Kamen Rider

Exploring Bird-Themed Heroes in the Kamen Rider and Super Sentai Series

Akira Shinomiya, who has previously appeared in a cameo role on Kamen Rider Den-O and Decade, gave his opinion on how Kamen Rider Ryuki broke the existing concepts established in the Kamen Rider series. This article is written from his perspective.

There’s still a bit of time in 2017 to analyze Kamen Rider. This year, I was able to focus on tokusatsu works. I hope to summarize the heroes with bird-themes.

Speaking of birds, the newest Kamen Rider movie featured the Kamen Rider OOO Tajador form. It was nice to hear it. From the last scene, I feel emotional hearing the transformation with Ankh’s voice.

I think there were a lot of people who felt the same way. Good news for us. It was announced the other day that a a CSM OOO Driver will be released. This is a must-buy.

Let’s talk more about bird themes. There was a spectacular Hawk Gatling form in Kamen Rider Build. The orange and silver is a best match, right?

There was also the Wing Form in Kamen Rider Den-O. Sieg added to the Super Climax Form, which was beautiful enough to make audiences applause Seiji Takaiwa’s performance.

In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Natsuki Kato performed as Miho Kirishima/Kamen Rider Femme. Along with her, there was Kamen Rider Odin. I think he was one of the strongest Riders along with Cronus of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.

The scene where Ryuki punches him is a favorite in the series.

Let’s move on to Super Sentai.

First of all, there’s Choujin Sentai Jetman. All five people are bird heroes.

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger’s GaoYellow Gaku Washio had a bird motif, along with Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger’s Zyuoh Bird/Bud.

In the old days, Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan’s Red themed hero was VulEagle. And let’s not forget Choujuu Sentai Liveman’s Red Falcon.

More recently in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, Washi Pink represents the constellation for “The Eagle.” Of course, Houou Soldier is phoenix-themed. GingaGreen from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman is also bird-themed, so I want to make sure to mention them for now.

What is your favorite bird hero in the Super Sentai series? If I was asked, I would say Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger’s Torin. He went out onto the battlefield voluntarily. I was astonished at his secret in the second half of the series.

There are often bird-themed helpers working with the teams. Mirai Sentai Timeranger also had a bird helper named Tac, while Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger had a parrot named Navi.

This is not a comprehensive list. I would like to continue talking about bird motifs, but I’ll continue in 2029, the next year of the Rooster.

Article Sources: Cinema by Shochiku

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