Today we’re putting Kamen Rider Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we investigate:
41 How Was the Golden Drive Created?
42 What is the Truth about the Goddess?
Q1-Do you like exploring the main Roimudes by episodes focusing who they copied and the reasons why? Should that have been done more? Do you want to see it with Brain, too?
Q2-What do you think about Chase (almost explicitly) being in love with Kiriko?
Q3-Kiriko tripped and fell but Chase caught her. How did you feel about that bit?
Q4-How did Banno come off in these episodes? Is Banno World’s Worst Dad? Did you enjoy how Banno dealt with 006? Is he a great villain?
Q5-What is Heart’s goal again?
Q6-Do you enjoy the healing at a cost idea? Should Sailor Moon be the only one who doesn’t suffer negative effects when healing others?
Q7-What are your thoughts on Misuzu’s love being for Shou, the dog? Is Medic possessed of Misuzu’s love or Shou’s?
Q8-Did you like the spin on Medic that she copied the Misuzu and Shou?
Q9-Did Medic just get fridged?
Q10-What are your thoughts on Banno’s competency and power level? -too much, not enough, just right, or other?
Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show
-REALLY? Them soft-folk be dropping like flies, huh?
-Almost 2 dozen women have uttered the words, “I miss you so much Shou” and then collapsed in a hospital after hearing a strange sound. All of them were in close proximity to the woman who Medic copied.
-Rinna becomes a victim of this bizarre incident as well.
-Kyu shows Kiriko and Shinnosuke security footage of Medic directing Brain to deposit the woman she copied in the hospital. Kyu says they and the woman all exhibit strange activity in the same region of the brain.
-They determine the women may have all felt the same feeling of romantic longing and Gen explains wonderfully to Chase just what that feels like. Chase doesn’t get it.
-Kyu gets another surveillance camera angle on the scene with Brain, Medic and her double and sees Banno floating there.
-SCU gum-shoeing montage
-Back to Medic, Brain and the golden retriever, Medic is impatiently waiting for a “him” to appear as she watches the hospital from a GREAT distance with her “Elven” eyes. Brain says he won’t help if Medic doesn’t explain and she puts him in his place by reverting him back to a core, a modification she made when reconstructing him to keep him in check.
-Banno shows up out of nowhere and offers to help Medic, who doesn’t want to appear or be considered black-hearted. Gou pulls a Banno and also pops in out of nowhere and attacks. Evil Belt Dad plants himself on Medic and forcibly controls her body to fight Mach who is delighted to destroy both at the same time.
-They are about to kill Gou when Heart jumps in front of him, rips Banno off of Medic who runs away and orders Brain to grab the dog and do the same. Heart comments on Banno’s new form, but Chase shows up to interrupt before they can really get into it.
-Banno leaves after doing a big tentacle whip and Chase asks Heart to join them in fighting and destroying Banno. Heart clarifies that he won’t because he is dedicated to his goal, which someone helped him find the night of the Global Freeze. Apparently it was Medic who appeared when Heart and several others were all but beaten. She healed them in her goddess-like visage and renewed their resolve to undertake their crusade.
-Gou and Chase recount the tale to Shinnosuke and Gou heads out to find Banno.
-A vested man carrying a purse runs into the hospital and we learn that he knows Medic’s template, Misuzu Hatori. Krikiko, Shinnosuke and Chase go with him to see Misuzu who he fails to awaken. He is Igarashi Kazuya, NOT Shou as Kiriko and Shinnosuke suspect.
–Igarashi Kayuya works with the Amoroso Ballet Company as a dancer. He and Misuzu both do, or did. She went missing one year ago, but was a rising star.
-Heart and 006 meet on a rooftop. Heart basically orders 006 to help protect Medic. 006 is glad to do it because he can destroy Banno and achieve Ultimate Evolution.
-Medic and the dog are having a good time together while Brain complains about getting bitten.
-Medic seems to sense that Igarashi and Misuzu are together and pulls them away from the three guarding them while Shinnosuke explains romantic love to Chase. Gen shows up and share some intel. When they go to ask Igarashi, they notice that he and Misuzu are gone.
-Kiriko trips while running to get them and Chase catches her. As she runs off to find Igarashi and Misizu, he wonders if he is in love with Kiriko.
-Medic holds Igarshi by the throat and demands to know if he really is Misuzu’s beloved. Shinnosuke saves him and tells the others to get the civilians out of danger. Chase comes to assist and Shinnosuke notices Medic reaching for them desperately as Misuzu and Igarashi are carried off.
-006 goes to defeat Banno and after much bluster and tough talk, his henchman are dispatched and his core is quickly isolated from his body and destroyed. Banno attaches to the blank body and uses it to transform into a Golden Drive.
