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This article is about a/an series entry (the 29th) in the Kamen Rider Series.
For the series' main character, Zi-O, see Sougo Tokiwa.

Kamen Rider Zi-O (仮面ライダージオウ Kamen Raidā Jiō) is a Japanese tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series. It is the twentieth and final series in the Heisei period run, the first series to be produced in the Reiwa period, and the twenty-ninth series overall. The series started on September 2, 2018, joining Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai PatrangerIcon-crosswiki in the Super Hero Time line-up after the finale of Kamen Rider Build. After Lupinranger VS Patranger’s conclusion, it was joined by 4 Week Continuous Special Super Sentai Strongest Battle!!Icon-crosswiki in February 2019 and later Kishiryu Sentai RyusoulgerIcon-crosswiki in March 2019.After the finale of Kamen Rider Zi-O, Kamen Rider Zero-One will join Ryusoulger in Super Hero Time block.

The show tagline is "Go beyond space-time!" (時空を超えろ! Jikū wo koero!). Much like Kamen Rider Decade, it commemorates all of the Heisei-era Kamen Riders to date.

Plot

KR Heisei 20th Slider

Heisei Kamen Rider 20th Series Anniversary logo

"The Heisei Kamen Riders have passed through this era. It's time to pass that power down to the future. Rejoice at the birth of the new king!"
―Opening narration by Rikiya Koyama (episode 1-16).[src]

"Oma's Day! The judgment day marking the end of the Kamen Rider era. Is it the end of history or just the beginning? Choose our future!"
―Opening narration by Rikiya Koyama (episode 17-29).[src]

"The Heisei Kamen Riders have passed through this era. Inheriting all the powers, a new legend is beginning. Rejoice at the birth of the true king!"
―Opening narration by Rikiya Koyama (episode 30-onward).[src]

In the fall of 2018, a time machine appears before Sougo Tokiwa, a high schooler that has always dreamed of becoming a king. Then, Tsukuyomi appears from the time machine, telling Sougo, “I come from the year 2068, a world without hope where Oma Zi-O, the king of time reigns supreme.” She has come from the future in a desperate effort to change her own time. She then gives Sougo an ominous warning, “You will become the king of time, Kamen Rider Zi-O, a demonic king destined to rule the world.” Can this really be Sougo’s fate? 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.

Characters

Kamen Riders

TV Show

Kamen Rider Zi-O
Sougo Tokiwa
Kamen Rider Oma Zi-O
Sougo Tokiwa (future)
Kamen Rider Geiz
Geiz Myokoin
Kamen Rider Woz
White WozBlack Woz
Kamen Rider Shinobi
Rentaro Kagura
Kamen Rider Quiz
Mondo Douan
Kamen Rider Zi-O (Mirror World)
Sougo Tokiwa (Mirror World)
Kamen Rider Kikai Rento Makina
Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity
Sougo Tokiwa & Geiz Myokoin & Black Woz
Kamen Rider G3 Shouichi Tsugami (Other users)
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Kyosuke Kiriya
Kamen Rider Ginga
Kamen Rider Ginga
Another Riders
Another Build
Unnamed basketball playerHiryu KakogawaUnnamed person
Another Ex-Aid IdaHiryu KakogawaUnnamed person
Another Fourze Ryuichi SakumaUnnamed person
Another Faiz
Ryuichi SakumaHiryu KakogawaUnnamed person
Another Wizard HayaseUnnamed person
Another OOO
Kuroto DanHiryu KakogawaUnnamed student
Another Gaim AsuraHiryu KakogawaUnnamed worker
Another Ghost MakimuraHiryu KakogawaUnnamed photographer
Another Shinobi
Rentaro Kagura
Another Quiz
Tamotsu Douan
Another Ryuga
Dark Shinji
Another Kikai InsectHeure
Another Zi-O
Hiryu Kakogawa
Another Blade Amane Kurihara
Another Agito Unnamed person (His troops)
Another Hibiki Tsutomu Tsuzumiya
Another Kiva
Yuko Kitajima
Another Kabuto
TBA[1]

Movie/Special-exclusive

Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi
Tsukuyomi
Kamen Rider Hattari
Isamichi Konjo
Kamen Rider Scissors
Ishihashi
Kamen Rider Tiger Tozuka
Kamen Rider Verde
Kimura
Kamen Rider Imperer
Ishida
Kamen Rider Abyss
Unnamed man
Kamen Rider Odin
Unnamed man
Another Riders
Another Den-O Ataru Hisanaga
Another Double
Another Double
Another Kuuga Tid
Another Ultimate Kuuga Tid & Shingo Hisanaga
Another Ryuki
Tatsuya Kano
Mentioned
Kamen Rider
Unnamed kama-based Rider
Kamen Rider Unnamed kunai-based Rider
Kamen Rider Unnamed sai-based Rider
Kamen Rider Unnamed bomb-based Rider

