Kamen Rider’s 50th Anniversary Includes a New Film, Show and First Anime

Toei Company's Kamen Rider turns 50 this year, and to celebrate, the company has unveiled a trio of new projects.

The projects include Shin Kame Rider, a live-action film from Shin Godzilla co-director Anno Hideaki opening in March 2023; Kamen Rider Black Sun, a reboot of the 1980s TV series from director Shiraishi Kazuya arriving in spring 2022; and Fuuto PI, an anime series from Funimation based on the manga from Sanjo Riku and Sato Masaki arriving in summer 2022.

Created by Shotaro Ishinomori, Ishimori Productions and Toei Company, Kamen Rider launched in 1971 with a self-titled television series centered on Takeshi Hong and his battle against the Shocker organization. Since then, the franchise has spawned over 30 series, 12 television specials and countless theatrical films.

In the United States, Kamen Rider found life in 1995 thanks to Saban, which is also responsible for Power Rangers. However, that show ran for just two season and 40 episodes, ending in 1997.

A second attempt to bring Kamen Rider to U.S. audiences came in 2008 with Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, but it was canceled before its final two episodes aired.

Source: Kamen Rider, via Variety

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