Vibrating Hearts- Sailor Moon Crystal 18 -MS 16

Sono and Ammit discuss the latest Sailor Moon Crystal. There is a deeper level of humanity to this set of alien invaders. What are Wiseman’s secrets? How did he emasculate Prince Demande? Is he some sort of traitor or infiltrator? What’s the deal with Mamoru and his ghost guys? How is Mamoru suddenly super-powered?

That certainly is a name for an attack. I'd like to know the reasoning behind it.
That certainly is a name for an attack. I’d like to know the reasoning behind it.

SMC 18 – Invasion – Sailor Venus

Meat and Veggies

-Minako feels responsible for not protecting Jupiter.

-In the base, Mamoru says he’s sure Mercury, Mars and Jupiter are alive.

-Venus is furious at the idea they’re being toyed with and says regardless of who Black Moon are they should just ask Chibi-Usa to find out more about this mysterious enemy.

-At the Tsukino house, Chibi-Usa has a friend over. Minako gets friendly and asks to play with them. Everything is going well until Chibi-Usa sees the MBC earing Mamoru is holding and freaks out.

– Name dropped for Esmeraude and Black Moon source of strength, which is the planet Nemesis, from when the MBC has come.

-Saphir, the Prince’s little brother, says that Demande has already damaged the Earth and they should stop wasting time and energy on it. Prince Demande says he won’t stop until he sees Earth’s ruler dead. Wiseman appears and says the MBC is vulnerable to the LSC and that they must use the MBC to crush the LSC, only then will they be invincible.

-Rubeus and Esmeraude discuss the fact that Wiseman just appeared suddenly and began influencing the Prince, giving him ideas about the LSC and even giving him a power of unbeatable “evil sight”

-Rubeus wants to find out who Wiseman really is and says Wiseman “emasculated” the Prince.

-Calaveras (that means skull/s in Spanish) the Medium of the four Spectre Sisters, says she’ll borrow her sisters powers to defeat the Sailor Guardians.

-Mamoru comforts and protects Chibi-Usa as Minako and Usagi are trying to get any information out of her regarding Black Moon. She almost says something about her mother, but stops. Usagi tells her that her refusal to cooperate will drive a wedge between them and leaves upset.

-Artemis and Venus see Calaveras on TV. She is saying that the people form the White Moon will bring destruction, but the Black Moon people will help protect Earth. She plans to hold a public “channeling” and Venus vows to stop her and reveal the Black Moons plans.

-Mamoru opens up his jewel box and gets a visit from Jadeite, Nephrite, Kunzite and Zoisite. The tell him the sense a time warp around the MBC earing, but can’t give him any firm answers. They tell him to protect the Princess with his power. Mamoru remarks that his lack of powers makes him wonder why he was even reborn. Kunzite vaguely reassures him by saying he and Usagi will become King and Queen.

-Mamoru hits Rubeus as he’s about to kill Usagi and Chibi-Usa, then hears a voice telling him to concentrate and attack Rubeus who is gathering a powerful fire attack. Mamoru shouts Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber and blasts a white energy from his hand that blows through Rubeus’ flames and hits him.

-Chibi-Usa gives back the brooch and Sailor Moon saves Venus by killing Calaveras with Moon Princess Halation.

-Usagi asks Chibi-Usa why she stole the brooch and the LSC. Chibi-Usa responds that she was trying to use the 20th and 30th century LSC together to try to the Earth of the 30th century.

Frills

– Luna and Tuxedo Mask find a devastated Usagi and upset, but calm Minako just after Jupiter has been taken.

-Somehow Mamoru knows what the Malefic Dark Crystal is, despite it not being identified by the Black Moon folk.

-Artemis sends Luna a specimen holder BY TELEPORTATION to take Petz’s MDC earing for further examination.

-Minako feels responsible for not protecting Jupiter.

-Venus is furious at the idea they’re being toyed with and says regardless of who Black Moon are they should just ask Chibi-Usa to find out more about this mysterious enemy.

-At Juban, Naru tries to cheer Usagi up. Umino comes along and the three go to watch a Channeling video, on which Calaveras is being interviewed and “Channels” Rubeus of Black Moon. The message is that Black Moon is coming to guide humanity. Usagi is upset and tells her friends that Calaveras is lying before leaving quickly.

-Naru is sad that she can’t help her friend. For some time she’s known that Usagi has a part of herself that Naru just can’t see or get to, but she has steadfastly tried to help her friend anyway.

-The girl from Rei’s school and Asanamu are reminded of Rei and Makoto when the see Calaveras. They seem unsettled.

-Calaveras has gone with a Dark Kingdom throwback and decided to hypnotize as many people as possible to get them to find and destroy the LSC.

-Venus uses her Rolling Heart Vibration attack have no effect against the apparitions of the three dead Spectre Sisters channeled through Asanamu, Naru and Rei’s classmate. Calaveras uses her sisters’ power with her own to attack Venus and taunts her that she’ll soon die while Rubeus gets Usagi and Chibi-Usa.

-Sailor Moon broke Calaveras’ attack with a Moon Tiara Boomerang!

What was the best line of the episode?

Ammit’s Best Line “Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber.”

-Tuxedo Mask


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Breaking Formula -Drive 23-RX! 100

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

23 Who Can Stop That Wicked Smile?

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

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-Brain and Medic are vying for primacy with Heart.

-Kiriko takes Mad Doctor to a shady place where she has taken Chase and uses it to heal him.

-Dozens of police in riot gear are stationed around a shopping mall (right) courtyard. The one in charge is furious when an explosion takes place just after he ordered his officer to move to safety.

-Someone in the crowd, whose face is hidden, smiles at the explosion.

-Gen tells the SCu about this serial bomber. The bomber has set off explosions at a high school, a train station and, most recently, the mall from the beginning of the episode.

-Gen tells them the bomber sends warning notes, but when the bomb squad clears the area, an explosion happens anyway, which is why he thinks the SCU should take a crack at the case.

-Gou is sublimating in the gym because he couldn’t beat Machine Chaser. His telling internal monologue is cut short by Kiriko and Shinnosuke coming to ask him for help with the fourth bombing threat.

-The latest bomb threat is against Kuruma Leisure Amusement Park on April 3 at 3 pm

-Mach and Drive are suited up looking for the bomb even after the police have pulled out. Shinnosuke notices someone filming the Ferris wheel and de-henshins to go talk to him. The guy leaves in a hurry. Before Shinnosuke can react much the, the Ferris wheel pod Mach is on explodes and he falls off.

-A Roimude shows up and is frustrated that the attraction is still standing. Drive tries to fight it, but can’t because he is getting snipped by an unknown attacker. Mach sort of helps, the Roimude flees and Shinnosuke picks up a purple dart.

-Back at the Pit, the guys are getting patched up, Kiriko leaves to go “find” Mad Doctor and Rinna is frantically working to develop a support system to help Type Formula be used more safely.

-Shinnosuke brings Mogi Takoru, who had wanted to see the explosion, in for questioning at the Metro Police Division with Otta.

-The kid is a high school student and witness to all four bombings. He says the Ferris wheel was a lucky guess and that of course he wanted to see the bombings, who wouldn’t?

-Another bombing note comes to the police station, delivered to Otta. Mogi is excited about the bombing, but says he’ll just stay in police custody to prove his innocence.

-Shinnosuke figures out that the Roimude can launch projectiles at unseeable speeds. The trick to the four simultaneous bombings is that the Roimude will have to attack from a location in between all four. Drive and Mach counter the strikes and fight the Roimude.

-Shinnosuke uses formula to run after the projectiles and neutralize them but is unable

to handle the G-forces, until Mantarn Jacky and Spanner, the Pit Crew Rinna created for Formula arrive. Jacky and Spanner refresh him and Mantarn allows him to go even faster.

-Dead Heat has gone into the red for Mach and the Roimude uses the opportunity to get the upper hand on him. The Roimude breaks the Mach Driver and almost kills Gou, but Shinnosuke uses Type: Formula’s super-speed to save him from the darts.

-Otta, Kiriko and Shinnosuke watch a gloating and exuberant Mogi Takoru leave the MPD station, declaring he is free of charges as he obviously wasn’t involved in the bombings.

-Kiriko goes back to the shady apartment building or closed down hospital and asks Mad doctor how chase is. He grabs her arm and intensely asks if she is the one who saved him.

-Abrupt ending.

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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-Somehow Brain has gotten his hanky back. Do you suppose it was a three-pack?

-When Medic says Chase isn’t one of the promised number, she said he wasn’t going to live forever. Does that mean that the Roimude of the Promised Number will not or can’t die?

-Brain saves the Roimude 091/097 by pulling it into his iPad. I wonder why?

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

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NEXT Episode| 24 The Drive Nininger 1 Hour Combination!

Questions Raised By The Case

  1. What do you want to see happen with Mach and his belt?
  2. How do you feel about Formula’s Pit Crew?
  3. Is Mogi Takoru going to come back?

 

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Good Grief – Sailor Moon Crystal 18 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 18 Invasion – Sailor Venus

The Black Moon’s power comes from the planet Nemesis, which is the corniest thing since the name “Princess D.” The silliness and obviousness of such an expository gem is countered by the subtleties that were seen in the interactions between the Black Moon’s forces. Calaveras’ sadness for her sisters’ deaths running parallel to the sadness felt by those who care for Rei, Ami and Makoto served to humanize her and the rest of Black Moon to some extent.

We’ve seen Usagi and the others distressed over the sudden spiriting away of their friends. A typical reaction in a hero show for, hero or villain would be a bitter cry followed by steely resolve for vengeance or to mete out justice, but Takeuchi lets the girls flounder a bit even as they have to keep living. Calaveras is shown as bereft. It doesn’t characterize or consume her, but it is a part of her current character and appropriately effects how she acts. When we first see Calaveras, she is channeling her sisters through drones. She promises her sisters, she will avenge them. When Rubeus comes to Calaveras and kisses her, she blushes and her concentration shifts from her sisters, whose apparitions vanish, to the present. She appears to be actively grieving. Evil characters don’t commonly mourn their lost loves, whether familial or not. There is something more to these Black Moon characters.

Calaveras is missing her soul sisters.
Calaveras is missing her soul sisters.

