"Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing. With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker’s minions as the grasshopper-themed altered human superhero Kamen Rider".
There’s a very interesting landscapes in Chōdenshi Baioman: Episode 27. It’s almost like it was filmed in South America. So, where what’s the place? The place is Izu Shaboten Koen (伊豆シャボテン公園), or Izu Cactus Park that is situated at the foot of Mt. Omuro (大室山), volcano located in Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka prefecture. Even though it’s called Cactus Park, there’s actually much more in it. You can see various animals there, there’s various museums and exhibitions, and, of course, shops and cafes for tourists. They even have their own Olmec colossal head there! It’s not authentic, but it was made with an authorization of the Mexican Government and it’s a very accurate replica. So, it’s exactly like those authentic ones. You can see some photos of how that bird statue looks nowadays here and picture with Olmec colossal head here. Aside of Bioman, Toei (and the others) filmed other series in this exact park and they filmed a lot in Shizuoka. For example, you should remember this bridge that was also shown in Bioman, episode 27. It appeared in many various series.
Thanks to Takai K. for her help with this article.
© 超電子バイオマン Ep. 27
This was also one of the locations used in Rider 2’s debut storyline in episodes 14~15, and the bridge shows up again in episode 86 of the original series. Many years later, it will appear in Kamen Rider Blade. It also appears into the final episode of Zubat (revisited by Miyauchi in one of the DVD-Box special features.) The big statue showed up way back in the original Ultraman (and later Ace.)
For some more now & then comparisons:
Ramon teaches Micchi how to dance.
The S.H. Figuarts Showa Era: ”Simple Style” and “Heroic Action”.
X-Rider gets him back good though.
You could even say King Dark loses his head over it.
In the theatrical release Kamen Rider W A to Z: The Gaia Memories of Fate we are introduced to the NEVER Dopants, who each use a Gaia Memory based on one of Kamen Rider Double’s halves but there were two halves that were missing in that film: Joker and Fang
Though they were missing, they were designed for this film and were released in an artbook to coincide with the end of the series. Here are those two designs for your viewing pleasure.
These are from a fan-produced book, “Forget Memories" (yes, like the ZX song). The same artist did another pic with their versions of all 26 T2 Dopants, with these exact same designs in color. They’re very cool, but they’re fan works, not unused designs from the film, and the doujinshi they’re from was sold at Comiket 80, well after W ended.
The designer of the actual Dopants, Katsuya Terada, has a very unique style and this definitely isn’t his (he is on tumblr, BTW) All his designs were collected by Uchuusen Magazine for their 2010 Yearbook (and 2011 for the Accel & Eternal movie stuff.) As far as I’ve seen, there’s no other solo art books for the Dopants like there are for Nirasawa’s designs (Undead, Worm, Imagin) or the Zodiarts.
I’ve wanted to shoot a photo like this for so long!