A new teaser trailer for Hideaki Anno’s upcoming Shin Kamen Rider has given audiences their first look at a number of the film’s heroes and villains in action, including protagonist Takeshi Hongo fighting against the monsters of SHOCKER as the iconic Rider-1.

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Debuting on May 13th as a featured preview attached to the Japanese theatrical release of Shin Ultraman, Anno’s similar-in-concept take on the space-faring tokusatsu icon, the minute-long trailer provides fans with a better look at both the aforementioned Hongo/Rider-1 (Sosuke Ikematsu):

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

Ruriko Midorikawa (Minami Hamabe):

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

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And the aptly named Rider-2, Hayato Ichimonji (Tasuku Emoto):

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

As well as first looks at Rider-1 in actual combat, finding himself going hand-to-hand against the film’s incarnation of the franchise’s first ever monster enemy, Man Spider:

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

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And its version of fellow SHOCKER creation Wasp Woman:

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

In addition to this trailer, the film also unveiled a new cinematic poster featuring Hongo standing in front of his Cyclone motorcycle.

“Kamen Rider Takeshi Hongo is an augmented human being. He was upgraded by SHOCKER, an all-loving secret society that pursues happiness for humanity,” reads a plot teaser adorning the poster. “Kamen Rider has pledged to fight against SHOCKER to ensure human beings stay human.”

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

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The third and final of the esteemed Neon Genesis Evangelion creator’s cinematic reimaginings of classic tokusatsu icons following Shin Godzilla and the recently released Shin Ultraman, Shin Kamen Rider will serve as an updated version of the franchise’s first installment, Kamen Rider (1971).

Source: Kamen Rider Episode 7 “Duel With Grim Reaper Chameleon! World Fair Impression” (1971), Toei Co. Ltd.

Like the original series, Shin Kamen Rider follows the story of Takeshi Hongo, a young Japanese college student who finds himself abducted by the evil organization known as SHOCKER and forcibly converted into one of their cyborg warriors.

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

However, before their brainwashing can fully take hold, Hongo is freed by SHOCKER scientist Hiroshi Midorikawa, who is subsequently killed by the organization for his treason.

In the wake of his death, Hongo takes up the name of Kamen Rider and declares himself a hero of justice, vowing to not only protect Dr. Midorikawa’s daughter Ruriko from SHOCKER’s grasp – despite her mistaken belief that he was the one responsible for killing her father – but also use his newfound abilities to wipe the villains from the face of the Earth.

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

He is later joined in his fight by Ichimonji, a photographer who was similarly abducted and surgically altered by SHOCKER, whom Hongo saves from being brainwashed and inspires to fight alongside him as Rider-2.

Shin Kamen Rider is currently set to release in Japanese theaters on March 23rd, 2023.

Source: Shin Kamen Rider (2023), Toei Co. Ltd.

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