Saban’s Power Rider Rumor: Switch on to American audiences?

Some new rumors about Saban’s “Power Rider” has popped up on a french toku site, and the gist of it says that Power Rider will be a new attempt at adapting the Kamen Rider franchise, that Saban will try to take the previous adaptations (Masked Rider, Adness’ Kamen Rider Dragon Knight) and bundle them with this new adaptation as being part of it’s time line. That, however, is not what’s been getting the most attention from this rumor. No, it’s the assertion that the series they plan on adapting for this newest attempt is Kamen Rider Fourze!

And I just have to call bullsh*t on this rumor now. First off, it’s from the same people that tried to convince everyone that Gai was going to be killed off by the end of Go-Kaiger (and yes, I still believe that there’s nothing to that rumor). Second, Fourze JUST STARTED! You can’t plan an adaption around a series still in development. Third, the registration for the website PowerRider.org happened over a month before the first confirmed rumors about Fourze even came out. And finally, it just wouldn’t make sense to start with Fourze. Supposedly, they have the material from the Shinkenger/Decade crossover special, so what’s not to assume that they don’t have the entire Decade series? If they are adapting, I have a feeling it would be from Kamen Rider Decade, if for any other reason than that they appear in an episode of Shinkenger. You just can’t jump into a series like Fourze and expect people to rush out and get every toy available for it, you have to gradually build up to the point where that will happen, and in order to do that, you’d have to start with a series that doesn’t have that much merchandise associated with it. Therefore, you have to start with a series like Decade, where the biggest chunk of it’s toy sales come from peripheries not associated directly with the Decade character. And it will give Saban a reason to introduce Ganbaride to the US. And that’s what I think is going to end up happening should they go through with it.

Alright, you’ve seen the rumor, and read my opinion of it. So what do you think will happen? Is this real, or a lot of phoney baloney? And if they do adapt a series, is there any series in particular you’d like to see adapted by Saban?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Saban registers domain PowerRider.Org.

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Well, it looks like Saban is going all the way with this Power Rider thing, as we all knew all along. It seems that the domain name PowerRider.org has just been registered to Saban Entertainment, Inc., thought no much else is known beyond that. They’re being very tight-lipped on this one. Anyway, more on this as news comes out for it.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Saban Brands registers the name “Power Rider”: Not again! I’m not sure if I can take it this time….

Saban brands has registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office something called “Power Rider”. No confirmation on what it is of could be, but that hasn’t stopped any speculation about it. For those of you who might know, Saban Brands once claimed that they had licenced the footage from the Kamen Rider Decade/Shinkenger crossover special. So, is this another attempt at a Kamen Rider adaptation, of is this something else entirely?

For those of you who may know, Saban first attempted to adapt a Kamen Rider series way back in the mid-90’s, when the popularity of MMPR was very high and still climbing. Their first attempt was simply called “Masked Rider”, and was based off of footage from Kamen Rider Black RX, and some footage from Kamen Rider ZO. The series barely made it through it’s first season, inevitably failing due to the now-deceased “Power Rangers Stigma” (i.e., they tried to hard to copy the Power Rangers style of writing and storytelling, and it was evetually written off by viewers and critics).

Then years later (or two years ago depending on your perspective), Adness adapted Kamen Rider Ryuki under the name “Kamen Rider Dragon Knight”. While the series failed in the US (so much so that the last two episodes didn’t even air, and you had to go online to see them), it was very successful outside the US, especially in Japan.

And as a little something else to add to all of this, KRDK director Steve Wang mentioned at last year’s Power Morphicon that he would be interested in adapting either 555 or Kabuto, so who knows.

I’m not sure I really want to know at this point, every attempt at adapting a Kamen Rider series has failed, for one reason or another, despite Kamen Rider’s overwhelming success in other countries (besides Japan). I just don’t know if I could take another failure. We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin