REVIEW: Kamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation



Fumiya Takahashi (Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer)
Ryutaro Okada (The Smartphone Guy)
Noa Tsurushima (Kamen Rider Zero-One)
Hiroe Igeta (Silhouette of Your Voice)
Daisuke Nakagawa (Where Have My Skirts Gone?)
Shuya Sunagawa (Kamen Rider Zero-One)
Kazuya Kojima (London Hearts)
Tokuma Nishioka (Second Love)
Koji Yamamoto (Extro)
So Okuno (Watashi Ga Motete Dosunda)
Gaku Oshida (Make a Bow and Kiss)
Shieri Ohata (Daytime Shooting Star)
Keisuke Watanabe (Semiotoko)
Rina Ikoma (Corpse Party)
Soko Wada (Renai Kitanshu)
Ryuji Kasahara (Choujin Sentai Jetman)

96802598_170338534433516_7954933560006148096_oIt’s the beginning of a new generation for the Kamen Rider franchise, and after a series celebrating the past 20 years of the Heisei era it’s time to look toward the future. Kamen Rider Zero-One has kickstarted the Reiwa era in full force, but it seems Kamen Rider Zi-O has at least one more fight in him as the gang returns for the obligatory Winter crossover movie. But with Heisei Generations no more, it’s time for a new banner to rise. Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation sees the baton properly passed to Aruto Hiden, forging a new Kamen Rider legacy for the Reiwa era.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Soreo-HidenAfter waking up from a dream about the Daybreak Incident, Aruto Hiden finds himself in a world where not only is he no longer the president of Hiden Intelligence but Humagears are pushing humanity to the brink of extinction. At the same time, Sougo Tokiwa and his friends find themselves surrounded by Humagears – leading Woz to appear and the RideWatches to restore their memories of the past. History has changed, and at the centre of it is Hiden’s new Humagear president Will – also known as Another Zero-One.r333jubri0341With the human resistance fighting a losing battle, Aruto and Sougo travel back to 2007 to witness the events just before the Daybreak Incident. Not only do they encounter another Time Jacker with her own plans for the Kamen Rider powers, but Aruto discovers his Humagear father’s own involvement in the catastrophe. With past and present hanging in the balance, Kamen Rider Zero-One must forge his own legacy and become the start of a new generation.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Ichi-GataThe Heisei Generations trilogy were some of the finest and most consistent films that the Kamen Rider franchise has put out in a while, so following them on with ones under a new banner was never going to be an easy feat. But while the format may remain mostly the same, there is one key difference between Reiwa the First Generation and its predecessors – the matter of legacy. Though the HeiGen films may have been primarily billed as crossovers between the currently airing Rider and their predecessor, in the case of all three what made them special was the inclusion of other Legend Riders as well. The first film gathered the (at the time) past five years of Riders for a powerful finale, FOREVER featured the (all too brief) reunion of Eiji and Ankh and as an anniversary movie FINAL’s impact goes without saying. But none of this matters to the Reiwa The First Generation. Even ignoring the logistics of trying to outdo FINAL, this is a new generation with a new story to tell. For many fans out there Zero-One will be their first Kamen Rider series the same way Kuuga was back in 2000 – and it’s their show just as much as it is longstanding fans’.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-FinisOf course, this would perhaps be an easy thing to achieve if not for the complications of including Kamen Rider Zi-O. This was a series that not only hinged itself on its anniversary element, but often revelled in the unrelenting mess the Kamen Rider chronology has become. For Reiwa The First Generation to work, all of that would need to be stripped. Not only that, but the series then has the added obstacle of having ended on a seemingly conclusive note. The Geiz, Majesty V-cinema may be on it’s way to undoing that, but with this film placed before that chronologically not only did it need to rewind that ending but also put the status quo back in place by the end of it. It could have very easily been a failure, but instead the film succeeds by largely stripping away that anniversary element and keeping Zi-O to its core concept – time travel.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-ZeroZero-OneUsing the Zi-O cast as more of a vessel to facilitate the story, Reiwa The First Generation is instead able to pay homage to the legacy of Kamen Rider in different ways whilst at the same marking a new beginning in this nearing 50 year old franchise. Elements like an alternate future with humanity on the brink of extinction harkening back to movies like Faiz’s Paradise Lost or Kabuto’s God Speed Love (or even just Zi-O’s own twisted future, as Geiz comments upon) are more likely coincidental than anything else, but there’s much more going on here than just surface comparisons. And at the centre of all this is the film’s movie-exclusive Rider – Kamen Rider Ichi-Gata.