Kamen Rider X

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Kamen Rider X
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Starring
Narrated by Shinji Nakae
Composer(s) Shunsuke Kikuchi
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 35
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TV Asahi
Original run February 16, 1974 – October 12, 1974
Chronology
Preceded by Kamen Rider V3
Followed by Kamen Rider Amazon

Kamen Rider X (仮面ライダーX Kamen Raidā Ekkusu?), translated as Masked Rider X, is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. It was broadcast in 1974 on NET now known as TV Asahi. It is the third entry in the Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows. It starred Ryo Hayami in the title role.

Plot summary[edit]

Robotics scientist Keitaro Jin and his son Keisuke become caught up in the campaign of terror by an evil organization known as "G.O.D.". They are attacked and the professor's technology stolen, but before Keitaro dies, he is able to perform surgery on his son. With the last of his robotics technology, he transforms his son into "Kamen Rider X". To avenge his father's death and ensure the safety of the entire world, Keisuke uses this technology as he battles the monstrous minions of G.O.D.

Characters[edit]

  • Keisuke Jin/Kamen Rider X (神 敬介/仮面ライダーX Jin Keisuke/Kamen Raidā Ekkusu?): The son of Keitaro Jin, Keisuke suffered mortal injuries inflicted by G.O.D when they attacked the Jins. As a result, with his father's final breath, Keisuke was made into an advanced cyborg developed for marine exploration called a "Kaizorg" (カイゾーグ Kaizōgu?). Driven to avenge his father's death and save the world, X battles G.O.D.
  • Tōbei Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛 Tachibana Tōbee?): The mentor of the previous Kamen Riders
  • Ryoko Mizuki (水城 涼子 Mizuki Ryōko?): Keisuke's fiancee, Keitaro's assistant, and a G.O.D. member. She is an Interpol investigator and executes undercover operation in the G.O.D. She became a cyborg by G.O.D.'s operation. Her true identity was exposed protecting a child from Strong Arms Atlas and she was destroyed by the General of G.O.D.
  • Kiriko Mizuki (水城 霧子 Mizuki Kiriko?): Ryoko's twin sister who is an Interpol investigator. She died protecting Keisuke from Strong Arms Atlas's arrow.
  • Chiko (チコ Chiko?): A student of Johoku University and Tōbei's coffee shop worker.
  • Mako (マコ Mako?): Chiko's friend and Tōbei's coffee shop worker.
  • Keitaro Jin (神 敬太郎 Jin Keitarō?): Keisuke's father, Keitaro was a robotics genius whose technology attracted G.O.D.'s attention. As a result, Keitaro died saving his son's life at the cost of his own.

G.O.D.[edit]

The G.O.D. Secret Organization (GOD秘密機関 Goddo Himitsu Kikan?), short for the Government of Darkness (暗黒政府 Ankoku Seifu?), is the evil organization that X battles against.

  • G.O.D. General Commander (GOD総司令 Goddo Sō Shirei?): A mystery man who commands the monsters using various objects with tape recorders which record his commands.
  • Apollo Geist (アポロガイスト Aporo Gaisuto?, 8-14): The Chief of Security of G.O.D., armed with the Geist Cutter shield and the Apollo Shot shogun, his human appearance wears a white tuxedo with black gloves until he invokes "Apollo Change" (アポロチェンジ Aporo Chenji?). Destroyed himself using his Arm Bomb after he was defeated by X's X Finishing Kick.
    • Apollo Geist Reborn (再生アポロガイスト Saisei Aporo Gaisuto?, 16-21): Revived by two doctors of G.O.D. Armed with the Apollo Magnum bayonet on his right hand, the Geist Cutter shield, and the small Geist Cutter shield on his left shoulder. Destroyed by X's X Kick.
  • King Dark (キングダーク Kingu Dāku?, 21-22, Movie, 32, 35): The leader of G.O.D., he reveals himself after Apollo Geist's destruction, mocking X. Destroyed by a self-destroying function that Dr. Curse started.
  • Dr. Noroi (呪博士 Noroi Hakase?, 35): After King Dark's defeat, Dr. Curse is revealed to be the leader of the Government of Darkness. Destroyed in King Dark's destruction after being stabbed by X's Ridol Whip.
  • G.O.D. Warfare Agents (GOD戦闘工作員 Goddo Sentō Kōsakuin?): Warriors who serve as foot soldiers for the Government of Darkness. Not only do they carry spears, they also wield pistols and machine guns.

