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Sougo Tokiwa, a high school student born in the year 2000, has always dreamed of becoming a king when he encounters a mysterious girl named Tsukuyomi, who hails from the future in a desperate effort to alter her dire future. She presents Sougo with an ominous warning "You will become the king of all time, Kamen Rider Zi-O, a demonic king destined to rule the world.”. Sougo takes up the mantle as Kamen Rider Zi-O to stop the Time Jackers from destroying the very fabric of space-time while protecting the legacy of the Heisei Kamen Riders that came before him. During his journey alongside Geiz Myokoin, a Kamen Rider from Tsukuyomi's future, and the mysterious prophet Woz who reminds Sougo of his demonic destiny, they will meet their esteemed predecessors, who they must gain their trust and powers in order to create a new future for the Kamen Riders and mankind itself. This is the story of a Kamen Rider who would be king, who will fight to save the past, present, and future, encountering the various Heisei Kamen Riders throughout space-time. [Source: Kamen Rider Wiki] Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 49
  • Aired: Sep 2, 2018 - Aug 25, 2019
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 709 users)
  • Ranked: #5870
  • Popularity: #6214
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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GalacticMagna
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Sep 11, 2019
49 of 49 episodes seen
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Overall 4.0
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Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
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Kamen Rider ZI-O is an example of a series that’s fanservice first, and story second. As expected the producer of ZI-O Shinichiro Shirakura and main writer Kento Shimoyama has both has history in lots of horrible shit. Shimoyama was responsible for the shitty adaptation known as “Death March to Parallel World Rhapsody”. And if you guys are toku fans he was responsible for the infamous series, “Shuriken Sentai Ninninger”. Shirakura on the other hand, to make it simple, he doesn’t like tokusatsu. With this review, I’m gonna tell you the Pros and Cons of this series. With that said, Shall we begin the review?


Brief Summary:

ZI-O is about our main protagonist, Sougo Tokiwa. He had this motivation into becoming king. However, what he doesn’t know is that it would lead to a post apocalyptic future where he has done multiple of horrible things known as Omha ZI-O. In order to stop this from happening, two time travellers Geiz Myokuin and Tsukuyomi must stop him. Once Sougo is given the Ziku Driver from his future follower, Woz and the ridewatch he found he is able to transform into Kamen Rider ZI-O.


Pros:

The Opening theme: “Over Quartzer” is a grand step up from it’s previous rider opening theme. I like the instrumentals. And the singers are the people that sung previous Kamen Rider Openings, ISSA for Faiz and Shuta Sueyoshi for Den-O.




Woz: No lie Woz was the only character that had some type of likability, He may not have the most developments but just his screen time was a delight. And how can you NOT like it when he says “IWAE”.



A Great Middle: From the Wizard arc till around the Blade Arc (the moment he gets Trinity), it felt like ZI-O could’ve have potential. Showing Sougo that he does have some decent characteristics other than “I want to be king”. And to boot Geiz having some sort of respect of Sougo. May I say more?



Awesome Insert songs: Like the Opening theme, I also like the OST and insert songs. Makes me feel estatified of the fights. Especially with songs like “Toki no Ouja” and “Next New World”



Future Riders: I think this was actually good, despite being another way for Woz getting three various forms. I mean it does show we do have riders in the future. But this is the branch if Oma ZI-O is defeated on Oma Day. The riders themselves are really likable. And to make it better the actors for said Rider are from Toei previous works. Shinobi (Kinji from Ninninger), Quiz (Hiromu from Go-Busters) and Kikai (Jiro from Kikaider).

But unfortunately this is where the positives end.

Cons:

Geiz: He’s an example of a wishy washy character. The thing is that at one point he wants to destroy Sougo, then he doesn’t want to, wants to again…. See where I’m coming from? Without that he’s just a generic secondary character with little to no motivation of his own. Just a plot device and when that gone he’s just there.



Tsukuyomi: There are characters that are just used for plot device like Vernage from Build and there just characters that just fucking there. She only reminds Sougo about his fated future. The moment Sougo becomes ZI-O II. She realizes he’s dangerous. She’s goes future into the past and find out what lead the whole situation of Sougo’s dream. And I think to myself….. WHY DIDN’T YOU DONE THAT SOONER? The next thing is the amnesia thing, I mean most this stuff of her past feels the writers did this very last minute because they didn’t know what to do with her. You know what else that was last minute…. Making her a Kamen Rider… Again…. WHY DIDN’T YOU DONE THIS SOONER?


