Kamen Rider Ryuki
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|Kamen Rider Ryuki|
|Created by||Shotaro Ishinomori|
|Narrated by||Eiichiro Suzuki|
|Opening theme||"Alive A life" by Rica Matsumoto|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||23–25 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Toei Company|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original release||February 3, 2002 –|
January 19, 2003
|Preceded by||Kamen Rider Agito|
|Followed by||Kamen Rider 555|
|Related shows||Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (2009)|
Kamen Rider Ryuki (仮面ライダー龍騎 Kamen Raidā Ryūki, Masked Rider Ryuki) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. The twelfth installment in the Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows, it was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and it was shown on TV Asahi from February 3, 2002 to January 19, 2003. The series marked the franchise's switch from Columbia Music Entertainment to Avex Group, which continues to produce music for the Kamen Rider Series today.
Thirteen Card Decks (カードデッキ Kādo Dekki) were created for thirteen Kamen Riders. They make Contracts with monsters from the mysterious Mirror World (ミラーワールド Mirā Wārudo), a parallel dimension opposite to our own in which only the Kamen Riders can exist. The Riders draw on their monsters' strength in exchange for feeding them the life force of the creatures they destroy. The creator of the Advent Cards (アドベントカード Adobento Kādo) has only one rule: that there can be only one Kamen Rider. The others must be killed, and the sole victor will be granted a single wish, which leads to a conflict known as the Rider War.
All over the city, innocent people are being mysteriously abducted, never to be seen again. During his investigations of these incidents, Shinji Kido – an intern at the online news service ORE Journal – discovers one of the Advent Card decks at an apartment where every reflective surface has been covered by newspaper. He is soon sucked into the Mirror World, discovering the terrifying truth behind the disappearances: people are literally being pulled through mirrors by the monsters of the Mirror World so that they may feed. He is about to be killed by a powerful dragon named Dragredder when he is saved by a Kamen Rider Knight: Ren Akiyama. Ren seeks to win the Rider War at all costs. He works with a young woman named Yui Kanzaki, who seeks her missing brother: the master of the Rider War, Shiro Kanzaki. Seeing Ren's strength, Shinji enters the Rider War not for the prize, but so that he may protect innocent people from the threat of the Mirror World, and stop the senseless fighting between the Kamen Riders. With Dragredder as his Contract Monster, he becomes Kamen Rider Ryuki.
He discovers that there are some people who cannot be saved, and that he must sometimes fight in order to stop the fighting. The extent to which he must go if he want his deepest wish to come true, and the sacrifices that he must make. In the end, there can be only one Kamen Rider.
- The Secret Story's Birth (誕生秘話 Tanjō Hiwa, 2/3/2002)
- Giant Spider Counterattack (巨大クモ逆襲 Kyodai Kumo Gyakushū, 2/10/2002)
- School Ghost Story (学校の怪談 Gakkō no Kaidan, 2/17/2002)
- School Ghost Story 2 (学校の怪談2 Gakkō no Kaidan Tsū, 2/24/2002)
- The Monster's Antique Store (骨董屋の怪人 Kottōya no Kaijin, 3/3/2002)
- The Mysterious Rider (謎のライダー Nazo no Raidā, 3/10/2002)
- A New Species is Born? (新種誕生？ Shinshu Tanjō?, 3/17/2002)
- The Fourth, Zolda (4人目ゾルダ Yoninme Zoruda, 3/24/2002)
- Shinji's Arrested!? (真司が逮捕！？ Shinji ga Taiho!?, 3/31/2002)
- Knight's Crisis (ナイトの危機 Naito no Kiki, 4/7/2002)
- The Mysterious Empty Train (謎の無人電車 Nazo no Mujin Densha, 4/14/2002)
- Ren Akiyama's Lover (秋山蓮の恋人 Akiyama Ren no Koibito, 4/21/2002)
- That Man, Zolda (その男ゾルダ Sono Otoko Zoruda, 4/28/2002)
- Revival Day (復活の日 Fukkatsu no Hi, 5/5/2002)
- Iron Mask Legend (鉄仮面伝説 Tekkamen Densetsu, 5/12/2002)
- Card of Destiny (運命のカード Unmei no Kādo, 5/19/2002)
- The Grieving Knight (嘆きのナイト Nageki no Naito, 5/26/2002)
- Jailbreak Rider (脱獄ライダー Datsugoku Raidā, 6/2/2002)
- Rider Gathering (ライダー集結 Raidā Shūketsu, 6/9/2002)
- The Traitorous Ren (裏切りの蓮 Uragiri no Ren, 6/16/2002)
- Yui's Past (優衣の過去 Yui no Kako, 6/23/2002)
- Raia's Revenge (ライアの復讐 Raia no Fukushū, 6/30/2002)
- Changing Destiny (変わる運命 Kawaru Unmei, 7/7/2002)
- Ouja's Secret (王蛇の秘密 Ōja no Himitsu, 7/14/2002)
- Combining Ouja (合体する王蛇 Gattai Suru Ōja, 7/21/2002)
- Zolda's Assault (ゾルダの攻撃 Zoruda no Kōgeki, 7/28/2002)
- The 13th Rider (13号ライダー Jūsangō Raidā, 8/4/2002)
- Time Vent (タイムベント Taimu Bento, 8/11/2002)
- Marriage Interview Battle (見合い合戦 Miai Gassen, 8/18/2002)
- Zolda's Lover (ゾルダの恋人 Zoruda no Koibito, 8/25/2002)
- The Girl and Ouja (少女と王蛇 Shōjo to Ōja, 9/1/2002)
- Secret Data Gathering (秘密の取材 Himitsu no Shuzai, 9/8/2002)
- The Mirror's Magic (鏡のマジック Kagami no Majikku, 9/15/2002)
- Friendship's Battle (友情のバトル Yūjō no Batoru, 9/22/2002)
- Enter Tiger (タイガ登場 Taiga Tōjō, 9/29/2002)
- The Battle Ends (戦いは終わる Tatakai wa Owaru, 10/6/2002)
- Sleep is Awakening (眠りが覚めて Nemuri ga Samete, 10/13/2002)
- Targeted Yui (狙われた優衣 Nerawareta Yui, 10/20/2002)
- A Dangerous Sign (危険のサイン Kiken no Sain, 10/27/2002)
- Memories of an Older Brother and Younger Sister (兄と妹の記憶 Ani to Imōto no Kioku, 11/10/2002)
- Imperer (インペラー Inperā, 11/17/2002)
- Room 401 (401号室 Yonhyakuichigōshitsu, 11/24/2002)
- The Hero Fights (英雄は戦う Eiyū wa Tatakau, 12/1/2002)
- Glassy Happiness (ガラスの幸福 Garasu no Kōfuku, 12/8/2002)
- The Twentieth Birthday (20歳の誕生日 Hatachi no Tanjōbi, 12/15/2002)
- Tiger's a Hero (タイガは英雄 Taiga wa Eiyū, 12/22/2002)
- Determination of Battle (戦いの決断 Tatakai no Ketsudan, 12/29/2002)
- The Final 3 Days (最後の3日間 Saigo no Mikkakan, 1/5/2003)
- Granting a Wish (叶えたい願い Kanaetai Negai, 1/12/2003)
- A New Life (新しい命 Atarashii Inochi, 1/19/2003)
Movies and specials
Kamen Rider Ryuki Special: 13 Riders (仮面ライダー龍騎スペシャル 13RIDERS Kamen Raidā Ryūki Supesharu Sātīn Raidāzu) was written by Toshiki Inoue and directed by Ryuta Tasaki. It features the debut of the thirteenth Kamen Rider in the continuity of Ryuki: Verde. This special was first broadcast on TV Asahi on September 19, 2002. It was later released on DVD on July 21, 2003. The DVD also featured information on the characters, an interview with actor Arthur Kuroda, and an "interview" with some of the characters.
