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For the series' main character, Ryuki, see Shinji Kido.

Kamen Rider Ryuki (仮面ライダー龍騎, Kamen Raidā Ryūki, Masked Rider Ryuki) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It was the twelfth installment in the Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows. It was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and it was shown on TV Asahi from February 3, 2002 to January 19, 2003. The catchphrase for the series is "Those who don't fight won't survive!!" (戦わなければ、生き残れない!!, Tatakawanakereba, ikinokorenai!!). In 2009, Ryuki was adapted into the American television series Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, the first adaptation of a Kamen Rider Series in the United States since Saban's Masked Rider in 1996.

The average of the series is 9.4%


Thirteen Card Decks (カードデッキ, Kādo Dekki) were created for thirteen Kamen Riders. They make Contracts with monsters from the mysterious Mirror World (ミラーワールド, Mirā Wārudo), a parallel world opposite to the real one in which only the Kamen Riders can exist. The Riders draw on their monsters' strength in exchange for feeding them the life force of the creatures they destroy. The creator of the Advent Cards (アドベントカード, Adobento Kādo) has only one rule: that there can be only one Kamen Rider. The others must be killed, and the sole victor will be granted a single wish, which leads to a conflict known as the Rider War.

All over the city, innocent people are being mysteriously abducted, never to be seen again. During his investigations of these incidents, Shinji Kido – an intern at the online news service ORE Journal – discovers one of the Card Decks at an apartment where every reflective surface has been covered by the newspaper. He is soon sucked into the Mirror World, discovering the terrifying truth behind the disappearances: people are literally being pulled through mirrors by the monsters of the Mirror World so that they may feed. He is about to be killed by a powerful dragon named Dragreder when he is saved by Kamen Rider Knight: Ren Akiyama. Ren seeks to win the Rider War at all costs. He works with a young woman named Yui Kanzaki, who seeks her missing brother: the master of the Rider War, Shirō Kanzaki. Seeing Ren's strength, Shinji enters the Rider War, not for the prize, but so that he may protect innocent people from the threat of the Mirror World, and stop the senseless fighting between the Kamen Riders. With Dragreder as his Contract Monster, he becomes Kamen Rider Ryuki.

He will discover that there are some people who cannot be saved. That he must sometimes fight in order to stop the fighting. The extent to which he must go if he wants his deepest wish to come true, and the sacrifices that he must make. In the end, there can be only one Kamen Rider.


Kamen Riders

The 13 Riders. From right to left: Odin, Tiger, Femme, Scissors, Ouja, Knight, Ryuki, Zolda, Raia, Gai, Ryuga, Imperer, Verde.

TV Show

Kamen Rider Ryuki Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Knight Ren Akiyama
Kamen Rider Scissors Masashi Sudo
Kamen Rider Zolda Shuichi KitaokaGoro Yura
Kamen Rider Raia Miyuki Tezuka
Kamen Rider Gai Jun Shibaura
Kamen Rider Ouja Takeshi Asakura
Kamen Rider Odin First OdinSecond OdinThird Odin
Kamen Rider Tiger Satoru Tojo
Kamen Rider Imperer Mitsuru Sano


Kamen Rider Agito (Miracle World) Evil Agito
Kamen Rider Ryuki Koichi SakakibaraShinji Kido (13 Riders)
Shinji Kido (Episode Final)
Kamen Rider Knight Ren Akiyama (13 Riders)Shinji Kido (13 Riders)
Ren Akiyama (Episode Final)
Kamen Rider Scissors Masashi Sudo (13 Riders)
Kamen Rider Zolda Shuichi Kitaoka (13 Riders)
Shuichi Kitaoka (Episode Final)
Kamen Rider Raia Miyuki Tezuka (13 Riders)
Kamen Rider Gai Jun Shibaura (13 Riders)
Kamen Rider Ouja Takeshi Asakura (13 Riders)
Takeshi Asakura (Episode Final)
Kamen Rider Femme Miho Kirishima
Miho Kirishima (13 Riders)
Kamen Rider Ryuga Dark Shinji/Shinji Kido (Episode Final)Dark Shinji
Dark Shinji (13 Riders)
Kamen Rider Verde Itsuro Takamizawa
Kamen Rider Tiger Unnamed person
Kamen Rider Imperer Unnamed person
Kamen Rider Odin Unnamed person


Kamen Rider Mirror Fortune Teller
Kamen Rider Cerberus Kamen Rider Cerberus
Kamen Rider Papillon Kamen Rider Papillon
Kamen Rider Cerberus Researcher
Kamen Rider Jackie Kamen Rider Jackie
Kamen Rider Agito Evil Agito


Kamen Rider Ryuki Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Knight Ren Akiyama
Kamen Rider Zolda Shuichi Kitaoka
Kamen Rider Ouja Takeshi Asakura
Kamen Rider Femme Miho Kirishima

S.I.C. Hero Saga-exclusive

Kamen Rider Ryuki Shinji Kido (Advent Calendar)
Shinji Kido (World of If)
Kamen Rider Knight Ren Akiyama (Advent Calendar)
Ren Akiyama (World of If)
Kamen Rider Ryuga Shinji Kido (Advent Calendar)
Dark Shinji (World of If)/Shinji Kido (World of If)
Kamen Rider Tiger Satoru Tojo (World of If)
Kamen Rider Zolda Shuichi Kitaoka (Advent Calendar)
Kamen Rider Ouja Takeshi Asakura (Advent Calendar)
Takeshi Asakura (World of If)
Kamen Rider Odin Ren Akiyama (World of If)


Kamen Rider Blade Yuichi Saito

Unknown Appearance

Kamen Rider Unamed Purple Butterfly Kamen Rider

Debatable Riders

TV Show

Alternative Hajime Nakamura
Alternative Zero Hideyuki Kagawa

Other media

Alternative Alternative Army
Alternative Zero Yui Kanzaki

Kanzaki Family

ORE Journal

Mirror Monsters

Main article: Mirror Monsters

Rider's Contract Beasts

Dragreder Dragreder
Darkwing Darkwing
Volcancer Volcancer
Magnugiga Magnugiga
Evildiver Evildiver
Metalgelas Metalgelas
Venosnaker Venosnaker
Genocider Genocider
Destwilder Destwilder
Gigazelle Gigazelle
Goldphoenix Goldphoenix
Psyco-Rogue Psyco-Rogue
Blancwing Blancwing
Dragblacker Dragblacker
Biogreeza Biogreeza

