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W Title
Kamen Rider W
Number 21
Number of episodes: 49
First episode: The W Search/Two Detectives in One
Last episode: Goodbye to the E/A Bouquet of Justice to This City
Intro: W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~
Original airing: September 6, 2009-August 29, 2010
Producer: Toei Company
Production Order
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For the series' main character, W, see Kamen Rider Double.

Kamen Rider W (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) Kamen Raidā Daburu?, also called Kamen Rider Double) is a 2009-2010 Japanese tokusatsu drama, the eleventh series in the Heisei period run of the Kamen Rider Series. It premiered following the finale of Kamen Rider Decade on September 6, 2009,[1] and aired alongside Samurai Sentai ShinkengerIcon-crosswiki in TV Asahi's Super Hero Time programming block. Following Shinkenger's finale, it aired alongside Tensou Sentai GoseigerIcon-crosswiki, until W concluded on August 29, 2010. The series is described as the "Heisei Kamen Rider 10th Anniversary Project: Fall Campaign" (平成仮面ライダー10周年プロジェクト 秋の陣 Heisei Kamen Raidā Jusshūnen Purojekuto: Aki no Jin?). The catchphrases for the series are "We are the two-in-one Kamen Rider" (俺たちは/僕たちは、二人で一人の仮面ライダーさ Ore-tachi wa/Boku-tachi wa, futari de hitori no Kamen Raidā sa?) and "This clinches it!" (これで決まりだ! Kore de kimari da!?).

PromotionEdit

Advertisements throughout the months of May, June, and July 2009 built up to the debut of Kamen Rider W,[2] who first appeared at the 10th Anniversary Project MASKED RIDER LIVE & SHOW event,[3] and also featured in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker.

Hiroshi Tanahashi of New Japan Pro Wrestling is a self-admitted fan of Kamen Rider W, and in June 2010 made a new costume designed after Kamen Rider Double FangJoker's design[4] and wore it to a match in Osaka on June 19.[5] Rin Asuka also appeared at the match to promote the show.

Production and castingEdit

The series' main writer is Riku Sanjo and the main director is Ryuta Tasaki. The theme song titled "W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~" is performed by Aya Kamiki with former JUDY AND MARY guitarist TAKUYA as the unit "Aya Kamiki w TAKUYA" (上木彩矢 w TAKUYA Kamiki Aya w TAKUYA?).[6][7][8] The creature designer is Katsuya Terada, previously the character designer for Blood: The Last Vampire, the designer of Monster X for Godzilla: Final Wars, the designer of Cutie Honey's costume for Cutie Honey, and the mechanic and character design refinement for Yatterman.

Newcomer Masaki Suda portrays the mysterious Philip. Drama actor Renn Kiriyama, who made his acting debut as Bunta Marui in Musical Prince of Tennis: Absolute King Rikkai feat. Rokkaku ~ First Service, joins the cast as Shotaro Hidari. Hikaru Yamamoto, who made her acting debut in Watashitachi no Kyōkasho as Chiharu Nobue, portrays the female lead Akiko Narumi. Comedian and actor Takeshi Nadagi portrays Mikio Jinno and veteran actor Minori Terada, known for his leading role in The Human Bullet, portrays Ryubee Sonozaki.

StoryEdit

In the ecologically-minded city of Futo (風都 Fūto?, the "Windy City"), where nearly everything is powered by windmills, the people live in harmony. However, the Sonozaki Family sell mysterious devices resembling USB flash drives called Gaia Memories to criminals and other interested parties who use them to become monsters called Dopants, committing crimes with the police force powerless to stop them. To make matters worse, the Gaia Memories carry a dangerous toxin that cause their users to go insane to the point where they could die from the life-threatening devices. After the death of his boss, the self-proclaimed hard-boiled (actually half-boiled) detective Shotaro Hidari works with the mysterious Philip, who possesses the true Gaia Memory, to investigate crimes which involve Dopants. Using their own Gaia Memories, Shotaro and Philip use the Double Driver belts to transform and combine into Kamen Rider Double to fight the Dopant menace and keep Futo safe. While joined in their fight by investigator Ryu Terui, who transforms into Kamen Rider Accel, the mystery of Philip's past, his relation to the Sonozaki Family, and their Museum organization are revealed.[2][9]

CharactersEdit

RidersEdit

Kamen Rid er Double
Philip & Shotaro Hidari
Kamen Rider Accel Ryu Terui
Kamen Rider Joker Shotaro Hidari
Kamen Rider Cyclone Philip (Novel only)

Movie Exclusive RidersEdit

Kamen Rider Skull Sokichi Narumi
Kamen Rider Eternal Jun KazuKatsumi Daido

AlliesEdit

Narumi Detective AgencyEdit

Futo IrregularsEdit

Futo Police DepartmentEdit

OthersEdit

Kamen Rider Decade Tsukasa Kadoya
Kamen Rider Diend Daiki Kaito
Kamen Rider Kuuga Yusuke Onodera
Kamen Rider Kivala Natsumi Hikari
Kamen Rider OOO Eiji Hino
Kamen Rider Birth Shintaro Goto
Kamen Rider Fourze Gentaro Kisaragi
Kamen Rider Nadeshiko Nadeshiko Misaki
Kamen Rider Meteor Ryusei Sakuta

