Recap: Kamen Rider Zero-One, Episode 14 – We Are the Astronaut Brothers
Aruto is late for work so he summons his bike which annoys one of the Humagear astronaut brothers who are tasked with returning the bike into ZEA.
Meanwhile, Yua is doing a presentation for the bosses at A.I.M.S. explaining MetsubouJinrai.net. Isamu notices the corresponding names of Horobi and Jin to the terrorist organization’s name and wonders if that means the other two involved could be Bou (Death) and Kaminari (Lightning).
Yua is not sure, but she theorizes there is a spy in Hiden’s midst as MetsubouJinrai has known the exact locations of Humagears about to reach Singularity.
Over in Daybreak, Horobi says they’ve gotten enough for Operation Magear. He tells Jin to collect the Progrise Keys.
Aruto arrives in his office where VP Jun and Co. are waiting for him. They remind Aruto that he needs to restore the public’s trust in the company.
But suddenly, the astronaut brothers Raiden and Subaru storm in. They point out Aruto used the bike outside of work hours. Aruto apologizes as he had no idea he had given them extra work. Subaru says that is fine as long as he understands now. But Raiden says it is not enough. VP Jun encourages them to go hard on Aruto, but Raiden turns and grabs his collar to blame him for not training Aruto well enough.
Aruto is surprised to see a Humagear capable of becoming angry. Izu explains that Raiden has worked for Hiden a long time and his experience has taught him to put new employees through rigorous training.
Raiden wants to show Aruto just how hard it is to work in space. He grabs him by the collar and drags him out to the Hiden Space Development Center.
Subaru explains that Satellite ZEA manages all Humagears on Earth. But they, the astronaut brothers, also get to travel across space. As Humagears, not having air in space is not a problem for them.
Raiden puts his arm around his younger brother and says the whole of space is waiting for them.
Suddenly, Yua and Isamu arrive to question the brothers. Yua starts off with simple questions, but Raiden does not take too kindly to them interrupting their work. Raiden threatens to have the lightning rain down on them.
Isamu remembers his theory from earlier and directly confronts Raiden by asking him if he is a MetsubouJinrai spy.
Raiden grabs Isamu’s collar, taking offense to being called a terrorist.
Subaru says it is not possible for his brother to be a spy. Aruto agrees.
Just then, a smiling Jin shoots into the air to announce his arrival and that he will be taking their Progrise Keys. Aruto, Isamu and Yua henshin. But Jin hacks into nearby Humagears to turn them into Magia.
Isamu and Yua take on the Magia while Aruto faces off against Jin.
Jin tries hacking into the astronaut bros as well. But Raiden pushes Subaru out of the way. Both of Jin’s tendrils stab Raiden instead. But Raiden fights to resist the hacking.
Raiden yanks the tendrils out of his back. Jin says that’s not bad, but to be expected from a survivor of Daybreak. He leaves.
They all head inside. Raiden confirms he is a Daybreak survivor. Subaru explains that Raiden was created 12 years ago to do satellite maintenance. But Daybreak happened and the launch failed. Later, Grandpa Hiden reactivated Raiden to serve as ZEA’s maintenance crew and now exists to be able and train young ones like his brother Subaru.
Subaru says they can handle and conquer space as long as they are together. But Raiden says Subaru is a new model that can traverse space all on his own.
Aruto likes seeing the brotherly bond. But Isamu says there’s nothing to get soft about when Raiden is in the perfect position to spy for terrorists. Isamu and Raiden butt heads again.
Aruto tells them to stop fighting and to help with that, decides to tell them a joke. But Isamu, stifling his laugh, hurries off to the side to flip the lights in the planetarium back on.
Raiden says he if they still suspect them of being spies, he and Subaru will just have to find MetsubouJinrai’s location for them.
Just then, ZEA alerts Izu and initiates the fabrication of something new.
Later, Raiden, with Subaru’s help navigating, leads Aruto and Isamu to an entrance at Daybreak where they can reach MetsubouJinrai’s hideout. Before heading in the tunnels, Isamu remembers the horrors of Daybreak.
Yua expresses her concerns to Gai about Isamu possibly leading himself to his death if they don’t stop him. Gai says all they can do is watch over him and leave it to The Ark to guide them to the mythology of the new age. The mythology of the Kamen Riders!
Down in the tunnels, Jin welcomes Aruto, Isamu and Raiden and explains this was all part of the plan.
Jin calls Raiden “Ikazuchi” and says he doesn’t know he is a spy. They had put a program into Raiden that automatically transmit data from ZEA without him even knowing it. Earlier, Jin actually just programmed Raiden to lead Aruto and Isamu here. And to get Raiden here himself so…
…Jin could slap a Zetsumeriser onto him to turn him into a Magear. Jin hands him the Dodo Key and he henshins.
Isamu quickly henshins and battles Raiden. Aruto henshins to Biting Shark to try and get Raiden to stop. But Raiden is able to handle both of them and even forces them to downhenshin, releasing the Keys.
Raiden picks the three Keys up and locks them into his belt before delivering a finisher at Aruto and Isamu, forcing them to dehenshin. Raiden picks up three more Keys and locks them in as well.
Jin tosses Raiden the remaining three Keys.
Raiden activates all the Keys, shooting up into ZEA before the animal powers come shooting back down to power up The Ark.
Horobi stands and sees The Ark has finally been restored. It fabricates a brand new Key.
Jin declares the holy war against humanity has begun. But Aruto henshins to Shining Hopper and is able to toss Raiden around before the backfire stifles his momentum. That gives Raiden the opening to attack Aruto and send him flying back.
Izu arrives just in time and hands Aruto the new weapon ZEA had just made, the Authorize Buster. Aruto activates it and shoots at Raiden, slamming him into a wall and releasing the Progrise Keys from his belt.
Izu speedily grabs all the Keys, except for Jin and Horobi’s which Jin is able to grab himself.
Horobi appears with the just made Key and he tosses it to Jin.
Aruto shoots at Jin, causing him to let go of the new Key which lands right in front of Isamu. That last attack forces Aruto to dehenshin.
Isamu picks the Key up and sees it is a wolf Key which should belong to him. Jin demands he hand it back, but Horobi says it doesn’t matter since Isamu can’t use it without being a part of MetsubouJinrai.
Isamu forces the Key open, using his anger and rage he has kept inside him since Daybreak.
Isamu locks the Key in and henshins to Assault Wolf. Everyone is shocked.
Raiden says to leave this to him, but Isamu has no problem handling him. Aruto tosses the Authorize Buster to Isamu to use and with a Buster Dust finisher, finishes Raiden off for good.
Isamu forcibly dehenshins immediately after the successful attack. He spits out blood as he falls to his knees. Aruto helps him up and they get to safety.
Jin picks up the Dodo Key, unsure of what he is feeling right now seeing someone he considered his brother explode in front of him. Horobi says that is just one sign Jin is approaching Singularity.
With blood dripping out of his mouth, Isamu stumbles around, vowing with all the rage in his heart that he will destroy MetsubouJinrai.
What a fascinating episode. The final battle apparently begins next week. Episode 15?! Okay sure! I’ll hold on for the ride lol
Obviously I know this isn’t the final arc or anything close to that. But I still feel a lot of pieces coming together. Perhaps climactic moments, not for the overall plot. Though I guess it goes hand in hand. But more climactic moments for our characters. Namely, it appears, Jin and Isamu.
I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens to them both if this really signals a big turning point for each of them. I feel like the lead-up to Jin reaching Singularity has been steady, so it does make sense that the time is right.
For Isamu, we’ve seen him warming to Aruto and the idea of Humagears. But obviously his traumatic experience still eats away at him. My one critique of Isamu’s story is that while we know he obviously suffered on that day, being specific in what he lost in Daybreak would really help and add a lot to his experience. Did he lose parents? Family? A best friend? It’s fine to understand his anger so far, but if there were an even deeper and more personal connection like that, it would be huge and great to watch.
There’s obviously several threads weaving its way through the show. Gai’s role is slowly, but surely being uncovered. So like I’ve mentioned, it’ll be very interesting to see what, if any relation, Gai’s goals have to Horobi’s. And then there’s also whatever secrets Grandpa Hiden had as well.
Needless to say, they’re hyping up this decisive battle at Episode 15. But there’s obviously plenty of story left to tell for the next 35 episodes.
The astronaut brothers were also great in establishing more of the possibilities there are with Humagears and their relationships with each other. That helps fill in some of the possibilities for Jin and Horobi’s family tree as well. And I assume works with the idea of Humagears reaching Singularity.
Elsewhere, I very much enjoyed getting flashed back to Go-Busters. (Beast Morphers certainly isn’t doing that for me lol) Hearing a blaster “Ready for buster” was a fun moment for a Go-Busters fan like myself. hehe
And I enjoyed the balance of funny and dramatic this episode. This scene was particularly amusing:
— DryedMangoez (@dryedmangoez) December 13, 2019
Overall, a great, engaging episode. Very exciting action as well as very exciting character developments as well.