2019-2020: Kamen Rider Zero-One

raden238

Active Member
Ok Toei you got my attention. I was seriously debating whether or not I should put Kamen Rider on hiatus after Zi-O. I started watching every single Rider series as it aired NEW in Japan since Fourze in 2011. Never stopped since.

I have a few theories for such an interesting and cool name as Zero-One.

1. Is he related to Super-1? When I first heard the news, I couldn't help but think that Zero-One could possibly be a homage to Super-1. Maybe Toei is going back to it's cyborg roots? That would be awesome. Could he be the son of Super-1?

2. Is he related to Zi-O. Zero-One, Zi-O kinda similar names, makes me wonder if they would connected in some way besides the inevitable winter team-up movie that we'll be getting later this year.

3. He was named Zero-One because he is the First Main Rider in the Reiwa era.

4. He's named Zero-One because he's a cyborg? and that later on we'll get a Zero-Two, Zero-Three etc... So maybe we're getting a cyborg mechanical rider?

I never want to set my expectations high for Kamen Rider. Toei is so unpredictable and wacky with their toku heroes nowadays. We don't know what to expect because the name may not represent what that Rider really is. But I hope he is an homage to Super-1 and the Showa Riders in general. I would love see Kamen Rider return to the classic roots and it would make sense its a new era. Time to go back to basics at least for a year if possible.
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
"Zero-One" makes me think of the original Kamen Rider, but I doubt we're getting anything related to that. Still, cyborgs would be nice. The name reminds me of the Cyborg 009 franchise.
 

Shogun_Master

Why is every good TV show Cancelled
I would have to agree. My first guess would be that it's an homage to the original Rider series, since this is the first official Reiwa Era Rider. Well, I guess I'll be on standby until we find out more...
 

Toku Prime

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3. He was named Zero-One because he is the First Main Rider in the Reiwa era.
Yeah, I reckon this is the most likely answer. Either that or "Zero One" sounds close enough to something in Japanese that they can make a pun out of it. :rolleyes:
 

Black Fang

Active Member
Sounds like a Kikaider 01 homage.

Honestly I was kind of hoping for something different for Reiwa. Say, if Ryusoulger doesn't help Sentai's ratings problem, they might end the regular show and do specials and movies from here on. I really wouldn;t mind something similar happening with Rider.

I sadly don't think we can really expect a great change in style and tone between Phase 2 Heisei and Reiwa. Definitely not in the same way Phase 1 Heisei was a great departure from Showa.
 

Shogun_Master

Why is every good TV show Cancelled
Oh, I did actually catch someone on Rangerboard say that the Japanese words for Zero-One are a pun for the word Reiwa. Unfortunately, that still doesn't really give us anything to go on. Apparently, we've been getting a lot of random hints, but none of them really make any genuine sense, yet. One of them brought up a walkman tape player, another said businessman & briefcases & then one just straight up said spiderman. So...o_O
 

Toku Prime

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Oh, I did actually catch someone on Rangerboard say that the Japanese words for Zero-One are a pun for the word Reiwa.
I think someone's been going around a lot of the boards pushing that theory but IMO it doesn't hold any water. The kanji for zero is indeed "rei" but the kanji for one is "ichi". So to get close you have to mix your languages and combine "rei" with "one" to get something like "reiwan"...and then pretend that "n" sound on the end just doesn't exist. It's just clunky compared to the level of wordplay we normally get in toku.
Apparently, we've been getting a lot of random hints
We're at that time of year where there's no information and so everyone just pitches their fan fiction or speculates like crazy and the more popular ones get shared around as if they have any kind of legitimacy.

Last year it was June before we got the first silhouette pictures of Zi-O, so give it another month and we might see one for 01.
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
We're at that time of year where there's no information and so everyone just pitches their fan fiction or speculates like crazy and the more popular ones get shared around as if they have any kind of legitimacy.
Well, since we're talking about fanfiction, allow me to tempt fate...

I wonder how many fans would be pissed if they decided to go the route of Black RX and make Sougo return for another year, his Rider powers evolved. Maybe it turns out that "Zi-O" was actually suppose to be written as initials, as in Z.O., and those initials stand for Zero-One. Get it?

Okay, maybe that's also a bit clunky, but considering the kinds of jokes and word play I've seen in these past few years, I find that more believable than some word play about how "Zero-One" sounds similar to "Reiwa". Besides, starting off a new era with a sequel instead of a new show? I doubt Toei would really do that. That sequel idea above just came to me randomly and I thought it was funny.
 

Dr Kain

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Well, someone just sent Rangerboard this.

https://twitter.com/TheRealMattHunt/status/1141337506224496647

There were a few more images around too, but they were just hand-drawn. No clue what to make of it yet, but someone did apparently put out a very convincing-looking catalog page not too long back that everyone seems fairly sure was fake, so...
Jesus, that makes the Decade costume look good.

Hopefully that is just someone's fanart and not want an actual suit would look like. It's suppsoed to be Kamen Rider not Silent Mobius.
 

Japaneseseriesfan

A simple passerby...
Are the corporate side of things really trying to project their practices as an ideal and theme for a hero now too?

Like, I thought the Zi-O design was in real bad taste, emphasizing his final form to be something close to a gold Rolex and then now this whole business attire as well? Jesus, how money minded and restricted is creativity these days? I'm just not a fan of that necktie. It's out of place and distracting.
 

SamuraiEchidna

Active Member
Coming soon: Kamen Rider Salary!
A typical office worker's world is thrown upside down when he must do battle against the Upper Management organization and their army of inner office demons, the Memonsters! Will he manage to balance his work life, family life, and his sense of justice; or will he die by over working?! This year... Report to your station, put up your office toys, and Henshin!!
If you can't defeat evil from your office cubical, you're fired!

Can't wait to see his sidekick from the next cubical over, Kamen Rider Cowork.
 

Black Fang

Active Member
Are the corporate side of things really trying to project their practices as an ideal and theme for a hero now too?

Like, I thought the Zi-O design was in real bad taste, emphasizing his final form to be something close to a gold Rolex and then now this whole business attire as well? Jesus, how money minded and restricted is creativity these days? I'm just not a fan of that necktie. It's out of place and distracting.
If only it had been... a scarf.

The base Zi-O form is ok, I think. Even Zi-O II and Oma Zi-O. It's everything else that's gawdy and unwieldy.
 

Dr Kain

Well-Known Member
I have no idea what you guys are referring to since I was smart and dropped Zi-O after episode 4.
 

Japaneseseriesfan

A simple passerby...
Sure. Let's pull the "I did this, therefore I'm smarter than you" card out. There is value in watching badly made things. If you only take after good examples, how do you know what not to do when trying to make your work in those shapes yourself? I mean, you can pull the "I'm smart, it'll work" card out, but even the wisest of people admit they don't know as much as they'd like to.
 

Toku Prime

Well-Known Member
The official Zi-O twitter account has announced that there will be a press conference for the new series on 17th July.

Oddly, it was done with a video of a female newsreader (click here to see) who is wearing some weird headphones and has something like a QR code printed onto her skin, as if they are trying to make her look like a cyborg. I'm not sure what, if anything, that has to do with the show.
 

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