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Fuwa-YuaWhen the group travel back to the days leading up to the Daybreak Incident, Aruto discovers that his Humagear father Soreo not only creator the Zero-One Driver but also moonlighted as a Kamen Rider himself. The visual callbacks to Kamen Rider #1 speak for themselves, mixing Zero-One’s impressive suit aesthetics with the colours and layout of the very first Rider to create something truly special. But on top of this and the fact Toei have (perhaps knowingly so) created themselves the perfect V-cinema scenario, Ichi-Gata’s is one faucet of the film’s dive into the franchise’s roots. Its main antagonist, the Time Jacker Finis, plans to steal the past Rider powers from Zi-O so that they can return Kamen Rider back to it’s original purpose – a weapon. The concept of taking a weapon for evil and turning it into a force for good is the very foundation of Kamen Rider, and though Soreo’s story plays out very differently to that of Takeshi Hongo its message still remains the same. Here the core Kamen Rider story is reworked to fit within the confines of Zero-One, cementing it as the beginning of a new generation.812gGhLltFL._RI_Despite just how big of a thing Aruto being raised by a Humagear father feels like it should be, surprisingly it’s something that’s only really been part of the series in passing so was perfect for exploration in this film. Though there’s a lot of dealing in alternate futures not all of what transpires here is wiped from canon at the end, and even if was the emotional element would still be ever present. The dynamic between the two is strong – strong enough that it’s even easy to forget that there are other things going on in the film sometimes. But it’s a core that carries real weight across all of Zero-One, both challenging and cementing Aruto’s belief in human/Humagear coexistence. Reiwa The First Generation really is Aruto’s movie, and actor Fumiya Takahashi demonstrates exactly why he was chosen for the role.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Horobi-JinAnd just because the Zi-O cast are used sparingly doesn’t mean that they aren’t used well. The film opens with a brief insight into their new lives but quickly dispels of that to return them to the status quo. It’s quite strange to see Sougo evolve into a mentor-like role to Aruto, not just giving him advice as the senior Rider but also as someone else who’s defied their supposed future. Meanwhile Geiz, Woz and Tsukuyomi may mostly be there for support but any excuse to get more Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi screen time is a good one. Though the story may stem from Finis’ plan a lot of the Zi-O stuff definitely feels more like background framework compared the emotional core offered by Zero-One, but any more would have definitely relied on the anniversary elements of the show. It’s hard to think of Zi-O as some sort of legacy character given that the series only ended last year, but the approach taken here certainly puts him on that path.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Ichi-Gata-FightWith so much of the story rooted in both the past and the film’s new characters the roles of Zero-One’s supporting cast is rather significantly reduced, however that doesn’t mean that they don’t all get a chance to shine in this strange alternate world. We get to see Fuwa and Yua reimagined as resistance fighters, not only giving their relationship the ability to develop without the shackles of AIMS but also really emphasising their teamwork as Riders. Similarly Jin and Horobi may only play a small role as Will’s enforcers, but the pair are able to revel in the destruction without the skulking and scheming they do in the series’ main timeline. Izu is of course present too, remaining that all-important Humagear anchor for Aruto. Of course an apocalyptic future also requires an appropriate wardrobe change, with all the characters leaning into this in some way. especially, who really know how to dress to impress for humanity’s impending extinction.Reiwa-The-First-Generation-Ichi-Gata-FightA Kamen Rider movie outing is always the perfect excuse to raise the bar visually, but the between both the series itself and this movie Zero-One and its director Teruaki Sugihara are making sure that the Reiwa era sets a whole new standard. Reiwa The First Generation features some incredible action set pieces, ranging from a full-cast warehouse battle to more emotionally-charged fights like the showdown between Zero-One and Ichi-Gata. These visuals are only enhanced by the brilliant suit design, not only stemming from Ichi-Gata but also the clashing visuals of Another Zero-One and Zero Zero-One – Aruto’s movie exclusive form accessed through the ForceRiser rather than his standard Driver. The reimagining of Zero-One with the ShotRiser’s more guerilla-like aesthetics is the perfect look for this film’s setting, and the quality of Zi-O’s monster Riders just continues to be unparalleled with Another Zero-One. So much so that even Another #1, the kind of CGI monstrosity most Rider fans would have laughed at a few years ago, turns out to be pretty impressive. We’ve clearly come a long way from the days of Movie War Core that’s for sure.75241132_827563240996000_3901096538436272128_nKamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation does everything it needed to do and so much more. It neatly fills that crossover void, offers a satisfying epilogue piece for Zi-O (if you choose to ignore the subsequent V-Cinemas that is) and enriches Zero-One’s story in a way that won’t result in the series relying too heavily on it. For regular Kamen Rider viewers it’ll mostly seem like business as usual, but through clever righting and just the right level of homage it truly does feel like the first of a new generation. Although the jump from Heisei to Reiwa doesn’t feel quite as monumental as the jump from Showa to Heisei did, hopefully both this and Zero-One will be remembered just as fondly in future Reiwa era milestones.

