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Kamen Rider Gaim Enters the Stage!

This week, the tokusatsu fandom was surprised on TOEI's announcement of the 15th Heisei Kamen Rider series, KAMEN RIDER GAIM, which led to mixed reactions from fans and non-fans alike. And now, the Japanese magazines had officially showcased more photos of the titular Kamen Rider.

Kamen Rider Gaim is Kota Kazuraba, the 2nd dancer for "Team Gaim" but eventually stopped playing the game and left to look for a job, and protect his sister, his only relative. He's a nice guy, and "protecting people" is his very reason in fighting.

He accidentally found the Sengoku Driver. By inserting the Orange Lock Seed into the driver, and then cutting the fruit part, lets him transform into Gaim. His catchphrase: “Passing through the audience, On Stage!” His personal bike is called the Sakura Hurricane.

Kamen Rider Gaim's side weapon is the the Musou Saber, which seems can be used as both a gun and a sword. Additionally, the Orange Lock Seed can grant Gaim an additional weapon, the Daidaimaru, a slice of orange-like sword.

The Musou Saber and Daidaimaru can combine to form a more powerful weapon, the Daidaimaru Naginata Mode.

Lastly, the magazine published a silhouette of Kamen Rider Baron and Ryugen which will be revealed in September's issue of the magazine.

To premiere on October 6th, Kamen Rider Gaim will be directed by Ryuta Tasaki (Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger) and and Takayuki Shibasaki, with scripts from Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet). The show was produced by Motoi Sasaki (TV Asahi) and Naomi Takebe (Toei).

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42 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    I'm still bugged by the fact that he accidently found the driver.But other than that it's going to be an awesome series.Even Urobuchi is writing the scripts.I have a feeling that Gaim is going to be big and important to the Kamen Rider series.To the haters that keeps on hating the fruit theme it's a kids show! And TOEI want to make money out of it that's why they made a bunch of other toys seperate from the dx version.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    glad he still have a rider kick move, eventhough he's based on samurai and seems will use tha sword a lot,
    also, why make tha banana and grape rider shilouette? i thought they already revealed since begining,,,

  3. Anonymous Says:

    He looks like Kamen Rider Kabuki. After Meteor Storm and Beast Hyper we get another blue color-based rider again.

  4. marty Says:

    I wish to toei let’s have a theme something which is serious for the next rider season like a martial arts theme shaolin style by using the power of a scroll which it can be hold by the mouth of the dragon belt buckle or a return to its cyborg roots with nanobot form or a racing theme like a tiny wheel (just like a beyblade but attached as belt buckle to the belt) as the riders main transformation , or a bird theme (almost like jetman) or an Adventurous theme which is about a search for relic (see here: but “no” instead they use fruit as the rider power and a sentai way to the gaim season which cause us fans to give it mixed reception well one of us fans will ask toei to give the kamen rider series back to its roots like the showa era or maybe give its cyborg roots to it as well (but my thing will be nanobot type since the nanobot type not only turns the rider into a machine like organism similar to the showa cyborgs ,but also those who are non riders will be turned into machine like monsters)

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I agree it's a KIDS show as long the children is happy NOTHING matter!!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Wow...the main sword is a total rehash of IXA's weapon.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    No one will take this seriously because of the fruit theme.

  8. Vega Says:

    To anon1
    Haven't some past Rider accidentally found their drivers?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    You do realize toe I wouldn't give two flying fucks about US kamen rider fans unless kamen rider comes to the states, maybe people in japan love the fruit theme

  10. Anonymous Says:

    This is obvious but aside from his sword, his vizor also looks like an orange fruit slice.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Don't mind the haters..
    I personally like the idea of making the fruit theme looks bad ass (i mean,toei isn't crazy enough to do this weird kr series without thinking about the audience)

    It's challenging and kinda exciting in a new way that has never been done before by the previous kr shows

    As long as the kids happy,It's totally fine.. and by the way it's a kid show

  12. Yep Kuuga, ryuki,W(kinda),and decade.

    Agito , den-o, faiz, OOO, fourze(he just stole it) and wizard had theirs thrown into their lap withOut any training at all. So this concept Bug anyone, it isn't new

  13. Anonymous Says:

    i cant wait to see how the series turns out regardless of the shows sure it will turn out ok in the end.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I was expected a dinosaur rider to take over with a twist of tarzan & hulk that can control disks.

