Join us as we take a critical eye to Kamen Rider Ghost. Will Takeru save himself and the Kamen Rider franchise in the [63/61] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:
Ghost 25 Disturbance! The Red Sky!
Ghost 26 Conflict! Conditional Alliance!
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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:
Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi
Director: Watanabe Katsuya
Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi
What are your thoughts on this episode and what if any messages came into focus for you?
Akari’s role as the skeptic was well played. She has always questioned the Ganma and now that she has had the chance to speak with Alain, she is closer to learning the truth about Ganma World, but what’s more is that she has helped Alain to confront his own ignorance.
Takeru has always had a firmly rooted belief in himself and Alain has always had blind trust in his father, but with his father’s death, regaining his body and his escape from Ganma World, Alain is utterly lost. Morally he was a lost cause once, but now that his circumstances have changed so much, Alain is getting a second chance to learn what it is to be human and that involves finding something to believe in. I think that’s what these episodes are about. Having faith in something or someone seems to be essential to the human experience and Alain is becoming aware of and wrestling with that.
So the big thing I really imprinted on is that Akari is the best.
I know that’s a controversial stance on this show, but I’m brave enough to stick with it.
Being serious, though, this almost-explicit conflation of Makoto and Alain as angry dudes in need of redemption and/or a perspective shift has been just fascinating for me and I’m still just adoring SO HARD this thing where the show just keeps hammering home not only how empty, joyless, and vicious fascist/totalitarianism can be. “A perfectly ordered system” eeeeeesh. Critical thinking eff tee dubs.
Which, again, brings me back to Akari ‘cuz the thing I got from this the most is that if you want to make something good, you have to stay curious and flexible.
Not only is Akari the best, all three of the women in Ghost are the best, as much as Kanon sure doesn’t get to do enough.
But a lot of what I got out of 25/26 was focusing on trust, and your own perceptions of trust. Just because Takeru trusts Alain now doesn’t mean the rest of the household does. Akari has to confront Alain on her own and find her own reasons to trust him. This cycles a bit into a bone I have to pick dealing with Kanon’s trust of Alain and the fact that no one is talking about it, but I like the idea that everyone sort of has to adjust to Alain in their own time.
Alain also has to adjust to everyone else in their own time and learn to trust them in his own ways as well. He doesn’t trust Akari because she’s aware of his hesitations, which is something about himself he’s struggling with. Akari sees a weakness in him, and showing weakness where he comes from is bad.
I feel like the trust thing is maybe a more minor underlying thing in 25/26, but it’s one that resonates with me so it’s what I picked up on
Trust and teamwork are def a thing in these episodes. It’s funny too considering all we’ve talked about the Ganma World being a fascist nightmarescape that we kinda see how that ideology’s sort of self-interest and rejection of trust and mutuality/comradery(?) plays off of the heroes, and how Alain slowly learns to see how that line of thinking simply doesn’t work in the long run and only hurts himself more than anything.
Also wow did Apple/Microsoft just become the baddies in Kamen Rider?? That is the most modern thing to have happened in Kamen rider since
The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 moments that made them say “Woah” from this bit of Ghost
- Alain complaining about his body is just too much and I love it. He not only lacks awareness of himself emotionally, but also physically and I’m enjoying watching him grow into being a person again.
- Kanon played off her dizzy spell really well. The actress did just the right balance to make me believe she knows something is WRONG, but she is going to cover it up to help move things along
- Cubit is bothered by the sky’s lack of beauty
- I have always loved Onari’s “hair flick” before he answers the phone. It’s such a funny tick.
- The Red haze is a bio-mechanical super-organism brain. I am so into that.
- Alain sees that Akari is so sharp she must be taken out for him to keep on with his nefarious plot. He can fool everyone except her.
- Akari just having zero time for Alain or his nonsense. “You do everything like a supervillain. I don’t trust you.”
- The Eyecons having none of this “Wishing for more wishes” nonsense. They’re some of history’s greatest figures, not the Konami code.
- For all my complaining about how the plot is some InfoWars biz, I friggin’ adore it and that they explain the solution in a way that makes sense inside the framing they’d created. “Everything is magnets” is frustrating when spoken by someone trying to tell you how to prevent cancer through their shiny gewgaws, but a fun puzzle to put in the background.
- Also love that despite Sage being about to try and give Akari that inspiration whammy again, she just straight-up announced that problem was solved by the time he thought to actually do it. Thank you, show. I needed that.
- Akari not even waiting for Takeru to show up before putting the Shinka-nui (I don’t know if that’s actually how you’d smash those words together; I imagine it’s not) plan into effect and neutralizing the red skies.
- Alain went off to sulk and ate 10 boxes of takoyaki and then got a stomach ache and honestly that was one of my favorite bits in this episode. I also appreciate that while this was happening, Kanon kept an eye on him but gave him his space.
- Okay so we have a sort of indirect explanation for why Kanon was an eyecon, or at least what I’m going to take as one. Kanon was allergic to the atmosphere in Ganma world and eventually she just couldn’t make a fake body anymore.
- Tut’s little kid voice. Just a nice detail that I didn’t expect but really appreciate.
- Overall I’m most impressed with the way the dynamic between Akari and Alain evolved over 25 and 26, and as much as I’m bothered by no one asking Kanon about why she’s so okay with this guy hanging around, it otherwise doesn’t feel off to me. Akari is perceptive, and she’s able to catch Alain’s hesitations. She misinterprets them at first, which is pretty reasonable given her hesitations toward him, but she actually takes a significant amount of time to talk to this dude and learn what’s up with him until she feels more comfortable with him and the idea that he’s changing. By the end of the episode she’s affectionately sassing him the way she does with everyone else. I appreciate the time the show gave to Akari and Alain over 25 and 26 and the nice little development arc between them.
- On that, I really enjoyed Alain being like “My dad has magical chosen one powers” and Akari being like “Uh chosen by WHO?” and Alain not having any idea how to answer that question.
- Onari’s got little freakin Ganma Mook stickers that’s adorable.
- Eyy wasn’t the Rider recap kinda cool in episode 25 even tho it skipped like a bunch of Riders unceremoniously (Even Japan doesn’t care about Super-1 :C :C :C :C :CCCC)
- Quite liked the part where Takeru starts using Makoto’s bike. PRetty cool.
- The scene where Akari instantly took notice of Alain obviously planning something behind their backs. Yo Akari’s got no time for that BS.
How do you feels about Takeru’s wish being rejected?
Does the withholding of information or reveals on the Monoliths feel like a good tease or a frustrating drawing out to you?
Are the Creatives pulling their punches by not allowing Alain to kill Javert?
Princess Alia and Prince Alain were both told to take care of people in Ghost 26. Do you think Adonis and Akari meant the same thing?
Here’s some critical information about the Ghost episodes we talked about this time.
Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi
Director: Watanabe Katsuya
Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi
Ganma: Two Airplane Ganma who seem to be a reference to the Wright Brothers.
New Heroic Eyecon Summoned: None
Miscellaneous: Kamen Rider Ghost Grateful and Necrom take out the Ganma brothers with a double Rider Kick.
NEXT| 27 Desperation! The Resolute Infiltration!
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