Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider

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Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider (ウルトラマンVS仮面ライダー Urutoraman tai Kamen Raidā?) is the name of a television special that aired July 21, 1993 featuring clips from the various series from over the years, interviews with two of the stars, and finally a team-up between Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman and Toei Company's Kamen Rider. It was also released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1993. In 2011, Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider was re-released on Blu-ray and DVD for the 45th anniversary of the Ultra Series and the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Plot[edit]

The special is an in-depth retrospective of the two franchises, making comparisons between the different characters, their weapons, powers and so forth. Segments include:

  • “The Specium Beam Vs. The Rider Kick”, which showcases the various attacks and finishing moves of each character.
  • “Jet VTOL Vs. Cyclone”, which spotlights the many jets, tanks and other vehicles used in the Ultra Series, and the different motorcycles ridden by the Kamen Riders.
  • Kaiju Vs. Kaijin”, in which the many giant monsters (kaiju), and humanoid monsters (kaijin) that have been fought over the years are shown.
  • "Henshin Vs. Henshin" shows the different transformation rituals of the Ultra Brothers and Kamen Riders.
  • "!?" is a humorous segment examining some of the more wacky and oddball moments of the various shows. (such as various Kaijin grunts, growls, and other sounds, characters acting silly, and other funny moments.)

Interspersed among the many clips are interviews with Hiroshi Miyauchi, who played Shiro Kazami in Kamen Rider V3, and Kohji Moritsugu who played Dan Moroboshi in Ultra Seven.

The final segment of the special is the short film "Super Battle: Ultraman vs Kamen Rider" The main characters, Ultraman and Kamen Rider 1 appear on the scene separately, each fighting an original kaijin and kaiju. When the two monsters are nearly defeated, they merge into a more powerful kaiju. Ultraman experiences trouble and calls for Kamen Rider 1's help. Kamen Rider 1 is then able to grow to enormous size to fight alongside Ultraman. Combining their powers, the two were able to successfully destroy the monster.

Production[edit]

The short, with the exception of the narrator and some background extras, featured no face or voice actors, only suit actors, and only used recycled soundbytes for both the voices of Ultraman and Kamen Rider 1.

Staff[edit]

  • Producer: Hiroshi Butsuda (佛田洋 Butsuda Hiroshi?)
  • Suit actors
    • Ultraman: Toshiyuki Kikuchi (菊地寿幸 Kikuchi Toshiyuki?)
    • Kamen Rider 1: Hiroshi Maeda (前田浩 Maeda Hiroshi?)
    • Kaijin, Kaiju: Takeshi Miyazaki (宮崎剛 Miyazaki Takeshi?)

Music[edit]

Theme song
  • "Tatakau Tame ni Umareta Senshi" (戦うために生まれた戦士?, The Soldier Born to Fight)
    • Lyrics: Hirō Takada (高田ひろお Takada Hirō?)
    • Composition: Asei Kobayashi (小林亜星 Kobayashi Asei?)
    • Arrangement: Takeo Suzuki (鈴木武生 Suzuki Takeo?)
    • Singer: Hironobu Kageyama (影山ヒロノブ Kageyama Hironobu?)

DVD/Blu-ray Release[edit]

After having been unavailable for years, it was announced in a press conference held on June 24, 2011 at the offices of Bandai that the special is being released on both DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 26th, 2011. This is to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ultraman, and the 40th anniversary of Kamen Rider. To be included with the release is a special interview with Susumu Kurobe who played Shin Hayata (Ultraman), and Hiroshi Fujioka who played Takeshi Hongo (Kamen Rider #1).[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

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