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The Reiwa Kamen Rider Series (令和仮面ライダーシリーズ, Reiwa Kamen Raidā Shirīzu) is the third and current production era of the Kamen Rider Series. It refers to Reiwa (令和), the current period in Japan after the Heisei period. The Reiwa era started on May 1, 2019, the first day after the abdication of the reigning Emperor, Akihito. His son, Naruhito, succeeded to the throne. In accordance with Japanese customs, Akihito will be renamed "Emperor Heisei" upon his death.
The Reiwa era started with Zi-O's successor, Kamen Rider Zero-One, which premiered in September 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was delayed for five weeks, ultimately cutting the show's length considerably and aired its final episode in August 2020. Zero-One was followed by Kamen Rider Saber, which aired from September 2020 to August 2021.
As 2021 was the year that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the franchise, a cross-franchise film with Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger, titled Kamen Rider Saber ＋ Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki had premiered in the summer of 2021. Saber will be followed by Kamen Rider Revice, who made their first appearances in Superhero Senki.
In the 50th Anniversary of Kamen Rider, Saber led the anniversary of the franchise. After Saber's finale, Revice will hold the anniversary until its series' finale.
Many of the trends from the previous era have carried over into the Reiwa era.
- With the exception of Saber, Summer Movies would have early-bird cameos of the succeeding Riders.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Zero-One had made a cameo in Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer, before making his televised appearance in his series.
- Kamen Rider Revice: Revi and Vice would make cameos in Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki, before making televised appearances in their predecessor's season, and later in their own series.
- All of the summer movies have the main Rider using all of their forms that debut in the television series, including a movie-exclusive form that is introduced in the movie.
- Each Hyper Battle DVD has the main Rider gaining access to a form that is only exclusive to said special.
- Each Heisei Phase 2 series has its own set of Collectible Devices, first seen with the Advent Cards in Kamen Rider Ryuki, with the tradition being kicked off by the Rider Cards of Kamen Rider Decade, which were used by Decade to access the power of previous Kamen Riders. As with the Heisei Phase 2 Kamen Riders, the Reiwa Riders use their collectible devices for various purposes, such as changing into their various forms, using special attacks, and other techniques. These collectible devices also work very well with merchandise, each set of collectibles has had their own "Legend Rider" range featuring the likenesses of previous Kamen Riders, some of which appear in the arcade game Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride and Movie War crossovers.
- Each lead Rider has an Item Carrier for their Collectible Devices.
- Each Reiwa series has either the Primary or Secondary Rider utilizing some type of mecha as a part of their arsenal.
- With the exception of Zero-One, each Reiwa series has a piece of arsenal that can assume at least three different modes.
- Each lead Rider has their own unique pre-battle catchphrase.
- The Secondary Riders also have their own unique pre-battle catchphrase.
- Each lead Rider has at least three Main Forms.
- The lead Rider and secondary Rider(s) display some kind of cross-compatibility.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: All Riders can utilize any Progrisekey for form changes and/or attacks, the former of which has only ever been seen in the form of Concept Art. RampageVulcan also combines the power of 10 Progrisekeys.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The Riders can use any of each other's Wonder Ride Books, each to a varying degree.
- The Riders have some sort of nickname for their finishing attacks, which are announced by their transformation devices and various weapons.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Various
- Hiden Zero-One Driver, Zetsumetsu Driver, Eden Driver, and MetsubouJinrai Driver: (Progrisekey name) Impact
- A.I.M.S. Shotriser: (Progrisekey name) Blast (Fever)
- MetsubouJinrai Forceriser: (Progrisekey name) Dystopia/Utopia
- Zetsumeriser: ("Zetsumetsu"/Progrisekey name) Nova
- Cycloneriser: (Progrisekey name) Spark/The End
- ZAIA Thousandriver: (Progrisekey name) Destruction/Break
- Raidriser: (Progrisekey name) Bolide
- ZAIA Slashriser: (Progrisekey name) Rain (Rush)
- Hiden Zero-Two Driver: (Progrisekey name) Big Bang
- Slash: (Progrisekey name) Energy (Fall)
- Shot: (Progrisekey name) Burst (Cannon)
- Kamen Rider Saber: Various
- Kamen Rider Revice:
- Revice Driver: (Vistamp name) Stamping Finish
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Various
- In the Reiwa shows, the lead Rider and the secondary Rider often have similar yet distinct powers, abilities, and themes. This trend began with Kamen Rider Decade, where both Riders used Rider Cards, with the difference between them being that Decade has a smaller selection of cards, but can transform into them with full access to their powers, while Diend has access to more cards, but can only summon copies of Riders without their full range of powers. This continues in each of the following series.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Each Rider bears their own animal motif (grasshopper, wolf, cheetah, falcon, etc.) and uses their own Progrisekeys to gain unique forms.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The three Seiken Swordriver Riders are able to use three Wonder Ride Books tied to their element in order to access Wonder Combos, while the other Riders, each with their own unique Seiken, are only able to use one Book at a time.
