Amazon Prime has announced season 2 of Kamen Rider Amazons will premiere on April 7th.
The first season was streamed on Amazon Prime Video last year as part of the 45th anniversary of Kamen Rider and featured a “dark and hard-boiled” worldview that won over many fans. As of now the series has been a critical success on Amazon, garnering over 400 five star ratings and currently averaging a 4.3 out of 5.
“We’re delighted to be back with a second season of our highly-rated Kamen Rider Amazons series,” said James Farrell, Head of Asia Pacific, Amazon Prime Video. “It was our first original series in Japan for Amazon Prime Video and the terrific response encouraged us to get involved in production of a second season. We owe a big thanks to the creative team of Shinichiro Shirakura and Yasuko Kobayashi who helped us launch Amazon Originals in Japan with such a great series.” “If Season 1 shone a spotlight on ‘surviving,’ then Season 2 is about ‘being human,’” commented producer Shinichiro Shirakura (Toei). “A boy raised by Amazons and a girl revived as an Amazon. The story that fate has in store for them is more brutal than Season 1 and heartbreaking. Please expect a brand new Amazons.”
“I play the role of Chihiro,” commented leading actor You Maejima. “Everything was new to me, including acting, but with the support of everyone around me I took on the role of Chihiro. While paying homage to Season 1, I think I can say with pride that this series exceeds it. I may not know up from down, but I hope you enjoy watching Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2.” “I play the role of Iyu,” commented leading actress Ayana Shiramoto. “Each time we had costume fittings and camera tests, I learned the importance of Iyu to the story and felt the weight of the role. No matter how many times I read the script, I couldn’t grasp her completely. Everyone will have different ideas about Iyu, but there’s an Iyu only I can understand, an Iyu only I can act, and I played the role to the best of my ability. Please watch Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2. Enjoy it to the fullest!”
Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2 depicts a tale of two completely new Amazons: Chihiro/Kamen Rider Neo, a boy raised by Amazons, and Iyu/Crow Amazon, a girl killed by Amazons but revived as a biological weapon to fight Amazons. Newcomer You Maejima of JUNON SUPERBOY ANOTHERS stars as Chihiro or Kamen Rider Amazon Neo, while actress Ayana Shiramoto, MC of the NHK program Suiensaa and an actress who specializes in middle-school roles, stars as Iyu or Crow Amazon. The supporting cast includes Kouta Miura, Yoshito Momiki, Eiji Akaso, Kairi Miura and Shohei Doumoto.
In addition, many actors who played popular characters in Season 1 return for the new series: Tom Fujita as Haruka Misuzawa/Kamen Rider Omega, Masashi Taniguchi as Jin Takayama/Kamen Rider Alpha, along with Rena Takeda as Mizuki Misuzawa and Ayu Higashi as Nanaha Izumi. In addition, the extermination team of Shundo Mitsutoshi, Kazuya Tanabe, Katsuya, Kanon Miyahara, Ryota Kobayashi are back, along with Takako Kato and Yuu Kamio as the Nozama Pharmaceuticals’ employees. Taro Kobayashi returns to perform the opening song.
Season 2 Story
In the past, a massive spill occurred at the Amazon experimental lab. Most of the survivors were destroyed, hot-blooded young men enjoyed hunting Amazons and the experiment seemed to be drawing to an end. Far than ending, however, it was entering a completely new phase. The number of cases of ordinary people turning into Amazons without warning was rising. The government formed a new extermination unit to assassinate people who had turned into Amazons secretly and struggled to hide the truth.
Chihiro/Kamen Rider Neo is a loner, a boy raised by Amazons who hates them but must suppress his cannibalistic urges. One day he meets Iyu, an Amazon girl who transforms into Crow Amazon and vanquishes Amazon enemies with her awesome fighting power. Chihiro is amazed at his first glance of Iyu, because she’s the first human he’s met without thinking, “I want to eat her.” She’s the first opponent he’s ever wanted to get close to, but Chihiro is unaware of her story. Iyu is a “Sigma,” a biological weapon brought back to life after her parents turned Amazon and killed her.
Opening Theme Song:
The opening theme song “DIE SET DOWN” is performed by Taro Kobayashi, composed by Nobuo Yamada, lyrics written by Mike Sugiyama, arranged by Tetsuya Takahashi and produced by Project R. The CD release of the new theme song also includes “Armour Zone,” the theme song to the first season of Kamen Rider Amazons.
Title: “Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2 Theme Song” (TBD)
Release date: May 24, 2017
Price: 1,500 yen plus tax
Kamen Rider Amazons season 2 will begin on April 7th and run for 13 episodes, with one new episode a week.
UPDATE – 9:50 PM EST – Information from Amazon press release added.
Source: Cinema Today, Amazon Press Release