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This article is about a/an series entry (the 12th) in the Kamen Rider Series.
Red alert WARNING: This series contains scenes of blood, graphic violence, and alcohol drinking. Viewer discretion is advised!
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.

Story

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 Advent 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.

Characters

13 Riders

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

The notion of 13 Riders is apparently an homage to the original Kamen Rider manga published in 1971, which contains a chapter called The 13 Kamen Riders. However, only 10 Kamen Riders were featured in the TV series. Femme, Ryuga and Verde appeared exclusively in the movie Episode: Final and/or the TV special 13 Riders.

Despite the idea of 13 Kamen Riders facing each other, all 13 Kamen Riders never really faced each other in one huge battle. The most number of Kamen Riders in one battle is 6 (in the TV series, where Knight, Ryuki, Zolda, Ouja, Tiger, and Alternative fought each other, only to be interrupted by Imperer's advent monsters), and 11 (at the 13 Kamen Riders Special). Kamen Rider Raia was killed earlier by Kamen Rider Verde's Death Vanish Final Vent. Despite activating the Guard Vent, Kamen Rider Scissors was killed by Kamen Rider Ouja's Veno Crash Final Vent. The remaining 10 Kamen Riders fought in the final match of the special, with Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Knight facing off against the remaining 8, led by Kamen Rider Odin.

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
Yuichi SaitoMiyuki Tezuka
Kamen Rider Gai
Jun Shibaura
Kamen Rider Ouja
Takeshi Asakura
Kamen Rider Tiger
Satoru Tojo
Kamen Rider Imperer
Mitsuru Sano
Kamen Rider Odin
Kamen Rider Odin
Alternative
Hajime Nakamura
Alternative Zero
Hideyuki Kagawa

Movie/Special-exclusive

Kamen Rider Ryuki
Koichi Sakakibara
Kamen Rider Knight
Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Femme
Miho Kirishima
Kamen Rider Ryuga
Dark Shinji
Kamen Rider Verde
Itsuro Takamizawa

Stageshow-exclusive

Kamen Rider Papillon Kamen Rider Papillon
Kamen Rider Cerberus Kamen Rider Cerberus

SIC Hero Saga-exclusive

Kamen Rider Ryuki Shinichi Kido
Kamen Rider Ryuga Dark Shinji
Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Odin Ren Akiyama
Alternative Zero Yui Kanzaki
Alternative An army of twelve Alternatives

Unused

Kamen Rider Blade Yuichi Saito

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
Psycorogue Psycorogue
Blancwing Blancwing
Dragblacker Dragblacker
Biogreeza Biogreeza
Abyssodon Abyssodon (Decade only)

Wild Monsters

Fake Agito Fake Kamen Rider Agito
Spiders
Zelles
Zebraskulls
Boarders
Biters
Krakens
Gulds
Abyss
Buzzstingers
Sheerghosts

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Ryuki Episodes


  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)

Movies

  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)
  2. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero TaisenIcon-crosswiki (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊: 超スーパーヒーロー大戦 Kamen Raidā × Supā Sentai Chō Supā Hīrō Taisen)

Specials

  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)

Other media

Manga

  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. 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)

Noevel

  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.

Cast

Suit actors

Songs

Opening theme
Ending themes

Episodes: 34-37, 39-50, TV Special

International broadcasts

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 into Korean as Masked Rider Dragon (가면라이더 드래건 Gamyeon Raideo Deuraegeon) in South Korea in 2004, Filipino in the Philippines as Masked Rider Ryuki on ABS-CBN 2, Malay on NTV7, and in Indonesian on RCTI and Indosiar. It is also the first ever Kamen Rider Series to be dubbed in Arabic after its run on Space Toon.

Notes

  • Despite the vastly different execution from different 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 Gaim, Kabuto and Ex-Aid.
    • 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.

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