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Kamen Rider Kiva
Number 18
Number of episodes: 48
First episode: Fate: Wake Up!
Last episode: Finale: The Inheritors of Kiva
Intro: Break the Chain
Original airing: January 27, 2008-January 18, 2009
Producer: Toei
Production Order
Kamen Rider Den-O
Kamen Rider Decade
For the series' main character, Kiva, see Wataru Kurenai.

Kamen Rider Kiva (仮面ライダーキバ Kamen Raidā Kiba?, Masked Rider Kiva) is the title of the 2008 Kamen Rider Japanese tokusatsu television series produced by Toei Company and Ishimori Productions. It premiered on January 27, 2008, following the finale of Kamen Rider Den-O. It aired as a part of TV Asahi's 2008 Super Hero Time block with Engine Sentai Go-onger. Advertisements showed a horror film theme to the series, with the motif for Kamen Rider Kiva as a vampire. The advertising slogan for the series is "Wake up! Break the chains of destiny!!" (覚醒(ウェイクアップ)! 運命(さだめ)の鎖を解き放て!! Weiku appu! Sadame no kusari o tokihanate!!?). The first episode began with a commemoration of the series in honor of the seventieth anniversary of Shotaro Ishinomori's birthday.


Twenty-two years after the disappearance of his father, Wataru Kurenai lives in an infamous "haunted house" where he is destined as Kamen Rider Kiva to fight life-draining monsters called Fangires, the very race his father fought years ago before his disappearance. Wataru must also deal with Kamen Rider Ixa who is part of an organization seeking to destroy the Fangire menace, as well as the Fangires' own Rider, Kamen Rider Saga. The story is split between the actions of Wataru in the present (2008-09) and his father Otoya in the past (1986-87), slowly revealing the link between the Fangire Race and Kiva.

The characters of Kamen Rider Kiva are spread throughout two time periods, each related to one another. There are the actions of Otoya Kurenai and the Fangire Hunter Yuri Aso with the Wolfen Jiro in the year 1986 with the first Ixa Ver.I that result in the various Fangires that persist to the current day, in 2008, with Otoya's son Wataru (as Kamen Rider Kiva) along and Keisuke Nago (as Kamen Rider Ixa Ver.X) and Yuri's daughter Megumi (also a Fangire Hunter), dealing with the Fangires to prevent deaths.


Kiva and others

Kiva and the others as seen in the finale.

Kamen RidersEdit

Kamen Rider Kiva Wataru Kurenai
Kamen Rider Ixa Keisuke Nago (Other Users)
Kamen Rider Proto Ixa JiroOtoya Kurenai
Kamen Rider Saga Taiga Nobori
Kamen Rider Dark Kiva KingOtoya KurenaiTaiga Nobori
Kamen Rider New Kiva Masao Kurenai


2008 SideEdit

Arm MonstersEdit

Main article: Arm Monsters
Garulu Jiro
Basshaa Ramon
Dogga Riki

No SidesEdit

Movie Exclusive RidersEdit

Kamen Rider Rey Takato Shiramine
Kamen Rider Arc Takashi Sugimura


Main article: Fangire

The Fangires (ファンガイア Fangaia?) are stained glass-based vampires who feed off of the Life Energy (ライフエナジー Raifu Enajī?) of humans to survive, with which they can disguise themselves as humans. Because of this, aware humans have formed a group to hunt the Fangires. Though Kiva usually captures a Fangire's soul to feed to Castle Doran, Fangires can be completely destroyed when shattered as seen by Ixa and stronger Fangires.


Main article: Kamen Rider Kiva Episodes

Each episode's title is a word or phrase relating to music and a phrase describing the episode separated by a symbol from musical notation (an exception is the finale, which uses the music end barline at the end of the title).

From episode 2 onward, Kivat begins each episode by stating a piece of trivia about music, art, chess, and other subjects. From episode 30 onward, Tatsulot joins the opening statement as he and Kivat provide recaps of the previous episode.

