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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
KamenRider DragonKnight.jpg
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight logo
Format Superhero
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Developed by Steve Wang
Starring Stephen Lunsford
Matt Mullins
Aria Alistar
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40 [1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Yasuo Matsuo
Fumio Sebata
Aki Komine
Producer(s) Steve Wang
Mike Wang
Roy McAree
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Adness Entertainment
Toei Company
Broadcast
Original channel United States The CW (The CW4Kids)[2]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run January 3, 2009 – December 26, 2009
External links
Official website

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is the title of the American adaptation of the Japanese tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Ryuki, the twelfth installment in the Kamen Rider Series. It is being brought to television by Steve and Michael Wang. The series had a sneak premiere on December 13, 2008, but started official broadcasting on January 3, 2009 [3] and played throughout the year. A film was planned for release the year after its broadcast, but with the series cancellation this is highly unlikely.[4] Adness Entertainment chose to adapt Ryuki over the other Heisei Rider shows as it has a large number of characters (Ryuki had 13 Riders in total) as well as a female Rider.[5] It is also the first tokusatsu adaptation of a Kamen Rider series since Saban's Masked Rider, which was adapted from Kamen Rider BLACK RX. The show first aired in the United States on The CW Television Network during its The CW4Kids programming block.[2] Statements by director Steve Wang and male lead Stephen Lunsford show that The CW will drop Dragon Knight at the end of the year before its final two episodes can air in the US.[6] The final episodes were uploaded to the 4Kids TV website on December 18, 2009.

Contents

Plot

While searching for his missing father, Kit Taylor finds an Advent Deck - a special card deck that allows the carrier to transform into a Kamen Rider and utilize unique weapons and powers - and uses it to become Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. He butts heads with Len, who serves as Kamen Rider Wing Knight, but the pair join forces after Kit learns that the wicked General Xaviax has imprisoned his father and is using him and the other humans that his monsters abduct to gain power and rebuild his homeworld. Later on Kase, a fellow survivor of Ventara like Len, would join forces with Len and Kit to fight Xaviax. In addition to training Kit to fight like a Rider, Len and Kase tell Kit all about the twelve Riders who banded together as the protectors of Ventara - a world opposite to our own - to take Xaviax down. However, due to the traitorous actions of Kit's predecessor, Adam, General Xaviax destroyed most of the Riders via a process called Venting - which traps defeated Riders in the "Advent Void" between dimensions forever - and stole their Advent Decks. Furthermore, Xaviax has also begun using his shapeshifiting abilities to coerce humans into joining him, giving each one an Advent Deck and the corresponding Kamen Rider powers, with which they fight to eliminate Kit, Len, and the Riders who oppose him. After Kit is Vented, Xaviax recruits Adam to once again become Dragon Knight. Meanwhile, Len uses his Advent Deck to awaken the Advent Master Eubulon, who brings back the Ventaran Kamen Riders from the Advent Void, including Kit who becomes Kamen Rider Onyx.[7]

Episodes

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Unaired pilot

A pilot episode of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight filmed in 2007 featuring Matt Smith in the lead role of Kit Taylor and Kandis Erickson as Maya Young was produced and was later leaked online before being taken down in December 2008.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

  • Lacey Sheridan: Marisa Lauren
  • Trent Moseley: Taylor Emerson
  • Michelle Walsh: Kathy Christopherson
  • Richie Preston: Tony Moras
  • Drew Lansing, Chance: Christopher Foley
  • Grant Staley: Christopher Babers
  • James Trademore, Price: Scott Bailey
  • Brad Barrett: Keith Stone
  • Chris Ramirez : Michael Cardelle
  • Danny Cho, Hunt: Mike Moh
  • Albert Cho: Tony Sano[9]
  • Vic Frasier: Mark Cameron Wystrach
  • Frank Taylor: Jeff Davis
  • Detective Grimes: James Patterson
  • Agent Phillips: Jamison Jones
  • Eubulon: Mark Dacascos
  • Sarah: Camila Greenberg

Guest stars

Suit actors/stunt crew

International broadcasts

Dragon Knight was shown in Brazil on TV Globo during its TV Globinho programming block, and has been replaced by a re-run of Dragonball as of September 2009,[10] and is only being shown on Cartoon Network in that country, in Mexico on Televisa[11] in Venezuela on Venevisión, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on RTL II.[12]. There are currently plans to air the series in Colombia on Caracol TV,[13] in Italy on Mediaset,[14][15] in Latin America on Cartoon Network,[16] and on other Cartoon Network affiliates in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Australia.[17][18]

It is also broadcast in Japan on Toei's satellite subscription channel Toei Channel in the fall of 2009 as part of the Heisei Kamen Rider series 10th Anniversary project.[19] Voice actors brought onto the project include Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kit/Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, Hiroki Takahashi as Richie Preston/Kamen Rider Incisor, and Hiroshi Kamiya as Chris Ramirez/Kamen Rider Sting.

Previous actors of the Kamen Rider franchise who lend their voices to the cast include:

International DVD releases

In addition to airing outside the United States, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight is available on DVD in certain countries. In Brazil, Volumes 1-4 were released on DVD by PlayArte Home Video.[20][21] In Malaysia, Volumes 1 and 2 were released on DVD by PMP-Entertainment.[22][23] In Germany, Season 1 - Vol. 1 and Season 1 - Vol. 2 will be released on DVD by m4e (Made For Entertainment) in February 2010.[24] On July 21, 2010, Toei will release Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight on DVD along with a DVD release of the Special Event that took place on January 2010 in Japan. [25]

Video game

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight: The Video Game from D3Publisher is available for the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms and was released November 17, 2009.[26][27][28] The Wii Version was developed by Eighting and is based on Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes while the DS version, developed by Natsume, is a completely original game.

References

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  11. ^ "Adness Licenses Kaman Rider Dragon Knight To Televisa". AWN. August 21, 2008. http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=24483. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  12. ^ "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight". m4e. http://www.m4e.de/en/ent_kamenrider.html. Retrieved 2009-08-22.  
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  18. ^ "Dragon Knight spreads its wings". C21Media. January 6, 2010. http://www.c21media.net/resources/detail.asp?article=53599&area=79. Retrieved 2010-01-07.  
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  24. ^ "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight - m4e - made for entertainment". http://www.m4e.de/en/dvd_kamenrider.html. Retrieved 2009-12-25.  
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