REVIEW: Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty




So Okuno (Watashi Ga Motete Dosunda)
Gaku Oshida (Make a Bow and Kiss)
Shieri Ohata (Daytime Shooting Star)
Keisuke Watanabe (Semiotoko)
Rihito Itagaki (The Promised neverland)
Ayaka Konno (The Golden Piggy)
Kentaro Kanesaki (Local Boys)
Kimito Totani (Kamen Rider Decade)
Kohei Murakami (Cutie Honey: The Live)
Minehiro Kinomoto (Kamen Rider W)
Hiroaki Iwanaga (Kamne Rider OOO)

Geiz-Majesty-Geiz-HospitalNo matter how finite a Kamen Rider series ending seems these days, a V-Cinema sequel is pretty much a certainty. After Kamen Rider Build quickly restored the memories of its cast in its NEW WORLD duology, it’s now time to see where the characters of Kamen Rider Zi-O are headed next in Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty. When we last saw the gang Tokiwa Sougo had used the powers of Oma Zi-O to rewrite time, creating a world where he and his friends live an ordinary life in the present. As its title suggests, the film focuses on Myokoin Geiz as well as featuring guest cameos from a number of secondary Kamen Riders.Geiz-Majesty-Time-JackersIt’s September 2018, and Myokoin Geiz is gearing up for his next big judo tournament. His friends Sougo and Tsukuyomi are by his side to cheer him on, as are fellow students Heure and Ora. But when Geiz suffers a career-ending injury during the tournament, he’s forced to give up his dreams of becoming a champion. At the same time, Geiz is also approached by White Woz – who presents him with a RideWatch and Driver, urging him to become a saviour once more. Crossing paths with Riders from across history as well as the world-hopping treasure sniper Daiki Kaito, Geiz slowly inches closer to taking up the mantle of a Kamen Rider once more. Why are White Woz and Diend here? And why is Geiz being told that his best friend is destined to become a ruthless overlord?Geiz-Majesty-White-WozGiven how blasé the Build V-Cinemas were about undoing large parts of the series ending it seemed reasonable to expect Kamen Rider Zi-O to do exactly the same, especially since the 20th anniversary series had a much looser approach to continuity. But immediately Geiz, Majesty manages to defy all expectations by actually showing a great deal of respect for the new status quo. Rather than try to tear huge chunks of it down to bring back the memories of core cast members, the film instead takes the opportunity to tie up a few loose ends whilst fleshing out the new versions of these characters. Its first half is almost purely an exercise in world-building, giving Geiz (a character who despite developing over the course of the show didn’t have a whole lot to work with outside the conflict) a backstory and purpose – with only hints of the past stringing the story along. While this often makes Geiz, Majesty a slow burn, it gives the often frenetic Zi-O a much steadier flow as well as the assurance that there may actually be more stories to tell in this part of the Kamen Rider universe.MV5BMjFjMjNjYjQtMjEwYi00ZTQ5LWJmMTEtYTc3YzE0Yjc1NjMwXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTc5MDI5NjE@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,739_AL_Had they not been involved prior in time-travelling shenanigans and post-apocalyptic futures, a high school would have been the perfect setting for Zi-O, because it’s surprising how very little any of the characters have changed despite this wildly different setting. Sougo is still the happy go lucky dreamer he always was, but now he shares this present day life with both Geiz and Tsukuyomi. While Geiz might not be actively opposing Sougo the same way he did before, his once murderous intent has mellowed into a healthy rivalry between the two friends. He doesn’t understand Sougo’s dream and berates him for it, but underneath that tough exterior is very clearly a man who believes in and would do anything for his friends. Tsukuyomi remains the arbitrator between the two, and though it’s hinted that Geiz has feelings for her that doesn’t look to be reciprocated (yet), so the character retains an independence that the Build ladies weren’t so fortunate to keep.Geiz-Majesty-Another-DiendEven the Time Jackers, whose change from time meddling villains to adjacent high school clique (plus weirdly sinister teacher) is undoubtedly the biggest amongst the cast, don’t feel that different. Although their high school lives revel in all the cliches attached to that particular genre, both the story and characters fit into a place nicely. A cast being this malleable can often be a sign of underdevelopment, but this transition feels so seamless it makes you wonder if all this had been carefully planned from the start. The parallels between Sougo as “the overlord” and Geiz as “the saviour” are drawn much more closely here, and Geiz as a judo enthusiast is a particularly clever way of drawing out those qualities in this down to Earth setting – both to audience and Geiz himself.Geiz-Majesty-Zi-O-RidersThe appearance of White Woz and Geiz’s progression to a saviour was one of the more interesting developments in Zi-O, but the story really struggled with realising it – resulting in it quickly becoming overshadowed and some concepts being outright dropped. As such it’s great to see White Woz back again here in such a commanding position, and Zi-O is the kind of series that needs minimal sci-fi trickery to comfortably pull it off. Though still somewhat vague the idea of Geiz as the saviour is explored a little more here, especially with how the definition of one differs between Geiz and Woz. Keisuke Watanabe really amps up the sinister this time around, continuing to create a notable divide between the two versions of his character and raising even more questions about exactly what Woz is. Diend is a lot of fun as he always is, acting as something of a catalyst for Geiz despite simply being into the plot for his own typically selfish desires.ddmh590-ef2b39ee-4881-42f0-bcec-ce5b47dd1d16Another thing Geiz, Majesty does exceptionally well is how well it integrates its guest cast into the story. Being a Zi-O product cameos from past Riders was pretty much obligatory, with the film including appearances from Akira Date/Kamen Rider Birth, Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel and Masato Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa on top of Kaito’s own larger involvement in the plot. Though the obvious route would be to just bring them in as part of Diend’s powers, it’s actually only Kusaka who only turns up this way (and surprisingly cooperative at that). With Akira and Ryu their day jobs prove just as important as their status as Riders, and both are a big influence on Geiz’s next steps in life following his injuries. As great as some of the big name cameos and continuations in the Zi-O series were, this more nuanced approach feels like it has much wider implications for the franchise as a whole. The early entries in the Movie War series perfectly captured the idea of a shared Rider universe where characters from different series could easily run into each other, and now this film is reinforcing it. Not bad from a series that was throwing continuity and coherency in the air as if it didn’t matter not so long ago.ddmh590-ef2b39ee-4881-42f0-bcec-ce5b47dd1d16Though the majority of the costumed action doesn’t come until the very end Geiz, Majesty certainly doesn’t struggle in building hype for it – with all four of Zi-O’s Riders getting in on the action. It might all be centred around Geiz but getting to see Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi properly in action is a real treat, and cements the fact that she should have been given a Driver in the show far, far sooner. Geiz does get some of the spotlight with his new Majesty form though, which does have a certain charm to it despite essentially being Grand Zi-O done on a fraction of the budget. The RideWatches strewn across the body might look ridiculous, but then vibrant colours, giant shoulders and gold cape definitely give it that majestic quality. A culmination of secondary Riders isn’t something that’s ever been done before in this fashion so it’s quite the spectacle, with that final attack still having that anniversary charm that’s truly a joy for any Rider fan to behold.fireshot-capture-030-1165-vシネクスト「仮面ライダージオウ next-time ゲイツ、マジェスティ」予告 course the same can be said for the monster suits as well, with the Another Riders getting another moment in the spotlight with Another Diend. Diend is notable among Riders for having already had a monster variant in the form of Chinomanoko Diend, who’s not been forgotten here as the heads are largely identical. The rest of the suit is much more straightforward Rider version though, pairing nicely with the Another Decade seen at the end of the series proper. With Another Decade having been the final adversary of the series, it was only fitting that Diend also get his due here as well.Geiz-Majesty-Rider-KickKamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty isn’t just a great film – it also feels like an assurance that series might start being written with these releases in mind. Rather than undoing Zi-O’s ending it enhances it, developing the cast in this brand new setting and working earnestly towards new stories that could be told in it.

