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.
- As Mentioned:
- Chobits (CLAMP)
- A Chobits Wiki
- The VP’s HumaGear Assistant, Shester (the red one)
- A deconstruction/reconstruction of Jack Kirby’s OMAC
- Unable to find the article or video or whatever where Taika Waititi talks about the “cool guy” phenomenon, we’ve opted to include a work by someone else discussing the phenomenon in Thor: Ragnarok – Thor and His Magic Patu: Notes on a Very Māori Marvel Movie
- Roomba scared of thunder storms
Hit up the hosts to talk about Sentai, Rider, and tokusatsu in general.