VillainsEdit

Sonazaki FamilyEdit

Terror Dopant Ryubee Sonozaki
Taboo Dopant Saeko Sonozaki
ClayDoll Dopant Wakana Sonozaki
Nasca Dopant Kirihiko Sudo/Sonozaki
Smilodon Dopant Mick

Foundation XEdit

Utopia Dopant Jun Kazu
Eyes Dopant Doctor Prospect

NEVEREdit

Cyclone Dopant Maria S. Cranberry
Heat Dopant Reika Hanehara
Luna Dopant Kyosui Izumi
Metal Dopant Gozo Domoto
Trigger Dopant Ken Ashihara

OthersEdit

Weather Dopant Shinkuro Isaka
Dummy Dopant Father Roberto Shijima
Spider Dopant Seiichiro Matsui
Bat Dopant Eren Komori
Commander Dopant Hiroshi Sagami
Kamen Rider Core Kamen Rider Core

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider W Episodes

Kamen Rider W Episodes

Wind Wave Internet radioEdit

Main article: Wind Wave FM

To tie into the show, TV Asahi, Toei, and Avex Trax have produced the Wind Wave FM Internet radio station. Only one of the shows, Wakana's Healing Princess (園咲若菜のヒーリングプリンセス Sonozaki Wakana no Hīringu Purinsesu?), also exists within the fiction of Kamen Rider W. The other programs, DJ Hurry Kenn's FU-TO Hit on Groove music show and Tsuyoshi and Ayano's Head Wind: One-Game Match!! (向い風 一本勝負!! Mukaikaze Ipponshōbu!!?) show, treat the television series as fiction, explicitly referring to the songs they play as theme songs (as part of a mail in request, DJ Hurry Kenn played AAA DEN-O form's "Climax Jump", and referred to it as the theme song for Kamen Rider Den-O). All of DoubleTemplate:'s theme songs have been played as part of the various radio shows, several of which were first heard on the "radio" before being utilized as part of an episode's soundtrack. On March 7, a new radio show featuring Queen & Elizabeth titled Queen & Elizabeth's White Hearts!! (QueenとElizabethの白抜きハートマーク!! Kuīn to Erisabesu no Shironuki Hātomāku!!?) began "airing", but was discontinued a month later. To mirror the current events in the show's story, Healing Princess was cancelled on June 13, 2010.

Mini-DramasEdit

Main article: Shotaro Hidari Hardboiled Delusion Diary

As part of the special features on the DVD releases, a series of short films are included called "Shotaro Hidari Hardboiled Delusion Diary" (左翔太郎ハードボイルド妄想日記 Hidari Shotaro Hādoboirudo Mōsō Nikki?) in which Shotaro daydreams about what life would be like if he, Akiko, or Ryu acted differently. These feature a Dopant from the DVD volume in a completely different role than it had in the series proper. These are then followed by members of the cast discussing their favorite parts of the episodes included on the DVD volume.

Volume titles
  1. If Akiko Was Actually an Excellent Secretary (もしも亜樹子が優秀な秘書だったら Moshimo Akiko ga Yūshū na Hisho dattara?)
  2. If Akiko Was Actually a City Councilwoman (もしも亜樹子が市議会議員だったら Moshimo Akiko ga Shigikaigiin dattara?)
  3. If Akiko Was Actually a Maid (もしも亜樹子がメイドだったら Moshimo Akiko ga Meido dattara?)
  4. If Akiko Was Actually a Phantom Thief (もしも亜樹子が怪盗だったら Moshimo Akiko ga Kaitō dattara?)
  5. If Ryu Was Actually a Private Investigator (もしも竜が探偵だったら Moshimo Ryū ga Tantei dattara?)
  6. If Akiko Was Actually an Idol (もしも亜樹子がアイドルだったら Moshimo Akiko ga Aidoru dattara?)
  7. If Akiko Was Actually a Magician (もしも亜樹子がマジシャンだったら Moshimo Akiko ga Majishan dattara?)
  8. If Akiko Was Actually an "Extreme Wife" (もしも亜樹子が【極妻】だったら Moshimo Akiko ga "Gokutsuma" dattara?)
  9. If Akiko Was Actually a Younger Sister (もしも亜樹子が妹だったら Moshimo Akiko ga Imōto dattara?)
  10. If Akiko Was Actually a Hit Man (もしも亜樹子が殺し屋だったら Moshimo Akiko ga Koroshiya dattara?)
  11. If Akiko Was Actually an Old Woman (もしも亜樹子がおばあちゃんだったら Moshimo Akiko ga Obaachan dattara?)
  12. If Everyone Was Actually Hard-Boiled (もしも誰もがハードボイルドだったら Moshimo Dare mo ga Hādoboirudo dattara?)

