Kamen Rider (live-action TV)
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During production of episode 10, Hiroshi Fujioka fractured his thigh bone in a motorcycle stunt gone wrong and was out of commission. Stunt doubles (with voice actor Rokuro Naya doing Hongo's voice) took his place between episodes 11-13 until Toei decided to replace him with Takeshi Sasaki and introduce Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider #2. Fujioka returned as Hongo/Kamen Rider #1 on episodes 40, 41, 49, 51 and 52 before staying full-time starting on episode 53.
This was the longest Kamen Rider TV series.
This show has similarities with an earlier Ishimori series called "Cyborg 009," where the nine heroes are turned into cyborgs by the villains, but escape to fight them. This time, it's one hero, along with a second hero(who appears later).
As with "Ultraman", this series, created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, gave birth to another popular type of modern Japanese superhero: The "Henshin" (Japanese for "transformation") Hero. These are normal-sized superheroes who transform into a cyborg, android or mutant by performing a "henshin pose," and usually fight their enemies with martial arts, minimal weaponry and a finishing attack (usually a flying kick). The Sentai Series (starting with Ishinomori's "Himitsu sentai Gorenjâ", Metal Heroes (starting with "Uchû keiji Gyaban") and hundreds of other contemporary Japanese superheroes were an offshoot of this historically-important genre.
Elements from Ishimori's The Skull Man manga were borrowed for this TV series. Along with various changes in order to tone it down as the producers of Toei considered The Skull Man manga to be too dark and gruesome for a kids show.
In episode 14, Hayato Ichimonji first executed the henshin pose, transforming him into Kamen Rider #2. Shortly after Takeshi Hongo had his cybernetics upgraded, he executed his own henshin pose to transform into Kamen Rider #1. Since then, henshin poses have become an integral part of nearly all tokusatsu shows.
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