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Kamen Rider
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero
Horror
Created byShotaro Ishinomori
Developed byMasaru Igami
Directed byKoichi Takemoto
StarringHiroshi Fujioka
Takeshi Sasaki
Jirō Chiba
Akiji Kobayashi
Wakako Oki
Voices ofGorō Naya
Narrated byShinji Nakae
Opening theme"Let's Go!! Rider Kick!" by Hiroshi Fujioka (1 – 13) and Masato Shimon (14 - 88)
"Rider Action" by Masato Shimon (89 – 98)
Ending theme"Kamen Rider no Uta" by Masato Shimon (1 – 71)
"Rider Action" by Masato Shimon (72 – 88)
"Lonely Kamen Rider" by Masato Shimon (89 – 98)
ComposerShunsuke Kikuchi
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes98
Production
Running time24 minutes
Release
Original networkMBS TV
NET
Original releaseApril 3, 1971 –
February 10, 1973
Chronology
Followed byKamen Rider V3

Thor: Love and Thunder - The Loop. Do you like this video? Rider Kick (ver1: 1–13; ver2: 14-88)Rider Action (89–98). Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā, "Masked Rider"), is a Japanese tokusatsu drama and the very first installment in what would be known as the Kamen Rider Series. The debut entry of the Showa Era, the series was created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori and aired from April 3, 1971 to February 10, 1973 on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi).

Motifs

To date, the series is the longest entry with 98 episodes. On March 10th, 2020, Shout! Factory began streaming the series on Tubi TV before being removed the next day. On March 16, 2020, Shout! Factory announced it would stream the show on a dedicated tokusatsu channel called TokuSHOUTsu. The series also became available on the Shout! Factory TV site and app.[1]. The average ratings of the series was 21.2%. 3Characters3.1Kamen Riders3.2Debatable Riders3.5Villains. 3.1Kamen Riders. 3.2Debatable Riders. Since its end, it has spawned many sequels and spin-offs, ultimately shaping its own franchise. A manga adaptation was also featured in Shōnen Magazine around the same period. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in Akimasa Nakamura naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider #1, and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series itself.

Story

The story took place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious terrorist organization. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing.

With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker's minions as the grasshopper-themed cyborg (改造人間,kaizō ningen) superhero Kamen Rider #1. Another of Shocker's victims, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji, had also been given cyborg implants, but was saved by Kamen Rider from the brainwashing process to become Kamen Rider #2. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobei Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against both Shocker and its successor organization Gel Shocker. Kamen Rider One. Kamen Rider (Arewa Kamen Rider). Tobei Tachibana. Tachibana Racing Club. The Boys' Kamen Rider Squad. Colonel Zol/Wolf Man (a.k.a. Golden Wolf Man) (26-39). Shinigami/Ika Devil (40-52, 61, 63 & 68).

Jigoku Taishi/Garagaranda (53-62, 64-67 & 69-79). General Black/Hilchameleon (80-98). The series is divided into four story arcs:[2]. Episode 01-13 - "Birth! Kamen Rider" Arc (「誕生!仮面ライダー」編,"Tanjō! Kamen Raidā"-Hen), this arc introduces the main characters and plot. It features the early fight of Takeshi Hongo as Kamen Rider against Shocker. Episode 14-52 - "Kamen Rider 2! His Name Is Hayato Ichimonji" Arc (「仮面ライダー2号!その名は一文字隼人」編,"Kamen Raidā Ni-Gō! Sono Na wa Ichimonji Hayato"-Hen), this arc features the arrival of Hayato Ichimonji, the second Kamen Rider, replacing Takeshi as Kamen Rider 2.

Episode 53-79 - "Takeshi Hongo Returns! Kamen Rider New 1" Arc (「本郷猛帰還!仮面ライダー新1号」編,"Hongō Takeshi Kikan! Kamen Raidā Shin Ichi-Gō"-Hen), this arc features the return of Takeshi who will be retroactively be named Kamen Rider 1.

Synopsis

Merchandise[edit]

  • The costume of the Double Riders would also be upgraded. Episode 80-98 - "Gel Shocker's Debut! Fierce Fighting Double Riders" Arc (「ゲルショッカー出現!激闘ダブルライダー」編,"Geru Shokkā Shutsugen! Gekitō Daburu Raidā"-Hen), this arc showcases the final fight of the Double Riders.
  • The Eerie Man Spider (怪奇蜘蛛男,Kaiki Kumo Otoko). The Terrifying Bat Man (恐怖蝙蝠男,Kyōfu Kōmori Otoko). The Monster Scorpion Man (怪人さそり男,Kaijin Sasori Otoko). The Man-Eating Sarracenian (人喰いサラセニアン,Hitokui Sarasenian).

Derivative products

  • The Monster Mantis Man (怪人かまきり男,Kaijin Kamakiri Otoko). The Shinigami Chameleon (死神カメレオン,Shinigami Kamereon). The Shinigami Chameleon, Showdown! Old World's Fair (死神カメレオン 決闘!万博跡,Shinigami Kamereon Kettō! Wasp Woman (怪異!蜂女,Kaii! The Terrifying Cobra Man (恐怖コブラ男,Kyōfu Kobura Otoko). The Reborn Cobra Man (よみがえるコブラ男,Yomigaeru Kobura Otoko). The Blood-Sucking Monster Gebacondor (吸血怪人ゲバコンドル,Kyūketsu Kaijin Gebakondoru).
  • The Murderous Yamogerus (殺人ヤモゲラス,Satsujin Yamogerusu). Tokageron and the Large Monster Army (トカゲロンと怪人大軍団,Tokageron to Kaijin Dai Gundan). The Devil Sabotegron Attacks (魔人サボテグロンの襲来,Majin Saboteguron no Shūrai). Sabotegron Strikes Back (逆襲サボテグロン,Gyakushū Saboteguron).
  • The Devil Wrestler, Pirazaurus (悪魔のレスラーピラザウルス,Akuma no Resurā Pirazaurusu). Deathmatch in the Ring, Defeat! Pirazaurus (リングの死闘 倒せ!ピラザウルス,Ringu No Shitō Taose! Fossil Man Hitodanger (化石男ヒトデンジャー,Kaseki-Otoko Hitodenjā).
  • The Monster Kanibubbler Appears in Hokkaido (怪人カニバブラー北海道に現る,Kaijin Kanibaburā Hokkaidō ni Arawaru). The Fire-Breathing Caterpillar Monster Dokugander (火を吹く毛虫怪人ドクガンダー,Hi o Fuku Kemushi Kaijin Dokugandā). Dokugander Battle at Osaka Castle! (ドクガンダー大阪城の対決!,Dokugandā Ōsaka-jō no Taiketsu!).
  • The Monstrous Merman Amazonia (怪魚人アマゾニア,Kai Kyojin Amazonia). The Soaring Monster Musasabeedle (空飛ぶ怪人ムササビードル,Soratobu Kaijin Musasabīdoru).
  • The Poisonous Monster Kinokomorgue Sortie! (猛毒怪人キノコモルグの出撃!,Mōdoku Kaijin Kinokomorugu no Shutsugeki!).
  • Defeat Kinokomorgue! (キノコモルグを倒せ!,Kinokomorugu o Taose!). The Terrifying Antlion Pit (恐怖のあり地獄,Kyōfu no Arijigoku). Mukadelas Monster Classroom (ムカデラス怪人教室,Mukadelasu Kaijin Shōshitsu). The Underground Monster Mogurang (地底怪人モグラング,Chitei Kaijin Mogurangu). The Electric Monster Kuragedarl (電気怪人クラゲダール,Denki Kaijin Kuragedāru). The Reborn Fossil, Bloodsucking Trilobite (よみがえる化石 吸血三葉虫,Yomegaeru Kaseki Kyūketsu San'yōchū). The Ant-Eating Devil Arigabari (死斗!ありくい魔人アリガバリ,Shitō! Arikui Majin Arigabari). The Man-Eating Flower Dokudalian (人喰い花ドクダリアン,Hitokui Hana Dokudarian). The Steel Monster Armadillong (鋼鉄怪人アルマジロング,Kōtetsu Kaijin Arumajirongu). Japan in Peril! Gamaguiler's Invasion (日本危うし!ガマギラーの侵入,Nihon Ayaushi! Gamagirā no Shinnyū). The Killer Queen Ant Alikimedes (殺人女王蟻アリキメデス,Satsujin Joōari Alikimedesu).
  • The Monster Namekujira's Operation Gas Explosion (怪人ナメクジラのガス爆発作戦,Kaijin Namekujira no Gasu Bakuhatsu Sakusen).
  • The Snowy Mountain Monster Bearkonger (対決!!雪山怪人ベアーコンガー,Taiketsu!! Yukiyama Kaijin Beākongā). The Deadly Ice Devil Todoguiler (死を呼ぶ氷魔人トドギラー,Shi o Yobu Kōri Majin Todogirā). The Blood-Sucking Swamp Hilguerrilla (吸血沼のヒルゲリラ,Kyūketsu Numa no Hirugerira). The Man-Eating Monster Isoguinchack (人喰い怪人イソギンチャック,Hitokui Kaijin Isoguinchackku).

Adaptations outside Japan[edit]

The Rock Monster Unicornos vs. Double Rider Kick (石怪人ユニコルノス対ダブルライダーキック,Ishi Kaijin Yunikorunosu Tai Daburu Raidā Kikku). My Name is Monstrous Bird Guilgaras! (おれの名は怪鳥人ギルガラスだ!,Ore no Na wa Kai Chōjin Girugarasu). The Monster Jaguarman, Decisive Deadly Autobike Battle (怪人ジャガーマン決死のオートバイ戦,Kaijin Jagāman Kesshi Ōtobai Ikusa). The Ghost Village Sea Snake Man (ユウレイ村の海蛇男,Yūrei Mura no Umihebi Otoko). Cockroach Man!! The Terrifying Germ Ad Balloon (ゴキブリ男!!恐怖の細菌アドバルーン,Gokiburi Otoko!! Kyōfu no Saikin Adobarūn). The Poison Butterfly Gilliera of Amazon (アマゾンの毒蝶ギリーラ,Amazon no Doku Chō Girīra).

The Tsuchigumo Man Dokumonde (土ぐも男ドクモンド,Tsuchigumo Otoko Dokumonde). The Monster Beaded Lizard, Deathmatch in Fear Valley!! (怪人毒トカゲ おそれ谷の決斗!!,Kaijin Doku Tokage Osore Tani no Kettō!!). The Monster Worm Man of Bottomless Swamp! (底なし沼の怪人ミミズ男!,Sokonashi Numa no Kaijin Mimizu Otoko!). The Eerie Owl Man's Killer X-Rays (怪奇フクロウ男の殺人レントゲン,Kaiki Fukurō Otoko no Satsujin Rentogen). The Monster Namazuguiller's Electric Hell (怪人ナマズギラーの電気地獄,Kaijin Namazugirā no Denki Jigoku). The Monster Harinezras, Murder Skull Plan (怪人ハリネズラス 殺人どくろ作戦,Kaijin Harinezrasu Satsujin Dokuro Sakusen). The Monster Saigang, Deadly Auto Race (怪人サイギャング 死のオートレース,Kaijin Saigyangu Shi no Ōtorēsu).

The Monster Semiminga, Song of Slaughter! (怪人セミミンガ みな殺しのうた!,Kaijin Semiminga Mina Koroshi no Uta). The Monster Dr. Insect and the Shocker School (怪人昆虫博士とショッカースクール,Kaijin Konchū-hakase to Shokkā Sukūru). The Shocker Graveyard, The Revived Monsters (ショッカー墓場 よみがえる怪人たち,Shokkā Hakaba Yomigaeru Kaijin-tachi). The Shocker Leader Appears!! Rider in Danger (ショッカー首領出現!!ライダー危うし,Shokkā Shuryō Shutsugen!! Shinigami, The Terrifying Truth Form? (死神博士 恐怖の正体?,Shinigami Hakase Kyōfu no Shōtai?). The Monster Guiller Koorogi, Nails of Death (怪人ギラーコオロギ せまる死のツメ,Kaijin Girākōrogi Semaru Shi no Tsume).

