With each passing week, we get closer to the end of OOO and to the start of Fouze. And rumors about this series have been popping up left and right about the 13th Heisei Rider. One of the newest, and maybe biggest of the rumors, is a facet of his Rider System called the “Rider Switch”. That, and the high school background.
To start out, Fouze is a high school student, and the background of the story is at a high school. It revolves around the school’s Occult club, whose three members and culb advisor have been investigating an urban legend about a “Kamen Rider”, and collecting Rider Switches for past Riders. When Fouze arrives, he already has five Fouze switches and four OOO switches. When Fouze has five Rider Switches, he can “metamorphose” into that Rider’s mode. He can access past Rider’s modes.
There are three types of switches, there’s the Rider Switch, which changes his body, the “Arms Switch”, which changes his armaments and weapons, and the “Vehichle Switch” which changes the bike and other support vehicles, which, if true, would be interesting, since they don’t really do anything with the vehicle anymore. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Kamen Rider series without an evil organization trying to collect the Rider Switches too.
For those of you still a little confused by how Fouze’s Rider Switch system is suppose to work, let me put it this way: he’s not suppose to work like Decade, he doesn’t outright change into past riders, it’s more like he uses elements from the past riders, like weapons or attacks, he may even take on a similar appearence. He has a base form, like Den-O’s Plat Form, and he uses the different switches from there.
And I would just like to reitarate that these are just rumors, that they could change at any minute, and that most of it could prove to be untrue. As we get closer to the official announcement, we could have a completely different story. For example, the last rumor post I put up included an sketch that is also rumored to be a new Metal Hero (check previous post). The only thing we know for sure is that he is the next Rider, there is a confirmed actress that will be starring in the series, and that Fouze will appear in the OOO summer movie!
And supposedly, the word “metamorphose” was used specifically to describe how the Rider Switch works. So maybe that has something to do with how his name is either pronounced or romanicized. I don’t know, but I think they’ll just end up going with “40”.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin