Misora is in shock that Ryuga would do such a thing. But Sento vows to bring him back.
Takumi tells Sento that Ryuga is right in thinking he must be destroyed as well to get rid of every last bit of Evolto’s DNA. Sento says he is the only one who needs to be sacrificed.
Takumi says Sento is a fool to think that way, but then again, that might be a quality a person needs to save the world.
Sento prepares to henshin. Misora tugs on his shirt. She tearily asks if he can truly do this since there’s no guarantee he’ll make it back. Sento doesn’t answer. Misora lets go of Sento’s shirt and says he’ll be fine. This is the Build they all created, after all.
Sento acknowledges Misora’s words and henshins to Rabbit Rabbit to fly up the Genius light to save Ryuga.
He lands on the rocky and sandy surface inside the fiery rift in space. Ryuga is laying on the ground, but he quickly pops up and attacks Sento. It’s Evolto and he says he has completely absorbed Ryuga.
Evolto aims to absorb Sento’s power as well to restore the Evoltrigger. Unless Sento defeats Evolto, the power needed to fuse the two worlds can’t be released and the two Earth will crash.
Evolto continues to attack Sento who is forced to dehenshin.
Evolto morphs down to his Soichi form to taunt Sento even more. He says Kiryu Sento is someone who never should have existed on Earth. Sento gets up and tries to punch Evolto only to get his wrist twisted as Evolto continues.
Evolto says all of this is Sento’s fault after creating the Rider System. And he is still just a fake hero Evolto made up. Evolto lets go and sends Sento flying back.
Evolto morphs back to his true form and prepares a final strike at Sento. But something attempts to overpower him. It’s Ryuga!
“What are you doing, Sento?!” Ryuga says he’ll find a way to take care of Evolto, so Sento should run and get himself to safety.
Ryuga tells Sento that while he can’t see it, he is smiling from ear to ear. Sento remembers telling Ryuga about how happy he gets when he is able to help someone so much that he smiles from ear to ear.
“No matter what anyone says, you are our hero. So… you must continue to live.”
A FullBottle pops out as Evolto manages to regain control of his body and says he has completely sealed Ryuga.
Sento says this sucks since now, he wants to see Ryuga’s smiling face. He grabs the Bottle and stands.
Sento slaps the Driver on and henshins to RabbitRabbit.
“I’m coming to save you Banjo!”
Sento engages Evolto and says while it was Evolto who made him a Kamen Rider, it’s because of his friends that he can now use this power for good. For a world of love and peace!
The two worlds continue to draw closer to each other as the fiery rift starts to close. Evolto and Sento continue to battle. Evolto forces Sento to downhenshin through TankTank and Sparkling and finally to his base form. But Evolto also loses some of his power ups as well.
The Rabbit FullBottle glows and turns yellow. He inserts Rabbit and Dragon FullBottles into his FullBottle Buster for a Perfect Match.
Sento delivers a Perfect Match Break at Evolto. Sento declares he and Ryuga are truly the best match of all times.
Evolto cannot control his own body again. Ryuga says he’s back up and ready to go.
Sento begins his final experiment. He inserts the Rabbit and Dragon FullBottle and Builds Up to the Bestest Match of all. With this ultimate power, he launches a Vortec Attack at Evolto who tries to counter with a Fever Flow.
But Sento Rider Kicks Evolto right down the function curve. Evolto refuses to believe this is the end. But there’s an incredible explosion that reverberates out of the rift and through the galaxy.
Vernage pops up in Misora’s body and declares Evolto has been destroyed. “My task is complete.”
Vernage releases Misora and the bracelet falls off her wrist.
Meanwhile, Sento and an unconscious Ryuga are spinning around in a whirlwind vortex inside the closing rift. Misora and Sawa watch as the two worlds are finally combining.
A bright white light.
A rabbit frolics in a field where Sento awakens. He wonders what the new toy in his hand is.
He gets up and sees there is no Skywall anywhere. He runs into downtown as Prime Minister Himuro announces two familiar names as new members of his cabinet.