Allies

Futaros Futaros

Arm Monsters

Garulu Jiro
Basshaa Ramon
Dogga Riki

Amanogawa High School

Daitenku Temple

Returning Characters

Drive Driver Krim Steinbelt

Other

Legend Riders

Kuuga
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Riku (corpse) ► Yusuke Godai (suit only)
Agito
Kamen Rider Agito Shouichi Tsugami
Ryuki
Kamen Rider Ryuki
Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Ryuga
Dark ShinjiDark Shinji/Shinji Kido
Kamen Rider Knight
Ren Akiyama
Kamen Rider Zolda
Goro Yura
Kamen Rider Raia
Miyuki Tezuka
Kamen Rider Gai
Jun Shibaura
Kamen Rider Ouja
Takeshi Asakura
555
Kamen Rider Faiz
Takumi Inui
Blade
Kamen Rider Blade Kazuma Kenzaki
Kamen Rider Chalice Hajime Aikawa
Hibiki
Kamen Rider Hibiki
Hitoshi Hidaka (suit/picture only)
Kamen Rider Todoroki Tomizo Todayama
Transformed Kyosuke Kyosuke Kiriya
Kabuto
Kamen Rider Kabuto
Souji Tendou (stand-in)
Kamen Rider Gatack
Arata Kagami[2]
Kamen Rider PunchHopper
Shun Kageyama
Den-O
Kamen Rider Den-O Sword
Ryotaro Nogami/Momotaros
Kamen Rider Den-O Rod
Ryotaro Nogami/Urataros
Kamen Rider Den-O Ax
Ryotaro Nogami/Kintaros
Kamen Rider Den-O Gun
Ryotaro Nogami/Ryutaros
Kiva
Kamen Rider Kiva Wataru Kurenai (suit only)
Decade
Kamen Rider Decade
Tsukasa Kadoya
Kamen Rider Diend Daiki Kaito
W
Kamen Rider Double
Philip & Shotaro Hidari (suit only)
OOO
Kamen Rider OOO
Eiji Hino
Fourze
Kamen Rider Fourze Gentaro Kisaragi (stand-in)
Wizard
Kamen Rider Wizard Haruto Soma (stand-in)
Kamen Rider Beast Kosuke Nitoh
Gaim
Kamen Rider Gaim Kouta Kazuraba
Drive
Kamen Rider Drive Shinnosuke Tomari (suit only)
Ghost
Kamen Rider Ghost Takeru Tenkuji
Kamen Rider Specter Makoto Fukami
Ex-Aid
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Emu Hojo
Kamen Rider Brave Hiiro Kagami
Kamen Rider Lazer Kiriya Kujo (suit only)
Kamen Rider Genm Kuroto Dan
Build
Kamen Rider Build
Sento Kiryu
Kamen Rider Cross-Z
Ryuga Banjo
Kamen Rider Grease
Kazumi Sawatari
Kamen Rider Rogue
Gentoku Himuro

Villains

Time Jackers

Other

Kazari Kazari
Scorpion Zodiarts Sarina Sonoda
Virgo Zodiarts Kuniteru Emoto (flashback)
Phoenix Yugo Fujita (flashback)
Lord Baron Kaito Kumon

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Zi-O Episodes

Each episode title of Kamen Rider Zi-O includes the year relevant to that particular episode, often the premier year of the original Legend Rider in the case of tribute episodes. Starting with episode 30, this format is reversed, starting with the year first, then the title, as opposed to the first 29 episodes which had the year at the end of the title. Similar to the previous two Rider series, many episodes still use the English language in most of their parts of the episode’s title, though there are exceptions.

