It’s A Weird Couple Episodes – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 36-37 -Laser Knees 30

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Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Episode 36 – The Prince of Halloween

Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Episode 37 – Champion of Heaven

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks – 36/37

Sono
  • We gloss briefly over the fact that Amu and Tusk are childhood friends, with no more explanation into that and it’s just one more instance of the show refusing to go into any depth of who Amu is as a person.
  • So just… No one has noticed that Azald has an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT HAND NOW? It’s not even the hand that has the big thing coming out of his wrist that might cover it up. His hand used to be silver and now it’s black. It’s different than the other hand he still has. Come on guys.
  • Also where’s that kid who had a crush on her in the beginning? What ever happened to that?
Aleph
  • Which is just WEIRD.  I feel like I have something of a handle on everyone except the cats as far as deeper history goes.  And when it comes to Leo, I at least know what he’s about, even if there’s changes to it between writers.  But Amu?  Just… Like, do they hate the super-feminine one or something?
  • I just… I mean, I know we already went over it, but it is REALLY weird how the show just takes this whole thing where a ten year-old has attached herself to you and ignored all your boundaries and instead of a minor confrontation or taking the kid back to her parents, we are going to just let the kid come with us everywhere?  Like, even without the thing where the girl is all “OMG AH LURV YUU”, that’s weird.
  • I’m still just pounding my fist on the desk because there actually was some fun stuff this episode, but why are we only getting to the plot-related stuff NOW?  I know this is an old complaint, but eeeeeesh.

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger – 36/37

Sono
  • Leo being excited about Halloween and wanting to trick-or-treat was surprisingly cute.
  • I guess I appreciate them calling back to Kyoryuger by way of the samba theme and the music. Hearing their transformation jingle and seeing the little dance caught me off guard but it was pretty neat.
  • As much as I’m annoyed that the show just kind of glosses over it, I do like the fact that Amu and Tusk have known each other a long time, and it
Aleph
  • I wanna be the one to say it: Zyuoh Bard (who really seems like more of a high-level rogue; I’ve never seen him use his inspire feature or even attempt to give anyone else a bonus) is the second-best suit in the show and if they would have done some of those color-clash-contrasts with the other suits earlier on, I probably would have liked some of these suits from the off.
  • For all I am less than comfortable at the monsters of the week’s whole deal, I am vaguely sure their faces are modified heads from Kamen Rider the First.
  • Misao showing up all official-like when it was time for him to meet Larri was adorable.  I love that kid.

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

Nothing this week.

Fun Facts

Episode Writer: Tanaka Jin (36) & Komura Junko (37)

Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki (36) & Shibasaki Takayuki (37)


NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 38 The Wings Take Flight!

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Diamonds Are The Hardest Substance On Earth- Ex-Aid 04-05 -RX! 160

Join us as we play a level of Kamen Rider EX-Aid! Can Emu, Asuna, and their allies cure the Bugster virus before it can wipe out humanity? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

Kamen Rider EX-Aid

04 – Begin Operation Dash!

05 – Gamers Assemble: All Out Crash!

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CREDIT

Writer: Episode 2 and 3: Takahashi Yuya

Director: Episode 2: Nakazawa Shoujiro; Episode 3: Sakamoto Koichi

Glitches

04/05
  • Grabbing the guy’s sister and spraying the virus in his face was a pretty decent plan. Just getting kind of bored with “Let’s kidnap girls to stress guys out.” Like c’mon be a little more creative with it.
  • This show is going a little heavy on that jumpy “Here’s the joke” editing and my patience for it is already wearing very thin. I hope this will be a similar case to Onari where once the show’s got it’s feet under it, they ease that back out because the kids are already hooked and they don’t have to rely on it.
  • On that note Asuna was unfortunately pushing the limits of obnoxious this episode as well, and I’m really hoping they tone that down too as time goes on.
04/05
Aleph
  • Y’know, not long ago I went on a thing talking about how I almost miss Sakamoto as a director.  There’s a part of me that blames him for exactly that because boooooooooooo.
  • Also got so many weeeeeeird vibes off the patient this episode.  Like, he’s not BAD or nothin’, just feel like there’s some shorthand being put in there that I didn’t quite get and that felt vaguely unsavory to me.  I might well be wrong, but that’s okay.
  • I was going back and forth about the bike-armor Level 3 on Genm but I just feel like it’s stretching a bit much with the wheel-as-weapon.  At least if it’s gonna be used like that.

