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Icon-kr.pngThis article is about a series entry (the 16th) in the Kamen Rider Series.

For the series' main character, see Soji Tendo.

Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト, Kamen Raidā Kabuto, Masked Rider Kabuto) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series and serves as the sixteenth installment of the Kamen Rider Series. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei and aired on TV Asahi from January 29, 2006 to January 21, 2007, airing alongside GoGo Sentai BoukengerIcon-crosswiki.png for Super Hero Time. The series commemorates the franchise's 35th anniversary and was the first to be broadcast in HD.

The series' catchphrases are "Walking the path of heaven, to rule everything!" (天の道を行き、総てを司る!, Ten no michi o iki, subete o tsukasadoru!) and "I am justice." (俺が正義, Ore ga seigi).

The average ratings of the series is 7.72%. [1]

Story

Seven years ago, a meteorite struck at the heart of Shibuya, and emerged an alien life-form that threatens humanity, the Worms. Since that day, Soji Tendo has trained for all his life to one day take up the Kabuto Zecter and become the hero known as Kamen Rider Kabuto. Making many enemies while also meeting other Riders with mysterious origins, Tendou attempts to accomplish his goal at all costs: to destroy the Worms. He meets ZECT operative Arata Kagami and the two work together to save humanity while uncovering the conspiracies that lie within ZECT.

Characters

Masked Rider System

TV Show

From Left to Right: Drake, Gatack, Kabuto, TheBee, KickHopper, PunchHopper.

Kamen Rider Kabuto Soji Tendo
Future Soji Tendo
Kamen Rider Gatack Arata Kagami
Kamen Rider TheBee So YagurumaArata KagamiShun Kageyama (Other users)
Kamen Rider Drake Daisuke Kazama ►◄ Daigo Tachikawa (Other users)
Kamen Rider Sasword Tsurugi Kamishiro ►◄ Daigo Tachikawa (Other users)
Kamen Rider KickHopper So Yaguruma
Kamen Rider PunchHopper Shun Kageyama
Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto Soji Kusakabe

Movie-exclusive

Kamen Rider Kabuto Soji Tendo (God Speed Love)
Kamen Rider Gatack Arata Kagami (God Speed Love)
Kamen Rider TheBee So Yaguruma (God Speed Love)
Kamen Rider Drake Daisuke Kazama (God Speed Love)
Kamen Rider Sasword Tsurugi Kamishiro (God Speed Love)
Kamen Rider Hercus Hidenari Oda
Kamen Rider Ketaros Tetsuki Yamato
Kamen Rider Caucasus Issei Kurosaki

Stageshow-Exclusive

Kamen Rider Lady Inkohana Tendo
Kamen Rider ChopHopper Native Worm

Allies

ZECT

ZECTrooper ZECTroopers
Shadow Shadow
Bright Trooper Brightroopers

Neo ZECT

Neo Trooper Neotroopers

Villains

Main article: Worms
  • Executive Worms
Uca Worm Rena Mamiya
Cassis Worm Reiji Nogi
Scorpio Worm Tsurugi Kamishiro
Gryllus Worm Masato Mishima

Allusions

The series made some allusions to the whole Kamen Rider series. Masked Rider Project as mentioned in the course of the series was said to be started on 3 April 1971. The Worm species known as Natives also first arrived on Earth on the same year. In real-life, it was the date the first Kamen Rider show aired for the first time.

Some of the Riders in the series are based on insect motifs previously used in the series to commemorate the franchise's 35th anniversary, mostly from the Showa Era.

  • Kabuto/Stronger: Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle
  • TheBee/Super-1: Vespa family
  • Drake/V3: Dragonfly
  • KickHopper/Kamen Rider 1 and PunchHopper/Kamen Rider 2: Acrididae Family
  • Gatack/Kuuga: Stag Beetle

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Kabuto Episodes

The series is divided into two story arcs[2]:

