Kamen Rider Blade. The fifth entry into Kamen Rider's Heisei era, and the 14th show in the franchise overall. It ran for 49 episodes between 2004 and 2005, along with a theatrical film titled Missing Ace, which served as an alternate ending to the series itself. Ten thousand years ago, there was a great Battle Fight between 52 creatures known as the Undead - each representing a different species that walks the Earth. The victor of this fight would gain dominance over the others, shaping the way the planet progressed. The winner of this Battle Fight was the Human Undead, resulting in humans evolving to become the lead species of the planet Earth. The remaining Undead were sealed away in cards, locked away until scientists accidentally set them free in the present day. With all the Undead loose again, a new Battle Fight commences.
Kamen Rider Blade certainly isn't the flashiest Kamen Rider series around, but its brilliance lies in its simply yet effective story line and extremely rich cast of main characters. Even if the fight scenes largely bore you its hard not to get invested in the Battle Fight and the Riders' struggles against the Undead, and there are some absolutely superb designs in there that are just dying to get made (or be released) as figures. Blade isn't a series I feel gets talked about often, but those who do usually have nothing but praise for it - and with good reason too. Rating: 8.9/10 #kamenrider #kamenriderblade #kamenridergarren #kamenriderchalice #kamenriderleangle #joker #kenzaki #tachibana #hajime #mutsuki #shiori #koutarou #amane #haruka #undead #categoryace #kingform #nozomi #seal #darkroaches