take a failed idea, check why it failed and modify it.

ToQGer would have a team up with Kamen Rider Gaim which for me was boring series teamed up with an interesting series.  I really don't like ToQGer (personally) and I thought this special wasn't as great as the Shinkenger/Decade crossover.  However I do respect the opinion of those who like it.

I am holding for the Drive/Ninninger crossover which hopefully will manage to do better than its predecessors.  So far I'm liking Ninninger and Drive so it might be a good movie.

So while I really can't like Saban's Masked Rider due to reasons I just stated but somehow, I can't deny that it still played a role in the development of Tokusatsu overall.


  1. So Masked Rider and Decade were god awful pieces of crap? In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green.


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