Kamen Rider Amazons

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Kamen Rider Amazons
Kamen Rider Amazons Logo.png
Kamen Rider Amazons Japanese logo
Genre
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Written by Yasuko Kobayashi
Directed by
Starring
Ending theme
Composer(s) Kuniaki Haishima
Country of origin Japan
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (13, each seasons)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Shinichiro Shirakura (Toei)
  • Naomi Takebe (Toei)
  • Motoi Sasaki (TV Asahi)
  • Atsushi Kaji (TV Asahi)
  • Daisuke Furuya (Asatsu-DK)
Running time 30 minutes approx. per episode
Production company(s)
Distributor Toei Company
Release
Original network Amazon Video
BS Asahi
Tokyo MX
Original release April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) – June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
External links
Website

Kamen Rider Amazons (仮面ライダーアマゾンズ, Kamen Raidā Amazonzu), known in the overseas market as Amazon Riders, is a 2016 Japanese tokusatsu web series. It is a darker and more mature reimagining of the 1974 television series Kamen Rider Amazon, and part of Toei's Super Hero Year, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series (and the 40th anniversary of Super Sentai). Amazon Riders was originally exclusively released through Amazon Video in Japan starting April 1, 2016.[1][2] It was also broadcast on television on BS Asahi (TV Asahi's broadcast satellite channel) starting July 3, 2016, and Tokyo MX starting July 6, 2016.[3][4]

The second season was announced on May 31, 2016, that it will be released in spring 2017 on Amazon Prime.[5] The second season is titled Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2 (仮面ライダーアマゾンズ Season 2, Kamen Raidā Amazonzu Shīzun Tsū) and was exclusively released through Amazon Video in Japan starting April 7, 2017.[6][7]

Plans to release season one in international markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany were announced in 2016.[8] An English subtitled version of the first season launched on Amazon Prime on April 19, 2018[9] with Season 2 launching on September 21, 2018.

Story[edit]

Haruka Mizusawa is a meek young man who became infected with Amazon Cells (アマゾン細胞, Amazon Saibō), which are created by the Nozama Pharmacy company (野座間製薬株式会社, Nozama Seiyaku Kabushikigaisha). This causes Haruka to transform into the feral berserker Amazon Omega as he strives to assert his humanity while fighting similarly infected creatures called the Amazons (アマゾン, Amazon). Haruka also encounters the Nozama Peston Service (ノザマペストンサービス, Nozama Pesuton Sābisu), Nozama Pharmacy's Amazon hunters, and Jin Takayama, a former cell biologist at Nozama Pharmacy and Amazon hunter who becomes Amazon Alpha. Later, Jun Maehara, a member of Nozama Peston Service who died once during an Amazons attacks, is revived into Amazon Sigma.

Taking place five years after the first season, Season 2 focuses on a new protagonist named Chihiro, a lone boy raised by Amazons who hates them but must suppress his cannibalistic urges and can transform into Amazon Neo, and is soon revealed to be the son of Jin Takayama. The original protagonist Haruka would later acquire an upgraded form known as Amazon New Omega.

Episodes[edit]

A unique feature of the series is that the episode titles are given in alphabetical order.

Kamen Rider Amazons (Amazon Riders Season 1)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Amazonz"April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
2"Beast Inside"April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
3"Colony Of Ants"April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)
4"Die Or Kill"April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22)
5"Eyes In The Dark"April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29)
6"For What I Fight"May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
7"Game Of The Butchers"May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
8"Hero Or Not"May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)
9"Into The Cannibal's Pot"May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
10"Jungle Law"June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
11"Killing Day"June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)
12"Lost In The Fog"June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Finale"M"June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)

Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2 (Amazon Riders Season 2)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Neo"April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)
2"Orphans"April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
3"Persona Non Grata"April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)
4"Quo Vadis?"April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28)
5"Rambling Roses"May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
6"Schooldays"May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
7"The Third Degree"May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
8"Under Wraps"May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)
9"Vanishing Wings"June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02)
10"Way To Nowhere"June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)
11"Xing The Rubicon"June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
12"Yellow Brick Road"June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
Finale"Amazonz"June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)

Films[edit]

Ultra Super Hero Taisen[edit]

A crossover film, titled Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Ultra Super Hero Taisen (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊 超スーパーヒーロー大戦, Kamen Raidā × Sūpā Sentai Chō Sūpā Hīrō Taisen) featuring the casts of Amazon Riders, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger and Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, was released in Japan on March 25, 2017.[10] This movie will celebrate 10th anniversary of Kamen Rider Den-O who also appear in this movie. It also features the spaceship Andor Genesis from the Xevious game, which serves to be used by the movie's main antagonists, as well as introducing the movie-exclusive Kamen Rider True Brave played by Kamen Rider Brave's actor Toshiki Seto from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, and villain Shocker Great Leader III played by the singer Diamond Yukai. In addition, individual actors from older Kamen Rider and Super Sentai TV series, Ryohei Odai (Kamen Rider Ryuki), Gaku Matsumoto (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger), Atsushi Maruyama (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger), and Hiroya Matsumoto (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) reprise their respective roles.