The Monster Eleki Botaru, Fireball Attack!! (怪人エレキボタル火の玉攻撃!!,Kaijin Erekibotaru Hi no Tama Kōgeki!!). The Monster Abugomes, Mount Rokko Great Pursuit! (怪人アブゴメス 六甲山大ついせき!,Kaijin Abugomesu Rokkōsan DaiTsuiseki!). The Blood-Sucking Mosquiras vs. The Two Riders (吸血モスキラス対二人ライダー,Kyūketsu Mosukirasu Tai Futari Raidā). Double Riders, Defeat!! Siomaneking (ダブルライダー 倒せ!!シオマネキング,Daburu Raidā Taose! The Deadly Blood-Sucking Devil, Give It Your All!! Rider Kid Corps (死の吸血魔 がんばれ!!ライダー少年隊,Shi no Kyūketsu Ma Ganbare!! Raidā Shōnen Tai). The Poison Flower Monster Bararanga, Secret of the Terrifying House (毒花怪人バラランガ 恐怖の家の秘密,Doku Hana Kaijin Bararanga Kyōfu no Uchi no Himitsu). Three of Power Generation Monster Sea Dragon!! (三匹の発電怪人シードラゴン!!,Sanbiki no Hatsuden Kaijin Shīdoragon!!). The Monster Imorigues, Showdown at Hell Ranch!! (怪人イモリゲス じごく牧場の決斗!!,Kaijin Imoriguesu Jigoku Bokujō no Kettō!!). The Terrifying Unidogma + Ghost Monsters (恐怖のウニドグマ+ゆうれい怪人,Kyōfu no Unidoguma + Yūrei Kaijin). Jigoku Taishi!! The Terrifying True Form? (地獄大使!!恐怖の正体?,Jigoku Taishi!! Kyōfu no Shōtai?). Gel Shocker's Debut! The Last Day of Kamen Rider!! (ゲルショッカー出現!仮面ライダー最後の日!!,Gerushokkā Shutsugen! Kamen Raidā Saigo no Hi!!). Kamen Rider Dies Twice!! (仮面ライダーは二度死ぬ!!,Kamen Raidā wa Nido Shinu!). The Monster Kurage Wolf, Terrifying Rush Hour (怪人クラゲウルフ 恐怖のラッシュアワー,Kaijin Kurage Urufu Kyōfu no Rasshuawā). The Monster Ino Kabuton, Defeat Rider With Insanity Gas (怪人イノカブトン 発狂ガスでライダーを倒せ,Kaijin Ino Kabuton Hakkyō Gasu de Raidā o Taose).

Rider in Peril! Isoguin Jaguar's Hellish Trap (危うしライダー!イソギンジャガーの地獄罠,Ayaushi Raidā! Isoginjagā no Jigoku Wana). The Sludge Monster, Terrifying Killer Smog (ヘドロ怪人 恐怖の殺人スモッグ,Hedoro Kaijin Kyōfu no Satsujin Sumoggu). The Monster Washi Kamaguilli's Human Hunt (怪人ワシカマギリの人間狩り,Kaijin Washi Kamaguilli no Ningen Kari). Gel Shocker Deliveryman of Death! (ゲルショッカー死の配達人!,Gerushokkā Shi no Haitatsunin). Eerie, The Bloodthirsty Black Cat Paintings! (怪奇 血を呼ぶ黒猫の絵!,Kaiki!

