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This article is about a/an series entry (the 6th) in the Kamen Rider Series.
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Skyrider
Number 6
Number of episodes: 54
First episode: A Cyborg Flies in the Sky
Last episode: Farewell, Hiroshi Tsukuba! Eight Heroes Forever....
Intro: Moero! Kamen Rider (1-28)
Otoko no Na wa Kamen Rider (29-54)
Original airing: October 5, 1979–October 10, 1980
Producer: Toei
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For the series' main character, see Hiroshi Tsukuba.
For the original Kamen Rider series, see Kamen Rider.

Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー Kamen Raidā?, Masked Rider in English) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is the sixth program in the Kamen Rider Series. It has the same name as the first series in the franchise, and fans usually refer to this series as The New Kamen Rider (新しい仮面ライダー Atarashī Kamen Raidā?) or Skyrider (スカイライダー Sukairaidā?) (after the main character) in order to distinguish it from the original. The show is called Kamen Rider Shin in Japan. The series was broadcast on TBS from October 5, 1979 to October 10, 1980, lasting 54 episodes. The series was a co-production between Toei and Ishinomori Productions, and was created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It aired every Saturday at 7:00 PM.

The New Kamen Rider was intended as a revival of the original Kamen Rider, going back to the basic, essential themes established in that series, as opposed to the more complex and unique series that preceded it, such as Kamen Rider Amazon and Kamen Rider Stronger.

StoryEdit

Doctor Keitarō Shido, an acclaimed scientist, has been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Neo-Shocker in order to exploit his expertise in robotics technology. Desperate to escape, he convinces Neo-Shocker command to allow him to operate on an injured camper. Explaining that he can turn the camper, Hiroshi Tsukuba into a powerful Neo-Shocker warrior, they allow Doctor Shido to operate. However, he quickly turns the tables on them, transforming Hiroshi not into an evil kaijin, but into the powerful warrior Skyrider, using his new found abilities to combat the evil Neo-Shocker menace.

CharactersEdit

Skyrider Hiroshi Tsukuba
Kamen Rider #1 Takeshi Hongo
Kamen Rider #2 Hayato Ichimonji
Kamen Rider V3 Shiro Kazami
Riderman Joji Yuki
Kamen Rider X Keisuke Jin
Kamen Rider Amazon Daisuke Yamamoto
Kamen Rider Stronger Shigeru Jo

Neo-ShockerEdit

Shocker is once again reformed as the Neo-Shocker (ネオショッカー Neo Shokkā?) organization, playing a role in numerous disappearances and terrorist attacks against the Japanese government. Spreading their influence across the world, their goal is the genocide of about two thirds of the current human population on Earth with them as the dominant majority. Though the other branches are succeeding unopposed, only the Japan branch is making no progress due to the interference of Skyrider.

Episodes Edit

Main article: Kamen Rider (Skyrider) Episodes

Kamen Rider (Skyrider) Episodes

CastEdit

SongsEdit

Opening themes
Ending themes
  • "Haruka naru Ai ni Kakete" (はるかなる愛にかけて? "Long Distance Love")
    • Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Ichirou Mizuki and Kōrogi '73
    • Episodes: 1-28
  • "Kagayake! Hachinin Rider" (輝け! 8人ライダー Kagayake! Hachinin Raidā?, "Shine! Eight Riders")
    • Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Artist: Ichirou Mizuki and The Chirps
    • Episodes: 29-54

NotesEdit

  • It is an odd coincidence that a Kamen Rider first gained the power of flight after a certain American superhero made his box office debut one year earlier.
  • Halfway through the season, the writers had seemingly forgotten Skyrider could fly, as this ability was never used in later episodes.
    • One explanation could possibly be due to the technical and budget limitations of that time period for Japanese TV, the production staff being unable to fully simulate Skyrider's flight in the manner Shotaro Ishinomori wanted. More recent appearances of Skyrider in crossover films have solved this problem using CGI and green screen effects.
      • Another possibility is the change in writing staff being uninformed about Skyrider during the transition from a reboot series to being in-continuity with previous installments

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