  1. Kingdom 2068 (キングダム2068 Kingudamu Nisen-rokujūhachi)
  2. Best Match 2017 (ベストマッチ2017 Besuto Matchi Nisen-jūnana)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Build.
  3. Doctor Gamer 2018 (ドクターゲーマー2018 Dokutā Gēmā Nisen-jūhachi)
  4. No Continue 2016 (ノーコンティニュー2016 Nō Kontinyū Nisen-jūroku)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
  5. Switch On! 2011 (スイッチオン!2011 Suitchi On! Nisen-jūichi)
  6. 555・913・2003 (555・913・2003 Faizu Kaiza Nisen-san)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider 555.
  7. Magic Showtime 2018 (マジック・ショータイム2018 Majikku Shōtaimu Nisen-jūhachi)
  8. Beauty & Beast 2012 (ビューティ&ビースト2012 Byūti & Bīsuto Nisen-jūni)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Wizard.
  9. Genm Master 2016 (ゲンムマスター2016 Genmu Masutā Nisen-jūroku)
  10. Hawk, Tiger, and Grasshopper 2010 (タカとトラとバッタ2010 Taka to Tora to Batta Nisen-jū)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider OOO and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
  11. Zi-O On Parade 2018 (ジオウ·オン·パレード2018 Jiō On Parēdo Nisen-jūhachi)
  12. My × My Stage 2013 (オレ×オレのステージ2013 Ore × Ore no Sutēji Nisen-jūsan)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Gaim.
  13. Ghost Hunter 2018 (ゴーストハンター2018 Gōsuto Hantā Nisen-jūhachi)
  14. GO! GO! Ghost 2015 (GO!GO!ゴースト2015 GO! GO! Gōsuto Nisen-jūgo)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Ghost and Kamen Rider Decade.
  15. Back to 2068 (バック・トゥ・2068 Bakku tu Nisen-rokujūhachi)
  16. Forever King 2018 (フォーエバー・キング2018 Fōebā Kingu Nisen-jūhachi)
  17. Happy New Woz 2019 (ハッピーニューウォズ2019 Happī Nyū Wozu Nisen-jūkyū)
  18. Amazing! Era! Future! 2022 (スゴイ!ジダイ!ミライ!2022 Sugoi! Jidai! Mirai! Nisen-nijūni)
  19. The Quiz Shock 2040 (ザ・クイズショック2040 Za Kuizu Shokku Nisen-yonjū)
  20. Final Answer? 2040 (ファイナルアンサー?2040 Fainaru Ansā? Nisen-yonjū)
  21. Mirror World 2019 (ミラーワールド2019 Mirā Wārudo Nisen-jūkyū)
  22. Zi-O Strongest! 2019 (ジオウサイキョウー!2019 Jiō Saikyō! Nisen-jūkyū)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Ryuki.
  23. It's Kikai! 2121 (キカイだー!2121 Kikai dā! Nisen-hyakunijūichi)
  24. Best Friend 2121 (ベスト・フレンド2121 Besuto Furendo Nisen-hyakunijūichi)
  25. Another Zi-O 2019 (アナザージオウ2019 Anazā Jiō Nisen-jūkyū)
  26. GeizRevive! 2019 (ゲイツリバイブ!2019 Geitsu Ribaibu! Nisen-jūkyū)
  27. The Beginning of Everything 2009 (すべてのはじまり2009 Subete no Hajimari Nisen-kyū)
  28. Our Goal 2019 (おれたちのゴール 2019 Ore-tachi no Gōru Nisen-jūkyū)
  29. Blade Joker!? 2019 (ブレイド・ジョーカー!?2019 Bureido Jōkā?! Nisen-jūkyū)
  30. 2019: Trinity Has Begun! (2019:トリニティはじめました! Nisen-jūkyū: Toriniti Hajimemashita!)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Blade and Kamen Rider Decade.
  31. 2001: Awaken, that Agito! (2001:めざめろ、そのアギト! Nisen-ichi: Mezamero, Sono Agito!)
  32. 2001: Unknown Memory (2001:アンノウンなキオク Nisen-ichi: An'nōn'na Kioku)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Agito.
  33. 2005: Rejoice! Echo! Roar! (2005:いわえ!ひびけ!とどろけ! Nisen-go: Iwae! Hibike! Todoroke!)
  34. 2019: Heisei Oni, Reiwa Oni (2019:ヘイセイのオニ、レイワのオニ Nisen-jūkyū: Heisei no Oni, Reiwa no Oni)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Hibiki.
  35. 2008: First Love, Wake Up! (2008:ハツコイ、ウェイクアップ! Nisen-hachi: Hatsukoi, U~eikuappu!)
  36. 2019: First Love, Finaly! (2019:ハツコイ、ファイナリー! Nisen-jūkyū: Hatsukoi, Fainarī!)
    • Tribute to Kamen Rider Kiva.
  37. 2006: Next Level Kabuto (2006:ネクスト・レベル・カブト Nisen-roku: Nekusuto Reberu Kabuto)

Movies

  1. Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (仮面ライダー平成ジェネレーションズFOREVER Kamen Raidā Heisei Jenerēshonzu Foebā)
  2. Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzers (劇場版 仮面ライダージオウ Gekijō-ban Kamen Raidā Jiou: Over Quartzers)

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Zi-O: Supplementary Plan (仮面ライダージオウ 補完計画 Kamen Raidā Jiō Hokan Keikaku)
  2. Kamen Rider Zi-O: Transformation Lessons (仮面ライダージオウ変身講座 Kamen Raidā Jiō Henshin Kōza)
  3. Heisei Kamen Rider 20 Series: Supplementary Plan (平成仮面ライダー20作補完計画 Heisei Kamen Raidā Nijū'saku Hokan Keikaku)
  4. Kamen Rider Zi-O Spin-off (仮面ライダージオウ スピンオフ Kamen Raidā Jiō Supin'ofu)[3]
    1. Rider Time: Kamen Rider Shinobi (RIDER TIME 仮面ライダーシノビ Raidā Taimu: Kamen Raidā Shinobi)
    2. Rider Time: Kamen Rider Ryuki (RIDER TIME 仮面ライダー龍騎 Raidā Taimu: Kamen Raidā Ryūki)
      • Tribute to Kamen Rider Ryuki.


