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When someone talks about kamen rider, probably there’s only a few that pops up in your head for example, Kamen Rider Black and Black RX, Kamen Rider Kuuga, Kamen Rider Blade, etc. The reason is because there’re a lot of riders in the Kamen Rider series and non-Japan local tv probably only showed 3 or 4 of 'em.
One thing about all the Kamen Rider is their source of power, even in Kamen Rider 555/Faiz, all of the guys have pointed out the belt as something which gives power and even in the Decade series, Kamen Rider Diend also hunts for the power belts (in his case, Emperor/Omega’s Belt). So, let’s talk about belts then… Since I figure that this have an opportunity to be a long discussion, let’s limit them, shall we?
Kamen Rider Ichigo/1
Power base: Wind
The first rider belt in the history of Kamen Rider is actually wind powered. Imagine that. So actually, the first rider is kinda environmentally friendly, huh? His belt is activated using a strong current of wind, and to achieve that he either has to henshin on top of his bike (speeding very fast) or falling off a cliff (also speeding very fast, naturally…). Yeah, being a rider is one serious job to handle. Now after Ichigo get a proper upgrade, he then finally able to henshin without having to fall from a dangerous height or riding bike. His belt kinda got inspired by Niigo’s belt on that one. Since the belt’s power coming from wind, they simply call it Typhoon Belt.
Trivia: Kamen Rider Ichigo initially didn’t have any henshin pose and that makes Kamen Rider Niigo, the first rider to have a henshin pose. Confused? Drink some milk, and then get back here.
Kamen Rider Niigo/2
Power base: Wind
Not much to say here, since this belt is actually a second belt created by Shocker to fight on par with Ichigo. But those stupid scientists at Shocker HQ did a second mistake. They again forgot to alter the brain before altering the body. Or probably there was a requirement for the body to be altered before the brain? Anyway... this mistake ended up causing Niigo to convert himself to become Justice’s ally. The belt is exactly the same like Ichigo, only they now have a manual guide so Ichimonji Hayato now knows how to strike a good looking pose for henshin.
Trivia: When Niigo was defeated by Dead… euh… something, he decided to strengthen his body and go to the Amazon Jungle to get himself bitten by various poisonous animal. I’d go to Shaolin Temple and learn some kung fu instead, but hey, every man is to himself, rite?
Kamen Rider V3
Power base: Two scoop of wind
Yep, the third rider now got a double dose of those windy thingy. So the belt is simply called Double Typhoon Belt. This is a very unique belt because it can absorb energy from the surrounding to be unleashed as a rider punch or rider kick causing a fatal damage. Or, if let’s say Shiro Kazami is surrounded left, right, and all around, he can actually unleashed Double Reverse Typhoon, and cause a more devastating damage to the surroundings. The catch? Well, our dude here can’t transform for a good solid 3 hours. But hey, if the enemy can wait for you to henshin, then can definitely wait for 3 hrs to attack, rite?
Trivia: Shiro Kazami actually requested Ichigo and Niigo to change him into a grasshopper looking dude. So in a way, he’s actually willing to become a cyborg. Lucky for him, after he’s completed, they didn’t give him an Austrian accent like what the people in 2029AD did to The Governator… I mean Terminator.
Kamen Rider… err… Riderman
Power base: none
You wonder why? Well, simply because our dude here doesn’t have a henshin belt. Heck, he didn’t even have a mouth cover. His belt is just some nifty looking belt that some Japanese dude managed to mash up to create an illusionary belt he even probably got it in Shibuya or some sort. So he doesn’t have a belt, stores his costumes in his motorcycle, and everytime there’s evil in the corner, all he needs to do is put on his helmet and then break the world record for Fastest Clothes Change In front Of a Monster. So Mr. Yuki Joji, you might want to register yourself for the Guiness.
