- Overall 4.5
- Story 4.0
- Acting/Cast 5.0
- Music 5.0
- Rewatch Value 1.0
When Kamen Rider Wizard was first announced, it was touted as a story filled with magic and more mature themes. With the writer behind Hibiki stepping in as show writer, it was supposed to be where the Neo Heisei era hit a new high.
...I'm still waiting to see what show they're talking about, cause this isn't it.
Story (4/10): Wizard, by far, has one of the worst handled stories I've seen read more in any toku show. If the series were only, say, 24-26 episodes, it wouldn't stand out as much. But at 51 episodes (the most of any Hesei era show), the plot is railed into the last 10 episodes and is just...bad. There's filler galore, barely any character development, and it just feels like the writers got lazier and lazier as the show went on. Also, the pacing here just tanks after the halfway mark. Like I said, if there were less episodes, these problems wouldn't stand out and the plot could be compressed, but as it is, it's just bad.
Acting/Cast (5/10): While no one on the cast is bad (per say), you get the feeling that they really don't care about their roles all too much. It just seems like they went into work and said 'Alright, lets just get this over with' and went with it. I hate to bash someone for their acting (when really, a good director is essential for good acting as well), but there really isn't anything that stellar here. Probably the only people who really did a good job were the actors for Phoenix, the Doughnut Shop owners, and the Mages.
This show also holds the lovely privilege of having the worst casting choice I've ever seen: the actress for Koyomi is an idol, so she's pretty busy with stuff. Instead of getting an actress who could be in all the episodes she's needed for, Toei went with her anyways and the story suffers for it. We don't see the girl who is our main female lead for at least 3/4 of the show. She herself is a good actress (she's probably one of the better ones in the show, if I may say), but Toei really dropped the ball on this one.
(Also, you ever notice that during the run of a show, you'll hear about how much fun the cast is having? Like when W, OOO, Fourze, and the currently airing (as of this writing) Gaim were on? Yeah, I didn't hear crap all. Kinda says a lot.)
Music (5/10): Music in Wizard is alright as well. The main theme Life is Showtime is good, but it really needed a good hook to make it great. Otherwise everything else is just OK. There really isn't anything else that great, with probably the only exceptions being Beast Hyper's theme and the Wizard Infinity theme by the Kamen Rider Girls. I will say that the show makes the mistake of using a large chorus for the battle theme of the show and while it makes things epic, it's WAAAAY too overused. To the point that I literally cringed when it came on. Wizard really needed a specific musical theme to it and I'm not sure what they went with was the best.
Rewatch Value (1/10): I really can't stress how much I never want to see this show again. I'm always a firm believer that any show is someones first introduction to Kamen Rider or what have you, but this is a terrible example of the franchise. I'm inclined to believe that I'm jaded since I watched for the full year it was on, and that made it just unbearable. Maybe watching it all in 2/3 days is easier and less disappointing, but I'm not subjecting myself to it again. And I know it doesn't show, but it really saddens me that I had such a bad time watching this that I can't go back and watch it like I do with the other toku shows I love.
Overall KR Wizard is just...disappointing. It started out with so much promise but faltered too early and never picked itself back up. The story is just too bare bones, music and acting is average at best, the action isn't that great, and it exemplifies the worst of the Neo Heisei series (the biggest being the 2 episode structure, which this show falls into HARD). If you're a Kamen Rider fan, watch this once so you can say that you've seen it, but there's really nothing to come back to. If you're a non-toku fan wanting to get into the genre, there are far and beyond better series to start with.
Overall: 4.5/10, with a non-recommendation.