Talent agent Kosawa comes to Aruto for help reactivating model Humagear Delmo. Delmo is hugely popular and her fans are clamoring for her to walk the Tokyo fashion week runway.
Izu warns that this will draw the violent attention of ZAIA, but Aruto believes this is a good opportunity to show the public that Humagears are back.
Delmo awakens and hugs President Aruto, whom she knows from her learnings. She turns and notices frowny Isamu who Aruto has hired as a private bodyguard for their Humagears.
Aruto asks Delmo why she doesn’t hide her module during photoshoots like actor Enji does. Delmo says she wears it as a source of pride and self-respect. While an actor pretends to be someone he’s not, as a model she is presenting her true self.
Izu concludes that Delmo has reached Singularity.
Just then, two A.I.M.S. officers arrive to scrap both Delmo and Izu. Delmo confidently shows herself and the A.I.M.S. henshin.
Aruto henshins to Metal Cluster Hopper to take them both on. Isamu prepares to henshin, but Yua comes running and swipes his driver. She locks in a modified Assault Wolf Key and shoots at Isamu, forcing him to henshin. She does this to connect to and restore Naki who is inside the chip in Isamu’s head.
Naki tracks down Izu and Delmo and declares to Aruto that they are a tool of ZAIA and does whatever ZAIA wills them to do.
Aruto is able to force the two A.I.M.S. to dehenshin and tries to get Isamu to retake control of his body. Naki responds, again saying they obey ZAIA’s command.
An annoyed Delmo pops out. She asks them where’s their self-respect as humans and if they must always wait for someone’s orders before they do anything.
Izu takes Delmo away to safety just as Jin comes flying in. He asks Aruto to trust him as he takes Isamu/Naki with him.
Over in Daybreak, Jin tries to speak with Naki in an effort to get them to reach Singularity. But Naki insists that they only exist to carry out the orders of their dear president, their father.
Back in town, Aruto and Izu accompany Delmo at her photoshoot. She is able to effortlessly shine in each photo and every outfit.
During a break, Delmo pumps in sound of being on the runway with the crowd, the camera shutters, the music. She feels there is nothing like the excitement of being on the runway.
Aruto asks Delmo what her dream is and she says it is to walk the runway for this year’s Tokyo Fashion Collection where she can show herself off. Aruto warns that a Humagear in such a public setting could put her in danger. But Delmo says that’s fine. As long as she can show people that Humagears have dignity, perhaps they can change people’s minds about them.
Jin poses the same question to Naki who does not comprehend the idea of dreams. Jin says once they reach Singularity, they can be free.
Before they can say anything more, Isamu regains control of his body and escapes. He is able to find Aruto and the others.
Naki emerges again and asks if it is truly possible for Humagears to dream. Of course, Delmo says. Izu explains that Delmo has chosen to walk the runway while she has chosen to be Aruto’s assistant.
Izu asks Naki what their dream is. Aruto reiterates that Humagears are free to dream and are not just humanity’s tools. Naki’s mind seems to be blowing, but Isamu pops back out and takes control.
Back in Daybreak, Horobi has received orders from the Ark.
Jin says he is only focused on liberating Naki. But Horobi says their goals are aligned and they must work together to revive MetsubouJinrai.net.
It’s about time for the fashion show. Delmo is able to sneak away from Isamu’s sights for a moment so she can hype herself up before the show. But that puts her in danger when crazy Yua comes after her.
Isamu goes looking for Delmo, but instead finds Jin and Horobi.
Aruto henshins and takes on Yua as Izu tries to get Delmo to safety. Papa Gai arrives to deal with Delmo himself. He attempts a finisher at Delmo, but Aruto defends her.
Gai is able to injure Delmo’s leg. She cries out her dream to be able to walk the runway. Agent Kosawa comes running out and he and Izu help Delmo inside.
Gai laughs maniacally at the fact that he’s crippled a model whose dream is to walk on the runway. An incensed Aruto attacks Gai.
Naki, henshined as Vulcan, arrives and Gai orders them to destroy Zero-One. Naki, however, decides that they also want to dream. Though, they do not know what their dream is yet. In the meantime, Naki wants to make dreams for other Humagears come true. And they ask anyone who can to help Delmo’s dream come true.
Papa Gai says Naki has no right to dream since they are only his tool. Naki refuses to be a tool any longer. Yua dehenshins.
Isamu and Naki in one body both agree that they are no one’s tools and that Humagears are indeed allowed to dream.
Izu has an idea and she drags Aruto back inside the arena where they both walk down the runway.
Izu pumps the live audio feed of the arena to Delmo who is touched and grateful.
IsamuNaki deliver a finisher at Papa Gai who is 1000% humiliated once again. Gai tells Naki not to come crawling back to him.
Watching from a distance, Jin is happy to see Naki embrace the dream and hopes to free them very soon.
Later, Aruto speaks to the press announcing that Hiden Manufacturing will restore and give Humagears to anyone in need. He assures that Humagears who dream need not worry about getting hacked or going out of control.
Aruto hopes to restore the public’s trust in Humagears once more.
Yua goes on a long pensive walk.
I like this episode. It had a good balance of fun and drama.
First, Delmo was a great character and another wonderful example of what Humagears can be. She had a dream, but she was also proud and confident. Something I don’t really think we’ve seen from other Humagears as much. She is proud of her Humagear heritage, so to speak. And she took that as a badge of strength. It’s really great.
If anything, Delmo was the perfect example for Naki to realize what Humagears can aspire to be. A confident Humagear with a dream. The moment where Izu lets her listen to the sounds of the arena and then later when she has a crutch as Aruto speaks to the press were both very emotional moments.
Naki is interesting so far, but we’ll have to see more of their story. Especially as a Gai tool and what Naki’s role in the MetsubouJinrai gang was and will be.
So many daddies on Zero-One yeah? Horobi was Jin’s father and now Gai is Naki’s father, apparently. Then we’ve got Aruto’s own backstory with his father and of course his grandfather as well. Daddy issues must be a theme this season lol
This was a great episode that really progresses the idea of Aruto’s goal moving forward while also emphasizing the Singularity of Humagears.
Oh! And seeing Gai get humiliated never gets old. lol Gai laughing maniacally is me seeing him get his ass handed to him every week:
Gai laughs maniacally.mp4#仮面ライダーゼロワン #ゼロワン #KamenRider pic.twitter.com/6oM45h3X7P
— DryedMangoez (@dryedmangoez) April 22, 2020