I know, it’s pretty unpopular opinion, but I consider Kamen Rider OOO to be the weakest main entry in the franchise. Not that to say it’s the worst tokusatsu ever made (I’ll probably put it on the same level as Go-Busters, which I don’t really like, but still at least take over either K-series of Sentai). I like Kobayashi’s writing, I think Takebe as a producer is all over the place, but she had her successes, but what their combination created with Go-Busters and OOO utterly puzzles me. First of my problems is just how unimaginably boring and uninspired show feels. It has backstory with medieval roots, creation of artificial life-forms and concept of losing yourself in greed, yet none of those things are really touched upon in the interesting way. It’s all same old “don’t lose your heart/soul over unimportant things” morality that Den-O already had more than enough. I can forgive some things in Den-O, since from early on it was obvious that show never really intended to go anyway (I do feel it deserves every trashing it can get over poor world-building and handling of Yuuto’s story though), but unlike Den-O, OOO narrative is there right in front of us. We know who the good guys are, we know who the bad guys are, we know what Greeed want, so why are we spending so much time on pointless victims of the week? Is that really the best story we can tell with these characters? Is show even trying to tell a good story? I think OOO has easily the worst “run of guest characters” in the franchise (not to mention one of the longest in Heisei era), and coming out after W, which in turn had the single best, shows how dull and by the numbers bulk of OOO is. And every single mystery show DID have (like Kougami Foundation) ended up disappointing (like that awful King Medal Ex Machina near the end). Main characters aren’t interesting either. Shu Watanade plays Eiji in extremely obnoxious way which only add problems to Eiji’s paper-thin character. He has the exact same problem as Godai. He’s too unbelievably pure and doesn’t seem to take events of the show seriously all that much. There are too many situations where his optimism comes off unrealistic (along with his endless “tomorrow pants” gimmick). For a show about dangers of greed, it would have been better to have a self-centered MC like Ankh slowly developing and evolving into more altruistic character. I admit I liked a few scenes with him loosing things like his taste, but it wasn’t enough to make character interesting, came in way too late and the entire Eiji-Greeed subplot ended on a disappointment as well. I like Ankh more. Ryosuke Miura is great and the best part of the show for me, but most of time he behaves like a stereotypical tsundere. His relationship with Eiji is very much a retread of Shinji/Ren and Ryotaro/Yuuto dynamic and because Eiji is such a passive character, their bickering isn’t nearly as interesting as what Shinji had with Ren back in the day. I don’t really buy Ankh’s development as well. As show points out early on, he doesn’t underestimate humans to begin with, so there is not much room for him to change really. Because dynamic between Eiji and Ankh is so same-y for most of the series, those last 10 or so episodes don’t hit nearly as hard as they should be. His entire motivation for betraying King is left for the novel, which I’ll never read because spending 40 episodes of pointless things without addressing basics like this is pure bullshit. Birth is probably one of the worst second Riders in the franchise, both design and story-wise. I expected show to connect him to Black Medals in some way (maybe a cool final form?), but “expecting” anything from that show was a mistake. I like Hiroaki Iwanaga, but he got nothing to do here besides more obnoxious jokes and pretty lackluster “betrayal” near the end. Goto feels like a poor man’s Nago. I don’t particular care for him (at least he was smart enough to use freaking Wings), but I do find it funny that Toei tries so hard to forget that he exists (since Date is the go-to guy for Birth in almost all crossover/games appearances). Goto didn’t even appear in OOO x Den-O movie. He might as well be an AU Rider from Decade. Greeed belong on the bottom of the barrel franchise villains with pointless monsters like Legendora and other crap people basically forgot about. It’s probably the single worst aspect of the show besides bad MC. They are supposedly all have their style, quirks and personalities, but only Kazari tries to be an active antagonist, and he STILL spends most of the show doing NOTHING besides occasional talks with Maki. His evolution sub-plot is irrelevant to anything (him finding L-Ankh made more impact on the story than his own entire storyline) and he has a crappy ending. Rest of Greed are basically a joke. In another thread, I already mentioned the truly awful “mansion” moment near the end of the series which kills all the tension conflict with Greeed even hypothetically could had, but I still don’t understand why would anyone want to do this thing to your villains. You’d think that they at least will have some sort of dynamic with Eiji, have flesh out his personality and their own. Usual Kamen Rider stuff, you know. Nope. Too much work. Greeed don’t care about Eiji, Eiji don’t really care about Greeed. They don’t even interact with each other properly, only in typical “I’ll defeat youuuuu!” way. Ankh is the one that has all the interactions (Сan we just stop pretending that Eiji is the main hero?), except only interesting bits are between him and Kazari happen at the very beginning In the most obnoxious “we used to be bestest of besties back in the day” way and zero comes from it. Ankh interacts with every single Greeed in the exact same way, it’s dull, unimaginative and boring. Finally, there is Maki. I think it’s a good concept for the main villain and I like Yu Kamio here, in Fourze and Akibaranger, but he, once again, has zero chemistry with Eiji and his story drags as well. I really dislike how the entire conflict with Greeed starts to feel irrelevant once purple medals enter the picture and show becomes (still pretty boring) melodrama of Eiji losing his humanity (which has a more disappointing conclusion than similar plot from Kuuga) and Maki sort of decides to become the main antagonist. OOO story all around is just rubbish. I know there are some pretty bad series in the franchise, but I don’t think there is a single major aspect of OOO I enjoy.