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Kamen Rider Den-O

is the seventeenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu programs. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. It premiered January 28, 2007 on tv asahi, and concluded airing on January 20, 2008.

Along with the usual film adaptation that Heisei Kamen Rider series have released during the late summer of their broadcast run, Den-O had a second film released in the spring following its broadcast run which grossed 730 million yen and a series of 10 OVA shorts, both of which are firsts for any Kamen Rider. Continuing the trend, Kamen Rider Den-O is to have a third film released in October 2008, the first for any Kamen Rider series and a second series of 10 OVA shorts set for release in November 2008. Takeru Satoh claims that the reason that Den-O has amassed such popularity is because of its comedic timing.

Synopsis

Ryotaro Nogami is a young man with a lot of bad luck. One day, he finds a strange pass and things got stranger from a mysterious girl and a large time-traveling train to being possessed by an entity called an Imagin, beings from an alternate future whose kind are attempting to change the past. Though slightly confused about the nature of the crisis, Ryotaro, along with the aid of the hot-headed Imagin, dubbed Momotaros, becomes Kamen Rider Den-O, traveling to different times on the Den-Liner to battle the evil Imagin to prevent them from altering the past to affect the present and future. During his adventure, Ryotaro is joined by other Imagin who aid him as well; the womanizing Urataros, the herculean (and narcoleptic) Kintaros, and the childish yet powerful Ryutaros. He later meets the mysterious Yuto Sakurai and his bumbling Imagin partner Deneb. Yuto is not only Kamen Rider Zeronos but is the younger incarnation of Ryotaro's older sister Airi's fiance, Sakurai, who mysteriously disappeared and is tied to the mysteries revolving the Imagin and the Junction Point.

Characters

The cast members of Kamen Rider Den-O range from the shy and meek Ryotaro Nogami, who is drafted into being Kamen Rider Den-O, to the insane Kai, who seeks to destroy time as we know it in order for the Imagin to rule the future

Imagin

are creatures from the future who have come to the year 2007 in hopes of changing the past to alter their future to their liking. To reach this goal, Imagin grant the wishes of weak-hearted humans and then go back in time to that individual's most precious memory. When they lose control of their humanoid forms, Imagin grow into massive proportions known as Gigandeath.

Singularity Point

Some of the humans in Kamen Rider Den-O are called a . The primary ability of Singularity Points is that they are able to exist outside of time itself, such that changes in their past timeline will not alter their current state. In some instances, Singularity Points have had their timelines destroyed by the actions of the Imagin, yet still exist in a physical form with their memories intact, unaffected by the changes. The Singularity Points revealed are Ryotaro, Hana, Kai, and the Owner of the Den-Liner. These individuals also have the ability to resist the Imagin's ability to use their body as a host, even control them if powerful enough.

Episodes

I'm Born!

premiered in August 4, 2007. This is the second Heisei era film in the Kamen Rider Series to be part of the storyline of its television series since Kamen Rider Agito. The film features the renegade Kamen Rider Gaoh who takes control of the Den-Liner to bring it to the Edo period to find his own train, the Gaoh-Liner, so he can take over all of time and space. Alongside I am Born!, the Juken Sentai Gekiranger movie Juken Sentai Gekiranger: Nei-Nei! Hō-Hō! Hong Kong Decisive Battle was shown as double feature. A short animated feature called Momotaros's Summer Vacation was shown along with the films, as well.

Climax Deka

A movie titled appeared in theaters on April 12, 2008. It features a meeting between the characters of Den-O and the characters of Kamen Rider Kiva. The animated short will be shown as double feature. Climax Deka grossed 730 million yen in box office and DVD sales.

Imagin Anime

Animate in conjunction with Ishimori Productions, TV Asahi, ADK, and Toei, is producing a series of OVA shorts for Den-O titled featuring super deformed versions of the main Imagin that have been used in Animate's products for the series. A second set of animated shorts called is to be released for sale on November 22, 2008.

Shorts

Momotaros's King of the Burning Red Castle

The popularity of the Imagin characters brings a series of four short episodes called , where the Tarōs get into another crazy adventure as they take the Ginjiro out for a spin. The first three episodes are one-minute-long, airing from July 20 to August 3 after Kamen Rider Kiva. The fourth two-minute-long episode will be shown in theaters alongside Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World and Engine Sentai Go-onger: Boom Boom! Bang Bang! GekijōBang!!. Toshihiko Seki will reprise his role as the Imagin Momotaros and Kōji Yusa, Masaki Terasoma, and Kenichi Suzumura also reprise their roles as Urataros, Kintaros, and Ryutaros, respectively. The movie theaters with the show schedule of "Farewell, Kamen Rider Den-O The Movie: Final Countdown" showed with the previous announcement of it and the movie theaters without the show schedule of "Farewell, Kamen Rider Den-O The Movie: Final Countdown" showed without the previous announcement of it.

