Getting Meta-Textual- Ghost 38 -RX! 148

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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 [21] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 38 Return! The Souls of Heroes!

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

Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro

Director: Sakamoto Kouichi

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Sono

Nothing to add.

Focus

What are your thoughts on this episode and what if any messages came into focus for you?

Sono

I’m sure that everyone saw this coming, but I am gonna talk more about visual storytelling and Javert, because I have priorities and Ghost is very deliberately using tone to show character development again and I love it!

So, when we go into the woods and find Superior Javert running rampage, Ghost stands up to him, and knocks him out. Javert immediately goes into comedic sulking, which is instantly when Onari steps in to talk to him and everyone else steps out of the situation. Onari is the comedic member of the group. He’s got his stronger, more serious moments in big episodes, but on a normal day Onari is there to play the lighter moments and lead the gags because this is aimed at a younger audience.

But in none of their previous encounters, or any of Javert’s previous encounters with ANYONE, has he been part of that joke. For example, Alain having the very comedic Sanzo training (which is also such a huge sign of Alain’s change from who he was, in much the same way), and then transitioning immediately into a serious and meaningful fight with Javert. And up until the end of that fight, which was the last time we saw him, Javert was in a grey area as far as his goals. He’s loyal to his old life, but he’s stuck in a human body and can’t go back. He’s lost.

The entire chase sequence between Javert and Onari is a sign that Javert has taken what Onari and Alain have said to him to heart and completely given up on trying to continue to be who he was, and that he’s open to the ideas that Onari (and Onari via Alain) has presented him with. And then they transition SEAMLESSLY from the joke into Javert showing genuine human emotion for the first time — Primarily existential fear. Again, he is lost. Everything he knew himself to be is gone. — and having him confront the realities he’s been forcing down.

They don’t use comedic sequences, which have primarily been built up around Onari, to diminish the seriousness of Javert’s character or his arc, but instead to signify that he’s made a drastic change BECAUSE of Onari, and then transition so simply back to a really beautiful conversation to address that change, and I love it.

Aleph

There’s a level of this where it feels like it’s taking shots at Gaim.  I mean, hey, it starts in a weird spooky stretch of forest through which the monsters appear, the whole episode is about the disposability of people and the possibility of redemption, and then at the end, Uber-Adel had the bulb on his head that opened into a kind of weird, ugly attempt at a Lotus-plant-monster?

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I’m sticking to it.  Bulb head opens (and opens and opens and opens), which made me think that way.

But to get out of personal nerd-fandom-grievance for a second (and ONLY for a second), I feel like this one is kind of sticking the pin in the idea of how it really is the bad people who treat other people as disposable things and that a good person doesn’t just toss people away when their utility has lessened, but cares about them as people.  I mean, it’s kinda weird having that expressed via toys who need to be used, but, you know.  Limits of the medium.  But it’s still a good message to go with: people aren’t things you can toss away, they’re people and they deserve your respect and recognition for the things they do for you.

Ammit

I like the episode a lot if it was a little disingenuous. Takeru is likely going to have to use Mugen from now own to defeat the big bads. This is likely the last time we’ll see many of these forms, especially used in such away. I like a certain amount of faith in Toei-Bandai to push themselves out of their groove and do something new when the narrative leads them that way. We should see more of Ghost Self/Ore and the other Heroic Eyeons. It would be neat if Takeru used boost and Mugen less because his limit-shattering belief and faith were able to permanently amplify the power of the 15 Heroic Eyecons, but I just don’t see it actually happening. Anyway, probably the best thing about this episode that I can pull out is Takeru’s insistence claiming on his own identity. The power of Mugen came from him and Boost was given to him by Ryu when he restored his life, but Takeru is saying that he, with the Ore Eyecon and the 15 Heroic Eyecons that were his to claim and are all based on people close to him are going to handle business for now. It’s almost an exercise in self-affirmation that can allow him to either continue to use the 15 Heroic Eyecons or just spam Mugen and it feels like either route would be fine because of everything that happened in this episode.

