Kamen Rider Black Sun (仮面ライダーBLACK SUN, Kamen Raidā Burakku San) is a Japanese tokusatsu web drama reboot of the 1987 television series Kamen Rider Black. A co-production between Ishimori Productions and Toei, the series is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi and was released worldwide through Amazon Prime Video on October 28, 2022. The series is part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series, also celebrating the 35th anniversary of Kamen Rider Black.
|Kamen Rider Black Sun|
|Based on||Kamen Rider Black|
by Shotaro Ishinomori
|Written by||Izumi Takahashi|
|Directed by||Kazuya Shiraishi|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production companies||Toei Company|
|Original network||Amazon Prime Video|
|Original release||October 28, 2022|
It received an 16+/18+ rating from Amazon Prime Video.
This section needs an improved plot summary. (December 2022)
In the year 2022, Japan has entered a socio-political crisis since the government declared a coexistence between humans and the Kaijins, altered humans that came to be half a century ago via a classified government experiment. Aoi Izumi, a young human rights activist seeking to end Kaijin discrimination, meets two men named Kotaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki, former members of the Gorgom movement that revere the dying Creation King. The clashing ideals between Kotaro and Nobuhiko will shatter their society’s status quo and determine the fate of all Kaijins.
Plans for an adult-aimed Kamen Rider series were in place by 2019, planned for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Kazuya Shiraishi expressed interest in the project after learning of it from Toei producer Taisuke Furuya; A few months later, producer Shinichiro Shirakura offered Shiraishi the role of director, revealing the project to be a reboot of Kamen Rider Black.
Due to Shiraishi's inexperience in tokusatsu, Shirakura sought an experienced concept artist to help flesh out the visual style; Shiraishi requested veteran tokusatsu director Shinji Higuchi. Higuchi, having not been approached to work on Shin Kamen Rider (directed by his Shin Godzilla co-director Hideaki Anno), believed he "probably wouldn't become involved in Kamen Rider." However, after learning of Shiraishi's involvement and the Kamen Rider Black basis, Higuchi accepted. Higuchi then invited Kiyotaka Taguchi to serve as special effects director, which the latter "accepted without a second thought."
Shiraishi watched the original Kamen Rider Black in preparation for work on Black Sun. He began developing the story, focusing on the "sadness" of the original and emphasizing the relationship between Kohtaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki. Similar to his previous works, Shiraishi also sought to tackle contemporary social issues within the story. Despite Toei aiming to appeal to adult viewers, Shiraishi hoped the series could be enjoyed by children as well. Principal photography wrapped in March 2022.
Announcement and marketingEdit
The project was announced at a press conference on April 3, 2021, the 50th anniversary of Kamen Rider's first broadcast. Shiraishi was confirmed as director during the conference, stating "the thought of being in charge of this amazing reboot of Kamen Rider Black gives me the shivers." The logo, designed by calligrapher Souun Takeda, was also unveiled. The series was given a release date of Spring 2022, with Toei "considering" a simultaneous worldwide release.
Higuchi and Taguchi's involvement was confirmed on October 4, 2021, with the pair and Shiraishi appearing in a special interview on the program's website. A crowdfunding campaign was also announced, with rewards including a limited re-issue of the original Kamen Rider Black transformation belt toy and the chance to appear on the show as an extra.
A press conference was announced on October 4 and held on November 20, posted on Toei's YouTube channel. The casting of leads Hidetoshi Nishijima as Kohtaro Minami / Kamen Rider Black Sun and Tomoya Nakamura as Nobuhiko Akizuki / Kamen Rider Shadow Moon was revealed.
At a Tamashii Nations event on November 21, Toei released the first concept images of the titular character as well as teasing upcoming toys for the series. A redesigned version of Kamen Rider Black's bike, the Battle Hopper, was also unveiled, later being put on display at the 2021 Yokohama Hot Rod Show on December 5 to further promote the series.
On March 19, 2022, it was announced that filming had wrapped and a new release date of Fall 2022 was given. The official website also revealed the first photographs of Kamen Rider Black Sun and Kamen Rider Shadow Moon, as well as their respective motorcycles, Battle Hopper and Road Sector.
The first teaser trailer and posters were revealed on June 12, 2022, along with the announcement that the series would premiere through Amazon Prime Video. The same day, the official website was updated with additional staff information. A Bandai Spirits livestream on June 16 unveiled the SH Figuarts figure of the title character and an extended version of the teaser.
