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