Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
KamenRider DragonKnight.jpg
Logo
Format Tokusatsu
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Developed by Steve Wang
Starring Stephen Lunsford
Matt Mullins
Aria Alistar
Opening theme "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight" by Cage9[1]
"DIVE INTO THE MIRROR" by Defspiral (Japanese version)
Ending theme "ANOTHER WORLD" by Kit×Len (Tatsuhisa Suzuki & Satoshi Matsuda) (Japanese version)
Composer(s) Tony Phillips
Country of origin United States
Japan
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40[2] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Yasuo Matsuo
Fumio Sebata
Aki Komine
Producer(s) Steve Wang
Mike Wang
Roy McAree
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Adness Entertainment
Toei Company
Broadcast
Original channel The CW (The CW4Kids)[3]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run January 3, 2009 (2009-01-03) – December 26, 2009 (2009-12-26)

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is the Daytime Emmy Award-winning[4] American adaptation of the Japanese tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Ryuki, the twelfth installment of the Kamen Rider Series. It was brought to television by Steve and Michael Wang and produced by Jimmy Sprague through Adness Entertainment. The series had a sneak premiere on 13 December 2008 and began official broadcasting on 3 January 2009,[5] then continued throughout the year. Adness chose to adapt Ryuki over the other Heisei Rider shows as it has a large number of characters (Ryuki had 13 Riders in total) as well as a female Rider.[6] It is also the first tokusatsu adaptation of a Kamen Rider Series since Saban's Masked Rider, which was adapted from Kamen Rider Black RX. The show first aired in the United States on The CW Television Network during its CW4Kids programming block. Statements by director Steve Wang and lead Stephen Lunsford show that The CW had dropped Dragon Knight at the end of the year before its final two episodes aired in the US.[7] The final episodes were uploaded to the 4Kids TV website on 18 December 2009. In 2012, all of the episodes were removed from the 4Kids TV website.

According to early licensing information for the series, Adness Entertainment had intended to also film a feature-length movie for Dragon Knight.[8] In an interview, Steve Wang stated that they had written a story for a film, but that Adness was now raising money to bring over another Kamen Rider for broadcast in the US rather than a film or a second season of Dragon Knight.[9]

To date, the company has not made any announcements regarding other Rider shows or any intention to begin production of the script written for the Dragon Knight film. This leaves Dragon Knight's fate uncertain. Though Adness still presumably retains the rights to the series proper within the United States, it may not have the rights to the footage or suits due to not having made use of either for the last two years. There appear to be no current plans to release Dragon Knight on domestic DVD within the United States itself, though it has seen international release, as detailed elsewhere in this article. International releases of Dragon Knight include a Japanese one by Toei, the company which holds the rights to Kamen Rider in Japan.

In 2010, Dragon Knight was nominated for[10] and won[4][11] the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination", a category introduced to the Daytime Emmys that year.

Plot[edit]

While searching for his missing father, Kit Taylor finds an Advent Deck—a special card deck that allows the carrier to transform into a Kamen Rider and utilize unique weapons and powers—and uses it to become Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. He butts heads with Len, who serves as Kamen Rider Wing Knight, but the pair join forces after Kit learns that an alien warlord named General Xaviax is responsible for his father's disappearance and intends on abducting him and the entire human race to gain power and rebuild Xaviax's homeworld. Xaviax tricks people on Earth into working for him by promising them whatever they want, or in some cases, by exploiting their fears and desperation. Kit wonders why Xaviax has to trick them and why he doesn't just find bad guys to do the work for him. Len tells Kit that the decks were only made for one person, and that only a person with an exact DNA match to the original Ventaran rider could use it. This is why Kit is able to use the Dragon Knight Deck: he is the exact Mirror Twin of Adam, the original Dragon Knight, who betrayed the original team. One of the new Earth Riders, Chris Ramirez (serving as Kamen Rider Sting and tricked by Xaviax into believing he is working in a special ops government program to fight alien invaders), joins forces with Kit and Len when he discovers he has been deceived, but is Vented—a process which traps defeated Riders in the "Advent Void" between dimensions forever and removes their Advent Decks—along the way. Kit vents Albert Cho, brother of Danny Cho, in retaliation. This leads to a personal hatred between Danny and Kit, as Danny seeks to avenge his brother against Xaviax's orders.

