Kamen Rider V3 DVDs to be re-released in Japan

Kamen Rider V3 DVD

Toei has decided to release Kamen Rider V3 again on DVD. The original box set containing all 52 episodes was released in 2002 and retailed for a whopping 54,600 yen ($465). There will be 9 volumes in total with roughly 6 episodes per disc and will set you back $40 per volume – ouch! The reasons for re-releasing are probably for media publicity to tie in with THE NEXT release this month (10/27) and to let people buy only the episodes that they really want. I personally would have made the jump to HD and released a HD-DVD/Blu-Ray version, but one can only hope.

For those wanting to catch some V3 action should check out the Region 1 box set from JN Productions, which even includes English subtitles and only costs $170 in comparison. For $10 more you can get an autographed copy by Miyauchi Hiroshi (Kazami Shiro) and for a limited time each order comes with a free T-shirt.

Amazon Japan’s Product Description

[Via Igadevil’s Kamen Rider Blog]

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Complete Selection Kamen Rider Den-O Belt

Complete Selection Kamen Rider Den-Oh Belt

It’s been a while since the release of the first Complete Selection series belt, with Rider 1, 555 (Faiz and Orga Drivers), Ryuki, and Kuuga belts made so far. However, this is the first time a belt is for sale while the show is still running, with a release date set for January 2008. These aren’t your ordinary toy Rider belts as these cost almost $300 – definitely for the adult who’s a kid at heart. The belt faithfully lights up, makes sounds from the show, and even comes with passes to become your favorite form Den-O.

I’m still waiting for my Black/Shadow Moon belts, and so I ask: what belt do you want made?

See more images at Tamashii Web’s product page.

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Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5

March 4th (Sunday) – 5th (Monday) early morning
Today was filming of the action scene that lasted all night to dawn the next day

Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5 Action scenes are filmed with choreographer Yokoyama-san and director Tasaki-san both watching the monitors.

Normally scenes are explained on how the cuts are arranged by the director, but action scenes filmed by following storyboards with side notes. Action that doesn’t make much sense when filming makes complete sense in choreographer Yokohama-san’s head, and it’s not uncommon to realize how the scene fits together in the editing stage of production.

Kamen Rider THE NEXT Production Diary: 3/4~5 Today’s scene was when the heroes first meet Shocker. Chainsaw Lizard, one of the enemy characters, is usually a sexy woman in a body suit; once she transforms she becomes a female kaijin with a powerful chainsaw arm that can shred any foe. There’s also the introduction of the Shocker Riders. Like Takeshi and Hayato, they are also cyborg warriors – and there’s 6 of them. Getting all the stuntmen from AAC STUNTS into the suits was a job on its own.

Since this scene is taking place at a train station, there were many extras as well. Kikawada-san [note: Hongo Takeshi] showed us impressive fighting against the 6 Shocker Riders and the Chainsaw Lizard, as well as AAC’s stuntmen’s impressive stamina, and filming continued nonstop until the morning. By the time we were done the commuting rush began, and honestly, I was exhausted. The car ride back I was riding in the passenger seat of the company car and was told to not fall asleep, but I snored several times and was yelled at, “Hey, Kato!”, but my reply was “Yesh…” or “Zzz…” I apologize for losing to the sleep demons. m(_ _)m

[Translated by Pal. Originally posted on 10/10/2007 @ Official Kamen Rider THE NEXT Blog]

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New site design, plans

New design, back to a white-based design like yesteryear (for those who’ve stuck around). A little easier to read I hope, I like it. The site now supports Gravatars so we don’t all look the same in the comments section. 🙂

I’m also going to start posting Kamen Rider news that I come across.

Click me!I also thought to mention that this site does have an RSS feed, so go ahead and subscribe! I noticed that there are several hundred visits per day yet only 11 people have subscribed to the feed. For those not familiar with feeds, it’s free and very convenient: get a reader (Google Reader is very nice, or here’s a list of readers) and click on “ Subscribe to Century Kings via RSS” and you’re set! I do this for all my favorite sites and check Google Reader once a day and see if any website updated. Very handy, saves me lots of time.

Also, I put this in a few days ago, but try clicking on the “Share This” button below this post – it’s pretty cool!

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PROJECT BM! Kamen Rider THE NEXT Figures

Project BM! Kamen Rider THE NEXT Ichigou THE NEXT Version

Another great collection of poseable yet fantastic looking figures coming from Project BM!, subsidiary of Medicom Toy. Standing tall at 12″, THE NEXT figures are scheduled for a November release and is open for pre-orders for both Rider 1 (now in the Sakurajima coloring) and V3. Rider 2 will only be available for exclusive order through the mail-away reservation ticket that comes with Rider 1 for a limited time, which is quite a hook (similar to the Dark Kabuto/Tendou Souji coupon that came with the Kabuto figure, explained at Igadevil’s KR Blog here and here).

I actually don’t own any of these beauties, and perhaps I’ll take the plunge just for the mail-away ticket advantage (the ticket don’t last forever, many people having to buy the mail-away figures from online auctions for an increased price). Do any of you guys own Project BM! figures? What Rider would you most like to get the Project BM! treatment?

Current lineup: FIRST Rider 1, FIRST Rider 2, Hibiki (Rider), Hibiki (human), Hibiki Kurenai, Kabuto, Dark Kabuto, Tendou Souji, THE NEXT Rider 1, THE NEXT Rider 2, THE NEXT V3.

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More pictures after the break. Continue reading PROJECT BM! Kamen Rider THE NEXT Figures

Release: Kamen Rider Black Episode 33

Kamen Rider Black episode 33Golgom’s Red Salmon Mutant is reversing the flow of a river that is causing ecological and economical crisis – Toru, a traumatized boy in a wheelchair, has seen Golgom’s plan and is now in danger! Can Kotaro save Toru from evil and help him walk again?

New effects by zeldAIS introduced in this episode!

You can find the episode in the Downloads section. Watch the streaming version at Veoh.