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"When the era needs it, Kamen Rider will definitely revive."
―Shotaro Ishinomori[src]

Kamen Rider SPIRITS The Legend of Masked Riders (仮面ライダーSPIRITS Kamen Raidā Supirittsu, trans. Masked Rider SPIRITS) is an ongoing manga adaptation of the popular Kamen Rider franchise by Kenichi Muraeda. The focus of the story is on the original ten Kamen Riders with shifting focus on main characters.

The original series ended when Magazine Z ceased publication and was then revived in Monthly Shonen Magazine under the title Neo Kamen Rider SPIRITS (新・仮面ライダーSPIRITS Shin Kamen Raidā Supirittsu, New Masked Rider SPIRITS).
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As of the release of the 100th chapter of Shin Spirits (April 6, 2018), Kamen Rider Spirits had become the longest running tokusatsu adaptation manga in history.

Synopsis

Following the end of the Kamen Rider Super-1 television series, Kamen Rider Spirits begins by following the lives of the original Kamen Riders in various stand alone stories. The manga then introduces the tenth Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider ZX, ignoring the events of the Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! television special and making an alternate origin story. The manga also ties up loose story ends from the various TV series, such as how Riderman survived the Pluton Rocket Explosion and why Stronger's partner, Tackle, was never acknowledged as a Kamen Rider.

Arc summary

Kamen Rider Spirits is composed of three different arcs, each focusing on different Kamen Riders. The first arc is composed of several stand alone stories that focus on the original nine Kamen Riders who, no longer a team, have all gone their separate ways. After discovering suspicious activity going on all over the world, the Kamen Riders realize that a new evil is rising.

The second arc of the manga, known as Kamen Rider ZX: Forget Memories, focuses on the new Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider ZX, and gives the character an alternate story, ignoring his origin in the Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! TV special. The second arc also introduces the Badan Empire, the story's main villains.

The third section of the manga, known as Kamen Rider ZX: Dragon Road, focuses on Kamen Rider ZX joining the original nine Kamen Riders and facing the evil Badan Empire together.

Chapters

Kamen Rider SPIRITS Chapters

Main article: List of Kamen Rider Spirits Chapters

Shin Kamen Rider SPIRITS Chapters

Main article: List of Shin Kamen Rider Spirits Chapters

Official Books

Characters

Main

Kamen Rider ZX Ryo Murasame
Kamen Rider 1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider 2 Hayato Ichimonji
Kamen Rider V3 Shiro Kazami
Riderman Joji Yuki
Kamen Rider X Keisuke Jin
Kamen Rider Amazon Daisuke Yamamoto
Kamen Rider Stronger Shigeru Jo
Skyrider Hiroshi Tsukuba
Kamen Rider Super-1 Kazuya Oki

Allies

Taki Rider Kazuya Taki
GanGan G Kanji Yada
Electronic Wave Humanoid Tackle Yuriko Misaki

Great Leader JUDO

Amaterasu-JUDO-Tsukuyomi

The 3 Main Deities of Kamen Rider ZX Forget Memories

Susanoo Great Leader JUDO
Kamen Rider 1
Kamen Rider 2
Kamen Rider V3
Kamen Rider X
Kamen Rider Amazon
Kamen Rider Stronger
Skyrider
Kamen Rider Super-1
Fake Kamen Rider 1 Energy of the dragons
Fake Kamen Rider 2
Fake Kamen Rider V3
Fake Kamen Rider X
Fake Kamen Rider Amazon
Fake Kamen Rider Stronger
Fake Skyrider
Fake Kamen Rider Super-1
Fake Kamen Rider ZX

Badan Empire

Main article: Badan Empire
Tsukuyomi Tsukuyomi
Eisuke Mikage
Amaterasu AmaterasuShizuka Murasame/Amaterasu

Other Notable Villains

Kikaijin Tackle Revived Tackle
Kikaijin Spark Goro Numata
Evil Amazon Zero the Great
Robot Super-1 Robot Super-1

Failed U.S. Releases

US fans of Kamen Rider have long wanted this particular entry of Kamen Rider media to get a release from a licensed US publisher. Throughout the years, several attempts have been made to do so, but ultimately fell through.

