With so much going on at a time when Saber has barely established a status quo, it's no surprise people were quickly turned off. The multitude of different coloured Riders working together and insertion of an end theme complete with dance sequence also led to plenty of Super Sentai comparisons, which for the most part are completely surface-level but still don't really do the show any favours.
But as the first 15 episodes pass and the show moves into an entirely different story arc, it's clear that Kamen Rider Saber has a much bigger plan in mind. The episode series is structured with multiple story arcs — all of which offer distinct turning points in the overall narrative but at the same time flow together to maintain a bigger picture. Even seemingly odd things, like the eccentric Tassel's narration and episode introductions, end up serving a greater purpose.
While Zero-One took a similar approach arguably Saber is even clearer in marking out these distinct chapter points, and in turn makes the show feel a lot "bigger" than it actually is. This ambition is one of Saber 's best qualities, and even through its many fumblings is able to create a desire to see that bigger picture and just how everything will slot together by the end. Of course it also puts it in an extremely precarious position, as it's hard to recommend something with the promise of it getting better when it kicks off on such a sour note.
This notion of everything connecting doesn't just relate to the arcs within the series either — even the supplementary media is more closely intertwined with the main story than is usually expected from the franchise. For example Bacht Kamen Rider Falchion , the main villain of movie The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin , goes on to properly reappear in the series whilst the "Sword of Logos Saga" Blu-Ray specials offer an expanded history that can recontextualise specific events.
While the attempt to make all the supplementary media count is certainly a positive, it's a double-edged sword in that it highlights how important elements would have really benefitted from being in the main show to begin with. The course-correction of Falchion getting a better introduction and backstory than he did in his own movie is definitely a positive though, even if the role could have done far more with Masashi Taniguchi GoGoFive, Kamen Rider Amazons 's talents.
Kamen Rider Saber can be broken down into four main story arcs, each of which introduce a new main antagonist as well as attempting to alter the state of play in terms of character dynamics. The storytelling and focus between these arcs really does differ wildly, which is how Saber is also to claw back a lot of good faith after such a disastrous start.
Takuro Fukada might be billed as show runner, but it is also the work of several others - namely Nobuhiro Mouri, Keichii Hasegawa and Hiroki Uchida, which helped the series grow. Dynazenon this year had actually penned more episodes of the show than Fukada himself, including both the build up to and the finale itself. This has led many fans to consider Hasegawa the "true" head writer of Kamen Rider Saber , as well as being the one chiefly responsible for the improvement it saw as time went on.
The one thing that remains consistent across all of Kamen Rider Saber though is just how uneven the characters are. Playing with such a huge cast always meant that some characters were going to end up better developed than others, but it's the way in which Saber frequently pushes characters to one side in order home in on others that's often the most frustrating. After the first arc does its job of introducing most of the Riders and creating the relationships between them and Touma, the subsequent arc immediately puts them at odds as Touma is branded a traitor and enemy of the Sword of Logos.
This leads to a lengthy stretch of episodes where Touma has to effectively win the favour of his friends back one by one, whilst in turn revealing both the organisation and its leader as the next big enemy in the story. These episodes are extremely important in the development of both Rintaro Kamen Rider Blades and Kento Kamen Rider Espada , who both suffer significant emotional crises. Rintaro at the potential discovery that the only life he's ever known is a lie, and Kento at his newfound knowledge at how events are supposedly going to transpire going forwards.
It's a lot to fit in, and in order to do so other previously established characters have to fall into the background. Meanwhile Ren Kamen Rider Kenzan goes off on a whole side story of moping about that separates him for the rest of the series and makes him feel like an afterthought a lot of the time. In turn all these newly introduced characters suffer similar fates in the subsequent and most notably final arcs.
The metaphorical conveyor belt of characters being prominent when they're first introduced and then quickly sidelined in favour of someone else isn't a problem unique to Saber , but it is one where it feels that little bit more obvious just because there's so many of them. It certainly isn't the fault of characters themselves, because for the most part Saber has an extremely likeable cast. While there is a touch of "the chosen one" to Touma that can make him seemed somewhat overpowered alongside trained swordsmen, Shuichiro Naito plays him with a youthful optimism that makes him the ideal lead for the series - both in terms of the audience and the characters around him.
As well as a having a belief in doing what's right, it's Touma's unwavering belief in people that truly makes him special. His belief in the power of stories comes from his belief in the power of friendship, and even in the face of adversity will at least try to understand the reasons behind his opponents actions.
These are all qualities commonly found in Kamen Rider , but given the time the series was made and the current state of the world it's a philosophy that hits that little bit harder. Plus love or hate them, Touma's wardrobe choices are always definitely something to behold. Equally there's a lot to like about the rest of the Logos swordsmen as well.
As previously mentioned Rintaro and Ren are both widely expanded upon over the course of the series, their friendships with Touma a key element in developing them both through good and bad times. Ren especially takes some interesting turns over the course of the series, even if his arc is arguably even more drawn out than all of the Logos swordsmen suddenly turning on Touma. Beyond them Ryo is a really interesting addition to the show, the first proper "Kamen Rider Dad" we've had that wasn't a bad guy tossed in during the final act.
While the amount that the show actually did with him and his son Sora onscreen was limited possibly due to COVID , it was a fresh dynamic that could definitely be expanded in future shows — the fact Buster got his own spin-off manga shows that there's potential there.