The communion with the dead is not restricted to the Black Moon. Mamoru has a posthumous encounter with Endymion’s Knights that leaves me very uncertain about his future role in Sailor Moon Crystal. Mamoru has a bit of existential crisis while his dead friends are trying to cheer him up and then a voice I can’t quite identify helped him to tap into a power he shouldn’t have. Mamoru seemed as shocked as me to have blasted Rubeus the way he did. Because of the Black Moon discussion of Wiseman earlier in the episode, I can’t help but feel, that perhaps he was somehow involved.

Wiseman is this mysterious figure not only to the audience, but even to Prince Demande and his court. Rubeus is suspicious of Wiseman, who is foreign to the core Black Moon group. Rubeus’ concern makes me curious to see what may develop between them and learn what Wiseman’s true agenda is.

For pushing forward the narrative, introducing new plot elements, calling back to relationships that matter outside of the Sailor Guardian circle and breaking the abduction trend that had been set up thus far, I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

Punch Everyone -Drive 21-22-RX! 099

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

21 What Do The Strange Victims Reveal?

22 How Do You fight With An F-1 Body?

Even Shinnosuke has had enough of your crap at this point, Gou.
Even Shinnosuke has had enough of your crap at this point, Gou.

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

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-Lt. Otto says he’ll be unable to help the SCU for a while because of 5 murders that happened simultaneously across the city. The one lead he has is a blurry picture of Chase from a security camera.

-In the Pit, Gou tells Shinnosuke they’ll race to find Chase, but if he finds him first he’ll destroy him immediately. Shinnosuke calls him out for being insensitive towards Kiriko about Chase, but Mr. Belt agrees and we get Team Save Chase vs. Team Destroy Chase discussing Chase’s fate and the fact that Medic has likey changed hi programming to make him a killing machine.

-One of his Viral Cores let’s Chase know he’s being followed. He goes to get Gen and his partner to leave him alone, by attacking them.

-Mach, Kiriko and Shinnosuke show up. Kiriko can’t shoot Chase even as he’s advancing to attack he rbrother, Otta sees that there are two Riders, white and red, Mach and Drive and the case goes under SCU jurisdiction do to the monster attacks.

-Medic attacked a team of Shift Cars Mr. Belt had sent to investigate one of the murder suspects, all of whom have been copied by Roimudes in the past.

-Medic and Heart separate Gou from the fleeing Chase so that Heart can have a good time fighting him.

-Medic has caught and is now controlling all 25 Shifts Cars Mr. belt had sent out earlier.

-Chase says Medic has set the stage for him and Drive to have their final confrontation.

-Chase unleashes his new power, an even heavier DS, in which Drive can’t move. Mach hears Heart and Medic talking about it and sends him Dead Heat so he can have 1 Shitf Car ally to assist him in this desperate time.

-Dead Heat can only somewhat counter the increased DS, but Shinnosuke appealing to Chase’s humanity does slow him down, just long enough for Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt to banter about a secret Shift Car.

-Chase Triple Tunes his Bop-It! ™ and is about to kill Shinnosuke with it’s attack, but Type Formula shows up to save Shinnosuke at the last possible moment.

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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-Mach remarks that Chaser seems even stronger

-Chaser projects a wave of energy that makes Mach sluggish.

-Brain observes that Medic can change and augment Roimudes on the fly and sees that she must have augmented Chase

-Kyu went home and used Ro-Kyu’s traces left behind on his computer to find a new way to track Roimudes in addition to checking for Density Shift particles.

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

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

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-The 5 murdered people were actually just recreations designed by Medic to infiltrate the SCU office and kidnap Kiriko so Chase could destroy Drive.

-Medic comes with her Reapers to take Chase back. She leaves Mach to use Dead Heat to barely beat one Reaper. Gou de-henshins and collapses.

-Chase angrily goes after Brain who Medic realizes weakened his Firewall with that neurotoxin from before. Medic has added components to Chase to make him kill ANYONE she orders. She belays the order to attack Brain and tells Chase to go kill Drive.

-Chase goes on a vague rampage to draw out Drive. After he shoots at Kiriko, she concedes that the Kamen Rider spirit Tomari possesses is now gone from Chase somehow. Shinnosuke implores her to help the civillians in the area while he confronts Chaser.

-Rinna having scarfed down all of Professor Harley’s treats, sees the formulae hidden on their packaging and is able to complete a new weapon that will allow Drive to effectively use Type: Formula. A trailer Shift Car transports Formula to Shinnosuke who transforms with ease this time.

-With Formula, Shinnosuke can move at blurred speeds even in the Hyper Density Shift generated by Chaser.

-The trailer becomes a Trailer Canon, which he can load formula into to shoot a powerful blast. To finish Chaser, Mr. Belt instruct Shinnosuke to load Shift Speed and Shift Wild into the Trailer Canon.

-Chaser’s Triple Tune attack is no match for the Canon and his Core is destroyed.

-In the Pit, Rinna is looking at Chase’s bike quietly, Gou comes along and says a few melancholy words.

-In the SCU office, the team is being goofy about evil spirits, and the Shift Cars, while Shinnosuke sits quietly. He tells Mr. Belt they’ll have to carry on Chase’s primary mission for his sake.

-In the rain, Kiriko finds Chase laying on the ground.

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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-Gou’s “I’ll never believe you, you’re all evil!” is an expected affirmation of his shallowness. He has blinded himself to the truth for reasons.

-Chase malfunctions when called out on acting so underhandedly and his programming gets muddled to the point where he remembers he’s supposed to protect humans.

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

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NEXT| 23 Who Can Stop the Wicked Smile?


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Awkward Eyes- Sailor Moon Crystal 17 -MS 15

Sono and Ammit discuss the latest Sailor Moon Crystal. Makoto is awesome. Asanamu and Chibi-Usa are adorable. Usagi and Mamoru feel like teens parents. Prince Demande is a creeper and Petz makes us slightly uncomfortable.

Rubeus can’t even look at Petz right now. She might slap him for staring.

SMC 17 – Secret – Sailor Jupiter

Meat & Veggies

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-Usagi and the girls go to CROWN Games to meet up, but Chibi-Usa has tagged along unbeknownst to Usagi so they play a while in the arcade until Usagi is in high spirits and Mamoru tells Chibi-Usa she should go, so the girls can get to work.

-The girls have found no trace of Ami or Rei and worry that Black Moon has taken them out of their reach. They remark on the insidious manner in which Black Moon has infiltrated their lives and conclude that they are likely after Chibi-Usa who they resolve to protect.

-Chibi-Usa has a memory of Silver Millennium and what appears to be Masked Mamoru and Usagi kiss and embrace in view of a cheering crowd.

-Chibi-Usa is out of the Tsukino house sad when a voice she seems to call Pluto comes from Luna-P and cheers her up with a little magic.

-Mamoru (seems to get up from off the ground where he was sleeping or reading and) sees Chibi-Usa all alone. He touched her shoulder to get her attention, and shared a vision of a massive explosion with her. He doesn’t let on that he had seen it and comforts her, while wondering what it was.

-Prince Demande looks upon Ami and Rei, wondering if they are like the Queen, borrowing the power of the LSC to stay eternally youthful. He says he can’t wait to destroy the LSC and see the look on “that woman’s” (the Queen’s [which queen? ]) face.

-Petz Volunteers to avenge her fallen sisters by capturing Makoto

-Asanamu sees Luna talking as Mamoru and Usagi discuss him fixing the Luna-P ball, where Chibi-Usa came from and how they might protect her and find Ami and Rei.

-Makoto, who gets static charged when she’s sick is feeling under the weather, is escorted home by Asanamu who she tells about get parents’ death years ago in a plane crash.

-In Makoto’s apartment (they have rose tea and she apparently has a green thumb) Asanamu is overwhelmed after hearing some strange things on the news, so she clues him into the fact that she and her friends are destined to fight evil. He says he wishes he could be as string as she is and takes her hand, saying he’d protect her if he had any powers. Makoto kisses him on the forehead.

-After Asanamu promises not to tell anyone about Makoto and her friends he leaves and she collapses.

-Minako calls Makoto who doesn’t answer, then calls Usagi to report that Makoto may be in danger.

-Petz, eldest of the 4 Spectre Sisters has sent out viruses that mark people for death and replacement by droids. Usagi and Minako arrive just in time to see Makoto destroy her would be imposter. This is such a neat plan on Petz’s part. Is the Black Moon supposed to be about infiltration?

-Jupiter is weakened by the virus and becomes trapped in Petz’s dark lightning sphere even though Usagi destroyed her. Rubeus remarks that Prince Demande is playing a cruel game and takes Makoto away.

Frills

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-Chibi-Usa seems Luna-P into Usagi’s room to cheer her up as she thinks about Ami and Rei.

-Usagi complains that Mamoru is only sweet to Chibi-Usa and is bothered by Chibi-Usa calling him Mamo-chan when she sees the Tuxedo Mask doll Mamoru had given her.

-Wiseman chides him and magically vanishes. (WISEMAN is so cool!)

-In Makoto’s apartment (they have rose tea and she apparently has a green thumb)

-Petz sure has some design. Is this new? Does it seem very nipple-centric? That’s almost all I picked up.

 

What was the best line of the episode?

Best Line 1: “I’ll make you feel so much regret, it’ll leave you numb!”

-Makoto


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A New Romance Sparks – Sailor Moon Crystal 17 Review

Another Spectre Sister down, another Sailor Guardian captured, and another step closer to the truth about Chibi-Usa. Perhaps my favorite thing about Sailor Moon Crystal at this point is that I can never quite tell how things will turn at the end of a path. Thus far the Sailor Guardian’s encounters with Black Moon have been reminiscent of the escalating conflict with the Dark Kingdom, but on a larger scale. I saw that the formulaic structure if monster of the week in that initially and in some ways, it is even stronger here, but there’s a twist: the Sailor Guardians keep losing. I also didn’t foresee everyone dying at the end of Queen Metalia’s role in the show, or that the world would be directly threatened by her, but it was interesting. If I apply the same idea to the conclusion of the Black Moon arc, I can assume that the world will be at stake again, but we’re only 4 episodes in and 3 of 5 sailor Guardians have been swept of the board already, Metalia didn’t do that until she made her move all in one big push at the end.