Power-Ups

04
Sono
  • I’m really into Kiriya’s henshin posing. The little spin is neat and tight and kicking his character select is pretty boss.
  • Whoops they won my heart a bit with the Mook Bike. That feeds into my want of this being the Go-Onger of Kamen Riders.
  • Hiiro and Taiga consistently getting so distracted by each other that they lose sight of the task at hand is a nice aspect to them. I really want to see them grow around it.
05
Sono
  • I love Not-Kai looking right into the camera before they cut to behind him and he says Welcome to Level 3. It feels like an ever so slight 4th wall break.
  • I know I mentioned it in the diagnosis, but I love the conflict of this episode, and how much conviction Emu has in treating someone regardless of who they are or what they’ve done. The title for this episode was pulled from my reaction to the President’s conversation with Emu about how he’s “like a crystal” and at risk of “being crushed”. He may be more than just a crystal, and it’s takes a lot to crush a diamond, man.
  • So we weren’t totally off base with our guesses for Mall Goth Ex-Aid, and I’m not totally sure we were wrong, since the episode gave us the reveal of the President, but Kiriya claimed to have seen Graphite transform into him before that first fight, which makes sense given the context of the scene. They may yet still be tossing the belt back and forth.
04
Aleph
  • And speaking of world-building, I just A D O R E how the guy who wants to become a superhero to sate his violent curiosity is a coroner.  They’ve got so much character stuff they build right into the character concepts and I really adore it.  Of COURSE the guy whose job at the hospital is quantifying and illuminating the cause of death is the guy who just wants to know what the eff is up.  Similar stuff goes on with everyone, but particularly Emu, who’s the intern pediatrician so OF COURSE his deal is being a shonen protagonist.
05
Aleph
  • I just ADORE it, tho.  They do so many little ducks and dodges to make sure they get that reveal and I’m sure a lot of the kids at home were blown away by it.  I should imagine folks called it, but as they didn’t do a whole bunch of “whoooooooooooo is it?  Is it this guy?  Or maybe this guy?!  YOU DON’T KNOW!” and instead it’s just them introducing all the Riders they’d been saying were going to be here.  One per episode to set the stage so we can just have a good show.
  • The coroner having an oxblood-red jacket instead of his bright red one now that we know he’s kind of a toolbox.  Nicely done, show.
  • I did NOT see Graphite having a human form coming and I really dig on it.  I just really, really do.

Points of Concern

1). What is the deal with Emu’s henshin breeze? Since it’s turned up very time he’s transformed, these winds of change (by Scorpions) seem to be a feature?

2). What is a “Taddle”, and why does it need a quest?

3) Bottom line: What are your thoughts on the show’s pacing?

Context for Question 3: The 4 Principle Riders are active and have declared their motivations for continuing to deal with the Bugster: Emu wants to save people, no matter who they are; Hiiro wants to defeat the disease, disregarding the patient; Taiga wants to collect all them Gashats to make a wish and Kiriya wants to learn about the Bugster. We have also seen Dark Ex-Aid or Genmu, the Genm Corporation CEO is using a gamer Driver and is allied with Graphite and Pallad. All this has happened in the space of 5 episodes; how do you feel about the pacing?

Bonus Content

Kamen Rider Lazer Level 1 and Level 2

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Kamen Rider Genm Level 3

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Bugsters of the Weeks

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Victims of the Weeks… sort of

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Big Fat Liar

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Triple Transformation

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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 06: Carve That Beat in the Heart!

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So Long, Space Pirate – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 35 -Laser Knees 29

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:

Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Episode 35 – The Zyuohger’s Final Day

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

Sono
  • I’m a little bothered that no one told Mario that his nephew, his sister’s son who he has taken in, was kidnapped by Space Ahab and might possibly be dead. Like look, this is well past the time to keep up the ruse. Let the poor man know what’s going on.
  • Was it really necessary to pace this show so that the commercial break is right when Bunglay hits the team with a space laser and Yamato is screaming because they’re dead? Look, I get dramatic tension but this show is aimed at eight-year-olds and that’s a little intense for them.
  • DoDeka King is so bad. Why is it so bad? It has no feet and the legs just connect to the chest. There’s no like… lower torso at all. And then in the finisher the legs just GET MORE CUBES? Why? Who thought this was a good idea?
Aleph
  • Yeah, no.  I mean, I thought it was bad in the previews and magazine scans but WOW.  Wow-wow-wowee-wow is that thing awful.  I will give the small caveat that there’s clearly some wizardry happening on the costume, but still: hodang.
  • Looking at it, though, I can’t help shaking the feeling that they’d planned to have the circus theme from the movie be something that stuck around for the whole series, even if no circus ever would have a shark (unless they planned to jump it).
  • It’s a small, stupid thing, but I’m actually kinda mad that Bunglay’s ship didn’t transform.  It seemed so obvious that it was gonna, given its shape.  Is it not really blown up?  Is it gonna be Kubar’s now?