Geiz Revive: The thing I don’t have a problem with secondary riders having a second form. But it wasn’t really consistent on how it was used. Woz mentioned how every time Revive was used it causes damage to his body. I just think that they should’ve done more with that. But instead the “consequences” was just used for the sake of plot. If you gonna put that type of consequence at least do it more than just it’s arc that’s all I’m saying for this.

Time Jackers: OMG are they are a joke. They don’t much until after the fanservice stuff is over. Uhr, I think he should’ve been the guy that transitioned to good. I mean there was to much potential into that. The guy suffered so much during the Kikai arc, had some suspicions from Swartz, etc. Hora, I mean she did nothing accept be the girl of the group. But what pissed me off is that he betrays Uhr AFTER he saved her and there was no development onto that. Then there’s Swartz… Honestly, he’s the best one of the trio (and that’s not saying much) I mean had so much clever plans into his objective. Even though him being the final boss was predictable… I kinda like that he did everything just so he can be king and to save his world. But the problem is that like most of the stuff ZI-O it’s just last minute stuff.

The Final Episodes: I did not like this on Build for literally making the world become one. It felt like an excuse to not make characters die permanently, and just reset everything because “character development what’s that?” But ZI-O does this but ten times worse because none of these characters aren’t worth caring about. It didn’t need to do this. To add insult to injury, Tsukuyomi became a Kamen Rider…. In the penultimate episode. Yeah it's good that we got a female rider that didn’t die… But god dammit WHY NOW of all things. If anything most the stuff in the final 7 episodes should’ve happened earlier. The ZI-O 2 stuff with Hiryuu, Uhr and Hora discovering Swartz intentions, etc. But no we need fanservice first and story second.



Half assed Cameos: Yeah, I like that previous actors that returned but they don’t do much with it. It’s just remember them, they used to be in (insert previous Heisei season) and that’s it. They don’t do much other than give Sougo a ridewatch. Imo the Agito arc did this the best. Souichi at least helped the ZI-O team and did more than just give main rider a ridewatch. There’s also the Kabuto arc, but Kagami didn’t really do much, it mainly focused on the Hopper Hell Brothers and that’s it. He became Kabuto and that’s it. Again, I like the cameos but dammit you need to do more for them at least.




Do I recommend this?: Hell No! This show fails both story wise and fanservice wise.



Overall, ZI-O is a badly written series that has too many inconsistences, plot holes that aren’t mentioned again, Gimmicks that are just there for the sake of gimmick sake, Bland as fuck characters (minus Woz), cameos with very little substances may I say more? I wanted to like ZI-O but with the bad outweighs the good in an insignificant matter, How can I? As a fanservice show, it fails as well, even one of my favorite arcs (Wizard) doesn’t give Wizard any justice. I mentioned before they were just there. If you like this series... good, but you can’t ignore the glaringly obvious flaws.


4/10 (With the fanservice and Woz)
1/10 (w/o them)

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Rewatch Value 8.0

El Kamen Rider perfecto para principiantes

Para alguien como yo que nunca había visto un Kamen Rider completo antes, fue una gran experiencia poder ver esta serie de Kamen Rider completa; anteriormente había visto un poco de Kamen Rider ex-Aid pero no me gustaba el protagonista así que me costó un poco y a la final no vi más de 10 capítulos. Sin embargo, Kamen Rider Zi-o fue prácticamente amor a primera vista, me encantó la historia, el énfasis en viaje en el tiempo lo hizo muy épico, me encantó que el protagonista estuviese destinado a ser un villano, nunca había visto una historia así antes, por lo tanto me pareció un tema muy original. También me encantó que hubiesen diferentes grupos de personas que influenciaban el tiempo y tenían objetivos opuestos, adicionalmente tuvimos muchas sorpresas en la historia, cosas que yo honestamente no me esperaba en lo absoluto. Adicionalmente, tenemos cameos de todos los Kamen Riders de la era Heisei, esto fue perfecto para mí porque conocía a muy pocos Kamen Riders, ahora tengo interés en ver algunas otras series de Kamen Rider de los que más me gustaron, fue muy informativo poder ver un poquito de la historia y los poderes de cada Kamen Rider, y creo que hicieron muy bien en mezclar sus diversas historias en la historia de Zi-O. Las escenas de acción y efectos especiales son muy buenos, siempre lo sentí todo muy épico y emocionante, pero también tenemos momentos de comedia muy agradables y momentos emocionales también, hubieron algunas escenas que me sacaron lágrimas, fue todo llevado de una manera muy llevadera, y gracias a eso por fin logré terminar mi primer Kamen Rider!

