Movie Wars 2011: Ankh Returns?!!

The finale to Kamen Rider OOO was quite amazing. The only part of it that most people didn’t like was Ankh’s death at the end of the final fight scene. And his death has left many to ask what they plan on doing for the next Movie Wars now that Ankh was gone and the Core Medals were destroyed. Well, it looks like Ankh might just make a return in the next Movie Wars!

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Speculation came after he posted this pic of himself with the Ankh haristyle on his personal blog. While the associated post talked about thanking people for watching the show, some have wondered whether this was a sign that Ankh would be making a return.

I’m not sure about that, but it does turn out that they had planned on killing of Ankh from the very beginning! In an interview with Hyper Hobby magazine, producer Takebe Naomi, with Watanabe Shu, discussed how they had planned to get rid of Ankh from the very beginning, how they had planned on sealing him away at first, and how they never even discussed the possibility of bringing him back!

They also talked about Eiji’s background a little bit, how he is a politician’s son who uses his mother’s maiden name to avoid being recognized, and how he has an older politician brother (even Shu didn’t know that).

Shu wanted to get into more action stuff himself in the show, but they were never able to add anything like that to the show, Takebe agreed to discuss doing that with him and the production staff for the next Movie Wars. Maybe they’ll talk about reviving Ankh while they’re at it.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider OOO Movie, Series and Final Form news: PuToTyranno Shocker! (not the bad kind)

We nearing the end, folks. The end of OOO that is. That being said, even with the last five episodes approaching, and news about Fourze coming out every five minutes, there’s still plenty of news and rumors floating around the interwebs, including info on the upcoming movie, summaries for the next two episodes, and some interesting news about OOO’s final form, or should I say lack of thereof. I’ll explain a little farther down, but first, onto movie news.

Recently, one of the series producers, Naomi Takebe, was interviewed by Otofanami magazine (issue No.35) about the current Rider, and on his upcoming movie. Here are the main points about Kamen Rider OOO THE MOVIE: WONDERFUL, Shogun, and 21 Core Medals:

  • The movie is set in about events that happened in June in the TV series. But it will be aired in August, so it is different from the series. People will be reminded of the ‘good times,’ where Date is Birth, and Gotou is the support.
  • Because Eiji has travelled around many countries before, the movie is trying to create an atmosphere in a foreign country.

Of course, these aren’t the only things revealed in this interview, as we also have some info on the final episodes of the series as well.

In that same interview with Otofanami, Takebe also revealed some new info on some of the new big changes in the story that are just around the corner:

  • Eiji, Ankh and Hina’s relationship will have a big change. Eiji  eventually will have to fight Ankh, although they are working together  now.
  • Eiji and Ankh’s aim are different, Ankh wants a complete body, while  Eiji doesn’t have any desire. All these and Kougami’s aim will be  revealed.

This series just can’t sit still, can it? Anyway, here are some possible episode summaries:

Episode 43: The Vulture, the Confrontation, and Ankh Returns – July 24
A couple is sitting at a park and a white Yummy is born out of the male. The Yummy eventually grows into the Vulture Yummy. The Vulture Yummy starts to immediately go after his targets. Meanwhile, Ankh takes over Shingo’s body again. But with one of his Core Medals broken, he cannot fully recover anymore. Ankh leaves Eiji and heads to Dr. Maki, what is his aim…?

Episode 44: N/A – July 31
Ankh recruits Kazari, Uva, Gamel, Mezool to snatch the purple medals inside Eiji’s body. Gotou and Hina are worried about Eiji, who’s slowly growing into a Greeed, so they ask Kougami for help. Kougami tells Eiji to look at some important information about Core Medals.

Wow, we still have so many questions, and there doesn’t seem to be enough time left to answer them. But there is one nagging question that we do have an answer for, although the answer is just as surprising as the series itself.

Going back to the interview with Takebe, we’ve now learned that OOO does NOT have a final form! Breaking with the recent tradition from the past few years, OOO will not have a final form, and PuToTyrano does not count as a final form. Takebe explains in her interview,

Over the past years, there was a “final form” for Riders to end the series. This time the 6 Combos of OOO have appeared quite a lot. In OOO the Combo change is the main gimmick, and this gimmick will be continuously used in the series.

This comes as quite the shock to fans of the series that saw the dinosaur-themed combo as his final form. And overall, it is unusual to see a modern Heisei Rider that doesn’t have a final form. Then again, does OOO really need a final form, with all the Combos and possible Medal combinations at his disposal?

That’s it for now, if anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin