The following contains spoilers for Fuuto PI Episode 3, “Beware the Masked Defender,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Three episodes in its history, Fuuto PI turned out to be much more than a tough detective anime. A sequel to the live-action tokusatsu television series Kamen Rider F, Fuuto PI follows Shotaro Hidari, self-proclaimed badass detective, and Philip, his reading partner with mysterious intellectual abilities, as they literally work together as “two-in-one detectives”, combining to transform into Kamen Rider Double. Kamen Rider fans will love the nostalgia of Fuuto PIwhich is especially evident in the latter’s third episode.
While Kamen Rider Double only appears in a flashback in the opening minutes of the first episode, fans witnessed Henshin’s highly anticipated transformation sequence at the end of Episode 2. Just like in Kamen Rider F, Shotaro and Philip combine into CycloneJoker form by inserting the Cyclone and Joker memories Gaia into their Doubledriver belt. The stunning animation of the transformation not only closely followed Henshin’s live-action sequence – even ending with the trademark “Count your sins!” catchphrase – but it also gave it new life, taking fans on an even bigger nostalgic trip in Episode 3.
Episode 3 of Fuuto PI picks up where episode 2 left off, with the freshly transformed Kamen Rider Double battling the Road Dopant. This battle scene shows not just one of Kamen Rider Double’s forms, but two. In the first phase of the battle, Kamen Rider Double replaces the Cyclone memory with the Luna memory, changing from the black and green CycloneJoker form to the black and gold LunaJoker.
The animation allows for an even more incredible display of Kamen Rider Double’s forms, providing seamless action with much smoother rendering of CycloneJoker’s wind manipulation and LunaJoker’s extendable arms that weren’t as possible in the live series. -stock. Fans even get snapshots of LunaTrigger and HeatMetal, with those brief scenes bringing even more excitement and nostalgia.
The battle scene with the Road Dopant also reveals the CycloneJoker Maximum Drive, Joker Extreme. Using the power of a concentrated tornado and splitting into two, Kamen Rider Double kicks the Road Dopant, knocking it down. The animation reinforces the choreography of Joker Extreme, allowing for an even more breathtaking experience. As the first anime adaptation in the Kamen Rider franchise, Fuuto PI has plenty of opportunities to leverage animation to produce awesome action scenes and special effects like the franchise has never seen before.
Even though Joker Extreme’s animated scene is thrilling on its own, fans are also treated to the theme song remix “WBX (W-Boiled Extreme)” playing in the background, leaving Kamen Rider fans feel even more sentimental. While the song is likely to wow new fans and get them into the action, longtime fans will be thrilled with its inclusion as it adds even more hype to the already nostalgic battle scenes. Details such as this set Fuuto PI up to being a worthy anime adaptation for the Kamen Rider franchise. It shows that the series pays homage to the original live-action series and its fans, taking its legacy seriously.
However Fuuto PI is heavy on Kamen Rider nostalgia, stunning visuals, interesting characters, and tough detective theme are sure to attract and engage newcomers while welcoming old fans of the franchise. The series perfectly manages the hardware and references of Kamen Rider F while allowing newcomers to follow the story smoothly. Fuuto PI is definitely a must-watch, and fans can look forward to how the series evolves in future episodes.