Los personajes son fascinantes, los amé a todos, Okuno So como Tokiwa Sougo/Kamen Rider Zi-O tiene muchísima carisma, su determinación de convertirse en rey a pesar de que lo que depara el futuro no necesariamente era un futuro ideal; me gustó su actuación, siempre transmitió mucha pasión y logró hacer que me importe su destino, cosa que a veces los protagonistas en este tipo de serie no logran, pero él si lo logró. Oshida Gaku fue demasiado increíble como Geiz, creo que fue mi personaje favorito, lo amé demasiado, inicialmente parece un típico tsundere pero su personaje está lleno de emociones complejas que van cambiando de un lado a otro durante la serie, pero siempre se mostró fuerte y un poco testarudo, lo cual me encantó y lo hizo muy humano. Watanabe Keisuke como Woz fue también uno de mis favoritos, el perfecto personaje misterioso que no se sabe a ciencia cierta cuales son sus objetivos y por que conoce tanto del futuro, fue realmente fascinante y su actuación fue siempre acorde a esa idea de personaje, me encantó intentar adivinar su próxima movida. Ohata Shieri como Tsukuyumi fue muy linda y agradable, me recordaba como a una especie de princesa Leia (para los que conocen SW), muy guerrera con importantes objetivos y un pasado sorprendente, me encanto como logró representar la unión del grupo. En los villanos, puedo decir que ame a los 3 Time Jackers; realmente uno de los motivos por los cuales decidí ver Zi-o fue por Itagaki Rihito que interpreta a Heure, y su personaje no defraudó, fue excelente, muy carísmatico, divertido y complejo en sus emociones al final de la serie, realmente muy buen papel, al igual que los otros 2 Time Jackers también me gustaron mucho. Una mención especial para Namase Katsuhisa, un actor con muchísima experiencia que trajo aquí un balance perfecto para las escenas en el hogar de Sougo, realmente muy memorable todas sus anecdótas de la tienda de relojes.

Otra cosa que me encantó fueron las evoluciones en la transformación de Kamen Rider Zi-o, ese estilo de fases me recordó un poco a lo que suele verse en algunos Anime, lo cual me pareció super chévere, transformaciones sumamente épicas con diferentes tipos ataques en base al reloj de Kamen Rider que se esté usando, era todo sorprendente y emocionante para mi!

La música es buenísima, me encanta la canción de opening "Over Quartzer" interpretada por Shuta Sueyoshi, es tremenda canción y siempre la quería escuchar completa (nunca corrí el opening en ninguno de los 49 episodios) era perfecta para entrar en calor! la banda sonora de la serie, sonidos de transformaciones, etc. era todo muy nostálgico, me recordaba a sonidos que escuché alguna vez en Japón en lugares de Arcade, siempre hay máquinas de Kamen Rider y estos sonidos se escuchan desde lejos, así que inesperadamente me sentí transportada, por lo tanto estuve muy satisfecha con todo.

Realmente recomiendo esta serie de Kamen Rider, especialmente para aquellos que no han visto antes Kamen Rider, si son nuevos a la historia y personajes, es realmente perfecto porque muestra a muchos Kamen Riders anteriores con sus historias, en general la historia es muy divertida y emocionante, peleas muy buenas con excelentes escenas de acción, personajes muy carismáticos, perfecto para disfrutar y relajarse después de un fuerte día de trabajo.

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  • Drama: Kamen Rider Zi-O
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 49
  • Aired: Sep 2, 2018 - Aug 25, 2019
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Original Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 709 users)
  • Ranked: #5870
  • Popularity: #6214
  • Watchers: 1,587

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