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Kamen Rider Fourze
Number 22
Number of episodes: 48
First episode: Youthful Transformation
Last episode: Finale: Youthful Galaxy
Intro: Switch On!
Original airing: September 4, 2011-August 26, 2012
Producer: Toei Company
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This article is about the television series. For the series' main character, Fourze, see Gentaro Kisaragi.

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, joining Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, later Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, in the Super Hero Time lineup. Trademarks on the title were filed by Toei in April 2011. The series commemorates not only the Kamen Rider Series' 40th anniversary but also the 50th anniversary of spaceflight, which began with Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 flight in 1961. 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!?), 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 Astroswitches (アストロスイッチ Asutorosuitchi?) to conjure attachments to Fourze's limbs. 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.

Story

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Kamen Rider Club group photo

"Space, the limitless bounds of cosmic energy, and it's a wonderful world. This youth uses the Astro Switch to open the gates to the future. Space on your hands! Seize the youth and open your hands to grab the space!"
―Narrator[src]

Amanogawa High School has become the center of strange happenings, and things only get stranger when the bad boy styled transfer student Gentaro Kisaragi attempts to make friends in his own unique way, reuniting with childhood friend and self-professed space travel otaku Yuki Jojima, all while gaining the ire of loner Kengo Utahoshi and the school's queen bee Miu Kazashiro and her enforcer jock boyfriend Shun Daimonji , as garishly styled social butterfly JK and goth girl Tomoko Nozama watch on.

When monsters called Zodiarts begin to appear on campus, Kengo and Yuki attempt to use the strange devices they have found in the Rabbit Hatch lunar base a year ago that they can access through a locker on an off-limits part of campus to fight them. However, Gentaro interferes in their plans, in part due to Kengo's body unable to handle the strains of battle, and uses the devices to transform into Kamen Rider Fourze. As times goes on, the group gained a new member for the Kamen Rider Club, Ryusei Sakuta who is an exchange student from Subaruboshi High, concealing his identity as Kamen Rider Meteor. Eventually everyone found out when Ryusei killed Gentaro. Tachibana toke Ryusei's transformation and everyone was shocked when Meteor's identity was revealed.

Earning Kengo's trust and forgiveness, Ryusei is re-allowed the Meteor gear and fights alongside Kamen Rider Fourze and the rest of the KRC against the Zodiarts. However, to keep the Anti-Zodiarts Organization a secret, Ryusei must not transform in front of a Zodiart, until Tachibana reveals his identity as Virgo Zodiarts.

Characters

Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider Fourze Gentaro Kisaragi
Kamen Rider Meteor Ryusei Sakuta

Movie Riders

Kamen Rider Nadeshiko Nadeshiko Misaki

Novel Only

Kamen Rider Club

Main article: Kamen Rider Club
  • Kengo Utahoshi (歌星 賢吾 Utahoshi Kengo?), systems analyst
  • Yuki Jojima (城島 ユウキ Jōjima Yūki?), Founder, 2nd Club President, researcher
  • Miu Kazashiro (風城 美羽 Kazashiro Miu?), former Club President
  • Shun Daimonji (大文字 隼 Daimonji Shun?), Powerdizer Pilot, bodyguard
  • Tomoko Nozama (野座間 友子 Nozama Tomoko?), spiritual coordinator
  • JK (JK(ジェイク) Jeiku?), Peoples Relation Officer, researcher
  • Chuta Ohsugi (大杉 忠太 Ōsugi Chūta?), Club Adviser
  • Ran Kuroki (黒木 蘭 Kuroki Ran?), Member (2nd batch)
  • Haru Kusao (草尾 ハル Kusao Haru?), Member (2nd batch)

