The 20th Heisei Kamen Rider was announced as Kamen Rider Zi-O. More details have been announced regarding the new Kamen Rider, such as the official logo, suit design, plot summary, and more.
Kamen Rider Zi-O will debut on TV Asahi on September 2, 2018. He is a “Time Travel” Rider with a watch motif. The hero transforms by loading a themed watch into his transformation belt. Each watch corresponds with a past Heisei Kamen Rider. For example, with the Build Rider Watch, he will don a suit of “Build Armor,” where will have the power of physics at his side.
The story takes place in Autumn 2018. A time-travelling girl arrives in a time machine from the year 2068. She heads back to the past to find a hero, as there is a demon who is tormenting people and destroying all hope within the world.
Zi-O is destined to be king, but may not be a hero after all. He becomes a demon… so what will become of his fate in the future? This is a story of a Rider who is destined to become king, but will fight in the past, present, and future to save time. Kamen Rider Zi-O will then encounter past Heisei Kamen Riders along the way.
Shinichiro Shirakura (白倉伸一郎) who has worked on past works like Kamen Rider Den-O, Amazon, etc is the producer of this series. Ryuta Tasaki (田崎竜太), who has worked on several Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series, will be Directing Kamen Rider Zi-O, which is destined to be the “last” Heisei Kamen Rider. The last series he directed was Kamen Rider Drive from 2014-2015.
The musical score is composed by Toshihiko Sahashi (佐橋俊彦), who previously worked on Kamen Rider Kuuga, Hibiki, Agito, and Den-O. Takeshi Miyazaki (宮崎剛), who is part of Japan Action Enterprises, is the Action Director with Hiroshi Butsuda (佛田洋) as the special effects supervisor.
In charge of the script is Kento Shimoyama (下山健人), who previously worked on Kamen Sentai Gorider, but is more well-known for his work in the Super Sentai series. In charge of the creature designs is Yutaka Izubuchi (出渕裕), who previously worked on the monster designs for Kamen Rider OOO.
More details for Kamen Rider Zi-O will be announced on August 7, 2018 on the KDDI Video Service. Kamen Rider Zi-O will make his screen debut in the upcoming film Movie Version Kamen Rider Build Be the One, which will be released on August 4, 2017.
Article Sources: Natalie