Kamen Rider Gotchard (仮面ライダーガッチャード, Kamen Raidā Gatchādo) is a Japanese Tokusatsu drama in Toei Company's Kamen Rider Series. It is the fifth series to debut in the Reiwa Era and the thirty-eighth overall. The series is scheduled to premiere on September 3, 2023, joining Ohsama Sentai King-Ohger in the Super Hero Time lineup after the finale of Kamen Rider Geats. The show’s theme revolves around alchemy.
Toei Company confirmed and filed the trademark for Gotchard on May 22, 2023. On July 3, 2023, a logo was trademarked. On July 21, 2023, TV-Asahi updated their website with a visual and crew announcement. On July 28, 2023, Bandai showcased the DX Gotchardriver, new Ride Chemy Cards, and Gotchard's ApareSkebo form.
On August 6, 2023, Toei announced that longtime Rider suit-actor Eitoku would be the suit-actor for Gotchard. On August 9, 2023, a full trailer was uploaded to the Bandai YouTube channel and a press conference took place detailing the story, cast and characters of the series.
"Alchemy" is a pseudo-science that attempts to create "gold" from various different combinations. One experiment to do so artificially brings to life a race of creatures, and the story revolves around an era where these experiments were being conducted in secret.
In the story, the artificial lifeforms known as the "Chemys", made to imitate things that exist in the world such as grasshoppers, were created from the art of the best alchemy techniques. Each and every one of them were carefully stored in "Ride Chemy Cards' until they were accidentally released all at once into the wild.
Our main protagonist, Houtarou Ichinose, is entrusted with the Gotchadriver and the mission to recollect the Chemys that have been released into the world. Some are well suited for human companionship and if resonated with a good heart, Houtarou can fuse with them and transform into Kamen Rider Gotchard. However those that are influenced by human malice, there is a danger of them birthing monsters known as the Malgam. This is a story that explores the nature of good and evil, which are two sides of the same coin.
Will Gotchard be able to "collect them all", or will he let his carelessness mark the destruction of the world?
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