Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On
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モンスターハンター ストーリーズ RIDE ON
(Monsutā Hantā Sutōrīzu RIDE ON)
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuru Hongo
Produced byYuka Okayasu
Written byNatsuko Takahashi
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
StudioDavid Production
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV, UHB, OX, Tokai TV, KTV, OHK, TNC
Original run October 2, 2016 April 1, 2018
Episodes75 (List of episodes)
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Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On (Japanese: モンスターハンター ストーリーズ RIDE ON, Hepburn: Monsutā Hantā Sutōrīzu RIDE ON) is a 2016 Japanese anime television series based on Capcom's Monster Hunter action RPG series, specifically the spin-off entry Monster Hunter Stories.[1] The series is produced by David Production,[2][3] directed by Mitsuru Hongo and written by Natsuko Takahashi, featuring character designs by Takuya Saito and music by Masaru Yokoyama. It began airing on Fuji TV on October 2, 2016.[4]


Lute and his friends Cheval, Lilia, and Navirou live in Hakum Village, where chosen children learn to be Riders. Riders form a bond with friendly monsters called Monsties hatched from eggs, riding them as mounts for travel and combat. Due to monster riding being a taboo skill in a society filled with monster hunters, Hakum Village is isolated from the outside world and keeps its riding tradition a secret to all but a few privileged individuals. As Lute adventures with his friends and learns more about monster riding, a past threat remerges called the Dark Blight, infecting the nearby forest and leading to more aggressive monster attacks. A new generation of riders now has to find a way to stop the blighted monsters without having to destroy them outright.


Lute (リュート, Ryūto)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[4] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[5] (English)
A young boy who aims to be the best monster rider who was brought to Hakum Village after his parents' death. Unlike the other riders, he formed kinship with a Rathalos he found himself instead of one given to him by the village.
Navirou (ナビルー, Nabirū)
Voiced by: M.A.O[4] (Japanese); Trina Nishimura[5] (English)
A peculiar and egotistical Airou who accidentally stumbled across Hakum Village one day and never left. He's known for his poor direction skills, odd behavior, and love of donuts.
Lilia (リリア, Riria)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi[6] (Japanese); Kate Oxley[5] (English)
One of Lute's best friends known for her experimental item combinations. She originally intended to become a rider like Lute and Cheval but decided against it in favor of exploring the outside world in her future.
Cheval (シュヴァル, Shuvaru)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[7] (Japanese); Joel McDonald[5] (English)
One of Lute's best friends, he's more quiet and reserved than Lute and Lilia. His Monsties are Rathian and Velocidrome.
Avinia (アユリア Ayuria)
Voiced by: Yui Makino[7] (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
A mysterious loner Rider girl that Lute and Navirou come across after leaving Hakum Village. Her Monstie is a Barioth.
Chief Omna (オムナ村長, Omuna Sonchō)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Gotō[7] (Japanese); Sonny Strait[5] (English)
The chief of Hakum Village who also leads the kinship rite for riders.
Reverto (リヴェルト)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[8] (Japanese); Robert McCollum[5] (English)
A monster hunter that stumbles across Hakum Village.
Simone (シモーヌ, Shimōnu)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki[8] (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
The captain of the Scriveners, a world-exploring research group.
Dan (ダン先輩, Dan-senpai)
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita[8] (Japanese); David Wald[5] (English)
The teacher of the riders and trusted member of the Hakum Village community. He has an eager personality and a frequently used "top form" catchphrase.
Mille (ミル, Miru)
Voiced by: Ayaka Asai[9] (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
A rider with a direct attitude and the only girl in Lute's class. She often chides Hyoro.
Hyoro (ヒョロ)
Voiced by: Michiyo Murase[9] (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
A less confident rider in Lute's class and the younger brother of Genie.
Genie (ジーニー, Jīnī)
Voiced by: Yūma Uchida[9] (Japanese); Micah Solusod (English)
One of the older riders who assist Mr. Dan and Hyoro's older brother.
Stone (ストーン, Sutōn)
Voiced by: Itaru Yamamoto[9] (Japanese); Cris George (English)
One of the older riders who assist Mr. Dan who helps lead teambuilding exercises.
Nole (ノール, Nōru)
Voiced by: Takanori Ōyama[9] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo[5] (English)
One of the older riders who assist Mr. Dan. He's often seen protecting Hakum Village from outside monster threats.


