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May 6, 2014

KRGaimPsst, I’ll let ya in on a lil’ secret, I mean, this is just my opinion, but I think Mecha Guignol might be an anime blog. Technically it’s about whatevs, but it’s totally an anime blog. So being the corruptive force that I am, here’s some live actio-no, here’s some TOKUSATSU strawberry jam, tossed into the anime chocolate spread that is Mecha Guignol. Two diabetic tastes that (probably don’t) taste great together (but is still diabetic).

This is… Kamen Rider Gaim!

Here’s the thing with the tokusatsu genre and Kamen Rider in particular… I for one, would not recommend it to most people. Especially not someone with tastes or quirks like Landon. With every year, we get a new Kamen Rider, and each year, we go in a different direction. Some stick to a few plot points and drag it out for an entire year while others are more episodic. But at the end of the day, these are all shows meant for kids, and as a result, I find that by and large, the more light hearted series lack a certain edge that would entice Landon while the “Kamen Rider are srs bizness” series are paced in a way that’ll probably piss Landon off.

Not only that, with most running 52 episodes, a lot of them lose steam toward the end. Especially stuff like Kamen Rider and Super Sentai because by around the halfway mark, the next series (and their toys) are already getting worked on, and by the 3 quarters mark, promotion and production are already gearing toward the next new show.

But Kamen Rider Gaim? I’d totally recommend it. It’s got a silly fruit samurai theme, but the pacing and character reaction to situations and so on and so forth, are pretty darn great. It’s got a lot of merchandising elements that exist because they have to (this IS a toy commercial after all) and there’s quite a bit of obligatory silly bits for the kiddies, aaaaand the first couple eps are meh because they gotta set things up; but it’s otherwise just a live action anime played straight.

Here’s the thing, 13 episode series are cool. They HELP to keep things concise, without unnecessary dragging out or padding (I emphasized “help” because some shows still fall prey despite the episode count). And 26 was the old standard. But a series that has a full 52 episode lifespan has the luxury of proper build up, so that when certain things happen, even at the midway point, it has impact.

The head writer of Gaim’s doing a bang up job with the pacing though. He’s not dragging things out despite the large episode count. He’s letting things happen. But he’s also giving them time to… ripen.

Oh, fyi, the guy who’s writing this is Gen Urobuchi, who did Madoka and Gargantia… but don’t let that be a mark AGAINST him (Fun Fact: I dropped both Madoka and Gargantia out of BOREDOM). After all, he did also do Psycho Pass.

Anyways, tl;dr, Kamen Rider Gaim is a good show I’d recommend if you’re an anime fan. Y’all should go… legally acquire, it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2014 8:43 AM

    Well you’ve certainly convinced me. Maybe after I finish the live-action Moyashimon.

    • May 6, 2014 9:24 AM

      Oh cool, you’re watching the Live Action Moya? Neat. You reach the cow scene? That… looked real to me.

      • May 6, 2014 9:29 AM

        I stalled after Episode 4 a few months ago for some reason and I don’t really remember much from that time. Will need to start again from Episode 2 or so when I get back to it.

  2. Takane permalink
    May 6, 2014 10:47 AM

    I think my favourite part of Gaim is how each character is modeled after a certain type of warrior and the lockseeds work with that, like Baron’s Mango knight arms and Sigurd’s Viking raider getup.

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