Kamen Rider 555
Kamen Rider 555 is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is the 13th installment in the Kamen Rider Series, it is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, was broadcast on TV Asahi from January 26, 2003 to January 18, 2004. And it was the first series to use TV Asahi's current logo; the Smart Brain corporation, the world's most powerful corporation, is trying to take over the world using Orphnoch, the "next stage in humanity's evolution", to covertly kill off the human population. In pursuit of this, they develop three suits of power armor, called Rider Gears, to find and protect the Orphnoch King, who can fix a defect within Orphnoch DNA which causes their genetic structure to break down, leading to death; the Rider Gears are stolen by the Goat Orphnoch and former chief of Smart Brain. He sends them to his foster children. However, Rider Gears were designed to be worn by Orphnoch, humans are unable to activate the systems without undergoing genetic modification. A young loner, Takumi Inui, is unwittingly drawn into the conflict between the Orphnoch and humans and becomes Kamen Rider Faiz to save the life of Mari Sonoda, one of the Ryuseiji.
Smart Brain begins targeting him in an attempt to retrieve the Faiz Gear. However, there is division amongst the Orphnoch, as those who wish to co-exist with humans rather than kill them, begin resisting the Smart Brain, who in turn targets them as well. Most of these "renegade" Orphnochs are either killed, remain neutral or begin siding with the Ryuseiji against the Smart Brain; when the Tokyo police discover the Orphnoch are behind a series of bizarre murders, they begin operations to defeat the creatures unaware of the various factions involved. They begin performing experiments on captured Orphnoch in an attempt to find ways of destroying them, though this does not go well; the Orphnoch King awakens within a young boy named Teruo Suzuki, whom Naoya Kaido and Keitaro Kikuchi saved and befriended. Now, it is up to the holders of the Rider Gears to fight for humanity's survival; the equipment used in the series to transform is referred to as Rider Gear. It was created to be worn by the Orphnoch to protect their Orphenoch King.
Each Rider Gear contains a belt known as a Driver used to form armor that protects the wearer and amplifies their strengths and abilities. The armor's theme is based on a letter from the Greek alphabet, contains the letter somehow within the aesthetic design; the Gears have a method to input command codes, a cell phone number keypad for most, which can activate armor and various weapons. The sound effects of a dialing in any of the Rider Gear phones were referenced in episode 17 of Kamen Rider Kabuto; the TV series focused on three sets of Rider Gear: Faiz Gear, Kaixa Gear, Delta Gear. During the TV series, the foster father of the Ryuseiji and former chief executive of Smart Brain, attempted to create several new Rider Gears, using two lost people to test out the first two; the two belts failed resulting in the wearer's deaths. When Itsuro Takuma of Lucky Clover wore the third one it disabled him for a few seconds before it dissolved; the fourth dissolved without being worn. The Kamen Rider 555 movie, Paradise Lost, introduced two additional sets of Rider Gear: Psyga Gear and Orga Gear The show featured a series of mass-produced transformation belts called Smart Buckle, which enabled the wearer to transform into a generic Riotrooper.
The Riotroopers were introduced in the movie, added at the end of the TV series. A live stage-show of Kamen Rider Faiz featured three unique riders named Alpha and Gamma; each set of Rider Gear is code-locked, in addition to being only usable by Orphenoch. These codes, input through the phone of each Gear, are a set of numbers that relate to the theme of each Gear. For the Faiz Gear, the code is "fives", phonetically similar to the word Faiz. For the Kaixa Gear, the code is 9-1-3, read in goroawase as "Ka-I-Sa". Delta Gear's phone was voice-activated, yet nonetheless was coded with 3-3-3, a reference to the Greek letter delta, a triangle; the goroawase system was used for the Psyga Gear, where the code 3-1-5 is read as "Sa-I-Go". The Orga Gear, patterned after Greek Omega, the final letter, is code-locked to 0-0-0. Kamen Rider 555 the Movie: Paradise Lost, was released during the run of the series, as a double feature alongside Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger: Abare Summer is Freezing! on August 16, 2003.