Later, Kase, a fellow survivor of Ventara like Len, joins forces with Len and Kit to fight Xaviax. In addition to training Kit as a Kamen Rider, Len and Kase tell Kit all about the twelve Riders who banded together as the protectors of Ventara—a world opposite to our own—to take Xaviax down. However, due to the unintentionally–traitorous actions of Kit's predecessor, Adam, General Xaviax vented most of the Riders. Furthermore, Xaviax continues to send out Riders who fight to eliminate Kit, Len, and the other Riders who oppose him. After Kit is Vented, Xaviax recruits Adam to once again become Dragon Knight. Unlike when Xaviax convinced Adam to 'betray' the Riders by playing to his desire to remain with the girl he loved, Xaviax now uses a combination of blackmail and using Adam's girlfriend as a hostage in order to force Adam to work for him.

Meanwhile, Len uses his Advent Deck to awaken the Advent Master Eubulon—who brings back the Ventaran Kamen Riders from the Advent Void—and Kit, who becomes Kamen Rider Onyx. He also brings back Kase, though Eubulon is forced to briefly reassign the Advent Deck to Maya Young while Kase is trapped in the Advent Void. Once Kase is better, Maya gives back the deck and the Riders head for Xaviax's base to destroy him. In the end, all the Ventaran Riders have finally regain their decks, while all the Earth Riders have been released from the Advent Void & returned to their normal life after Eubulon erased their memories, leaving Kit as the true owner of the Dragon deck after the previous owner Adam retires his deck & making him the true Kamen Rider Dragon Knight and the only active Earth Kamen Rider in the process. But as the remnants of Xaviax's army & dangers from the mirror world continues to threaten Ventara & Earth, Kit, along with Len & Kase and the other riders continues to protect Ventara & Earth as Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. [12]

Episodes[edit]

Unaired pilot[edit]

A pilot episode of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight filmed in 2006 featuring Matt Smith in the lead role of Kit Taylor and Kandis Erickson as Maya Young was produced and was later leaked online before being taken down in December 2008.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Suit actors/stunt crew[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

Dragon Knight was shown in Brazil on Rede Globo during its TV Globinho programming block before being replaced by a re-run of Dragonball in September 2009[13] (due to the early and daily exhibition); Brazil's Cartoon Network was then the only venue airing the show until it came back to TV Globinho as a part of its Saturday Morning timeblock in January, 2010. The show was aired in Mexico on Televisa[14] and in Venezuela on Venevisión. It also aired in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on RTL II.[15] but RTL II cancelled the show after 17 episodes due to low ratings.[16] The dubbed version of the series also aired on Indonesian's free-to-air TV channel Indosiar on Sunday mornings at 6:00 am (UTC+07:00). There are currently plans to air the series in Colombia on Caracol TV,[17] in Italy on Mediaset,[18][19] in Latin America on Cartoon Network,[20] and on other Cartoon Network affiliates in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Australia.[21][22] On the Australian digital free-to-air channel GO! the show airs on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am.[23]

It was also broadcast in Japan on Toei's satellite subscription channel Toei Channel in the fall of 2009 as part of the Heisei Kamen Rider series 10th Anniversary project.[24] Voice actors brought onto the project include Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kit/Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, Hiroki Takahashi as Richie Preston/Kamen Rider Incisor, Hiroshi Kamiya as Chris Ramirez/Kamen Rider Sting, Hideo Ishikawa as Vic Frasier/Kamen Rider Wrath and Takahiro Sakurai as Danny Cho/Kamen Rider Axe. The dub was then aired again on TV Asahi in 2010.

Previous actors from the Kamen Rider franchise who lend their voices to the cast include:

On TV Asahi affiliate broadcasts of the Japanese-dubbed Dragon Knight, the song "Dive into the Mirror" by defspiral, is used as the opening theme. The group also performed as Wilma-Sidr for Kamen Rider W. The song "ANOTHER WORLD", sung by Tatsuhisa Suzuki and Satoshi Matsuda under the pseudonym "Kit×Len", was used as the ending theme.

