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Kamen Rider Zero-One cast announced at press conference

Streamed to millions around the globe, the cast of the next installment in the Kamen Rider franchise were revealed at a press conference late last night.

After the toy catalogues are leaked, the next big event on the Kamen Rider calendar is the official press conference to introduce the cast, story and trailer. Late last night (UK time), Toei Company gathered their forces to put on full display their first offering of the Reiwa Era.

The Story

The main story of Kamen Rider Zero-One focuses on the shows main protagonist, Hiden Aruto, who serves as both Kamen Rider Zero-One as well as the head of Hiden Intelligence. In the universe of the show, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation have become more prevelant in society and have almost completely replaced humans in unskilled work. It transpires that this AI/robotics system, HumaGear, has been hacked and corrupted by a terrorist group, ThunderclapOfDestruction.net, and is being used for evil purposes. In his role as CEO of Hiden Intelligence, Zero-One vows to fight against them but he’s not the only team that seeks to thwart the terrorist uprising; also fighting the terrorists is the group known as Artificial Intelligence Military Service (A.I.M.S.). It is unclear whether A.I.M.S. will work with or against Hiden Intelligence but, in traditional Kamen Rider fashion, it’s likely they will start as enemies before coming together as allies.

Meet the Characters

Hiden Aruto (Kamen Rider Zero-One):
Aruto’s goal in life was to see his father smile but, after his passing, he is struggling to make ends meet as an entertainer, owing to his poor comedic styling. Quite suddenly, Aruto is appointed CEO of Hiden Intelligence, following the wishes of his grandfather Hiden Korenosuke. After initially refusing the role, Aruto changes his mind when he witnesses a hacked and rampaging HumaGear wreaking havoc. He transforms into Kamen Rider Zero-One using the Hiden Zero-One Driver – a piece of technology that can only be utilised by the CEO of Hiden Intelligence – and devotes himself to the fight against ThunderclapOfDestruction.net.

Fuwa Isamu (Kamen Rider Vulcan):
As the commanding officer of A.I.M.S., Isamu possesses supreme fighting capabilities and, too, devotes himself to fighting the terrorist group, ThunderclapOfDestruction.net. In his past, Isamu was injured in a mystery explosion at Hiden Intelligence’s experimental city. For this reason, he holds a grudge against the Hiden Intelligence CEO but reserves the most of his ire for the “murder machine” HumaGear. Under his leadership, A.I.M.S. believes that breaking the rules is just, so long as you’re destroying the HumaGear.

Izu (Secretary to the Hiden Intelligence CEO):
Izu is herself a HumaGear – a robotic AI assistant. Despite this, she is capable of learning and is able to adapt herself to each person that she interacts with. She is completely devoted to new Hiden CEO, Aruto, but finds herself completely frustrated that she must be the one to explain Aruto’s inane comedy.

Yaiba Yua (Kamen Rider Valkyrie):
As A.I.M.S.’s technical advisor, Yua was responsible for the development of the A.I.M.S. Rise Shooter system that both she and Isamu use to transform. She is a brave and intelligent female warrior who fights to maintain the security of the city. Yua holds an intense hatred towards HumaGear but tries to suppress that during battle.

Jin (ThunderclapOfDestruction.net Operative):
Jin is responsible for the spread of data that reprograms the HumaGear. He is destructive and petulent – submitting programming that causes the HumaGear to rampage and attack humanity.

Horobi (ThunderclapOfDestruction.net Leader):
The leader of the show’s antagonist terrorist group. He believes that AI systems are superior to people and should surpass humanity. He launched ThunderclapOfDestruction.net to hack and corrupt HumaGears, turning them into “murder machines”. He considers Hiden Intelligence CEO, Aruto, his rival and uses the catchphrase, ‘the day humanity will become an endangered species is near’.

Fukuzoe Jun (Vice President, Hiden Intelligence):
Jun is an an all around good guy but consistently finds himself playing second fiddle to others. After the former Hiden CEO dies, he believes that he will inherit that role but is shocked to discover that the position will pass to Aruto instead. From that day, Jun has viewed Aruto as an obstacle to his becoming CEO and secretly hopes that he will fail. Despite this, Jun takes pride in the success of Hiden Intelligence and works to maintain its prominence.

Koichi Yamadera will serve as the narrator, with Noriko Hidaka providing the voice for the AI system.

Other staff includes:
Producers – Chihiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Zi-O) and Takahito Omori (Build)
Main Writer – Yuya Takahashi (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid)
Main Director – Teruaki Sugihara (Lupinranger VS Patoranger)
Composer – Go Sakebe (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Action Director – Jun Watanabe

Should you be so inclined, you can watch the full press conference here:

Kamen Rider Zero-One will begin on September 1st in Japan.

