The Gang retreat to the shop for now as Tokyo is being ravaged by the Heisei Era villains.
Tsukasa explains that every Kamen Rider had its own world, but now those worlds have combined thanks to Schwartz planning to destroy them all at once. And Sougo helped. Schwartz gave young Sougo the power to control time and that allowed him to draw the Riders’ worlds together. When all the Watches were collected, the worlds fully fused.
Sougo cannot believe all they have been fighting for was to just help further Schwartz’s plan.
Geiz asks what their plan is now. Tsukasa says he will destroy the world. But even if this world is already lost anyway, they should at least save its people.
Sougo says he will go along with whatever is Tsukasa’s plan as he does not agree with the three paths Schwartz presented him.
Later, Sougo stands at the wall of clocks in the shop, smiling before turning pensive. He says he is ready to go. But Tsukasa has something to say that he couldn’t in front of the others.
Sougo knows what it is. He is the only one who won’t survive and that’s alright. Sougo says he was prepared for that the moment he accepted the Belt. Or maybe the moment he was born.
Sougo asks if he can make a quick trip before they enact their plan.
Meanwhile, Tsukuyomi, Woz and Geiz are in town trying to save as many people as possible. But Schwartz appears before Geiz. They both henshin and battle.
On the other side of town, Uncle Junichiro is being attacked. He does what he can to protect a box he is holding as MOTWs are about to kill him. But Sougo arrives just in time to save him.
Uncle Junichiro immediately recognizes Zi-O is Sougo as he takes care of the MOTWs.
Sougo scolds his uncle for going out at a dangerous time like this. But Uncle Junichiro wants to know the meaning of all this.
Sougo apologizes for not telling him sooner that he is a Kamen Rider. He says he was able to obtain a great power and protect people. But now, he has to go and protect not just Uncle Junichiro, but all the peoples.
Uncle Junichiro says Sougo should go. As for him, he has a watch to repair. That is his duty as a watch repairman just like Sougo has his duty as well.
Uncle Junichiro tells Sougo to have a safe trip. Sougo promises to return.
Uncle Junichiro watches as Sougo hops in his Time Mazine to fly to 2068.
Still in 2019, Tsukasa joins Geiz who pretends to struggle against Schwartz and MOTWs, as part of their plan.
Woz finishes off the MOTWs that were taking on Tsukuyomi. But a rogue Roidmude appears out of nowhere.
Just as out of nowhere is Chase who fights off and finishes the Roidmude.
But Chase falls to his knees and dehenshins, struggling to understand why he just saved a human.
Woz says according to his book, Chase was also a Kamen Rider in his original timeline.
Despite the memories flooding back to him, Chase angrily henshins to Mashin Chaser and attacks Woz
In 2068, Sougo arrives on the day Geiz and Tsukuyomi lead the Resistance against Oma Zi-O who completely overpowers them.
Sougo runs over to Tsukuyomi and asks if she is okay. He secretly slips a Watch into her pocket and tells them to get to safety while he holds off Oma Zi-O himself.
Sougo henshins and stands face to face with Oma Zi-O who doesn’t remember his younger self ever returning to the future a second time.
Sougo points out that while that is the past for Oma Zi-O, it is still the future for him and it can still change. Oma Zi-O is intrigued, but he says this is all pointless.
They battle a little before Sougo pulls out the Trinity Watch, wondering if it will work.
Back in 2019, Schwartz the only one left standing against Geiz and Tsukasa. Geiz proclaims that they will prevent Schwartz’s world from disappearing, but he won’t be the one saving it. Tsukuyomi will. And there is nothing Schwartz can do about that.
An angry Schwartz unleashes on Geiz and Tsukasa. And Chase is about to deliver a finisher at Woz.
But the Trinity Watch does work and Geiz and Woz are sent to 2068. Together, they take on Oma Zi-O.
Meanwhile, Tsukasa takes on Schwartz himself. Schwartz believes Tsukasa is no match for him since he has his family’s power of stopping time. But Daiki arrives, reminding Schwartz that he too has that same power, thanks to Schwartz himself.
BFFs Tsukasa and Daiki team up and take on Schwartz.
In 2068, SougoGeizWoz are able to slam Oma Zi-O into the rockface, taking him by surprise since he does not remember having such power when he was young. Sougo says it is not just his power, but the power of his comrades.
And that is the difference between Sougo and Oma Zi-O. Sougo has comrades while Oma Zi-O does not.
Oma Zi-O understands and mentions how Sougo is willing to sacrifice himself for his comrades. Geiz and Woz are shocked to hear this. Sougo dehenshins, returning Geiz and Woz to 2019.
Woz finds Tsukuyomi is gone while Geiz sees Schwartz leave through a dimensional wall to find Tsukuyomi and finish her off for good.
Oma Zi-O knows Sougo did not want Geiz and Woz to hear that truth. But Sougo points out it was pointless for the two of them to fight anyway since Oma Zi-O has no intention of defeating Sougo.
Sougo asks Oma Zi-O what his power is. Oma Zi-O says it is the power to destroy time. He says Schwartz does not have the power to destroy worlds which is why he planned on Sougo doing it. But Sougo says he won’t become Oma Zi-O.
Oma Zi-O asserts that Sougo is him, but he is looking forward to seeing which timeline Sougo decides to destroy and how.
Oma Zi-O returns Sougo to 2019. But he also decides to help Sougo even if pointless.
