Kamen Rider Black ran October 4, 1987 - October 9, 1988 (51 episodes)
Head writer: Uehara, Shouzou
|Minami, Kotaro||Kurata, Tetsuo|
|Kamen Rider Black||Okamoto, Jiro|
|Kamen Rider Black (motorcycle stunts)||Kumasawa, Tushiaki|
|Akizuki, Nobuhiko||Horiuchi, Takahito|
|Akizuki, Kyoko||Inoue, Akemi|
|Kida, Katsumi||Taguchi, Ayumi|
|Creation King (voice)||Watanabe, Takeshi|
|Daraomu (voice)||╬zuka, Sh˘z˘|
|Dr. Kuromatsu||Kurobe, Susumu|
|Shadowmoon [episodes 35-51]||Tokio, Iwata|
|Shadowmoon (voice))||Jisen, Masanori|
|Narrator [episodes 1-39]||Kobayashi, Kiyoshi|
|Narrator [episodes 40-51]||Masamune, Kazumasa|
Minami, Kotaro (Kurata, Tetsuo) and Akizuki, Nobuhiko (Takahito, Horiuchi) were born on the same day, the day of a solar eclipse. Three years later Kotaro's parents are murdered by the cult Gorgom. The Akizuki family takes him in and raise him like a brother to Nobuhiko. On their 19th birthday both young men are abducted by Gorgom and changed into cyborgs. The Gorgom priests refer to Kotaro as the "Black Sun" and Nobuhiko as "Shadow Moon". (Apparently Takahito, Horiuchi was unhappy about being cast as the villain, he wanted to be the hero, and as a result the story was affected as there was less of Nobuhiko than origianlly planned on).
Minami, Kotaro escapes from Gorgom, with the help of his "father", and once he discovers his powers takes the name "Kamen Rider Black". The Kamen Rider Black costume was actually worn by stunt man/actor Okamoto, Jiro.
Minami, Kotaro promises Akizuki, Nobuhiko's sister, Kyoko, and girlfriend, Kazumi, that he will rescue Nobuhiko from Gorgom. Kotaro does not tell them that he is Kamen Rider Black (at least not right away).
Kamen Rider Black's combat techniques are "Rider Chop", "Rider Punch" and "Rider Kick". He can also fire a burst of energy from his belt called "King Stone Flash". His other powers include "Complex Eyes", eyes glow red and allow him to see in the dark. "'Power Stipes", yellow-red-yellow bands on his neck, wrists and ankles glow as energy is projeted to repel webs and other sticky fluids used against him by the Gorgom monsters. "Super Ear", triangular structures on both sides of his head will glow purple, allows him to hear sounds, such as cries for help, from far away. Used in episodes 11 and 33. "Rider Sensors", his antennas detect monsters moving at speeds too fast to be seen, used only in episodes 18 and 19.
Minami, Kotaro rode an ordinary non-transforming motorcycle. Kamen Rider Black had two motorcycles, Battle Hopper and Road Sector, both would come when he called for them, otherwise they were kept in a garage. Battle Hopper could talk and repair itself when damaged.
Road Sector had a shield Kamen Rider Black would raise when he wanted to ram a mutant or crash through a wall.
In two episodes Minami, Kotaro encounters "children" who escaped from Gorgom. Gorgom caused these children to stop aging. They appear to be 13 years old, but in fact they are 23.
Episode 40 featured Ishibashi, Masashi who played Iron Claw in J.A.K.Q. Dengeki Tai (1977) and Commander Hedder in Battle Fever J (1979). Episode 43 featured Ueda, Shun who was Hattori, Hanpei in Jinzo Ningen Kikaida (1972).
Kamen Rider Black Episodes
Kamen Rider Black Songs
Other appearances of Kamen Rider Black
The first Kamen Rider Black movie features Birugenia, the second Shadow Moon.