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Kamen Rider Agito
Number 11
Number of episodes: 51 + 6 Movies
First episode: The Warrior's Awakening
Last episode: AGITΩ
Intro: Kamen Rider AGITO (2-35, 51)
Kamen Rider AGITO ~24.7 version~ (36-50)
Original airing: January 28, 2001-January 27, 2002
Producer: Toei Company
Production Order
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This article is about the television series. For the series' main character, Agito, see Shouichi Tsugami.

Kamen Rider Agito (仮面ライダーアギト Kamen Raidā Agito?, Masked Rider ΑGITΩ), is the eleventh installment in the popular Kamen Rider tokusatsu franchise. The series represented the 30th Anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series. The series was also a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei and was shown on TV Asahi from January 28, 2001 to January 27, 2002. The catchphrase for the series is "Awaken the soul" (目覚めろ、その魂 Mezamero, sono tamashii?).

Agito and KuugaEdit

Kamen Rider Agito is often seen as a direct sequel to Kamen Rider Kuuga thanks to the basis of the G3 System being Kamen Rider Kuuga. Some sources claim otherwise that Kamen Rider Agito takes place in a parallel universe similar to Kamen Rider Kuuga.

The issue was actually explained long ago, in a note in the Agito production website from TV-Asahi, but wasn't available to the English-speaking world until around January 2013[1]:

"[...] Yusuke Godai fought so hard to put smiles on everyone's faces that if another conflict were to break out afterwards, it would diminish the value of everything he fought for. [...] You're free to enjoy Agito as a continuation of Kuuga if you so wish, or imagine it takes place in a parallel world, if you so choose. I appreciate this may sound like an asspull, however, so I guess I would say that while Agito takes place '2 years after #4 destroys the Unidentified Lifeforms', it is not a sequel to Kuuga, so take to the show with that in mind."
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The connection between Agito and Kuuga was referenced in Kamen Rider Decade, where their World of Agito which is visited by Decade and the Hikari Studio, which includes the A.R. World Kuuga, is shown as a parallel world to the World of Kuuga. Aside from the new creatures the "Unknown", there are also the Gurongi, and the two races are shown to be fighting each other.

There was also a small nod in the movie OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, where Kuuga and Agito are shown standing alongside each other with Kamen Riders Black and Black RX (Black RX is indeed a sequel to Black, to the point where these two Riders are the same person).

StoryEdit

Agito Riders

Agito's Riders from TV Series only (from left to right) G3-X, Gills, Agito, and Another Agito

A man named Shouichi Tsugami has lost his memories. He doesn't know who he is, where he came from, or how he came upon his peculiar circumstances.

Tsugami, seemingly for no reason, transforms into a powerful superhuman, Agito, whenever in the presence of the beings referred by the police as the "Unknown", a race of powerful monsters that have been causing murders around Tokyo, targeting certain people as their prey.

In response, the police department unleash their newest weapon: the G3 powersuit, originally developed to fight against the "Unidentified Lifeforms", the enemies of No.4 (Kamen Rider Kuuga). G3 and Agito don't know whether they should join up and defeat the Unknowns, their common enemy, or to combat each other, keeping the mysteries that entwine them separate. Ultimately, even more mysteries unfold, with the appearance of Kamen Rider Gills, who is on a search to uncover why his father committed suicide.

These mysteries and others collide, as the true nature of Agito would ultimately determine the fate of humanity.

CharactersEdit

Kamen RidersEdit

Kamen Rider Agito Shouichi Tsugami
Kamen Rider G3 Makoto Hikawa (Other Users)
Kamen Rider G3-X Makoto Hikawa
Kamen Rider G3 Mild Takahiro Omuro
Kamen Rider Gills Ryo Ashihara
Another Agito Kaoru Kino
V1 Toru Hojo

Movie ExclusiveEdit

Kamen Rider G4 Shiro Mizuki

AlliesEdit

AkatsukiEdit

JGSDF's GA DivisionEdit

The LordsEdit

Main article: Lords

Lord (ロード Rōdo?): The major antagonists of Agito, referred to by the police department as Unknown (アンノウン Announ?), to separate them from the Unidentified Creatures (Gurongi Tribe) that attacked humanity two years ago. The Lords are a group of powerful disciples serving under the OverLord, who created them from his body. All of their tribes are separated into species of animals. They are normally humanoid with the head of an animal, and sometimes with weapons. All of them have wing-shaped protuberances sticking out of their shoulders, perhaps symbolizing that they are angels or holy messengers.

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider Agito Episodes

Kamen Rider Agito Episodes

Movies and specialsEdit

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Originally aired on October 1, 2001 (between episodes 35 and 36), the Special features all three Riders plus the first appearances of G3 Mild & Agito Shining Form. Shouichi encounters his old friend and teacher and fights an Unknown at night and reaches Burning Form, but goes out of control. Then, the teacher helps him control it. All three Riders fight against the Beetle Lord. The story is ended with a mysterious girl stalking the G4 project and to be continued in the movie.

There is a difference concerning the series' plot and the special's plot. In the special, Toru Hojo finds out the truth about Shouichi's identity by secretly hearing a conversation between him and his teacher, as he stands behind a window and listens to them. In the series, however, Hojo ambushes Agito as he flees from the battle scene and sees as he reverts back to Shouichi, ultimately arresting him.

