Kamen Rider Ryuki
Those who don't tatakai will tatadie!
Kamen Rider Ryuki (仮面ライダー龍騎 Kamen Raidā Ryūki, Masked Rider Ryuki) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It was the twelfth installment in the Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows. It was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and it was shown on TV Asahi from February 3, 2002 to January 19, 2003. The catchphrase for the series is "Those who don't fight won't survive!!" (戦わなければ、生き残れない!! Tatakawanakereba, ikinokorenai!!). In 2009, Ryuki was adapted into the American television series Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, the first adaptation of a Kamen Rider Series in the United States since Saban's Masked Rider in 1996.
Why I love Ryuki
I started kamen rider by watching Build, and I absolutely loved it. But... for me, it wasn't quite dramatic enough. There were too many slapstick jokes, and the whole thing was pitched for a younger audience than I. So when I picked up Ryuki, I was amazed and delighted to find a dark, dramatic fight to the death between interesting characters paired with a bangin soundtrack and great visuals. Ryuki has everything:
- A himbo protagonist who's way too kind for his own good
- The first female kamen rider EVER!
- A brooding, secretly deeply emotional secondary rider
What's not to love?
Warning! This page and its links will have spoilers! Ryuki is a complex beast, and it's best to go in blind.