Watching: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 47
I have managed to watch every episode (bar 30, waste of existing), every movie (bar the Gaim summer movie), and have without a doubt... seen one of the greatest seasons of a show, ever. Urobuchi has truly made a special story, with loveable characters, a really cool Driver, and a compelling story. So now... my thoughts of this season.
Story: Gaim is a coming-of-age story, with Kouta starting out rather kid like, but truly growing into a person worthy of being called a Kamen Rider... even if they never called themselves Kamen Riders... regardless, the story was something to behold, with many twists, turns, loops, and shocking moments you wouldn'g have seen coming.
Characters: Kouta is a great protagonist, slowly maturing as he battled as the fruity Gaim. Kaito was an amazing rival character, and he was without a doubt a character I respected. Mai was powerful in her own way, and is sadly the only real main character who never got a Driver... ah well. Micchy is something you need to see to believe, he starts out hero, goes dark side, but comes back to be the hero of Earth after Kouta leaves. Takatora was something of a mystery, but soon, the mystery came apart, and I really liked him. Not in the way of a certain durian-head.
Theme: The coming-of-age story is something I didn't really make of it when I started, but getting deeper in, it became a coming-of-age like story, and there's something that symbolized it: Kouta's forms. Orange Arms represented childhood, a growing base for when you begin life. The Jinba Arms represented the start of puberty, while you still look like yourself, you look a bit different. Kachidoki Arms represented a bit more growth in puberty, where you don't recognize a person from childhood, and the sense of growing continued with Kiwami Arms, being the adult form, while you still look like yourself, you're different. And a metaphor I over-looked initially, was the full sense of growing-up that Kouta gained when he became the Man of the Beginning.
Episodes: I really didn't like episode 30 (the idiotic waste of time for a cross-promotion), but apart from that, every episode did something, introduced a new form, a new Rider, a big twist, or... something! Episodes are no disappointment... bar out 30, which I hate.
Final Thoughts: Truly... Kamen Rider Gaim is, without a doubt, one of the best Rider seasons ever, a season I will happily re-watch any day, and cherish. I'll admit, when it started off, I didn't know what to expect out of Gaim, but boy was I surprised, and I stayed with it... and I loved it! Gaim is a season anyone could enjoy... and if it's your first Rider season, I hope you liked it, and you'll watch more of Kamen Rider.
Gaim... I will miss you. But Kouta... no matter what, always know... no matter who comes next... no matter what... it is always... your stage!
And now, I end my Gaim review. Just Live More.