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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
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A Kamen Rider Adaptation done right.
Genre: Action-adventure
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Japan
Release Date: December 13, 2008 – December 18, 2009
Network(s): The CW
Created by: Steve Wang
Distributed by: Toei Company
Starring: Stephen Lunsford
Matt Mullins
Aria Alistar
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 40


Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is the American adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki. It was produced by Adness Entertainment, and aired on The CW's programming block The CW4Kids.

Why It Rocks

  1. It had a dark plot, which is great for a Tokusatsu show.
  2. Kit is a very awesome and likeable protagonist.
  3. Unlike most Tokusatsu shows, it was picked up by the CW, instead of Disney, Nickelodeon, or Hasbro.
  4. General Xaviax is a very intimidating main antagonist.
  5. Very good theme song.
  6. Amazing fight scenes with the Kamen Rider vs Kamen Rider sequences that Power Rangers should have more of it.
  7. Badass suits like the original ones.
  8. It's a major and massive improvement over its predecessor (Saban's Masked Rider)
  9. It even aired alongside with Power Rangers RPM.
  10. Thanks to Japan's success of this adaptation, Toei will now choose "Kamen Rider" as an official English namesake for future Kamen Rider seasons over "Masked Rider" due to the abomination above. Although Toei will sometimes find a way not to call the Riders "Kamen Riders".

Bad Qualities

  1. It does tend to dip in quality during the shows' last episodes, especially when Adam is introduced.
  2. Some of the jokes can get annoying every once in a while.
  3. Maya's Aunt Grace, who appeared in either five or seven of the first 10 episodes, plays no real important role in the series.
  4. It never aired in European countries.
  5. Because of poor ratings, abysmal toy sales and not being advertised enough, this was the last American adaptation of Kamen Rider. Since it's cancellation, there has been no attempt to adapt any Kamen Rider seasons, as well as no word on if there is to be any adaptations.
    • Not to mention, much like Nickelodeon with Power Rangers, 4kids treated the show poorly with them downright cancelling it and putting the last 2 episodes on their now defunct website.

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