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Hahahahahahaha haaaaaa haaaaaa!

Poor Geiz.

In the actors' defence, I don't think the Geiz appearance would have benefited the episode anyway, so I wouldn't have filmed it.

I have to wonder if the bit of Woz that was "cut" was really cut, or whether it was just a gag.

I loved Woz's impersonation of Sougo: "Sougo has concerns!"

I hope the actors who play Woz and Sougo are friends in real life, they're so cute together.

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Even though the Timejackers have been going on and on about their attempts to find an alternative future king, I didn't realise the Another Riders were their candidates. I'm disappointed, then, by the calibre of their selections.

I would like to know what the new venture is that the magic show boss lady and the previous magician are planning. They seem to have a massive cash cow on their hands with Hayase, so why would they stop now?

I wonder if the lack of "please" when Another Wizard uses his powers means anything. The distinction between, say, "Flame, please!" and "Flame, now!" in the original series was very important, but here it is simply "Flame". Could mean nothing, could be the key to victory!

I also wonder how Kamen Rider Beast can exist in 2018 if the Wizard timeline was altered in 2012, but I suppose episode eight will answer that.

Schwartz actually seemed menacing in this episode - his appearance here would have been a better introduction that the one he got in the Faiz/Fourze arc!

And... of course... Woz and Sougo are so pretty. :)

I'm looking forward to how it turns out!
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I don't know what to believe!

Was Fourze an homage to 555?!

I loved the humorous references to the live-action Bleach movie. I still want to watch that at some point, but only because Fourze and Meteor are in it.

I think they handled Fourze and Meteor's absences quite well. Given that part of Fourze was about friendship and really everyone supporting one another, having the teacher as the main reappearing character fit perfectly with that. You don't need Fourze - any of his friends can speak for him!

(These "point-fives" are all utterly insane.)

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That was hard to get through - it wasn't bad, I really liked it; but it was so complicated.

First, though: Schwartz!

I like Schwartz, but I didn't really like how he was introduced. This was only the third arc. I would have preferred the story still focusing on Uhr and Ora, with just some awareness Schwartz was in the background. Schwartz would work well as a villain with so many things going on at once that he isn't even bothered with the Zi-O issue. It would have been really good if, after a few arcs of Uhr and Ora's Another Riders not succeeding, he just got irritated, stepped in and made an Another Rider to show them how it's done.

As it was in this arc, he didn't seem like a villain worth worrying about - he was just rude.

I also think it was a missed opportunity that the stereo being repaired at the shop wasn't a Smart Brain one. I would have screamed with joy at such an easter egg... but didn't the guy on the phone say the stereo had a clock in it? I didn't see one!

The arc did a great job of making me want to finally watch Fourze and Faiz... although I'm confused about a few things, now, like how they got their blank RideWatches. (Maybe 6.5 will explain it!)

I dunno. Everything the show does that's great is matched by one or two frustrating head scratchers.

I'm also confused by how Kusaka and Inui even knew each other, after the timeline change, but I was also happy to see Kusaka alive. He's not a nice guy, at all, but I was really upset when he died in a flashback in Kamen Rider Taisen.

The overall moral of the episodes, and the emphasis of the friendship between Takumi and Kusaka despite their hatred for one another, was very good.



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For those who don't know, the only Kamen Rider series I've completely watched are Ryuki and DCD. Despite this, Ryuki and V3 are my equal favourites so far.

But... Zi-O, only five episodes in, is already on the verge of taking top spot.

The revelations about the FaizPhone X were just plain amazing. I have never watched an episode of 555, so the little easter eggs referring to that series were going to be lost on me, but still... it was genius, and the way they revealed it here was glorious.

Also: have I mentioned how much I love Sougo?

I need to put Tokiwa-sou on my list of places to visit! It's weird, as I always thought "Tokiwa Sougo" would be a time ("toki") reference, but maybe not?

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If you're wondering, an "U.M.A." (ooh-mah) is an "unidentified mysterious animal". The sort of thing you might hear an urban legend about.

I thought the two Kamen Rider Club members looked really familiar, so I went back to Movie Taisen Ultimatum, and there they were! As that was set five years after Fourze, it is plausible that those two were still in high school in 2018.

What confuses me is that Fourze gave up his powers in Ultimatum, and actually needed to borrow them from his past self at one point. So is there even a Fourze in 2018 to begin with? It's a moot point since Schwartz has changed the timeline, but still...

I'm curious to know what powers the Another Fourze guy had before he even met a Timejacker, and how he got them. One thing that's often confused me about Toei's toku shows, especially ones which crossover with others, is why the villains always go to normal humans as pawns. If you want a strong villain, why not give an existing villain extra power? Why not, I dunno, approach Kamen Rider Fifteen and give him the Another Kuuga powers? I wonder if Schwartz targeted this guy because he was desperate, or because he already had powers? The former seems unlikely, since he wasn't trying to persuade him as Uhr and Ora needed to.

