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For the series' main character, Kamen Rider 1, see Takeshi Hongo.

Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā, "Masked Rider"), is a Japanese tokusatsu drama and the very first installment in what would be known as the Kamen Rider Series. The debut entry of the Showa Era, the series was created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori and aired from April 3, 1971 to February 10, 1973 on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). With 98 episodes, it is the longest entry of the franchise to date.

The average ratings of the series was 21.2%.

It was rebooted two times: one in the Heisei Era and one in the Reiwa Era. Kamen Rider The First was released in 2005 and Shin Kamen Rider was released in 2023.


In the 1970s, Toei became interested in developing a live-action masked superhero series in response to the popularity of the anime Tiger Mask, which Toei had also produced. Seeing that there had been one live-action masked Tokusatsu hero in the past, known as Gekko KamenIcon-crosswiki, Toei decided to capitalize on it and try to bring the genre back to modern-day audiences.

Producers Tohru Hirayama and Noboru Kato, the latter having been the manager of Shotaro Ishinomori at the time, were brought in as showrunners. In 1970, the first name they brainstormed for their new upcoming superhero was Masked Man K (マスクマンK, Masuku man Kei), who was described as "A masked hero fights Shocker, an organization led by Claude Kurohara who plans to conquer Japan. (仮面のヒーローが日本征服を企むクロード黒原率いる組織・ショッカーと戦う, Kamen no hīrō ga nihonseifuku o takuramu kurōdo Kurobaru hikiiru soshiki shokkā to tatakau)." Hirayama later admitted that this was a joke proposal that he never expected Toei to take seriously, who liked the idea of a "masked superhero."

Their first official draft to MBS was Kamen Tenshi (仮面天使, lit. Masked Angel), where characters such as Takeshi Hongo and Hiroshi Midorikawa were conceptualized. Actor Jiro Chiba, who ultimately went on to play Kazuya Taki in the series, originally auditioned for the role of Takeshi and was almost considered.

In 1971, Ryuichi Hirose from MBS suggested that the hero should ride a motorcycle and came up with the name Juji Kamen (十字仮面, lit. Cross Mask), where the story of Takeshi is suspected of murdering Professor Midorikawa by his alleged victim's daughter Ruriko Midorikawa. Takeshi would have suffered an electrical injury that left a cross-shaped scar on his face, but it would be covered up by a mask. A condition for MBS allowing Toei to develop this series was to create a serialized manga in a magazine first. This resulted in the title's evolution into Juji Kamen: Kamen Rider (十字仮面 仮面ライダー, Jūji Kamen Kamen Raidā), which birthed the initial "Kamen Rider" moniker.

Hiroshi Fujioka became attached to the role with the show eyeing a 1971 premiere. However production became delayed as producers Ichikawa and Uehara left the project to work on Return of UltramanIcon-crosswiki, thus they were replaced. In 1971, Ishinomori expressed his interest in "grotesquely terrifying" Kamen Rider, which inspired his manga series Skull Man where it originated the premise that the main hero was a modified human. However on MBS' request as the theme of skulls may be viewed as too scary for children, Ishinomori drew at least 50 different versions of this hero, all with varying themes of motifs. He showed his son Joe Onodera, who was in Kindergarten at the time, all versions of his drawings, and he selected the one with the grasshopper motif as his favorite.

Onodera's choice was submitted to MBS, who were relieved that the skull theming was removed, while the grasshopper idea was loosely altered to fit more of a general insect theme instead for marketing purposes. A new title was proposed, Kamen Rider Hopper King ( 仮面ライダーホッパーキング, Kamen Raidā Hoppā Kingu), but MBS felt it was too long so they shortened it to just Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā).


The story took place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious terrorist organization. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing. With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker's minions as the grasshopper-themed cyborg (改造人間, kaizō ningen) superhero Kamen Rider #1. Another of Shocker's victims, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji, had also been given cyborg implants, but was saved by Kamen Rider from the brainwashing process to become Kamen Rider #2. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobee Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against both Shocker and its successor organization Gel Shocker.


