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-->''Hit the beat, keep your beat!''

The 2005-2006 series of ''Franchise/KamenRider'', is the sixth installment in the Heisei Era, '''''Kamen Rider Hibiki''''' was intended to be a radical departure from the standard Rider formula in order to shake up things in response to the declining ratings and sales of the franchise.

A secret war is taking place between the Oni- [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower humans who have trained their bodies]] to be able to harness supernatural power- and the Makamou, demonic creatures that lurk in the forests of Japan. Into this conflict stumbles Asumu Adachi, a young boy who is unsure what he wishes to do with his life. He encounters one of the leading Oni of the Takeshi organisation- a cool and confident man named Hibiki- and soon they develop a student-teacher relationship.

Later on, additional Oni enter the story: first, a mellow young man named Ibuki and his young student Akira, who is in training to be Ibuki's successor as an Oni. Meanwhile, [[NaiveNewcomer an excitable new Oni]] named Todoroki wishes to create his own legacy under the watchful eye of his veteran teacher, Zanki.

The story is told from the perspective of Asumu and is very much a ComingOfAgeStory focusing on the relationship between mentor and student, the old and new generation and the choices that we make in life. The Oni are all {{Musical Assassin}}s, using their "pure sound" to purify the Makamou they fight. The series also averts HardWorkHardlyWorks by showing the Oni training hard to maintain their bodies and ability to use the Oni power; in fact, an entire arc- "Summer Of Training"- is devoted entirely to their training efforts.
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!This series contains examples of:

