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Kamen Rider

Kamen Rider

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Synonyms: Masked Rider
Japanese: 仮面ライダー


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: 1971
Authors: 2 Dimension Corps (Story), Ishinomori, Shoutarou (Story & Art)


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The original Kamen Rider manga inspired by Shotaro's previous work, Skullman, which became the basis for the 1971 Live Action TV series which has made an impact on Japanese culture and media, similar to the success of Ultraman.

Many manga based on the original Kamen Rider series have been published, but only a few were penned and drawn by Ishinomori himself.

The original manga published in 1971 diverged from the plot of the television series in several ways. In the manga, Hongo was outnumbered by twelve Shocker Riders (as opposed to six in the television series) and was subsequently killed. Hayato Ichimonji, one of the twelve Shocker Riders, received a head injury during the fight and regained his conscience as a result. He then turned against Shocker and succeeded Hongo's role as Kamen Rider. However, Hongo was resurrected near the end of the manga story.

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Feb 11, 2015
So...the 1971 Kamen Rider manga.

Well, it's even darker than the way the TV show began, for one thing, and even if Ichimonji's introduction does, as in the show, bring some moments of levity, the darker parts are still just as dark. The art, being pretty old, is dated in quite a few panels, with proportions and such, but when Ishinomori wants to draw something detailed for an emphasis or large panel, he does it well. Kind of like a proto-Kurumada (Kurumada is the mangaka of, among other things, Saint Seiya and Ring ni Kakero) in that respect, I guess.

The story (which is entirely separate from read more
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Jan 22, 2016
Kamen Rider 1971: A good introduction to one of Japan's most iconic popcultural franchises.

I had heard of the Kamen Rider character through many references in contemporary manga and anime series and so I was looking for a series that would provide a basic sense of what it's all about.
I was aware that the franchise was/is primarily based on a long-running life action TV series, but since this manga was created in the same year as the first TV series and by the original author, I thought I'd give this a try.

I was not disappointed. The manga offers a very straightforward, fast-paced & classic superhero-saves-the-world-from-evil story read more
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