Sarracenian

[Not In Notes]

Woments

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 moments that made them say “Woah” from this bit of Ghost

Sono

  • Another count of Kanon’s passive-aggressive revenge tending to Alain’s wounds and then smacking him on the back. Keep him in line, girl.
  • Shibuya and Narita showing concern for Onari getting too close to Javert is sweet. Shibuya, who has been kidnapped twice by Javert, is the one who specifically steps up to try and prevent Onari from getting too close.
  • I adore the line up of Takeru and all 15 heroes. Takeru believes in them so hard. He believes so hard in his pile of dads and a mom and he’s dead (ha!) set on proving they’re as good as he is.

Aleph

  • Like Sono was saying, all the stuff with Javert and Onari was really satisfying.
  • I kinda dig how, through the appearance of counter-Makoto, it’s interesting that he just keeps only using the Deep Spectre form.  I mean, I realize that’s to keep him distinct from Shadow-Makoto, but put a pin in it, it’s something that I feel like is gonna matter later.
  • The big ol’ Great Eye formation Rider Kick?  Made me happy.

Ammit

  • Would you calm down?” are Takeru’s first words to Javert as he is rampaging in the woods.
  • Fauxkoto is all kind of hotness in that fascist wear.
  • Takeru’s continued faith in the Eyecons is so neat. It works on a meta level, explaining why he continues to use them and narratively it’s true to his humility, admiration and appreciation for the work of others.

Sarracenian

  • That cold opening with the people in the forest while Javert is rampaging is pretty fun. Reminiscent of the Showa era Riders when the trekkers just stumble upon monster activity.

Questions

On Eyecons

1. Do you like the show justifying Takeru’s continued use of the 15 Heroic Eyecons?

Forcing Perspective

2. What is the thematic split between Adel and Takeru brought into focus this episode? Adel embraces his analogue to the 15 Heroic Eyecons because of their infinite power while Takeru refers to the finite power of the 15 Heroic Eyecons instead of his demi-god Mugen form. What is all that about?

Spook Report

Here’s some critical information about the Ghost episode we talked about this time.

Information from TV-N’s Wiki on Ghost 38

Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro

Director: Sakamoto Kouichi

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Ganma: Adel merged with the remaining Ganmeisers. It wasn’t pretty.

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New Heroic Eyecon Summoned: None.

Miscellaneous: Takeru uses all the Eyecons to fight while he is in Grateful. Makoto fought his other self, of which Adel has many standing around.

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Doggonit, People Like You – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 21 -Laser Knees 17

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Episode 21 – Prison Break!

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

Episode 21 – Prison Break!

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Sono

Nothing to add here.

Team Azald’s Prisonable… He summoned Moebas without throwing coins, I guess they were saving money this week.

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Apparently Amu can bite people THROUGH her mask!!

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Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message

Sono

I’m not sure how to articulate a “message” from this episode, so I’m just going to kind of go and see if I can get there by the end. I really enjoy the framework for this episode, and how it pulled Misao and Tusk together. Particularly in that they both have hard time relating to people, don’t really have a filter, and that they both are really insecure about it.

But what I like most about that, is that they found this way to relate the two of them without trying to make them awkward in the same way. Misao’s sort of lack of a filter comes from a place of him needing acceptance and that his emotions can swing wildly one way or the other depending on if he feels he has that acceptance or not, while Tusk’s comes from a place of being a bit overly-critical, and overly-harsh in expressing it, because he already HAS those close ties and wants the people he’s close with to be the best they can because he knows they’re good.

For one, it’s nice to see things like social anxieties manifesting in different ways, so vastly different degrees because that sort of thing is not the same for everyone. And that’s sort of expressed through how Tusk is still trying to figure out how to relate to Misao by the end of the episode. He doesn’t know how, but he’s trying. He’s confused as to why suddenly Misao is most attached to him, but he doesn’t hesitate to pair up with Misao to fight, and he’s smiling once Misao starts showing him how to fish.

