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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.
Kota will lose an eye to parallel him with Date Masamune
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.
The Multiform Balance categories for Gaim's upcoming 2 new forms will be as followed.
Kota will gain all the Energy Lock Seeds from the Yggdrasil Riders.Either from help from DJ Sagara or Alternate Mai. Then either she or Helheim will use them to create the Kachidoki Lock Seed. These pictures seem to show all the cuts of Gaim's fruits and those of the Yggdrasil Riders.
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.
Ryugen and Zangetsu will have a Cain and Abel relationshipIn the opening, you can see Zangetsu pointing his sword towards Ryugen in the reflection. As for the Sengoku War thing where the two Riders are together, Ryugen 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.
The Beat Riders will team up against the Energy Riders.There are scans showing Gaim using Bannana arms and in the same scan is the Energy Riders fighting the Beat Riders.
Ryoji will become Sigurd.
Duke will be Barons Evil Counterpart.They both take their names from European Nobility. They both have Lockseed's representing a yellow fruit and it is very likely that despite Yggdrasil ruining Kaito's childhood and causing his current demeanor it is possible that Ryoma was very poor before joining Yggdrasil.
Sid will become Sigurd.He has that weird 'S' Lock Seed, and mentioned that his 'time as a dealer was over' or something similar. Seems as if he will finally join in on the fun.
Hase will either gain a second belt or become an Invess.After getting his belt broken by Zangetsu, he is going to look for more power and try to get another belt or some Lock Seeds. If this goes wrong, he might just end up being turned into a new Invess. Bonus points if Hideyasu is the one who has to put down Invess-Hase.
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.
Oren is going to be a deconstruction of the Donut Shop Manager
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.
Kamen Rider Knuckle will be Team Baron's second Rider/Kaito's sidekick, serving the same function as Micchy for Team Gaim/KotaRight now scans point towards Kaito giving his stolen Driver to someone else, and Knuckle also appears to be fighting alongside Baron.
We get a third-generation Driver......based on frosted slushies. These Riders get massive Freeze Ray guns.
How Marika dies. (Yes, "how" not "if")
There will be one last Sengoku Rider, using the blank Driver Kota stole and the Himawari Lockseed.The Heisei VS Showa movie's main villain is Kamen Rider Fifteen, and while it symbolizes that both Eras now have 15 main Riders, it's a bit odd considering that, even counting both forms of Zangetsu as two separate Riders, Fifteen will only be the 14th Gaim Rider. Kota took the other Sengoku blank for a reason; it's got to be to bolster his forces, and the Sunflower Lockseed is the only one now to not have a corresponding Arms, so it would make sense at this point for it to be the last one.
The blank Drivers create different helmets based on which Lockseed is used.Zack's Knuckle helmet is different than the Kurokage Troppers', despite there being no way for the Driver to tell what to go for aside from whatever Lockseed is used; Orange might give the black suit a Gaim-style helmet, while Melon would look more like Zangetsu.
The movie-exclusive rider will have non-fruit lockseeds.Either using vegetables or even meat. Or, for that matter, maybe using lockseeds based on something that is regarded as a fruit from a botanical perspective, but not from a culinary perspective.
The Gridon seen in the Cold Opening isn't Hideyasu. It's Zack, in a new Arms for Kamen Rider Knuckel.Kamen Rider Knuckle is noted to look similar to Kurokage AND Gridon. Maybe he'll get his hands on Hideyasu's Lock Seed and use it in the final fight (Or whatever that scene was supposed to be) and fight on Kaito's side, with an almost identical look to Kamen Rider Gridon.
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.
Someone will exploit the fruitsFor example, if an armored rider has someone they don't like, they could have the person eating the fruit and become an Inves. It will conveniently become a I Did What I Have To Do moment if no one else knows the full story.
There are two more Overlord InvesThe one that has been revealed is red in color and the normal inves come in red, green and blue so this is a viable idea.
There will be other color InvesEither a fourth color will be added to the trio or we'll get color variations of previous inves for the two colors they didn't appear as.
The Inves have come from...The same guy who sent in Deboss
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?
Yuuya will appear working for Yggdrasil, possibly as Kamen Rider Sigurd.Sigurd is the only Energy Rider whose identity hasn't been revealed, and it would really add to the drama for Yuuya to end up as a possible Rival for Gaim.