The series premiered on October 2, 2016 in Fuji TV's new daytime timeslot at 8:30am, that runs on Sundays in Japan.[4][10] It later premiered on UHB, OX, Tokai TV, KTV, OHK and TNC. The anime's theme song, titled "Panorama", is performed by Kanjani Eight.[11] The series has been licensed in North America by Funimation.[12] Crunchyroll is streaming a subtitled simulcast in some countries outside of Asia,[13] while Funimation is streaming an English simuldub.[14]

Season 1

  • Japanese Opening Theme: Panorama
    • Artist: Kanjani∞
    • Episodes: 1-48
No. Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title[15]
Original air date
1"The Power of Bonds"
"Kizuna no Chikara" (絆の力)
October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)
2"A Monstie is Born!" / "A Companion Monster is Born!"
"Otomon Tanjō!" (オトモン誕生!)
October 9, 2016 (2016-10-09)
3"Absolute Power"
"Zettai Tsuwamono" (絶対強者)
October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)
4"The Kinship Rite"
"Kizuna Awase no Gishiki" (絆あわせの儀式)
October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)
5"Off to the Monstie Races" / "The Companion Monster Race"
"Otomon Rēsu" (オトモンレース)
October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)
6"Quest for the Golden Egg"
"Kin no Tamago Kuesuto" (金の卵クエスト)
November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)
7"Like Mom Used to Make"
"Dorinko wa Mama no Aji" (ドリンコはママの味)
November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
8"Navirou in Love"
"Nabirū no Koi" (ナビルーの恋)
November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)
9"DSZ (Dan and Silva's Zeal!)"
"DSZ (Dan to Shiruba no Zekkōchō!)" (DSZ~ダンとシルバのゼッコーチョー!~)
November 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)
10"Portent of Disaster"
"Saiyaku no Yochō" (災厄の予兆)
December 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)
11"Before the Storm"
"Arashi no Mae" (嵐の前)
December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
12"Invasion of the Nargacuga"
"Narugakuruga Shūrai" (ナルガクルガ襲来)
December 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)
13"A Rathian is Born!" / "A Lioleia is Born!"
"Rioreia Tanjō!" (リオレイア誕生!)
December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25)
14"Face the Black Blight!"
"Tachimukae! Kuro no Kyōki!" (立ち向かえ!黒の凶気!)
January 8, 2017 (2017-01-08)
15"The Journey Begins"
"Tabidachi no Hi" (旅立ちの日)
January 15, 2017 (2017-01-15)
16"Avinia's Secret" / "Ayuria's Secret"
"Ayuria no Himitsu" (アユリアの秘密)
January 22, 2017 (2017-01-22)
17"Meet the Riddlemaster"
"Nazonazo Jīsan Tōjō!" (なぞなぞじいさん登場!)
January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29)
18"Welcome to Gildegaran"
"Tōchaku! Girudekaran" (到着!ギルデカラン)
February 5, 2017 (2017-02-05)
19"Nerscylla Blitz!"
"Kyūshū! Nerusukyura" (急襲!ネルスキュラ)
February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)
20"The Legend of Pawpad Place"
"Nikukyū Mura no Densetsu" (ニクキュー村の伝説)
February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)
21"Barroth, Landslide Wyvern" / "Bolboros, Landslide Wyvern"
""Dosha Ryū Boruborosu!!" (土砂竜ボルボロス!!)
February 26, 2017 (2017-02-26)
22"Desert Mayday"
"Sabaku kara no Kyūen Irai" (砂漠からの救援依頼)
March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)
23"The Horned Wyvern's Lament"
"Tsunoryū Dōkoku" (角竜慟哭)
March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)
24"Sky Wyvern, Land Wyvern"
"Sora no Hiryū, Riku no Hiryū" (空の飛竜、陸の飛竜)
March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)
25"Diabolical Diablos, Horned Wyvern" / "Death Battle! Diablos, Horned Wyvern"
"Shitō! Tsunoryū Diaburosu!" (死闘!角竜ディアブロス!)
March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)
26"The Mysterious White Dragon"
"Nazo no Shiroi Ryū" (謎の白い竜)
April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)
27"Dovan Volcano Memories"
"Dovan Kazan no Kioku" (ドヴァン火山の記憶)
April 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)
28"Onward, Numbers!"
"Susume! Nanbāzu!" (進め!ナンバーズ!)
April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
29"The Dragon in the Sea of Fire"
"Hi no Umi ni Sumu Ryū" (火の海に棲む竜)
April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)
30"Parting Ways"
"Ketsubetsu no Toki" (決別の時)
April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30)
31"Be the Forest, Be the Beast"
"Mori to Nari Kemono to Nare" (森となり獣となれ)
May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07)
32"All-Out Airborne Assault!" / "Lute Sinking? The Great Aerial Decisive Battle"
"Ryūto Chinbotsu? Kūchū Daikessen!" (リュート沈没?空中大決戦!)
May 14, 2017 (2017-05-14)
33"The Wolf Raven Strikes Back"
"Kokurōchō no Gyakushū" (黒狼鳥の逆襲)
May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21)
34"Rainbow Beach Blockade!"
"Reinbō Bīchi o Fūsa Seyo!" (レインボービーチを封鎖せよ!)
May 28, 2017 (2017-05-28)
35"The White Dragon's Egg"
"Shiroki Ryū no Tamago" (白き竜のタマゴ)
June 4, 2017 (2017-06-04)
36"The Great Manelger Chase"
"Manerugā Hakase o Oe!" (マネルガー博士を追え!)
June 11, 2017 (2017-06-11)
37"Trouble Returns to Hakum"
"Hakumu Mura no Kiki, Futatabi!" (ハクム村の危機、再び!)
June 18, 2017 (2017-06-18)
38"The Little Bouquet"
"Chīsana Hanataba" (小さな花束)
June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)
39"Tested at the Tower of Illusion"
"Shiren! Shinkirō no Tō e" (試練!蜃気楼の塔へ)
July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02)
40"Brachydios the Destroyer"
"Gekimetsu no Burakidiosu" (撃滅のブラキディオス)
July 9, 2017 (2017-07-09)
41"The Nargacuga Returns"
"Narugakuruga Futatabi" (ナルガクルガ再び)
July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)
42"Numbers, Assemble!"
"Nanbāzu, Zenin Shūgō!" (ナンバーズ、全員集合!)
July 23, 2017 (2017-07-23)
43"Forest of Confusion"
"Mayoi no Mori" (迷いの森)
July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
44"A Mystical Meeting with Kirin"
"Makafushigi! Genjū Kirin to no Sōgū" (摩訶不思議!幻獣キリンとの遭遇)
August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)
45"The Deviljho of Mt. Celion" / "The Violent Wyvern of Mt. Celion"
"Serionzan no Kyōbōryū" (セリオン山の恐暴竜)
August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)
46"The Legendary White Dragon Is Born!"
"Tanjō! Densetsu no Shiroki Ryū" (誕生! 伝説の白き竜)
August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)
47"This is it: The Black Dread" / "Decisive Battle! The Most-Evil Black"
"Kessen! Saikyō no Kuro" (決戦! 最凶の黒)
August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
48"A Miracle in White"
"Shiroi Kiseki" (白い奇跡)
September 3, 2017 (2017-09-03)

Season 2

  • Japanese Opening Theme: Bokura Kyou mo Ikiteiru
    • Artist: Johnny's WEST
    • Episodes: 49-
  • As of Sunday, September 17, 2017, Crunchyroll stated on their Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On Page "Due to licensing issues, we do not know when episode 49+ will be available. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your support."
No. Official English title[b]
Original Japanese title[15]
Original air date
49"Attack of the Black Riders!"
"Shūrai! Burakku Raidāzu!" (襲来!ブラックライダーズ!)
September 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)
50"A Strong and Dangerous Man Shrouded in Mystery"
"Tsuyokute abunai nazo no yatsu" (強くて危ない謎の奴)
September 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)
51"The Biggest Narcissist Ever!? Mad Appears!"
"Kūzenzetsugo no Narushisuto!? Maddo Kenzan!" (空前絶後のナルシスト!? マッド見参!)
October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)
52"The Forest Ninja, Shadow Arrives!"
"Mori no Ninja, Shadō Sanjō!" (森の忍者、シャドウ参上!)
October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


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External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia