In recent years I’ve found myself watching tokusatsu shows and have grown fond of them. My childhood years were spent idolizing heroes such as Kamen Rider Black (and RX) and Super Sentai teams such as Maskman, Bioman, Turboranger, Fiveman, Jetman just to name a few. As I grew up though, I lost touch with the succeeding series until two years ago when out of curiosity, I watched Kamen Rider Decade. Why watch again? Well, mainly due to the gimmick that he can use the powers of the previous Riders, which piqued my interest. The same can be said for this year’s Super Sentai offering, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. The ability to use the powers of their predecessors immediately hooked me into the franchises once again. This is why I’m extremely excited of the news that a Kamen Rider vs. Super Sentai movie is in the works since it’s basically unheard of before. The thought of two of the most iconic franchises in Japanese pop culture history joining forces in one mega movie is every tokusatsu fan boy’s wet dream.
What’s even more surprising is that the lead characters for the movie will be Kamen Rider Decade and the Gokaiger team. Gokaiger I can understand since they’re the featured Sentai team as of the moment (despite the succeeding team already being revealed), but Decade was out of the left field. I thought that Fourze (this year’s Rider) would’ve been tagged as the main Rider for this but apparently Toei’s willing to forgive Decade for his poorly written plot and bring him and his imbalanced powers back. So far, a May 2012 release date is confirmed and that the Den-Liner crew will be returning, hinting at Kamen Rider Den-O having a big role here again. The casts of Kamen Rider Fourze and Tokumei Sentai Gobuster (the new squad after Gokaiger) are also appearing. It’s kind of weird how they’d fit into a movie with Decade and Gokaiger as leads, but whatever. Japan’s in for a hell of a 2012 with so much good stuff for otaku to dig in, but this one might just top them all.
Confirmed cast for Kamen Rider vs. Super Sentai “Super Hero Taisen” (tentative title):
- Masahiro Inoue (Decade)
- Ryota Ozawa (GokaiRed)
- Rina Akiyama (Naomi from Den-O)
- Kenjiro Ishimaru (Owner/Stationmaster from Den-O)