Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Name Changes

Above are the thirteen riders. Here is the official website. In Downloads, there is cool AIM icons and wallpaper of atleast the Dragon Knight and Wing Knight. For those not familiar with Kamen Rider Ryuki, here is an easy guide. All the Contract Monsters have the same names!

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Here are thirteen name changes. Kamen Rider Ryuki, Ryuki literally means "Dragon Knight." So there is that translation. Kamen Rider Knight becomes "Wing Knight" because of the bat wing. Kamen Rider Scissors becomes Incisor which is similar. Kamen Rider Zolda's name is derived from the Russian word, "soldat" meaning "soldier" or "mercenary". So 'Torque' comes from left field. For me, is that they wanted a generic name. Kamen Rider Raia, since his contract monster Evildiver is a mantaray, then 'Kamen Rider Sting' makes sense. Since Kamen Rider Gai is based on a rhino, and is all about brute force, 'Thurst' makes sense. Kamen Rider Ohja translates to be Cobra or King Snake, 'Kamen Rider Strike' is sort of generic but also goes along with it. Kamen Rider Tiger becomes Kamen Rider Axe for some reason (well, he does carry an axe) and Kamen Rider Imperer becomes Spear, Imperer is based on Impala, a cousin of the Gazelle. Kamen Rider Femme, where Femme means 'Female', 'Siren' is an interesting choice The Siren is a Greek mythological bird-woman hybrid creature, since her contract monster is a swan, it makes sense. Kamen Rider Verde, where 'Verde' means Green in Spanish, 'Camo' refers to camouflage to chameleon so that makes sense. Kamen Rider Odin, where Odin is the chief god in mythology, Wrath is an interesting choice. Kamen Rider Ruuga became Kamen Rider Onyx. Onyx is a black stone.

Meet them all here
Seems that 9 out of 13 will be Caucasian, while 2 are Asian, 1 Latino and 1 is African-American. Maybe one is Italian or Latino, who knows.

2 comments:

Kilowog said...

I guess they went Torque because of all the Ryuki riders he's the most "motorcycle" themed, what with the exhausts on his head and the decals.

Strike makes sense, when most people talk about venemous snakes they don't say "attacked" they say it "striked".

Axe and Spear ... brothers so their names fit a common theme?

Unknown said...

Wing knight is the stronger one but wrath is more stronger . But even in episode 31 wing knight was left alone all riders were vented . Then advent master came and made a new rider onyx ,and brought all the riders back and they all finished Xaviax . I liked that part so much and i also like KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT.