Although Shin Kamen Rider arguably the main project in Toei’s ongoing celebration of the franchise’s 50th anniversary, there are also two more projects in the pipeline. The first is called a new TV series Kamen Rider Black Sun, a “reboot” of Kamen Rider Black. Also announced was an animated adaptation of Fuuto PI, the manga series that served as a sequel to the years 2009 Kamen Rider W
Kamen Rider Black was one of the most popular series in the franchise, especially among the Showa era (1926-1989) productions. First broadcast in 1987, the series starred stepbrothers Kohtaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki, who were kidnapped by the evil Gorgom sect. The brothers are subjected to cyborg operations to transform them into future ‘Century Kings’, destined to compete for supremacy and become ‘Creation King’. Kohtaro manages to escape before the cult has completed its brainwashing and takes on the mantle of Kamen Rider Black to defeat the cult and save his stepbrother.
Kamen Rider Black Sun takes its name from “Black Sun”, the sect’s code name for Kohtaro (Nobuhiko was called “Shadow Moon”). The series is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi, who directed the movies The blood of wolves and The path of the devil, among other things. Shiraishi has also directed episodes of Netflix series Hibana: Spark. According to the official site In a press release, the series will be “a new interpretation of a story steeped in the pathos of the hero’s harsh fate” and made to appeal to adults.
Fans of cartoon productions can also look forward to Fuuto PI, an anime series based on the Fuuto Detective manga. Written by Riku Sanjou and illustrated by Masaki Satou, Fuuto Detective continues the story of Kamen Rider W and stars Philip and Shotaro, the series’ two protagonists. Shotaro is a detective and Philip his partner. The pair can insert certain USB sticks called “Gaia Memories” into a special belt and combine to form the two-tone hero Kamen Rider W. Together they investigate threats and fight monsters in Fuuto City. The manga adds a new mystery from the enigmatic beauty Tokime.
To build excitement for the announcements, the Toei Tokusatsu World Official Youtube Channel uploaded the first episodes of Kamen Rider Black and Kamen Rider W, with English subtitles.
Watch the first episode of Kamen Rider Black
And Kamen Rider W
Funimation also announced Which Fuuto PI is streamed on the platform when it starts its broadcast run. However, no details were given about the actual series release date. Kamen Rider Black Sun is scheduled for release in the spring of 2022.
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