Mini episodes

Final Countdown

Set for theatrical release on October 4, 2008, a third film adaptation of Kamen Rider Den-O is in production, titled . From a product description on Animate's website for trading card set to be released at the time of the film's release, a new Imagin and one of the two new Riders, including , are to featured. Animate has since taken down this item's listing, and the listings on upcoming film releases have also been removed. Print advertisements for the card game and a feature in children's magazines have confirmed the title, as has Toei's registration of an official website with a count-down timer. The animated short will be shown as double feature. A third film is a first for any Kamen Rider series.

Den-Liner, Into Space!

is a planetarium show using the cast of Kiva and Den-O to teach children about the universe. It is being shown at the Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall's planetarium between January 2 and March 30, 2009.

Parodies

Kamen Rider Den-O has been parodied and referenced in recent episodes of various anime.

  • Part A of episode 169 of was titled and featured the Keroro Platoon piloting various frog-themed bullet trains similar to the control of the Den-Liner. The episode featured phrases such as , , and spoken by Urere (Urere replaced Momotaros's boastful with the more humble ). Urere is also voiced by Toshihiko Seki, who also provides the voice of Momotaros in Den-O. The phrase is spoken by Giroro, as these are the lyrics of "Climax Jump", the opening theme song of Den-O. Keroro also re-enacts the opening sequence of Den-O on his .
  • Episode 16 of featured "guest" appearances of the DenGasher Sword, Rod, and Ax Modes as well as cameo appearances of the Owner, Momotaros, and Hana on a train very similar to the Den-Liner Gouka.

Shin-chan special

aired a special episode on August 3, 2007, where Shin-chan meets Ryotaro, Hana, Naomi, the Owner, and Momotaros on the Den-Liner. This special is titled .

In a recent rerun of the special, Shin-chan and Nene meet up with Den-O, again, although to act as a teaser for the final episodes of Kamen Rider Den-O and to introduce Kamen Rider Kiva along with Ryotaro Nogami (Takeru Satoh) and Wataru Kurenai (Koji Seto). The live action Shin-chan also meets with the cast of Juken Sentai Gekiranger for the teaser of their final episodes and later with the cast of Engine Sentai Go-onger to air the trailer for their series.

Cast

Voice actors

For the the portrayals of the Tarōs by Toshihiko Seki, Kōji Yusa, Masaki Terasoma, and Kenichi Suzumura, Kamen Rider Den-O was given the Synergy Award at the second Seiyu Awards.

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Suit actors

  • Kamen Rider Den-O/Momotaros -
  • Urataros -
  • Kintaros -
  • Ryutaros -
  • Kamen Rider Zeronos -
  • Deneb -
  • Sieg -

Guest actors

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Guest voice actors

For all of the guest voice actors, see Imagin.

