Today, Toei held the official press conference for the upcoming summer movies for both their hit tokusatsu series, Kamen Rider and Super Sentai; with the current installments for both series being Kamen Rider Zi-O, and Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger. Similar to Kamen Rider Build’s summer film “Be The One,” Kamen Rider Zi-O’s film is also titled after its theme song, “Over Quartzer.” Whereas, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger’s film is titled, “Time Slip! Dinosaur Panic!” Below is a breakdown on both films regarding their plot, and special guest appearances.
Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer will feature Sougo Tokiwa gathering all the Ride Watches and the mysterious group referred to as “Quartzer” appears, revealing a conspiracy connected to the birth of the king. The film will feature the main series cast as well as musical artist ISSA. ISSA is known for performing the series theme song alongside Shuta Sueyoshi, but for the film it will be covered by Japanese boy band, Da Pump. In addition, the film will feature three new Kamen Riders. However, these Kamen Riders have not been classified as Another Riders nor as Future Riders.
Now, these new Kamen Riders are fusions based on what fans regard as the “Forgotten Heisei Riders” which consist of Kamen Rider Black to J, as well as the Riders from Kamen Rider Amazons. Their names are references to the specific Kamen Riders they are based on. The first of our three new Riders is Kamen Rider Burks, performed by ISSA, who is based on Kamen Rider Black/ Black RX and may possess Ride Watches for both RX’s forms, Robo Rider and Bio Rider. Then there is Kamen Rider Zonjis who is the fusion of Kamen Rider Shin, ZO and J. The final rider, Kamen Rider Zamonas is the representation for Kamen Rider Amazons with the suit being a hybrid of Alpha and Neo. Also, the film is being marketed as the real finale for the series.
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger the Movie: Time Slip! Dinosaur Panic! will feature the Ryusoulgers travel 65 million years to past. There they will encounter their ancestors as a giant meteor draws close to colliding with the Earth. The film will feature Rie Kitahara as Yunno and Shiro Sano as Varma, direct ancestors of Koh. Varma is Yunno’s father and has ambitions to weaponize dinosaurs for mankind’s protection, but also seeks to use this newly acquired power to world the prehistoric world.
Now, fans may recognize Shiro Sano as he has performed in various tokusatsu films and series, with Michihiko Zaizen from Kamen Rider Heisei Generations being his most recent role. Whereas, Rie Kitahara is a former member of AKB48 and SKE48. In addition, the film will feature Ryusoul Gold/ Kanaro (Hyodo Katsumi) who debuts in the series in episode 14. Furthermore, Time Slip! Dinosaur Panic! film will act as additional material to the series’ “Episode 0.”
Both of these films are set premiere in Japanese theaters on July 26, playing as a double feature. Hero Club will provide more information as it is made available, so please stay tuned for more details.