We have waited a whole year for Amazon Prime to continue their hit series, Kamen Rider Amazons, and the long wait is finally over. The show returns to the streaming service on 7 April for 13 episodes (Fridays) and with an all-new cast!
The first season of Kamen Rider Amazons, part of the popular tokusatsu franchise Kamen Rider and loosely based on the 70s’ Kamen Rider Amazon, was released in 2016 on the Amazon Prime streaming service to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the masked rider. It deviated from the kid-friendly and merchandise-driven TV versions, and gave the viewers a darker version of the suited hero. Closer to Gyuver than any of the TV versions of the Rider, the series revolves around a race of mutants known as Amazons who can mimic humans and live peaceful lives, but will have to feed on human flesh when the medicinal suppressant within their armlets runs out after two to three years.
The new season is set five years after the first and it will feature two new protagonists, played by You Maejima (Chihiro) and Ayana Shiramoto (Iyu). Chihiro is an amazon hunter who was raised as an Amazon; he is Kamen Rider Amazon Neo. Iyu is a girl killed by Amazons but revived as a biological weapon to fight them back; she can transform into Crow Amazon and is infatuated with Chihiro. The new cast will eventually clash with the returning cast from the first season: Masashi Taniguchi (Jin Takayama, Kamen Rider Amazon Alpha), Tom Fujita (Haruka Mizusawa, Kamen Rider Amazon Omega), and the cast of the Nozama Peston Service, a small group of mercenaries contracted to hunt down the awakening Amazons (Shundo Mitsutoshi, Kazuya Tanabe, Katsuya, Kanon Miyahara, Ryota Kobayashi). Rena Takeda and Ayu Higashi also return as Mizuki Misuzawa and Nanaha Izumi.
Taro Kobayashi will perform the opening song. It’s called DIE SET DOWN, composed by Nobuo Yamada, lyrics written by Mike Sugiyama, arranged by Tetsuya Takahashi and produced by Project R. The CD release of the new theme song will also includes Armour Zone, the theme song to the first season of Kamen Rider Amazons. It will be available for purchase on 24 May 2017.
If you are a fan of tokusatsu series, then this is a no-brainer. It is one of the best entries in the Kamer Rider universe. If, on the other hand, you’ve always thought that Ultraman, Super Sentai, and Kamen Rider are for children, then this is the series that will change your mind. Go watch Season 1 of Kamen Rider Amazons; I’m sure you’ll be back on 7 April for the second.
James Farrell, Head of Asia Pacific, Amazon Prime Video.
‘We’re delighted to be back with a second season of our highly-rated Kamen Rider Amazons series,’ said J ‘It was our first original series in Japan for Amazon Prime Video and the terrific response encouraged us to get involved in production of a second season. We owe a big thanks to the creative team of Shinichiro Shirakura and Yasuko Kobayashi who helped us launch Amazon Originals in Japan with such a great series.’
Producer Shinichiro Shirakura (Toei)
‘If Season 1 shone a spotlight on “surviving,” then Season 2 is about “being human.” A boy raised by Amazons and a girl revived as an Amazon. The story that fate has in store for them is more brutal than Season 1 and heartbreaking. Please expect a brand new Amazons.’
Screenwriter Yasuko Kobayashi
‘Season 1 was a tale of “wild vs. cultured,” but Season 2 is a tale of “a boy and a girl.” While it’s connected to the original, I hope you enjoy the new world of the Amazons.’
Leading actor You Maejima
‘I play the role of Chihiro. Everything was new to me, including acting, but with the support of everyone around me I took on the role of Chihiro. While paying homage to Season 1, I think I can say with pride that this series exceeds it. I may not know up from down, but I hope you enjoy watching Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2.’
Leading actress Ayana Shiramoto
‘I play the role of Iyu. Each time we had costume fittings and camera tests, I learned the importance of Iyu to the story and felt the weight of the role. No matter how many times I read the script, I couldn’t grasp her completely. Everyone will have different ideas about Iyu, but there’s an Iyu only I can understand, an Iyu only I can act, and I played the role to the best of my ability. Please watch Kamen Rider Amazons Season 2. Enjoy it to the fullest!’
‘Kamen Rider Amazons’ Season 2 PV
‘Kamen Rider Amazons’ Season 2
To air in Amazon Prime Video beginning April 2017
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In the past, a massive spill occurred at the Amazon experimental lab. Most of the survivors were destroyed, hot-blooded young men enjoyed hunting Amazons and the experiment seemed to be drawing to an end. Far than ending, however, it was entering a completely new phase. The number of cases of ordinary people turning into Amazons without warning was rising. The government formed a new extermination unit to assassinate people who had turned into Amazons secretly and struggled to hide the truth.
You Maejima (JUNON SUPERBOY ANOTHERS) – Chihiro, Kamen Rider Neo
Ayana Shiramoto (MC of the NHK program Suiensaa) – Iyu, Crow Amazon.