|This article is about a/an episode in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
Monster Mantis Man (怪人かまきり男 Kaijin Kamakiri Otoko), is the fifth episode of the original Kamen Rider series.
A series of strange earthquakes occur and Takeshi Hongo recieves a phone call from an old friend, earthquake analyst Chikako Ameyama. Chikako is abducted by the Shocker organization saying that they are planning to produce a "major earthquake".
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- Takeshi Hongo (本郷 猛 Hongō Takeshi): Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘 Fujioka Hiroshi)
- Tobee Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛 Tachibana Tobee): Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二 Kobayashi Akiji)
- Ruriko Midorikawa (緑川 ルリ子 Midorikawa Ruriko): Chieko Morigawa (森川 千恵子 Morigawa Chieko) (Played as Chieko Maki (真樹 千恵子 Maki Chieko))
- Hiromi Nohara (野原 ひろみ Nohara Hiromi): Yōko Shimada (島田 陽子 Shimada Yōko)
- The Great Leader of Shocker (ショッカー首領 Shokkā Shuryō, Voice): Gorō Naya (納谷 悟朗 Naya Gorō)
- Narrator (ナレーター Narētā): Shinji Nakae (中江 真司 Nakae Shinji)
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- This episode introduces the first opening narration of the series - "Takeshi Hongo is the cyborg, Kamen Rider. He was remodeled by Shocker, an evil organization bent on ruling the world. Kamen Rider stands against them for the sake of all humanity.", Replacing the initial practice of a series of clips featuring the episode's monster immediately following the opening sequence, the opening narration accompanies a shot of Kamen Rider doing a 360 turn and emerging as Hongo, the clawed hand of Shocker turning a globe (which appeared in the first episode) followed by, most notably, a gallery of monsters facing off against Kamen Rider as he does his pose. The opening narration and monster gallery would remain a constant throughout the series, receiving several changes and updates as the series moved on.
- Mantis Man would later appear as part of the revived monster army seen in episode 13.
- Footage from this episode, featuring Mantis Man, is featured as part of Tobei Tachibana's retrospective in episode 27 of Kamen Rider X.
- Kamen Rider DVD Volume 1 features episodes 1-7.
- Kamen Rider Blu-ray Volume 1 features episodes 1-26.