Kamen Rider Ghost

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Kamen Rider Ghost
File:Kamen Rider Ghost logo.png
Kamen Rider Ghost series logo
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Narrated by Kazuya Ichijō
Shun Nishime
Opening theme "Warera Omou, Yue ni Warera Ari" by Kishidan
Composer(s) Go Sakabe
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
Production
Producer(s)
  • Motoi Sasaki (TV Asahi)
  • Kazuhiro Takahashi (Toei)
Running time 24-25 min. (per episode)
Production company(s) Toei Company
Distributor Toei Company
Release
Original network TV Asahi
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)
Chronology
Preceded by Kamen Rider Drive
External links
Website
Production website

Kamen Rider Ghost (仮面ライダーゴースト Kamen Raidā Gōsuto?) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series serving as the 17th Heisei Kamen Rider Series, and 26th series over all. Takuro Fukuda serves as Ghost's lead screenwriter, with Satoshi Morota as director. It premiered on TV Asahi and affiliate stations throughout Japan on October 4, 2015, the week following the finale of its predecessor series Kamen Rider Drive, joining Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, and later, Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger in the Super Hero Time programming block.

Story

Takeru Tenkūji, whose father was a ghost hunter who died 10 years earlier, dies at the hands of an evil monster known as a Gamma (眼魔 Ganma, lit. "Eye Demon") while trying to protect his childhood friend Akari Tsukimura from an attack. A mysterious hermit brings Takeru back to life and bestows upon him the Ghost Driver transformation belt and an Eyecon (眼魂(アイコン) Aikon, lit. "Eye Soul"), an orb-shaped device which can see ghostly creatures like spirits of dead creatures, Gamma, and other Riders. The hermit tells Takeru that he has 99 days to gather 15 additional heroic Eyecons in order to be brought back to life permanently, and must fight the Gamma as Kamen Rider Ghost to obtain them. He is assisted by the Buddhist monk Onari, who previously supported his father as a ghost hunter, and Akari, who tries to find more scientific and logical reasons behind their supernatural encounters. In his way are Makoto Fukami, a mysterious living young man capable of utilizing a Ghost Driver to transform into Kamen Rider Specter (仮面ライダースペクター Kamen Raidā Supekutā), and the Gamma led by Chikara Saionji, an associate of Takeru's late father, and Alain, the son of the Gamma leader, who later acquires the means to transform into the anti-hero Kamen Rider Necrom (仮面ライダーネクロム Kamen Raidā Nekuromu).

The Kamen Riders of Kamen Rider Ghost use Eyecons to transform and to summon the hooded jacket-like spirits called Hoodie Ghosts (パーカーゴースト Pākā Gōsuto) like the spirits of historical figures such as Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Edison, and Isaac Newton to grant them new powers.[1]

Casting and production

Shun Nishime is the lead actor of Kamen Rider Ghost, portraying the hero Takeru Tenkūji. At only 17 years old, he is one of the youngest actors to portray the leading role in a Kamen Rider Series, coming after Masaki Suda from Kamen Rider W who was 16 at the time of filming and tieing with Takeru Satoh from Kamen Rider Den-O. The rest of the cast includes female lead Hikaru Ohsawa, the rival Kamen Rider Ryosuke Yamamoto, Takayuki Yanagi, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Hayato Isomura, and Naoto Takenaka.[2]

Japanese rock band Kishidan performs the television series' opening theme song. When Kishidan's involvement was announced, lead singer Show Ayanocozey joked that he was very worried about writing the song, but consulted with Takashi Niigaki on how to write songs about ghosts.[3]