REVIEW: Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer



So Okuno (Watashi Ga Motete Dosunda)
Gaku Oshida (Make a Bow and Kiss)
Shieri Ohata (Daytime Shooting Star)
Keisuke Watanabe (Semiotoko)
Katsuhisa Namase (Mixed Doubles)
ISSA (Kamen Rider: The First)
Syuusuke Saito (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Tomoya Maeno (Prison 13)
Jiei Wakabayashi (Lock-On Love)
Noritake Kinashi (Kamen Norider)
Fumiya Takahashi (Kamen Rider Zero-One)
Yu Inaba (Kamen Rider Drive)
Chris Peppler (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)

Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-QuartzersKamen Rider Summer movies have always marched to their own beat. Though there’s been a more consolidated effort to bring them into series canon since Kamen Rider Double, throughout the Heisei era they’ve ranged from side stories, true endings and even alternate universes. When the 20th anniversary and finale of the era has to top all of that, it better have some pretty big plans in store. Following on from Be the One’s strange new idea of being named after the show’s opening theme, Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer is another cinematic opportunity for Kamen Rider Zi-O to round out the Heisei era in style. But whereas Heisei Generations FOREVER was most definitely a 20 Kamen Rider Kicks celebration of the main 20 Heisei series, this particular film is a little more interesting in its approach…Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-BarickxsAfter experiencing a strange dream where a mysterious new Rider ushers in the Reiwa era, Tokiwa Sougo receives a call for help from Krim Steinbelt. Teaming up with Go Shijima, Zi-O and his friends travel back to 1575 in order to protect Steinbelt’s ancestor from an unknown assailant. Their travels take them back to the Battle of Nagashino, and the group learn that the ruthless Nobunaga isn’t quite like the history books suggest. Presented with the Drive Ridewatch upon his return, Sougo now has all the powers of the 20 Heisei Riders. But as the Ridewatches suddenly disappear, a traitor reveals himself amongst them. The Quartzers have arrived to rebuild the Heisei era – their leader none other than…Tokiwa SOUGO?Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-WozMuch like the way the story develops in the series itself, nothing ever really comes easily in Kamen Rider Zi-O and Over Quartzer is certainly no different. Producer Shinichiro Shirakura has publicly remarked that the film is canon and takes place before the series end, while director Ryuta Tasaki places the film in an alternate timeline. While the existence of alternate timelines in Zi-O doesn’t mean these two things cancel each other out, it does make placing it something of a headache since there are some big moments and reveals that don’t really get mentioned in the show. However that same show didn’t start getting good until it broke free of all its self-imposed rules, and much like other Rider Summer movies ultimately it doesn’t really matter where it takes place. Usually these things are their own beast, and given Over Quartzer’s surreal construction it is very much that.Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-Kamen-Rider-GOver Quartzer is a film of two very different halves. The first half of the film acts as the Kamen Rider Drive portion of Zi-O as a whole, since its focus was absent from both the show and Heisei Generations FOREVER. But other than featuring appearances from both Gou and Krim, in reality it actually has very little to do with Drive itself. Instead it takes Zi-O back in time to get more mileage out of another staple piece of Heisei Rider – Toei’s Edo period set. The comical romp through Nobunaga and the Battle of Nagashino is a lot of fun, but in the grand scheme of things doesn’t seem to serve any more purpose than that. Seeds are sown about how history is written and Geiz’s serious demeanour is always fun in a comical setting, but it certainly isn’t the Drive tribute many were hoping for even if it is great to see Mach again.UntitledThe second half of the film is where things get a lot more interesting, but also where the little semblance of internal consistency Zi-O had is effectively thrown out of the window. We get some much needed backstory on Woz, however it’s completely unlike anything fans could have possibly expected and just raises further mysteries about the character and ultimately his relation to Ohma Zi-O. Likewise Tokiwa SOUGO and the Quartzers are interesting villains, but feel quite far removed from what we learn in the series and how the real Sougo is set up to become a king. And despite the reveals concerning Woz, the issue of his allegiances still remains very shaky and ultimately not that bigger part of the film itself. All the emphasis is placed on these strange reveals, and as a result the story becomes so fractured that it’s difficult to process it all in the grander scheme of things. Even stranger is that Gou continues to be included in the story, partnered up with Gyuzo – Nobunaga’s bodyguard from the past who takes a strong liking to Geiz. Perhaps it was that the writers just felt Gou would be wasted only appearing in half a film, and along with everything else going on in Over Quartzer it’s to just sit back and accept it’s bizarre story beats as they come.Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-Barickxs-Zonjis-ZamonasBut look past all of the story inconsistencies and plot holes and it turns out, whether intentionally or otherwise, that Over Quartzer is actually kind of brilliant. Over its 20 years the Heisei era has become an entangled mess of alternate worlds and shallow continuity between series, turning it into a far more complicated web than the Showa era ever was. Not only is Over Quartzer fully aware of this, but uses it to create an utterly ridiculous plot that has far more value in a meta sense than it does in-story. But the Quartzers plan to effectively “reboot” the Heisei era and erase all the complicated legacy of the Heisei Riders is only half of its genius – the rest of it comes when you take a closer look at the villains themselves. Amongst the Quartzers are three new Riders – SOUGO himself is Kamen Rider Barickxs, and he is flanked by Kamen Rider Zonjis and Kamen Rider Zamonas. Each of these three Riders’ names and designs are loosely based upon existing ones – Barickxs is a cross of Black and Black RX, Zonjis a mix of Shin, ZO and J and finally Zamonas Alpha, Omega and Neo from Kamen Rider Amazons. What do all of these Riders have in common? They’re all technically part of the Heisei era but usually discounted from the 20 main ones. Black, RX, Shin, ZO and J have all been instead grouped with the Showa Riders (due to both the closer involvement of Shotaro Ishinomori and to better emphasise the “new beginning” Kuuga started), while Amazons is a spin-off series that completely stands on its own. This means that the plot of Over Quartzer sees the excluded Heisei Riders fighting back against the main ones in an attempt to be recognised. Zi-O may have a loose grasp on continuity at times, but that concept is pure genius.Kamen-Rider-Zi-O-Over-Quartzer-ZI-O-OhmaOver Quartzer’s love for the more specific and less recognised parts of Heisei era doesn’t stop there either. While in terms of actor cameos this film may be a very loose Drive tribute, but the suit cameos are something really special. Naturally it includes appearances from all 19 previous Heisei Riders, but the true cheer out loud moments are the appearance of faces you’d never expect to see here. Hot on the tails of the Kamen Rider Zangetsu stage play we get to see Zangetsu Kachidoki Arms in all its glory, with the character magically bursting from a flyer for the play itself no less. And while fans continue to lament at the sad lack of a proper Kuuga cameo, the appearance of the 2015 manga version version is both beautifully realised on screen and acts as a reminder that not all Rider’s origins are as much on paper as they are the silver screen. Even the Goriders get in on the action, fondly remembered as one of the more successful creations of the Super Hero Taisen film series. But perhaps the biggest surprises of them all are the even deeper cuts, the ones that almost certainly placed here for the older fan to enjoy. Honestly who ever thought we’d see Kamen Rider G again, and in a “proper” piece of Kamen Rider fiction no less? Finally, the appearance of Takeshi Kinashi/Kamen Norider is something that will probably be lost on most fans outside of Japan but just shows the impression Kamen Rider has had throughout the Heisei era. Anyone can pick their favourites from the standard 20, but celebrating those finer aspects of the era is just as important and in this respect Over Quartzer shines in ways Heisei Generations FOREVER didn’t.rewrewrwerwerewrThe birth of the Reiwa era is also marked in proper fashion too, and not just through the appearance of Kamen Rider Brain, the era’s real first Rider. Zero-One’s cameo at the beginning of the film is so strangely timed yet works so well with Woz’s character, and the behind the scenes knowledge that during filming he was replaced with Kikaider 01 to avoid spoilers just makes me love the scene even more. Zero-One is of course back again at the end of the film for the more conventional kind of new Rider cameo, and much like Zi-O’s own in Be in the One is does a great job of getting the powers and personality of the character across in a few short minutes. Finally if there’s one thing you can always rely a Kamen Rider Summer movie to be its eye-candy. Between the well-staged crowd sequences, escalating action sequences and barrage of suit actors Over Quartzer’s second never lets up on the spectacle. The ever increasing gaudiness of Zi-O’s forms scales back for the far more refined Kamen Rider Zi-O Ohma Form (NOT to be confused with Ohma Zi-O himself), which along with the three Quartzer Riders makes up a winning streak of movie-exclusive suits. The final attack as dumb and it is beautiful, harnessing not only the Riders’ final forms but also their series logos and the larger 20 Kamen Rider Kicks anniversary logo into another piece of meta brilliance. Through all its flaws this film never stops having fun, and the audience will be having fun right alongside it.unnamedKamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer is a mess, but it is absolutely the best kind of mess. Much like watching Godzilla do a silly dance in Invasion of the Astro Monster or fly around using his atomic breath in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, there comes a point where you have to abandon looking for logic in tokusatsu and just accept it for the ridiculous fun it often is. Every explanation Over Quartzer has just raises further questions, but it’s completely sincere in its celebration of the Heisei era. It’s both a continuity nightmare and a meta masterpiece, and never ever stops being fun. If a big screen summer movie of kid’s superhero show celebrating its 20th anniversary is doing that, then it’s hard to see it as a bad thing.

