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Oh dear god so many gorgeous people. Kamen Rider, Power Rangers, Garo, Ultraman, Chouseishin Series, etc. It doesn't matter, all the casting directors seem to love them some pretty.

And it's not all the same, either! There's all kinds of variety and it seriously doesn't matter what your type is, there's someone out there to push your buttons.

Which is not to say that some tastes get more love, but I don't think anyone should feel lacking in eye candy.

The only exception I can think of is Big Bad Beetleborgs, and that is because the entire cast is either children or under a mask and/or heavy makeup.
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It's an amazingly expansive genre, with a really strong experimental region.

Just in the last year's crop of shows we've covered, broadly, the following: comedy, drama, melodrama, farce, parody, homage, tragedy, mystery, and the (fetch) quest.

Within these bounds, the shows have tackled the concepts of: loyalty, the loss of loved ones (friends, lovers, family), metafiction, romance, the simplicity and depth of friendship, existentialism, acceptance of fate, defiance of fate, making one's own fate, (deciding others' fates in light of all of this is rather uncouth, Meteor), the depravity inherent in some people, the power of justice, the importance of tradition, the sometimes necessity of building a family of choice, nerd culture, youth, that authority figures who should have your best interests at heart do not always, and so forth.

Some shows have presented these things at face value. Some have held them as subtext or low thematic undertones. Some have presented them with bright flashing signs calling your attention to them. Some have treated none of it seriously. Some have used jokes to hide how serious they were being. Some did multiple approaches from this list (some at once).

All of it has been wholeheartedly within the genre, no matter how different Makai Senki is to Gokaiger is to Power Rangers Samurai, etc.

As long as the creative staff on a show have the talent to back up their ambition, toku can accomplish anything.
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Have we gotten a single series without any ridiculous behind-the-camera drama? Have we? I bet it sucked, because ALL the series have ridiculous production stories, of the sort that make you wonder how anything wound up on the screen at all, yet there they are, airing when they should.

I mean, a quick (and utterly incomplete) list is as follows:

- Early MMPR job titles being recommendations at best - everyone did whatever needed done at that moment, they just has specialties (we'll come back to this later in this series of posts)
- The Many Cancellations of Power Rangers
- Everything Inoue has touched, but especially Decade. (Oh god, Decade. Fun! Also awful.)
- The ridiculous number of supporting actresses in KR who have fallen ill during filming, necessitating rewrites. NB: this number may be two, because the only ones I know of for certain are Hiyori and Hana's actresses, but they were consecutive, so ridiculous still.
- Speaking of: Valerie Vernon's leukemia falling in the middle of the clusterfuck that was Lost Galaxy's production.
- Tzachor
- Kobayashi potentially having been telling the truth when she said she'd never seen an episode of Kamen Rider ever before writing 90+% of Ryuki herself. It ended very, very well, but that is an ASTOUNDING hiring decision, even if she had basically just done Timeranger.
- The number of writers who decide "we've lost our last cours? SPEED UP THE STORY" instead of maybe cutting arcs. (SAZER-X WHYYYY COULDN'T YOU HAVE SOLD MORE TOYS ;_; ) (ULTRAMAN NEXUS HOW DID YOU STILL MAKE 100% SENSE IDEK)
- Goseiger
- Saban firing half of the leads of his cultural icon epic moneymaker in the middle of its sure-to-be-brief relevance, just to make a point to the other half, without killing the show.

Basically, Thing I Love #1, about how the shows don't have to make sense? This extends to the real world. I try not to think about it too much.
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So Remix happened. I wrote Kamen Rider W fic, which was weird because I am like never interested in ficcing Toei shows for some reason. (Then [livejournal.com profile] estirose wrote W fic about the main characters being a family of choice and I am ALL OVER THAT. My buttons, they has been pushed.)

Author reveals were Sunday, so I'm not as late as I have been in the past but... something something yeah.

Title: All The Riches (Crab Canon Remix)
Fandom: Kamen Rider W
Remixed For: [livejournal.com profile] estirose
Remixed From: All The Riches
Summary: A case comes to the Narumi Detective Agency that shakes up the familial bonds within.
Pairings: Shotaro/Phillip, Terui/Akiko, background Queen/Elizabeth, OMC/OMC
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: There's a short moment of Dopant-induced behavior that's close enough to domestic abuse to be potentially triggery (as in, it only isn't out of the most hair's-breadth technicality), as well as mentioned stalking. It's not violent in the "causing injuries" sense, but there is grabbing.
Beta credit: [livejournal.com profile] terrierlee

Makoto wasn't sure he was in the right place. )

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