The Loop (TV)
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- Alas, Poor Villain - Masato Kusaka.
- Also, Yuji Kiba gets such a scene in the movie when he dies.
- Alternate Character Interpretation - Interestingly, I've heard that the Japanese don't have a problem with Masato Kusaka.
- Americans Hate Tingle - Masato Kusaka is a fan favorite in Japan. Kamen Rider fans from just about everywhere else, on the other hand, absolutely loathe him for being a smug, petty-minded Jerkass.
- Badass Decay - Takuma. At first, he's able to curbstomp all three Renegades on his lonesome, is enough for one of them in human form, will kick your ass with poetry, and at one point wields the stolen Faiz Gear against the good guys (admittedly, though, that last seems to happen a lot.) Later in the series, he's a constantly weepy, whimpering Butt Monkey. Takuma circa #20 and Takuma circa #40 have zero in common and not in a good way.
- Draco in Leather Pants - Masato Kusaka is a Yandere Magnificent Bastard who will kill or bully anyone whose in his path. He is also extremely popular among Kamen Rider fans in Japan.
- Ear Worm - The Hyper Battle Video
- Ensemble Darkhorse - Naoya Kaido/Snake Orphenoch. The actor even gets a couple of major roles later.
- Fan Nickname - one episode has Crane Orphenoch Yuka contracting a virulent flu, and spreading it gradually through the entire cast, all of whom fall very ill indeed (but get better). Based on the mechanism of normal flu infections, Yuka's Orphenoch immunity system should have killed the flu virus while inadvertently resurrecting some as Flu Orphenochs, hence the name.
- And the clearly mixed-parentage Saeko = French Lobster Orphenoch.
- Fridge Brilliance - A superhero who transforms using a high-tech cellular phone has as his tragic flaw his inability to communicate.
- Game Breaker: Blaster Form.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff - This series was a major hit in Malaysia.
- It Was His Sled: Takumi turns out to be a Wolf Orphonoch if one watches the Paradise Lost movie first during the TV series' run.
- Magnificent Bastard - Masato Kusaka. He's a scheming Jerkass of epic proportions, and the epic proportions are what make him fun to watch. He's basically a "good guy" version of The Starscream (and the term "good guy" is used very loosely--he's only a "good guy" because he hates the villains only slightly more than he hates the heroes). He's popular in Japan, but the popularity could be the enjoyment of a good bad guy. He really is the series' best villain, and a rare instance of it being shown that not everyone who doesn't want the apocalypse is necessarily a sweetheart in all (or any!) other ways.
- Memetic Sex God - The Faiz Gear's voice. Standing by. Complete.
- Moral Event Horizon
- Kusaka masquerades as Faiz and attacks Kiba to drive a wedge between him and Takumi. Also, his attempt to kill Takumi even after he's revealed to be an Orphenoch also counts.
- Kiba after he Jumps Off the Slippery Slope, the first thing he does is snap Kusaka's neck. Like nobody cared for the poor little bastard anyway...
- Narm - Possibly when Dragon Orphenoch stopped beating up Faiz due to a toy airplane.
- Nightmare Fuel - Just how do Orphnochs kill and/or turn a human? By having tentacles enter their insides and go into the heart (Though Kiba just downright stabs the heart with his sword), shown rather graphically (against a backdrop of a chest X-ray, thankfully). But Wait! There's More!. Said target then continues to live for a few minutes, wandering in some confusion before dying and turning into dust... or reviving as an Orphnoch.
- How could you forget that said heart bursts into flames and disintegrates into nothing?
- The scene showing the Orphnoch King eating an Orphnoch. Petrifying it first, then breaking its face off and eating it with crunching noises, then opens its mouth with a simple but HORRIBLY disturbing CGI effect.
- It's also scary because the body of the first petrified Orphenoch, which the King didn't get to eat, was pretty much indestructible. That makes it freakier.
- Retroactive Recognition - Kaidou's actor, Mitsuru Karahashi, may now be better known to tokusatsu fans as Fuwa Juzo in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
- Same thing for Kitazaki's actor, Ray Fujita, better known as Rei Suzumura from Garo.
- Signature Scene:
- Every time Kusaka comes up something nasty.
- The triple transformation between Mihara, Takumi, and Kusaka.
- What Do You Mean It's for Kids? - With the dark, serious tone of the show, one could easily mistake this TV Asahi Sunday morning program for an adults' show.
- The Woobie: Kiba is established as this in episode 1. He wakes up after a 2 year coma and it's revealed his previous happy life is no more. His parents are dead, his girlfriend hooked up with someone else and his house is sold because his corrupt uncle needed money.
- Yuka gets it just as bad. She's not only The Unfavorite and has to deal with Abusive Parents who absurdly dote on her (half? step? foster?) sister, but said sister is an Ungrateful Bitch who, after Yuka brings their parents to her when she gets hurt, lies off her ass and tells them that it's Yuka's fault in the first place. Apparently, Yuka's property is also routinely stolen and/or destroyed at school. In an early episode, a group of girls tackle her to the floor and steal her shoes and socks - the next time she sees her stuff, it's torn and cut to pieces. Is it any wonder that when she first became an Orphenoch, she took no prisoners?
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