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Kamen Rider Kabuto
Number 16
Number of episodes: 49 + 1 Movie
First episode: The Strongest Man
Last episode: Path of Heaven
Intro: NEXT LEVEL
Original airing: January 29, 2006-January 21, 2007
Producer: Toei Company
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This article is about the television series. For the series' main character, see Souji Tendo.

Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト Kamen Raidā Kabuto?, Masked Rider Kabuto) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. It is the sixteenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu programs. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. The series was broadcast on TV Asahi. The first episode aired on January 29, 2006, and with the final episode airing on January 21, 2007, completing the series with 49 episodes. The series represents the 35th anniversary of the Masked Rider Series, as indicated by a notice at the beginning of the pilot episode reading, in Japanese, "Kamen Rider 35th Anniversary Production." Kamen Rider Kabuto is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in high-definition format.

The series' catchphrases are "Walking the path of heaven, to rule everything!" (天の道を行き、総てを司る! Ten no michi o iki, subete o tsukasadoru!?) and "I am justice." (俺が正義 Ore ga seigi?).

Story

The story revolves around a man named Souji Tendou. He has trained his entire life while waiting for the Kabuto Zecter so that he may properly take up the name of Kamen Rider Kabuto. Making many enemies while at the same time meeting other Riders with mysterious origins of how they got there, Tendou attempts to accomplish his goal at all costs: destroying all Worms that otherwise threaten humanity. He meets Arata Kagami, who later becomes Kamen Rider Gatack, the two work together to save humanity from the alien Worms that arrived from a meteorite seven years ago.

Characters

Masked Rider System

Kamen Rider Kabuto Souji Tendou
Kamen Rider TheBee Sou Yaguruma ► Shun Kageyama (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Drake Daisuke Kazama (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Sasword Tsurugi Kamishiro (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Gatack Arata Kagami
Kamen Rider KickHopper Sou Yaguruma
Kamen Rider PunchHopper Shun Kageyama
Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto Souji Kusakabe

Allies

ZECT

ZECTrooper ZECTroopers (Multiple Users)
Shadow Shadow (Multiple Users)
Bright Trooper Bright Troopers (Multiple Users)

Movie Exclusive

Kamen Rider Caucasus Issei Kurosaki
Kamen Rider Hercus Hidenari Oda
Kamen Rider Ketaros Tetsuki Yamato
Neo Trooper Neo Troopers (Multiple Users)

Neo ZECT

Allusions

The series made some allusions to the whole Kamen Rider series. Masked Rider Project as mentioned in the course of the series was said to be started on 3 April 1971. The Worm species known as Natives also first arrived on Earth on the same year. In real-life, it was the date the first Kamen Rider show aired for the first time.