* ActingForTwo - Zanki and movie-only Touki. Lampshaded in the after-credits movie teasers.
* AlliterativeName - Every Oni began life with one; upon becoming an Oni, they adopt a new name that begins with the same letter (Ex.: Hitoshi Hidaka -> Hibiki). Though Todayama ''was'' briefly given the option to take the Zanki name.
* AllMythsAreTrue - well, just the ones about Japanese demons at any rate...
* TheApprentice - Asumu
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever - Notable as the first time that Heisei-era Kamen Riders battle monsters the size of buildings, WITHOUT relying on giant size themselves. The first were the battles against [[Series/KamenRiderX King Dark]] and the leaders of the [[Series/KamenRiderStronger Delza Army]] and [[Series/KamenRiderSkyrider Neoshocker]]
* {{Badass}}: All the Oni, but especially Hibiki and Zanki
* BadassNormal: Most of the Oni are strong fighter even untransformed. Justified as they always trained their body and most of their strength come from their own training instead of being just InstantExpert. Biggest example would be Zanki after his semi retirement before Shuki shows up
* BigEater - Todoroki. Mentioned to be the source of his strength in the Hyper Battle DVD.
* BolivianArmyEnding - Oddly enough, the ''pen''ultimate episode ends with one of these.
* BreathWeapon - Hibiki could shoot flame from his mouth, before the ReTool tossed the ability to the wind.
* ButtMonkey - Sabaki who loses every time we see him
* CaptainCrash - In a massive subversion of the best known ''Kamen Rider'' trope, pre-ReTool Hibiki is utterly crap on a bike ''or'' in a car.
* CoolBike - Notable as the first time since [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Riderman]] that Kamen Riders use completely normal (but still impossibly cool) motorcycles.
** Hibiki gets a Honda Valkyrie, listed under Real Life in the main article. Says it all, really.
* DistantFinale - Unlike the standard version of this, it takes place only one year down the line.
* {{Dojikko}} - Todoroki(!)
* ElementalPowers
** PlayingWithFire - Hibiki
** BlowYouAway - Ibuki
** ShockAndAwe - Zanki and Todoroki
* EndingTheme - Notable for being the first Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series since ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' to have an ED sequence; here, it is Akira Fuse's "Shonen yo!" (quoted atop the page)
* TheEveryman - Asumu Adachi
* EverythingIsAnInstrument - Inverted here. Apparently the orchestra performing the soundtrack for this series doubled up as the foley department.
* EvilMentor - Shuki, Zanki's KnightTemplar teacher.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller - Watch Kiriya's expression when he meets Hibiki for the first time.
* FirstNameBasis - The one-year-later DistantFinale is open-ended as to the nature Asumu and Hitomi's relationship, but the change from calling her "Mochida-san" to calling her "Hitomi" is pretty blatant, nonetheless.
* FreudianTrio
** Ego: Hibiki
** Superego: Ibuki
** Id: Todoroki
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan - Zanki does this to Ibuki once, and Todoroki gets something like a HeroicBSOD when he thinks Zanki doesn't believe him to be worth the trouble.
* GiantEnemyCrab - Recurring enemies much like the DemonicSpider entry above.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters - Shuki, whose Oni form reflects this by growing an ugly demon face.
* HeyItsThatVoice - Fuse Akira, who performs the ED and 2nd title theme, appears in-show as a retired Oni and DrillSergeantNasty.
* {{Homage}} - A couple to ShotaroIshinomori's earlier work, ''HenshinNinjaArashi'', which, according to rumor, ''Hibiki'' was at one point planned to be a spin-off/sequel/remake of. The Oni Armor used by briefly used by Shuki was visually inspired by Arashi himself, and the Makamou that appear in TheMovie bear a symbol remiscent of ''Arashi'''s Blood Wheel Clan.
* HonestAxe - Asumu learns to narrate this fable towards the end of the series. It's relevant to the plot in a way, as Asumu has to be honest with himself about whether the path of an Oni was ever the one for him.
* HotScientist - Improbable Weapons inventor Midori, whose debut in ep 11 involves a CrashIntoHello.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming - All episodes in ''Hibiki'' are composed of a noun following a verb that qualifies it.
* IfItSwimsItFlies - Some of the monsters are giant flying fish with wings stuck on.
* ImAHumanitarian - The EliteMook [[TheBerserker Berserk Douji]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser - Pretty much every good guy in the show, since they're all {{Musical Assassin}}s.
* InstrumentOfMurder - Ibuki's gun/trumpet and Hibiki's [[BoomStick fireball-shooting drumsticks]].
* InstrumentalThemeTune - The only ''Kamen Rider'' series to have one such thing... until the executive meddling struck in.
* KabukiSounds
* KarmaHoudini - [[spoiler:Kiriya]] eventually gets his wish to [[spoiler:become an Oni]] despite all the crap he pulls to try and cheat his way to the top. However, this could be a subverted trope, since he does get much character development and becomes more humble towards his superiors. He even admits to his rival Asumu that he thinks well of him in the epilogue.
* KarmicDeath - [[spoiler:Shuki, responsible for Zanki's GameBreakingInjury many years ago, dies by her own hand in the present.]]
* LampshadeHanging - The in-universe explanation for Hibiki's Kurenai SuperMode is that [[StrictlyFormula monsters get stronger during the summer months]], and Hibiki wants to save time by blowing them up in one hit.
* LarynxDissonance - A comedy trope played for the creepy factor. The Douji (male) speaks with the voice of the Hime (female) and vice versa.
* LocationThemeNaming - The five movie-exclusive Oni are all about Location Theming - Nishiki is TheIdiotFromOsaka, Touki invokes Hokkaido's climate as the MightyGlacier, and AlwaysCamp Kabuki hails from the entertainment capital Edo (which would later become the ''actual'' capital, Tokyo.)
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Hibiki's first SuperMode is one that turns him red.
* MagicMusic
* MeaningfulName - Ibuki ("majestic breath demon"), Hibiki ("echo demon"), and Todoroki ("roaring demon") all have names associated with sound.
* MentorArchetype - Hibiki, though he doesn't want to admit it.
