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Spider Riders logo
|Written by||Yosuke Kuroda
|Directed by||Koichi Mashimo
|Opening theme||see Music|
|Ending theme||see Music|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kouji Kumode
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Cookie Jar Entertainment
P.A. Works (season 1)
|Original network||Kids' WB (U.S.)
TV Tokyo/Kids Station (Japan)
|Original release||September 23, 2006– April 5, 2008|
Spider Riders (スパイダーライダーズ ~オラクルの勇者たち~ Supaidāraidāzu ~Orakuru no Yūsha-tachi~?, Spider Riders ~the Heroes of Oracle~) is a series of science fiction novels first published in December 2004, published by Newmarket Press written by Tedd Anasti, Patsy Cameron-Anasti and Stephen D. Sullivan (books 2–3). The stories became the basis of the anime series produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment of Canada and Bee Train of Japan. The three novels are titled Spider Riders: Shards of the Oracle, Spider Riders: Reign of the Soul Eater, and Spider Riders: Quest of the Earthen. Spider Riders broadcasts on Teletoon, This TV, and used to broadcast on Kids' WB!. Koichi Mashimo co-directed the staff at Bee Train with Takaaki Ishiyama. Writer Yosuke Kuroda adapted the novels. Robert Pincombe and Shelly Hoffman wrote the English version.
Eleven-year-old Hunter Steel searches for the legendary inner world by following the instructions in his grandfather's journal. He enters a cave where he finds a mysterious manacle that attaches itself to him. A spider startles Hunter, who falls into a hole to the center of the Earth and into the subterranean world of Arachna. There, he discovers a small group of elite warriors struggling to survive and to save Arachna from the attack of giant insect mutants. The warriors are children, each fighting with the help of their own 10 ft (3.0 m) battle spiders. They call themselves "Spider Riders". In the English TV series, the ages of the characters were reduced.
There is a prophecy that says a surface-dweller or Earthen, like Hunter, will bring disaster to the Inner World. Sparkle mentions it in the beginning of the TV series. When Princess Sparkle finds out she says, "I wonder if he will bring doom to us...or to them."
The Oracle Keys are fractions of the Oracle's power. They are cards that can be split in two. The Invectids hope to gain them for Mantid, who wants to use their power to rule Arachna. The Oracle uses much of her strength to protect them. The Spirit Oracle Key passes its power onto Hunter and Shadow, giving them new armor and weapons as well as new abilities.
To activate these keys, the holder must shout "Oracle's Light!". Two in combination can create more powerful armor and weapons. The wielder must have a sincere desire to protect without arrogance, otherwise the keys will not work. The Oracle Key from Nuuma was called by Corona, using her power, to let Hunter use it without having to hold it. Mantid used two of the Oracle's keys to power himself, plunging the Inner World into darkness and preventing Hunter from using his own keys.
Currently the locations of the four Oracle Keys are known in the English version:
- Found in the Oracle's shrine in Arachna, the first key is taken by Hunter and Shadow, who retain possession of it throughout the series.
- The second key is brought to Arachna by a page from Nuuma. Hunter and Shadow have it in their possession for most of the series, though it was briefly taken by Aqune and Portia.
- The third key is initially kept in a sanctuary in Nuuma and allows the castle to float in the sky via the Oracle's power. It is taken by Aqune for the Invectids, but ends up in the possession of Hunter and Shadow during the final battle against Mantid.
- The fourth key held by Mantid powers Castle Mantid and sustains Mantid throughout the series until he steals the Oracle's power and abandons it. It ends up in the possession of Hunter and Shadow during the final battle against Mantid.
The Spider Riders animated series debuted on March 25, 2006 on Canada's Teletoon network. Kids WB! on The CW began airing it during the 2006-2007 season. The last Spider Riders episode was shown in Canada on April 29, 2007. The series was repeated on weekdays and Sunday from June–August 2007, and was not shown for the 2007-08 season. It is broadcast on Kix sky channel 627 from 12 June. From September 1, 2008, Teletoon is repeating the anime on weekdays. From November 2008 until September 2011, it was shown on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV.
On May 31, 2006, the Spider Riders manga premiered at TV Tokyo's ani.tv website, illustrated by Junji Ohno of Studio 23. The seventh and final volume was published between 2006-11-29 and 2006-12-27. Previous volumes were removed on 2006-11-29.
Starting on December 27, 2006, the manga was republished under Monthly Fang Comic site, when two more chapters of the manga were later released. The web comic was first published in paper form on June 19, 2007, by the Monthly Fang Comic publisher LEED Publishing Co., Ltd.; the online chapters were removed soon after. Currently, the manga is not available.