It’s also nice that neither of them decide they need to be “Fixed” regarding it, and how no one else seems to want to “fix” them. Even Leo, who’s pretty rude about both of them, doesn’t express any desire to make them different than how they are, even when Tusk yells at him in the flashback. Amu and Leo both in the flashback focus more on how their own actions aren’t causing any harm rather than the fact that Tusk apparently does this to them all the time, and Sela even notes that while Tusk could be a little less aggressive, she knows he’s coming from a good place with his concerns and isn’t in the wrong from trying to keep the others on track.

I think really where I’m going with this is that I like how this episode handled two different forms of depression and anxiety in two different characters and had them become able to relate to each other through it.

Ammit

It is hard to change something you don’t like about yourself. It is wrong to try to force others to change to be more to your liking. Those are the two main things that I took from this episode and I love those messages. They are solid, encouraging and guiding ethical admonitions: they lay out how one should regard their own faults and those in others. The only real issue I had with how it was executed is that Misao isn’t fully mindful of his actions and projects his inner workings onto Tusk when Tusk is chastising Leo at the end of the episode. I take issue with two things her, the first being that Leo should be put in check because a lot of what happened this episode was due to his lack of sensitivity and regard for how Misao processes. Misao stops Tusk from addressing Leo’s problem and instead focuses on Tusk’s need for self-affirmation, which is my second issue. They may have similarities, but Misao is just assuming that Tusk’s critical bent is actually evidence that he has a diminished perception of himself, consciously or otherwise. This is mitigated by the fact that Sela’s advice is followed, despite her sharing it with Tusk alone, and Misao engages Tusk positively and tries to connect with him and help heal him with love and affection.

Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

Sono
  • How did Sela just…. Dive into the ground like that? Has she done that before with her powers? If the cell wasn’t down there, what was down there that she was even able to get into? If she wasn’t following through the same portal as the prison guy, this is really confusing to me.
  • Leo is still a huge jerk??? Why would you give Leo the responsibility of carrying Misao and why wouldn’t you have him put him down before going into the fight?
  • How did neither of them notice the really obvious zyuoh cube hanging from the ceiling?
Ammit
  • Misao should not have been dragged along. I expected more from Yamato and the others.
  • Zyuoh Gorilla made a lengthy appearance.
  • I cried out an expletive when Naria did the coin thing again. I literally have a visceral reaction to it every time I see it and I want it to stop. I guess I’ll just have to look away from now on, but I am seriously starting to dread the Continue sequence.

Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.

Sono
  • I’m glad the Zyumans liked the dolls. I was a little worried from the preview that it was going to be the source of Tusk and Misao’s conflict, but everyone’s reactions to them were actually really sweet.
  • HOLY CRUD AMU BIT A GUY! You can BITE in those helmets?! Also I really love how through that, they used Amu’s sense of taste to help find Tusk and Misao, since her heightened sense has been tragically underused.
  • On that note, I’m glad Tusk finally got to use his sense of smell in a way that wasn’t creepy or humiliating.
Ammit
  • Prisonable’s design is FANTASTIC
  • Leo carrying Misao looks hilarious though, ignoring the context.
  • Amu BITING Prisonable. Yo, that’s so manga Rider 1, she actually used her Crusher!!!

Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?

Sono

As excited as I am that next week is Misao and Amu, that shot of Misao with hearts in his eyes makes me nervous. I mean I also have a crush on Amu, but please don’t go there, Zyuohger. Don’t do it. Didn’t you learn from the last time you did an episode that had anything to do with romance that this is a bad idea?

Ammit

Genis is going to want Misao back in a short while once he sees just how great he is.

Quick Reflexes – Questions in reaction to this bit of Zyuohger.

  1. Do you think the Rhino, Crocodile, and Wolf zyuman are actually Misao’s delusions or something more?

NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 22: Awakening? Or a Mistake?

