Kamen Rider Kabuto
Title screen
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Action
Created byShotaro Ishinomori
Developed byIshimori Productions
Toei Company
Written by
Directed by
  • Hidenori Ishida
  • Naoki Tamura
  • Takao Nagaishi
  • Ryuta Tasaki
  • Nobuhiro Suzumura
  • Takayuki Shibasaki
Starring
Narrated byEiichiro Suzuki
Opening theme"NEXT LEVEL" by YU-KI
Ending theme
  • "FULL FORCE" by RIDER CHIPS
  • "LORD OF THE SPEED" by RIDER CHIPS featuring Arata Kagami
ComposerKuniaki Haishima
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes49 (list of episodes)
Production
Producers
  • Atsushi Kaji (TV Asahi)
  • Shinichiro Shirakura (Toei)
  • Naomi Takebe (Toei)
Running time24–25 minutes (per episode)
Production companyToei Company
DistributorToei Company
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 29, 2006 (2006-01-29) –
January 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)
Chronology
Preceded byKamen Rider Hibiki
Followed byKamen Rider Den-O
External links
Website
Production website

Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト, Kamen Raidā Kabuto, lit. Masked Rider Beetle) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. It is the sixteenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu programs. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. The series was broadcast on TV Asahi. The first episode aired on January 29, 2006, and with the final episode airing on January 21, 2007, completing the series with 49 episodes.

The series represents the 35th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series, as indicated by a notice at the beginning of the pilot episode reading, in Japanese, "Kamen Rider 35th Anniversary Production." Kamen Rider Kabuto is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in a high-definition format.

Story

Main article: List of Kamen Rider Kabuto characters

Seven years prior to the series, a meteorite struck the Shibuya district in Tokyo. An alien lifeform, known as the Worms, emerged from the meteorite and became a threat to humanity. Souji Tendou has been trained for seven years while waiting for the Kabuto Zecter so that he may properly take up the mantle of Kamen Rider Kabuto. Making many enemies while at the same time meeting other Riders with mysterious origins, Tendou attempts to accomplish his goal at all costs: to destroy all Worms that threaten humanity. He meets ZECT operative Arata Kagami, who later becomes Kamen Rider Gatack. The two soon work together to save humanity from the alien Worms—but not before uncovering the conspiracies within the ZECT organization and the "Natives" species.

Masked Rider System

Zecters (ゼクター, Zekutā), also known as the Masked Rider System (マスクドライダーシステム, Masukudo Raidā Shisutemu), are a compilation of mobile systems that affect space/time. They were created by the Natives, a species of Worm that arrived on Earth 35 years ago. These Natives in turn gave the Zecters to humans so that they may protect them from alien Worms that would arrive later. The Zecters appear instantaneously from the ZECT headquarters to the selected personnel so that they may transform into the respective Rider to fight any Worms in the vicinity. Each Rider (except for the Hopper Riders and the Kabutech Riders) possesses two forms: the bulky armored cocoon-like Masked Form (マスクドフォーム, Masukudo Fōmu) and the sleeker Rider Form (ライダーフォーム, Raidā Fōmu) which can use the Clock Up (クロックアップ, Kurokku Appu), a system that allows the Rider to move at high speed. They also have the ZECTroopers to help them. Worth noting is that the Zecters have a mind of their own and can reject their present user in search of another one if they so choose.

There are eight known Zecters within the Masked Rider System, each allowing the user to become a different Rider. Most Zecters are based on insects, with the exception of the Sasword Zecter, which is based on a scorpion.

There also exist two other Zecters known as the Perfect Zecter and the Hyper Zecter. The Perfect Zecter serves as a primary weapon while the Hyper Zecter is a power-up device that enhances the powers of the original Zecter. Both were only used by Kabuto in the series, but Gatack got to use the Hyper Zecter in the Hyper Battle DVD.

Allusions

The series made some allusions to the whole Kamen Rider series. Masked Rider Project as mentioned in the course of the series was said to have started on 3 April 1971. The Worm species known as Natives also first arrived on Earth on the same year. In real-life, it was the date the first Kamen Rider show aired for the first time.

