Kamen Rider Zero-One was officially unveiled during a press conference in Tokyo on July 17, 2017. They discussed the characters, their transformation points, plot, and showcased the newest Rider and his motorcycle.
Kamen Rider Zero-One is the first Reiwa Kamen Rider of the era. The series tells the tale of the battle between humans and AI technology.
The protagonist is not only Kamen Rider Zero-One but serves as the young president of an AI Company, AI Robo. Things are running smoothly until terrorists hack into their system, making the AI “evil,” but are they really “evil?” The real evil is the fear of AI. But, in order to protect humanity, our hero must defeat the runaway AI. The story brings together both humans and AI so both can coexist.
The president of AI Robo isn’t fighting alone. The Japanese government sees the threat and has established AIMS, which is an anti-AI special service organization that is working to suppress the runaway AI.
The main cast appeared on stage:
Hiden Aruto/Kamen Rider Zero-One
Played by Fumiya Takahashi (高橋文哉)
Hiden Aruto/ was named President of the company in his grandfather’s will.
Fuwa Isamu/Kamen Rider Vulcan
Played by Ryutaro Okada (岡田龍太郎)
Fuwa Isamu is the leader of the anti-AI organization AIMS. He excels at fighting and works to maintain the security of the city.
Played by Noa Tsurushima (鶴嶋乃愛)
Izu is a flying AI who works as a Secretary.
Yaiba Yua/Kamen Rider Valkyrie
Played by Igeta Hiroe (井桁弘恵)
Yaiba Yua is a tech advisor at AIMS. She’s intelligent in the field of Science, has excellent fighting ability, and can transform into a Kamen Rider.
Kamen Rider Zero-One is also the first series where a female Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Valkyre, will transform from the beginning of the series.
Played by Daisuke Nakagawa (中川大輔)
Jin is leader of the terrorist group.
Played by Shuya Ikeya (砂川脩弥)
Horubi is a commander of the terrorist group.
Played by Kazuya Kojima (児嶋一哉)
Fukuzoe Shun serves as Vice President, a man who has always come in second place.
Providing the narration voice is Koichi Yamadera (山寺宏一) and AI voice is by Noriko Hidaka (高のり子). Both have previously had roles in tokusatsu series.
The series is written by Yuya Takahashi (高橋悠也), who has written for many of the Kamen Rider series, including Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. Music is by Go Sakabe (坂部剛).
It was also announced that Kamen Rider Zero-One’s transformation belt, the DX Hiden Zero-One Driver, would go on sale for 6,980円 (plus tax) on August 1, 2019 via lottery at Premium Bandai and will be officially released before the show’s debut on August 31, 2019.
The driver will come with the DX Driver and the Rising Hopper Ability Jump Key. Three AAA batteries are necessary and not included.
Kamen Rider Zero-One will debut on September 1, 2019.