Toei officially revealed its latest Kamen Rider series, Zero-One, today in Tokyo.
Kamen Rider Zero-One will be the first series in the Reiwa era of Kamen Rider, following the end of the Heisei imperial era in Japan. The press conference today revealed staff members as well as the cast, characters, and various visuals.
The show will be produced by Chihiro Inoue of TV Asahi and Takahito Omori of Toei, who produced Kamen Rider Drive, Ex-Aid, and Build. Yuya Takahashi, chief writer for Lupin III Part 4 and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid will serve as writer. Jun Watanabe will take over as action director, a role previously held by Takeshi Miyazaki on 13 of the 20 Heisei Kamen Rider series, with his most recent run being Kamen Rider Ghost through Zi-O. Go Sakabe, who served as composer on Kamen Rider Ghost, will return to compose for Zero-One.
The story takes place in a version of Japan that has reached a new era where fully fledged AI androids known as Humagear are common place. HumaGear are so lifelike that they are indistinguishable from regular humans.
The terrorist group Metsubo Jinrai.net hacks into the HumaGear and causes them to go berserk, attempting to destroy humanity. The government responds by dispatching their Anti-AI organization, A.I.M.S’ operatives are capable of becoming Kamen Riders.
At the center of the story is Aruto Hiden, someone who lacks a sense of humor but has his sights set on becoming a comedian one day. He is taken by surprise when his grandfather’s will suddenly names him as president of Hiden Intelligence. Although he has no interest in being president, he is given the ZeroOne Driver and becomes Kamen Rider Zero-One when berserk HumaGear appear.
Aruto’s battle will be against by Metsubo Jinrai.net and A.I.M.S., who are hostile towards AI.
Aruto Hiden, Kamen Rider Zero-One, played by Fumiya Takahashi
Aruto transforms into Kamen Rider Zero-One using the Zero Driver after he is suddenly made president of Hiden Intelligence, as dictated in his grandfather’s will. Aruto fights against Humagear that have been tampered with by Metsubo Jinrai.net, a terrorist organization.
Isamu Fuwa, Kamen Rider Vulcan, played by Ryutarou Okada
Leader of the Anti-AI special organization, A.I.MS. A fighter with excellent abilities who faces off against terrorists for the safety of the city.
Iz, played by Noa Tsurushima
An AI android HumaGear who serves as the secretary to Hiden Intelligence’s president.
Yua Yaiba, Kamen Rider Valkyrie, played by Hiroe Igeta
A.I.M.’s technical adviser, she excels in battle thanks to her fighting strength.
Jin, played by Daisuke Nakagawa
The field commander of the terrorist organization Metsubo Jinrai.net.
Horobi, played by Shuya Sunagawa
The leader of Metsubo Jinrai.net.
Shun Fukuzoe, played by Kazuya Kojima of comedy duo UN-JASH.
Vice President of Hiden Intelligence, an ambitious man who coveted the spot of president for himself until he is stunned by Aruto’s sudden appointment. He walks through life as the perpetual runner up.
Kamen Rider Zero-One will begin airing on September 1st at 9:00 AM in Japan.
Source: TV Asahi