Kamen Rider Hibiki

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Kamen Rider Hibiki
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Title Screen.
Superhero fiction
Created byShotaro Ishinomori
Written by
Directed by
Opening theme
  • "Kagayaki" composed by Toshihiko Sahashi
  • "Hajimari no Kimi e" by Akira Fuse
Ending theme"Shōnen yo" by Akira Fuse
Composer(s)Toshihiko Sahashi
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes48 (list of episodes)
  • Atsushi Kaji (TV Asahi)
  • Shigenori Takatera (Toei)
  • Shinichiro Shirakura (Toei)
  • Masamichi Tsuchida (Toei)
Running time24–25 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s)Toei Company
DistributorToei Company
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseJanuary 30, 2005 (2005-01-30) –
January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22)
Preceded byKamen Rider Blade
Followed byKamen Rider Kabuto
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Kamen Rider Hibiki (仮面ライダー響鬼(ヒビキ), Kamen Raidā Hibiki, Masked Rider Hibiki) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series, serving as the fifteenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu programs. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. Kamen Rider Hibiki first aired on January 30, 2005 and aired its final episode on January 22, 2006.


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The Kamen Riders, known as Oni, battle man-eating beasts called Makamou with "pure sound". One of the Oni, a man named Hibiki, ends up having a "teacher-and-apprentice"-like relationship with Asumu Adachi. A young boy unsure of himself and is at a crossroads in his life as he transitions to high school, Asumu learns to be an adult through watching Hibiki and the other Oni as they all train together to hone their skills in fighting the Makamou and the homunculi aiding them. However, the sudden raise of Makamou numbers proves to be a prelude to an upcoming calamity.

Staff changes[edit]

Kamen Rider Hibiki began with Shigenori Takatera as the Toei producer, however, Shinichiro Shirakura, who though having participated in other Heisei Kamen Rider series, had no involvement whatsoever in the Hibiki production, was appointed producer of the film Kamen Rider Hibiki & the Seven Senki, eventually replacing Takatera in the TV production from episode 30. The writing staff also changed; Tsuyoshi Kida and Shinji Ōishi were replaced by Toshiki Inoue and Shōji Yonemura, who had worked with Shirakura in Sh15uya and other Heisei Kamen Rider series.

In addition, personalities such as Sensha Yoshida, a renowned manga artist; Hiroshi Yamamoto, a video-game designer; Masao Higashi, a seasoned television and movie critic; and many others published severe criticisms in their personal blogs because of this. Even the show's star, Shigeki Hosokawa, who portrayed Hibiki, stated in his personal website that Inoue's scripts "needed adjustments" and that this whole staff change was "fraudulent". With the first production staff, Hosokawa would join the writers meetings and give suggestions, however Hosokawa could not give his opinion in the second production staff meetings due to time restraints.

In an interview published on TV Asahi's main website, Hosokawa stated that the script for the final episode was rewritten on the final day of filming. He later said that the script was sent in so late that it arrived on set as the final battle was being filmed. This finale was scrapped and then a new ending that, according to Hosokawa, was nothing like the intended ending, was filmed. Later in the interview, Hosokawa said that the Oni suit used by Kiriya was a kitbash of two new suits made especially for the characters of Asumu and Kiriya. Hosokawa said that this was the most upsetting change to him as the final script had been rewritten six times at that point and all but the filmed version contained both Asumu and Kiriya becoming Oni.

In January 2006, at the Kamen Rider Super Live, Hosokawa stated that the series was "essentially an incomplete process" and that "it should not have ended that way". Mitsu Murata, who portrayed the Douji characters, declared on his blog: "I cannot forgive them, I want to continue his idea", complaining about the removal of Takatera as producer. These declarations caused an unprecedented storm within the professional tokusatsu market and many of Toei's executives were berated for allowing a series to be handled in such a manner.

There has never been any official statement from Toei, but many critics point out several facts might have caused it, the main reason being the low toy sales. It is not usual for a Toei production to have two different producers for the TV series and the movie. It is likely that a different producer was appointed for the movie because Toei was suffering from schedule problems with Takatera.


