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Kamen Rider Gaim
Gaim will not have the Multiform Balance of his predecessors.We already know that there will be five Riders in this show, way more than we are used to in recent years, so its unlikely that Gaim or any of the other riders will have around the same number of forms as Kuuga and Wizard. He will probably have only three like Faiz, Blade, Hibiki, and Kabuto or maybe even only two like Ryuki.
Gaim's Super Mode will be called as "Salad" or "Smoothie" with a Transformation Trinket that looks like a blender used to access it.Consisting of multiple fruit ingredients!
Gaim's Super ModeIt will be Meat Arms.
Kota screaming in the end of the OP indicates he will eventually regret becoming Kamen Rider Gaim
Gaim's sister will advice himwrongly, deconstructing listening to people's advice as well.
Kota is a Decoy Protagonist and Kaito is the real heroThink about it, Kota has slowly been developing bad character traits as he became a Rider sooner or later he'll become a Tragic Hero, pull a Face-Heel Turn, or become the Big Bad or True Final Boss. In the opposite direction becoming Baron will slowly make Kaito become a better person because of his self-discipline and code of honor as he learns to use his powers responsibly eventually ending with him becoming The Hero. Seriously, the show basically takes every moment to remind us that Kota and Kaito are Not So Different, it's completely possible.
Gaim's army in the war sequence is created from all the Lock Seeds he wins for Team Gaim against other teams.
Gaim is going to be an expy of Spider-ManWhen he gets superpowers, Kota starts using them for personal gain, though with good intentions: helping out his family and friends. However, a tragedy will ultimately force him to start taking things seriously and become a genuine hero.
Concerning Other Riders
At least one rider will fight against Gaim.Probably Zangetsu.
There will be a Sixth Rider
There will be a female Rider at some point
Gaim and the other riders are Vegans.And the lifestyle is necessary to keep their powers!
There will be a female riderWizard tested out two things in its run, how audiences will like multiple riders and how audiences will like female riders, since we're getting the former, chances are we're getting the latter as well... Especially considering one the writer's famous works involve super-powered girls...
One belt will get used by someone other than the main user.The belt's are what determine which rider you are (see symbol next to the lock). So at least one person is gonna get their belt used by someone else, similar to Faiz
The battle between Riders will similar with Fourth Holy Grail War. Because the writer is the same person who write Fate/Zero, the battle system between Riders may or may not will similar as Fate/Zero's Fourth Holy Grail War, with Kamen Rider Ryuki taste.
Most of the riders we've been shown will actually...Die within the first few episodes, notice how they barely look like traditional riders? Only question is, who will lose their head first?
Kamen Rider Griton will be this season's Butt MonkeyConsidering his three Lock Seeds are Acorn, Pinecone, and Durian (A fruit infamous for its foul smell, to the point where some train lines refuse passengers that have them on hand), it seems this way.
Alternatively to the above, Griton will be this season's Leangle.His Lockseeds are different from the other Riders', in that the others' are more in-line with what we think of when we think of fruits. Griton is using Acorn, Pinecone, and Durian, the first two of which are actual seeds, and the third of which is known as the King of the Fruits. Griton seems to be another class of fighter altogether, maybe a Super Prototype or he's as strong as the other four combined, in his basic form.
Griton will be a female Kamen Rider.Which is why they haven't announced who it is, because it's going to be a surprise.
Ryugen will fill the standard Second Rider slot of the show.He used to be on the same team as Gaim and he's shown transforming next to him in one trailer. He'll basically be like Kagami from Kabuto.
The Secondary (or sixth) Rider sides with GaimBecoming a similar case to other secondary riders in previous series.
Kamen Rider Griton will be one of the members of Team BaronDuring the war sequence you can see him on Baron's side. My money is on the dude who shot Mai with a slingshot.
The peach-themed Rider seen in catalogs will be the 2nd Rider this season.And she will debut in the Movie War.
Kamen Rider Griton's powers will be used by multiple people over the course of the series.Early promotional materials revealed four of the five rider's identities right off the bat. Griton is the only one whose real identity is unknown. That's because different people will use the Griton Sengoku Driver over the course of the series, possibly with one person ultimately serving as the "official" Griton (like IXA from Kiva's series).
Kamen Rider Griton's identity will be a secret.Griton will actually be one person, but his/her identity will remain a secret and act as a plot point later in the series.
Ryugun and Zangetsu will have a Cain and Abel relationshipIn the opening, you can see Zangetsu pointing his sword towards Ryugun in the reflection. As for the Sengoku War thing where the two Riders are together, Ryugun might be forced into a With Us or Against Us.