International DVD releases[edit]

In addition to airing outside the United States, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is available on DVD in certain countries. In Brazil, 13 DVD Volumes containing all 40 episodes were released by PlayArte Home Video even though their site only lists the first two.[25][26] In Germany, Season 1 – Vol. 1 and Season 1 – Vol. 2 were released on DVD by EuroVideo and m4e (Made For Entertainment) in February 2010,[27][28][29] but no other volumes were released due to the show's cancellation over there. On July 21, 2010, Toei released the first DVD box set of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight containing the first 20 episodes along with a DVD release of the Special Event that took place on January 2010 in Japan. Throughout the summer of that year, Toei released 10 DVD Volumes of all 40 episodes as well as a second box set with the last 20 episodes.[30][dead link] In most parts of Asia, 10 DVD Volumes and 2 DVD box sets of all 40 episodes were released by MediaLink.[31]

Video games[edit]

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
Developer(s) Natsume (Nintendo DS)
Eighting (Wii)
Publisher(s) D3 Publisher
Distributor(s) Bandai Namco Games
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA November 17, 2009
[32]
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (Wii only)
Distribution Nintendo DS Card
Wii Optical Disc

A fighting game based on the series was released for the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms by D3 Publisher on November 17, 2009.

Nintendo DS version[edit]

The Nintendo DS version of the game was developed by Natsume. The player uses Advent Cards to perform special attacks based on how much the Advent Gauge is filled up, with the Final Vent being used when all three bars are full. The Advent Gauge is charged by touching and holding the Rider until all three bars are full. The player must select two different cards before each battle, with Final Vent, the Rider's Contract Beast, and the Rider's primary weapon (sword vent or strike vent, etc.) automatically in each Rider's deck. Contrary to the show, the cards Copy Vent, Steal Vent, Freeze Vent, Confine Vent, and Strange Vent can all be used by any character.

The game's "Ventara Mode" is a series of missions where the player must fight Advent Beasts and other Riders, with a chance of unlocking them (as well as more Advent Cards) in a certain mission. Xaviax is the final boss for all players except Wrath, who fights Dragon Knight as the final boss due to Wrath being possessed by Xaviax as in the show, and defeating Xaviax yields a different game ending for each of the playable Riders. Xaviax himself becomes a playable character in "Duel Mode" and "Advent Master Mode" (an arcade-style mode) once all 13 Riders are unlocked and the player has defeated every mission (including defeating Xaviax himself) available in the "Ventara Mode" for each Rider. In addition to the 13 Riders and Xaviax, twelve of Xaviax's assorted monsters from the show can be used as playable characters in the "Duel Mode"

Despite being a fighting game, it only supports single player.

Wii version[edit]

The Wii version was developed by Eighting and uses a modified engine based on Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes for the PlayStation 2, which was also developed by Eighting. The two games use the same stages and music. Similarly, Dragon Knight and Onyx's character models were recycled from Ryuki and Ryuga's character models. Play mechanics for Dragon Knight, however, were changed significantly. The Rider Gauge (now Advent Gauge) does not charge and can only be filled by attacking the opponent without special attacks. Depending on how much the Advent Gauge is filled up, the player can perform special attacks by using an Advent Card, with the Final Vent being used when the gauge is full. The player can select any Advent Card before each fight. Contrary to the show, each Rider has access to the Advent Cards "Confine Vent," and "Return Vent," which- respectively- disable an opponent's card and counteract the effects of Confine Vent. Each Rider is allowed to have five Advent cards at once and each card can only be used once per round. Final Vent is always in a player's arsenal and cannot be removed.

Unlike the DS version, the player can only unlock the rest of the Riders in Arcade Mode and "Mirror World" modes. Xaviax is only a non-playable boss in both Arcade and "Mirror World".

The game's "Mirror World" mode is a feature not in Climax Heroes and is a series of missions where the player not only fights against other Riders in one-on-one battles, but also defeats Advent Beasts in beat 'em up-like stages, which were not featured in the Climax Heroes series until Climax Heroes OOO for the PSP and Wii, with more stages and kaijins. As the player progress, not only is he able to use other Riders, but he gains Rider Points to buy more Advent Cards in Card Mode.

Unlike the single player-only DS version, the Wii version supports up to two players.

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