  • In 2013, New York publisher Vertical did a Facebook fan poll on which manga titles would be picked up for licensed publishing under their label, with Kamen Rider Spirits being one of the potential books. Despite a surge of interest from US Kamen Rider fans and tokusatsu forums trying to spread the word, Vertical decided against publishing the book as the final results of the poll did not meet their expectations to warrant its release and the poll was already closed despite attempts to boost the number of votes.[1][2]
  • Later, a Kamen Rider fan from Wisconsin named Jordan Levells tried to do a petition to get Vertical to reconsider obtaining the book. He was later contacted by Vertical stating the signatures needed would have to be 30,000 to warrant such a request from their executive publishers. Despite his best efforts and chatter on social media and forums from other fans, the fandom could only manage to obtain 511 and needed 29,488 more signatures before the petition's time limit expired.[3].
  • A few fans took the news very badly and went to social media to harass or passive aggressively ask Vertical to release Spirits, which scared them away, leaving an unfortunate bad impression on Kamen Rider fandom as a whole. Vertical explained their reasoning on their Tumblr as the publisher stated that licensing a long running manga with no definitive end in sight would be too costly and has high risks involved when it comes to sales. Thus, Vertical prefers short volume run manga titles or recognizable and profitable books as the print industry is struggling to maintain itself financially in the digital age.[4][5]
  • On September 24, 2013, a fan made an inquiry to Kodansha Comics, the US branch of the publisher who prints the manga in Japan. The publisher responded that they did not wish to translate or publish the book due to its inconsistent release scheduling and the sheer length of it.[6]

Notes

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Kenichi Mureada's concept design for Shadow Moon.

  • The first tankobon was released on April 20th, 2001, two weeks after the 30th anniversary of Kamen Rider (April 3rd, 2001).
  • The author was denied permission to use Kotaro Minami in the story.[Citation needed] Despite this, Kenichi does artwork for fans at conventions of Kamen Rider Black characters, such as a drawing of his own design for Shadow Moon.


External links

References

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Showa Era Manga
Kamen Rider (manga) - Kamen Rider: Rider 3 vs. The Demon of General Black - Kamen Rider V3 (manga) - Kamen Rider X (manga) - Kamen Rider Amazon (manga) - Kamen Rider Stronger (manga) - Kamen Rider: 7 Riders Showdown - Skyrider (manga) - 8 Riders vs. Galaxy King (manga) - Kamen Rider Super-1 (manga) - Kamen Rider ZX (manga) - Kamen Rider Black (manga) - Kamen Rider Black RX (manga) - 11 Kamen Riders Senki - Kamen Rider SD (manga) - Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue (manga) - Kamen Rider ZO (manga) - Kamen Rider ZO & RX (short story) - Kamen Rider J (manga)
Heisei Era Manga
Kamen Rider Kuuga (manga) - Kamen Rider Agito (manga) - Kamen Rider Spirits - Kamen Rider Ryuki (manga) - Kamen Rider Ryuki: 13 Riders The Comic - Kamen Rider 555 (manga) - Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven Senki (manga) - Kamen Rider Den-O (manga) - The Men Who Made Kamen Rider - Card Warrior Riders (manga) - Kamen Rider Kiva (manga) - Kamen Rider Decade (manga) - Special Handwritten Manga: Kamen Rider Den-O - Ganbaride Battle Ride Masters - Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (manga) - Kamen Rider Fourze (manga) - Kamen Rider Battle Gaiden Shin Ganbaride Raita - Fourze Hen - Kamen Rider Tokuma Shoten TV Land Collection - Magical Girl x Kamen Rider - Sayaka & Fourze - Mitakihara Taisen Magimix (doujinshi) - Hybrid Insector (doujinshi) - Ganbarider (web manga) - Bonds of Wind ~The Men Who Ran Through The Great East Japan Earthquake~ - Futo Detective - Kamen Rider Amazons Gaiden: Light of Fireflies
Reiwa Era Manga
Kamen Rider 913
Publishers
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