Kamen Riders[]

Double Riders New

The Double Riders, 1 (right) and 2 (left)

TV Show[]

Kamen Rider 1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider 2 Hayato Ichimonji


Kamen Rider 3 Kamen Rider 3
Kamen Rider Kamen Rider (Takasaki Dreaming)
Kamen Rider Tsuyoshi Hioka (Skull Man)


Kamen Rider Gaia Jun Kadowaki
Kamen Rider 1 Jiro Taki


Kamen Rider 1 Go Owaza
Kamen Rider 2 Shun Rikido


Kamen Rider 0 Kamen Rider 0

Debatable Riders[]

TV Show[]

Shocker Rider No.1 Shocker Rider No.1
Shocker Rider No.2 Shocker Rider No.2
Shocker Rider No.3 Shocker Rider No.3
Shocker Rider No.4 Shocker Rider No.4
Shocker Rider No.5 Shocker Rider No.5
Shocker Rider No.6 Shocker Rider No.6

Other media[]

Decoy Kamen Rider 1 Tobee Tachibana
Jade Junichiro Kadowaki
Gaiborg Jun Kadowaki, Gaiborgs
Shocker Rider 1 Shocker Rider No.1 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 2 Shocker Rider No.2 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 3 Shocker Rider No.3 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 4 Shocker Rider No.4 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 5 Shocker Rider No.5 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 6 Shocker Rider No.6 (Shocker)
Shocker Rider 7 Shocker Rider No.7
Shocker Rider 8 Shocker Rider No.8
Shocker Rider 9 Shocker Rider No.9
Shocker Rider 10 Shocker Rider No.10
Shocker Rider 11 Shocker Rider No.11
Shocker Rider 12 Hayato Ichimonji
Rider Killer
Batta Man Tatsuo Kagura (Skull Man)
Batta Man Tsuyoshi Hioka, Various users (Skull Man)
Riderwoman Riderwomen (Skull Man)


Other Heroes[]



Main article: Shocker

Gel Shocker[]

Main article: Gel Shocker

Nova Shocker[]


Main article: Kamen Rider Episodes

The series is divided into four story arcs:[1]

