Kamen Riders are the main characters of the long-running Japanese sci-fi tv series "Kamen Rider" introduced in 1971 to today. Kamen Rider is the title for many generations of superheroes, but can also refer to the very first hero in this series. This show is trending in Japan, along with comic, video game, and movie adaptations.
Kamen Rider 1 & 2, the first riders
In the beginning, there was Hong Takeshi, a Japanese college student with IQ600 who got kidnapped and turned into a cyborg by the evil organization Shocker. But he escaped before they could brainwash him and after that, he swore to protect everyone from Shocker. He has super strength and agility, rides a cool motorbike, and wears a belt which is a device to transform into rider form. When he turns into rider form, he wears a grasshopper-featured helmet and a battle suit, thus he calls himself Kamen Rider, which means Masked Rider in Japanese. He was later gone outside Japan to fight evil, with a new Rider calling himself Kamen Rider 2 replaced him, he fought for a good while till the return of the original who now names himself Kamen Rider 1. Together they defeat Shocker's newest incarnation Gell-Shocker. But the Great leader escapes and he will be a thorn in the side of justice for the next 10 years.
Kamen Rider Series
Kamen Rider was the very first show in the franchise, airing from 1971 to 1973, the series set up many themes that are still used today. The series followed the battles of the first two Kamen Riders against Shocker and later Gelshocker. The series ran for 98 episodes, making it the longest series to date.
Kamen Rider V3
Airing from 1973 to 1974, the series ran for 52 episodes and followed Shiro Kazami on his quest to gain revenge against the group that murdered his family. Later on, Riderman, the fourth Kamen Rider is introduced as the first long term anti-hero Kamen Rider. The original Kamen Riders also make various appearances over the course of the series to help Kazami.
Kamen Rider X
The series aired in 1974 and ran for 35 episodes. Keisuke Jin and his father Kentaro Jin are attack by the Government Of Darkness (GOD), Keisuke and Kentaro are both mortally wounded in the attack, but before he dies, Kentaro transforms his son into Kamen Rider X. Many of the monsters Kamen Rider X faced were based on Greek mythology and later on various animals and historic figures.
Kamen Rider Amazon
Kamen Rider Amazon aired from 1974 to 1975, airing just 24 episodes, it is the shortest Kamen Rider series to date. Daisuke Yamamoto, an orphan lost in the Amazon has grown up with an Amazon tribe and lead a peaceful life until his tribe was attacked by Gorgos. Before dying, his tribe elder turned Daisuke into Kamen Rider Amazon. This was the first Kamen Rider not to use a belt to transform and the first series not to have any previous Kamen Riders appear, although Amazon meets his seniors in the next series.
Kamen Rider Stronger
Airing in 1975, this was intended to be the final Kamen Rider series and aired 39 episodes. Shigeru Jou joins Black Satan after the murder of his best friend and mentor. Knowing the organization to be the culprits, he allows himself to undergo an operation that changes him into Kamen Rider Stronger. Later on, Black Satan is defeated and a new group known as Delza becomes the series enemy. Stronger is later joined by Electro Wave Human Tackle, a female warrior who later sacrifices herself to save Stronger from a powerful opponent. This was also the first series to have a temporary power up for the main character.
Kamen Rider Skyrider
Airing 54 episodes from 1979 to 1980, Kamen Rider was a revival of the franchise after four years off of broadcast. Intended to be a remake of the original series, the idea was slowly phased out as references to the past were made and senior Kamen Riders made guest appearances. Hiroshi Tsukaba is kidnapped and transformed into Kamen Rider as a means to help Doctor Shiro escape Neoshocker. During the course of the series, former Kamen Riders appear and Kamen Rider is dubbed Skyrider by Kamen Rider Stronger to differentiate him from the original Kamen Riders.
Kamen Rider Super-1
Airing from 1980 to 1981, the series ran for 48 episodes. Wanting to become an astronaut, Kazuya Oki undergoes an operation that allows him to survive in space. The area were he is operated in is attacked by the Dogma Empire and Kamen Rider Super-1's peers are all killed. Super-1 has special gloves that allow for different attack types.
Kamen Rider Black
Airing from 1987 to 1988, the series ran for 51 episodes. After being kidnapped by the cult Gorgom on the night of their 19th birthday, stepbrothers Kotaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki are submitted to cyborg surgery with the purpose of becoming the candidates to be the next Creation King. Kotaro escapes before the brainwashing, with help from his foster father, and turned against Gorgom. He soon finds out the horrific truth from his stepfather: Gorgom originally killed his true parents. Later on, Kamen Rider Black must battle with his brother, who has become the trump card of Gorgom, Shadow Moon.
