Kamen Rider Blade

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Kamen Rider Blade
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Action
Fantasy
Thriller
Supernatural
Created byShotaro Ishinomori
Developed byIshimori Productions
Toei Company
Written byShōji Imai
Sōkichi Imai
Junichi Miyashita
Toshiki Inoue
Sho Aikawa
Directed byHidenori Ishida
Nobuhiro Suzumura
Takao Nagaishi
Satoshi Morota
Takemitsu Satō
Kunio Iki
StarringTakayuki Tsubaki
Ryoji Morimoto
Kousei Amano
Takahiro Hōjō
Yumi Egawa
Terunosuke Takezai
Kaori Yamaguchi
Hikari Kajiwara
Narrated byJūrōta Kosugi
Composer(s)Kazunori Miyake
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes49
Production
Producer(s)Saeko Matsuda
Jun Hikasa
Naomi Takebe
Takaaki Utsunomiya
Running time24–25 minutes
Production company(s)Toei Company
DistributorToei Company
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseJanuary 25, 2004 (2004-01-25) –
January 23, 2005 (2005-01-23)
Chronology
Preceded byKamen Rider 555
Followed byKamen Rider Hibiki
Other websites
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Kamen Rider Blade (Masked Rider ♠ (Blade)), is a Japanese television series.

Production[change | change source]

It is the fourteenth installment in the Kamen Rider Series. It aired on TV Asahi from January 25, 2004 to January 23, 2005. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. Along with the standard insect motif of the Kamen Rider Series, Kamen Rider Blade also uses a Playing card motif. Each Rider is assigned one of the suits from a deck of cards. It aired as a part of TV Asahi's Super Hero Time block with Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger.

DVDs[change | change source]

Blade was later released on DVD by Toei. There were twelve volumes released with the first eleven having four episodes per DVD and the twelfth with five episodes.

Story[change | change source]

Ancient battle[change | change source]

Ten thousand years ago, a large battle known as the Battle Royal was fought by fifty-two Undead. Each side represented a species fighting for dominance. The winner was the Human Undead, known as Category Two of Hearts, giving dominion of the Earth to humanity.

New Battle Royal[change | change source]

In the present day, archaeologists discover the sealed Undead. But unfortunately, they accidentally set them free. Thus, a new Battle Royal begins.

Rider system[change | change source]

Having developed the Rider System, based on the Joker's ability to copy sealed Undead, the organization BOARD (Board of Archaeologists Research Department) equips two young men, who become Kamen Riders: Kazuma Kenzaki and and Sakuya Tachibana fight together as Kamen Rider Blade and Kamen Rider Garren to protect humans from Undead and seal them. Also fighting Undead is the mysterious Hajime Aikawa as Kamen Rider Chalice, whose purpose is unknown. In addition, young Mutsuji Kamijo fights to free himself from the control of the sealed Undead powering his own Undead-made Rider System. He fights as Kamen Rider Leangle.

Cast[change | change source]

Missing Ace cast[change | change source]

Songs[change | change source]

Opening themes
  • "Round ZERO~BLADE BRAVE"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Katsuya Yoshida
    • Arrangement: Akio Kondō
    • Artist: Nanase Aikawa
    • Episodes: 1 - 30
  • "ELEMENTS"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Miki Fushisue
    • Arrangement: RIDER CHIPS & Cher Watanabe
    • Artist: RIDER CHIPS featuring Ricky
    • Episodes: 31 - 49
    After his performance in "ELEMENTS", Ricky was made RIDER CHIPS' permanent vocalist.
Insect themes
  • "Kakusei" ("Awakening")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Cher Watanabe
    • Arrangement: Akio Kondō
    • Artist: Ricky
    • Episodes: 2 - 23
  • "Rebirth"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Yukari Aono
    • Arrangement: Cher Watanabe
    • Artist: Sakuya Tachibana (Kousei Amano)
    • Episodes: 23 - 30, 47
  • "Take it a Try"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Cher Watanabe
    • Artist: Hajime Aikawa (Ryoji Morimoto)
    • Episodes: 31 - 49