Trivia: Yuki Joji was working for Destron previously; he lost his arm due to some evil dude frame him of treason. During his execution, he managed to be saved but lost one arm in the process due to acid. His left hand? Saved in the process of rescuing because he needs to cover his mouth and nose to protect his uber handsome face… Guy doesn’t have a mouth cover, give him a break, mmm kay?
Kamen Rider X
Power base: unclear, possibly electric due to robotic nature
This is one rider with the most powerful…hair, I mean cyborg construct. Unlike the other, Keisuke Jin is not a cyborg but he’s something more powerful… more menacing… they called it… Kaizorg. Now, while I dunno what the frog is a kaizorg, let’s just assume that it’s uber bad-a*s. His belt now is not his power base; his belt is just there to do a very important role. To keep pants from falling while doing all those running, jumping, and all that jazz. I’m kidding. His belt can actually store X’s main weapon which is a rod that can transform into a longer rod, sword, belt, usb thumb drive, iPod… wait… *cough* all sorts of useful stuffs to fight with. This will be followed by a lot more in the future… (Hint: RX)
Trivia: X didn’t really shout Henshin, his shouting statement is actually Set Up, then followed by Dai Henshin. And that thing he’s holding? Nope, that’s not an Olympus pocket digital camera to store his cute photo on Facebook, that stuff is called Redizer and Perfecter. (And not henshinizer like what I used to think) The other one is for his mask, and the other is for his mouth piece/mouth freshener.
Kamen Rider Amazon
Power base: Magic
A-ma-zon! Yeah, that’s what he shout when he’s doing the henshin, of course by that he won’t use the word henshin anymore. Amazon’s belt is pretty unique on its own. First of all, it’s always there, rider form or human form, and secondly, the belt actually does nothing. It’s not really a transform device. The focus of Amazon is more on the arm bracelet he always wears, which is called Gigi. In my knowledge, the bracelet later on will be used together by Amazon with its twin, Gaga. When combined Gigi and Gaga can unleash Amazon’s most powerful attack, Super Daisetsudan. Of course following the trend of armlet naming, the most famous Amazon quote is… “Gau.”
Trivia: Unlike other rider, Amazon is the first rider not based on any insect. His design is based on a chameleon. His color is green and red basically to give signal that he obey traffic rules and also to hide blood, his or the enemy’s. He’s probably the only rider that runaway when he first saw his bike as well… I don’t even remember the wuss Ryoutaro of Den-O run away from a bike but hey, give the kid a break, Daisuke Yamamoto is raised in the jungle, okay? You either be a kamen rider or blonde underwear model swinging from tree to tree covered only with loin cloth, meh.
Kamen Rider Stronger
Power base: Electric
Shigeru Jou is a smart man, he wants revenge, but he knows that he probably won’t survive even against those puny henchmen that always make noises like “Jii, jii, jii”. So, he does research and gamble that those evil scientists will do a frogged up job again and transform his body to kamen rider without altering his mind to become evil. Voila!! The dude is correct. He’s given a cyborg body; a henshin belt called Electora which draws power based on… fire, kidding, on electric, and later on, he will have a female sidekick called Tackle which focus on the T… try to do an image research on Denpa Ningen Tackle, you’ll know what I mean. ;) The only downside is, he’s stuck with a giant S in the middle of his shirt and even his transformed state. I think now Ichigo will be very thankful that he didn’t have a giant 1 on his shirt.
Trivia: He will be referred later on in the future by Kamen Rider Kabuto which uses the same insect as his “main animal” form, the kabuto bettle/rhino bettle. Oh, one more thing, the guy that portrays Shigeru Jou is Shigeru Araki. No, that has nothing to do with that giant S in the shirt. Wait… no, positive.
