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Kamen Rider 555
Number 13
Number of episodes: 50 + 1 Movies
First episode: The Start of a Trip
Last episode: My Dream
Intro: Justiφ's
Original airing: January 26,2003-January 18, 2004
Producer: Toei Company
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This article is about the television series. For the series' main character, Faiz, see Takumi Inui.

Kamen Rider 555 (仮面ライダー555(ファイズ) Kamen Raidā Faizu?, Kamen Rider Faiz, Masked Rider Φ's, Phi's, or Faiz) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is the 13th installment in the Kamen Rider Series. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and was broadcast on TV Asahi from January 26, 2003 to January 18, 2004. The catchphrase for the series is "Racing Instinct." (疾走する本能 Shissō Suru Honnō?).

It was also dubbed into Korean as Masked Rider Φ's (가면라이더 파이즈 Gamyeon Raideo Paijeu). It aired alongside Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger for the Super Hero Time 2003 programming block.

Story

Delta, Kaixa and Faiz

The 555 Riders in the series: (left to right) Delta, Faiz and Kaixa as seen in the episode Capture Commences

The Smart Brain corporation, the world's most powerful corporation, is trying to take over the world using Orphnoch, the next stage in humanity's evolution, to covertly kill off the human population. In pursuit of this, they develop three suits of power armor, called Rider Gear (Delta, Faiz, and Kaixa), to find and protect the Orphnoch King, who can fix a defect within Orphnoch DNA which causes their genetic structure to break down, leading to death.

The Rider Gears are stolen by Hanagata, the Goat Orphnoch and former chief of Smart Brain. He sends them to his foster children (dubbed the Ryuseiji, after the school they attended) so they can stop the Orphnoch from achieving their goal. However, Rider Gears were designed to be worn by Orphnoch, and humans are unable to activate the systems without undergoing genetic modification.

A young loner, Takumi Inui, is unwittingly drawn into the conflict between the Orphnoch and humans and becomes Kamen Rider Faiz to save the life of Mari Sonoda, one of the Ryuseiji. The Smart Brain begins targeting him in an attempt to retrieve the Faiz Gear.

However, there is division amongst the Orphnoch, as those who wish to co-exist with humans rather than kill them, begin resisting the Smart Brain, who in turn targets them as well. Most of these "renegade" Orphnochs are either killed, remain neutral or begin siding with the Ryuseiji against the Smart Brain.

When the Tokyo police discover the Orphnoch are behind a series of bizarre murders, they begin operations to defeat the creatures, largely unaware of the various factions involved. They even begin performing experiments on captured Orphnoch in an attempt to find ways of destroying them, though this does not go well.

The Orphnoch King eventually awakens within a young boy named Teruo Suzuki, whom Naoya Kaido and Keitaro Kikuchi saved and befriended. Now, it is up to the holders of the Rider Gears to band together and fight for humanity's survival.

Characters

Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider Faiz Takumi Inui (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Kaixa Masato KusakaYuji Kiba (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Delta Shūji Mihara (Other Users)

Movie Exclusive

Kamen Rider Psyga Leo
Kamen Rider Orga Yuji Kiba

Allies

Smart Brain

Lucky Clover

Riotrooper Army

Main article: Riotrooper

The show featured a series of mass-produced transformation belts called Smart Buckle, which enabled the wearer to transform into a generic Riotrooper. The Riotroopers were introduced in the movie, and later added at the end of the TV series.

Riotrooper Naoya Kaido/Riotrooper (Multiple Users)

Orphnoch

Main article: Orphnoch

The series kaijin; they are humans who are resurrected either naturally or by the Smart Brain, with enhanced physical attributes and the ability to transform into monsters. Their goal is to annihilate humanity either by turning other humans into more Orphnoch or killing them off completely. However, there are those who believe they can still live peacefully alongside humans; those who possess that mind set quickly become targets for elimination by the Smart Brain.