I'm very curious about what change was made to the 555 era that enables Kusaka to still be alive.

The whole episode felt very nice. The characters were nice, the story was nice.

Fun fact: I've kinda started dressing like Sougo. I already did a bit, but I'm making a point of it now. I hope he and Woz become friends at some point, they're both so lovely.

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During the final battle with Another Ex-Aid in episode four, I actually wondered how the legend Riders keep track of what they do and don't "know" at each point.

So of course the "point-five" conveniently discusses it.

Having seen some Super Sentai and Kamen Rider scripts before (extras and minor staff actually sell them online!) I'm pretty confident what Emu handed Sougo was a real script. Good gosh, that would be tricky to follow.

I thought it may be easier if they filmed it in chronological order - the 2016 scenes, then 2018 - but that would just pass off the problem to the Zi-O characters.

Hiiro raised a really good point about how just because the timeline changed it doesn't mean his character's personality would, especially his character, for whom Rider powers were really just a tool. It would be slightly different for Emu, but not too much.

I didn't quite get the joke with "A Emu" and "B Emu", and Geiz's response rap was just absurdly silly, but I'm sure it was profoundly funny to those in the know.

nightjaeger: (kamen rider)
I clearly don't understand the rules of the show. And you know what occured to me? The Timejackers should be called TimeJAKQ. :P

I thought I understood the rules in episodes 1 and 2.

  1. TimeJAKQ goes back in time and makes Another Rider. The Rider ceases to have ever existed.
  2. When the Another Rider is temporarily defeated, the Rider exists again, briefly.
  3. When the Rider exists again, it can help Zi-O.
  4. With the Rider’s help, Zi-O can go back to when the Another Rider appeared and kill it.
  5. Zi-O takes the Rider’s power. The Rider ceases to have ever existed. Zi-O gives the Rider a black RideWatch to give him in the future.

But that isn’t what happened with Ex-Aid.

Ex-Aid simultaneously never existed and helped Zi-O physically fight Another Ex-Aid… and the timeline with the sick kid didn’t add up to me… if the "genius surgeon" was telling Zi-O and Tsukuyomi that the boy needed to come to him a year earlier for help with his cardiomyopathy, then whether that happened in 2018 or 2016 was irrelevant – unless the dad became Another Ex-Aid before the kid got sick… which he didn’t… because the TimeJAKQ gave him the Another Ex-Aid powers after the kid got sick and was being taken to hospital.

Can someone not just explain the rules to me, but explain how they worked for both the Build and Ex-Aid arcs?

I really like the special effects; I especially liked the nice touch where the "2016" from the back of Another Ex-Aid became the time caption. I'm also digging how Zi-O just... kinda... sucks at doing the Riders' hissatsu attacks. Oh well - he wins in the end.

Where did Zi-O get the thing he attaches the RideWatches to at home?

I adore Sougo. He's... like... the loveliest Rider ever.

I really like the show, but I'm struggling with the rules. Where's Kobayashi Yasuko when you need her? She'd make it all make sense.
 

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LOL, poor Emu - the only one to realise the spoilers didn't (haven't?) happen, at least not yet.

After this "episode" reinforcing my views about how lovely Sougo is, I felt the need to investigate the actor. He seems very much like Sougo in real life! It'll be weird if I see him in anything else, now!

Some things don't quite align, though:

- The actor quit school in his final year after being cast as Sougo. Sougo still goes to school.
- Sougo is bad at/doesn't play video games - his actor is a big fan.

The producers spoke about difficulties in casting an actor for Sougo - they wanted a "young man" with a "kingly aura", and I think they've cast him exceptionally well. It's been hard to put my finger on what makes him so perfect for the show, but once I read that, it really clicked.
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It's only just now occurred to me to wonder where Geiz got all his Ride Watches from!

I haven't seen Ex-Aid, except for part of the crossover with Kyuuranger, so I'm really not sure who these people are or what their significance is. I'm assuming that Kagami-sensei is an adversary or secondary Rider to Emu/Ex-Aid, and his personality is pretty clear, which helps explain why he wants to help Geiz.

When they kept hiding Emu's face, I had a feeling he wouldn't really appear, so the final scenes were quite a surprise.

I really loved the creative use of special effects in this episode, in particular Another Ex-Aid getting caught in the "curve" of the Voltec Finish. Toei has gone above and beyond with that kind of thing lately - applying stock effects creatively.

Sougo's Uncle (Grandpa?) is really growing on me. He's just so on top of everything.

That said, Sougo, who is on top of nothing, is one of the most endearing characters ever on TV. I adore him, but he does often leave me feeling the desire to step into the screen and beat the Another Riders for him, as I just don't have great confidence in his capacity to do it!

