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Cult TV Essentials: Kamen Rider Drive

Kamen Rider Drive is a Japanese tokusatsu television series serving as the 16th Heisei Kamen Rider Series, and 25th series over all. Riku Sanjo returns to the Kamen Rider Series to serve as Drive ’​s lead screenwriter, with Ryuta Tasaki as director. It premiered on TV Asahi and affiliate stations throughout Japan on October 5, 2014. Drive marks a massive change in the Kamen Rider franchise, as his motif and main mode of transportation is a car, rather than the signature motorcycles used by his predecessors.

Shinnosuke Tomari is a former elite police officer in the Metropolitan Police who after an event that traumatized one of his colleagues has been “demoted” into the Special Investigations Division. This division looks into the stranger happenings in the city, particularly the recent “Heavy Acceleration” events. These events, termed “Heaviness” by the public, leave people unable to move. When he is chosen by the Drive Driver and Tridoron, Shinnosuke transforms into Kamen Rider Drive and is tasked with battling the Roidmudes who wish to take over the world by eliminating humanity.

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