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Kamen Rider Ryuki
Number 12
Number of episodes: 50 + 1 Movie + 1 TV Special
First episode: The Secret Story's Birth
Last episode: A New Life
Intro: Alive A life
Original airing: February 3, 2002-January 19, 2003
Producer: Toei Company
Production Order
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For the series' main character, Ryuki, see Shinji Kido.

Kamen Rider Ryuki (仮面ライダー龍騎 Kamen Raidā Ryūki?, Masked Rider Ryuki) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It was the twelfth installment in the Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows. It was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and it was shown on TV Asahi from February 3, 2002 to January 19, 2003. The catchphrase for the series is "Those who don't fight won't survive!!" (戦わなければ、生き残れない!! Tatakawanakereba, ikinokorenai!!?). In 2009, Ryuki was adapted into the American television series Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, the first adaptation of a Kamen Rider Series in the United States since Saban's Masked Rider in 1996.

Story

Thirteen Card Decks (カードデッキ Kādo Dekki?) were created for thirteen Kamen Riders. They make Contracts with monsters from the mysterious Mirror World (ミラーワールド Mirā Wārudo?), a parallel dimension opposite to our own in which only the Kamen Riders can exist. The Riders draw on their monsters' strength in exchange for feeding them the life force of the creatures they destroy. The creator of the Advent Cards (アドベントカード Adobento Kādo?) has only one rule: that there can be only one Kamen Rider. The others must be killed, and the sole victor will be granted a single wish, which leads to a conflict known as the Rider War.

All over the city, innocent people are being mysteriously abducted, never to be seen again. During his investigations of these incidents, Shinji Kido – an intern at the online news service ORE Journal – discovers one of the Advent Card decks at an apartment where every reflective surface has been covered by newspaper. He is soon sucked into the Mirror World, discovering the terrifying truth behind the disappearances: people are literally being pulled through mirrors by the monsters of the Mirror World so that they may feed. He is about to be killed by a powerful dragon named Dragredder when he is saved by Kamen Rider Knight: Ren Akiyama. Ren seeks to win the Rider War at all costs. He works with a young woman named Yui Kanzaki, who seeks her missing brother: the master of the Rider War, Shirō Kanzaki. Seeing Ren's strength, Shinji enters the Rider War not for the prize, but so that he may protect innocent people from the threat of the Mirror World, and stop the senseless fighting between the Kamen Riders. With Dragreder as his Contract Monster, he becomes Kamen Rider Ryuki.

He will discover that there are some people who cannot be saved. That you must sometimes fight in order to stop the fighting. The extent to which you must go if you want your deepest wish to come true, and the sacrifices that you must make. In the end, there can be only one Kamen Rider...

Characters

13 Riders

Ryuki - 13 Kamen Riders

The 13 Riders. From left to right: Odin, Tiger, Femme, Scissors, Ouja, Knight, Ryuki, Zolda, Raia, Gai, Ryuga, Imperer, Verde.

The notion of 13 Riders is apparently a homage to the original Kamen Rider manga published in 1971, which contains a chapter called The 13 Kamen Riders. However, only 10 Kamen Riders were featured in the TV series. Femme, Ryuga and Verde appeared exclusively in the movie Episode: Final and/or the TV special 13 Riders.

Despite the idea of 13 Kamen Riders facing each other, all 13 Kamen Riders never really faced each other in one huge battle. The most number of Kamen Riders in one battle is 6 (in the TV series, where Knight, Ryuki, Zolda, Ouja, Tiger, and Alternative fought each other, only to be interrupted by Imperer's advent monsters), and 11 (at the 13 Kamen Riders Special). Kamen Rider Raia was killed earlier by Kamen Rider Verde's Death Vanish Final Vent. Despite activating the Guard Vent, Kamen Rider Scissors was killed by Kamen Rider Ouja's Veno Crash Final Vent. The remaining 10 Kamen Riders fought on the final match of the special, with Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Knight facing off against the remaining 8, led by Kamen Rider Odin.