Where the Build arc left me really wanting to watch that show, this arc (and, yes, we are only halfway through) hasn't had the same effect, but it has made me want to look up Kagami-sensei and his relationship to Emu. That, at least, looks interesting!

nightjaeger: (kamen rider)
Most of my confusion about episode two was resolved after seeing Sougo go ask for answers from Genius Physicist Takumi!

Rule #1 (of 3)
A Rider's power cannot exist twice in the same timeline, hence why the show Build never happened once Zi-O got Build's powers. Similarly, Build and Cross-Z's flickering powers were presumably the result of Geiz repeatedly "defeating" Another Build in 2018.

Rule #2 (of 3)
An Another Rider can only be defeated by the powers of the Rider it is Another of. Why? We don't know, but Takumi seems to think we might find out if we keep watching.

Rule #3 (of 3)
... is not that if you nitpick too much you'll be kicked by a horse. That's nonsense, apparently.

So what is Rule #3?!

This series really is remarkable, but I wish more of this stuff was revealed in the show proper, rather than the online "supplementary" content.

I feel Takumi/Sento and Banjou should have some sort of side series. If they MST3K'ed old Rider shows in-character I'd be all over that!

nightjaeger: (kamen rider)
I'm already confused by what is going on in this show - but I think that's meant to be the case; the characters don't even know what's going on yet.

When Zi-O intervened to save Geiz and Tsukuyomi from Another Build, I couldn't help but think of Shurikenger and what he'd do with all those baseballs.

I liked the references to Kamen Rider Build throughout the episode, especially the brief reference to the really cringy element from the end of episode one, with Banjou's fly. It makes me wonder, though, if I'm going to miss all the cool references to other series, since I've seen so few Heisei Rider series - I've only seen Ryuki, Decade and a few episodes each of W and Build. Maybe I'll need to rewatch this a few times.

That said, I already feel like watching the first two episodes - they've just been so good. I loved all the cute stuff with Build, like him whispering his henshin catchphrase to Zi-O while Woz was doing his big momentous speech thing. Everything about this series is just so well done.

... except the special effects at some points in this episode. After the phenomenally smooth episode one, some of the effects were a bit rough around the edges on this one.

Woz, however, was not rough around the edges. He is glorious.

I'm increasingly thinking that Oma Zi-O is someone else entirely; it would be a strange twist if it was someone we've met, like Woz, or even more shockingly, Geiz.

Anyway, I'm incredibly confused, but in the good "I want to see more and be not confused!" way, not the "Oh, I give up." way.

nightjaeger: (kamen rider)
Night Rogue strikes!

It seems I bit off a bit more than I could chew and, as a consequence, didn't get all three stars for the final mission! Oh, well. Now that I know what to expect, I can do it again!



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It would be really awesome if I could advance to the next stage without the same loading problem every. danged. time.





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When Genm strikes... will it be Game Over?!

...

No. It won't.




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Bento Box Twenty-Two, featuring two stories from me, has been released by Artifice Comics.

If you click the cover image, you'll be taken to Amazon to purchase it for the Kindle.

Shieldsman: Prelude, Part Two continues the story of Jason Bright, as he escapes from the villainous Pantheon Corporation and realises he has superpowers.

Arrow: Don't Get Caught tells the story of a gangster whose world is turned on its head in the wake of a disaster. It also features a reprint of a Golden Age comic!

nightjaeger: (super sentai)
I guess Enter wasn't the one causing the problems with the game after all. It's mildly aggravating!



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I really should have looked at the rules for War of the Glorious Riders before I tried it!







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I have no idea why, but for some reason, since getting to the point in the main story were Enter joins in as the villain du jour, the game will only let me play one stage at a time - it just loads indefinitely. I can't even return to the main screen. A "system" message pops up, but it disappears too quickly for me to read it.

I play at around the same time every day and I wonder if that's when the game does a daily reset or maintenance or something and I'm just running into that. I'll have to experiment.

Anyway, this should have been a much longer video, but in the meantime, enjoy the defeat of Enter.

(You know what? When I wrote "du jour" above, I wasn't even thinking about Enter's quirky, random use of French!)



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I've decided to periodically post recordings of Kamen Rider City Wars and Super Sentai Legend Wars gameplay. There will rarely be sound, so... I dunno... maybe play some toku music in the background?

In this video: Imagin Quest Level 2 and Chapter 7 of Story Mode!

Phoenix is a fun baddy.

After recording, I found that a card I thought was for Kamen Rider Decade is, in fact, a form change card for Kamen Rider Zi-O. I've given it to him now and he's become my strongest Rider, so when I try War of the Glorious Riders tonight he'll probably be the one I use the most!



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