Gou Must Be Stopped! -Drive 13-RX! 097

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

13 Why Does My Brother Have No Brakes?

Q1-WHY the SENGOKU did Shinnosuke attack Gou without talking to him or even really thinking? OH… because DS is so terrifying to experience for humans? So did Sanjou just say torture is cool as long as you get the right results?

Q2-Do you feel Sanjou, through Gou, is setting up a valid and interesting examination of Kamen Rider using the power of evil to combat evil?

Q3-How did you feel about the romance angle being foisted upon Shinnosuke and Kiriko? Do you feel that it is indeed being foisted upon them? Is Rinna jealous?

Q4-Whose Speedy fighting fight premiere showcase was better: Drive’s or Mach’s?

Q5-So… Medic teleports with animated GIFs of roses, huh?

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

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-The Mach system is designed to surpass Drive and was developed by Krim’s mentor Professor Harley Hendrickson in America. Gou left on his own without letting the professor know.

-Shijima Sumiko (Gou and Kiriko’s mother) and their unnamed father are dead.

-Gunman and his unevolved lil’ brother 018 are impersonation an arms dealer and his bodyguard and selling the Density Shift wristbands to people no questions asked. It seems they want the items to become popular.

-Rinna has already produced SpeedUp machine MK II

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

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-Otto gives a morale moralizing pep talk to Todogawa.

-Gou asked Kiriko to not question how how fights and have faith in him?

-When Chase presents himself as having doubts about who and what he is, Heart encourages hims to be resolved and protect Gunman and 018 by telling him he’s a great warrior and that 0 is an honored number.

-Chase became disoriented when Kiriko showed up. I’m sure her bullets weren’t the cause.

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

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– Was Kiriko making those absurd chipmunk noises?

-Rinna geeking out on Mach’s specs was so cool… or was she supposed to be coming between Shinnosuke and Kiriko?


Next Episode| 14 Who Is The Dark Shadow She Chases?


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No More Woe- Sailor Moon Crystal 13 -MS 12

Join Sono and Ammit as they struggle to find common ground decide to have a difference of opinion on the shifted focus from the manga’s to Crystal’s depictions of the events of the final battle with Queen Metalia.

SMC 13 Final Battle – Reincarnation

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-How will the LSC protect Usagi?

-Dang. Metalia siphoned the power from the Sailor Guardians attacks!

-Luna’s heartache at failing Queen Serenity and her pleading for her help was well executed.

-WTF does Metalia want? She just causes destruction and sorrow!

-The Senshi sacrificed themselves!

-Mamoru’s watch saved USAGI!

-Metalia’s arrogance got her killed. She tried to absorb the suprisingly alive Usagi instead of making sure she was dead and she just got taken out.

-I liked seeing the Knights again, but their stones having saved Mamoru is a let down to me.

-I like how Mamoru tells Usagi she has everything she needs after she had such great self-doubt and wanted to have help from everyone else. He reminded her to have faith in herself and she was able to face Metalia.

Frills

-Uhh… is Artemis imbued with magic, unlike Luna?

-Luna pleading at the chamber of prayer by pawing up that giant crystal was so precious and authentically feline.


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The Ugly American-Drive 12-RX! 096

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

12 Where Did The White Kamen Rider Come From?

Q1-Episode 12 is heavy on the comedy. Do you like that? Is that introductory scene a slight against Kuuga? What do you think about the Rider-verse containing Kuuga’s cops AND these cops?

Q2-Did it seem that Shinnosuke was talking to the Shift Cars in the office hallway as Mr. Belt and he responded through them?

Sono’s inquiries:

Q3-Why was the introduction of the secondary rider a gag episode????

Q4-What are you doing Sanjou?? Toei???

Q5-Whose very bad decision was this?????)

Is it really? Why Sanjou? WHY?!

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

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-Suspect: Todogawa Naoki

-Victim: Hanamura- a real-estate magnate whose criminal greed make hundreds suspects in his assault

-Roimude: Gunman

-Shijima Gou has been Kamen Riding in America and wanted to have a super-showy Japanese debut for his return.

-Rinna built a device that can help neutralize Density Shift.

-The Roimude have small devices that can enable humans to generate Density Shift

-Medic knows Krim

-Heart is still on the mend

-Gou is an ass clown.

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

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-Eh….

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

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-This episode was bad. Come on Sanjou, shows us your best!


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The Magical Miracle: Love – Sailor Moon Crystal 13 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 13 – Final Battle – Reincarnation

I’m going to be extremely honest and really show my amateur reviewer status by not really doing a review this week. I don’t know if it is because I am sick as I write this, or because I was when I watched the latest Sailor Moon Crystal, but the experience is a tearful blur that I remember tenderly and fondly.

I have heard that the original show did the confrontation at point D and final battle against Queen Metalia better, particularly because the time allotted in the anime’s expansion of the manga was used to layer, texture and set up the cast and audience to be heavily impacted by the dramatic conclusion to the war between the Moon and Dark Kingdoms. Although I can’t argue with the failures of Crystal to build up the dynamics between Endymion’s Knights and Endymion/Mamoru himself as well as the Sailor Senshi, which really undercut the drama of seeing Beryl wipe them out last episode, seeing them in this episode really worked on me. The Senshi and Knights represent pairings whose fate is doomed by Queen Metalia’s cruel whims and whose faithfulness towards their individual leaders was their saving grace and the fulcrum around which the plot twisted and upon which Metalia’s demise was set in motion.

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Queen Metalia is representative of a selfish, burning hunger. She manipulates and twists others in order to obtain energy and dominance over Earth, which seems to only cover the planet in darkness and place its inhabitants under her thrall, turning a number of them into drones who work to savagely harvest energy from other people. The legacy of the Dark Kingdom is death, destruction and isolation.

That Usagi’s power is healing, restoration and inspiring happiness courage and strength in others is what makes her the antithesis of Metalia and Silver Millennium’s perfect heiress. The Queen of the Moon kingdom is subject to duty and the responsibility to protect the Earth. The Moon Kingdom’s status as guardian over Earth is senseless and without foundation in the show’s lore, but it is a beautiful, hopeful message. A great kingdom serving to protect and guide a lesser can be interpreted as an encouragement to hold on because someone is watching out for you and an exhortation to embody that benevolence for others around you.

Apparently Endymion was a great guy and good to his Knights. Princess Serenity and her Guardians were friends and loved each other. Crystal fails to show the relationship between monarch and protective group in both cases and hardly make the connection between Usagi and her friends, but I don’t care. The brief scene wherein the girls hear Usagi encouraging them and form the resolve to save her and then she receives strength from them is enough for me. That she pleads for their help, but is encouraged by Mamoru to have faith in herself because of her good, loving heart is inspirational and beautiful.

Usagi has the power to wipe away senseless evil because of the love in her heart. Mamoru encouraged and supported her because he loves her and believes in her. His Knights strengthened him and saved him so he could keep on loving and supporting her. Usagi was able to free Mamoru and save him because her friends were willing to give up their lives for her, so that she could survive while trapped inside Metalia because of how much they love her due to her goodness and the kindness with which she treated each of them. Love, kindness and gentleness give Usagi the leverage she needs to match Metalia’s raw destructive force and defeat her.

If you haven’t seen this beautiful episode of Sailor Moon Crystal you should as soon as you can.