The ToQgers are discussing what types of movies they like. Wagon likes horror films where the couples are the first to get killed off. Right likes sci-fi, especially space movies. Hikari prefers mysteries. Tokatti likes love stories, but Mio prefers musicals. Ticket’s preference is for period dramas and Conductor enjoys action flicks.
What a coincidence when Conductor and Ticket announce that they will be stopping at Touto Film Studios at the next stop. The ToQgers decide to visit and maybe take a tour. But right at the gate, they see Film Shadow chasing after a man.
The ToQgers follow and henshin to fight the Shadow off. But Film Shadow has some tricky tricks up his sleeve. He wraps them up in film strips and sets them on fire. He then puts them in the middle of a big CGI-heavy action and explosion-filled extravaganza. (Sort of like a Kamen Rider Movie Wars. ;))
Right decides to take out Hyper Ressha, but Film Shadow says it’s too early for that. He should save it for the climax. Film Shadow escapes.
The ToQgers approach the man who introduces himself as producer Bubaigawara Waraziro. He says he’s filming a movie right now. Right, Tokatti, Mio and Kagura are very excited about it, but Hikari is a little more concerned about the Shadow.
Waraziro takes them on a tour of the studio and they end up on the set of his movie. But it’s empty. There’s no one there until his two actors arrive. They’re the stars of the movie and they say the crew has abandoned the production. The actors are threatening to leave as well, but Waraziro says he’ll quickly find a replacement crew.
Kagura volunteers them. Tokatti is the cameraman, Mio is the sound tech, Hikari takes care of lights, Right is the slate guy… and naturally, Kagura is the director. A role which she takes very seriously.
They begin the scene, but Kagura yells Cut! She wants to see them smile more, be more kawaii. Even though this is a gritty crime drama.
She decides to give them a new wardrobe. Now the tough cops are dressed in dresses and cat ears nyan.
Director Kagura loves it. Waraziro expresses his doubts, but Kagura insists this is good stuff for a movie. Right agrees. The others have no idea what’s happening.
Meanwhile over at the Castle, Zett is speaking to Madame Noire whom he says is up to her old tricks. No no, Noire says. Film Shadow will just be able to extract some high quality darkness which the Emperor will need a lot of soon.
Back at the Studio, Waraziro tells the ToQgers that the actors have now left as well. This is obviously Kagura’s fault.
While Kagura happily revises the script, Hikari notices some broken headbands and car keys nearby.
Kagura walks over to the others and says she’s got the perfect backup plan. She has replacements ready and on call.
Akira arrives and Kagura dresses him in a frilly number with lipstick and cat whiskers and a wig. He really does not understand what is happening.
Tokatti is the co-star. He’s in a dress, golden curls and big lacey ribbon on his head.
Tokatti says he and Akira are obviously different actors from the originals, but Kagura says they’ll just fix it with CG in post.
Meanwhile, Hikari is talking to the security guard at the gate.
Kagura calls Action as the movie restarts. Tokatti is Jacqueline and Akira is Catherine. Mio doesn’t know what she’s even watching, but she looks over and Kagura is welling up with emotion. She thinks this is beautiful!
Suddenly, taps. Out of the shadows and into the spotlight, the Kendama Detective appears!
Kagura likes it and tells Waraziro to keep filming. Hikari explains what he’s found. This movie isn’t cursed and the cast and crew didn’t abandon it. He relates the waiting room showing evidence of a struggle. And the security guard outside said none of the cast or crew ever left the studio. That means they must all be in the studio somewhere.
Hikari has Waraziro lead them to a screening room that has gone unused because of reports of it being haunted. And that’s where they find the missing cast and crew.
Film Shadow appears on the screen and explains that he is editing the nightmares of the movie staff together to create a dark film that will play around the world and engulf it in darkness.
Kagura takes great offense. Movies are for people to enjoy, to make people happy!
The ToQgers henshin and they fight Film Shadow. Waraziro asks What about the movie? Kagura says there’s no time for that now. But Waraziro decides to just film what’s going on.
They ToQgers take the fight with Film Shadow outside.
Hikari easily fights off Film Shadow’s Film Noire attack. And Kagura is fired up with a lot of passion and emotion. She chases after Film Shadow and shoots. They battle until they’ve got their weapons pointed right at each other’s faces.
But the others are also there and Film Shadow is now surrounded.
Waraziro and a still tied up in film Akira arrive. Instead of using Hyper Ressha, Right says all they need is Renketsu Bazooka.
Kagura takes over and decides to deliver a security guard Rainbow Rush to defeat Film Shadow’s unbiggened life.
Film Shadow embiggens and the ToQgers hop into ToQ Rainbow.
Film Shadow wraps them up in a movie screen and places the ToQgers in some kind of horror movie. But Hikari says it’s not scary at all. ToQ Rainbow’s lights come back on and they decide to deliver a Final Slash.
A little later on the Resshas, Conductor comes in with a film magazine with a review of Waraziro’s movie which was just completed.
And it’s actually got a great review! The others have no idea what’s happening. Kagura is very happy.
Another crazy episode that was a lot of random fun.
I don’t know if it’s a Kobayashi thing, but both Go-Busters and ToQger do an amazing job of background humor and sight gags. It’s always little throw away lines or random happenings in the background that you notice and end up being so hilarious.
I loved that chase scene with Kagura and Film Shadow. Kagura was so badass there.
Great to see Kendama Detective pop up. And Catherine and Jacqueline has spin-off potential right there. lol
A fun episode that I think is needed since next episode looks to get back into the thick of things.