There’s no one in the office yet so Noel decides to snoop around for some new intel. He sees the file on Zamigo being Status Double Gold, but can’t look for more info as Jim Carter arrives.
Meanwhile, Kairi unsuccessfully tries to avoid Keiichiro who approaches him with some small talk. Kairi is not in the mood, however, and is able to brush him off. Just then, a big explosion nearby.
Noel heads to Jurer to ask Tooma and Umika about if they know anything about Zamigo. Tooma says they’ve never heard of him. Umika is surprised, but goes along with it.
Tsukasa and Sakuya meet up with Keiichiro where they run into a mother and son who said the ebi fry exploded. The Pats are surprised to see it is the work of Gangler Iselob who, last they saw, was frozen by Zamigo.
Iselob says he’s been thawed out. Tsukasa reasons that he must have been transported somewhere else, not killed. The Pats morph.
The Pats fire at Iselob, but Iselob uses his Collection Piece power to prevent them from moving as he makes them float into the air, allowing direct shrimp hits at them to enable him to safely escape.
Kairi sees Iselob’s human disguise and hopes the Pats don’t find him first.
Back at HQ, the Pats ask Noel if he’s ever heard of a Gangler with Zamigo’s freezing power, but he says no. The Pats decide they must be careful about that especially without knowing where the frozen person is transported to.
Jim Carter shows the Pats that there have been exploding shrimps raining down all over the city since yesterday. The Pats head out to look for Iselob.
Umika is by herself, thinking about them realizing Zamigo is the key to getting their loved ones back without Kogure’s help. She decides Tooma was right not to tell Noel since he’s part of the Lupin family.
While looking for suspicious ebi fries, Sakuya spots Umika and heads over to her. He notices she is down and asks if there’s anything wrong. She decides to tell him about a dilemma she says.
Umika says she and her friend have a problem and their new friend might know how to fix it, so he wants to ask him. But her old friend doesn’t want to. Sakuya asks if her friendship or fixing the problem is more important to her. If fixing the problem is more important, Sakuya says, then Umika should talk to the new friend even if it means fighting with the old one.
Umika thanks Sakuya and runs off.
Tooma texts Kairi to ask where he is. Kairi says he’s tailing a possible Gangler. Tooma is suspicious of Kairi doing it by himself.
Umika arrives back at Jurer and tells Tooma that they should tell Noel about Zamigo. She knows he’s a Lupin person, but they haven’t gotten any new information for a long time. She reasons that they must get their loved ones back as soon as possible.
Umika decides to call Noel over and they tell him everything. Tooma apologizes for lying earlier, but Noel says he understands.
Umika says since Zamigo doesn’t have a Collection Piece, they can just destroy him and their loved ones will be saved. Noel says that makes sense. He tells them about the information the Pats have gathered on Zamigo. Umika says they should tell Kairi.
Tooma sees Kairi has sent them the location he is fighting Iselob at right now.
Iselob uses his Collection Piece power to freeze and float Kairi, but Kairi uses his kaitou tricks to break free of it. He then is able to unlock Iselob’s safe and take the Piece.
Suddenly, Zamigo appears.
Zamigo is pleased Iselob has been able to catch him a Lup after thawing him out on a whim. Zamigao morphs to his Gangler form and says he wants to play with Kairi.
They battle. Jim Carter alerts the Pats to the situation.
The other Pats arrive and Zamigo is excited for more fun.
Kairi decides to use Victory Striker to go Super. Zamigo thinks that looks cool. He shoots at him, but Kairi realizes he can predict Zamigo’s moves.
The Pats arrive as Kairi continues being one step ahead of Zamigo.
Zamigo laughs and says Kairi is awesome. Kairi calls his friends Blue and Yellow over and they turn his dials to power up a big attack. But Zamigo is able to freeze Iselob and yank him over to block the attack from hitting himself.
Zamigo acknowledges Kairi may have won this battle, but he’ll be ready next time they meet.
Keiichiro notices Lupin Red appears very upset.
Goche arrives to embiggen Iselob. The Lups hop into Victory LupinKaiser. Iselob shoots hot oil on the ground to fry up the Lups and the whole city into ebi fries. The Lups put the fire out. Iselob tries flying away. But Good Striker puts Victory LupinKaiser into Flying Mode. They deliver a Good Striker Knock-Down Kick to finish off Iselob for good.
Back at the GSPO, Keiichiro thinks about why Lupin Red was fighting with a different rage against Zamigo than any other Gangler.
At Jurer, Noel promises not to tell Kogure about Zamigo. He assures them that he is their ally and will also let them know of any info he steals from the Pats.
Umika is sure everything will go back to normal when they defeat Zamigo. She’s excited for that moment. Kairi is sure as long as they have Victory Striker, they’ll be fine.
Kairi then realizes Noel didn’t know who Zamigo was. So who took the person he wants to save?
Down in the underworld, Destra is drunk. Goche knows he’s upset because the Lups took his Piece. Destra is ashamed to face Dogranio. Goche offers to help him get revenge if he would like.
Interesting episode. Still a little too slow moving with respect to the big picture, but at least it’s a step forward. It’s funny how Umika talks about them not getting any new information for a long time. Indeed, the story has stalled for quite a while.
The biggest development is just making Noel more suspicious. And now having the Lups seemingly more weary of him as well.
I definitely like them all keeping secrets from each other. Like that first scene with Tooma, Umika and Noel before they ended up telling him anyway (thanks to Sakuya’s advice!).
Interesting to see that little hesitation from Tooma regarding Kairi. I hope that leads to something as well. Kairi going rogue or something and Tooma and Umika not agreeing with him.
I feel a little more hopeful about what Noel’s big secret could be. It seems like even the endgame might have something to do with Noel. I think I mentioned before that in the spirit of being undercover and playing all sides, that Noel might even be in cahoots with the Ganglers. Or that he might be a Gangler himself.
He did seem sincerely out of the loop about Zamigo, which is kind of surprising considering everything that’s happened. That would lead me to believe they are definitely involved somehow probably. Maybe Destra as well.
It’s also finally great to see Zamigo in an extended fashion this episode. I really can’t help but really like him despite knowing almost nothing about him, obviously because of the lack of screentime he actually gets.
Overall, a welcome step forward for the story.