Wild Monsters



Main article: Kamen Rider Ryuki Episodes

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

  • Episode 01-28 - "Rider Battle" Arc (「ライダーバトル」編, "Raidā Batoru"-Hen), this arc introduces most of the main characters and plot. It also showcases Ryuki's momentum of victory in the Rider Fight, before it being repeled by the almighty Kamen Rider Odin.
  • Episode 29-50 - "Between Battle and Wish" Arc (「戦いと願いの狭間」編, "Tatakai to Negai no Hazama"-Hen), this arc focuses on the dilemma of all the numerous Kamen Riders participating in the Rider Fight, which concludes it.
  1. The Secret Story's Birth (誕生秘話, Tanjō Hiwa)
  2. Giant Spider Counterattack (巨大クモ逆襲, Kyodai Kumo Gyakushū)
  3. School Ghost Story (学校の怪談, Gakkō no Kaidan)
  4. School Ghost Story 2 (学校の怪談2, Gakkō no Kaidan Tsū)
  5. The Monster's Antique Store (骨董屋の怪人, Kottōya no Kaijin)
  6. The Mysterious Rider (謎のライダー, Nazo no Raidā)
  7. A New Species Is Born? (新種誕生?, Shinshu Tanjō?)
  8. The Fourth, Zolda (4人目ゾルダ, Yoninme Zoruda)
  9. Shinji's Arrested!? (真司が逮捕!?, Shinji ga Taiho!?)
  10. Knight's Crisis (ナイトの危機, Naito no Kiki)
  11. The Mysterious Empty Train (謎の無人電車, Nazo no Mujin Densha)
  12. Ren Akiyama's Lover (秋山蓮の恋人, Akiyama Ren no Koibito)
  13. That Man, Zolda (その男ゾルダ, Sono Otoko Zoruda)
  14. Revival Day (復活の日, Fukkatsu no Hi)
  15. Iron Mask Legend (鉄仮面伝説, Tekkamen Densetsu)
  16. Card of Destiny (運命のカード, Unmei no Kādo)
  17. The Grieving Knight (嘆きのナイト, Nageki no Naito)
  18. Jailbreak Rider (脱獄ライダー, Datsugoku Raidā)
  19. Rider Gathering (ライダー集結, Raidā Shūketsu)
  20. The Traitorous Ren (裏切りの蓮, Uragiri no Ren)
  21. Yui's Past (優衣の過去, Yui no Kako)
  22. Raia's Revenge (ライアの復讐, Raia no Fukushū)
  23. Changing Destiny (変わる運命, Kawaru Unmei)
  24. Ouja's Secret (王蛇の秘密, Ōja no Himitsu)
  25. Combining Ouja (合体する王蛇, Gattai Suru Ōja)
  26. Zolda's Assault (ゾルダの攻撃, Zoruda no Kōgeki)
  27. The 13th Rider (13号ライダー, Jūsangō Raidā)
  28. Time Vent (タイムベント, Taimu Bento)
  29. Marriage Interview Battle (見合い合戦, Miai Gassen)
  30. Zolda's Lover (ゾルダの恋人, Zoruda no Koibito)
  31. The Girl and Ouja (少女と王蛇, Shōjo to Ōja)
  32. Secret Data Gathering (秘密の取材, Himitsu no Shuzai)
  33. The Mirror's Magic (鏡のマジック, Kagami no Majikku)
  34. Friendship's Battle (友情のバトル, Yūjō no Batoru)
  35. Enter Tiger (タイガ登場, Taiga Tōjō)
  36. The Battle Ends (戦いは終わる, Tatakai wa Owaru)
  37. Sleep Is Awakening (眠りが覚めて, Nemuri ga Samete)
  38. Targeted Yui (狙われた優衣, Nerawareta Yui)
  39. A Dangerous Sign (危険のサイン, Kiken no Sain)
  40. Memories of an Older Brother and Younger Sister (兄と妹の記憶, Ani to Imōto no Kioku)
  41. Imperer (インペラー, Inperā)
  42. Room 401 (401号室, Yonhyakuichigōshitsu)
  43. The Hero Fights (英雄は戦う, Eiyū wa Tatakau)
  44. Glassy Happiness (ガラスの幸福, Garasu no Kōfuku)
  45. The Twentieth Birthday (20歳の誕生日, Hatachi no Tanjōbi)
  46. Tiger's a Hero (タイガは英雄, Taiga wa Eiyū)
  47. Determination of Battle (戦いの決断, Tatakai no Ketsudan)
  48. The Final 3 Days (最後の3日間, Saigo no Mikkakan)
  49. Granting a Wish (叶えたい願い, Kanaetai Negai)
  50. A New Life (新しい命, Atarashii Inochi)


  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final (劇場版 仮面ライダー龍騎 EPISODE FINAL, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Ryūki Episōdo Fainaru)


  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki Special: 13 Riders (仮面ライダー龍騎スペシャル 13 RIDERS, Kamen Raidā Ryūki Supesharu Sātīn Raidāzu)
  2. Kamen Rider Ryuki: Ryuki vs Kamen Rider Agito (仮面ライダー龍騎 龍騎vs仮面ライダーアギト, Kamen Raidā Ryūki: Ryūki Buiesu Kamen Raidā Agito)
  3. Rider Time: Kamen Rider Ryuki (RIDER TIME 仮面ライダー龍騎, Raidā Taimu: Kamen Raidā Ryūki)


  1. Kamen Rider World 02: The Legend of The Strongest Hero, Henshin! Use Advent! (仮面ライダーワールド02 最強のヒーロー伝説・変身!アドベントせよ!!, Kamen Raidā Wārudo 02 Saikyō no Hīrō Densetsu Henshin! Adobento Seyo!!)
  2. Kamen Rider Super Live: Ryuki, Agito Great Crash (仮面ライダースーパーライブ 龍騎・アギト大激突!!, Kamen Raidā Sūpā Raibu Ryūki Agito Dai Gekitotsu!)

