Canalo spots a young woman in tears and decides to approach her. But another man swoops in and tells a joke that immediately cheers her up.
The man then approaches Canalo and says he’s been looking for him.
Canalo brings the man back to Chez Tatsui and he introduces himself as Nada, also a member of the Ryusoul Tribe who trained under Master Red. Nada admits he had tried sucking up to Master Red in order to become a Ryusoulger. But he wasn’t chosen.
Anyway, Nada offers to help them fight the Druidons.
Just then, Towa and Bamba call to alert them to a new Minosaur they are currently fighting.
Kureon laughs and says the Minosaur’s many eyes enables it to see all their attacks. The Minosaur also has the power to take away people’s kindness. Bamba tries using MabushiSoul to try and blind the Minosaur with light. But it doesn’t work on its back eyes.
The others arrive to help. Kureon summons some Drunns and the Ryusoulgers have their hands full. Nada arrives to try and help as well, but just gets swatted back. The Minosaur prepares to take Nada’s kindness away, but Koh runs to shield him, absorbing the attack himself instead.
Koh’s personality suddenly changes and he whips out MeraMeraSoul to start rampaging. He ruthlessly takes care of all the Drunns himself without any regard for his teammates’ own safety. He fires at the Minosaur, but Canalo gets caught in the direct line of attack.
Kureon whisks the Minosaur to safety.
Back home, Towa slams Koh against the wall, scolding him for getting out of control earlier. Koh apologizes and says he’s going to go cool off. Melto tells Asuna to make sure he’s alright.
Bamba remembers the Minosaur takes away people’s kindness. He turns to Nada and asks what he’s doing here.
Bamba says he and Nada used to train together in the same village, but Nada disappeared when he wasn’t chosen to become a Ryusoulger.
Nada says he is still a member of the Ryusoul Tribe and just wants to help. He thinks it’s too much for Koh to act that way only because his kindness was taken.
Melto says, however, that Koh has always had a side of him like this. He explains that when they were younger, Koh was hypercompetitive and wanted to be stronger and better than anyone else, no matter the cost.
Melto says it was when Asuna arrived in their village that Koh started to change.
Koh started taking Asuna under his wing to help her.
Over in the park, Asuna tries cheering up a pensive Koh who is beating himself up over his recklessness earlier, especially putting Canalo in danger. Asuna reasons that Canalo just blends into the background, like kids who get forgotten about when playing hide and seek.
Asuna suggests they play hide and seek like they used to when they practiced staying hidden.
“I’m not worthy of being a Ryusoulger!” Koh says as he begins to walk away. Asuna tries to call after him, but he tells her to stay back.
Asuna heads back home and tells the others happened.
Meanwhile, Canalo finds the woman from earlier and confirms his suspicions that the Minosaur was born from her. She is a sad woman who is just looking for kindness.
Just then, Kureon arrives with the Minosaur to try and drive the woman deeper into despair. She runs off and Canalo henshins.
Elsewhere, Nada finds Koh and tells him about the Minosaur popping up again. Koh doesn’t respond. Nada calls Koh an idiot and asks him if he knows the reason Master Red chose him.
Nada says Master Red explained that it is not strength alone that makes a Ryusoulger, but the kindness to care about others.
Koh says his kindness was taken away. But Nada reminds him that Koh found his kindness on his own. So even if it is taken, Koh will be able to find it again. This is his strength and why Master Red chose him.
Back on the other side of town, Waizuru has joined in the battle and the Ryusoulgers are struggling. Kureon tells the Minosaur to finish them off, but Koh leaps in and kicks them both to the ground.
Koh remembers Master Red telling him about how to obtain kindness. That is, kindness is something that comes when you have someone you care about.
Waizuru charges at Koh, but Koh is able to knock him back and also reenergize the others. He apologizes for making them wait for him.
The Ryusoulgers first take care of the Drunns. Koh and Bamba then team up to blind both the front and back eyes of the Minosaur, allowing them all to attack it.
The Ryusoulgers prepare a finisher at the Minosaur, but Gaisorg suddenly appears to stop them. Gaisorg attacks them and says the fun is only just beginning.
Gaisorg then disappears as Waizuru, Kureon and the Minosaur poof away in fear as well. Bamba explains to Canalo who Gaisorg is.
Later, Koh corrects the others and says it wasn’t Asuna who got his kindness back.
Koh explains that he remembered how Melto had helped Asuna by training with her and encouraging her so she could become stronger.
It was then when Koh stopped seeing everyone as his rival and instead, thanks to Melto, learned what being a friend meant. He found something he wanted to protect, thanks to Melto.
Koh promises his friends he won’t lose his way again.
Back home, Nada recognizes Papa Naohisa’s map and they notice there’s an unmarked temple that could hold another Kishiryu.
I thought this was a great episode. I definitely love seeing some character backstory and it featured young versions of our heroes, which is always fun.
I think it was a great focus episode for Koh, Melto and Asuna. For Koh, they helped to give a bit of depth to his personality. He’s always been happy and positive. But we see that he wasn’t always like that. It would’ve been nice to maybe see a little more about his more reckless youth personality. But as presented, it was good and insightful.
The whole idea helped further solidify the friendship between Koh, Melto and Asuna and how they’ve been through a lot together since they were young.
For Asuna, it was a great episode to show how she is a very compassionate person even if she can seem a little goofy from time to time. (Or really, she just likes her food and snacks hehe.) She’s obviously a strong person, as we’ve seen.
But her trying to raise Koh’s spirits at the park was a great scene. One of the best of the season.
And for Melto, it’s great to finally see him get the credit for something after always being the butt of the joke most of the time. It was a really nice, touching moment seeing Koh acknowledge that it was really Melto who was able to change Koh for the better.
This was also a good episode because it wasn’t the typical “mind control”/”Ranger goes berserk” plot they usually do with the similar setup. That’s what I was expecting after Koh is first hit with the attack. But the show made this episode more into a nice character driven episode that really worked very well.
Gaisorg’s entrance was also exciting and well-done.
Overall, a truly great episode and possibly one of my favorites of the season so far. More of this please!