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Besides the opaque progress stated in the very first sentence, this episode gave us more time with the characters who are left. Makoto and Asanamu have some adorable interactions. Asanamu’s love for his sempai and desire to be like Mamoru makes his relationship with Makoto feel a little repetitious of the Mamoru-Usagi love that will never die, but it’s handled with a different touch that feels better to me. Perhaps the fact that Makoto feels older and more sure of herself than Asanamu, is what makes me enjoy their interactions a little more. There is no feeling of discomfort to get over between them, as an outsider, or from within the show. They’ve known each other for some time but the sad memory of her parents’ deaths Makoto shares seems to make him realize there is so much more of her he can know. The blossoming feelings between Makoto and Asanamu are exciting to see, even as the old couple are getting into a different space in their relationship.

The way Mamoru is balancing himself to support: Sailor Moon in fighting the Black Moon; Usagi in the loss of her friends and dealing with this child who won’t let up, and Chibi-Usa who misses her mom and is afraid of something she can’t yet explain, is quite novel. The separations between each role are narrow, but each requires a nuanced shift in approach. One of the most compelling things to see play out may be that Usagi is powerful enough to destroy her enemies, but no quite strong enough to break their hold on her friends. How will she deal with that reality when she is alone among the Sailor Guardians? I can’t wait to find out.

I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

Of Sentai And Rider Dubs – Rider Jump 1

The unKamenCrew is back with another Rider Jump for your listening pleasure. The topic this episode was supposed to be “Reflections of Kamen Rider in other media and the West,” but quickly turns to discuss: whether or not a Metal Hero is as equally creditable to Ishinomouri as a Super Sentai, the muddled history of what would be Kamen Rider Stronger being the inspiration for Goranger and Sentai snobbery from original Power Ranger fans, the realization that SPD is American Dekaranger and much more.

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Waiting for a potato jelly bar.

Because Ammit promised this for some reason in the intro, this is an insight into the structure for our discussion of Fourze 17-32:

-Was this middle arc a waste? We’re going to discuss this, and we hope you have an opinion too.

-People who think it wasn’t a waste: what about it enriched the story and furthered people’s existing arcs?

Do they particularly like Meteor?

-People who think it was:

what did they want to see?

what was disrupted?

which threads were dropped and never picked up again?

Was there anything to redeem it at all?

-How did the new elements relate to the old (i.e. how do Meteor’s motifs relate to Fourze’s, how does his friendship plot relate to Gentaro’s?

-Why did they introduce a new Tachibana, how does he relate to the older ones, etc etc)

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Sanjou Loved Gou And Hated Kiriko -Drive 14-20-RX! 098

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

14 Who Is the Dark Shadow Chasing Her?

15 When Will Her Feelings Break Through?

16 What has Sawamura Rinna So anxious?

17 Who controls Dead Heat?

18 Why did Lt. Otta Chase Him?

19 What Will judge the Police?

20 How Long Has Saijou Kyu Been A Roimude


Thanks for the cool GIF Masatokusaka

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

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-Gou wants to hide the fact that Chase was ProtoDrive from Kiriko

-Nanoa Lira is being stalked by a Roimude and visits the SCU for protection

-Muramasa Mamoru is her agency’s president. He cools down all the SCU’s fan-flipping-out over Nanoa

-The Chief has a daughter

-Brain dispatches chase to reset an errant Roimude. Chase hesitates, but leaves to follow orders. Brain and Medic wonder what will happen to Chase once he remembers fully who he was.

-Gou calms Gen’s objections to him acting as Nanoa’s bodyguard by offering intel on a stalking suspect: Sunuhara Tadashi who dresses up in order to get close to and gift Nanoa.

-Gou is actually there to “protect” Kiriko by destroying chase the next time he gets the chance.

-Gou lets the actual Roimude stalker get away by being a showy ass, which leads to Sunuhara getting attacked and turned blue. The Roimude leaves behind a tarot card of the Fool Arcana.

-Kyu uses Gou’s photographs to find that the Roimude is mimicking Sakaki Kouichi, a makeup artist who uses his position to get close to them. He stalks them, once he’s been rejected.

WTF! Gen pulls his gun on an unarmed civilian locked up in a jail cell… He believes that this Sakaki in costudy is a Roimude, but still that is an unwarranted level of force being used, especially after he put Sunuhara in a choke-hold right before the Roimude attacked earlier.

-There are two Roimude. Sakaki’s is a bat type that was trying to terrorize Nanoa and then “steal her heart,” but the hooded bat Roimude with the tarot cards is protecting her. That is why he attacked Sunuhara.

-Drive and Mach are close to destroying Sakaki’s Roimude when Chase shows up to 1) stop them 2) destroy them and 3) reset the Roimude. He gets distracted by Kiriko for a moment, then gets a repetition of his memory compelling him to protect the humans. He ignores the directive and Tomari’s questioning of his motives, saying he must destroy the Kamen Riders.

-Brain rains down fire, thawing Sakaki’s frozen Roimude, saying he’ll give 069 another chance before giving up on the failure. Brain supes up 069 with a few Viral Cores (I assume) and he turns into a bat car which abducts Kiriko.

