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For Immediate Release
April 30, 2004

Media Contact: Joanne Ninomiya
Chance Gusukuma
(808) 845-8567
JN Productions, Inc.

Kamen Rider V3 Returns to Hawaii TV

HONOLULU, Hawaii—Old school Japanese superhero fans have yet another reason to cheer: Kamen Rider V3, a 1970s-era Japanese live-action superhero television series, returns to Hawaii airwaves on Sunday, May 16 from 6:30 to 7 pm on Channel 78 Hawaii (Oceanic Cable).

JN Productions, the Hawaii-based media company specializing in bringing Japanese programs to the Hawaii market, announced the return of the series today.

“I am so happy to be able to offer this to viewers of ‘Generation Kikaida’ and their children,” said Joanne Ninomiya, owner and president of JN Productions. “Kamen Rider V3 is packed with action, so I’m confident that it will continue to attract live-action fans,” Ninomiya said.

To promote the return of the TV series, the Kamen Rider V3 character will make an appearance at Oceanic’s Ready to Learn Family Fun Day event on Saturday, May 15 at Mililani High School:

Event: Appearances by Kamen Rider V3 at Oceanic’s Ready to Learn Family Fun Day
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2004
Time: 2:30 pm & 4 pm
Place: Mililani High School Football Stadium
Admission: $5 worth of school supplies or $5 cash donation to “Ready to Learn” (donation per family of four)

Ninomiya brought Kamen Rider V3 to KIKU-TV in 1975 following the phenomenal success of Kikaida. (The Kamen Rider V3 series originally aired in Japan from 1973 to 1974.)

The 52-episode V3 series quickly appealed to Kikaida fans with its own take on all the hallmark devices of the Japanese live-action superhero genre. The show featured a dynamic and colorful hero, a handsome human alter ego (played by Hiroshi Miyauchi), and a catchy theme song.

Kamen Rider V3 followed the adventures of a green-and-red cyborg (half-man, half-machine) battling a parade of outlandish monsters dispatched by the the sinister Destron organization. The V3 concept and character were created by Shotaro Ishinomori, the late great Japanese manga (“comic”) artist who brought Kikaida to life.

JN Productions ( is handling translation and subtitling for the V3 series. The company will also handle promotions and marketing, including an entire line of merchandise including t-shirts and eventually DVDs of the series. Updated information on the series and related promotional events and appearances will be available at a web site ( dedicated to the Kikaida and Kamen Rider V3 programs.

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