Episodes

No. English title
Original Japanese title
Writer Original airdate
1 "Eyes Open! It's Me!"
"Kaigan! Ore!" (開眼!俺!) 
Takuro Fukuda October 4, 2015
2 "Shocking! The Invention King!"
"Dengeki! Hatsumeiō!" (電撃!発明王!) 
Takuro Fukuda October 11, 2015
3 "Bull's-eye! Archery of Justice!"
"Hitchū! Seigi no Yumiya!" (必中!正義の弓矢!) 
Takuro Fukuda October 18, 2015
4 "Amazing! The Castle in the Sky!"
"Kyōgaku! Sora no Shiro!" (驚愕!空の城!) 
Takuro Fukuda October 25, 2015
5 "Wow! The Mysterious Kamen Rider!"
"Shōgeki! Nazo no Kamen Raidā!" (衝撃!謎の仮面ライダー!) 
Takuro Fukuda November 8, 2015
6 "Fate! The Comeback Melody!"
"Unmei! Saiki no Merodi!" (運命!再起のメロディ!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri November 15, 2015
7 "Quick Draw! The Legendary Gunman!"
"Hayauchi! Densetsu no Ganman!" (早撃!伝説のガンマン!) 
Takuro Fukuda November 22, 2015
8 "Activate! Another Monolith!"
"Hatsudō! Mō Hitotsu no Monorisu!" (発動!もう一つのモノリス!) 
Takuro Fukuda November 29, 2015
9 "Magnificent! The Loyal Man!"
"Dōdō! Chūgi no Otoko!" (堂堂!忠義の男!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri December 6, 2015
10 "Gathered! Fifteen Eyecons!"
"Shūketsu! Jūgo no Aikon!" (集結!15の眼魂!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri December 13, 2015
11 "Magnificent! Mysterious Eyes!"
"Shōgon! Shinpi no Me!" (荘厳!神秘の目!) 
Takuro Fukuda December 20, 2015
12 "Heroic! A Man's Resolve!"
"Sōzetsu! Otoko no Kakugo!" (壮絶!男の覚悟!) 
Takuro Fukuda December 27, 2015
13 "Exciting! A Free Man!"
"Gōkai! Jiyū na Otoko!" (豪快!自由な男!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri January 10, 2016
14 "Spectacular! The Dawn of the Earth!"
"Zekkei! Chikyū no Yoake!" (絶景!地球の夜明け!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri January 17, 2016
15 "Agony! The Stubborn Escape King!"
"Kunō! Ganko na Dasshutsu-ō!" (苦悩!頑固な脱出王!) 
Takuro Fukuda January 24, 2016
16 "Perfect! The White Kamen Rider!"
"Kanpeki! Shiroi Kamen Raidā!" (完璧!白い仮面ライダー!) 
Takuro Fukuda January 31, 2016
17 "Gorgeous! The Phantom Queen!"
"Kenran! Maboroshi no Joō!" (絢爛!幻の女王!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa February 7, 2016
18 "Turn-Around! Mysterious Science!"
"Gyakuten! Shinpi na Kagaku!" (逆転!神秘な科学!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa February 14, 2016
19 "Explosion! Paint From Your Heart!"
"Bakuhatsu! E o Kaku Kokoro!" (爆発!絵を描く心!) 
Takuro Fukuda February 21, 2016
20 "Eruption! The Flames of Friendship!"
"Sakuretsu! Honō no Yūjō!" (炸裂!炎の友情!) 
Takuro Fukuda February 28, 2016
21 "Amazing! The Gamma's World!"
"Kyōi! Ganma no Sekai!" (驚異!眼魔の世界!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa March 6, 2016
22 "Conspiracy! Adel's Trap!"
"Bōryaku! Aderu no Wana!" (謀略!アデルの罠!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa March 13, 2016
23 "Possessed! The Giant Eyecon!"
"Nyūkon! Dekkai Aikon!" (入魂!デッカい眼魂!) 
Takuro Fukuda March 20, 2016
24 "Appearance! The Mysterious Warrior!"
"Shutsugen! Nazo no Senshi!" (出現!謎の戦士!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri March 27, 2016
25 "Disaster! The Red Sky"
"Ihen! Akai Sora!" (異変!赤い空!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa April 3, 2016
26 "Conflict! The Terms of Resolution!"
"Kattō! Ketsudan no Jōken!" (葛藤!決断の条件!) 
Takuro Fukuda April 10, 2016
27 "Do-or-Die! Ready for Infiltration!"
"Kesshi! Kakugo no Sennyū!" (決死!覚悟の潜入!) 
Takuro Fukuda April 17, 2016
28 "Bursting! The Power of the Abyss!"
"Bakugen! Shin'en no Chikara!" (爆現!深淵の力!) 
Takuro Fukuda April 24, 2016
29 "Second Coming! Ordeal of the Escape King!"
"Sairin! Dasshutsu-ō no Shiren!" (再臨!脱出王の試練!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri May 1, 2016
30 "Forever! Cries of the Heart!"
"Eien! Kokoro no Sakebi!" (永遠!心の叫び!) 
Nobuhiro Mouri May 8, 2016
31 "Bizarre! The Power of the Gammisers!"
"Kimyō! Ganmaizā no Chikara!" (奇妙!ガンマイザーの力!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa May 15, 2016
32 "Reminiscence! The Hidden Heart!"
"Tsuioku! Himeta Kokoro!" (追憶!秘めた心!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa May 22, 2016
33 "Miracle! Infinite Thoughts!"
"Kiseki! Mugen no Omoi!" (奇跡!無限の想い!) 
Keiichi Hasegawa May 29, 2016