-Gou and Chase follow Kiriko and Shinnosuke who is hanging on via Hooking Wrecker’s hook. Suddenly Chase falls off his bike as the two motorcycles sync up and become Ride Crosser… a little car that drives backwards, shoots and grappling hook carries itself into the air.

-Chase wonders why the bikes combined. Brain explains it’s because he is really Proto-Zero and Brain gave him the name Kamen Rider. Kiriko is surprised and Chase isn’t happy.

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

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

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-Gou really wants to destroy Chase.

-Kiriko wants to try to save him and reacts fairly mildly to Shinnosuke not having told her about Chase.

-Kiriko senses that Nanoa knows the Roimude. She tells Kiriko she thinks that Nikaido Hiroki, who saved her from suicide when she was desperate about her career, may be the Roimude

-Mr. Muramasa wanted to stop Lira from seeing Hiroki so badly that he went and told him to stop seeing her.

-When Hiroki met with Lira to tell her they were through, she accidentally killed him. Roimude 069 took her memories and copied her to keep the lie going. It’s an odd motivation honestly, but I think I get it.

-Brain, Medic and the now-even-more-robotic Chase show up and interfere with fight against 069.

-Chase attacks Kiriko. Shinnosuke wavers. Gou uses a Shift Car in his driver. Medic flees with a crispy Brain to repair his injuries, gleefully announcing the experiment was a success before Roses.gif’ing away.

-Kiriko tries to console Nanoa and Shinnosuke tells Gou that Kiriko isn’t going to give up on Chase.

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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-Gou has near-indiscriminate hatred for the Roimude- particularly Chase who he wants to destroy even though Kiriko is holding on to hop that he can be returned to his original state.

-The calling card left on Hiroki’s victims makes me think more about our villain cast. Is Brain the Hierophant? He’s attacking Chase in a church with his supreme knowledge and reason and feels he must destroy the tainted Roimude who can be saved from filthy human influence no other way.

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

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-The scene where Nanoa is talking about Hiroki with the mirrors sure looked interesting!


 

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

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-The SCU, along with Gen and Misaki Junko of Metro Police 2nd Division, is following Amagi Shu who they suspect is a Roimude because he runs the Amagi Love Castle, a matchmaking service for women looking to get married. Eight women have had their bank accounts drained and been hospitalized in a nearly vegetative state. The all at some point try to suddenly flee the hospital and all used Amagi’s service.

-Gou lets Shinnosuke and Kiriko know about a special event planned to take place shortly at the Amagi Love Castle. The two go directly to him and ask to participate. He acquiesces.

-[Something] Traveler provide a peaceful solution to the fight between Chase, Drive and Mach that Heart is aching to enter.

-Brain wants to kill Drive before he transforms, but Medic, Heart and Chase take the… high ground with talk of honor and Medic even calls him petty.

-Rinna has developed special rounds for Rinna to use against the Roimudes!!!!!!!!!

SHE EVEN GAVE HER BOOTS THAT ALLOW FOR A RIDER KIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!

*tears of joY!!*

-Misaki tries to take jurisdiction from the SCU while the Chief is away, but succumbs to the same affliction as the 8 women who have been hospitalized. Gen remembers that they all reacted dramatically to the sound of metal clanging.

-Gou has somehow gotten hired as a server at the Amagi Love Castle.

-Rinna has an unexpected meeting with Shinnosuke there and freaks out.

-After pulling away from Amagi Shu’s forward clasping of her hands, Kiriko feels a bit off, but follows a voice until see she’s Chase. The Roimude is surprised that she would see the Reaper calling her, but doesn’t have enough time to think about it, because she promptly Rider Kicks him and follows that with a volley of shots with her new Roimude rounds.

-Gou and Shinnosuke head towards the sound of the fray and arrive just in time to barely help Kiriko knock the Roimude back to his human form.

-The Roimude formerly known as Amagi has mooks in suits who come help him when Mach makes things a little too hot for him.

-Heart stops Gou from destroying the Roimude and enters his Dead Zone, apparently having the increased endurance he said Medic helped him to achieve, while Mach is running out of henshin time!

-At the risk of overheating like Heart did last time, Shinnosuke calls Dead Heat who he figures can help him keep up with Dead Zone Heart. Mr. Belt reluctantly concedes that they must do it to protect Gou whose life is in danger.

-Heart is sort of defeated, the Roimude slips away, but his mooks are destroyed and then Dead Heat takes over Shinnosuke who attacks Gou while pleading with him to stop him somehow.

-Rinna hears the Roimude’s call and goes to him, looking overcome emotionally.

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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-Rinna is very uncomfortable at the mention of Amagi’s service and she has been sort of absent from the Pit lately…

-Rinna is still working with Dr. Harley, but hasn’t quite finished the new Shift Car, Dead Heat, as she has been very busy with OTHER things.

-The [Something] Traveller bit sure comforts me that Shinnosuke isn’t going to be all about full force all the time. That’s a good trait in this quasi-authoritarian Kamen Rider.

-Kiriko disagreed about the Roimude disguising himself as the victim’s ideal man, which is fun because it calls into question how she really feels about Chase. Does/Will she love him? Was the Roimude off?