Cast

Guest stars

Build

Ex-Aid

555

Fourze

Wizard

OOO

Gaim

Ghost

Decade

Future Riders

Ryuki

Blade

Agito

Hibiki

Kiva

Kabuto

Notes

  • Following only Kamen Rider Black RX before it, the final Showa era series, Zi-O will be broadcast through two eras of Japanese history. However, while Black RX entered the Heisei era with the death of Emperor Hirohito on January 7, 1989, Zi-O shall enter the new Reiwa era on May 1, 2019 with the scheduled abdication of Emperor Akihito on April 30 in 2019.
  • This is the first series since Fourze to have the titular rider only appear at the predecessor's summer film while OOO is the first have the transformation device appearing at the predecessor's series only.
  • On Zi-O's official Twitter page, there is an error on the banner that shows Ryuki wearing the Decadriver. This error was fixed as the banner have several Riders covering Ryuki's lower body. However, the image of Ryuki wearing the Decadriver remains on the banner.
    • Incidentally, Decade would appear in the series as well as changing into Ryuki. However, he does not use the original Decadriver and instead uses the Neo Decaderiver.
  • This is the first series since:
    • Ghost to feature secondary writers plotting the episodes.
    • Den-O to not have spring film in production during the series run.
  • The actors of the three Future Riders' are Super Sentai alumni.
    • Interestingly, They all starred in 2010s Super Sentai series with 3 years apart (2012, 2015 and 2018).
    • Although the first two played Sentai Rangers, the third played a Sentai Villain.
  • This Kamen Rider series shares some similar elements with its first Super Hero Time partner, Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger.
    • Even though Lupin-Pat is not an anniversary season, both celebrate the respective franchises:
      • The Lupin Collection is made of props of previous Sentai seasons
      • Zi-O and Geiz can utilize the powers of past Heisei Riders
    • Both have heroes raised by their uncle (Patren 3gou and Kamen Rider Zi-O)
        • The force of time isn't as prevelent, but Noël and the Lupinrangers have lost someone they loved, so they want to "reclaim their frozen time", which is their motivation/reasoning to become Lupinrangers.
    • Both the heroes and the Monsters of both shows use the same collectible device to use their powers with them having differences between who uses them.
      • Both the Lupinrangers, Patrangers and the Gangler use Lupin Collection Pieces with the only difference is that the pieces used by the Lupinranger and the Patranger are modified for human use.
      • Both the Riders and the Another Riders use Ridewatches with the difference being that the ones used by the Riders are high tech with the face of a Past Rider on it and the ones used for Another Riders are evil demonic looking trinkets with faces of a monstrous version of a past Rider on it.
    • The motif of the Monsters in both shows involve the past in some way.
      • All members of the Ganglers are themed after extinct animals (ex. Dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and extinct mammals like the Woolly Mammoth).
      • Another Riders are themed after past riders.
    • Jingi Irie appears in both of them.
    • The heroes from both shows have a power-up that allows them to predict their opponents moves.
      • VictoryStrikerIcon-crosswiki for Super Lupin Red and Super Patren X.
      • SirenStrikerIcon-crosswiki for Super Patren 1gou and Super Lupin X.
      • Zi-O Ridewatch II for Kamen Rider Zi-O II.
    • Both the Lupinrangers, Patrangers and Zi-O Riders can fuse into one. (Lupin Red uses Jackpot StrikerIcon-crosswiki to combine Lupin Blue and Lupin Yellow into Lupin TricolorIcon-crosswiki, Patren 1gou uses GoodStrikerIcon-crosswiki to combine Patren 2gou and Patren 3gou into Patren UgouIcon-crosswiki, Kamen Rider Zi-O uses Zi-O Trinity Ridewatch to combine Kamen Rider Geiz and Kamen Rider Woz into Zi-O Trinity).
  • Not counting Rider Troops, this series has highest number of Riders with unnamed identity, (currently) totally 11.

References

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W  • OOO  • Fourze  • Wizard  • Gaim  • Drive  • Ghost  • Ex-Aid  • Build  • Zi-O
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