The film was 81 minutes long. A few new characters and Rider Gears were introduced in the movie. A trailer for Heisei Rider vs. Shōwa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai was shown in theaters with The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle; the film's website reveals that it would be released in Japanese theaters on March 29, 2014. Kohei Murakami and Kento Handa are confirmed to reprise their respective roles from Kamen Rider 555. Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3 is the 2015 entry of the "Super Hero Taisen" film series, featuring the cast of Kamen Rider Drive and the appearance of Kamen Rider 3, created by Shotaro Ishinomori for the one-shot 1972 manga Rider #3 VS. General Black. Kento Handa reprises his role in the film, scheduled
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Kamen Rider Hibiki is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series, serving as the fifteenth installment in the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu programs. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei. Kamen Rider Hibiki first aired on January 30, 2005 and aired its final episode on January 22, 2006; the Kamen Riders, known as Oni, battle man-eating beasts called Makamou with "pure sound". One of the Oni, a man named Hibiki, ends up having a "teacher-and-apprentice"-like relationship with Asumu Adachi. A young boy unsure of himself and is at a crossroads in his life as he transitions to high school, Asumu learns to be an adult through watching Hibiki and the other Oni as they all train together to hone their skills in fighting the Makamou and the homunculi aiding them. However, the sudden raise of Makamou numbers proves to be a prelude to an upcoming calamity. Kamen Rider Hibiki began with Shigenori Takatera as the Toei producer, Shinichiro Shirakura, who though having participated in other Heisei Kamen Rider series, had no involvement whatsoever in the Hibiki production, was appointed producer of the film Kamen Rider Hibiki & the Seven Senki replacing Takatera in the TV production from episode 30.
The writing staff changed. In addition, personalities such as Sensha Yoshida, a renowned manga artist; the show's star, Shigeki Hosokawa, who portrayed Hibiki, stated in his personal website that Inoue's scripts "needed adjustments" and that this whole staff change was "fraudulent". With the first production staff, Hosokawa would join the writers meetings and give suggestions, however Hosokawa could not give his opinion in the second production staff meetings due to time restraints. In an interview published on TV Asahi's main website, Hosokawa stated that the script for the final episode was rewritten on the final day of filming, he said that the script was sent in so late that it arrived on set as the final battle was being filmed. This finale was scrapped and a new ending that, according to Hosokawa, was nothing like the intended ending, was filmed. In the interview, Hosokawa said that the Oni suit used by Kiriya was a kitbash of two new suits made for the characters of Asumu and Kiriya. Hosokawa said that this was the most upsetting change to him as the final script had been rewritten six times at that point and all but the filmed version contained both Asumu and Kiriya becoming Oni.
In January 2006, at the Kamen Rider Super Live, Hosokawa stated that the series was "essentially an incomplete process" and that "it should not have ended that way". Mitsu Murata, who portrayed the Douji characters, declared on his blog: "I cannot forgive them, I want to continue his idea", complaining about the removal of Takatera as producer; these declarations caused an unprecedented storm within the professional tokusatsu market and many of Toei's executives were berated for allowing a series to be handled in such a manner. There has never been any official statement from Toei, but many critics point out several facts might have caused it, the main reason being the low toy sales, it is not usual for a Toei production to have two different producers for the TV series and the movie. It is that a different producer was appointed for the movie because Toei was suffering from schedule problems with Takatera. Changes Asumu's opening narration at the start of every episode was removed starting with episode 30.
A new opening was introduced following. The use of kanji being flashed on screen during scenes was removed altogether by episode 30; the ending sequence was removed altogether. The characters of Kyosuke Kiriya and Shuki were introduced to the series. Eiki and Shouki were both supposed to be main cast members, but had their parts removed; the fire breathing and the Oni claws abilities' sequences were removed along with Ibuki opening his mouth for his attack. The Makamou that opened their mouths too wide or spurted liquids were removed. There had been complaints about these sequences from parent advocacy groups who claimed that they scared children. Things as complicated-to-animate CG Makamou and shooting in mountains were entirely reduced due to cost issues, leading critics to believe that Takatera was forcefully removed from the project due to his unwillingness to change his script to adapt to these changes; the combatant agents of Takeshi are known as Oni. They have been around for hundreds of years, fighting against the Makamou.
The title of every Oni bears the -ki suffix, semantically identical to "Oni" in Japanese. It has some resemblance with the real name of the Oni. Among making many changes to the Kamen Rider look, Kamen Rider Hibiki introduced Kamen Rider Shuki, the third recognized female Heisei Kamen Rider in a Kamen Rider series after Kamen Rider Femme from Ryuki and Kamen Rider Larc from Blade; the regular antagonists of the series. Their designs and names were based on the Yōkai from Japanese folklores; the Makamou come in different types: The Giant-Type Makamou are the most common in the series. As they larger than the other Makamou, the Giant Type Makamou are daikaiju, their heights have varied from 22 ft. to 75 ft. The Summer-Type M
The Kamen Rider series is a metaseries of manga, tokusatsu television programs and films, created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. The Kamen Rider media features a motorcycle-riding superhero with an insect motif who fights supervillains known as kaijin; the franchise began in 1971 with the Kamen Rider television series, which followed college student Takeshi Hongo and his quest to defeat the world-conquering Shocker organization. Its popularity has grown. Produced by Toru Hirayama and designed by Shotaro Ishinomori, Kamen Rider premiered on April 3, 1971 intended as an adaptation of Ishinomori's Skull Man, he and Hirayama redesigned the main character to resemble a grasshopper. The hero Takeshi Hongo, played by actor and stuntman Hiroshi Fujioka, was described as a transformed human. During the filming of episode 10, Fujioka was thrown from his motorcycle during a stunt and broke both legs, his character was phased out until the introduction of another transformed human, Hayato Ichimonji was introduced in episode 14.
The return of Fujioka and his character, Hongo, in episode 53 united the two actors and Kamen Riders 1 and 2 appeared in every show of the first half of the Shōwa series. The series from April 1971 to January 1976 included Tobei Tachibana. After a four-year hiatus following the finale of Kamen Rider Stronger, the series returned to broadcast television in October 1979 for two years with The New Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Super-1. In these shows, Tachibana was replaced by a similar character named Genjiro Tani; the annual new shows ended during the 1980s, punctuated by the 1984 Kamen Rider ZX special Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!. Kamen Rider Black premiered in 1987, the first series not hinting at a relationship to its predecessors. Black was the first show in the franchise with a direct sequel: Kamen Rider Black RX, the basis of Saban's Americanized Masked Rider. In RX's finale, the ten previous Riders returned to help Black RX defeat the Crisis Empire. Kamen Rider Black RX was the final show produced during the Shōwa era, with the franchise resuming production by the end of the 20th century.
A manga of Kamen Rider Black was a novelization and reimagination of the Black-RX series' continuity. Absent from television during the 1990s, the franchise was kept alive by stage shows, musical CDs, the Shin, ZO, J films. Toei announced a new project, Kamen Rider Kuuga, in May 1999. Kuuga was part of Ishinomori's 1997 Kamen Rider revival in preparation for its 30th anniversary, but he died before the shows materialized. During the summer of 1999, Kuuga was promoted in magazine advertisements and TV commercials. On January 30, 2000, Kamen Rider Kuuga premiered with newcomer Joe Odagiri. In 2005, Kamen Rider The First was produced. Written by Toshiki Inoue, the film reimagines the manga and original television series and characters from the original series had their storylines altered to fit the film's time span. Masaya Kikawada played Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1 and Hassei Takano was Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2; this was followed in 2007 by Kamen Rider The Next, an adaptation of Kamen Rider V3 starring Kazuki Kato as Shiro Kazami/Kamen Rider V3 and with Kikawada and Takano reprising their roles.
The eighth series, Kamen Rider Den-O, followed in 2007. Differing from past Kamen Rider series, it introduces a rider, unsure of himself; the series has the DenLiner: a bullet train which can travel through time. Although the series has only two riders, they have multiple forms similar to Black RX, Agito. Due to Den-O's popularity, a second film crossover with the 2008 series Kamen Rider Kiva was released on April 12, 2008; the top film in its opening weekend, it grossed ¥730 million. In addition, Animate produced Imagin Anime, with SD versions of the Imagin. A third film, Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown was an epilogue for the series. According to Takeru Satoh, who played the lead character of Den-O in the television series and first three films, the series was successful because of its humor; the 2009 series, Kamen Rider Decade, commemorated the Heisei run's 10th anniversary. Japanese recording artist Gackt performed the series' opening theme, "Journey through the Decade", the film's theme song and jokingly expressed interest in playing a villain on the show.
Announced in 2009 was a fourth Den-O film, starting with Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Warship. In the March 2009 issue of Kindai magazine, Decade star Masahiro Inoue said that the series was scheduled for only 30 episodes. Advertisements in May and July 2009 promoted the debut of Kamen Rider W, who first appeared at the 10th-anniversary Masked Rider Live event and was featured in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker; the staff of W said that they planned to make 10 more years of Kamen Rider, differentiating subsequent series from the Kuuga through Decade period (including a new broadcast season from September of one year to about August
The Super Sentai Series is a Japanese superhero team metaseries of TV series produced by Toei Company, Bandai, aired by TV Asahi. The shows are of the tokusatsu genre, featuring live action characters and colorful special effects, are aimed at children. Super Sentai airs alongside the Kamen Rider series in the Super Hero Time programming block on Sunday mornings. In North America, the Super Sentai Series is best known as the source material for the Power Rangers franchise. In every Super Sentai Series, the protagonists are a team of people who – using wrist-worn or hand-held devices – transform into superheroes and gain superpowers – color-coded uniforms, signature weapons and fighting skills – to battle a group of evil beings that threaten to take over the Earth. In a typical episode, the heroes thwart the enemies' plans and defeat an army of enemy soldiers and the monster of the week before an enlarged version of the monster confronts them, only to be defeated again when the heroes fight it with their mecha.
Each Super Sentai Series is set in its own fictional universe. The series was created by Shotaro Ishinomori known for the 1971–1973 Kamen Rider TV series and the long-running manga Cyborg 009, he developed the first two Super Sentai Series Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, which ran from 1975 to 1977, J. A. K. Q. Dengekitai, released in 1977. Toei Company put the franchise on hiatus in 1978, collaborating with Marvel Comics to produce a live action Spider-Man series, which added giant robots to the concept of tokusatsu shows; the giant robot concept was carried over to Toei and Marvel's next show, Battle Fever J, released in 1979, was used throughout the Super Sentai Series. In 1993, American production company Saban Entertainment adapted 1992's Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the Fox Kids programming block, combining the original Japanese action footage with new footage featuring American actors for the story sequences. Since nearly every Super Sentai series that followed became a new season of Power Rangers.
Some countries, such as France, Brazil and the Philippines, switched from broadcasting Super Sentai to Power Rangers. In 2002, Saban sold the Power Rangers franchise to Disney's Buena Vista division, who owned it until 2010, broadcasting Power Rangers on ABC Kids, ABC Family Channel and Toon Disney. On 12 May 2010, Saban bought the franchise back from Disney, moving the show to the Nickelodeon network for 2011. On 1 May 2018, toy company Hasbro announced they had acquired the Power Rangers franchise from Saban Capital Group for $522 million. Power Rangers Dino Force Brave is a 2017 South Korean tokusatsu television show produced by Daewon Media, the same company which distributes the Super Sentai Series in South Korea under the "Power Rangers" label, it serves as a sequel to the 2013 Super Sentai series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. The following is a list of the Super Sentai Series and their years of broadcast: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. J. A. K. Q. Dengekitai. Battle Fever J Denshi Sentai Denziman Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan Dai Sentai Goggle-V Kagaku Sentai Dynaman Choudenshi Bioman Dengeki Sentai Changeman Choushinsei Flashman Hikari Sentai Maskman Choujuu Sentai Liveman.
