So, did the Kamen Rider Black manga have any resolution at all? Why did Ishinomori decide to end it like that?
I'm not into Kamen Rider tv series at all (only into Ishinomori), so was the tv series similar?
>resolution in the manga
Beyond defeating Shadow Moon, not really. But I don't think he's going to become the Century King he saw in Australia.
The TV series isn't like that as much. Mostly zany Golgom plots that Black stumbles across while trying to figure out how to rescue Nobohiko (spoiler:
It ends up with an implied cosmic horror like Cthulhu who wants Shadow Moon and Black Sun to fight like Highlander until there is only one.
But there's a resolution.
Somewhere in the future, there will be a demon king of Golgom, or the Creation King who would rule the post-apocalyptic Earth and drive what little there is left of humanity to extinction. We see this doomed future in all the Australia chapters.
The people of the future, whom we’ve met in those chapters, in desperation summoned Minami Kotaro to the future world as a last resort. Minami Kotaro by this point was still trying to fight Golgom with Nobuhiko, now also a modified human and a very possible candidate for future Creation King.
In the future world however, when Kotaro encounters the Creation King, he claims to be future Kotaro, now in his full power and invincible to any efforts by past Kotaro.
So instead, to save past-Kotaro from the encounter, he was zapped back into “present day“, but instead 7 years later (in the comic’s time, 1999) than where he was originally from. In that seven years, the world has gone worse, steadily heading towards the ruined world we saw in the future. Nobuhiko has meanwhile seemingly and finally lost himself and fully intends to claim the throne of the Creation King.
To save Kotaro once again from this encounter, the future people sent Kotaro slightly further but still in the year 1999. Now, Japan and all other civilization is on the brink of destruction, all nations and cities becoming a wasteland. Here, Kotaro encounters Nobuhiko once again, and engage in a final battle. Kotaro wins, but Nobuhiko in his last breath tells that now Kotaro will become Creation King instead,, as it was ordained by Golgom from the beginning.
Now, Kotaro is left all alone standing on the ruins of the old world (its why he is literally standing on a sinking ship called “Nippon Maru”). Whether he actually stopped humanity’s eventual extinction or will he be destined to become Creation King as prophesized in the future is left uncertain, while Kotaro asks what will become of him.
Black RX is kinda of a pseudo-sequel. It just doesn't work as a follow-up to Black. It forgot it had anything to do with it really early on. Except maybe for the weird Shadow Moon episodes. Also, Black is standalone, not supposed to be in the same continuity as the old shows.
And that's the point
It's a never ending bout of suffering
Just like every Showa Rider
Your riding into the sun moment is but an illusion of what remains of your organic body, slowly waiting for the cyborg part to eat away your soul.
RX was supposed to be a stand-alone show with a different MC but Toei got scared of losing audience. Black made it but it was preceded by huge disappointments. The execs thought it was safer to shoehorned Kotaro Minami on the new show.
original work related to but not directly attached to the original tv show
>Kamen Rider Black
based on the idea that KR was a tv show at some point, again an original work with relation but not directly attached to the tv
>Kamen Rider ZO
movie tie-in and some random stuff
>Kamen Rider Spirits
love letter to the various tv shows from back in the day
>(its why he is literally standing on a sinking ship called “Nippon Maru”).
Oh, so that's what it meant.
Well, thanks for the explanation - the storyline was pretty disjointed in the last few chapters that I have no idea what the heck was going on