Takeru Globe Hands- Ghost 04 -RX! 121

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Kamen Rider Ghost 04 Astonishing! The Castle in the Sky!

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What, if anything, is being said about the world and our place in it in this episode? Ghost deals with the idea of Icons and Great Men, in a way that makes focusing narrowly on obtaining tangible objects relating to them important, but what makes a person great? What does that mean?

Let’s turn a discerning eye to what could be the Macro Message hidden in this episode of Ghost!

Ghost 04’s Macro Message According to Ammit:

Maybe the lesson from this episode is: A good leader, or  a great person, isn’t only concerned with defeating the enemy or winning, but also with taking care of those in their charge? Takeru leapt off the building to save Mr. Mouri, despite how much it hurt him when he landed. Takeru put off obtaining Nobunaga to care for his friends as well as everyone else in the falling city. Takeru embodied heroism by putting others before himself and while he is still struggling to find his path, he is on the path towards greatness because of his concern for others. He is using all his power to help others, even to his own detriment and that is Great and something we all can do.

Ghost 04’s Macro Message According to Aleph:

The thing I took from it is related but not quite the same, mostly that in a show of storytelling economy I can’t help but admire they folded the lore-reveal into the episode theme and touched on something I was really wanting them to touch on:  how your idols can inspire you but it’s what you do with that inspiration that says everything about who you are.  Legacies aren’t concrete and no figure is heroic in and of themselves; people make heroes. But those same heroes can inspire villainy in the villainous.

Ghost 04’s Macro Message According to Cannibal Sarracenian:

Oh man, I thought the episode today was excellent. Where Episode 1&2 were introducing and experimenting, episode 3 having a more concrete format but the message unfortunately didn’t causally match with the going-ons of the script, this one felt like a full realization, being more fully committed to the story without the package of having to establish the show’s character dynamics like the previous two. There’s a lot in terms of the thematic of the episode; the definition between being a leader vs. being a “boss”, the value of unity not through domination but through kinship and comradery, and most pleasantly surprising the critical re-evaluation of the past and a person’s own actions. Its the same message as the previous episodes, of respecting and learning from the past but not blindly following its actions, but this one feels like the best execution of it so far, due to the choice of Oda Nobunaga being the Eyecon of this episode. some minor gripes aside, which I will get into later, I enjoyed this episode a lot.

Ghost 04’s Macro Message According to Sono:

I still very strongly disagree about episode 3, but that’s neither here nor there. What I took was generally in the same vein, that being a strong leader involves taking care of those you lead. I wish there had been a bit more tied into the fact that Takeru is essentially the leader in this group between he, Akari, and Onari (He felt very separated from them, while they did their thing.) but all in all it wasn’t bad.

I wish we’d had more than just one guy being like “Yeah our boss used to be really great and now he’s gone a little too far.” and maybe comment on the secretary too and how she has also changed. Having one guy noting these changes just didn’t feel like enough for me. This, more than last week, I felt could have benefited from a wider scope. this guy is being compared to a warlord uniting a country. Talk to more than one person about him.

I honestly feel like this episode was a little muddy for a handful of reasons, not the least of which being Drive walking into complicate things a full month after his show is over, but set up a nice platform for what’s to come.

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 Woments from Ghost 04 Astonishing! The Castle in the Sky!

Aleph

  • I hate to bring up the “Dude, you’re a ghost, remember?” again but that one killed over here.  Yurusen should be the comedy backbone of the show.
  • Seeing the book pop out of the Alice In Wonderland Ganma when he was defeated.  I’m just super charmed at all the weird symbolic/collective unconscious-themed magic going on here.  It goes in a lot of directions but feels really coherent.
  • THE HUG OF REDEMPTION IS GOING TO BE A THING.  GUYS.  GUYS IT’S A THING.

Ammit

  • The reference to Ryu Tenkuuji having visited Hashiba to see the letter from Nobunaga
  • Sneaking in to Hashiba’s office to hear his conversation with Sakuma
  • Takeru letting himself get crushed by the city

Sono

  • Onari and Akari investigating together! Both of them using their strengths to learn stuff! Onari has a lot of spiritual training and connects better on an interpersonal level so he can get information from people, and Akari is observant and notices things Onari may not. They nailed this investigation together and I’m so proud.
  • Yurusen being a small sassy baby and reminding Takeru that you’re a ghost, moron you can phase through the ground.
  • IT HURT WHEN TAKERU LANDED. His save on Mouri was GREAT but I just love the fact that it wasn’t a totally clean landing. That SHOULD hurt and I’m glad that the fall MEANT something. It was a risk to Takeru, when most Riders would just land and be totally fine. Putting yourself at risk to protect others is heroic. Even if it hurt that time and Takeru now knows it, I would bet every cent I have that he’d do it again in a heartbeat if it meant saving someone.

Sarracenian

  • The henshin sequence when Takeru was falling off the building was really cool. Only slightly offset by the chroma-key of it, but its still nice.
  • I really liked the small moment of Kuroda screaming. Throughout the episode he was soft-spoken and clearly very stressed out and nervous, so seeing him finally just snap and scream out in anger and desperation is both very funny and quite sympathetic. He has been through a lot.
  • I have to say, when people on the internets were pointing out the recycled OOO Wonderful stock footage, I thought the footage was from like, a trailer for the new Movie Wars, rather than part of this episode, which I think would have been more egregious if it were. As it is, its not really too bad given the Toei’s TV budget, besides it did give a neat visual gesture: this nasty desire of wanting the world beneath you yet being utterly detached from it.

 

In keeping with Ms. Akari’s love of the empirical, the following contains observable information from the events of the day Akari received a set of injuries and Takeru and Onari set up the Daitenkuu temple as a headquarters for staging paranormal investigations.

Spook Report 04

Writer: Fukuda Takuro

Director: Yamaguchi Kyouhei

Ganma: A Lewis Carrol Alice Book + Black Eyecon

Heroic Eyecon Summoned: Oda Nobunaga

Miscellaneous: Yurusen loaned the Isaac Newton Eyecon to Takeru. Spectre shows up and takes Nobunaga for himself.

Bellow is a fairly thorough rundown of the episode

-Sweater the Kid and Evil Osughi have words about the failures of the Ganma so far and the hatted one suggests that his young compatriot may handle the matter personally if he likes despite the fact that arrangements have already been made to improve their situation.

-Down in the Lab, Onari speaks with Akari and Takeru about some rumors Narita and Shibuya have heard regarding someone who promises to make wishes come true.

-While the Priest and the Scientist argue about how to proceed, Takeru wonders about the people helping the Ganma. He tells his friends he is confident taking his time to help others while looking for the other 12 Eyecons.

-Sage shows up and drops some clues about Oda Nobunaga while calling Takeru a fool for thinking things will always go so easily for him.

Kuroda Hideo calls Onari on his special new phone with the Supernatural Phenomenon Laboratory business card artfully displayed on the back of it, in order to set up a meeting and hire them for a case. KURODA HIDEO works for the Sengoku Corporation, a large company whose success HIDEO attributes to their president HASHIBA NOBUYOSHI’S charismatic leadership.

-The problem is that KURODA has seen a change in MR. HASHIBA that has him concerned along with strange events at the office. Objects have been floating and MR. HASHIBA threatened to fire KURODA for calling him out on acting out of character when he spoke about dominating Japan’s Economy and acquiring every company in Japan.

-Takeru asks Onari and Akari to investigate the strange incidents going on at the main Sengoku office and the other facilities while he goes to meet with MR. HASHIBA. KURODA escorts Takeru to the Sengoku Corporation office and identifies HASHIBA and MR. MOURI, the president of one of Sengoku’s oldest affiliates. The presidents are having a disagreement and MR. MOURI leaves upset that MR. HASABI wanted a controlling interest in his company.

-Objects start floating and MR. MOURI get grabbed by a Ganma who takes him to the roof and throws him off. Takeru jumps off after him and transforms grabbing MR. MOURI and landing safely on the ground. He lets MR. MOURI go and bears the smart of landing squarely on his feet from such a distance.

-Takeru begs the Ganma to give him a minute to recover, but it won’t listen and they fight a mostly invisible battle until the Ganma causes some explosions that cause people to flee. Ghost almost gets the upper hand on the Ganma, but it splits in two and tag teams him. Yurusen comes along and chides him and then explains that if he splits the Gan Gan Sabre, he can connect the ends.

-Takeru makes a Naginata out of his sword and destroys the decoy Ganma. He’s miffed, but realizes that the Ganma to destroy has a bird on his hat and that an Eyecon should be within reach if the Ganma is this active in the situation.

-Outside the Sengoku Corporation building, Takeru sees MR. MOURI tell a lady who works for HASHIBA that he agrees to give give controlling interest to Sengoku as long as they leave him alone and run away.

-Onari and Akari are at Azai Construction a subsidiary of Sengoku Corporation speaking with an employee there who experienced an incident of floating objects. Onari is pleased to have the information and is ready to leave, but Akari notices a map with orange markings in the shape of an eye.

-Back at the main Sengoku Corporation office, Takeru follows the acquisitions lady for a while and enters the Hashiba’s office where he notices an old framed parchment. Takeru studies the item until HASHIBA enters the room. Takeru introduces himself as an acquaintance of KURODA HIDEO and HASHIBA asks him if he is connected to the Daitenkuu Temple.

-Years ago, a priest from Daitenkuu Temple visited HASHIBA and asked to see the framed letter which is a letter of recognition addressed to his family and personally signed by ODA NOBUNAGA.

-Takeru leaves HASHIBA’s office when the lady from whom MR. MOURI fled from earlier comes in. KURODA tells Takeru that she is SAKUMA RISA, HASHIBA’s secretary and before he can continue, Takeru sneaks into the office to eaves drop.

-Takeru hears SAKUMA tell HASHIBA that MOURI decided to accept his offer. HASHIBA is elated and says all has gone just as she said it would. HASHIBA declares he will crush all other companies. SAKUMA encourages him to be as ambitious as ODA Nobunaga. She encourages him to use his talents to unite all of Japan, an idea he relishes, though his revere is somewhat interrupted when mentions that all of the preparations have been made.