Kamen Rider Skyrider
Power base: Wind
First of all, let’s clear up one thing which has been pointed out in the series and in the manga. This dude did not fly. His belt have that suspicious switch thingy that can actually alter gravity, so technically speaking, our great hero is gliding, he’s not flying, he’s just falling with style. (Says Woody to Buzz Lightyear as well) Now where was I? Oh yeah, the belt. His belt is called Tornado. Hiroshi Tsukuba got tangled in this mess because he witnesses some abduction of a scientist by the Neo Shocker. Neo Shocker had enough of their evil in-source scientists, so they decided to do outsourcing for their strongest warrior projects. Apparently Dr. Shiba Keitarou, yeah, the outsource scientists trick them by doing his own projects, creating a powerful warrior, but to fight Neo Shocker as Skyrider. Yeah, that’s what you normally get from outsource, empty promises, weird execution, zero documentation, and the end product normally gives problem. Oh, and their service pack doesn’t help as well, since Skyrider is
getting stronger but still doesn’t side with Neo Shocker.
Trivia: He is known internationally as New Kamen Rider probably because this series started after a long 4 years hiatus by the guys that give us this wonderful show. So for 19 episodes, he is known as Kamen Rider. Only after episode 20, Stronger which now looks Smarter as well, pointed out that his name is Skyrider, probably because he’s a rider and he’s in the sky. Way to go, Smarter! I mean Stronger! Btw, he realized to modify his henshin line later on by modifying it to Sky Henshin. So much for creativity…
Kamen Rider Super-1
Power base: Electric
Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Go to the moon? Establish a base of evil operation then terrorize the humans on earth, mwahahaahahahaha… Huh? Me? Oh no, I always wanted to be a musician, but that’s just me. Now, Kazuya Oki also wanted to be one of ‘em astronauts. So he went to a lab which I assume to be kinda secret (only known by the government and the evil organization so that they can attack it later on) to be transformed into the first super astronaut called simply Super-1. Now he should’ve been very suspicious on a lot of things, first of all, they already have Steve Austin as the Six Million Dollar Man, the budget on some Japanese wanted to go to the moon will most likely be lower. And secondly, no one speak English in an American top secret lab for NASA??? But anyway, after operating and all the chaos, Super-1 survived the attack and decided to return to Japan. With him he got his henshin belt called Psycrod, with that belt he can summon his 5 arms.
Trivia: His default arms are the Silver Hands/Super Hands (ability: Super Punch). The others, blue Electric Hands (to shoot an electric beam, kinda useful nowadays probably...), red Power Hands (to lift heavy objects if the pay is right), gold Radar Hands (to shoot missiles that can detect stuffs, like where is the nearest McDonalds), and green Katy Perry/Hot Cold Hands (right cold, left hot, mix ‘em up, you’ll get a melted ice cream and a frozen BBQ bacon). Oh yeah, since he’s created in the US and A, his bike is a Harley, and he sings country songs… I made up the last part. The song, not the bike, okay?
Kamen Rider ZX
Power base: unknown alien technology… wait, is that considered electric? Or recycled cabbage?
Kamen Raida Zee Cross. Not ZX. Ryo Murasame is the only person in the world that can testify in the UFO convention that he was kidnapped by an alien and survived. And also the alien did not mate with him, they just simply play around and transform him into a turtle bug based being called Kamen Rider ZX. Oh and did I say that he was brainwashed? Now there’s actually nothing special about his belt, because it’s just a simple buckle. So, my final rider’s belt for this part is actually not fun at all. Lemme just get straight to trivia then.
Trivia: if you want to revisit most of your fave rider, you can watch this show, because all of the previous riders are shown in the handy videotape created by V3. Never knew he was such a great Kamen Rider fan being a Kamen Rider himself. And since we have V3, we know that he likes to count judging from Riderman’s case (labeling him as the fourth), so ZX also got the same treatment and labeled as the tenth rider by V3. After this all the future riders doesn’t really go near V3, but I am sure, somewhere out there, he’s still watching for the new riders, and still counting… *looking at the sunset*
So, that’s my first part of the showa era riders. My hands are a bit tired, so I’ll just pass the control back to Leon. But before that, let’s see a striking handsome pose by the ten riders. All of ’em ready for combat except for Skyrider which is apparently busy looking at the camera. He’s just probably taking too much advice from Niigo about posing.