Greetings, geeks of all ages! April 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider franchise. To celebrate, Team Rider and Toei Tokusatsu World Official will have a Rider Week event from April 3 to April 10. It will be an exciting week for any and all fans of Kamen Rider the world over. The entire week will feature many events, such as livestreams and movie premieres with special guest appearances. More details will be announced soon, though other projects have been teased as part of Rider Week.
New Projects to be Announced on Rider Week
Not too long after the announcement for Rider Week, Toei unveiled a teaser for three new projects. A new website has timers for all three projects. The timers are counting down to Saturday, April 3, which is the start of Rider Week. There is a lot of potential for what these new projects could be. For those unaware, the Kamen Rider series has manga series as well. The original Kamen Rider manga written by the creator himself, Shotaro Ishinomori, is officially available through Comixology. There is also the Kamen Rider SPIRITS manga, which has not seen official release outside of Japan yet. Currently, there is a manga tie-in series Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives. Personally, I think an anime adaptation of any of the manga would be a great idea. Should they adapt SPIRITS, it would be a great way to introduce international viewers to the Showa Riders.
However, one of my biggest hopes for these projects is an official international release of some kind. Be it more officially subtitled releases for past series or simultaneous subtitled releases for current series. Another possible project could be a new English adaptation of Kamen Rider in the west. The last American adaptation of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, unfortunately did not do very well. While the show itself was of good quality, the marketing and the fact that the final few episodes did not air on television hurt its reception in the west. In any case, I’m looking forward to the official announcements of these projects on April 3rd.
In short, this coming Saturday, April 3rd, marks the start of Rider Week and a slew of events in celebration. Moreover, new projects are on the horizon with official announcements to start off the celebration. A truly exciting time to be a Rider fan. If you want to start collecting the merchandise, check out Team Kamen Rider over at Bluefin Brands. You can also purchase their merchandise through their partnered retailers listed on their site. Likewise, check out Toei Tokusatsu World Official over on YouTube to watch full episodes of different Tokusatsu series. They recently uploaded the Kamen Rider J and Kamen Rider ZO movies with official English subtitles. If this article is your introduction to the franchise, feel free to read my article on Tokusatsu and Kamen Rider here to learn more about it. That’s it from me, ciao~