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30 November 2006 @ 04:46 am
Kamen Rider Hibiki: Changes  
From the Japanese wiki, I loved the way Hibiki played out...but damn. I had no idea so much was actually changed. It does sound like Toei really dropped the ball on Hibiki.

Kamen Rider Hibiki begun with Shigenori Takadera as the Toei producer, however, Shinichiro Shirakura, a man that, though having participated in other heisei rider series, had no involvement whatsoever in the Hibiki production, was appointed producer of the movie Kamen Rider Hibiki and the Seven War Demons, eventually replacing Takadera in the TV production from episode 30. The writing staff also changed; Tsuyoshi Kida and Shinji Ooishi were replaced by Toshiki Inoue and Shouji Yonemura, who had worked with Shirakura in "Sh15uya" and other heisei Kamen Rider series.

In addition, personalities such as Sensha Yoshida, a renown manga artist, Hiroshi Yamamoto, a video game designer and Masao Higashi, a seasoned television and movie critic and many others published severe criticisms in their personal blogs. Even the show's star, Shigeki Hosokawa, the actor portraying Hibiki himself stated in his personal website that Inoue’s scripts “needed adjustments and that this whole staff change was fraudulent”. With the first production staff, Hosokawa would join the writers meetings and give suggestions, however, due to time restrains, Hosokawa couldn’t give his opinion in the second production staff meetings.

In an interview published on TV Asahi's main website, Hosokawa stated that the script for the final episode was rewritten on the final day of filming. He later said that the script was sent in so late that it arrived on set as the final battle was being filmed. This finale was scrapped and then a new ending that, according to Hosokawa, was nothing like the intended ending, was filmed. Later in the interview, Hosokawa said that the Oni suit used by Kiriyama was a kitbash of two new suits made especially for the characters of Asumu and Kiriyama. Hosokawa said that this was the most upsetting change to him as the final script had been rewritten six times at that point and all but the filmed version contained both Asumu and Kiriyama becoming Oni.

In January of 2006, at the Kamen Rider Super Live, Hosokawa stated that “The series was essentially an incomplete process” and that “It shouldn’t have ended that way, we had more than one series in mind and the initial episode order for the first series was 51 episodes”. Also, Mitsu Murata, who portrayed the Douji, declared on his blog: “I can’t forgive them, I want to continue HIS idea”, complaining about the removal of Takadera as producer. These declarations caused an unprecedented storm within the professional tokusatsu market and many of Toei's executives were berated for allowing a series to be handled in such a manner.

There has never been any official statement from Toei, but many critics point out several items might have caused it, the main reason being the alarmingly low toy sells. It is not usual for a Toei production to have two different producers for the TV series and the movie. A different producer was appointed for the movie because Toei had an unprecedented number of schedule problems with Takadera.

Many Japanese reviewers felt that while the show may not have been popular with Japanese children, it was able to convey a level of character development that most series in the franchise had failed to do in the past. It has been rumored that TV Asahi was to give the Kamen Rider slot an afternoon time slot due to many critics feeling that the show had "evolved" beyond a mere kids' show. Due to the show's less than fantastic financial success, plans for the spin off franchise are currently on hiatus.
 
 
 
virusondope on November 30th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Finally a clarification on what really happen.
Victor Stillwater: Gattack ownsi_am_stillwater on November 30th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
link?
JuNbloodyjun on November 30th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Hibiki

over here.....below has a interesting section that kamen rider hibiki may get a second season under the name Ongeki Rider Hibiki (音波の殴打のライダーの音 - Sonic Strike Rider Hibiki)
Asumuasumu on November 30th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's actually from the Japanese wiki, someone translated it.

I'd love the second series to actually happen, it'd redeem Toei after how they handled the first series.
Kevinearthocean on December 1st, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
No wonder, i don't really like the latter part of the show, but unfortunately for us, Shigenori Takadera's original concept of the show will most like never be showned unless maybe in manga format.