Thanks to seeing the young Sougo time travel, Geiz and Tsukuyomi realize that going to the past is an option for them in their quest to defeat Oma Zi-O.
Just then, Tsukuyomi feels something burning in her pocket. The Watch Sougo had slipped in.
In 2019, Chase chases Tsukuyomi. Tsukuyomi reminds him that he has a heart. But Chase insists he is but a Roidmude.
Schwartz arrives and tells Chase that he will take over from here. He approaches Tsukuyomi, but Chase stops him.
Chase questions why Schwartz, a human with a heart, would have no qualms about killing his sister. Chase says human hearts should be more beautiful.
Chase and Schwartz battle, but Schwartz is much too powerful. He calls Chase trash after delivering a finisher.
Chase is forced to dehenshin. He collapses, but is caught by Geiz who holds him in his arms.
Chase says it’s ironic that he is also a Kamen Rider. Geiz says Chase has a friend out there trying to save him. And that they are also his friends.
With his final breaths, Chase says that humans are pretty good. He disappears in glowing glitter.
Schwartz approaches Tsukuyomi again. But Sougo comes running and tells her she has a Watch in her pocket.
Tsukuyomi reaches in for the Watch and it activates. Woz appears and tosses her a Driver.
Tsukuyomi uses the Watch and Driver to henshin.
Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi.
So first of all, I am so sad I wasn’t able to avoid seeing the Tsukuyomi spoilers last Saturday evening. I usually stay away from any possible spoilers around Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Japan time). But I was just excited to see #仮面ライダージオウ trending worldwide again. And obviously, the first thing to pop up when I accidentally click on the hashtag is Tsukuyomi’s beautiful suit. Grrr!!!
Anyway, this was a very exciting episode. Things obviously ramped up 100x this week and definitely built upon Episode 47’s clarity.
A lot of what happened in this episode again drew upon things we’ve seen all season. And in a way that allows you to believe “Yeah, they planned this out all along.” Lol Sometimes you just try to make yourself believe that even when it’s obviously not true. But at the very least, Zi-O has been able to connect a lot of the dots from the season and fit a lot of the puzzle pieces together to make this finale a clear picture.
Things like never-before-seen Riders popping out from the future. Or the planting of blank Watches in the past (or future) so they could get pulled out when needed in the present. It all worked together to bring us that truly awesome moment of Tsukuyomi’s first henshin.
We were obviously jokingly teased about a Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi in the Supplementary Plan X.5 episodes. But it was great to see it become a reality here and apparently integral to the endgame.
Having Tsukuyomi become a Rider certainly fits with Schwartz’s master plan being the focus of this final arc. And speaking of, when in other seasons, the Big Bad’s endgame seems to have been pulled out of nowhere, we were reminded in this episode that we did see Schwartz (as the mysterious trenchcoat man) and young Sougo early in the season in the midst of Tokyo in ruins. So again, these seeds were planted throughout the year and we are now enjoying the fruits.
Obviously though, Oma Zi-O doesn’t want to defeat Sougo. That would mean Oma Zi-O would cease to exist, right? Or at least cease to exist in this specific timeline. Lol We’ll see what becomes of Oma Zi-O.
But an interesting theme is emerging, or at least being brought back to the surface after being buried a little for a while. The idea of being alone and not having friends or comrades. We know Sougo grew up with not many friends. ShiroWoz was envious of KuroWoz having made friends. Sougo, Geiz and Tsukuyomi reaffired their friendship many times and working together is what makes them strong.
So it would seem Oma Zi-O became who he is because of his loneliness. Whether that is of his own making or the circumstances beyond his control, I don’t think we’ll ever know. But that is an interesting thing to consider.
Schwartz too didn’t have friends or comrades. And that was of his own choosing. He just used Ora and Heure, and Sougo of course. And he essentially threw his sister away so he could rule on his own.
Oma Zi-O appears to be on his own in 2068. And since we are to believe that really is Sougo, the difference between the original timeline and now is that Sougo has people around him that would stop him from ever going to the dark side.
Or it’s actually none of this and something completely different. We’ll find out next week. lol
Interpreting that in a serious way, it speaks to kids of all ages out there watching to say that you are never alone. And you can always reach out to someone.
But certainly, Sougo was living a perfectly normal life when we first meet him. And not having lots of friends or fellow Rider teammates doesn’t mean something is wrong with you.
So I don’t even know where I’m going with this. Lol Let’s leave the serious discussions about mental health and loneliness to Ryusoulger.
Anyway, I assume Uncle Junichiro is gonna fix the ultimate Watch Sougo needs in the finale. That’s what was in the box, perhaps.
I had hoped Uncle Junichiro knew about Sougo being a Kamen Rider the entire time. But it has been a while since we’ve had a real “Rider keeps his identity a secret” aspect to a season. Not like other seasons where their family and friends know from the start or know, but pretend not to.
So the scene with Sougo and Uncle Junichiro was really nice. And I think the series did a good job maintaining their relationship through the season and keeping it an important part of Sougo’s character.
Elsewhere, it was great to see Tsukasa and Daiki fighting side by side like that. But I still want to see Masahiro and Kimito share an unhenshined scene together!
And again, not knowing what’s happened in the movie, Chase’s death was sad, but it definitely paralleled his first “death.” I have to assume Gou did not find a way to revive Chase if Geiz mentions that he has a friend still working to save him. Hmm…
Overall, a pretty exciting penultimate episode. I admit I did start tearing up at various points during this episode. That bodes well for the finale for me.