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Friday, 3 October 2014

Editorial: Six Crazy Kamen Rider Gaim Theories.


Six Crazy Kamen Rider Gaim Theories.


Well, I said I would do an editorial about it, and here it is, six theories I formed during the run of Kamen Rider Gaim. 

About three of them involve Kamen Rider Fourze in some way. Two of them involve Kamen Rider Wizard, too, and two of them involve Kamen Rider OOO.

In fact, only one isn't a crossover theory.


Helheim is a creation of the Presenters.

Here's the first assumption for this theory: Helheim isn't naturally occurring. I think that bears out: The special effects team went out of their way to make Sagara look as much like a hologram as possible when he's flickering in and out, which distinctly suggests something manufactured, and Sagara talks about how ever since the moment of his birth, he has wanted to force species to evolve. Waking up with a clear and inescapable purpose at the forefront of your mind isn't natural. In fact, it suggests programming.

In fact, everything about Helheim suggests manufacture. Nature is absurdly efficient, but rarely, if ever, does it reach the level of perfectly developed parasitism that Helheim does, in which flora and fauna are perfectly aligned towards a single goal. Essentially, Helheim is an almost ridiculously perfect manifestation of the teleological argument.

So, if Helheim was created, who created it? Well, we kind of already have some obvious candidates, a species who possesses advanced technology, are distant and unknowable and probably ancient, and do appear to have a preoccupation with other species evolving, if their shenanigans with sending out Core Switches to other worlds is anything to go by. That's right, the Presenters, the unseen aliens behind the events of Kamen Rider Fourze.

It would follow, then, that Helheim is the hard push to the Core Switch's soft nudge. The Core Switch is meant to inspire worthy individuals to develop new technology or elevate themselves to new forms, while Helheim is meant to force worthy individuals to physically evolve and drag the rest of the planet along with them. An ideological split in the Presenters, perhaps, or just two methods of achieving a result that they are for some reason intensely invested in?


Oren Pierre Alfonso is a close personal friend of Date Akira, and is acquainted with Kougami.

To address the second part of this theory: Oren can do violence and cake. He is practically Kougami's soulmate.

To address the first part: Well, they do probably walk in the same circles. We know that Date is a doctor, but we also know he has some pretty extensive combat experience, and that he has 'friends in low places.' It follows that he's either had a criminal past or a mercenary one (or, just as likely, both with no small amount of overlap), and handily, Oren is in the mercenary business as well.

If there's anything we know about the world of Kamen Rider, it's that it's so small you can literally run into another Rider from a different series while wandering around, and Oren and Date are no exception to this, so I'm declaring now that they've totally met, and Oren (being rather older than Date) was probably a mentor figure, and they still meet up occasionally.

Also, I mean, really, we have one older mentor character with a vaguely military-ish background who explicitly doesn't like sweets, and one who's a patissier. You can't tell me that's a coincidence. I mean, you can, and you'd probably be right, but I'd scowl at you a bit.


Jonouchi was a viable candidate for the Golden Fruit until Hase died.

The first part of this is kind of canon, so go me: After all, remember the World of Potentials? Every character there (except, one presumes, the Kurokage Troopers in watermelons) was someone who could have potentially seized the Golden Fruit, with the greyed out ones being those who had lost that potential. By the time Mai goes there, only Kouta and Kaito are in colour, but they aren't the only ones there: Takatora, Micchy and Jonouchi are also present.

We know at what point Takatora and Micchy stop being candidates, or we can at least extrapolate them: Takatora when Micchy defeats him at the docks, resulting in his coma, and Micchy when the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed is destroyed. Jonouchi is a lot less clear, because the show never really treats him like a viable contender: All we know is that he stops being a candidate even before his Lockseed is destroyed.

Here's my theory: Hase's death is the point where Jonouchi stops being a contender, making him the earliest one to be greyed out. The two are often treated like two halves of the same coin, right up to the end where Jonouchi assumes Hase's Rider identity, and they are each other's most stalwart allies. I have no doubt that Jonouchi and Hase would have reunited if Hase hadn't become an Inves and died, and Hase would have inevitably regained his Kurokage form as well, which would have made them a major power bloc. Instead, Jonouchi cleaves permanently to Oren, who has no interest in the fruit and was never among the contenders, and the two of them end up serving a range of different masters. Trapped in several layers of subservience, Jonouchi loses his chance to receive the Fruit.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Certainly Jonouchi ends up a lot happier by the end than most of the cast.


Kouta and Mai are the Presenters.

“Oh my god, two Presenter theories?!”

Well, the two aren't compatible. Not because of the timeline kerfuffles it causes: The Golden Fruit has clear time-manipulating powers, these two could probably bend the space-time continuum into pretzel shapes. No, because while their sensibilities and personalities do seem somewhat changed from when they were human, they haven't changed that much, and idea that either of them would willingly create Helheim and thus set into motion a chain of events that will lead to countless deaths is ridiculous.

But if we go along the path that Helheim wasn't created by the Presenters, then that opens up a whole world of possibilities for this theory. They have essentially become everything the Presenters are described as: Powerful, distant aliens who dwell near or at the edge of the universe. The Core Switch, then, would be their softer alternative to Helheim, then, one they created in the past to try to push species past Helheim's reach. It's a tiny act of rebellion against Sagara, but it'd be something they would do.

(It helps that Kouta's triumphant arrival in the final episode resembles, more than a little, Meteor's main mode of travel. Meteor's derived from Presenter technology just as much as Fourze is.)

The biggest problem is that this would involve them sending a switch to Earth, something they know can't possibly work, because they've already lived the events that would result from it not working. Which makes my head hurt a tad.



God Kouta was the one who opened the portal for Regular Kouta to enter the World of the Magic Stone.

It's never really explained how Kouta ends up there. He's summoned by a child's cry, and jumps through a portal, and then he lands in a giant energy orange. An energy orange not unlike the energy apple that God Kouta travels around him.

For that matter, that portal looks a lot like a crack to Helheim, and the interior resembles Mai's journey through time more than a little.



It's certainly well within Kouta's new, godlike abilities to do this. But why would Kouta want to send Kouta through a wormhole to an evil monster world? Well, probably because it's a necessary part of Kouta's development, that'll take him from being the dork we saw in the first episode to the dork we saw in the last.

This is where Kouta first becomes familiar with the concept of a 'Kamen Rider', after all. It's quite possibly the first time he starts thinking of himself as a defender of Earth. If he hadn't gone there, maybe everything would have ended up more or less the same. Or maybe it wouldn't. The only people who could really know are Kouta and Mai, for whom peering into other timelines might not be all that tall an order.

The biggest problem with both this and the 'Kouta and Mai are the Presenters' theory is that if they can alter the past, why do they keep altering it in moderately ineffectual ways that don't keep anyone alive. But, as Sagara points out, changing the timeline is incredibly difficult: It's almost impossible to even communicate clearly, let alone enact a physical change. Let's face it, if it was possible to affect big changes to the past, it would have been the first thing Roshuo did. He may have even tried.

These minor changes might be all they can do. Small interferences with the past that are the result of herculean amounts of effort on their parts.


Ryouma Sengoku, Mitsuaki Gamou, Doctor Maki, Ryubee Sonozaki and Sou Fueki all received their doctorates/tenures from the same university.



I refuse to believe that multiple universities are churning out all these evil scientists (that's five, count 'em: Two physicists, one archaeologist, and two who-knows-what), let alone that at least two universities had the misfortune to grant tenure to the most obviously evil people this side of Skeletor.

(For all we know, all five could be professors. There might not be a single professor in Japan or the world who doesn't have an evil scheme.)  

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