As Schwartz continues mocking Sougo, the Skywall suddenly rises from the ground, killing thousands of people.
Back at the shop, the others are trying to contact Sougo, but he’s not answering. Uncle Junichiro cooks them a delicious meal knowing they have been out all night looking for Sougo.
Just then, Sougo appears and heads straight for the Watches. He sees the Build Watch is broken. They realize the walls are related to Build. Woz reads it in his book, but that timeline should no longer exist thanks to Sougo’s actions.
Sougo grabs Tsukuyomi’s arm. He says he should’ve known Schwartz was after him all this time. He mentions Tsukuyomi’s real name Alpina and says Miharu told him about it before he died. His dying wish was for Sougo to take Alpina back to the future where she belongs.
Sougo drags TsukuyAlpina out.
Uncle Junichiro sadly looks at the Watches.
Later, Geiz and Woz head downtown to fight off Smash and Guardians that have appeared to rampage.
But after defeating the Smash and Guardians, there’s a Gravity Surge and Roidmudes appear. Geiz and Woz uphenshin. Schwartz pops in to say that the end of the world has begun and the outcome all rests on Sougo’s decision.
On the other side of town, Sougo and Tsukuyomi find Tsukasa to ask him to take them back to the different timeline where she is from. But Sougo adds that there must be some strong connection between this timeline and Tsukuyomi’s.
Sougo tells them about Schwartz’s warning that Sougo must choose between the two timelines. Tsukasa warns that Sougo might not like what they uncover in the future.
Sougo and Tsukuyomi say they are ready for whatever so Tsukasa opens the dimensional wall. He does warn them that they may not have a choice regarding their decision and to not bring bananas.
They walk through the dimensional wall and arrive in 2058.
Sougo and Tsukuyomi head into the home to find the young Alpina playing with a toys. Alpina calls them interlopers, but Tsukuyomi asks her to hear them out.
Tsukuyomi says she is her from the future and that she has lost memory. So they are hoping to ask her some questions. Sougo asks her what is happening to this world. But young Schwartz appears.
Young Schwartz says this world will soon disappear, but he will save it by destroying all other worlds.
Back in 2019, Geiz and Woz are shocked as MOTWs, foot soldiers and towers from other seasons continue to appear out of nowhere. Including…
Mashin Chaser, introducing himself as the Shinigami who will destroy all Kamen Riders.
Back in 2058, Schwartz says there are many other worlds in the universe. So it does not make sense for this world to be one that gets destroyed. Thus, he will destroy the other worlds instead for this one to survive.
Sougo asks how Schwartz intends to destroy the other worlds. Schwartz says it’s simple: Combine all the worlds into one. Each of the different worlds has a Kamen Rider. So combining all the Riders will combine the worlds. All Schwartz has to do is destroy that one world.
Schwartz takes Alpina’s hand so they can leave. But Sougo has one more question. What would Schwartz do if his sister were stronger than him.
Schwartz says if that ever happened, he would take Alpina’s memory and banish her. That would give him the most power and in turn, make him king.
Schwartz sends Sougo and Tsukuyomi outside the home.
Back in 2019, Chase forces Geiz and Woz to dehenshin. He also dehenshins and mocks the humans for thinking they could take him on.
“Aren’t you also a human?” Woz asks. Chase says he’s just a Roidmude created by Krim Steinbelt. Geiz remembers the events of the movie and asks Chase if he remembers Shijima Go, Kamen Rider Mach.
Chase says he does not as his world does not have Kamen Riders.
Chase charges at Geiz, but Geiz catches his fist.
Geiz points out that it’s a contradiction for Chase to regard Kamen Riders as enemies when Kamen Riders don’t even exist in his world.
Chase starts to become confused. Geiz believes Chase does remember Kamen Riders and especially Shijima Go.
Chase has a sudden flashback to the moment he sacrificed his life for Go.
Chase falls to his knees with an intense pain. Woz says the time-space distortion is getting worse. He and Geiz leave.
In 2058, young Schwartz says he cannot forgive Alpina for defying him. Tsukuyomi points her blaster at him, but Sougo warns her not to shoot.
Tsukuyomi says if he kills Schwartz here, many lives will be saved.
But Tsukuyomi cannot pull the trigger. Schwartz turns back to his old self and intends to kill them with a blast. But Tsukasa jumps in front to absorb the attack himself.
Just then, Daiki appears and shoots at Schwartz. Schwartz leaves.
Tsukuyomi and Sougo run over to Tsukasa.
Tsukasa says, with his final breaths, that they cannot afford to lose Tsukuyomi.
In 2019, Geiz and Woz reason that these villains are coming from worlds without Kamen Riders. Woz says that by them taking the Watches and the original Riders disappearing, the villains were never defeated.
Geiz says the key to all of this has to be Sougo and possibly Tsukuyomi.
Just then, more previous season monsters and villains appear to rampage Tokyo.
Daiki walks over and says while he’d rather not use his treasure here, he will. He uses the Zi-O II Watch to bring Tsukasa back to life.