Horoscopes

Main article: Horoscopes
Sagittarius Zodiarts Mitsuaki Gamou
Scorpion Zodiarts Sarina Sonoda
Libra Zodiarts Kouhei Hayami
Cancer Zodiarts Natsuji Kijima
Aries Zodiarts Tatsumori Yamada
Leo Zodiarts Kou Tatsugami
Capricorn Zodiarts Tojiro Goto
Aquarius Zodiarts Erin Suda
Taurus Zodiarts Yuta Sugiura
Virgo Zodiarts Kuniteru Emoto
Gemini Zodiarts Dark Yuki
Pisces Zodiarts Ran Kuroki

Amanogawa High

Main article: Amanogawa High School
Sanagiman/ Inazuman Saburo Kazeta

Space Ironmen

Main article: Space Ironmen
Groundain Harumi Saeba
Skydain Shizuka Shirayama
Black Knight Black Knight
XVII XVII

Arsenal

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze Episodes
  1. Youthful Transformation (青・春・変・身, Sei・Shun・Hen・Shin)
  2. Space Superiority (宇・宙・上・等, U・Chū・Jō・Tō)
  3. Queen Election (女・王・選・挙, Jo・Ō・Sen・Kyo)
  4. Changing Illusion, Secret Maneuver (変・幻・暗・躍, Hen・Gen・An・Yaku)
  5. Friendship, Inside and Outside (友・情・表・裏, Yū・Jō・Hyō・Ri)
  6. Electric Shock, Steadily (電・撃・一・途, Den・Geki・Ichi・Zu)
  7. King Jerk (王・様・野・郎, Ō・Sama・Ya・Rō)
  8. Iron Calvary's Cooperation (鉄・騎・連・携, Tek・Ki・Ren・Kei)
  9. Witch's Awakening (魔・女・覚・醒, Ma・Jo・Kaku・Sei)
  10. Moonlight Clash (月・下・激・突, Gek・Ka・Geki・Totsu)
  11. Disappearing Moon Door (消・失・月・戸, Shō・Shitsu・Tsuki・To)
  12. Mission: Ken's Life (使・命・賢・命, Shin・Mei・Ken・Mei)
  13. School Refusal (学・校・拒・絶, Gak・Kō・Kyo・Zetsu)
  14. Stinger Onslaught (毒・針・猛・襲, Doku・Bari・Mō・Shū)
  15. Christmas Eve Choir (聖・夜・合・唱, Sei・Ya・Gas・Shō)
  16. Right and Wrong Conflict (正・邪・葛・藤, Sei・Ja・Kat・Tō)
  17. Meteor Appearance (流・星・登・場, Ryū・Sei・Tō・Jō)
  18. Gen/Ryu Showdown (弦・流・対・決, Gen・Ryū・Tai・Ketsu)
  19. Steel Dragon, Unmatched (鋼・竜・無・双, Kō・Ryū・Mu・Sō)
  20. Transcendent Magnetism (超・絶・磁・力, Chō・Zetsu・Ji・Ryoku)
  21. Mislead Course (進・路・誤・導, Shin・Ro・Go・Dō)
  22. True Self Dismissal (馬・脚・一・蹴, Ba・Kyaku・Is・Shū)
  23. Swan Alliance (白・鳥・同・盟, Shira・Tori・Dō・Mei)
  24. Hero's Desire (英・雄・願・望, Ei・Yū・Gan・Bō)
  25. Graduation Reluctance (卒・業・後・髪, Sotsu・Gyō・Ushio・Gami)
  26. Perfect Round Dance (有・終・輪・舞, Yū・Shū・Rin・Bu)
  27. Transformation Rejected (変・身・却・下, Hen・Shin・Kyak・Ka)
  28. Star Storm Comeback (星・嵐・再・起, Sei・Ran・Sai・Ki)
  29. Junior Silence (後・輩・無・言, Kō・Hai・Mu・Gon)
  30. Senior, Useless (先・輩・無・用, Sen・Pai・Mu・Yō)
  31. Subaruboshi Kingdom (昴・星・王・国, Subaru・Boshi・Ō・Koku)
  32. Super Space Sword (超・宇・宙・剣, Chō・U・Chū・Ken)
  33. Ancient City Mayhem (古・都・騒・乱, Ko・To・Sō・Ran)
  34. Heavenly Hole, Offensive and Defensive (天・穴・攻・防, Ten・Ketsu・Kō・Bō)
  35. Monster's Broadcast (怪・人・放・送, Kai・Jin・Hō・Sō)
  36. Serious Legend Song (本・気・伝・歌, Hon・Ki・Den・Ka)
  37. Star Follower Selection (星・徒・選・抜, Hoshi・To・Sen・Batsu)
  38. Winner Determination (勝・者・決・定, Shō・Sha・Ket・Tai)
  39. Campus Decree (勝・者・決・定, Gaku・En・Hat・To)
  40. Principle or Pathos (理・念・情・念, Ri・Nen・Jō・Nen)
  41. Club Collapse (部・活・崩・壊, Bu・Katsu・Hō・Kai)
  42. Archer's Reign (射・手・君・臨, I・Te・Kun・Rin)
  43. Light and Dark Twins (双・子・明・暗, Futa・Go・Mei・An)
  44. Star Luck Ritual (星・運・儀・式, Hoshi・Un・Gi・Shiki)
  45. Scale's Estrangement (天・秤・離・反, Ten・Bin・Ri・Han)
  46. Aloof Archer (孤・高・射・手, Ko・Kō・I・Te)
  47. Parting Friends (親・友・別・離, Shin・Yū・Betsu・Ri)
  48. Final Episode: Youthful Galaxy (青・春・銀・河, Sei・Shun・Gin・Ga)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max
  2. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
  3. Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space is Here!
  4. Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Fourze Hyper Battle DVD: Rocket Drill States of Friendship
  2. Kamen Rider Fourze Special Bonus DVD: Astroswitch Secret Report
  3. Kamen Rider Fourze: Climax Episode (director's cut of episodes 31 and 32)
  4. Kamen Rider Fourze: Final Episode (director's cut of last two episodes)

