Kamen Rider V3 / Complete Series : 5 of 5
Even though I had never seen an episode of this series before, I knew right away that I would enjoy this DVD set, since the show was made by the creators of my beloved Kikaida. Fifty-two episodes later, I'm now singing the awesome theme song every day and consider myself an official Kamen Rider V3 fan! This is another classic tokusatsu series from 1973, which is actually the third season of the whole Kamen Rider saga, but it definitely stands on it's own. Kazami Shiro is a cyborg who transforms into V3 to fight the mutants of Destron, an evil organization who want to control the world (of course). He's aided by the Rider Scouts, essentially a group of kids who report on suspicious activities, run by the actor who played the captain in Ultraman, as well as Tama Junko, an incredibly cute girl who kind of has a crush on Shiro (although the possible romantic plot in the first few episodes was dropped, which is unfortunate since I loved the similar forbidden love angle in Kikaida!). V3 has tons of great fighting moves and secret weapons, which are revealed through the series as his "26 secrets". The Destron mutants are cool as well, almost always a combination of some device with a creature, so you get crazy names like Scissors-Jaguar, TV-Fly, or Camera-Mosquito! There's so much more to the series, such as the spy-turned-hero Riderman with his bionic arm or the many evil Destron commandants, but it's tough to boil down 21 hours of watching into one review! The DVD set itself is fantastic, with wonderful bonus material, including hundreds of screens of trivia about every episode, actor, and character, along with an interesting interview with Miyauchi Hiroshi (Kazami Shiro himself) and of course, fantastic karaoke tracks of the theme songs. Generation Kikaida has done a fabulous job bringing this amazing series to the US, and I can't wait to check out their next release!