Sento realizes what’s happened. Takumi says Sento’s theory has been proven correct. Sento believes Papa Katsu wanted to restore everything to how it was before. Takumi says there was nothing like that in the research, but Sento says it was because Papa Katsu didn’t have the most important item, the Genius Bottle.
The combination of the White and Black Panels and the Genius Bottle resulted in salvation that transcended the laws of physics. By combining the two worlds, the people would be moved to a present reality in which the Skywall never existed. That’s the new world Papa Katsu truly wanted to create.
Papa Katsu’s dream has become a reality.
Sento watches the happy people of Tokyo going about their daily lives. But Takumi reminds him these people who lived the last ten years differently are not the same people he knew.
Papa PM and Gentoku walk and talk as Gentoku fills his father in on his schedule for the day. As Papa PM leaves with his other assistants to prepare for a speech to the Diet, reporter Sawa asks if she can speak with Gentoku. He politely says he’s free to speak with her later in his office.
Nariaki, meanwhile, is working at Nanba Machinery Factory.
Over at Nascita, the Crows bring Kazumi in to meet a cute girl that could be his new wife.
Misora comes over to take their orders and Kazumin immediately falls in love so hard, he faints. His friends carry him out of the café.
Takumi says Sento never would’ve existed in this new world. But even if he has survived after creating it, no one will know who he is.
“It’s time to say goodbye,” Takumi says. “It’s been fun.”
As Takumi disappears for the last time, Sento hears a familiar voice. Ryuga! With Kasumi!
Sento runs over to this black haired-Ryuga, happy he is alright. Ryuga doesn’t seem to recognize him. Kasumi says maybe he’s a fan of him as a fighter.
Ryuga wipes his hand on his pants and holds it out. Sento processes the moment before taking Ryuga’s hand. “It’s good enough that you’re alive.”
Sento walks away as Ryuga and Kasumi go for ice cream.
Sento walks into Nascita and takes a seat at the counter. He orders a coffee.
“Have we met before?” Misora asks. Sento’s heart skips a beat. “We definitely have, right?” Misora tries to remember where she remembers him from, but Soichi recognizes Sento as Satou Tarou. There’s a poster of Satou Tarou’s band on the wall as Soichi is a fan.
Soichi asks for an autograph, but first, he wants Sento to try his coffee. Sento prepares for the usual horrible taste. But he is shocked when it actually tastes good. Soichi excitedly tries to explain why, but Misora makes him get back to work.
Sento smiles watching the father and daughter having fun.
Later, Sento is sitting at a fountain downtown amused by the irony that he’s the only one that remembers this time.
Sento turns and it’s…
Ryuga! The brown-haired Ryuga he knows and loves!
Ryuga is confused with this world. No one knows him and he saw the black-haired version of him with Kasumi.
“I see! Since you possess Evolto’s DNA, you aren’t supposed to exist in this world either.”
“I finally find you and that’s the first thing you say?!”
Sento ruffles his hair and smiles. “This is awesome!”
He pops out his Machine Builder bike and they hop on.
As they’re riding down the road, Sento tells Ryuga his fly’s down. All the way. Since before they started fighting Evolto. They playfully bicker as the ride off down the empty skyway.
They are sitting on a bench in the park. Sento shows Ryuga the data of their memories which he has conveniently organized into 49 episodes. They start recording opening narrations for each of those episodes.
Episode and Season Thoughts
Oh wow. Oh my goodness. Oh my God. What did I just watch?! This last half hour. This last year? What was that?
Well, I think it might just be my new favorite Kamen Rider season. That’s what!
Now, I feel like I’m an emotional wreck right now after this final episode. So that snap ranking might change once I’ve calmed down and decompressed. But I am pretty… sure that Build is definitely my favorite season in at least a few years.
I certainly have my problems with the story at times during the season. It’s like that every year of course. But what’s different this year is that most everything else during the season was so good that I can look past any shortcomings. That’s something I haven’t been able to do in a while for Kamen Rider.
