Kamen Rider Hibiki
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|Kamen Rider Hibiki|
|Created by||Shotaro Ishinomori|
|Ending theme||"Shōnen yo" by Akira Fuse|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||48 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24–25 minutes (per episode)|
|Production company(s)||Toei Company|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original release||January 30, 2005– January 22, 2006|
|Preceded by||Kamen Rider Blade|
|Followed by||Kamen Rider Kabuto|
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. It is 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. This series is noted for introducing new themes and styles yet unseen in other shows.
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.
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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
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; an assortment of monstrous creatures that usually dwell in the rural areas and consume human beings as food.
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.
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||"The Echoing Oni"
"Hibiku Oni" (響く鬼)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||January 30, 2005|
|2||"The Roaring Spider"
"Hoeru Kumo" (咆える蜘蛛)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||February 6, 2005|
"Ochiru Koe" (落ちる声)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||February 13, 2005|
"Kakeru Ichirō" (駆ける勢地郎)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||February 20, 2005|
"Tokeru Umi" (熔ける海)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||February 27, 2005|
"Tataku Tamashii" (叩く魂)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||March 6, 2005|
|7||"The Blowing Oni"
"Ibuku Oni" (息吹く鬼)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||March 13, 2005|
"Sakebu Kaze" (叫ぶ風)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||March 20, 2005|
|9||"Wriggling Evil Heart"
"Ugomeku Jashin" (蠢く邪心)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||March 27, 2005|
|10||"The Oni Standing in a Line"
"Narabitatsu Oni" (並び立つ鬼)
|Tsuyoshi Kida, Shinji Ōishi||April 3, 2005|
"Nomikomu Kabe" (呑み込む壁)
|Tsuyoshi Kida||April 10, 2005|
"Hiraku Himitsu" (開く秘密)
|Shinji Ōishi||April 17, 2005|
"Midareru Sadame" (乱れる運命)
|Shinji Ōishi||April 24, 2005|
"Kurau Dōji" (喰らう童子)
|Shinji Ōishi||May 1, 2005|
"Niburu Ikazuchi" (鈍る雷)
|Shinji Ōishi||May 8, 2005|
|16||"The Roaring Oni"
"Todoroku Oni" (轟く鬼)
|Shinji Ōishi||May 15, 2005|
|17||"A Targeted Town"
"Nerawareru Machi" (狙われる街)
|Shinji Ōishi||May 22, 2005|
"Kujikenu Shippū" (挫けぬ疾風)
|Shinji Ōishi||May 29, 2005|
"Kakinarasu Senshi" (かき鳴らす戦士)
|Tsuyoshi Kida||June 5, 2005|
|20||"The Pure Sound"
"Kiyomeru Oto" (清める音)
|Tsuyoshi Kida||June 12, 2005|
|21||"Demons Drawn Together"
"Hikiau Mamono" (引き合う魔物)
|Tsuyoshi Kida||June 26, 2005|
|22||"Changing into a Cocoon"
"Bakeru Mayu" (化ける繭)
|Tsuyoshi Kida||July 3, 2005|
|23||"Summer of Training"
"Kitaeru Natsu" (鍛える夏)
|Shinji Ōishi||July 10, 2005|
"Moeru Kurenai" (燃える紅)
|Shinji Ōishi||July 17, 2005|
"Hashiru Konpeki" (走る紺碧)
|Shinji Ōishi||July 24, 2005|
|26||"Counting the Days"
"Kizamareru Hibi" (刻まれる日々)
|Shinji Ōishi||August 7, 2005|
|27||"Passing Down the Bond"
"Tsutaeru Kizuna" (伝える絆)
|Shinji Ōishi||August 14, 2005|
"Taenu Akui" (絶えぬ悪意)
|Shinji Ōishi||August 21, 2005|
"Kagayaku Shōnen" (輝く少年)
|Shinji Ōishi||August 28, 2005|
|30||"Premonition of Training"
"Kitaeru Yokan" (鍛える予感)
|Toshiki Inoue||September 4, 2005|
"Koeru Chichi" (超える父)
|Toshiki Inoue||September 11, 2005|
"Hajikeru Uta" (弾ける歌)
|Toshiki Inoue||September 18, 2005|
|33||"The Armed Blade"
"Matō Yaiba" (装甲う刃)
|Toshiki Inoue||September 25, 2005|
"Koisuru Katsuo" (恋する鰹)
|Toshiki Inoue||October 2, 2005|
"Madowasu Tenshi" (惑わす天使)
|Toshiki Inoue||October 9, 2005|
"Ueru Shuki" (飢える朱鬼)
|Toshiki Inoue||October 16, 2005|
"Yomigaeru Ikazuchi" (甦る雷)
|Toshiki Inoue||October 23, 2005|
"Yabureru Ongeki" (敗れる音撃)
|Shōji Yonemura||October 30, 2005|
"Hajimaru Kimi" (始まる君)
|Shōji Yonemura||November 13, 2005|
"Semaru Orochi" (迫るオロチ)
|Toshiki Inoue||November 20, 2005|
|41||"The Awakening Mentor and Student"
"Mezameru Shitei" (目醒める師弟)
|Toshiki Inoue||November 27, 2005|
"Takeru Yōma" (猛る妖魔)
|Toshiki Inoue||December 4, 2005|
|43||"An Unchangeable Body"
"Kawarenu Karada" (変われぬ身)
|Toshiki Inoue||December 11, 2005|
"Himeru Kindan" (秘める禁断)
|Toshiki Inoue||December 18, 2005|
|45||"Dying a Glorious Death, Zanki"
"Sangesuru Zanki" (散華する斬鬼)
|Toshiki Inoue||December 25, 2005|
|46||"Mastering the Oni Way"
"Kiwameru Onidō" (極める鬼道)
|Toshiki Inoue||January 8, 2006|
|47||"The Talking Back"
"Kataru Senaka" (語る背中)
|Toshiki Inoue||January 15, 2006|
|48||"Dreaming of Tomorrow"
"Asunaru Yume" (明日なる夢)
|Toshiki Inoue||January 22, 2006|
Hyper Battle DVD
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
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.
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
- Takeshi (猛士)
- Kabuki (歌舞鬼)
- Kurenai (紅)
- 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 (姫), 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" (輝, "Radiance")
- Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Sahashi
- Episodes: 1-33, 48
- "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