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The primary riders of the Neo-Heisei period (prior to Drive).


Neo-Heisei is a term used exclusively by English-speaking fans to refer to a subsection of the second and current era of the Kamen Rider Series, the Heisei period. The Japanese fanbase has their own version of "Neo Heisei", for which they call "Phase 2 Heisei Riders" (第2期平成ライダー Dai Ni-ki Heisei Raidā?)

The Neo-Heisei era is specifically used to refer to the post-Decade era, with Kamen Rider Decade having been the 10th Anniversary Kamen Rider show of the Heisei period.

This change was a consensus that Toei had for billing issues and the next 5 years, Toei will use this Neo-Heisei Period to experiment, to see if the name will last the next 10 years. [1]

The Neo-Heisei era started with Decade's successor, Kamen Rider W, which premiered in September 2009 and ended in August 2010. W was followed by Kamen Rider OOO (September 2010 - August 2011), then Kamen Rider Fourze (September 2011 - August 2012), Kamen Rider Wizard (September 2012 - September 2013), and Kamen Rider Gaim (October 2013 - September 2014). The latest Kamen Rider Series entry is Kamen Rider Drive, which will premiere in October 2014.

Neo-Heisei trends

KR Number Theme

The Numerical Motif present within the Neo Heisei era's main Riders, starting with Decade.

  • Each Primary Rider from the post-Decade Heisei Era represents a number through their belt slots, parts, names, and the series named. This includes Decade himself who represents #1 as in the number of transformation slots in the Decadriver, having only one Main Form, and for being the first Rider to meet his first successor (Double).
    • Kamen Rider W represents #2 as in the number of transformation slots in the Double Driver and the letter "W" represents two alphabetics means of the letter "V".
    • Kamen Rider OOO represents #3 as in the number of transformation slots in the OOO Driver and there are three alphabetics of the letter "O", as well as three kana making up OOO's name.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze represents #4 as in the number of transformation/weapon access slots in the Fourze Driver and the name of "Fourze" (a combination of 4 (Four) and 0 (Zero)/40) itself.
    • Kamen Rider Wizard represents #5 as there are five elements among the Transformation Wizard Rings and five fingers on the Hand Authors placed on the transformation belt (WizarDriver) and the primary weapons (WizarSwordGun and AxCalibur).
    • Kamen Rider Gaim represents #6 as the "lock" (ロック Rokku?) in "Lockseed", when stripped of the sokuon kana, becomes the number six ( Roku?) in Japanese. Also, an unlocked Lockseed resembles that of the cardinal number 6. Also, the Ichigo Lockseed, a Lockseed corresponding to Gaim, has the number 6. Also, in Orange Arms, Gaim's Pulp Eye visor consists of six segments of an orange slice. Also, the words Orange and Banana are spelled in six letters. Also, Sid had 6 Sengoku Drivers to pass out to Beat Riders teams. Also, the main Rider's alias starts with a "G", which is represented as a 6 in the English version of Leet Speak. Also, for Project Ark to succeed, 6 billion people will have to die.
    • Kamen Rider Drive represents #7 as "Drive" is spelled in seven letters in Romanized katakana. Also, an activated Shift Car on the Shift Brace resembles the cardinal number 7.

Kamen Rider in the Neo-Heisei era

Advertisements throughout the months of May, June, and July 2009 built up to the debut of Kamen Rider W who was introduced as the eleventh addition of the Heisei Era, first appearing at the 10th Anniversary Project MASKED RIDER LIVE & SHOW event, and was featured in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker. The title characters star as detectives investigating crime waves about kaijin known as Dopants in the fictional city of Futo. Like much of the previous entries of the Heisei Era, the titular Rider, Kamen Rider Double, can transform into multiple forms, using devices shaped like USB hard drives called Gaia Memories. The Dopants that they fight are really people that use unrefined Gaia Memories for their own purposes. Double is also the first Kamen Rider to transform from two people at once. This series is also the first instance where the show airs on the same day it's predecessor (in this case, Decade) airs it's finale. The series premiered on September 6, 2009. Continuing into 2010 with Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010, W ran for a full year from September 2009 to September 2010, instead of January to January. Also in 2010 were the second, third, and fourth films of the Cho-Den-O Series, collectively known as Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho-Den-O Trilogy. Along with Den-O and Kabuto, it became one of the most successful Heisei Kamen Rider series.

In late 2010, Kamen Rider OOO was introduced as the twelfth addition of the Heisei Era Kamen Rider Series. The title character is a world traveler that is pulled into a fight with kaijin called the Greeed that was resurrected from a 800-year sleep to find themselves incomplete by such a Greeed, reduced to the status of a forearm, who gives him the means to transform into Kamen Rider OOO. Like Kamen Riders BLACK RX to Agito, and Den-O to Double, Kamen Rider OOO can change forms, but unlike the others, OOO can transform using three Core Medals, special coin-based artifacts based on animals that make up a Greeed's ability to stay alive without falling apart. There are nine Core Medals for each set, three each designated for Head, Arms, or Legs. As so far, OOO has the most transformations in Kamen Rider history, having able to use a possible 126 different combinations of Core Medals.

The year 2011 celebrated the 40th anniversary of the franchise. The festivities included the Kamen Rider Girls idol group, the film OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Rider, released on April 1, 2011, and OOO's successor Kamen Rider Fourze, which references the previous heroes in its characters' names and within the plot. A special crossover film titled Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen was released in 2012, featuring the main heroes from all Kamen Rider and Super Sentai series produced until then.

Neo-Heisei Rider productions

TV series

  • Kamen Rider W (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) Kamen Raidā Daburu?) (2009-2010)
  • Kamen Rider OOO (仮面ライダーOOO(オーズ) Kamen Raidā Ōzu?) (2010-2011)
  • Kamen Rider Fourze (仮面ライダーフォーゼ Kamen Raidā Fōze?) (2011-2012)
  • Kamen Rider Wizard (仮面ライダーウィザード Kamen Raidā Uizādo?) (2012-2013)
  • Kamen Rider Gaim (仮面ライダーガイム Kamen Raidā Gaimu?) (2013-2014)
  • Kamen Rider Drive (仮面ライダードライブ Kamen Raidā Doraibu?) (2014-2015)

Theatrical releases

References

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