-Akari shows Onari that the map of incidents, which happen to have all occurred at Sengoku Company acquired businesses are in the shape of an eye. Things begin to levitate in the Azai Construction office where they are but after Akari hits the Ganma with the Shiranui Blaster, we see that the phenomenon is happening in several places simultaneously and all the Ganma’s duplicates are now visible.

-A view of the city shows the glowing Eye form above sites where the Ganma is operating all over the city. It rises up from the rest of the city. SAKUMA shows HASHIBA his floating city from on top of a roof and tells him, the city is his and it will serve as his own Azuchi Castle from which he will rule over Japan.

-Takeru and KURODA go onto the roof and SAKUMA presents the letter from Nobunaga as HASHIBA declares that he will become ODA NOBUNAGA and the purple glow appears on him. Takeru tells him he is being tricked and will die if he doesn’t stop. HASHIBA tells Takeru he is willing to give up his life if he can become NOBUNAGA.

-Takeru goes in for the hug and saves HASHIBA after dropping a tear on him and feeling his will to live. HASHIBA second guesses himself and SAKUMA is miffed that the plan failed.

-Takeru tells HASHIBA that his letter is proof of a little known fact about NOBUNAGA, that he actually cared for and took care of the people under him, he was more than just a warlord. SAKUMA yells at Takeru that he will pay for interfering and the magician Ganma, who appears to be separate from SAKUMA appears and attacks Takeru.

-While Takeru fights the Ganma and overcomes its duplicates with duplicates of his own thanks to the Robin Hood powers, HASHIBA with KURODA at his side realizes that NOBUNAGA, who he idolized had a human side too and the framed letter glows with a golden light.

-Clarification, the Ganma appears to have been fused with Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Saw There

-With the Ganma defeated, the city starts to fall and Takeru doesn’t know what to do. He wants to stop it, but doesn’t know how to. Yurusen suggests he go get the Nobunaga Eyecon, but Takeru begs Yurusen who gives him the Newton Eyecon which he uses to save the city.

-Sweater the Kid stands on a roof top looking at the falling city and makes an eye symbol in the air out of which come many black Eyecons which he sends flying out from him.

-Yurusen struggle to get Takeru to grasp that Newton’s powers allow him to manipulate ATTRACTION and that his LEFT HAND will ATTRACT while his right hand will REPEL. Takeru let’s himself get crushed by the city which he brings back into place with a gentle touch.

-Yurusen chides Takeru to stop celebrating and go get the NOBUNAGA GHOST. He hurries to the roof where KURODA is on the floor and SAKUMA is strangling HASHIBA. Takeru draws the Eye and summons the NOBUNAGA Eyecon. SAKUMA reveals that they were a base level Ganma the whole time… or that SAKUMA had been possessed by the Ganma. It’s hard to tell but SAKUMA had been possessed.

-Takeru goes to take NOBUNAGA and a blue ghosty rider comes along and kicks him then asks NOBUNAGA to join him and it does. Sweater the Kid identifies the Eyecon snatcher as Spectre and Takeru is left to wonder what happened.

-Onari, Akari and takeru part ways with HASHIBA, KURODA and the no longer possessed SAKUMA. Akari and Onari wonder at the fact that Ganma can possess people and the fact that SAKUMA remembers nothing during her possession and why the Ganma would use her and not go directly after HASHIBA, but Takeru is not interested in the conversation.

-Sweater the kid watches from afar and says that it was “worth the small sacrifice.”

-Takeru confronts Sage about the other Rider and the fact that there are already other Eyecons. Sage says he forgot to mention the other Rider and the fact that they have the Newton Eyecon. When Takeru asks for more, Sage says one has to find them to use them. Takeru is very frustrated and settles on asking about why the Ganma didn’t go directly after HASHIBA and Sage answers that the Ganma have to manipulate people with sincere feelings about a ghost in order to get an Eyecon. Possessing HASHIBA wouldn’t have worked.

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Hey Nonny Nonny- Ghost 03 -RX! 120

Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the [89] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 03 Bullseye! Archery of the Righteous!

Hey there unKamenFans, we want all of you to have an opportunity to participate in the show. I put out something on Tumblr earlier in the week that I’ll paste below to make sure everyone has access to the guidelines for audience participation. You can do as much or a s little as you’d like, but there are about four subjects we’ll be revisiting as the show goes on, so feel free to send in your thoughts on them every week.

Bones To Pick

What issues did you have with Ghost 03?

Greatest Woah-ments

What were some of your favorite thing is this episode? Please keep it to no more than 3 Woah-ments.

On Eyecons

What do you think about the Robin Hood Eyecon existing, since he is a fictional or legendary person?

How far from historical figures would you like to see the heroic Eyecons go?

What are your thoughts on the Ganma’s Eyecon harvesting mechanic: manipulating and killing someone with strong feelings about a great person?

Forcing Perspective

What message did you get from this episode?

Would you like to see some two-part episodes worked into the show? Should that be for “bigger” events in the show and what would qualify?

Do Akari and Onari feel settled into their roles? Do you like what they are doing?

How did you feel about the scene between Akari and Sage in the lab?

Generally

Do you have questions for us? Do you have any comments for us regarding Ghost?

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What, if anything, is being said about the world and our place in it in this episode? Ghost deals with the idea of Icons and Great Men, in a way that makes focusing narrowly on obtaining tangible objects relating to them important, but what makes a person great? What does that mean? Let’s turn a discerning eye to what could be the Macro Message hidden in this segment of Ghost!

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Ammit:

The message is kind of mixed for me. We got this recurring theme of another helping someone in trouble to see something they are unable to.

  1. Sage and… possibly Ryu Tenkuuji, by way of the monolith, help Akari figure out the Shiranui blaster to make Ganma visible.
  2. Akari uses the Shiranui blaster to help Shirase Mari see the Tomahawk Ganma
  3. Takeru helps Shirase Mari to see that her power isn’t what it seems and that she can use Journalism as her instrument of Justice.
  4. Onari helps Takeru figure out the Ganma’s weakness which he notices from his POV on the sidelines of the fight.

But then again, we have almost a message of self reliance that is offset by Onari helping Takeru. Takeru asks Yurusen to help him defeat the Ganma. Yurusen says that they don’t know everything and leaves Takeru to fight the Ganma himself. It’s interesting that in Ghost 01, Yurusen tips Takeru on how to do the Omega Drive, then at the beach Sage Blocks Katana Ganma’s attacks and helps Takeru to utilize the Musashi Eyecon. In Ghost 02, Captain Ghost shows up, Yurusen tells Takeru what to do with it, Captain Ghost fights the Light Bulb beast, the Ganam Hole shows up and Yurusen tells Takeru how to collapse it with the HUGE EYE BALL. They’re easing him into this whole battle against the Ganma thing and Yurusen even helps by letting Takeru know about the Condor Phone. Takeru has been set up to expect the help from Sage and Yurusen, but then Yurusen says they won’t always be able to help Takeru. So is the message to rely on one’s self? It can’t be because of how integral Akari and Onari were to helping Takeru and how he needed to help Shirase Mari.

Maybe the message is to rely on people instead of powers?

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Sono:

    So this week we focused on Robin Hood and the grey areas of morality. There’s room to harp on Drive here but I’m going to take Takeru to heart and take the moral high ground because that’s a dead horse that doesn’t need another beating.But this episode centers on someone doing something illegal, but for good causes. She is stealing from people who acquired things through corrupt means or with corrupt money, and using the profits to help people in need. This seems noble enough…

…But even as a kid it always felt really off to me. I’m all for comeuppance. People who hurt others getting theirs is a true joy of mine, because I’m a deeply petty person, when push comes to shove. But the hypocrisy of it has always gnawed at me in a way that I’ve never really seen reflected the stories where it comes up. You’re hurting someone to help others. Just because someone does a bad thing, it doesn’t give you free reign to do bad things to them. That is not justice.

And for once, I feel like the hero was on the same side as me in that regard. Just taking possessions from rich people and making them upset for like an hour until they move on to something else isn’t going to stop them from doing bad and corrupt things, even if you’re able to help a few people as a result. And man, if any of them insured that stolen stuff? Congrats you just got them MORE money for them to do corrupt things with.

Takeru calls out this hypocrisy, and reminds Mari to fight the problem, not the results of the problem. Justice is stopping people from hurting others, not causing more harm even to the “villains”. It’s nice for the first time in two years to see a hero-protagonist who is, at his moral core, believably heroic.

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Aleph:

I, by contrast, am a nasty, mean-spirited coward so I AM gonna get one cheap shot in at Drive, which is to point out that the examination of what justice is in this one episode of Ghost is better than that of Drive’s, which is impressive as this is a person who just lives in society–as opposed to a person tasked with enforcing its rules–examining the idea of justice in a way that is pretty pro-social as, look, you can’t just beat up corrupt dudes.

Even Rider 1, whose patience for that sort of thing was notoriously thin, at least waited until you turned into a literal monster before he raised a hand to a body.

But mostly I’m with Sono in that I do like the centering on how you have to act toward meaningful social change–which I hope happens as I think this journalist character would make for a great recurring character–as opposed to damaging people.  Mostly because when it comes to people with power, they’ve got the access to turn any slight against them, great or small, into a cudgel to hurt people, so you have to attack the power they have and the system which gave it to them ‘cuz that’s one of the big reasons things have gone wrong.

There are some worries about the practical application of those principles in a world of for-profit and/or state-controlled news but, look, I’m just glad Kamen Rider is taking a stand against evil agents inside a system who are also a part of that system.  I don’t know if it’s a thing we’re gonna keep up with but at least it’s there.

I’m also a big fan of how he doesn’t try to punish Mari or ask her to turn herself in or anything.  She was acting to counter the actions of corrupt politicians by damaging their property and literally redistributing the wealth and Takeru seems to understand without question that while that’s not justice per se, (for the reasons Sono mentioned) it’s at least an understandable thing a body could get to and comes from a place of wanting to do good for people.