Yuuya is still not quite dead.All Inves respawn inside the forest upon death.
There exists an "Inves King".
Yggdrasil Corporation is an toku equivalent to Sybil System.
Foundation X will make a cameo
The prize for solving the mystery of the Helheim Forest...Will be allowed to make a wish. Any wish at all.
Kota's brief disguise as a Yggdrasil mook, as well as saving them from the Inves might have consequencesFor one, his sister might catch wind and think he's actually getting a job. Then he has to join Yggdrasil to keep up the lie.
Takatora knew his brother was RyugenBut he wants to avoid the I Know You Know I Know situation, so he feigned naivety.
Foundation X is behind Yggdrasil Corporation.
The mysterious girl arrived with the tree that became the landmark of Takatsuka Shrine and the persistent crack through which Yggdrasil members can enter Helheim.
Mai is her descendant.
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."
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
All Lock Seeds are compatible with the Sengoku DriversLeading to several Sailor Earths revolving around the Arms that each Lock Seed creates.
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 Armored 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.
Blonde Mai spent the last 10 years as the only sentient being on the planetIf we take it as fact that Blonde Mai is in fact Mai, and Hellheim is the future, we know Mai will become Blonde Mai by the time the war occurs, which will probably lead to the forest consuming earth. While it looks like the upcoming Overlord Inves may be sentient, she'll still be the only thing vaguely human.
Legend Rider Lockseeds
We know from the toyline and scans that they exist and what their transformations calls are. As for appearances, weapons and finishers, place your guesses here.
Kuuga LockseedStyled for Ryugen:
Agito LockseedStyled for Zangetsu:
Ryuki LockseedStyled for Zangetsu:
Faiz LockseedStyled for Bravo and Knuckle:
Blade LockseedStyled for Baron and Gridon:
Hibiki LockseedStyled for Zangetsu:
Kabuto LockseedStyled for Gaim and Kurokage:
Den-O LockseedStyled for Gaim and Kurokage:
Kiva LockseedStyled for Baron and Gridon:
OOO TaJaDor Combo LockseedStyled for Baron and Gridon:
Meteor LockseedStyled for Ryugen:
Beast LockseedStyled for Bravo and Knuckle:
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...
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.
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.
Decade getting a Kamen Ride: Gaim card…will let him use the Rekka Daizantou Attack Ride◊ without using the Complete Mode because both (ShinkenRed’s Shinkenmaru and Gaim itself) has Samurai motifs.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Heck, his nickname sounds dangerously close to Sayaka's family name: Miki.
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.
Mai's parents are dead.
The Riders will group together to form a Five-Man Band.Kota as The Hero, Kaito as The Lancer, Micchy as The Smart Guy and a possible Sixth Ranger Traitor, Hideyasu as a second Smart Guy or The Chick, and Kurokage as The Big Guy. With either Takatora or a different Rider eventually joining as a Sixth Ranger.
The Helheim Forest is really Gaia's VengeanceParticularly with the shrine tree that Yggdrasil cut down. That, or they have some connection.
If and when Mitsuzane betrays Kouta, he'll do it in the style of the raid on Honnoji CastleFor those who don't know, in the Sengoku era, one of Nobunanga's soldiers, Mitsuhide Akechi, got his own men to turn against him simply by lying where the enemy was during a crucial battle.
Kaito uses the Lockseed intended for his final form on......that concept racing car in the Baron base, turning it into the ultimate Lock Vehicle.
There was no actual way to saving a Human-InvesDespite there being a sign that there might be a way to saving them, it's all going to be for naught, hence why the Energy Riders killed one regardless. One sign pointing to this: Takatora cared enough to yell at Hase to not eat the fruit. If he cared about that, then why does he decide to just downright kill him? Remember, he's friends with a researcher who studied on Inves, so he'd have some idea if Human-Inves can actually be saved or not.
An Invess will get its hands on a Sengoku Driver.Similar to how the monster from the Shinkenger episodes of Decade got his hands on the Diendriver, an Invess will either get its hands on a driver and have enough logic and reason in its mind to use it, or a driver-wielding human will succumb to temptation and turn into an Invess with a driver. Either way, they'll transform and become some sort of Invess-Rider combination.
