dryedmangoez http://dryedmangoez.com Television, The Amazing Race, and More! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:05:42 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://dryedmangoez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-icon-32x32.png dryedmangoez http://dryedmangoez.com 32 32 131733355 Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (14) 34 – “That wicked witch lied to me!” http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/22/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-14-34-that-wicked-witch-lied-to-me/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/22/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-14-34-that-wicked-witch-lied-to-me/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:05:42 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15745 Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (14) 34 – Sheriff Skyfire

Cosmo Royale introduces Blammo who can pull explosives out of his body. Suddenly, the legendary Sheriff Skyfire arrives to arrest Blammo. Madame Odius stops Sheriff Skyfire and asks if he can catch the thieves (Rangers) who stole her Nexus Prism. He gladly obliges.

At school, Victor and Monty become student deputies and go around abusing their power. Clint, the security guard comes over to Hayley to cite her 12 times for having Kody inside the school 12 times. He also writes her up for throwing her soda can in the trash instead of the recycle bin. Hayley is upset.

Just then, Mick calls them about Buzzcam activity downtown. They hurry over and it is Sheriff Skyfire. He demands they surrender, but the Rangers morph and they battle.

But Sheriff Skyfire completely outmatches the Rangers. Their fighting almost kills an old lady. They all run over to make sure she’s okay.

Sheriff Skyfire explains the situation, but the Rangers explain the truth. Sheriff Skyfire asks for a full report of all the monsters they’ve defeated so far. Hayley gets a text from the principal and has to meet her.

Madame Odius orders Blammo to plant a bomb in the school junkyard. He sets the timer for 3pm and places it in a trashcan so only the Rangers will die.

Principal Hastings tells Hayley she must separate the trash from the recyclables as punishment for her 13 write ups. She heads to the junkyard and is upset to find Clint has already separated the trash. Now she’ll have to get a different punishment from the principal.

Hayley says Clint should’ve waited and have not done this in the first place since it’s not part of his job. Clint says the recycling center closes in an hour so it had to be done. Hayley says she never knew that. But Clint says she doesn’t have to. All she and the rest of the students have to do is follow a few simple rules, which he tries to enforce to make life a little nicer and safer for everyone.

But instead, the students are huge, disobedient brats so he’s quitting. He’s had enough of being treated like crap.

Clint leaves for the recycling center (with Blammo’s bomb in the bin) and Sheriff Skyfire schools the Rangers on how they should be a little more grateful to people like him and Clint who try to help make the world a better and safer place. The Rangers realize their carelessness.

Sheriff Skyfire shows them the wanted poster of Blammo and Hayley recognizes the bomb from the trash. They manage to track Clint and stop him. They find the bomb. Hayley opens up a hole in the Earth and tosses the bomb in so it can explode safely.

Blammo arrives and the Rangers with Sheriff Skyfire take him on at the Toei Auditorium.

Sheriff Skyfire uses his signature Justice Strike at Blammo. He lets Brody borrow his sword and Brody delivers a Lion Fire Justice Strike to finish Blammo’s first life.

Cosmo Royale Gigantifies Blammo and the Rangers hop into Ninja Blaze Megazord to kill him for good.

Sheriff Skyfire asks the Rangers to take care of Madame Odius while he deals with more important stuff.

The Rangers decide to make an automated trash bin that will spit out trash and recyclables tossed in the wrong bin. The Rangers apologize for being jerks to him and Clint decides not to quit.

The students come to tell Clint about Victor and Monty’s abuse of power. But they get their comeuppance when they eat a science project and turn into Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Episode Thoughts

Another pretty meh episode. The lesson of the week was alright. And funny enough, almost the opposite of its current Sentai cousin which really could care less about rules or laws and the like. Lol

At first though, it seemed like the writers somehow watched too much LuPat making Sheriff Skyfire so dumb and gullible at the beginning. But he worked it out soon enough and he taught the Rangers the good lesson.

The one thing though is that Jiraiya’s appearance made the lack of ninja-ing even more obvious. Jiraiya is obviously a ninja, but no, he’s just a simple space sheriff. This would’ve been a perfect episode to get more ninja-ing into the season. But nope. No luck.

And I know Saban Brands probably don’t care about adapting a Metal Hero in any significant way. But this was such a throwaway ep.

I want to say Victor and Monty were irrelevant again, but actually they served as a good contrast and opposite to the law-abiding Clint the security guard and Sheriff Skyfire. The Willy Wonka ending was completely random though. They should still properly get punished with detention at the very least for stealing people’s stuff. Getting turned into a blueberry, while inconvenient, is not proper punishment.

Overall, just another okay filler of an episode that really should’ve been much different. And better.

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 32 – Challenge to a Duel http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/22/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-32-challenge-to-a-duel/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/22/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-32-challenge-to-a-duel/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:37:02 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15743

The FrankenGangler disembiggens. Goche decides he needs more tweaks, but the Lups attack, hoping to steal the five Collection Pieces. But Noel realizes the five safes are connected and must be opened at the same time.

cap: <i>Noel also sees Goche has the Guéris le monde Collection Piece and he frantically tells the Lups to retreat immediately.

At the GSPO, Jim Carter says the FrankenGangler must be made up of several Ganglers mashed together. Commander Hilltop is in France to discuss what to do.

At Jurer, the Lups try to figure out how to get five people to open the safes. Noel has an idea. Next day, he goes to the GSPO and asks the Pats to help and work with them. The Pats say they should be taking the kaitous into custody, not work with them.

Noel says they should work together to open the safes, grab the Pieces and then defeat the FrankenGangler. Just like they did with Raimon. Keiichiro says it is not the same situation. He points out how the kaitous have let Ganglers get away and allow more people to die after they’ve already gotten what they wanted with the Pieces.

Noel grows angry and challenges Keiichiro to a duel. If Noel wins, the Pats will help the kaitous. If Keiichiro wins, Noel and the kaitous will turn themselves in.

Down in the underworld, Dogranio and Destra go to watch Goche as she finishes the tune-up of the FrankenGangler.

On their way to the duel, Keiichiro is firm on knowing he must use his power to protect people. Noel thinks to himself that he can’t afford to lose.

They both morph and battle. Keiichiro says their mission is to defeat the Ganglers as soon as possible and protect the love and peace of the world. Noel says they can do that while allowing the kaitous to continue stealing Collection Pieces.

Keiichiro says Noel can’t continue being both a cop and a kaitou. But Noel says it’s not about can or can’t. Unlike Keiichiro and “Red-kun,” Noel says he has chosen this path.

Meanwhile, the FrankenGangler starts rampaging downtown and killing thousands of people in buildings, so Tsukasa and Sakuya hurry over. They have trouble against the five safe-heavy Gangler. The Lups arrive and decide to join in.

Noel says he and the kaitous will bring back their loved ones while also defeating the Ganglers. Keiichiro remembers Kairi mentioning his reason for being a kaitou.

Noel wants to take advantage of a distracted Keiichiro.

Tsukasa, Sakuya and the Lups are about to be finished off by the FrankenGangler, but Keiichiro and Noel arrive just in time. They don’t say who won the duel, but Keiichiro has agreed to help open the safes.

The Lups and Pats work together and they are able to open the FrankenGangler’s safes which contain repainted Sentai phone morphers.

The Lups and Pats with Good Striker are able to finish off the FrankenGangler’s first life. Goche appears and embiggens him. Good Striker suggests they continue to all work together and they form Kaiser VSX to finish off the FrankenGangler for good.

Later at Jurer, Kogure is placing the phone Pieces into the book. But he freezes when they tell him about Noel recognizing Goche’s binoculars Piece. Kogure closes the book, takes the two remaining phones and hurries to speak with Noel.

Noel is at the Toei caves and thinks about what happened earlier. Turns out Keiichiro actually won the duel. Noel says he owes Keiichiro one in the future.

At the GSPO, Tsukasa, Sakuya and Jim Carter see Keiichiro must be hurting from losing the duel so they give him space. But Keiichiro is actually thinking about Noel’s revelation about the kaitous needing to collect the Pieces.

Episode Thoughts

So, this was supposed to be another big episode as we get the two teams working together again. But this was not as good as Episode 25. And them mentioning it and defeating Raimon together just emphasizes how there has been no movement in the story since then.

The duel was pretty meaningless because you already know the Lups are not going to turn themselves in. And that’s regardless of who would eventually win the duel. It would’ve been just another way for the Lups (including Noel) to outsmart the Pats once again. That seems to be the goal for the series.

