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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kamen Rider Fourze ~ First Episode Aired In Japan

The first episode of Kamen Rider Fourze, "The Youth Trans-Forms ("Sei Shun Hen Shin" (青・春・変・身) ", had aired today in Japan on TV Asahi.
Kamen Rider Fourze (仮面ライダーフォーゼ, Kamen Raidā Fōze?) is a Japanese tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series, being the thirteenth series in the Heisei period run and the twenty-second overall. It began airing on September 4, 2011, the week following the conclusion of Kamen Rider OOO,[1] joining Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger in the Super Hero Time lineup. Trademarks on the title were filed by Toei in April 2011[2][3][4] The series commemorates both the Kamen Rider Series' 40th anniversary but also the 50th anniversary of spaceflight, which began with Yuri Gagarin's flight in 1961.[5] The show's catchphrase is "Switch on youth 'cause space is here!" (青春スイッチオンで宇宙キター!, Seishun suitchi on de uchū kitā!?),[6] referencing the Fourze Driver (フォーゼドライバー, Fōze Doraibā?) transformation belt which gets its various powers from devices called Astro Switches (アストロスイッチ, Asutoro Suitchi?) to conjure attachments to Fourze's limbs.[1][7] As with the two previous series, the protagonist of Fourze made his debut in the annual summer film of the show's direct predecessor, appearing in Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals.
Fourze is written by Kazuki Nakashima, known for his screenplays of Oh! Edo Rocket and Gurren Lagann. The creature designer is Kia Asamiya, known for his artwork for the manga Martian Successor Nadesico and Silent Möbius. Koichi Sakamoto, known for his work in the American Power Rangers programs, serves as the series' main director after his work on the Kamen Rider W films and several episodes of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
The series focuses on Gentaro Kisaragi, a second-year student at Amanogawa High School (天ノ川学園高校, Amanogawa Gakuen Kōkō?, "Amanogawa" translates as Milky Way) who has a bad-boy image but seeks to make friends with those he meets at the school by forming a Kamen Rider Club for investigating the urban legends of the past Kamen Riders in the area.[8][9] He is joined in the club by Kengo Utahoshi, who has a strange switch-like device called an Astro Switch, along with access through his locker to a lunar base called the Rabbit Hatch (ラビットハッチ, Rabitto Hatchi?) and the super-bike known as the Machine Masshigler (マシンマッシグラー, Mashin Masshigurā?), and Yuki Jojima, a self-professed space otaku who also knows of the Astro Switches and the lunar base. They are opposed by third-year student Miu Kazashiro, a cheerleader and the self-appointed queen of Amanogawa High; assisted by Shun Daimonji, third-year student captain of the school's American football team; Tomoko Nozama, a first-year student and Goth girl who always carries around her tablet computer; and JK, another first-year student who often trades secrets for favors. The second-year homeroom teacher and classic literature teacher is Sarina Sonoda, who all of her students trust, and Chuta Ohsugi serves as the school's geoscience teacher. There is also a mysterious red-eyed man who is seen around Amanogawa High who gives out mysterious items called Zodiarts Switches (ゾディアーツスイッチ, Zodiātsu Suitchi?), which transform people into constellation-themed monsters known as Zodiarts (ゾディアーツ, Zodiātsu?)

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