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‘Kamen Rider Gaim’ Is Literally Taking Place In Sideways Gotham City

Zawame City map, Kamen Rider Gaim

For those of you who don't keep up with live-action superhero shows made for tiny Japanese children, Kamen Rider Gaim is the latest in the long-runing series of Kamen Rider shows. Focused on young Kouta Kazuraba, the show revolves around a secret power struggle within Zawame City, a community dominated by the massive Yggdrasil corporation, and the monsters that are emerging from the mysterious Helheim Forest to battle the Armored Riders who have unlocked the power of the forest's fruit. And it's also apparently taking place in Gotham City.

See, in the latest episode of the series, we finally got a glimpse of an actual map of Zawame City, and it turned out that it's just Eliot R. Brown's map of Gotham, in use at DC since 1998, turned on its side. And I am delighted by this news.

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Smithsonian Magazine Examines Eliot R. Brown’s Map Of Gotham City

Eliot R. Brown's map of Gotham City

Whenever I talk about my status as the World's Foremost Batmanologist, one of the jokes I always go with is that I'm more familiar with the layout of Gotham City than I am with certain sections of my own hometown. It's only a slight exaggeration, too -- ever since I first saw the map depicting battle lines in the pages of the 1999 No Man's Land crossover, I've been obsessed with the cartography defining Batman's hometown.

What I didn't know until the recent article posted by the Smithsonian Magazine, was that the map of Gotham City that's been in use for the past 16 years in comics and movies was originally created by Eliot R. Brown, the artist previously best known to me as the man behind Punisher Armory.

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City Prints Maps Out Your Favorite Comic Book And Video Game Locations


Maybe it's because I read a lot of fantasy novels and played a lot of video games in my misspent youth, but I've always really liked seeing maps of fictional places. I obsess over them, to the point where I could probably still get around Grand Theft Auto 3's Liberty City better than I could navigate sections of my own hometown...

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Parting Shot: San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Exhibitor Map Released


I'm not sure how else to articulate the release of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International exhibitor map than by softly murmuring, "So it begins." July 11-15 is going to be something. Dare to take in a larger version of the SDCC 2012 exhibitor map after the cut...

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‘Map of the Dead’ Helps You Plan for the Zombie Apocalypse in Your City


When the zombie apocalypse strikes, you'll need to cross a few necessities off your list. Before you bug out of town, you'll need to load up on food, gas, booze, medical supplies and, of course, guns...

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The ‘Ultimate Nerd Guide To New York City’ Maps Comic-Friendly Destinations


With New York Comic Con 2011 just days away, fans of all stripes are slowly invading Manhattan and the surrounding area. In an effort to perhaps expand a convention visit into a full-on pop culture pilgrimage, Buzzfeed has put together a Google Map stocked with a solid list of locations for the geek-inclined tourists among us to hit while they're in town...

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DC Maps the ‘Flashpoint’ Universe


Maps have always been a tricky item in the DCU, what with all its relatively amorphous fictional cities. In the case of Flashpoint's alternative timeline, however, a comprehensive map is kind of essential...

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Comic Book Cartography: Maps of the Worlds of Comics


We admit -- we are huge nerds for maps. Whether we were poking through the U.S.S. Enterprise schematics that teched the tech or following Frodo's path through Middle Earth, we have always been way, way down with maps that enable us to get even more immersed in the fantasy worlds we enjoy...

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Time Travel Map Charts Pop Culture Time Jumpers


What if all the time travel stories in TV and sci-fi took place in the same universe? A gorgeous image from the upcoming chart book "The Visual Miscellaneum" is online that maps out the twists, turns and overlaps in the time stream via a variety of methods, from alien technology and time machines to mysterious forces of nature...

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