ASIAN FILM - Article
16:00 - 4th May 2014, by NEO Staff

Kamen Rider Gaim

Drawing inspiration from the samurai of the Sengoku period, Kamen Rider Gaim is the latest warrior to race alongside the line of heroes first created by the legendary Shotaro Ishinomori in 1971. He's also the first to gain superpowers from... an orange. No, wait, keep reading!
The Inves Game helps keep the peace in Zawame City. An innovative virtual reality system created by the powerful Yggdrasil Corporation, players use devices called Lock Seeds to battle small monsters, resolving personal conflicts without real-world violence. It's even become a spectator sport amongst the city's youthful street dance crews, attracting crowds through a combination of peerless dance moves and impressive Inves skills.

However, Yggdrasil is also secretly furnishing the rival dance crews with Sengoku Drivers, belts that use the Lock Seeds to transform the wearer into an Armoured Rider, giving them an edge in combat. When Kouta Kazuraba of Team Gaim comes into possession of one such belt and the Orange Arms seed, he naively thinks its power will allow Gaim to top the popularity charts, despite a vision of an ethereal woman warning him of his decision.

As each team gains its own Rider, the 'friendly' battles become more intense, escalating to bitter rivalries and then fierce territorial clashes - but little do the Riders know that they're guinea pigs. Yggdrasil has broken through to another world, an unearthly forest codenamed 'Helheim' where Lock Seeds grow as fruit, the Inves monsters are real, and the limits of both are being tested on the unwitting Riders.

As the corporation plunders Helheim's resources, random cracks in reality send its frenzied inhabitants through to our world, where the Armoured Riders may be the only ones powerful enough to defend humanity. Unfortunately, only Kouta seems interested in laying down arms and uncovering the mysteries behind the Rider powers, Yggdrasil's activities, and the nature of Helheim. With the teams scrambling for increasingly powerful Lock Seeds to tip the scales, can Kouta unite his enemies against a common enemy?

Gaim may be unorthodox, but it's also shaping up to be one of the strongest entries in the decades-long saga.

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