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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is a American superhero drama television series co-developed by Adness Entertainment and Toei Company, serving as an adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki, the twelfth installment of the Kamen Rider Series. The show began airing in the United States on The CW Television Network during its The CW4Kids programming block on January 3, 2009. It was ultimately canceled by the network before the two final episodes aired, leading the remainder of the series to be uploaded to the 4Kids TV website until its removal from the site in 2012.

In 2010, the show was nominated for and won the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination", a new category for the Daytime Emmys.

Production

In July 2006, producer Aki Komine received special permission from Toei to develop a pilot for an American adaptation of Kamen Rider, who was pleased with the results and granted them the right to adapt one installment from the franchise. Komine brought on long-time Rider fans Steve and Michael Wang to be show-runners, who chose to adapt Ryuki due to the large number of Riders s (Ryuki had 13 Riders in total) as well as a female Rider. The Wang brothers hired their long-time friend Nathan Long to help them create their adaptation in a similar vein as Power Rangers, splicing together costumed Japanese footage along with their own original footage of suits and American actors.

For foreign markets, Toei had originally marketed the series as Masked Rider until the release of Kamen Rider W. Wang had insisted on keeping the moniker Kamen instead, stating "Growing up, I never watched ‘Masked Rider’… it was always KAMEN RIDER and seeing it called ‘Masked’ always felt strange. I’m just not a fan of using descriptions to name a character such as ‘Masked’. That’s like calling Darth Vader 'Armored Sith Lord'. It’s silly to me." The decision was also made to distance themselves from Saban's Masked Rider, which was a commercial failure.

In the early licensing information for the series, Adness Entertainment had intended to also film a feature-length movie for Dragon Knight. In an interview, Steve Wang stated that they had written a story for a film, but Adness was raising money to bring over another Kamen Rider for broadcast in the US rather than a film or a second season of Dragon Knight. To date, there have been no updates regarding the film or second adaptation, though Adness may or may not still retain the rights due to having not used them for over two years.

There appear to be no current plans to release Dragon Knight on domestic DVD within the United States itself, though it has seen international release, as detailed elsewhere in this article. This includes a release in Japan by Toei, the company which holds the rights to Kamen Rider in Japan.

Plot

While searching for his missing father, Kit Taylor finds an Advent Deck – a special card deck that allows the carrier to transform into a Kamen Rider and utilize unique weapons and powers – and uses it to become Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. He butts heads with Len, who serves as Kamen Rider Wing Knight, but the pair join forces after Kit learns that an alien warlord named General Xaviax is responsible for his father's disappearance and intends on using him and the entire human race, which he plans to abduct to gain power and rebuild his homeworld. Xaviax tricks people on Earth to work for him by promising them whatever they want, or in some cases, by exploiting their fears and desperation. Kit wonders why Xaviax has to trick them and why he doesn't just find bad guys to do the work for him. Len tells Kit that the decks were only made for one person, and that only a person with an exact DNA match as the original Ventaran rider could use it. This is why Kit is able to use the Dragon Knight Deck. He is the exact Mirror Twin of Adam, the original Dragon Knight, who betrayed the original team. One of the new Earth Riders, Chris Ramirez (serving as Kamen Rider Sting and tricked by Xaviax believing he is working in a special ops government program to fight alien invaders), joins forces with Kit and Len when he discovers he has been deceived, but is Vented along the way. Kit vents Albert Cho, brother of Danny Cho in retaliation. This leads to a personal hatred between Danny and Kit, as Danny seeks to avenge his brother against Xaviax's orders.

Later on Kase, a fellow survivor of Ventara like Len, joins forces with Len and Kit to fight Xaviax. In addition to training Kit as a Kamen Rider, Len and Kase tell Kit all about the twelve Riders who banded together as the protectors of Ventara – a world opposite to our own – to take Xaviax down. However, due to the unintentionally traitorous actions of Kit's predecessor, Adam, General Xaviax destroyed most of the Riders via a process called Venting – which traps defeated Riders in the "Advent Void" between dimensions forever – and stole their Advent Decks. Furthermore, Xaviax continues to send out his Riders who fight to eliminate Kit, Len, and the other Riders who oppose him. After Kit is Vented, Xaviax recruits Adam to once again become Dragon Knight. Unlike previously when Xaviax convinced Adam to 'betray' the Riders by playing to his desire to remain with the girl he loves, Xaviax uses a combination of blackmail and using Adam's girlfriend as a hostage in order to force Adam to work for him.

Meanwhile, Len uses his Advent Deck to awaken the Advent Master Eubulon, who brings back the Ventaran Kamen Riders from the Advent Void as well as Kit, who becomes Kamen Rider Onyx. He also brings back Kase, though Eubulon is forced to briefly reassign the Advent Deck to Maya Young while Kase is trapped in the Advent Void. Once Kase is better, Maya gives back the deck and the Riders head for Xaviax's base to destroy him.

In the end, all the Ventaran Riders regain their decks, while all the Earth Riders (except Kit) have been released from the Advent Void & have their memories erased and returned to their normal lives, leaving Kit as the true owner of the Dragon deck after the previous owner Adam retires his deck thus officially becoming Kamen Rider Dragon Knight & the only active Earth Kamen Rider, leaving the Onyx deck inactive or in the hands of a new Ventaran recruit. But as the remnants of Xaviax's army and other dangers continue to threaten Ventara & Earth, Kit, along with Len, Kase and the other riders continue to protect both planets.

Characters

Kamen Riders

The 13 Riders. From right to left: Wrath, Axe, Siren, Incisor, Strike, Wing Knight, Dragon Knight, Torque, Sting, Thrust, Onyx, Spear, Camo.