Episodes

Main article: List of Kamen Rider Kabuto episodes

# Title Writer Original airdate
1"The Strongest Man"
Transcription: "Saikyō Otoko" (Japanese: 最強男)
Shōji YonemuraJanuary 29, 2006 (2006-01-29)
2"The First Two-Step Transformation"
Transcription: "Hatsu Ni-dan Henshin" (Japanese: 初2段変身)
Shōji YonemuraFebruary 5, 2006 (2006-02-05)
3"I am Justice!!"
Transcription: "Ore wa Seigi!!" (Japanese: 俺が正義!!)
Shōji YonemuraFebruary 12, 2006 (2006-02-12)
4"Love Explanation!!"
Transcription: "Ai o Toku!!" (Japanese: 愛を説く!!)
Shōji YonemuraFebruary 19, 2006 (2006-02-19)
5"Order to Capture!!"
Transcription: "Hokaku Shirei!!" (Japanese: 捕獲指令!!)
Shōji YonemuraFebruary 26, 2006 (2006-02-26)
6"My Flower"
Transcription: "Ore-sama no Hana" (Japanese: オレ様の花)
Shōji YonemuraMarch 5, 2006 (2006-03-05)
7"#2 Appears"
Transcription: "Nigō Shin Tōjō" (Japanese: 2号新登場)
Shōji YonemuraMarch 12, 2006 (2006-03-12)
8"Angry Tofu"
Transcription: "Ikareru Tōfu" (Japanese: 怒れる豆腐)
Shōji YonemuraMarch 19, 2006 (2006-03-19)
9"The Bee's Insanity!!"
Transcription: "Hachi no Ranshin!!" (Japanese: 蜂の乱心!!)
Shōji YonemuraMarch 26, 2006 (2006-03-26)
10"I'm Not Your Friend"
Transcription: "Tomo ja Nee" (Japanese: 友じゃねぇ)
Shōji YonemuraApril 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)
11"The Party Burns"
Transcription: "Gōkon Moyu" (Japanese: 合コン燃ゆ)
Toshiki InoueApril 9, 2006 (2006-04-09)
12"The Makeup Thousand-Man Cut"
Transcription: "Keshō Sennin Giri" (Japanese: 化粧千人斬)
Toshiki InoueApril 16, 2006 (2006-04-16)
13"The Team Dissolves"
Transcription: "Chīmu Kaisan" (Japanese: チーム解散)
Shōji YonemuraApril 23, 2006 (2006-04-23)
14"Back of the Back of the Back"
Transcription: "Ura no Ura no Ura" (Japanese: 裏の裏の裏)
Shōji YonemuraApril 30, 2006 (2006-04-30)
15"The Monster Noted Doctor!?"
Transcription: "Kaijin Meii!?" (Japanese: 怪人名医!?)
Toshiki InoueMay 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)
16"An Impossible Storm"
Transcription: "Masaka no Arashi" (Japanese: まさかの嵐)
Toshiki InoueMay 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)
17"Restored Memories!!"
Transcription: "Yomigaeru Kioku!!" (Japanese: 甦る記憶!!)
Toshiki InoueMay 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)
18"Farewell, Gon..."
Transcription: "Saraba Gon..." (Japanese: さらばゴン・・・)
Toshiki InoueMay 28, 2006 (2006-05-28)
19"Scorpion Millionaire"
Transcription: "Sasori Fugō" (Japanese: さそり富豪)
Toshiki InoueJune 4, 2006 (2006-06-04)
20"Eh, Jiiya?"
Transcription: "Nee, Jiiya?" (Japanese: ねぇじいや?)
Toshiki InoueJune 11, 2006 (2006-06-11)
21"Vs. Stag Beetle"
Transcription: "Tai Kuwagata" (Japanese: VSクワガタ)
Shōji YonemuraJune 25, 2006 (2006-06-25)
22"Birth of a Special Compilation"
Transcription: "Tanjō Tokubetsuhen" (Japanese: 誕生特別編)
Shōji YonemuraJuly 2, 2006 (2006-07-02)
23"Riddle + Riddle = X"
Transcription: "Nazo Tasu Nazo Wa Ekkusu" (Japanese: 謎+謎=X)
Shōji YonemuraJuly 9, 2006 (2006-07-09)
24"The Ramen Way"
Transcription: "Rāmen Dō" (Japanese: ラーメン道)
Shōji YonemuraJuly 16, 2006 (2006-07-16)
25"The Proud Searchlight"
Transcription: "Ogoru Sōsasen" (Japanese: 驕る捜査線)
Shōji YonemuraJuly 23, 2006 (2006-07-23)
26"Love That Shook the Earth"
Transcription: "Gekishin Suru Ai" (Japanese: 激震する愛)
Shōji YonemuraJuly 30, 2006 (2006-07-30)
27"Me!? A Murderer"
Transcription: "Ore!? Satsujinhan" (Japanese: 俺!?殺人犯)
