Following this mornings’ press conference, we have now learned a great deal about the cast of the 20th Heisei Kamen Rider series- Kamen Rider Zi-O!
Here is what we know of the story so far:
*Kamen Rider Zi-O’s human name is Sougo Tokiwa. He’s described as “an ambitious young man who dreams of being a King.” Sougo’s catchphrase is “I feel like going somewhere!”
*Kamen Rider Geiz is actually a reference to the characters human name, Geiz Myokoin. He was sent back in time to kill Sougo before the Demon King can awaken.
*The female lead is also a time traveler; Tsukoyomi tries to guide Sougo & Geiz on the right path.
*Sougo’s great-uncle Junichiro Tokiwa will run the “hangout” area this season- a boutique called the Kujigojido Shop. He is a watchmaker & knows a lot about past Kamen Riders.
*To stop the Demon King from awakening & destroying the future, Zi-O & Geiz will travel through time to meet with past Kamen Riders. The cast of Kamen Rider Build and several faces from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid are shown returning to greet these new heroes!
*The villains are known as the TimeJackers and they come from the future to replace Zi-O with their own King- via candidates known as Another Riders– people found in other times & granted powers similar to Kamen Riders with devices called AnotherWatches. These AnotherRiders appear as monstrous versions of past Kamen Riders. By defeating them, Zi-O & Geiz will gain the powers of past Riders.
*Schwartz is the name of the TimeJackers’ leader- described as a violent older man. He is aided by a woman named Aura who can convince others to willingly accept AnotherRider powers. Accompanying them is a young man by the name of Wool who playfully experiments with time for his own amusement.
*A mysterious figure known as Wars appears to both the Riders & the TimeJackers. This man is described as “a prophet from the future” and reads tales of heroic actions from his unique book.
Finally, Bandai Japan has uploaded a special promotional video highlighting the history of Kamen Riders in the Heisei Era & acting as a teaser of sorts for this new series:
Kamen Rider Zi-O officially begins September 2 2018! Be sure to join in our Ongoing Zi-O Rumor Thread to share your thoughts and fears about this exciting new series!