Kamen Rider Faiz/555 (JPN, 2003-2004)

Huaaa… Finally, my long-awaited favorite tokusatsu series arrived at my hand. Bwahahaha… Ups, guess I have to thank my friend “E” for getting me the whole 50 episodes, one movie, and its musical video titled “Hyper Battle Video”. Kamen Rider Faiz or 555 is my favorite Heisei Kamen Rider series so far. In my opinion this rider has the coolest armor ever. Its storyline also has rich elements indeed. Want some action, drama, or comedy? You name it! Even a triple love triangle story exists here ^^. Here is my personal review on KR Faiz. This review may contains spoiler. Be careful, tehehe…

— S T O R Y —

Smart Brain, a worldwide known corporation has a hidden agenda: to kill all humans and change them into Orphnoch as the next stage in humanity’s evolution. Hanagata, the Goat Orphnoch and former President of Smart Brain Corporation knew and tried to stop them. He stole Rider Gears (one of them is Faiz gear) and sent them to his foster children (called the Ryuseijis) so they can stop the Orphnoch from achieving their goal. However, not everyone can use the gear as the gear made normal human who wore it turn to ashes. That is why a loner named Takumi Inui (Kento Handa) is “special” to Mari Sonoda (one of the Ryuseijis, played by Yuria Haga), since he can use it and fight the Orphnoch. Can Takumi and Ryuseijis stop Smart Brain?


My favorite characters from KR Faiz are Orphnoch trio: Yuji Kiba (played by Masayuki Izumi), Yuka Osada (played by Yoshika Kato), and Naoya Kaido (played by Mitsuru Karahashi). The three of them still have the heart to live as and with human peacefully. They also have the same dark past where they are being hurt and disappointed by people around them, so they know how hard life can be after killing people. Their relationship is kind of unique and adds some colors to the series. Yeah, love them!


The most coolest part from KR Faiz, of course, its battle scenes. The most ear-catching sound is the voice of “Complete” every time Faiz is ready to execute his special move. My favorite battle scene is at Episode 7, when Faiz met an Orphnoch at a university. A nice and relaxing music of acoustic guitar as BGM made this battle as an art. The mix continued at Episode 8 with different acoustic guitar music piece and two battles occured in separated place. Btw, does anyone know where to download the music at Ep.7?


Which is the most scariest thing in the world? Orphnoch or human itself? As for me, the cruelest enemy of human is human. And the most difficult to defeat are ourselves. And KR Faiz proves that as long as we have the faith in doing what is right, don’t be afraid, you still have those faithful friend to support you. Furthermore, this KR is full packed of action and drama as well. Plus cool upbeat theme song by ISSA: Justiøs. The minus point probably is how the story folds between Takumi and Kusaka. Come on, who wants to make friends with someone who brutally attacked us like what Kusaka did to Takumi. And why the hell Takumi didn’t want to defense himself? Oh I see, nobody would believe him, eh? Hehe, I don’t really like how everytime Kusaka and Takumi battling each other, no one sees them. Well, that is just my opinion. Don’t forget to watch “Paradise Lost” movie that offers an alternative ending for Kamen Rider Faiz. Enjoy the adventure!!


1,0 – 1,9 = Don’t even try to see it, ever!!!
2,0 – 2,9 = You may see it, on your own risk though.
3,0 – 3,9 = Entertaining to watch. Try to see it.
4,0 – 4,9 = Must See!!!
5,0         = Absolutely Superb!!!


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