But really, almost everything just worked for me. The relationships, the characters, the fun moments, a Filipina excellently singing the awesome theme song, legitimately exciting action, a great cast.
The strongest aspect though really was the characters. I wouldn’t be this emotional after a finale if I didn’t care about or like these characters. I wouldn’t care about them if I hadn’t been drawn in and invested in their journey and their bond. And this really was an exciting journey. A fulfilling one at that.
Before we get to the journey, let’s talk about this destination first.
This really was such a pitch perfect finale. I had very high expectations after last week’s excellent episode. And even to my surprise, this episode exceeded those expectations.
Emotionally fulfilling, even while it was a very bittersweet ending, it made sense. It fit with everything we had seen in the previous 48 and a half episodes.
In my finale recap for Ex-Aid, I mentioned how for three seasons in a row (Drive, Ghost, Ex-Aid), the finale didn’t have a MaGMCM for me. That obviously was not the case here.
I was tearing up the whole episode already. But when nuRyuga doesn’t recognize Sento after being so excited to see him, I lost it. Then the glimmer of hope that Misora remembered Sento only to have it come crashing down. Ahhhh! But still that cute moment of Sento sincerely happy to see the father and daughter happy.
And finally, the big reveal. And boy was it a perfect reveal. Complete with the theme song kicking in right at that moment. OMG. Come on. They talked about smiling and grinning from ear to ear when helping people, I was certainly smiling from ear to ear (with tears in my eyes still!) as Sento and Ryuga were on that bike. Bringing back memories of the first episode, zippers down and all.
All the callbacks to events from the season in that little epilogue-ish look at all our friends were so great. And it’s stuff like that that I think have been missing in the last few years.
There was a real sense of finality in this episode. Even with that little Zi-O tease, this still felt like a true ending. Not even an epilogue episode like other seasons, but just a real, full ending that truly wrapped up the season. I think that is one reason I really love this episode so much. There’s something to like about epilogues and there’s certainly a lot to criticize about teeing up the next season in what is supposed to be the final episode of the current season. But this finale was refreshingly different.
Now maybe the biggest takeaway from this final episode; the show really went all in on the bromance!
I first thought it would just be a fun wink to the shippers out there. But it really did become an important part of the story and in the end, the most important part of the series I think.
It was the power of Sento and Ryuga’s bond, whatever that bond may be, that brought love and peace to the world.
As for shipping, I was definitely a Ryuga-Misora shipper since I very much enjoyed Ryuga’s sincere reaching out to Misora. But I guess the series spelled out the final ships: Gentoku-Sawa, Kazumin-not-Miitan and Sento-Ryuga.
Sento and Ryuga are truly the Ultimate Best Match. What’s different for them from other Rider “bromances” of recent years like a Kota-Mitchi or a Gou-Chase or a Makoto-Alain or Emu-Parado was that there really was a well-defined foundation to Sento and Ryuga. And it served a purpose in the grander scheme of things. Their characters legitimately helped each other (and others around them, reciprocally) grow and develop over the course of the season. It wasn’t some half-hearted or late attempt at developing a meaningful relationship for our title character. Or as mere fan service.
And that extends to the rest of the cast as well in recent years. It was hard for me to really see that bond and connection that should be forged when facing the end of the world as our friends do every year. This is one reason I remember Wizard fondly. I felt the Gang’s bond at the end. And that’s even with ice cold Koyomi. lol
I can’t help but compare Sento-Ryuga to Eiji-Ankh. Each half of the pairs were great, strong characters whose relationship and friendship served as a strong foundation and backbone to their respective seasons. But as great as the OOO Gang was as well, I think Sento, Ryuga and the rest of our friends had much more impact on each other and their lives. It all fit and worked together to help reach this final climax.
