Kogure is with Tooma and Umika placing the latest Piece in his book. Tooma and Umika try to keep it cool by not letting Kogure in on their Zamigo hopes. After Kogure leaves, they wonder what’s up with Kairi as he’s been disappearing off by himself lately.
Tooma and Umika decide to follow him one day, but they lose him when they get to the bridge at the wharf. Just then, a Gangler attacks nearby so they hurry over.
They find Dugon Manattee who shows he has done his research on the Lups and Pats. He introduces himself before unleashing a fog using his Piece. He then zaps Tooma and Umika with a beam before he leaves in the fog. They don’t seem to feel anything different. But they begin to worry that they left the gas on or didn’t lock up back at Jurer.
Over at the GSPO, Jim Carter shows the Pats a rendering of Dugon Manattee who has been attacking people the last day.
Noel brings the rendering to Tooma and Umika who both worry Dugon Manattee is the reason Kairi is acting weird.
Down in the underworld, Dugon Manattee continues his research so he can successfully defeat the Lups and Pats. Dogranio commends Dugon’s extra effort and knowledge.
Next day at Jurer, Kairi again sneaks out and Tooma and Umika try to follow him again, this time with Noel.
First, they see Kairi seemingly flirting with an older lady. Umika worries Kairi will marry her, have kids, get a divorce and then grow old alone with no money.
Next, they follow Kairi to a fancy restaurant where he enjoys the food. Tooma thinks Kairi is going to overeat to the point that his stomach triples in size and will get popped by a woodpecker causing him to explode and die.
Then, they follow Kairi to a bookstore. Tooma and Umika worry that he’ll meet the older lady from earlier who actually is an international assassin who wants to kill him only for him to get stuck at the restaurant where he’ll overeat to the point that his stomach is so big that a woodpecker will peck at it, causing him to explode and die.
Noel wonders what the hell is going on with Tooma and Umika.
They continue following Kairi and again lose him at the wharf. Good Striker flies in and they think he’s a woodpecker who’s going to pop Kairi’s huge stomach. But Good Striker just wants to inform them of Dugon Manattee blowing up buildings nearby.
Tooma, Umika and Noel hurry over to confront Dugon Manattee. Tooma and Umika want to know what Dugon did to Kairi. But Kairi appears and says nothing happened to him. He doesn’t understand what Tooma and Umika are talking about when they express their worries, but Noel figures out what’s happened.
Dugon Manattee put a spell on Tooma and Umika, not on Kairi. Dugon’s power amplifies people’s worries. Tooma and Umika collapse to their knees in disbelief.
Noel points out to Kairi that Tooma and Umika had to have already been worried about him for Dugon to have anything to amplify. He asks if Kairi’s done something to worry them this way. Kairi thinks about his insecurities with Keiichiro being an older brother to him.
Kairi realizes Tooma and Umika can see right through his facade. Noel says he’s a little jealous that Kairi’s friends would be as worried as they were for him.
Kairi thanks “Blue” and “Yellow” for worrying about him. He and Noel morph.
Both Kairi and Noel go Super. Kairi is able to grab the Collection Piece before he and Noel finish Dugon Manattee’s first life. Tooma and Umika are released from the worry spell.
Goche embiggens Dugon. The Lups hop into LupinKaiser Magic and X Emperor Slash with Lupin Magnum helping as well. LupinKaiser Magic uses some magic to multiply itself into all of LupinKaiser’s forms. They finish off Dugon.
Later, Kairi shows Tooma and Umika his secret:
He’s been taking care of a stray puppy until he could find it a home, which he has. He apologizes for sneaking around.
Noel and the Pats walk by on their way to Jurer where Noel says the Pats are going to treat him for defeating the Gangler. Noel plays with the puppy.
Kairi approaches Keiichiro and asks for his smartphone. He downloads the game he was playing earlier when Keiichiro asked him about it. Kairi calls him “Kei-chan.”
A little bit of a silly episode. I definitely get what they were trying to do in terms of warming Kairi to Keiichiro’s efforts to be an older brother to him. But I kind of wanted to see them play around with Tooma and Umika being suspicious of Kairi. I think the better power from Dugon would’ve been to make them paranoid about Kairi going about things alone. And then the pay off would’ve been Kairi actually doing things on his own for whatever reason. It would’ve been a good twist.
This episode, it was about Kairi hiding that he found a stray dog. Why so secretive about a dog?
It was definitely a more light filler type of episode. The Keiichiro part felt randomly tacked on at the end and a very underwhelming development (hopefully not resolution) to the Kairi-Keiichiro relationship.
I guess it was nice to show Tooma and Umika truly worried about their friend. But I really do hate when Sentai and Kamen Riders refer to each other by their colors or Rider names and not their given names. It’s so impersonal and especially in an episode like this, it’s annoying when the story itself was more personal and emotional.
I’m looking forward more to the next episode because at least we’ll be getting a different match-up with Tsukasa and Tooma in the underworld. Plus Zamigo pops up again for a few seconds.
Overall for this episode though, it was alright. But things really should be ramping up by now. This kind of episode should’ve been early 30s at the latest.