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Kamen Rider Coming To USA

by shuchung
Jan 7, 2008 10:20 AM | 3 Comments
Another tokusatsu hero is coming to the US. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight will premier this year, and an upcoming movie is scheduled to be in theater in 2009. The Kamen Rider franchise was created by renowned manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. The first live-action television series dated back to 1971. Kamen Rider, along with Power Rangers and Ultraman are the three most popular tokusatsu heroes in Japan. The American version is currently being produced by Adness. Check out the pilot episode on veoh.

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My reaction to Dragon Knight now is the same reaction I've have since I first heard of it: Why? Then again, with Power Rangers going away I guess the balance had to be kept...

Jan 8, 2008 11:17 PM by SageShinigami

Kamen Rider started on 3 april 1971,Super Sentai started since 5 april 1975.

ALL OF THE KAMEN RIDER series HAS always DARK Themes,since the beginning of the 1st episode.

as stated above,SUPER SENTAI IS NOT POWER RANGERS(English adaption,made in USA,which is a kiddie show for 6 years old).

There is more action/drama and humor in it,also the themes are various for a season and the characters of both series are adult.


Jan 8, 2008 10:43 AM by Chame_Wizard

Don't expect that pilot to be up for long, during summer 2007 it was on youtube for less than 4 hours before it was baleeted.

Time for a little Japan education for those that don't know:
Power Rangers is called Super Sentai (Super Troops or Super Task Force) in Japan. It started in 1976 with the series Himitsu Sentai Goranger (Secret Task Force 5 Ranger) and kept running every year with a new series since then. in 1993 Haim Saban, Tony Oliver, and some other guys picked up the 1992 series Kyouryu Sentai Zyuranger (pronounced Jewranger, one reason why they could not use the JP title) and used the battle footage to create the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and every Power Rangers series since has used at least some Japanese footage (Season 3 and Operation Overdrive used the least JP footage and filmed most of their own).

Back on topic, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is adapted off of Kamen Rider Ryuki, it is not made by Saban or Disney, but its being done by Steve Wang.

The actors in the pilot (except for Matt Mullins, aka Kamen Rider Wing Knight, who enjoys the role) have all been let go and replaced

The original plot back early 2007 for DK seemed really bad, but after they made their changes it seems alright now, although the current actor for Kit Taylor and that blonde girl (forget her name) aren't as good as the ones in the Pilot IMO. I am looking forward to it though seeing if it can be anywhere near as good as Ryuki was (especially the movie Episode Final)

Also last year, Kamen Rider the First was released in the U.S. with an official R1 DVD if you did not know.

Jan 7, 2008 2:00 PM by UltraTien