Today we’re putting Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we cover:
Drive 24 What Keeps Mach Going?
With a bonus discussion of Ninninger X Drive 1 Hour Spring Break Special
Q1-What do you think about Rinna repairing and making a brand new Mach Driver with such ease? Are you glad Gou is able to Mach again? Are you surprised Sanjou made this move?
Q2-Did the Shijimas’ deaths actually matter? Couldn’t these siblings have gone through tough times with living parents and these words still been true? do you think Sanjou just didn’t want to have to write about them?
Q3-Will we ever get Gou’s backstory, or is this it?
Q4-Was this a good focus episode for Gou and do you think there will be any more exploration of his character?
Audience Participation: Drive 24
selfienoyuusha said: I guess for him [Sanjou], Motorcycle-themed riders=dead parents.
Ninninger X Drive 1 Hour Spring Break Special
Q1-Does this make you want to watch Ninninger?
What’s the deal with being ostentatious ninjas?
Q2-Did Drive make a good showing?
Q3-Does this make you want to watch GP?
Q4-Was the “versus” conceit well constructed?
Q5-How is being a Kamen Rider unlike being a Human regarding saving defenseless innocence?
Q6-Is Fear the greatest weapon of Evil?
Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show
– Medic and Brain have words about 091, who she calls useless and he praises for having destroyed the Mach Driver.
-Chase is shocked that Kiriko saved him. She tells him she believed in him all the time because he had saved her and that now he can rest and recover.
-At Midorigayama HS, Shinnosuke surprises Takuro and sort of taunts him for being so glum, now that the heat is off him.
-Gou pleads for Rinna to power up his Driver, or even give him a new Signal Bike.
-Takuro runs from Shinnosuke who asks him if he was involved with the bust stop explosion that happened feet away from him. Once alone, he looks at his phone again and wonders if he is being threatened, as he had received a text about the bombing seconds before it happened.
-Takuro’s Roimude appears and says it was just a prank, but now it is bored with Takuro and will play with him until he is dead.
-Mr. Belt tells Gou of the Density Shift and sends him to stop the Roimude. With renewed determination Gou transforms into Mach DeadHeat and does fairly well against the Roimude, until the darts filled with Brain’s poison take a toll on him. The Roimude mocks him and leaves. Kiriko brings MAD DOCTOR? And heals him of the
-Otta and Shinnosuke take a statement from Takuro at the SCU HQ. He tells them he made the first threat just to break the monotony in his life. He watched the stir as his false threat drew a crowd, but was really excited when there really was an explosion. The Roimude approached him afterwards and scanned his likeness, saying it would strike an target he named.
-The Chief comes in and acts rashly, handcuffing Takuro to himself. Kyu let’s everyone know about a new bomb threat on Takuro himself, set to explode in fifteen minutes. Shinnosuke leaves in a hurry, followed by Otta who leaves the Chief, who lost his keys, handcuffed to Takuro, so that he can warn officials and evacuate civilians to mitigate the damage.
-Kiriko tells Gou she believes in him more than anyone, says that his confidence got them through dealing with their mom’s death and apologizes for having been a so-so older sister.
-Gou feels good about himself so he speeds off as DeadHeat, stops the missile and tells the Roimude he’s going to destroy him, which is all well and good until he gets poisoned. Gou staggers and declares that he doesn’t have to get stronger, because HE IS STRONGER. He spams the Driver, overheats himself and burns the poison out of his body.
-Mr. Belt expounds, read changes the meaning of Gou’s word’s by saying, “Now you see, the thing Gou had lost sight of in his impatience was his confidence! His faith in himself!”
-Mr. Belt encourages Shinnosuke to join the fight and after some objection, Gou accepts the help and they destroy 091 together.
-Medic and Heart show up and talk to Brain who just saw the fight. Medic mocks his efforts and Heart is gladdened by the prospect of overcoming his Dead Zone as Mach had.
-The Chief tells Takuro to come see him after he gets out of jail for… sending the bomb threats and he’ll help him get back on his feet. Otta takes him away for some form of incarceration, it seems.
-Gou tells Rinna he doesn’t want an upgrade because
[ALL TOGETHER NOW!] “I’m already strong!”
-She had built a second Mach Driver to use as in experiments to make it stronger.