Zangetsu will obtain the Genesis Driver through killing the female rider who has itWord Of God said that Zangetsu will be the Ohja of Gaim, which could be interpreted to mean that he'll have a high body count, or at the very least be more willing to kill someone. Add the facts that 1) Female Riders tend to have a higher mortality rate than Male Riders (though that's seemed to stop starting from Kiva) and 2) Urobuchi is famous for an Anyone Can Die story involving Magical Girls. Of course, it's not conclusive evidence that this may happen, but it might be worth guessing.
At least one of the main Riders will die in a Heroic Sacrifice.Perhaps one dies to permanently seal the Invess' world, or dies trying to save someone. Or Zangetsu might pull a Redemption Equals Death and die trying to save his brother. This could happen to any of the Riders, really, even Gaim.
Zangetsu will kill Ryugen.As a result of Sanity Slippage or a Villainous Breakdown, or alternatively to have a Shoot the Dog moment, Zangetsu will brutally murder his own brother.
Ryugen will pull a Face-Heel Turn and join Yggdrasil.He will become The Dragon to Zangetsu, and will eventually either get Killed Off for Real, pull a final Heel-Face Turn, or both. Could serve as a good Tear Jerker.
Ryugen will fight and possibly kill Zangetsu.In the opening, Ryugen is shown being separated from Zangetsu by a chain-link fence. However in the reflection, Zangetsu is shown in his transformed state pointing his sword at Ryugen. Ryugen is later shown shooting down a fence and this is the only "fighting" scene in the opening with Ryugen.
Zangetsu is NOT a homicidal Rider.Word Of God is that Zangetsu will be an Expy of Ohja, but they might mean to Ohja's dedication to his goals.
Zangetsu will be one of the main villains of GaimYou can interpret Word Of God as Zangetsu being a main threat to the heroes, like how Ohja was.
Who gets Super ModesNot gonna guess what they'll be but other than Gaim, Baron and Ryugen will get a super mode. One of the Energy Lock Seed users may as well.
Hase Ryouji, the leader of Raid Wild, will become one of the Riders to appear after the five we already know ofThey made it a point to show Ryouji be badly beaten by first Kaito and then Kota, making Raid Wild fall on the ratings. It's likely he will become a Rider and fight other Riders to pull himself and his team to the top of the charts.
Hase Ryouji: Heel-Face Turn impendingHe's more likely than Jounochi to see what's right and ally with Gaim. Since there's no sign of him in the war sequence, chances are he'll ally with Gaim to even the numbers, not to mention they both have the Japanese warrior theme going (Gaim = samurai and Kurokage = footsoldier).
Kurokage will ally with Gaim and die soon afterFor irony points he will die taking a sneak attack from Gridon or Baron that was intended for Gaim
Zangetsu ISN'T a bad guy.He will be later revealed as the Big Good or some version of either a Trickster Mentor or a Sink or Swim Mentor, and that this was all done to stop some bigger threat, possibly whatever is leading or responsible for the Invess.
At some point, one Rider will have a "With Our Swords" ScenePerhaps for the Final Boss, the other Riders either give one of their number their Lock Seeds, allowing said Rider to use the Arms of the others to fight against a powerful foe.
Any Rider not seen during the War Sequence from episode #1 will die before the series is over
Future Lock Seeds and powerups include:
Truely Evil Rider Lockseeds
Red Hot's Sonomura will become one of the Energy Lock Seed Riders
A Rider's life is tied to his or her Sengoku DriverIn that if it's destroyed, the user will suddenly drop dead.
Takatora is secretly The Unfavourite of his father, who will establish himself as an even Bigger Bad.Yggdrasill is testing the Drivers and Lock Seeds on a few select guinea pigs. What if that includes Takatora as well?
Oren considers himself an Anti-Villain.He explicitly sees the Riders as nothing more than boys playing games, and seeks to show them what a real fight is like, yes? Perhaps what he means is, he wants the fighting to stop; he wants to show them the horrors of what a real fight can be, because as a responsible adult he's only trying to make sure the kids play safe. Unfortunately, there's only one way they'll even listen to him, and that's if he can beat them at their own game, so to speak.
Gridon and Kurokage will be back…After joining forces with Bravo and getting in some serious training, becoming Lethal Joke Characters in the process.
The rest of Team Gaim get in on the action!With temporary Kurokage forms. Alternatively…
The rest of Team Gaim does cardboard cosplays of Armored Riders.
A word on Inves
The Monster of the Week will be either of the followingHere, you may add in your own guesses here:
There will be a Bat and/or Spider monster.Because we have animal based enemies this year. And tradition dictates this.
The specific animal Invase are the result of humans eating unripened Lockseeds.As an expansion on the above WMG, the Byakko was Yuya after eating off the vines and dropping the Sengoku Driver.