Kousoku Sentai Turboranger. Chikyu Sentai Fiveman Chōjin Sentai Jetman Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. Gosei Sentai Dairanger Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Gekisou Sentai Carranger Denji Sentai Megaranger Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive Mirai Sentai Timeranger Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger Mahou Sentai Magiranger GoGo Sentai Boukenger Juken Sentai Gekiranger Engine Sentai Go-onger Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Tensou Sentai Goseiger Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Ressha Sentai ToQger Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Uchu Sentai Kyuranger Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger. Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger. Super Sentai Strongest Battle. Aired between Lupinranger VS Patranger and Ryusoulger. 1975: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger 1975: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger: The Blue Fortress 1976: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger: The Red Death Match 1976: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger: The Bomb Hurricane 1976: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger: Fire Mountain's Final Explosion 1977: J.
A. K. Q. Dengekitai 1978: J. A. K. Q. Dengekitai vs. Gorenger 1979: Battle Fever J 1980: Denshi Sentai Denziman 1981: Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan 1982: Dai Sentai Goggle-V 1983: Kagaku Sentai Dynaman 1984: Choudenshi Bioman 1985: Dengeki Sentai Changeman 1985: Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Shuttle Base! Crisis! 1986: Choushin
S.I.C. (Krizz Kaliko EP)
S. I. C. is the first EP by rapper Krizz Kaliko. It was released on May 17, 2011; the album was revealed to be an acronym for Samuel’s Identity Crisis. The only guest on the album is Tech N9ne; the album debuted at number 41 on the US Top Independent chart
Batman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Named the "Bat-Man," the character is referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, the World's Greatest Detective. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers, he does, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment.
A large assortment of villains make up Batman's rogues gallery, including the Joker. The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, the following year; as the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller; the success of Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character's prominence in mainstream culture. Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O'Mara, Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character's voice for animated adaptations.
Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck. In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at National Comics Publications to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created "the Bat-Man". Collaborator Bill Finger recalled that "Kane had an idea for a character called'Batman,' and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, he had drawn a character who looked much like Superman with kind of... reddish tights, I believe, with boots... no gloves, no gauntlets... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings, and under it was a big sign... BATMAN"; the bat-wing-like cape was suggested by Bob Kane, inspired as a child by Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch of an ornithopter flying device. Finger suggested giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, gloves. Finger said he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity: "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot.
Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name. I tried Adams, Hancock... I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." He said his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic-strip character with which Kane was familiar. Kane and Finger drew upon contemporary 1930s popular culture for inspiration regarding much of the Bat-Man's look, personality and weaponry. Details find predecessors in pulp fiction, comic strips, newspaper headlines, autobiographical details referring to Kane himself; as an aristocratic hero with a double identity, Batman had predecessors in the Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro. Like them, Batman performed his heroic deeds in secret, averted suspicion by playing aloof in public, marked his work with a signature symbol. Kane noted the influence of the films The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers in the creation of the character's iconography. Finger, drawing inspiration from pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Sherlock Holmes, made the character a master sleuth.
In his 1989 autobiography, Kane detailed Finger's contributions to Batman's creation: One day I called Bill and said,'I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I've made some crude, elementary sketches I'd like you to look at.' He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin wore, on Batman's face. Bill said,'Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?' At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit. I thought that black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright:'Color it dark grey to make it look more ominous.' The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope, he didn't have any gloves on, we added them so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints.
