Every year Toei Company produces a year-long Kamen Rider show (alongside a Power Rangers or “Sentai” show, which also runs for a whole year) for TV Asahi’s Sunday morning “Superhero Time” programming block in Japan.
Sometimes the character designers behind a new Kamen Rider know what they’re doing. This was the case with 2010’s W (read as “Double”), who had so much panache that the material used for his suit looks more like metal than spandex.
Other times, like with the currently-airing Kamen Rider Fourze, the designers seem to have drawn their inspirations from an overgrown squid or something equally ridiculous.
Then there’s Kamen Rider Decade, who started out looking pretty slick, but somehow ends up getting a bunch of cards plastered all over his power suit (what were they thinking).
Thankfully, the next Kamen Rider – Wizard – appears to be designed by folks belonging to the first category.
Here’s a picture snapped by a netizen who managed to stumble upon a Toei filming for the new series at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi park:
Kamen Rider Wizard is not slated to make his official debut until August 4 this year, when he’ll be making a cameo appearance in the film Kamen Rider Fourze The Movie: Everybody It’s Space Time, so not too much is known about him yet.
Rumour has it that Kamen Rider Wizard “henshins” (that’s Japanese for “it’s morphin’ time!” or just “transform”) by inserting five power rings – called Wiseman Rings – into his belt, the Wizard Driver.
At the filming it is said that Wizard chants some nonsensical saying – something resembling “chichinnpuipui” – as part of a spell to conjure fire.
This guy here dressed in a monster suit is whom I presume he was trying to set ablaze:
The Kamen Rider Wizard tokusatsu (that’s Japanese for “special effects”) TV show will air sometime in September this year on TV Asahi, shortly after the finale of Kamen Rider Fourze.