Recap: Ressha Sentai ToQger, Station (Episode) 44 – To Subarugahama

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The ToQgers are enjoying lunch. Right is his usual hungry self, so Akira wants to believe nothing is wrong. Meanwhile, Wagon is cleaning off more tufts of darkness which are still on the Resshas even after their intense cleaning.

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Suddenly, Conductor and Ticket come in to announce that the President has summoned them and they will be changing course to Hyper Ressha Terminal immediately. Hikari says he has a bad feeling since the President never summons them for good news.

Over at Castle Terminal, Mork and Nero are discussing their realization that ToQ-1gou is the reason Zett is obsessed with the shining. Mork flashes back to the times when Zett had every opportunity to wipe out both Gritta and Right, but chose not to.

Mork thought it was just one his whims and fancies, but she knows now it is something much more serious.

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The Resshas have arrived at Hyper Ressha Terminal where they are greeted by the President holding a Rainbow Hyper Suction Darkness Cleaner. It’s a special fan. A very strong special fan.

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The President turns it on and blows at the ToQgers. The strong wind blows darkness right out of Right.

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Zett is again at the Secret Base tree thinking about the bright light he saw in the darkness, not remembering what it could be.

The President tells the ToQgers that this isn’t the first time darkness has come from Right. Akira tells them about seeing darkness from Right when they fought Dollhouse Shadow. And that darkness is Zett’s.

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The President says Right has come into contact with Zett too many times, but there’s more to it than that. They must think to the first time they came in contact with the darkness.

Likewise, Mork and Nero think back to when Zett first came in contact with the shining shimmering splendid sparkles. Nero says Zett started acting weird when he first swallowed up Subarugahama. Mork says something must have happened then to both the Emperor and ToQ-1gou.

The ToQgers remember waking up on the Resshas. But Right woke up on a Kuliner. Why was he the only one? Kagura mentions how they believed it was because of his powerful Imagination. The President thought so too.

Conductor and Ticket call the ToQgers to say Gritta has called and wants to work with them.

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Gritta pulls into Hyper Ressha Terminal in Schwarz-sama’s Kuliner. She meets the ToQgers inside.

She thanks them for what they’ve done for her and says she’s fine. But right now, she’s here to storm Castle Terminal with them.

The Wall of Darkness though? It’s okay since Schwarz-sama’s Kuliner can pass right through it.

This is their chance to save Subarugahama!

Akira asks Gritta if this is to avenge Schwarz-sama and her mother’s deaths. Gritta says she just does not want to see anyone else die, whether it’s the Rainbow Line or the Shadow Line. And she’s approached them because she’s got a plan that will end this with no more casualties.

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She explains the plan and the ToQgers agree with it. But Hikari says Right must stay here. The President literally pops in to agree. Right must not come into contact with the Shadow Line until they know what is causing his darkness.

But Right insists on going. If there really is something between him and Zett, then they must meet to figure it out. Akira says it is too dangerous a situation for him right now.

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Gritta says she’s also felt his darkness before and suggests he stay away from Zett. Especially after that time when Zett almost swallowed Right whole before Gritta popped out of him to push Right away.

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Right still insists to come with. But the others are worried what might happen to him if he does.

“It isn’t normal for you to be emitting darkness.”
“Our journey was never normal to begin with! Right?”

Tokatti asks Right to listen to them once in a while. He and Hikari grab Right and Akira ties him up.

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Hikari takes Right’s Ressha from his pocket and says they will come back to him when they’ve saved Subarugahama.

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The President drags Right away. Hikari leads the others as they henshin in preparation for whatever may come when they break through the Wall of Darkness.

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The ToQgers and Gritta hop into their respective Resshas and Kuliner as Conductor, Ticket and Wagon watch with the President on the panel in his main control room office.

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Wagon tells them to stay intensely safe. Ticket says they all seem very excited.

“Their entire journey has led up to this moment. This is literally, their last stop,” Conductor says.

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The ToQgers and Gritta pull out of Hyper Ressha Terminal. As they set off, Tokatti, Mio, Kagura and Hikari each think of their loved ones and are resolved to save them and return to them.

As the reach the junction into the Shadow Line, Gritta reminds the others to stay close behind her so they won’t get separated.

