Kamen Rider Ex-Aid True Ending will be released in theaters on Saturday, August 5, 2017. In this film, a key item is the PlayStation VR, which is a transformation item. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid will use the PSVR to transform into his new form, Creator Gamer. The story will take place between reality and the VR World. Prior to the movie’s release, exclusive VR content was delivered to the PlayStation Store.
In commemoration of the film release, a few cast members from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid spoke about their experiences and played games, including Monster Escape, on the PSVR:
- Hiroki Iijima – Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
- Toshiki Seto – Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave
- Ukyo Matsumoto – Taiga Hayana/Kamen Rider Snipe
- Tetsuya Iwanaga – Dan Kuroto/Kamen Rider Genm
- Ruka Matsuda – Poppy Pipopapo/Asuna Karino/Kamen Rider Poppy
Playing One Game from Two Perspectives
Please tell us your impressions of the PlayStation VR Game Monster Escape
Matsumoto: We were able to get excited. it was really beautiful when the monster rose from the bottom of the sea.
Iijima: I played the VR game for the first time, and it’s really exciting for everyone. While I was touching the ocean floor, the water was realistically reproduced and I really enjoyed the feeling of becoming a monster, since I’m usually a hero (laughs)
Seto: It’s a fun way of playing games with a different sense of reality. Of course not only on the monster’s side, but for anyone not wearing a VR headset. Anyway, I think it was nice being able to have fun.
Iwanaga: I was able to feel how the game progressed. How Ex-Aid started as a retro game but became a virtual reality game. Recently, I’ve played many different games, but I think VR is something people can gather together and play.
Matsuda: In VR, it feels like being inside a game world and entering the game’s areas, which is one of the features of our work. I thought it was new to play one game from two perspectives. I enjoyed myself very much.
Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid… A Gamer from the Ex-Aid Cast
You have seemed to enjoyed Monster Escape. Do you usually play games?
Iijima: I do! I like RPGs. It’s a type of game I will stay up all night playing to advance in the story. I am out of sight when I’m addicted.
Seto: I understand. I really won’t stop. I know I shouldn’t do it, but I’ve done it until my eyes reach their limit. I will play until I’m sleepy. For RPGs, I like the Final Fantasy series.
Matsumoto: I like Kingdom Hearts and Metal Gear Solid.
Iijima: I like the Tekken series. What kind do you like Iwanaga?
Iwanaga: I’ve become quite involved in Rocksmith. It’s a game where the instrument becomes the controller and plays according to the flowing music. It feels like “the future has come to my home!”
Matsuda: When I play games, I become concerned about the programming. When I thought about playing the PSVR for the first time, I wondered how did they make this 360 degrees? It’s amazing! I regret that I don’t have a larger vocabulary to express how great it is (laugh)
Iijima: Well, were there games where you want to communicate with the objects or characters on the screen? But the other person is right in front of you. I think that it’s truly amazing to be able to feel people in the game.
Matsuda: (Note: PSVR has a microphone) Since we can talk to people on smart phones, the day will come where we can talk to the characters in the game. I am looking forward to it.
Since VR is vital in the upcoming movie, can you tell us about the movie as well?
Seto: Iijima and I took a medical course before this shoot.
Iijima: In the story, children with diseases come out. Up until now, I haven’t had solid knowledge about children’s illnesses, but I learned more by taking the course.
Seto: The desire for us to know more about the children fighting these diseases is strong because of this work.
Matsuda: I want parents and children to see this together. There may be some difficult moments for children alone, but those parts are important.
I see. It’s an important story for adults. Finally, is there anything you want children to pay attention to?
Seto: The Simultaneous transformation. There’s a cool part where all the Kamen Riders transform at the same time. I can’t express how cool it is, so please see it at the theater!
Matsumoto: I have a fight scene against enemies. In a scene where friendships and close ties appear… I think, after all, I have a friend, so I think I can do my best.
Iwanaga: I had a scene where I had to interrogate someone, and got quite heated. It was a challenge because I think I’m quite a gentle person. I want you to see it.
Matsumoto: I don’t have just one scene. Everyone is fighting, believing, and communicating with their companions. Everyone has something on their shoulders while fighting. There are many things to see!
Iijima: Since each Kamen Rider has strong emotions and faces a variety of things, I want you to see our brave figures on the screen!
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid True Ending and Uchu Sentai Kyuranger the Movie: Gase Indaver Strikes Back will be released together on August 5, 2017.
Watch a portion of the interview here:
Article Sources: PlayStation