On the NHK show Chico-chan Scolds You!, one of the recent themes was “Why does Kamen Rider ride a motorcycle.”
Kamen Rider debuted in 1971, but there are still those who don’t know much about the character besides from his appearance.
Chico-chan explained the creation of Kamen Rider. Creator Shotaro Ishinomori wanted Kamen Rider to be a “hero with a shadow in his heart.” Ishinomori wanted to combine good traits along with creating a hero with some poison, instead of just a perfect ally of justice.
The use of motorcycles for expressing “shadows” was influenced by the social situation of Japan during Kamen Rider’s time of creation. Young adults riding motorcycles called “Reckless Motorcycle Riders” became a social issue.
Ishinomori explained he used motorcycles because of the influence of the image of these kaminari zoku or “Reckless Motorcycle Riders.”
Next, Chico-chan explained Kamen Rider’s design. The design of Kamen Rider was originally modeled after a skeleton, but many were scared to see it, and the design was rejected.
Ishinomori then created a design of Kamen Rider No. 1 modeled on a grasshopper. This design was chosen because it was less likely to scare children, unlike the skeleton.
As for Kamen Rider’s transformation, the appearance of wind on a windmill represented the great speeds that could be accomplished on a motorcycle.
Decades after Kamen Rider’s debut, the series continues to gain popularity with many viewers. While the newest Kamen Rider of the Reiwa era has debuted, Kamen Rider Zero-One, many fans are interested in learning more about the Showa Kamen Riders.
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