  • Asumu's opening narration at the start of every episode was removed starting with episode 30.
  • A new opening was introduced in episode 34 and following.
  • The use of kanji being flashed on screen during scenes was removed altogether by episode 30.
  • The ending sequence was removed altogether.
  • The characters of Kyosuke Kiriya and Shuki were introduced to the series.
  • Originally Eiki and Shouki were both supposed to be main cast members, but had their parts completely removed.
  • The fire breathing (Onibi) and the Oni claws (Onizume) abilities' sequences were completely removed along with Ibuki opening his mouth for his attack. The Makamou that opened their mouths too wide or spurted liquids were also removed. There had been complaints about these sequences from parent advocacy groups who claimed that they scared children.
  • Things as complicated-to-animate CG Makamou and shooting in mountains were almost entirely reduced probably due to cost issues, leading critics to believe that Takatera was forcefully removed from the project due to his unwillingness to change his script to adapt to these changes.

Oni Kamen Rider[edit]

The combatant agents of Takeshi are known as Oni. They have been around for hundreds of years, protecting humans and fighting against the Makamou. The title of every Oni bears the -ki suffix (鬼), which is semantically identical to "Oni" in Japanese. It also has some resemblance with the real name of the Oni. Among making many changes to the Kamen Rider look, Kamen Rider Hibiki introduced Kamen Rider Shuki, the third officially recognized female Heisei Kamen Rider in a Kamen Rider series after Kamen Rider Femme from Ryuki and Kamen Rider Larc from Blade.


The regular antagonists of the series; the Makamou are an assortment of monstrous creatures that usually dwell in the rural areas and consume human beings as food. Their designs and names were based on the Yōkai from Japanese folklores.

The Makamou come in different types:

  • The Giant-Type Makamou are the most common in the series. As they larger than the other Makamou, the Giant Type Makamou are essentially daikaiju. Their heights have varied from 22 ft. to 75 ft.
  • The Summer-Type Makamou appear during the summer, apparently starting the Japanese legend of Ghosts and Youkai appearing on Earth during the summer. Though they are much smaller than the usual giant types, the true power of the Summer Makamou comes from their ability to replicate themselves in large numbers and when one is destroyed they can easily be replaced. The key to destroying them is to destroy the original so no more replicates can be created. Ongekida (Drum Weapons) are the most efficient way of destroying them.
  • The Experimental-Type Makamou are developed by The Man and The Woman, great improvements on the Giant and Summer types. Later on, some become immuned to the Oni Attacks after "The Man and Woman Who Live In The Western Style House" gathered data from the Armed Saber, which was stolen by the Super Douji and Hime.

Takeshi Gear[edit]

Takeshi is the name of the group that works with the Oni Kamen Riders. They create many items for use in battle, from weapons to Disc Animals.


A set of six novels published under the title Kamen Rider Hibiki: Compass to Tomorrow (仮面ライダー響鬼 明日への指針(コンパス), Kamen Raidā Hibiki Asu e no Konpasu) was released shortly after the end of the series. The novels followed relatively the same plot as the TV series but added new characters and enemies towards the end of its run.

Video game[edit]

Kamen Rider Hibiki was released by Bandai for the PlayStation 2 on December 1, 2005. It featured a unique cross compatibility with the Taiko no Tatsujin Tatacon controller, where the taiko-like controller could be used in the rhythm game-like sections of Hibiki. It was also released alongside a special edition of the Taiko no Tatsujin series which included the theme songs of the Kamen Rider Hibiki TV show ("Kagayaki" and "Shōnen yo"). A release for the Nintendo GameCube was planned, but ultimately scrapped.[1][2]


Ep# Title Writer Original airdate
1"The Echoing Oni"
Transcription: "Hibiku Oni" (Japanese: 響く鬼)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiJanuary 30, 2005 (2005-01-30)
2"The Roaring Spider"
Transcription: "Hoeru Kumo" (Japanese: 咆える蜘蛛)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiFebruary 6, 2005 (2005-02-06)
3"Falling Voice"
Transcription: "Ochiru Koe" (Japanese: 落ちる声)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiFebruary 13, 2005 (2005-02-13)
4"Running Ichiro"
Transcription: "Kakeru Ichirō" (Japanese: 駆ける勢地郎)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiFebruary 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)
5"Melting Sea"
Transcription: "Tokeru Umi" (Japanese: 熔ける海)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiFebruary 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)
6"Beating Soul"
Transcription: "Tataku Tamashii" (Japanese: 叩く魂)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiMarch 6, 2005 (2005-03-06)
7"The Blowing Oni"
Transcription: "Ibuku Oni" (Japanese: 息吹く鬼)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiMarch 13, 2005 (2005-03-13)
8"Screaming Wind"
Transcription: "Sakebu Kaze" (Japanese: 叫ぶ風)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiMarch 20, 2005 (2005-03-20)
9"Wriggling Evil Heart"
Transcription: "Ugomeku Jashin" (Japanese: 蠢く邪心)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiMarch 27, 2005 (2005-03-27)
10"The Oni Standing in a Line"
Transcription: "Narabitatsu Oni" (Japanese: 並び立つ鬼)
Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji ŌishiApril 3, 2005 (2005-04-03)
11"Swallowing Wall"
Transcription: "Nomikomu Kabe" (Japanese: 呑み込む壁)
Tsuyoshi KidaApril 10, 2005 (2005-04-10)
12"Revealed Secrets"
Transcription: "Hiraku Himitsu" (Japanese: 開く秘密)
Shinji ŌishiApril 17, 2005 (2005-04-17)
13"Berserk Fate"
Transcription: "Midareru Sadame" (Japanese: 乱れる運命)
Shinji ŌishiApril 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)
14"Devouring Douji"
Transcription: "Kurau Dōji" (Japanese: 喰らう童子)
Shinji ŌishiMay 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)
15"Weakening Thunder"
Transcription: "Niburu Ikazuchi" (Japanese: 鈍る雷)
Shinji ŌishiMay 8, 2005 (2005-05-08)
16"The Roaring Oni"
Transcription: "Todoroku Oni" (Japanese: 轟く鬼)
Shinji ŌishiMay 15, 2005 (2005-05-15)
17"A Targeted Town"
Transcription: "Nerawareru Machi" (Japanese: 狙われる街)
Shinji ŌishiMay 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)
18"Unbroken Hurricane"
Transcription: "Kujikenu Shippū" (Japanese: 挫けぬ疾風)
Shinji ŌishiMay 29, 2005 (2005-05-29)
19"Strumming Warrior"
Transcription: "Kakinarasu Senshi" (Japanese: かき鳴らす戦士)
Tsuyoshi KidaJune 5, 2005 (2005-06-05)
20"The Pure Sound"
Transcription: "Kiyomeru Oto" (Japanese: 清める音)
Tsuyoshi KidaJune 12, 2005 (2005-06-12)
21"Demons Drawn Together"
Transcription: "Hikiau Mamono" (Japanese: 引き合う魔物)
Tsuyoshi KidaJune 26, 2005 (2005-06-26)
22"Changing into a Cocoon"
Transcription: "Bakeru Mayu" (Japanese: 化ける繭)
Tsuyoshi KidaJuly 3, 2005 (2005-07-03)
23"Summer of Training"
Transcription: "Kitaeru Natsu" (Japanese: 鍛える夏)
Shinji ŌishiJuly 10, 2005 (2005-07-10)
24"Burning Crimson"
Transcription: "Moeru Kurenai" (Japanese: 燃える紅)
Shinji ŌishiJuly 17, 2005 (2005-07-17)
25"Running Azure"
Transcription: "Hashiru Konpeki" (Japanese: 走る紺碧)
Shinji ŌishiJuly 24, 2005 (2005-07-24)
26"Counting the Days"
Transcription: "Kizamareru Hibi" (Japanese: 刻まれる日々)
Shinji ŌishiAugust 7, 2005 (2005-08-07)
27"Passing Down the Bond"
Transcription: "Tsutaeru Kizuna" (Japanese: 伝える絆)
Shinji ŌishiAugust 14, 2005 (2005-08-14)
28"Unending Malice"
Transcription: "Taenu Akui" (Japanese: 絶えぬ悪意)
Shinji ŌishiAugust 21, 2005 (2005-08-21)
29"Shining Boy"
Transcription: "Kagayaku Shōnen" (Japanese: 輝く少年)
Shinji ŌishiAugust 28, 2005 (2005-08-28)
30"Premonition of Training"
Transcription: "Kitaeru Yokan" (Japanese: 鍛える予感)
Toshiki InoueSeptember 4, 2005 (2005-09-04)
31"Surpassing Father"
Transcription: "Koeru Chichi" (Japanese: 超える父)
Toshiki InoueSeptember 11, 2005 (2005-09-11)
32"Bursting Song"
Transcription: "Hajikeru Uta" (Japanese: 弾ける歌)
Toshiki InoueSeptember 18, 2005 (2005-09-18)
33"The Armed Blade"
Transcription: "Matō Yaiba" (Japanese: 装甲う刃)
Toshiki InoueSeptember 25, 2005 (2005-09-25)
34"Beloved Bonito"
Transcription: "Koisuru Katsuo" (Japanese: 恋する鰹)
Toshiki InoueOctober 2, 2005 (2005-10-02)
35"Confusing Angel"
Transcription: "Madowasu Tenshi" (Japanese: 惑わす天使)
Toshiki InoueOctober 9, 2005 (2005-10-09)
36"Starving Shuki"
Transcription: "Ueru Shuki" (Japanese: 飢える朱鬼)
Toshiki InoueOctober 16, 2005 (2005-10-16)
37"Revived Lightning"
Transcription: "Yomigaeru Ikazuchi" (Japanese: 甦る雷)
Toshiki InoueOctober 23, 2005 (2005-10-23)
38"Broken Ongeki"
Transcription: "Yabureru Ongeki" (Japanese: 敗れる音撃)
Shōji YonemuraOctober 30, 2005 (2005-10-30)
39"Your Beginning"
Transcription: "Hajimaru Kimi" (Japanese: 始まる君)
Shōji YonemuraNovember 13, 2005 (2005-11-13)
40"Nearing Orochi"
Transcription: "Semaru Orochi" (Japanese: 迫るオロチ)
Toshiki InoueNovember 20, 2005 (2005-11-20)
41"The Awakening Mentor and Student"
Transcription: "Mezameru Shitei" (Japanese: 目醒める師弟)
Toshiki InoueNovember 27, 2005 (2005-11-27)
42"Ferocious Demons"
Transcription: "Takeru Yōma" (Japanese: 猛る妖魔)
Toshiki InoueDecember 4, 2005 (2005-12-04)
43"An Unchangeable Body"
Transcription: "Kawarenu Karada" (Japanese: 変われぬ身)
Toshiki InoueDecember 11, 2005 (2005-12-11)
44"Forbidden Secret"
Transcription: "Himeru Kindan" (Japanese: 秘める禁断)
Toshiki InoueDecember 18, 2005 (2005-12-18)
45"Dying a Glorious Death, Zanki"
Transcription: "Sangesuru Zanki" (Japanese: 散華する斬鬼)
Toshiki InoueDecember 25, 2005 (2005-12-25)
46"Mastering the Oni Way"
Transcription: "Kiwameru Onidō" (Japanese: 極める鬼道)
Toshiki InoueJanuary 8, 2006 (2006-01-08)
47"The Talking Back"
Transcription: "Kataru Senaka" (Japanese: 語る背中)
Toshiki InoueJanuary 15, 2006 (2006-01-15)
48"Dreaming of Tomorrow"
Transcription: "Asunaru Yume" (Japanese: 明日なる夢)
Toshiki InoueJanuary 22, 2006 (2006-01-22)

Hyper Battle DVD[edit]

In Kamen Rider Hibiki: Asumu Henshin! You Can Be an Oni, too!! (仮面ライダー響鬼 明日夢変身!キミも鬼になれる!!, Kamen Raidā Hibiki: Kimi mo Oni ni Nareru!!), Asumu Adachi imagines if he could be like Kamen Rider Hibiki, and are approached by talking Disc Animals who teach him how to be like Hibiki, eventually allowing Asumu to transform into Kamen Rider Armed Hibiki. Kamen Rider Sabaki also appears in the DVD.

Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven Senki[edit]

The movie spin-off of the 2005 Kamen Rider series, entitled Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven Senki the Movie (劇場版 仮面ライダー響鬼と7人の戦鬼, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Hibiki to Shichinin no Senki) takes place in the Warring States Period. The film serves as a prequel to the Makamou war and features five movie-only Oni known as Kabuki, Kirameki, Habataki, Nishiki, and Touki.

Seven Ogres[edit]

The S.I.C. Hero Saga side story for Hibiki is titled Masked Rider Hibiki: Seven Ogres (MASKED RIDER HIBIKI -SEVEN OGRES-, Kamen Raidā Hibiki: Sebun Ōgazu), which is an alternate telling of the film Hibiki & The Seven Senki. It features the original character Kamen Rider Armed Hibiki (Sengoku Period ver.) (仮面ライダー装甲響鬼(戦国時代ver.), Kamen Raidā Āmudo Hibiki (Sengoku Jidai ver.)). The Seven Ogres storyline ran in the June through September 2006 issues of Monthly Hobby Japan magazine.