I was fine with Sento being alone and Ryuga being black haired-nuRyuga instead. It made sense and it is an example of that bittersweet finality and consequence to what we should feel are truly world-ending dangers. But I definitely much prefer the real ending we got after. lol
I also liked Misora’s “We’ve met before”. It’s not 100% sure as her recognizing Satou Tarou. So that possibility, even if <1%, of her remembering Sento somewhere deep inside is one of those great little things that you just take and savor how bittersweet it is. Of course none of the Gang knowing Sento or Ryuga or even each other is bittersweet as a whole, but those little moments where, you just think maybe something can be triggered and they can all live happily together again is a great, emotional feeling. Like, I want these things to affect me like this, this much. That’s what I want to see and feel when I escape into the world of Kamen Riders or Sentai and the like.
I was sad Takumi had to just disappear like that. Though I would think he’d still exist in the new world as the regular Katsuragi Takumi, right?
And speaking of, as another testament to the great characters this season. Even Takumi who we only saw for relatively fleeting moments, even if he was an integral part to everything that happened, was a great character whom you can connect with and relate to. I really wish we got to see more of him throughout the season, especially seeing him go through the internal struggle of what had happened because of him. Those conversations he had with Sento were really impactful.
As for our other friends… It was fun to see Gentoku and Sawa in a less-pervy version of their first meeting. The way the show seemed to suddenly start insinuating romantic feelings between them in these final episodes would’ve been something I’d absolutely nitpick and criticize as being contrived and late. But again, I forgive it and accept it because I like both characters and I love everything else. lol
The crows being alive and teasing Kazumin was very much in character for them. As was Kazumi being madly in love with not-Miitan. Non-Evolto-possessed Soichi actually knowing how to make coffee was great. And seeing a happy nuRyuga with Kasumi was a great peek at what life could’ve been like without all of the trouble we just went through.
And finally, despite the flaws or black holes in some of Evolto’s endgame, the character himself was the best and most defined big bad in years. Once we got all the exposition out of the way, we can see him truly having been a force from the very beginning instead of pulling some random villain out of thin air halfway through the series and then throwing everything at the wall to convince us they are an all-powerful threat. With Evolto, however, you can believe it. Random endgame and some keikaku aside, Evolto was the first worthy and truly threatening big bad in a while. And certainly he helped drive the other, stronger parts of the season.
Also, drones really have been amazing for both Kamen Rider and Sentai. We saw some of that amazing drone action in this episode too. Really helps to freshen up the series with some creative new ways to present action.
Now as much as I loved pretty much everything, here are some of the nitpicks I have.
I thought there would be doubles or something once the worlds combined? So basically, everyone from the Skywall world is gone? Not even merged together with the fresh world people. They probably explained it in passing a few episodes ago or even in this episode. But again, that’s a detail I’m more than willing to overlook. Only sure thing is Sento (Satou Tarou) and Ryuga (black-haired Ryuga) have dopplegangers in this new world.
The final scene basically explaining the narrations actually were canon were funny, but then how do they explain the other characters popping in from time to time? Still, the actual content of the narrations make sense if they were all recorded after the fact. lol
And it’s been a new norm on both Kamen Rider and Sentai to have a CGI final form. Obviously, they want to save money from not having to make a brand new costume for what is essentially one final scene. But having a physical ultimate final form adds to the excitement and epic-ness of the finale. Just making them glow is too easy an out.
I think Build is the best, most complete season since Gaim. This finale and the last few episodes are really what pushes Build to the very top for me. This is the most satisfied and fulfilled I’ve been watching Kamen Rider since I first started watching with OOO and Fourze.
Build subverted a lot of the problems that have plagued recent seasons of Kamen Rider for me, including apparent lack of endgame from the beginning, pulling things out of nowhere, lack of character development or connection with each other and the audience and underwhelming and hollow climaxes, especially finales.
Build was able to put all the pieces together for a truly refreshing, very exciting and emotionally resonant season and story that I didn’t know was still possible with Kamen Rider. But, Build proved it is.
Here’s some bonus clips of what I had expected to become season-long running gags only for the show to get mostly serious the rest of the way lol