From Showa to Heisei and soon to Reiwa, Kamen Rider is a hero who continues to challenge evil. Kamen Rider was created by Shotaro Ishinomori, a mangaka from Miyagi Prefecture. Even though Kamen Rider has changed over the decades, he has continued to capture the hearts of children.
The Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum is currently holding several Heisei Kamen Rider-themed events from Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, June 30.
At the venue, all 20 Riders from the Heisei period are showcased, from Kuuga to the most recent Rider, ZI-O. Some Riders are life-sized or showcased through images. Transformation items are also on display, which showcases fashion during that time period. Ryuki uses card decks, 555 has folding mobile phones, while Den-O has a train pass case.
All of these transformation items are created to attract children to buy them. The overall theme of using belts, with few exceptions, has not changed since the Showa period. However, the Heisei period did make a change, using ikemen actors as the protagonists. The number of female fans increased, which includes mothers.
Nobuo Murakami, a writer for Mainichi, recently detailed his thoughts on a recent visit to the museum. When he was young, he always watched Kamen Rider Black, followed by Black RX. He didn’t buy the transformation belts but instead played with a single doll that could transform using a head mask.
At the venue, Murakami spoke to various people attending the exhibit, including a 39-year-old man who also loved Kamen Rider Black and Black RX. He liked the transformation poses. Now, he shares his hobby with his 6-year-old son. His 35-year-old wife commented that it’s nice to have a common topic that multiple generations can discuss.
There was also discussion comparing older Kamen Riders to the new generations. The older Riders were slightly more realistic, but the new Rider series combines drama with both the heroes and villains. The transformation scenes have also become more advanced with improved technology.
Article Sources Mainichi