Shifted Focus -Drive 03-04 -RX! 087

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Today we’re putting Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we cover:

03 Who Took Her Smile? and 04 What Does The Proud Hunter Want?

Q1– Was the situation set up with Asaya attacking all these women and Kiriko being his favorite because of how terrified she was good or bad? Was it sexist or misogynistic?

Q2– What did you think about Vegas paralleling Shinnousuke and Kiriko? Did it add to or take away from their stories and the seriousness of the Roimude’s attacks?

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Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show

-The Roimude have an ability to disguise themselves as human, when not using their other powers or abilities.

-The previous Drive was called Proto-Drive and the Roimude are the ones who came up with the name Kamen Rider and then they killed him.

-Machine Chaser’s job is to destroy the Roimude bodies, but preserve the Cores allowing them a chance to start over and have a better go at living out their lives. His job is to keep them in line, so that they stay hidden from the public, as the upper echelons of Roimude are waiting to come out in full force once a certain number is reached.

-Mr. Belt can sense Density Shifts in close proximity to him

Potential Leads- These are things to keep an eye on, as they may develop into something more interesting or central to the narrative in time

-RE: Chase How are you a Roimude if you don’t go from human to Roimude-form the same way they do?

-Mr. Belt knows Machine Chaser…. WELL not really, but… Mr. Belt’s “that man!” was more of a generic “HEY, that guy is using my system!” than a hint that he knows him, but the real juicy bit was his suggestion that the Roimude used the Proto-Drive tech to create their own version.

-Who is working on the Drive gear? Is Mr. Belt compartmentalizing his operation and having Rinna do it secretly?

Other Notes-Things that stick out, but aren’t really important to the narrative

-WTF casual misogyny and judging this lady on her looks?! OY Sanjo!

-WTF Asaya, Mr. Avant Garde has old garde sensibilities regarding his ability to guard beautiful women from his advances!

-Thanks goodness Fujumiya Hajime was there to call out his master on his off-putting behavior!

-The imagery of the hands being stripped away by that monster gave me serious stripping of agency vibes, that got me ready to be upset by what was to come.

-Shinnosuke kissing Vegas was a cute moment.

-Monster Mafia Bar is GREAT! I want to see way more of the big guy eating with Brain, Heart and Paint! I don’t know what he was eating, but I want some, NOW!

-Shinnosuke’s “This will be the face of Justice.” line was so cool. I think it was even devoid of any sexist undertones, it seemed a perfectly egalitarian threat to protect people to me.

-THIS feels so Kamen Rider to ME!!

-I love Kiriko taking and using Shift Cars as a regular part of how she functions with the Drive tech.

-Vegas having a vendetta against Paint/010 is a net thread I hope seeing pulled again and again in different ways as the series progresses.

-OOOoohh, Paint is CREEPY!!

-Kiriko’s actress did such an amazing job when she pulled her gun on Paint.

-Chaser going after Tridororn was exhilarating!

-The Dimension Cab stuff as well as Dream Vegas’s body manipulation is STUPID, but I’ll let it pass for now. It should have worked more like Wizard’s CONNECT.

-I really like Kiriko and Shinnosuke’s partnership thus far.

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The Good, the Bad and the Wacky- Part 5 [END]-Riderology Kamen Rider OOO -RX! 059

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Subject: Kamen Rider OOO Q4 Episodes 39-48.

Hosts: Grimmhelm, Mewzard, Ammit, and Professor What

It’s time for us to judge all the show that Kobayashi and crew could muster and throw at us. It isn’t that we don’t appreciate the effort taken to produce a gargantuan show like this, week after week, after week, but that doesn’t mean we won’t call out its flaws and failings. Join us for the mostly positive but appropriately critical final analysis of that power animal, alchemical power using Shaman Rider OOO!

Below is an excerpt from the notes used to make this episode.

OOO 39- A Nightmare, a Security Camera, and Ankh’s Counterattack

Ankh awakens from a nightmare about a semi-Greed Eiji and kid-Ankh stealing his Medals from him, there is also a dead looking Shingo. He wonders if it is Shingo’s fault and warns Eiji to control his Cores. Shimoda Gonzou, a neighborhood Watchman who is going all big brother asks Eiji to remove himself and Ankh from the neighborhood to maintain it’s sanctity. Kid-Ankh sees his overbearing antics and hosts a Yummy from him, in hopes to become complete.

Sataonaka and Gouto are now officially partners in fighting the Greeed and they butt heads a bit: he’s ever vigilant and she’s always waiting for break time. They go to help Eiji and Ankh, but Satonaka takes a long time and shows up in gothic-lolita garb.

