So a lot of people have been wondering my thoughts about Kamen Rider Ghost, after watching these three episodes considering how I felt about the first episode. My thoughts of the series hasn't changed much.
Let's get this straight, Ghost as a concept, design, and even from a marketing scheme, is genius and I am eating it up. Unfortunately, I still need to buy the remaining lockseeds before continuing to a new rider.
What do I think about Ghost? Well lets start off with what people first told me, you can't judge a series from the first episode, but I did and I was right on how I would feel about it even afterwards. To me Ghost is starting off weak in terms of story and volume. The worse thing you can ever do, is need to stand on what has been done in terms of characterization, plot devices and so forth.
Ghost, to me is a dead fusion of Den-O and Kiva. The Parka Ghost and the Ganma are the Imagin, while Takeru as a character is Wateru with the idea of following in his father's shadow. OOO did something similar, with it being a fusion of Kuuga and Blade. Why do I think this is a bad thing, because I'm seeing something for the second time again, meaning I'll expect the same type of character development like those series. This is why I eventually disliked Eiji, because he felt more like Godai Yuuske than anything else. I know its early still, but I want Takeru to be able to stand on his own without easily being comparable to anyone before him. Yes, you can pull small traits from all other prior characters into a current, but it shouldn't be whole chunks.
The thing that really puts me off on the series in his friends. This something that Den-O started and that's the wacky/cooky characters. Decade try to have moments like that but not often, W had Akiko, and the police, OOO didn't have that which was nice, Fourze was everyone, Wizard was the detective and the annoying kid, Gaim was Hase, Jonouchi, and Oren (which just worked), Drive was the special investigation team. Why does it put me off, or why do I think it doesnt work, simply you shouldn't have two different of obnoxious characters like that with equal presence, especially when they are different from the protagonist. To me they dont compliment him, more than he seems like someone caught in the middle of their ideology. I disliked the special investigation team's personality but they complimented Drive and seemed more like wanting him to grow as a person, while these two feel more like Akiko and is just there, despite their screen time.
Another thing that is lacking is substance of the story.
brought it up that the theme is idolizing people, which is a reoccurring theme in rider stories, bring out one trait that the bad guys thrive on; Desire, Insecurity/ being a teen, the lack of hope (Gaim and Drive though dont dwell on that.) That right there is going to make the weekly story dry up real quick and make things repetitive. Then you have the lack of importance of the Eyecons. For something containing the souls of great people, you'd think there would be more importance to them than the stereotypical got to catch'em all. It feels like Toei was trying to bank on the Yokai Watch craze rather than bring something new.
What I hope is that Ghost has more focus on the mystery of the eyecons rather than the importance of them to Takeru. I want Takeru to grow rather than be, in my opinion, rather soft spoken compared to his two other cast mates. Give us more about the father, so that we understand why he idolizes him, rather than it being a crutch. I want to feel that his father was preparing him for this rather than his dying wish was to take care of what he didnt.