Besides how hypocritical it’d be for a self-appointed masked vigilante to tell another self-appointed masked vigilante to knock that stuff off because being a self-appointed masked vigilante is wrong and is deserving of punishment.

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Cannibal Sarracenian:

NOTE: We mention Sarracenian updating his thoughts on the message of this episode and that is done below. I thought it would end up as a blog post or on Tumblr, but here it is. That is why it is longer than the other hosts’ views.

In regards to the reality of Robin Hood-like stealing from the rich, the sustainability of it as any kind of problem-solving method is of course highly questionable. Obviously Real life never works as easily as that, and not to mention what was really going on with King John of England’s heavy taxation on the English people.

The issue here is, this episode really is not about that, because the episode itself gives no statements or even implicit ideas to those real-life consequences.

Now it could be easily argued this is “common sense” (though that does approach dangerously close to arguing what constitutes as common sense and what doesn’t, which is a whole other can of worms), but on the other hand, in real-life we also know that violence is never the best solution for anything, and of course the whole issue with the positive depiction of Edison vs. how he is in real life.

Fiction =/= reality, so not everything that happens in reality can be automatically be applicable in fiction, and in case of this fiction, it set itself up as a story about Robin Hood.

Within the narrative logic of Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving it to the poor IS good and a supportable act and is a solution. It is textbook poetic justice, the idea of punishing the powerful for abusing the weak, something that Rider has supported nearly most of its existence.

Even though the episode isn’t a literal take on the Robin Hood myth, it still directly invokes it as a story motif and thematic, therefore also many of its conventions and expectations, just as if a episode of a TV show episode evokes superheroes or westerns or film noir, would people also expect the conventions of those genres.

But at the end, that narrative switches gear and instead rejects the same stealing as less fit and offers another solution entirely, in this case journalism.

The problem is, within the episode, there is little if any indication that journalism can be or even was a potential solution outside the character’s profession, or the existence of any other option, or any explanation as to why the act of stealing from the unjust rich is suddenly now a bad thing when in the logic of Robin Hood, it isn’t at all. The moral only works not because of anything established within the narrative, but entirely of non-diegetic speculation and info.

We can speculate stealing isn’t actually viable and the other methods are in this story using the realistic logic, or that the Robin Hood act is inherently flawed, but in the unrealistic writing it doesn’t give any precedence for that thought other than the title character’s own vague uncomfortabilities of it that never truly gets actually validated by the narrative in any concrete way.

→ (It’s the same issue that Gaim frequently had, where for example people from Yggdrasil constantly talks about how BAD and IRREDEEMABLE humanity is and how THEY WOULD NEVER WORK TOGETHER EVER, without the show giving any real evidence prior to people all just being assholes outside a few exceptional characters’ personality and when it does, it happens so late in the show it becomes self-fulfilling prophesy.

So unless the viewer already subscribes to the idea of humanity sucking hard, those speeches meant to establish one of the core conflicts of the show becomes extremely condescending)

And for what little we were given about journalism, the episode states that the politicians can silence the press about their hidden illegitimate money, implying in turn that journalism probably isn’t actually a viable solution either (one could also say it could imply that it could be uncovered by the press if Mari does so, or that neither does the episode actually say that stealing from the rich is the best option either, but the former is very vague and a long stretch that still relies on outsider speculation and the latter, again, in the logic of Robin Hood’s poetic justice, it is often the best option until otherwise).

The solution and the moral given here simply doesn’t correlate, because they didn’t build up why or how the poetic justice of Robin Hood is a bad thing within a story about Robin Hood being a historical hero, within a franchise operating on poetic justice. (I want to also point out, the act of going against franchise’s establishment in of itself isn’t a problem. Kuuga was entirely about how the violence, something which Rider was built upon, is bad. But Kuuga actually showed and demonstrated why violence is bad, rather than only just having Ichijou make a speech about it with no prior build up next to the bodies of Godai and Daguva or something)

“Stealing is wrong, journalism better” in this episode is a blanket statement rather than a lesson or an argument, which I reiterate in a story that built itself on Robin Hood and the value of Robin Hood, is completely contradictory to itself and thus needs to be elaborated on.

If its a story about deconstructing Robin Hood, there needs to be clear steps laid out by the narrative so that the conclusion comes out naturally.

Which is why I say, if the story gave any tangible reason for us to believe that stance outside the reasons that isn’t part of the plot, it would be much easier to understand. You and I may know why its wrong here, but that reason should be built onto the fable. Otherwise the fable itself says nothing, and gives no reason for the kids to take the lesson by heart. Any person can just tell you stealing is wrong, or that Robin Hood is unrealistic, but the true art is how one conveys the lesson.

If the episode did demonstrate why being Robin Hood isn’t good, if we were shown more about the rich outside of “they are bad and corrupt” and the consequences of the robberies outside of “it fed the poor”, would the conclusion be much less out of the left field and understandable. If it demonstrated how little the rich and the poor actually are affected by the thefts, or how the rich weren’t as deserving of the thefts as we were told, or how maybe some of the robbed people actually can’t afford being robbed. Perhaps a closer examination of the problem that the Robin Hood mentality actually represents.

Maybe that the guards are minimum wage workers who just got fired because of her, at least something. Understanding issue! Examining the issue!

Rider has done episodes about extremities and good intentions gone awry before. For example, OOO’s Grasshopper Yummy episodes. But there, we were shown exactly what was wrong with Grasshopper Yummy’s sense of justice and how taking the idea of “justice” and blindly running with it solves nothing. (also it should be noted too that the Yummy’s justice was warped to the point where the power balance tips entirely where that “justice” becomes the bully, therefore it’s not justice anymore. Similar change of power balance doesn’t happen here, so that’s another reason why the episode did not warrant its frowning on the Robin Hood act)

And yet, the episode still maintains Robin Hood’s status as a hero! He is still seen as the noble thief, the social bandit, the robber who steals from the rich to give to the needy. He is still because of those qualities, eligible to be the hero powerup for Ghost. Yet somehow doing the same things Robin Hood does is bad, and why its bad is because it’s illegal to do so, despite Robin Hood’s own status as an outlaw. It’s a paradoxical ethos.

(also, side note: The episode also has the unfortunate undertones of the “if you do this you are just as bad as the oppressor!” sentiment, which has way too often been expressed exactly by the people who are not the oppressed and use to justify any action that they deem is inconvenient to really be as effective as it was.

And it does seems awfully convenient for the episode to say that stealing directly from the corrupt rich people in power and giving it to the poor, operating outside the system, is bad, but you should still buy these merchandise based on this thief that the rich people manufactured)

I can see the point of the episode trying to convey the idea of the ineffectiveness of social banditry, and as far as I am concerned that is a very good and interesting angle to go for, but as it is I feel the episode does not do a good job conveying that all.

It also becomes troublesome to me when now the story looks less like a offering a better alternative, and more as Rider deciding as if a supreme authorial power what is isn’t “justice”, and what isn’t justice is the kind that doesn’t line up with what is more acceptable in the system; the very system that Robin Hood, and Rider, were fighting against.

(Another side note: Conversely, not to advocate for people to actually become cat burglars or anything, but even journalism isn’t always the better option in itself, given what happened to many investigative journalists and how the press itself can and has and still is being gamed by the rich anyhow)

Because the way the episode made itself, for me it just came off as Rider shuts down Mari’s, who herself is a victim of injustice and faced the same tragedy as the Rider, almost as if elevating himself as the sole person to determine what is and what isn’t justice not through reasoning but through essentially appealing to the higher authority that determined the act of stealing from the rich as “simply wrong”.

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 Woments from Ghost 03 Bullseye! Archery of the Righteous!

Aleph

  • The twist on the rules to separate Our Hero from the baddies made me smile. “Oh, yeah, the Ganma are gonna kill people to get the Eyecons.  No big.”
  • The toy collector in me is really pleased to see how much play you can get out of the sword toy if you bought it.  As it stands, you’d probably also need to buy the phone to get Robin Hood, but you get Ghost, Musashi, and Edison out of the base unit and that’s pretty good.
  • The revelation that we’re apparently gonna get the secondary Rider in episode four.  I mean, dang.  I approve!  It’s a good way to avoid a lot of the clunkiness that can happen when you bring in the secondary Rider to disrupt the status quo.

Ammit

  • Takeru sneaking into the Cosmos TV parking garage with his incorporeality
  • The payoff of the business cards when Takeru went to speak with Mari
  • Akari pulling out the Shiranui blaster

Sono

  • Akari breaking out a small leaf-blower with cool decals, plugging Shiranui into it, and getting all the science up in here.
  • Takeru’s very sincere thanks and appreciation for all of the hard work Akari was putting in. His cute little thanks with Onari at the end was also really sweet. Takeru loves his friends a lot and that’s great to see.
  • I am getting way more attached to Yurusen than I thought I would. Thank you, small sassy ghost.

Sarracenian

  • F

In keeping with Ms. Akari’s love of the empirical, the following contains observable information from the events of the day Akari received a set of injuries and Takeru and Onari set up the Daitenkuu temple as a headquarters for staging paranormal investigations.

Spook Report 03

-A woman rocking ankle boots and a green hoodie uses the force to knock down some guards and blow open a vault door to steal something

-Evil Ohsugi gives the woman a photograph of a man who has been acquiring artwork with ill-gotten gains. The loan shark has some object that they have previously talked about.

-At Daitenkuu Takeru pauses from looking at the Edison entry in his book of heroes to ask Sage what the Ganma are after.

-Sage dismisses his question and goes into another spell of dropping hints and then vanishes before Takeru figures that Robin Hood will be the next heroic Eyecon to manifest.

-Onari enthusiastically jumps down into the lab and hollers at Takeru about the latest supernatural incident.

