So, we've just finished up Kamen Rider Decade. I've watched W through Build. The next thing on my plate should be Kamen Rider Zi-O. It's just... watching Decade, seeing that little team-up with Double at the end, knowing there were going to be a whole bunch of Heisei Phase 2 returns in Zi-O... it got me wanting to rewatch some Phase 2 stuff.

Not all of it! I do not have that kind of time! But, like, a little taste of each Phase 2 Rider, as well as any Phase 1 Legend Rider reappearances? That I'll actually understand now? That sounds like it could be a pretty fun couple months between finishing Decade and starting Zi-O.

Which is what this thread is going to be! I'll be rewatching a selection of Heisei Phase 2 Kamen Rider material (movies, online specials, V-Cinemas, what have you) and talking about them in this thread. My list, for the next while, looks like the following:

Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider OOO & W feat. Skull: Movie War Core
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max
Kamen Rider Fourze: Rocket Drill States of Friendship
Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone! Let's Feel The Universe!
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum
Kamen Rider x Super Sentai x Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
Kamen Rider Wizard Episodes 52-53
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle
Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle
Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3
D-Video Special: Kamen Rider 4
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future
Kamen Rider Chaser
Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Brain
Kamen Rider Drive Episode 48
Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive: Super Movie Wars Genesis
Kamen Rider 1
*Kamen Rider Ghost: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fateful Moment
*Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls!
*Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 50
*Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pac-Man vs. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Riders
*Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen
Kamen Rider Brave: ~Let's Survive! Revival of the Beast Rider Squad!~
Kamen Sentai Gorider
*Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders
*Kamen Rider Build: Be The One

I'm going to be covering those, in order, which should put us up to Zi-O's debut. (The titles that are preceded by an asterisk are ones I've already written up for TokuNation. I'll be reposting those write-ups in this thread for continuity's sake. I won't necessarily do a new write-up or anything, but I will be rewatching them, and I'll add any new thoughts if I have them.) I'm focusing on anything with a Legend Rider appearance or Early-Bird team-up, and at least one solid solo outing from each season's cast. I'm shying away from Net-Movies and comedic content; not because I don't like it, but because it would take an entire month to tackle, like, all of the Fourze online content. I would like to watch Zi-O sometime in 2022!

As this is a rewatch thread, there are only two real guidelines I'd ask everyone to keep in mind.

PLEASE AVOID TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING PAST KAMEN RIDER BUILD. I'm going to be getting to Zi-O and the Reiwa shows in 2022, and I'd prefer to stay as unspoiled on those shows as possible. We'll get there! Save your fun stories and memes about, like, Thouser for those threads!

EVERYTHING FROM KUUGA TO BUILD IS FAIR GAME FOR DISCUSSION. If you'd like to stay spoiler-free on any of those shows, maybe skip this thread! Otherwise, it's totally fine to discuss any of the non-Zi-O Heisei shows. We'll be checking in with each show, so it's cool (and welcome!) to talk about elements from those shows you think the movies did or did not handle well. Or even just randomly mention how weird you thought the Akiko/Terui romantic subplot always was on Kamen Rider W. Y'know, whichever!

That's about it for the setup on this thread. I've only done a rewatch thread once before, and they're (hopefully!) nice and chill. I'll be reminiscing a bit about my original journey through Phase 2, and potentially finding new details that I didn't have the context to enjoy last time. It'll be a relaxing and nostalgic couple months for everyone, I hope.

These Phase 2 movies and such are all pretty long, relative to a half-hour TV installment I'd usually cover six times a week, so expect this coverage to be in the 2-3 times a week range. Maybe more if things line up, but my December is already looking sort of slammed. I will do my best, but certain things take priority over rewatching Kamen Rider movies. (I can't believe I just said that, either! I'm so sorry! I don't really mean it!)

Final thing that I need to say every time: I cherish your participation. While I'm keen to re-experience stuff that I watched over ten series ago, I'm excited to get to share that experience with all of you for the first time. You are smart, generous fans, and I can't think of a better holiday season than chatting about Kamen Rider movies and related media with all of you. Participation isn't mandatory (feel free to lurk!), but it is always treasured. You are the best fans in the world, and I'm lucky to get to talk about a franchise I love with all of you.

That's the setup out of the way! Let's watch some Phase 2 Heisei goodness! And also some Taisen movies!