    And a ninja rider with the power of shurikens.

    As for the monster rider unlike Kiva, they should do it again and make up for its failure.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I was expecting a dinosaur rider with a hulk & tarzan personality and with the power to control disks as the next item.

    Or a ninja rider with a battousai & ryu hayabusa complex.

    Or better yet a monster rider with a devil may cry/darkstalkers theme. That would make up Kiva's failure.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Motoi Sasaki likes to mix a lot of ideas at once, like what happened from Go-Onger until Go-Buster. This can be really great, but at the same time can be disastrous x.x

  17. KamenRiderHowl Says:

    So the ornament on his head looks like a sword, is that clever or too much? Also the open lock looks like a 6, that is clever. I wonder how they'll incorporate seven into the rider after Gaim.

  18. JumpTheShark Says:

    This is the Death of The Karmen Rider series. I can not bare anymore fruit. I have been sliced and diced to death by the fruit ninja excuse me Samurai fruit break dancer who wants to be as sour as a lemon.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    He is Kamen Rider Gaim or Gaimu?

    And his final form will be the fruit salad:)

  20. Anonymous Says:

    God, that "It's just a kids show" excuse is bull. Can you idiots explain to me why you think Japan can't handle another dark series when they've released at least 3 back then?

  21. Anonymous Says:

    yes, let us mke the next theme dark and gritty. Like the crusades! Ya let's have a bloody brutal crusades based rider series. That'll sell to the TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC!

  22. Anonymous Says:

    It's all decade's fault
    onore dikeiiidoooooo

  23. Anonymous Says:

    I have to disagree with all you haters...while yes, the fruit theme is rather 'wrong'. I had thought that Fourze was going to annoy the hell out of me, it grew on me and I have to say that I like it more than Wizard. I just can't stand a series that tries too hard to be serious. That's why OOO's and Double were two of the best Rider series in my opinion.
    While Gaim seems rather comical, it does have promise. A main character whom wants to protect his family and others is a rather familiar. So I personally think this has promise. I look forward to see how this goes

  24. Anonymous Says:

    i just noticed his eye(rider) looks like orange too... this is too much lol

  25. Anonymous Says:

    @Anonymous July @8. 2013 at 7:26
    You mean the three most unsuccessful Rider series(according to ratings) ever?

    It may be to our liking but not to them and their main audience:
    Kids under 12 years of age.

    Even I admit to hate this pathetic excuse for a Rider...
    however, I also used to hate every single Neo-Heisei Rider when they were first revealed, now I find them on top of almost everyone (including myself's) Top riders list.

  26. Venik Says:

    I'm actually liking the design the more I see of it.
    Hope to see more photo's of the other riders soon.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Want some dark,gory and bloody horror tokusatsu series? go watch garo or another adult-oriented series

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Even if you hate the fruit theme so much, you seems to be pretty up to date about gaim news though

    Let the haters mind their thing

  29. Lockseed-A-Go-Go, Baby! Says:

    So basically we get a break-dancing Orange fruit Samurai? Well, least it's different. Maybe it's w subliminal thing. You know, make kids think eating fruits and veggies is cool for the kids? Because kids are fickle. Damn. Message behind the flash theatrics.

  30. Unknown Says:

    lol, legit excuse for parents shoving fruits down their children's throat.. "eat your fruits so you'll grow strong! like that guy in the fruity armor!"

    anyway, kinda refreshing to see THIS color scheme taking the main role... as well as the samurai part.. that rocks for me.... and i love fruits as well.. damn, I'm such a kid...

  31. Anonymous Says:

    RIP Kamen Rider


  32. Anonymous Says:

    "He's orange, he's an annoying orange, he's orange.."

