The main threat this episode, that the non-red, non-pink, and non-chef members of the Kyurangers were trapped inside a monster’s stomach having their blood slowly drained was pretty damn dark for Super Sentai. At least we had Balance there, once again forgetting the differences between robots and humans, to lighten the situation up a bit. In fact there was quite a lot of blood this week considering Tsurugi’s wounds were the main way to visualise his new mortality. If nothing else I suppose it raised the stakes and made itRead More
TRIAL! Keiichi hasegawa Gives the Terui’s a final focused story…that’s pretty superfluous considering they already completed their character arcs. ETERNAL! Riku sanjou Concludes all of the Video W content with Exploring Katsumi Daidou’s backstory…and in doing so harms the view-ability of one of the best Kamen Rider movies made. Toei does not learn.
SKULL! We Dive into W’s Post-series stories with Akiko gaining a look back on her father’s origins as a Rider on her wedding day…while Toshiki Inoue takes the characters of Kamen Rider OOO for a ride that Doesn’t make much Sense, even if you know Nobunaga Oda. Poor Eiji Hino, he’s barely relevant to his own damn Crossover film.
I love that this episode started with resolution rather than a pre-titles cliffhanger like normal. Starting with a problem to be solved works well to get the audience hooked but it’s nice to mix up the formula every now and then, and opening with the return of a character who apparently died is just as much of a hook. Because of the way Episode 21 starts, you could almost edit this together with 20 to create one seamless 45 minute story, and I can’t decide if that’s a good orRead More
JOKER! W Ends with the Series’ final revelations, Ryu Finding true closure and Love, and the machination of the world’s end Challenged by the Final Trump. EXTREME! Fuuto comes under attack by Dangerous zombies and new gaia memories, as the series secret antagonists’ other machinations clash catastrophically with the plot of a madman out for revenge.
TRIGGER! Ryu reaches the next level of speed in his final confrontation with Weather, as Museum restructures itself amidst increased pressure from it’s investors.
The pre-title sequence for this episode did a good job of raising the stakes and reminding us how alien Stinger is. Now that he’s left the Kyurangers, using the antares technique was a nice bit of alien culture that the two brothers share that both added to the worldbuilding of the series and showed that Stinger is now fighting on his own terms with his own distinct style. The initial fight between the two of them was pretty strong although after injecting himself with his own venom I expected StingerRead More
METAL! Shotaro and Phillip’s partnership is driven to the Test amidst the introduction of Ryu’s mysterious benefactor and her ever-present hatred.
ACCEL! Story shifts Drive a new character into the cast, as a new long-running case takes form.
FANG! W dives back to the event that set off their adventures amidst a case of the sudden resurrections. And actually pulls such a plot off unlike Kamen Rider Taisen which ripped this movie off.
LUNA! W continues it’s early arc with further establishment of the city, mistaken identities, and Akiko taking some responsibility for herself.
This episode got off to a strong start by getting us immediately back on the search for the Argo. As much as I love that the Kyurangers don’t waste any time in getting stuff done, up to this point they’ve still been working to their own schedule. The universe has already been taken over and districts get liberated when they get around to liberating them. In Episode 19 this changes, as the pre-title establishes that the time limit to find the Argo is now being set by Jark Matter, notRead More
It was pretty obvious that this episode was thrown in at the last minute rather than being planned from the start. Episode 17 ended with the search for the Argo being about to continue, with the Kyutama recharged and the rangers eager to get back to it. Then, immediately as this episode starts, they’re chasing Madako through space to get the Kyutama back. It was a really jarring opening. Then again, I suppose it got the job done. On the one hand, I’d have liked an explanation as to howRead More
CYCLONE! The Rider reviews jump ahead to the 2-in-1 Rider Popularly considered one of the best Entry’s in the Franchise! HEAT! W Begins with a Windy city set on Fire with the Burning blood of it’s criminal element.
This episode didn’t do much in terms of the overall plot but it got away with it by using the excuse of the Kyutama needing to recharge and by opening with Garu’s frustration at not being able to progress. This isn’t a trick the show will be able to pull often before it becomes frustrating for the audience as well, but here it was an effective way of having a more relaxed episode while keeping the main plot of the series at the forefront. After how dramatic and heavy someRead More