Kid-Ankh now is sure of his identity and is eager to absorb his arm. In a plot twist, Gonzou’s wife is the Yummy host and her desire is to rule over people.

Also, Eiji stops Ankh from reattaching to Shingo after the Yummy disappears because Hina had asked him about it after Ankh had been a really huge jerk about possessing Shingo and respecting Hina’s wishes about Ankh playing her brother for his birthday party.

[Comments]

– I officially love Kougami’s antics, playing piano, making cakes and singing happy birthday

– Why is Satonaka so lazy?

Constant food coma :3

– I’m glad Mezul isn’t in kid form, when they’re talking about her liking Maki

– Ankh really is an ingrate and a jerk, or at least that’s his persona. I hate it either way.

– Why not let Chiyoko know about being OOO and the truth about Ankh?

That always seemed off to me. I don’t see how letting somebody who is both a landlord and a close friend in on a weird secret like that could be detrimental to a relationship or a plot.

– Gouto is so awesome as the militia-Birth, I love it. The little Medal holder on his wrist! The bike back pack folding the Medals! I love it all!!!

– Why the F is Satonaka fighting in fetishistic Loli-faire?! She does a decent support job, but am I supposed to be jerking off to this?

Birth as an operational unit of the Foundation is just brilliant, but Satonaka’s inclusion seems to weaken it for her laziness and her attire.

OOO 40- Control, a Birthday Party, and a Vanishing Ankh

Ankh repossesses Shingo after Eiji hesitates to let him. Later in Eiji’s room, Hina says she is starting to change her thoughts and feelings regarding Ankh and Shingo. Eiji tells her that he would have to get rid of Ankh if she stops being ok with the current situation. The Yummy has tagged a bunch of cops with feathers creating a police state for Mrs. Shimoda to rule over so she can revel in their freedom inhibiting activities. Chiyoko gets kicked out of her restaurant and they have a birthday party for Ankh down by the river after he half heartedly tries to strangle Hina. It seems things have changed between Ankh, Eiji and Hina.

Gouto bribes Satonaka to be more prompt and she shows up mid fight to help the Riders finally defeat the Yummy. Which was kid-Ankh’s plan all along! He waited for Ankh to return to Cous Cousier relaxed after their victory and he absorbs him taking many Cores and freeing Shingo fully of the possession. Kid-Ankh regenerates his right arm and wing, but his face remains incomplete.

[Comments]

– Ankh is an awful person

– Why does Hina put up with Ankh’s crap?

Ankh may not have his personality, but he has Shingo’s face – that’s enough to sway Hina over. It’s effectively emotional abuse and trauma.

– Dude pulled out an ASP on Chiyoko? WOW, not ok! You go Chiyoko! She would have made Captain america proud! Why is Mrs. Shimoda such a dirty fascist?

– I like the lame attempt to make the Candroids cooler and more marketable by slapping a few together to make a holo-cam and projector. PLEASE! That little scene was so unnecessary.

– I hope this means we don’t get fetish combat wear Satonaka anymore.

– Wow, that kid-Ankh is sharp.


 

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The Good, the Bad and the Wacky- Part 4-Riderology Kamen Rider OOO -RX! 056

Logo_AlbumSubject: Kamen Rider OOO Q3 Episodes 29-38 + OOO Wonderful.

Hosts: Grimmhelm, Mewzard, Ammit, and Professor What

Deeper into OOO we go as misgivings start to emerge for Ammit who is still overall positive on the show. Professor What, Mewzard and Grimmhelm have all finished the show and fondly recall their experiences with this stretch of episodes as well as trace lines that connect the beginning and end of OOO that they can perceive thanks to their having already finished it.

Below is an excerpt from the notes used to make this episode.

OOO 34- Best Friends, Manipulations, and Relationships

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Kitamura wants Eiji to be his friend or rely on him. Ankh outs him to Eiji and Hina, but Eiji covers for him and the three guys head off to find Date and Gouto. Eiji taps into the host-Yummy relationship to narrow their search and they find the Kougami employees just after Date tells Gouto that he is ready to be Birth and that he should seize the chance at his next opportunity. Kitamura asks Eiji why he helps Ankh who he must know is manipulating him. Eiji answers that because Ankh is around he has the power to save people and that he is, in fact, using Ankh. Kitamura gets Eiji to Ankh and Maki leaves, not wanting all 10 Medals to be together. Eiji asks for the Dino Medals to lend them their strength and calls forth the set barely controlling his own henshin sequence with them. He still goes berserk and defeats the snow Owl Yumy after Kid-Ankh lands a rider kick and flattens him for a moment. Ankh lures the still enraged Eiji telling him he will be restored no matter what and he needs Eiji for that, even though he cares not for him otherwise.