Noel says unlike Keiichiro and Kairi, he has “chosen” this path. Umm… last I checked Keiichiro chose to become a cop. And Kairi has chosen, in a way, to become a kaitou. And I looked at different translations of those lines. They all say the same convoluted thing.

We already know Noel’s situation, whatever it is, is different from the Lups. It’s not as simple as he wants to bring a loved one back from the frozen dead. He’s got a secret and as we learned before, it somehow involves and/or includes Kogure. So there’s nothing new with the sketchy behavior from Kogure at the end of this episode.

My hope is that whatever their secret(s) are, it absolutely pulls the rug right out from under BOTH the Lups and Pats. Otherwise, what’s the point. It would be very surprising if in this “VS” season, Noel and Kogure weren’t a separate faction on their own.

And I think I now understand some people’s feelings during ToQger when they said they were more interested in the villains’ stories than the Rangers. Because that’s exactly how I’m feeling here with LuPat. Especially with Zamigo being one of, if not my favorite character this season and he’s only been on screen for like 4-5 minutes total out of 32 episodes.

There’s a serious lack of character depth for both the Lups and Pats. Everything is so shallow and surface-level. You’ll get a good character episode here and there. But it’s really one step forward, two or more steps back. They’ll always just revert back to the caricatures and the simple set-up of the Lups being amazing and 100% justified in everything they do and the Pats being incompetent, bumbling idiots.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Zi-O, Episode 3 – Doctor Gamer 2018 http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/20/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-3-doctor-gamer-2018/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/20/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-3-doctor-gamer-2018/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:53:03 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15737 Zi-O 3

Geiz and Tsukuyomi are already having breakfast when Sougo comes downstairs. Uncle Junichiro comes in and informs Sougo that both Geiz and Tsukuyomi will be attending his school. Sougo didn’t know both of them were 18 years old.

Uncle Junichiro gives them their lunch and they head to school.

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Downtown, Uhr is surprised by fellow TimeJacker Ora who mocks him a little about backing Build to become the new king and failing. She says she has her own plan.

Ora makes her way to 2016 and enters a contract with a father whose son is sick and being transported to the hospital. She inserts a Watch into him and turns him into Another Ex-Aid.

On the way to school, Geiz and Tsukuyomi say they’re only going so they can keep an eye on him.

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Sougo goes about his school day, but Geiz and Tsukuyomi creepily follow him everywhere. When Sougo thinks he’s gotten away from them on the rooftop, they are there waiting for him. He is able to trick them and sneak off to the gym equipment room to eat his lunch in peace.

But also hiding out in the equipment room is his classmate and friend Owata who has cut class to try and finish a GENM-produced video game that is supposedly unbeatable. Sougo says Owata can be his royal head of computer security.

Coach hears the noise coming out of the equipment room and Sougo steps out to make it seem it’s only him and not Owata who’d get in trouble for cutting. Coach tells Sougo to come see him after class.

Owata thanks Sougo for covering for him. But as Owata plays, a sudden glow from the game and Another Ex-Aid appears in the room.

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Another Ex-Aid shoves Sougo to the floor and grabs Owata, making him unconscious.

Sougo henshins, but Another Ex-Aid disappears.

Geiz and Tsukuyomi find them and they bring Owata to the hospital. The doctor says it is the same symptoms as others who have mysteriously fallen unconscious recently, but they have no idea what is causing it.

Sougo knows the cause is Another Ex-Aid. He tells Geiz and Tsukuyomi that they must do everything they can to find and stop it.

Geiz says Sougo shouldn’t get any more involved in this because Sougo may possibly take another past Rider’s power like with Build who then disappeared. That just means Sougo is indeed on the path to becoming Oma Zi-O, so Sougo should stay out of this.

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Sougo says he can’t just ignore someone suffering or in danger, especially a friend. “Haven’t you ever felt like that, Geiz?”

Geiz grabs Sougo’s collar. “I have. … So much that I don’t have any emotions left.”

Geiz flashes back to when Oma Zi-O killed all of their comrades, including one seemingly very special guy.

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Sougo picks up the video game and realizes it is the key. They head back to the shop to figure out how to play it. Tsukuyomi searches the internets and finds out more information. No one has ever cleared the game before. But Sougo gives it a try.

Turns out Sougo sucks at video games. Geiz inadvertently suggests they have to find a pro gamer to play the game. Tsukuyomi finds one… Genius Gamer M.

Sougo runs around the city trying to find M, but no luck. Just then, Another Ex-Aid has attacked another gamer, but it disappears before Sougo can get to it.

Woz pops up and tells Sougo that this new victim has been taken to Seito University Hospital.

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Geiz and Tsukuyomi meet Sougo at the hospital and overhear nurses talking about Emu taking another unscheduled day off. They talk about him staying up all night playing video games.

They ask the nurses about him, but Hiiro appears and asks them what they could possibly want with Emu.

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The nurses fangirl over Hiiro. But Tsukuyomi steps up and says they need help with an unclearable game.

Hiiro speaks with them more and tells them about the mysterious unconscious people who’ve been admitted here as well. He says Emu was also trying to figure out the cause on his own. They had spoken about it the other day and Emu decided he would play the game himself to find out if there is a connection.

They head to Emu’s office and Hiiro shows them a note Emu left before disappearing without notice. Hiiro hands it to Geiz.

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Later, Geiz sees the note is written in German and translates it for them. Sougo realizes they are game controls. He tries it, following the directions in the note. The final direction is to press all controls at once.

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Something happens in the game the three of them get sucked in.

They find themselves in a warehouse in the game. Right where Another Ex-Aid is waiting.

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Sougo and Geiz henshin and they battle Another Ex-Aid. Geiz uses Drive Armor and Sougo uses Build. Together, they are able to defeat Another Ex-Aid, for now, and are surprised when a human man appears in its place.

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Suddenly, Emu appears. He says he didn’t think anyone else would be able to enter the game area. But now he has to stop them.

Emu henshins to Level 2.

Episode 3.5 Recap

Tsukuyomi recaps the end of the regular episode and wonders what Emu’s true motives are in attacking. She directly asks Emu.

Emu says he can’t say anything now because it would be a spoil next week.

Sougo wants to know why a man popped out of Another Rider. He wonders if Another Riders are actually humans who have transformed. Geiz says that’s exactly what it is, just as it was shown in Episode 1.

“Didn’t you watch the episode?!” Geiz asks. Sougo says he and Tsukuyomi didn’t have time to watch the episode since they were the lead stars of it and didn’t have much free time like Geiz did.

Geiz asks if Emu watched the episode. He wouldn’t have agreed to guest star if he didn’t. Before Emu can say anything more, the four them are suddenly frozen in time as Ora pops in.

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Ora says she has two spoilers, one good one and one really bad one. First, TimeJackers change the future for the people they enter into contracts with. Those people, in turn, become Another Riders.

But the viewers already know that.

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The other, very bad spoiler has to do with the reason the TimeJackers are doing this in the first place. They are trying to support the emergence of a new king. And there will be a time when Heisei Era Riders will fight against each other to determine who that will be.

Ora says this is a secret even the production staff doesn’t know about.

Emu says all spoilers are bad. Ora tells them to just forget she was ever here. She winks and leaves, unfreezing everyone.

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Tsukuyomi says they have to stop the fight to find a new king. She suggests they try to persuade the writer. But Geiz says they should go higher and try to eliminate the two producers. Sougo suggests they should just go all out and blow up all of Toei’s Tokyo’s studios instead.

The three of them leave to go do that.

Emu screams about spoilers.

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Episode Thoughts

Well, I certainly feel a little better after this episode. They took things a little more slowly this time, which should be expected after the premiere and second episode. But even while there is still a lot of confusion and questions, the slower pace and allowing time to breathe helped make things a little more accessible.

While it’s been established in previous seasons, Build reminded us that there are parallel universes/dimensions/timelines. Each of which has their own respective Riders protecting the love and peace.

So taking that into consideration, plus Woz’s opening narration, I’m now going with the idea that every time Sougo and Co. travel back in time to gain a new Rider power, they create a brand new timeline.

That is, the original timeline still exists, but as soon as Sougo goes back and messes with it, a new timeline diverges from it. So after the first two episodes for example, the original Build timeline where Sento and Ryuga live happily ever after still exists. But there’s also a new timeline/dimension where Build no longer exists and it is Takumi (with the face of Satou Tarou) that is living happily ever after with Ryuga.

Does that make sense? lol

I don’t remember which series I’ve watched before with time traveling and how each time that person changed something in the past, he basically created a new timeline. And by the end of the series, there was an understanding that there’s basically several parallel timelines/universes that co-exist.

Actually, I think that might have been the Korean drama Nine: Nine Time Travels or even the lighter Operation: Proposal.

Either way, that kind of helps me understand Zi-O a little better. Or at least grasp some ideas a little better to allow me to focus on other things and try and enjoy what’s going on.

Now, Episode 3.5 throws more meta shade at Toei by way of self-deprecating humor. But Ora basically says the TimeJackers’ mission is to find one of the Legend Riders and have that person become the king instead of Zi-O. So them using Another Riders makes sense I guess. In the current timeline, Sougo has defeated all Another Riders (or the actual Riders themselves) to become Oma Zi-O. Though the monuments to the fallen Riders that we see from the future is definitely an interesting consideration.

One question though is how does Geiz have the Ghost and Drive Watches then? Did he get them from Another Ghost and Another Drive along the way sometime in the future? Did he take them? Did they willingly give them to him?

Who knows?!

But again, there was more helpful exposition in the .5 episode that should be in-series.

Anyway, back to the real episode itself.

Geiz and Tsukuyomi following Sougo around school was actually pretty cute. It’s like a fun high school-y type of thing to do. The breakfast scene too. And I appreciate how it establishes the relationship between the three at the start. It diffuses some of the heavier tension from the first two episodes and instead gives the situation a much lighter feel. I think until we can sort out the mechanics of the time hopping and power transferring and all that, a lighter dynamic between the three is a good thing.

I do like the characterizations of our main three so far. Sougo is the typical positive high schooler who takes this new responsibility in stride. A little goofy, a little naïve, but no doubt someone who wants to do the right thing and help people. Also with a strange obsession for becoming a king. lol Geiz is the tsundere guy who has experienced pain and trauma, which is why he is the way he is as a cold, broody guy. But deep down, he’s a good and honorable guy who’ll turn into a softie that can still kick your ass in the end. And Tsukuyomi is hopeful and positive with some random kawaii moments thrown in for the fans. But she too is very capable of protecting herself as well. (Hope she gets her own Driver in the future. Her being part of the Superhero Time bumper seems to suggest maybe that’s possible.)

Overall, I enjoyed this episode. I enjoyed last week’s episode mainly because of Sentumi and Ryuga. But this episode was much more accessible with its slower pace and calming down after the frantically paced opening episodes.

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Good Ol’ Review: A Welcome Visit with Old Friends on Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/19/good-ol-review-a-welcome-visit-with-old-friends-on-uchu-sentai-kyuranger-vs-space-squad/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/19/good-ol-review-a-welcome-visit-with-old-friends-on-uchu-sentai-kyuranger-vs-space-squad/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:02:40 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15735 Kyuranger vs Space Squad

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
WARNING! MAJOR spoilers

I have definitely been missing Kyuranger. So once I saw that Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad was finally available to watch, I knew I had to watch it immediately.

And I was not disappointed. It was so much fun and even a little comforting to be able to visit with our saviors of the galaxy one more time. All of the elements of the series that I love and remember were present here in this movie. And with some trademark Koichi Sakamoto action thrown in.

To add to the nostalgia I already had with missing Kyuranger, we get an All-Star team of some of the best villains from the last decade.

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The basic premise of the movie is pretty simple and even a little predictable. The Kyurangers are shocked to find Hammie is working with an evil terrorist organization and has stolen four Neo Kyutamas, a new, ready to be mass-produced Kyutama that can help in the recovery efforts of the galaxy which is still trying to rebuild after Jark Matter’s reign of terror.

But the Kyurangers are split into two groups, especially after Hammie injures Supreme Commander Ronpo in a confrontation. One side wants to take Hammie into custody and is led by President Tsurugi along with Commander Stinger, Raptor and with some initial help from Naga and Balance. The other side who trusts Hammie has a good reason for what she’s doing is led by Lucky and includes Champ, Kotaro and Spada. Garou, who has married and has a new baby, comes in after an all out battle between the two sides.

Eventually, it is discovered that Space Ninja Demost of the Genmakuu organization has just been manipulating Hammie into retrieving the Neo Kyutamas and eliminating the Kyurangers. Once that’s all cleared up, the Kyurangers are all able to reunite and defeat Demost with also some help from Gavan, Geki Jumonji and Shaider, Shu Karasuma.

The story itself is certainly familiar and even predictable. But what makes it work is the characters themselves. And especially their relationships and bond that they formed throughout the series with each other and with us the viewer. Throughout the film, almost every story beat comes back to the Kyurangers’ relationships with each other. And for a movie that is basically a civil war, having people who you know are close and consider each other family end up fighting each other, it legitimizes and gives depth to the tension and confusion that comes about for this situation.

There were some really great moments in terms of character beats such as Champ and Kotaro unhappy with Stinger’s decision to side with Tsurugi against Hammie. Then there’s Tsurugi, countering Lucky, pointing to how while they believed in miracles and each other to bring them out of tough situations, they’ve got to be more practical now.

And of course Commander Ronpo’s words of wisdom when the rest of the Kyurangers needed it most.

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And then the climactic civil war battle. It was equal parts emotional and exciting. You had the Kyurangers paired up and fighting with the ones they had the most significant backstories with from the series.

For example, Stinger versus Champ and Kotaro. Or the implied lovebirds Spada and Raptor. And of course our two Reds, Lucky and Tsurugi. Meanwhile, Naga and Balance on the outside unsure of who to side with, but knowing that they all shouldn’t be fighting each other was also very much in character for them as well. Garou coming to Lucky’s aide of course is what we expect from him too. And Commander Ronpo being Commander Ronpo is already a win. Though I certainly have a major gripe about how he was used during the movie which I’ll talk about in a little bit.

And finally Hammie, the star of the film. Throughout the film, even when we are still to believe that something has gone terribly wrong with her, we see her hesitation and internal struggle. We can see that she knows what she’s doing must hurt her friends. And it is shown through subtle moments or the more outward expressions of her beginning to doubt and even maybe regret her decision. It was also awesome to see badassHammie here as well.

None of this would work without that foundation that was built and fostered during the series. All 12 of our saviors of the galaxy legitimately and sincerely care about each other and regard each other as family. As an audience member, you wouldn’t care about people having a civil war if they weren’t even close or liked each other in the first place. And there are certainly Sentai and even Kamen Rider teams or allies that don’t have that close of a bond. But with Kyuranger, the characters and their relationships really are able to be the strong foundation for any story. And that’s what made this a really enjoyable and exciting film.

My only complaint really is the lack of Commander Ronpo in battle including the lack of him in the final decisive battle and roll call where he doesn’t even appear let alone able to morph into Ryu Commander.

Though this was a team up between the Kyurangers and Space Squad, as the title suggests, Geki and Shu really played a very supporting role to the 12 Kyurangers. Though since it’s already been established that there is that relationship between the Space Squad and the Kyurangers by way of the crossover in-series, this movie very much played out like a traditional Returns film instead of a huge or traditional Toei Universe team up.

Still it was fun to see Geki and Shu again. I had actually forgotten that Hiroaki Iwanaga was nuShaider.

And that brings us to our All-Star team of villains. It was definitely amazing to see Escape, Basco and Juzo again.

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And though I’ll have not watched Gekiranger, but definitely watched Jungle Fury, I still was able to feel Mele’s presence and importance to the story. Even with just the short clips that they included during the film and with the little information that I know about Mele’s character, the film made a really good job of connecting her and Hammie with their similarities as well as being a great way to touch up on what I understand and appreciate as a truly great story of from a previous Sentai season.

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With Basco, Escape and Juzo, I was expecting maybe a little more from them. If anything, they were just glorified cameos. But I certainly can’t complain because just the sight of them is certainly a welcome one. And getting to see them battle one more time was really just a wonderful experience. Especially as they were fighting my favorite Sentai team of all time. (Well, tied with ToQger of course. Hehe)

The Stinger vs Basco and Spada vs Escape face offs were particularly enjoyable. Spada vs Escape was kinda hot. lol

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Also a special mention to Yuko Takayama, aka Wizard‘s Rinko-chan who also did a great job in the film especially the big reveal that she was indeed Demost.

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And of course the final fun Easter egg featuring Mao Ichimichi/M•A•O returning so Luka and Raptor can go at it over one of Spada’s macarons.