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Songs

Opening themes

  • "Climax Jump"
  • :Climax Jump is the first of AAA's singles to reach the top ten of the Oricon Charts, peaking at #5 in its first week of release. The other "edits" of "Climax Jump" that were released on the single were used as background music for the series.
  • :For the introduction of Climax Form in episode 28, "Climax Jump" is used as the ending theme. In the finale, "Climax Jump" is used as a true ending theme, playing over the end credits, instead of over the battle.
  • :An arrangement of "Climax Jump" entitled "Climax Jump pop'n form" appears in the arcade game pop'n music 16 PARTY♪.
  • "Climax Jump DEN-LINER form"
  • :"Climax Jump DEN-LINER form" is an arrangement of "Climax Jump" that has Momotaros, Urataros, Kintaros, and Ryutaros singing. It was used as the opening theme song starting on episode 40. The single for the song had four different CD jackets for each of the four Tarōs. This designated what bonus track would be found on the disc.
  • :In its first week, the Climax Jump DEN-LINER form single sold 66,000 records, reaching #2 on the Oricon Styles weekly album rankings, higher than any previous Kamen Rider Den-O single.Ending themes
  • "Double-Action"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: LOVE+HATE
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami & Momotaros (Takeru Satoh & Toshihiko Seki)
    • Episodes: 3-7, 10-11, 14, 16, 18-19, 23, 33, 41, Climax Deka
  • :This is the original arrangement of "Double Action" and it has a Eurobeat style. It is sometimes referred to as "Double-Action Sword form" to differentiate it from the "Double-Action" arrangements.
  • "Double-Action Rod form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE
    • Arrangement:
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami & Urataros (Takeru Satoh & Kōji Yusa)
    • Episodes: 8-9, 15, 22, 44, Climax Deka
  • :This arrangement of "Double-Action" has a ska style.
  • "Double-Action Ax form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE, Shuhei Naruse
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami & Kintaros (Takeru Satoh & Masaki Terasoma)
    • Episodes: 15, 24, 31, 44, Climax Deka
  • :This arrangement of "Double-Action" has an style.
  • "Double-Action Gun form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE, Shuhei Naruse
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami & Ryutaros (Takeru Satoh & Kenichi Suzumura)
    • Episodes: 17, 21, 26, 44, Climax Deka
  • :This arrangement of "Double-Action" has a hip hop style.
  • "Action-ZERO"
  • :"Action-ZERO" has a heavy metal style. It is the first ending theme that is not a "Double-Action" arrangement.
  • "Real-Action"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Ryo
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami (Takeru Satoh)
    • Episodes: 36, 38-39, 42, 45, Climax Deka
  • :"Real-Action" has a rock style. It is the second ending theme that is not a "Double-Action" arrangement.
  • "Double-Action Wing form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: Ryotaro Nogami & Sieg (Takeru Satoh & Shin-ichiro Miki)
    • Episodes: Finale, I'm Born! Final Cut Version
  • :This arrangement of "Double-Action" featured in the finale episode has a Arabic pop style. During the ending credits of the finale, the song was accidentally titled "Climax Jump Wing form." Toei later released a statement correcting this error in the Den-O production blog and that a single for "Double-Action Wing form" will be released on March 26, 2008. On its first day on the market, the single for "Double-Action Wing form" started out at #2 on the Oricon. It ended its first week at #5 on the Oricon's weekly charts. "Double-Action Wing form" later was used in the Final Cut Version of Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born!.Insert songs
  • "Climax Jump HIPHOP ver."
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition, Arrangement, & Remix: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: AAA Den-O form
    • Episodes: 13-16, I'm Born!, Climax Deka
  • :This version of "Climax Jump" plays when Ryutaros takes over Ryotaro and he is accompanied by his "dancers" until "Double-Action Gun form" was recorded and used in its place in episode 21. It was played in the movie when R-Ryotaro arrived at the Climax Scene.
  • "Double-Action Piano form (1-4)"
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE
    • Episodes: 33-34
  • :"Double-Action Piano form" is an instrumental version of "Double-Action" played on a grand piano as part of the storyline to episodes 33 and 34. Various versions of "Double-Action Piano form" released on the "Real-Action" and "Double-Action Coffee form" singles.
  • "Double-Action Coffee form"
  • :"Double-Action Coffee form" is the first "Double-Action" arrangement that is not used as an ending theme, but as an insert song, as both characters who sing the song are non-combatants. This song and "Real-Action" were released as singles on September 26, 2007.
  • "Climax Jump Dark HIPHOP ver."
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition, Arrangement, & Remix: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: AAA Den-O form
    • Episodes: 37
  • :This version of "Climax Jump" plays when Kai arrives and takes control of people.Other songs
  • "Double-Action GAOH form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE, Shuhei Naruse
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: Kamen Rider Gaoh (Hiroyuki Watanabe)
    • Episodes: I'm Born! Final Cut Version
  • :This arrangement of "Double-Action" is a solo act with a death rock feel that was released on the original soundtrack for Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born!, but was not used in the theatrical release of the film. It was later used on the DVD release's Final Cut Version.
  • "DEN-O VOCAL TRACKS LINER (C-J D-A nonstop re-connection)"
  • :This song appeared on the second original soundtrack as a of the songs performed by the cast at the time of its release. It features remixes of "Double-Action," "Double-Action Rod form," "Double-Action Ax form," "Double-Action Gun form," "Double-Action Coffee form," "Double-Action GAOH form," "Action-ZERO," "Real-Action," and "Climax Jump DEN-LINER form."
  • "Action-ZERO Piano form"
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE
  • :This piano arrangement of "Action-ZERO" was included on the "Double-Action Wing form" single.
  • "Double-Action CLIMAX form"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: LOVE+HATE, Shuhei Naruse
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: Momotaros, Urataros, Kintaros, Ryutaros, Deneb (Toshihiko Seki, Kōji Yusa, Masaki Terasoma, Kenichi Suzumura, Hōchū Ōtsuka)
  • :"Double-Action CLIMAX form" is an arrangement of "Double-Action" that is the only quintent vocalist arrangement similar to "Climax Jump DEN-LINER form" in style. Its single was released on April 16, 2008, and it was used as the ending theme for Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka. Shuhei Naruse composed and arranged the song. Like Climax Jump DEN-LINER form, the single has variant covers which designate its bonus track, one for each of the Imagin vocalists. These singles also include a DVD of the music video. A sixth single has all five Imagin on the cover, but does not have a bonus track nor a DVD. On its first day of release, the singles reached #3 on the Oricon Daily Singles' charts. It ended its first week on the Oricon at #4 on the Weekly Single Charts.
  • "Climax Jump the Final"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Guitar: AYANO
    • Artist: AAA DEN-O form
  • :"Climax Jump the Final" is a new arrangement of "Climax Jump" recorded for Farewell, Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown. It was included on the mini-album . This album also included "Climax Jump Sword form," "Climax Jump Rod form," "Climax Jump Ax form," "Climax Jump Gun form," and "Climax Jump Piano form."

In addition to the above songs, Den-O also has two original soundtracks, an original soundtrack for I'm Born!, and a collection called the Complete CD-Box which includes all of the songs and background music from the series. Not included are the alternate arrangements from the Climax Jump single, the background songs from the soundtrack of the film I'm Born!, the film's theme song performed by 175R, and the songs recorded after its release: "Double-Action Wing form," "Action-ZERO Piano form," "Double-Action CLIMAX form," and the tracks from It's Good! It's Great! Isn't it Awesome?!. The Complete CD-Box also contained a DVD for the music video of "Climax Jump DEN-LINER form."

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