One of Japan’s most prominent live action kids entertainment brands will make its U.S. debut January 3 when The CW4Kids launches KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT on its Saturday morning kids’ block. KAMEN RIDER is a sci-fi franchise created by renowned Japanese manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori that originated in 1971, and subsequently adapted into an iconic live-action kids television series by Toei Company, Ltd. Over the years, the popularity of the franchise has grown and the original series has spawned a number of successful television and theatrical sequels. Still going strong after 37 years, Kamen Rider has a steller history of 18 series, 892 episodes, 10 TV Specials, 28 theatrical releases, and 11 straight to DVD releases.
The story follows the heroic adventures of teenager Kit Taylor, who discovers a mysterious deck of Advent Cards that grant him the power to transform into an ancient armored warrior called a Kamen Rider. He joins Kamen Rider comrade Wing Knight to battle the renegade warlord General Xaviax and his army in both the real world and an alternate reality called Ventara, or Mirror World.
Produced in Hollywood, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT will make its U.S. debut with an exciting and attractive American Cast, fast-paced action sequences and stunning CGI special effects – all in high-def.
“We are delighted to join with 4Kids Entertainment as the US broadcast home of KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT,” said Fumio Sebata, President and CEO of Adness Entertainment Co., Ltd. “4Kids has built an impressive reputation for quality action programming, and we are proud to have our series as a part of their lineup for the 2009 season.”
“With compelling stories, an attractive cast and state-of-the-art special effects, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT takes kids’ action entertainment to new levels of excitement,” said Norman Grossfeld, President, 4Kids Productions. “In expanding the 4Kids TV portfolio into the realm of great live action programming, we look forward to introducing this outstanding, high-energy series to American kids across the country.”