Toshiki InoueAugust 6, 2006 (2006-08-06)
28"Why!? Death"
Transcription: "Naze!? Zetsumei" (Japanese: なぜ!?絶命)
Toshiki InoueAugust 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)
29"The Dark Kitchen"
Transcription: "Yami Kitchin" (Japanese: 闇キッチン)
Toshiki InoueAugust 20, 2006 (2006-08-20)
30"Miso Soup Ascension"
Transcription: "Misoshiru Shōten" (Japanese: 味噌汁昇天)
Toshiki InoueAugust 27, 2006 (2006-08-27)
31"Shocking Fact"
Transcription: "Shōgeki no Jijitsu" (Japanese: 衝撃の事実)
Shōji YonemuraSeptember 3, 2006 (2006-09-03)
32"Puzzle Unraveled!!"
Transcription: "Tokeru Nazo!!" (Japanese: 解ける謎!!)
Shōji YonemuraSeptember 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
33"The Sprouting Adjutant"
Transcription: "Moeru Fukukan" (Japanese: 萌える副官)
Shōji YonemuraSeptember 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
34"Breaking Super Evolution"
Transcription: "Kudake Chō Shinka" (Japanese: 砕け超進化)
Shōji YonemuraSeptember 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
35"The Hellish Brothers"
Transcription: "Jigōku no Kyōdai" (Japanese: 地獄の兄弟)
Shōji YonemuraOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
36"Red Shoes' Recklessness"
Transcription: "Akai Kutsu Bōsō" (Japanese: 赤い靴暴走)
Shōji YonemuraOctober 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
37"School's Ghost Story"
Transcription: "Gakkō no Kaidan" (Japanese: 学校の怪談)
Shōji YonemuraOctober 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
38"The Dangerous Younger Sister"
Transcription: "Abunai Imōto" (Japanese: あぶない妹)
Shōji YonemuraOctober 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)
39"The Powerful Black Opponent"
Transcription: "Kyōteki Kuro Kabu" (Japanese: 強敵黒カブ)
Toshiki InoueOctober 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
40"The Saddest Battle"
Transcription: "Saidai no Aisen" (Japanese: 最大の哀戦)
Toshiki InoueNovember 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
41"The Strongest Defeated"
Transcription: "Yabureru Saikyō" (Japanese: 敗れる最強)
Shōji YonemuraNovember 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
42"Worst Terror vs. Worst Fear"
Transcription: "Saikyō Tai Saikyō" (Japanese: 最凶VS.最恐)
Shōji YonemuraNovember 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
43"That Which We Aim For"
Transcription: "Ore o Nerau Ore" (Japanese: 俺を狙う俺)
Shōji YonemuraDecember 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
44"Who You Will Live With"
Transcription: "Ikiru to wa" (Japanese: 生きるとは)
Shōji YonemuraDecember 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)
45"Christmas Earthquake"
Transcription: "Kurisumasu Gekishin" (Japanese: Xマス激震)
Toshiki InoueDecember 17, 2006 (2006-12-17)
46"Farewell, Tsurugi!!"
Transcription: "Saraba Tsurugi!!" (Japanese: さらば剣!!)
Toshiki InoueDecember 24, 2006 (2006-12-24)
47"Rushing into the Last Chapter"
Transcription: "Saishūshō Totsunyū" (Japanese: 最終章突入)
Shōji YonemuraJanuary 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)
48"Tendou Dies!!"
Transcription: "Tendō Shisu!!" (Japanese: 天道死す!!)
Shōji YonemuraJanuary 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)
49 (Finale)"Path of Heaven"
Transcription: "Ten no Michi" (Japanese: 天の道)
Shōji YonemuraJanuary 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)

