Morishita gives a periodic report on the Subdimension. It’s been unstable since they’ve been there and they wish they could go back to finish off the Megazord base. But the Vaglass can’t fight in the Subdimension either, which means Jin’s hangar is safe.
While exploring in the forest, J calls Jin with his own periodic report about stuff he’s learned while on Earth, like different bugs and the changing of seasons from Autumn to Winter. Who told you to do a periodic report, Jin says. J just felt like it.
Jin gives his own report and says the last fight kinda stung, yet he survived. However, “even a genius like me might be out of options.”
Escape looks out over the city thinking about how there are only seven cards left. She turns a satellite into Parabolaroid II. Hiromu goes to fight the Megazord, but needs Ryuji and Yoko’s help.
Escape asks Parabolaroid to look for the cards and he immediately finds approaching. Escape turns to see Enter walking towards them. How is that a card, she asks. Enter smirks that it must be because her Papa is right there in him. He kept one of the cards for himself. While the two stare at each other, Parabolaroid finds another card, but they ignore him. “I guess no one cares about what I have to say,” he says and leaves.
Walking along the waterfront, the card Parabolaroid finds suddenly attaches to him and he reluctantly get infused with some Papa. J, nearby, senses something.
The Messiahed Parabolaroid sends his arms to absorb a ship, a couple of delivery trucks and an airplane. Hiromu, Ryuji and Yoko arrive and try to fight it but it’s too strong. Suddenly J arrives and says he will protect the Metaroid.
“I have decided I won’t let you lay a finger on it.” J fires at them and he and Parabolaroid disappear.
Kuroki asks Nakamura if she can contact Jin, but she says they can’t. And without J, Jin can’t come. Kuroki says he’ll go talk to Jin using “the old line.” He tells Jin that they’ll do everything they can to help Jin get back to Earth, but Jin says they don’t have to waste time with that and instead focus on the Vaglass.
Meanwhile, J asks the Parabolaroid to cough up the Messiah card. Parabolaroid refuses and attacks, but J is careful not to destroy it or else the card will be lost. Enter and Escape watch from another rooftop. He stops her from going to help her Metaroid and says the fusion between Parabolaroid and the card is a poor combination and it is gathering useless data.
At command center, they are trying to figure out what’s going on with J and figure there must be a reason. They see him struggling and refusing to defend himself. They go to help and ask him to explain himself. They know it has something to do with Jin.
The three threaten to destroy the Metaroid if J doesn’t spill it. He starts by saying the Messiah card has a data fragment needed for Jin to fully return. Jin calls and demands J activate the marker to bring him over.
You idiot, Jin says. But J continues. Jin’s teleportation 13 years ago wasn’t complete. During transport, some data was dropped and that fragment of data must have combined with Messiah and was backed up on the card.
The others hesitate to destroy Parabolaroid and get thrown around as a result.
J, still holding Jin back, says he will protect his data “even if I have to defeat you.” Why have you given up? J asks. Since coming from the Subdimension, he’s learned how fascinating the world is. That’s why Jin must look upon it with his own eyes and not from an avatar.
Jin kicks J and hops on his back. “Then don’t defeat me,” he says. He hasn’t given up and he’ll find some way to fully return.
The others are struggling so Jin and J henshin and help. Hiromu, Ryuji and Yoko go Powered Custom and Hiromu is about to unleash a Volcanick Attack on Parabolaroid when Enter suddenly steps in front of him and morphs into a new form.
He tells the Go-Busters he was fascinated by their conversation and offers his sympathy to his “fellow avatar.” Don’t lump us together, Jin says. But Enter says they’re both data, what’s different?
Parabolaroid is about to do a final strike on the Go-Busters, but Enter stops him. The reason he unleashed his new power, Enter says, is to do this… he reaches into the Metaroid, apologizes for the fusion not working out and pulls the card out of its body.
I will start over with this card, he says and disappears.
Parabolaroid is back to his shy side, says excuse me and apologizes for having to try to defeat them.
They end up defeating him.
The Go-Busters and Buddyroids walk along the water. Jin tells them not to worry about retrieving his data and only concern themselves with fighting off the Vaglass.
Yoko speaks up to say maybe there’s also data from her mother and others contained in the cards.
Jin says that’d be difficult since data for one person would take up a lot of space. I know, she says, I just wanted to say it. Her big bros pat her on the back. She turns her attention to J and says he’s a proper buddy since he worries so much about Jin.
Okay, we’re back to the meaningful stuff. There was definitely a lot of chew on this episode.
First, are we expecting Enter to embody Messiah in the end? And are we going to see a conflicted Escape turn her back on Enter and do her own thing? The Messiah cards have definitely taken a different meaning now instead of just being a monster of the week device.
Jin’s had his secrets, so this dropped data stuff is definitely not unexpected, but it was still an interesting twist.
And now Yoko’s dropped that hint that at the end, all the people who were teleported to the Subdimension could resurrect and everyone lives happily ever after.
Now if that happened, I actually wouldn’t hate it. But keeping in line with how Go-Busters has been creative and atypical in its storytelling, I’d prefer everyone stays dead. (Is that depressing and horrible to say?)
Even so, I could see everyone getting revived working. Kind of like Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. You knew Mack was going to become a real boy in the end. It was an obvious and very Disney ending. And yet, it worked fine. I think it’d be the same if the parents and everyone else were alive or resurrected using all that missing data floating around somewhere.
They’ll probably find some grand data recovery device that undeletes files and stuff.
Anyway, nice to have the Megazord battle at the beginning of the episode and great to see J getting a lot of screentime. I do love how much story the Buddyroids have gotten. Great fight scenes. Excited to see more of Enter fighting. But again with the shy, cute Metaroid. Why u make me sympathize with the enemy Go-Busters?