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger

Sono
  • I appreciate Misao sort of cutting to the chase like “We were gonna go without him, and he was gonna go with out us. How about we skip the drama and just all go and do this because if we don’t hurry up our leader is going to DIE.”
  • I also super appreciate Misao trying to pretend he doesn’t have a henshin device when Bunglay tells them to drop the cubes. “Well I don’t have one of THOSE so clearly mine doesn’t count.” You tried, kid, you tried.
  • There’s some level where I appreciate Amu being the one to bring Cube Whale. I don’t like that it means she’s the one Bunglay literally punches off of a cliff, but everyone went in pretty much expecting Bunglay to pull some kind of trick, and if he pulled one at close quarters, Amu would be the one with the reflexes and adaptability to handle it.
Aleph
  • Yeah, after all the stuff where it got downright uncomfortable with how they were treating the kid, it’s nice to see them give him an opportunity to step up and be a real chill guy.  Even Leo managed not to be a total d-bag about it all.
  • If only her pulling a cat trick had been part of the plan, y’know?  Just clap right in front of all six of his eyes, do a backflip-kick and just land on her feet at the bottom of the hill.
  • Seriously, that moment where you can tell he’s in a fugue state?  That stuff was CHOICE.  Really brings home how friggin’ vicious Bunglay is and how deeply Yamato needs to feel connected to people.  I really, REALLY adored it.

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

Instead of our normal reflexes, we’re going to lighten things up after this really intense episode and talk about Super Dobutsu Taisen because it’s there and it was fun.

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Fun Facts

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Dethgalien Team and Player featured: Bunglay is still the focus, but Kubar makes a good showing.

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Miscelaneous:

Our Red sure is Red this year. Yamato doesn’t want this, Zyuohger Creatives. At least his character writing contradicts all the situations and gear they hand him.zyuohger35-yamato-bound

Some joke about Pet Cemetary

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You got your Rider Kick in my Super Sentai!

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Bunglay is sick. What a dream to have. Bad Guy is bad. Go figure. That new mech is bad though, too.

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NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 36 – The Prince of Halloween

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Trust No One, Not Even Yourself – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 34 -Laser Knees 28

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Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Episode 34 – The Mega-Beast Hunter Strikes Back

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

Sono
  • This was an… abrupt… start to the episode. It felt a little like we missed a minute or so? Even just a quiet couple of seconds of Bunglay chuckling and then throwing the giant monsters out would have been a little better?
  • As much as I like the three separate Phantom Zyuohger fights… They were… separate… But when Kubar shows up with Bunglay, everyone reacts to it? Misao questions them being made form Kubar’s memories, and Tusk deduces that the giants from the beginning must have been too. But Yamato is the only one who is actually with Bunglay and Kubar? If you look at the shots, it’s very clear they are not all in the same place, and everyone ran in from different places when Bunglay captured Yamato.
Aleph
  • I’m gonna be defending the opening, but holy dang do the little Tarzan-yell announcements go on for a while too long.  It’s one of those things where if they’d’ve just had them overlap a little, I could’ve had a laugh at how weird it all was–one of those “oh, right, Sentai is bonkers” moments–but instead, it just felt like padding and I don’t much care for it.
  • Man, Leo showing back up is just reminding me how much I am not a fan of that dude.  Like, just at the start of the episode I winced ‘cuz there is SUCH a difference between Komura’s Leo and Shimoyama’s is just so massive.
  • Was it 100% necessary to show that Yamato can just totally mop the floor with the rest of the group?  Like, I get that there’s always the unstated thing that a clone is just plain not as good as the real thing and/or that if you’re the bad guy, you can’t win, but still.

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger

Sono
  • Even if it was a bit abrupt, I always enjoy when we start the episode getting the robot fight out of the way to make room for some nice juicy plot.
  • Poor Azald just wants to break stuff. I almost feel bad for this guy. He’s the only Deathgalien that wants to actively engage the show and he has to keep sitting out.
  • Cube Whale has some personality! He wants to be part of the action! He wants to help! He’s a sassy grandpa and won’t take no for an answer. I hope they actually keep up with that and don’t just forget he’s around once this big bit of plot is over. Also putting him on a leash was adorable.
Aleph
  • I did like the phantom fight with not-Misao.  Sorta reminding the audience that he was a hard dude there at the start.  I’m gonna keep hoping that’s a thing we come back to over time.  Like, he’s got that Kamen Rider thing where he’s a monster who’s failed at being a monster, but it’s neat to see Evil Misao for a bit.
  • Honestly, it’s just a real good plan.  But, then, I’m just a sucker for evil-twin-based plots.
  • The evil role call was awesome as hell.  Something about the flat inflection just made it so friggin’ menacing.

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

None this week.

Fun Facts

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Dethgalien Team and Player featured: It’s all about Bunglay this time

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Miscelaneous:

It’s always fun when the mecha battle starts off the episode

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NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 35 – The Zyuohger’s Final Day

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