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:
Ghost 12 Gallant! A Man’s Resolve!
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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!
Ammit’s View Ghost 12
The key to succeeding in life is embracing life as you’re going through all the mechanical bits of it that get you to the end of the day or the end. It’s hard to define, but I was most impacted by how Takeru spent what were likely to be his last days. He just did things and spent time with the people who matter to him and it was beautiful. Making the most of each day doesn’t mean jumping from a plane or any other thing, but treasuring what comes to you and that is just an amazing thing to see in a Karate Bugman show which acts as a vehicle to sell toys.
Sono’s View Ghost 12
“Nothing is hopeless”? It’s hard to pin down because this is such a transitional episode, but the greater message of the series seems to involve a lot of the idea that nothing is hopeless, and that you’re never alone, which I’m really enjoying a lot.
There’s a nice divide between our protagonists, and our much more fragmented antagonists. Every protagonist has someone to fall back on. And often it’s more than one person, or a different person in different situations. Even when he seemed most alone, Takeru had Ryu to help him. And then even Ryu was talking about unity among the heroic eyecons. It’s just a nice message to be sending, even if I’m going a little more macro than just the episode and looking more at the series as a whole.
Sarranecinan’s View Ghost 12
Live life to your fullest and without regret. Even within a hopeless situation never lose your hope for a better future, for it is that which will prove rewarding in the end despite all of life’s hardships. Its a classic message in Kamen Rider but done really well here, with Takeru never losing his optimism and hope, and how even in seemingly impossible circumstances can be rewarding in the end.
Aleph’s View Ghost 12
I mostly got something pretty similar to y’all, a lot of stuff about how the important stuff is less what you do or accomplish and more how you live. That whole “don’t try to be a great man, just be a good one” thing that always makes me happy.
On top of that… look, I’ve said it before, I will say it again (and again and again and again): I love that this show goes harder in 12 episodes than many whole Rider series go in 50.
The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 (Maximum) Woments from Ghost 12
- Takeru’s passing day montage
- Onari losing it at the calendar
- Prince Aran turning his rage towards Takeru
- Akari still on crutches and still getting shit done. (Ghost is Kamen Rider Getting Shit Done)
- WE GOT TO SEE TIME PASS ON SCREEN. Man that was nice. Onari and Takeru training together, Takeru taking Akari to the physics exhibit she’d wanted to see with him, everyone looking for eyecons together, spending new years together… I wish we’d seen a bit more of this through other time jumps but it really meant something here so I’m glad that this was how it was used. It made the lead-up to Takeru’s death so much more sentimental.
- On the morning of the last day, Onari walks up to Akari and asks if she stayed up all night and if she needed any food. There was some real genuine concern and it was really sweet and I’m still loving every interaction between these two. Seeing them both break down the night before was great too. Really well done by both of them. Their chemistry is really great.
- I forgot about the sunglasses sword. I… guess it’s a callback to the eye theme? So weird.
- But yeah, basically what Sono said. The Ascension? The look on his face? The inner peace and his friends breaking down while Specter gets his face beat in by Javert? Amazing.
- Speaking of: Yeah, Akari and Onari really brought the noise this ep. They cried, I cried, everyone cried.
- SHIT IS GETTING DONE.
- OH MAN, the first part of this episode is just perfect. It has been so long that we’ve really seen Kamen Rider actually have this level of real humanity to it. The emotions feel genuine and every note hits where it should. Takeru’s hope isn’t just done as lip-service but shown through these scenes of them having fun, celebrating holidays and just LIVING their lives despite their situation. Scenes with Takeru and Onari standing under the waterfall, or going with science expos with Akari. It all shows
- It almost kinda has these vibes of person with terminal illness who still chooses to live their lives at the fullest, which is not only unique thing that the show can call its own, but also a very good thing to show to kids as well.
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.
12 Gallant! A Man’s Resolve!
Writer: Fukuda Takurou
Diector: Morota Satoshi
Action Diector: Miyazaki Takeshi
Ganma: Javert who according to the TV-N Wiki is called Ganma Superior
New Heroic Eyecon Summoned: Boost AKA Dad is Rad
Miscellaneous: There was a lot of crying on both sides of the screen
-21 days left
-Takeru visits Ryu’s grave, asking his father if he made the right choice in saving Kanon and not himself.
-Akari and Onari assess the situation down in the lab. Onari is dour while Akari remains hopeful that gathering the 15 Heroic Eyecons again will enable Takeru to wish for his life back. Takeru has 8, Makoto has 3, so they need to find 4 others to see if they even can call on the Divine Eye again.
-Takeru enters the lab and Onari leaves after hearing that Takeru hasn’t seen Sage all day and his heater is gone. Takeru gets his book of heroes as Akari dismisses the potential threat of their apparent Sage-lessness and says they must gather the 15 Heroic Eyecons.
-Takeru remarks how Akari has changed now that she believes in the supernatural. She corrects him and says she doesn’t but she is pushing that aside to work with what she knows is happening with him. He thanks her for that as she studies the Monolith, she tells him to thank her when he is alive again.
-The whole Daitenkuu crew works to find the remaining Eyecons. Narita and Shibuya canvas with drawings of Eyecons asking if anyone has seen one. Onari and Takeru search the temple grounds and Akari works in the lab to find a way to gather the missing Eyecons.
-Makoto is with Kanon in the hospital. He tells her the doctors say she needs to rest and offers her an orange. She asks if there is something they can do to help Takeru.
-Prince Aran joins Makoto as he stares out at the water in his usual place and says that he could have helped save Kanon and that Makoto should have asked him for help with that instead of gathering the 15 Heroic Eyecons. Makoto says he didn’t want her to be saved “like that.” Prince Aran asks Makoto if he knows what treason means for him and assures Makoto that next time they meet it will be as nemeses. After Makoto leaves Prince Aran bitterly declares that Takeru Tenkuuji changed his best friend.
-Javert asks Prince Aran why he let Makoto go. Aran deflects and demands that he give over the Heroic Eyecons he has and says he is going to see his brother. Javert grudgingly hands over 2 Heroic Eyecons and Aran leaves. Javert balks at the idea that he made mistakes and spits out that he will leave no liabilities.
-As death draws ever closer, Takeru continues living. He trains, he participates in religious rituals and festivals and he takes Akari to the Dawn of Nuclear Physics Exhibit he blew off almost 3 months ago on his birthday.
-Narita and Shibuya continue looking for Eyecons and fret over how difficult it is when Javert makes his presence known to them.
-January 9. Daitnekuu Temple. Evening. Onari shakily scratches off another date and walks away from the calendar weeping as January 10, 2016, the day of Takeru’s death is at hand. Akari breaks down in the lab as all her efforts to find a solution prove fruitless. Takeru lays in bed unable to sleep. He quietly calls out to his father. Ryu’s ghost manifests in the room and watches over his son.
-The next morning Takeru is praying when Akari comes up from the lab. He greets her and Onari with enthusiasm and answers their dour response with an appreciation for all they have done just incase he goes. He encourages them that everything might be fine, but is interrupted by Narita collapsing onto the temple steps telling them that a Ganma has taken Shibuya.
-Takeru rides out to save his friend and meets Javert where Shibuya and Narita had been the day before. Onari and Akari free Shibuya while Takeru fights Javert.
-Javert is too strong and knocks Takeru down, but Makoto joins the fight to protect Takeru. He encourages him to keep fighting, but when Takeru rises to fight his Ghost armor vanishes. A golden light appears in the sky above him and Akari and Onari run to Takeru to say their good-byes before he vanishes into the light.
-Takeru meets Ryu in the afterlife. They embrace and Ryu tells his son he is proud of him and that only he can unite the 15 Heroic Eyecons and guide everyone towards a bright future. Ryu tells Takeur he still can and he embraces him again and vanishes, a light shining all over Takeru who is left alone.
-Makoto says he will fight on for Takeru and protect Onari and Akari as Javert is overpowering him. Onari and Akari come to his side and Makoto tells them to run but they say they can’t lose him too.
-Takeu descends from the sky shimmering with golden sparkles and transforms with the BOOST EYECON into Kamen Rider Ghost: Rad Dad form! Ghost Boost destroys Javert easily after deflecting his attacks with the SUNGLASS SLASHER and delivering a Rider Kick.
-Sage explains that Takeru has a 99 day extension on his Eyecon collecting and vanishes saying it will be the last.
-Takeru asks Makoto to join him in fighting the Ganma, but refuses saying there is something he has to deal with.
-Back at Daitenkuu temple Takeru, Akari and Onari discuss the encounter with Ryu, the continuing fight against the Ganma, gathering the remaining Heroic Eyecons and the Supernatural Phenomenon Laboratory’s reopening.
NEXT| 13 Daring! The Man Who Lives Freely!
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Our awesome intro/outro song is She-Wolf from the album, Where’s Satan? by Valery and the Greedies.