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Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is an American adaptation of a Japanese superhero show Kamen Rider Ryuki just like how Power Rangers is an US adaptation of the Super Sentai franchise. This adaptation is done by the Wang Brothers, the brothers who are big fans of Japanese superheros consist of award-winning make-up artist and filmmaker Steve Wang (who directed the 2 live action Guyver movies, the kickass low budget Mark Dacascos actioner Drive and independent films such as Kung Fu Rascals) and an award winning commercials director Michael Wang, who directed that notorious Budweiser commercial about the guy who spilled his Bud on his **** mag.
Here's the story so far, the show revolves around a group of twelve called the Kamen Riders, who are the protectors of Ventara, a mirror world opposite to our own. In battle against the wicked General Xaviax, the Riders were defeated and ten of them were stripped of their Advent Decks, special card decks that allow whoever wields them to transform into Kamen Riders and utilize unique weapons and powers. While searching for his missing father, Kit Taylor finds an Advent Deck that allows him to become Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. He eventually meets Len, who serves as Kamen Rider Wing Knight, and the pair join forces after Kit learns that General Xaviax has imprisoned his father in Ventara and is using him and the other humans that his monsters abduct to gain power and rebuild his homeworld. Furthermore, Xaviax begins using his shape-shifting powers to recruit corrupt humans to become Kamen Riders and aid him in his goal by destroying the Kamen Riders interfering in it.
It may look like a Power Ranger ripoff but actually, it's aimed to a higher demograph of kids than Power Rangers, because it doesn't hold it's punches as much (literally and figuratively), the actors take situations more seriously, the script isn't filled with a bunch of wise-cracking jokes, although they use the usual words for a show of it's demographic like heck. Although it has differences from the original Japanese version, it's still a million times more faithful than Saban's Masked Rider, which was a horrible US adaptation of Kamen Rider Black RX, Saban's version of this classic Rider show was an abomonination that should never be mentioned again.
Also Kamen Rider is a franchise that originated in Japan since the early 70s and was originally created by the late Shotaro Ishinomori, who also created the first 2 shows of the Sentai franchise that later shows would be used for the Power Rangers, he also created Cyborg 009, Skull Man and Kikaider and was awarded the Guinness World Record for most comics published by one author, totaling over 128,000 pages. He also created the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that was published in Nitendo Power in 1992.
The show currently airs on The CW Television Network during its The CW4Kids programming block.
Here's the trailer courtesy of 4Kid's Youtube Channel
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