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Kabuto Episodes
  1. The Strongest Man (最強男, Saikyō Otoko)
  2. The First Two-Step Transformation (初2段変身, Hatsu Ni-dan Henshin)
  3. I am Justice!! (俺が正義!!, Ore ga Seigi!!)
  4. Love Explanation!! (愛を説く!!, Ai o Toku!!)
  5. Order to Capture!! (捕獲指令!!, Hokaku Shirei!!)
  6. My Flower (オレ様の花, Ore-sama no Hana)
  7. No. 2 Appears (2号新登場, Nigō Shin Tōjō)
  8. Angry Tofu (怒れる豆腐, Ikareru Tōfu)
  9. The Bee's Insanity!! (蜂の乱心!!, Hachi no Ranshin!!)
  10. I'm Not Your Friend (友じゃねぇ, Tomo ja Nee)
  11. The Party Burns (合コン燃ゆ, Gōkon Moeyu)
  12. The Makeup Thousand-Man Cut (化粧千人斬, Keshō Sennin Giri)
  13. The Team Dissolves (チーム解散, Chīmu Kaisan)
  14. Back of the Back of the Back (裏の裏の裏, Ura no Ura no Ura)
  15. The Monster Noted Doctor!? (怪人名医!?, Kaijin Meii!?)
  16. An Unthinkable Storm (まさかの嵐, Masaka no Arashi)
  17. Restored Memories!! (甦る記憶!!, Yomigaeru Kioku!!)
  18. Farewell, Gon… (さらばゴン・・・, Saraba Gon…)
  19. Scorpion Millionaire (さそり富豪, Sasori Fugō)
  20. Hey, Jiiya (ねぇじいや, Nee Jiiya)
  21. VS Stag Beetle (VSクワガタ, Tai Kuwagata)
  22. Birth of a Special Compilation (誕生特別編, Tanjō Tokubetsu Hen)
  23. Riddle + Riddle = X (謎+謎=X, Nazo Tasu Nazo Wa Ekkusu)
  24. The Ramen Way (ラーメン道, Rāmen Dō)
  25. The Proud Searchlight (驕る捜査線, Ogoru Sōsasen)
  26. Love That Shook the Earth (激震する愛, Gekishin Suru Ai)
  27. Me!? A Murderer (俺!?殺人犯, Ore!? Satsujinhan)
  28. Why!? Death (なぜ!?絶命, Naze!? Zetsumei)
  29. The Dark Kitchen (闇キッチン, Yami Kitchin)
  30. Miso Soup Ascension (味噌汁昇天, Misoshiru Shōten)
  31. Shocking Fact (衝撃の事実, Shōgeki no Jijitsu)
  32. Puzzle Unraveled!! (解ける謎!!, Tokeru Nazo!!)
  33. The Sprouting Adjutant (萌える副官, Moeru Fukukan)
  34. Breaking Super Evolution (砕け超進化, Kudake Chō Shinka)
  35. The Hellish Brothers (地獄の兄弟, Jigoku no Kyōdai)
  36. Red Shoes' Recklessness (赤い靴暴走, Akai Kutsu Bōsō)
  37. School's Ghost Story (学校の怪談, Gakkō no Kaidan)
  38. The Dangerous Younger Sister (あぶない妹, Abunai Imōto)
  39. The Powerful Black Opponent (強敵黒カブ, Kyōteki Kuro Kabu)
  40. The Saddest Battle (最大の哀戦, Saidai no Aisen)
  41. The Strongest Defeated (敗れる最強, Yabureru Saikyō)
  42. Worst Terror VS Worst Fear (最凶vs最恐, Saikyō Tai Saikyō)
  43. Me Targeting Me (俺を狙う俺, Ore o Nerau Ore)
  44. What is to Live (生きるとは, Ikiru to Wa)
  45. Christmas Earthquake (Xマス激震, Kurisumasu Gekishin)
  46. Farewell, Tsurugi!! (さらば剣!!, Saraba Tsurugi!!)
  47. Rushing into the Last Chapter (最終章突入, Saishūshō Totsunyū)
  48. Tendou Dies!! (天道死す!!, Tendō Shisu!!)
  49. Path of Heaven (天の道, Ten no Michi)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Kabuto: Birth! Gatack Hyper Form!!

Novel

Main article: Kamen Rider Kabuto (novel)

Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト Kamen Raidā Kabuto?), written by Shoji Yonemura, is part of a series of spin-off novel adaptations of the Heisei Era Kamen Riders. The mysteries behind Kamen Rider Kabuto will be revealed as Tendou Souji fights his final battle with the Worms. After the battle, he travels around the world starting from Bangkok, Thailand to Varanasi, India. During this time, the story follows Arata Kagami as he tries to court Hiyori Kusakabe. The novel was released on November 30, 2012.

Cast

Guest actors

Suit actors

35th Masked Rider Anniversary File

During episodes 23 through 27, this segment called the 35th Masked Rider Anniversary File, acted as a look back to the franchise and an early advertisement for the God Speed Love movie. These look backs are held in a movie theater and the segment is hosted by Souji Tendo (Kamen Rider Kabuto), Arata Kagami (Kamen Rider Gatack), Tetsuki Yamato (Kamen Rider Ketaros), Yuzuki Misaki, and Masato Mishima. During these five segments, they discuss the history of the Kamen Rider franchise, sometimes in a comedic tone, but always with serious background music.