Bravo, Duke, Marika, and Sigurd are going to die before the series' endNotice that they didn't appear during the Cold Opening of #1 and since Ryoji is dead and he didn't appear I think that that scene was actually foreshadowing telling us that only Gaim, Baron, Ryugen, Gridon, and Zangetsu will make it to the final battle.
The Apple Rider/Arms will be the summer movie exclusive and/or involved in the end gameWhy leave out one of the most obvious and common fruits, unless something big is planned for it.
The Yggdrasill Saga will end at episode 24.The Beat Rider Saga is about childhood, which runs from episodes 1-11, and age 11 is the last stage of your life where you are viewed as a child. After that, episode 12 starts the Yggdrasill Saga, which focuses on adulthood. Age 12 is when puberty, aka the transition from child to adult, kicks in and from there up until the age of 24, you are considered a young adult. Now, if the Fridge Brilliance of the episode numbering coinciding with the sagas is correct, then episode 24 should close out the Yggdrasill Saga and episode 25 should start up the 3rd story arc of the series.
Sid will turn out to actually be some kind of kaijinWe don't know a thing about the dude and he seems almost inhumanly evil compared to the other villains, doing things just because it amuses him. Would tie into the Kyubey parallel a bit too.
DJ Sagara is gonna feign being a prisoner of YggdrasilEither he's doing it to manipulate Kouta or to weasel out of getting hatred from him.
Sid will be defeated by...Kota using Matsubokkuri arms as a way of honoring Hase's demise.
Mitsuzane will be on the dark side
Ryouma is gonna pull a Dr. MakiHe's planning on using additional Drivers and try to achieve godhood... That's not a good sign.
The previous timeline did not have the Energy RidersAssuming the beginning war with Kouta and Kaito was a flashback, one has to wonder why Takatora is using the original Melon Arms when he has Melon Energy to use. Answer? There wasn't any Energy Riders in that timeline... But now with the repeated timeline, they became possible.
Now that the belts can be used by anyone, we'll see more Riders from both Yggdrasil and the Beat Riders, and maybe more independents like Baron.According to This Very Wiki, the belt that Kaito pinched from Yggdrasil in episode 15 will be given to Team Baron Member Zack, turning him into Armored Rider Knuckle. We have the Kurokage Mooks, and there's a possibility of other Riders as well. We may even see more Female Riders out of this series. Plus there's The War Sequence in the first ep. It was clearly Fore Shadowing, but maybe in a way we never considered.
Other Armored Riders will gain their own Jinba Arms from the other Energy Lock Seeds.Such as Baron Jinba Cherry Arms or Ryugen Jinba Melon Arms.
DJ Sagara will be the eventual Big Bad.Because at this point he's the only one of Yggdrasil's inner circle who isn't obviously antagonistic. He'll offer himself up as the only test subject for Ryoma's third-generation Drivers, and take out the Beat and Genesis Riders one-by-one.
Takatora will undergo How the Mighty Have Fallen moment.Considering he really cares to his co-workers but they treat him like a crap, you can guess what happens next to him after several episodes...
What Takatora showed Mitsuzane was the destroyed remains of an old Zawame City
The Big Bad of the series will in fact be Gaim himself.
What Micchy saw was the CURRENT Zawame City, but from the future. It was destroyed and the forest spread because the Riders could not cooperate.Helheim is not another dimension; it is the future. The Cracks are not rips in space, but time. Therefore the opening scene of #1 is from the future as many predicted, but also the past: for whatever reason the Riders from that timeline would not work together to prevent Helheim's spread, and they eventually destroyed each other, leading to the extinction of humankind. The Mysterious Girl is Mai from that timeline who survived and has escaped through a crack in time to plead to the main characters, trying to change the future. Of course this all implies a Stable Time Loop, and so Helheim's actual origin is indiscernible.
There were fourteen Zawame cities before the one we see in showThe first we saw in the first episode with the Baron vs Gaim army battle. We also know that the forest is going to pick someone but in the previous fourteen times it picked the wrong person and the Helheim forest integrates that version of the city into itself as a result. Kota is the only one who can handle the power given by the forest because he's the only one who has yet to be actually given the power in the previous fourteen versions and as his little speech to DJ Sagara shows, he doesn't want power for himself but to protect others.
