Kamen Rider Zi-O Story and Staff Revealed
The official website for the final Heisei era Kamen Rider has been launched.
The top of the website features the following text:
The final Heisei Rider appears!
Celebrate the birth of the next generation’s king!
Commemorating the 20th production in the Heisei Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider Zi-O!
The Kamen Rider series that began with Kamen Rider Kuuga will finally come to an end with Kamen Rider Zi-O.
Kamen Rider Zi-O is a time-traveling Kamen Rider who fights evil across space-time. He is themed after a watch and his bears the words “Kamen” in stylized Katakana while his eyes are composed of the word “Rider” in Katakana. Zi-O transforms using the ZikuDriver alongside the Ride Watch items. Using the watches, Zi-O is able to wear armors based on the previous Heisei Kamen Riders and release their powers, making him capable of using the power of every Heisei Kamen Rider. Seen in the poster behind Zi-O is a “mysterious Kamen Rider” with the word “Rider” written on his face in Hiragana.
A short series summary was also revealed:
In the fall of 2018, a time machine appears before a hero born in the year 2000. The hero has always dreamed of becoming a king. A mysterious girl appears from the time machine, telling the hero “I come from the year 2068, a world without hope where the king of demons reigns supreme.” The girl has come from the future in a desperate effort to change her own time. The girl then gives the hero an ominous warning “You will become Kamen Rider Zi-O, King of Time, the demon destined to rule the world.” Can this really be the hero’s fate? This is the story of a Kamen Rider who would be king, who will fight to save the past, present, and future, encountering the various Heisei Kamen Riders throughout space-time.
A special production announcement event will be held on August 7th, where the cast and further details about the show will be revealed. The series will be directed by Ryuta Tasaki, who has previously directed Kamen Rider Drive, Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider Den-O, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, among other works. The series will be written by Kento Shimoyama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger), this will be his first time writing a Kamen Rider series as head writer, and produced by Shinichiro Shirakura, who produced most of the first phase Heisei Kamen Rider shows, alongside Naomi Takebe (Kamen Rider Gaim, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) Toshihiko Sahashi (Kamen Rider Hibiki, Kamen Rider Den-O, others) will produce the show’s soundtrack.
Kamen Rider Zi-O will begin airing on September 2nd but will debut in the upcoming movie, Kamen Rider Build: Be the One.
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