  • Chi o Yobu Kuroneko no E). The Terrifying Operation Pet, Send Rider to Hell! (恐怖のペット作戦 ライダーを地獄へ落とせ!,Kyōfu no Petto Sakusen Raidā o Jigoku e Otose!). The Terrifying Operation Pet, Rider S.O.S.! (恐怖のペット作戦 ライダーS・O・S!,Kyōfu no Petto Sakusen Raidā Esu Ō Esu). Enroll in Gel Shocker Terror School!! (ゲルショッカー恐怖学校に入学せよ!!,Gerushokkā Kyōfu Gakkō ni Nyūgaku Seyo). Fake Kamen Rider (兇悪!にせ仮面ライダー,Kyōaku! Nise Kamen Raidā!!). The 8 Kamen Riders (8人の仮面ライダー,Hachinin no Kamen Raidā). The True Form of Gel Shocker Leader!! (ゲルショッカー首領の正体!!,Gerushokkā Shuryō no Shōtai). The Monster Garaox's Flying Cars!! (怪人ガラオックスの空とぶ自動車!!,Kaijin Garaokkusu no Sora Tobu Jidōsha). Takeshi Hongo, Becomes a Cactus Monster!? (本郷猛 サボテン怪人にされる!?,Hongō Takeshi Saboten Kaijin ni Sareru!?).
  • Takeshi Hongo, Cannot Transform!! (本郷猛 変身不可能!!,Hongō Takeshi Henshin Funō). Gel Shocker Destroyed! The Leader's End!! (ゲルショッカー全滅!首領の最後!!,Gerushokkā Zenmetsu! Shuryō no Saigo!!). Go Go Kamen Rider (ゴーゴー仮面ライダー,Gō Gō Kamen Raidā, Theatrical edit of episode 13). Kamen Rider vs. Shocker (仮面ライダーVSショッカー,Kamen Raidā tai Shokkā). Kamen Rider vs. Jigoku Taishi (仮面ライダーVS地獄大使,Kamen Raidā tai Jigoku Taishi). Kamen Rider 1 (仮面ライダー1号,Kamen Raidā Ichigō). Kamen Rider (ウルトラマンVS仮面ライダー,Urutoraman Tai Kamen Raidā). Youth Kamen Rider (青年仮面ライダー,Seinen Kamen Raidā). Shocker-san at noon (お昼のショッカーさん,Ohiru no Shokkā-san). Kamen Rider: A Combatman's Diary (仮面ライダー 戦闘員日記,Kamen Raidā Sentō-in Nikki). Kamen Rider (manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (TV Magazine manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (Adventure King manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (Tanoshi Youchien manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (O Tomodachi manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (Disneyland manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Kamen Rider (1978 manga) (仮面ライダー,Kamen Raidā). Special Episode: Escape (SPECIAL EPISODE -脱出-,SPECIAL EPISODE: Dasshutsu).
  • From Here to Eternity (ここより永遠に,Koko yori Towa ni). Kamen Rider: Episode 99 (仮面ライダー #99,Kamen Raidā Dai Kyūjukyū). Kamen Rider Eve -Masked Rider Gaia- (仮面ライダーEVE-MASKED RIDER GAIA-). Kamen Rider: 1971-1973 (仮面ライダー 1971-1973). Kamen Rider have rebooting into the movie two times: one in the Heisei Era and one in the Reiwa Era. Kamen Rider The First was released in 2005 and Shin Kamen Rider has been announced on the day of the 50th Anniversary of Kamen Rider and was scheduled to released in 2023. Episodes 1-13 (Hongo). Episodes 14-39 (Ichimonji). Episodes 40-52 (Ichimonji). Episodes 53-67 (Hongo). Episodes 68-98 (Hongo). Takeshi Hongo (本郷 猛,Hongō Takeshi): Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘,Fujioka Hiroshi). Hayato Ichimonji (一文字 隼人,Ichimonji Hayato): Takeshi Sasaki (佐々木 剛,Sasaki Takeshi). Tobei Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛,Tachibana Tobei): Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二,Kobayashi Akiji). Kazuya Taki (滝 和也,Taki Kazuya): Jirō Chiba (千葉 治郎,Chiba Jirō). Colonel Zol (ゾル大佐,Zoru Taisa): Jirō Miyaguchi (宮口 二郎,Miyaguchi Jirō). Shinigami (死神博士,Shinigami Hakase): Hideyo Amamoto (天本 英世,Amamoto Hideyo) (Played as Eisei Amamoto). Jigoku Taishi (地獄大使,Jigoku Taishi): Kenji Ushio (潮 健児,Ushio Kenji). General Black (ブラック将軍,Burakku Shōgun): Matasaburō Niwa (丹羽 又三郎,Niwa Matasaburō).
  • Ruriko Midorikawa (緑川 ルリ子,Midorikawa Ruriko): Chieko Morigawa (森川 千恵子,Morigawa Chieko) (Played as Chieko Maki (真樹 千恵子,Maki Chieko)). Hiromi Nohara (野原 ひろみ,Nohara Hiromi): Yōko Shimada (島田 陽子,Shimada Yōko). Mari (マリ,Mari): Linda Yamamoto (山本 リンダ,Yamamoto Rinda). Yuri (ユリ,Yuri): Wakako Oki (沖 わか子,Oki Wakako). Michi (ミチ,Michi): Katsumi Nakajima (中島 かつみ,Nakajima Katsumi). Emi (エミ,Emi): Emily Takami (高見 エミリー,Takami Emirī). Mika (ミカ,Mika): Yōko Sugibayashi (杉林 陽子,Sugibayashi Yōko). Tokko (トッコ,Tokko): Machiko Nakajima (中島 マチ子,Nakajima Machiko) (Played as Machiko Nakajima (中島 真智子,Nakajima Machiko)). Yokko (ヨッコ,Yokko): Yoshiko Nakada (中田 喜子,Nakada Yoshiko). Choko (チョコ,Choko): Mimi Hagiwara (ミミ 萩原,Mimi Hagiwara) (Played as Mimy (ミミー,Mimī)). Gorō (五郎,Gorō): Yasuharu Miura (三浦 康晴,Miura Yasuharu). Naoki (ナオキ,Naoki): Tomonori Yazaki (矢崎 知紀,Yazaki Tomonori). Mitsuru (ミツル,Mitsuru): Hōichi Yamada (山田 芳一,Yamada Hōichi). Shirō (史郎,Shirō): Jō Honda (本田 じょう,Honda Jō). The Great Leader of Shocker/Gel Shocker (ショッカー/ゲルショッカー首領,Shokkā/Geru Shokkā Shuryō, Voice): Gorō Naya (納谷 悟朗,Naya Gorō). Narrator (ナレーター,Narētā): Shinji Nakae (中江 真司,Nakae Shinji). Kamen Rider 1: Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘,Fujioka Hiroshi). Kamen Rider 2 (episodes 14, 15 & 25): Takeshi Sasaki (佐々木 剛,Sasaki Takeshi). Kamen Rider 1, Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Kamen Rider 2 (part of episode 72), Monsters (Man Spider, etc.): Masaru Okada (岡田 勝,Okada Masaru).
  • Kamen Rider 2, Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Monsters: Bunya Nakamura (中村 文弥,Nakamura Bun'ya). Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Monsters (Sabotegron, etc.): Tatsuyoshi Sejima (瀬島 達佳,Sejima Tatsuyoshi). Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Monsters (Hitodanger, etc.): Kenji Amari (甘利 健二,Amari Kenji).
  • Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider New 2, Monsters, Shocker Rider: Kazuo Niibori (新堀 和男,Niibori Kazuo). Kamen Rider 1 (Sakurajima 1), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy; episode 46), Kamen Rider New 1: Tetsuya Nakayashiki (中屋敷 哲也,Nakayashiki Tetsuya). Kamen Rider 1 (trampoline), Gel Shocker Combatmen (episode 84): Jyunichi Haruta (春田 純一,Haruta Jun'ichi). Kamen Rider 2 (understudy): Minoru Iizuka (飯塚 実,Īzuka Minoru). Kamen Rider New 1, Monsters: Yutaro Osugi (大杉 雄太郎,Ōsugi Yūtarō). Kamen Rider New 2: Keisuke Chiyoda (千代田 恵介,Chiyoda Keisuke) (episodes 72 & 73), Hiroo Kawarazaki (河原崎 洋夫,Kawarazaki Hiroo) (episodes 93, 94 & 98). Monsters, Combatman: Tsuyoshi Ishimaru (石丸 強志,Ishimaru Tsuyoshi). Monsters (Bat Man, etc.): Boshin Sano (佐野 房信,Sano Bōshin). Monsters (Jaguarman, etc.): Hiroshi Namekawa (滑川 広志,Namekawa Hiroshi).

Series overview[edit]

Rider Kick" (レッツゴー!!ライダーキック,Rettsu Gō!! Raidā Kikku)Lyrics: Shōtarō IshinomoriComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Hiroshi Fujioka with Male Harmony (メール・ハーモニー,Mēru Hāmonī)Episodes: 1-13. Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori. Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi. Artist: Hiroshi Fujioka with Male Harmony (メール・ハーモニー,Mēru Hāmonī). Rider Kick" (レッツゴー!!ライダーキック,Rettsu Gō!! Raidā Kikku)Lyrics: Shōtarō IshinomoriComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male HarmonyEpisodes: 14-88. Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori.

Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi. Artist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male Harmony. Episodes: 14-88. "Rider Action" (ライダーアクション,Raidā Akushon)Lyrics: Shōtarō IshinomoriComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Masato ShimonEpisodes: 89–98. Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori. Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi. Artist: Masato Shimon. Episodes: 89–98. "Kamen Rider no Uta" (仮面ライダーの歌,Kamen Raidā no Uta, "The Song of Kamen Rider")Lyrics: Saburō YatsudeComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male HarmonyEpisodes: 1–71. Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude. Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi. Artist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male Harmony. "Rider Action" (ライダーアクション,Raidā Akushon)Lyrics: Shōtarō IshinomoriComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Masato ShimonEpisodes: 72–88.