- Each season has an evil organization exerting villainous influence in some capacity:
- Each Reiwa era villain group has its own Henchmen squad.
- Each series' monsters are either summoned or transformed by a Collectible Device, usually another version of the main hero's Collectible Devices.
- Each Reiwa series features pertinent ally characters with a mysterious past that is linked to the main villains of the show. Most of them are all killed before their series concludes but come back to life sometime later.
- Each Reiwa series has a female Kamen Rider.
- Each Reiwa series features ally characters who serve as primary comic relief characters.
- Each Secondary Rider generally has a more major role in the series in the Reiwa era than the previous Secondary Riders, usually starting out as anti-heroes but then working together with the Primary Rider later on in the series.
- So far, only Kamen Rider Blades breaks this trend, with Blades being a generally heroic Rider from the start, then turning anti-heroic in the middle, then heroic in the end.
- Usually, the Secondary Rider's Final Form debuts before the lead Rider's Final Form.
- The current Riders' primary monsters will sometimes work together with the main heroes. The current Riders' main villains only temporarily help the heroes in some movies outside of the Super Hero Taisen movie series.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Many of the Magia encountered early on in the series were actually innocent victims turned into monsters by MetsubouJinrai.net, and most of these individuals would later assist them in some capacity later on. Jin, a founding member of MetsubouJinrai, originally fought against the Kamen Riders as Kamen Rider Jin before eventually joining them in saving the world from the Ark.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Although Desast remained an antagonist up until his death, he was able to remain as an ally to only Ren Akamichi and had on most occasions fought beside him in battle.
- Halfway through the show, new kinds of monsters are introduced, usually a higher-up of the previous monsters or attained through a different source of evolution.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Dodo Magia (He was defeated by the main Rider's Upgrade Form, and his Zetsumerisekey would later be used by Ikazuchi to transform into a Rider) and Jin (While he was originally pink due to using Flying Falcon, after being rebuilt by Williamson, not only is his Burning Falcon form red, but it also has flaming abilities and signified to the others of his revival and by that point, gave Jin a drastic personality change and perspective.)
- Kamen Rider Saber: Legeiel (He was defeated by the main Rider's Super Form)
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Fuwa's Shotriser was damaged near the end of Zero-One after transforming into Orthros Vulcan. Prior to this however, he was possessed by Naki on several occasions before they were separated.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Rintaro, along with the other three Sword of Logos Riders, are tricked into believing that Touma betrayed them, pitting him against Touma for numerous episodes.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One has two cases:
- Kamen Rider Saber has two cases:
- The Shindai siblings would begin acting on their own accord and fight against Isaac after the latter reveals his true intentions and denounces his title of Master Logos. Storious would eventually betray and vaporize Isaac while taking his Omni Force Wonder Ride Book for his own schemes.
- Desast severed ties with the Megid in pursuit of his own freedom and soon after, gets badly wounded during an encounter with Storious
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME has S's Paradise Guardia, a digital reality that Aruto was uplinked into.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin has the Northern Base Riders facing off against Falchion in Wonder World.
- Saber + Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki has Touma Kamiyama, Mei Sudo, and Yuri temporarily displaced into the Zenkaiger's universe.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Out of all the Progrisekeys, Zero-One uses 10 (12 counting his appearances as Zero-Two and Ark-One), while Vulcan uses 6 and Valkyrie only uses 2 (3 counting her appearance as the Fighting Jackal Raider).
