Well, this pic definitely sums up this post.
First off, we have a new, previously unannounced character on the show. Her name is Shigeno Jun (played by Fujisaki Arisa), and she is another one of Kazashiro Miu’s friends (in other words, she’s one of the cheerleaders). It’s her name that leads me to the next interesting bit of news.
Going over the names of all the characters on the show, it seems that some of them are plays on the names of the Showa era Riders. For example, Shigeno Jun’s family name, written in Japanese, could also be read as “Shigeru”. And when you take away the “no’s” in her name and replace them with “o’s”, you end up with Shigeru Juo, aka Kamen Rider Stronger. Other names include Utahoshi Kengo (an anagram for Hongo Takeshi, aka Kamen Rider Ichigo), Daimonji Hayabusa (a play on Ichimonji Hayato/Kamen Rider Nigo), Kazashiro Miu (Kazami Shiro/Kamen Rider V3), Jomija Yuuki (Yuuki Joji/Riderman), JK (which might stand for Jin Keisuku/ Kamem Rider X) and Nozama (which is just Amazon backwards).
As far as I can tell, Gentaro (Fourze) is the only student with an original name.
And finally, we have some possible toy news from Fourze. First off, it looks like, at least from the scan above that he will be getting seven Astro Switches from the start, assuming that tha’s what the egg-shaped things are suppose to represent. And a possible list of future toy releases has been posted, let’s take a look at this unconfirmed list:
(DecaEnd of HJU)
“Toy listing. Unconfirmed.
Transformation Belt DX Fourze Driver 6500 yen
Astro Switch Set 01 750 yen
Foodroid Series 01 Bagameal 2500 yen
Fourze Module Change Series 01 Base States 2800 yen
Punch Fighter 2300 yen
Electric Module DX Billy the Rod 3800 yen
Astro Switch Set 02 750 yen
Foodroid Series 02 Potachokin 2300 yen
Fourze Module Change Series 02 Electric States 2800 yen
Fire Module DX Hi-Hackgun 3300 yen
Astro Switch Set 03 750 yen
Foodroid Series 03 Furasheki 2300 yen
Fourze Module Change Series 03 Fire States 2800 yen
DX Power Dicer & Machine Masshigler 5800 yen
States are basically forms, Base States is Fourze’s base form.
Foodroid are based on space food.
Pictures will be out soon.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to romanize some of this.
Potachokin, seems to be combining “potato chips” and the word “chokin”, which means bank savings.
Billy the Rod was written as ???????, biriizaroddo, Billy the Kid is written same as that, but just replace roddo with kiddo.
I have no idea about Furasheki, ??????.”
And we’re back. Now just so we’re clear, nothing here has been confirmed yet, but considering how close we are to the premiere, there’s a good chance that most of this is real. Although, I have to ask, Foodroids? Really?! WTF, Toei? Basically, expect twice as much stuff toy-wise for Fourze compared to OOO.
That’s it as far as any Fourze news is concerned. If I find out anything else, I’ll let you know.
-M.C., the Quantun, Twin