  33. Shaider Says:

    Honestly I think this fruit stuff is beyond stupid. I get putting light hearted stuff from time to time. We already have a fairly serious rider in Wizard. I do like the Samurai part of it. The default form has its upsides. I did adjust to Fourze's design over time. Although I do not recommended that show as a starting point for non fans. I wouldn’t recommend this one either. I would recommend any of the other neo heisei riders and most of the Heisei stuff.

    Well since I don't have to pay to watch any of this, I'll reserve my final judgment till after I watch it. If its overly silly in a nonsensical way that hurts the plot, then I’ll stop watching it.

  34. Shaider Says:

    Honestly I think this fruit stuff is beyond stupid. I get putting light hearted stuff from time to time. We already have a fairly serious rider in Wizard. I do like the Samurai part of it. The default form has its upsides. I did adjust to Fourze's design over time. Although I do not recommended that show as a starting point for non fans. I wouldn’t recommend this one either. I would recommend any of the other neo heisei riders and most of the Heisei stuff.

    Well since I don't have to pay to watch any of this, I'll reserve my final judgment till after I watch it. If its overly silly in a nonsensical way that hurts the plot then I’ll stop watching it. God Den-O has so many plot holes. This is from a guy who watched the entire show and all of the movies.

  35. Anonymous Says:

    maybe Toei's target is not just kids but ladies/girls also? Because so far the girls reaction to this fruity Kamen Rider is very positive, and plus there will be dancing Ikemen (good looking guy in Japanese)in this series, of couz it is goin to appeal to many girls...
    juz my opinion

  36. Anonymous Says:

    People always said that this series is targeted at kids, but you guys forget one more group: Women/Ladies/Girls aka Fangirls

    Yes, they are also becoming the target audience for Kamen Rider series. Why girls? Because they love Ikemens thats why...

    I have seen in few LiveJournal communities (especially Tenimyu related), this series is getting a great positive response from them. And Kamen Rider Gaim is the same. Don't be surprised that they are also gearing up for this KR and can't wait for it to start!

    Plus KR Gaim will include break dancing right? Imagine Ikemens dancing, that is totally a great appeal to the women viewers..

    Remember how you guys hate KR Decade? I wanna reveal to you that gurls actually love KR Decade, because of Masahiro Inoue and even commented that his acting is really good. They even watch all of KR DCD episodes and all of its movies..

    Thats why you cant expect KR nowadays to be as dark as Showa Riders, time has changed, more and more people are watching Kamen Rider, not just guys only, so Toei need to experiment a lot to complement and try to satisfy ALL of their target audience..

    So please don't hete Toei for this...

  37. Spleenzorio Says:

    Not really on topic but you guys realize that the term "neo-heisei" doesn't make sense? I know what you want it to mean but Showa and Heisei represent the eras in Japan based on who the emperor was, not "old and new" eras of Kamen Rider.

    On topic, I'm going to miss Wizard but I'm also excited for Gaim to start.

  38. if you look on the side of his belt you can see a strawberry piece and a pineapple one to match his orange one

  39. Anonymous Says:

    lock=roku=six ??

  40. Anonymous Says:

    Why are Anonymous comments allowed on this site? I doesn't help at all! In fact, I shouldn't be typing this right now! It's hypocritical!
    Anyway. I actually think the fruit theme is awesome! Fruits can be amazing in terms of the designs! Plus, fruits come from trees, correct? HAVE YOU SEEN EVIL DEAD? DEAR GOSH...

  41. Anonymous Says:

    after kabuto, i always wondering when i will be able to watch kamen rider and their wonderful OST again. but, no, they keep releasing usb rider, coin rider, and fruit rider ever since, maybe representing nowadays generations that becoming weaker and weaker in body and mind. nowadays, kamen rider showa have become invaluable collections. ahh, back in those days, natsukashii toki, long long ago, 20th century

  42. Unknown Says:

    i bet his final form will be dragon fruit arms

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