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Anniversary logo featuring a golden wreath comprised of all the 37 lead Riders' visors, with Kamen Rider Saber's being in the foreground and center of the wreath.


Anniversary logo featuring a pink and cyan wreath comprised of all the 38 lead Riders' visors, with Revice's being in the foreground and center of the wreath, replacing Saber's.


For the 2021 Shocker Day, a Shocker version of the logo was made (see explanation below).


The Kamen Rider 50th Anniversary (仮面ライダー誕生50周年, Kamen Raidā Tanjō Gojū Shūnen) will be commemorated from 2021 and last throughout 2023. It sees the broadcast of both Kamen Rider Saber and Kamen Rider Revice, both of which ran concurrent with the Super Sentai 45th AnniversaryIcon-crosswiki.png series Kikai Sentai ZenkaigerIcon-crosswiki.png.

The anniversary was celebrated heavily on social media, in which numerous actors and crew across the franchise, including Hiroshi Fujioka commemorated.

April 3rd Event

A press conference was held on April 3rd to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary while announcing three new projects that will be produced and released within the next few years.[1]

The first project announced was an anime series adaptation of the manga series Futo Tantei, titled Fuuto PI. It was introduced by series producer Hideaki Tsukada, who after giving a brief history on the manga's publication, said the adaptation is being worked on by some of the best animators in Japan and will surely satisfy fans of both the Tokusatsu and anime/manga genres.[2][3][4] During the Q&A session, Tsukada confirmed that the series will begin broadcasting in the summer of 2022, while Funimation had secured the licensing to the series for North America and other countries.

The second project announced was a modern-day film re-imagination of the Show-era series Kamen Rider Black, titled Kamen Rider Black Sun. It was introduced by Toei content director Fumio Yoshimura, who after giving a brief history on Kamen Rider Black's popularity, stating it was the final project that series' creator Shotaro Ishinomori had worked on before his death, announced Kazuya Shiraishi into the project as the director, while unveiling a potential Spring 2022 release.[5][6][7] During the Q&A session, Yoshimura confirmed that a simultaneous worldwide release for the film is currently being planned.

The third and final project announced was a modern-day film reboot of the original 1971 Kamen Rider series, titled Shin Kamen Rider. It was introduced by Toei producer Shinichiro Shirakura, who expressed this announcement as the largest of the event as he announced Hideaki Anno as the film's director. Anno, having been a long-time fan of the franchise, announced his intent to produce the film as part of his "Shin" series of Tokusatsu films which previously included Shin Godzilla and then-upcoming Shin Ultraman, with Shin Kanen Rider being slated for a Spring 2023 release.[8][9] During a Q&A session, Shirakura stated that the idea of Shin Kamen Rider was brought to Anno by a Toei producer while Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was still in production. However as COVID-19 had arrived, it delayed the project until 2021, where Shirakura felt it was a perfect opportunity to do so. Shirakura confirmed during the Q&A session that like Black Sun, a simultaneous worldwide release for the film is currently being planned.

Shirakura had also stated that the series succeeding Kamen Rider Saber was then-currently in the works.

Scripted Media

Crossovers

In February 2021, Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club and Telasa simultaneously released their own crossover miniseries between Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Decade, titled Rider Time: Kamen Rider Zi-O VS Decade & Rider Time: Kamen Rider Decade VS Zi-O, with the latter having featured several guest-star reprisals from past series including Ryouta Murai, Metal Yoshida, Kazuki Namioka.

In April 2021, TTFC released a crossover miniseries between Kamen Rider Zero-One and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid as a reference to Yuya Takahashi who served as head scriptwriter for both series. Takahashi returned to pen Kamen Rider Genms -The Presidents-, which saw the returns of Tetsuya Iwanaga and Hiroyuki Takami in their roles from Ex-Aid alongside Nachi Sakuragi as Gai Amatsu. Sakuragi and Iwanaga reprised their roles in the sequel Kamen Rider Genms -Smart Brain and the 1000% Crisis-, which released in April of 2022 and featured the return of Yuria Haga.

In May 2021 during the broadcast of Kamen Rider Saber, TTFC released a crossover miniseries with Kamen Rider Ghost as a reference to Takuro Fukuda who served as head scriptwriter for both series. Fukuda penned both Kamen Rider Saber × Ghost and Kamen Rider Specter × Blades, which saw the return of Shun Nishime, Ryosuke Yamamoto, and Mio Kudo in their roles from Ghost alongside the cast members of Saber.

The Movie Release Commemorative Combo SpecialIcon-crosswiki.png aired on July 18, 2021, four days in advance in preparation for the release of Saber + Zenkaiger: Superhero SenkiIcon-crosswiki.png. The film is a crossover between Kamen Rider Saber and Kikai Sentai ZenkaigerIcon-crosswiki.png celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider series and the 45th anniversary of the Super Sentai series. In commemoration, Hiroshi Fujioka reprises his role as Takeshi Hongo with a newly remade version of his original Kamen Rider 1 suit from the first 13 episodes of his series, and teams up with Naoya MakotoIcon-crosswiki.png, who vocally reprised his role as Akaranger. The film also featured an early debut of both Kamen Rider Revi and Kamen Rider Vice, the protagonists of Kamen Rider Revice ahead of their series' debuts that following September.

