|Kamen Rider Decade|
Kamen Rider Decade title card
|Created by||Shotaro Ishinomori|
|Written by||Shō Aikawa, Shōji Yonemura, Yasuko Kobayashi, Kenji Konuta, Toshiki Inoue|
|Directed by||Ryuta Tasaki, Osamu Kaneda, Takao Nagaishi, Takayuki Shibasaki, Hidenori Ishida, Naomi Tamura|
|Narrated by||Eiichiro Suzuki|
|Opening theme||"Journey through the Decade" by Gackt|
|Ending theme||"Ride the Wind" by Tsukasa Kadoya
"Treasure Sniper" by Daiki Kaitoh
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||31 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||24-25 minutes (per episode)|
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
|Original run||January 25, 2009– August 30, 2009|
|Preceded by||Kamen Rider Kiva|
|Followed by||Kamen Rider Double|
Kamen Rider Decade (仮面ライダーディケイド Kamen Raidā Dikeido , Masked Rider DCD, Masked Rider Decade) is the title of the first of the 2009 editions of the long-running Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu dramas. Decade, as its title suggests, is the tenth of the Heisei Rider Series, having begun with Kamen Rider Kuuga in 2000. It began broadcast the week following the finale of Kamen Rider Kiva and is featured in Super Hero Time alongside the 2009 edition of the Super Sentai Series, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. The series ties in with the arcade game Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride, with Kamen Riders Decade and Diend using cards resembling those used in the game to transform and access various weapons. The catchphrase for the series is "Destroy everything, connect everything." (全てを破壊し、全てを繋げ Subete o hakaishi, subete o tsunage ).
Masahiro Inoue, who has portrayed Keigo Atobe in the Prince of Tennis musicals, has been cast in the lead role for Decade as Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade. Also involved is Kanna Mori as Natsumi Hikari, and Renji Ishibashi as Natsumi's grandfather Eijiro Hikari. Another member of the cast is Tatsuhito Okuda as the mysterious Narutaki. The World of Kamen Rider Kuuga, as well as most of the other Rider Worlds, sport several characters that have been renamed and cast with different actors. Ryouta Murai has been cast as Yusuke Onodera who is the series' version of Kuuga.
The story revolves around the nine previous universes of the Heisei Kamen Riders merging into one, something that would destroy all the worlds. To prevent this, Tsukasa Kadoya transforms into Kamen Rider Decade and is told that to protect his own world he must travel with Natsumi and her grandfather to the other Kamen Riders' Worlds (referred to as an A.R. World or Another Rider's World) and eliminate the anomaly in that world. Along the way, confronting the mysterious Narutaki and the thief Daiki Kaitoh, they are joined by Yusuke Onodera of the World of Kuuga and Kiva-la of the World of Kiva.
To fit with the photography motif of the series, the main Kamen Riders of the series follow the CMYK color model: Decade is magenta, Diend is cyan, and Kuuga (Ultimate Form) is black. While no specific Rider has been yellow, the armor of Kuuga Rising Ultimate is yellow (gold).
The Rider Army (ライダー軍 Raidā Gun ), first revealed in Natsumi Hikari's dream, composed of many Kamen Riders, all of whom where seemingly defeated by Kamen Rider Decade. However, Kamen Rider Kuuga survived the initial battle, assuming Ultimate Form to confront Decade once again with the two seemingly destroying each other in the ensuing battle. As Narutaki explains to Natsumi, the dream is a predestined event in which Decade will destroy all the worlds.
Generally, episodes of Decade are titled similarly to the episodes of the series that they reference. Kamen Rider Kuuga's episodes were titled with only two kanji and episodes of Kamen Rider Kiva have a musical reference and musical notation in the title. For the World of Hibiki story arc, the episode title cards are stylized in calligraphy similar to the styles featured in Kamen Rider Hibiki. An episode arc also features a crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
In an interview in the March 2009 issue of Kindai Magazine, Masahiro Inoue stated that Decade was slated as having only 30 episodes. A subsequent interview in Otonafami magazine confirms that only 30 episodes were filmed, with 31 episodes airing total.
Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations The Movie: The Onigashima Warship (劇場版 超·仮面ライダー電王&ディケイド ＮＥＯ ジェネレーションズ 鬼ヶ島の戦艦 Gekijōban Chō-Kamen Raidā Den'ō ando Dikeido Neo Jenerēshonzu Onigashima no Senkan ) was released on May 1, 2009. The film takes place between episodes 15 and 16 of Decade and primarily features the cast characters from Kamen Rider Den-O in their new media franchise, the Cho Den-O Series.
The film Kamen Rider Decade The Movie: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (劇場版 仮面ライダーディケイド オールライダー対大ショッカー Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Dikeido: Ōru Raidā tai Daishokkā ) opened in Japanese theaters on August 8, 2009, double-booked with the Shinkenger film. The film is billed as featuring twenty-six Kamen Riders: the original ten Showa Riders, Black, Black RX, Shin, ZO, J, the previous nine Heisei Riders, Decade, and Diend. It also features the first on-screen appearance of the 11th Heisei Kamen Rider: Kamen Rider Double. The film provides light to Tsukasa's past and Decade's relation with the mysterious Dai-Shocker organization, whose membership is composed of the various villains and monsters that previous Kamen Riders battled with.
As part of the Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie Wars 2010 (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー Ｗ（ダブル）＆ディケイド MOVIE大戦2010 Kamen Raidā × Kamen Raidā: Daburu ando Dikeido Mūbī Taisen 2010 ) triple feature, Decade's film Kamen Rider Decade: Final Chapter (仮面ライダーディケイド～完結編～ Kamen Raidā Dikeido ~Kanketsuhen~ ) tells the story of what happens following the television series' cliffhanger finale, and is to be released in Japanese theaters on December 12, 2009 (initially hinted during a post credits trailer after All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker). Double was also featured in the sequence. The October issue of TV-Kun also makes reference to this movie, stating that "All of the mysteries [about Decade] will be answered by the movie coming out in December!!" (すべての謎は、１２月公開の映画で明らかに!! Subete no nazo wa, jūnigatsu kōkai no eiga de akiraka ni!! ). Gackt will once again perform the film's theme song, "Stay the Ride Alive" to be released January 1, 2010.
Avex Group, as part of Decade's soundtrack, is releasing a series of albums featuring the songs of the previous nine Heisei Rider series titled the Masked Rider series Theme song Re-Product CD SONG ATTACK RIDE series. Each album features the original opening theme song, as well as a rearrangement of each by "Kamen Rider's official band" Rider Chips and by "Climax Jump" composer Shuhei Naruse. The first album, released on May 20, 2009, features "Kamen Rider Kuuga!" (仮面ライダークウガ！ Kamen Raidā Kūga! ) originally performed by Masayuki Tanaka for Kamen Rider Kuuga, "Break the Chain" originally performed by Tourbillon for Kamen Rider Kiva, and "Alive A life" originally performed by Rica Matsumoto for Kamen Rider Ryuki. The second album, released on June 24, 2009, features "Round ZERO~BLADE BRAVE" originally performed by Nanase Aikawa for Kamen Rider Blade, "Justiφ's" originally performed by Issa of Da Pump for Kamen Rider 555, and "Kamen Rider AGITO" (仮面ライダーAGITO Kamen Raidā AGITO ) originally performed by Shinichi Ishihara for Kamen Rider Agito. The third album was released on July 22, 2009, and features the "Climax Jump" by AAA DEN-O form for Kamen Rider Den-O, "NEXT LEVEL" by YU-KI for Kamen Rider Kabuto, and "Shōnen yo" (少年よ) by Akira Fuse for Kamen Rider Hibiki.
Kamen Rider Decade
|Kamen Riders:||Decade • Kuuga • Abyss • Diend • Amaki • Chinomanako • Kiva-la||
|Other characters:||List of characters (Nine Worlds • New Worlds)|
|Films:||The Onigashima Warship • All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker • Movie Wars 2010|
|Music:||"Journey through the Decade" • "The Next Decade" • "Stay the Ride Alive"|
|Other media:||List of episodes • Super Adventure DVD|