Season 1 - Awakening[edit]

A re-edited version of Kamen Rider Amazons, titled Kamen Rider Amazons the Movie: Season 1 - Awakening (劇場版 仮面ライダーアマゾンズ Season 1 覚醒, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Amazonzu Shīzun Wan Kakusei), was released in Japan on May 5, 2018.[11]

Season 2 - Transmigration[edit]

A re-edited version of Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2, titled Kamen Rider Amazons the Movie: Season 2 - Transmigration (劇場版 仮面ライダーアマゾンズ Season 2 輪廻, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Amazonzu Shīzun Tsū Rinne), was released in Japan on May 12, 2018.[11]

The Last Judgement[edit]

A sequel film titled Kamen Rider Amazons the Movie: The Last Judgement (仮面ライダーアマゾンズ THE MOVIE 最後ノ審判, Kamen Raidā Amazonzu Za Mūbī Saigo no Shinpan), which is set after the end of the second season and will conclude the storyline, was released in Japan in May 19, 2018.[12]

Manga[edit]

Kamen Rider Amazons Gaiden: Light of Fireflies (仮面ライダーアマゾンズ外伝 蛍火, Kamen Raidā Amazonzu Gaiden Hotarubi), written by Shinjiro and supervised by Yasuko Kobayashi, is a manga adaptation that is a side story focusing on the Firefly Amazon, one of the Experiment Amazons. It takes place during the first season of Kamen Rider Amazons.

Cast[edit]

  • Haruka Mizusawa (水澤 悠, Mizusawa Haruka): Tom Fujita (藤田 富, Fujita Tomu)
  • Jin Takayama (鷹山 仁, Takayama Jin): Masashi Taniguchi (谷口 賢志, Taniguchi Masashi)
  • Mizuki Mizusawa (水澤 美月, Mizusawa Mizuki): Rena Takeda (武田 玲奈, Takeda Rena)
  • Nanaha Izumi (泉 七羽, Izumi Nanaha): Ayu Higashi (東 亜優, Higashi Ayu)
  • Makoto Shido (志藤 真, Shidō Makoto): Mitsutoshi Shundo (俊藤 光利, Shundō Mitsutoshi)
  • Mamoru (マモル): Ryota Kobayashi (小林 亮太, Kobayashi Ryōta)
  • Nozomi Takai (高井 望, Takai Nozomi): Kanon Miyahara (宮原 華音, Miyahara Kanon)
  • Kazuya Misaki (三崎 一也, Misaki Kazuya): Katsuya (勝也)
  • Kota Fukuda (福田 耕太, Fukuda Kōta): Kazuya Tanabe (田邊 和也, Tanabe Kazuya)
  • Yugo Tachibana (橘 雄悟, Tachibana Yūgo): Yuu Kamio (神尾 佑, Kamio Yū)
  • Shogo Kano (加納 省吾, Kanō Shōgo): Toshimasa Komatsu (小松 利昌, Komatsu Toshimasa)
  • Reika Mizusawa (水澤 令華, Mizusawa Reika): Takako Katou (加藤 貴子, Katō Takako)
  • Takaaki Tenjo (天条 隆顕, Tenjō Takaaki): Takashi Fujiki (藤木 孝, Fujiki Takashi)
Season 1 exclusively
  • Ryusuke Otaki (大滝 竜介, Ōtaki Ryūsuke): Ryouma Baba (馬場 良馬, Baba Ryōma)
  • Jun Maehara (前原 淳, Maehara Jun): Hiroshi Asahina (朝日奈 寛, Asahina Hiroshi)
Season 2 exclusively

Guest cast[edit]

Season 1
  • Kukizono (久木園, 3, 4): Yuka Motohashi (本橋 由香, Motohashi Yuka)
  • Soji Shitashimo (下霜 草司, Shitashimo Sōji, 7, 8): Tomohisa Yuge (弓削 智久, Yuge Tomohisa)
  • Hajime Koyama (小山 ハジメ, Koyama Hajime, 7, 8): Soran Tamoto (タモト 清嵐, Tamoto Soran)
  • Mika (ミカ, 9, 12): Miyuu Sawai (沢井 美優, Sawai Miyū)
  • Sawaguchi (沢口, 9-11): Akiyoshi Shibata (柴田 明良, Shibata Akiyoshi)
Season 2

Theme songs[edit]

  • "Armour Zone"
    • Lyrics: Mike Sugiyama (マイクスギヤマ, Maiku Sugiyama)
    • Composition: Nobuo Yamada (山田 信夫, Yamada Nobuo)
    • Arrangement: Tetsuya Takahashi (高橋 哲也, Takahashi Tetsuya)
    • Artist: Taro Kobayashi (小林 太郎, Kobayashi Tarō)[20]
    The theme song of the first season. This song is also used as the opening theme song for the television broadcast version of the series.
  • "DIE SET DOWN"[6]
    • Lyrics: Mike Sugiyama
    • Composition: Nobuo Yamada
    • Arrangement: Tetsuya Takahashi
    • Artist: Taro Kobayashi
    The theme song of the second season.

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