  • Episodes 01-13 - "He's Born! The Kamen Rider" Arc (「誕生!仮面ライダー」編, "Tanjō! Kamen Raidā"-Hen), this arc introduces the main characters and plot. It features the early fights of Takeshi Hongo as Kamen Rider against Shocker.
  • Episodes 14-52 & Movie 1 - "Kamen Rider 2! He's Called Hayato Ichimonji" Arc (「仮面ライダー2号!その名は一文字隼人」編, "Kamen Raidā Ni-Gō! Sono Na wa Ichimonji Hayato"-Hen), this one features the arrival of Hayato Ichimonji, the second Kamen Rider, replacing Takeshi as Kamen Rider 2.
  • Episodes 53-79 & Movie 2 - "Takeshi Hongo Returns! Kamen Rider New 1" Arc (「本郷猛帰還!仮面ライダー新1号」編, "Hongō Takeshi Kikan! Kamen Raidā Shin Ichi-Gō"-Hen), this arc features the return of Takeshi who is retroactively named Kamen Rider 1. The costumes of the Double Riders would also be upgraded.
  • Episode 80-98 - "Gel Shocker Appears! Fierce Fighting Double Riders" Arc (「ゲルショッカー出現!激闘ダブルライダー」編, "Geru Shokkā Shutsugen! Gekitō Daburu Raidā"-Hen), this one showcases the final fights of the Double Riders.
  1. The Eerie Man Spider (怪奇蜘蛛男, Kaiki Kumo Otoko)
  2. The Terrifying Bat Man (恐怖蝙蝠男, Kyōfu Kōmori Otoko)
  3. The Monster Scorpion Man (怪人さそり男, Kaijin Sasori Otoko)
  4. The Man-Eating Sarracenian (人喰いサラセニアン, Hitokui Sarasenian)
  5. The Monster Mantis Man (怪人かまきり男, Kaijin Kamakiri Otoko)
  6. The Shinigami Chameleon (死神カメレオン, Shinigami Kamereon)
  7. The Shinigami Chameleon, Showdown! Old World's Fair (死神カメレオン 決闘!万博跡, Shinigami Kamereon Kettō! Banpaku Ato)
  8. Creepy! Wasp Woman (怪異!蜂女, Kaii! Hachi Onna)
  9. The Terrifying Cobra Man (恐怖コブラ男, Kyōfu Kobura Otoko)
  10. The Reborn Cobra Man (よみがえるコブラ男, Yomigaeru Kobura Otoko)
  11. The Blood-Sucking Monster Gebacondor (吸血怪人ゲバコンドル, Kyūketsu Kaijin Gebakondoru)
  12. The Murderous Yamogerus (殺人ヤモゲラス, Satsujin Yamogerusu)
  13. Tokageron and the Large Monster Army (トカゲロンと怪人大軍団, Tokageron to Kaijin Dai Gundan)
  14. The Devil Sabotegron Attacks (魔人サボテグロンの襲来, Majin Saboteguron no Shūrai)
  15. Sabotegron Strikes Back (逆襲サボテグロン, Gyakushū Saboteguron)
  16. The Devil Wrestler, Pirazaurus (悪魔のレスラーピラザウルス, Akuma no Resurā Pirazaurusu)
  17. Deathmatch in the Ring, Defeat! Pirazaurus (リングの死闘 倒せ!ピラザウルス, Ringu No Shitō Taose! Pirazaurusu)
  18. Fossil Man Hitodanger (化石男ヒトデンジャー, Kaseki-Otoko Hitodenjā)
  19. The Monster Kanibubbler Appears in Hokkaido (怪人カニバブラー北海道に現る, Kaijin Kanibaburā Hokkaidō ni Arawaru)
  20. The Fire-Breathing Caterpillar Monster Dokugander (火を吹く毛虫怪人ドクガンダー, Hi o Fuku Kemushi Kaijin Dokugandā)
  21. Dokugander Battle at Osaka Castle! (ドクガンダー大阪城の対決!, Dokugandā Ōsaka-jō no Taiketsu!)
  22. The Monstrous Merman Amazonia (怪魚人アマゾニア, Kai Kyojin Amazonia)
  23. The Soaring Monster Musasabeedle (空飛ぶ怪人ムササビードル, Soratobu Kaijin Musasabīdoru)
  24. The Poisonous Monster Kinokomorgue Sortie! (猛毒怪人キノコモルグの出撃!, Mōdoku Kaijin Kinokomorugu no Shutsugeki!)
  25. Defeat Kinokomorgue! (キノコモルグを倒せ!, Kinokomorugu o Taose!)
  26. The Terrifying Antlion Pit (恐怖のあり地獄, Kyōfu no Arijigoku)
  27. Mukadelas Monster Classroom (ムカデラス怪人教室, Mukadelasu Kaijin Shōshitsu)
  28. The Underground Monster Mogurang (地底怪人モグラング, Chitei Kaijin Mogurangu)
  29. The Electric Monster Kuragedarl (電気怪人クラゲダール, Denki Kaijin Kuragedāru)
  30. The Reborn Fossil, Bloodsucking Trilobite (よみがえる化石 吸血三葉虫, Yomegaeru Kaseki Kyūketsu San'yōchū)
  31. Deathmatch! The Ant-Eating Devil Arigabari (死斗!ありくい魔人アリガバリ, Shitō! Arikui Majin Arigabari)
  32. The Man-Eating Flower Dokudalian (人喰い花ドクダリアン, Hitokui Hana Dokudarian)
