Kamen Rider Agito

August 30, 2007

Kamen Rider Agito

As I mentioned in the post below, I found a fansub group that offers DVD fansubs of Kamen Rider Agito (as well as other things like Sera Myu and other musicals). I found the site because I found AVI encodes of part of their Agito fansubs. I don’t have the rest of the series yet, and if the rest isn’t posted to BitTorrent soon I’ll probably get the DVDs straight from the original subber.

Kamen Rider Agito is the second of the “Heisei” Kamen Rider series, often called such because they were the first Riders aired on TV since the death of Emperor Hirohito and the change in the Japanese calendar from Showa to Heisei. Agito aired in 2001 and was an indirect sequel to its immediate predecessor Kamen Rider Kuuga. Agito displays the darker tone and complex storylines the Heisei era Riders are known for in full force. This aspect of the franchise has been sadly waning of late with somewhat lighter, sillier shows like Den-O, so it’s nice to go back to that style for a bit.

In Kamen Rider Agito, a young man with amnesia named Tsugami Shouichi is compelled by a subconcious force to seek and combat monsters dubbed “Unknowns” by the government. For reasons even Shouichi himself doesn’t know, he has the power to transform into a superpowered form that the Unknowns refer to as “Agito”. Agito himself begins to draw some unwanted attention as elements within the police seek to capture him and harness his powers. The police have their own anti-Unknown weapon, a powered armor dubbed G3 that seems to be based on Kuuga. The man who operates G3 as well as his support team seem to be caught in the middle, as they don’t believe Agito is an enemy. The final Rider in the series is a man named Ashihara whose body physically mutates into a savage creature named Gills to fight the Unknown. The mutation seems to put an extreme strain on Ashihara’s body, however.

There are numerous supporting characters with their own mysteries and subplots. There’s Mana, the niece of the man Shoutaro lives with who seems to have psychic abilities of her own. Mana is played by Akiyama Rina, the same actress who six years later plays Naomi in Kamen Rider Den-O and as a model is well known for her shapely posterior. There’s also a mysterious man who rapidly grew from a baby to an adult, and seems to have the power to influence both the Unknowns as well as Agito and Gills. His role in things has yet to be revealed as of how far I’ve gotten. Things seem to tie back to the the sinking of a ferry ship named Akatsuki-Gou, yet another mystery needing to be resolved.

Agito’s fighting abilities, like Kuuga, revolve around a number of different power up forms. Ground Form, Storm Form, Flame Form, Burning Form, Shining Form, each with their own weapons and special abilities. Agito was also the first Rider series to feature three main Riders. There had been supporting Rider characters before, like Riderman, but G3 and Gills were the first to really take their own spotlight alongside the title Rider, rather than simply play the Robin to his Batman. This trend continues right through to the current Den-O, and was taken to its extreme in 2002’s Kamen Rider Ryuuki.

Overall, Agito looks like a really cool series and I’ve been really anticipating the chance to see it. Now that I finally have found copies of it, I’m churning through at a fairly quick pace. Very addicting, good stuff.

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2 Responses to “Kamen Rider Agito”

  1. Bobby Shaddoe said

    I’ve been interested in Agito and I’m trying to find fansubs of it, somewhere, only cuz the notion of paying a fellow fan for something seems a little weird, since it’s a fan community and I would’ve thought that fans would willingly share with fellow fans as opposed to trying to earn a profit.

  2. If the original fansubber is selling DVDs of it, it’s usually not for a profit. The way fansubs used to be done was that the fansubber (or a middle man called a distro) would take a master SVHS tape and make a copy onto regular VHS for you. They would either do this free (if you supplied tapes) or for a small charge if they supplied tapes. The general rule was that $5 is reasonable for this service. The Agito fansubber is selling the DVDs for about that. Now, I’m not sure why they’re using this older distribution model rather than doing it online, but it’s probably because they lack the resources or the technical know how to set it up. Fortunately, someone else took the time to encode all the episodes from the fansubber’s original discs and upload them. They’re listed in this thread:
    http://forums.henshinjustice.com/showthread.php?t=16776

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