Films

Kamen Rider Ghost has his debut appearance as a cameo in Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future.

Super Movie War Genesis

Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive: Super Movie War Genesis (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー ゴースト&ドライブ 超MOVIE大戦ジェネシス Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā Gōsuto Ando Doraibu Chō Mūbī Taisen Jeneshisu) was released in Japanese theaters on December 12, 2015. It featured a crossover between Kamen Rider Ghost and Kamen Rider Drive.

Kamen Rider 1

Kamen Rider 1 (仮面ライダー1号 Kamen Raidā Ichigō) was released in Japanese theaters on March 26, 2016. It is part of the 45th anniversary of Kamen Rider series, featuring the cast from Kamen Rider Ghost and a new form of Kamen Rider 1, with Hiroshi Fujioka reprising his role as his character.

The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment

Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment (劇場版 仮面ライダーゴースト 100の眼魂とゴースト運命の瞬間 Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Gōsuto Hyaku no Aikon to Gōsuto Unmei no Shunkan) will be released in Japanese theaters on August 6, 2016. It introduces the antagonists Kamen Rider Dark Ghost and three Kamen Rider Dark Necroms (Red, Blue and Yellow).[4]

Special episodes

  • Kamen Rider Ghost: Ikkyu Eyecon Contention! Quick Wit Battle!! (仮面ライダーゴースト 一休眼魂争奪! とんち勝負(バトル)!! Kamen Raidā Gōsuto Ikkyū Aikon Sōdatsu! Tonchi Batoru!!) is a special Televi-Kun DVD. It features both the Ikkyu Ghost Eyecon and the Pythagoras Ghost Eyecon.
  • Kamen Rider Ghost: Ikkyu Intimacy! Awaken, My Quick Wit Power!! (仮面ライダーゴースト 一休入魂! めざめよ、オレのとんち力!! Kamen Raidā Gōsuto Ikkyū Nyūkon! Mezameyo, Ore no Tonchi-ryoku!!) is Televi-Kun's "Hyper Battle DVD" (超(ハイパー)バトルDVD Haipā Batoru Dī Bui Dī). It features both Kamen Rider Ghost Ikkyu Damashii and Kamen Rider Specter Pythagoras Damashii.
  • Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls! (仮面ライダーゴースト 伝説! ライダーの魂! Kamen Raidā Gōsuto Densetsu! Raidā no Tamashii!) is a web series released on YouTube. It is connected to Kamen Rider 1 and features Kamen Rider Ghost and Kamen Rider Specter's Legend Rider Damashii confronting villains from past Kamen Rider Series. It comprises seven episodes, but the final episode is exclusive to the DVD.
  • The Legend of Hero Alain (アラン英雄伝 Aran Eiyūden) is included as part of the Blu-ray releases of Kamen Rider Ghost. It comprises four episodes and focuses on a side story of Alain. The theme song is "TIMELESS BLUE" performed by SUNAHO.

Video game

Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis (仮面ライダー バトライド・ウォー 創生 Kamen Raidā Batoraido Wō Sōsei), is the third installment of the Kamen Rider: Battride War series, was released on February 26, 2016 for the Playstation consoles (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita). It features characters from Kamen Rider Ghost, Kamen Rider Drive, characters in previous versions of the game that were included as NPCs or assistants, as well as the Shōwa era Kamen Riders.

Cast

  • Takeru Tenkūji (天空寺 タケル Tenkūji Takeru): Shun Nishime (西銘 駿 Nishime Shun)
  • Akari Tsukimura (月村 アカリ Tsukimura Akari): Hikaru Ohsawa (大沢 ひかる Ōsawa Hikaru)
  • Makoto Fukami (深海 マコト Fukami Makoto): Ryosuke Yamamoto (山本 涼介 Yamamoto Ryōsuke)
  • Onari (御成): Takayuki Yanagi (柳 喬之 Yanagi Takayuki)
  • Chikara Saionji (西園寺 主税 Saionji Chikara): Yoshiyuki Morishita (森下 能幸 Morishita Yoshiyuki)
  • Alain (アラン Aran): Hayato Isomura (磯村 勇斗 Isomura Hayato)
  • Javel (ジャベル Jaberu): Sotaro (聡太郎 Sōtarō)
  • Adel (アデル Aderu): Akihiro Mayama (真山 明大 Mayama Akihiro)
  • Igor (イゴール Igōru): Hiroshi Yamamoto (山本 浩司 Yamamoto Hiroshi)
  • Alia (アリア Aria): Reon Kadena (かでな れおん Kadena Reon)
  • Gyro (ジャイロ Jairo): Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji)
  • Shibuya (シブヤ): Takuya Mizoguchi (溝口 琢矢 Mizoguchi Takuya)
  • Narita (ナリタ): Reo Kansyuji (勧修寺 玲旺 Kanshūji Reo)
  • Kanon Fukami (深海 カノン Fukami Kanon): Mio Kudo (工藤 美桜 Kudō Mio)
  • Yasushi Onodera (小野寺 靖 Onodera Yasushi): Yasuomi Sano (佐野 泰臣 Sano Yasuomi)
  • Fumi Fukushima (福嶋 フミ Fukushima Fumi): Hisako Ohkata (大方 斐紗子 Ōkata Hisako)
  • Steve Bills (スティーブ・ビルズ Sutību Biruzu): Thane Camus (セイン・カミュ Sein Kamyu)
  • Adonis (アドニス Adonisu): Hiroshi Katsuno (勝野 洋 Katsuno Hiroshi)
  • Ryū Tenkūji (天空寺 龍 Tenkūji Ryū): Kazuhiko Nishimura (西村 和彦 Nishimura Kazuhiko)
  • Hermit (仙人 Sennin), Edith (イーディス Īdisu): Naoto Takenaka (竹中 直人 Takenaka Naoto)
  • Yurusen (ユルセン, Voice): Aoi Yūki (悠木 碧 Yūki Aoi)
  • Hoodie Ghosts (パーカーゴースト Pākā Gōsuto, Voice), Proto Mega Ulorder Equipment Voice: Tomokazu Seki (関 智一 Seki Tomokazu)
  • Gammisers (ガンマイザー Ganmaizā, Voice): Sayaka Ohara (大原 さやか Ōhara Sayaka)[5]
  • Ghost Driver Equipment Voice: m.c.A.T
  • Mega Ulorder Equipment Voice: Peter von Gomm
  • Narration: Kazuya Ichijō (一条 和矢 Ichijō Kazuya)

Guest cast

  • Yoshinori Sonoda (園田 義則 Sonoda Yoshinori, 2): Torata Nanbu (南部 虎弾 Nanbu Torata, of Tokyo Shock Boys)
  • Mari Shirase (白瀬 マリ Shirase Mari, 3): Yukari Taki (滝 裕可里 Taki Yukari)
  • Nobuyoshi Hashiba (羽柴 信良 Hashiba Nobuyoshi, 4): Takeyuki Yue (湯江 健幸 Yue Takeyuki)
  • Hideo Kuroda (黒田 秀夫 Kuroda Hideo, 4): Koichi Sudo (須藤 公一 Sudō Kōichi)
  • Yamato Kazakiri (風切 大和 Kazakiri Yamato, 24): Masaki Nakao (中尾 暢樹 Nakao Masaki)
  • Yuki Shirai (白井 ユキ Shirai Yuki, 29, 30): Arisa Komiya (小宮 有紗 Komiya Arisa)

Theme songs

Opening theme

References

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