The Kazakiri Crew– Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 42-43 -Laser Knees 33

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42 – The Fate of This Planet

43 – The Christmas Witness

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

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  • So the cubes Bard has are green, yellow, white, and blue huh? Where else have we seen those colors in Zyuohger? Look at those poor upgrades our main team never got because of the bad pacing of this show.
  • My only problem with Zyuoh the Final is that when everyone comes together, no one touches Yamato’s butt. What good is a team canon without half the team touching the Red’s butt?
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  • I refuse to believe Mario hasn’t known anything about Yamato and the others being Zyuohgers this entire time. I can buy not realizing that his house guest are actually weird animal people from another dimension, but they have talked about it IN FRONT OF HIM. A LOT. The guy isn’t dumb.
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  • In fairness, for as big as most of those upgrade-toys’ focus episodes are, they–much like the other characterization that pops up during those episodes–tend to sort of disappear. Except for mole, I think.  ‘Cuz I’m still waiting to hear why Cube Bear became Cube Panda.
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  • Yeah. That was weird and is basically the one thing that’s overwhelmingly wrong with the episode and, really, a lot of Mario’s character this whole time.  I get that he’s kind of a doof, but it’s not like we haven’t been hinting at him getting this for most of the show.

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger

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  • It’s adorable that Tusk knows Misao’s scent and can track it basically with no effort.
  • Okay well we’ve confirmed that Yamato’s dad is alive, and I’m glad for that because the conflict between them is kind of interesting to see both perspectives of. Yamato’s got this very reasonable grudge, but his father doesn’t really seem hostile towards him at all and is just letting him feel what he feels and is taking it in stride. I really wish we’d spent actual time exploring this because it’s very different from the normal parental conflicts in Toku.
  • The whole scene with Naria is gold. She wants no mercy, no pity. Just to know Genis is alive and ready to kill everything. Leo shows her pity, because she’s a girl, and she takes advantage of it. And then Sela kicks him in the gut to get to Naria. Everything about this was good to watch.
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  • I hate to give anything to Genis, but I sort of love his mentality of “I’ll absolutely let the dead traitor win if I think it’s funny.”
  • Yo it’s so great that this whole episode is about people loving and wanting to do nice things for Mario. He’s had a rough year and he deserves everyone wanting to get him something great for Christmas to thank him for being the best dude who lets random shady strangers just live in his house without questioning what in the world their deal is.
  • I love how they all silently come up with the same plan to get Mario a gift, except Leo who just tried chewing on a rock and then followed them because what else is he going to do?
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  • Yeah, hey, how ‘bout that: an actual payoff to a character thing.  Huh.  Yeah.  Been a while, Zyuohger.  See how good that feels when you pull it off?  Sorry, I sound mad, it’s just that it was such a good moment and said so much about both of them in ways neither of their more recent focus episodes even tried to do.
  • Seriously, can Naria just stay on to be the baddie of the next series after they kill Genis?  She deserves that much for being so amazing.
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  • A silly little detail I really dug on?  The sales tax bit and also how, apparently, Tusk only asked for EXACTLY how much the sweater cost. (SONO: Agreed that this is hilarious. Poor overly-literal Tusk.) Something tells me he had to talk Amu down from fleecing that baker for all he had because, look, it’d probably be worth it to give them a little more than that so they could all have something nice, too.
    • SONO: They did a LOT of work and saved this store and basically got $17 each for their trouble, looking at the current exchange rates.
      • Well, the dollar IS doing pretty well… but still, that looked like a lot longer than one or two hours work.  That baker got a GREAT friggin’ deal ‘cuz that is SO far below a reasonable hourly wage.  (Insert rant about the utility of a $20/hour minimum wage here because Aleph’s a filthy red)

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

None this week.

Fun Facts

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Team Azald’s Gakkarize

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Moral Capitalist Zyumen

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Kubar’s Terror while terrible for him and the helpless citizenry sure was well played and makes for some great drama.

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Sela and Naria did us all a solid. Bless you two.

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~Tusk is a nerd like me~

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Maybe they should have just told Mario and eased him into this whole thing more gently…

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NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 44 – The Champion of Humanity

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How Toei Ruined Christmas – Ex-Aid 11-12 -RX! 164

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

11 – Who’s the Dark Kamen Rider?

12 – Christmas Special: White Xmas Under Attack!

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CREDIT

Episode Writer: Takahashi Yuya

Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei

Glitches

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  • I’m not sure how I feel about Kamen Rider Chronicle but I guess we’ll see where that goes. This is an anniversary show, and I know we tied the KRC into previous Kamen RIders, but it was never anything this direct… We’ll see I guess.
  • PLEASE STOP BEING RUDE TO DIRECTOR KAGAMI.
  • This is more of a subbing thing than a complaint about the actual episode. Zombie Genm is “Genm Level Ten”. They say the word “ten” in English. Subbing it as “Level X”, while not incorrect due to roman numerals, feels more like it’s “Level Blank” (similar to XXXholic) as though it were some kind of glitch or something to that effect instead of a number indicating how far Genm has jumped ahead of the other riders, who are at level 5 at best.
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  • Y’know what?  Hiiro continuing to be in the show remains a problem I have with the show.

Power-Ups

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  • Emu wanting to help Shuhei, and remembering how the game helped him, but instead of just handing Shuhei a game, he wants to find out what this kid actually likes. It’s just this nice subtle awareness of “Not everyone likes the same things.”
  • The whole set up for where the plot leads Kiriya is so strong. The whole bit about who Emu trusts, Hinata over Kiriya and why, is just some really nice slick writing, and going at these episodes a second time, it really digs in even harder how upset I am at losing Kiriya.
  • Watching Kuroto playing this long con with Kiriya though is just fantastic. Kiriya is watching him manipulate the truth around him and it just digs his ideals about lies and the truth in deeper.
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  • We open this episode with Emu realizing he was wrong and looking for the truth and making amends with Kiriya, and I really love Kiriya just laying his truth out and putting their disagreement behind them. Again, he cares enough about Emu to trust him with the truth.
  • So I know we’re kind of against “OH MY GOD WHAT IS THE MYSTERY LOOK AT IT HERE IT IS” here, but I actually am really digging the sort of mysteries they’re building around Dan and Emu, with Emu’s strange immunity to the virus and the split between him and “M”, and Dan possibly having framed his dad for some horrible crime. Possibly murder? And Dan having “made contact” with Emu 16 years ago. I missed that line the first time, or read it weird and assumed that the “compatibility” had been programmed into him via the games he was playing, but now I’m not 100% there. Though I’m still leaning into it a little with PAlad having had some hand in it. No matter which way, they’re building an interesting timeline.
  • The three games Emu has as a child are tied into the people around him in the present and the one on top is literally just Excite Bike. I’m not sure if Dragon Adventure is supposed to be Hiiro (Taddle Quest), or the four riders together (Drago Hunter X), since the third game (I think I can make out part of the title as “Naro-chan”, but the other half is covered) looks more like it would be something that would correspond to Asuna, as opposed to a FPS for Taiga. But they’re definitely saying something by putting “Excite Racer” front and center.
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  • On a lore level, it’s nice to get confirmation that if you die as a video game, you die in real life.  It was always sorta said, but folks get slapped out of the suit often enough that you have to wonder about how it all works.
  • Okay, last time I know I talked a bunch about how much I love supervillains who get extra power by just shoving dangerous glowing things into their chests, but Dan?  Dan did the thing I love more: “I need to understand how death works to get to the next phase.  Well, i guess I’ll die, then.”  Like.  Dang.  I know it was all there with the zombie game (it being all white, which got that strong death/ghost association goin’ and everything), but still.  That is a hell of a thing to pull, especially after we just killed Graphite, so a part of you is almost wondering if that’s it for the dude.
    • More?  Dan’s death is so clearly outlined because he kills what is ostensibly his life’s work just before going to get himself turned into a dead liar (foreshadowing?!)
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  • We also open with a distinct lack of opening song, which is always the sort of thing that makes me lose my sugar.  You KNOW stuff is on fire when they just have the title card and go.
  • And while they are DEFINITELY pulling some mystery box stuff, they’re doing it in a way that is really respectful of the audience because it at least gives us something to play with by presenting in-universe facts alongside in-character speculation so we can build our own theory along with the characters.  So we can continue on Kiriya’s noble work of finding the truth.
  • Also, the setup being a slightly-tweaked version of the setup from 11, only this time it’s someone else entirely who gets got?  That’s actually kinda clever.

