Mar 6, 2021
Given how it is a tribute and sort of a continuation/revival of work which preceded and inspired Kamen Raider, appreciation for it will be heavily impacted by ones familiarity with life and work of Ishinomori Shotaro, or the lack of thereof.
Those who fall into the latter could find themselves repelled by wonkily executed, run-of-the-mill story. Similar to early Batman comics, albeit with more of anti-heroic vibes to it. Sadly, more profound themes are tackled only desultorily, thus the story never reaches its full potential; as opposed to art style which is stupendously cinematic. Transitions from panel to panel are done impeccably, be it for
action sequences or more meditative moments. Kazuhiko's art is reminiscence of Shotaro's yet still possesses individuality of its own.
All in all, a work of questionable quality for its own time, even more so for today's. It certainly has a heart to it, but its beats are only for select few.
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