Chapter titles
  1. Takeshi (猛士)
  2. Kabuki (歌舞鬼)
  3. Kurenai ()
  4. Orochi (オロチ)


  • Hibiki (ヒビキ): Shigeki Hosokawa (細川 茂樹, Hosokawa Shigeki)
  • Asumu Adachi (安達 明日夢, Adachi Asumu): Rakuto Tochihara (栩原 楽人, Tochihara Rakuto)
  • Kasumi Tachibana (立花 香須実, Tachibana Kasumi): Mayu Gamō (蒲生 麻由, Gamō Mayu)
  • Hinaka Tachibana (立花 日菜佳, Tachibana Hinaka): Miyuki Kanbe (神戸 みゆき, Kanbe Miyuki)
  • Hitomi Mochida (持田 ひとみ, Mochida Hitomi): Erika Mori (森 絵梨佳, Mori Erika)
  • Akira Amami (天美 あきら, Amami Akira): Nana Akiyama (秋山 奈々, Akiyama Nana)
  • Ibuki (イブキ): Joji Shibue (渋江 譲二, Shibue Jōji)
  • Todoroki (トドロキ): Shingo Kawaguchi (川口 真五, Kawaguchi Shingo)
  • Zanki (ザンキ): Kenji Matsuda (松田 賢二, Matsuda Kenji)
  • Midori Takizawa (滝澤 みどり, Takizawa Midori): Masako Umemiya (梅宮 万紗子, Umemiya Masako)
  • Kyosuke Kiriya (桐矢 京介, Kiriya Kyōsuke): Yuichi Nakamura (中村 優一, Nakamura Yūichi)
  • Ikuko Adachi (安達 郁子, Adachi Ikuko): Kaoru Mizuki (水木 薫, Mizuki Kaoru)
  • Ichiro Tachibana (立花 勢地郎, Tachibana Ichirō): Atomu Shimojō (下條 アトム, Shimojō Atomu)
  • Douji (童子, Dōji), Parent Hime (Voice): Mitsu Murata (村田 充, Murata Mitsu)
  • Hime (), Parent Douji (Voice): Sei Ashina (芦名 星, Ashina Sei)
  • Danki (ダンキ): Makoto Itō (伊藤 慎, Itō Makoto)
  • Shouki (ショウキ, Shōki): Yoshifumi Oshikawa (押川 善文, Oshikawa Yoshifumi)
  • Konosuke Kogure (小暮 耕之助, Kogure Kōnosuke): Akira Fuse (布施 明, Fuse Akira)
  • Shuki (シュキ): Reiko Kataoka (片岡 礼子, Kataoka Reiko)
  • Tsutomu Tsumura (津村 努, Tsumura Tsutomu): Kento Shibuya (渋谷 謙人, Shibuya Kento)
  • Kamen Rider Sabaki (仮面ライダー裁鬼, Kamen Raidā Sabaki, Voice): Katsumi Shiono (塩野 勝美, Shiono Katsumi)
  • Next Preview Narrator: Kazuya Nakai (中井 和哉, Nakai Kazuya)
  • Junction Narrator: Koji Nakata (中田 浩二, Nakata Kōji)


Opening themes
  • "Kagayaki" (, "Radiance")
  • "Hajimari no Kimi e" (始まりの君へ, "To the Original You")
Ending theme
  • "Shōnen yo" (少年よ, "Boy!")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Sahashi
    • Artist: Akira Fuse
    • Episodes: 1 - 33, 48
Character and insert songs
  • "Kiwamareba Ongeki!!" (極めれば音撃!!, "Reach the Extreme Ongeki!!") performed by Jin Hashimoto
  • "Fūga Yūden" (風雅勇伝, "Refined Brave Confidant") performed by Tomokazu Seki for Kamen Rider Ibuki
  • "Raibu Gōgō" (雷武轟々, "Thunderous War Rumblings") performed by Eizo Sakamoto for Kamen Rider Todoroki
  • "Hibiki Kenzan!!" (響鬼見参!!, "Arrival of Hibiki!!") performed by Masatoshi Ono for Kamen Rider Hibiki


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