Book adaptations

Manga

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze (manga)

A manga adaptation of Kamen Rider Fourze, written and illustrated by MegaMan NT Warrior artist Ryo Takamisaki, was first published in the February issue of CoroCoro Comic Special.

Novel

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze: Amanogawa Graduation

A novel based on Kamen Rider Fourze is set to be released on March 1st, 2014.[1]

Crossover with Crayon Shin-chan

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze × Crayon Shin-chan

Four short crossover episodes, collectively titled Kamen Rider Fourze × Crayon Shin-chan (仮面ライダーフォーゼ×クレオンしんちゃん Kamen Raidā Fōze × Kureon Shin-chan?), between Kamen Rider Fourze and Crayon Shin-chan were shown in each show's time slots during April 2012 to promote their respective series' new films: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen and Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called!: Me and the Space Princess. The characters will crossover in two episodes of each respective series. The story follows Shin-chan teaming up with Kamen Rider Fourze in order to go to space and rescue Shin's younger sister who had been taken to Planet Himawari to become its princess. The first and fourth episodes feature both anime and live-action while the second and third were entirely animated.

Episodes

  1. Transform into Anime (アニメに変身だゾ Anime ni Henshin da zo?, April 13, 2012; Crayon Shin-chan time slot)
  2. Com-Bined At-Tack (合・体・出・撃 Gat Tai Shutsu Geki?, April 15, 2012; Kamen Rider Fourze time slot)
  3. Let's Rescue Himawari (ひまわりをお助けするゾ Himawari o Otasuke suru zo?, April 27, 2012; Crayon Shin-chan time slot)
  4. Just Not Enough Friends (友・達・未・満 Tomo Dachi Mi Man?, April 29, 2012; Kamen Rider Fourze time slot)