REVIEW: Kamen Rider Build New World: Kamen Rider Grease

MV5BYzEyMmZhMzYtNjM0Ny00N2ViLWEzYTQtOTVkMmYwNWZjN2Y2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTc5OTMwOTQ@._V1_It’s been over a year since we saw Sento Kiryu save the world and defeat Evolto, but Kamen Rider Build is still going strong thanks to a selection of V-Cinext (formerly V-Cinema) releases. After first being introduced to the show’s brave new world in the Kamen Rider Cross-Z movie, the second instalment in the Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD series focuses on the third of its Riders to be introduced. Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Grease reunites Kazumi Sawatari with Akaba, Aoba and Kiba – the trio of farmers turned soldiers known as the Hokuto Three Crows. As is typical for V-Cinema releases the film also debuts a new final form for Grease, with the DX Grease Perfect Kingdom transformation device bundled in with its physical releases.Build-NEW-WORLD-Kamen-Rider-Grease-Kazumi-ComedyAfter being spurned by Misora, Kazumi and the Three Crows decide to go on an adventure and find themselves on a remote island. Meanwhile back in Japan, the Government are attacked by the terrorist group Downfall – led by treacherous UN officer Simon Marcus and Keiji Uraga, a disgruntled scientist experimented on by Shinobu Katsuragi. With his memories of the old world returned, Uraga vows to become ruler of the world with the powers of the White Pandora Panel. Using a concentrated version of Nebula Gas known as Phantom Liquid to nullify their powers, Japan’s Riders are helpless against Downfall’s Phantom Crushers. With only Grease and the Crows left able to transform, Kazumi is the country’s last hope against the seemingly unstoppable Kamen Rider Metal Build.MV5BYzEyMmZhMzYtNjM0Ny00N2ViLWEzYTQtOTVkMmYwNWZjN2Y2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTc5OTMwOTQ@._V1_Say what you want about the ending of Kamen Rider Build, the important thing is that it had exactly that – an ending. Beyond all the ethical and philosophical questions the merging of two parallel earths raises, Build’s finale was built upon the idea of returning the world to a time before the Sky Wall and the corruption brought about by the Pandora Box. It was a fitting end to a series that had been so staunchly anti-war and returned Kamen Rider to its darker roots of questioning where its heroes’ powers came from and what they implied. But then of course the Kamen Rider Cross-Z film came along, spitting in the face of this ending and restoring Build’s world to one of untapped peril. The Pandora Box existed once more, Evolto was still alive and most of those involved in the earlier conflict had regained their memories and powers. It’s the kind of mess NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Grease was never going to be able to recover from, so the only thing it could do was tell an entertaining story without further erasing the aftermath of Build’s original ending. Thankfully Grease certainly doesn’t tear apart the playing field in the same way that Cross-Z did, but sadly still manages to have its own set of issues in regards to its setting.MV5BZTE0MGU3ODItZmVlYi00YTk3LTk5MTAtY2FjMWI2MTVmNjhhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjYwNDA2MDE@._V1_The aftermath of Killbus’ rampage in Cross-Z has now led to most of the characters involved with the Pandora Box having regained their memories of the old world. Whereas before this seemed to mostly involve the main Build cast, it now also extends to characters like Takumi and Shinobi Katsuragi, the Crows and of course new villain Keiji Uraga. This implies that more and more people have slowly regained their memories, which in turn makes it feel like much less of a “merging” of two worlds took place and rather Build’s original world has essentially asserted dominance over the parallel one.MV5BZWFhNTIxMGMtNDA4MS00MWEwLWIzMWEtNjJlNTAxNTY2ZTcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTAyODkwOQ@@._V1_The slightly more down to Earth story feels fresh after two subsequent alien threats and is perfect for a self-contained film like this. In some ways a terrorist storyline feels perhaps more suited to a Kamen Rider Rogue spotlight, but then again Gentoku’s already had plenty of those so a Kazumi spotlight was long overdue. It’s also great to see him alongside the Crows again, especially as this time we as an audience are able to properly see them from a protagonist point of view. While there’s still the supernatural presence of the Pandora Panel, the greater focus on character feels like a return to Build’s more grounded roots. short-treks-season-2-episode-4-5-easter-eggs-references