  • Episode 01-24 - Story Arc: My Path Is the One that Continues to Heaven (-天に続くは俺の道- 編, Ten ni Tsudzuku wa Ore no Michi Hen)
  • Episode 25-49 - Story Arc: Path of Heaven Changes the World (-世界を変える天の道- 編, Sekai o Kaeru Ten no Michi Hen)
  1. The Strongest Man (最強男, Saikyō Otoko)
  2. The First Two-Step Transformation (初2段変身, Hatsu Ni-dan Henshin)
  3. I am Justice!! (俺が正義!!, Ore ga Seigi!!)
  4. Love Explanation!! (愛を説く!!, Ai o Toku!!)
  5. Order to Capture!! (捕獲指令!!, Hokaku Shirei!!)
  6. My Flower (オレ様の花, Ore-sama no Hana)
  7. No. 2 Appears (2号新登場, Nigō Shin Tōjō)
  8. Angry Tofu (怒れる豆腐, Ikareru Tōfu)
  9. The Bee's Insanity!! (蜂の乱心!!, Hachi no Ranshin!!)
  10. I'm Not Your Friend (友じゃねぇ, Tomo ja Nee)
  11. The Party Burns (合コン燃ゆ, Gōkon Moeyu)
  12. The Makeup Thousand-Man Cut (化粧千人斬, Keshō Sennin Giri)
  13. The Team Dissolves (チーム解散, Chīmu Kaisan)
  14. Back of the Back of the Back (裏の裏の裏, Ura no Ura no Ura)
  15. The Monster Noted Doctor!? (怪人名医!?, Kaijin Meii!?)
  16. An Unthinkable Storm (まさかの嵐, Masaka no Arashi)
  17. Restored Memories!! (甦る記憶!!, Yomigaeru Kioku!!)
  18. Farewell, Gon... (さらばゴン・・・, Saraba Gon…)
  19. Scorpion Millionaire (さそり富豪, Sasori Fugō)
  20. Eh, Jiiya? (ねぇじいや, Nee Jiiya?)
  21. VS Stag Beetle (VSクワガタ, Tai Kuwagata)
  22. Birth of a Special Compilation (誕生特別編, Tanjō Tokubetsu Hen)
  23. Riddle + Riddle = X (謎+謎=X, Nazo Tasu Nazo Wa Ekkusu)
  24. The Ramen Way (ラーメン道, Rāmen Dō)
  25. Arrogant Investigation (驕る捜査線, Ogoru Sōsasen)
  26. Love That Shook the Earth (激震する愛, Gekishin Suru Ai)
  27. Me!? A Murderer (俺!?殺人犯, Ore!? Satsujinhan)
  28. Why!? Death (なぜ!?絶命, Naze!? Zetsumei)
  29. The Dark Kitchen (闇キッチン, Yami Kitchin)
  30. Miso Soup Ascension (味噌汁昇天, Misoshiru Shōten)
  31. Shocking Fact (衝撃の事実, Shōgeki no Jijitsu)
  32. Puzzle Unraveled!! (解ける謎!!, Tokeru Nazo!!)
  33. The Sprouting Adjutant (萌える副官, Moeru Fukukan)
  34. Breaking Super Evolution (砕け超進化, Kudake Chō Shinka)
  35. The Hellish Brothers (地獄の兄弟, Jigoku no Kyōdai)
  36. Red Shoes' Recklessness (赤い靴暴走, Akai Kutsu Bōsō)
  37. School's Ghost Story (学校の怪談, Gakkō no Kaidan)
  38. The Dangerous Younger Sister (あぶない妹, Abunai Imōto)
  39. The Powerful Black Opponent (強敵黒カブ, Kyōteki Kuro Kabu)
  40. The Saddest Battle (最大の哀戦, Saidai no Aisen)
  41. The Strongest Defeated (敗れる最強, Yabureru Saikyō)
  42. Worst Terror VS Worst Fear (最凶vs最恐, Saikyō Tai Saikyō)
  43. That Which We Aim For (俺を狙う俺, Ore o Nerau Ore)
  44. Who You Will Live With (生きるとは, Ikiru to Wa)
  45. Christmas Earthquake (Xマス激震, Kurisumasu Gekishin)
  46. Farewell, Tsurugi!! (さらば剣!!, Saraba Tsurugi!!)
  47. Rushing into the Last Chapter (最終章突入, Saishūshō Totsunyū)
  48. Tendo Dies!! (天道死す!!, Tendō Shisu!!)
  49. Path of Heaven (天の道, Ten no Michi)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love (劇場版 仮面ライダーカブト GOD SPEED LOVE, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Kabuto Goddo Supido Rabu)

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Kabuto: Birth! Gatack Hyper Form!! (仮面ライダーカブト 誕生!ガタックハイパーフォーム!!, Kamen Raidā Kabuto: Tanjō! Gatakku Haipā Fōmu!!)

Other media

Manga

  1. Kamen Rider Kabuto (comic) (幪面超人甲鬥王, Mung Min Chiu Yan Gaap Dau Wong)

S.I.C. Hero Saga

  1. Since 1986

Novels

  1. Meet You at the End of the World (世界の果てで君と出会う, Sekai no Hate de Kimi to Deau)
    1. Kamen Rider Kabuto (novel) (小説 仮面ライダーカブト, Shōsetsu Kamen Raidā Kabuto)

Cast

Guest actors

Suit Actors

Songs

Opening themes
Ending themes

35th Masked Rider Anniversary File

During episodes 23 through 27, this segment called the 35th Masked Rider Anniversary File, acted as a look back to the franchise and an early advertisement for the God Speed Love movie. These look backs are held in a movie theater and the segment is hosted by Soji Tendo (Kamen Rider Kabuto), Arata Kagami (Kamen Rider Gatack), Tetsuki Yamato (Kamen Rider Ketaros), Yuzuki Misaki, and Masato Mishima. During these five segments, they discuss the history of the Kamen Rider franchise, sometimes in a comedic tone, but always with serious background music.

  • Episode 23 (Rider Kicks): The group watches and Yamato narrates the variations of Rider Kicks during the course of the years. Yamato mentions about the Rider Double Kick of Kamen Riders 1 and 2, Kamen Rider V3's V3 Kick, Kamen Rider X's X Kick, and Kamen Rider Super-1's ten various kicks. In the end, Kagami stands up and does his own Rider Kick (he even shouts the attack name) and falling into his seat with Yuzuki looking. Tendo asks Yamato, "Who are you?"
  • Episode 24 (Criminal Organizations): The group watches and learns about the different criminal organizations the Kamen Riders had to fight. Villains include Shocker & Gel Shocker in the first Kamen Rider, Destron from Kamen Rider V3, and Kingdark (of the Government of Darkness) in Kamen Rider X. Footage of Black Satan, first enemy of Kamen Rider Stronger, is also shown. Tendo then supposes that it is the Kamen Rider's destiny to fight an organization. Mishima tells Tendo that ZECT will show no mercy to anyone who fights them. Yamato then says that he will definitely smash Neo-ZECT for rebelling against and splitting off from ZECT.
  • Episode 25 (Rhinoceros Beetle-Themed Kamen Riders): The group watches Kamen Rider Stronger, and Kagami quickly thinks that Stronger himself is Kabuto, and looks at Tendo confused. Misaki corrects him, informing him that this is a different Rider, using the rhinoceros beetle as a design. Mishima then announces that it is Kamen Rider Stronger. The camera then zooms on Tendo's face as he says that while this Rider may be Stronger, he (referring to himself) is the strongest. Tendo pronounces "Stronger" and "Strongest" in English, (due to the fact that Hiro Mizushima, who portrays Tendo, is fluent in English). Yamato then also speaks of the Kabutech Riders (Caucasus [Caucasus beetle], Heracus [Hercules beetle], and Ketaros [centaurus beetle], the last of whom Yamato happens to be), which are also Rhinoceros Beetle Riders (as the Caucasus, Hercules, and Centaurus beetles are rhinoceros beetle sub-species). Also, despite being a Rhinoceros Beetle Rider, Kamen Rider Blade (also a Hercules beetle) was omitted. At the end, Tendo stands up and miniature hexagons with Tendo's face appear, forming a compound eye pattern as Tendo says once again that he is "the man who walks the path of heaven that will rule over everything."
  • Episode 26 (Riders Everywhere): The group watches Kamen Rider and Yamato comments on Skyrider's Sailing Jump, then says that the Riders can go anywhere around the world. In addition, they are not restricted to the ground. Then, Misaki mentions the Riders can even now go into space. During this segment, they watch footage of Kamen Riders 1 through ZX training with each other in Kamen Rider 1's base on Arizona in the final episodes of Kamen Rider Black RX, followed by footage from God Speed Love. Tendo then coins a variant his trademark quote ("Now, I will truly walk down the path of heaven and rule over all.").
  • Episode 27 (Kamen Rider Ultimate Forms): Kamen Rider Stronger's upgrade is not mentioned (as it is not an "Ultimate Form", but rather a temporary power upgrade) and the short starts with Yamato commenting on Black RX and his modes RX Roborider and RX Biorider. It then moves on to Kamen Rider Kuuga Ultimate Form, Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form, Kamen Rider Ryuki Survive, Kamen Rider Faiz Blaster Form, Kamen Rider Blade King Form, and Kamen Rider Armed Hibiki. Suddenly, Yamato and Tendo are about to duel with the others looking on and showing on screen is Kabuto's Ultimate Form, Hyper Form.

