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The primary Riders of the Reiwa era.

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 (September 2019 - August 2020), 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 (September 2020 - 2021).

Reiwa trends

Many of the trends from the previous era have carried over into the Reiwa era.

  • The main Rider usually uses a disproportionately high number of collectible transformation devices as compared to the other Riders.
    • 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).
  • Each season usually has the third main Rider originally start off as good during or before the start of the series, then become evil for a period of time before finally redeeming themselves and going on the side of good again.
  • The main villains usually possess an omnipotent object or entity of great power, which can possibly inflict mass destruction on the world.
  • A certain transformation device from each season has either a prototype or a mass-produced version.
  • Each season has a spinoff side story focusing on one of the main characters apart from the primary Rider.
  • The secondary Riders' super forms are actually equivalent to the protagonist Riders' Upgrade Forms.
  • The primary Riders' final form no longer has its own designated weapon. Instead, it uses the weapon used by the upgrade/super form. However, rather than using the super form's collectible device, the weapon instead uses collectible devices from the Riders' regular forms to generate more powerful attacks.
  • With the exception of Zero-One, all series have at least one Rider having a music-related power/weapon:
  • With the exception of Zero-One, there is at least one ninja-based Rider or Rider form:
  • All series feature Kamen Riders with purple/violet color dominant in their main form. They're usually the third or fourth Rider to appear in series.

  • The Blu-ray releases of each season have a mini-series tied in, often as an additional side story within the series' narrative.
  • Each season features initial conflict or some form of a rivalry between the series' secondary and tertiary rider before becoming comrades.
  • Most of the major villains at the start of the series would turn good at the end of it, and the last boss is usually another person/entity (Ark) appearing much later.
  • With the exception of Zero-One, all series introduced an evil Rider-like character with a mysterious identity at the start of the series.

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 Kamen Rider Zero-One as the succeeding entry and the first to helm the Reiwa Era. It began airing on September 1, 2019, and was expected to air its finale sometime Fall 2020. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a quarantine in Japan early May 2020, a string of episodes were postponed and replaced by some alternative content (as the President Special, the Shooting Special, and the Super Job War).

In December of 2019, a crossover between Zero-One and Zi-O had premiered in Japanese theaters, titled Kamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation, marking the first time two Riders from differing eras have headed their own crossover film together.

On July 29, 2020, the press conference for Kamen Rider Saber was held, revealing its main cast and crew. The show began airing on September 6, 2020.

Sometime in 2020, Kamen Rider Zero-One: REAL×TIME was planned to be released on July 23, 2020, but delayed due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, later released on December 18, 2020 double-billed alongside with Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin.

By December 18, 2020, Zero-One Others was announced for the V-Cinext, starting with Zero-One Others: Kamen Rider MetsubouJinrai, releasing on March 26, 2021 followed by its sequel, Zero-One Others: Kamen Rider Vulcan & Valkyrie, releasing sometime in Fall 2021.

On March 20, 2021, Kamen Rider Saber: The Movie was announced to premiere sometime later in 2021, double-billng with Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: The MovieIcon-crosswiki.png.

Reiwa Rider productions

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