The Invase will turn out to be the victims.Not as in 'the Riders are evil', but in that the Invase are just animals being taken out of their habitat and forced to fight. The actual villain is the Yggdrasil Corporation, who are exploiting them. Either the Invase will eventually cease being the bad guys and be replaced with another set made by Yggdrasil, or the final arc will be leading them against the corporation.
There will be Commanders like with the previous shows
Eventually, criminals will start using InvaseAfter more and more Invase begin going on the rampage, people will start to realize how dangerous they are and begin using them as legitimate weapons.
The Invase Army from the War sequence have their own agendaWe know that the Invase eat Lock Seeds right, well what if as the Riders get stronger the Lock Seeds get stronger as well. Maybe a strong Lock Seed can produce a tree to feed a lot of Invase. Maybe the Army is gathered to determine which Rider is the strongest and once they know that they'll turn on them and take the Lock Seed to feed themselves.
At some point Baron will fight a Monkey based InvaseProbably as a breather episode after the heavy stuff.
Eventually, the show will return to the human-guised monsters from the previous Riders
The Riders will build armies of InvesThey will take after Kaito's demonstration of Inves-summoning that he did in #5 and build armies to stand ag
The riders are meant to be eaten.As in literally nom nom'd. Fist hint is their big fruits that transform into their armor.
It will be revealed that some Inves are humansIn episode 9, the Bat Inves had some kind of torn cloth, that was the technician from the beginning who ate the lock seed and transform into an Inves.
Where in the World is Yuuya?
Yuya, Team Gaim's leader, is either dead or turned into an InvaseWorse, he might actually be the Byakko Invase that Gaim took out.
Yuya is Kamen Rider GritonGriton's identity is a unknown implying it will be an important revelation, and Yuya is mysterious and he has white hair.
Yuuya is the Big BadLet's see... a character that's important to the hero gaining his driver and then disappearing for what might be a few episodes (assuming the above theory about him being an Invase is false)... Where have we heard that before?
A Kyubey Expy will appear
Gaim will be deliberately Harmful to Minors.Going on the above, Urobuchi will exploit Getting Crap Past the Radar for all it's worth to inculcate plenty of real-life trauma to children. It doesn't even have to be gruesome — it could simply be Paranoia Fuel about your teachers, best friends, parents... Bonus points if this work a bit too well.
A Robot Buddy based on a juicer will appear.Hopefully nothing like a certain mechanoid from Penny Arcade.
The Lockseed and Sengoku Driver are equivalent to Soul Gem
This will actually be one of the nicer stories that Urobuchi has writtenKeep in mind that this is after he wrote an ending that had just as much hope if not more hope than depressing despair, so he might have moved on from the reputation that he once had... Or...
The anticipation that he will write a Darker and Edgier Kamen Rider will result in a Then Let Me Be Evil momentIn which he does indeed write a dark toku show that would put Garo to shame.
The reason that the Lock Seeds are numbered higherLS-01 was a super over-powered prototype, which will become Gaim's final form.
This show will celebrate both the 15th anniversary of the Heisei-era Riders and the 5th anniversary of the Neo-Heisei Riders.
Yggdrasil Corporation is an toku equivalent to Sybil System.
The show will have a Bittersweet Ending, with at least one main cast member dyingHe might be the Urobutcher, but This is a Kids Show.
The Sengoku Driver has Open Sesame as one of its responses.The phrase has connections to both locks and seeds.
The Numerical Theme is continued.With the lock being standing for the 6.
Kamen Rider Decade will make an appearance.
The series will not be Darker and Edgier or more depressing than any other Kamen Rider series, nor will it be incredibly wacky and bizzareUrobochi will not do anything excessively dark, and the fruit theme is just a theme, and not a hint at tone of any kind. Shocking, right? Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge, and the third being a dragon who gnaws at Yggdrasil's roots. His Epithet will be "Demon King of the Nine Worlds", tying all three concepts together.
At some point the falling fruit during the henshin will be weaponizedBecause why not
This season will deconstruct typical Gender roles in Kamen Rider.Urobuchi has written women in the past, including superpowered women. So, it's likely that female riders will turn up, especially if recent seasons are taken into account. But Gen will use this to comment on the franchise's uneasy relationship with sexism and feminism. How he'd do this, I don't know. Perhaps the female riders will express discontent at how the show seems to favour the male battles, while they're pushed to the sidelines. A sort of Leaning on the Fourth Wall situation.
Lockseeds will be lost.Similar to the Medals in OOO. This is because there are multiple of each Lockseed as seen in episode 1.
The Unknown Girl witnessed the Sengoku Rider War several timesHer vague warnings are essentially her trying to be discreet. She's actually saying "dude, I've seen this happen before, and shit will not be good."