  33. The Steel Monster Armadillong (鋼鉄怪人アルマジロング, Kōtetsu Kaijin Arumajirongu)
  34. Japan in Peril! Gamaguiler's Invasion (日本危うし!ガマギラーの侵入, Nihon Ayaushi! Gamagirā no Shinnyū)
  35. The Killer Queen Ant Alikimedes (殺人女王蟻アリキメデス, Satsujin Joōari Alikimedesu)
  36. The Revived Mummy Monster Egyptas (いきかえったミイラ怪人エジプタス, Ikikaetta Miira Kaijin Ejiputasu)
  37. The Poison Gas Monster Torikabuto's Operation G (毒ガス怪人トリカブトのG作戦, Dokugasu Kaijin Torikabuto no Jī Sakusen)
  38. The Lightning Monster Eiking's Operation Worldwide Blackout (稲妻怪人エイキングの世界暗黒作戦, Inazuma Kaijin Eikingu no Sekai Ankoku Sakusen)
  39. The Monster Wolf Man's Big Muder Party (怪人狼男の殺人大パーティー, Kaijin Ōkami Otoko no Satsujin Dai Pātī)
  40. Deathmatch! The Monster Snowman vs. The Two Riders (死斗!怪人スノーマン対二人のライダー, Shitō! Kaijin Sunōman Tai Futari no Raidā)
  41. The Magma Monster Goaster, Great Decisive Battle at Sakurajima (マグマ怪人ゴースター 桜島大決戦, Maguma Kaijin Gōsutā Sakurajima Dai Kessen)
  42. The Devil Messager, The Eerie Fly Man (悪魔の使者 怪奇ハエ男, Akuma no Shisha Kaiki Hae Otoko)
  43. The Monstrous Bird Pranodon Attacks (怪鳥人プラノドンの襲撃, Kai Chōjin Puranodon no Shūgeki)
  44. The Graveyard Monster Kabibinga (墓場の怪人カビビンガ, Hakaba no Kaijin Kabibinga)
  45. The Monster Namekujira's Operation Gas Explosion (怪人ナメクジラのガス爆発作戦, Kaijin Namekujira no Gasu Bakuhatsu Sakusen)
  46. Showdown!! The Snowy Mountain Monster Bearkonger (対決!!雪山怪人ベアーコンガー, Taiketsu!! Yukiyama Kaijin Beākongā)
  47. The Deadly Ice Devil Todoguiler (死を呼ぶ氷魔人トドギラー, Shi o Yobu Kōri Majin Todogirā)
  48. The Blood-Sucking Swamp Hilguerrilla (吸血沼のヒルゲリラ, Kyūketsu Numa no Hirugerira)
  49. The Man-Eating Monster Isoguinchack (人喰い怪人イソギンチャック, Hitokui Kaijin Isoguinchackku)
  50. The Monster Kamestone's Murder Aurora Plan (怪人カメストーンの殺人オーロラ計画, Kaijin Kamesutōn no Satsujin Ōrora Keikaku)
  51. The Rock Monster Unicornos vs. Double Rider Kick (石怪人ユニコルノス対ダブルライダーキック, Ishi Kaijin Yunikorunosu Tai Daburu Raidā Kikku)
  52. My Name is Monstrous Bird Guilgaras! (おれの名は怪鳥人ギルガラスだ!, Ore no Na wa Kai Chōjin Girugarasu)
  53. The Monster Jaguarman, Decisive Deadly Autobike Battle (怪人ジャガーマン決死のオートバイ戦, Kaijin Jagāman Kesshi Ōtobai Ikusa)
  54. The Ghost Village Sea Snake Man (ユウレイ村の海蛇男, Yūrei Mura no Umihebi Otoko)
  55. Cockroach Man!! The Terrifying Germ Ad Balloon (ゴキブリ男!!恐怖の細菌アドバルーン, Gokiburi Otoko!! Kyōfu no Saikin Adobarūn)
  56. The Poison Butterfly Gilliera of Amazon (アマゾンの毒蝶ギリーラ, Amazon no Doku Chō Girīra)
  57. The Tsuchigumo Man Dokumonde (土ぐも男ドクモンド, Tsuchigumo Otoko Dokumonde)
  58. The Monster Beaded Lizard, Deathmatch in Fear Valley!! (怪人毒トカゲ おそれ谷の決斗!!, Kaijin Doku Tokage Osore Tani no Kettō!!)
  59. The Monster Worm Man of Bottomless Swamp! (底なし沼の怪人ミミズ男!, Sokonashi Numa no Kaijin Mimizu Otoko!)
  60. The Eerie Owl Man's Killer X-Rays (怪奇フクロウ男の殺人レントゲン, Kaiki Fukurō Otoko no Satsujin Rentogen)
  61. The Monster Namazuguiller's Electric Hell (怪人ナマズギラーの電気地獄, Kaijin Namazugirā no Denki Jigoku)
  62. The Monster Harinezras, Murder Skull Plan (怪人ハリネズラス 殺人どくろ作戦, Kaijin Harinezrasu Satsujin Dokuro Sakusen)
  63. The Monster Saigang, Deadly Auto Race (怪人サイギャング 死のオートレース, Kaijin Saigyangu Shi no Ōtorēsu)
  64. The Monster Semiminga, Song of Slaughter! (怪人セミミンガ みな殺しのうた!, Kaijin Semiminga Mina Koroshi no Uta)
  65. The Monster Dr. Insect and the Shocker School (怪人昆虫博士とショッカースクール, Kaijin Konchū-hakase to Shokkā Sukūru)
  66. The Shocker Graveyard, The Revived Monsters (ショッカー墓場 よみがえる怪人たち, Shokkā Hakaba Yomigaeru Kaijin-tachi)