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Yua Yaiba was originally aligned with ZAIA Enterprise Japan and their president, Gai Amatsu, though after his ulterior motives began to conflict with her own morality, she ultimately betrays Gai and works with Jin and HIDEN Manufacturing to defeat Ark-Zero.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Kento Fukamiya, originally a childhood friend of Touma, returned after he was seemingly killed and took up the mantle as the current Kamen Rider Calibur with a mission to seal all the Seiken to prevent a terrible disaster he foresaw, turning him into a somewhat anti-heroic Rider, though he does show signs of wanting to rekindle his friendships with his former allies. He would later return to aid them after reclaiming Raimeiken Ikazuchi.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Ark itself is this, possessing the power to turn any or all Humagears against humanity.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The Almighty Book is a powerful tome of history that contains everything known to man and the source of the Wonder Ride Books. If awakened, it has the power to devastate and absorb the entire planet.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Vulcan Assault Wolf uses a similar kind of Progrisekey as Zero-One Shining Hopper, with the Assault Grip being interchangeable between the two keys.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Blades King Lion Daisenki was created by the King of Arthur Wonder Ride Book and wields the King Lion Booster, similar to Saber Dragonic Knight's Dragonic Booster.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Bremen no Rock Band
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Isamu Fuwa (Kamen Rider Vulcan) and Yua Yaiba (Kamen Rider Valkyrie) started off as teammates of the organization A.I.M.S. fighting against MetsubouJinrai.net. However when Gai Amatsu started to become active, Yua's loyalty to ZAIA Japan's president forced her to fight against his opponents, including Fuwa as the Fighting Jackal Raider. Yua would eventually change allegiances and fight against Gai Amatsu's ambitions.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: The opening features a corrupted version of Izu with long hair. Originally a special insert by director Teruaki Sugihara, this clip of "Izu" would later be reused in the President Special to introduce the character of Azu.
- Kamen Rider Saber: The opening features a scene of Touma by himself in the Wonder World, along with the Wonder World's own iteration of Fantastic Bookstore Kamiyama. This scene would be reused in episode 47, after Touma becomes the new guardian of the Wonder World.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: A.I.M.S. Shotriser, MetsubouJinrai Forceriser, Zetsumeriser, Raidriser, and ZAIA Slashriser are all referred to as Risers.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Each of the Seiken follow the naming scheme ◯◯剣◯◯ when written in kanji, where the first two kanji describe the element whilst the last two form the name that it is more commonly referred to as. The first and last kanji are always the same.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Although she still had access to her rider powers, Yua Yaiba became the Fighting Jackal Raider in the middle of the series during her time with ZAIA Enterprise Japan, but would later return to becoming Kamen Rider Valkyrie after defecting from ZAIA.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Kento Fukamiya lost access to becoming Kamen Rider Espada after being sealed by Daichi Kamijo. Kento later became the third Kamen Rider Calibur after he was disillusioned by the Ankokuken Kurayami and freed from it, but would return as Espada after a pep-talk with his father.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: Yua had access to an additional form called Lightning Hornet, and gained Serval Tiger in Zero-One Others: Kamen Rider Vulcan & Valkyrie
- Kamen Rider Saber: Kento had access to his Wonder Combo, Golden Alangina, and gained the Gekkou Raimeiken Ikazuchi and the Arabiana Night form in Kamen Rider Saber: Trio of Deep Sin.
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Ark used the Ark Driver to become Kamen Rider Ark-Zero in Zero-One episode 36, which would later be used by Aruto Hiden to become Kamen Rider Ark-One.
- Kamen Rider Saber: Isaac used the Dooms Driver Buckle in conjunction with the Omni Force Wonder Ride Book to become Kamen Rider Solomon in Saber episode 36. Storious later used the Dooms Driver Buckle with the Grimoire Wonder Ride Book to become Kamen Rider Storious.
Kamen Rider in the Reiwa Era
In Japan, the Reiwa Era began on May 1, 2019, during the concurrent run of Kamen Rider Zi-O, the final Heisei-era Rider. By the end of summer, Toei announced a new succeeding entry and the first to helm the Reiwa Era of Kamen Rider. They made their first appearance in Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer and crossed-over with Zi-O in Kamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation, which set the precedent as the first major crossover between Riders from two different eras.
The new series was introduced in late 2019 as Kamen Rider Zero-One, which returned to the franchise's original roots as Zero-One's primary motif is based on the grasshopper, with his name a reference to being the first of a new era. The show was expected to air uninterrupted until Fall 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic had occurred, forcing a quarantine in Japan in May. Thus, to allow time for the production team to make their changes, TV Asahi aired alternate content in the meantime, such as the President Special, the Shooting Special, and the Super Job War.
In late 2020, Kamen Rider Saber was introduced as the second installment of the Reiwa Era of Kamen Rider. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a double-billing marketing strategy for each individual film was implemented in lieu of a Movie War film to keep both casts as healthy and safe as possible. After the final episode's airing, an epilogue film set eight years in the future was announced, titled Kamen Rider Saber: Trio of Deep Sin.
In the summer of 2021, Kamen Rider Revice was introduced as the third installment of the Reiwa Era of Kamen Rider, and made their first appearance in Kamen Rider Saber ＋ Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki. Both Revi and Vice then subsequently appeared in Saber's final episode one week before their premiere.
Reiwa Rider productions
To be determined
- Kamen Rider BLACK SUN (2022)
- Fuuto PI (anime) (2022)
- Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME (originally delayed from July)
- Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin
- Reiwa period at the Ranger Wiki