Zero-One has just transformed into Shining Assault Hopper thanks to the assistance of Vulcan’s Assault Wolf form! The final battle against Jin of has finally begun! But just why did Jin come to accept his mission to destroy humanity? Furthermore, what will become of Izu who was nearly destroyed by Jin’s deadly attack? And what will be the outcome of Zero-One vs Jin’s final battle? This is the moment where endings and beginnings are starting to intersect!


WOW! such an amazing episode, not much of a Christmas episode, but an action packed episode of this great new era of Kamen Rider, as 2019 comes to a close I look forward to where the season goes.





Tsukuyomi starts to wonder why Sougo is obsessed of being a
king. Sougo starts to tell about the dreams he continuously
having. Suddenly, something similar to that dream started
happening. Giant mechas are descending from the sky. From out
of nowhere, someone known as Kasshin arrived from the future
and who targets Geiz and Tsukuyomi. While trying to help Geiz,
Zi-O was interrupted by Decade and he was sent to the year 2068
to know what happened and meet his future self.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

This arc refers to the first time Oma Zi-O made a move to do
something on what is happening in the year 2018. This is also
the first act that doesn’t pay tribute to any past Rider
though, Decade is still involved to this story. Honestly, I
don’t have many things to say for this arc. Since the arc only
want to tackle Zi-O’s determination to be king even if there is
a huge chance he will become evil.


There are few things that might be settled in this arc. Though
we just entered the 2nd quarter of the series, things might
change or many revelation can still happen in the future.

First thing that  was possibly settled is that Oma Zi-O of 2068
is in fact Tokiwa Sougo of 2018. The disappearance of thr demon
overlord in the future when Sougo lost his Jiku Driver might be
the proof. It can change maybe because there is a possibility
that the belt he owns currently was stolen by another person
who eventually became Oma Zi-O but based on what happened on
the arc, Sougo truly is Oma Zi-O.

Second thing, I hope that Geiz is now clear on his purpose. He
will be a good companion to Sougo unless he became evil. I
don’t want Geiz to be a ping pong ball every arc until
something major happened to Sougo’s personality.


Third thing, though not a main stay cast we will still Decade
in the future. Hoping that we can see him transform to all the
Riders that had after him and before Zi-O. So far, he already
transformed to Ghost and Build which are Riders after him.
Well, having the Neo Decadriver might be the hint that he will
appear again to use other Heisei Riders that he haven’t yet
used in the series. We’re not just sure if he will appear on
the next arc.




Ryuga refuses to believe Katsuragi’s bombshell. But Katsuragi says it’s true. He goes on to explain that Soichi had a confrontation with Katsuragi who wanted out of Faust. Instead of letting that happen, Soichi knocked Katsuragi out, killed the real Satou Tarou who arrived for the drug trial and then switched their faces. Soichi then took Katsuragi and called the police to have them arrive just as Ryuga arrived in the apartment with the dead Katsuragi-faced Tarou.build16-(1001)Sento refuses to believe any of this. But Gentoku says Sento’s fragmented memories are also Soichi’s doing. Sento’s Katsuragi memory was erased by Soichi before being injected with Nebula Gas. Katsuragi laughs and reiterates that Sento really is the Devil’s Scientist who didn’t care about human life if it meant the advancement of his science. Katsuragi leaves, but hopes Sentakumi will be able to return to his side at Faust. Misora wakes up, heaving heard everything. Meanwhile, Soichi stings Papa Prime Minister to allow Gentoku to slip back into the role.build16-(1003)Back at the lab, Sento tries to take his mind off what he’s just learned by working. But Ryuga is upset and takes issue with Sento being so calm about the situation, considering he is apparently responsible for the deaths of so many people, including Kasumi. Misora is helpless as Ryuga challenges Sento to fight. They head outside, Ryuga intent on want to unleash his anger at Sento. They both henshin, Sento reluctantly so. During the battle, Sento is distracted as he remembers the different times where he seemed to slip into a Katsuragi Takumi-type of personality. That allows Ryuga to deliver a powerful hit. Ryuga wants Sento to fight him for reals. So Sento goes Sparkling and a Sparkling Finish kick forces Ryuga to dehenshin. Sento also dehenshins and says Ryuga is right. It was he who killed Kasumi. It was he who hurt so many people. Sento walks away, but Ryuga seems even more upset.build16-(1004)Misora approaches Sento who apologizes for not telling her about Soichi. Misora says he should be thinking about his own troubles. Sento recalls being so worried about not remembering his past and doing everything he can to regain his memory. Now, it’s a different story. Trying to cheer him up, Misora says no matter what, the Kiryu Sento she knows is a narcissistic, egotistic hero of justice. Over at Touto Palace, Gentoku is meeting with the other prime ministers and showing them they have safely recovered Pandora’s Box. But he quickly gets blunt with them and says he knows they all want to obtain the Box’s energy in order to achieve world domination. Gentoku confronts the two prime ministers, saying it wasn’t the Skywall that divided Japan. It was their own selfish ambitions. And now it’s time to decide which of them will lead a reunified country.build16-(1005)Next day, Sento is still wandering around the city, thinking about how everything has been a lie. At the lab, Misora asks Ryuga why he is so mad at Sento. But Ryuga can’t even explain it himself. Downtown, Sento comes across two Smash flanked by Guardians as they terrorize the locals. Sento quickly henshins and fights them off. But Sento is again distracted by his thoughts of guilt. The two Smash force him to dehenshin. Ryuga arrives just in time and he henshins. Sento expresses his guilt, but Ryuga says while he did design all those experiments, Sento still put on the belt to save and protect people. That wasn’t Katsuragi Takumi or Satou Tarou. That was Kiryu Sento! Sento laughs, not believing that of all people it is Ryuga giving him this pep talk. He gets up and says he remembers who he is now: a narcissistic, egotistical hero of justice. Sento henshins and he and Ryuga make quick work of the Guardians and two Smash. They dehenshin. Ryuga says this does not mean he’s forgiven Sento. Sento says he knows.build16-(1006)Sento collects the Smash element from the two men, wondering who could have turned them into Smash. Gentoku appears and says it was the Hokuto government as they have declared war this morning. The Hokuto prime minister watches from her war room and thanks Soichi as Blood Stark for the help. Meanwhile, a trio of new guys also watch the proceedings as a Rider-looking person lays waste to Guardians by the Skywall.build16-(1007)Overall, it was a fine episode. I might have been expecting a little more, but it was okay for what it was and accomplished what it appears to have set out to do.



