Koyomi returns to the shop with the yellow stone and tells the others about a Phantom giving it to her to give to Haruto.
Meanwhile, Kosuke is serving the Gate food, but he doesn’t want it and asks why he was kidnapped. Koskue gets right to the point and asks if he knows how to unleash the Phantom inside him.
The Gate, Oikawa, says he’ll go home instead of listening to Kosuke’s crazy talk, but Mayonnaise follows him.
Oikawa looks at a painting of his wife and apologizes for bringing a weirdo home. He tells Kosuke his wife had poor health and he talked to her while he painted as their daily routine.
But after she died, he couldn’t paint anymore. And now he has nothing, except talking to that painting which is his only hope in life.
Rinko gets info on Oikawa Hiroshi who turns out to be a famous painter and she, Haruto and Shunpei head over. Kosuke tries to block them, but Rinko and Shunpei squeeze in. She flashes her badge and tells Oikawa what’s going on.
Outside, Haruto tells Kosuke what’s going on as well and explains just how Phantoms and Gates work. Mayonnaise is shocked, but he says what about him. He could die tomorrow if he doesn’t get Phantom food.
But Gates’ lives are in danger now, Haruto says. “And today’s life comes before tomorrow’s.”
Haruto heads back inside and Rinko brings Kosuke’s stuff out to him. But really, she wants to tell him what Haruto stopped her from saying earlier.
Haruto doesn’t have it so easy as a mage. He risks his own life to protect Gates after having seen firsthand how Phantoms are born. And since wizards are the only ones who can stop it from happening, he feels it is his responsibility.
Mou! Kosuke is conflicted.
Back at the shop, Wajima is working on the new stone while Haruto, Shunpei and Rinko stay with Oikawa.
Shunpei sees Kosuke having a barbeque outside and while Haruto thinks he’s pretty easygoing for such a dire situation, Shunpei suggests maybe it’s the opposite and cooking takes his mind off of possibly dying tomorrow from magic hunger.
Haruto eats something other than sugar donuts! as Kosuke thinks about what Medusa told him earlier. He says she made a good point, but sacrificing Gates for food would leave a bad aftertaste.
Next morning, Haruto takes the painting off the wall so they can bring it with them and Oikawa to the antique shop to keep it safer. Haruto sees an envelope tucked behind the painting before they leave.
Wajima hands Koyomi the finished Rings. But on the way back to the shop, Haruto-tachi run into Hyrda, the diving Phantom who knows what Oikawa’s hope is. Haruto henshins and fights Hydra, but that plays right into his plan as Ghouls arrive to attack Shunpei, Rinko and Oikawa.
They take the painting from Shunpei’s grasp and Hydra proceeds to smash and step on it forcing Oikawa’s Phantom underworld cracks to start opening. But Kosuke suddenly arrives and takes on the Ghouls. He tells Haruto that today, he’ll live properly and think about tomorrow when it comes.
Mayonnaise henshins and he and Haruto fight the rest of the Ghouls. Kosuke uses Buffa to make a buffet (hey-oh!) of the Ghouls. He then tells Haruto he’ll take care of the Gate and places his own Engage Ring on Oikawa to enter his underworld.
In Earthworld, Koyomi arrives and tosses the new Rings over to Haruto who is already in Land mode. The Rings unleash Land Dragon and the jolly Phantom is jolly to see the developments.
While Kosuke summons Chimaera in the underworld to defeat Oikawa’s Phantom, Haruto uses the other ring to control gravity to defeat Hydra.
Oikawa regains conciousness and hurries over to the smashed painting, but Haruto hands him the letter. She tells him that instead of looking back at her, to continue painting and fill their house with them. That’s her hope.
Haruto says even now, she’s still looking forward to his paintings. And isn’t fulfilling her hopes his hope too? Oikawa understands and agrees.
Haruto thanks Kosuke for coming, but he says he was just taking responsibility since it was his fault it got his far.
Shunpei suggests Kosuke let Haruto into his underworld to defeat the Phantom so he’ll be out of this predicament. Haruto takes his Engage Ring out, but Kosuke stops him at the last minute. He’s not into having guys put rings on him. Plus, his Phantom is pretty strong so it’d leave a bad aftertaste if Haruto died fighting it. No matter, they’ll have a proper duel next time, Kosuke says.
Nothing surprising about the episode. A good, though typical “6th Ranger” or I guess “2nd Rider” episode. Doesn’t make Haruto and Kosuke best buds just yet, but it wraps up Kosuke’s introduction.
One thing bugged me though, How did Kosuke know how to use the Engage Ring? Or what an underworld was or that he had to fight off the Phantom inside? A few hours before that, he didn’t even know how Gates and Phantoms worked. So seeing him offer to jump into Oikawa’s underworld was odd, unless I missed a crucial scene.
Or actually, now that I think about it, maybe Haruto had explained it to him when he gave the rundown in Oikawa’s backyard. We didn’t have to see that whole conversation of course, but when Kosuke just pulls out an Engage Ring, it kinda throws everything off. Maybe we needed that one line from Haruto to Kosuke mentioning or even just finishing that part of the Wizard manual.
Eh, I guess it makes sense if you think about it, but watching it, it felt funny.
Speaking of funny, the jolly Phantom reminds me a lot of Kazari from OOO (which I just finished). The hats and the smiling/smirks and they even look like too. I’m very interested in what, if any, connection he has with Koyomi.
It was fun seeing Rinko pull out her badge. She hasn’t done it at all I think. Very Winchester Bros-like of her.
A good episode, but nothing special.