[Comments]

– after treating Hina like an oppressed housewife, against which she doesn’t buck.

– I enjoy Date’s poor assessment of and guesses at on what animals the bird Yummies are based.

– Date used some last episode too, but how long has he been doing wrestling moves? I like how it matches his personality; brash with some finesse.

-Kita|Mura as in Mirai as in Here Future, as in the future of Kamen Rider is HERE talking about FRIENDSHIP and HIGH SCHOOL!!! This is when they decided on Fourze!

– Bullshit, they’re not friends

OOO 35- Dreams, a Brother, and Birth’s Secret

Hina, who has long dreamt of being a fashion designer wins first place at a fashion show, after which she is approached by one of the judges to work with him in his Parisian studio. She hesitates because of Shingo, who it seems may be re-surfacing as a result of the face-to-face between Ankhs.

Uva seems to be warming up to the idea of absorbing Cores, as he is desperate for more power after meeting kid-Ankh. Uva shows up and steals a Blue Medal and splits along with the Purple dream-crushing Unicorn Yummy after Date falls to the ground clutching his head. It turns out Date has a bullet in his brain– he had kept that from Kougami, who doesn’t mind, now that he knows, He knows it affects him negatively, but the President is fine with him continuing to work as Birth.

Uva guns for OOO’s Medals and sets a group of Psuedo-Yummies upon Eiji, which he destroys with the Dino-Cruncher Gun that the Purple Medals allow him to have as Sugozo.

Date continues to fight the Unicorn, but his injury kicks in and the battle moves away from him, focusing on Eiji, Ankh, Uva and Cazari. The Yummy flees after destroying Hina’s dream. Uva vs Cazali results in Uva getting a few more Mezul and Gamel Cores and Shingo wakes up!

[Comments]

– GORILLA ARMS GIVE YOU rocket punches!!!

– What are you doing to Hina!?

The full notes are fairly exhaustive, but if you’d like an insight into my mind while it digests Rider, you can have it in full.


 

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Enter Sailor V – Sailor Moon Crystal 07-08 -MS 07

Join Sono and Ammit as they discuss Tuxedo Mask and the awesome women with whom he shares the screen from Queen Serenity to Queen Beryl. Minako is so intense and the story is kicking into high gear. This is an exciting time to just be watching this show! When is the next out?!

MS07-AVATAR

Meat and Veggies

SMC 07 – Mamoru Chiba- Tuxedo Mask

-Mamoru wants his memories back

-Someone who looks like Sailor V is talking to Luna, directing her.

-All the Sailor Guardians are awakening to memories from their past lives.

-Tuxedo Mask had to save Sailor Moon from Soizite’s grasp and I’m not sure I like that, even though it came after Moon Healing Escalation.

-Mamoru’s wish is now Usagi! How romantic!

08 Minako- Sailor V

-Silver Millennium, Princess Serenity is Sailor V?! WHAT?! I thought this whole time it was Usagi

-Minako and her partner, Artemis were dealing with the Dark Kingdom form some time ago and she knows more than the others. She tells Artemis that she must settle things herself before the others regain their memories.

-Usagi dreams of Endymion escorting Pirncess Serenity through a horde of attacking Silver Millennium citizens.

-NO identification for Minako’s transformation seems like a clue and she and Kunzite seem to be connected as well.

-I’m not sure how to feel about Mamoru saving Usagi twice in this episode. The first was cool, then her warning him to run, kissing him and setting off to protect her friends was so heroic, but I feel like him protecting her undercuts some of her awesomeness. It does make me like him more though, especially his ability to leap 50 feet into the air.

Frills

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-Mamoru and Usagi are definitely my OTP

-Soizite interrupted Sailor Moon’s post transformation spiel

-Beryl wants the Crystal instead of Metalia. Hello villain in-fighting!

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-Minako is so INTENSE!!!

-Mamoru has shame without indulgent man-pain over his inability to save Usagi. That’s good.

-The animation for Serenity/Minako Aino in the opening was really good: she felt powerful, warm, and gentle.

-I like that these kohai are teaching their sempai about sticking together and being a team. It felt a little strong, but I think that this mostly adult cynicism.