Kamen Rider Black RX
Airing from 1988 to 1989 for 47 episodes, Kamen Rider Black RX is the ninth and final show in the Shōwa era of shows. Years after the defeat of Gorgom, Minami Kotaro is kidnapped by the Crisis Empire. After refusing to join them, he is thrust out into space where he undergoes the change to become Kamen Rider Black RX. This series marked the end of the Shōwa era of shows.
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Airing from 2000 to 2001 for 49 episodes, this was the first Kamen Rider series in 11 years and the start of the Heisei Kamen Rider Series of shows. Yuusuke Godai finds an ancient artifact that allows him to transform into Kamen Rider Kuuga to battle the Grongi forces, while deciphering the relationship between Kuuga and the Grongi.
Kamen Rider Agito
Kamen Rider Agito ran from 2001 to 2002 for 51 episodes. This was the first series to feature more than one Kamen Rider as the main character at the same time. Shouichi Tsugami has lost his memories, he lives with a foster family and fights against the Unknown as Kamen Rider Agito. Looking for the origin of his power and his lost memories, this series follows Kamen Rider Agito, G3, and Gills who deal with the Unknown and learn the true nature behind Agito.
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Airing from 2002 to 2003, Kamen Rider Ryuki ran for 50 episodes and drastically changed the mold of Kamen Rider. Shinji Kido, a reporter, forms a bond with a creature known as a "Contract Beast". Becoming Kamen Rider Ryuki, Shinji joins the war of the 13 Kamen Riders. All fighting for various reasons, the winner of the war will be granted a single wish. Due to low ratings, this series was on the verge of cancellation for a time. This was the last series to have any form of continuity with a previous series, albeit in a Hyper Battle Video.
Kamen Rider 555
Airing from 2003 to 2004, Kamen Rider 555 aired for 50 episodes. A group of evolved humans known as Orphnoch are starting to take control of the world. It is unknown how much of the human population is not an Orphnoch. The Orphnoch are protected by a company called Smart Brain, the creators of the three Rider Gears. A young loner, Takumi Inui, is unwillingly drawn into the conflict between the Orphnoch and humans and becomes Kamen Rider Faiz to save the life of Mari Sonada. Among the Orphnoch are renegades who wish to fight to protect humans rather than kill them. The series follows Takumi, a group of renegade Orphnoch, and two other Kamen Riders who are both enemies upon their entrance to the series.
Kamen Rider Blade
Airing from 2004 to 2005 for 49 episodes, Kamen Rider Blade returned to the card motif introduced in Ryuki. Kazuma Kenzaki has just recently become the user for the Kamen Rider Blade system. Months after becoming a Kamen Rider, the BOARD agency that he is a part of is attacked and nearly wiped out. Trying to discover the reason behind the attack, Kenzaki unwittingly becomes part of the Battle Royale. Joined by three other Kamen Riders, Kenzaki ultimately has to make the toughest decision in his life and make a choice between his friends' happiness and the safety of the human race.
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Airing from 2005 to 2006, Kamen Rider Hibiki ran for 48 episodes. Kamen Rider Hibiki's main focus is the story of the teacher and apprentice-like relationship of Asumu Adachi and the title character. Asumu Adachi is a young boy who is unsure of his own skill and worth, and at a crossroads in his life as he transitions to high school. As the series progresses, he learns what it is to be a man, more confident in his own power. The secondary focus of the series is the age old battle of the Kamen Riders (referred to as Oni in this program) and the Makamo, demons that can only be defeated using "pure sound". The series follows the training and changes of the four main Oni, Hibiki, Ibuki, Todoroki and Zanki. The series was plagued by controversy behind the screen, starting with the firing of the principal writers and directors and later leading to drastically altered stories.
Kamen Rider Kabuto
Airing from 2006 to 2007 for 49 episodes, Kamen Rider Kabuto was seen as a "return to the basics" after years of new styles and themed gimmicks. Kamen Rider Kabuto revolves around the story of a man named Souji Tendou. He has trained his entire life while waiting for the Kabuto Zecter so that he may properly take up the name of Kamen Rider Kabuto. Making many enemies while at the same time meeting other Riders with mysterious origins, Tendou attempts to accomplish his goal at all costs; Protecting a girl named Hiyori by destroying all other Worms that would make life difficult for her. Making a friend in Arata Kagami, who later becomes Kamen Rider Gatack, the two work together and protect Hiyori along with humanity from the alien Worms that arrived from a meteorite seven years ago.
