Getting Meta-Textual- Ghost 38 -RX! 148


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


Nothing to add.


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


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.


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.


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.


[Not In Notes]


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


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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