Planetarium filmEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider: The Fearful Global Warming Plan

At several planetaria throughout Japan, Toei had produced a film called "Kamen Rider: The Fearful Global Warming Plan" (仮面ライダー 恐怖の地球温暖化計画 Kamen Raidā Kyōfu no Chikyū Ondanka Keikaku?) to teach children about global warming (with narration by Hirohiko Kakegawa). Shotaro Hidari (portrayed by Kiriyama) and Philip (portrayed by Suda) who transform into Kamen Rider Double, alongside Kamen Rider 1 (voiced by Tetsu Inada), Kamen Rider 2 (voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto), and the ten previous Heisei Riders, fight Shocker led by its President (Hidekatsu Shibata) and Gel-Shocker's Hiruchameleon (voiced by Yasuhiro Takato) who plan on destroying the Earth by having it succumb to global warming. Airings first began at the Fukuoka Science Museum on June 5, 2010, and later at Kagawa Prefecture's Sanuki Kid's Land, Chūō, Tokyo's Time Dome Akashi, the Seki Manabi Center, the Kagoshima Municipal Science Center, the Tondabayashi Subaru Hall, and the Sendai Astronomical Observatory in Aoba-ku, with shows starting later in the year at the Kobe Science Museum in Chūō-ku, Kobe, and the Saitama Municipal Youth's Astronomical Science Museum in Urawa-ku, Saitama. [10]

PlaybackEdit

For WTemplate:'s S.I.C Hero Saga side story Kamen Rider W: Playback commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series with Shotaro Hidari and Philip leading Shotaro Ishinomori through the events following his creation of the television series in 1971. The first episode was published in Hobby Japan, July 2011. Each episode is named after a different story written by Raymond Chandler.

  1. Red Wind (赤い風 Akai Kaze?)
  2. The Finger Man (指さす男 Yubisasu Otoko?)
  3. Double Indemnity (深夜の告白 Shin'ya no Kokuhaku?)
  4. The Big Sleep (大いなる眠り Ōinaru Nemuri?)
  5. The High Window (高い窓 Takai Mado?)
  6. The Little Sister (かわいい女 Kawaii Onna?)
  7. The Long Goodbye (長いお別れ Nagai Owakare?)

The One Who Continues After ZEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider W ~The One Who Continues After Z~

Kamen Rider W ~The One Who Continues After Z~ (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) ~Zを継ぐ者~ Kamen Raidā Daburu ~Zetto o Tsugu Mono~?), written by Riku Sanjo, is part of a series of spin-off novel adaptations of the Heisei Era Kamen Riders. Phillip takes up Shotaro's job in solving cases after he becomes sick. Phillip uses Kamen Rider Double FangJoker and fights alongside with Kamen Rider Accel, however the Dopants get tougher and forces Philip to become a Kamen Rider himself: Kamen Rider Cyclone. The novel was released on November 30, 2012.

CastEdit

Guest starsEdit

Suit actorsEdit

NotesEdit

  • Despite being the fourth tokusatsu show to feature a character with two halves being different colors (the other three being Android Kikaider, Kikaider 01, and Metalder), this is the first show to utilize two heroes using the same body to fight.
  • Three W movie/movie chapters name corresponding to three Batman movie
  • This is the first Japanese entry in the series to officially use the term "Kamen Rider", in Romanized English. All previous series and riders were referred to in official English materials as "Masked Rider".

ReferencesEdit

  1. Uchuusen No. 125
  2. 2.0 2.1 Telebikun August 2009
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  6. "桐山漣と菅田将暉が合体で仮面ライダーW - 芸能ニュース : nikkansports.com". http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/f-et-tp0-20090629-512230.html. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  7. "新イケメンライダーはジャニーズ系美男子でW主演! - 東京ウォーカー". http://news.walkerplus.com/2009/0629/15/. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  8. "新・仮面ライダーは"2人で1人"の「仮面ライダーW」 ニュース-ORICON STYLE-". 2009-06-29. http://contents.oricon.co.jp/news/movie/67270/full/. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  9. "仮面ライダーダブル introduction|東映[テレビ]". http://www.toei.co.jp/tv/w/story/1189003_1613.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  10. "プラネタリウム番組情報「仮面ライダー 恐怖の地球温暖化計画」|株式会社五藤光学研究所". http://www.goto.co.jp/contents/pla_detail/p_ditail_maskedrider_w.html. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  11. "菅田 将暉". http://www2.topcoat.co.jp/sugo/top/index.php. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  12. "コン・テユ 公式ブログ ★パイナップル畑で待ち合わせ★: 仮面ライダーW". 2010-05-23. http://blog.watanabepro.co.jp/gongteyu/archives/2010/05/post_677.html. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  13. "その名もっ!-平田裕香の日記". 2010-07-01. http://yaplog.jp/nigun-niiba/archive/851. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
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