I got into the Kamen Rider through the comic adaptation of Masked Rider, an adaptation of Black RX. People can say what they want about it, but Masked Rider had a decent concept of a scifi series, but used all the footage up and ended up not using any of Black,which should've been the first season.
Without the comic based on it, I would have never found out about Kamen Rider and became a fan of it .
The show doesn't seem to be a bad concept, just a GREAT CONCEPT executed poorly. I blame Ferbus and the relying on only the RX footage that ended it.
Why didn't they go with Black and then RX? For that season there was:
Then RX had:
-a 3D film which might have a 2D transfer.
Throw in the other films like Shin, J and ZO and their suits of the main riders and you could have a dynamic story involving other riders from the same planet . Shin could be a subspecies of Dex's race which inspired the Masked Rider powers due to the their hulk-like transformations while ZO could be from a rival kingdom or his best friend from another world. J likewise could be from a world like the Ultramen where their true forms are of giants like in the Ultraman anime.
If the budget was far better and delved into other Riders, they could have had entire seasons devoted to these stories involving RX interacting with other Riders like himself and fighting with them, involving a scifi theme instead of the traditional mythos. The footage of KR World could have been used to put J and ZO in the same scenes in a way also.
The show was popular and had great ratings, but the lack of motivation and neglect to use the footage from the prequel made it not able to last because had Saban used all the footage I described, it would have extended the series by another 50-60 episodes with the MR storyline a huge part of the second season . Since it had ratings and possible popularity, why didn't they go on with an Black/RX2 and film more episodes in that vein?
I've only watched a great sum of OOO (12 episodes), ZO, Shin, some Kiva(6), the first 7 of Faiz , The First, the first Black and the first five of Kuuga. I've watched also Amazon consistently like three episodes in and can't wait to watch more as it just appeals to me since its so wild and its the goriest. It's also why I watched Shin, hearing it was Ishinomori's original intention for the Kamen Rider series if not the Skull Man. I would rather see a series that follows along the lines of Shin and Black perhaps a hybrid series of sorts than a pesudo Metal Hero. I'm surprised the fans didn't like Shin at all since it pretty much follows the same premise but probably better than Kamen Rider series one how you said it .
I do know of Kuuga subs, Crocodile. I'll PM you.