  1. Fate: Wake Up! (運命・ウェイクアップ!, Unmei: Weiku Appu!)
  2. Suite: Father/Son Violin (組曲・親子のバイオリン, Kumikyoku: Oyako no Baiorin)
  3. Heroic: Perfect Hunter (英雄・パーフェクトハンター, Eiyū: Pāfekuto Hantā)
  4. Reverie: Wild Blue (夢想・ワイルドブルー, Musō: Wairudo Burū)
  5. Duet: Stalker Panic (二重奏・ストーカーパニック, Nijūsō: Sutōkā Panikku)
  6. Replay: Humans are All Music (リプレイ・人間はみんな音楽, Ripurei: Ningen wa Minna Ongaku)
  7. Hymn: Three-Star Full Course of Darkness (讃歌・三ツ星闇のフルコース, Sanka: Mitsuboshi Yami no Furukōsu)
  8. Soul: Dragon Castle, Angered (ソウル・ドラゴン城、怒る, Sōru: Doragon-jō, Ikaru)
  9. Symphony: Ixa, Fist On (交響・イクサ・フィストオン, Kōkyō: Ikusa, Fisuto On)
  10. Sabre Dance: Glassy Melody (剣の舞・硝子のメロディ, Tsurugi no Mai: Garasu no Merodi)
  11. Rolling Stone: Door of Dreams (ローリングストーン・夢の扉, Rōringu Sutōn: Yume no Tobira)
  12. First Live: Golden Speed (初ライブ・黄金のスピード, Hatsu Raibu: Ōgon no Supīdo)
  13. Unfinished: Daddy Fight (未完成・ダディ・ファイト, Mikansei: Dadi Faito)
  14. Pomp and Circumstance: Thunderstrike Purple Eye (威風堂々・雷撃パープルアイ, Ifū Dōdō: Raigeki Pāpuru Ai)
  15. Resurrection: Checkmate Four (復活・チェックメイトフォー, Fukkatsu: Chekkumeito Fō)
  16. Player: The Rules of Cruelty (プレイヤー・非情のルール, Pureiyā: Hijō no Rūru)
  17. Lesson: My Way (レッスン・マイウェイ, Ressun: Mai Wei)
  18. Quartet: Listen to Your Heart's Voice (カルテット・心の声を聴け, Karutetto: Kokoro no Koe o Kike)
  19. Fusion: Aura Storm (フュージョン・オーラの嵐, Fyūjon: Ōra no Arashi)
  20. Nocturne: The Lovely Messiah (夜想曲・愛の救世主, Yasōkyoku: Ai no Kyūseishu)
  21. Rhapsody: The Fate of the Ring (ラプソディー・指輪の行方, Rapusodī: Yubiwa no Yukue)
  22. Overture: Fateful Intersection (序曲・運命の交差点, Jokyoku: Unmei no Kōsaten)
  23. Variation: Fugitives Forever (変奏曲・永遠の逃亡者, Hensōkyoku: Eien no Tōbōsha)
  24. Emperor: Golden Fever (皇帝・ゴールデンフィーバー, Kōtei: Gōruden Fībā)
  25. Fanfare: The Queen's Awakening (ファンファーレ・女王の目醒め, Fanfāre: Joō no Mezame)
  26. Metronome: Miraculous Memory (メトロノーム・記憶のキセキ, Metoronōmu: Kioku no Kiseki)
  27. 80's: Angry Rising Blue (80’s・怒れるライジングブルー, Eitīzu: Ikareru Raijingu Burū)
  28. Request: Time-Altering Battle (リクエスト・時を変える戦い, Rikuesuto: Toki o Kaeru Tatakai)
  29. When the Saints Go Marching In: I am King (聖者の行進・我こそキング, Seija no Kōshin: Ware koso Kingu)
  30. Curtain Raising: Kiva's Identity (開演・キバの正体, Kaien: Kiba no Shōtai)
  31. Applause: Motherly Dedicated Transformation (喝采・母に捧げる変身, Kassai: Haha ni Sasageru Henshin)
  32. New World: Another Kiva (新世界・もう一人のキバ, Shinsekai: Mō Hitori no Kiba)
  33. Supersonic: Saga's Fight (スーパーソニック・闘いのサガ, Sūpāsonikku: Tatakai no Saga)
  34. Noise: Melody of Destruction (ノイズ・破壊の旋律, Noizu: Hakai no Senritsu)
  35. New Arrangement: Flying Rose (ニューアレンジ・飛翔のバラ, Nyū Arenji: Hishō no Bara)
  36. Revolution: Sword Legend (革命・ソードレジェンド, Kakumei: Sōdo Rejendo)
  37. Triangle: Behead the King (トライアングル・キングが斬る, Toraianguru: Kingu ga Kiru)
  38. Devil: Mother and Child Reunion (魔王・母と子の再会, Maō: Haha to Ko no Saikai)
  39. Shout: Targeted Brother (シャウト・狙われた兄弟, Shauto: Nerawareta Kyōdai)
  40. Encore: Nago Ixa Explosively Returns (アンコール・名護イクサ爆現, Ankōru: Nago Ikusa Bakugen)
  41. Lullaby: Release the Heart (ララバイ・心を解き放て, Rarabai: Kokoro o Tokihanate)
  42. The Power of Love: The King's Anger (パワー・オブ・ラブ・王の怒り, Pawā Obu Rabu: Ō no Ikari)
  43. Wedding March: Time of Parting (結婚行進曲・別れの時, Kekkon Kōshinkyoku: Wakare no Tok?)
  44. Punk: Back to Father (パンク・バックトゥ・ファーザー, Panku: Bakku Tu Fāzā)
  45. With You: Final Transformation (ウィズユー・最後の変身, Wizu Yū: Saigo no Henshin)
  46. Full Stop: Farewell, Otoya (終止符・さらば音也, Shūshifu: Saraba Otoya)
  47. Break the Chain: Obey Me! (ブレイク・ザ・チェーン・我に従え!, Bureiku za Chēn: Ware ni Shitagae!)
  48. Finale: The Inheritors of Kiva (フィナーレ・キバを継ぐ者, Fināre: Kiba o Tsugu Mono)