TV Show

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Adam ►◄ Kit Taylor
Kamen Rider Wing Knight Len
Kamen Rider Incisor Ian ►◄ Richie Preston
Kamen Rider Torque Chance ►◄ Drew Lansing
Kamen Rider Camo Van ►◄ Grant Staley
Kamen Rider Strike Pryce ►◄ James Trademore
Kamen Rider Thrust Cameron ►◄ Brad Barrett
Kamen Rider Sting Quinn ►◄ Chris Ramirez
Kamen Rider Axe Hunt ►◄ Danny Cho
Kamen Rider Spear Chase ►◄ Albert Cho
Kamen Rider Siren Kase ►◄ Maya Young
Kamen Rider Wrath Nolan ►◄ Vic Frasier/Xaviax
Kamen Rider Onyx Kamen Rider Onyx
Kit Taylor

Novel-exclusive

Kamen Rider Onyx David StuartBrian Mace
Kamen Rider Wing Knight Brian Mace

Allies

Advent Master Eubulon

Grace's Books

No-Men

Advent Beasts

Dragreder Dragreder
Blackwing Blackwing
Volcancer Volcancer
Magnugiga Magnugiga
Biogreeza Biogreeza
Evildiver Evildiver
Metalgelas Metalgelas
Venosnaker Venosnaker
Cerebeast Cerebeast
Destwilder Destwilder
Gigazelle Gigazelle
Goldphoenix Goldphoenix
Psyco-Rogue Psyco-Rogue
Blancwing Blancwing
Dragblacker Dragblacker

Villains

Fake Advent Master Xaviax
Kamen Rider Wrath

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Episodes
  1. Search for the Dragon
  2. Contract with the Dragon
  3. Kamen Rider Incisor
  4. A Rider's Challenge
  5. The Power of Two
  6. Kamen Rider Torque
  7. Friend or Foe
  8. Kamen Rider Camo
  9. Kamen Rider Thrust
  10. Battle Club
  11. Vent or Be Vented
  12. Kamen Rider Sting
  13. Thrill of the Hunt
  14. Xaviax's Promise
  15. The Many Faces of Xaviax
  16. The Hero of Gramercy Heights
  17. The Power of Three
  18. The Brothers Cho
  19. Semper Fi
  20. Letter from the Front Line
  21. Strike's Ultimatum
  22. A Rider's Resolve
  23. Kamen Rider Siren
  24. Dark Temptation
  25. Dropping the Axe
  26. Kamen Rider Wrath
  27. Attack of the No-Men
  28. A Dragon Caged
  29. Calm Before the Storm
  30. Swan Song
  31. Xaviax's Wrath
  32. Advent Master Returns
  33. Out of the Void
  34. Back In Black
  35. A Hero's Fall
  36. Dark Deception
  37. The Enemy Within
  38. For Ventara and Earth, Part 1
  39. For Ventara and Earth, Part 2
  40. A Dragon's Tale

Unaired pilot

Main article: Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (pilot)

A pilot episode of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight filmed in 2006 featuring Matt Smith in the lead role of Kit Taylor and Kandis Erickson as Maya Young was produced and was later leaked online before being taken down in December 2008.

Other Media

Novel

Video game

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars

Suit Actors/Stunt crew

Music

The show's opening theme song is "Let's Ride", performed by Cage9. An instrumental version is used for its ending theme.

On TV Asahi affiliate broadcasts of the Japanese-dubbed Dragon Knight, the song "DIVE INTO THE MIRROR" by defspiral, is used as the opening theme. The song "ANOTHER WORLD", sung by Tatsuhisa Suzuki and Satoshi Matsuda under the pseudonym "Kit×Len", was used as the ending theme.

Release

Broadcast

  • Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight premiered on the CW during its CW4Kids programming block in the United States on January 3, 2009.
  • In Brazil, Dragon Knight was shown on Rede Globo during its TV Globinho programming block, and later Cartoon Network until it returned to TV Globinho.
  • Dragon Knight aired in Mexico on Televisa, and in Venezuela on Venevisión.
  • Dragon Knight ran in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on RTL II, but only for 17 episodes due to low ratings.
  • An Indonesian-dubbed version of Dragon Knight aired on Indonesia's free-to-air TV channel Indosiar.
  • In Australia, Dragon Knight airs on the free-to-air channel GO!.
  • There are currently plans to air the series in Colombia on Caracol TV, in Italy on Mediaset, in Latin America on Cartoon Network, and on other Cartoon Network affiliates in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, India, Pakistan.

Japanese Broadcast

Dragon Knight was also broadcast in Japan on Toei's satellite subscription channel Toei Channel in the fall of 2009 as part of the Heisei Kamen Rider series 10th Anniversary project. A Japanese dub of the series aired on TV Asahi in 2010.

Voice actors brought onto the project include Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kit/Kamen Rider Dragon Knight and Takahiro Sakurai as Danny Cho/Kamen Rider Axe. Previous actors from the franchise who lent their voices to the Japanese dub include:

International DVD releases

In addition to airing outside the United States, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is available on DVD in certain countries. In Brazil, 13 DVD Volumes of all 40 episodes were released by PlayArte Home Video even though their site only lists the first two. In Germany, Season 1 – Vol. 1 and Season 1 – Vol. 2 were released on DVD by EuroVideo and m4e (Made For Entertainment) in February 2010., but no other volumes were released due to the show's cancellation over there. On July 21, 2010, Toei released the first DVD boxset of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight containing the first 20 episodes along with a DVD release of the Special Event that took place on January 2010 in Japan. Throughout the summer of that year, Toei released 10 DVD Volumes of all 40 episodes as well as a second boxset with the last 20 episodes. In most parts of Asia, 10 DVD Volumes and 2 DVD boxsets of all 40 episodes were released by MediaLink.


External links

Interviews

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