Plot

  1. Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori. Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi.
  2. Artist: Masato Shimon. Episodes: 72–88. "Lonely Kamen Rider" (ロンリー仮面ライダー,Ronrī Kamen Raidā)Lyrics: Mamoru TanakaComposition & Arrangement: Shunsuke KikuchiArtist: Masato ShimonEpisodes: 89–98.
  3. Lyrics: Mamoru Tanaka. Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi. Artist: Masato Shimon.
  4. Episodes: 89–98. Kamen Rider at Wikipedia. Kamen Rider at Japanese Wikipedia.
  5. [email protected] - Shotaro Ishinomori on Ishimori Productions official website.
  6. Kamen Rider series on Region 2 DVD - A complete list of all official releases to date.
  7. Toei Kyoto Studio Park - A theme park with official events, exhibitions and shops related to the Kamen Rider. Official website at Kamen-Rider-Official.
  8. Thor: Love and Thunder - The Loop. Do you like this video? The Kamen Rider Series (仮面ライダーシリーズ,Kamen Raidā Shirīzu, translated as Masked Rider Series) is a franchise of manga and tokusatsu television programs and films created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori.
  9. The various Kamen Rider media generally feature a motorcycle-riding superhero with a varying motif who fights supervillains often referred to as kaijin (怪人).
  10. The franchise began in 1971 with the Kamen Rider television series which followed college student Takeshi Hongo and his quest to defeat the world-conquering Shocker organization.
  11. Over the years, the popularity of the franchise has grown and the original series has spawned many television and theatrical sequels.
  12. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in Akimasa Nakamura naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Kamen Rider, and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series, itself.
  13. 2Adaptations outside Japan2.3United States. 2.3United States. 3Productions3.1TV series3.4Original video releases3.11Stage & Musicals3.14Manga.
  14. 3.4Original video releases. 3.11Stage & Musicals. 4Derivative products4.1Household games4.1.2Compatible Hero series.
  15. 4.1Household games4.1.2Compatible Hero series. 4.1.2Compatible Hero series.
  16. 8External links. Although each entry in the series is different, each one shares similar traits with one and another.
  17. All generally involve at least one young adult male transforming into a Kamen Rider to fight various monsters and organizations linked to that specific Kamen Rider's origin.
  18. As the series progresses, the Rider often learns more about the monsters in the series, other Kamen Riders, or the origin of his powers.
  19. Early Kamen Riders were generally based on grasshoppers and other insects, but this practice has declined in the newer set of shows in favor of other motifs.
  20. Usually referred to as Rider Machines, motorcycles are an integral part of the series. Since 1971, Suzuki originally provided motorcycles for the series until Kamen Rider Agito when Honda became involved and the single Ducati featured in Kamen Rider W.
  21. Early Kamen Riders wore scarves along with their costumes, but this practice was dropped after Kamen Rider Black until the appearance of Double.
  22. A trait shared among recent Kamen Riders is their ability to change forms and become stronger versions of themselves.
  23. The first power up appeared in Kamen Rider Stronger which was used by the title character.
  24. Kamen Rider Black RX had multiple forms, Roborider and Biorider. Since then, every title Kamen Rider in the Heisei era has had at least one power up with Build having the most with 1607 form combinations following by OOO with 334.
  25. All Shōwa era Riders gained their powers through some form of surgical alteration to their bodies, a practice seen only a few times.
  26. Heisei Riders on the other hand, starting with Ryuki, are armored suits powered by magic, advanced technology or sometimes both.
  27. The Heisei era of Kamen Rider varies greatly in its use of Kamen Riders. Whereas all early Kamen Riders fought on the side of justice and peace, there have been numerous Kamen Riders in the Heisei era that have fought for personal reasons such as greed, revenge and the personal enjoyment of battle.
  28. Because of this, recent Kamen Riders have become less eager to immediately join the battle of justice.
  29. The one thing that all Riders have in common is the fact that their powers are all linked to the series' villains in one way or another.
  30. Combat techniques generally remain somewhat consistent between series. The "Rider Kick" has become known as the signature attack for Kamen Riders.
  31. Although no Heisei era Kamen Rider before Kamen Rider Blade named their Rider Kick, it has still been a staple for every Kamen Rider series.
  32. Other variations include the Rider Chop and Rider Punch. In 1974, Chaiyo Productions in Thailand produced the Hanuman and the Five Riders.
  33. In 1975 to 1976, the Tong Hsing Company Limited in Taiwan produced the Super Riders series based on the Japan version.
  34. 1975: The Super Rider V3 based on Kamen Rider V3. 1976: The Five Of Super Rider based on Kamen Rider X.
  35. 1976: The Super Riders based on Kamen Rider vs. Shocker and Kamen Rider vs. In 1995, Saban produced the first American Kamen Rider adaptation after his success in adapting Super Sentai into Power Rangers and the Metal Hero Series (VR Troopers & Beetleborgs).
  36. Airing from 1995 to 1996, Masked Rider was originally presented as a spin-off of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  37. Dex, prince of the planet Edenoi, is granted the ancient Masked Rider powers from his grandfather to protect them from the evil Count Dregon who wants to use them to take over the universe.
  38. Dex finds his way to Earth where he lives with the Stewart family, while protecting the planet from Dregon's attacks. The footage in this series came from Kamen Rider Black RX, as well as the movies Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J.
  39. In 2009, a new series was broadcast, produced by brothers Michael and Steve Wang. Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight features 12 warriors known as Kamen Riders who protect the parallel world of Ventara from the evil General Xaviax by using their Advent Decks.
  40. Xaviax begins seeking out corrupt humans on the Earth to give them the Advent Decks of Kamen Riders he has defeated in battle to act as his subordinates.
  41. Kit Taylor, who finds the Advent Deck to allow him to become Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, teams up with Len, who can transform into Kamen Rider Wing Knight, to defeat General Xaviax and save Kit's father who was captured by Xaviax and is held in Ventara.
  42. The footage in Dragon Knight comes from Kamen Rider Ryuki. While the series was cancelled before it finished its run, it later won the first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination at the 37th Daytime Emmy Awards.
  43. The series was also exported back to Japan where it was shown on Toei's pay-per-view channel and later shown on TV Asahi.
  44. In 2011, Saban applied the copyright for Power Rider, but the license has been abandoned since 2014.
  45. Since then, a third adaptation of a Kamen Rider show has yet to be produced or announced as of 2021. Air in late 2018 to 2019 after the finale of Build.
  46. In the year 2068, the world has fallen under the tyrannical rule of Ohma Zi-O, a powerful demon king with the powers of the past Kamen Riders.
  47. For years the resistance has attempted to fight back but to no avail. A young warrior named Geiz goes back in time to 2018 in an attempt to kill Ohma Zi-O's younger self, Sougo Tokiwa in order to bring peace to his timeline, however fellow Resistance member Tsukuyomi also followed him back to stop him from killing Sougo.
  48. Now realizing his destiny, Sougo attempts to defy it by becoming a good demon king through kindness, although Geiz gets friendly with him, he will stop at nothing to make sure Sougo does not become the evil Ohma Zi-O.
