Thursday, January 23, 2014

Update on toku writers: Wizard and Kyoryuger

Kamen Rider Wizard

Tsuyoshi Kida (main writer) : 1, 2-3(with Komura), 4-5, 10-11, 16-19, 22-23, 26-27, 30-31, 34-35, 38-39, 42-43, 48-51 (27 episodes)
Junko Komura : 2-3 (with Kida), 6-9, 12-15, 20-21, 24-25, 28-29, 40-41, 44-47 (22 episodes)
Daisuke Ishibashi : 32-33, 36-37 (4 episodes)
Sho Aikawa : 52-53

A few comments: Tsuyoshi Kida completely shares the writing with Junko Komura who looks more like a co-head writer than a secondary writer. Like in Hibiki, the other Rider show he wwas head writer (in the first half) he works with another writer with which he shares almost equally the writing. Only one other secondary writer : Daisuke Ishibashi. Interestingly, those are  Ishibashi's first episodes in the Rider franchise; he was previously a secondary writer in sentai series.  Special case  : Shou Aikawa for the crossover final episodes involving Kamen Rider Decade, the show he had been the head writer of.

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger

All 48 episodes written by Riku Sanjo, the main writer.

Several comments : Kyoryuger is the first sentai show where Riku Sanjo is involved, and  his first as main writer. It's also the first sentai series completely written by the main writer; even writers like Inoue and Uehara, who had written toku shows completely (Inoue has written all or almost all of his Rider shows as main writer, and Uehara has written all of Shaider and most of his other Metal Hero shows) have always shared the writing of sentai shows with other writers.
Besides, Riku Sanjo had already been involved in Rider series : he was the main writer of Kamen Rider W and main secondary writer of Kamen Rider Fourze. And unlike most Rider writers, he shared the writing of W with other writers, notably Hasegawa ( they almost shared the writing like Kida did with Komura in Wizard, see above). So, it's interesting to see him, who has worked on Rider shows where the writing was highly shared, to write his first sentai series all by himself.

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