The latest Kamen Riders Reveal Fortnite and Apex Legends References
Toei Company finally revealed the next Kamen Rider after a trademark registration and weeks-long rumors. Kamen Rider geats will be the next series. It will debut in 2022. Geats are the 33rd Kamen Rider Series and the fourth Rider in the Reiwa Era.
Geats were first revealed on the poster and synopsis of the Kamen Rider Winter Movie. This will be a crossover between the new hero and the current Rider Kamen Rider Revise. This will be the second appearance of Geats on the upcoming movie Kamen Rider Revise: Battle Familia. Then, Kamen Rider Geats will air in Japan on September 2, 2022.
The poster unveiling was followed by an official website on TV Asahi that gave us a better view of Geats and a synopsis of his series. The Kitsune motif on his mask is a reinterpretation of the Japanese myths about shapeshifting, supernatural fox yokai. The neck of his armor has what appears to be three tomoe. This design is sometimes referred to as the Mitsudomoe. It may also be related to Amaterasu, the Japanese goddess of the sun. Geats’ Rider scarf continues the motif, which looks like the kite’s tail.
The rest of Geats uses a stylish white and red color scheme, split into two halves. His white top part gives way to his Rider belt. The red bottom half transitions into his red-colored bottom with exhaust pipes from his leg armor. This two-toned theme suggests that Geats draw on two sources for power, similar to previous Riders Kamen Rider W and Kamen Rider Builder.
The poster shows the name of Geats’ belt, the Desire Driver. According to the official site’s synopsis, Hidetoshi will don the Desire Driver to compete at the Desire Grand Prix. People transform into Kamen Riders to defeat monsters or save others from winning. What will they win? What about the possibility of creating the world they want? That’s just right.
This is because survival games are a well-known genre that has seen a lot of popularity in recent years. The Kamen Rider Geats official page mentions Fortnite as well as Apex Legends. It also notes that survival games are very popular with children and calls Geats a “bold combination” of the genres and Kamen Rider. Many recent survival game adaptations have been made, including TV shows such as Squid Games or Alice In the Borderland. We also have anime like Tomodachi Game or Platinum End. Kamen Rider doesn’t know much about survival games. That was the theme of 2002’s Kamen Rider Ryuki and 2013’s Kamen Rider Gaim. It’s pretty exciting to see a bunch of random characters fights each other, especially if some of them are your friends.
Kamen Rider Geoats is one the most striking Rider designs I have ever seen. It also matches the minimalist style of Kamen Rider Zero-1. I look forward to seeing more Riders on the show and the entire cast and production team behind it. The official website says that there will be a follow-up report. We usually find all the details at a Japanese press conference before the show’s launch.