Today, Toei held its annual press conference for the next installment in the Kamen Rider series. The new upcoming series, Kamen Rider Zi-O, will succeed Kamen Rider Build in September, and will be the final Heisei Era Kamen Rider show. Now, before we go in depth on the press conference allow us to get readers up to date with the official summary for the show, as seen below.
Kamen Rider Zi-O’s Story:
A time machine will appear before our hero, born in the year 2000; he dreams of one day becoming a king. From the time, appears a mysterious girl who reveals she has come from 2068. In that time, the world is without hope as a demonic king reigns supreme. This girl comes from the future in a desperate effort to change her time, and our world’s future.
However, she gives our hero an ominous warning, that he will become Kamen Rider Zi-O, the King of Time, and the man destined to rule the world. Yet, with this warning will that become our hero’s fate? As Kamen Rider Zi-O, our hero will fight to save the past, present, and future. In addition, he will encounter the various Heisei Kamen Riders throughout space and time!
The press conference opened with a minor stage show featuring Kamen Rider Zi-O coming together with Kamen Rider Geiz to defeat a monster; the monster looks like a corrupt version of Kamen Rider Build. After the stage fight presentation was the unveiling of the series official trailer. The trailer reveals Kamen Rider Build’s Sento and Banjou will make an appearance in the series, as well as Emu and Hiro from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. Also, trailer reveals that the villain faction of the series is called “Time Jackers;” the Time Jackers attempt to alter the timeline and create “Another Riders.” Thankfully, Specialform12 uploaded a copy of the trailer onto his Twitter for others to view!
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Following the trailer the main cast officially took the stage to address the audience. The leading cast is as followed:
- Sou Okuno – Sougo Tokiwa/ Kamen Rider Zi-O, our hero who hopes to become a king!
- Shieri Ohata – Tsukuyomi, the mysterious girl from the year 2068 and who hopes to change the future.
- Gaku Oshida – Geiz Meikoin/ Kamen Rider Geiz, is from the year 2068 and a member of the resistance sent back to kill Sougo.
- Keisuke Watanabe – Mysterious Prophet Woz, comes from 50 years in the future and is able to predict future events.
Additional cast members seen the trailer include:
- Rihito Itagaki – Time Jacker Wool
- Ayaka Konno – Time Jacker Aura
- Katsuhisa Namase – Junichiro Tokiwa
- Kentarou Kanezaki – Schwartz
In addition, the press conference announced there will be spin-off episodes set during the span of the series. These spin-off episodes will be referred to as Episode 1.5, Episode 2.5, etc. However, these episodes will only be available on the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club streaming service.
Now, as stated earlier Kamen Rider Zi-O will begin to air in September, September 2nd to be exact. The series will feature Shinichiro Shirakura returning to produce the series alongside Naomi Takebe (OOO & Gaim). Kento Shimoyama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) is assigned to Kamen Rider Zi-O as head writer; this will be his first Kamen Rider series. In addition, the series will be directed by Ryuta Tasaki (W & OOO), and feature a score composed by Toshihiko Sahashi (Den-O).
[UPDATED 6:40 am – Additional Cast Members/ Roles & Time Jackers’ motive]