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For the series' main character, Saber, see Touma Kamiyama.

Kamen Rider Saber (仮面ライダーセイバー[聖刃] Kamen Raidā Seibā) is a Japanese tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series. It is the second series to debut during the Reiwa period and the thirty-first overall. The series premiered on September 6, 2020, joining Mashin Sentai KiramagerIcon-crosswiki.png in the Super Hero Time line-up after the finale of Kamen Rider Zero-One. Starting on March 7, 2021, the series will be joined in the Super Hero Time line-up by Kikai Sentai ZenkaigerIcon-crosswiki.png.

The catchphrase for the series is "Become a writer and a swordsman!!" (文豪にして剣豪!! Bungō ni shite kengō!!)

Production

Toei Company confirmed and filed the trademark for Kamen Rider Saber on May 29, 2020.[1]. On July 29, 2020 the show's logo was fully unveiled during the press conference introducing the main cast of the show.[2] The show premiered on September 6, 2020.

In October 2020, Kamen Rider Saber: The Movie was announced to premiere double-billed with Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Movie, in lieu of both Mashin Sentai Kiramager: The MovieIcon-crosswiki.png and a Movie War crossover. In the same month, plot details, production images, and special cast members regarding Kamen Rider Saber: The Movie were revealed. In November, the films' official titles were revealed to be Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME and Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin, alongside several posters in its marketing campaign. Both films premiered side-to-side in Japanese theaters on December 18, 2020.

Plot

Long ago, a sect of swordsmen known as the Sword of Logos protected the Book of Ancients, a powerful tome of history that contains everything known to man; myths, creatures, stories, science, technology, and the evolution of human civilization. However thousands of years ago, a traitor working for the Megid tried to steal it for himself. As a result, the Book vanished and each of its pages scattered across the world.

Fast-forward to present day, young novelist Touma Kamiyama has been having dreams of another dimension where he witnessed swordsmen and monsters coming out of a storybook, and a "mysterious girl" calling for help. Recalling the dream sends chills down his spine, not knowing anything at all. One day, a strange phenomenon occurred without notice; a part of the city had disappeared. As people's loved ones disappear one after another, it sends the entire nation into chaos.

The vanished part of the city appeared in an alternate dimension, called Wonder World, an endless dimension as big as pages from a book. The dimension is home to magical creatures that attack without hesitation, sending the people in fear and confusion. As Touma and Mei are caught in this phenomenon, the attack reminds Touma of his dream as he is attacked by a mysterious monster.

"I will definitely bring the city back to the original world!"

As if it was responding to his very will, Touma harnesses the power of the Red Dragon as it merges into his body, turning him into the Flame Swordsman. The battle between the real world and Wonder World has an ending, and only Touma can write it as the fate of the world falls into his hands.

Characters

Kamen Riders

Kamen Riders (Clockwise from top-left): Saber, Blades, Espada, Calibur, Saikou, Slash, Kenzan, Buster

TV Show

Kamen Rider Saber
Daichi KamijoTouma Kamiyama
Kamen Rider Blades
Kenshin NagamineRintaro Shindo
Kamen Rider Espada
Kento Fukamiya
Kamen Rider Buster Ryo Ogami
Kamen Rider Kenzan Ren Akamichi
Kamen Rider Calibur
Hayato FukamiyaDaichi Kamijo
Kamen Rider Slash Tetsuo Daishinji
Kamen Rider Saikou
Yuri

Movie/Special-exclusive

Kamen Rider Falchion Bacht[3]

Allies

Fantastic Bookstore Kamiyama

Sword of Logos

Others

Villains

Megid

Henchmen

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Saber Episodes

This is the second series to use a special nomenclature for its episodes, similar to the Super Sentai series; in this case, having them called "Chapters" ( Sho)[4].

The names for the episodes are also written like descriptive sentences, along with being broken by commas, and ending with periods. The visual effect on the title is that of an opening book, and the font used has an ancient tale aesthetic.

  1. Chapter 1: In The Beginning, There Was a Flame Swordsman. (はじめに、炎の剣士あり。 Hajime ni, Honō no Kenshi Ari.)
  2. Chapter 2: The Water Swordsman, Along With a Blue Lion. (水の剣士、青いライオンとともに。 Mizu no Kenshi, Aoi Raion to Tomo ni.)
  3. Chapter 3: A Father, and a Swordsman. (父であり、剣士。 Chichi de ari, Kenshi.)
  4. Chapter 4: I Opened the Book, Therefore. (本を開いた、それゆえに。 Hon o Aita, Sore Yue ni.)
  5. Chapter 5: My Friend, the Thunder Swordsman. (我が友、雷の剣士につき。 Waga Tomo, Kaminari no Kenshi ni Tsuki.)
  6. Chapter 6: Like the Wind, He Arrives. (疾風の如く、見参。 Hayate no Gotoku, Kenzan.)
  7. Chapter 7: The Sword of the King, Lies in Avalon. (王の剣、アヴァロンにあり。 Ō no Ken, Avaron ni Ari.)
  8. Chapter 8: The One That Is Sealed Is, Arthur. (封印されしは、アーサー。 Fūin sa Reshi wa, Āsā.)
  9. Chapter 9: Overlap, the Swordsman's Timbre. (重なり合う、剣士の音色。 Kasanariau, Kenshi no Neiro.)
  10. Chapter 10: Crossing Swords, and Crossing Feelings. (交わる剣と、交差する想い。 Majiwaru Ken to, Kōsa Suru Omoi.)
  11. Chapter 11: Disturbed Thunder, Spreading Dark Clouds. (乱れる雷、広がる暗雲。 Midareru Kaminari, Hirogaru An'un.)
  12. Chapter 12: The Promise, in that Place. (約束の、あの場所で。 Yakusoku no, Ano Basho de.)
  13. Chapter 13: I, Will Stay True, To My Convictions. (俺は、俺の、思いを貫く。 Ore wa, Ore no, Omoi wo Tsuranuku.)
  14. Chapter 14: These Feelings, Dwell in this Blade. (この思い、剣に宿して。 Kono Omoi, Ken ni Yado Shite.)
  15. Chapter 15: Beyond The Resolution, and Beyond. ((覚悟を超えた、その先に。 Kakugo o Koeta, Sono Sakini.)
  16. Chapter 16: Saving the World, A Ray of Light. (世界を救う、一筋の光。 Sekai o Sukuu, Hitosuji no Hikari.)
  17. Chapter 17: The Ancient Messenger, of Either Light or Shadow. (古の使者は、光か影か。 Inishie no Shisha wa, Hikari ka Kage ka.)
  18. Chapter 18: The Flame's Obsession, Defeating the Megid. (炎の執念、メギドを討つ。 Honō no Shūnen, Megido o Utsu.)
  19. Chapter 19: Flame and Light, Sword and Sword. (炎と光、剣と剣。 Honō to Hikari, Ken to Ken.)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin (劇場短編 仮面ライダーセイバー[聖刃]不死鳥の剣士と破滅の書 Gekijō-tanpen Kamen Raidā Seibā Fushichou no Kenshi to Hametsu no Hon)[5]

