Has it really been a year? Gosh dang.
Gaim is the 4th or 5th rider series I watched as it was airing, and one out of out of—heck, almost all the seasons of rider ever—that I’ve finished all the way through.
It had its flaws (but was a marked improvement over the previous season), and brought some of the older Heisei themes and episode pacing back into play while doing some things that Rider hadn’t done before.
One thing I find interesting is when Toei hands Rider off to a writer that hasn’t done Rider before (like Gurren Lagann’s Nakashima penning Fourze), and that brings a whole new perspective to the series in general that is pretty neat.
I’m probably going to have to slam dunk the entire series in one sitting with escranesque in order to come back with a full opinion on the series as a whole, but for now, I’ll say that the last two episodes pulled Gaim back from where it started to trip up and left us with a nice conclusion.
Next week: OH BOY, HERE COMES THE CROSSOVER DRIVE EPISODES THAT NO ONE ASKED FOR OR WANTED unless they’re going to go straight into Drive, which tbh would be better
Whom the cast wants to marry among the characters:
Gakkun: Kumon Kaito…’s actor, Kobayashi Yutaka
Mahhii: Hase-chan (because he’d be a great father for their kids and here Kubota LOL-ed at him, and then Mahhii turned red and then Kubota LOL-ed even more)
Matsuda Gaku: Takatora-niisan
Matsuda Ryo: himself, a.k.a. Jounouchi
Kubota & Tsune-kun: REDYUE
haaaaaahhhh to further underline How Far I Will Go For A Shitty Pun Before It Turns Too Real, I even fuggin wrote out what all the masks Kouta gets would do in Zawame Hotline
because I’m lame:
Gaim: No special ability
Pine: Start with Morningstar
Strawb: Start with Throwing Knives
Melonhead: no weapons + can roll under bullets
Marika: Sniping/Range Up
Zangetsu: Duel Wield (riot shield + weapon)
Duke: Walk quieter
Kachidoki: Gun drops more frequent
Kiwami: Take one bullet before dying
"Hellooooooooo, Zawame City! DJ Sagara in the house! It’s 3 AM—here’s your wake up call!
Today’s Caller Call-In is for a Mr. K. Gaim: ‘There’s a new band playing at DruperS Club, and we need an extra bouncer for the night! Don’t forget to show up on time!’
Ha ha ha! Let’s hope Mr. Gaim is listening in!”
Combined both 9/24 (Crossover) and 9/25’s (Alternate Universe) themes for the gaimfinalecountdown challenge into one big garish 80s nightmare of an illustration.
Hotline Zawame, in which a young man wakes up in a pool of blood with a short sword in one hand and some sort of weird helmet orange thing in the other. Things continue to get worse for him.
This is the 12+ hour illustration I poured so much effort into just so I could make a really lame “Hotline Miami/Hotline Zawame” pun
I do like the idea of a strung-out Kouta tripping balls while cutting a swathe through a drugged out 80s Zawame City, tho