Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action series heavy on violence, but has surprising heart.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 57 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

The series shows violence as the only means of resolving conflict. It also promotes an unrealistic view of the repercussions of violence, since none of the characters are shown suffering from battles, and there's no emotion attached to any of their deaths. On the up side, a strong family bond drives much of the series' core plot.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "good guys" and "bad guys" are clearly delineated, and the good ones always win in the end. A main character is driven by his hopes to find his missing father, who's presumed to be the hostage of an evil warlord.

Violence & Scariness

Martial arts-style fighting is prevalent throughout the show, with the Kamen Riders waging war on their evil counterparts multiple times per episode. In addition to kicking, hitting, and punching, the warriors also conjure various weapons and powers that allow them to defeat their opponents. When characters are destroyed, they explode into pieces and disappear, much like in a video game. Occasionally humans are shown being attacked or abducted by the bad guys.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The series is tied to a line of toys and accessories for kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tween-targeted series is heavy on martial arts-style violence (punching, kicking, and weapon use) that never results in realistic injury or death. The two heroes always manage to overcome the odds to escape their enemies, and the ones they destroy explode and neatly vanish (just like a video game). Though little of this type of content is likely to be new to tween boys, it does call for a parental reality check: Remind kids that violence has much greater repercussions in the real world. All of that said, the series does show some heart in Kit's desire to reunite with his missing father, which drives his actions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydatd May 24, 2015

Awesome.

Like Power Rangers, this show has a series that's been running for over forty years which is called "Kamen Rider" or "Masked Rider" in... Continue reading
Adult Written bydigimon b. December 7, 2017

This was a good y did take it down

Can you put this black on the air ?This was a good y did take it down ?
Teen, 15 years old Written byHeynick May 14, 2013

A Kamen Rider & power rangers tema up

This show is so awesome that i hople they and power rangers do tema up together that would be awesome.
Teen, 13 years old Written byfadli741 July 21, 2016

What's the story?

On his 18th birthday, Kit Taylor (Stephen Lunsford) leaves his foster home and returns to the apartment he once shared with his parents so he can start searching for clues to the whereabouts of his missing father (Jeff Davis). As he relives memories from his past, Kit hears echoes of his dad's voice steering him toward a mysterious set of Advent Cards. They transform him into a Kamen Rider, a warrior from a parallel world called Ventara that's been corrupted by the evil General Xaviax (William O'Leary). Kit teams up with Len (Matt Mullins), the sole surviving Kamen Rider, to battle Xaviax's minions, save Earth from a fate similar to Ventara's, and hopefully find his father.

Is it any good?

It's apparently impossible to pit good against evil in the movies or on TV without violence ensuing, and KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT is certainly no exception to that rule. Martial arts-style battles are common in every episode, and there's no attempt to inject a sense of reality into any of the conflicts. The Kamen Riders fight tirelessly and withstand impossible amounts of impact without injury, and the robotic warriors they kill simply disintegrate or disappear, so there's no emotion attached to the process of killing and death.

That said, tweens -- particularly boys -- probably aren't strangers to this kind of sci-fi/fantasy violence, since it permeates many popular series for this age group. If your kids are fans of fantasy and adventure, there's plenty of both to be found here, with parallel worlds and legendary powers rooted in Asian mysticism. And on the bright side, the series boasts a surprising amount of heart in the subplot surrounding Kit's quest for his long-lost dad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why fantasy adventures like this are so popular. How does this one compare to others you've seen? Does it matter that none of it is particularly realistic? Is any aspect of it more or less believable than others?

  • Does the fact that the show is rooted in fantasy allow it more leeway in presenting violence in a realistic manner? Do you think everyone who might watch it understands that what they're seeing isn't real?

  • Does the media have a responsibility to present violence with realistic consequences? Why or why not?

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