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Saber Prologue (仮面ライダーセイバー[聖刃]序章 Kamen Raidā Seibā Joshō)
  2. Kamen Rider Saber Spin-off: Swordsmen Chronicles (仮面ライダーセイバー[聖刃]スピンオフ 剣士列伝 Kamen Raidā Seibā Supin'ofu Kenshi Retsuden)
  3. Kamen Rider Saber: Transformation Lessons (仮面ライダーセイバー変身講座 Kamen Raidā Seibā Henshin Kōza)
  4. Kamen Rider Saber: 7 Great Riders Transformation! Finisher! Special Supplement Issue! (仮面ライダーセイバー7ライダー変身!必殺!特別増刊号! Kamen Raidā Seibā 7 Raidā Henshin! Hissatsu! Tokubetsu Zōkan-gō!)
  5. Separate Volume Kamen Rider Saber: Short Story Activity Manga Collection (別冊 仮面ライダーセイバー[聖刃] 短編活動萬画集 Bessatsu Kamen Raidā Seibā Tanpen Katsudō Mangashū)[6]
  6. TTFC Direct Theater: Kamen Rider Saber (TTFC 産直シアター 仮面ライダーセイバー TTFC Sanchoku Shiatā Kamen Raidā Seibā)[7]


Cast

Suit Actors

Songs

Opening Theme

Ending Theme

Notes

  • This is the second season in the entire franchise to have a special nomenclature for its episodes, the first being Hibiki.
  • This is the first season since Kamen Rider Hibiki to have ending credits and also the first season in the Reiwa Era to have ending credits.
    • It is also the first season in the entire franchise to have an ending dance sequence, which was often typically performed in the Super Sentai series.[9]
  • This is the first season since Kamen Rider Drive to have an "Episode 0", though this Episode 0 aired before the season premiere instead of after.
  • Like with Kamen Rider Ghost, this series has frequent use of stock footage transformation and finisher sequences.

Wonder World Letter Key

  • The special text featured prominently throughout the show (most notably in the Wonder Ride Books) is, in fact, stylized letters of the Latin alphabet turned 90° counter-clockwise.[10]
  • Production-wise, it is the second series in general not to have the titular rider make a cameo in the previous series since the trend began.
  • Much like Blade and Kiva, this season's title is an English word played on a Japanese one, 聖 (Sei lit."Holy") and 刃 (Yaiba or -ha lit. "Blade"),  with its English counterpart Saber (セイバー Seibā). It is also a pun to Sage (聖人 Seijin).
  • Coincidentally, the premiere date of the series hits the 11th anniversary of Kamen Rider W.

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References

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Current Swordsmen: Touma Kamiyama - Rintaro Shindo - Kento Fukamiya - Ryo Ogami - Ren Akamichi - Tetsuo Daishinji - Daichi Kamijo - Yuri
Previous Swordsmen: Kenshin Nagamine - Hayato Fukamiya
Movie-exclusive: Bacht
Gear
Drivers
Seiken Swordriver - Jaken Caliburdriver - Haken Bladriver - Seiken Saikou Driver
Seiken
Kaenken Rekka - Suiseiken Nagare - Raimeiken Ikazuchi - Dogouken Gekido - Fuusouken Hayate - Onjuuken Suzune - Ankokuken Kurayami - Mumeiken Kyomu - Kougouken Saikou
Ride Book-related
Wonder Ride Books - Ride Book Hondana - Hissatsuholder - Sword of Logos Buckle - Sword of Logos Holder
Weapons
Kingexcalibur - Dragonic Booster - King Lion Booster
Summons
Brave Dragon - Lion Senki - Lamp do Alangina - Tri Cerberus - 3 Little Pig Brothers - Jaaku Dragon - Jaou Dragon
Vehicles
Diago Speedy - Ride Gatriker
Allies
Fantastic Bookstore Kamiyama: Mei Sudo
Sword of Logos: Sophia - Reika Shindai
Other: Tassel - Luna - Sora Ogami - Fighting Fairy
Storious - Legeiel - Zooous - Daichi Kamijo - Desast
Monsters
Golem Megid - Ari Megid - Kirigirisu Megid - Hanzaki Megid - Piranha Megid - Medusa Megid - Ahiru Megid - Goblin Megid - Yeti Megid
Footsoldiers: Shimi
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