But we bring it all back to the Kyurangers. Like I mentioned, this played out more like a Kyuranger Returns film and not so much a big crossover event. But the strongest aspect certainly was being able to use and draw upon the relationships between the Kyurangers to put together a sincerely emotional and exciting film.

I wanted this movie to make me cry. Good tears of course. And I certainly did during that climactic confrontation between the Kyurangers. Now, I certainly wanted a little more. But honestly, I don’t know that I really would have anything but positive things to say. The fact that I’ve been missing the Kyurangers so much since it ended, really made me excited and just really appreciative that I get this one, maybe last, opportunity to see all the Kyurangers together as a team.

Kyuranger vs Space Squad

Though, we certainly never know in the future. =)

Lucky’s Luckys of the Movie

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Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (13) 33 – “That’s ripe!” http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/16/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-13-33-thats-ripe/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/16/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-13-33-thats-ripe/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:10:03 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15731 Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (13) 33 – Prepare to Fail

Madame Odius welcomes General Tynamon and his galaxy famous fighter Brax. Badonna is a huge fan of Brax and wants them to get to know each other very intimately. Tynamon calls Badonna a minx and tells her to keep her paws off his fighter.

Badonna warns Tynamon not to get too testy with her because she knows his big secret and she will not hesitate to tell the whole universe.

At school, Sarah is the only person in class who got an A+ on the first part of the math test. Later in the park, the Rangers are helping each other study when Levi is bombarded with fans hoping to get his autograph. He tells the others to go on ahead and he’ll catch up.

Sarah doesn’t seem that interested in studying though, feeling confident after her A+ earlier. She wants to go to the movies to see Train on the Run 6 instead.

Just then, Badonna and Tynamon appear with some Basher Bots. They introduce Brax and the Rangers morph. Brody slashes at Brax and he whimpers like a puppy, afraid.

Badonna goes to care for him. Tynamon tells the Basher Bots to retreat as well, leaving the Rangers confused. Levi arrives and they all head back to the command shop.

Redbot says this does not make any sense. But Sarah is pretty happy with today’s events. An easy win against a Galaxy Warrior and an easy test. She decides to go to the movies while the others go study.

First, Mick asks Sarah about the mess. She explains that she’s been working on a SuperStar Blade upgrade. Mick asks if they can work on finishing it together. But Sarah says there’s no hurry, especially since Brax is so weak. So she heads to the movies.

Over at Galaxy Warriors, Brax reveals he was just pretending to be weak to have the Rangers let their guard down.

The next day, Sarah is caught by surprise when she sees what’s on part two of the test. Victor and Monty try to fart their way out of taking the test after failing part one. But Mrs. Finch has gas masks for everyone.

Victor and Monty rush through their test and they literally burst through the door so they can unload their poop as soon as possible.

After class, the Rangers all are happy with their tests. But Sarah thinks it is so unfair how today’s test was so much harder than yesterdays… because she got an ‘F’. Mrs. Finch hears her complaint and drops the mic by saying sometimes tests and challenges in life are hard, not always easy. But you should be prepared. Especially after she told them to study yesterday.

Mick calls the Rangers to tell them Brax is back. They hurry over to the quarry where Brax continues to pretend until he decides it’s time to let the Rangers know exactly what he’s capable of.

The Rangers try a whiplash and rock shot attack, but Brax just swats it back at them and they get slammed to the ground. The Rangers retreat back to the command shop.

The Rangers realize the parallels between Sarah & math and them & Brax. Sarah decides to finish the SuperStar Blades while the others figure out how to wear Brax down.

Sarah finishes the SuperStar Blades and they head out to meet Brax. They morph and they battle.

Sarah uses the Lion Fire Star in the new Blade and she is able to really wear down Brax. That allows the Rangers to deliver a Super Star Slash final attack.

Badonna pushes the button for a Gigantify and the Rangers hop into the Ninja Steel Megazord and Ninja Blaze Megazord. Badonna sends four Skullgators down and Brax returns to the ship.

Back at school, Victor and Monty have fixed the classroom door. Sarah tells Mrs. Finch about how wrong she was about being overconfident and she’s been studying all the things she got wrong. Mrs. Finch decides to let her retake the test tomorrow.

Sarah hugs Mrs. Finch and thanks her.

Monty eats more beans and his fart is so explosive, the door gets farted to pieces.

Episode Thoughts

OMG are you kidding me with this? Seriously with the fart jokes for a second week in a row?! I cannot even.

If we removed the farts and poop and diarrhea stuff, this would’ve been a pretty good episode.

The lesson of the week wasn’t as heavy handed as it usually is, so it worked very well in conjunction with the introduction of Tynamon and Brax. Sarah being the focus also seems to help as her last focus ep was relatively solid in plot as well.

I’m intrigued by how Ninja Steel uses Tynamon and Brax. Especially Tynamon, considering his role in Ninninger.

BUT OMG it is definitely weird to see them turn Badonna into Brax’s “fan” considering the source material where Ariake no Kata and Mangetsu had that disgusting abusive incestuous relationship. (Eeek!) Obviously, they weren’t going to bring that over across the Pacific. But I always like to see Power Rangers do something different and interesting when adapting generals from Sentai. I hope they do something good with them.

I did like the new music they used when they first retreated to the command shop. That was very exciting music, though I wish the scene itself matched how exciting and dramatic the music was. The scene of them getting ravaged by Brax should’ve been much bigger to emphasize how outmatched they were. But then the next scene with the SuperStar Blade kind of made it seem like a deus ex machina instead of something the Rangers needed to work on for an episode or two.

Overall, a much better episode than the last few weeks. Maybe the best episode since the hiatus.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Zi-O, Episode 2 – Best Match 2017 http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/15/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-2-best-match-2017/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/15/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-2-best-match-2017/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 09:13:18 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15727 Zi-O 2

Geiz uses the power of Ghost to attack Sougo. Geiz says he has nothing against the present Sougo, but he must do this for the future. Geiz prepares a Ghost Finish Time Omega Time Burst attack at Sougo, but Tsukuyomi blocks it in her Time Mazine.

Tsukuyomi tells Sougo to run for it. He notices a “bike” watch on his arm so he uses it to summon his bike. Geiz also has a bike and he chases after Sougo only to lose him when Sougo hides by the side of the road.

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Tsukuyomi finds Geiz who is upset with her stopping him from finishing off would-be-Oma Zi-O. He asks why she did that, but she isn’t sure herself.

Elsewhere, Uhr taps the basketballer’s forehead and he rises. He inserts another watch into him and he’s back to being Another Build.

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Sougo runs into Woz again. He introduces himself and says unlike Tsukuyomi-kun and Geiz-kun, he is Sougo’s ally.

Woz says according to his book, Sougo will be crowed king of time by walking the path of military conquest. There are TimeJackers who are trying to prevent this from happening.

“Is everyone trying to rewrite history?” Sougo asks. Woz says yes and that he is the only one who is trying to preserve the original timeline. He will do everything he can to make sure Sougo stays on the path to becoming the demon king.

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As they are walking along, Tsukuyomi and Geiz encounter Another Build sucking in some baseball players. Geiz initially says they should just ignore them, but he henshins after all and takes on Another Build.

Sougo arrives back at the shop and is surprised to see Woz waiting for him. Woz says he forgot to tell him about Another Build, that is “Kamen Rider Build.” Sougo remembers meeting Sento and says Another Build is an impostor. But Woz says the TimeJackers have changed history and Another Build is now the real Build.

Woz is not sure what has happened to Sento. But Sougo cannot defeat Another Build. He then tells him that Geiz is fighting it right now.

Sougo hurries over and is able to shield Geiz and Tsukuyomi from Another Build’s baseball attack. Sougo asks if they’re okay before he goes over to fight Another Build. Tsukuyomi and Geiz are now really unsure if Sougo is indeed the Oma Zi-O they know.

Sougo delivers a Time Break kick at Another Build. But another Another Build just pops up. Sougo realizes he must find the real Build so he hurries off.

Sougo heads to Nascita and opens the fridge door… only to find a fridge. Just then, two familiar faces walk into the café, excited after having just attended a Tsunagizu concert. Sougo approaches them, but they don’t remember him.

Sougo says he’s from the future and asks if he can borrow Build and Cross-Z, but they have no idea what he’s talking about.

Geiz is able to destroy another Another Build. That seems to snap Sento and Ryuga out of it and they pull out Watches from their pockets. Sentumi seems to remember something and hands the now filled Watch over to Sougo, telling Ryuga to do the same.

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“Say hi to my past self!”

