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Kamen Rider SPIRITS

"When the era needs it, Kamen Rider will definitely revive."
―Shotaro Ishinomori[src]

Kamen Rider SPIRITS (仮面ライダーSPIRITS Kamen Raidā Supirittsu, trans. Masked Rider Spirits) is an ongoing manga adaptation of the popular Kamen Rider franchise by Kenichi Muraeda. The focus of the story is on the original ten Kamen Riders with shifting focus on main characters. The original series ended when Magazine Z ceased publication and was then revived in Monthly Shōnen Magazine under the title Shin Kamen Rider SPIRITS (新・仮面ライダーSPIRITS Shin Kamen Raidā Supirittsu, New Masked Rider SPIRITS).

Synopsis

Following the end of the Kamen Rider Super-1 television series, Kamen Rider Spirits begins by following the lives of the original Kamen Riders in various stand alone stories. The manga then introduces the tenth Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider ZX, ignoring the events of the Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! television special and making an alternate origin story. The manga also ties up loose story ends from the various TV series, such as how Riderman survived the Pluton Rocket Explosion and why Stronger's partner, Tackle, was never acknowledged as a Kamen Rider.

Arc summary

Kamen Rider Spirits is composed of three different arcs, each focusing on different Kamen Riders. The first arc is composed of several stand alone stories that focus on the original nine Kamen Riders who, no longer a team, have all gone their separate ways. After discovering suspicious activity going on all over the world, the Kamen Riders realize that a new evil is rising.

The second arc of the manga, known as Kamen Rider ZX: Forget Memories, focuses on the new Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider ZX, and gives the character an alternate story, ignoring his origin in the Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! TV special. The second arc also introduces the Badan Empire, the story's main villains.

The third section of the manga, known as Kamen Rider ZX: Dragon Road, focuses on Kamen Rider ZX joining the original nine Kamen Riders and facing the evil Badan Empire together.

Chapters

Kamen Rider SPIRITS Chapters

First arc

Image Book No. Chapters Release Date ISBN #
Spirits Vol. 1
First tankōbon Skyscraper Gale
The Lone Battlefield 1
The Lone Battlefield 2
Pride of the Hot Sand 1
Pride of the Hot Sand 2
April 20th, 2001 978-4-06-349054-1
Spirits Vol. 2
Second tankōbon Memories of a Right Arm
Sea of Destruction 1
Sea of Destruction 2
Tears of God 1
Tears of God 2
October 20th, 2001 978-4-06-349073-2
Spirits Vol. 3
Third tankōbon The Stray Thunderbolt 1
The Stray Thunderbolt 2
Promises of the Sky 1
Promises of the Sky 2
Legend of the Stars 1
Legend of the Stars 2
Legend of the Stars 3
August 17th, 2002 978-4-06-349096-1

ZX: Forget Memories

Image Book No. Chapters Release Date ISBN #
Spirits Vol. 4
Fourth tankōbon Assault
Encounter
Darkness
Escape
Rage
Rumi
February 4th, 2003 978-4-06-349117-3
Old Spirits Vol 5
Fifth tankōbon Attack
Thorn
Demon
Contact
Redemption
Target
Flash
September 18th, 2003 978-4-06-349144-9
Spirits Vol. 6
Sixth tankōbon Henshin
Secret
Battle
Judo
Remembrance
Separation
Lies
Revenge
May 7th, 2004 978-4-06-349168-5
Spirits Vol. 7
Seventh tankōbon Cult
Rescue
Conquest
Invasion
Coup
Shinjuku
The Greater Leader
February 23rd, 2005 978-4-06-349195-1

ZX: Dragon Road

Image Book No. Chapters Release Date ISBN #
Spirits Vol. 8
Eighth tankōbon Arrival
Sacrifice
Clash
Name
Prologue
Syndrome
Participation 1
Participation 2
September 9th, 2005 978-4-06-349219-4
Spirits Vol. 9
Ninth tankōbon Union
Journey
Unit
Capital
Shield
May 23rd, 2006 978-4-06-349244-6
Spirits Vol. 10
Tenth tankōbon Spirit Union
Number Fourth
Rush
Ice Fang
Graveyard
August 23rd, 2006 978-4-06-349255-2
Spirits Vol. 11
Eleventh tankōbon Light Fang
Labyrinth
Hell Car
Teacher
Training
November 22nd, 2006 978-4-06-349265-1
Spirits Vol. 12
Twelfth tankōbon Whirlpool
New Finisher
Ocean Battle
Belt of Life
Immortal Man
April 23rd, 2007 978-4-06-349282-8
Spirits Vol. 13
Thirteenth tankōbon Inherit
Get Back
Moving
Evolution
Next Evolution
Final Evolution
September 21st, 2007 978-4-06-349309-2
Spirits Vol. 14
Fourteenth tankōbon Warrior's Essence
Surpassing Greed
Return
Fiery Giant
With the Soul
Setup
Father
April 23rd, 2008 978-4-06-349354-2
Spirits Vol. 15
Fifteenth tankōbon Shift
The Shadow's Trump Card
Friend
Garanda
Love
Strength
December 22nd, 2008 978-4-06-349398-6
Spirits Vol. 16
Sixteenth tankōbon Warrior of Justice
The One Who Will Rule
Mixture
The Fang of Dual Sovereignty
April 23rd, 2009 978-4-06-349426-6



Shin Kamen Rider SPIRITS Chapters

Image Book No. Chapters Release Date ISBN #
Shin Spirits Vol. 1
First tankōbon Solitary
A Revived Pulse
Portrait of a Name
November 17th, 2009 978-4-06-375832-0
Shin Spirits Vol 2
Second tankōbon Seven Kamen Riders
The Demise End
On The Bond
Struggle and Salvation
April 16th, 2010 978-4-06-375902-0
Shin Spirits Vol. 3
Third tankōbon Zero. Unfortunately
The Archaeozoic Light
My Friend! Amazon Rider Is Here For You!
The World of Friends
The Desolation
September 17th, 2010 978-4-06-375983-9
Shin Spirits Vol. 4
Fourth tankōbon High Performance (High-tech) Gap
Maizuru Beast
The Psychedelic Light
Vision
April 15th, 2011 978-4-06-376028-6
Spirits Vol. 5
Fifth tankōbon The Netuba Children
The Black Sincere Heart
Spear and Shield
November 17 th, 2011 978-4-06-376144-3
Shin Spirits Vol. 6
Sixth tankōbon The Temple Is No Longer Peace
Crow's Cry
The Dragon's Memory
The Flying Fiery Chariot
April 17th, 2012 978-4-06-376625-7
Shin Spirits Vol.7
Seventh tankōbon The Dragon's Fetter
Five Hands
The Dark's Joy
The Town Was Occupied by The Demon
November 16th, 2012 978-4-06-376728-5
Shin Spirits Vol. 8
Eighth tankōbon A Distant Prospect
The Children's Pledge
Shocker. Their Final Basement (Hideout)
The Opened Yomigaeri
The Counterattack of Shrapnel
August 16th, 2013 978-4-06-376890-9
Shin Spirits Vol. 9
Ninth tankōbon Redemption and Devil
Some Little Courage
The Unfinished Dream at Water Bottom
Across From The Mask
Time For Conspiracy
June 16, 2014 978-4-06-376983-8
Shin Spirits Vol. 10
Tenth tankōbon The Demon Is Laughing
The Doomed Reunion
My Name Is That Guy's Name
November 17, 2014 978-4-06-377085-8
Shin Spirits Vol. 11
Eleventh tankōbon The Shocker Army Banzai!
The Battle Is Over. The Dawn Is Coming
The Demons Are Kneel Down
The Amazing Rock from Seabed
The Ripples of Blood
A Breaked Transformation
May 15th, 2015 978-4-06-377172-5
Shin Spirits Vol. 12
Twelfth tankōbon The Skull Is Inviting You
Silver Vendetta
A New God
Showing the God's Speed
Whereabouts of the Soul
October 16th, 2015 978-4-06-377313-2
Shin Spirits Vol.13
Thirteenth tankōbon Green Pendant, Red Pendant
The Great Gathering of the Boys' Kamen Rider Squad
Disaffected Darkness
For Those Opinionated People
The Sonic Punishment
Strength of Typhoon, Skill of Typhoon
May 17th, 2016 978-4-06-377462-7
Shin KR Spirits Vol. 14
Fourteenth tankōbon The Man is Back
The Essence of Destruction
Stubborn Banquet
Death Row
Dragon's Arm
October 17th, 2016 978-4-06-362341-3

Characters

Main

Kamen Rider 1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider 2 Hayato Ichimonji
Kamen Rider V3 Shiro Kazami
Riderman Joji Yuki
Kamen Rider X Keisuke Jin
Kamen Rider Amazon Daisuke Yamamoto
Kamen Rider Stronger Shigeru Jo
Electro Wave Human Tackle Yuriko Misaki
Skyrider Hiroshi Tsukuba
Kamen Rider Super-1 Kazuya Oki
Kamen Rider ZX Ryo Murasame

Supporting

Taki Rider Kazuya Taki

Badan Empire

Main article: Badan Empire
JUDO Great Leader JUDO

Other Notable Villains

Vertical Inc. and the failed US fan campaigns

US fans of Kamen Rider have long wanted this particular entry of Kamen Rider media to get a release from a licensed US publisher. In 2013, New York publisher Vertical did a Facebook fan poll on which manga titles would be picked up for licensed publishing under their label, with Kamen Rider Spirits being one of the potential books.[1][2] Despite a surge of interest from US Kamen Rider fans and tokusatsu forums trying to spread the word, Vertical decided against publishing the book as the final results of the poll did not meet their expectations to warrant its release and the poll was already closed despite attempts to boost the number of votes.

Later, a Kamen Rider fan from Wisconsin named Jordan Levells tried to do a petition to get Vertical to reconsider obtaining the book. He was later contacted by Vertical stating the signatures needed would have to be 30,000 to warrant such a request from their executive publishers. Despite his best efforts and chatter on social media and forums from other fans, the fandom could only manage to obtain 29,488 signatures before the petition's time limit expired.[3].

A few fans took the news very badly and went to social media to harass or passive aggressively ask Vertical to release Spirits, which scared them away, leaving an unfortunate bad impression on Kamen Rider fandom as a whole. Vertical explained their reasoning on their Tumblr as the publisher stated that licensing a long running manga with no definitive end in sight would be too costly and has high risks involved when it comes to sales. Thus, Vertical prefers short volume run manga titles or recognizable and profitable books as the print industry is struggling to maintain itself financially in the digital age.[4][5]

Notes

  • The first tankobon was released on April 20th, 2001, two weeks after the 30th anniversary of Kamen Rider (April 3rd, 2001).
  • The author was denied permission to use Kotaro Minami in the story.
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      Kenichi Mureada's concept design for Shadow Moon.

      Despite this, Kenichi does artwork for fans at conventions of Kamen Rider Black characters, such as a drawing of his own design for Shadow Moon.

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