-The Shift Car Dead Heat can be shared between Drive and Mach… I don’t like the sound of that.

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

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-The exchange between Shinnosuke and Amagi was decently tense. That Amagi is full of charm!

-WTF Gou, “She’s a Kamen rider’s sister, after all?” Really? Is she also training to be Batman’s girlfriend? Go back to people school Mr. Sanjou, you might enjoy a refresher on women as people.

-The Mr. Belt puppetry makes me really uncomfortable. It’s so…. janky? I don’t even know. It’s the stop-motion framed-skipped look and feel that really puts me off.

-Sanjou has officially made Shinnosuke better than Shotaro at this point in the show and probably better than Shotaro at the end of W.


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

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-The Roimude has copied the appearance of Amagi Shu and Rinna’s old flame, Sasamoto Kiasburo, a psychiatrist with whom rinna had gone to school in America.

-Brain is jealous of Medic having become more useful to Heart than himself especially because she made only a simple alteration to Chase’s programming, setting him to protect all Roimude’s instead of humans.

-Gou fails to destroy Voice, who leads Rinna away when Chase comes to protect him. Chase beats Mach.

-Rinna went with Voice to find and free Sasamoto, but he was aligned with Voice to further his research. He had left Rinna for his research, so it is apparently very valuable to him.

-Voice summons his victims to be human shields and the SCU are stuck until Professor Harley shows up and gives Gou Dead Heat, which completely inexplicably makes the women not a problem anymore…

-Shinnosuke ties up all the women with hooking Wrecker, but Voice has had them equip themselves with bombs. He threatens to have them blow themselves up, btu Gou somehow silences him and the day is saved.

-Shinnosuke uses Technic to disarm all the bombs and Kiriko kicks he brother because he’s gone berserker from Dead Heat.

-Rinna tells off Sasamoto and Professor Harley leaves her and Mr. Belt with a gift.

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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-Chase seems to be more powerful now that he is focused on protecting Roimudes

-Chase will no longer be the Reaper, so what will Brain do about destroying errant Roimudes?

-What’s in the box form Harley?

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

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


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-Judge is the Grasshopper Yummy or Roach/Arms Dopant of this season dispensing their own brand of Justice by popular request, and POSSIBLY for money, through a revenge site, Judge Time

-Tachibana Shingo (If the means/could mean Tachibana #2, I gotta sa: Really SaNJOU, don’t you think you’re carrying your fascination with the “number two guy a little far?) was Gen’s partner and a mentor figure. He never let a criminal get away, earning the moniker: the Demon and now he has told Gen to catch the Judge who evaded him 5 years ago.

-Gen told Shinnosuke that if he fails to catch Judge, he’ll quite the force, so he takes the lead as much as he can.

-Judge Time shows Tenkawa Angel Real Estate as one of the most poplar revenge targets. Shinnosuke and Gen witness president Tenkawa get attacked while Gou is waiting for Judge to attack Black Candle, the second most popular target on Judge Time.

-Gen is free of the Density Shift’s effect, but gets tazed when he just comes out and tells Judge the are under arrest. Shinnosuke transforms, but is bested by Judge who escapes after exercising his kendo skills on Drive.

-Kiriko rubs Gou’s face in the fact that he followed the wrong lead and has Colorful Commercial follow him as he leaves with [a guy] who he saved from Black Candle in Judge’s stead, to make a series of videos about what a true hero is.

-Gen related to Shinnosuke the story of Okajima Touma who Judge made scapegoat. Gen refutes the death as a suicide because of a button torn from Judge’s clothes and…

-Okajima Akie, Touma’s sister happens upon Gen and Shinnosuke while visiting her brother’s death site.

-THE second reason (Otta doesn’t believe it was suicide) is that he had plans with his sister Akie, and her statements about him don’t reflect a suicidal state of mind.

-Otta promises Akie to exonerate Touma by apprehending Judge.

-As promised Rinna makes Blinks Mark III for Otta that can withstand Judge’s electric attacks. Otta field test it when he and Shinnosuke go to where Black Candle were waiting for Judge, whose protectees, they had mocked on line.

-Otta gets taken out by a familiar Kendo technique. Mach can’t keep up with Judge and after a comparison of their Justices, Drive uses Dead Heat to good effect, until Chase comes in and defends his fellow Roimude.

-Otta is shocked when the demonic looking Roimude reveals the visage of Tachibana, who leaves grinning and laughing.

-Chaser joins his bike with Mach’s and attempts to kill Gou and Shinnosuke with its heavy weapons. Gou’s transformation breaks and he rushes Chaser yelling that he wants his bike back!

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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-Otta got to be an honorable badass this episode. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in the future!

-Brain compares Judge to how Chase used to be in regards to following human’s orders and says Judge should be reset. Once again, Chase, Medic and Heart disagree with Brain. He doesn’t recognize the nuance in humans they see and seek to understand.

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

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-Suicide in a kid’s show. How do we like that?

-Twice this episode, Mr. Belt has just flown into Shinnosuke’s hand from out of nowhere and he has barely spoken. Is it ironic that he’s becoming more mobile and less verbal? Wait never mind, he’s spoken during each fight. Does something feel off about Mr. Belt though, like he’s receiving less focus than you’d think this episode? Where is Tridoron?