Points of Concern

Sono: Okay, so this was a question I received via anonymous on Tumblr, and wasn’t specifically posed to the show, but I like the question a lot and want to hear what all of us have to say on the subject…

“Did you feel more for Kiriya’s death in the latest ex aid than Hase’s in gaim? Since they’re both around the same ep and I think you hated the latter iirc I was wondering what you thought.”

Bonus Content

Salty is BACK!

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Genm Level 10/TEN/X is magnificent

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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 13: A Predetermined Destiny!

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Be a Man, Betray Your Boss Today! – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 40-41 -Laser Knees 32

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40 – A Man’s Values & 41 – The First And Only Chance

Episode Writer: Tanaka Jin (40) & Komura Junko (41)

Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki (40) & Katou Hiroyuki (41)

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Ammit here, sorry for the late release of this episode. You can expect a Wednesday release for RX 164 and Laser Knees 33 on the Thursday January 19.

This Dethgalien from 40 sure is something

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Bless Naria and that suit actor. How do you chuck nuns in a mask like that?

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Is this even Genis’ final form?!

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NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 42 – The Fate of This Planet

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An Adventure Appropriate to a 5th Level Party – Ex-Aid 10 -RX! 163

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

10 – Doctor’s Out of Line

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CREDIT

Episode Writer: Takahashi Yuya

Episode Director: Morota Satoshi

Glitches

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  • God I wish this show would ever use Director Kagami as anything more than a joke ever. I feel like it’s getting to a level even worse than with Drive. At least Hinata thinks he can handle this.
  • Oh god Hiiro’s nurses are back, waiting on him. You’re NOT THAT HURT THAT YOU CAN’T HOLD A PHONE, and don’t yell at them! God Hiiro wears on my nerves…
  • This isn’t really a complaint, but the scene where Emu’s tricked everyone to come fight him is on the same set where Narumi had his final standoff with Matsu in Movie War Core and I got a little distracted by the sort of really neat parallel of that and also by the fact that I just really love Message to W. It’s also a BEAUTIFUL set that they don’t use often.
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  • Graphite getting got made me less than happy.  He was a good villain, but much love to them for actually having the weird kind of bravery to take out so important a character this early.
  • We have to remember that the cost of being a great man is great man pain.  Hrrrrgh.
  • Also, the voiceover in that bit sounds like the voice of a much older person or mebbe he’s just trying to sound extra Batmanpain about it all.

Power-Ups

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  • You would not believe how much I love HInata calling out Emu for fighting on his own, and saying that it wasn’t just him who saved Emu, it was a whole team of doctors and nurses working together who all deserve credit and who all need to know how to work together for the good of the patient. Everyone in the hospital is equally important. Even if this show may be doubling down on the annoying humor Drive had, it’s ethics are way beyond anything Drive could have ever hoped to show.
  • I really love Emu’s plan to gather everyone together and make them fight him for the gashat in order to get them all working together. I feel like Emu is the most “Do no harm, but take no crud” Kamen Rider we’ve had in a long time and it’s one of the things I love most about him. I would love to know what his phone calls to Taiga and Kiriya consisted of, with the way he played to Hiiro’s ego. (Appealing to Taiga’s need to be the “one true kamen rider”? Telling Kiriya he doesn’t know who to trust and wants to drop out?)
  • I love how Graphite how baffled Graphite is as he’s transported to the stage against his will. He plays it cool once we shift to a close up, but he’s got no idea what’s happening in the wide shot.
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  • Speaking of transformation, though, I am gonna miss Graphite ‘til he comes back (he’s coming back, right?  I have to imagine he is) ‘cuz I have no end of affection for baddies who shove items of power into their hearts.  That’s friggin’ amaze.
  • My partner pointed out as well that the dragon suit explains a lot of the design choices in the suits: all the thigh-high/opera glove details are bits where the toys probably detach their limbs to put on the limbs of one of the upgrades, which is actually kind’ve a fun thing.
    • I just love figuring out how the toys work from the show.
  • Also, I just kinda love Poppy trying to convince the d-bag doctors to come back.  Her high-pitched cute-mascot-girl thing is sometimes a bit frustrating but it also underlines her earnestness in ways that I kind’ve adore.

Points of Concern

Nothing this week.

Bonus Content

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid & Snipe & Brave & Snipe Level 5

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Emu stumbled last episode, but it’s nice that the show calls it out.

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We salute you, Graphite, Bugster of the Week show so far

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Wait, they’re actually done creating data?!

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NEXT EPISODE

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 10: Doctors Out of Line!

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