  49. 1976: All Together! Seven Kamen Riders. 1979: Immortal Kamen Rider Special. 1984: Birth of the 10th!
  50. Kamen Riders All Together!! 1987: This is Kamen Rider Black. 1988: Kamen Rider 1 through RX: Big Gathering. 2000: Kamen Rider Kuuga: New Year's Special.
  51. 2001: Kamen Rider Agito Special: A New Transformation. 2002: Kamen Rider Ryuki Special: 13 Riders. 2009: Kamen Rider G. 2014: Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs.
  52. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special. 2015: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Vs. Kamen Rider Drive Spring Vacation One-Hour Combining Special.
  53. 1971: Go Go Kamen Rider. 1972: Kamen Rider vs. 1972: Kamen Rider vs. 1973: Kamen Rider V3. 1973: Kamen Rider V3 vs.
  54. the Destron Monsters. 1974: Kamen Rider X. 1974: Five Riders vs. 1975: Kamen Rider Amazon.
  55. 1975: Kamen Rider Stronger. 1980: Eight Riders vs. 1981: Kamen Rider Super-1. 1988: Kamen Rider Black: Hurry to Onigashima.
  56. 1988: Kamen Rider Black: Terrifying! The Phantom House of Devil Pass. 1989: Kamen Rider: Run All Over the World - 3-D theme park special.
  57. 1993: Kamen Rider ZO. 1994: Kamen Rider J. 1994: Kamen Rider World - 3-D theme park special.
  58. 2001: Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4. 2002: Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final. 2003: Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost. 2004: Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace.
  59. 2005: Kamen Rider Hibiki And The 7 Senki. 2005: Kamen Rider The First. 2006: Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love.
  60. 2007: Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born! 2007: Kamen Rider The Next. 2008: Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Cop.
  61. 2008: Kamen Rider Kiva & Den-O: DenLiner, Into Space! 2008: Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World.
  62. 2008: Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown. 2009: Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade NEO Generations: The Onigashima Battleship.
  63. 2009: Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. 2009: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010Kamen Rider Decade: The Last StoryKamen Rider W: Begins NightMovie War 2010.
  64. Kamen Rider Decade: The Last Story. Kamen Rider W: Begins Night. 2010: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho-Den-O TrilogyEpisode Red: Zero no Star TwinkleEpisode Blue: The Dispatched Imagin is NewtralEpisode Yellow: Treasure de End Pirates.
  65. Episode Red: Zero no Star Twinkle. Episode Blue: The Dispatched Imagin is Newtral. Episode Yellow: Treasure de End Pirates.
  66. 2010: Kamen Rider: The Fearful Global Warming Plan. 2010: Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate.
  67. 2010: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W feat. Skull: Movie War CoreKamen Rider Skull: Message for DoubleKamen Rider OOO: Nobunaga's DesireMovie War Core.
  68. Kamen Rider Skull: Message for Double. Kamen Rider OOO: Nobunaga's Desire. 2011: OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders.
  69. 2011: Kamen Rider OOO WONDERFUL: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals. 2011: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega MaxBeginning: Fight!
  70. Legendary Seven RidersKamen Rider OOO: Ankh's Resurrection, The Medal of the Future and The Leading of HopeFuto: The Conspiracy Advances: Gallant!
  71. Kamen Rider JokerKamen Rider Fourze: Nadeshiko, DescendMovie War Mega Max: Gather! Warriors of Glory. Beginning: Fight!
  72. Legendary Seven Riders. Kamen Rider OOO: Ankh's Resurrection, The Medal of the Future and The Leading of Hope. Futo: The Conspiracy Advances: Gallant!
  73. Kamen Rider Joker. Kamen Rider Fourze: Nadeshiko, Descend. Movie War Mega Max: Gather! Warriors of Glory.
  74. 2012: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen. 2012: Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone! Let's Feel The Universe! 2012: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War UltimatumKamen Rider FourzeKamen Rider WizardMovie War Ultimatum.
  75. Kamen Rider Fourze. Kamen Rider Wizard. Movie War Ultimatum. 2012: Kamen Rider 3D Battle from Ganbaride. 2013: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z.
  76. 2013: Kamen Rider Fourze & Space Sheriff Gavan: Protect The Gold Disc! 2013: Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land.
  77. 2013: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie BattleKamen Rider Wizard: The Promise PlaceKamen Rider Gaim: Sengoku Battle Royale.
  78. Kamen Rider Wizard: The Promise Place. Kamen Rider Gaim: Sengoku Battle Royale. 2014: Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat.
  79. 2014: Kamen Rider Gaim the Movie: The Great Soccer Match! The Golden Fruit Cup! 2014: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full ThrottleKamen Rider Gaim: Advancement of the Last StageKamen Rider Drive: The Challenge from LupinMovie War Full Throttle.
  80. Kamen Rider Gaim: Advancement of the Last Stage. Kamen Rider Drive: The Challenge from Lupin. Movie War Full Throttle. 2015: Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3.
  81. 2015: Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. 2015: Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive: Super Movie Wars Genesis.
  82. 2016: Kamen Rider 1. 2016: Kamen Rider Ghost: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fateful Moment. 2016: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr.
  83. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Rider. 2017: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen. 2017: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: True Ending.
  84. 2017: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders. 2018: Kamen Rider Amazons Season 1 the Movie: Awakening.
  85. 2018: Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2 the Movie: Reincarnation. 2018: Kamen Rider Amazons: The Last Judgement. 2018: Kamen Rider Build: Be The One.
  86. 2018: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER. 2019: Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer. 2019: Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation.
  87. 2020: Kamen Rider Den-O: Pretty Den-O Appears! 2020: Kamen Rider Splendid Double-Feature. 2021: Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki.
  88. 2021: Kamen Rider Revice: The Movie. 2021: Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations. Kamen Rider W ReturnsKamen Rider W Returns: Kamen Rider Eternal'.
  89. Kamen Rider W Returns: Kamen Rider Eternal'. Kamen Rider Drive: Secret Mission. Kamen Rider Gaim GaidenKamen Rider Gaim Gaiden 1Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden 2.
  90. Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden 1. Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden 2. Kamen Rider Drive SagaKamen Rider Drive Saga 2. Kamen Rider Drive Saga 2.
  91. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Trilogy: Another Ending. Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD. Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME. Zero-One Others.
  92. Crayon Shin-chan & Doraemon! - featuring Den-O & Kiva. COLLECTION DVD Imagin Anime.
  93. COLLECTION DVD Imagin Anime 2. COLLECTION DVD Imagin Anime 3. Finger 5's Great Adventure - guest appearance by V3.
  94. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger - crossover with Kamen Rider Decade. Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger - guest appearance.
  95. Uchu Sentai Kyuranger - guest appearance. Climax Jump DEN-LINER form. Kamen Rider Super Live 2009. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2013.
  96. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2014. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2015. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2016.
  97. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2017. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2018.
  98. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2019. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai LIVE & SHOW 2020. Kamen Rider World 01.