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

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-I’m ignoring the Clash of Cars

-Otta’s reaction to Tachibana saying he is committing criminal acts to lure out Judge was morally perfect. That is a fact.

-The more complex truth about the Roimude finding Tacibana’s sense of Justice twisted into hatred and rage because of what Akie had been through is slightly more interesting than his lie, but it seems to be somewhat nullified by Judge attacking Shinnosuke before he got a chance to eat some oranges while enjoying the warmth of the kotatsu.

-Because Gou did those videos, helped set himself up as a patsy for the real Judge and consequently gets attacked by faux-Judge. They fight after reasserting that the other is Judge and while they’re fighting it continues.

-Kiriko finds the video framing Gou and he tells her and Shinnosuke that a guy named Utsugi recorded it. Colorful Commercial got some pictures of the recording which they share with Otta. Kyu suddenly reappears saying he thinks Utsugi is an alias, then the chief suddenly reappears and shares his tale of travel woes.

-Shinnosuke, Kiriko and Otta leave to search for clues. Shinnosuke looks for the missing button which should identify the real Judge. The Shift Cars come to help him because Judge has got them on a clock, promising to do some reall damage by 4:00 pm. Akie shows up, and says that she’s leaving. He asks her to have faith in the police one last time.

-Gen and Kiriko catch Utsugi as he is going to attack his latest victim and Shinnosuke brings the button that Colorful Commercial found after feeding off of Otta’s determination.

-Tachibana and his Roimude show up, but when Otta and Tachibana defend due process, faux-Judge says it’ll just destroy them all. The field is cleared for Shinnosuke to transform and he talks about not letting faux-judge destroy “an Officer’s pride” (whatever that is!).

-Gou and Chase show up, so we can see a double fight. Shinnosuke beats faux-judge with Type Wild and Rumble Dump, while Gou uses Mach Dead Heat to deal with Chase.

-Utsugi confesses to Otta that he chose Touma because his pride was bruised/he was insulted that Touma dare act towards him with kindness and humanity when some guys were assaulting him.

-Gou stops Otta from assaulting the unarmed and restrained Utsugi, but then Shinnosuke tells Otta not to arrest Tachibana who was turning himself in for being complicit in faux-judge’s crimes. Everyone SMILES.

 

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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-Is Judge KYU?

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

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

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-Apparently Kyu is a major part of otaku culture, he is even doing a book signing, which Kiriko, Shinosuke and Gou are on their way to when he receives some terrible news from another fan and a Roimude catches attention by attacking a woman a building.

-While Shinnosuke is waiting for Mr. Belt to show up, Gou transforms, goes up to the rooftop with the Roimude and does his posing and makes his calls, to which the Roimude reacts with delight. He’s disappointed when Drive shows up and demand that he be flashy like Mach, but the odd encounter is cut short when twin cage-faced Roimude come and try to kill Mach and Drive.

-The excited Roimude ran away when the fighting got started, but Kiriko and some Shift Cars followed it to Kyu’s apartment, where Kyu was found arguing with Ro-Kyu. They are both handcuffed and taken to the SCU HQ.

-The Kyus try to lie as the whole SCU pokes and prods them for some difference. Rinna tests the knee-hit-kick reflex repeatedly. They are separated and interrogated. Apparently Kyu’s real name is Imai Kenta and his alias Saijou Kyu is a splitting of “Superior.”. Gen threatens Black Saijou’s Mr. Dog doll, while White Saijou tells Kiriko and Shinnosuke that since New Year’s, Roimude 072 has been living with him. The connection was made through his desire to learn more about the Kamen Rider and 072 hoped to infiltrate the SCU for information, it never worked out well.

-The twins Roimude were made by (how?) Medic to replace Chase as Grim Reaper. She slams Brain as she and Heart discuss the Reapers.

-After marathoning Murmur Mansion, Shinnosuke asks the Shift Cars to 3D print him a replica of a valuable piece of Murmur Merch and discovers the White Saijou is the Roimude when he saves the commemorative plate from being destroyed. White Saijou figures out Shinnosuke is Drive (or at least a Rider) and expects he’ll be destroyed, but Shinnosuke isn’t so quick to condemn him.

-Murmur Mansion captured 072’s heart and the two Kyus decided to live together. Shinnosuke says he wanted to hear out 072 instead of just destroying it, because it could choose how to live, but Medic stabs 072 through the back and chides it for being a defective unit. Ro-Kyu asks Shinnosuke to tell Kyu that he had gone berserk and attacked him.

-Mach goes to destroy the new Reapers, but Medic uses them as shields to protect her from Drive’s Dead Heat Max Flare finisher! Shinnosuke is super mad, because she doesn’t have the heart Chase had and shouldn’t call herself a Grim Reaper, because she is just a demon pragmatically destroying Roimude until only the elect remain.

-Shinnosuke has Man Pain!!!!

-Medic has Roimude pain because Drive scratched her!!!!!!!

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

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Why did Ro-Kyu want Shinnosuke to lie to Kyu about how he died?


Is Ro-Kyu supposed to feel like, sort of in combination with Chase, a new-Kirihiko?


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