Manga / Kamen Rider Spirits

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No Gods or Buddha, just Kamen Rider.
A manga started in 2001, drawn by Muraeda Ken'ichi and based off of the original Showa era Kamen Rider series (well, except for BLACK/RX). Essentially an alternative version of Kamen Rider ZX, depicting everything as the original shows would have done with an A-movie budget, it revives the first ten Riders for a Crisis Crossover.

Takes place in the present day (to the extent possible). It begins with Taki Kazuya (still an FBI agent) in New York City investigating a series of grisly vampire-like murders. As it is clear he can't rely on the Riders for help (Hongo Takeshi tends to appear and disappear like the wind), he has built his own Rider Suit, homaging Skull Man and informally known as "Taki-Rider". Taki is more than man enough to take on the Mooks, but when the man behind the plot shows up... so does Hongo and his Scarf of Asskicking.

Following that, we then see the other Riders battle various monsters of the week on their own, leading up to the appearance of the evil Badan Empire and their new champion, Kamen Rider ZX. However, Badan didn't expect the seemingly amnesiac ZX to regain his memories...

This series, more than anything else, is about reminding modern readers just how awesome the original characters were, without needing a revision. It's currently complete in 16 volumes, followed by a sequel Shin Kamen Rider Spirits.

You can read the manga in english here


The following tropes apply to this manga series:


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The untransformed characters aren't usually drawn as realistic renditions of the actors but are stylized to match the art style. Thus, this tends to occur.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Riders were already very badass, but the manga took it even further by making all of them capable of performing stunts that would make Superman jealous.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • What did you expect when they're making a serialized manga out of a 45-minute TV special?
    • The manga also helps explaining the various Plot Holes in the Showa era shows, such as the unexplained return of Riderman in various reunions despite him dying in the original show.
  • Ass Pull: Lampshaded hilariously in-universe when Skyrider and Stronger show up at Badan's aerial base. Skyrider can clearly fly, but Stronger apparently just kicked his way in.
    • "How the hell did you get in here?"
    • "HOW SHOULD I KNOW!?"
    • Later in in the chapter Skyrider says he carried him
  • Badass Bookworm: Riderman by default, as he is nowhere near as powerful as the other Riders. He thus tends to fight indirectly or at a range, and above all strategically.
  • Badass Crew: When all ten riders are in the same place at the same time. It says something about them that this is very rarely necessary.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Stronger, usually. Subverted, in that when he does say it this time, he's visibly battered and broken, with no obvious chance of winning. And then he does.
  • Militaries Are Useless: The JGSDF was mobilized to take on Badan's forces in Tokyo. They just tear through them like they were nothing.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Rule of Drama: Some monsters have tragic backstories, and as such get to have a dramatic death scene. Others don't, and simply explode.
  • Serial Escalation: We get to see the individual Riders face off with individual members of Badan earlier on, and then start taking on veritable armies of their (revived) monsters of the week - at which point this trope kicks into high gear.
  • Time Skip: 4 months forwards shortly after ZX's first battles
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Later on in the series, when something major happens or when the starring Rider really starts throwing down, it's marked with song lyrics on-page.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: When Badan starts their invasion of Earth, they concentrate entirely on Japan; Mikage explain that this is because the island was the seat of Badan's power in the past and they're just reclaiming what's theirs.
  • Oh Crap!: One MOTW has this when he realizes that a single spot on his near-impenetrable armor is weakened from repeated attacks by Riderman... as the latter slams a machine gun into the weak point and blasts away at point blank range. Turns out that impenetrable armor means the bullets can't get out = death by ricocheting bullets aplenty!
  • You Are Not Alone: In the first chapter, Taki is despairing because he's the only person in New York who had an inlinking of what was going down, but he's powerless before the MOTW. And then Hongo Takeshi strides through the door:
    "Tonight, we are Double Riders."

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