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Full Q1 Kamen Rider Zero-One Catalogue Scans

While the gap between the reveal of the name and the first images of the new Kamen Rider are excruciating, the drop of the 1st Quarter catalogue is one of the most exciting days of the tokusatsu calendar! Here’s our first true look at Kamen Rider Zero-One…

The inaugural Kamen Rider offering of the Reiwa Era, Kamen Rider Zero-One will feature three Riders in the show’s 1st quarter, as well as a number of alternative and powerup forms; Toei Company really are hitting the ground running with this series!

The programme’s main henshin hero, Zero-One, will sport a yellow and black base form, accessed using the show’s main gimmick, Progrise Keys. Progrise Keys are small audio cassette style devices that hold the forms and weapons of our new Kamen Rider. He will transform using the Hiden Zero-One Driver, as pictured below.

Featuring multiple transformations, Kamen Rider Zero-One’s main sidearm is the Attache Calibur.

Further catalogue images have also revealed additional forms and Progrise Keys for Kamen Rider Zero-One. From the left, in the image below, we can see Flying Falcon, Biting Shark, Flaming Tiger, and Freezing Bear.

 

As the show progresses, Zero-One will receive his first upgrade form: Shining Hopper.

In Shining Hopper form, Zero-One will wield the Authorise Buster. This weapon will also be shared with secondary Riders.

Ever Rider needs bike (or they’re just a Kamen Walker, right?) and Zero-One is no different. The Risephone will convert between cellphone and motorcycle for the Kamen Rider’s convenience.

The DX toy release of the Risephone will be scaled to accommodate Rider Kicks Figures, unofficially announcing that the RKF series will carry forward into the Reiwa Era. This Rider Kicks advertisment also gives us better full person shots of Kamen Rider Zero-One.

Presumably holding the ability to chain together Progrise Key powers, this is the Progrise Key Connector. The DX toy release will be bundled with the Amazing Hercules Progrise Key.

Zero-One will not be the only Kamen Rider we’ll see in the show’s 1st quarter, though. These scans reveal secondary and tertiary Riders, Kamen Rider Vulcan, Kamen Rider Valkyrie, Kamen Rider Horobi, and Kamen Rider Jin.

Kamen Rider Vulcan’s catalogue reveal suggests that his base form will be Shooting Wolf, utilising a hand held transformation device modelled after a gun, the Aims Shot Riser.

Vulcan’s main sidearm will be the Attache Shotgun, another transformable weapon.

Production images from the scans give us a closer look at Kamen Rider Vulcan as well as the prop version of the Arms Shot Riser.

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Accessed via the Punching Kong Progrise Key, we know that Kamen Rider Vulcan will also be able to access other forms.

We also know that Vulcan will receive a Q1 upgrade form: Assault Wolf.

Our other secondary Rider, Kamen Rider Valkyrie, appears to be female! Hopefully this interpretation is true; we are long overdue a female main Rider. Regardless, Valkyrie will transform using the Rushing Cheetah Progrise Key. As a toy release, it will come bundled with the DX Progrise Key Holder. Like Kamen Rider Vulcan, Valkyrie will transform with the use of the Aims Shot Riser.

Another form for Kamen Rider Valkyrie has been revealed as Lightning Hornet.

In addition to these secondary Riders, the catalogue scans also reveal a couple of tertiary Riders. First up, is Kamen Rider Horobi. Horobi will have his own transformation device, the Forcerise Driver, and will utilise the Sting Scorpion Progrise Key.

Kamen Rider Horobi’s sidearm will be another transforming weapon, the Attache Arrow.

As pictured in the Rider Kicks scan above, another tertiary Rider called Kamen Rider Jin will join the series. Judging by the characters relative absence from the first quarter scans, though, we expect them to arrive closer to the second quarter of the series with any releated Progrise Keys, Drivers and weapons being released then.

Finally, the catalogue scans also featured a full sized mecha but little is know about it at this time. We’ll update the article when we get more information.

Hoo, boy! That’s a lot of toy reveals. We collectors better prepare our wallets accordingly!

Do you have a favourite toy reveal from the Q1 catalogue? What are your thoughts on the Kamen Rider Zero-One reveals in general? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section or join the conversation on our social media pages!

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Jackie Marchand posts original concept art from Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

While most of us in the United Kingdom slept last night, Ranger Nation was treated something special from the second Power Rangers film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

Former Power Rangers writer and producer, Jackie Marchand took to Twitter last night to post some concept art, puportly containing orginal ideas for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The images show over suit armaments called the Power Suites [sic] which would have been used underwater.

Jackie Marchand worked on Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin’ Season 3 to Time Force, and then again for the Disney era from Ninja Storm through to RPM. Marchand, while a fan of the Super Sentai series, was known for being against Power Rangers sticking rigidly to Sentai storylines and would routinely seek to add elements that would separate Power Rangers from its Japanese counterpart. These concept drawings seem to be an example of that.

You can view the concept art below:

While there was no mention of where in the movie these suits would have been used, you could speculate that they might have been used to storm Divatox’s submarine or to approach Maligore’s island without their Turbo zords.

What do you think of the concept drawings? Would you have liked to see them in the Turbo movie? Join the conversation on social media!