-SHIRASE MARI of Tokyo Hot News 24 reports that Little John has struck again, this time stealing 300million YEN [I assume] from a Diet member. Security footage shows the inexplicable method of putting off assailants as if by some unseen force. SHIRASE MARI explains that Little John gives the pilfered funds to the needy and remarks that they are a modern day Robin Hood.

-Takeru balks at this. Akari lets him know the money was illicit and that’s why the robbery victim hadn’t reported it. Onari asks if the incident sounds like Ganma activity and bolts up to hand Takeru some business cards he had made for their supernatural investigation group.

-Takeru takes them and he and Akari leave, wanting to be alone as she goes to the lab to continue Ryu Tenjuuji’s work and find any clues that will help them in the lab and he goes to investigate the crime scene. Onari tries to accompany them in turn, but they turn him down, saying they’ll be better on their own.

-Shibuya excitedly tells Onari that they have a client. Takeru pops up from behind him and gives him a jump, but Onari tells the young master to get on his way because he will handle the client. Narita brings the Lona Shark from the photograph who is Little John’s next target in to see them.

-Takeru sneaks into the Cosmos TV station parking garage with his ghastly invisibility and asks SHIRASE MARI why she spoke of Robin Hood in her report on Little John. She slowly turns to ask who he is so he hands her his Supernatural Phenomenon Laboratory business card and introduces himself saying he is a ghost hunter.

-SHIRASE MARI explains that they call the thief Little John because he was one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men and the people seem to be in favor of how Little John steals from the corrupt to help the oppressed. She explains that she saw her father was killed because of a powerful and unjust person.

-He tells her he saw his father die to and it sounds like in a similar way. Shirase says that he should then understand why some people need Little John’s brand of Justice. Takeru answers that he wants to make sure his dad can rest in peace and he has no reason to hide in the shadows.

-Shirase laughs and calls him naïve. She explains that she became a journalist and found out she was still powerless and asks what he could possibly do.

-In the Lab, the ghost logo pops up on the screen where Akari is working and the lights go out. A flash of light comes from the eye engraving on the monolith and the lights turn back on and everything starts working again.

-Akari’s laptop turns back on with an unseen boot up speed and a wire frame representation of the monolith appears on her screen. She can’t do anything on the laptop for a time and suddenly a 3D model of a molecule appears on the screen along with the name Shiranui and a note about using the Shiranui method to make ghosts visible.

-Onari is with Mr. KURUTANI, the Loan Shark about what he needs protected. Little john left an advanced notice about the theft of Kuratani’s art collection. It reads:

“On 10/14 when the sun reveals the truth, I will take works of art from the warehouse. By the power and in the name of justice.

-The Thief, Little John”

-Little John breaks in and grabs a bow and arrow. Their Ganma partner kicks Onari who thinks he can stop the thief single handedly. Takeru runs in to help his friend and sees the Ganma so he transforms.

-The red-headed Ax-Ganma forces Takeru to give up his levitation trick and use the Musashi Eyecon which allows Ghost to deflect all the thrown axes, but the Ganma gets away.

-MR. KURUTANI laments that his authentic Robin Hood bow has been stolen.

-Sage sort of creeps on Akari and helps her out, if just possibly to touch her for a brief moment and tell her that the effect of the See-A-Ghost solution is only temporary. He drops a vial on the with the monolith engraving on it and when she puts it into a beaker a shower of gold dust explodes from it and Akari sees Sage for a few seconds. He says some cryptic stuff and leaves by phasing through the wall.

-Onari and his guilt are running through the forest, wanting to redeem him for the thief get away, when he stumbles on the car he had been a chasin’ OO-DA-Lolly OO-DA-Lolly golly what a day.

-In the Lab, Akari is elated to tell Takeru she found a way to see ghosts and saw Sage. He’s thrilled for her, but their celebration is put on hold when the Ghost Phone rings. Takeru answers and Onari tells him he has found Little John’s hideout.

-Takeru laments that the call was cut short and Akari wishes they could trace the call somehow. Yurusen pops in and surprises Akari then tells them to have the condor Phone show them the way to Onari which surprises both of them.

-Akari and Takeru follow the Condor Phone on his bike.

-The Ganma tells Little John that Onari will be a nuisance for them so he’ll kill Onari. Little John doesn’t say a word, but the Phone Condor deflects the axe blow saving Onari.

-Shirase Mari reveals that she is Little John and asks Takeru if Onari is a friend of his. He asks her if she is doing this for her father and if this is really the justice she believes in. Shirase answers that she started off doing things the right way. Takeru implores her to remember that and start over.

-The Ganma tells Shirase she is doing right and she tells Takeru that she can’t turn back. She gets emphatic about her justice and her power as the Ganma encourages her and anticipates something coming.

-Yurusen explains that the light upon Shirase is the Ganma’s influence and then when it reaches its peak a ghost will appear. She will die and Robin Hood’s Eyecon will appear. Yurusen advises Takeru to make sure he gets Robin Hood’s Eyecon so the Ganma doesn’t.

-Shocking Yurusen, Takeru chooses the third way and rejects the notion of letting Shirase die so that he can get another Eyecon. He won’t sacrifice someone else to increase his odds of living.

-Shirase refuses to listen to Takeru when he tells her she is under the influence of a Ganma and says all she has left is her desire to become a modern day Robin hood. The bow and arrow glow with a more intense light and the Ganma becomes excited saying nothing can stop the Eyecon from manifesting, but Takeru says he will stop it because he believes in himself.

-Takeru hugs Shirase and feels her strong desire to live. A tear falls from his eyes and the glowing light fades. Shirase returns to her senses and the Ganma throws another axe. Takeru pushes Onari out of the way and gets a cut on his arm as the axe passes him and land in a wooden column.

-Takeru shouts to Akari who pulls out an ad hoc device to make the Ganma visible and unleashes the Shiranui blast revealing the Ganma to everyone’s amazement.

-Shirase is shocked most and feels rueful of accepting her power. Takeru tells her to use Journalism as her bow and arrow of Justice. She agrees and glows with a golden light which falls upon the bow and arrow.

-Akari and Onari freak out about Takeru’s henshin and he draws the Eye Symbol over the bow and arrow, unlocking the Robin Hood Eyecon.

-The Ganma demands it and for some reason Takeru switches to Edison before using the Robin Hood Eyecon. The condor Phone transforms into a bow and Ghost shoots green energy arrows at the red axes deflecting them until they come perilously close to his friends who run away to not be hit by the barrage.

-Akari and Onari keep watching the fight though and after Yurusen tells Takeru to look elsewhere for answers, Onari notices and opening in the Ganma’s shield every time an axe is thrown. Takeru uses the opening to land an Omega Arrow or whatever it is called and destroy the Ganma.

-Takeru’s friends celebrate with him while Evil Osughi and Sweater the Kid, who had been recording the fight on his Cobra Camera thing, watch. Sweater is weary of Evil O’s excuses

-Takeru finds Shirase and gives her an encouraging nod.

-Back at the Temple, Takeru wonders that there is a way to see Ganma and congratulates her on the discovery. She guarantees that she’ll find out more helpful things and she goes off charged up. Takeru says he expects nothing less from her.

-Onari stops Takeru and apologizes for causing trouble. Takeru stops him and thanks him for his advice during the fight.

-Onari lets him know that Shirase Mari turned herself in and remarks that they should be getting credit for the Supernatural Phenomenon Laboratory’s involvement in solving the case of Little John which he hopes will mean more clients.

-Shibuya and Narita run in and give Onari the good news that they have tracked down someone he had asked them to find. Onari and Takeru are both shocked by the news.

NEXT| Kamen Rider Ghost 04 Astonishing! The Castle in the Sky!


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I Feel Like Iguana Tonight- Ghost 02 -RX! 119

Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the [95] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 02 Electric Attack! The Father of Invention!

Hey there unKamenFans, we want all of you to have an opportunity to participate in the show. I put out something on Tumblr earlier in the week that I’ll paste below to make sure everyone has access to the guidelines for audience participation. You can do as much or a s little as you’d like, but there are about four subjects we’ll be revisiting as the show goes on, so feel free to send in your thoughts on them every week.

Bones To Pick

What issues did Ghost 02 have for you?

Was the comedy an issue for anyone?

Is Akari’s skepticism grating for anyone yet?

Greatest Woah-ments (Limit 3)

What were some of your favorite thing is this episode?

Defining Eyecons

What do you think about the three step formula for Takeru obtaining Hero Souls? (3) Takeru, as Ghost, drawing an Eye seal over (1) an item connected to the spirit which may or may not need to belong to (2) someone with strong feelings about the spirit, but apparently they need to be around at the time to make the Eyecon able to be formed.

Takeru has strong feelings about Musashi, had his handguard and was able to draw the seal as Ghost, which is why it was his first obtained heroic Eyecon.

Does this seem to you like the door is open for a massive number of Eyecons? How do you feel about that?

Does the phrasing heroic Eyecon, cause you to think we’ll see villain Eyecons as well?

Forcing Perspective

What message did you get from this episode?

Is Akari effectively representing adherence to empirical science?

Interact with the unKamenCrew!

We’ll be taking free-form input from the audience form here on out. Do you have questions for us? Do you have any comments for us regarding Ghost?

Ghost 02SD.mp4_snapshot_17.42_[2015.10.13_16.33.28] Save As… to Download

What, if anything, is being said about the world and our place in it in this episode? Ghost deals with the idea of Icons and Great Men, in a way that makes focusing narrowly on obtaining tangible objects relating to them important, but what makes a person great? What does that mean? Let’s turn a discerning eye to what could be the Macro Message hidden in this segment of Ghost!

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Ammit:

Finding resolve? It’s been a few days and we get another instance of Onari and Akari pulling on Takeru; he slips from the mortal plane and retreats to the lab. Takeru talks to Sage and dodges Onari, until Sage’s mention of the next heroic Eyecon snaps him back to the here and now. They fall over in a gag, but the subtext is that he is so focused on earning back his life that he can’t even hide from Onari who he’d like to avoid at the moment because he is so desperate to live.

