Akira is on the tracks when he hears the Rainbow Line grant him use of his own Ressha. He walks into a tunnel where he finds the huge Build Ressha.
Ticket is still annoyed that Akira is ToQ-6, but he and Conductor tell the others about the new Ressha. Unfortunately, they’ve lost contact with him. Ticket says Akira boarded the train and ran, but Right doesn’t believe that.
He tries calling Akira who decides to wrap his AppliChanger with a towel and tape it to the inside of his hard hat so as not to be bothered while he tries to figure out how to work this wild stallion of a Ressha.
The ToQgers stop near where the last signal of Build Ressha was detected. They wonder why Akira isn’t answering his AppliChanger. Tokacchi suggests that maybe it’s hard for him to fit in, especially since the five of them are childhood friends. Akira might not want to butt in.
Tokacchi has a quick memory flash of him alone in a classroom.
He thinks they should encourage Akira to be friends with them. They split up to look for him.
Over at the Castle, Zett is reaching for the shiny again. Baron Nero thinks there’s definitely something wrong with the Emperor, but if he will remain obsessed with shiny things, then it’s up to Nero to gather darkness himself. Madame Noir, meanwhile, reaffirms her resolve to stick this out until the wedding.
Gritta finds Schwarz-sama in the tunnels under the Castle. He says he wanted to act in secret, but the Emperor knew everything all along. That’s okay, Gritta says. She wants to help him. Her closeness to him is good for two things. First, she’s no longer afraid of him. And second, she can use her position to help Schwarz-sama.
Tokacchi finds and calls the others. But he tells them to let him talk to Akira himself first.
Tokacchi thinks it’d be better if it’s just him first. He applauds at Akira finishes his harmonica song, but Akira is nonresponsive.
Tokacchi tries ease any worries Akira may have about joining a close-knit group. Communication is important for them to all understand each other. It’ll be a good first step toward them becoming friends.
Akira says he doesn’t understand any of this “friend” stuff Tokacchi keeps talking about.
Tokacchi follows Akira into the tunnel and is amazed by the new Ressha. He follows Akira inside as he starts ripping apart the cab of the train saying he needs to “break it in” and modify some things. Tokacchi thinks they should talk about these improvements first.
Meanwhile, a Kuliner is fast approaching the Resshas and the ToQgers quickly head to their respective Resshas to brace for possible impact. Conductor calls Tokachi.
The Kuliner goes robo and fires at the Resshas. Right is about to initiate combining when a fence suddenly appears ahead of them on the tracks courtesy of Fence Shadow who watches from a nearby cliff.
Right doesn’t think he can stop the trains in time before hitting the fence, but Conductor switches tracks and they avoid it.
Fence Shadow appreciates Lady Gritta’s suggestion to trap the Resshas with his fences, but Tokacchi and Akira show up in front of him. He summons Kuros and Tokacchi henshins.
Akira has to dig for his AppliChanger out of his hard hat, but henshins as well.
Fence Shadow turns his attention back to the Resshas and forces them to stop using a thorned, barbwired spike fence. Akira summons Drill Ressha, but the Kuliner robo takes control of it. Having been a former Shadow Kuliner, the Ressha attaches and the Kuliner robo uses it to start burying the Resshas.
Tokacchi tries to go help his friends, but Fence Shadow traps him in a fence and sends blasts his way, forcing him to de-hensin. Akira says they must retreat, but Tokacchi will not leave his friends.
He slides down the side of the steep cliff, but the Kuros chase after him and slash at his calf. Akira comes to help him and manages to take him away from Fence Shadow’s attack.
The Kuliner robo continues burying the Resshas and the ToQgers reunite in the main car.
The ToQgers try to summon the Support Ressha, but there is no connection under all that dirt. The power then goes out.
Tokacchi finds he can’t reach them on their Express Passes so he decides to go himself, but Akira stops him. He needs to treat his wound first.
“You want me to give up? You don’t know how important they all are to me.”
Tokacchi suddenly remembers. Flashback to the classroom. Tokacchi is sitting along reading his book.
Right pops up in front of him. Calling him “transfer student,” Right asks how much yakiniku he’s eaten before. “Are you talking nonsense again?” Mio asks as she, Kagura and Hikari approach them.
“Don’t call him ‘transfer student,’ he has a name,” Mio says. But it’s a complicated name, Right says. Hikari asks transfer student what they called him at his last school and he answers “Tokacchi.”
Cute, Kagura says. And Right says he’ll remember that. That’s when they immediately welcomed him as their friend,
“The five of us are going to return to that town, riding those trains.”
Tokacchi wills himself to stand on his injured leg and Akira catches him as he stumbles.
“That’s the first thing you’ve said that I understood,” Akira says. He then suggests Tokacchi help him with Build Ressha.
They hop in and he instructs Tokacchi on which cable to pull. Build Ressha exits the tunnel.
Back on the Resshas, the ToQgers, Conductor, Ticket and Wagon are starting to sweat and are having trouble breathing. Right knows that Tokacchi and Akira will save them.
Fence Shadow thinks everyone will be dead soon, but he turns to see Build Ressha arriving. The Kuliner robo can’t hold it back and Akira manages to force it to stick the Drill Ressha into the side of the mountain, unable to pull it out.
Akira and Tokacchi use Build Ressha to dig the others out and pull them to safety.
Right comes to and wakes the others up. They head to the door to get some oxygen into their lungs and they hop down to reunite with Tokacchi.
Fence Shadow tries to take his anger out on the ToQgers, but Akira blocks his shots allowing the others to henshin.
They decide to switch lines and they take care of the newly arrived Kuros.
Right suggests he and Akira switch, but it doesn’t work. Ticket says 6 doesn’t need to transfer.
Fence Shadow tries to trap Right and Akira, but Akira holds the fence down and he and Right send the Shadow flying. The ToQgers summon the Renketsu Bazooka and Tokacchi sets up a rockslide finisher.
Fence Shadow embiggens and Akira asks Tokacchi to help him in Build Ressha. Right and Kagura want to come too, and Mio and Hikari join them.
Build Ressha’s cab is a little crowded, but they make it work. Akira initiates combination to allow Build Ressha to transform into Build Dai-Oh.
Akira and Tokacchi tag-team the cable controls to finish off the Kuliner robo, allowing Akira to reclaim the Drill Ressha. It attaches and they now have Build Dai-Oh Drill.
Hikari and Tokacchi try some cables and they break out of Fence Shadow’s trap before Akira tells them all to grab a cable to help deliver a Shovel Drill Double Crash finisher.
Kagura pulls Akira along saying Conductor promised him a nice bento. But Akira says he needs to finish working on the train.
Right pops up in front of Akira’s face and asks how much bento he’s ever eaten. Mio says Right is talking nonsense again.
Tokacchi flashes back again, remembering that first moment as friends. He thinks maybe that’s the way to go. Talking casually to Akira might have been better instead of forcing a friendship, thus not allowing Akira to understand his feelings.
But Akira approaches Tokacchi. “The rainbow that I protect unknown to others shall include the rail back to your hometown.”
With this, Tokacchi realizes they can always communicate as long as they show their true feelings.
The ToQgers all happily head to the Resshas for lunch.
It was a pretty exciting episode and a nice little debut for Build Ressha. They’ve really worked the “old train” concept well, having each inactive Ressha actually need to be “awakened” or worked on before being ready to run again, unlike usual new mecha that is all pretty and shiny as soon as they get it. It definitely fits in with the rustic, hometown, railroad feel.
Another excellent Shadow kaijin design. And loved that entire sequence in the Castle too. We got a little check-in with each of the Shadow Line leaders which was also great, reaffirming each of their personal goals.
Best part though was getting back to those flashbacks, filling in the ToQger’s memories. So last episode, we got a little tease with Right saying “Right” wasn’t his name, but then it is. Or not. As we saw with Tokacchi not being Tokacchi’s real name. Sure, it’s a nickname, but it could just as well be a hint at what’s to come. Tokacchi’s little flashback and learning more about the group dynamics and how they came to be friends is awesome.
Tokacchi’s last solo focus episode had him be pretty kickass, so it was great to see him be just as badass in this episode too. More of that with the clumsy Tokacchi moments sprinkled in, please.
Other fun things to note. Tokacchi losing the rails off his helmet while Kagura gets dragged by the Kuros was hilarious. Then there’s panicked Conductor and Wagon. And shockedAkira at Right popping up in front of his face.
Lots of fun stuff and an exciting episode.