The web manga has an alternate beginning, where Hunter Steele enters a spider-shaped monument and discovers the manacle floating above a spider web. Hunter wears the manacle when it flies to his hand and falls into Inner World through a gap between web strings. Inside the Inner World, Hunter discovers Shadow after peeking at the bathing Corona and after trying to rescue a cart of caged humans. Each chapter of the web manga ends with the Sparkling Sparkle section, following the adventures of Princess Sparkle and Hortala in 4-square manga format.
In the Boy's Fang manga version, certain scenes are re-edited; for example, Corona is now naked instead of in underwear when Hunter first met her in chapter 1, an illustration is added at the beginning of each chapter, and Sparkling Sparkle segments have been removed.
List of Spider Rider characters
- Opening Theme: ¡Vengan Ya, Spider Riders! (Spanish Version of the North America Opening) adapted and sung by Jorge Bringas
- Ending Theme: Calling All Slipder Riders (short instrumental version)
- Opening Theme #1: "Alright" (eps. 1-26)
- Opening Theme #2: "Brave Heart" by Saeko Chiba (eps. 27-52)
- Ending Theme #1: "Twilight Time" by MCU (eps. 1-13)
- Ending Theme #2: "Koi no Keshiki" by Tamaru Yamada (eps. 14-26)
- Ending Theme #3: "Towards a Dream" by Takashi Kondo and Sanae Kobayashi (eps. 27-52)
(English-speaking parts of) North America
- Opening Theme: "Calling All Spider Riders" written by songwriter Jason Gleed for Grayson Matthews Audio; performed by Clip
- Motoko Kumai - Hunter Steele
- Takashi Kondo - Shadow
- Saeko Chiba - Corona
- Sanae Kobayashi - Venus
- Kumiko Higa - Prince Lumen, Portia
- Kenta Miyake - Ebony, Stags
- Kaori Shimizu - Princess Sparkle, Buzzbit
- Yuu Asakawa - Hotarla, Beerain
- Takehito Koyasu - Igneous
- Kinya Kotani - Magma
- Shigeru Chiba - Brutus, Larva P. Grasshop, Larva P. Grasshop's Wife
- Sanae Kobayashi - Aqune
- Chikao Ōtsuka - Brade
- Hiroshi Yanaka - Mantid
- Toshihiko Seki - Buguese
- Megumi Toyoguchi - Lemin
- Wataru Hatano - Insector Captain
- Hiroshi Tsuchida - Insector Captain (ep. 7)
- Shigenori Sôya - Insector Captain (ep. 17)
- Takuma Suzuki - Celpido (ep. 10)
- Kiyoyuki Yanada - Gold Beetle (ep. 25)
- Tetsuya Sakai - Scarab
- Takako Honda - Lily
- Naoko Matsui - Melissa (ep. 5)
- Anri Katsu - Grey
- Yuko Kobayashi - Elma
- Nozomu Sasaki - Toure
- Maya Okamoto - Sina (ep. 16)
- Sara Nakayama - Mina (ep. 16)
- Takuma Suzuki - Nuuma Page
- Ryusuke Oobayashi - Mariner
- Masumi Asano - Paradise Woman
- Hidetoshi Nakamura - Quint
- Yuka Takakura - Lady Noia Lya
- Julie Lemieux - Hunter Steele, Queen Illuma, Spirit Oracle
- Joseph Motiki - Shadow
- Stacey DePass - Corona
- Caroly Larson - Venus
- Cameron Ansell - Prince Lumen
- Melanie Tonello - Princess Sparkle
- Grace Fulliton - Hotarla
- Tim Hamaguchi - Igneous
- Lyon Smith - Magma
- Darren Frost - Brutus
- Alyson Court - Aqune
- Ron Pardo - Narrator
- Lawrence Bayne - Mantid
- Jack Langedijk - Buguese
- Carman Melvill - Larva P. Grasshop
- Ellen Ray Snow - Beerain
- Dan Petronijevic - Slate
- Megan Fahlenbock - Lady Noia Lya
- David Shaw - Music Score
- Melodie Vaughan - Voice Director
Tribal Nova produced the tie-in online game based on the show, available on the official site.
On July 29, 2006, the Anime X site published Spider Catcher and Oracle Daifugo, downloadable phone games based on the show for the FOMA-enabled cell phones. A third game, Jumping Spider, was released on August 9, 2006. Each game cost 105 yen.
- Official Spider Riders website
- Spider Riders at Bee Train
- Spider Riders at TV Tokyo
- Spider Riders (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Spider Riders at the Internet Movie Database
- Spider Riders at TV.com