Other media


  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki (manga) (仮面ライダー龍騎, Kamen Raidā Ryūki)
  2. Kamen Rider Ryuki: 13 Riders The Comic (仮面ライダー龍騎 13 Riders The Comic, Kamen Raidā Ryūki 13 Riders The Comic)
  3. Kamen Rider Ryuki (comic) (幪面超人龍騎, Mung Min Chiu Yan Lung Kei)
  4. Card Warrior Kamen Riders: Super Transform Gag Gaiden!! (駈斗戦士 仮面ライダーズ 超変身ギャグ外伝!!, Kato Senshi Kamen Raidāzu Chō Henshin Gyagu Gaiden!!)

S.I.C. Hero Saga

  1. Advent Calendar (アドベントカレンダー, Adobento Karendā)
  2. World of If (IFの世界, IF no Sekai)


  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki (novel) (小説 仮面ライダー龍騎, Shōsetsu Kamen Raidā Ryūki)

Video game

A video game based on the series, developed by Digifloyd and published by Bandai, was released in Japan during 2002 for the PlayStation. It is a basic fighting game where all thirteen Riders are playable with all the forms seen in the show, movie and specials (with the exception of the Alternatives and Ouja's Blank Form, seen in EPISODE FINAL). Four of the Contract Monsters (Volcancer, Metalgelas, Destwilder and Gigazelle), the two Zebraskulls (Iron and Bronze) and Megazelle are also playable.


Suit Actors


Opening theme
  • "Alive A life"
    • Lyrics: Yuko Ebine (海老根 祐子, Ebine Yūko)
    • Composition: Kohei Wada (和田 耕平, Wada Kōhei)
    • Arrangement: Kohei Wada & Kazuya Honda (本田 嘉津也, Honda Kazuya)
    • Artist: Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香, Matsumoto Rika)
Insert themes
  • "Hatenaki Inochi" (果てなき希望(いのち) "Boundless Life")
    • Lyrics: Shin-ichiro Aoyama (青山 紳一郎, Aoyama Shin'ichirō)
    • Composition: Yo Tsuji (辻 陽, Tsuji Yō)
    • Arrangement: Masatoshi Sakashita (坂下 正俊, Sakashita Masatoshi)
    • Artist: Hiroshi Kitadani (きただに ひろし, Kitadani Hiroshi)
    • Episodes: 1-17, 19-33
  • "Hateshinai Honō no Naka e" (果てしない炎の中ヘ "Into the Eternal Flame")
    • Lyrics: Keiko Terada & Yoshihiko Ando (安藤 芳彦, Andō Yoshihiko)
    • Composition: Yoshio Nomura (野村 義男, Nomura Yoshio)
    • Arrangement: RIDER CHIPS
    • Artist: RIDER CHIPS featuring Keiko Terada (寺田 恵子, Terada Keiko)
    • Episodes: 18
  • "Revolution"
    • Lyrics: Yuko Ebine
    • Composition & Arrangement: Mikio Sakai
    • Artist: Hiroshi Kitadani
    • Episodes: 34-37, 39-50, TV Special
  • "Reborn"
    • Lyrics: Chieko Suyama
    • Composition: Kouhei Wada
    • Arrangement: Akio Kondou
    • Artist: Rica Matsumoto & Hiroshi Kitadani
  • "Final edition Dragranzer - Darkraider"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition and Arrangement: Koichiro Kameyama
    • Artist: Naoki Takao
Character themes



  • Ryuki premiered on TV Asahi on February 3, 2002.


In addition to the Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight adaptation, Ryuki has been broadcast in its original form in many languages and nations.

  • It was dubbed in South Korea as Masked Rider Dragon (가면라이더 드래건 Gamyeon Raideo Deuraegeon) in 2004.
  • It was dubbed in the Philippines as Masked Rider Ryuki on ABS-CBN 2, Malay on NTV7, and in Indonesian on RCTI and Indosiar.
  • It was dubbed in Cantonese in Hong Kong as (幪面超人龍騎Mung Min Chiu Yan Lung Ke) on TVB Jade and Taiwanese Mandarin in Taiwan as ( 假面騎士龍騎 Jia Mian Qi Shi Long Qi)
  • Ryuki was dubbed in Arabic and aired on Space Toon.
  • On April 24th, 2021, Ryuki, alongside Agito and Faiz, appeared dubbed in Spanish on Latin American countries except Brasil and Puerto Rico in the streaming service FreeTV.
  • Shout! Factory announced that they obtained the North American rights to Ryuki and would premiere all 50 episodes on TokuSHOUTsu on November 1, 2021.[2]


