Doubting Beliefs- Ghost 19-20 -RX! 133

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Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the [69] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 19 Explosive! The Heart to Make Art!

Kamen Rider Ghost 20 Bursting! The Flames of Friendship!

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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:

Writer: Fukuda Takurou

Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Watanbe Katsuya, our episode director for these two episodes, is actually a long time Super Sentai director going all the way back to Zyuranger in 1992 and did episodes of Super Sentai all the way to Go-Busters in 2012, as well as a two episodes of Kamen Rider Fourze (The Capricorn arc, be still my heart), and several Sentai summer movies (Hurricanger, Dekaranger, Goseiger, and Gokaiger), and VS movies, Magiranger vs. Dekaranger (a personal favorite), Abaranger vs. Hurricanger, and Boukegner vs. Super Sentai.

Ammit: We need to acknowledge the fight between Eitoku (Necrom), Takaiwa (Ghost) and Watanabe (Specter) at the end of 20 which was SPECTACULAR! Takeshi is the Action Director and I’m curious about just how involved he would have been in the choreography of the fight.

I asked Chris about this and he said: In all honesty, I don’t have 100% confirmation. However, a quick search seems to imply Miyazaki was a suit actor before becoming an action director. Also, Zyuohger’s Action Director was most Sentai Reds from Gaoranger until Gokaiger, before becoming an action director for Go-Busters onwards. Therefore, I’m pretty sure Miyazaki does work for Japan Action Enterprise along with the suit actors. As for the choreography, I’ve not heard anything. I assume it’s some sort of collaboration, with the director having the final say. During Wizard, Seji Takaiwa had a double with a dancing  background for some of Wizard’s moves. This may be a case of the action director having ideas that Takaiwa was physically incapable of doing.

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

Ammit’s View Ghost 19-20

Life is a bit more nuanced than we’d like to believe. You really have to look at all the facts and weigh everything to reach a satisfactory conclusion for yourself. Takeru and Paint were both open to each other, but it took some serious effort for Paint to come around and trust Takeru. Prince Alain is a great foil to the pair because he is so much more steeped in the fascist ideology and yet he is so much more familiar with the concept of Friendship though he knows such a twisted version of it.

Sono’s View Ghost 19-20

Friendships take work. You’re not always going to see eye to eye, you’re not always going to want the same things. Sometimes the things you want will conflict entirely. But if you put in the effort, you get rewarded with someone who gets you and who will stand by you.

The contrast between the work Takeru put in befriending the painting Ganma, alongside Kanon trying hard to break through the walls Alain has put up and the background bickering of Akari and Onari all paralleled with Alain forcing Makoto to be his friend by brainwashing him into being a submissive puppet really drives home just how little Alain really knows about friendship and emotions, and I feel like that’s going to make it even more satisfying when we do break through and have him realize just how much he cares and wants others to care for him.

Aleph’s View Ghost 19-20

Definitely took away a very similar set of morals from ‘em.  Ultimately these episodes seemed to be about making sure you know your own soul so you can reach out or be open to those of others.  And all the while it gave a really pleasant exploration of what friendship does and does not look like and also how it can help you to grow OR help you grow into something you don’t want to be (lookin’ at you Prince CoDependent).

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 (Maximum) Woments from Ghost 19-20

Ammit

19

  • Akari running all her tests
  • Kanon goes to handle her own business like a boss
  • Akari digging the Ganma’s art
  • Meat-puppet Makoto is so creepy and unsettling in the scene by the water
  • Alain’s refusal to hurt Kanon was interesting. They really are slowly seeding Alain’s turn and I am enjoying the journey very much.
  • Benkei’s message to Takeru

20

  • Kanon’s boldness and tenacity
  • THE FIGHT
  • Takeru and Paint body-shielding each other
  • Paint Ganma surviving
  • SAGE is Magistrate Eadith?!?!?!?
  • Kanon tackling and holding onto Specter to wake up her big bro
  • NOBUNAGA and makoto’s other Eyecons helping out Takeru and Kanon