Productions

  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Clash! Den-O VS Nobunaga. Kamen Rider Drive: Special Show.
  • Kamen Rider Build: Special Show. Kamen Rider Zi-O: Special Show.
  • Kamen Rider Zero-One: Special Show. Kamen Rider ZO Show (Hanshin Park). Fake Rider Operation.
  • Heisei Kamen Rider Novels. Kamen Rider SDKamen Rider SD: Shippuden LegendKamen Rider SD Batakun.
  • Kamen Rider SD: Shippuden Legend.
  • Kamen Rider SD Batakun.
  • Kamen Rider (Tanoshi Youchien manga). Kamen Rider V3 (Tanoshi Youchien manga). Kamen Rider X (Tanoshi Youchien manga).
  • Kamen Rider Amazon (Tanoshi Youchien manga). Kamen Rider (Adventure King manga). Kamen Rider Spirits. Bandai Pocket Club P-1 Kamen Rider Black RX: Let's Go!
  • Bandai Pocket Club P-1 Mini Kamen Rider Black: Fight RX!
  • Bandai Pocket Club P-1 Wide SD Kamen Rider: Full Force Rider Battle. Bandai Pocket Club P-1 Mini Kamen Rider SD Destruction!
  • Battle Dodgeball: Battle Ball Collision. Battle Soccer: Field no Hasha. Battle Baseball.
  • Super Pachinko Taisen (Super Nintendo)Super Pachinko Taisen (GameBoy).

Information

Super Pachinko Taisen (GameBoy). Kamen Rider ClubKamen Rider Club: Crash Shocker LandKamen Rider Club: Battle Racer. Kamen Rider Club: Crash Shocker Land. Kamen Rider Club: Battle Racer. Kamen Rider: Shocker Army. Kamen Rider Strategy FileKamen Rider Strategy File 1Kamen Rider Strategy File 1 RNKamen Rider Strategy File 2 RN. Kamen Rider Strategy File 1. Kamen Rider Strategy File 1 RN. Kamen Rider Strategy File 2 RN. Chogokin Selection. Battle Formation. Azito SeriesAzito 2Azito 3. Don Oke Character Quiz! Tokusatsu Hero Part 1.

Combat Pachislot Winning StrategyCombat Pachislot Winning Strategy! Single 〜Kamen Rider & Gallop〜Combat Pachislot Winning Strategy! Single 〜Kamen Rider V3〜.

Missing Link chapter titles
  1. Combat Pachislot Winning Strategy!
  2. Single 〜Kamen Rider & Gallop〜.
  3. Combat Pachislot Winning Strategy!
  4. Single 〜Kamen Rider V3〜.

References

  • Kids Station: Kamen Rider Heroes. Pachinko Kamen Rider: Shocker's Great Annihilation Strategy.
  • Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes. Kamen Rider: Battride War.
  • Kamen Rider vs Shocker Army. Kamen Rider Kiva Dash!
  • Kamen Rider Kiva: Exceed Time Battle. Kamen Rider Kiva: Darkness Card Fight.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Climax Jump. Kamen Rider Den-O: Den-O Catcher.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Running Den-O! Kamen Rider RPG.
  • Kamen Rider Carddass Battle.
  • Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Mobile.
  • Kamen Rider Wars. Kamen Rider Storm Heroes.
  • Pachinko (by Kyoryaku)CR Pachinko Kamen RiderCR Pachinko Kamen Rider: Shocker's Great Annihilation StrategyCR Pachinko Kamen Rider MAX EditionCR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3CR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Light VersionCR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Gold Version.
  • CR Pachinko Kamen Rider. CR Pachinko Kamen Rider: Shocker's Great Annihilation Strategy.
  • CR Pachinko Kamen Rider MAX Edition.
  • CR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3CR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Light VersionCR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Gold Version.
  • CR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Light Version.
  • CR Pachinko Kamen Rider V3 Gold Version.
  • Pachislot (by Sammy)Triple RiderKamen Rider DX Run!
  • Super Bike VersionKamen Rider DX Turn!
  • Henshin Belt Version.
  • Kamen Rider DX Run! Super Bike Version. Kamen Rider DX Turn!
  • Henshin Belt Version. Ka to Senshi Kamen Rider.
  • Reprint Hall "Kamen Cider" (Dido Drinko). TV Magazine (First issue of 1971 (December issue) - January 1976, October 1979 - October 1981, July 1982 - 1984 February issue, February 1989 - 10 Month number, January 2000 issue - Currently, non credit after 2006).
  • Fun Kindergarten (May 1971 - January 1976, November 1979 - October 1981, 1982 - 1984 February issue, 1988 November issue - October 1989, 2000 February issue - present).
  • Friends (First issue of 1972 - November 1979 issue - October 1981, 1988 November issue - October 1989, March 2000 issue - present).
  • TV Land (1973 - January 1976, October 1979 - October 1981, July 1982 - 1984 February issue, October 1987 - October 1989).

