Kamen Rider Kiva 仮面ライダーキバ Ep.1 Screen Caps
I’d just finished my first Kamen Rider series, Kabuto over the weekend. I loved that show so much I watched all 49 episodes and specials in a little over a week. So I approached Kiva with a little trepidation, after liking Kabuto so much could Kiva live up to it or would it be boring rehashed story. But the storyline is completely different. As are the main characters, Kiva’s Wataru Kurenai is so shy and withdrawn from the world he doesn’t speak and keeps his face completely covered, contrasts nicely with the self assured Tendou Souji they couldn’t be more different. The two timelines, and the number of new characters most of who I don’t recognize from previous dramas made this a little confusing, but after watching a couple more episodes I’m not confused anymore. Kyo Nobuo (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) appearing in this opening episode was an added bonus as I loved him as Oscar in Hana Kimi he was so funny. Also this first episode was in Commemoration of Ishinomori Shotaro, the deceased creator of Kamen Rider 70th birthday.
Download the first four hardsub episodes from the TV-Nihon tracker here.