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The Movie War Series (MOVIE大戦シリーズ, Mūbī Taisen Shirīzu) is a series of crossover films between two immediate installments of the Kamen Rider franchise, having started with W and Decade. Typically, these movies premiere around mid-December.

It can be considered the Kamen Rider Series' equivalent to the VS. moviesIcon-crosswiki.png of Super Sentai, which had celebrated its 15th anniversary before the start of the Movie War Series.

Film Format

Each film of the series is split into three parts, with the first two being dedicated to each presenting series to allow for an epilogue or additional story to be told. The final part intertwines the narratives of both parts where both protagonist Riders team up to defeat a combination of their enemies. This practice was used for the majority of the Movie Wars until the release of Ghost x Drive, which featured a full-length crossover narrative for the entirely of the film instead of individual segments that culminate into one in the end.

Beginning in 2016, the full-length narrative practice has carried over to the three Heisei Generations films, as well as the Reiwa Generations films.

Movie War films

Traditional

Poster Title Release Date Director Writer(s)
W-Decade.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010 (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー Wダブル&ディケイド MOVIE大戦2010, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā: Daburu ando Dikeido Mūbī Taisen Nisenjū) December 12, 2009 Ryuta Tasaki Shōji Yonemura (Decade, Movie War 2010)
Riku Sanjo (W)
OOO & Double.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W feat. Skull: Movie War Core (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー オーズ&アンドダブル feat. フィーチャリングスカル MOVIE大戦CORE, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Ōzu ando Daburu fīcharingu Sukaru: Mūbī Taisen Koa) December 18, 2010 Riku Sanjo (W, Movie War Core)
Toshiki Inoue (OOO)
Megamax.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー フォーゼ&オーズ MOVIE大戦 MEGA MAX, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Fōze ando Ōzu: Mūbī Taisen Mega Makkusu) December 10, 2011 Koichi Sakamoto Yasuko Kobayashi (OOO)
*Kazuki Nakashima (Fourze, Movie War Mega Max)
Movie War Ultimatum.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー ウィザード&フォーゼ MOVIE大戦アルティメイタム, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Wizādo ando Fōze: Mūbī Taisen Arutimeitamu) December 8, 2012 Yoshio Urasawa (Wizard, Movie War Ultimatum)
Kazuki Nakashima (Fourze)
Sengoku-movie-battle.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー鎧武&ウィザード 天下分け目の戦国MOVIE大合戦, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Gaimu ando Wizādo Tenkawakeme no Sengoku Mūbī Daigassen) December 14, 2013 Ryuta Tasaki Junko Komura (Wizard)
Nobuhiro Mouri (Gaim, Sengoku Movie Battle)
Drive-Gaim Movie War.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダードライブ&鎧武 MOVIE大戦フルスロットル, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Doraibu ando Gaimu Mūbī Taisen Furu Surottoru) December 13, 2014 Takayuki Shibasaki Jin Haganeya (Gaim)
Riku Sanjo (Drive, Movie War Full Throttle)
Chou Movie War Genesis.jpg Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive: Super Movie Wars Genesis (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー ゴースト&ドライブ 超MOVIE大戦ジェネシス, Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Gōsuto ando Doraibu Chō Mūbī Taisen Jeneshisu) December 12, 2015 Osamu Kaneda Makoto Hayashi

Heisei Generations Series

Poster Title Release Date Director Writer(s)
Pac Man VS Heisei Riders.jpg Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pac-Man vs. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Riders (仮面ライダー平成ジェネレーションズ Dr.パックマン対エグゼイド&ゴースト with レジェンドライダー, Kamen Raidā Heisei Jenerēshonzu: Dokutā Pakkuman tai Eguzeido ando Gōsuto wizu Rejendo Raidā) December 10, 2016 Koichi Sakamoto Minato Takano (supervised by Yuya Takahashi)
News xlarge heiseigenerations 201710 04.jpg Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders (仮面ライダー平成ジェネレーションズFINAL ビルド&エグゼイドwithレジェンドライダー, Kamen Raidā Heisei Jenerēshonzu Fainaru: Birudo ando Eguzeido wizu Rejendo Raidā) December 9, 2017 Kazuya Kamihoriuchi Yuya Takahashi
Shogo Muto
Heisei Generations FOREVER.jpeg Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (仮面ライダー平成ジェネレーションズFOREVER, Kamen Raidā Heisei Jenerēshonzu Foebā) December 22, 2018 Kyohei Yamaguchi

Kento Shimoyama (Den-O portion supervised by Yasuko Kobayashi)

Reiwa Series

Poster Title Release Date Director Writer(s)
Reiwa poster 2.jpeg Kamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation (仮面ライダー 令和 ザ・ファースト・ジェネレーション, Kamen Raidā Reiwa Za Fāsuto Jenerēshon) December 21, 2019 Teruaki Sugihara Yuya Takahashi
Kamen Rider Beyond Generations Teaser Poster.jpg Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations (仮面ライダー ビヨンド・ジェネレーションズ, Kamen Raidā Beyondo Jenerēshonzu) December 17, 2021 Takayuki Shibasaki Nobuhiro Mouri

Trends

  • Each Movie War film has a special subtitle:
  • Starting in 2017, each of the Movie War film contains the world "Generation" or its plural "Generations" in it:
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: This movie was called a "Level Up" of the Movie War series so it breaks the trend by not titling the movie the same as with the previous ones, but pseudo 2017 before released.
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: This movie continues the Heisei Generations trend established the previous year to commemorate the Heisei era of Japan. This film's title does not have a vs., doesn't have the antagonist's name in it, and ends only with the words FINAL and with Legend Riders.
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER: This movie continues the Heisei Generations trend established the previous year to commemorate the ending of the Heisei era of Japan.
    • Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation: This movie celebrates beginning of the Reiwa era of Japan.
    • Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations: This movie celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the franchise, in addition to showing the Kamen Rider of 2071.
  • Movie War films normally feature movie exclusive Riders.
  • As mentioned, they open in theaters in December, placing them after the end of the previous series and somewhere between episodes 10 and 20 of the current series.
  • Most of the Movie War films have a title format of Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider (current series) & (previous series): Movie War (blank). Sengoku Movie Battle slightly bends the format a little, while Kamen Rider Heisei Generations is the first movie to completely ignore the format.
  • They usually feature the current and previous Kamen Riders assuming a new form.
  • At some point in these films, the previous rider assumes his Extra Final Form, while the current rider assumes his (near-) Super Form. This is usually during the final battle, where their powers are equal, except for Movie War Full Throttle. In Movie War 2010 and in Kamen Rider Heisei Generations, these forms are accessed in separate occasions, while in Super Movie Wars Genesis and Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL, Drive and Ex-Aid instead assume their respective regular Final Forms.
    • Movie War 2010: Decade Strongest Complete Form (Extra Final Form) & Double FangJoker (Super Form)
    • Movie War Core: Double CycloneJokerGoldXtreme (Extra Final Form) & OOO Tajadol Combo (Super Form)
    • Movie War Mega Max: OOO Super Tatoba Combo (Extra Final Form) & Fourze Rocketstates (near-Super Form)
    • Movie War Ultimatum: Fourze Meteor Nadeshiko Fusionstates (Extra Final Form) & Wizard Special Rush (near-Super Form)
    • Sengoku Movie Battle: Wizard Infinity Dragon Gold (Extra Final Form) & Gaim Wizard Arms (near-Super Form)
    • Super Movie Wars Genesis: Drive Type Tridoron (Final Form) & Ghost Toucon Boost Damashii (near-Super Form)
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Ghost Tenka Touitsu Damashii (Extra Final Form) & Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level XX (near-Super Form)
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer (Final Form) & Build RabbitTank Sparkling Form (Super Form)
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER: Same explanation from above.
    • Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generations: GrandZi-O (Final Form) & ZeroZero-One (Alternate Rider form)
  • Each Movie War film features the introduction of the current series' Secondary Rider.
  • Unlike films in the Super Sentai Versus SeriesIcon-crosswiki.png, Kamen Rider Movie War films are normally made up of three parts; the first part is an epilogue to the previous series, the second part is a new adventure in the current series, and the third part (usually shorter in length) features the actual crossover between the two shows.
    • Movie War 2010: Kamen Rider Decade: The Last Story, Kamen Rider W: Begins Night, & Movie War 2010.
    • Movie War Core: Kamen Rider Skull: Message for Double, Kamen Rider OOO: Nobunaga's Desire, & Movie War Core.
    • Movie War Mega Max is a special case, as it is divided into five parts rather than three, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series. It is made up of Beginning: Fight! Legendary Seven Riders; Kamen Rider OOO: Ankh's Resurrection, the Medals of the Future, and the Leading Hope; Futo, The Conspiracy Advances: Gallant! Kamen Rider Joker; Kamen Rider Fourze: Nade-Shiko Ad-Vent; & Movie War Mega Max: Gather! Warriors of Glory.
    • Movie War Ultimatum: Kamen Rider Fourze's portion, Kamen Rider Wizard's portion, & Movie War Ultimatum.
    • Sengoku Movie Battle: Kamen Rider Wizard: The Promised Place & Kamen Rider Gaim: Sengoku Battle Royale.
    • Movie War Full Throttle: Kamen Rider Gaim: The Last Stage of Advance, Kamen Rider Drive: The Challenge from Lupin, & Movie War Full Throttle.
    • This trend would be broken from Super Movie Wars Genesis onwards, which feature full-length crossovers between the two shows.
  • The Movie War films also features elements of Kamen Riders beyond the two featured series, except for Movie War Full Throttle and Super Movie Wars Genesis.
    • Movie War 2010 features the conclusion to the Rider War as well as the return of the Nine Worlds' Kamen Riders, as Kamen Rider Decade was a crossover series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Heisei Kamen Rider Series.
    • Movie War Core has Kamen Rider Core, the main antagonist who is an amalgamation of the memories of all previous Riders and their battles.
    • Movie War Mega Max celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series, featuring the Seven Legendary Riders as well as Kamen Rider Double returning to assist OOO and Fourze, uniting the first three protagonist Riders following Decade.
    • Movie War Ultimatum features all the main Riders and secondary Riders of following Decade era as of Kamen Rider Wizard, as Kamen Riders OOO and Birth, with Double and Accel, come to help Wizard, Fourze, Meteor, and Nadeshiko, with Kamen Rider Beast making a cameo.
    • Sengoku Movie Battle features all of the main Riders of the Heisei era taking part in a Sengoku era-style Rider battle.
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series, featuring the main Riders that are after Fourze.
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL features Ghost, Gaim, Fourze, and OOO.
    • Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Heisei Kamen Rider series, featuring all the main Riders in the Heisei Era.
    • Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generations celebrates the start of the Reiwa Kamen Rider series, while also serving as a homage to the franchise's origins, with Another 1 and Kamen Rider Ichi-Gata being based on Kamen Rider 1.
  • Unlike the Summer Movies and the Super Hero TaisenIcon-crosswiki.png films, Movie War films are not accompanied by a series of Net Movies, though summer movies since Gaim's no longer feature net movies as well.
  • A recent trend for the Movie War films is to feature the "Legend Rider" versions of the Kamen Riders' Collectible Devices (with the exception of Gaia Memories and Shift Cars).

See also

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