Kane signed away ownership in
Shotaro Ishinomori was a Japanese manga artist who became an influential figure in manga and tokusatsu, creating several immensely popular long-running series such as Cyborg 009, the Super Sentai series, the Kamen Rider Series. He was twice awarded by the Shogakukan Manga Award, in 1968 for Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae and in 1988 for Hotel and Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon, he was born and named Shotaro Onodera in Tome and was known as Shotaro Ishimori before 1986, when he changed his family name to Ishinomori with "ノ". On December 1954, Ishinomori published Nikyuu Tenshi, in Manga Shonen. In 1956 he became an assistant to Osamu Tezuka. During his time working under Tezuka, Ishinomori worked on Alakazam the Great. In 1960, Ishinomori published Flying Phantom Ship and in 1969 it was made into an animated feature film. Cyborg 009, created in 1963, became the first superpowered hero team created in Japan, featuring nine cybernetic warriors; that same year, Kazumasa Hirai and Jiro Kuwata created 8 Man.
The success of the tokusatsu superhero TV series Kamen Rider, produced by Toei Company Ltd. in 1971, led to the birth of the "Transforming" superhero, resulted in many sequel shows to this day. Ishinomori created many similar superhero dramas, which were once again all produced by Toei or in Sarutobi Ecchan's case Toei Animation, including Android Kikaider, Henshin Ninja Arashi, Robotto Keiji, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, Kaiketsu Zubat, Akumaizer 3, Sarutobi Ecchan, the Toei Fushigi Comedy Series, countless others, he created popular children's shows such as Hoshi no Ko Chobin, Ganbare!! Robokon. In 1963, he founded the anime company Studio Zero. From 1967 to 1970, the manga 009-1 was serialized in the Futabasha publication Weekly Manga Action, it was illustrated by Ishinomori. There was a television drama of it in 1969 and an anime in 2006. Ishinomori's art is reminiscent of that of Osamu Tezuka; the true story of his first meeting with Tezuka was illustrated in a short four-page tale drawn up as supplementary material for the 1970s Astro Boy manga reprints.
In 1954, Ishinomori submitted his first official work, Nikyu Tenshi, to a contest seeking new talent in the magazine, Manga Shōnen. Tezuka was impressed by his drawings and sent a telegraph to Ishinomori, asking him to work as his assistant with Astro Boy. In the American release, this story can be seen in Volume 15, along with Ishinomori's earliest work on the "Electro" story arc. After graduating from high school in 1956 Ishinomori moved to Tokiwa-so with Tezuka, lived there until the end of 1961. Ishinomori illustrated a comic adaptation of the Super NES video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, produced for the American publication Nintendo Power; the comic consisted of 12 chapters, which were serialized from January 1992 to December 1992. The comic was republished as a graphic novel collection in 1993, and, as of 2015, is back in print through Viz Media. At the end of 1997, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, a young and up and coming manga artist was contacted by an ill Shotaro Ishinomori and asked if he would do a continuation of his 100-page, one-shot manga from 1970, Skull Man.
Ishinomori, one of Shimamoto's boyhood heroes, faxed him copies of the proposed story and plot notes. Shimamoto was astounded that he had been chosen to work on his idol's great work. Shimamoto had been involved in the revival of one of Ishinomori's other earlier works but little did he dream that, as only one of many whom Ishinomori had inspired, he would be chosen for the final collaboration and resurrection of Skull Man, it was recently adapted into an anime in 2007. Ishinomori died of heart failure on 28 January 1998, just three days after his 60th birthday, his final work was the tokusatsu superhero TV series, televised a year later. Two years the Kamen Rider Series would be revived with Kamen Rider Kuuga. All of the series made in the Heisei period credit Ishinomori as the creator; the Ishinomori Manga Museum named in his honor opened in Ishinomaki, Miyagi in 2001. Special trains in the Senseki Line were commissioned featuring his artwork leading to the museum, his work posthumously awarded him the Guinness World Record for most comics published by one author, totaling over 128,000 pages across 770 titles across 500 volumes.
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