Damn you BandaiWhy Gaim Is An Orange, Naomi Takebe Interview
Hyper Hobby: How did Gaim come about?
Takebe: We wanted to do something with multiple Riders. Every Rider after W has only had 2 Riders and we wanted to break away from that. I mean, you have AKB 48 with multiple members, there’s also sports teams and so many other things. Having multiple members brings excitement on different levels. We slowly ventured into the Sengoku era and planned on having that as the core theme. Every Rider would be taking inspiration from that era. But it would be boring if they all looked the same.
HH: So that’s why their are based on different armors to give each and everyone their own personality.
Takebe: Exactly, we wanted to give them different things that would set them all apart. Like making some of them into insects, or even birds. Although, Bandai eventually came to us and said “Fruits“, that became the center theme we worked with. You can still see some bird features if you look carefully.
HH: Ah, so Bandai wanted you to incorporate the fruits into the toys that we now know as Arms Change.
Takebe: They liked what we did with Kamen Rider OOO, how everything could be easily swapped around. Gaim has a similar feel to that.
HH: While you wanted to do a show with multiple Riders and have the Sengoku era as the theme, Bandai wanted you to use fruits. Is that correct?
Takebe: Basically. The reason why we agreed on fruits was because we wanted to use something that has never been used before as its core theme.
HH: But don’t you think using fruits would be strange?
Takebe: Not really. We’ve already done a train Rider, we aren’t really worried about this at all. (laughs)
HH: I understand then. (laughs)
Takebe: The thing is, when you see Gaim you don’t exactly think of an orange immediately. It’s right there, but still somewhat subtle.
HH: Why an orange out of all fruits?
Takebe: We actually researched into what fruits were popular with the kids. Orange came out on top.
HH: Oranges, bananas, grapes and melons were the most popular then?
Takebe: More or less. We choose fruits that everyone knew for the main Riders. Melons are high commodity fruits too.
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