Sono

  • KANON AINT TAKIN’ $#IT!!! This is the kind of stuff I’ve wanted from Kanon. Stepping, up, getting shit done on her own. She’ll step into the line of fire for her brother and her friends. She’ll take the big risks confronting Alain on her own. She still believes in Alain, and she’s trying to wrap her head around this betrayal, because it is a betrayal to her. She knows an Alain that we haven’t really seen yet, and she’s trying to reach out to that, but she is not having any of his shit either. He did a bad thing and she’s going to keep hounding him until he makes it right, and she makes that crystal clear. But she WANTS to save him. She wants to keep believing in him. I LOVE THIS GIRL.
  • Akari digs abstract art. I’m not huge on abstracts myself (though I like abstract form a lot better than abstract expression) but it really suits her since there’s a sort of mathematical logic to abstract form. Also having Akari being the one really appreciating art feels nice because god knows that scientific people can be the first to reject art. I appreciate so much of what this show does with Akari.
  • Still really loving the parallel between Takeru’s “OKAY BUT LET’S STOP FIGHTING AND TALK AND BE FRIENDS” and Alain’s “You’ll do whatever I tell you and say yes to everything I say and that makes us friends.” I’m really enjoying how hard they’re using Takeru to drive home just how MESSED UP Alain’s “friendship” with possessed-Makoto is. Takeru’s hitting a lot of those old Gentaro feels.
  • Circling back on Fumi and Alain’s takoyaki issues. I just love that he’s really really freaked out by what seems to be the concept of eating round food. I’m really curious as to the cultural significance of eyecons because of this. I mean they toss Ganma eyecons around like they’re candy, but also these are the inhabitants of their world, and the heroic eyecons are clearly a big deal to them. We got a lot of interesting information on Ganma world and Alain’s family this week, and I just really want to know more.
  • We didn’t kill Paint Ganma. I’m pleased by this. I hope we’re actually like… keeping him. He will live in the basement ghost lab and be our friend.

Aleph

19

  • It was really nice to see that there was a kind of theme to the objects getting painted on Paint Ganma’s free time. It’s a nice touch. (and, honestly, a LOT of the people who get attacked by Ganma: keep an eye out for the color red)
  • Akari.  Just… just Akari. Every little thing she does is magic, y’all.
  • Alain doing that whole “Hey, human world. How messed is this place?” thing. Love it.

20

  • Paint Ganma!  He is not dead which can eternal lie!  You were supposed to be the sacrifice, but instead you’re gonna stick around to give us that third dimension between science and spirituality in our sidekick cast: the individual soul. So excited, y’all.
  • I actually really appreciate how long puppet-Spectre went on, tho.  It wasn’t done quite how I’d want with Kanon saving the day all on her lonesome, but she at least got to be integral to the group-hug-o-redemption.  Group hug of exorcism?  Sort-of?  Since he’s already a soul?
  • Oh, yeah, and finding out that he left his heart (along with the rest of him) in Ganma World.

Rundown for Ghost 19, with some technical information for 20

19 Explosive! The Heart to Make Art!

Information from TV-N’s Wiki on Ghost 19

Writer: Fukuda Takurou

Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Ganma: Art Supplies + Ganma Eyecon

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-70 days left

-Takeru encounters a painting Ganma that keeps trying to paint Onari’s head, but otherwise isn’t harmful.

-Akari is shocked that Takeru is trying to talk to the Ganma and befriend it instead of destroy it and calls him naïve for it.

-Kanon doesn’t want to further burden Takeru who she can see has his own problems, so she goes to find Makoto on her own.

-Igor uses a Ganma Eyecon to possess a European male in one of the buildings that Paint Ganma put under its artistic influence.

-Alain has a disturbing conversation with himself while controlling meat-puppet Makoto down by the river.

-Alain tells Mrs. Fumi, the Takoyaki lady about his perfect father who rules over their world. Mrs. Fumi tells Alain she doesn’t understand why he isn’t working hard then since his dad sounds like such a productive champ. Mrs. Fumi pegs Alain as an idol or celebrity or entitled rich kid when he speaks of being from a different world.

-He almost eats Takoyaki, but can’t. He goes to leave but Kanon shows up and asks for him to bring back Makoto.

-Takeru comes along and talks to Paint Ganma who can’t control their desire to create, partially because such things are not allowed in Ganma World because a perfect Utopia doesn’t need such frivolity, Alain says.

-Prince Alain attacks Takeru so he will stop interfering and Kanon yells at them both to stop fighting. Takeru asks where Makoto is and Alain calls him to join the fight. Kanon gets involved and stops the fight by standing in front of Takeru when Meat-Puppet-Makoto is ordered to deliver a serious blow.

-Igor roughs up Paint Ganma and Takeru protects him, explain to Igor that they really can be friends. Takeru beats Igor but the Ganma run off.

-At Daitenkuu, Takeru explains that he believes he can get through to Paint and even Alain and be friends with them. Makoto did it before and Paint Ganma has a heart and something they love, so it has to be possible. Onari and Akari strenuously object but BENKEI encourages Takeru for his resolve and determination in the face of such fervent opposition. BENKEI encourages him to listen to what others have to say and be open to seeing more than just his perspective as he remains steadfast in what he currently believes.

NEXT| 20 Bursting! The Flames of Friendship!

20 Bursting! The Flames of Friendship!

Information from TV-N’s Wiki on Ghost 20

Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi

Director: Morota Satoshi

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Ganma: Art Supplies + Ganma Eyecon

-69 days left

NEXT| 21 Astonishing! The Ganma World!


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