Kamen Rider (1971 TV Series)

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Kamen Rider (1971 TV Series)
Rider... Kick!!
Genre: Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 3, 1971 –February 10, 1973
Network(s): TV Asahi
Created by: Toei
Shotaro Ishinomori
Starring: Hiroshi Fujioka
Takeshi Sasaki
Akiji Kobayashi
Jirō Chiba
Episodes: 98
Next show: Kamen Rider V3

Kamen Rider ("Masked Rider"), is a Japanese tokusatsu drama and the very first entry of the Showa Era, and what would be known as the Kamen Rider Series. Created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, it debuted on April 3, 1971, and ran until February 10, 1973, airing on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). It is the longest Kamen Rider series to date, with 98 episodes.

Why It Rocks

  1. It started the Kamen Rider franchise.
  2. Two words: Takeshi Hongo
  3. Three theme songs are very catchy.
  4. Tons of great monster designs, though some are kind of laughable.
  5. It contains amazing fight scenes.
  6. It has the longest-running Kamen Rider series with 98 episodes, WOW! That will be another world record for that one.
  7. The only First and only series to change the primary protagonist for an extended period of time.
  8. The finale was very decent.
  9. It spawn a trend of Rider Kick and Rider Punch.
  10. This season was the highest Japanese ratings at was 21.2%.