Kamen Rider fans are excited that the classic Totsukaku franchise crosses the line between live-action, manga, and animation with the upcoming anime, “Fuuto PI,” with support from Studio Kai. For those of you who still don’t know what “Kamen Rider” is, consider him to be the big brother of the “Power Rangers” (known as “Super Sentai” in Japan actually, but it is is another story). Together, the two are some of the most influential franchises in the Tokusatsu genre, a film style specializing in realistic effects to tell stories of superheroes, giant monsters, or bullet themes. The most important thing about “Kamen Rider” is that it has grown far beyond its humble beginnings as a 1971 Saturday morning action series to become a full-fledged multimedia series.
Since those humble days, several “Kamen Rider” series has been released with varying degrees of popularity. However, when it comes to “Fuuto PI”, we only see the 2009 show “Kamen Rider W” (pronounced “Kamen Rider Double”) and its derivative manga “Futo Tantei”. As an anime adaptation of “Futo Tantei”, “Fuuto PI” will introduce a lot to the vast and bizarre world of “Kamen Rider”. Here’s what we know so far about the release date, and plot of this upcoming show.
The release date for the show
The news of the anime “Fuuto PI” first became known in March 2021 when the company that owns “Kamen Rider” Toei announced the series on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Funimation has announced that they will air the series after its release. Toei also announced that the series will premiere in the summer of 2022.
Aside from the fairly wide release window, this is a truly historic moment for Kamen Rider as a franchise. Previously, the series had brief adventures with the animation world, but never a full anime, which is a shame Toei didn’t specify a release date for “Fuuto PI”. so that fans can be sure that “Fuuto PI” will be released next year.
The plotline for the show
Continuing the adventures of Shotaro and Phillip as Kamen Rider W, “Fuuto PI” delves into the duo’s life as they work to save Fuuto from evil. One day, the two meet a pink-haired girl who is attacked by criminals in the form of doping, a type of monster that humans can turn into a USB-like device known as “Gaia Memories”. After saving a girl named Tokime, Shotaro and Phillip hire him in his detective’s office.
Next, the Kamen Rider W duo, with the help of the police and Kamen Rider Accel, tackle the doping threat that still exists in the city (via Myanimelist). Although the program initially ended with the suspension of Gaia’s distribution, drug addicts remained a major threat to the city. Fortunately, the hero Kamen Rider W is still on the decline.
Lead characters – all the eccentricities we expect
The original “Kamen Rider W” focuses on the adventures of two people: private detective Shotaro Hidari and a guy named Phillip, who can team up to become the hero Kamen Rider W. In the original live show, they are the two races of Kiriyama. and Masaki Suda (via Anime News Network). However, these roles are likely to serve as the world of “Kamen Rider” moving from live-action to animation. The only problem is that neither Toei nor Studio Kai have announced who will replace the original cast, nor has the studio announced who will play one of the new roles in “Fuuto PI”, such as the new wife. of the duo, Companion, Tokina.
Actually, no casting announcement has been made yet. The company only revealed most of the anime’s staff. According to Anime News Network, “Fuuto PI” will be directed by Tousuke Kabashima, and the assistant director would be Ayataka Tanemura. Hidekazu Ebina and Sei Komatsubara lead the animation.