  1. Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka
  2. Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World


  1. Kamen Rider Kiva: You Can Also be Kiva

"Den-Liner, Into Space!"Edit

"Kamen Rider Kiva & Den-O: Den-Liner, Into Space!" (仮面ライダーキバ&電王 デンライナー、宇宙へ! Kamen Raidā Kiba ando Den'ō Denrainā, Uchū e!?) is a planetarium show using the cast of Kiva and Den-O to teach children about the universe. It was being shown at the Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall's planetarium between January 2 and March 30, 2009.

King of VampireEdit

For Kiva's S.I.C. Hero Saga side story Kamen Rider Kiva: King of Vampire (仮面ライダーキバ -KING OF VAMPIRE- Kamen Raidā Kiba -Kingu ovu Vanpaia-?), the story follows the life of the characters following the finale while expanding on other instances in the history of the 1986 storyline. The story is set to begin running in the January 2010 issue of Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. Like the series' episode titles, the titles of the first three chapters of the S.I.C. Hero Saga follow a similar format, but features two musically themed titles separated by an item from musical notation (the former is an opera while the latter is a song from said opera, the third names the composer and one of his songs). The first chapter uses the Segno. The last chapter is a retelling of the final scene of the TV series, except instead of Masao and the Neo-Fangires, Kiva-la comes to warn them about the Lion Fangire having turned into a giant Sabbat.

Chapter titles
  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March (夏の夜の夢・結婚行進曲 Natsu no Yoru no Yume: Kekkon Kōshinkyoku?)
  2. Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus 2 (ローエングリン・結婚行進曲2 Rōengurin: Kekkon Kōshinkyoku 2?)
  3. Saint-Saëns: Marche Héroïque (サン・サーンス・英雄行進曲 San Sānsu: Eiyū Kōshinkyoku?)
  4. The Last Scene Again (ラストシーンをもう一度 Rasuto Shīn o Mō Ichido?)


2008 side
1986 side
No side

Guest actorsEdit

Suit actorsEdit


Opening theme

The single "Break the Chain" was released on March 26, 2008.[2] In its first day of sales, it hit No. 3 on the Oricon daily charts for singles. It then reached No. 3 on the weekly charts.[3] In the finale, "Break the Chain" is used as a true ending theme, playing over the end credits, instead of over the battle.

Ending theme

The single "Destiny's Play" was released on April 23, 2008. A special edition CD/DVD single was also released containing the music video.[4][5] TETRA-FANG is a "Limited Rock Unit" for Kiva, with KOJI on vocals, YUJI on guitar, ROY on bass, and SHUHEI on keyboard.[6][7][8] Unlike with Den-O, Kiva will not have a different ending arrangement of Destiny's Play for each of Kiva's form changes.[9] It entered at No. 15 the Oricon Daily Charts on its release date, went on place No. 24 in its first week in the Oricon Weekly Charts and in the second week to place No. 44. On the Kamen Rider Kiva Original Soundtrack was included a track titled "Destiny's Play IKEMENS Ver. ~feat. Kengo Eritate~ (Destiny's Play イケメンズVer.~feat.襟立健吾~ Destiny's Play Ikemenzu Ver. ~feat. Eritate Kengo~?), the performance from episode 12.