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Stepping Up Their Games- Ghost 36-37 -RX! 147

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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 [24] days he has left on this blue planet? Find out how we think he’s doing as we pass judgement on:

Kamen Rider Ghost 36 Bodacious! Idol Declaration!

Kamen Rider Ghost 37 Growth! Everyone’s Paths!

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

Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Sono

Nothing to add.

Focus

What are your thoughts on this episode and what if any messages came into focus for you?

Sono

Let me start with the fact that the irony of this arc starring Okunaka Makoto being about idols is not lost on me. But since I trust ya’ll to cover the deeper meaning of this arc, I want to focus on this purely narrative visual thing I latched onto because Ghost is brilliant in telling it’s stories.

36 had a lot of weirdly cartoony stuff between Alain fighting Sanzo’s buddies and Akari and Onari at the audition, and honestly… It worked for me? Particularly on the level of Akari. I expect this sort of thing from Onari so I didn’t even blink twice at him (using his slightly warped knowledge of the music biz to help Akari out?), but Akari… Akari wasn’t taking the audition seriously. Why would she? She’s just doing it to investigate Deep Connect and find Igor. All she has to do is sing and dance. It doesn’t matter. Being an idol is so easy~.

And then she comes back, cheering that she made it and her investigation can progress, because it was just as easy as the thought. No problem at all.

And Honami shuts. Her. Down.

Being an idol isn’t easy. It’s time consuming and physically exhausting and no reward is promised, and if she half-asses it she could ruin the careers of four girls pursuing their childhood dream just like Akari is with physics.

So Akari puts her blood, sweat, and tears into it. If being an idol is serious, she’ll be serious. She puts everything she has into learning the dance, learning the song, and learning what it means to Honami. (She even comments to Honami about how hard learning the dance is.) Once she’s pursuing that WITH Honami, with the full understanding of what it means to her and the effort it takes, Akari learns where the fun and joy and love in being an idol is.

Akari is a caricature in 36 for the specific reason of showing us how she views idols and what she’s doing. The presentation of Akari at the audition, and the lack of seriousness we’re shown in her actions is a direct visual representation of how seriously she’s taking the audition, and it puts more emphasis on how hard she works when she realizes it’s serious.

I can see why maybe people wouldn’t like it, and I know we rail on that sort of thing on this show a lot, but this time it really worked for me and I think it was kind of a brilliant move and I needed to acknowledge that.

Aleph

I think that while it has elements in common with things I’ve not liked, it actually comes together in a really pleasant way.  But the big thing that makes it sing is that they’re driving SO HARD on the theme of desire alone being completely insufficient to achieve any goal you’d want to achieve and in a big way, they show that with Honami, because it’s not just that you have to work, you might also find that the people you were counting on?  Well, they might turn into a jerk on you or be in it in a different way or for a different reason.

So not only do we drive home this fine work-ethic sort of moral, but we also do that by humanizing idols, which… man, from what little I know about the contracts you gotta get under if you’re an idol?  Humanizing idols sounds like a thing people might need done.

And then, by contrasting it against Alain’s series of “let’s learn martial arts” montages, they’re also essentially saying that advancing one’s martial prowess is equal in narrative (and, thus, in real-world) weight and importance as is advancing one’s skill as an idol or anything else.  It’s really lovely.  I mean, heck, that’s how Akari frustrates Igor before smacking him in the face again: she works hard and delivers a Rider Kick of singing, dancing, dedication, and also friendship.  All about it.

Ammit

“Faith is heading towards your goal, without hesitation, without straying.”

-Sanzou through Honami

Like love, faith is an action word. If you really believe in something it should change the way you act. Alain had to push through his self-doubt to reach a level of competency he had yet to achieve. Through teaching Akari, Honami remembered who she is and why she is working so hard to be a successful Idol. Akari’s trick gave Honami the opportunity to step up and push doubts aside to be her true self. The faith these characters had, the faith they acted with led them to succeed. It’s almost our oft mentioned admonition to “fake it till you make it,” but there is a bit more here. I hope people watching this will take heart and really believe in what they’re doing so that they’ll meet with the success they have coming to them.

