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Kamen Rider Saber (仮面ライダーセイバー［聖刃］ Kamen Raidā Seiba , Masked Rider Saber) is a Japanese tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series. is a Japanese tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series. It is the second series to debut during the Reiwa period and the thirty-first overall. The series premiered on September 6, 2020, joining Mashin Sentai Kiramager in the Super Hero Time line-up after the finale of Kamen Rider Zero-One. It is one of two Kamen Rider seasons that celebrates the 50th anniversary; the other being the 2021 season.
Why It Does Not Have The Saber in its Hand
- The idea of having various riders, within the initial start of the show, while it may seem like a decent concept, is nothing more than mere wasted potential, as we never got to see their origins nor character growths proper.
- The opening and ending songs, while not the worst, do feel pretty out of place compared to most other Kamen Rider OPs/EDs, making some wonder if they should be swapped.
- A lot of the dark moments to be found within the show, are rather forced to due it's more optimistic nature, and can mostly feel like poorly executed drama.
- Quantity over Quality in terms of characters, such as:
- Touma Kamiyama/Kamen Rider Saber is a bland protagonist when compared to the rest of the characters who is nothing more than a Gary Stu and he doesn't have much of a personality outside of being a novelist.
- Kento Fukamiya/Kamen Rider Espada was no better as he also steals the spotlight from other characters, as his motivations and morals keep shifting, with his only consistent trait being "I will protect Touma."
- Ren Akamichi/Kamen Rider Kenzan is the worst offender as he was very unbearable (and was nothing more than a mere copy and paste of Takaharu Igasaki from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger).
- Reika Shindai/Kamen Rider Sabela, was initially written as a more serious character, who ended up being the show's most outlandish character, and his admiration towards his brother is rather obnoxious and creepy most of the time.
- Ryoga Shindai/Kamen Rider Durandal, is easily the show's most forgettable and most unpopular character as he had nothing to bring in to the table rather than to be Reika's older sibling, granted he had some character development, but not when IT'S FROM AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SHOW.
- Mei Sudo was also pretty annoying as her over the top, childish antics could be really irritating, what's even worse is she literally wants to be involved in everything (Laura will do this in a better way in Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure).
- Even with the time when she was turned in to a Megid, that could've cost her life, she instantly reverts to her initial nature as if she never learned anything from that situation.
- The villains or Megid (Megiddo) ALSO fair no better, as they could be considered as one of the worst villains to ever exist within the franchise, along with the Orphnochs (Kamen Rider Faiz/555) Narutaki (Kamen Rider Decade), and Ganma (Kamen Rider Ghost), as very little were explored about them, also the constant changing of the show's final boss, also some of the villains were unlikeable.
- Isaac (Master Logos)/Kamen Rider Solomon, was nothing more than a mere rehash of Shiro Kanzaki from Kamen Rider Ryuki, the only thing memorable about him, is that his actor played a much better character within a different show.
- Storious is the worst offender, as his out of the blue descend in to darkness just came out randomly, and felt really weird with the storyline.
- Some story-arcs such as Touma's lost memories and Kento's revelation as the third calibur were very underwhelming, as it had no actual build up and felt really rushed.
- Zooous and Rintaro's rivalry was nothing more than wasted potential, as it led to nowhere within the span of two episodes, and could have benefited into characterizing either one of the characters.
- Extensive use of CGI, within the action scenes, which could really be irritating most of the time.
- Desast becoming the second falchion was also pretty underwhelming, is if it was a last minute idea, what's even worse is that his debut as Falchion, only existed for an episode, and was immediately retconned within minutes.
- The finale was, if not, one of the worst Kamen Rider endings ever, while the final showdown with Touma and Storious was decent, the return of Primitive Dragon was pointless as it was only there for a couple of seconds, and the usual "Friends we did we saved the world ending" was a terrible closure within the series.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman & The Book Of Ruin feels more like a regular episode than a movie.
- And finally this show had a godawful crossover with the very infamous Kamen Rider Ghost, as well as slightly worsening the negativity towards both shows.
- There are still some likeable characters such as Rintaro Shindo/Kamen Rider Blades, Ryo Ogami/Kamen Rider Buster, Tetsuo Daishinji/Kamen Rider Slash, Yuri/Kamen Rider Saikou, Desast and Bahato (even if his return didn't make any actual sense).
- Bahato's backstory/reason of why he descended into darkness was pretty decent and tragic, and make anyone feel slight pity towards him.
- Desast's death was very heartbreaking, and it also boosted the character growth for Ren and concluded his character development journey as a whole, with a positive remark.
- It's much more tolerable than these three atrocities
- The suit designs were very well designed and beautifully done, and the aesthetics to be found within this show (is mostly) amazing.
- It spawned a few memes, most notably the infamous meme from the 35th episode.
- There are still some good episodes such as the 26th, 43rd and the epilogue or 48th episode.
- While it's isn't much better the prequel mini-series, Sword of Logos, is comparingly more tolerable to watch.
- Some fans of the Kamen Rider series may enjoy it.