Kamen Rider Taisen: Two Generations of Japanese Heroes go to War

Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai

Written by Shoji Yonemura

Directed by Takayuki Shibasaki

Japan, 2014

Since the premier of its first series in 1971, Japan’s Kamen Rider superhero franchise has spanned more weekly television series, films, comics, videogames and other assorted media than one would think possible for a franchise the core concept of which is “Man in vaguely insectoid outfit rides motorcycle, fights monsters”. And yet, the franchise’ cast of characters has grown so massive that it’s become en vogue in recent years for massive teamup movies featuring every main character in Kamen Rider history to be produced every year or so. Most recently, these have taken the form of the Taisen series of summer event movies, beginning with 2012′s Kamen Rider X Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, which saw the Riders battle and then team up with one of their primary rivals

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