Following the reveal of Genm’s identity as Kuroto Dan, Emu catches up to Kiriya and gets the full story of his friend who died on Zero Day: after hearing of his Bugster infection, he was so shaken up he got caught in a traffic accident, which is why Kiriya is investigating the Bugsters.[Excitesubs]_Kamen_Rider_Ex-Aid_12_Christmas_Special_Targeting_the_Silver_X-mas!(5)At CR, Kuroto’s deception is discussed, Hinata confirming that only Kuroto was involved in all of Genm Corp., and that the Ministry of Health will handle the matter. Emu talks with Shuhei’s mother and learns that she and her husband are patissiers (cake makers) whose business around Christmas bothers Shuhei and that he broke his leg climbing a tree in a park; Emu finds and climbs the same tree, finding something on a branch. Meanwhile, Kiriya visits a prison and meets with an inmate, former Genm Corp. CEO Masamune Dan. Emu talks with Shuhei about always being alone as a kid and playing video games to occupy himself (a flashback showing a crayon sketch of a 2-player game he envisioned), and that Shuhei instead climbs trees to cope; however, Shuhei’s infection flares as the Level 3 Salty attacks his parents’ patisserie, Le Couple.exaid12-1006Arriving with Poppy and Shuhei, Emu transforms into Ex-Aid Sports Action Gamer Level 3 using his newly acquired Shakariki Sports Gashat, Salty summoning a group of his same Bugster Virus chefs as before and Brave Beat Quest Gamer Level 3 joining the fight. Salty is knocked into a Mighty Action X block, releasing a Christmas Energy Item that turns Ex-Aid into a Santa Claus-dressed Level 1 form and decorated Sports Gamer bike as it starts snowing. Shuhei’s mother comes over to Shuhei and says Emu told her he’d climbed the tree to get at holly berries for a wreath he was making for her but fell, giving him a cake decorated with their family. As Salty attacks again, Poppy breaks open two more blocks and sends Christmas Energy Items to herself and Brave, dressing them as Santa, too; Poppy uses Brave’s DoReMiFa Beat armaments to trigger a remix of “Jingle Bells” and starts singing along. KYUKUYKBrave and Ex-Aid keep fighting Salty as the Bugster Viruses are entranced into dancing along with Poppy; they hit Salty with a Gashacon Weapon dual B-Button attack, all of them striking a pose for the camera before the Bugsters explode into the message “Merry Christmas” for the audience. A cloud of cell Viruses are pulled into the Gashacon Bugvisor by a nearby Parado. Poppy’s singing, however, is stressing out Shuhei all over again; Poppy admits that she’s actually a Bugster herself from DoReMiFa Beat, but Emu and Hiiro respond that anyone could have figured that out. Back at their hideout, Kuroto and Parado look at their new project, the “ultimate game”: Kamen Rider Chronicle. After a Christmas party at CR, Emu mentions to Director Kagami how Salty separated from Shuhei on his own, Hiiro explaining that viruses survive vaccines by mutating, leading to Emu realizing the Bugster virus is evolving. Just then, Kiriya calls for the Riders to gather so he can tell them something, but before leaving, Taiga is stopped by a girl wearing Genm Corp. game merchandise; she introduces herself as Nico Saiba and asks him to defeat the Genius Gamer M.BNNBNNHKuroto arrives to meet Kiriya, revealing the prisoner Kiriya had visited to be his father; Kiriya says that Masamune told him Kuroto had met Emu 16 years ago, revealing that he knows how Emu can transform without a compatibility surgery. Kuroto offers Kiriya a new Gashat beyond the first 10 as a trade for keeping silent; Kiriya takes the Gashat but says he wants Kuroto to pay for Zero Day, transforming into Lazer Bike Gamer Level 1 and triggering the new Gashat, Dangerous Zombie, but upon putting it in the Gamer Driver, it zaps away most of his Rider Gauge health. Kuroto says Kiriya knows too much, taking back the Gashat and using the Gashacon Bugvisor with a new belt to form the Buggle Driver, transforming into Genm Zombie Gamer Level X (Level 10), summoning a swarm of Bugster Viruses dressed in torn civilian clothes and stumbling about like zombies to intercept the other Riders as they arrive outside; Lazer desperately transforms into Chambara Bike Gamer Level 3. The Riders transform to Level 2 and destroy the Bugster Viruses, but Lazer is easily overpowered by the new Genm, even Sickle Mode Giri Giri Critical Finish seeming to do nothing, before Genm steals the Gashacon Sparrow and Giri Giri Chambara Gashat, using his own Critical End finisher and depleting the last of Lazer’s Rider Gauge. Kiriya claws at him, but is pushed aside as it begins to rain. The other Riders arrive as Genm leaves, running over as Kiriya’s body begins to digitize and fade. Kiriya gives his Driver and Bakusou Bike Gashat to Emu, telling him to take his fate in his own hands. The Driver announces: “Game Over” after Kiriya dies and his body completely fades away into nothing. Emu cries holding the Gamer Driver over the place where Kiriya’s body was as the others look on in shock.JFNFGNFGNFGNKamen Rider Ex-Aid is an absolute joy. Rarely does a Kamen Rider series so brilliantly combine its differing themes into such a perfect package, with one of the most loveable casts in recent years. This Christmas episode along with Episode 11 are great offerings from an awsome show.



