UnKamen Cast RX 229 – (We Must) Mamoru Mamoru

After some audio difficulties, an intercontinental journey, and an overwhelming sense of antipathy, Aleph and Sono have returned a few episodes past where we were before, skipping over the last few episodes of Zi-O to move from one form of hereditary power to a similar (but slightly different) one as the UnKamenCast R!X! returns to begin our coverage of Kamen Rider Zero-One!

In this episode, your humble hosts check out the first two episodes of the first Rider of the Reiwa era!  Sono is glad to see dreams defended, Aleph appreciates the series’ approach to AI labor, and multiple HumaGears are subjected to horrors which make your hosts all kinds of uncomfortable.


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Kamen Rider Zero-One

Episode 01 – I’m the President and a Kamen Rider
Episode 02 – Is the AI guy friend or foe?

Episode Writer: Takahashi Yuya
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki


A new year, a new Kamen Rider. This year we see the return of Takahashi Yuya in out lead writing position and… Look, I watched this episode when I was in Japan, and about mid-way through the episode, I said out loud to myself, “Is this by the Ex-Aid guy?” And it sure is. This is no shade on Yuya. These aren’t the same show by any means, but his sense of humor comes through very clearly and I enjoyed Ex-Aid more than enough to be willing to welcome him back to usher in the Reiwa Era.

We also have Sugihara Teruaki in his first go-around as lead director. He directed small chunks of Zyuoger and Kyuranger, as well as a little over a quarter of Lupinranger vs. Patranger, and it’s movie. So he’s been working his way up in Sentai the past few years and made the jump to being a lead over here on Rider. I think his directing style meshes really well with Yuya’s writing so I’m really eager to see what they do together!

This season, we’re also welcoming a new suit actor for our main rider as Takaiwa Seiji’s hanging up the helmet (and, after 20 years of moving in that hot-and-heavy armor, who can blame him?) in the form of Yuya Nawata, most notable as being Kamen Rider GenM (particularly of note ‘cuz he was the Dangerous Zombie suit) and Kamen Rider Geiz in Zi-O.  If you, like me, have enjoyed getting familiar with Seiji’s particular tics as a suit actor, you’ll find a wealth of real differences from his style in Nawata’s performance here.



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UnKamenCast RX 226 – The Absurdity Express

Content Advisory: Given some of the themes these episodes of Zi-O touch on, the discussion gets a little heavy with regard to discussions of self-harm, blame, depression, and death.  As ever, we strive not to be leering or explicit about it, but it bears mentioning beforehand.

Byun byun, motherfrickers!

All the numbers on the digital clockface are the same, so open the door to absurdity with the return of the Den-Liner, the train which travels through time!  Is its next stop the past or the future?  Neither!  It’s the eternal present of the podcast format here on the UnKamenCast R!X!  In this episode, Momotaros continues to be the best (and the worst), Aleph feels some Yasuko Kobayashi energy, and Sono appreciates the skill with which this episode mirrors the core of Den-O, even if it never relates it back to the original.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 39 – DenLiner Crash
Episode 40 – Grand Climax

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki


As Mentioned:

Chappie

“King Crimson” from Jojo

Simple and Clean (PlanitB mix)” by Utada Hikaru

The Qixi Festival @ wikipedia (Vega, Altaïr, and Deneb)

Yuuto Sakurai’s wearing two hats: image0


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UnKamenCast RX 225 – New Hopper Bros. U

CLOCK UP!

Welcome back to the UnKamenCast R!X!, your hosts are dragged to a new Hell when they follow Tokiwa Sougo into the mouth of weirdness, aka the world of Kamen Rider Kabuto.  In this episode, the Hopper Brothers return (kinda), Aleph has some thoughts about integrated Riderverses, and Sono appreciates Woz’s artistic ambitions.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 37 – Next Level Kabuto
Episode 38 – The One Chosen By Kabuto

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei


As Mentioned:

Kagami taking his shirt off to God Bless America from Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love

Won’t Be Home” – Rhett Miller


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UnKamenCast RX 224 – Hell for the Queen

In this contentious episode of the UnKamenCast R!X!, we’re looking at Zi-O’s tribute to Kamen Rider Kiva and… things go a bit awry.  Sougo falls in love with a hardcore murder-lady, Aleph acknowledges holes and limitations in his critical faculties, and Sono is both mad and disappointed.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 35 – First Love, Wake Up!
Episode 36 – First Love, Finally!

Episode Writer: Toshiki Inoue
Episode Director: Tamura Naoki


As Mentioned:


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UnKamenCast RX! 223 – Parti Oni

In this episode of the UnKamenCast R!X!, your humble-adjacent hosts follow Tokiwa Sougo and company as they revisit that strangest entry in a strange chunk of Heisei Rider, Kamen Rider Hibiki!

In this episode, Woz remembers his calling, Aleph appreciates some narrative needle-threading, and Sono gives some love to Kiriya Kyousuke.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 33 – Rejoice! Resound! Reverberate!
Episode 34 – The Heisei Oni & the Reiwa Oni

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Morota Satoshi


As Mentioned:

Final Attack Ride Hibiki from Kamen Rider Decade

Kamen Rider Shuki @ RiderWiki

Shonen Yo (the ending theme to Kamen Rider Hibiki, which rules)

Daimajin Kanon


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UnKamenCast RX! 222 – Here We Go, Count Zero

It’s time again for some Zi-O kamen-tary (see what we did there?) and this time, we’re going as old school as Zi-O seems likely to do with Kamen Rider Agito.  In this episode, your humble(ish) hosts are uncertain about Swartz’s ability as a villain, Aleph has some suit acting suspicions, Sono remains frustrated at the mechanics of time jackering, and a couple cooks bond over food.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 31 – Awaken Your Agito
Episode 32 –
Unknown Memories

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki


As Mentioned:

Hack the planet!


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UnKamenCast RX! 221 – 53 Pick-Up

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On this episode of the UnKamenCast R!X!, your hosts return to talk about Zi-O’s crossover with Kamen Rider Blade!  Mr. Toei acts like a coward, Sono’s getting tired of Swartz, and Aleph has some objections.


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 29 – Blade Joker?!
Episode 30 – We’ve Become a Trinity!

Episode Writer: Shimoyama Kento
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei


As Mentioned:

Playing Cards:

https://www.ellusionist.com/bicycle-ghost-playing-cards-deck.html

https://www.ellusionist.com/tiger-deck-legacy-edition.html
BOOOOONE?!?!?!?!


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