Legacy

  • Televi-Kun (October 1987 - October 1989, February 2000 - Currently, non credit since 2006).
  • Learning magazine by elementary school of Shogakkan (1987 - 1989, 2000 - present)KindergartenMeowing. Weekly Shonen Sunday (serialized a manga version of Kamen Rider Black from 1987 to 1988). Adventure King (1971 - October 1981, July 1982 - April 1983).
  • TV Anime Magazine (May 1983 - August issue, February 1984). The most commonly seen theme in the Shōwa era was the grasshopper, a symbol that early Kamen Riders have become synonymous with.
  • The Heisei era, however, explored other insects and sometimes even more extreme motifs such as other animals, the Greek alphabet, Card suits, musical instruments and vehicles.

Cast

Opening themes
  • The Kamen Rider franchise has been parodied in various productions, both in and outside of Japan. One of the main trademarks being parodied is the Kamen Rider henshin pose. In video games, Skullomania (from Street Fighter) and May Lee (from King of Fighters) are some examples of Kamen Rider parodies, as well as Viewtiful Joe.
  • Some series of the franchise have monsters in common. In Kamen Rider, Amazon, Black, Kuuga, Ryuki, and Hibiki, the first episode's monsters are based off of spiders, or have the ability to drop webs.
Ending themes
  • Kamen Rider Fourze (Retired). Kamen Rider OOO (Retired). Kamen Rider W (Retired). Kamen Rider Decade (Retired). Kamen Rider Kiva (Retired). Kamen Rider Den-O (Retired). Kamen Rider Kabuto (Retired). Kamen Rider Hibiki (Retired).
  • Kamen Rider Hibiki (Retired). Kamen Rider Blade (Retired). Kamen Rider 555 (Retired). Kamen Rider Ryuki (Retired). Kamen Rider Agito (Retired). Kamen Rider The First (Retired).
  • Kamen Rider Series on the Japanese Wikipedia. ↑"仮面ライダー:最新作「フォーゼ」は初の学園モノ リーゼント頭の主人公に福士蒼汰 - MANTANWEB(まんたんウェブ)". Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. http://archive.is/bwJQ.

Production

Kamen Rider media generally features a motorcycle-riding superhero with an insect motif who fights supervillains, often known as kaijin (怪人, mystery people). The franchise began in 1971 with the Kamen Rider television series, which followed college student Takeshi Hongo and his quest to defeat the world-conquering Shocker organization. The original series spawned television and film sequels and launched the Second Kaiju Boom (also known as the Henshin Boom) on Japanese television during the early 1970s, impacting the superhero and action-adventure genres in Japan.[1]. Bandai owns the toy rights to Kamen Rider Japan (and some Asia regions).

Bluefin Distribution, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco, distributes Kamen Rider merchandise in North America.[2]. The Kamen Rider franchise primarily revolving around the eponymous Kamen Rider, a superpowered vigilante who mostly resembles a grasshopper and rides a motorcycle, and their one-man war against an ever-larger malevolent force, usually a terrorist organization bent on world domination.

A common running theme in the franchise is that the Rider's power derived from the same source and technology used by malevolent forces, thus forming a moral vow for the protagonists to use this power to fight against evil.

Similar to its counterpart, each series focuses on a different Rider, a new set of characters and a different story set in its own universe, though there been multiple instances of past characters from previous Kamen Rider series crossing over to team up against a common foe. The Kamen Rider (Japanese: 仮面ライダー, Hepburn: Kamen Raidā, translated as "Masked Rider"), also known as simply Rider (ライダー, Raidā), is a collective name referring to the eponymous heroes and numerous individuals of the series.

Usually resembling a grasshopper-themed masked superhero or a similarly-looking vigilante in spandex, the Riders are enhanced humans with superhuman strength, resilience and agility, specifically modified to fight an entire army.

DVD releases

  1. Originally created by the terrorist organization known as "Shocker" as a means of creating super-soldiers, one of these potential soldiers, biochemistry lab student and motorcycle enthusiast Takeshi Hongo, escaped from captivity and has since been fighting against Shocker, often recruiting similar individuals to fight alongside him.
  2. Every Rider has a selection of powerful finishing moves, either accessible through their respective Rider Weapons and/or through other forms, though the most commonly-used finishing attack is the Rider Kick (ライダーキック, Raidā Kikku), a dive kick capable of destroying most enemies in a single strike by infusing it with such strength that it causes the opponent to violently explode.
  3. Produced by Toru Hirayama (平山 亨, Hirayama Tōru) and designed by Shotaro Ishinomori (creator of Cyborg 009), Kamen Rider premiered on April 3, 1971 initially intended as an adaptation of Ishinomori's Skull Man.
  4. He and Hirayama redesigned the main character to resemble a grasshopper. The hero Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider, played by actor and stuntman Hiroshi Fujioka, was described as a transformed human (改造人間, kaizō ningen) (cyborg).
  5. During the filming of episode 10, Fujioka was thrown from his motorcycle during a stunt and broke both legs. His character was temporarily phased out until the introduction of another transformed human, Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2 (played by Takeshi Sasaki) was introduced in episode 14.
  6. Hongo (Fujioka) was reintroduced in episode 40, and by episode 53, had fully replaced Ichimonji's character until the two were united in episodes 72, 73, 93, 94 - and series finale - episode 98.
  7. The series from April 1971 to January 1976 (Kamen Rider, V3, X, Amazon, Stronger) included a recurring mentor, Tobei Tachibana.
  8. After a four-year hiatus following the finale of Kamen Rider Stronger, the series returned to broadcast television in October 1979 for two years with The New Kamen Rider (featuring Skyrider) and Kamen Rider Super-1.
  9. In these shows, Tachibana was replaced by a similar character named Genjiro Tani (谷 源次郎, Tani Genjirō). The annual new shows ended briefly during the 1980s, punctuated by the 1984 Kamen Rider ZX special Birth of the 10th!

Homages and parodies

  • Kamen Riders All Together!! (Hirayama's last project for the franchise).[citation needed].
  • Kamen Rider Black premiered in 1987, the first series not hinting at a relationship to its predecessors.
  • Black was the first show in the franchise with a direct sequel: Kamen Rider Black RX, the basis of Saban's Americanized Masked Rider.
  • In RX's finale, the ten previous Riders returned to help Black RX defeat the Crisis Empire.
Kamen Rider Black RX was the final show produced during the Shōwa era, with the franchise resuming production by the end of the 20th century.