TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty ((仮面ライダージオウNEXT TIME：ゲイツ、マジェスティ) is a thoroughly above-average V-Cinema entry that takes on an interesting and relatable discussion while successfully serving up more fun anniversary treats.
Geiz, Majesty follows alternate timeline Sougo, Keito (aka Geiz) and Alpina Tsukuyomi as they navigate very typical high school lives. While Sougo still has his dream of becoming king, Geiz works toward his dream of becoming a judo champion. He also harbors some feelings for Tsukuyomi.
But his judo dreams are shattered when he suffers a career-ending injury. This is when he is approached by Shiro Woz with a Driver and Watch to help him become the savior against the imminent arrival of demon king Sougo.
Shiro Woz wanting to have Geiz become the king is just like it was in the series. But what makes the film interesting is how it all ties in to discussing having a dream or goal, how to even decide on one in the first place and what it takes to eventually accomplish it.
Geiz is certainly a character worthy of getting his own movie. And he is the perfect character from Zi-O to tell a story about finding your path in life. The film blends together some familiar high school coming-of-age insecurities with the crazy web of Rider history and the push and pull of it all.
The film makes creative use of some surprise arrivals. And for longtime fans, it’s an extra treat seeing how the film connects Geiz with those surprises. It all makes sense in a very fulfilling way. And the film does right by Geiz as a character, never twisting the Geiz we’ve come to know into something he isn’t.
(And twisting characters to fit whatever random plot a V-Cinema has is unfortunately a common thing for both Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.)
The film also has Woz making the case for his own movie too. Keisuke Watanabe always looks like he’s having the time of his life playing both Jack Sparrow-inspired versions of Woz. And since we still don’t know what secrets Woz may be hiding, there’s definitely plenty of material for him in his own movie. (If that ever happens. Which it should.)
I was a little annoyed by altOra and altHeure being so chummy with the gang in the finale since I felt like their characters were completely underdeveloped and inconsequential to Sougo, Geiz, Tsukuyomi and Woz’s relationship. But I wasn’t as bothered as I expected to be by them here as both were essentially a comic relief duo on the side.
Overall, Gaku Oshida does a great job carrying the film which in turn does a great job with Geiz as a character. A serious, relatable story mixed with some exciting Kamen Rider action and a couple of great anniversary season surprises, Geiz, Majesty is a strong epilogue and alternate history addition to the Zi-O shelf.