Geiz is forced to dehenshin. Sougo arrives and he has realized what they have to do. He hands Geiz the Cross-Z Watch and says they must go back in time to fight Another Build… with Build.

Sougo and Geiz hop into their Time Mazines and make their way back to 2017. Another Build continues rampaging and sucking people into Bottles. Sento and Ryuga arrive.

Another Build runs over to Ryuga and hugs him as they are a Best Match.

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Ryuga pushes Another Build off of him and runs over to Sento.
“Creepy!”
“I feel a bit jealous.”

Sento and Ryuga henshin, but their power appears to be unstable. Another Build swallows the swimming and archery Bottles it made earlier and attacks Sento and Ryuga. But Sougo and Geiz arrive just in time.

Sento and Ryuga run towards Sougo, but Uhr appears and freezes them. He asks Sougo not to interfere in their efforts to bring about a new king. Sougo realizes Uhr is a TimeJacker.

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Uhr introduces himself and explains how he changed the should-be-dead-basketballer’s timeline and made his time start again. Sougo says while the hands of a clock can be stopped, started and turned back, human life cannot. And the basketballer is the only one who can decide his own future.

Uhr says that’s a very interesting thing for him to say, but it’s very Zi-O. He looks forward to seeing what future Sougo decides for himself.

Uhr leaves and Sougo and Geiz henshin.

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The four Riders stand side by side, but Sento and Ryuga are forced to dehenshin. They say their powers are disappearing, so they will leave the rest to Sougo and Geiz.

Another Build takes Sougo into the ground, but Geiz uses his Ghost Watch to save Sougo. Sougo realizes he can use the Build Watch as well.

Woz appears and says that using the Watch means Sougo has accepted inheriting Build’s power. He says that according to the book, Sougo’s victory depends upon taking the responsibility that comes with that power.

Sougo accepts. He locks the Watch into his Driver and gets his Build armor.

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Woz proclaims Sougo’s inheriting of his first Rider power. Sento shows Sougo how to do his pose before Sougo charges at Another Build.

Sougo and Geiz work together to wear Another Build down. Sougo tries what Sento whispered for him to do. He pretends to crank his Driver and he delivers a Vortec Time Break at Another Build with Geiz’ Extreme Shot helping to finish him off for good.

The basketballer is back in his regular human form and the Another Build Watch is destroyed.

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Geiz asks Sougo why he had the Build Watches since they’re not supposed to have them in the first place. Sougo asks Sento to take the two Watches.

Sento says his name is Katsuragi Takumi. But he’ll take the Watches just the same.

Sougo tells Geiz that he doesn’t know what’s going on, other than that the blank Watches will become the Build Watch in the future. Even if history changes, Sento will still choose the path to becoming Build and Ryuga will still become Cross-Z.

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Takumi and Ryuga wave goodbye to Sougo and Geiz as they fly back to 2018.

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Back in 2018, Geiz and Tsukuyomi are still confused about Sougo and how he could become Oma Zi-O. Geiz notes that Sougo defeated Another Build, but Kamen Rider Build disappeared from history. And Sougo obtained the Build Watch. Thus, he’s still on the path towards Oma Zi-O.

Next morning, Uncle Junichiro wakes Sougo for breakfast and introduces him to their two new boarders… Tsukuyomi and Geiz!

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Tsukuyomi says she will be observing Sougo closely to see if he really will become Oma Zi-O.

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Geiz, meanwhile, warns Sougo that he’s just itching to take him out.

Woz teases that the next legend Rider guest star is Emu!

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Recap: Episode 2.5

Sougo has some questions, so he heads back to Nascita to talk to Sento Takumi and Ryuga.

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Sougo wants to know why Build’s power disappeared and why Takumi is no longer Sento.

Takumi says there are three rules. Rule #1, the same Rider’s power cannot coexist in the same time. So two Builds cannot exist together which is why Uhr changed the past to create Another Build resulting in Sento no longer being Build.

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The timeline that had Katsuragi Takumi becoming Kiryu Sento is now gone. That means the Build season no longer exists. But when Another Build is defeated, the timeline is restored until another Another Build appears.

Rule #2 states that Another Rider can only be defeated by the same Rider’s power. That is, Another Build can only be defeated by someone who has inherited Build Armor.

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Sougo asks why that is. “Hell if I know!” Takumi says and he suggests everyone keeps watching every week to find out why.

Ryuga has a question though. Takumi became Sento after the face change. So why does Takumi now have the same face as Sento/Satou Tarou.

Takumi changes the subject and gives Rule #3, Don’t ask questions and accept things as they are or you’ll get kicked by a horse.

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Episode Thoughts

OMG. It’s only episode 2 and I’m already confused. lol

Like, do I even want to try and understand how the time traveling works and which timeline we’re in now and how it affects previous seasons and if whether or not Sento Takumi and Ryuga got married and are the biggest Tsunagizu fanboys ever? I mean, what in the world is going on?!

So many things getting thrown at us! I don’t even know where to begin!

So, I liked the first episode. It was fun and had that little bit of nostalgia (of a show that just ended the week before lol) that you look for in an anniversary season. But then this episode comes along and things have changed and the butterfly effect kicks in and that’s where things start to get crazy.

What’s even crazier is that Episode 2.5 seems to spell out some important exposition that really should be in the main episode and would’ve at least eased some of that confusion as well.

That and the “Don’t ask questions or you’ll get kicked by a horse.” rule too which I think might be very good to keep in mind all season. lol Honestly, after this episode, I kind of take it like the Movie Wars and Super Hero Taisens and various crossovers, I guess. All of this can be in continuity if you want. If you don’t want it to be, then it won’t.

That’s a little disappointing though. That we basically just have to go with it and not overthink things or find reasonable explanations and stories that make sense.

Of course, I wish and hope everything can fit in the greater Kamen Rider universe. But I know that’s a very high expectation.

But even accepting that things aren’t going to fit perfectly, the basic mechanics of how this season will work really got fuzzy this episode. Very strange. It seems like things moved a little too fast and we’re getting too much stuff all at once. Obviously, they aren’t going to reveal everything now. Not everything is going to be explained in the first two episodes. But I think they could’ve used some time to slow down and solidify the basic premise first.

I dunno. I still enjoyed the episode even if I had no idea what was going on. lol Maybe it’s because it was fun seeing how they are going all in and playing up the geiz… I mean, the bromance between Sento and Ryuga. The jealousy, the opening up a cafe together; it was fun.

The parallel they were drawing between Sento/Ryuga and Sougo/Geiz was the probably the only thing I understood. lol And I have a feeling Sougo will be learning a great life lesson from each of the legendary Riders he meets.

Woz is a very interesting character. You know there’s definitely more to him than a simple servant of Oma Zi-O and a prophet with a cool book. His opening narration was fun this episode, but it would get a little old if he spoils the episode he’s introducing every week. lol

Should be interesting to see how long Tsukuyomi and Geiz have to “observe” Sougo until they come to a conclusion about what they do to him in 2018/2019.

Overall, while I enjoyed watching this episode, I am definitely confused and a little worried about how things will play out during the season. But it is only Episode 2.

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 31 – The Gangler Who Surrendered http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/14/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-31-the-gangler-who-surrendered/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/14/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-31-the-gangler-who-surrendered/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:52:08 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15724

The Lups already have the Collection Piece as they take care of Golems and safe-head Podamans. Destra and Goche are observing the proceedings for Goche’s experiment.

Meanwhile, the Pats find Yoshi Uraza being chased and beaten by Podamans. They take care of the Podamans and Yoshi begs for them to take him into custody,

At the GSPO, the Pats are interrogating Yoshi who says he wants to change and live a peaceful life. He’s give them important Gangler information in exchange for leniency.

Noel insists the Gangler won’t ever tell the truth, but the Pats and Commander Hilltop are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Jim Carter says a little bit of new info might be worth the risk.

Sakuya has an idea on how to get the information without making a plea deal. He and Keiichiro dress up as detectives and give it a try.

Sakuya takes the lead, but while Yoshi humors him for a little bit, it doesn’t work.

Sakuya has another plan, but this time it involves Commander Hilltop and Jim Carter dressing up as very familiar characters.

“I’ll plug a banana in your tailpipe!”

It doesn’t work either and Yoshi points out that Hilltop and Jim Carter seem to have their characters switched. But Sakuya’s got one last idea, this time for Tsukasa and Noel.

Tsukasa says she’ll just question Yoshi normally and asks Noel not to be too touchy-feely with the safe. Yoshi is in GSPO Japan’s custody, not GSPO France HQ.

Tsukasa asks why Yoshi was being chased by Podamans, but he doesn’t want to answer. She presents him with the documents for the plea deal and his new identity. Noel notices Yoshi’s safe glowing as he is excited to see the papers.

Tsukasa asks how he got injured. He says he’s just been a bother to the Ganglers so they attacked him. Tsukasa asks if it hurts, which surprises Yoshi and he calls her an “unexpectedly nice lady.”

Down in the underworld, Goche prepares the fruit of her experiment. She finds there is a delicate balance between more safes on a Gangler and the ease of control with so many.

Back at the GSPO, Tsukasa reports to Commander Hilltop and says they’re making good progress with Yoshi. Commander Hilltop says she can continue to take the lead.

Noel asks to speak with Tsukasa and warns she shouldn’t get any closer to the Gangler. Tsukasa says if Yoshi really regrets his past actions, then offering him a plea deal is fine.

Over at Jurer, it’s Noel who gets interrogated by the Lups who are upset he didn’t just swipe the Collection Piece. “That’s the only reason you’re a cop, after all,” Tooma says

Noel says he should’ve, but Tsukasa was being so sincere. Kairi says he gets it and Umika wonders if there’s a way to take the Piece without hurting Tsukasa. Tooma says the longer they wait, the more Tsukasa will be hurt.

Tsukasa meets with Yoshi and says his application has been approved. She asks what he will do with his new life. Yoshi wants to go back and enjoy his youths.

He imagines what that could be like. High school Keiichiro wants to be a policeman when he grows up. High school Sakuya wants to be a YouTuber. Tsukasa wants to be the head of the stuffed toy department at a toy company. Yoshi wants to be a good housewife.

Tsukasa says that’s interesting. And to celebrate, she brings him a bowl of katsudon. She sits down to eat with him. He finishes his bowl quick. Tsukasa sees there’s some rice on his lip and she takes it and eats it.

Yoshi decides to tell her that his injury is because of Goche’s forced experiments including ripping off his safes. Before she could rip off his last safe, he was able to barely escape.

He warns Tsukasa to be careful of Goche as she gathering up safes for something crazy. She thanks him for the information.

Later, Noel calls someone in France.

Next day, Commander Hilltop tells Tsukasa that France HQ called and they want Yoshi transferred to them immediately. Tsukasa realizes what’s going on and she finds Noel to ask him why he would do this.

Tsukasa insists Yoshi has really decided on turning his life around. Noel says he can’t answer any of her questions.

Noel leaves and Tsukasa punches the wall. The Pats are driving Yoshi to the airport. Yoshi thanks Tsukasa for everything she’s done for him.

Podamans suddenly attack their car. Keiichiro and Sakuya morph to take on the Podamans while Tsukasa takes Yoshi to safety. She tells him to run while she holds any Podamans off.

Yoshi says he can’t leave her alone here. He wants to give her his Collection Piece. He places it in her hands, but a cuckoo clock bird suddenly pops out of Yoshi’s face and his demeanor changes.

Yoshi doesn’t recognize Tsukasa at all and demands she hand over his Piece. She tries to ask what’s happened, but Yoshi tells her not to call him by his name since they’re not friends. He grabs her by the neck and slams her against the fence.

Noel arrives and shoots at Yoshi to release Tsukasa from his grasp. Noel explains that the Collection Piece switches Good and Evil. That is, the more evil a person, the more good they appear with it.

Tsukasa drops the Piece and of course Noel picks it up.

“You knew this would happen!” Tsukasa says. She remembers his warnings to her earlier.

Noel says even if Tsukasa was gullible, at least she was sincere about it.

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Noel morphs into Patren-X. Keiichiro and Sakuya arrive. “So there’s no such thing as a good Gangler after all?” Keiichiro declares.

Tsukasa hardens herself and she morphs. She charges at Yoshi and the Pats take him on. After Tsukasa Rider Kicks him, Good Striker flies in and they combine into Ugou. They deliver a One Hit Strike to finish off Yoshi’s first life.

Goche’s creation from earlier appears and the Pats are surprised to see it with four safes all over his body. One of the Pieces undoes Ugou. Good Striker says that the Gangler has Bad Boys which weakens the entire Collection and cancels out Good Striker’s power.

Goche appears and finds there’s nothing left in Yoshi’s safe. Oh well, she says.

Tsukasa remembers Yoshi’s warning to her about Goche and safes.

Goche slaps Yoshi’s safe onto the Gangler and fixes it before telling it to go rampage.

The Gangler embiggens. Noel says this is Status Quintuple. Keiichiro shoots Good Striker who is unsure. They hop into PatKaiser as Noel tries to stop them.

Keiichiro does not allow Good Striker to talk and they proceed to shoot a Bullet Strike at the Gangler only to have the attack blocked. The Gangler uses the multiple Pieces to easily attack PatKaiser.

Keiichiro wants to go Strong, but the Gangler prepares a huge attack. Noel tells them to run, but it’s too late. The attack hits PatKaiser, they ungattai and get shot away.

Episode Thoughts

Well, my Pat-biased self definitely enjoyed most of this episode. lol

The end definitely reverted back to “Pats are foolishly reckless and gullible. Lups are reasonable, smart and clever.”

But the rest of the episode was very fun and something I always wish Sentai or Kamen Rider to do more off. That is, having nice, sympathetic MOTWs. I almost hate when they actually do it because it always ends badly or sad. Just like here where Tsukasa’s sincere feelings get stomped on and thrown in the trash.

I think Sentai and Kamen Rider should do at least one of these every season. Having a villain monster of the week redeem themselves or something AND stay alive. Jealoushitto is one of the best characters, period, of Sentai I’ve seen since I started watching. A comic relief MOTW that became a great recurring character. And then there’s the Roidmude that copied Kyu on Kamen Rider Drive. That was so emotional.

It makes for a good story. And it adds to the character development of whichever regular character is the focus of that story. In this case, it was Tsukasa. Ignoring the “You’re too gullible” aspect of her feeling for Yoshi (and even the Pats, Hilltop and Jim Carter’s trust in Yoshi as well), that she was compassionate while still being a good cop is certainly a great thing.

My perfect conclusion to this episode would’ve been to have Noel proven wrong. That Tsukasa’s intuition (which has been touched upon a few times already this season, especially in relation to the kaitous) was actually spot on this time. And that the Pats actually do know how to be cops and are not bumbling fools.

Since the main purpose of this episode was to set up Goche’s multi-safe Frankengangler, the good and evil opposites day Collection Piece could’ve easily been replaced with something else. Not only would it have been a refreshing story to have a truly reformed MOTW, it also would’ve added to Goche’s character as well. We’ve seen bits and pieces of how disgustingly evil she can be when it comes to experiments. I think she’s already killed many humans just to play around with her experiments, right?

So torturing Yoshi and ripping safes off of his body would’ve definitely helped to solidify and illustrate just how evil Goche and the Ganglers can be. Emphasizing how evil the villains can be always helps solidify the heroism of our main characters as well.

Tsukasa can be both compassionate and perceptive at the same time you know.

Though Tsukasa taking the rice from Yoshi’s lip and eating it was too much lol

The dressing up was also fun. The Commander Hilltop/Jim Carter scene was obviously the most amusing.

Overall, for the most part, I enjoyed this episode. I wish it ended differently, but it was certainly the most fun I’ve had with LuPat in weeks.

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Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 11 and Season Wrap-up – “Proud to be a Canadian!” http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/12/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-11-and-season-wrap-up-proud-to-be-a-canadian/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/12/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-11-and-season-wrap-up-proud-to-be-a-canadian/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:58:14 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15721
Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 11 – The Summer of Heroes

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Teams fly to Courtney & Adam’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta. The next clue at the airport reveals the Road Block: Who likes to play it by ear?

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For this Road Block, teams will enter the ATC simulator at the base of the air control tower and listen to and memorize an ATIS transmission including the weather of the vicinity which they must relay to the head air traffic controller for their next clue.

Both Courtneys and Kwame do the Road Block. Taylor’s Courtney makes the first attempt, but she fails. Kwame goes next, but he also fails. Taylor’s Courtney goes again and she passes.

Teams must now take a helicopter to Banff National Park. Kwame and Courtney are still at the tower when Taylor & Courtney arrive at the top of the mountain and find the next clue. They must make their way to Sunshine Village Ski Resort via helicopter.

Courtney finally passes and she and Adam hurry off.