Kamen Rider Ryuki Koichi SakakibaraShinji Kido
Kamen Rider Knight Ren AkiyamaShinji Kido (13 Riders only)
Kamen Rider Scissors Masashi Sudo
Kamen Rider Zolda Shouichi KitaokaGoro Yura
Kamen Rider Raia Yuichi SaitoMiyuki Tezuka
Kamen Rider Gai Jun Shibaura
Kamen Rider Ouja Takeshi Asakura
Kamen Rider Tiger Satoru Tojo
Kamen Rider Imperer Mitsuru Sano
Kamen Rider Odin Kamen Rider Odin
Alternative Zero Hideyuki Kagawa
Alternative Hajime Nakamura

TV Special & Movie Exclusive

Kamen Rider Femme Miho Kirishima
Kamen Rider Ryuga Dark Shinji
Kamen Rider Verde Itsuro Takamizawa

Kanzaki Family

ORE Journal

Mirror Monsters

Main article: Mirror Monsters

Rider's Contract Monsters

Dragreder Dragreder
Darkwing Darkwing
Volcancer Volcancer
Magnugiga Magnugiga
EvilDiver EvilDiver
Metalgelas Metalgelas
Venosnaker Venosnaker
Destwilder Destwilder
Gigazelle Gigazelle
Goldphoenix Goldphoenix
Psycorogue Psycorogue
Blancwing Blancwing
Dragblacker Dragblacker
Biogreeza Biogreeza

Wild Monsters

Fake Agito Fake Agito
Spiders
Zelles
Zebraskulls
Boarders
Biters
Krakens
Gulds
Abyss
Buzzstingers
Sheerghosts

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Ryuki Episodes
  1. The Secret Story's Birth (誕生秘話 Tanjō Hiwa?)
  2. Giant Spider Counterattack (巨大クモ逆襲 Kyodai Kumo Gyakushū?)
  3. School Ghost Story (学校の怪談 Gakkō no Kaidan?)
  4. School Ghost Story 2 (学校の怪談2 Gakkō no Kaidan Tsū?)
  5. The Monster's Antique Store (骨董屋の怪人 Kottōya no Kaijin?)
  6. The Mysterious Rider (謎のライダー Nazo no Raidā?)
  7. A New Species is Born? (新種誕生? Shinshu Tanjō??)
  8. The Fourth, Zolda (4人目ゾルダ Yoninme Zoruda?)
  9. Shinji's Arrested!? (真司が逮捕!? Shinji ga Taiho!??)
  10. Knight's Crisis (ナイトの危機 Naito no Kiki?)
  11. The Mysterious Empty Train (謎の無人電車 Nazo no Mujin Densha?)
  12. Ren Akiyama's Lover (秋山蓮の恋人 Akiyama Ren no Koibito?)
  13. That Man, Zolda (その男ゾルダ Sono Otoko Zoruda?)
  14. Revival Day (復活の日 Fukkatsu no Hi?)
  15. Iron Mask Legend (鉄仮面伝説 Tekkamen Densetsu?)
  16. Card of Destiny (運命のカード Unmei no Kādo?)
  17. The Grieving Knight (嘆きのナイト Nageki no Naito?)
  18. Jailbreak Rider (脱獄ライダー Datsugoku Raidā?)
  19. Rider Gathering (ライダー集結 Raidā Shūketsu?)
  20. The Traitorous Ren (裏切りの蓮 Uragiri no Ren?)
  21. Yui's Past (優衣の過去 Yui no Kako?)
  22. Raia's Revenge (ライアの復讐 Raia no Fukushū?)
  23. Changing Destiny (変わる運命 Kawaru Unmei?)
  24. Ouja's Secret (王蛇の秘密 Ōja no Himitsu?)
  25. Combining Ouja (合体する王蛇 Gattai Suru Ōja?)
  26. Zolda's Assault (ゾルダの攻撃 Zoruda no Kōgeki?)
  27. The 13th Rider (13号ライダー Jūsangō Raidā?)
  28. Time Vent (タイムベント Taimu Bento?)
  29. Marriage Interview Battle (見合い合戦 Miai Gassen?)
  30. Zolda's Lover (ゾルダの恋人 Zoruda no Koibito?)
  31. The Girl and Ouja (少女と王蛇 Shōjo to Ōja?)
  32. Secret Data Gathering (秘密の取材 Himitsu no Shuzai?)
  33. The Mirror's Magic (鏡のマジック Kagami no Majikku?)
  34. Friendship's Battle (友情のバトル Yūjō no Batoru?)
  35. Enter Tiger (タイガ登場 Taiga Tōjō?)
  36. The Battle Ends (戦いは終わる Tatakai wa Owaru?)
  37. Sleep is Awakening (眠りが覚めて Nemuri ga Samete?)
  38. Targeted Yui (狙われた優衣 Nerawareta Yui?)
  39. A Dangerous Sign (危険のサイン Kiken no Sain?)
  40. Memories of an Older Brother and Younger Sister (兄と妹の記憶 Ani to Imōto no Kioku?)
  41. Imperer (インペラー Inperā?)
  42. Room 401 (401号室 Yonhyakuichigōshitsu?)
  43. The Hero Fights (英雄は戦う Eiyū wa Tatakau?)
  44. Glassy Happiness (ガラスの幸福 Garasu no Kōfuku?)
  45. The Twentieth Birthday (20歳の誕生日 Hatachi no Tanjōbi?)
  46. Tiger's a Hero (タイガは英雄 Taiga wa Eiyū?)
  47. Determination of Battle (戦いの決断 Tatakai no Ketsudan?)
  48. The Final 3 Days (最後の3日間 Saigo no Mikkakan?)
  49. Granting a Wish (叶えたい願い Kanaetai Negai?)
  50. A New Life (新しい命 Atarashii Inochi?)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Ryuki Special: 13 Riders
  2. Kamen Rider Ryuki: Ryuki vs Kamen Rider Agito