  • Despite the vastly different execution from previous series in the franchise, Ryuki would influence succeeding Rider shows.
    • The first series that uses cards in battle, which would later be seen in Blade and Decade. In general, it is the first series with Collectible Devices.
    • The first series that used a device to activate & announce a Rider's arsenal/final attacks. This would become a trademark concept of every Kamen Rider Series after Ryuki, with the exception of Hibiki.
    • The first series to have multiple Riders battle each other through competition and betrayal, which would later be seen in, Kabuto, Gaim, Ex-Aid, Build and Zero-One.
    • The first series to explicitly feature a variety of animal motifs, which would later also happen in OOO, Build, Zero-One, and Revice.
    • The first series to feature Kamen Riders as villains.
  • The first Kamen Rider series to having most of the battles take place in an alternate world (Mirror World).
  • The third Kamen Rider series after W and 555 to be re-mastered in Blu-Ray format. The first of the Ryuki Blu-Ray box sets was released on July 11, 2014, followed by second batch on September 12, 2014 and third batch on November 7, 2014.
  • The first Kamen Rider series to end with exactly 50 episodes, followed by 555 and Ghost.

External links

Icon-ryuuki.png Kamen Rider Ryuki
The 13 Kamen Riders
Shinji Kido - Ren Akiyama - Masashi Sudo - Shuichi Kitaoka - Miyuki Tezuka - Jun Shibaura - Takeshi Asakura - Satoru Tojo - Mitsuru Sano - Kamen Rider Odin - Goro Yura
Movie/Special Exclusive: Koichi Sakakibara - Itsuro Takamizawa - Miho Kirishima - Dark Shinji
Stageshow Exclusive: Kamen Rider Papillon - Kamen Rider Cerberus
The Alternatives
Hajime Nakamura - Hideyuki Kagawa
Transformation Devices
Card Decks - V Buckle - Advent Cards
Dragvisor - Darkvisor - Scissorsvisor - Magnuvisor - Evilvisor - Metalvisor - Venovisor - Destvisor - Gazellevisor - Biovisor - Blancvisor - Blackdragvisor - Goldvisor - Slashvisor - Abyssvisor
Sword Vents
Ridesaber - Dragsaber - Winglancer - Venosaber - Wingslasher - Goldsabers - Dragsaber (Ryuga) - Abysssaber - Slashdagger
Strike Vents
Dragclaw - Scissorspinch - Gigahorn - Metalhorn - Destclaws - Dragclaw (Ryuga) - Abyssclaw
Guard Vents
Dragshield - Wingwall - Shelldefense - Gigaarmor Wingshield - Dragshield (Ryuga) - Goldshield
Shoot Vents
Gigacannon - Gigalauncher
Swing Vents
Spin Vents
Hold Vents
Rideshooter - Dragranzer (Bike Mode) - Darkraider (Bike Mode) - Psycoroader
Kanzaki family
Yui Kanzaki - Shiro Kanzaki - Sanako Kanzaki
ORE Journal
Daisuke Okubo - Reiko Momoi - Nanako Shimada - Megumi Asano
Mirror Monsters
The Contract Monsters: Dragreder - Darkwing - Volcancer - Magnugiga - Evildiver - Metalgelas - Venosnaker - Genocider - Destwilder - Gigazelle (Contract Monster) - Goldphoenix - Biogreeza - Blancwing - Dragblacker - Psyco-Rogue
Wild Mirror Monsters: Spiders (Dispider - Mispider - Respider - Solospider) - Zelles (Gigazelle - Megazelle - Magazelle - Negazelle - Omegazelle - Begazelle - Igazelle) - Zebraskulls (Iron - Bronze) - Boarders (Wildboarder - Shieldboarder) - Biters (Zenobiter - Terabiter) - Krakens (Bakraken - Wiskraken) - Gulds (GuldThunder - GuldStorm - GuldMirage) - Abyss (Abysshammer - Abysslasher - Abyssodon) - Buzzstingers (Hornet - Bee - Wasp - Frost - Broom) - Sheerghosts (Sheerghost - Raydragoon - Hydragoon) - Deadlemur - Gelnewt - Sonorabuma - Brobajell - Fake Kamen Rider Agito
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