-Chase has left the abandoned hospital, probably because the lack of service, and wanders around holding a flower.
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
-Mr. Belt tells Gou that the Mach system, like the Drive system, is dependent on the user’s state of mind and that he does have as much potential to evolve and grow in his use of it as Shinnosuke does with Drive.
-So Mr. Shijima died before his wife? And Mrs. Shijima died between middle grade and high school? This is the big payoff from their conversation at their parents’ graves?
Other Notes-Things that stick out, but aren’t really important to the narrative
-The comedy with the Chief chaining himself to Takuro the walking bomb was actually funny. Kyu’s adjacent stammering was probably meant to be funny and really wasn’t, but the Chief’s freak out and desperation to get away from Takuro was a lot of fun.
-Kyu leaving them was also a good moment as well as the more subdued, do you wanna check our fortunes from the Chief?
-Shinnosuke used Formula’s speed to hit the Roimude with its own Smart Darts. That was good!
NEXT| 25 Why Has The Battle Changed Like This?
Ninninger X Drive 1 Hour Spring Break Special. Blow by blow.
-Some tiger (or Kitsune) lady tells a dude with white hair thanks for helping her make a powerful Youkai, Shivering Spirit Buruburu.
-The Ninningers show up, transform and fight Buruburu
-Buruburu starts acting like a car, complete with smoke coming from tail pipes and wheels turning as he charges the Ninningers
– Unless I am wrong, and I am never wrong, the Youkai are formed with the use of a “Sealing Shuriken”
-Buruburu escapes the Ninningers by using Density Shift, which Drive senses and blindly shoots Red
-So the Ninningers use cute little Ninja’y techniques, like countering the Midnight Shadow shurikens with straw men.
-Red and Drive talk, expositing that there is this misunderstanding: Yokai aren’t real to Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt; The Ninningers don’t get what a Roimude is, Kasumi figures out Drive is with the cops and the other Ninningers abandon Red when Shinnosuke arrests him.
-At the Ninninger’s place no one is worried about Takaharu, but NOT-Cameron who is slightly worried. The group assuages his worries, then he wonders about the transforming police officer.
-Takaharu further exposits that he and the Ninninger are the grandchildren of the Legendary last great Ninja and they fight the Kibaoni Army who control the Youkai.
-Takaharu says he likes Shinnosuke and then vanishes…. Like a ninja.
-The Kibaoni rep is hanging with the Heart, Brain and Medic. Medic doesn’t know how roulette works, Heart calls the demon a friend and Brain flips when she calls them mechanical puppets. The white-haired guy is also there with Buruburu at his side.
-After some… comedic interaction between the chief and Takaharu’s grandpa, where each is denying the other worldy elements germane to each other’s lives, Buruburu attacks the Ninningers and causes a DS somewhere presumably very near to the SCU’s office. Takaharu and Shinnosuke go to deal with the combination Youkai/Roimude, partly just cause, and partly to exonerate Takaharu from being charged with being a Roimude.
-Gou who has been largely absent from the story this episode, is taking pictures of a green something in the sky for the second time. Kamen Rider 3 appears and tells him he should stop.
-Takaharu is attacked by his friends, who the Youkai has overwhelmed with fear, but saves them from it before Shinnosuke has a chance to attack them.
-They continue fighting Buruburu. Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt see that the Youkai has a Viral Core in it. The Kibaoni rep arrives along with some Roimude, one of whom is the white-haired man, he seems to be a Roimude with some Youkai abilities. (Izayoi?) uses her Youkai magic hammer to make two Roimude giant. They snatch up Drive and the Ninningers summon their zords to save him.
-Kitsune lady tells the Ninningers that a dimensional diostortion put them in the world of the Kamen Riders and that they will begin to disappear from the oldest, UFOMaru, to the newest, the Ninnningers themselves, because they don’t belong in that world.
-Getting back to Gou and KR 3. They fight a bit, but Three tells Gou he can see his fate and he’ll soon disappear and leaves.
-Ominous VO form Shinosuke says that from that point on the world and even the people they know began quietly changing,
-Shinnosuke talks to the Chief about going after the Youimude, but he tells Shinnosuke that the brass wants them to deal with the Ninningers instead. Shinnosuke insists the Roimude are the priority and that the Ninningers help, but Kyu even chimes in that with what the ninnigers can do, it is no wonder the public is scared.
-Deflated, Shinnosuke goes to the Pit. Mr. Belt tells him they should let the Ninningers disappear and contain them until that happens, because their bodies are different and they don’t belong in that world. Rinna expounds that it is likely the world is erasing foreign objects in an attempt to keep homeostasis. Kiriko is silent as Mr. Belt refutes Shinnosuke’s desire to help send the Ninningers back home by saying, that as a public servant and a Kamen Rider it is best to protect people, if it means letting the Ninningers die.
-The Ninninger house was transported into Drive-World along with them. Shinnosuke sneaks into a house of ninjas, completely undetected and hears that the Ninningers are all siblings and that their grandfather, the last Ninja is telling them to think of this situation as a ninja training exercise. Their objective: find and defeat the silver-haired man, at which time, all should return to normal. They their father and grandfather should all return to Ninninger-World.
-Takaharu gives a fiery speech and Yakumo says he’ll find Silver first, which he may, as Takaharu doesn’t know where to begin. Shinnosuke rolls up in Tridoron. Mr. Belt equates Shinnosuke’s duties as a cop to that of Kamen Rider and says he should arrest Takaharu, but Shinnosuke wants to help him and the others whose days are numbered. Shinnosuke sets Mr. Belt down as he expresses the apparent moral conflict between being a Kamen Rider and a human being.
-Blue Ninger ? and the other three stumble across Buruburu. Shinnosuke and Takaharu also get attacked by the awesomely designed Kibaoni mooks. Kiriko rescues the two in her police van with a little help from her revolver. She says his speech inspired her to buck the system and do what is right.
-Saijou Kyu found information about the Silver-haired Roimude. There is a picture of him online and he is called Doctor D. He died forty years ago in a fire after supposedly having found something with which history can be re-written, Rumor and legend also say his ghost can be encountered at the Eastern Kanto Institute of Science.
-Shinnosuke, Kiriko and Takaharu enter the lab and hear a voice telling them to stop looking for Doctor D and an invisible force attacks them. Gou shoots at the thing after getting knocked around by it a bit. It is (CHANGE CHAMELION… General Black, right?) who runs away.
-Gou tells of his encounter with Three and that it somehow led him to knowing about Doctor D and the lab. Shinnosuke puts together from some old photos of the Double Riders and Great Leader posing with a bunch of Combatmen as well as the information about Doctor D, that their real enemy is an organization whose goal is world domination. Bazooka Turtle attacks and interrupts the quiet moment.
-Mr. Belt rescued the four from Bazooka Turtle’s deadly attack because he realized that Shinnosuke was right and says he should have trusted his intuition.
-Shinnosuke, Kiriko, Gou and Takaharu join with the other Ninningers and confront their true enemy- the one using Fear as a weapon to strip humanity of freedoms- Shocker. Somehow Shinnosuke knows to call great Leader by title and even knows that his group is Shocker. Great Leader exposits that he was able to use Roimude 089 with some of Doctor D’s cells to resurrect him so he could complete his dimension distortion device which is integral to his body.
-Docotr D and the other patiently wait for the group henshin and role-call.
-Big fight scene. Fairly entertaining, but odd in that Aka Ninger is able to destroy a Viral Core and that Mach is able to drive off Change Chamelion and seemingly beat Bazooka Turtle.
-Doctor D casts Terrible Pressure which is like a Density Shift caused by oppressive fear.
-Drive uses power of will and Formula; Mach uses power of will and Dead Heat and the Shinobi sibling use sheer power of will to set up Buruburu for Fromula’s and Mach’s finishers. The Viral Core is destroyed and Red gets the Sealing Shuriken. UFOmaru returns and all is well.
-Gou somehow concludes that Three wasn’t part of Shocker and wonders if he is good or bad.
-Three steps out of his car, which has the Tachibana Racing Club logo on it for some reason, and takes of his mask to enjoy the ocean air and exposit that 089’s body was just a test run for the History Correction Device and that unbeknownst to everyone Shocker’s “true terror has already been unleashed.”
Best Line: In that case, I have to run faster than the speed of fear.
Thanks selfienoyuusha for throwing in your two cents.