Wizard (far left) took the mantle from Kamen Rider Fourze (the pin-headed hero in the picture, left) - the twenty-second take in a long-running franchise that kicked off in 1971.
That series commemorated the Toei Company show's 40th anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of spaceflight.
Fourze, a.k.a. hilariously rowdy high school rebel Gentarō Kisaragi, was a barrel of fun.
Gentarō switched into Fourze via a transformation belt to fight monsters
called Zodiarts, each of whom was modelled after one of the Western
Initially completely incompetent, after twelve months of fisticuffs he was quite the hero.
My daughter and I also loved the Kamen Rider before that: Eiji Hino, who took on the mantle of Kamen Rider OOO in the 2010-11 series and fought off villains called The Greeed. Of course, Eiji was aided and abetted by the disembodied arm of a Greeed called Ankh.
Aside from Ultraman and Super Sentai, Kamen Rider is perhaps Japan's best-known tokusatsu series - toku
being the term applied to live-action film or TV romps that feature
superheroes, martial arts, and much ado about special effects.
Funnily enough, Kamen Rider is also modeled on insects. The whole caboodle was created by manga artist Shōtarō Ishinomori (Cyborg 009) and I would say I'm a fan of the guy. A novel I recently wrote (One Hundred Years of Vicissitude) has a key character paying homage to
manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka - but there's a secondary character dedicated to
In that, however, he's called 'Shōtarō-kun' and he
collects insects in a bucket.
(Read more of this article @ FORCES OF GEEK).