Micchy will end up being more villainous than TakatoraEven though it's said that the Kureshimas have an inherently dark and manipulative side to them, Micchy's darkness is actually deeper than Takatora's. Takatora does evil things, but he only does them because he believes he is working towards something noble, and does not enjoy it. Micchy is overall a good guy, but his motivations are definitely more selfish: His attraction to Mai, his desire to be free, and wanting to rebel against his brother. The times he shows his dark side to Sid, it also seems like he takes some enjoyment out of it. He himself tells Sid that he may end up being more dangerous than his brother.
We will see some Black Comedy in actionButcher takes effect on around 14, yet the next few episodes are still comedic as if the Wham Episode did not happen.
Zawame becoming Hellheim in the future will be a direct result of Yggdrassil attempting to prevent that.
Structures of the armies when the war scene comes alongGaim's army will be Team Gaim (minus Micchi), fighting for the Inves' right to exist. (No Armored Riders) Baron's army will be Baron, Gridon, Bravo and Knuckle, alongside controlled Inves and members of most of the other teams using mass-production drivers to use Suika Arms, aiming to defeat Gaim and topple Yggdrassil Zangetsu's army will be him, Ryugen and the Energy Riders leading Kurokage Troopers and some of them using Suika Arms to put down the Beat Riders and destroy the Inves once and for all.
Hideyasu's using Oren.He pretended to be Ryoji's friend for the first arc and acted as a Butt Monkey in battle with him. Perhaps, save for that incident in episode 17, there's something Hideyasu's getting from being Made a Slave?
Micchy is gonna force Yggdrasil to shift the blame from the Beat RidersAlright, let's look at the basics: Mitsuzane is now a mole for Team Gaim... However, they, along with all the other Beat Riders are on the verge of either breaking apart or actually becoming like what the news say about them. Bad news for Mitsuzane and Takatora if they want to keep this up. So he'll point that out to Takatora and force his hand to shift the blame. We also know that Mitsuzane can be very manipulative if he wants to, so this would probably something he'd do.
#18 will end the Yggdrasil Saga, or at least bring it to the next stageFirst off, the motif of the Sagas seem to reflect age. The Beat Riders saga being about childhood and the Yggdrasil saga being about the transition between childhood and adulthood, or at least adulthood. 18 is the age for most people when they become adults. Second, the title for 18 says "Farewell, Beat Riders", which indicates something big will happen. Lastly, the varied catchphrase for Kouta ("This is everyone's stage now!") mixed by how hotblooded it sounded, it seems to pull off something grand and climatic.
Bravo is gonna bite it in #18Random guess.
There will be a third generation of Driver in the third saga.And it'll be based on fruit liqueurs or brandy. Childhood=juice, young adulthood=soda/energy-drinks, mature adulthood=drunken sararimen.
Kalafina will perform one insert song in this series.
Sonomura became traumatized after what nearly happened to him in Episode 16.If a monster you summoned and controlled suddenly turned on you and came close to killing you, you'd be pretty shaken up too. It would also explain why Team Red Hot wasn't present for the All Teams Dance Event in Episode 18.
Gaim will access Jimber Peach Arms and Jimber Melon Arms somewhere down the line.Seems likely after the reveal of Jimber Cherry Arms.
Zawame City used to be the village from Kamen Rider Hibiki And The Seven SenkiBoth citizens have the same mentality of casting the people who save them as evil monsters, even with the knowledge that they're a) regularly saving them on a daily basis and b) capable of silencing their complaints forever if pushed too far, so it might be just genetic memory.
What makes unripe Lockseeds so appealing is their smell.You can't actually smell them, though, otherwise people would comment on their scent rather than their looks. But they emit some kind of pheromone that convinces your brain that they're absolutely delicious. Yggdrasill scientists wear hazmat suits while in Helheim to keep the pheromones from affecting them. Armored Riders are immune to it thanks to some function of the belt, once it's been bonded to them (note how Hase only eats a fruit after his driver is rendered nonfunctional). Dunking the fruits in liquid also keeps them from affecting people, which is why Ryouma is never tempted to try some of the samples he has in his laboratory and Kaito was able to pull one out and crush it without any of the normal hypnotic effects.
The final battle of the series will be either Gaim VS Baron, Gaim VS Zangetsu, or Gaim VS Ryugen.