In this installment of Toei's long running Kamen Rider franchise Kouta Kazuraba, a young man coming into adulthood in the secluded Zawame City, reunites with some friends from the street dance team he was a part of in his youth only to find that the captain of the team has disappeared in some sort of other world and left behind a strange belt buckle and padlock. Moments later, Kouta and his friend Mai are attacked by a monster called an Inves, Kouta uses the belt buckle and padlock to transform into Kamen Rider Gaim and defeats the monster. However, this is just the beginning of things for Kouta and Mai as they continue to search for their old team captain, run into more Kamen Riders both friendly and adversarial, and uncover a plot that could change the fate of all humanity.
- Native Title: 仮面ライダー鎧武（ガイム）
- Also Known As: Kamen Raidā Gaimu , Masked Rider Gaim , Armored Rider Gaim ,
- Directors: Osamu Kaneda, Yamaguchi Kyohei
- Screenwriters: Mouri Nobuhiro
- Genres: Action, Friendship, Mystery, Tokusatsu, Psychological, Comedy, Life, Youth, Drama, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Family, Sports, Fantasy, War
Cast & Credits
- Sano GakuKouta Kazuraba / Kamen Rider GaimMain Role
- Kobayashi YutakaKaito Kumon / Kamen Rider Baron / Lord BaronMain Role
- Takasugi MahiroMitsuzane Kureshima / Micchy / Kamen Rider Ryugen / Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin / Kamen Rider Ryugen YMain Role
- Shida YuumiMai Takatsukasa / Woman of the Beginning / Priestess of FateMain Role
- Kubota YukiTakatora Kureshima / Kamen Rider Zangetsu / Kamen Rider Zangetsu ShinMain Role
- Matsuda GakuZack / Kamen Rider KnuckleSupport Role
Kamen Rider Gaim suffers from one of the most nonsensical plots in a Rider series with extremely arbitrary reasoning behind anything that occured behind the show. Expect "Because i felt like it" to be the main explanation for why anything important happens in Gaim. The main character himself seems to rely on plot devices to achieve his goals rather than actually developing into a competent human being that functions on any sliver of logic. Oh yeah, the acting from the main character himself and a few others isn't the best. Despite all of this, the story is strangely addictive to watch; Nothing really makes sense and everything is a mess but you'll find yourself wanting to see what happens next anyway.
Gaim is a multi-rider show so you can expect a lot of rider vs rider fights in place of typical rider vs monster fights. If you're into multi-rider shows, you may get some enjoyment from the fighting in this show. However, the fighting choreography for Gaim was a letdown compared to the previous show, Kamen Rider Wizard, which had very stylish fighting choreography with lots of great stunts. The titular rider, Gaim, has a very bland approach to his fight scenes and this also applies to many of the other characters in the series. I can only really think of two characters who I felt had good fight scenes but they don't get nearly enough screentime to make much of a positive impact on the show.
Kamen Rider Gaim is an enjoyable watch under its many flaws. The comedy gags can be entertaining and the henshin scenes are still very fun. I would argue that Kamen Rider Gaim is a good show in itself but not a good Kamen Rider show. It's definitely worth the watch if you want some mindless fun but it wouldn't be anywhere near a classic. Honestly, Kamen Rider Gaim would have been a better show if you removed Gaim himself from the show. There are lots of characters so you'll definitely find at least one you like. Give Gaim a shot if you haven't but don't expect anything amazing.