International broadcasts

Kabuto was broadcast in South Korea as Masked Rider Kabuto (가면라이더 가부토 Gamyeon Raideo Gabuto) in 2008. In the Philippines, this show is currently broadcast on Cartoon Network dubbed into English. In Singapore, this show is also dubbed and debut on June 20, 2009, on Okto. In Malaysia,this show was dubbed in malay version on NTV7. In Hong Kong, this show was dubbed in Cantonese as 幪面超人甲鬥王 and was broadcasted on TVB from December 12th 2008 to November 7th 2009. In Taiwan, this show was dubbed in Mandrain as 假面騎士KABUTO and broadcasted on Cartoon Network from January 5th 2009 to March 12th 2009.

Notes

  • This show and its Super Hero Time partner have both made changes to their shows that would differ from their past series. For example, Kamen Rider Kabuto was the first show to air at 24 fps and Boukenger would no longer have that classic look that the previous Super Sentai series would have.
  • This was the last Heisei-era Kamen Rider series to use only episode numbers in the titles for the entire series. From Den-O onward, the episode number is now includes the title at the beginning of each episode of the series.

Reference

External links

Icon-kabuto.png Kamen Rider Kabuto
Masked Rider System Users
Soji Tendo (alternate) - Arata Kagami - Daisuke Kazama - Tsurugi Kamishiro - So Yaguruma - Shun Kageyama - Masato Mishima - Soji Kusakabe
Movie-exclusive Riders: Issei Kurosaki - Hidenari Oda - Tetsuki Yamato
Stageshow-exclusive Riders: Inkohana Tendo - Native Worm
Arsenal
Transformation Devices
Rider Belt - Rider Brace - Drake Glip - Sasword Yaiver - ZECT Buckle
The Zecters
Kabuto Zecter - Gatack Zecter - TheBee Zecter - Drake Zecter - Sasword Zecter - Hopper Zecter - Dark Kabuto Zecter - Hyper Zecter
Kabutick Zecters
Hercus Zecter - Ketaros Zecter - Caucasus Zecter
Weapons
ZECT Kunaigun - Kabuto Kunaigun - Gatack Vulcan - Gatack Double Calibur - Drake Glip - Zectmizer - Perfect Zecter - Sasword Yaiver - Sasword Antenna - Blood Vessels - Anchor Jack - Machinegun Blade - ZECT Gun
Vehicles
Kabuto Extender - Gatack Extender - Machine Zectron
Allies
Hiyori Kusakabe - Jyuka Tendou - Yumiko Takemiya - Gon - Jiiya
Other allies: Takeshi Hongo
ZECT
Riku Kagami - Masato Mishima - Syuichi Tadokoro - Renge Takatori - Yuzuki Misaki - Shura Hokuto - ZECTroopers - Brightroopers - Shadow - Neotroopers
Worms
The Natives: Daigo Tachikawa - Syuichi Tadokoro - Negishi - Masato Mishima - Hiyori Kusakabe
Worms: Aracnea Worms (Aracnea Rubor - Aracnea Flavus - Aracnea Nigritia) - Lanpyris Worm - Bellcricetus Worm - Epilachna Worm - Pulex Worm - Verber Worms (Verber - Verber Rota) - Coleoptera Worms (Coleoptera Aeneus - Coleoptera Croceus - Coleoptera Argentum) - Musca Worm - Sectio Worms (Sectio - Sectio Acuere) - Formicaalubus Worms (Formicaalubus - Formicaalubus Oculus - Formicaalubus Maxilla) - Brachypelma Worms (Brachypelma Aurantium - Brachypelma Viridis) - Tarantes Worm Purpura - Geophilid Worms - Acarina Worms (Acarina - Acarina Amber) - Viella Worm - Sepultura Worm - Genomyas Worm - Culex Worm - Foliatus Worm - Cammarus Worm - Camponotus Worms (Camponotus Oculus - Camponotus Maxilla) - Cochlea Worm - Leptophyes Worm - Subst Worm
Executive Worms: Uca Worm - Cassis Worm
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