Onari, Akari and Takeru are all in a process of becoming who they want to be. I think the opening theme touches on this a lot, so it’s nice that the show is reflecting that in its establishing few episodes. Onari wants to be the assistant to a great ghost hunter and offer his services to someone in an undertaking that requires a group effort; he stumbles around a lot in this episode, but it’s sometime awkward to work in concert with someone as long time listeners often hear as we occasionally struggle to work harmoniously together. It can be challenging, but hopefully we’ll see a progression in how Onari handles being on Team Ghost. Akari has been yet to move on to actively testing and investigating that about which she remains skeptical. It has been four days and Takeru has, understandably, not allowed her to inspect his gear at all. In the interim she continues to believe in Takeru and finally decides to stick around to really grasp what it going on. Takeru decides that he’ll be a ghost hunter at the end of the episode. This has been his goal for sometime, but it seems he hadn’t been actively pursuing it, just pining to be like his dad. Facing death and the not far off permanent end of his life have caused Takeru to prove what he says with his actions and work to live, so he can carry on with the life’s work he hadn’t pursued in earnest until now.

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Sono:

Resolve is definitely a big theme in this episode, and we see it from this episode’s four main players, Takeru, Akari, Onari, and Sonoda. They each have a goal, but they also get so wrapped up in achieving the goal that they lose sight of the meaning of the goal itself. Sonoda is, as the victim of the week, the focal point of that restlessness, and then it echos through Takeru and Akari.

It’s so easy to get bogged down in all of the little bits and what can and can’t be done that you just lose sight of why you had that goal in the first place, like Sonoda getting so caught up in making his teleporter work that he lost sight of the fact that he wanted to invent something great for humanity. Akari is so focused on her denial (but in a much more reasonable way than Otta’s denial of the Roimude) that she loses sight of the fact that, true or not Takeru needs the Eyecons and her help. Takeru is so focused on the fact that he’s dead and how hard it will be to get all 15 eyecons in time that he loses sight of the fact that the potential to save himself is there.

And dang if that ain’t just the most relatable thing… It just makes me think so much of kids so bogged down in studying for exams that they forget why they love learning a subject. It’s a great thing to remind kids that the work is important, but you can’t lose sight of why you’re working.

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Aleph:

And I think that’s a lot of what I’m picking up on, too and why I get a lot of Hibiki vibes from the show.  It’s that thing that gets brought up and that I always love seeing where it’s not enough to want a thing, you have to work for it.  It even finds some really interesting ways to show the Edison idiom that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration by having the scientist, Sonoda, embody Edison not through following through with the inspiration he got from someone else, but by setting about to fix a machine that wasn’t doing its job.  Sure, Takeru fixed it with a flying plastic eyeball, but the dude was on that mess.

There are also some weird levels of “the great man” sorta view on things going on, what with Takeru talking about how the hero burns brighter than others… something in the translation made it feel kinda weird for me.  But that’s just a hiccup in an episode that felt really focused no matter how many masters (intro the toy, setup the story, get the episode’s point about working hard in there) it was trying to serve.

Ghost 02’s Macro Message According to Cannibal Sarracenian:

It’s a nice episode and yes, about finding resolve and not being bogged down by focusing on the one to ignore the other. Life and survival doesn’t just depend on the obsession or brooding over one thing but also by mindfulness, as Takeru shows when he learns to not just focus on his current state and the scientist on obsessing over his invention with little care to anything else (so obsessed he didn’t even come up with a stop button or any other safety measure!).

Edison Eyecon in this episode seems to reiterate that Eyecons being less of an actual, literal “ghost” (as in, a dead person coming back in spectral form) so much as it is a spirit, a representation of an idea, and something to evoked. Much like the Loa in Voodoo traditions or, more appropriately here, the original Greek-Roman idea of “genius”, where genius is an essence that present in everything that can be brought about.

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 Woments from Ghost 02 Electric Attack! The Father of Invention!

Aleph

  • I hope we keep on with this thing of Takeru getting to do short speeches to help some normal folks connect with their heroes and, in so doing, get him a few more Eyecons because the way he drew Edison out of the scientist? “A life–YOUR life matters!” So good.  Want more.
  • That quiet scene with Akari and Takeru by the water? So sweet.
  • The Ganma portal.  I am so curious about Evil Oosugi and Sweater The Kid’s master plan.  It’s at least pleasantly grandiose.

Ammit

  • Takeru losing patience with Akari and yelling at her to not treat things so lightly, with him being dead and all
  • Akari helping to get Takeru out of his funk, by saying she believes in him and treating him as she would one week before
  • Seeing the Electric Ganma and Sage influence humans. This seems like a brilliant possibility maker for future scenarios in the show.

Sono

  • Captain Ghost and his adorable squeaking. Iguana in a hoodie was everything I hoped for and more.
  • A look into Akari and Takeru’s childhood and how close they’ve always been. Also how their roles were inverted in their memory. Takeru helped Akari, now Akari wants to help him.
  • The OP!!! Listen, I started this episode and cried through the whole OP. Why? I do not know, but I’m taking it as a really good sign. There was just something really warm about it. The visuals just make the world and his friends feel so important to Takeru, and the song itself is about love and living and it’s a thing I’m absolutely weak for.

Sarracenian

  • Fantastic heroic speeches from Takeru. I was pleasantly surprised.
  • Takeru snapping at the scientist for treating his life like its nothing. A good character moment.
  • Playing with the idea of a battle invisible to the human eye is fun.

In keeping with Ms. Akari’s love of the empirical, the following contains observable information from the events of the day Akari received a set of injuries and Takeru and Onari set up the Daitenkuu temple as a headquarters for staging paranormal investigations.

Spook Report 02

-Takeru wonders why his father sent him the Eyecon

I wonder where Ryu Tenkuuji got it….

-Onari is talking aloud about how they have to find 15 Hero Souls in 99 days, marks out a calendar and moves it to a prominent place

-Akari pages through a book going over the alleged phenomena for which she must find a scientific explaination

-Onari reminds her that Takeru can control his vanishing now, which prompts her to get up and go to him, so she can take him to the hospital. Takeru look away and sighs, and Akari grabs the Eyecon so she can pull it apart and figure out what it is. Takeru takes it back saying it’s like his body and she can’t take it apart. Akari can accept that and tries to take him to the hospital again. Onari grabs his other arm and the two pull him back and forth towards the hospital and more training. Takeru yells for them to stop and vanishes.

-Takeru flees to the lab and finds Sage eating oranges and enjoying the kotatsu while reading the book of heroes Ryu had given Takeru. Takeru is bothered that Sage is reading it without asking for permission. Sage deflects and Takeru asks for some assurance about how the whole heroic Eyecon thing works.

-Sage explains that three conditions create a heroic Eyecon: 1) a physical object connected with the spirit 2) someone who has strong feelings about the spirit 3) Takeru drawing the eye symbol over the item

-Takeru turns to the monolith and asks Sage if he thinks it is connected to the Ganma and Eyecons, since his dad spent so much time studying it. Sage is clueless

Is the monolith going to give him the Ryu Tenkuji Eyecon as a mid/final Ghost change?

-Onari rushes in and Takeru goes ethereal to avoid him because he can be a pain at times though he means well. Onari is going on about finding the next Eyecon, but Takeru is more interested in Sage saying he feels who the next Eyecon will be.

-Takeru is so interested he snaps back to corporeality and crashes into Onari who doesn’t see Sage and is confused when Takeru asks who the next Eyecon will be. Sage sends Onari away by breathing inspiration into him and quizzes Takeru, showing him the Thomas Edison entry in the book of heroes.

~05:13

NEXT| Kamen Rider Ghost 03 Bullseye! The Arrow of Justice!


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Yurusen Explains It All- Ghost 01 -RX! 118

Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the 99 days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 01 Eyes Open! It’s Me!

Hey there unKamenFans, we want all of you to have an opportunity to participate in the show. I put out something on Tumblr earlier in the week that I’ll paste below to makes sure everyone has access to the guidelines for audience participation. You can do as much or a s little as you’d like, but there are about four subjects we’ll be revisiting as the show goes on, so feel free to send in your thoughts on them every week.

Bones To Pick

Was anything wrong in Ghost’s debut?

Greatest Woments (Limit 3)

Because all the preliminary information spoke of “Great Men” and made it seem as if women were not going to be looked at as being awesome contributors to society capable of great things and deserving of honor for their accomplishments, I (Ammit) did not want to let that go unaddressed in the structure of our discussions about Ghost. My solution is to ask you to share no more than three of your own Greatest Moment Woments from each episode. I now it’s only a nod, but it’s a reminder every time we discuss Ghost that it isn’t acknowledging women’s accomplishments from the start.

Defining Eyecons

What do you think makes a hero?

What kinds of people do you think should have Hero Souls in Kamen Rider Ghost? I know there are spoilers for a set of Eyecons exceeding 15, but who would you like to see in the list? Whether they actually appear or not isn’t important.

Forcing Perspective

What message did you get from this episode?

What do you think Ghost’s theme is?

Here’s an extra chance to get on the show!

We’ll be taking even more input from the audience form here on out. Do you have questions for us? Do you have any comments for us regarding the end of Drive or the start of Ghost? You do? Then tell us! We’d love to hear form you and we’ll even keep you anonymous if you’d like us to on the show, just let us know.

Yurusen to Takery- Things aren't that easy in life, kid! Save As… to Download

What, if anything, is being said about the world and our place in it in this episode? Ghost deals with the idea of Icons and Great Men, in a way that makes focusing narrowly on obtaining tangible objects relating to them important, but what makes a person great? What does that mean? Let’s turn a discerning eye to what could be the Macro Message hidden in this segment of Ghost!

