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Neo Heisei Riders

The primary riders of the Heisei Phase 2 period (as of Drive).

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 in the Western fanbase as the "Neo-Heisei", 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.

This change was a consensus that Toei had for billing issues and the next 5 years, Toei will use this Heisei Series Phase 2 Period to experiment, to see if the name will last the next 10 years. [1]

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), and Kamen Rider Gaim (October 2013 - September 2014). The current entry in the Kamen Rider Series is Kamen Rider Drive, which premiered in October 2014.

Heisei Phase 2 trends

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 Taisen, 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 Taisen series, 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

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)
  • Kamen Rider Ghost (仮面ライダーゴースト Kamen Raidā Gōsuto?) (2015-2016)

Theatrical releases

References

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