Special guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

  1. X-X-X-Rider is Born!! (X・X・Xライダー誕生!! Ekkusu Ekkusu Ekkusu Raidā Tanjō!!?)
  2. Run, Cruiser! X-Rider!! (走れクルーザー!Xライダー!! Hashire Kurūzā! Ekkusu Raidā!!?)
  3. Assassination Dark Spider Operation!! (暗殺 黒ぐも作戦!! Ansatsu Kurogumo Sakusen!!?)
  4. G.O.D., the Shadow of Fear!! (ゴッド恐怖の影!! Goddo Kyōfu no Kage!!?)
  5. The One-Eyed Monster's Kidnapping Operation! (一つ目怪人の人さらい作戦! Hitotsume Kaijin no Hitosarai Sakusen!?)
  6. The Japanese Islands Fragmentation Plan! (日本列島ズタズタ作戦! Nihon Rettō Zutazuta Sakusen!?)
  7. The Terrible Genius Human Project! (恐怖の天才人間計画! Kyōfu no Tensai Ningen Keikaku!?)
  8. Mystery!? Little Earth - Middle Earth - Big Earth (怪!?小地球・中地球・大地球 Kai!? Shōchikyū Chūchikyū Daichikyū?)
  9. X-Rider's Great Deadly Training (Xライダー必殺大特訓 Ekkusu Raidā Hissatsu Dai Tokkun?)
  10. G.O.D. Secret Police! Apollo Geist!! (ゴッド秘密警察!アポロガイスト!! Goddo Himitsu Keisatsu! Aporo Gaisuto!!?)
  11. The Invulnerable Water Snake Monster Hydra! (不死身の水蛇怪人ヒュドラー! Fujimi no Mizuhebi Kaijin Hyudorā!?)
  12. Sweep the ESPer Girl Away! (超能力少女をさらえ! Chōnōryoku Shōjo o Sarae!?)
  13. Godradamus's Great Prophecy! (ゴッドラダムスの大予言! Goddoradamusu no Dai Yogen!?)
  14. Apollo Geist, Mad Insect Underworld (アポロガイスト くるい虫地獄 Aporo Gaisuto Kuruimushi Jigoku?)
  15. G.O.D.'s Secret Base! X-Rider Sneaks In!! (ゴッド秘密基地!Xライダー潜入す!! Goddo Himitsu Kichi! Ekkusu Raidā Sennyū su!!?)
  16. Counterattacking Apollo Geist! X-Rider in Danger!! (逆襲アポロガイスト!Xライダー危うし!! Gyakushū Aporo Gaisuto! Ekkusu Raidā Ayaushi?)
  17. Scary! Humans are Turning into Trees!! (恐い!人間が本にされる!! Kowai! Ningen ga Hon ni Sareru!!?)
  18. Scary! It's G.O.D.'s Cat Disguise Operation!! (恐い!ゴッドの化けネコ作戦だ!! Kowai! Goddo no Bakeneko Sakusen da!!?)
  19. The Corpses at the Ghost Mansion Call!! (ゆうれい館で死人がよぶ!! Yūrei Yakata de Shinin ga Yobu!!?)
  20. A Ghost!? The Mysterious Snake Man Appears!! (おばけ!?謎の蛇人間あらわれる!! Obake!? Nazo no Hebi Ningen Arawareru!!?)
  21. Apollo Geist's Last General Attack!! (アポロガイスト 最後の総攻撃!! Aporo Gaisuto Saigo no Sōkōgeki!!?)
  22. The Terrible Great Giant! King Dark Appears!! (恐怖の大巨人!キングダーク出現!! Kyōfu no Dai Kyojin! Kingu Dāku Shutsugen!!?)
  23. King Dark! The Demon's Invention!! (キングダーク!悪魔の発明!! Kingu Dāku! Akuma no Hatsumei!!?)
  24. Revenge Demon Geronimo! The Silent Attack!! (復しゅう鬼ジェロニモ!音もなく襲う!! Fukushūki Jeronimo! Oto mo Naku Osō!!?)
  25. The Mysterious Thief, Rhinocerous Beetle Lupin!! (謎の怪盗カブト虫ルパン!! Nazo no Kaitō Kabutomushi Rupan!!?)
  26. Underworld's Dictator, Starfish Hitler!! (地獄の独裁者ヒトデヒットラー!! Jigoku no Dokusaisha Hitode Hittorā!!?)
  27. Special Edition, Full Force of Five Riders!! (特集 5人ライダー勢ぞろい! Tokushū Gonin Raidā Seizoroi!!?)
  28. Look! X-Rider's Great Transformation!! (見よ!Xライダーの大変身!! Mi yo! Ekkusu Raidā no Dai Henshin!!?)
  29. Deathmatch!! X-Rider vs. X-Rider!! (死闘!!Xライダー対Xライダー!! Shitō! Ekkusu Raidā Tai Ekkusu Raidā!!?)
  30. I Want Blood! The Monster of the Corpse Swamp!! (血がほしいー!しびと沼の怪人!! Chi ga Hoshī! Shibito Numa no Kaijin!!?)
  31. Stand! King Dark!! (立て!キングダーク!! Tate! Kingu Dāku!!?)
  32. Showdown! King Dark vs. X-Rider (対決!キングダーク対Xライダー Taiketsu! Kingu Dāku Tai Ekkusu Raidā?)
  33. Fear! King Dark's Revenge!! (恐怖!キングダークの復しゅう!! Kyōfu! Kingu Dāku no Fukushū!!?)
  34. The Weapon of Terror Aims at Three Riders!! (恐怖の武器が三人ライダーを狙う!! Kyōfu no Buki ga Sannin Raidā o Nerau!!?)
  35. Farewell, X-Rider (さらばXライダー Saraba Ekkusu Raidā?)

