Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the  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?
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?
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?
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Our awesome intro/outro song is She-Wolf from the album, Where’s Satan? by Valery and the Greedies.