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This article is about a/an memorial special in the Kamen Rider Series.

In 1998, Nippon Television made a short fourteen minute memorial special program titled Youth Kamen Rider (青年仮面ライダー Seinen Kamen Raidā) in memory of the death of Shotaro Ishinomori featuring a tribute titlecard Monster Frog Man, Duel! Double Riders (怪人カエル男 決斗!二人のライダー Kaijin Kaeru Otoko Kettō! Futari no Raidā).

Characters

Kamen Rider 1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider 2 Hayato Ichimonji

Summary

The special begins with a reporter speaking of the tragic news of Shotaro Ishinomori's death and his legacy as the creator of Kamen Rider among other things. The report then goes live to citizens of 1998 Tokyo, where fans of the series do Kamen Rider 1 and 2's transformation poses and share childhood memories of watching the original series. The special then shows archived footage of the 1971 TV series intertwined with interviews from Hiroshi Fujioka, Tohru Hirayama, a writer of the show, a historian of Kamen Rider memorabilla and stage show performers.

Monster Frog Man, Duel! Double Riders

A mini-adventure of the original Double Riders created for the special, the Double Riders encounter Frog Man, a remnant agent of Shocker, and battle him until 1 finishes him off with his Rider Kick.

After the fight, the suit actors convey their feelings about how important it is they do their jobs, as they are keeping Ishinomori's dream alive. The Narrator then says that while Ishinomori may be gone, the heroes he created will live on in the hearts of kids and adults for years to come. The reporters then do a roundtable discussion of their favorite moments and Riders from the franchise before the special ends.

Casts

Interview Cast

Notes

  • The song "Light My Fire" by The Doors and various '70s pop songs play in the background during the special to set the atmosphere for the audience about reminiscing the 1970s.
  • In his interview, Tohru Hirayama told the reporters the origin of Kamen Rider as a concept, even mentioning how it was intended to be a TV show based on Skull Man, showing Ishinomori's concept design.
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