  67. The Shocker Leader Appears!! Rider in Danger (ショッカー首領出現!!ライダー危うし, Shokkā Shuryō Shutsugen!! Raidā Ayaushi)
  68. Dr. Shinigami, The Terrifying Truth Form? (死神博士 恐怖の正体?, Shinigami Hakase Kyōfu no Shōtai?)
  69. The Monster Guiller Koorogi, Nails of Death (怪人ギラーコオロギ せまる死のツメ, Kaijin Girākōrogi Semaru Shi no Tsume)
  70. The Monster Eleki Botaru, Fireball Attack!! (怪人エレキボタル火の玉攻撃!!, Kaijin Erekibotaru Hi no Tama Kōgeki!!)
  71. The Monster Abugomes, Mount Rokko Great Pursuit! (怪人アブゴメス 六甲山大ついせき!, Kaijin Abugomesu Rokkōsan DaiTsuiseki!)
  72. The Blood-Sucking Mosquiras vs. The Two Riders (吸血モスキラス対二人ライダー, Kyūketsu Mosukirasu Tai Futari Raidā)
  73. Double Riders, Defeat!! Siomaneking (ダブルライダー 倒せ!!シオマネキング, Daburu Raidā Taose! Siomanekingu)
  74. The Deadly Blood-Sucking Devil, Give It Your All!! Rider Kid Corps (死の吸血魔 がんばれ!!ライダー少年隊, Shi no Kyūketsu Ma Ganbare!! Raidā Shōnen Tai)
  75. The Poison Flower Monster Bararanga, Secret of the Terrifying House (毒花怪人バラランガ 恐怖の家の秘密, Doku Hana Kaijin Bararanga Kyōfu no Uchi no Himitsu)
  76. Three of Power Generation Monster Sea Dragon!! (三匹の発電怪人シードラゴン!!, Sanbiki no Hatsuden Kaijin Shīdoragon!!)
  77. The Monster Imorigues, Showdown at Hell Ranch!! (怪人イモリゲス じごく牧場の決斗!!, Kaijin Imoriguesu Jigoku Bokujō no Kettō!!)
  78. The Terrifying Unidogma + Ghost Monsters (恐怖のウニドグマ+ゆうれい怪人, Kyōfu no Unidoguma + Yūrei Kaijin)
  79. Jigoku Taishi!! The Terrifying True Form? (地獄大使!!恐怖の正体?, Jigoku Taishi!! Kyōfu no Shōtai?)
  80. Gel Shocker's Debut! The Last Day of Kamen Rider!! (ゲルショッカー出現!仮面ライダー最後の日!!, Gerushokkā Shutsugen! Kamen Raidā Saigo no Hi!!)
  81. Kamen Rider Dies Twice!! (仮面ライダーは二度死ぬ!!, Kamen Raidā wa Nido Shinu!)
  82. The Monster Kurage Wolf, Terrifying Rush Hour (怪人クラゲウルフ 恐怖のラッシュアワー, Kaijin Kurage Urufu Kyōfu no Rasshuawā)
  83. The Monster Ino Kabuton, Defeat Rider With Insanity Gas (怪人イノカブトン 発狂ガスでライダーを倒せ, Kaijin Ino Kabuton Hakkyō Gasu de Raidā o Taose)
  84. Rider in Peril! Isoguin Jaguar's Hellish Trap (危うしライダー!イソギンジャガーの地獄罠, Ayaushi Raidā! Isoginjagā no Jigoku Wana)
  85. The Sludge Monster, Terrifying Killer Smog (ヘドロ怪人 恐怖の殺人スモッグ, Hedoro Kaijin Kyōfu no Satsujin Sumoggu)
  86. The Monster Washi Kamaguilli's Human Hunt (怪人ワシカマギリの人間狩り, Kaijin Washi Kamaguilli no Ningen Kari)
  87. Gel Shocker Deliveryman of Death! (ゲルショッカー死の配達人!, Gerushokkā Shi no Haitatsunin)
  88. Eerie, The Bloodthirsty Black Cat Paintings! (怪奇 血を呼ぶ黒猫の絵!, Kaiki! Chi o Yobu Kuroneko no E)
  89. The Terrifying Operation Pet, Send Rider to Hell! (恐怖のペット作戦 ライダーを地獄へ落とせ!, Kyōfu no Petto Sakusen Raidā o Jigoku e Otose!)
  90. The Terrifying Operation Pet, Rider S.O.S.! (恐怖のペット作戦 ライダーS・O・S!, Kyōfu no Petto Sakusen Raidā Esu Ō Esu)
  91. Enroll in Gel Shocker Terror School!! (ゲルショッカー恐怖学校に入学せよ!!, Gerushokkā Kyōfu Gakkō ni Nyūgaku Seyo)
  92. Atrocity! Fake Kamen Rider (兇悪!にせ仮面ライダー, Kyōaku! Nise Kamen Raidā!!)
  93. The 8 Kamen Riders (8人の仮面ライダー, Hachinin no Kamen Raidā)
  94. The True Form of Gel Shocker Leader!! (ゲルショッカー首領の正体!!, Gerushokkā Shuryō no Shōtai)
  95. The Monster Garaox's Flying Cars!! (怪人ガラオックスの空とぶ自動車!!, Kaijin Garaokkusu no Sora Tobu Jidōsha)
  96. Takeshi Hongo, Becomes a Cactus Monster!? (本郷猛 サボテン怪人にされる!?, Hongō Takeshi Saboten Kaijin ni Sareru!?)
  97. Takeshi Hongo, Cannot Transform!! (本郷猛 変身不可能!!, Hongō Takeshi Henshin Funō)
  98. Gel Shocker Destroyed! The Leader's End!! (ゲルショッカー全滅!首領の最後!!, Gerushokkā Zenmetsu! Shuryō no Saigo!!)


