This is why I'm still excited to watch Ultraman. Yeah, the new shows are definitely way more toy-heavy than their predecessors, but it's the only tokusatsu series that still experiments and doesn't always stick to a format. Last year, Ultraman X framed an entire episode around a news crew following and interviewing XiO for a day, and the episode was presented as a special report. You'll never see Kamen Rider or Sentai try anything like that. I can't attest to Garo since I haven't watched the show yet (waiting on O-T to finish their scrubs of season 1), but it sounds like that's become a major alternative for a lot of fans who have also become jaded by the big two franchises. Honestly, I'm feeling that way too. Zyuohger is the first Sentai that hasn't been trying to irritate me since Gokaiger (that's five years!), Ghost has become a trainwreck, and Ex-Aid looks pretty awful. So yeah, I think the overall decline in quality and interest in the new shows is something else to consider as to why HJU has collapsed.