Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

 
Action series heavy on violence, but has surprising heart.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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Adult Written bydatd May 24, 2015
age 10+
 

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 Japan. If the helmet scenes looks like it was dubbed over from the Japanese scenes, then it is (most of the time).
Adult Written byfoxedgar94 May 22, 2015
age 17+
 

this show kick butt

Man I love is show it kick butt one the best show since power rangers
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written bysteele5on5 May 16, 2015
age 17+
 

this show was one of the best

This show was one of the best sometime i wish was sill on the kids wb man i miss this show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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