Kikaider Reboot (Blu-ray release 2014-12-12) is a reboot of a 1972 series, featuring a man-made robot protecting the daughter and son of its creator, and of course, fighting evil.  Its formula does not look much different from Masked Rider series though.  Although there is no positive surprise to be found here, it does not do anything seriously wrong.  When compared to some disastrous anime adaptations this is definitely better.

I think the major limiting factor of these Japanese shows is that they are too focused on hand to hand combat, and unable to integrate the environment into their fights.  The climactic fight look especially small scale, when compared to an early battle on the rooftop.  With larger set pieces and more inventive action sequences it may have the potential to attain some of the qualities of Robocop (1987).

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