God Speed Love

Main article: Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love

The movie of the 2006 Kamen Rider Series, entitled Kamen Rider Kabuto the Movie: God Speed Love (劇場版 仮面ライダーカブト GOD SPEED LOVE, Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Kabuto Goddo Supīdo Rabu), was released in Japan on August 5. The film took place in an previous timeline and served as an prequel to the series, featuring three new Riders known as Hercus, Ketaros and Caucasus.

Hyper Battle Video

In Kamen Rider Kabuto: Birth! Gatack Hyper Form!! (仮面ライダーカブト 誕生!ガタックハイパーフォーム!!, Kamen Raidā Kabuto Tanjō! Gatakku Haipā Fōmu!!), Arata Kagami seeks to get the Hyper Zecter just like Souji Tendou, so he tries to emulate Tendou. Once he realizes that he has to be himself, the Hyper Zecter appears and allows him to transform into Kamen Rider Gatack Hyper Form, which only appears in the DVD. The Kabuto and Gatack Zecters speak to Tendou and Kagami throughout the DVD, voiced by Tomokazu Seki and Kōji Yusa, respectively.

Production

The Kamen Rider Kabuto trademark was registered by Toei on October 26, 2005.[1]

Video game

A video game based on the series was produced by Bandai for the PlayStation 2, under the name Kamen Rider Kabuto. Released on November 30, 2006, it is a fighting game featuring all Riders seen in the show and movie, along with Hyper Gatack. The game features 5 different modes of play, ranging from a story mode to several multiplayer modes.

Novel

Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト, Kamen Raidā Kabuto), written by Shōji Yonemura, is part of a series of spin-off novel adaptions of the Heisei Era Kamen Riders. The mysteries behind Kamen Rider Kabuto are revealed as Tendou Souji fights his final battle with the Worms. After the battle, he travels around the world starting from Bangkok, Thailand to Varanasi, India. During this time, the story followed Arata Kagami as he tries to court with Hiyori Kusakabe. The novel was released on November 30, 2012.

Cast

Guest actors

Songs

Opening theme
Insert themes

35th Masked Rider Anniversary File

During episodes 23 through 27, this segment called the 35th Masked Rider Anniversary File, acted as a look back to the franchise and an early advertisement for the God Speed Love movie. These look backs are held in a movie theater and the segment is hosted by Soji Tendo (Kamen Rider Kabuto), Arata Kagami (Kamen Rider Gatack), Tetsuki Yamato (Kamen Rider Ketaros), Yuzuki Misaki, and Masato Mishima. During these five segments, they discuss the history of the Kamen Rider franchise, sometimes in a comedic tone, but always with serious background music.

Parodies

Episode 327-B of Sgt. Frog titled "Keroro, Invasion in a Blink!" (ケロロ あっというまの侵略!であります, Keroro Attoiuma no Shinryaku! de arimasu) features the members of the Keroro Platoon trying to invade Earth in Clock Up mode.

International broadcasts

Kabuto was broadcast in South Korea as Masked Rider Kabuto (가면라이더 가부토 Gamyeon Raideo Gabuto) in 2008. In the Philippines, the show was broadcast on Cartoon Network and dubbed in English. In Singapore, this show is also dubbed and debuted on June 20, 2009, on Okto. In Malaysia, this show was dubbed in Malay on NTV7.

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