The 12th installment of the Movie War series titled Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations had premiered in December of 2021, which unites three generations of Kamen Rider and beyond.[10] In commemoration, it explores the origins of Kamen Rider 1 while featuring Kamen Rider Century, a Rider hailing from the franchise's 100th anniversary.

Kamen Rider OOO 10th Anniversary

During a panel for Kamen Rider OOO at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival with Shu Watanabe and several of his co-stars in attendance, the V-Cinext film Kamen Rider OOO 10th: Core Medal of Resurrection was announced. The film, serving as the "true epilogue" to the story, was released in 2022.

A TTFC special OOO 10th Kamen Rider Birth: Birth X Birth Secret Story, which is centered around Shintaro Goto and Hina Izumi is set to premiere in the Summer of 2022.

Other Events

TOEI TOKUSATSU WORLD OFFICIAL, Toei's official English channel for tokusatsu, started to post Kamen Rider Series early episodes. The channel already had posted before the trailers for KAMEN RIDER: memory of heroez, the movie Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue, the highlights of Kamen Rider Zero-One: Final Stage and its talk show, as well as a compilation video of all 20 Heisei Series opening theme sequences sans the opening credits.

For three days consecutively, Team Kamen Rider premiered three films on the channel at 5:00pm PST, each celebrating a specific era of the franchise. Each film was made available to stream for 24 hours after the end of each original live premiere.

The mobile RPG game Monster Strike held a collaboration with the Kamen Rider franchise in March of 2021.[11]

Toei Channel released a compilation of 13 Showa films remastered in 4K on April 3, 2021.[12]

The anniversary also coincided with the 10th anniversary of Kamen Rider Fourze. The Kamen Rider Fourze 10th Anniversary Time! Youthful Reunion project was launched on September 4th, 2021, exactly ten years after the premiere of the first episode. It featured:

Throughout the fall of 2021, NHK organized the All Kamen Rider Great Voting event as part of their "All Great Voting" television series, with the final results of the vote being announced on a television special which aired on November 6, 2021.

On Shocker Day, November 11 (11.11 is "Iiii" in Goroawase, and is thus pronounced like Shocker Combatmen's shouting), a new joke Anniversary logo featured a golden wreath saying "Shocker is good too" ("Good" in Japanese is "Ii", pronounced like Shocker Combatmen's "Iii !") with Shocker's emblem and the face of a Combatman in the 0.

The 34th Tokyo International Film Festival had a huge focus on the Kamen Rider Series, as various film screenings and guest panels were held throughout the duration of the festival, most notably for the series' Kamen Rider Amazons, Kamen Rider OOO, and Kamen Rider Drive with several cast and crew members in attendance for their respective show's panel.

On November 28, 2021, Kamen Rider had its first ever panel at the prestigious San Diego Comic Con where Team Kamen Rider and the representatives of Shout! Factory discussed the franchise to newcomers and made major announcements of upcoming merchandise and media releases. This was followed by a Q&A panel and ended with an exclusive screening of the film Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME.

On January 1, 2022, in order to celebrate the upcoming Year of Tiger, the Kamen Rider Zukan had updated special images on all existing tiger-motif characters: Mukade Tiger, Me·Gadra·Da, Kamen Rider Tiger, Destwilder, Tiger Undead, Tsuchigumo, Kamen Rider Nishiki, Tiger Orphnoch, Kamen Rider OOO Latorartar Combo, Kazari, Byakko Inves, Kamen Rider Build ToraUFO Form, Kamen Rider Zi-O OOOArmor, and Kamen Rider Zero-One Flaming Tiger. Furthermore, Kamen Rider Shinobi was also included since his timeline takes place in 2022.

In April 2022, a traveling exhibition showcasing props, vehicles, costumes and information about the 50 year history of Kamen Rider began. The exhibition went across major cities and prefectures in Japan, such as Aichi and Tokyo, throughout the year.[13]

Products

Bandai had also announced a slate of new toys to release in celebration of the 50th Anniversary.

Every month in 2021, Tamashii Nations announced new Kamen Rider products, most of which were S.H.Figuarts:[14]

In addition, Bandai released a special 50th Anniversary line of Ganbarizing cards with “revival edition” cards and Anniversary Tag Team cards, the set also features Revi and Vice in their debut to the Ganbarizing arcade game.[15]

Bandai also announced a set of Kamen Rider Tamagotchi and a spin-off variant of the popular Digimon Vital Bracelet with Rider themed data memory cards.[16] [17]Both involve raising a digital Kamen Rider V-pet style to their strongest forms.

Toei released a box-set of the first eight films in the Showa-era, titled Kamen Rider THE MOVIE 1972-1988 4K Remaster Box.

Though highly coincidental, Shout! Factory announced their acquisition of the North American distribution rights to Kamen Rider Zero-One, and will release a Blu-Ray set containing both the entire series and Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME on January 25, 2022, one month after Shout! releases said content for streaming on TokuSHOUTsu.

In January of 2022, Seven Seas Entertainment published an English translated original 1971 manga by Shotaro Ishinomori in a large hardcover book, with the intent to commemorate the 50th anniversary.[18] On 30th January, Avex announced that a box collection of music under multiple discs, consisting of TV theme songs, inserts and movie songs will be release in June 8th, 2022. [19]

Notes

  • It is the first anniversary milestone during the Reiwa Era.
  • The anniversary year also just so happened to be the year of Hiroshi Fujioka’s 75th birthday.

References

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