-Using Type Tridoron, Shinnosuke has Medic pinned and asks if she hospitalized Misuzu after copying her because she thought her love would come and wake her up. She refuses to answer and pushes the Riders back lamenting that despite her great love for Mr, Heart she hasn’t reached Ultimate Evolution and that the key must be somewhere deep within Misizu’s heart.
-Banno is on the beach going on about Ultimate Evolution when Gou shoots him. They chat a bit and Banno scoffs at Gou’s notion of a “son’s duty” and familial love. He tells Gou that a family was just a group of subordinates for him and that Gou and Kiriko were research subjects for him. Gou served as a more useful too than Kiriko. Gou become incensed and attacks.
-Banno thrashes Gou a bit and then steals his Mach gun thing and his signal bike too! He uses the Stop finisher on Mach and dehenshins Gou, insults him and leaves as he is passing out on the sand.
-Banno notices Brain and menacingly approaches to ask him for something.
-Back to Medic and the Riders, she is still holding them off and going on about finding that love. She pauses for a moment when Misuzu quietly says something after the dog goes to her and starts pawing at her.
-Shinnosuke dehenshins and tell Medic he has some questions for her.
Surprise Drive 4/4 When Did Tomari Eiji Arrive?
-Who cares what happened here?
-Did you notice Eiji’s outfit is based off of Type Tridoron?
Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show
-Shinnosuke asks Medic to confirm his theory that she brought Misuzu to the hospital hoping that she’d wake up upon being reunited with her love, Shou.
-She explains that she found Misuzu lying in the street and absorbed the intriguing emotion that cause Misuzu to be more concerned for the life of another than her own. She used the power of healing she had gained form the pure, unconditional love to heal Misuzu.
-Medic went on to heal the Roimude’s who had been hurt and absorbed their negative emotions which made her as nasty and severe as she has shown herself to be at times.
-Shinnosuke argues that she still has those positive feelings though and isn’t wholly consumed by the negative emotions, so he volunteers to help her find Shou.
-Banno stops by to announce himself as Gold Drive and make Krim feel badly. He throws Tridoron at Shinnosuke and sort of assists the Type Tridoron henshin. Cute.
-Drive and Chaser fight Banno and he trounces them.
-Banno and Brain take Medic to go fix her, so she can evolve.
-Banno said that he removed the “lust” that was corrupting her ability to achieve Ultimate Evolution.
-Gou tells Kiriko what Banno said about them just being test subjects and how little he cared in general.
-Shinnosuke does some detective work to find out who this Shou is and gets a call from Kyu who has found that Igarshi isn’t who he really says he is.
-Igarashi was embezzling money from the ballet studio to pay off his debts and wanted to kill Misuzu because she knew about it and he didn’t want her to regain consciousness and say anything to the police about it, especially because he, you know, tried to kill her to keep her quiet about it on the night of the Global Freeze.
-Igarashi is arrested and Otta takes him away.
-Heart and Brain have a little talk wherein Brain stammers and says that he deserves any and all punishment from Heart. Heart agrees and says he’ll erase him from existence.
-Medic shows up to kill Misuzu who is being escorted by Kiriko, Gou and Chase. The guys transform and while Medic is much stronger, she isn’t starting her Ultimate Evolution as she expected.
-Heart is watching and in her zeal to not be embarrassed in front of sempai she redoubles her attack driving the Riders back and making way for the golden retriever, Shou to be reunited with Misuzu.
-Witnessing their reunion, Medic more fully remembers her encounter with Misizu and Shou, she admired the strength and resolve they showed at death’s door and healed both of them, also absorbing emotion from each partner in a beautiful, powerful relationship.
-Recalling this she does achieve Ultimate Evolution, but she breaks form her transformation and Banno appears revealing that he modified her to become his puppet once she had achieved Ultimate Evolution.
-Heart charges at Banno but Medic attacks him stopping his advance. Shinnosuke tries to get her to wake up and break free from the mind control, but he is repelled.
-Banno orders her to kill the Riders and she sends a barrage of dangerous tentacles to kill them, which Heart intercepts. He tells her he didn’t want things to be this way and Banno teleports himself, Medic and Heart away from the action.
-Shinnosuke explains that he noticed all the collapsed women had dogs, even Rinna and that they all collapsed when synchronizing with Misuzu’s love for Shou.
-Otta and Rinna share a precious moment over dogs and Chase determines he does love Kiriko.
-Banno appoints himself leader and goes on about causing a second Global Freeze while Medic murmurs “I didi it all for Mr. Heart” as she heals Heart who reminds Banno that Brain doesn’t count in the equation of the Promised Number because he is gone.
-Brain is going incognito amongst the humans and thinking back on Heart telling him to disappear. He can’t help feeling pity for Medic despite their rocky relationship.
-Shinnosuke sees Kiriko and Chase talking and he is on pins and needles as he is sure Chase intends to confess his love to her.
Our awesome intro/outro song is She-Wolf from the album, Where’s Satan? by Valery and the Greedies.