There is something about the realm of magic that manages to spark up a sense of wonder in my heart. Even though most of my experience comes from video games, there are a few instances where I get to see it in animation, live-action, comics, and literature.
Centering around donuts, rings, rituals, and the magical arts, Kamen Rider Wizard is an offer that is too good to miss out on. Will this new Rider have what it takes to deliver a spectacular performance, or will he end up as a washed up act.
Find out after the jump as we get ready for showtime!
Like any show that has to do with the mystical arts, Kamen Rider Wizard gives us a rundown on the state of magic in today's world. While most titles that involve magic tend to dump a whole bunch of information on you at once, Wizard keeps it simple as it segues itself into an unexpected shot that involves a certain ring-like pastry. In fact, Kamen Rider Wizard takes you right into the action, which leaves the origin story to be a mystery for now.
Even the show's main Rider Soma Haruto is a bit mysterious, since to the series is being rather vague on his experience with the Solar Eclipse Ritual that allowed the Phantoms aka the show's villains to gain access to our world. Then there is the drawback to Soma's powers, which has a chance of being similar to Eiji's situation with the Purple Core Medals from Kamen Rider OOO. Despite his special issue, Soma still does his best to enjoy life and help those in need as he whops down delicious donuts.
If you enjoyed the ridiculous sound effects from Kamen Rider OOO, Wizard follows in its footstep as it brings out a series of formal spell chants brought to you by the Wizard Driver aka Wizard's transformation belt. At this rate, I think the Wizard Driver's catchy phrase might end up as one of my favorite transformation sounds for the year. While it might not be very wizard-like in accordance to most standards in magic, it's obvious that they are also incorporating the over-the-top antics that you can expect out of a magician act. Together, they make Wizard's fighting style rather showy and fabulous.
Don't think that Wizard's silly phrases are leading to another comedic series, since the Phantoms are hinting towards a darker Rider series. With that in mind, there is nothing bright and cheerful about opening up a gateway inside the human soul to unleash more Phantoms by throwing people into despair. As for the aftermath, I think the answer is pretty obvious at this point.
It looks like Wizard is continuing the trend with the special mini robotic creatures that was started in Kamen Rider W, which also take notes from Fourze and OOO in regards to requiring an object to be inserted for activation. However, these are still minor trends that don't affect the show's quality, since they also coincide with most of Soma's spells.
With the return of a simpler costume, Wizard has no issue with doing jumps and flips as he uses his rings to cast spells, enchant weapons, or change forms. For a first episode, Wizard manages to show off more moves than any other Rider during his early battles. If Wizard is going by the rules of a true magician, then we know that this series still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Kamen Rider Wizard has proven to us that it will be another great year for the Kamen Rider franchise. Thanks to its ability in delivering a wonderful first act, intriguing mystery, and the potential of a darker story, Wizard is definitely one series that won't make you leave your seat.
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