Movies[edit]

Kamen Rider X
Reedited episode 3. A little girl named Sayoko witnesses the murder of an Interpol agent by the G.O.D. kaijin Hercules. Keisuke Jin saves her before Hercules disposes of her. Sayoko tells Keisuke that G.O.D. is targeting an important official named Kibara. Kamen Rider X has his hands full when G.O.D abducts Kibara and takes Sayoko and her mother hostage.
Five Riders vs. King Dark (五人ライダー対キングダーク Gonin Raidā Tai Kingu Dāku?)
During a motocross practice, Keisuke Jin is ambushed by two of G.O.D.'s kaijin warriors. He transforms into Kamen Rider X, but little does he know that his battle is recorded and analyzed by King Dark to create a super kaijin. Meanwhile, other G.O.D. kaijin are attacking children all over Tokyo. But before the other Riders intervene, the kaijin mysteriously disappear. Upon learning about King Dark's latest plans, Kamen Rider X joins forces with the four Riders to stop G.O.D. and their revived kaijin.

S.I.C. Hero Saga[edit]

The S.I.C. Hero Saga story for Kamen Rider X was published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine in its July to September 2009 issues. The story was titled Masked Rider X: Son of Zeus (MASKED RIDER X -ゼウスの息子- Kamen Raidā Ekkusu: Zeusu no Musuko?).

Chapter titles
  1. Ocean Floor Temple (海底神殿 Kaitai Shinden?)
  2. King Dark (キングダーク Kingu Dāku?)
  3. Dr. Noroi (呪博士 Noroi Hakase?)

Cast[edit]

  • Keisuke Jin (神 敬介 Jin Keisuke?): Ryo Hayami (速水 亮 Hayami Ryō?)
  • Ryoko Mizuki, Kiriko Mizuki (水城 涼子, 水城 霧子 Mizuki Ryōko, Mizuki Kiriko?): Naoko Miyama (美山 尚子 Miyama Naoko?)
  • Keitaro Jin (神 敬太郎 Jin Keitarō?): Jun Tazaki (田崎 潤 Tazaki Jun?)
  • Tōbei Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛 Tachibana Tōbee?): Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二 Kobayashi Akiji?)
  • Chiko (チコ Chiko?): Chisako Kosaka (小坂 チサ子 Kosaka Chisako?)
  • Mako (マコ Mako?): Miyuki Hayata (早田 みゆき Hayata Miyuki?)
  • Apollo Geist (アポロガイスト Aporo Gaisuto?): Yasuhiko Uchida (打田 康比古 Uchida Yasuhiko?)
  • General of G.O.D. (GOD総司令 Goddo Sō Shirei?, Voice): Osamu Saka (阪 脩 Saka Osamu?)
  • King Dark/Dr. Noroi (キングダーク/呪博士 Kingu Dāku/Noroi Hakase?, Voice): Fumio Wada (和田 文夫 Wada Fumio?)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Narētā?): Shinji Nakae (中江 真司 Nakae Shinji?)

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • "Ore wa X X Rider" (俺はX.X.ライダー Ore wa X X Raidā?, "I am X X Rider")
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Ichirou Mizuki

See also[edit]