Rider Gears

Rider Gears
Belt Greek letter Main wearer
TV Series
Faiz Gear Φ Takumi Inui
Kaixa Gear Χ Masato Kusaka
Delta Gear Δ Shuji Mihara
Riotrooper Gear Ο Naoya Kaido
Movie
Psyga Gear Ψ Leo
Orga Gear Ω Yuji Kiba
Stage Show
Alpha Gear α Takuma Itsurou
Beta Gear β Male Performer
Gamma Gear γ Male Performer
Unused
Neo-Alpha Gear α Male User
Seeda Gear ϑ Male User
Pyron Gear π Male User

The equipment used in the series to transform is referred to as Rider Gear. It was created to be worn by the Orphenoch to protect their Orphenoch King. Each Rider Gear contains a belt known as a Driver used to form armor that protects the wearer and amplifies their strengths and abilities. The armor's theme is based on a letter from the Greek alphabet, and contains the letter somehow within the aesthetic design. The Gears also have a method to input command codes, a cell phone number keypad for most, which can activate armor and various weapons. The sound effects of a dialing in any of the Rider Gear phones were later referenced in episode 17 of Kamen Rider Kabuto.

The TV series focused on three sets of Rider Gear: Faiz Gear, Kaixa Gear, and Delta Gear. During the TV series, Hanagata, the foster father of the Ryuseiji and former chief executive of Smart Brain, attempted to create several new Rider Gears, using two lost people to test out the first two. The two belts failed to create Rider armor, resulting in the wearer’s deaths. When Itsuro Takuma of Lucky Clover wore the third one it disabled him for a few seconds before it dissolved. The fourth dissolved without ever being worn. The Kamen Rider 555 movie, Paradise Lost, introduced two additional sets of Rider Gear: Psyga Gear and Orga Gear

Naming Conventions

Each set of Rider Gear is code-locked, in addition to being only usable by Orphnoch. These codes, input through the phone of each Gear, are a set of numbers that relate to the theme of each Gear. For the Faiz Gear, the code is 5-5-5, or "fives", phonetically similar to the word Faiz. For the Kaixa Gear, the code is 9-1-3. In Japanese, 9 is "Kyuu" ("K" or "Ka" sound taking ) 1 is "Ichi" ("I" or "Ii" sound) 3 is "San" ("Sa" sound) Thus "Ka-i-sa" ("9-1-3"). Delta Gear's phone was voice-activated, yet nonetheless also was coded with 3-3-3, a reference to the Greek letter delta, a triangle.

The Japanese pronunciation of Psyga's number uses the same method as Kaixa: 3 is "San" ("Sa" sound), 1 is "Ichi" ("I" or "Ii" sound, similar to Kaixa's name ) and 5 is "Go" ("Ga" sound, taken from the letter "G" in Go ), thus: Sa-i-ga ("3-1-5"). The Orga Gear, patterned after Greek omega, the final letter, is code-locked to 0-0-0.