Ghost 01’s Macro Message According to Ammit:

The message in Eyes Open! It’s Me! seems to be multifaceted, but is mostly about having faith in oneself and possibly having confidence. There might even be something there about working for things and actually having to earn what you want in life. Proofs: Takeru chides himself for never having taken his training seriously; IIRC, Akari tells Takeru he is no Musashi; Yurusen tells straight out “life isn’t that easy” and he can still suffer a lot of pain even though he can’t die. I read Yurusen’s advice to go for it anyway because you’re dead and the belated mention that it’ll still hurt as almost a video game scenario or a subtext for the audience who gets to have this bubbled existence through Takeru, as if the show is saying: “Kids, you’ll be fine and most of you will make it through life, but it is going to HURT sometimes, though the things that get you won’t kill you.” Whether that’s because the world is MOSTLY cushier now than say in Musashi’s time or because the show is just being hopeful, I like the message.

Ghost 01’s Macro Message According to Aleph:

I think that’s definitely a thing I saw coming through, but mostly I really like this weird subtext of Takeru being torn between the material world (represented by Akari) and the spiritual one (represented by Onari and, well, a whole lot of other people) and there being this undercurrent that since they’re both real, it’s not about one of them winning, it’s about–like you were saying, Ammit–finding your own way when there is no resolution to them.  The spirit is the world of the possible, the material the world of what is, and you?  You gotta do whatever you can in the time allotted you.

Ghost 01’s Macro Message According to Sono:

I’m coming at it from pretty much the same angle. Times will get tough for everyone. How tough depends on certain things, but everyone no matter what will have hard times  and impossible challenges (99 days to get enough power to restore his life) and you have to dig up the strength to pull through and I think that’s a big thing at the core of this show.
But there’s also this undercurrent of what a hero is, and what makes a hero. And a lot of what I got out of this Musashi bit involved the fact that he’s a “great hero” that Takeru admires a lot. Twice in the episode (one by Akari, and once by the second Ganma) Takeru is told he is not Musashi. No matter how much he wants to be, he cannot be Musashi. But that doesn’t mean Takeru can’t be a hero. While at first he’s discouraged by this, Takeru then takes Musashi’s power, representing something he’s learned from someone he admires, and applies it to his own life and situation. Comparing yourself to others will only make you feel down on yourself, while learning from them will make you stronger. I pulled that a lot from Takeru with Musashi, and with his father. I think that’s a really great and important message and I hope it’s something Ghost keeps carrying.

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 Woments from Ghost 01 Eyes Open! It’s Me!

Aleph

  • The introduction of the “Book of Heroes”.  Seriously, this episode is SO lean yet so very dense, I love it.
  • Yurusen helping things along. “You don’t have time to be surprised, GET GOIN’”
  • That shot with the monk on one side of Takeru and the physicist on the other really just driving home one of the key thematic elements using some visual storytelling.

Ammit

  • Ms. Akari pulling a torch and oxygen bottle from her bag was a really great gag.
  • The “Kami-sama!?” and  “No, nothing so grandiose” exchange was funny.
  • Sage showing up at the end and crushing Takeru by telling him he has 99, nah, more like 98 days to earn his soul back.

Sono

  • I’m really digging the “blood” effect they have going on in the fights? Feels very Ruroni Kenshin, but doesn’t feel overly graphic. Impact, without being overbearing.
  • Akari declaring herself “Akari-san”. She’s got no time to play. I like it.
  • I’ve heard the bike is sentient, and it’s a horse, and that drags me to Durarara!! and Celty and Shooter, which is a big dumb weakness of mine. I love things like ancient familiars inhabiting modern tech.

In keeping with Ms. Akari’s love of the empirical, the following contains observable information from the events of the day the Ganma attack Tokyo in search of Eyecons, Tenjuuri Takeru dies and gains the power of Kamen Rider Ghost, defeating two Ganma: Sai and Katana.

Spook Report 01

-Under a full moon a dark clad bespectacled man summons two black suited beings who come from black Eyecons that emanate from a parchment with a stylized eye painted on it after he drops a blue liquid from a vial on the parchment.

-The man throws items at each being which transforms them into an alternate form based on the items, one a sword, the other a sai.

-A man lying on the ground appears to be dying. He tears a necklace with an eye shaped pendant of o himself and hands it to his apparently frightened son, Takeru.

-Tenkuuji Takeru, now about 20 years old, is wearing the pendant as he mutters “father” as he sleeps on an open book in a workspace that contains a large stone piece standing a few meters tall which has engraved near its top the same stylized eye that was on the parchment the bespectacled man used to summon the black Eyecons.

-Tsukimura Akari runs up the stairs of the Daitenkuu temple looking or Takeru, but finds three monks: the bespectacled Shibuya, the non-bespectacled and possibly churlish Narita and the shaven and intense Onari.

-Ms. Akari runs through the secular spaces of the temple on the information from Narita, who likely lingers a few moments in his tease of her before joining Shibuya who is probably already once again focused on prayer or meditation.

-Onari chases after Ms. Akari while yelling about how the young master Takeru is still in the midst of his training and doesn’t need to be distracted by her. Onari is distracted by a news report on several strange phenomena occurring [somewhere local]

-Ms. Akari heads through a metal door and down stairs into the mostly empty room with the monolith and the workspace. She turns and nods when she sees Takeru asleep. Up the stairs, she yanks the book he was using as a pillow from under him awakening him.

-Takeru sleepily acknowledges her and after she chides him about calling her Ms. Akari, as the boy should respect his elders, even though they’ve known each other since they were much younger, she asks why he didn’t join her for her birthday party.

-Takeru holds up his book in defense and says that the heroes of old interest him not the dawn of nuclear power or any other modern scientific accomplishments. He talks about how he can now appreciate the book his father gave him when he was eight years old and how he swore on the hand guard from one of Mayamoto Musashi’s katanas which hangs from his neck that he would become strong and have his life burn as brightly as the heroes he admires.

-Ms. Akari puts down her torch and bottle of oxygen, she pulled from her purse to illustrate her difference of opinion on life being a state of being and therefore not compatible with burning brightly or at all and listens to Takeru excitedly tell her about Musashi’s accomplishments by age 18.

-Ms. Akari tries to comfort him, but slips in an assertion of the unscientific nature of his disappointment that he hasn’t seen a ghost in his life despite the fact that he aspire to be a ghost hunter. Onari interrupts bursting into the room shouting for the young master to hurry upstairs.

-Takeru answers an argument between Onari and Ms. Akari who both ardently believe they are right and the other is wrong about the cause of the cut in half car and other incidents in Tokyo by saying “I-I believe in what I can see for myself…” and leaving, apparently uncomfortable from the conflict.

-An elated Onari offers to join half-hearted Takeru in his raining, but before they can work it out the delivery man, Mr. Onodera comes into the scene. He’s panicked but is able to recognize Takeru and give him a package that was mailed to him on October 17 2004 [Is that right, crew?] from Tenjuuri Ryu. Onari says that Tenjuuri Ryu, former master of the shrine and expert ghost hunter was killed by a ghost.

-Something flashes through the package and tears it open. Takeru spies the white Eyecon inside and then sees the Katana and Sai specters who had been attacking the city.

-Ms. Akari and Onari are flummoxed by his sudden fear and thin-air focused gaze. Onari assumes Takeru must be seeing a ghost and is perplexed that he cannot see them with his years of spiritual training when Takeru says he is seeing ghosts.

-Onari wants to fight the ghost and Ms. Akari refuses to believe they are there. Takeru sees tehm both attacked for their prejudices and protects Akari from a serious blow which destroys a stone lamp thingy…. [OH NO, I don’t know Japanese architectural/Shrine terminology!]

-Takeru picks up Onari’s monk staff and tries to fight the ghosts, but they are too much for him. They knock him down and asks him to hand over the Eyecon. He guesses that whatever his dad sent him, must be the Eyecon and stands up declaring that he believes in himself and that if he can see these ghosts he can fight them.

-The Sword baddie kills Takeru while the panicked Onari and confused Mr. Akari watch him fight against unseen assailants and finally fall to the ground wounded.

-Takeru recalls watching his father die 10 years ago as his own life is ending. Ryu tells his son he must “obtain a hero’s heart” someday and “open his mind’s eye.” Takeru clutches the Musashi handguard his father gave him and bitterly laments that he can’t die because he promised his father he would become a hero and open his mind’s eye. Takeru’s eyes close and the hand guard drops from his grasp.

-Takeru wakes up at the bottom of a waterfall and moves out of the water onto the shore where he sees a vision of Ms. Akari and Onari over his dead body with the two menacing phantoms behind them. The vision fades and a voice calls out to Takeru asking him if he wants to live.

-An old man with long white hair and very flashy traditional Japanese robes who is definitely not Kami-sama. The old man tells Takeru he is everyone and no one, but Takeru just calls him gramps and and asks if he can bring him back to life or not. Sage gives Takeru his moniker and knocks the whelp over with his cane, calling him a fool.

-Takeru admits he was a fool for fighting the ghosts without ever having trained hard enough. He laments that he could see the ghost and that his friends needed him to save them but he still lost. The Eyecon his dad gave him shines and opens up, catching Sage’s attention. Sage tells Takeru he has been burdened with the fate of battling the Ganma.

-Sage exposits that Takeru is holding an Eyecon, which now stores his soul and that other Eyecons exist which hold the souls of heroes and if Takeru collects 15 Eyecons with heroic souls, he can do anything with that power. Takeru jumps up, excited at the chance he has to reclaim his life, but sage warns him that it isn’t that easy because of the many Ganma seeking the Eyecons as well.

-Takeru whines that he can’t fight the Ganma, because he already lost to them and they killed him. Sage tells him that if he becomes Kamen Rider Ghost, he will be able to fight them. Takeru double checks that if he becomes Ghost, he’ll be able to defeat the Ganma and when Sage assures him he consents to become Ghost. Sage shoots fire at his waist and the Ghost Driver becomes manifest.

-Takeru is surprised by the belt on him and asks what it is. Yurusen appears out of nowhere and says Takeru asks a lot of dumb questions. Sage identifies the little ghost figure as Yurusen and says that it will fill Takeru in on the details of using the belt. Sage whaps Takeru with his cane again and Takeru falls into the water again and manifests in spectral form above his body by way of a bright light that hurts Onari’s and Ms. Akari’s eyes.

-When spectral Takeru is fully formed his body vanishes, shocking his friends who flee.

-The Ganma see Takeru and call out to him. He turns to face them and declares, “I won’t let myself have any more regrets! I’m going to save their lives!” and then doesn’t know how to use the belt. Yurusen appears and tells him how to henshin. An orange and black spectral hood with glowing eyes flies out of the eye on the belt and Takeru tries to avoid it until the undersuit appears on him, shocking him to stand still long enough for the hood to come upon him and complete the transformation.

-Yurusen tells him he’s already dead, so he shouldn’t worry about getting killed, so go get him! Yurusen chuckles as Takeru goes along with it and squares off against the Ganma. He answers their dismissal of him as a threat by saying this time he will really believe in himself. Takeru summons his sword from the belt’s eye and stumbles through the fight, even letting himself get so distracted by his levitation ability that the Katana Ganma lands a hit on him while Yurusen is warning him to stay focused.

-Takeru is surprised by how badly the blow hurt and complains to Yurusen that he isn’t supposed to be able to die anymore. Yurusen gleefully answers, “Well that doesn’t mean it won’t be extremely painful.” Takeru is miffed, but Yurusen continues “Things aren’t that easy in life, kid!”

-Takeru gets knocked around more by the Sai Ganma and Yurusen tells him to pull the trigger (handle) to do an Omega Drive, which turns out to be Ghost’s Rider Kick. The black entity and the a white spectral figure similar to the orange trimmed black hoodie Ghost is wearing separate and the black body spews ink until it explodes. The white hoodie explodes too, dropping the sai and the Eyecon, which ultimately disintegrates as well.

-Takeru is elated that he beat the Ganma and dehenshins. Katana Ganma calls Takeru out to face him and runs away to change the venue of the fight to a seaside eatery. Takeru henshins while on his motorcycle, which transforms as well into a black horse themed bike with a silvery horn to match his.

-Takeru hits Katana Ganma with the bike and sends it flying onto the sand where it summons a dozen or so black hooded Eyecon mooks. Katana Ganma tells Takeru that no matter how strong he is, his strength can be overwhelmed by numbers. Takeru responds that Musashi fought and defeated one hundred opponents at once. Katana Ganma tells him that he is no Musashi and slashes him.

-Takeru clutches the Musashi hand he picked up earlier and reasserts his promise to keep fighting to save his friends lives. The handguard glows red and Yurusen tells Takeru to makes a seal by drawing an eye with his fingers. After he does, the handguard transforms into a red hoodie with two swords on it.

-Katana Ganma tries to destroy it, but Sage blocks it by appearing in the sky between Musashi’s soul and the Ganma’s strike. Sage tells Takeru that Musashi will lend him his strength now that Takeru has synchronized with the sword’s man’s soul. Sage clarifies that Kamen Rider Ghost can fight with the unique abilities of many different hero souls. Takeru calls Musahsi and the hero soul enters his belt and out comes a red Eyecon.

-Takeru removes the Ghost Eyecon, returning to his undersuit form and inserts the Musashi Eyecon. The Musashi Hero Soul attacks a few foes and then comes on to Takeru. Takeru’s Ghost sword splits into two as he emulates Musashi’s own two sword fighting style to face off against 20 enemies.

-As he slashes the mooks, a black inky substance comes from them and they disappear into black whisps when defeated, until only Ghost and Katana Ganma are left on the shore. They face off and after a few exchanges Yurusen instructs Takeru to have the sword make eye contact with the belt which powers him up for a finisher, the Omega Slash which uses both swords to slash the Ganma.

-Seeing the Ganma separate into its two elements: the Eyecon, which projects the black body and the sword which merged with the black body to make the Ganma’s samurai coat and the fact that only the sword remains, Takeru collapses and lays back on the ground.

-The black clad man in spectacles and hat sneers at the sight and runs to a young man with an earring and scarf who seems irritated about the intrusion of Ghost in the goings on. Black Hat and Glasses leaves after giving a sinister smile.

-Back at Daitenkuu temple Onari is pacing asking where Takeru might be. Takeru tries to talk to Ms. Akari, but passes right through her. Yurusen appears and tells him they can only see him when he is in the right emotional states, so he should quit moping. Takeru yells at Yurusen and comes back into their perception.

-Onari and Ms. Akari pepper him with questions, relieved to see him and as he alludes to his death, he vanishes again, even becoming intangible to them. Yurusen chides him and pushes him over, causing him to return to the mortal plane. Takeru tries to explain again to his confused friends, but vanishes again.

-Takeru heads down to the lab as Onari and Ms. Akari continue to argue about the meaning of what they have both witnessed. There he looks at the book his father gave him and is welcomed to the lab by Sage who tells him he is finished moving in. Sage is wearing blue coveralls and a cap and living under the raised platform.

-Sage tells Takeru that he forgot to mention that Takeru has 99 days to gather 15 Hero Souls in order to reclaim his life, because he can’t stay a ghost forever. Takeru laments that he only has 99 days left to find 14 more Hero Souls, but Sage reminds him that since the day is almost over, he only really has 98 days left. Takeru looks up at him; he seems less than thrilled.

NEXT| Kamen Rider Ghost 02 Electric Attack! The Father of Invention!


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Drive In the Hearse- Drive 47-48 -RX! 117

[UPDATE: 09-06-2016 See below]

Today we’re putting Kamen Rider Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we investigate:

47 Who Will You Entrust the Future to, My Friend?

48 The Ghost Incident

Q1- Heart believed Shinnosuke was his friend. Do you?

Q2- Which Roimude was Heart saying surpassed humanity? Did Heart? Who was it?

Q3- How do we feel about the total elimination of the Roimude?

Q4- Were the text epilogues good for you? Were they necessary?

Q5- Repeat question: Was Kiriko involved enough in these episodes?

Q6- Did the endings feel earned?

Q7- Was the show off on its entire premise? What was this show about? What was the point? Did it have something to do with defining true evil as being part of humanity?

Q8- Did episode 48 get you excited for Ghost?

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

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-Heart throws Drive at Sigma which seemingly is the key it it’s defeat, because the critical hit makes her vulnerable to an ALL OUT Attack where in Type Tridoron uses all the Tires to pummel Sigma and then Drive and Heart both hit Sigma with finishers.

-Sigma’s destruction reverts all the people from their data state and in the backup Drive Pit, people are making merry.

-Mr. Belt tells Shinnosuke he has done EXCELLENT work, but he is so drained he only smiles weakly and then falls out a whole in the wall. Heart sees it and tries to stop him, but Shinnosuke has a bogus journey afterall.

-Shinnosuke wakes up in a forest, not wearing Mr. Belt and wonders what is going on. A black haze appears before him and Ghost floats into the scene behind him. He introduces himself and tells Shinnosuke to stay away from the haze, out of which comes Freeze, Thief and Sword. Kamen Rider Ghost motions for Shinnosuke to run, which he does with a thanks.

-Ghost fights with some very soft… traditional sounding music in the background, possibly with a samurai flavor? He destroys these ghosts from Shinnosuke’s past.

-Shinnosuke wakes up on rain spattered asphalt wondering if his Ghost encounter was a dream.

-Heart calls out to him. Shinnosuke is a bit surprised that Heart saved him. Heart remarks on how twisted Banno’s plan was and wonders why he wanted to make humans more like Roimudes when they were designed to mimic and surpass humans. Heart vaguely suggests that one Roimude did become like a human, but transcend them. Shinnosuke walks over to Heart and offers him his hand and says that Heart is the one who became most human, but better.

^Is Shinnosuke watching the same show? How could he say that?^

-Heart refuses his hand and says “Medic is dead” and that because he is the last Roimude left, they should finish their fight as promised. He slugs Shinnosuke and proceeds to beat him for a while.

-Rinna and Otta are so thankful Gou is  alive they hurt him a little by jostling and squeezing him.

-Kiriko enters the room where Sigma was destroyed and learns from Krim that Shinnosuke fell after the fight.

-Shinnosuke begs Heart to stop because the true evil was in humanity’s hearts and Banno is the greatest manifestation of that. Shinnosuke says that Roimudes were victims too and that Krim and people in general will understand that so humanity can NOW coexist with the Roimudes…. oops, the one Roimude left, Heart.

-Hearts winds up for a finishing blow that will kill Shinnosuke. Kiriko throws him Mr. Belt, but he refuses to henshin and Heart dies from a fatal wound he apparently sustained in the Sigma battle.

-Shinnosuke, the guy who had fallen from a skyscraper and survived thanks to the chivalrous android who was pummeling him after he woke up, somehow knew that Heart was at death’s door and that is why he didn’t fight him. He let himself get beaten so that Heart could die fighting him.

^How did Shinnosuke know this? Also doesn’t that remove the moral power in the “sacrifice” of letting Heart beat him if he knew Heart was just going to die anyway? What could have been a stance against senseless violence becomes a cool guy moment without merit because in the end it feels like he is making a mockery out of Heart. He is Korean, I mean, subhuman after all, so who cares right?^

-Shinnosuke calls Hearts time of death and he and Kiriko salute Heart.

^WTF is this pile of offal?^

-A rainbow shines above them because Heart and Shinnosuke almost made out during their fight.

-At the back up Drive Pit everyone is happy, except Chase is dead. Shinnosuke wonders where Mr. Belt is and when Kyu says something about maintenance at the Drive Pit, Shinnosuke goes Uber Mensch with his tie and the go visit Krim who is locking himself and the Shift Cars away because the Core Driviar tech is too dangerous for humans currently.

-Krim says a little something to everyone and somehow has the audacity to tell Gou that he has overcome Banno’s sins, but says nothing about his own sins towards Kiriko and Chase.

-Krim makes a Batman reference and tells Kiriko to take care of his idle partner. She agrees and Shinnosuke gives back the Shift Brace to a hologram….