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They proceed onto the Shadow Line and Gritta has the Kuliner link up with the Resshas by chomping down on Red Ressha. They push forward and finally make it through the Wall of Darkness.

Once they cross over, they look down and have their first look at Subarugahama.

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Mork and Nero see the ToQgers and Gritta arriving and Mork orders the Castle Guard to stop them. Keeper Pawn comes flying toward them and Akira tells the others he’ll take care of him.

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Akira goes Hyper and initiates Build Dai-Oh to fight Pawn.

Zett watches as Gritta and the ToQgers continue towards the Castle. But Zett sends a huge blast toward them and they crash before being able to reach it.

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The ToQgers and Gritta are in some underground tunnels. Gritta points them in the direction of Castle Terminal, but a big group of Kuros are coming right at them.

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Hikari says they’ll just have to fight their way through. Mio says they need to at least get Gritta to the Castle. Tokatti takes the lead and henshins, using Mio’s Ressha.

They all fight as best they can. Hikari tosses the Red Ressha for Tokatti to transfer to before his time runs out, but suddenly in jumps Right to intercept it,

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They are all shocked Right is here.

Right explains how he managed to escape and sneak onto the Resshas by jumping through the window as they departed Hyper Ressha Terminal.

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Right apologizes to them, but says he just needed to be here. They’ve been traveling together to reach this place, their hometown. But Right also wants to see Zett.

On the way down, he saw Zett at their Secret Base.

Right runs off in the direction of their Secret Base. Kagura is worried something is really wrong with him.

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But they still need to push forward with their plan. Another round of Kuros is approaching. Hikari henshins directly to Pink and they fight to give Gritta an opening to run to the Castle.

Akira is still fighting off Pawn, but is having a little trouble. Akira does not want to disappoint his friends though and gives it everything he’s got.

Running toward the Secret Base, Right flashes back. The five of them had taken each other’s hands as the darkness began engulfing their town. But Right suddenly let go and yelled “Stop!” into the darkness.

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Zett meets Right at the Secret Base. He too does not remember the details of that night as he asks Right what exactly was the shine he saw. Zett reaches out and Right remembers seeing a hand reach out that night as well.

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Right immediately tries to henshin. Darkness begins emanating from his person and as soon as he lowers the lever on his ToQ Changer, he is engulfed in darkness.

Over at the Castle, Mork and Nero are waiting for the impending arrival of Gritta and the ToQgers. But the Castle suddenly begins to shake. It can’t be!

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Gritta is in Castle Terminal’s control room and prepares to send the entire Castle back into the deep darkness.

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The ToQgers have taken care of the Kuros and they run over to the tunnel opening to see the Castle has begun to move. Gritta has done it!

Akira sends a Hyper Flying Rolling Bucket Break toward Pawn to finish him off for good.

Zett watches Right and realizes he was the shining sparkle he saw that night. But why is he in engulfed in darkness now? The darkness subsides and Right has henshined into a shiny metallic black.

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Episode Thoughts

OMG! This is really it.

I got chills watching that scene of Gritta (!) leading the Resshas into the Shadow Line. Gritta really is my favorite Shadow Line character. She is definitely a great and fully developed non-Ranger character.

I’ve always loved all the train scenes from the season and this one was no different. They got some fresh music too? Or at least, music they haven’t used as much. And then they had to go and superimpose their families on the tracks. AND they get their first look at their hometown. Damn it. Amazing scenes.

As was that last sequence. Akira fighting off that Pawn, Gritta sneaking into the Castle Terminal control room (of course it can move like Hyper Ressha Terminal), the others finishing off the Kuros, Right turning into Dark ToQ-1gou.

Of course Right would find a way to hop on with the others. And of course that would end up being a bad decision, judging from the last scene. But it was still effective and again, reaffirmed the bond these ToQgers have with each other. Like we saw them holding hands at the Secret Base as the darkness was about to engulf Subarugahama, they are not going to let go of each other so easily. The others were legitimately concerned about Right and Right was not about to let them go in alone.

But really, just what is the truth about Right and Zett and Subarugahama?!?! Gaah… this is really the end. *sniff* Should be an amazing final 3 episodes.

Don’t go ToQgers!

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