Live Stage-Show

A live stage-show of Kamen Rider Faiz featured three unique riders named Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider 555 Episodes
  1. The Start of a Trip (旅の始まり, Tabi no Hajimari)
  2. The Belt's Power (ベルトの力, Beruto no Chikara)
  3. The King's Sleep… (王の眠り…, Ō no Nemuri…)
  4. My Name (おれの名前, Ore no Namae)
  5. Original (オリジナル, Orijinaru)
  6. Trio × Trio (3人×3人, Sannin × Sannin)
  7. The Power of Dreams (夢の力, Yume no Chikara)
  8. The Protector of Dreams (夢の守り人, Yume no Mamoribito)
  9. Enter, the President (社長登場, Shachō Tōjō)
  10. The Enigmatic Rider (謎のライダー, Nazo no Raidā)
  11. The Enigmatic Belt (謎のベルト, Nazo no Beruto)
  12. Ryūsei School (流星塾, Ryūsei Juku)
  13. Friend of Foe? (敵か味方か, Teki ka Mikata ka)
  14. Takumi's Spirit (巧の意地, Takumi no Iji)
  15. The Fallen Idol ~ φ's vs. χ (落ちた偶像~ φ's vs χ, Ochita Gūzō ~ Faizu Tai Kai)
  16. Human Heart (人間の心, Ningen no Kokoro)
  17. Takumi, Revival (巧、復活, Takumi, Fukkatsu)
  18. Narrow Escape from Death (九死に一生, Kyūshi ni Isshō)
  19. Pure White Justice (純白の正義, Junpaku no Seigi)
  20. The Beautiful Assassin (美しき刺客, Utsukushiki Shikaku)
  21. Accelerating Spirits (加速する魂, Kasoku Suru Tamashii)
  22. Masato's Confession (雅人の告白, Masato no Kokuhaku)
  23. False Friendship (偽りの友情, Itsuwari no Yūjō)
  24. The Door to Darkness (闇への扉, Yami e no Tobira)
  25. The Dark Laboratory (闇の実験室, Yami no Jikkenshitsu)
  26. Enter, Delta (デルタ登場, Deruta Tōjō)
  27. Ryūsei School Breaks Up (流星塾分裂, Ryūsei Juku Bunretsu)
  28. Dark Clover (暗黒の四葉, Ankoku no Yotsuba)
  29. Excellent Bike (超絶バイク, Chōzetsu Baiku)
  30. Masato's Trap (雅人の罠, Masato no Wana)
  31. Origami Tears (折り紙の涙, Origami no Namida)
  32. Intertwined Threads (絡み合う糸, Karamiau Ito)
  33. Mari Dies (真理、死す, Mari, Shisu)
  34. True Form (真実の姿, Shinjitsu no Sugata)
  35. The Resurrection Riddle (復活の謎, Fukkatsu no Nazo)
  36. Restored Memories (蘇る記憶, Yomigaeru Kioku)
  37. Kaixa's Justice (カイザの正義, Kaiza no Seigi)
  38. The Wandering Spirit (彷徨える魂, Samayoeru Tamashii)
  39. Faiz 2 (ファイズ2, Faizu Tsū)
  40. Proof of Humanity(人間の証, Ningen no Akashi)
  41. Capture Commences (捕獲開始, Hokaku Kaishi)
  42. Broken Wings (折れた翼, Oreta Tsubasa)
  43. Red Balloon (赤い風船, Akai Fūsen)
  44. Final Mail (最後のメール, Saigo no Mēru)
  45. King's Awakening (王の目覚め, Ō no Mezame)
  46. A New President Appears (新社長登場, Shin Shachō Tōjō)
  47. King's Appearance (王の出現, Ō no Shutsugen)
  48. Masato, Dying A Glorious Death (雅人、散華, Masato, Sange)
  49. A Sign of Destruction (滅びゆく種, Horobi Yuku Shu)
  50. My Dream (俺の夢, Ore no Yume)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider 555: Hyper Battle Video

Paradise Lost

Main article: Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost

Kamen Rider 555 The Movie: Paradise Lost (劇場版 仮面ライダー555 パラダイス・ロスト Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Faizu: Paradaisu Rosuto?), was released during the run of the series, as a double feature alongside Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger: Abare Summer is Freezing!Icon-crosswiki on August 16, 2003. The film was 81 minutes long. A few new characters and Rider Gears were introduced in the movie.

Hyper Battle Video

Kamen Rider 555: Hyper Battle Video (仮面ライダー555(ファイズ) ハイパーバトルビデオ Kamen Raidā Faizu Haipā Batoru Bideo?) features a boom box called the Faiz Sounder developed by the Smart Brain corporation appears at the laundromat where Takumi, Mari, and Keitaro work at, causing them and everyone else to break into song and dance. The Faiz Sounder was created as a result of a contest for Televi Magazine for a new weapon for Kamen Rider Faiz.

Lost World

The S.I.C. Hero Saga side story for 555 published in Montly Hobby Japan magazine was titled Kamen Rider 555: Lost World (仮面ライダー555 -ロスト・ワールド- Kamen Raidā Faizu -Rosuto Wārudo-?). It serves as a prologue to the alternate story that was 555: Paradise Lost, and features the new character Riotrooper Ver. 2 (ライオトルーパーver.2 Raiotorūpā ver.2?). The story ran from October 2005 to January 2006.

Chapter titles
  1. Faiz (ファイズ Faizu?)
  2. Kaixa (カイザ Kaiza?)
  3. Delta (デルタ Deruta?)
  4. Psyga (サイガ Saiga?)

Video game

Main article: Kamen Rider 555 (video game)

A video game based on the series was produced by Bandai for the PlayStation 2. It was a fighting game which featured many of the characters from the TV series. There were several modes of gameplay for either a single play and two players. It was released only in Japan near the end of the TV series on December 18, 2003.

Cast

Guest actors

Suit actors

Songs

Opening theme
Ending themes

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