Series: Kamen Rider Den-O
"The train of time, DenLiner. Will its next stop be the past? Or the future?"Kamen Rider Den-O
is the 2007-2008 series of Kamen Rider
and the eighth installment in the Heisei Era.
Ryotaro Nogami is the unluckiest guy in the universe
. But his life changes on the day he stumbles across a mysterious train pass that allows him to board the DenLiner, a Cool Train
that travels through time
Just as he is recovering from the shock of this, he is suddenly possessed
by a monster known as an Imagin: shapeless creatures from the future that take on forms based on the ideas within their host's imagination. The Imagin make contracts with their hosts to gain physical bodies, offering to grant them a single wish. Once the wish is fulfilled, they can then use their host as a gateway back through time, aiming to destroy the past to seize control of the future.
However, it turns out that Ryotaro is a Singularity Point, a person immune to any changes to the timeline
and able to resist the possession of his Imagin. He is soon corralled by Hana, a mysterious passenger of the DenLiner, into using his power as a Singularity Point and his Rider Pass
to transform and fight the hostile Imagin invaders as Kamen Rider Den-O.
While Den-O's base form (Plat Form
) is incredibly weak, Ryotaro can relinquish control of his body to an Imagin who has possessed him and power up. His first Imagin, a Hot-Blooded Boisterous Bruiser
called Momotaros, transforms Den-O into the red Sword Form. Together, They Fight Crime
The plot thickens when Ryotaro discovers that Yuuto Sakurai, his sister's missing fiance, is hiding in the past for reasons unknown, and somehow linked to the Imagin attacks. Just as Ryotaro goes to confront him, he is stopped by none other than a younger version
of Yuuto Sakurai. This version of Yuuto is brash and cocky, bringing with him his own
Time Train called ZeroLiner and the ability to transform into Kamen Rider Zeronos
Despite average television ratings, Den-O
proved to be a massive hit in Japan, spawning multiple character song CDs, a spinoff
anime starring the Imagin
and eight movies
(along with supporting roles in three other movies), which is practically unheard of for a series that was only designed to last a year. The movies are:
- Ore, Tanjo! (I'm Born!): A rare aversion to the Kamen Rider tradition of one Non-Serial Movie per series, this film caps off the show's second act and revolves around the time-traveling bandit Gaoh and his theft of the DenLiner, which he wants in order to find the forbidden "God's Line" and the powerful Time Train resting at the end. The series spends a couple of episodes teasing at the movie just before its release, then dedicated the next episode after the film's opening to dealing with the aftermath.
- Climax Deka: Set after the series, this movie sees Team DenLiner setting up a detective agency when a rogue Imagin, Negataros, steals the Owner's Liner Pass and begins forming an evil organization. Nominally a Cross Over with Kamen Rider Kiva, the "crossover" is limited to a couple of brief scenes featuring Wataru and a Big Damn Heroes appearance by Kiva near the end of the final battle.
- Farewell Den-O: Final Countdown: The DenLiner crew must contend with the villainous Shiro and his minions, including Kamen Rider Yuuki. With Yuto injured and Ryotaro MIA (possessed by the Ghost Imagin and forced to be Yuuki), the crew must turn to Kotaro, Ryotaro's Grandkid From The Future, AKA New Den-O, who doesn't exactly think too highly of Gramps or his Imagin partners.
- Cho-Den-O and Decade: The Onigashima Battleship: The first in the Cho-Den-O film series, this movie ties directly into the Den-O arc of Kamen Rider Decade and sees the DenLiner crew, with brief support from Tsukasa Kadoya/Decade, battling a pair of Oni brothers/rogue Kamen Riders who seek to uncover a legendary and powerful battleship. Also features nominal cameos by Kiva characters (something of a nod to Climax Deka, also supposedly answering a few continuity issues with the aforemention Decade) as well as Riders from Agito, Ryuki and the Kabuto Non-Serial Movie summoned up by Decade's rival Daiki Kaito/Diend.
- Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho-Den-O Trilogy: Three separate feature length films released in the span of a month, each one attempting to resolve plot points for a different set of characters, none of them are Den-O himself:
- Episode Red: Zero No Star Twinkle focuses on Yuto being forced to choose between two jobs equally important to protecting the timeline - preserving his future self's relationship with Airi, and stopping an Imagin from stealing the DenLiner.
- Episode Blue: The Dispatched Imagin is NEWtral focuses on New Den-O and his relationship with his Battle Butler Teddy, while having them battle a new Imagin and deal with a young woman and a supposedly Evil Twin.
- Episode Yellow: Treasure DE End Pirates focuses on...Diend, who thanks to Imagin possession, has stolen the DenLiner, but is pursued by Kamen Rider G Den-O, a new Rider who resembles a Metal Hero. This film gives Diend his own Complete Form to make a spectacle of the situation.
- OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Rider: A Reunion Show, although, differently from Climax Deka and Cho Den-O and Decade, the other titular stars are main characters too. This time around sees the DenLiner crew, led by New Den-O, teams up with Kamen Rider OOO, Kamen Rider 1 and Kamen Rider 2. All main Riders and also many secondary Riders also appeared for the series' 40th year Milestone Celebration.
- Aside from these eight movies, characters from Den-O appear in three other Kamen Rider movies in a supporting role. Momotaros appears as Den-O in both Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker and Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010 (only as Den-O in the latter). The cast of Den-O (The four Taros, Owner, and Naomi) also appear in Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen.
From start to finish, the Character Page
is always at a climax!
Kamen Rider Den-O provides examples of the following tropes: