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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of
Kamen Rider Debut
Official sequel to Heisei-era
Kamen Rider W (Double),
popular manga series currently
published in Weekly Big Comic Spirits
morphs into the first-ever
Kamen Rider animation!
Announcing Fuuto PI Animated Series Summer 2022 Launch (TBD)

Fuuto PI(風都探偵)

From live action to manga, and now, animation!

From live action to manga,
and now, animation!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Kamen Rider franchise, production of an animated series based on the manga FUUTO PI (風都探偵)has been announced. Published in Weekly Big Comic Spirits, the FUUTO PI manga series is an official sequel to the popular Heisei-era Kamen Rider W (Double) special effects hero drama.

Starring Renn Kiriyama (as Shotaro Hidari) and Masaki Suda (as his buddy, Philip), Kamen Rider W (Double), debuting in 2009, was the 11th Kamen Rider series produced during the Heisei Era. A hard-boiled detective buddy drama, the series was acclaimed for its dramatic story lines and stylish action scenes, becoming one of the most popular series of the entire franchise. The manga FUUTO PI, serialized in Weekly Big Comic Spirit, continued the Kamen Rider W story in a format that appeals to adult readers.

Maintaining the elaborate settings and eclectic worldview of Kamen Rider W (Double) and FUUTO PI, the new FUUTO PI animated series will take viewers deep into the story, with a compelling feeling of power and speed made possible by the magic of animation.

Comments from Producer Hideaki Tsukada

Comments from Producer
Hideaki Tsukada

Have you ever felt a disconnect when a favorite work is remade in a different medium? “The hero wouldn’t say something like that…” “The tempo is off…” “We already know the story, there’s no need to explain at great length…” But there was none of that disconnect when live action drama Kamen Rider W was followed by the manga, FUUTO PI. The manga FUUTO PI is an official sequel, telling the next chapters of the W story. It was stimulating because the story was new, but there was also a refreshingly new technical aspect. Even as I supervised the project, I was astonished a how well scriptwriter Riku Sanjo was able to design a manga that could be read with the same breathless excitement that was generated by watching the live action W drama. This can be attributed to Sanjo’s stance of “always imagining from the fan’s perspective.” That’s why readers were able to relish the manga stories set in the windy city of FUUTO without any disconnect.

And now the story of FUUTO morphs into yet another form as an animated series. It’s a milestone that’s emphasized by the lyrics of the Cyclone Effect soundtrack, “Gaining strength and power, the wind takes us to the next stage.” The group of talented animation creators working on this project are the “wind.” Always imagining from the fan’s perspective, we’ll take you to the “total satisfaction” stage!

Keep an eye out for the FUUTO PI animated series, the next evolution of Kamen Rider W, coming your way in 2022!

About FUUTO PI manga

manga

This manga serialization is an official sequel to the live action drama, Kamen Rider W (Double).

To distinguish from its origins as a serial in a shonen manga magazine, the Kamen Rider W name was excluded from the title to indicate a story that would appeal to adults other than fans of tokusatsu (special effects live action).

In addition to “buddy detectives” Shotaro and Philip and other regular members, a mysterious beauty, Tokime, joins the team as Kamen Rider W confronts a new bizarre happening in the windy city of FUUTO.

STORY

FUUTO is under the protection of Shotaro and Philip, But bizarre incidents continue to occur frequently on the far side of the city.
Tokime, a mysterious beauty, appears and a new evil casts its shadow over the windy city. It’s the beginning of a new battle for Kamen Rider W.

Serialized in
Weekly Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)
First episode
August, 2017
Cumulative copies
1.85 million (through volume 10)
Original work
Shotaro Ishinomori
Scriptwriter
Sanjo Riku
Illustrated by
Masaki Sato
Producer
Hideaki Tsukada (Toei)
Creature design
Katsuya Terada

About Kamen Rider W (Double)

About
Kamen Rider W (Double)

Now, count your sins!

In the 11th Kamen Rider series of the Heisei era, detective Shotaro Hidari and his mysterious sidekick Philip transmute into Kamen Rider W (Double). Maintaining the mystery elements of a detective drama, the series also focused on comical interactions between the main characters and the people of their city.

Broadcast
September 2009 – August 2010
Original work
Shotaro Ishinomori
Producer
Hideaki Tsukada (Toei)
Main scriptwriter
Riku Sanjo
Director
Ryuta Tasaki, others
Creature Design
Katsuya Terada

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