"Kamen Rider Hongo,
Takeshi is a reconstructed human. Shocker who reconstructed him, is a
secret evil orginization that wants to conquer the world. Kamen Rider
fights against Shocker in the name of human rights and justice."
Kamen Rider ran April 3, 1971 - February 10, 1973 (98 episodes)
Kamen Rider 1
Voice of Kamen Rider 1 (episodes 9-13)
Kamen Rider 2
Midorikawa, Ruriko (episodes 1-13)
Nohara, Hiromi (episodes 1, 2, 4-25 & 34)
Colonel Zol (episodes 26-39)
Doctor Death (episodes 40-52, 61, 63, 68)
Hell Ambassador (episodes 53-62, 64-67, 69-79)
Black Shogun (episodes 80-98)
Voice of Great Leader
Hongo, Takeshi (Fujioka, Hiroshi); science student and motorcycle racer, is captured by the terrorist group Shocker in order to be changed into a kaizo ningen (cyborg mutant) to help them take over Japan. However before they can alter his brain to make him their slave, the surgen who led the medidcal team turns against Shocker to rescue him. As Kamen Rider, Hongo, Takeshi battles the evil Shocker.
Originally Hongo had to ride his motorcycle real fast, driving air through his Henshin (transformation) belt in order to become Kamen Rider. Flipping a switch on his motorcycle caused to transform into Cyclone. Later Hongo, Takeshi gained a Henshin movement which allowed him to transform in any situation, with the words "Rider Henshn".
Kamen Rider 1 is 180 cm (5 ft 10 inches) tall, weighs 70 kg (154 lbs) and can jump up to 15 meters (49 feet).
Kamen Rider 1's energy
source is his Typhoon belt. His special combat techniques include
"Rider Kick", "Rider Chop", "Denko (Electric) Rider Kick", and with
Kamen Rider 2, "Rider Sharin (Wheel)" and "Rider Double Kick".
Kamen Rider 1's motorcycle was called Cyclone. Cyclone's top speed was 400km/h (approx. 249 mph). Cyclone's theme song was "Fight Cyclone". Cyclone would later be replaced by New Cyclone (top speed 500km/h or 310 mph). Hongo, Takeshi drove an ordinary looking motorcycle which could transform into Cyclone or New Cyclone when he transformed into Kamen Rider. For the first 10 episodes Hongo, Takeshi transformed most often by riding Cyclone real fast to move the wind through his Typhon belt, flipping a switch to cause the motorcycle to transform. While riding Cylone Kamen Rider 1 could attack the evil cyborgs with "Cylcone Crusher", riding New Cyclone with "Cyclone Attack".
Hongo, Takeshi was assisted in his battle against Shocker (and later Gel-Shocker) by Tachibana, Tobei founder of the Tachibana Motorcycle Club, and FBI agent Taki Kazuya (played by Chiba, Jir˘). When Kamen Rider 1 needed training to increase his fighting abilities he got it from Tachibana, Tobei and Taki Kazuya.
Kamen Rider 2. In this episode it was stated that Hongo, Takeshi/Kamen Rider had left Japan to fight Shocker in Europe. Hongo would later return to Japan and Rider 2 would then leave, returning at the end of the series to help Rider 1 finish off Gel-Shocker.
In October of 1971 Fujioka Hiroshi returned to filming, making "guest" appearances in episodes 40, 41, 49, 51 and 52. In episode 40 Kamen Rider 1 fights Snowman in Switzerland then follows the mutant to Japan. At the end of episode 41 Hongo, Takeshi heads to Africa. In episode 49 Hongo, Takeshi/Kamen Rider 1 once again returns to Japan to help Kamen Rider 2, but appears to leave at the end. He's back for episode 51. At the end of episode 52 Kamen Rider 2 leaves Japan.
Fujioka, Hiroshi once again becomes the star of Kamen Rider in episode 53 and remains in the series to the end (episode 98). In the movie Kamen Rider Vs. Shocker Hongo, Takeshi gains the ability to transform by saying "Henshin" he no longer has to ride his motorcycle fast to get the wind to turn his Typhoon belt. In episode 53 of the tv series he transforms to his new Kamen Rider form by saying "Rider Henshin".
Kamen Rider I: While battling Lizardman he realized his fighting limits and changed his Cyclone bike into a new Cyclone and his body into a newly structured one. He left Japan in the hands of Kamen Rider II, departed on a trip abroad for new experimentation on his body, and appeared again to fight against Jaguar-man, with his newly attained powerful body.
-- from an article in the Star-Bulletin & Advertiser, 1970 something.
Sometime between episodes 52 and 53 Hongo, Takeshi allows himself to be recaptured by Shocker and operated on to increase his strength. He escapes (again) before Shocker scientists can alter his brain.
Rider 1 can now jump up to 25 meters (82 feet).
In episode 74 Tachibana, Tobei and Taki Kazuya create the Boys' Kamen Rider Squad, a group of young boys who watch for and report the activities of Shocker and Gel Shocker. The leading members are Naoki & Mitsuru (episodes 62-64, 68-70 & 72-98), friends of Goro, who first show up at the Tachibana Motorcycle Club hoping to meet Kamen Rider, something members of this club seem to do for some reason which Goro cannot figure out. They take Gor's place in the series as he is never seen again afrer episode 65, so he never gets to join the Boys' Kamen Rider Squad (formed in episode 74). The young woman Yokko (episodes 70-98) operates the Squad's communincations. The Boys' Kamen Rider Squad will appear again in Kamen Rider V3, with new members and without Taki Kazuya (who returns to America at the end of Kamen Rider.center.
Kamen Rider 1 confronts two (out of three) Shocker officers, Doctor Death (Shinigami Hakase), and Hell Ambassador (Jigoku Taishi). In episode 77 Shocker is defeated only to be replaced by Gel-Shocker. Gel-Shocker has one officer, Black Shogun. The Monsters in Kamen Rider are based on animals, arachnids, insects and plants.
There was a group of evil Shocker Riders (episodes 92-94). The leader of this group looked like the new Kamen Rider 1 except he wore yellow boots, yellow gloves and and a yellow scarf.
Hongo, Takeshi eventually moved to the state of Arizona in the United States of America, where he built a Kamen Rider training center. Kamen Rider 1 is considered the leader of the Kamen Riders.
Kamen Rider Episodes
Kamn Rider Songs
Other appearances of Kamen Rider One
TVKamen Rider V3 (1973-1974) - episodes 1, 2, 33, 34
VIDEO SPECIALSUltraman vs. Kamen Rider (July 22, 1993) - Kamen Rider 1 and Ultraman fight a common enemy
As far as I know Hongo, Takeshi is last seen on television in Kamen Rider All Back Again! 7 Riders the other tv programs and movies do not show Kamen Rider 1 unmasked. In 2000 Fujioka, Hiroshi took part in the live stage show "Masked Rider Live 2000". He sang "Let's Go!! Rider Kick" and played Hongo, Takeshi in a battle against Igadevil (Dr Death's monster form), Okami-Otoko (Colonel Zol's monster form), Kanibubbler, Shioraneking, Musasabedorl, Shocker soldiers and Shadowmoon.
Kamen Rider is now available for free, with English subtitles, at Shout Factory TV