-Krim descends into Sh’ol with his captive Shift Cars and the SCU salutes them as the are sealed away.

-The SCU is splitting up at their office, save Gou, Kiriko and Shinnosuke.

-Professor Harley comes across Gou and the ride off together because they are family. Because families can be non-blood, REMEMBER THAT!

-Kiriko is FEEDING Shinnosuke his milk chocolates while he drives and talks about having a hole in her heart…

-He can’t get in gear despite the fact he has to go to Special Crimes soon and he gets pulled over b a bike cop who looks like Chase. His name is Kanno Kouichi and he is a firm believer in rules being followed, so he checks Shinnosuke’s registration anyway as the car he is in was reported stolen.

-Shinnosuke mocks Kanno saying he probably has no friends, but he will be his friend. He’ll stop by some time and talk to him.

-Shinnosuke tells Kiriko she has the best smile and they start driving again as the move toward their future, one Krim, Chase, Heart and the others entrusted to them.

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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-Shinnosuke begs Heart to stop because the true evil was in humanity’s hearts and Banno is the greatest manifestation of that. Shinnosuke says that Roimudes were victims too and that Krim and people in general will understand that so humanity can NOW coexist with the Roimudes…. oops, the one Roimude left, Heart.

^I’m sorry? When was humanity ever the major aggressor here? Banno was a bastard and when they killed him the first time that should have been enough. I’m going to take this out of the real of “the other” and into the realm of another more commonly abused class who sometimes lethally retaliate against their oppressors. It is perfectly legal for a woman who is being abused by her husband to kill him in defense of herself. Knowing the full context of Heart’s relationship with Banno and Krim I totally accept and understand why he would want to get a crew together and snuff out these two who had tormented him and let the abuse continue respectively. As a nascent human with a lot of power, I think we can all let it slide.

Heart’s plan from then was to prove superiority to humanity is a militant action, but to the end of reaching Ultimate Evolution and a Promised Number to do the Second Global Freeze? And the First Global Freeze was what, a shot across the bow of humanity? Roimude’s have indefinite life spans, are more resilient, versatile and have vastly superior methods for absorbing and retaining knowledge, how are they intrinsically inferior to humans? What did Heart MEAN when he referred to one Roimude surpassing Humanity? Was it Medic in her selflessness and sacrifice to save Shinnosuke? Was it Brain sacrificing himself to save Medic? Was it Chase who was working to integrate the full spectrum of human emotion, before he nobly died fighting the monster Banno, so that another could complete what he had started?

This doesn’t make any sense. This show really breaks down completely at this point and embitters me towards it. What was the point? Nothing makes adequate sense under scrutiny. BESIDES the HERO spent the whole show eradicating the baddies without ever finding out if there was a better way.^

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

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-Shinnosuke is at the SCU HQ at the driving school looking through some case files with Kiriko’s help.

-He is wrapping up one final case which had a Roimude doing bombings and was somehow related to Neo-Shade.

-The leader of Neo-Shade used an Eyecon (from the upcoming Kamen Rider Ghost) to evade capture when Shinnosuke, Gou and Chase went to capture him 1 month ago when he was working with Roimude’s.

-Honganji tells Shinnosuke that the Eyecon taken into evidence was stolen from the lab and asks him to find out what happened. Honganji encourages Shinnosuke to close this case with no regrets, at which point he will issue his transfer.

-Shinnosuke, Gou and Chase find Neo-Shade’s leader in a factory with some Roimudes who they have to fight to get to him. Chase tells Shinnosuke to go ahead while they deal with the Roimudes.

-On his heels Shinnosuke hears the word “Eyecon” as Neo-Shade’s leader is sitting on the floor holding something. Shinnosuke then watches in wonder as he undulates and moves about wildly until he is thrown several meters and it becomes clear that something is doing all this to him.

-The invisible entity then turns on Drive and attacks him thinking that he is trying to get the Eyecon. Before things go too far, Kamen Rider Ghost arrives and, as he fades in and out of sight fights the invisible foe and takes it away from the factory.

-Mr. Belt declares that what he is seeing is beyond the bounds of science!

-The Eyecon is left behind and Shinnosuke picks it up.

-Gen comes into the room just as Shinnosuke finishes telling the surprised Kiriko about what got this case started.

-Rinna who had been given the Eyecon to do some research on it had placed a tracking device with it, which they are using to track down OKAMURA KEISUKE a former member of Neo-Shade who was caught on security tape stealing the Eyecon.

-Thanks to Rinna and Kyu helping them from a lab, Shinnosuke, Kiriko and Gen arrive at the building where OKAMURA KEISUKE, or at least the Eyecon is.

-Shinnosuke tells Kiriko to stay outside the building, while he and Gen go in to apprehend the likely armed suspect, so she can catch him if he tries to escape. He warns her to stay safe and she tells him he should do the same.

-Gen tells Shinnosuke he can drop his front and relax doing this sort of work without Mr. Belt, since the whole SCU has his back. He should let himself be nervous and work through it without denying it, because they are doing something dangerous and only have each other to rely on.

-OKAMURA looks absolutely terrified as Shinnosuke and Gen find him and demand to know what he is doing with the Eyecon. After he tells Shinnosuke he is delivering it to Neo-Shade’s leader and the cop roughs him up, OKAMURA goes quiet about where his old boss is while Gen cuffs him and Shinnosuke checks out the Eyecon.

-Another unseen assailant attacks Shinnosuke to get the Eyecon. Once he is holding the Eyecon, Shinnosuke can see the black clad attacker, but still gets trounced by it.

-Okamura sees this and marvels at the power of the Eyecon and decides that perhaps he doesn’t need the Roimudes. He sees a pistol on the floor, grabs it and runs. Firing back at Gen as he pursues.

-Shinnosuke uselessly fires at the figure and gets only mockery in return and retorts that he’d never be able to face Mr. Belt again if he didn’t do all he could to stop the Eyecon seeker.

-Ghost appears and fights the attacker. Shinnosuke picks up the Eyecon he had dropped and watches the fight and sees Kamen Rider Ghost defeat the figure.

-Shinnosuke recalls seeing Kamen Rider Ghost before, but Ghost doesn’t seem to register it. Ghost’s little friend, a white and orange ghost puppets thing with a single eye asks Shinnosuke for its Eyecon back.

-Shinnosuke gets a call from Gen which Kamen Rider Ghost listens to. Because he hears that Okamura is holding Kiriko hostage and wants Shinnosuke to bring him the Eyecon, ostensibly, in exchange for her, Ghost tells Shinnosuke to hang on to the Eyeson for now but bring it back.

-The uncanny Yurusen objects, but Ghost says Shinnosuke needs the power of a Kamen Rider and that if he hangs onto the Eyecon, a miracle might just happen.

-Shinnosuke recalls Okamura’s interest in the Eyecons power and figures that that is what he wants.

-Okamura is holding Kiriko at gunpoint. He laughs at Shinnosuke and drops his sacred act, when the cop tells him he knows that he is actually the leader of Neo-Shade and that he is trying to revive his dismantled organization.

-Okamura tells Shinnosuke that his goal is to raze the world and rebuild it in his own image.

-Shinnosuke says he definitely won’t let him have the Eyecon in that case and Mr. Belt manifests along with the Shift Brace as Shinnosuke holds onto the Eyecon and declares that he isn’t the same person he was one year ago in response to Okamura questioning whether or not Shinnosuke values Kiriko’s life.

-Shinnosuke tells Okamura that he’s learned that Peace isn’t derived from killing all the monsters because True Evil comes from within the hearts of humanity, so he’ll go on protecting and serving people as a cop and as a non-transforming Kamen Rider.

-He gives The uncanny Yurusen the Eyecon and pulls out his pistol instead of transforming and the Belt and Shift Brace vanish.

-Shinnosuke aims his pistol at Okamura and asks Kiriko to trust him. She responds that she always does and as Okamura points his gun at Shinnolsuke, he shoots the gun out of his hand and then runs over to cuff him.

-Shinnosuke calls out the time and declares that Neo-Shade’s leader has been captured.

-Kamen Rider Ghost watches the scene form above and tells the uncanny Yurusen he thinks they’ll be seeing Shinnosuke again soon.

-Shinnosuke reports back to Honganji and Honganji delivers a message to him from Kirm after promoting him to 1st Divison, major crimes. The SCU who Shinnosuke had just praised for helping him make the arrest of Okamura, spills into the room when the double door they had all been leaning against to hear falls open.

-Honganji chides them and Kiriko goes over to Shinnosuke to congratulate him about his promotion.

At this point some text show up on the screen and tells about how Kiriko goes on to marry Shinnosuke and have a few kids with him, including Eiji from the Surprise Future Movie.

-Krim’s message to Shinnosuke is: after he finds out about his promotion “Even if you stall for a little while, you can always get yourself running again. This is the starting line to the rest of your life. Now it’s time to roll out Shinnosuke. Start your engine!”

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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-Sooo… this takes place about 20 days after the end of the show? And the events of the show only lasted about 6 months, it seems because Hayase and Shinnosuke were close to catching Neo-Shade on the night of the Global Freeze, which happened one year ago.

-Does Gou not seem unfriendly enough towards Chase here or is there not enough time or it?

-Leaving Kiriko behind sure doesn’t feel right or good. It’s a drag in fact. Did Sanjou forget how competent she is? [UPDATE: 09-06-2016 Kilo of Midnight Crew Subs let me knoe that SANJO did NOT write drive 48. Ghost’s writer Nobuhiro Mouri wrote Drive 48. I let my rage over the series blind me. -Ammit]

-Shinnosuke looks like he is back to police brutality. Fortunately Gen called him on being rough, I suppose.

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

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-It’s really funny how Ghost eavesdrops on the phone call from Gen

-It feels really noble and heroic that Shinnosuke stops and gives back the Eyecon when The uncanny Yurusen says something.

-It’s even cooler that Kamen Rider Ghost tells him to take the Eyecon for now and bring it back later.

Best Line?

NEXT| Kamen Rider Ghost


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