  1. Go Go Kamen Rider (ゴーゴー仮面ライダー, Gō Gō Kamen Raidā, Theatrical edit of episode 13)
  2. Kamen Rider vs. Shocker (仮面ライダー対ショッカー, Kamen Raidā tai Shokkā)
  3. Kamen Rider vs. Jigoku Taishi (仮面ライダー対じごく大使, Kamen Raidā tai Jigoku Taishi)
  4. Kamen Rider 1 (仮面ライダー1号, Kamen Raidā Ichigō)


  1. Ultraman vs. Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki (ウルトラマンVS仮面ライダー, Urutoraman Tai Kamen Raidā)
  2. Youth Kamen Rider (青年仮面ライダー, Seinen Kamen Raidā)


  1. Kamen Rider: A Combatman's Diary (仮面ライダー 戦闘員日記, Kamen Raidā Sentō-in Nikki)

Other media[]


  1. Kamen Rider (manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  2. Kamen Rider (TV Magazine manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  3. Kamen Rider (Adventure King manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  4. Kamen Rider (Tanoshi Youchien manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  5. Kamen Rider (O Tomodachi manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  6. Kamen Rider (Disneyland manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)
  7. Kamen Rider (1978 manga) (仮面ライダー, Kamen Raidā)

S.I.C. Hero Saga[]

  1. Missing Link
  2. Special Episode: Escape (SPECIAL EPISODE -脱出-, SPECIAL EPISODE: Dasshutsu)
  3. From Here to Eternity (ここより永遠に, Koko yori Towa ni)
  4. Kamen Rider: Episode 99 (仮面ライダー #99, Kamen Raidā Dai Kyūjukyū)


  1. Kamen Rider Eve -Masked Rider Gaia- (仮面ライダーEVE-MASKED RIDER GAIA-)
  2. Kamen Rider: 1971-1973 (仮面ライダー 1971-1973)

Title cards[]


Suit Actors[]