Sid is actually a secret good guy while Mai is the one who's secretly evilIt's no secret by now that the well expected formula is that there'll be an Evil Mentor somewhere down the line as well as an established villain in the form of Orcus on His Throne. However, there might be a twist, and that twist being the mentioned WMG. Sid was the one who supplied the Sengoku Driver (then again, several villains/anti-heroes supplied the Riders with their Drivers, so this might be moot) while you can see Mai pointing towards Gaim in a similar manner to a previous Evil Mentor: Shroud.
Kaito and Unknown Girl are working togetherIn the reflection with Kota and Mai, you can see Kaito and the Unknown Girl, indicating a similar relationship.
Mai and Unknown Girl are the same person
Foundation X will make a cameo
All Lock Seeds are compatible with the Sengoku DriversLeading to several Sailor Earths revolving around the Arms that each Lock Seed creates.
The Himawari Lock Seed grants its user with a stick to whack people around with.Those who played Mother3 would probably get this reference... and cry. For those who don't get the reference, a character whose name is based off Himawari is killed early on in the plot, and her husband, in a grief-filled rage, whacked people with a stick from a campfire before getting knocked out by a guy with a log.
Aside deconstructing typical gender roles, Gaim also deconstruct some concepts in Kamen Rider franchise, similar like Ryuki.
Only Lockseeds of a certain grade can be used with a driver.Different Lockseeds seem to summon different Invase of differing power levels. So only a certain power level can be used to cause a transformation.
Blond Mai is Mai from a bad futureUrobotchi has said in an interview that the opening scene represents something that might happen in the second half of the series. Blond Mai has lived through a timeline leading to that scene as we saw, somehow becoming as she is in the process (seeded by Lock Seeds?), which had a terrible outcome, and so she has somehow come back to prevent it. For whatever reason she's unable to physically prevent the Armoured Riders obtaining their gear, so she is instead trying to steer them away from the choices leading to the battle.
The brunette Mai and blonde Mai are twin sisters who were separated at birth.Cerebus Syndrome; once things start getting serious, the supporting characters in the Beat Rider teams will start leaving, leaving only the plot relevant characters (like Kota, Mai, and Micchi) involved.
Oren is going to be a deconstruction of the Donut Shop Manager
Micchy's feelings for Mai will eventually drive him apart from Kota
Micchy is this series's Sayaka.C'mon, just look at his motivations. Crushing on someone? Check. Rushes head first into battle despite a clear warning? Check. Heck, you could compare the episode where he becomes Ryugen to the episode where Sayaka becomes a Magical Girl and notice similar beats (the protagonist going BSOD, their friend saving the day at the last minute, next episode has said friend get beaten up by a spear user). He is screwed. Big time.
Whoever uses the Durian Lockseed will be a Joke CharacterAnd boast about durians being the king of fruits, with characters replying that real durians actually smell awful.
Kota will lose an eye to parallel him with Date Masamune
The prize for solving the mystery of the Helheim Forest...Will be allowed to make a wish. Any wish at all.
Micchy will become the Mitsuhide to Takatora's Nobunaga because Takatora does something to Mai.As we've seen in the first episode war sequence Ryugen is standing along side Zangetsu but given the whole modern warring states thing they have going on it would makes sense that someone will be the Nobunaga and someone will become the Mitsuhide of the series. Someone(Nobunaga, Takatora) hurts the other's(Mitsuhide, Micchy) loved one(mother, Mai) the only difference is whom is blood related to whom. Heck, his name sounds similar. Then again...
Micchy will be Kota's Mitsuhidebecause his unrequited love for Mai can have a nasty effect on him.
Takatora let Micchy take the Suika Lockseed.Similar to the White Wizard / Wiseman in the previous series, its to see Gaim's "evolution" for whatever him and Sid are up to.
Despite not being in the preview, Ryugen's Kiwi Arms will debut in Episode 9.Episode 8 features Mitsuzane picking a Kiwi Lockseed in the Helheim Forest. After that, Episode 9 is the last episode before the premiere of Sengoku Movie Battle, which will feature Ryugen assuming Kiwi Arms and I doubt the movie will be that form's debut.
Gaim's Early-Bird Cameo in the finale Kamen Rider Wizard will be shown later in the series ala Gokaiger in Goseiger vs. Shinkenger.Since the connections between the Kamen Rider series' worlds has been shown more in recent years while Sentai series are standalone with the exception of their crossovers. Gaim also mentioned that he was in the middle of something in Wizard, so it would show what he was doing at the time.
Sonomura, the leader of Team Red Hot, will become one of the three upcoming Energy Riders (either Sigurd or Duke).Robbed of the chance to become Bravo by Ouren, Sonomura will somehow acquire a Genesis Driver along with an Energy Lockseed.
Mai's parents are dead .