S.I.C. Hero Saga

Ryuki had two separate S.I.C. Hero Saga side stories published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. The first was titled Kamen Rider Ryuki: Advent Calendar (仮面ライダー龍騎 -アドベントカレンダー- Kamen Raidā Ryūki: Adobento Karendā?) and featured original characters Kamen Rider Ouja Survive (仮面ライダー王蛇サバイブ Kamen Raidā Ōja Sabaibu?) and his Mirror Monster the Genosurviver (ジェノサバイバー Jenosabaibā?). The second S.I.C. Hero Saga story Kamen Rider Ryuki: World of If (仮面ライダー龍騎 -IFの世界- Kamen Raidā Ryūki: IF no Sekai?) is an alternate telling that features Ouja Survive from Advent Calendar and also introduces Kamen Rider Ryuga Survive (仮面ライダーリュウガサバイブ Kamen Raidā Ryūga Sabaibu?). Advent Calendar ran from August to December 2004 and World of If ran from June to August 2005.

Advent Calendar chapter titles
  1. Advent 4 (待降節・4 Taikōsetsu 4?)
  2. Advent 3 (待降節・3 Taikōsetsu 3?)
  3. Advent 2 (待降節・2 Taikōsetsu 2?)
  4. Advent 1 (待降節・1 Taikōsetsu 1?)
  5. Nightmare Before (ナイトメア・ビフォア Naitomea Bifoa?)
World of If chapter titles
  1. Ryuga (リュウガ Ryūga?)
  2. Alternative (オルタナティブ Orutanatibu?)
  3. Odin (オーディン Ōdin?)

Video game

A video game based on the series, developed by Digifloyd and published by Bandai, was released in Japan during 2002 for the PlayStation. It is a basic fighting game where all thirteen Riders are playable with all the forms seen in the show, movie and specials (with the exception of the Alternatives and Ouja's Blank Form, seen in EPISODE FINAL). Four of the Contract Monsters (Volcancer, Metalgelas, Destwilder and Gigazelle), the two Zebraskulls (Iron and Bronze) and Megazelle are also playable.

Cast

Suit actors

Songs

Opening theme
Ending themes

Episodes: 34-37, 39-50, TV Special

International broadcasts

In addition to the Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight adaptation, Ryuki has been broadcast in its original form in many languages and nations. It was dubbed into Korean as Masked Rider Dragon (가면라이더 드래건 Gamyeon Raideo Deuraegeon) in South Korea in 2004, Filipino in the Philippines as Masked Rider Ryuki on ABS-CBN 2, Malay on NTV7, and in Indonesian on RCTI and Indosiar. It is also the first ever Kamen Rider Series to be dubbed in Arabic after its run on Space Toon.

Notes

  • The first series that uses cards in battle, which would later be seen in Blade and Decade.
  • The first series that used a device to activate & announce a Rider's arsenal/final attacks. This would become a trademark concept of every Kamen Rider Series after Ryuki, with the exception of Hibiki.
  • The first Kamen Rider series to having most of the battles take place in an alternate world (Mirror World).
  • The fourth Kamen Rider series after OOO, W and Faiz to be re-mastered in Blu-Ray format. The box sets will be released from July 2014 onwards.
    • First batch of Ryuki Blu-Ray box sets will be released on July 11, followed by second batch on September 12 and third batch on November 7.

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