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Friday, March 07, 2008

Kamen Rider Kiva 仮面ライダーキバ Ep.3 Screen Caps

Episode 3 "Hero: Perfect Hunter"
The episode opens in 2008 as Wataru works on a violin, the bell rings incessantly. Wataru finally puts aside his work urged on by Kivat-bat to answer the door. It’s just a door to door salesman trying to get Wataru to subscribe to a newspaper, but he’s saved by Shizuka who scold’s him to be more firm with salesman. Megumi is talking to Shima at the gym about Kiva, Shima tells her not to worry, let Keisuke Nago deal with Kiva. Megumi protests and Shima asks if she still hates Nago. Wataru attempts to give a gift to the Kido the café owner, but stumbles over his words, and Shizuka has to intervene. Megumi complains that he’s useless and has to have a caretaker with him, but the store’s dog takes an instant liking to Wataru. Megumi asks how he plans to improve himself, he replies that he wishes to become like his dad, Otoya Kurenai. The scene switches to 1986, a man and woman are shopping when Otoya interrupts ruining the couple’s relationship. But then just as quickly he drops the woman he’d stolen away and picks another girl in her place. Then when Yuri shows up he drops that girl to focus on Yuri but she’s just there to collect her weapon that he’d taken from her the last time. Just then a Fangire attacks.

I’m really starting to get into this show now with the laughs supplied by the unique self assured playboy father and the diligent shy son that requires supervision from a middle-schooler who turns into a hero. The transform sequence is pretty cool as Kivat-bat has to bite the hand that feeds it so to speak to affect the transformation. The Fangire costume design is much nicer than the early Kabuto generic worm design, the Fangire so far have all had a very beautiful stained glass appearance on a monstrous shape.

Download the first five English hardsub episodes from the TV-Nihon website here.Screen shots of the other two episodes here.

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