Jul 232014

Well, here’s the thing, I dig Kamen Rider Gaim. I kept meaning to do write ups for it for Mecha Guignol, but I kept putting it off ’cause I wanted to start from the start. But yeah, playing catch up’s not gonna get nuthin’ done. So, kinda late coming in, but here’s Kamen Rider Gaim 38.

It’s not necessarily the bestest ep yet, although it does set yet another new paradigm. See, there’s there are these two brothers named Micchi and Takatora. Micchi watched his brother get betrayed and seemingly killed quite a few episodes back. While he did not directly take part in the festivities, he allowed it to happen and was all too happy to reap any rewards as a result of his brother’s untimely death.

Alas, Takatora somehow survived and spent several episodes being the audience stand-in in receiving a whole bunch of exposition. Finally, Takatora returns and seeing what’s happened to Micchi, decides to beat some sense into his brother. While Takatora maintained the momentum for much of the fight, he hesitated toward the end and seemingly allowed Micchi to get the killing blow in. Takatora fell into a lake and sort of… gave up on life and died… again. Hopefully forever this time.


Well, sorta. With the showdown between Takatora and Micchi concluded, we now come to ep 38, which opens with Micchi being pretty darn happy he’s finally murdered his brother. But then, his brother’s ghost appears to torment him.

Meanwhile, Sengoku Ryouma, the scientist dude who was secretly pulling the strings of the evil corporation, returns to parlay with the main characters. He’s dressed awesomely dorky and continues to speak with in the ol’ “irregular beats” style where he doesn’t pause in his sentences and he doesn’t put emphasis where one would normally put ‘em. You don’t have to know Japanese to tell his inflections are all fucked up.

In any case, Ryouma’s back with an offer to help the good guys get into the enemy stronghold. They don’t trust him, so he takes off to let them think things over.

Stuff happens in the interim and it all leads up to a fight between the main character, Kouta, against Micchi. Now, before the fight with Takatora, Micchi’s a cowardly backstabbing bastard. But in this fight, he actually manages to fight off not just Kouta, whose secretly a mutant alien entity at this point; but also Kaito, who is essentially the second main character.

Despite the ghost of Takatora still haunting him, Micchi’s cast aside all doubts and hesitation, and by the end of this episode, is apparently basically the most powerful non-alien Overlord character in the show right now.

All in all, Gaim continues to deliver on nearly each and every episode. the exceptions being episodes that are there, just to promote the spin-off movies. The first cour of Gaim concluded with the closure of an arc, but since… I dunno, around episode 20 or so, it’s been revelation after revelation. But in a good way that doesn’t take away from the revelations that appeared differently. THIS is how you keep topping yourself. By doing so from different angles, rather than simply escalating things to the point of ridiculousness, much like Code Geass and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ended up doing. Or how stuff like Madoka FAILED to do.

If I had to recommend Tokusatsu to anyone, I’d recommend Re: Cutey Honey Live and I heard that Garo’s pretty good too. But I’d also definitely recommend Kamen Rider Gaim. It’s by far the best Kamen Rider of the modern era in terms of the narrative.


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