RX130 Preshow: Kamen Rider Ghost 16 Reactions and Questions

The deadline for submitting feedback for Ghost 15 for -RX! 129 is Thursday February 4, 20106 12:30pm PST, but we welcome feedback anytime after that as well in our comments section, in or inbox or through Twitter or on Tumblr.

Hello everyone, this is Ammit here. I have some thoughts and feelings about mortality and postmortem legacy sparked by the last two episodes of Ghost.

The Creatives behind Kamen Rider Ghost have made a brilliant move in making the enemy and “truly evil” Rider in this series named and themed after a necromancer because of the deeper messages being said about what Prince Aran’s Ganma Empire represents and as a bonus it defines Kamen Rider Ghost as a Social Justice Warrior. The Empire is fueled by those who are less than it. The individuals mean nothing and are fungible as all that is required for the System to work is that they are used by it or that their constituent parts can be used to further the efforts and goal of whoever is at the helm of the System. The Ganma Eyecons which turn into what I call GanMooks are nameless, faceless and devoid of any autonomy or will so they conform to the wishes of the system. In a way, someone with no name or face or autonomy is dead, because those elements, particularly the volition, take the husk of corporeality and truly give it life. Our names and faces are representative of our individuality by hearing and sight and are evidence of the spark that animates us. Necrom as an embodiment of that Imperialist system doesn’t care. Prince Aran uses the Heroic Eyecons who have names, distinct appearances and a will of their own against their wishes. His Imperial might crushes the Heroic Eyecons into submission with jack booted authority bequeath to him by the Royal family’s power over the dead encapsulated in Necrom. He manipulates the dead and forces them to do his will by some unknown magic.

What makes this all stand out even more is the shift in Prince Aran after interacting more with Makoto and Aran. He conflates or minimizes the states of existence that are living and dead because they mean nothing to him, not as a spirit being or undead of some sort but as an individual straddling a system of oppression that reduces and categorizes the masses into macronutrients all ultimately serving as a support system for the select few privileged enough to be at the top.

Enough from me. We want to hear from you, so we have some questions for you to ponder so you can share your robust thoughts with us.

Bonus question: do you think Necrom is the only Rider-y Eyecon the Royal Family has in their possession?

Let’s make this official:

The unKamenCrew wants to hear your thoughts, comments and questions on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 16 Perfection! The White Rider!

Bones To Pick

What issues did you have with Ghost 16?

Greatest Woah-ments

What were some of your favorite thing in these episodes? Please keep it to no more than 3 Woah-ments for each episode.

On Eyecons

Do you like Necrom’s brace changer, the changer’s voice, the projector-ish thing it does and the overall look of the suit?

 How did the design for the GRIMM Hoodie work for you?

Forcing Perspective

Is Necrom’s time-limit and need to refuel on GanMooks appealing to you? From a thematic perspective do you think it was designed specifically to counter everything Takeru is about?

Is Necrom and the Ganma Empire hitting the Imperialism is Evil concept too hard already?

Generally

Do you have questions for us? Do you have any comments for us regarding Ghost?

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One thought on “RX130 Preshow: Kamen Rider Ghost 16 Reactions and Questions

  1. Hello!

    What issues did you have with Ghost 16?
    – The only issue I had with this this episode is withholding Makoto and Kanon’s experience and views in and of the Ganma world. Not because I feel they are holding on to that for too long but simply because I love the show so much and need more of it. I’m being impatient. But I am positive that the wait will be worth it.

    What were some of your favorite thing in this episode?
    – Takeru’s bike transformation among the explosions was amazing. And I always forget that the bike transforms too so seeing it do so is always nice.
    – Necrom creating another GanMook just before taking a hit and then taking over it’s body. That was creepy and I loved it.
    – Takeru’s conversation with Robin Hood about justice. It is always a great discussion to have in rider. And to see it being executed here better than anything Drive managed to do is refreshing.

    Do you like Necrom’s brace changer, the changer’s voice, the projector-ish thing it does and the overall look of the suit?
    – I am happy about it being something other than a belt. It has been a while since we have gotten a Rider who uses anything other than a belt to transform. The voice is very calm and somewhat mechanical in comparison to Ghost and Specter’s lively chants. And to have that contrast between opposing sides is nice. The eye drop projector thing is a little clunky. I can’t see that being done quickly in the midst of battle. As for the suit, it is amazing. The coloring is nice. The angular look it has is cool too. Ghost has a very smooth look and Specter being somewhere in the middle with its jagged heart monitor lines. Necrom being a step further.

    How did the design for the GRIMM Hoodie work for you?
    – I think it really brings the angular and pointed look to the forefront. Giant pens as weapons always appealed to me so I love that as well.

    Is Necrom’s time-limit and need to refuel on GanMooks appealing to you? From a thematic perspective do you think it was designed specifically to counter everything Takeru is about?
    – It gives them more use than just being fodder while also opposing everything that Takeru fights for so the appeal is definitely there. And I do believe that it was done to counter Takeru. There is no way it wasn’t. And even if it was, it works so well that it could easily be passed off as being done purposefully.

    Is Necrom and the Ganma Empire hitting the Imperialism is Evil concept too hard already?
    – I don’t think so. It has built itself up nicely. And while this is just episode 16 and in comparison to how fast paced the show has been. This is one thing that has taken more time to develop in the background. So finally really addressing it and it then taking on the pace of the rest of the show is expected and appreciated. Getting the ball moving while still having a lot more to go through.

    My question will probably be answered during the discussion about the scene but what do you think about Ghost’s approach on justice and how it varies between different people? What do you think about how the conversation on justice has developed since Robin Hood’s initial episode? And do you think Ghost has managed to outdo Drive and its sense/concept of justice in just one episode?

    Did you enjoy Takeru’s quick change in how he viewed the ganma upon learning that Makoto befriended Aran/the ganma?

    Also just a comment on the preview for next week. It looks like a big episode for Akari and Onari and I am really excited. Also Shiranui’s return!

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