  • Kamen Rider 1: Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘, Fujioka Hiroshi)
  • Kamen Rider 2 (episodes 14, 15 & 25): Takeshi Sasaki (佐々木 剛, Sasaki Takeshi)
  • Kamen Rider 1, Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Kamen Rider 2 (part of episode 72), Monsters (Man Spider, etc.): Masaru Okada (岡田 勝, Okada Masaru)
  • Kamen Rider 2, Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Monsters: Bunya Nakamura (中村 文弥, Nakamura Bun'ya)
  • Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Monsters (Sabotegron, etc.): Tatsuyoshi Sejima (瀬島 達佳, Sejima Tatsuyoshi)
  • Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy), Monsters (Hitodanger, etc.): Kenji Amari (甘利 健二, Amari Kenji)
  • Kamen Rider 1 (sub), Kamen Rider New 2, Monsters, Shocker Rider: Kazuo Niibori (新堀 和男, Niibori Kazuo)
  • Kamen Rider 1 (Sakurajima 1), Kamen Rider 2 (understudy; episode 46), Kamen Rider New 1: Tetsuya Nakayashiki (中屋敷 哲也, Nakayashiki Tetsuya)
  • Kamen Rider 1 (trampoline), Gel Shocker Combatmen (episode 84): Jyunichi Haruta (春田 純一, Haruta Jun'ichi)
  • Kamen Rider 2 (understudy): Minoru Iizuka (飯塚 実, Īzuka Minoru)
  • Kamen Rider New 1, Monsters: Yutaro Osugi (大杉 雄太郎, Ōsugi Yūtarō)
  • Kamen Rider New 2: Keisuke Chiyoda (千代田 恵介, Chiyoda Keisuke) (episodes 72 & 73), Hiroo Kawarazaki (河原崎 洋夫, Kawarazaki Hiroo) (episodes 93, 94 & 98)
  • Monsters, Combatman: Tsuyoshi Ishimaru (石丸 強志, Ishimaru Tsuyoshi)
  • Monsters (Bat Man, etc.): Boshin Sano (佐野 房信, Sano Bōshin)
  • Monsters (Jaguarman, etc.): Hiroshi Namekawa (滑川 広志, Namekawa Hiroshi)


Opening themes
  • "Let's Go!! Rider Kick" (レッツゴー!!ライダーキック, Rettsu Gō!! Raidā Kikku)
    • Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Hiroshi Fujioka with Male Harmony (メール・ハーモニー, Mēru Hāmonī) (1-13)/[Masato Shimon]] (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male Harmony (14-88)
    • Episodes: 1-88
  • "Rider Action" (ライダーアクション, Raidā Akushon)
    • Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon
    • Episodes: 89–98
Ending themes
  • "Kamen Rider no Uta" (仮面ライダーの歌, Kamen Raidā no Uta, "The Song of Kamen Rider")
    • Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon (as Kōichi Fuji) with Male Harmony
    • Episodes: 1–71
  • "Rider Action" (ライダーアクション, Raidā Akushon)
    • Lyrics: Shōtarō Ishinomori
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon
    • Episodes: 72–88
  • "Lonely Kamen Rider" (ロンリー仮面ライダー, Ronrī Kamen Raidā)
    • Lyrics: Mamoru Tanaka
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Masato Shimon
    • Episodes: 89–98

Other Songs[]



  • The series premiered on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi) on April 3, 1971. It ran for 98 episodes, with the final episode airing on February 10, 1973.
  • On March 10th, 2020, Shout! Factory temporarily streamed the series on Tubi TV for one day. One week later, Shout! announced the series would be brought to a dedicated channel for Tokusatsu called TokuSHOUTsu. [2]

Home Media[]

  • A total of 26 volumes of VHS tapes for the series has been released since 1984, however the order in which the episodes are shown do not match the original show's broadcast order.
  • The series was released on LaserDisc on August 25, 1992.
  • The series was released on DVD on July 21, 2002, with a re-release in 2005 to commemorate the premiere of Kamen Rider The First.
  • A 4K resolution remaster was released in two 8-disc sets on August 2, 2023 and November 8, 2023.[3]

Kamen Rider is released in several DVD volumes.[4]

Kamen Rider is released in several Blu-ray collections.

  • Blu-ray BOX 1, which contains Episodes 1-26, was released on December 9, 2015.
  • Blu-ray BOX 2, which contains Episodes 27-52, was released on February 10, 2016.
  • Blu-ray BOX 3, which contains Episodes 53-79, was released on April 13, 2016.
  • Blu-ray BOX 4, which contains Episodes 80-98, was released on June 8, 2016.


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A statue of Kamen Rider 1 outside of Bandai corporate headquarters.

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