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Heisei Series Phase 2

Neo Heisei Riders - Ex-aid

The primary riders of the Heisei Phase 2 period (as of Ex-Aid).

Heisei Kamen Rider Series Phase 2 (平成仮面ライダーシリーズ第2期 Heisei Kamen Raidā Shirīzu Dai Ni-Ki), known by some fans as the "Neo-Heisei" era, is the current subsection of the second and current era of the Kamen Rider Series, the Heisei period.

The Heisei Phase 2 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.

After the Decade series, Kamen Rider is the official term for Riders while pre-Decade Riders have been shown to use "Masked Rider" in official localization releases and in Kamen Rider 4.

The Heisei Phase 2 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), Kamen Rider Gaim (October 2013 - September 2014), Kamen Rider Drive (October 2014 - September 2015) and Kamen Rider Ghost (October 2015 - September 2016. The current entry in the Kamen Rider Series is Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, which premiered in October 2016.

On April 1, 2016, an original remake net series Kamen Rider Amazons was aired. It marks the Heisei Era's first time since Faiz that the franchise has gone back to a darker and more adult oriented style of storytelling, though this series is available only on Amazon Prime and rated R15+.

Heisei Phase 2 trends

  • The main Rider usually uses a disproportionately high number of collectible transformation devices as compared to the other Riders.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Gaim has altogether used a total of 18 Lockseeds (counting borrowed, stageshow-exclusive and Legend Rider), as compared to the other Riders who at most, have not used more than 10 different Lockseeds.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Drive possesses a total of 31 Shift Cars in his arsenal (counting Tire Exchange Shift Cars which were not used in battle), as compared to the Signal Bikes' small number of 7.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: Out of the 15 heroic Ghost Eyecons, Ghost has 10, while Specter has 3 and Necrom only has 2.
  • Each season usually has the third main Rider originally start off as good during or before the start of the series, then become evil for a period of time before finally redeeming themselves and going on the side of good again. Their Rider forms usually have either purple or green accents (or both in Ryugen's case).
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Mitsuzane Kureshima, originally a friend of Kouta, later joins and eventually takes over Yggdrasill, betraying everyone around him. At the end of the series, he redeems himself for the sins he had committed.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Chase was originally Protodrive, the warrior who fought the Roidmudes during the Global Freeze, before being brainwashed into becoming Mashin Chaser. Later, he regains his memories and becomes Kamen Rider Chaser.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: It is not known if Alain was originally good at first, but he grew to believe that his world was perfect and that the human world was flawed. Later, after the death of his father Adonis, Alain finally accepts that his world is not perfect, and joins the side of good as Kamen Rider Necrom.
  • The main villains usually possess an omnipotent object or entity of great power, which can possibly inflict mass destruction on the world.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: The Forbidden Fruit contains the power to paint the entire world in one's image i.e. destroying the current world and creating a new one.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: The Sigma Circular, created by Tenjuro Banno, caused the second Global Freeze which froze the entire world and almost digitized all the humans into data.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: The Gammaizers are the deities which watch over the Gamma World. They possess enough power to eliminate any form of obstacles in their way and become stronger every time they are defeated. There is also the mighty Great Eye.
  • A certain transformation device from each season has either a prototype or a mass produced version.
  • The main villains use a unique way of moving from one place to another in an instant.
  • Each season has a spring movie which focuses more heavily on the Kamen Riders rather than other tokusatsu seasons, as compared to the first two Super Hero Taisen films. Incidentally, Kamen Rider 1 plays a significant role in each of these films.
  • Each season has a spinoff side story focusing on one of the main characters apart from the primary Rider.
  • The secondary Riders' super/final forms are actually equivalent to the protagonist Riders' Upgrade Forms.
  • The primary Riders' final form no longer has its own designated weapon. Instead, it uses the weapon used by the upgrade/super form. However, rather than using the super form's collectible device, the weapon instead uses collectible devices from the Riders' regular forms to generate more powerful attacks.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Gaim Kiwami Arms uses the DJ Gun, which is Kachidoki Arms' default weapon. While Gaim Kachidoki Arms uses the Kachidoki Lockseed in the DJ Gun to perform a Kachidoki Charge, Gaim Kiwami Arms instead uses normal Lockseeds to perform a Fruits Basket Charge.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Drive Type Tridoron uses the Trailer-Hou, normally used by Drive Type Formula. While Drive Type Formula inserts Shift Formula into the Shift Landing Slot to perform the Trailer Impact, Drive Type Tridoron instead inserts a regular form Type Change Shift Car into the Shift Landing Slot to perform the Trailer Big Impact.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost: Ghost Mugen Damashii (final form), as well Grateful Damashii (super form), reuses the Sunglasseslasher from Toucon Boost Damashii.
  • Legend Rider collectible items from Gaim onwards allow the users to transform into special forms that are themed after those legend Riders, unlike previous Legend Rider collectible items, which merely summoned the corresponding Riders.

Kamen Rider in the Heisei Phase 2 era

The crossover between a Kamen Riders from a different series was all started from the Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka in Phase 1, as a starter up for the next Rider crossover within Phase 2, starting from Movie War series.

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. OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Rider was the first starter up of the Taisen movie series, which was included Super Sentai's Akaranger, Other heroes like Zuban, original Kikaiders and original Inazuman, resulting a development of the first Super Hero Taisen crossover film titled Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero TaisenIcon-crosswiki, which was released in 2012, featuring the main heroes from all Kamen Rider and Super Sentai series produced until then, then becomes expanded with the other heroes like Metal Heroes (particularly Space Sheriffs) and the other heroes like new Inazuman from Movie War Ultimatum, sans in Gaim and Drive's own spring movies, which focused on all Kamen Riders with less Super Sentai team that focused on the sophomore and the current ones.

Heisei Phase 2 Rider productions

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