tl;dr if you like KR W you will love this, if you haven't seen KR W then I HIGHLY recommend watching that first
Are you a fan of Kamen Rider W? Are you itching for more of it? If the answer to even one of those questions is yes, then this anime is for you. It's essentially an all-new story that is set after the original series, featuring the cast you know and love.
But first, for those who are unfamiliar with Kamen Rider W: I highly, highly suggest watching it first before you go into this. The anime just assumes that you've seen all 49
episodes and 2 movies of the original series from start to finish, so it does a little amount of effort in refreshing your memory. Some major things are just straight-up unexplained because they've already been touched upon in the tokusatsu, and there are a lot of plot developments and character motivations that will go over your head if you haven't seen the original series at all. Certain scenes also lack emotional impact if you don't fully know the context behind them. Obviously, you're still free to try if you want—the chief producer has said that the anime is indeed made with newcomers in mind, but from what I have seen so far, it feels like the opposite. I imagine the anime will be so much less fun and more puzzling/confusing if you go in blind.
That said, if you're already a fan of Kamen Rider W or at least have fond memories of watching it, then you will love this anime. Fuuto PI is both a sequel and a love letter to the original W with a ton of neat little callbacks and references to its tokusatsu predecessor. The story is just what you'd expect from W: A thrilling supernatural mystery with some occasional light-hearted moments. It takes place in good ol' Fuuto, and the anime makes use of it really well. Many characters from the original series, no matter how minor, make appearances here and there in the story. A lot of iconic sets are featured as well, such as the Narumi Detective Agency which has been unfortunately demolished in real life. Both of these things combined make the windy city feel alive and familiar, almost like returning to an old home.
Henshin effects are also recreated in a much more flashy fashion than in the live-action, but the anime keeps certain trademark sound effects to remind you that you are still watching the same Kamen Rider you know and love. Some of the music is basically even just 1:1 renditions of the original series' soundtrack and it WILL hit you in the nostalgia bones.
It's based on a tokusatsu series, after all, so action-wise, the anime will not leave you wanting. The animation is solid, smooth, and slick—and thanks to it, we get the kind of action that just isn't possible in a weekly live-action drama medium. Dynamic fast-paced fight sequences, bike chase scenes with no regard to Japanese traffic safety laws, et cetera.
The only downside I can think of is that the voice actors might take a little while to get used to. The seiyuus do a fine job in bringing the characters to life, but it's going to feel a little jarring compared to the original at first. Just don't go in here expecting to hear Renn Kiriyama and Masaki Suda.
(But at least the ED song is sung by the actors of Eternal and Skull, and it SLAPS.)
Overall, it's a good, enjoyable anime—just one that is geared toward a very specific audience. If you are interested in watching the original series but don't know where to start, feel free to reach out to me. I'll be more than willing to help out!
(A repost and slightly minor edit of my previous review, which had 46 votes at the time of deletion.)
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English: Fuuto PI
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 1, 2022 to Oct 17, 2022
Premiered: Summer 2022
Broadcast: Mondays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Kai
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 7.391 (scored by 1130911,309 users)
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