* MentorOccupationalHazard - [[spoiler:Zanki]].
* MidSeasonUpgrade - Kurenai Form
* MixAndMatchCritters - A manta ray with eagle wings and claws? Check. A deepsea viperfish with buffalo horns? Check. A crayfish that flies on dragonfly wings? Check.
* MultiformBalance - Like [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz]], Hibiki is the only Rider with more than one form.
** JackOfAllStats: Hibiki Form
** LightningBruiser: Hibiki Kurenai/Crimson Hibiki
** SuperMode: Hibiki Soukou/Armed Hibiki
* MusicalEpisode
* MusicalPastiche - The instruments of the opening theme change depending on which Oni is the focus of the episode. (e.g. Drums for Hibiki, trumpet for Ibuki, electric guitar for Todoroki.)
* MythologyGag - the traditional Rider Kick is no longer the finishing blow of the season, but that doesn't stop our heroes from executing them anyway, from as early as episode 2. [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Black RX]] did pretty much the same thing.
** Hibiki being utterly crap on a motorcycle (pre-ReTool) could fall under this.
** And the three primary Oni's special salutes hark back to Godai Yusuke's thumbs-up gesture in ''[[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]]''.
** See ExpectingSomeoneTaller above: the same thing happened in Series/KamenRiderAgito, and coincidentally involves another JerkAss meeting another title character for the first time.
* NonSerialMovie - Despite providing a backstory for the Takeshi organisation, the different origin for the [[TransformationTrinket Armed Saber]] and the actual presence of Orochi, an offscreen monster in the series finale, qualify TheMovie under this.
* ObfuscatingStupidity - Hibiki's behaviour sometimes borders on this, at least to total strangers.
* [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than She Looks]] - Shuki.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - The Oni all go by their Oni titles in everyday life. Only the real names of Todoroki (Todayama) and Zanki (Zaitsuhara) have been revealed.
* PaletteSwap - Hibiki's first powerup form is... Hibiki in red and silver. [[spoiler:The one that follows is significantly more elaborate.]] And Zanki and Todoroki look exactly the same, apart from bronze and silver detail respectively.
* ThePowerOfRock - Todoroki (and to a lesser extent, Zanki), who wield electric guitars. Todoroki even goes so far as to play his own guitar solos whenever he wins a battle.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad - "Super Douji" and "Super Hime", introduced after the ReTool.
* RazorWind - One of several finishing moves the Armed Saber is capable of.
* RedOniBlueOni - Hibiki and Ibuki may appear to be a literal verion of this, but they're really quite similar apart from an age difference and some levels of maturity. Hibiki and Zanki however...
* {{Retraux}} - It's basically [[That70sShow That '80s Show]] for Franchise/KamenRider.
* RobotBuddy - The Disc Animals.
* RuleOfFunny - the lighthearted attitude prevalent in Hibiki reaches fever pitch when ''romantic troubles'' cause Ibuki and Todoroki's finishing moves ''to give out on them''.
* ScarfOfAsskicking - Interestingly inverted: the Mooks wear the scarves, and the improvement is entirely cosmetic.
** Episode 24 features one such Mook [[ShoutOut attempting a Rider kick]], and failing quite hard.
* ShamelessSelfPromoter - Okay, it's standard procedure to advertise the series' movies every year, but aside from the end-of-episode bloopers, in episode 30, Hibiki advertises "an interesting JidaiGeki movie about seven cool men" to two elderly ladies at Tachibana. Maybe it's something else in-universe, but we spectators can't be fooled into thinking it's anything but the ''Seven Oni Warriors'' movie.
* ShoutOut - the organization "Takeshi" shares a name with Takeshi Hongo (Kamen Rider 1).
** And the Tachibana family that forms our heroes' primary support branch share ''their'' name with Kamen Rider 1's mentor, Tachibana Tobei. To hammer this point home, the Tachibana patriarch Ichirou appears in the JidaiGeki chapter of TheMovie as someone named Tobei.
* SliceOfLife - With the twist that most of the cast are professional demon hunters.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: [[spoiler:Kabuki]].
* ThisLoserIsYou - Asumu.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]] - Kasumi and Hinaka.
* ToughActToFollow: Zanki would like Todoroki to carry on his name after he dies, but Todoroki believes he can't ever equal Zanki, and chooses to keep his own name so that Zanki's legacy will remain untarnished.
* TrainingFromHell - Hibiki and Todoroki have to undergo this after they [[spoiler:lose their powers]].
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:Akira in her Oni form. Shuki as she should look, given her actual age.]]
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf - The movie, which features "samurai era" parallels of the entire cast.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Shuki fires arrows from her Harp Of Doom.
** BiggerStick - Touki.
** BladeOnAStick - Todoroki, Habataki.
** BoomStick - Habataki's BladeOnAStick [[SwissArmyWeapon doubles up as a blowdart pipe and a flute.]]
** DualWielding - Hibiki, and by association, Ibuki and Todoroki after he coaches them on taiko drumming during the summer arc.
*** Two one-time examples: Sabaki is seen wielding twin daggers, the only time he's using any kind of weapon; Todoroki is seen wielding his and Zanki's axes at the same time [[spoiler:in honor of Zanki's memory.]]
*** From the movie: Kirameki with his cymbals, Kabuki with [[AlwaysCamp a sword and umbrella]].
** EpicFlail - Averted: Nishiki's weapon is modelled afer the Chinese tri-chain staff but is never used as such [[spoiler: on-screen. Kabuki steals it and kills two villagers with it in secret.]]
** FlamingSword - Hibiki learns to turn his drumsticks into these mid-season. The Armed Saber sometimes turns into [[{{BFS}} a HUGE one]].
** KatanasAreJustBetter - Movie-only Oni can turn their [[TransformationTrinket tuning forks]] into [[CoolSword these]].
** MoreDakka - Ibuki's gun is always set to FiveRoundsRapid, before he [[ShapeshifterWeapon turns it into a trumpet.]]
** ParasolOfPain - Subverted here: Kabuki jabs his katana through an umbrella for Cheap Shots.
** PrecisionGuidedBoomerang - Kirameki's cymbals have this added function.
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