“Yo Tsukasa. You were dead. Can you at least eat a sea cucumber now?”
Tsukasa knows Daiki turned back time. But Daiki says there is a big side effect.
Daiki is suddenly in pain as he is forcibly henshined to Another Zi-O II. Daiki says he will take the most precious treasure, Tsukasa’s life.
Tsukasa believes Another Zi-O II has taken over Daiki’s mind.
Tsukasa asks Sougo for his Watch.
Sougo tosses over the Decade Watch and Tsukasa uses it to henshin.
Tsukasa and Daiki battle through the dimensional wall and right back to 2019, along with Sougo and Tsukuyomi.
Daiki points out Tsukasa’s power was taken away. But Tsukasa says he had used half his power to create the Decade Watch. Daiki says that’s not enough to defeat him. But Tsukasa pulls out the Zi-O Card.
Tsukasa uphenshins to Zi-O.
Sougo henshins to Grand Zi-O and joins in the battle. Sougo and Tsukasa quickly defeat Daiki and the Another Zi-O II Watch is destroyed.
Tsukasa downhenshins and walks over to Daiki, “You’ve always been a handful.”
Tsukasa offers his hand out to help Daiki up. But Daiki doesn’t take it and gets up himself, saying Tsukasa should be thanking him.
Suddenly, Sougo is forced to dehenshin and the Grand Zi-O Watch disappears.
They are then surrounded by a swarm of Heisei Era MOTWs and foot soldiers. They remark that it really is the end of the world.
Tsukasa declares that this world will be destroyed.
So interestingly enough, I feel like this episode laid things out very nicely. While Oma Zi-O’s part in everything is still a big question (that might get answered next week), Schwartz’s plan and the reason for Sougo collecting the Watches made sense.
A lot of the foundation of Schwartz’s plan to make sense seems to even stem from Build‘s finale (which again, was rumored to have been rewritten to support Zi-O‘s plot). Different worlds and timelines. Smashing worlds together to create a brand new one. That was introduced in the Build finale. And Zi-O took that and ran with it.
Not only are the Riders from different worlds, Sougo’s very actions (or at least, each tribute arc) each created brand new timelines. Even Geiz and Tsukuyomi first arriving in 2018 created a new timeline from wherever they came.
So it definitely also makes sense for villains from the original timelines to still exist if Riders no longer existed in those timelines/worlds.
The show hasn’t talked about this detail in a long time, but previously, when Another Riders were defeated, the original Riders temporarily regained their memories. Then when Sougo obtained the Watch, the Riders would lose their memories again.
We seemingly see that at play with Chase. He comes from the new timeline where Drive doesn’t exist, but he still has his memories pre-Drive Watch and they are bubbling to the surface because time has been completely screwed up. And the worlds colliding are throwing everything into chaos. Anything goes! lol
But aside from drawing on Build‘s world building, literally, Zi-O has definitely drawn from Decade as well.
The Decade/Zi-O memes have been there all season, but it definitely looks like it’ll become a reality. And with only two episodes left, it appears Zi-O might end just like Decade did.
That is, Decade didn’t end with the season finale. (Obviously, since we still have Tsukasa roaming different worlds to this day lol) And it might seem Zi-O’s story won’t truly end with the season finale either.
But also the idea of different worlds collapsing and coming together. Now, I actually haven’t seen the Decade-W Movie Wars. The last of Decade I’ve watched was the season finale cliffhanger. So I don’t know what kind of conclusion showed up in the movie.
At the same time, Decade was more about the journey with the characters than the real endgame. But Zi-O does have a better and more defined plot. So we’ll see how well the two episodes wrap everything up.
I was kinda expecting a more epic face to face between Tsukasa and Daiki. I wish Tsukasa had dehenshined when he put his hand out for Daiki. Especially knowing Masahiro Inoue and Kimito Totani’s great chemistry and back and forth, I was excited to finally get a chance for a real face to face this episode. But alas, it didn’t happen. Hopefully sometime in the next two episodes.
Hearing that Decade BGM play was pretty awesome.
It was great seeing Chase. I honestly never expected the Chase-Go bromance to reach all the way to a different season. But here we are!
Again, everything the Drive characters have been in post-season have done more to further their story and characters than most of the season itself. And I hope Taiko Katono sticks around for Episode 48.
I really enjoyed seeing young Schwartz again. I feel like it would’ve been fun to see him more during the season, going up against his big little sister. Tenma Naruse did a great job this episode and I think definitely matched up well with Kentaro Kanesaki’s performance of Schwartz that we are familiar with.
So in the preview, it showed Sougo revealing to Uncle Junichiro that he’s a Kamen Rider. But early in this episode, I thought Uncle Junichiro’s worried look at the Watches on the Daizer meant something. Like he’s known all along or something else. Or maybe even a bigger role in the big picture than we ever expected. I hope there’s a twist there next week. But I’m fine with him just being Sougo’s caring Uncle.
Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good episode. Some nice moments in it. But it does feel like it was just revving up for the final episodes. Laying the foundation and cleaning things up to allow the last two episodes to just go crazy. Lol! We’ll see!