- Kotaro Minami (南 光太郎, Minami Kōtarō): Hidetoshi Nishijima (西島 秀俊, Nishijima Hidetoshi)
- Nobuhiko Akizuki (秋月 信彦, Akizuki Nobuhiko): Tomoya Nakamura (中村 倫也, Nakamura Tomoya)
- Young Kotaro Minami: Aoi Nakamura (中村 蒼, Nakamura Aoi)
- Aoi Izumi (和泉 葵, Izumi Aoi): Kokoro Hirasawa (平澤 宏々路, Hirasawa Kokoro)
- Shunsuke Komatsu (小松 俊介, Komatsu Shunsuke): Kengo Kimura (木村 舷碁, Kimura Kengo)
- Darom (ダロム, Daromu): Nakamura Baijaku II (中村 梅雀)
- Young Darom: Nao Okabe (岡部 尚, Okabe Nao)
- Bishium (ビシュム, Bishumu): Yō Yoshida (吉田 羊, Yoshida Yō)
- Young Bishium: Mana Sakurai (櫻井 麻七, Sakurai Mana)
- Baraom (バラオム, Baraomu): Pretty Ohta (プリティ 太田, Puriti Ōta)
- Bilgenia (ビルゲニア, Birugenia): Takahiro Miura (三浦 貴大, Miura Takahiro)
- Bat Kaijin (コウモリ怪人, Kōmori Kaijin): Takuma Otoo (音尾 琢真, Otoo Takuma)
- Whale Kaijin (クジラ怪人, Kujira Kaijin): Gaku Hamada (濱田 岳, Hamada Gaku)
- Flea Kaijin (ノミ怪人, Nomi Kaijin): Daisuke Kuroda (黒田 大輔, Kuroda Daisuke)
- Anemone Kaijin (アネモネ怪人): Miwako Kakei (筧 美和子, Kakei Miwako)
- Spider Kaijin (クモ怪人, Kumo Kaijin): Issei Okihara (沖原 一生, Okihara Issei)
- Shinichi Donami (堂波 真一, Dōnami Shin'ichi): Lou Ohshiba (ルー 大柴, Rū Ōshiba)
- Young Shinichi Donami: Oshiro Maeda (前田 旺志郎, Maeda Ōshirō)
- Isao Nimura (仁村 勲, Nimura Isao): Toshinori Omi (尾美 としのり, Omi Toshinori)
- Secretary-General: Minori Terada (寺田 農, Terada Minori)
- Wataru Igaki (井垣 渉, Igaki Wataru): Hiroki Konno (今野 浩喜, Kon'no Hiroki)
- Kazuya Kurokawa (黒川 一也, Kurokawa Kazuya): Junichi Kawanami (川並 淳一, Kawanami Jun'ichi)
- Nick (ニック, Nikku): Jua (ジュア)
- Hideo Kawamoto (川本 英夫, Kawamoto Hideo): Hiroshi Yamamoto (山本 浩司, Yamamoto Hiroshi)
- Rino Kawamoto (川本 莉乃, Kawamoto Rino): Chika Uchida (内田 慈, Uchida Chika)
- Misaki Izumi (和泉 美咲, Izumi Misaki): Fusako Urabe (占部 房子, Urabe Fusako)
- Sachi Komatsu (小松 佐, Komatsu Sachi): Akie Namiki (並木 愛枝, Namiki Akie)
- Shigeo Komatsu (小松 茂雄, Komatsu Shigeo): Takamitsu Nonaka (野中 隆光, Nonaka Takamitsu)
- Yukari Shinjo (新城 ゆかり, Shinjō Yukari): Haruka Imou (芋生 悠, Imō Haruka)
- Oliver Johnson (オリバー・ジョンソン, Oribā Jonson): Mochtar (モクタール, Mokutāru)
- 11-year-old Kotaro Minami: Ryusei Iwata (岩田 琉聖, Iwata Ryūsei)
- 11-year-old Nobuhiko Akizuki: Kanaru Suzuki (鈴木 奏晴, Suzuki Kanaru)
- Kozo Minami (南 光三, Minami Kōzō): Kou Maehara (前原 滉, Maehara Kō)
- Soichiro Akizuki (秋月 総一郎, Akizuki Sōichirō): Shusaki Kamikawa (上川 周作, Kamikawa Shūsaku)
- "Did you see the sunrise?"
- Lyrics & Composition: Kenta Matsukuma (松隈 ケンタ, Matsukuma Kenta)
- Arrangement: Scrambles
- Artist: Chogakusei (超学生, Chōgakusei)
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- ^ @KR_BLACKSUN (21 November 2021). "◆ #バトルホッパー 🏍 実機公開！◆ #チェリーズカンパニー でカスタムされたバトルホッパーがカッコよく仕上がっています！12月5日開催「Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2021」で展示予定⚡️ 詳細はこちらから⬇︎" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ "『仮面ライダーBLACK SUN』本日クランクアップ！配信時期は2022年秋に決定！仮面ライダーBLACK SUN、仮面ライダーSHADOWMOON、ロードセクターのビジュアルが初解禁！白石和彌監督からのクランクアップコメントも到着！". Kamen Rider Official. 19 March 2022.
- ^ @KR_BLACKSUN (12 June 2022). "🏍┈┈┈┈ #仮面ライダーBLACKSUN キービジュアル公開⚡️ ┈┈┈┈🏍 #PrimeVideo にて、今秋より配信開始🔥 🔽詳細 kamen-rider-official.com/blacksun/news/8/ 次の投稿は1分後‼️ #西島秀俊 #中村倫也 #ブラックサン #ブラックサン解禁プレキャン【その1】" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ @KR_BLACKSUN (12 June 2022). "🏍┈┈┈┈ #仮面ライダーBLACKSUN 特報映像公開⚡️ ┈┈┈┈🏍 #PrimeVideo にて、今秋より配信開始🔥 🔽詳細 kamen-rider-official.com/blacksun/news/8/ 次の投稿は10時‼️ #西島秀俊 #中村倫也 #ブラックサン #ブラックサン解禁プレキャン【その2】" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ "『仮面ライダーBLACK SUN』、「Prime Video」で世界独占配信決定！！キービジュアルと特報映像、一挙公開！！松隈ケンタ（音楽）、伊賀大介（スタイリスト）など実力派スタッフからのコメントも到着！". Kamen Rider Official. 12 June 2022.
- ^ "【プレバンラボZ #19】毎月第三木曜日は「ライダーアーツday」！S.H.Figuarts 仮面ライダーシリーズの最新情報を生配信でお届け！【鈴木福・篠宮暁・上西哲平出演】" – via www.youtube.com.
- Official website (in Japanese)
- Official website at Amazon