|This article is about a/an episode in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
|Monster, Mantis Man|
|Kamen Rider, Episode 05|
|Air date May 1, 1971|
|Written by Mari Takizawa|
|Directed by Hidetoshi Kitamura|
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Monster, Mantis Man (怪人かまきり男 Kaijin Kamakiri Otoko), is the fifth episode of the original Kamen Rider series.
A series of strange earthquakes occur and Takeshi Hongo recieves a phone call from an old friend, earthquake analyst Ameyama Chikako. Chikako is abducted by the Shocker organization saying that they are planning to produce a "major earthquake".
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- This episode introduces the first opening narration of the series - "Takeshi Hongo is the cyborg, Kamen Rider. He was remodeled by Shocker, an evil organization bent on ruling the world. Kamen Rider stands against them for the sake of all humanity.", Replacing the initial practice of a series of a clips featuring the episode's kaijin immediately following the opening sequence, the opening narration accompanies a shot of Kamen Rider doing a 360 turn and emerging as Hongo, the clawed hand of Shocker turning a globe (which appeared in first episode) followed by, most notably, a gallery of kaijin facing off against Kamen Rider as he does his pose. The opening narration and kaijin gallery would remain a constant throughout the series, receiving several changes and updates as the series moved on.
- Mantis Man would later appear as part of the revived kaijin army seen in episode 13.
- Kamen Rider DVD Volume 1 features episodes 1-7.
- Kamen Rider Blu-ray Volume 1 features episodes 1-26.