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Taylor & Courtney land and hop into a taxi to the ski resort. They find the next clue, another Road Block: Who’s top dog? For this Road Block, teams will try skijoring, a sport combining skiing and dog sledding, for two laps. They will then sled down into the slush cup of icy water.

Taylor must complete this Road Block.

Back at the ATC tower, Kwame finally passes and he and Dylan are off in the sky as Courtney & Adam arrive on the mountain.

Taylor faceplants into the snow and he and Courtney make their way to Banff National Park Administration Building. Courtney & Adam spot Taylor & Courtney as they head in opposite directions on the gondola.

At the Administration Building, Taylor & Courtney open the next clue. They must now search the marked stores along Banff Ave for 22 souvenirs representing people, places and things, two from each Leg of the Race. There are multiple items available for each Leg. They will then display them in the correct order to receive the next clue.

Courtney & Adam catch up to Taylor & Courtney as they shop, but Taylor & Courtney head back to the administration building. Dylan & Kwame also start shopping.

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Taylor & Courtney are missing two or three items so they head back to the shops. Courtney & Adam have been taking note of which souvenirs they’ve gotten. They head back to the administration building and start displaying their items.

They get a check and they only have one wrong. Taylor & Courtney also ask for a check and they also have one wrong.

Courtney & Adam are incorrectly placing a zombie souvenir on the Mexico Leg. They replace the zombie with jai alai and then remove the Revolution Monument from Mexico and replace it with the zombies.

Adam realizes the mistake. They put the monument back and on their 11th attempt, they get the next clue.

Courtney & Adam can now make their way to the Finish Line at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course by ziplining and boating down the river to the Finish Line by Hole 5. Taylor & Courtney are right behind them.

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Courtney & Adam ask a golfer and realize they are on the wrong course. They must be at the Tunnel Nine course.

But it’s Courtney & Adam who cross the Finish Line first. Jon officially declares them the winners of The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition.

Taylor & Courtney are 2nd and Dylan & Kwame are 3rd.

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Episode Thoughts

Well that was such a horribly designed, very linear Final Leg. But it did have a pretty good outcome. Lol

Banff is definitely a location that should’ve been visited a few seasons ago. But I don’t know that it has enough to do for a Final Leg. Well, it didn’t have enough to do. This was a very barebones Final Leg that really kind of lacked real thrills and excitement that a Final Leg should have.

I think without Taylor & Courtney’s mistake at the Final Task, this would’ve been a very uneventful finale decided after the first task. The helicopter rides also kind of contributed to how linear the Leg was.

The first Road Block was alright. It’s a straightforward memorization task in a fresh location. And obviously, the location worked logistically to get teams immediately into the helicopter.

The Route Marker at the top of Mount Fable was all for the great scenery, but not much in terms of Racing.

The second Road Block was also very processional and would’ve been a much better task on an earlier Leg. They really should’ve done something a little more physically demanding for the second Road Block. Faceplanting into the snow isn’t enough lol

Finally, the Final Task was pretty good. It looked a little like a TARPHDME Final Task lolol The best part is that there are a lot of different possible combinations and solutions since there’s more than two possibilities for each Leg. That definitely makes things a little easier in terms of the needle in a haystack aspect. But it makes it more difficult if you didn’t take notes like Courtney & Adam did and you mistakenly take more than two from one Leg and not enough on another.

Still, the task itself was fine. But certainly not the most exciting thing to do on a Final Leg. The edited footrace at the end definitely felt forced and a typical TAR Canada-style Pit Stop faux footrace.

Overall, a pretty barebones Final Leg.

Season Wrap-up

For the season overall, it was alright. Nowhere near as offensive as TARC4 or TARC5. And the cast actually helped make this season a little more interesting than last year’s.

It’s also important to note right at the top that this Heroes Edition and last year’s #Canada150 season have probably been the two least xenophobic and nationalistic seasons of TAR Canada so far. You definitely wouldn’t expect that. Especially with one less international Leg this year instead of more than last year’s three.

But even as the Canadian Legs get more and more tired and recycled, this season was actually alright.

Jon’s comment at the start of the season about teams all getting along with each other, the MOST of any season ever before, was very scary. lol The implication being that competition would be nonexistent and all these “heroes” would be helping each other and positive 24/7. No drama, no competition. Just a bunch of good people having fun.

That’s certainly not the most exciting idea. But thankfully, Jon overstated that and the season was actually okay in terms of competition.

The barebones Legs and poor Leg design (because of lack of interesting and fresh tasks in Canada) didn’t do much. But the teams themselves and their varying degrees of Race acumen did keep things reasonably enjoyable.

The best Legs were obviously the Indonesia and Mexico Legs. There really is just something great about international Legs. There’s a different kinetic energy to these Legs that unfortunately are not present on the Canadian Legs. And if any TAR Canada cast deserved more international Legs, it’s this cast of heroes.

Anyway, if I were to rank TAR Canada seasons, I’d have to put Season 1 and 2 at the top then Seasons 5 and 6 in the middle and Seasons 3 and 4 at the bottom just because of various unlikeable and gross aspects that I’d rather not remember. lol

My Subjective Team Rankings for the Season

I think this was an above average cast for TAR Canada. There weren’t any hateful teams like in the past and there may not have been confrontational drama. But they were all pretty competitive in their own ways. And that’s even with Taylor & Courtney winning half the Legs.

My favorite team from this season is definitely Martina & Phil. Legit All-Stars, no question. They were underdogs who became contenders and with great, very likeable personalities to boot. I would definitely love to see Phil and his Martina noona Race again in the future.

I was definitely skeptical about Nancy & Mellisa at first with that “We barely know each other” stuff and Mellisa being friends with Jon. But they really were a great and fun team to watch. Definitely one of the most competitive teams this season and definitely another team I’d love to see back in the future. Dylan & Kwame were another fun team. They definitely knew to step it up week after week. They started off very slow, but were able to climb up and make it to the finale.

Like I said last week, Courtney & Adam‘s bottomgodessing was either going to end with a win or 3rd place loss. And it was indeed a great darkhorse win. They’ve escaped many times season (though not by way of Non-Eliminations! Take note of that!). But they stepped it up at the right time and had great momentum going into the Final Leg. They started off kind of annoying with all the kissy-faces they made. But they soon became a much fuller and more enjoyable team as the Race went on. You definitely saw they were competitive and would never give up despite regularly making mistakes or encountering bumps along the way. It was a good win.

Leanne & Mar were a very strong and relatively consistent team. They had some missteps, but when they were “on,” they were a team to beat. Their elimination was unfortunate, but they were otherwise a great team. Taylor & Courtney were also a very strong team and certainly the top contender for much of the Race. That kind of dominance can get boring and unexciting which is why I wouldn’t have been the most excited to see a win from them. Still, they had some fun moments here and there.

The rest of the teams were alright too. But the early episodes really didn’t give much from them to really give any other impression but them being nice people. Zainab & Monica, Joseph & Akash, Chewy & Happy and Todd & Anna were all fine people with nice stories. But judging from their Racing, they all went at the right time. Except for maybe Todd & Anna. Joseph & Akash really had some of the worst luck of any team on TAR Canada. But Todd & Anna had the makings of a strong contender. But, the Race can get tricky at times and they unfortunately fell victim to that unpredictability.

Episode Quotes

Courtney: “Sounds like a recipe for a win.”

Adam: “Hot pink pants coming!”

Kwame: “It truly made me proud to be a Canadian!”

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Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (12) 22 – “I look like a cross between a troll and a yeti.” http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/08/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-12-22-i-look-like-a-cross-between-a-troll-and-a-yeti/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/08/recap-power-rangers-super-ninja-steel-episode-12-22-i-look-like-a-cross-between-a-troll-and-a-yeti/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2018 06:02:57 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15718 Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel, Episode (12) 22 – Fan Frenzy

Levi gets an offer to be the face of a fast food chain, but he says he’s too busy right now. A fan, Chaz, comes up to him and tells him how much Levi has helped him in life. Chaz shows Levi an autograph he sent as a reply that promised they should hang out. Levi says his manager wrote that, but he’s still open to hanging out.

Calvin drives Mick downtown to get supplies for shop class. While Mick enjoys the hardware store, Calvin sees a Buzzcam and he calls the others. As they run out of school, Chaz asks Levi for a selfie on his burger phone. Levi runs off before Chaz can give him his e-mail address.

The Rangers morph. Dreadwolf summons Basher Bots. Levi takes on Dreadwolf himself. Dreadwolf hurls three of his poison claws at Levi, but they miss him and one hits Mick instead.

Dreadwolf leaves. The Rangers hurry over to Mick who says he’s fine. They hurry back to school for shop class. After Chaz shows how he has now dressed exactly like Levi, the Rangers see Mick is turning into a wolf.

The Rangers usher Mick into the command shop. Chaz asks Levi if he would like to go to the plaza later to meet some friends and sign autographs. Levi tells Chaz to leave him alone.

“I look like a cross between a troll and a yeti.”

Redbot says he sees something in his head. They hold Mick and Hayley pulls the claw out. Mick is back to normal.

Chaz meets with his friends and tells them Levi isn’t coming. His “friends” say this is typical Chaz and they leave annoyed. Dreadwolf is on the rooftop and thinks Chaz is Levi. He shoots a claw at him, but Chaz trips. The claw instead hits Victor.

Dreadwolf tosses his last claw and it hits Chaz.

The Rangers head to the plaza and they find wolfChaz. Dreadwolf is surprised, but it doesn’t matter.

The Rangers morph and chase after Dreadwolf. Levi stays behind and tries to help Chaz. Levi apologizes for not hanging out. Remembering that his song calms Chaz down, Levi sings. Chaz starts to fall asleep and Levi is able to pull the claw out.

Chaz is back to normal. Before Levi can apologize, Mick calls him to say the Prism is telling Levi to use the Lion Fire Armor.

Levi asks Brody for the Lion Fire Armor Star and Levi upmorphs to Lion Fire Gold. He is able to finish off Dreadwolf and Cosmo Royale Gigantifies him.

The Rangers hop into the Ninja Ultrazord and with the help of the Ninja Super Steel Blaster, they deliver an Ultrazord Blast Final Attack to finish off Dreadwolf for good.

Levi joins Chaz and his friends at the plaza. Levi asks to talk to Chaz alone first and apologizes for how he snapped at him earlier. Chaz says it’s okay. Levi says they’re friends now.

At school, Monty pulls the claw out of Victor’s butt and he is back to normal. That means the end of his advertising contract.

Episode Thoughts

Honestly, that troll/yeti line/*wink*wink* Easter egg was the most fun moment all season.

Otherwise, another standard filler episode. It was alright. The plot was very predictable, whether between Levi and Chaz or whatever Dreadwolf was doing. We didn’t even see Odius at all which just made this episode even more of a filler.

It’s interesting how these filler episodes of this Super half of the season have all felt weird. That is, there seems to be a lot going on, yet nothing of substance in terms of plot or even character development. The episodes are pretty full, but forgettable. Very strange and certainly not the most exciting.

Overall, another okay episode. But come on. Let’s get to the big picture!

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 30 – The Two Are On a Trip http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/08/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-30-the-two-are-on-a-trip/ http://dryedmangoez.com/2018/09/08/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-30-the-two-are-on-a-trip/#comments Sun, 09 Sep 2018 04:11:43 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15713

Noel is suspicious of the Pats, Commander Hilltop and Jim Carter who are acting very suspicious trying to explain that Keiichiro is taking a day off for a trip instead of telling him about the real mission.

Noel decides to tell the Lups about his suspicions and has Kairi follow Keiichiro on the trip.

Keiichirio is surprised when Kairi spots him at the train station and proposes they go sightseeing together. They first have lunch, play games and then have some treats. On their way to the hot springs, Keiichiro spots a young girl crying. He comes across as too intimidating so Kairi comes over to squeeze his face which makes Keiichiro look like an even bigger weirdo.

Keiichiro and Kairi’s bickering is what gets the girl to eventually laugh. They bring her to the police station. Keiichiro tells the officer that the girl left her hotel alone to look for a hair tie she dropped and then she got lost.

Keiichiro decides to go look for the hair tie and tells Kairi he doesn’t have to come with. That triggers a memory for him.

While Keiichiro frantically looks for the hair tie, Kairi goes to buy a new pair. He heads back to the station where the girl’s parents have come to pick her up. Kairi is about to hand the girl the new hair tie, but Keiichiro comes running with the actual hair tie the girl lost. The girl is so excited and thanks Keiichiro for finding it.

Kairi clutches the new hair tie, seemingly upset.

Down in the underworld, Goche is horrified that Gangler Kunks is out on the prowl. Dogranio says he gave him an appropriate Collection Piece so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

Jim Carter shows the Pats video of Kunks just creeping around on rooftops across the city. Noel suggests they call Keiichiro, but the Pats again act overly obvious about not wanting to disturb him.

Back to the two Reds, Keiichiro senses something is off with Kairi and asks what’s wrong. Kairi tells him about his older brother taking time out from their trip together when he was a kid to help a lost little girl. Kairi had felt very jealous and selfish. He admits that unlike his older brother, he’s a bad person.

Keiichiro says that’s not true since Kairi helped him back there with the little girl earlier too. Kairi remembers being sad to his brother who cheered him up by saying he was still helpful for waiting.

Keiichiro gets a text from the person he is scheduled to meet. He tells Kairi he has to go and he runs off.

Keiichiro meets with some sketchy looking people who have a VS Vehicle they hope to exchange for money. Keiichiro shows them his bag full of cash, but the gangsters have no intention of handing it over. Instead, they will keep the VS Vehicle, take the cash and kill Keiichiro.

Keiichiro manages to take on the six goons by himself and even trips the boss. Keiichiro reveals he is GSPO and that local cops tipped them off about continued black market art dealings.

Keiichiro lets HQ know he has retrieved the VS Vehicle. Kairi decides to swipe it for himself.

Keiichiro and Kairi both morph and they battle for the Piece. But Kairi seems to hesitate somewhat against Keiichiro. Keiichiro notices Kairi isn’t putting up much of a fight.

Meanwhile, the others are facing off against Kunks whose power is to spray farts. The Collection Piece he had masked the smell. Dogranio tells Goche to go embiggen him already.

Kunks lights all the farts he spread around the city and the city explodes into a sea of flames.

Noel says they need the Splash VS Vehicle. Conveniently enough that’s the Piece Keiichiro was supposed to retrieve from the mobsters. Tsukasa calls to tell him.

Keiichiro thinks about it and decides to tell Kairi to hurry over with the VS Vehicle to help put out the fires. Kairi doesn’t understand. Keiichiro screams at him to go.

Kairi joins the others and with Good Striker they form LupinKaiser Splash Magic. They put out the fires. Good Striker asks where Kairi could have found the VS Vehicle Arsene Lupin gave to girl he fancied. Umika and Tooma are surprised when Kairi says the cops gave it to him.

With Noel’s help, they finish off Kunks for good.

Back at the GSPO, Keiichiro apologizes for letting the Lups get the VS Vehicle, But Commander Hilltop says it’s alright since they were able to keep the death and destruction low.

Jim Carter says he’s surprised the Red kaitou listened to Keiichiro’s request. But Keiichiro says he wasn’t surprised at all.

Over at Jurer, Kairi is still moody as he thinks about his day with Keiichiro compared to his older brother.

Episode Thoughts

Well, I’ll just say right now that fart jokes are never a good thing. It’s 2018, for goodness sakes.

Thankfully, the rest of the episode was okay, otherwise this would’ve been a complete waste of time.

I definitely prefer this emo, moody and broody Kairi over the smartass, cocky Kairi. Definitely more interesting. I will say that it is also refreshing that we have an oniichan/aniki problem instead of a daddy problem this time.

Keiichiro trusting Kairi as opposed to his incessant screaming at wanting to catch him was nice. If this were a different show, I’d think that Keiichiro is starting to put two and two together about the Lups’ identities. But of course that’s not the case. So basically it’s the Pats continuing to warm up to the kaitous while the Lups continue to screw them over for their own personal reasons. Oh well.

The Pats acting so obvious was very strange. Either the show really is going all in with trying to make them as goofy and as much of a bunch of bumbling idiots as possible. Or they intentionally were trying to set up Noel. With the way the show has been in the previous 29 episodes, I’ll go with the former. They really just wanted to paint the Patrangers as complete idiots compared to the awesome, invincible Lupinrangers.

So, apparently Umika’s distaste of Keiichiro stems from her attempts to play matchmaker for him and Mina from all those episodes ago. I remember it being very obvious that Keiichiro did have feelings for Mina and Mina understood that as well. The episode ended with the mutual understanding that they’d pursue a relationship when it was the right time. Umika was just being a naïve teenage girl not understanding all of that.

Anyway, overall this was a better episode than recently. I do hope we get more into deeper character stuff than the usual that we’ve been getting.

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