Released in theatres on 22 September, 2001, Project G4 was a double bill with the Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger movie, "Fire Mountain Howls!". Shouichi encounters a teenage girl called Sayaka, who ran away from a military facility because of an attack by the Ant Lords. Sayaka has a supernatural ability to foresee the future. Risa Fukami, of the military group GA, wants to use that power to enhance the newly-made G4 System, which was based upon designs stolen from Ozawa. Now, Agito and Gills must fight to stop the Ant Lords' attack, as G3 and G4 settle their score. The events of the movie happen between episodes 41 and 42.

In Three Great Riders is the Hyper Battle Video for Agito. The events of the video show Telepi, the Televi-Kun mascot, calling upon Kamen Riders Agito, G3, and Gills to help fight several Lords that have invaded his world, but he will only trust the "Ultimate Rider". The video featured exclusive finishing moves for the three Riders. G3's special weapon that appears in the video, the Antares, was later featured in the television series.

S.I.C. Hero SagaEdit

Agito featured two S.I.C. Hero Saga side stories published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. The first was titled Kamen Rider Agito: Heaven's Door (仮面ライダーアギト -HEAVEN'S DOOR- Kamen Raidā Agito: Hebenzu Do?) and featured a crossover with Kamen Rider 555. It introduces the new characters Mirage Agito (ミラージュアギト Mirāju Agito?) and the Dog Orphnoch/Dog Lord (ドッグオルフェノク/ドッグロード Doggu Orufenoku/Doggu Rōdo?). The story was published from October 2003 to March 2004.

The second S.I.C. Hero Saga story titled Kamen Rider Agito: Project G1 (仮面ライダーアギト -PROJECT G1- Kamen Raidā Agito: Purojekuto Jī Wan?) expands on the story told in Project G4 in showing the G-Series suits Generation 1, Kamen Rider G4-X (仮面ライダーG4-X Kamen Raidā Jī Fō Ekkusu?), Generation 2, and the Road Chaser (ロードチェイサー Rōdo Cheisā?) vehicle. It also features the Hydrozoa Lord (ハイドロゾアロード Haidorozoa Rōdo?) Hydrozoa Tegula (ヒドロゾア・テグラ Hidorozoa Tegura?). The story was published from October 2007 to January 2008.

Heaven's Door chapter titles
  1. Outset (発端 Hottan?)
  2. ΑgitΩ (アギト Agito?)
  3. Operation (操作 Sōsa?)
  4. Conceit (奇想 Kisō?)
  5. Able Person (能力者 Nōryokusha?)
  6. The Alpha and the Omega (ΑにしてΩ Arufa ni shite Omega?)
Project G1 chapter titles
  1. GENERATION 1
  2. G3-X
  3. V1
  4. ΑGITΩ

CastEdit

Project G4 castEdit

Suit actorsEdit

SongsEdit

Opening themes
Ending themes
  • "BELIEVE YOURSELF"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kazunori Miyake
    • Artist: Naoto Fuuga (風雅 なおと Fūga Naoto?)
    • Episodes: 1-8, 10-13, 15-25, TV Special
  • "STRANGER IN THE DARK"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Sahashi (佐橋 俊彦 Sahashi Toshihiko?)
    • Artist: Norio Sakai (坂井 紀雄 Sakai Norio?)
    • Episodes: 9
  • "MACHINE TORNADER"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kazunori Miyake
    • Artist: Shinichi Ishihara
    • Episodes: 14, 31, 40
  • "DEEP BREATH"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Yoshio Nomura (野村 義男 Nomura Yoshio?)
    • Arrangement: RIDER CHIPS
    • Artist: RIDER CHIPS featuring ROLLY
    • Episodes: 26-30, 32-39, 41, 43-50
  • "OVERLORD" (オーヴァーロード Ōbārōdo?)
    • Artist: Overlord Choir
    • Episodes: 42
Movie theme

AlbumsEdit

A few albums were released for Kamen Rider Agito, mostly original soundtracks for the series and film.

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NotesEdit

  • Agito is the first Kamen Rider series to feature the three main types of Riders: a mystical Rider (one that draws power from ancient technology or mystical methods), an organic Rider (one whose anatomy changes to become a Rider), and a high-technology Rider (one who is either a cyborg or uses advanced technology to fight).
  • This is the last series that the Riders transform using the traditional Ishinomori style henshin belt, future installments would use the modular "Rider System" type.
  • This is the first Heisei Rider series with more than one titular Kamen Rider appearing in the series, as everyone who has been bestowed the power of Overlord of Light has the potential to transform into Agito. In the series timeline Shouichi is the second Agito, with his sister Yukina Sawaki being the first Agito, and followed by numerous people slowly becoming it, but most of them failed to transform into Agito, either because they commit suicide or are killed by The Lords.
  • This is the first Heisei Era Kamen Rider series that has a connection to the previous series.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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By Toei Company
Kamen Rider  • V3  • X  • Amazon  • Stronger  • Skyrider  • Super-1  • ZX (TV special)  • Black  • Black RX  • Shin (movie)  • ZO (movie)  • J (movie)  • Kuuga  • Agito  • Ryuki  • 555  • Blade  • Hibiki  • Kabuto  • Den-O  • Kiva  • Decade  • G (unofficial)  • W  • OOO  • Fourze  • Wizard  • Gaim

Remakes
The First (remake)  • The Next (remake)

Adaptations
Masked Rider  • Dragon Knight

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