Emu is now only one week away from finishing his 3-month internship at the Seito University Hospital, and goes to see off his latest patient of a broken leg, Shuhei Yamanaka, and his mother just in time for Christmas, but Shuhei glumly says he hates Christmas. Meanwhile at Genm Corp., Kuroto Dan is working with a new blank white Gashat with Parado, but to complete it, he needs “the data of death”; Parado comments on temporary in-game deaths vs. humans’ permanent deaths. At the hospital, as Shuhei walks away and his mother says she’ll need to go back to work, he drops his crutches and runs, laughing in an altered voice. Emu and Asuna follow him outside, where he collapses in pain before globs of orange virus material jump off of him and form the Salty Bugster. Emu is surprised the Bugster already separated from the patient, recognizing Salty from their first battle, but noticing he’s slightly different; Salty confirms he has leveled up, to Level 3. Emu transforms into Ex-Aid Robot Action Gamer Level 3, overwhelming Salty, but Genm Sports Action Gamer Level 3 arrives. Ex-Aid changes to Hunter Action Gamer Level 5 Full Dragon, overpowering Genm but flying out of control and crashing into a nearby building, letting Genm and Salty escape.GaimChristmasDanceShuhei’s downer attitude continues in CR; remembering Hinata cheering him up with a gamepad after his own operation, Emu asks Shuhei’s mother to find out what would do the same for Shuhei: cake, but before he can get some, he is called to Kuroto’s office. Kiriya is already there threatening to find Kuroto’s secrets before Emu, Hiiro, and Taiga arrive; Kuroto assigns them to clear the tenth and final Gashat, Shakariki Sports, and say that the black Ex-Aid is working to spread the Bugster virus. Emu is still opposed to the idea of Hinata’s surgery on him being suspicious, rejecting Kiriya’s claim that he needs a reason to trust Hinata is a good person.9_1At a hospital, Kiriya continues investigating Emu’s surgery, a nurse saying nothing was suspicious during the procedure, and that the entire team trusted Hinata. Emu meanwhile is fighting a large crowd to get a cake; finally bringing one to Shuhei, the boy replies that he hates cake. Emu is saddened by not being able to cheer his patient like Hinata had done for him, but is called by Kuroto: Emu needs to transport Shuhei elsewhere, as the Ministry of Health appears to be behind the Bugster virus, the revelation and Kiriya’s speech shaking Emu’s trust of Hinata. After the call, Kuroto takes the 10 Proto Gashats and says goodbye to his office. Walking along, Emu’s speech gives Kiriya a revelation about trust.UntitledArriving with Shuhei to an empty skate park, Emu and Poppy are attacked by Genm Sports Action Gamer Level 3, stating himself to be after the data of death from killing Shuhei. Emu transforms to Ex-Aid Hunter Action Gamer Level 5 Full Dragon and fights, Genm claiming to work for Hinata and mocking Emu’s lack of Hinata’s doctor skills; something inside Ex-Aid snaps, and he goes out of control, but Kiriya tackles him down, reminding him not to let his trust of Hinata slip so easily, and bringing him back to normal. Kiriya says he’ll believe in Emu as Hiiro and Taiga arrive, the four Riders taking their partial-dragon Level 5 forms. They attack Genm, knocking him out of Sports Action Gamer Level 3 down to Action Gamer Level 2 and almost depleting his Rider Gauge.

UntitledHowever, Genm puts the white Gashat into the Gashacon Bugvisor and attacks Shuhei and Poppy with a Shakariki Critical Strike, but Ex-Aid jumps over and swats Genm away with his dragon tail, emptying Genm’s Rider Gauge and clearing Shakariki Sports; Ex-Aid catches the Gashat. Before dying, Genm stabs the Gashacon Bugvisor onto his Rider Gauge, absorbing away the data of death from his own body and saving himself. No longer needing the charade, he announces his name to the other Riders for the first time, “Kamen Rider Genm”, untransforming to reveal himself to them as Kuroto Dan; Hiiro admits Kiriya had been telling the truth before. Questioned on his actions, Kuroto tells them they were test subjects so he could collect data for the ultimate game. He reprises his metaphor of Emu keeping the crystal of his heart from breaking and tells them the Bugster virus has already spread across the city before shooting with the Bugvisor to cover his escape. Staggering back to his new hideout with Parado waiting, he removes the white Gashat from the Bugvisor, and its image appears from the death data: Dangerous Zombie. A new game is starting.Ex-Aid 11Kamen Rider Ex-Aid is an absolute joy. Rarely does a Kamen Rider series so brilliantly combine its differing themes into such a perfect package, with one of the most loveable casts in recent years. This Christmas episode along with Episode 12 are great offerings from an awsome show.


kamen_rider_ghost_wallpaper_by_malecoc-d93k28lSpecter turns out to be Makoto, Takeru’s childhood friend that had gone missing 10 years ago. What “hell” is Makoto talking about? What was his father researching? Takeru cannot hide his uneasiness as Sennin, as usual, doesn’t provide any answers.1449357850692Reports surface about strange events ocurring in the laboratory of Professor Igarashi, an authority in physics who also went missing 10 years ago. Igarashi was an acquaintance of Ryu, Takeru’s father. There may be some information about Makoto… Among the things, he finds a photograph of them with Saionji. A new character appears before Alain and Saionji takes the next step in his plan. 1449357685945Kamen Rider Ghost is underrated series, but I liked it, that being said this is not much of a Christmas episode, we only it’s set at Christmas because of the Christmas cards shown in the episodes, other than that it’s just a normal episode, still a good episode thou with some decent character development.