Kamen Rider

Kamen Rider Shin: What Does a “Real” Hero Look Like?

Akira Shinomiya, who has previously appeared in a cameo role on Kamen Rider Den-O and Decade, gave his opinion on the V-Cinema Hero Kamen Rider Shin.

Kamen Rider Shin made his first appearance not in his own tv series nor in a major movie. He debuted in the v-cinema Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue. Shin Kazamatsuri was portrayed by actor Shin Ishikawa.

Kamen Rider Shin conflicts with other heroes that came before him, like Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1, who remodeled into a cyborg.

It was unusual for a Kamen Rider to appear that didn’t seem like other heroes. Kamen Rider Shin didn’t have a signature Kamen Rider Kick nor a motorcycle. He didn’t even have a transformation belt.

Kamen Rider Shin’s transformation had a terrible feeling. It seemed that he turned into a ghostly grasshopper and he doesn’t appear heroic at all. His entire biological structure changes. Still, it was interesting to see this magical Kamen Rider transformation.

Kamen Rider stories can also be enjoyed by adults, and deep stories often attract them into watching. Kamen Rider shin was made for adults and had a serious story.

When I first watched this movie as an elementary school student, I stopped because it was too scary and grotesque. When I watched it again as an adult, I found it more exciting.

Kamen Rider Shin’s v-cinema was introduced as an introduction to more, but the following year, Kamen Rider ZO appeared instead. Kamen Rider Shin didn’t appear until years later in future Kamen Rider films. If a sequel were to be produced, many tokusatsu fans would be excited, but it was already stated Kamen Rider Shin is a complete story.

When Kamen Rider Shin was in the planning stage with Shotaro Ishinomori o, originally the writers thought of creating a story about a hero who was only cosplaying as a Kamen Rider, but encounters a real monster. But that story was changed by staff.

But a story similar to this would come to life in 2010. A movie was released in theaters, entitled “Kick-Ass”, about a teenager who cosplayed as a superhero, but faced real enemies. I have to admire Shotaro Ishinomori, who also thought up a similar story many years prior.


Article Sources: Cinema by Shochiku

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