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Kamen Rider W: The Two-in-One Hero of the Windy City
Kamen Rider W is a Japanese tokusatsu drama that aired from 2009 to 2010 as part of the Kamen Rider Series. It is the eleventh series in the Heisei era and the twenty-fourth overall. It is notable for being the first series to feature a two-in-one hero, who is composed of two different people who can fuse together using a special device. The series is set in Futo, an ecologically-minded city powered by windmills, where a mysterious family sells devices called Gaia Memories to criminals who use them to become monsters called Dopants. The series follows the adventures of Shotaro Hidari, a hard-boiled detective, and Philip, a mysterious boy with a vast knowledge, who work together as Kamen Rider Double to solve cases and stop the Dopants. The series has a noir style, a detective theme, and a catchy slogan: "This clinches it!"
The Story of Kamen Rider W
The story begins with Shotaro Hidari, a young detective who works at the Narumi Detective Agency, along with his boss Sokichi Narumi and his daughter Akiko Narumi. Shotaro has a partner named Philip, who lives in a secret room in the agency. Philip has no memories of his past, but he can access a library of information called the Gaia Library using his mind. Together, they use a device called the Double Driver and two Gaia Memories each to transform into Kamen Rider Double, a hero who can change his abilities depending on which memories he uses. They take on cases involving Dopants, people who use Gaia Memories to gain superpowers at the cost of their sanity. They also face off against the Sonozaki Family, a powerful organization that produces and distributes Gaia Memories for their own agenda. Along the way, they discover more about Philip's origin, Shotaro's past, and the true nature of Gaia Memories.
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The Characters of Kamen Rider W
Kamen Rider Double
Kamen Rider Double is the main protagonist of the series. He is composed of two people who fuse together using the Double Driver. He has two personalities that speak simultaneously, one from each half. He can also switch between different forms by changing his Gaia Memories.
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Kamen Rider W is not only a TV series, but also a multimedia franchise that includes movies, manga, novels, games, and toys. Here are some of the media and merchandise related to Kamen Rider W that you can enjoy.
The TV Series and Movies
The TV series of Kamen Rider W consists of 49 episodes that aired from September 6, 2009 to August 29, 2010 on TV Asahi. The series is divided into two parts: the first part (episodes 1-24) focuses on the Sonozaki Family and their Museum organization, while the second part (episodes 25-49) focuses on the Foundation X and their NEVER project. The series also features several crossover episodes with other Kamen Riders, such as Kamen Rider Decade, Kamen Rider OOO, and Kamen Rider Fourze.
Kamen Rider W also has six movies that are either part of the TV series continuity or alternate stories. They are:
Kamen Rider Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010 (2009): A crossover movie with Kamen Rider Decade that features three stories: Decade's finale, W's prologue, and a team-up between the two Riders.
Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate (2010): A movie set after episode 44 of the TV series that introduces Kamen Rider Eternal and the T2 Gaia Memories.
Kamen Rider Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core (2010): A crossover movie with Kamen Rider OOO that features three stories: W's epilogue, OOO's prologue, and a flashback story about Sokichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull.
Kamen Rider W Returns (2011): A two-part direct-to-video movie that features two side stories about Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel and Katsumi Daido/Kamen Rider Eternal.
Kamen Rider Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max (2011): A crossover movie with Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider OOO that features four stories: a prologue featuring seven Heisei Riders, a story about OOO fighting a new Greeed, a story about Fourze fighting a new Zodiarts, and a team-up between the three Riders against Foundation X.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER (2018): A crossover movie with Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Build that features all 20 Heisei Riders in a tribute to the Heisei era.
The Manga and Novels
Kamen Rider W also has several manga and novels that are either adaptations or spin-offs of the TV series. They are:
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Kamen Rider W: The One Who Continues After Z (2010): A manga adaptation of the TV series that covers the first 24 episodes and adds some original scenes and characters.
Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives (2017-2019): A sequel manga to the TV series that follows Shotaro and Philip as they continue to solve cases in Fuuto, along with some new allies and enemies.
Kamen Rider W: R (2010): A novel that tells the story of Shotaro's mentor, Sokichi Narumi, and how he became Kamen Rider Skull.
Kamen Rider W: The Novel (2012): A novel that retells the story of the TV series from Philip's perspective, revealing his thoughts and feelings.
Kamen Rider W: The Gaia Memories of Fate (2012): A novelization of the movie of the same name, with some additional scenes and details.
The Games and Toys
Kamen Rider W also has several video games and toys that are based on or include the characters and elements of the series. They are:
Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes W (2009): A fighting game for the PlayStation 2 and Wii that features Kamen Rider Double and other Riders from previous series.
Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes OOO (2010): An updated version of the previous game for the PlayStation 2, Wii, and PSP that adds Kamen Rider OOO and other Riders.
Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes Fourze (2011): An updated version of the previous game for the Wii and PSP that adds Kamen Rider Fourze and other Riders.
Kamen Rider: Super Climax Heroes (2012): An updated version of the previous game for the Wii and PSP that adds more Riders and modes.
All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation (2011): A side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo DS that features Kamen Rider Double and other Riders from previous series.
All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 (2012): A sequel to the previous game for the Nintendo DS and PSP that adds more Riders and modes.
All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution (2016): A sequel to the previous game for the Nintendo 3DS that adds more Riders and modes.
Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride (2008-2013): An arcade card game that features Kamen Rider Double and other Riders from previous series.
Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing (2013-present): A sequel to the previous game that features more Riders and modes.
Kamen Rider City Wars (2017-present): A mobile game that features Kamen Rider Double and other Riders from previous series.
DX Double Driver: A toy replica of the device used by Kamen Rider Double to transform, along with several Gaia Memories.
DX Lost Driver: A toy replica of the device used by Kamen Rider Skull and Eternal to transform, along with several Gaia Memories.
DX Gaia Memory Complete Selection Modification: A set of high-quality Gaia Memories that can be used with the DX Double Driver or Lost Driver, or as standalone sound devices.
SH Figuarts: A line of highly detailed and articulated action figures of Kamen Rider Double and other characters from the series.
The Legacy and Impact of Kamen Rider W
Kamen Rider W is widely regarded as one of the best and most popular series in the Kamen Rider franchise. It has received critical acclaim for its story, characters, theme, and style. It has also won several awards, such as the Tokyo Anime Award for Best TV Series in 2010 and the Seiun Award for Best Media in 2011.
Kamen Rider W has also influenced later series and popular culture in various ways. For example, it introduced the concept of a two-in-one hero, which was later used by Kamen Rider OOO, Kamen Rider Build, and Kamen Rider Saber. It also popularized the use of catchphrases, such as "This clinches it!" and "Now, count up your sins!", which were often quoted or parodied by fans and other media. It also spawned several fan works, such as fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, and fan films.