An eyecatch (アイキャッチ aikyatchi) or internal eyecatch is a scene or illustration used to begin and end a commercial break in a Japanese TV program, especially in anime and tokusatsu shows, such as Kamen Rider, similar to how "bumpers" into/out of commercial breaks are used in the United States. The term is used, in Japan, to refer to all kinds of bumpers.
- The TV special Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! (1984), which introduced Kamen Rider ZX, forgone the eyecatch. Instead, the title Kamen Rider Special (仮面ライダースペシャル Kamen Raidā Supesharu) appears to the bottom right of the screen before the break and to the top left of the screen after the break, with a eyecatch sting from a previous series (Kamen Rider X for the first break, Kamen Rider (Skyrider) for the second, and Kamen Rider Super-1 for the last) accompanying the latter.
For the majority of the time, eyecatches are completely absent in the Heisei-era Kamen Rider programs.
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- In Kamen Rider Ryuki, the eyecatch has Ryuki and Knight slashing the screen till the screen breaks like a mirror.
- In Kamen Rider Blade, the 4 riders stand while cards flying down to the floor. After the break, the Undead stands preparing to fight the 4 riders.
- In Kamen Rider Hibiki, a taiko drum can be heard beating faster while Hibiki, Ibuki & Zanki attacks the screen.