Woments

The unKamenCrew’s Top 3 moments that made them say “Woah” from this bit of Ghost

Sono

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  • KANON’S GOT A JOB. GET THAT MONEY, GIRL. SOMEONE HAS TO SUPPORT THIS STUPID FAMILY.
  • Igor’s reaction to Akair not wanting to audition for the idol group when Bills first asks her was great. “FINE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET CAUGHT UP IN MY EVIL PLAN I DIDN’T WANT YOU HERE ANYWAY NYAH”.
  • When Sanzo says Alain’s lost his faith and he goes face down on the table, Onari starts petting his hair and it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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  • Onari is so supportive of Akari doing this whole idol thing. He genuinely wants to help and support her (with his knowledge of doing shows from his middle school punk band?), and he gives her a little hug when Honami yells at her and even watches and dances along when Akari and Honami are practicing. The two of them have gotten really close and I really adore their dynamic and how much they care about each other.
  • The parallel of Akari and Alain’s different types of training and when they started to accept help and learn with people instead of trying to get by alone was really nice. It kept adding weight to both of their goals and really got me rooting for them both.
  • Onari starting the crowd cheering for Honami to join and sing with the group I pretty much lost it. Onari is a precious gift and we don’t deserve someone so pure.

Aleph

36/37

  • I’m actually glad Mr. Bill (oh nooooooo) is sticking around   I know I complained earlier about orphaned plot threads and he feels kinda like the orphaned-est one around, but on the other hand… I dunno, having a guy that we know is on the bad guys’ team but the good guys don’t?  I dig on that.
  • Akari doing some True Friendship Power and Onari helping her sell it?  Glorious.
  • I take Onari’s ability to lean into this ‘70s promoter act as further proof that dude is totally a former bad dude.

Ammit

36

  • Sanzou SLAYED Alian by saying he had lost this faith.
  • Onari comforting Alain was really sweet, especially after their negative interactions of late.
  • Sanzou putting Alain through a trial is amazing. I’m so glad this is happening to him.

37

  • Akari faking her bum leg was so great, especially with how Onari got the crowd excited for Honami in response to it.
  • Sanzou’s aloof response to Takeru about Harp+y 4 was cute. That showed a lot of character to me.
  • Alain’s theme… anthem… music is SO GOOD!

Questions

On Eyecons

1. What are your thought on the Airplane Perfect Ganma? Would you like to see more upgraded Ganma?
2. How did you like Sanzou’s manifestations: through Honami? In the Eyecon? The pig, monkey and… kappa? that helped out Alain?

Forcing Perspective

3. Do you think it is unfair that Igor keeps getting slapped by Akari with no recourse?
4. Was Akari’s growth real in this episode? Alain obviously learned something, but needed to prove himself to Sanzou. What was Akari’s purpose in becoming an Idol?

Spook Report

Here’s some critical information about the Ghost episode we talked about this time.

Information from TV-N’s Wiki on Ghost 36 and Ghost 37

Writer: Hasegawa Keiichi

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Action Director: Miyazaki Takeshi

Ganma: Airplane Perfect is their for a bit and then there is the Wind/Air Ganmeiser

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New Heroic Eyecon Summoned: None.

Miscellaneous: Sanzou gets an upgrade after Alain is tested.

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Another Nerd To Feed – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 20 -Laser Knees 16

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Episode 20 – Champion of the World!

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

Episode 20 – Champion of the World!

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujirou

Sono

Nothing to add here.

Misao with his three dads.

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Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message

Aleph

I don’t know how this show expects me to handle Misao. I mean they go a little overboard with it, but he really just wants friends who like him and think he’s nice, and he feels bad for hurting people. He’s so sweet! He wants to be noble and do the right thing and help people, but he also feels guilt over what he did under Genis’s influence and doesn’t want to use strength he hasn’t earned, and that was given to him at the expense of others.

I think they’re really using him to explore the ideas of guilt. I’m not sure if it’s intentional that they’re really exploring the symptoms of abuse with him, but the signs are all there, and I’m really eager to see where this show takes Misao and how he learns to cope with the things that have happened to him and how they weren’t his fault.

Sono

Yeah, it is REALLY hard to not make that connection and if that’s a thing they’re doing on purpose?  Friggin’ kudos.  I might quibble with some of the way it’s manifesting as I go back and forth about whether or not making him kind of a quasi-comic figure is the thing to do and having lots of contradictory ways it could read… but at the same time, good on ‘em for trying.  ‘Cuz you sometimes get made aware that there are people out there who use “victim” as an insult or a way to dismiss things and here comes this show for kids saying “No, look, if you didn’t have a say in a thing, what happens is not on you and we should be pointing the finger primarily at the person who started all this awfulness”, which…

I mean, there’s stuff for adults that doesn’t have that level of empathy.  And with how much nuance they’re managing to pack in given that the target demographic isn’t yet in their teens?  I gotta give ‘em a whole mess of credit for the attempt even as I sorta side-eye some aspects.

Ammit

I like where you’re both coming from. I was really impressed with how it all played to me. We saw our heroes struggling as a unit to show the proper empathy and response to Misao’s trauma. They’re all aching to help him and he is so hurt he can’t let them until the very end when Yamato calls him Miichan. I’m not lauding the show for Yamato manipulating him because that isn’t what happened, though I’m sure someone read it that way, but I am thrilled that they showed off that listening to people and validating their needs is a way to connect to them. That’s really neat and I hope that’s what kids watching take away from Misao’s immediate turn at hearing his nickname. If you can’t connect with someone no amount of empathy can help them. Maybe.

Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

Sono
  • WHY DID WE DO ANOTHER GROSS SCENE WITH GENIS? Why, Zyuohger? I asked nicely not to do that again and it was almost grosser this time with how we go into the fact that Genis didn’t just kidnap this guy and dump a bunch of animals into him, he also took advantage of Misao’s loneliness and insecurity. Again, this is all good writing, but man it’s heavy stuff and it was uncomfortable to watch.
  • Leo, you’re a rude jerk.
Aleph
  • Will definitely agree about Genis and Misao.  Holy dang that was unsettling.  To take it out of the kind of uncomfortable it was at the start into something possibly humorous, but, did anyone else get sort of a Disney-Jungle Book vibe off Genis?  Something about his weird body combined with his “believe in me” got me thinking of Kaa.  That said, given the scene, wow, glad nobody was singing.
  • I think about the only other thing I could say would be a thought that the tonal whiplash between those unsettling scenes and the slightly-silly bowling-monster (who’s just… over there somewhere?  Did they beat him off-screen and I forgot?) was a bit much.  Which is two episodes in a row where tonal whiplash has been A Thing that jumped out at me.
Ammit
  • Seeing the drama of leader wanting to redeem a villain character is a bit redundant.
  • Is Naria seriously equipped with that nunchuk style weapon that she uses only to shoot? I can’t believe that prop came back and I’m miffed she didn’t go Bruce Lee on anyone with it.
  • How injured are this people-turned-pins?! It’s probably the silliest thing we’ve seen from a villain, but it looks brutal and deadly.

Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.

Sono
  • The whole team loves Yamato so much. They worry for him and are willing to trust his judgement. I just thought all of them sitting around worrying about him after Misao beat him and talking about how much Yamato had helped everyone was really sweet.
  • Naria got to fight!! And she was holding her own against four Zyuohgers! I wish we’d gotten to see more, but man this little bit was nice.
  • After Misao breaks out of his mind control, Leo and Amu actually go and rub their faces on Yamato when they congratulate him on getting through to Misao. I cannot believe this. Like holy heck is that a cat gesture, and not one I expect to see because it’s kind of awkward for a person to do.
Aleph
  • Yeah, boy, all the stuff with Genis is… I mean, wow.  UNCOMFORTABLE.  I mean, I guess I should put this in the “tide-turners” because once again, they have made me afraid of this pile of glowy garbage, if not for the fact that we’ve got Professor Sadism and his two henchmen Punchy McGee and Lightbulb-head.  Weird tonal stuff going on is what I’m saying.
Ammit
  • Where the heck was Bowligen all this time? At least the characters remembered him when he showed up again. BAH!

Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?

Sono

It looks like it’s time for a series of episodes of each team member getting paired with Misao to learn a valuable lesson about friendship.

Aleph

Unfortunately, I think we’re gonna see a LOT more of creepy Genis.  I want Naria to murder him SO MUCH MORE now.

Ammit

Misao might chat with his three dads a lot.

Quick Reflexes – Questions in reaction to this bit of Zyuohger.

  1. Do you think the Rhino, Crocodile, and Wolf zyuman are actually Misao’s delusions or something more?

NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 21: Prison Break!

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Unsupervised Again – Rider Jump 14

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When Ammit is away the Sono and Aleph will play. Sonon and Aleph have a good old-fashioned LONG episode as they go off and discuss various Super Sentai and Kamen Rider shows including, you guessed it: Boukenger; Drive; Gaim and Kuuga.

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Hug The World – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 19 -Laser Knees 15

5-Laser Knees-2016-LogoJoin us as we start on a wild ride through Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger! Can Yamato lead his Zyuman friends through an adventure to save the human world from the Deathgalien? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

Episode 19 – Who to Believe In!

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

Episode 18 – The Scars of Terror!

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujirou

Sono

Nothing to add here.

 Zyuohger 19’s Monster of the Week: Bowligen from Team Azald.

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Naria was also there and possibly cool. She was terrible, but she was getting things done.

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Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message

Aleph

I mean, as much as I definitely get a thing about how you should reach out to people, the biggest thing for me is that this is some shoring kids up for the biggest jerks in the world and I am ALL ABOUT IT.  There’s a lotta awful stuff happening around the world and people are turning into massive toolboxes because some clever piece of garbage finds a kid, hurts them a whole bunch (or finds a pre-hurt kid), offers them acceptance while feeding them lies, and next thing you know, you’re doing things you don’t wanna do for reasons you can’t explain because some charismatic pile of maggot-infested excrement offered you the smallest sliver of something like kindness.  Giving kids the tools–in a genre-appropriate way–to recognize and combat that, if only because Yamato would believe in you?  That’s a really lovely idea.

Sono

I definitely agree with that. Genis in that scene, and what he says, reminds me of a lot of some really bad people who have come and gone through my life and telling kids that someone saying “I know what’s best. I know you. Trust what I say.” doesn’t always know you and you shouldn’t always trust them (Even if they are someone very close to you – Re: Shibuya’s arc of Ghost.), and that you should try and focus on people who have your needs at heart — “I believe in YOU” versus “You should believe in ME.”

Ammit

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

Sono
  • The name of this section has never been so apt as to my feelings about the scene where Genis is talking to Misao and dropping the coins into him. Like WOW that was skeevy and gross. I’m not going to call it bad writing, because it’s definitely supposed to make your  skin crawl and that’s exactly what it did, but WOW NO LET’S NOT DO THAT AGAIN.
  • I cannot think of any reason for Cube Kuma to become Cube Panda except to sell another toy. And I’m not gonna really fault them for that, because I know that’s what this is all about, but it was super weird. Was it a power up? How did it happen? Why did Cube Kuma not do this sooner? I don’t understand?
  • I am still very concerned for Misao’s actor he is skin and bones please god someone bring him food. It’s even worse than I remembered from two weeks ago.
Aleph
  • Will definitely agree about Genis and Misao.  Holy dang that was unsettling.  To take it out of the kind of uncomfortable it was at the start into something possibly humorous, but, did anyone else get sort of a Disney-Jungle Book vibe off Genis?  Something about his weird body combined with his “believe in me” got me thinking of Kaa.  That said, given the scene, wow, glad nobody was singing.
  • I think about the only other thing I could say would be a thought that the tonal whiplash between those unsettling scenes and the slightly-silly bowling-monster (who’s just… over there somewhere?  Did they beat him off-screen and I forgot?) was a bit much.  Which is two episodes in a row where tonal whiplash has been A Thing that jumped out at me.
Ammit
  • Seeing the drama of leader wanting to redeem a villain character is a bit redundant.
  • Is Naria seriously equipped with that nunchuk style weapon that she uses only to shoot? I can’t believe that prop came back and I’m miffed she didn’t go Bruce Lee on anyone with it.
  • How injured are this people-turned-pins?! It’s probably the silliest thing we’ve seen from a villain, but it looks brutal and deadly.

Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.

Sono
  • The whole team loves Yamato so much. They worry for him and are willing to trust his judgement. I just thought all of them sitting around worrying about him after Misao beat him and talking about how much Yamato had helped everyone was really sweet.
  • Naria got to fight!! And she was holding her own against four Zyuohgers! I wish we’d gotten to see more, but man this little bit was nice.
  • After Misao breaks out of his mind control, Leo and Amu actually go and rub their faces on Yamato when they congratulate him on getting through to Misao. I cannot believe this. Like holy heck is that a cat gesture, and not one I expect to see because it’s kind of awkward for a person to do.
Aleph
  • Naria got to fight.  More of that, please.  Lots more.  Fewer monsters, just Naria showing up because she doesn’t give one single crap about the players’ deal.  She’s cottoned onto this being a bigger thing than the previous Blood Games.
  • They used Mario so well to drop that little bit of exposition this episode.  I really enjoyed that.
  • The “believe in me” vs. “I believe in you” scene was really well-realized.  Especially Genis fading in eyes-first.
Ammit
  • Naria is literally handling The World. I want to see even more from her, but this is good for now. She is actively doing a thing, which is lovely.
  • The World’s body language and vocal performance when he is back in action after being reconditioned by Genis is quite effectively creepy. He seems like an empty shell. I think it’s especially impactful after having seen him break at the start of the epiosde and then being chained by Genis.
  • The directing of the fight was good at the factory. They went multi-depth again and that’s really neat. Is Zyuohger the first show to regularly feature that?

Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?

Sono
  • I guess we still have to explore what Azald has against Misao? That’s a weird thing to bring up and then have Misao jump sides and not explore at all. I wonder if he’ll do a sort of “I told you so thing.” and promise to either kill Misao or bring him back so Genis can kill him?
  • So the three Zyuman that got their powers put into Misao are ghosts in the episode preview, and it seems like they’re just going to haunt Misao. So when they were all hanging from the ceiling in the meat locker they were dead as heck, which gives me some retroactive chills, but also I hope they remind this poor kid to eat.
Aleph

On that bit, I just couldn’t help wondering if those medals they stole from the Kougami Foundation were similarly laced with Genis’ cells and if that’s part of what’s keeping the fusion of the three animals in one human body stable so he’s also part Genis?

Ammit
  • Mario knows! He’ll keep dropping lines until he can’t deny he knows they’re the Zyuohgers but he will have been helping them out all along.
  • There might just be a The World double cross coming down the line because of traces of Dark Gundam Cells…. I mean Genis in Masao

Quick Reflexes – Questions in reaction to this bit of Zyuohger.

  1. So The World is already jumping sides. Does it feel too soon? Sudden? Forced?

NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 20: Champion of the World!

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Total Eclipse of the Heart- Sailor Moon Crystal Act.38 Infinity 12- Moon Speak Phase-II 35

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In this Moon Speak, Sono and Ammit discuss Act.38 which is Sailor Moon Crystal 39. This episode features a very loose conversation about the end of Sailor Moon Crystal for now and some spoilers technically for what is coming for Usagi, Chibi-Usa and the rest of the cast.

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Sono

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