  • Episode 23 (Rider Kicks): The group watches and Yamato narrates the variations of Rider Kicks during the course of the years. Yamato mentions about the Rider Double Kick of Kamen Riders 1 and 2, Kamen Rider V3's V3 Kick, Kamen Rider X's X Kick, and Kamen Rider Super-1's ten various kicks. In the end, Kagami stands up and does his own Rider Kick (he even shouts the attack name) and falling into his seat with Yuzuki looking. Tendo asks Yamato, "Who are you?"
  • Episode 24 (Criminal Organizations): The group watches and learns about the different criminal organizations the Kamen Riders had to fight. Villains include Shocker & Gel-Shocker in the first Kamen Rider, Destron from Kamen Rider V3, and King Dark (of the Government of Darkness) in Kamen Rider X. Footage of Black Satan, first enemy of Kamen Rider Stronger, is also shown. Tendo then supposes that it is the Kamen Rider's destiny to fight an organization. Mishima tells Tendo that ZECT will show no mercy to anyone who fights them. Yamato then says that he will definitely smash Neo-ZECT for rebelling against and splitting off from ZECT.
  • Episode 25 (Rhinoceros Beetle-Themed Kamen Riders): The group watches Kamen Rider Stronger, and Kagami quickly thinks that Stronger himself is Kabuto, and looks at Tendo confused. Misaki corrects him, informing him that this is a different Rider, using the rhinoceros beetle as a design. Mishima then announces that it is Kamen Rider Stronger. The camera then zooms on Tendo's face as he says that while this Rider may be Stronger, he (referring to himself) is the strongest. Tendo pronounces "Stronger" and "Strongest" in English, (due to the fact that Hiro Mizushima, who portrays Tendou, is fluent in English). Yamato then also speaks of the Kabutech Riders (Caucasus [Caucasus beetle], Heracus [Hercules beetle], and Ketaros [centaurus beetle], the last of whom Yamato happens to be), which are also Rhinoceros Beetle Riders (as the Caucasus, Hercules, and Centaurus beetles are rhinoceros beetle sub-species). Also, despite being a Rhinoceros Beetle Rider, Kamen Rider Blade (also a Hercules beetle) was omitted. At the end, Tendo stands up and miniature hexagons with Tendo's face appear, forming a compound eye pattern as Tendo says once again that he is "the man who walks the path of heaven that will rule over everything."
  • Episode 26 (Riders Everywhere): The group watches Kamen Rider and Yamato comments on Skyrider's Sailing Jump, then says that the Riders can go anywhere around the world. In addition, they are not restricted to the ground. Then, Misaki mentions the Riders can even now go into space. During this segment, they watch footage of Kamen Riders 1 through ZX training with each other in Kamen Rider 1's base on Arizona in the final episodes of Kamen Rider Black RX, followed by footage from God Speed Love. Tendo then coins a variant his trademark quote ("Now, I will truly walk down the path of heaven and rule over all.").
  • Episode 27 (Kamen Rider Ultimate Forms): Kamen Rider Stronger's upgrade is not mentioned (as it is not an "Ultimate Form", but rather a temporary power upgrade) and the short starts with Yamato commenting on Black RX and his modes RX Roborider and RX Biorider. It then moves on to Kamen Rider Kuuga Ultimate Form, Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form, Kamen Rider Ryuki Survive, Kamen Rider Faiz Blaster Form, Kamen Rider Blade King Form, and Kamen Rider Armed Hibiki. Suddenly, Yamato and Tendo are about to duel with the others looking on and showing on screen is Kabuto's Ultimate Form, Hyper Form.

International broadcasts

Kabuto was broadcast in South Korea as Masked Rider Kabuto (Template:Lang Gamyeon Raideo Gabuto) in 2008. In the Philippines, this show is currently broadcast on Cartoon Network dubbed into English. In Singapore, this show is also dubbed and debut on June 20, 2009, on Okto.In Malaysia,this show was dubbed in malay version on NTV7.

Notes

External links

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Kamen Rider  • V3  • X  • Amazon  • Stronger  • Skyrider  • Super-1  • ZX (TV special)  • Black  • Black RX  • Shin (movie)  • ZO (movie)  • J (movie)  • Kuuga  • Agito  • Ryuki  • 555  • Blade  • Hibiki  • Kabuto  • Den-O  • Kiva  • Decade  • G (unofficial)  • W  • OOO  • Fourze  • Wizard  • Gaim

The First (remake)  • The Next (remake)

Masked Rider  • Dragon Knight

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