Kamen Rider Den-O
Airing from 2007 to 2008 for 49 episodes, Kamen Rider Den-O follows the story of Ryotaro Nogami, a young man with incredibly bad luck who is discovered to be a Singularity Point, a human who can exist separate from time itself. When he is possessed by a future life-form called an Imagin, he reluctantly becomes Den-O to fight the malignant Imagin that are traveling back in time to 2007 to grant the wishes of weak-hearted humans so they can travel back further and alter the course of history in their favor. He also tries to protect his sister Airi from the past that she cannot remember. He boards the time-traveling train called the Den-Liner and meets the brash and tomboyish Hana, the eccentric Owner, the waitress Naomi, and his own team of Imagin: Momotaros, Urataros, Kintaros, and Ryutaros. Soon enough, a man named Yuto Sakurai appears and is another Kamen Rider who fights to protect time with the aid of his Imagin Deneb and the Zero-Liner.
Kamen Rider Kiva
Airing from 2008 to 2009 for 48 episodes, Kamen Rider Kiva revolves around two characters and two storylines: Wataru Kurenai who becomes Kamen Rider Kiva to battle the stained glass energy vampires known as Fangires in the year 2008, and his father Otoya Kurenai whose interactions with the Fangires and Fangire Hunters in the year 1986 directly affects the life of his son.
Kamen Rider Decade
Decade premiered following the finale of Kiva in 2009 and was billed as the 10th anniversary of the Heisei Rider Series. In Decade, with no memory of his past, Tsukasa Kadoya must protect his dimension from being destroyed by the dimensions of the previous nine Kamen Riders by traveling to them to solve a problem and befriend the Kamen Rider. This in turn restores Decade's ability to transform into that Kamen Rider. Decade only aired for 31 episodes, the shortest amongst the year-long productions of previous series. It also has two movies, the second serving as an epilogue. Decade also featured a crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
Kamen Rider W
Double premiered in late 2009 following the finale of Decade and is the first series to feature two people, Shotaro Hidari and Philip, who transform to a single-body Rider. The two work together as "half-boiled" detectives in the ecologically-minded city of Futo to solve crimes perpetrated by humans who use special USB flash drives to transform into superpowered monsters called Dopants.
Kamen Rider OOO
Eiji Hino is approached by a Greed, creatures who after waking from their 800 year slumber begin feasting on the desires of humans to complete their body, to become the destined Multi King.
Kamen Rider Fourze
A space-themed Kamen Rider series. This new series features a young student who forms his own Kamen Rider Club.
Kamen Rider Wizard
A mysterious ceremony held on the day of a solar eclipse released demons called Phantoms into the world. Haruto Souma, a survivor of the ritual, obtains mystical powers and receives the WizarDriver belt and the Wizard Rings from a mysterious White Wizard, so he may protect the hopes of the people, as Kamen Rider Wizard.
Kamen Rider Series Remake
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
The Americanized Kamen Rider show is a remake of Kamen Rider Ryuki. Unlike Ryuki, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight features a different storyline including a new main villain. Airing in 2009, 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. 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. 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.
Kamen Rider Movies
Shin Kamen Rider Prologue
As a work celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise, the film targeted the now-adult fans of the original, taking the bare essence of the Rider character and his origin, placing it in a violent, realistic and modern setting and conveying the driving sorrow of the Kamen Rider character, who finds himself in the center of conspiracy.
Kamen Rider ZO
A doctor's assistant transforms into Kamen Rider ZO and battles the Neo-Organisms.
Kamen Rider J
A dead environmentalist reporter returns as Kamen Rider J to battle the Fog monsters who killed him.
Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4
Shouichi encounters a teenage girl called Sayaka, who ran away from a military facility because of an attack by the Ant Lords. Sayaka has a supernatural ability to foresee the future. Risa Fukami, of the military group GA, wants to use that power to enhance the newly-made G4 System, which was based upon designs stolen from Ozawa. Now, Agito and Gills must fight to stop the Ant Lords' attack, as G3 and G4 settle their score. The events of the movie happen between episodes 41 and 42.
Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final
This movie is an alternate ending to the series, taking place after the events of episode 46. With only six Riders remaining in the Rider War: five of the six, Ryuki (Shinji Kido), Knight (Ren Akiyama), Zolda (Shuichi Kitaoka), Ohja (Takeshi Asakura), and Femme (Miho Kirishima), Shirō Kanzaki alerts them to quickly settle the Rider War within three days. One of them must win and become the last survivor before the sixth surviving rider reveals himself. Amidst the impending chaos of the fight between the Riders, Shinji discovers an unbelievable truth about the relationship between Yui Kanzaki and the Mirror World, as well as discovering the existence of his Mirror World doppelganger, Kamen Rider Ryuga.