This television special is an alternate telling of the Kamen Rider Ryuki story. Shinji Kido's life, working as an employee at ORE Journal, takes a sharp turn after being pulled into the Mirror World by a Mispider. Luckily, he was saved by a Kamen Rider, Ryuki (Koichi Sakakibara, portrayed by Keiichi Wada). However, Sakakibara could no longer go on due to the severity of his injuries and passed his Card Deck to Shinji, allowing him to become the next Ryuki and defeat the monster. After meeting Yui Kanzaki and Ren Akiyama (Kamen Rider Knight), Shinji learns about the conditions of the Rider War, as well as of the other Riders participating. Unable to allow such a game of death to exist like his Rider predecessor, Shinji sets out to convince all the Riders to end the senseless fighting and put an end to the War. His pleas fall upon deaf ears as just about every other Rider (except for the already-defeated Riders Raia and Scissors) sets out to hunt down Shinji and his eventual reluctant ally, Ren. Eventually, Shinji's deck is destroyed and Ren dies, after passing on the deck for Kamen Rider Knight to Shinji. The special has two different endings which were voted on by the viewers via phone at the time of the initial airing: the voted-for-air ending (in which Shinji faces the surviving Riders on his own) and the alternate ending (a resetting of the Rider War).
Kamen Rider Ryuki the Movie: Episode Final (劇場版 仮面ライダー龍騎 EPISODE FINAL Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Ryūki Episōdo Fainaru) is an alternate ending to the series, taking place after the events of episode 46. With only six Riders remaining in the Rider War; Ryuki (Shinji Kido), Knight (Ren Akiyama), Zolda (Shuichi Kitaoka), Ouja (Takeshi Asakura), and Femme (Miho Kirishima); Shiro Kanzaki alerts them to quickly settle the Rider War within three days. One of them must win and become the last survivor before the sixth surviving Rider reveals himself. Amidst the impending chaos of the fight between the Riders, Shinji discovers an unbelievable truth about the relationship between Yui Kanzaki and the Mirror World, as well as discovering the existence of his Mirror World doppelganger, Kamen Rider Ryuga.
Ryuki vs. Kamen Rider Agito
Kamen Rider Ryuki: Ryuki vs. Kamen Rider Agito (仮面ライダー龍騎 龍騎vs仮面ライダーアギト Kamen Raidā Ryūki Ryūki Bui Esu Kamen Raidā Agito) is the Ryuki Hyper Battle Video. It features Shinji Kido having a dream where he joins up with Kamen Riders Knight, Zolda, and Ouja, all of whom who are acting out-of-character character, to fight an evil Kamen Rider Agito in the Mirror World. They are soon joined by the real Kamen Rider Agito who helps defeat his evil doppelganger.
Ultra Super Hero Taisen
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 × Supā Sentai Chō Supā Hīrō Taisen) featuring the casts of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Amazon Riders, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger and Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, was released in Japan on March 25, 2017. This movie celebrates the 10th anniversary of Kamen Rider Den-O . 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.
Heisei Generations Forever
A Movie War film, titled Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever (仮面ライダー平成ジェネレーションズ FOREVER Kamen Raidā Heisei Jenerēshonzu Fōebā) was released on December 22, 2018, featuring the casts of Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Build along with Kamen Rider Den-O. Actor Shunsuke Daitō portrayed the superior Time Jacker Tid, and actor Kenichi Takitō voiced the Imagin Futaros. Aside from Build, actors Toshiki Kashu (Kamen Rider Agito), Takamasa Suga, Masahiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Decade) and Shun Nishime (Kamen Rider Ghost) also voice their respective reprised roles for the film, while Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O) only reprised his role to appear. The events of the film take place between episodes 12 to 13 and before episode 21 where Suga returned physically.
