The Kamen Rider TV Series Coming to America Does Not Skimp on the Graphic Violence

Amazon Japan recently announced a slate of new programming, including spinoffs of Kamen Rider and Ultraman for its video service—series that would, eventually, be making their way to U.S. Amazon users as well. Want to know more? Well, now you can get a sneak peak of the surprisingly gory Kamen Rider Amazons in action.


A much darker take than your typical Kamen Rider series—more intended for adult fans of the franchise than the usual child demographic—Amazons follows two masked riders, Haruka and Jin, dedicated to hunting down genetically engineered humans that transform into bloodthirsty monsters known as Amazons. Yes, lots of use of the word “Amazon” on a show airing on Amazon, but it’s actually because the show is loosely based on the 1974 series Kamen Rider Amazon.

The trailer is actually for the show’s TV premiere in Japan, where the series has already begun streaming through Amazon Prime. But still, chances are this is probably your first look at the show, as well as how graphically its superheroes kill their foes. (Answer: Very!)

Kamen Rider Amazons is expected to hit non-Japanese Amazon services later this year.


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I think the violence is handled way better in this than in something like Kuuga, a series that just seemed to up the body count for shock value or something. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I find Amazons to be much more watchable than Kuuga, which is my least favorite of the Heisei-era Riders. To be fair, I’m one of those weirdos that considers anything after Decade as Neo-Heisei, though I know some people really dislike the term, otherwise Ghost would be giving Kuuga a run for its money as the most terrible show.