Kamen Rider (仮面ライダーシリーズ Kamen Raidā Shirīzu, translated as Masked Rider Series) is a metaseries/media mix of tokusatsu television programs and films, and manga, created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. The Kamen Rider media generally features a motorcycle-riding superhero with an insect motif who fights supervillains, often known as Kaijin (怪人). The franchise began in 1971 with the original Kamen Rider series, which followed college student Takeshi Hongo and his quest to defeat the world-conquering Shocker organization. The popularity of the series has grown, with the original series spawning 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.
Why It Rocks
- It's one of the longest-running TV show series in Japan, alongside Super Sentai and Doraemon.
- Every season has a different motif and concept.
- The acting, voice acting, and storytelling are great.
- The fighting scenes are awesome, especially during recent seasons.
- It mixes darker and serious tones with lighthearted and comedic moments in a good way, without forcing it in the plot.
- It usually has very successful toy sales.
- Each season is good, entertaining and full of action, such as the original Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider V3, Kamen Rider X, Kamen Rider Amazon, Kamen Rider (1979), Kamen Rider Super-1, Kamen Rider Black (as well it's sequel Black RX), Kamen Rider Kuuga, Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Blade, Kamen Rider Hibiki , Kamen Rider Kabuto, Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider OOO, Kamen Rider Fourze, Kamen Rider Gaim, Kamen Rider Drive, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Build, Kamen Rider Zero-One and Kamen Rider Saber.
- Very good writing from well known Tokusatsu writers like Toshiki Inoue.
- It spawned 2 American adaptions, known as Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (which is an adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki) and TTSW (which is an adaptation of Kamen Rider Black RX).
- The summer movies (which started with Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4) and the crossover movies are usually decent or good.
- It had team-ups with Super Sentai, another awesome tokusatsu series.
- Kamen Rider (1971 TV Series) (1971-1973)
- Kamen Rider V3 (1973-1974)
- Kamen Rider X (1974)
- Kamen Rider Amazon (1974-1975)
- Kamen Rider (1979 TV series) (1979-1980)
- Kamen Rider Super-1 (1980-1981)
- Kamen Rider Black (1987-1988)
- Kamen Rider Black RX (1988-1989)
- Kamen Rider Kuuga (2000-2001)
- Kamen Rider Ryuki (2002-2003)
- Kamen Rider Blade (2004-2005)
- Kamen Rider Hibiki (Ep. 1-29) (2005)
- Kamen Rider Kabuto (2006-2007)
- Kamen Rider Den-O (2007-2008)
- Kamen Rider W (2009-2010)
- Kamen Rider OOO (2010-2011)
- Kamen Rider Fourze (2011-2012)
- Kamen Rider Gaim (2013-2014)
- Kamen Rider Drive (2014-2015)
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (2016-2017)
- Kamen Rider Build (2017-2018)
- Kamen Rider Zero-One (2019-2020)
- Kamen Rider Saber (2020-2021)
- Kamen Rider Stronger (1975)
- Kamen Rider Agito (2001-2002) (depending on your point of view.)
- Kamen Rider Faiz (555) (2003-2004) (depending on your point of view.)
- Kamen Rider Hibiki (Ep. 30-48) (2005-2006)
- Kamen Rider Kiva (2008-2009) (depending on your point of view.)
- Kamen Rider Decade (2009) (ONORE DIKEIDO!!!)
- Kamen Rider Wizard (2012-2013)
- Kamen Rider Ghost (2015-2016)
- Kamen Rider Amazons (2016-2017)
- Kamen Rider Zi-O (2018-2019) (depending on your point of view.)