Kamen Rider Blade: The Missing Ace
Four years after an alternate ending to the series, in which Blade seals the Joker, the characters have moved on with their lives: Kenzaki is a garbage man, Mutsuki has graduated high school, and Kotarō has published a book about the Kamen Riders to great success. The Undead have been re-released, and a new trio of Kamen Riders Glaive, Larc and Lance have emerged from BOARD, now led by Tachibana. After recapturing two of the Category Aces, Kenzaki and Mutsuki join with the new Riders. When all the Undead are sealed once more, Glaive reveals himself to be the Albino Joker, a white version of the original Joker, and captures Kotarō's niece to obtain the ultimate power, sealing her in the Vanity Card. In order to free Amane from the card, Hajime is unsealed from the Joker Card and the four Riders are again united, intent on saving Amane and stopping the Albino Joker.
Kamen Rider Hibiki and the Seven Senki
The movie's title and plot is a reference to the classic Akira Kurosawa film, the Seven Samurai. The movie serves as an alternate introduction to Kamen Rider Hibiki's final form and also explains the history of the Makamou and Oni war.
Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love
This movie takes place in an alternate universe. In this reality, the impact of the first meteor evaporated all of Earth's oceans and plunged the Earth into chaos. Seven years after the meteor hit Earth, ZECT plans to use a passing comet to refill the Earth's oceans, unaware that their plan will cause another meteor to crash on Earth, one large enough to destroy the world.
Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born
The movie takes place between episodes 27 and 28 of the series, featuring the DenLiner and its passengers travel as far back as the Edo period of Japan.
Kamen Rider Den-O and Kiva: Climax Deka
Climax Deka is the second film to feature the characters of the television drama Kamen Rider Den-O and the first to feature the characters of Kamen Rider Kiva.
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown
The third movie features the Den-Liner gang who battles an evil Kamen Rider Yuuki from resurrecting the dead and altering time itself. Kamen Rider New Den-O comes from another future and joins with the Den-Liner gang to stop Kamen Rider Yuuki.
Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Warship
A crossover movie which features the Den-Liner gang and Kamen Rider Decade.
Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho-Den-O Trilogy
A trilogy of films that comprises of crossover Kamen Rider Den-O, Decade, and Double.
Episode Red: Zero No Star Twinkle
The story is that of the younger Yuto Sakurai and Airi Nogami, his older self's wife, and the cirumstances behind their relationship.
Episode Blue: The Dispatched Imagin is Newtral
The story is themed around "Friendship" and features Kotaro and Teddy as their partnership is put to the test.
Episode Yellow: Treasure de End Pirates
The story features Daiki Kaito traveling to the World of Den-O again, chased by Reiji Kurosaki as Kamen Rider G Den-O for his crimes.
Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World
Kamen Rider Kiva must battle an escaped criminal who transformed himself into Kamen Rider Arc and the new monster race called the Legendorga.
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
The film is billed as featuring twenty-six Kamen Riders: the original ten Showa Riders, Black, Black RX, Shin, ZO, J, the previous nine Heisei Riders, Decade, and Diend. It also features the first on-screen appearance of the 11th Heisei Kamen Rider: Kamen Rider Double. The film provides light to Tsukasa's past and Decade's relation with the mysterious Dai-Shocker organization, whose membership is composed of the various villains and monsters that previous Kamen Riders battled with.
Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate
Kamen Rider Double and Accel must stop a group of dead mercenaries who have come to take over Futo city. However, the leader of the mercenaries plans to kill the whole citizens of Futo and resurrect them later. The dead leader uses an Eternal memory to become Kamen Rider Eternal.
Kamen Rider W Returns
Kamen Rider W Returns is comprised of two spin-off movies, which features the Kamen Rider characters, Accel and Eternal.
Kamen Rider Accel
In this movie, Kamen Rider Accel battles a new Dopant enemy called Commander Dopant.
Kamen Rider Eternal
This movie takes place before the events of the Kamen Rider W movie. Featuring the main Kamen Rider enemy who would later take over Futo city and battle Kamen Rider W.
Kamen Rider The First
A remake of the first and original Kamen Rider series. The movie features two Kamen Riders who were transformed by the Shocker organization whose sole purpose is to create cyborg super-soldiers.
Kamen Rider The Next
The second movie and the sequel to Kamen Rider The First. The movie features the arrival of a third Kamen Rider called V3. Kamen Rider V3 appeared in his own 52-episode series. Kamen Rider V3 joins with the first movie's protagonists, Kamen Rider 1 and 2 to battle the Shocker troops.