There's also swordsmith Tetsuo and the ancient swordman Yuri, both of whom are also really likeable characters that add to the wider mythos of the Sword of Logos. Even Ren, brash and unlikeable as he may seem, works as a counterpoint to Touma's beliefs as to what constitutes as true strength. Not only do all these characters work well as a unit, but most of them lend themselves well to both the serious side of the story and its ample amounts of slapstick comedy.
Both Yuri and Rintaro are especially good in this regard. Unfortunately, that same tonal shift doesn't quite work for everyone — Reika and Ryoga both make strong first impressions as opposition, but as they progress into more comedic roles it's clear that they don't have all that much to offer outside of a one-note joke. In fact their best offering doesn't even come directly from Saber itself, but rather the corresponding Zenkaiger crossover special the two shows had.
Unfortunately the same really can't be said about the villains, which is perhaps the most uneven aspect of the entire series. Kamen Rider Saber really is the point where the franchise should just be honest about the fact it clearly wants to ditch the monster fighting aspect, and become a straight "Rider vs Rider" series. Admittedly it's been this way for some time, with the monster of the week element on really mattering in the early episodes before giving way to a more central villain that's more often than not a Kamen Rider himself.
But the Megid really are on another level of forgettable, feeling like a secondary threat even at the very beginning of the series. Almost all of the conflict and intrigue of the series comes from the human element - from the mystery behind the treacherous Kamen Rider Calibur in the initial arc to Reika's machinations in the second, culminating in Master Logos' madness in the third.
It's only in the final arc that the Megid's leader Storious truly takes centre stage, and by that point the story has evolved so much that his villainy isn't even really tied to him being a Megid anymore. It really is a testament to both Hasegawa's writing and just how far the rest of the characters have come at that point that he's even remotely engaging as an endgame threat. As strictly monsters, the Megid are so forgettable that even more interesting attempts to use them — such as having humans transform into them to create further conflict between Touma and the Sword of Logos, fall flat.
There are a few bright spots among the mix though, even if in typical Saber fashion the show doesn't use them to their full potential. Desast is a big example of this, a unique Megid that's similarly forgettable until he breaks apart to forge an unlikely kinship with Ren. Despite the bond they develop feeling so far detached from the rest of what's going on, it's somehow oddly endearing.
With so many characters in the series being Riders themselves there really isn't that much space for non-Rider supporting characters on top, but Saber still manages to throw a few in for good measure. If an example was ever needed to illustrate just how significant these characters can be, look no further than Mei Sudo. Touma's exasperated editor is an emotional linchpin of the series, helping to bring out the best in the heroes whilst delivering some of the show's best comedy moments especially when paired with Rintaro or Yuri.
Luna on the other hand is more of a plot device than a character — a key figure in Touma's history as well as the link between the Earth and Wonder World. Finally there's Sophia — the mystic leader of Logos' Northern Branch that's a bit of an oddity.
A key player in the series whose importance is only cemented further as time passes, but whose origins aren't given the weight you'd quite expect them to have. The show's key motifs of knights and stories are well-woven into both the story and aesthetic, with the Wonder Ride Books having a prominent place in the lore as well as simply being transformation trinkets. The Wonder Ride Books are a mix of both newly created and real-life stories, with the latter used to mixed effect.
Storyline Edit. However, thousands of years ago, an attempt was made to steal the books. The books were scattered around the world and disappeared. This battle raged on in secret. In the present day, novelist Kamiyama Touma has a recurring dream: In another world, a swordsman fights a fierce battle with a monster in a book, and a mysterious girl seeks help.
Every time he dreams about it, Touma is caught in the feeling that he is forgetting something important, but he doesn't know what that is or who the girl is. It seems that everyday life can collapse so easily. The dream always happens without warning. Suddenly, a strange phenomenon occurs where part of the city disappears. Important family members, friends, lovers disappear in front of each other's eyes. On the other hand, part of the disappeared city appears in a mysterious world. Touma and Mei Sudo, the editor-in-chief, are suddenly involved in this phenomenon.
Surprisingly, the other world is very similar to the dream that Touma often has, and like the dream, mysterious monsters invade and begin to destroy the city. As soon as he picks up the sword, he wields the power of the dragon, becoming "The Swordsman of Fire". Become a writer and a swordsman!! Did you know Edit. Trivia This is the second season after Kamen Rider Hibiki to have ending credits and also the first season in the Reiwa Era to have ending credits. Connections Followed by Kamen Rider Revice User reviews 15 Review.
Top review. Syuichiro acting skill similar to yuki who acted in ultraman taiga. Details Edit. Release date September 6, Japan. Tokyo, Japan. Bandai Toei Company. Technical specs Edit. Runtime 24 minutes. Contribute to this page Suggest an edit or add missing content. Top Gap.
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Kamen Rider Saber aired in Japan on TV Asahi from September 6, to August Home Media. Saber was released in three separate Blu-Ray Collections. Kamen Rider Saber is a Japanese tokusatsu drama, the 31st entry of Toei Company's Kamen Rider franchise, and the second series to debut during the Reiwa period. Kamen Rider Saber (仮面ライダーセイバー/聖刃, Kamen Raidā Seibā) is a Japanese tokusatsu drama, the 31st entry of Toei Company's Kamen Rider franchise.