Cast

Guest cast

  • Toshiya Miura (三浦 俊也 Miura Toshiya?, 1, 2, 13, 14): Masanori Mizuno (水野 真典 Mizuno Masanori?)
  • Takashi Satake (佐竹 剛 Satake Takashi?, 7, 8): Satoshi Jinbo (神保 悟志 Jinbo Satoshi?)
  • Takato Daimonji (大文字 高人 Daimonji Takato?, 7, 8): Ryo Kamon (加門 良 Kamon Ryō?)
  • Ritsuko Usaka (鵜坂 律子 Usaka Ritsuko?, 9, 10): Hikari Kajiwara (梶原 ひかり Kajiwara Hikari?)
  • Junta Abe (阿部 純太 Abe Junta?, 15, 16): Tokimasa Tanabe (田辺 季正 Tanabe Tokimasa?)
  • Haruka Utsugi (宇津木 遥 Utsugi Haruka?, 21, 22): Nao Nagasawa (長澤 奈央 Nagasawa Nao?)
  • Man at Kick Boxing Gym (キックボクシングジムの男 Kikku Bokushingu Jimu no Otoko?, 21, 22): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二 Nakamura Kōji?)
  • Yayoi Tokuda (徳田 弥生 Tokuda Yayoi?, 25, 26): Kasumi Suzuki (鈴木 かすみ Suzuki Kasumi?)
  • Members of Light Music Club (軽音部員 Keionbuin?, 26): Kamen Rider Girls (仮面ライダーGIRLS Kamen Raidā Gāruzu?)
    • Nao Yasuda (安田 奈央 Yasuda Nao?)
    • Erika Yoshizumi (吉住 絵里加 Yoshizumi Erika?)
    • Kaori Nagura (名倉 かおり Nagura Kaori?)
    • Hitomi Isaka (井坂 仁美 Isaka Hitomi?)
    • Mitsuki Endo (遠藤 三貴 Endō Mitsuki?)
  • Member of Light Music Club (26): tatsuo (of everset)
  • Member of Light Music Club (26), JK's Father (Young) (JKの父親 Jeiku no Chichioya?, 35): Ryo (of defspiral)
  • Member of Light Music Club (26): Masaki (of defspiral)
  • Member of Light Music Club (26): AYANO (of FULL AHEAD)
  • Mei Shirakawa (白川 芽以 Shirakawa Mei?, 30-32): Runa Natsui (夏居 瑠奈 Natsui Runa?)
  • Yuki's Father (ユウキの父 Yūki no Chichi?, 43, 44): Yuu Kamio (神尾 佑 Kamio Yū?)
  • Yuki's Mother (ユウキの母 Yūki no Haha?, 43, 44): Mari Takahashi (高橋 麻理 Takahashi Mari?)
  • Haruto Soma (操真 晴人 Sōma Haruto?, 48): Shunya Shiraishi (白石 隼也 Shiraishi Shun'ya?)

Suit actors

Notes

  • This season was originally going to have been about the Kamen Rider Club investigating various urban legends about Kamen Riders, and would have featured appearences of many past Kamen Rider actors, however, this was scrapped due to it being too similiar to Kamen Rider Decade.
  • This series contains the most used of Ending Themes in Neo-Heisei period, being used it almost every episodes, except for some occasions. The other just use Ending Themes for rare occasions.
  • This is the first series since Kamen Rider Agito to not feature an original evil Rider/Anti-hero Rider in its films or respective show.
  • This is the only post-Kamen Rider Kuuga Heisei series to not include a Tertiary Rider.

References

  1. http://bookclub.kodansha.co.jp/bc2_bc/search_view.jsp?b=3148696
  2. Hero Vision, vol. 43
  3. 3.0 3.1 The episode 5 of Kamen Rider Fourze the Net Edition: Everyone, Let's Go to Class!
  4. Uchusen, Vol. 136
  5. "色々。|面白ければオールOK!". http://ameblo.jp/yabezo/entry-11171007957.html. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 

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