  • "Individual-System"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: TETRA-FANG
    • Episodes: 15–16, 20–21

"Individual-System" is described as having a blend of 1980s pop music and contemporary music. It was initially revealed to be the second ending theme when a posting on the Avex blog for Kiva mentioned that an ending theme song for Kamen Rider Ixa was to be arranged by Naruse with lyrics by Fujibayashi,[10] initially called "Individual System."[11] The single was released on June 25, 2008.[12] "Individual-System" is still performed by TETRA-FANG with KOJI on vocals, but there will be multiple versions of the song to reflect the different users of the Ixa System.[13]

  • "Innocent Trap"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: TETRA-FANG
    • Episodes: 19

Toei's website for Kiva lists "Innocent Trap" as Basshaa Form's ending theme.[14]

"Shout in the Moonlight" is Garulu Form's ending theme.

  • "Supernova"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: NAOKI MAEDA
    • Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: TETRA-FANG
    • Episodes: 24–27, 29, 31–33, 37–39, 41–42, 45, Finale

"Supernova" is Emperor Form's ending theme.

This arrangement of "Individual-System" is the first ending theme to be performed by someone other than TETRA-FANG. The single was released on July 30, 2008, with Keisuke Kato providing the vocals.[15] This version was initially titled "Individual-System~Fight for justice~,"[14] however the single has since been renamed "Fight for Justice" on the single "Fight for Justice ~Individual-System NAGO ver.~" The song was sampled for a preview in the "Individual-System NAGO advance fist" track on the "Individual-System" single. In its first week on the charts, "Fight for Justice ~Individual-System NAGO ver.~" peaked at 28 on the Oricon Charts.

  • "Roots of the King"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Shuhei Naruse
    • Artist: TETRA-FANG
    • Episodes: 34–36, 43

"Roots of the King" is the theme song for Kamen Rider Dark Kiva and his son Kamen Rider Saga. On September 13, 2008, Naruse announced on the Avex Movie blog for Kiva that the next single to be released by TETRA-FANG is to be titled "Roots of the KING."[16] He also refers to the song as "Roots of the King" on his personal blog,[17] which has since become the title of the song.

Avex's blog for Kiva mentions a song entitled "Bite There Soul" that was written by Naruse and YUJI as a heavy metal song played by street musicians in episode 9 which was planned to be released at a future date,[18] and was subsequently put on the final CD box set as "Bite Their Soul"[19] set for release on January 21, 2009.[20] A mini-album released on August 6, 2008, titled SUPERNOVA[21] features the theme songs for Kiva's four additional forms performed by TETRA-FANG. The tracks include "Innocent Trap,",[14][15] "Shout in the Moonlight," and "Supernova," which has a music video included on a special DVD edition of SUPERNOVA.[22] An unfeatured song from SUPERNOVA titled "Silent Shout" is Dogga Form's theme.[23] Another track from the album "Message" is a tribute song for the character Otoya Kurenai.

Kouhei Takeda has recorded a song titled "This love never ends" as the theme song for Otoya as Ixa.[24] Nana Yanagisawa and Yu Takahashi have also provided their voices for tracks to be included on an album for all characters who have become Kamen Rider Ixa.[25] This song has since been revealed to be titled "Feel the same" on an album titled Inherited-System.[26] Other songs on this album include "Don't Lose Yourself" performed by Keisuke Kato as Keisuke Nago and "Inherited-System" performed by the Wonderful Blue Sky Organization (素晴らしき青空の会 Subarashiki Aozora no Kai?).[27] Kenji Matsuda as Jiro performs the song "Keep alive" for the album.[28] For a TETRA-FANG album titled DESTINY,[26] Koji Seto has recorded the vocals for a song titled "Mind garden."[24] Several songs from this album are theme songs for the members of the Checkmate Four group: "Lightning to Heaven" for the Rook, "Exterminate Time" for the King (Kamen Rider Dark Kiva), "Eternity Blood" for the Bishop, and "Rainy Rose" for the Queen (Maya). Also on the album is "Prayer~Message 2", another tribute to Otoya.

An album titled Masked Rider Kiva Re-Union was released on June 24, 2009, with some original Kiva songs to be rearranged. "Destiny's Play" will be rearranged, Koji Seto & Shouma Yamamoto will sing "Roots of the King" together, Koji Seto shall give his own rendition of "This love never ends", and in turn Kouhei Takeda will give his own rendition of "Supernova".


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  2. "avex映像インフォメーション:リリースカレンダー". Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  3. "祝!TOP5 (::: studio incuse | blog :::)". April 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
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  7. "TV LIFE 瀬戸康史が『仮面ライダーキバ』エンディングテーマを熱唱!". February 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
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  22. "TETRA-FANG PV". Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  23. "ごめんなさい!!!". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
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