Rider Time: Ryuki
A spin-off web sequel, titled Rider Time: Ryuki (ライダータイム: 龍騎 Raidā Taimu: Ryūki) was announced and released on Video Pass at March 31, 2019 - April 17, 2019, and written by Toshiki Inoue. The storyline is a sequel to the original Ryuki TV series, which features the sudden return of the Mirror World's Rider War. Takamasa Suga, Satoshi Matsuda, Hassei Takano, Satoshi Ichijo, Tomohisa Yuge, Takashi Hagino, and Tsuyoshi Koyama reprise their respective roles, in addition to guest featuring the main actors from the current series airing Kamen Rider Zi-O, So Okuno and Gaku Oshida. It also re-introduces Kamen Rider Abyss from Kamen Rider Decade to the main universe. The theme song is "Go! Now! ~Alive A life neo~" performed by Rica Matsumoto.
S.I.C. Hero Saga
Ryuki had two separate S.I.C. Hero Saga side stories published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. The first was titled Masked Rider Ryuki: Advent Calendar (MASKED RIDER RYUKI -アドベントカレンダー- Kamen Raidā Ryūki -Adobento Karendā-) and featured original characters Kamen Rider Ouja Survive (仮面ライダー王蛇サバイブ Kamen Raidā Ōja Sabaibu) and his Mirror Monster the Genosurviver (ジェノサバイバー Jenosabaibā). The second S.I.C. Hero Saga story Masked Rider Ryuki: World of If (MASKED RIDER RYUKI -IFの世界- Kamen Raidā Ryūki -Ifu no Sekai-) is an alternate telling that features Ouja Survive from Advent Calendar and also introduces Kamen Rider Ryuga Survive (仮面ライダーリュウガサバイブ Kamen Raidā Ryūga Sabaibu). Advent Calendar ran from August to December 2004 and World of If ran from June to August 2005.
- Advent Calendar chapter titles
- Advent 4 (待降節・4 Taikōsetsu 4)
- Advent 3 (待降節・3 Taikōsetsu 3)
- Advent 2 (待降節・2 Taikōsetsu 2)
- Advent 1 (待降節・1 Taikōsetsu 1)
- Nightmare Before (ナイトメア・ビフォア Naitomea Bifoa)
- World of If chapter titles
- Ryuga (リュウガ Ryūga)
- Alternative (オルタナティブ Orutanatibu)
- Odin (オーディン Ōdin)
A video game based on the series, developed by Digifloyd and published by Bandai, was released in Japan during 2002 for the PlayStation. It is a basic fighting game where all thirteen Riders are playable with all the forms seen in the show, movie and specials (with the exception of the Alternatives and Ouja's Blank Form, seen in the final episode). Four of the Contract Monsters (Volcancer, Metalgelas, Destwilder and Gigazelle), the two Zebraskulls (Iron and Bronze) and Megazelle are also playable.
- Shinji Kido (城戸 真司 Kido Shinji): Takamasa Suga (須賀 貴匡 Suga Takamasa)
- Ren Akiyama (秋山 蓮 Akiyama Ren): Satoshi Matsuda (松田 悟志 Matsuda Satoshi)
- Yui Kanzaki (神崎 優衣 Kanzaki Yui): Ayano Sugiyama (杉山 彩乃 Sugiyama Ayano)
- Shiro Kanzaki (神崎 士郎 Kanzaki Shirō): Kenzaburo Kikuchi (菊地 謙三郎 Kikuchi Kenzaburo)
- Shuichi Kitaoka (北岡 秀一 Kitaoka Shūichi): Ryohei (涼平 Ryōhei)
- Goro Yura (由良 吾郎 Yura Gorō): Tomohisa Yuge (弓削 智久 Yuge Tomohisa)
- Takeshi Asakura (浅倉 威 Asakura Takeshi): Takashi Hagino (萩野 崇 Hagino Takashi)
- Masashi Sudo (須藤 雅史 Sudō Masashi): Takeshi Kimura (木村 剛 Kimura Takeshi)
- Miyuki Tezuka (手塚 海之 Tezuka Miyuki): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠 Takano Hassei)
- Jun Shibaura (芝浦 淳 Shibaura Jun): Satoshi Ichijo (一條 俊 Ichijō Satoshi)
- Satoru Tojo (東條 悟 Tōjō Satoru): Jun Takatsuki (高槻 純 Takatsuki Jun)
- Mitsuru Sano (佐野 満 Sano Mitsuru): Takashi Hyuga (日向 崇 Hyūga Takashi)
- Daisuke Okubo (大久保 大介 Ōkubo Daisuke): Kanji Tsuda (津田 寛治 Tsuda Kanji)
- Reiko Momoi (桃井 令子 Reiko Momoi): Sayaka Kuon (久遠 さやか Kuon Sayaka)
- Nanako Shimada (島田 奈々子 Shimada Nanako): Hitomi Kurihara (栗原 瞳 Kurihara Hitomi)
- Megumi Asano (浅野めぐみ Asano Megumi): Chisato Morishita (森下千里 Morishita Chisato)
- Sanako Kanzaki (神崎 沙奈子 Kanzaki Sanako): Kazue Tsunogae (角替 和枝 Tsunogae Kazue)
- Eri Ogawa (小川 恵里 Ogawa Eri): Mahiru Tsubura (つぶら まひる Tsubura Mahiru)
- Hajime Nakamura (仲村 創 Nakamura Hajime): Junichi Mizuno (水野 純一 Mizuno Jun'ichi)
- Hideyuki Kagawa (香川 英行 Kagawa Hideyuki): Satoshi Jinbo (神保 悟志 Jinbo Satoshi)
- Kamen Rider Odin (仮面ライダーオーディン Kamen Raidā Ōdin, Voice), Visor Voice: Tsuyoshi Koyama (小山 剛志 Koyama Tsuyoshi)
- Slash Visor Voice: Midori Edamura (枝村 みどり Edamura Midori)
- Narration: Eiichiro Suzuki (鈴木 英一郎 Suzuki Eiichirō)
- Mirror Monsters (majority of episodes) (voice): Hiroyuki Shibamoto (柴本 浩行 Shibamoto Hiroyuki), Katsumi Shiono (塩野 勝美 Shiono Katsumi), Yoshimasa Chida (千田 義正 Chida Yoshimasa), Shigenori Sōya (宗矢 樹頼 Sōya Shigenori), Yumi Takada (高田 由美 Takada Yumi), Izumi Kikuchi (菊池 いづみ Kikuchi Izumi), Mie Odagi (尾田木 美衣 Odagi Mie), Mako Hyōdō (兵藤 まこ Hyōdō Mako), Jin Yamanoi (山野井 仁 Yamanoi Jin)
- Opening theme
- "Alive A life"
- insert themes
- "Hatenaki Inochi" (果てなき希望（いのち）, "Boundless Life")
- "Hateshinai Honō no Naka e" (果てしない炎の中ヘ, "Into the Eternal Flame")
- Lyrics: Yuko Ebine
- Composition & Arrangement: Mikio Sakai
- Artist: Hiroshi Kitadani
- Episodes: 34-37, 39-50, TV Special
- "Lonely Soldier"
In addition to the Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight adaptation, Ryuki has been broadcast in its original form in many languages and nations. It was dubbed into Korean as Masked Rider Dragon (가면라이더 드래건 Gamyeon Raideo Deuraegeon) in South Korea on January 14, 2005, Filipino in the Philippines as Masked Rider Ryuki on ABS-CBN 2, Malay on NTV7, and in Indonesian on RCTI and Indosiar. It is also the first ever Kamen Rider Series to be dubbed in Arabic after its run on Space Toon.
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