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Kamen Rider Drive Ep1: First Impressions

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So I’ve put off writing this post for a bout a week, because I wanted to take the time to really think over my opinions and not let my first-watch hype color how I present the first episode of Kamen Rider Drive. I watched it last Monday, first thing in the morning, and I was a mess of joy and happy girlish screams, but figured that to present this from an analytical standpoint as I’m doing here on BNLS, I want to take the time to calm down and look at things bit by bit and present the good and bad and form a more solid opinion. I’m going to kind of do a play-by-play of the episode along with my opinions, which I don’t intend to do every week, but because there are so many concepts and characters to be introduced to in episode one, I feel it’s a bit…

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Happy Birthday Kamen Rider! SPECIAL-Riderology Kamen Rider OOO -RX! 055

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Subject: Kamen Rider OOO Q2 Episodes 27-28 and Den-O, OOO, Let’s Go!

Hosts: Grimmhelm, Ammit, Mewzard, and Professor What.

OOO is celebrating Kamen Rider’s 999th and 1000th episodes with some craziness.

Spoilers: We are less than thrilled.

Unspoilers: We have an interesting discussion about how effective it all was.

No notes for this crazy special.

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The Good, the Bad and the Wacky- Part 2-Riderology Kamen Rider OOO -RX! 043

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Subject: Kamen Rider OOO Q2 Episodes 15-26

Hosts: Grimmhelm, Mewzard and Ammit.

OOO is getting better and better at this point. Some relationships develop, Ankh and Eiji reach an agreement by episode 16 that they continue to work on throughout the rest of the quarter. Gouto comes around to being a little nicer and Kamen Rider Birth debuts. A lot of intersting things start getting set up in this part of the show and we all really enjoyed talking about it.

We hope our discussion leaves you wanting more!

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Below is an excerpt from the notes used to make this episode.

OOO 15- Medal Combat, Transport, and Potential

Dr. Maki is almost ready with the Birth Driver but wants to see what the true power of the Medals is, what will happen when they are all together. Cazari who is two medals short of a complete resurrection tells Maki he has a plan. Maki tells Kougami he needs 5000 Cell Medals, so he sends Gouto and the remains of the Ridvendor Squadron to escort the Cells plus 1 Red Core. Ankh tells Eiji to to help him steal his Core back, when Eiji refuses Cazali shows his human face and says Hina is in the Medal transport van. Eiji investigates but can’t find Hina, Gouto even says he’d punish anyone who’d kidnap Hina- even Kougami. Eiji and Ankh follow the transport truck until the Greeed stop it. Hina awakens behind a hidden panel in the van, then a messy struggle happens where Ankh and Eiji lose more Cores,the Greeed amd Gouto go on a chase, where he crashes and Cazali takes all of Mezul’s Cores. Ankh and Eiji fight, realizing their stuck with each other and they make a deal to work together amicably. They save Hina with Gouto’s help, but the Greeed escape. At Maki’s lab, Cazari gets Gamel to put Mezul’s Cores into himself and Maki speaks to his doll of having all the Medals in one vessel.

[Comments]

-The big fight was a huge mess and the choreography was either over-ambitious or not grounded enough. Either way, it was a bit of a goofy mess.

-Gouto is really a cool character and I can’t wait to see him become Birth, I know it’s coming soon!

-The Cazari/Maki relationship deepens and so does his plot to move against his fellow Greeed. All this infighting is good and makes a lot of sense.

OOO 16- A Conclusion, A Greeed, and a New Rider

Eiji learns more about the Greeed, including the fact that they are incomplete creatures because they had no will at first, so their creators destroyed one of their Core Medals which gave them an unquenchable desire to become whole (and then Nihilistic, I guess). Gouto goes to arrest Dr. Maki who says he shouldn’t if he wants the power to save the world. Gamel stumbles around looking for Mezul and Uva attacks her to take her single remaining Core. Mezul finds Gamel and tells him to be one with her; she says she loves him and turns into a Medal-beast when Maki let’s out all 5000 Core Medals and throws in Mantis and Grasshopper. Eiji destroys it with Birth’s help and Gatakiriba. Kougami tells Satonaka that he wants the world to be reborn from Desire. Maki exposits aloud that he wants to see the world destroyed. Eiji tells Ankh he won’t let him become a monster, but is unclear on whether or not he’ll help him gather all the Medals. Birth untransforms and is someone who isn’t Gotou.

[Comments]

-The Mezul/Gamel interaction is moving and a little sad, sick as their relationship may be. (Get your mind out of the gutter!)

-The Maki/Kougami dichotomy become crstal clear here as the former says he wants destruction and the later wishes for rebirth, though one wonders if Kougami isn’t aware of the mad Doctor’s desire and is exploiting it to bring about his own.

-Wait, Gouto isn’t Birth?! The show genuinely surprised me here even though I knew it would go this way, more or less.

The full notes are fairly exhaustive, but if you’d like an insight into my mind while it digests Rider, you can have it in full.


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