original kamen rider

In the last episode of Kamen Rider Amazons, the original kamen rider amazon will emerge from the bushes and say “tomodachi” and then everyone laughs and eats burgers together as the Seinfeld theme plays in the back.

We may be seeing some monthly scans soon because this interesting oddity popped up: Appearing in Choh Superhero Taisen is Kamen Sentai Gorider! These are basically the original Kamen Rider mixed with the original Super Sentai, and somehow it works.

Another notable returning actor shown on the right is Utsusemimaru/Kyoryu Gold from Kyoryuger.

There’s a lot of Rider/Sentai teams shown here, mostly sorted by color. The five we’ve seen in promos is Team Ex-Aid, while on the top left is Team Genm.

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WHOOPS i accidentally spent all day doodling a little segment that’s been on my mind since several months ago

These are two of many Kamen Rider inspired ocs I’ve come up with in the last year, Dream Knights!

What she says: Im fine

What she means: Why is genjis new event skin named sentai? Yes i am aware it’s a reference to super sentai the Japanese name of the power rangers. But his costume is clearly a reference to Kamen Rider. After all he has the V shape on his helmet along with the classic scarf seen being worn by the original kamen rider. I just… i dont get it

anonymous asked:

Hi!! This might sound like a silly question but I really want to start learning about and watching more superheroes! I was wondering what got you interested and what were the first heroes to majorly kickstart the interest for you (if that makes sense)! Have a lovely day!

Oh man, that is a good question!  Truth be told I’ve been a fan of superheroes almost my entire life.  It started with reruns of the old Batman TV show from the 1960s that aired on Saturday afternoons once the cartoons were over.  This was in the late 1970s/VERY Early 1980s.

Of course, that was American superheroes and because of that I got into comics and other media.  However, when it comes to Japanese superheroes I have Godzilla and the Saturday Afternoon Matinee Movies to thank for that one.

I fell in love with giant monsters, especially Godzilla and his friends.  I rented Godzilla movies on VHS all the time from our local video store and wore out my copy of Godzilla vs. Megalon after watching it day after day after day.  I am pretty sure my parents and sibling were sick of it but you know kids, they love watching the same program over and over.

I would scour the TV listings when I got older and watch every giant monster movie I could.  When I got to college, a friend got me into anime and that opened up a whole new world of movies and entertainment for me.  I loved it and I especially loved anything subtitled. That was in 1993 and that was also the year Mighty Morphin Power Rangers started on US Television.

Though everything was in English and the stories were simple and kind of weird, we watched it in that ironic way young people have of enjoying things when they really don’t want to admit they like them.  It helped a lot that the fight scenes and monster fights were so painfully obviously cribbed from a Japanese source.  Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, looks quite like Japanese tokusatsu effects. 

When I started attending anime conventions in the mid-1990s, a friend introduced me to the source material for Power Rangers in the form of a raw VHS tape he’d gotten from a local Japanese grocery store.  This was a tape of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.

It was love at first sight. I was enthralled with seeing the out of suit footage match the in suit fight scenes, of the heroes being very Japanese and dealing with situations based on Japanese legends and mythology.  It was like an anime come to life and I had to have more.

So, I started going to local Japanese grocery stores in the Dallas area and renting tape after tape, dubbing them off by hooking two VCRs together to make my own copies to keep.  I still have a LOT of these copies even though I have some of them on legit DVD now and on digital fansubs.  I just can’t seem to make myself part with the origins of my obsession.

This was also how I was first exposed to Kamen Rider, through a VHS fansub of Kamen Rider ZO I got from a local, less than reputable dealer in foreign films. That got me searching for more and more of the good stuff, of every tokusatsu hero I could find. Heck, I even bought a Laserdisc player so I could buy LDs of the shows from a local anime store in Dallas.

I even stayed up as late as I could to watch and tape Ultraseven episode in their dubbed form off TNT on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning after Monstervision.  I would watch ANYTHING tokusatsu and I still do.

From there, well, you can see where I am now.  As for the shows/heroes that kickstarted my fandom, here is a short list.

1. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger

2. Kamen Rider ZO

3. Ultraseven

4. Kamen Rider Black

5. Hyakujyuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai

6. Denji Sentai Megaranger

These are all a good place to start when seeking to get hooked on tokusatsu superheroes though a really good place now is to start with the two currently airing shows.  Both Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger are well done and a lot of fun!

Thanks for the question and happy viewing!

texasuberalles  asked:

Probably been asked before, but have there ever been any Super Sentai actors who were also their own suit actors (aside from "oh no his mask has been damaged for this one dramatic scene!" special occasions)? How about Kamen Riders?

It is not very common today mostly because the face actors aren’t trained in stunt work and are too valuable to the production and their agencies to risk them getting injured. There are also the sheer number of really skilled stunt people from Japan Action Enterprises that make the need for people to handle dual roles completely unnecessary. That was not always the case.

Back in the 1970s, some face actors had to be their own stunt actors.  For example, in the original 1971 Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Fujioka played Takeshi Hongo and his suited alter ego. As he explained in a recent interview with Josei7

“The first time in anything comes with hardships, but no one expected the success of Kamen Rider in 1971.That’s why I started filming and using equipment that was not satisfactory in such places like construction sites. Because there was no budget, there was no stuntmen, so I had no choice but to do all myself and give it my best efforts.”

He ended up getting injured after a motorcycle stunt went bad and had to leave the show, resulting in a second Kamen Rider coming in.  The in-story explanation was that Hongo went to Europe to fight Shocker there, leaving the new Kamen Rider 2/Hayato Ichimonji to fill in for him in Japan.  When Fujioka was healed up, he returned and the ratings soared once the two Riders were working together.  As Fujioka put it,

“When I returned, Kamen Rider 1 and 2 got together as double Riders, and got the highest ratings. It was “turning a disaster into a blessing” 

In recent years, I can think of only one Kamen Rider who was played by the same person in suit and out and that was Kamen Rider Marika from Kamen Rider Gaim.

Minami Tsukui started out as a stunt actor, a graduate of Japan Action Enterprises and a member in good standing of the group. She worked as a suit actor and a monster of the week performer for many years including in Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger, Kamen Rider W and the Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger movie. She eventually got the role as Marika thanks to asking to play more heroic roles and at the request of the producer of Kamen Rider Gaim. She is a rare exception in the modern day but in the past stunt performers have become face actors several times.

Kenji Ohba started off as a stunt performer and suit actor before finally getting a face role as Battle Kenya in Battle Fever J. He would then go on to act in the sequel series, Denshi Sentai Denziman as Denzi Blue and then took on the title role in the first Metal Hero series, Space Sheriff Gavan in 1982.

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I didn’t realize that the American Masked Rider show included the original Kamen Riders in one of its episodes.

I also didn’t realize it completely fucked up their names.