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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).
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.
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.
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.
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
- Kamen Rider Spirits: Inherited Soul
- Kamen Rider Spirits: Transcendent Apocalypse
- Cyborg: Kamen Rider Spirits Art Collection
- Cyborg Again: Kamen Rider Spirits Art Collection
|Kamen Rider ZX||Ryo Murasame|
|Kamen Rider 1||Takeshi Hongo|
|Kamen Rider 2||Hayato Ichimonji|
|Kamen Rider V3||Shiro Kazami|
|Kamen Rider X||Keisuke Jin|
|Kamen Rider Amazon||Daisuke Yamamoto|
|Kamen Rider Stronger||Shigeru Jo|
|Kamen Rider Super-1||Kazuya Oki|
|Taki Rider||Kazuya Taki|
|GanGan G||Kanji Yada|
|Electronic Wave Humanoid Tackle||Yuriko Misaki|
- Annrietta Birkin
- Tobei Tachibana
- Genjiro Tani
- Ruriko Midorikawa
- The Junior Rider Squad
- Dr. Mami
- Dr. Kaido
- Rumi Ichijō
- Freya Bohmann
- Masahiko Okamura
Great Leader JUDO
|Susanoo||Great Leader JUDO|
|Kamen Rider 1|
|Kamen Rider 2|
|Kamen Rider V3|
|Kamen Rider X|
|Kamen Rider Amazon|
|Kamen Rider Stronger|
|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 Kamen Rider Super-1|
|Fake Kamen Rider ZX|
- Main article: Badan Empire
|Amaterasu||Amaterasu ► Shizuka Murasame/Amaterasu|
- Colonel Gamon/Ambassador Darkness
- Dr. Lars Bohmann
- The Last Battalion
- Badan Vortex
- The Cyborg Elite
Other Notable Villains
- Father Petrescu
- Colonel Zol
- Doctor Death
- Ambassador Hell
- General Black
- Doktor G
- Baron Kiba
- Archbishop Tsubasa
- Marshal Armor
- Jyumenki Gorgos
- Dead Lion
- Emperor Terror Macro
- General Megarl
- Marshal Demon
- Princess Yōkai
- Commander Onibi
- Doctor Ghost
- Staff Officer Witch
|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.
- 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..
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Kamen Rider Spirits - Unofficial website of the manga which contains comic synopsis, information about its characters and kaijin and more.
- Kamen Rider Spirits Page at Japan Hero.
- Kodansha site
- ↑ https://en-gb.facebook.com/Vertical.Inc/posts/10150985936694613
- ↑ http://news.tokunation.com/companies/vertical-publishing
- ↑ https://www.change.org/p/bring-kamen-rider-spirits-to-the-us
- ↑ http://vertical-inc.tumblr.com/post/77037885510/is-there-any-sort-of-concentrated-effort-fans-can
- ↑ http://isthistakenalready.tumblr.com/image/50390293761
- ↑ http://kodanshacomics.tumblr.com/post/59206791409/i-know-you-get-a-lot-of-will-you-license-x
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