This is a translation of Kamen Rider Gaim Novel (小説 仮面ライダー鎧武), originally published March 24, 2016 as a tie-in novel for the tokusatsu television show Kamen Rider Gaim.
You can buy the novel in digital and physical format here.
What is this novel anyway?
This is a tie-in novel for Kamen Rider Gaim with a short story that takes place after the events of the main series, centering primarily around Mitsuzane and the other Beat Riders.
Do I need to have seen the series to understand the novel?
The story takes place after the TV series, so you ideally should be familiar with that at the very least. There are some references to the theatrical movies and the Gaim Side Story spinoffs, but the important parts are recapped in the novel text itself.
What’s with the style guide (romanization, terminology translations, etc.)?
Normally, my style guide policy is to mostly follow what I feel the audience is most familiar with and likely to recognize, but tokusatsu is a lawless place where there’s no real consensus, so (with a few exceptions when things risked getting a little too confusing) I decided to just do everything as if it were from scratch. Gaim also happens to be a series that requires heavily stylized translations, and something just didn’t feel right about stealing other people’s work for particularly specific phrases. Please don’t take it as a dig at any of the existing translations, it’s just me wanting to work from as fresh of a perspective as possible. I apologize if there ends up being any confusion.
Content warnings: heavy physical violence (including blood and physical maiming)
- Character introductions
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Gaim series timeline
Writer: Gun Snark
Scenario writer. Major works include the novel Guilty Crown: Princess of Deadpool, the anime Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and the manga Attack on Titan: No Regrets.
Writer: Jin Haganeya
A scenario writer belonging to Nitroplus. Major works include the PC video game Deus Machina Demonbane and the tokusatsu works Kamen Rider Gaim and Kamen Rider Gaim Side Story.
Supervisor: Gen Urobuchi
A scenario writer and novelist belonging to Nitroplus. Major works include the tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Gaim, the anime series PSYCHO-PASS, and the glove puppetry series Thunderbolt Fantasy.