Tassel says he is worried about Touma in his current situation.
The mysterious man that’s just arrived at the shop hops off his magic carpet. Mei thinks he’s hot. But Touma does not know who he is.
The man says they used to travel through the world of stories together like Night of the Galactic Railroad. Touma begins to remember such a journey where he is Giovanni and he meets his best friend Campanella.
Mei enjoys the BL drama playing out in front of her, but she interrupts their reunion as Touma realizes this man is his old friend Kento who he played with when they were kids.
Rintaro says Kento is also a member of the Sword of Logos
Kento helps himself to one of Mei’s eclairs. As does Touma, much to Rintaro and Mei’s annoyance. While the three of them fight over the treats, Kento is saddened to realize that Touma only remembering the two of them means he has forgotten about “her.”
Later, Touma and Rintaro head downtown when the Golem from the last episode pops up again. Rintaro explains that once a Megiddo’s Alter Book has been completed, they can reappear when they want.
They prepare to henshin when all of a sudden, another Rider appears and tells them to watch how it’s done. The Rider easily takes care of Golem, much to the excitement of his young son who comes running in.
Storious comments that Legeiel seems unfazed by Golem’s easy defeat.
Zooous gets in Legeiel’s face and says he’ll take care of this next one. Legeiel throws some shade at Zooous who summons Hanzaki Megiddo.
Back at the shop, the father introduces himself as Ogami Ryo, Kamen Rider Buster. And he is accompanied by his son Sora.
The father and son dynamic gives Touma a story idea, much to Mei’s excitement. Touma immediately goes to write it down.
Rintaro approaches Ogami-san to ask about the risk he is putting Sora in by bringing him along for battles. Ogami-san says he is the strongest swordsman and the King of Parenting, so he’ll always protect his son.
Rintaro and Kento accompany Ogami-san to the North Pole as he gives a report to Sophia about what he’s learned about Calibur.
Back at the shop, Mei asks Sora why he didn’t accompany his dad to the North Pole. Sora says it’s boring there since it’s only full of books. Touma says the world of books is really interesting though.
Sora disagrees. Touma promises he will show Sora the wonderful world of stories. Sora thinks he’s a strange fellow.
Sensing Touma is getting distracted from his manuscript, Mei suggests she take Sora out for a walk to get ice cream. While Mei buys the ice cream, Sora sees one of the blank Books Hanzaki has left out for people.
Mei, ice cream in hand, sees Sora about to open the book. But she’s too late. Sora gets sucked into the book.
Back at the North Pole, Sophia asks Ogami-san what he thinks of Touma. He says he’s disappointed at Touma being a weirdo and can’t understand why he was chosen.
Another man, Daishinji Tetsuo, walks in and says Touma was there during the battle 15 years ago. Ogami-san can’t believe it. Rintaro, Kento and Sophia confirm.
Just then, Touma comes running in to inform Ogami-san about Sora. Mei apologizes for letting it happen. Rintaro says people are similarly disappearing across the city. Ogami-san vows to save his son. But when Touma starts to follow, Ogami-san tells him to stay put and know his place.
Touma says he will do no such thing as he made a promise to Sora. Ogami-san reluctantly tells Touma to do what he pleases as they and Rintaro head into the Wonder World.
Touma tries telling Ogami-san that they should stick together instead of going off alone. But Ogami-san says he did not ask Touma, whom he derides as just a “novelist,” for his help.
Hanzaki appears and Touma and Rintaro henshin to take him on.
Back at the North Pole, Rintaro tells Sophia he thinks it might be best if Touma doesn’t remember what happened 15 years ago. Rintaro says he was responsible for that and it’s a sin he has to bear.
Sophia tells Rintaro not to blame himself “even if the swordsman of darkness who betrayed us is your…”
Before she can finish, it’s a quick cut to Calibur who tells himself that even as more and more Riders appear, he will reach Avalon very soon.
While Touma and Rintaro are struggling against Hanzaki’s slimy skin, Touma decides to use the Peter Fantasista Book to uphenshin. But he uses the power-up too recklessly to have any decisive effect on Hanzaki.
Touma apologizes and Rintaro asks him to hand the Book over. Rintaro shows Touma how to use matching Ride Books the right way. Uphenshining, Rintaro is able to use the power-up to wear Hanzaki down.
Touma decides to use the Jack and the Beanstalk Book to uphenshin. They work well together. But Ogami-san arrives, henshins and takes on Hanzaki himself.
Ogami-san immediately delivers a finisher to take care of Hanzaki for good.
They all dehenshin. But they notice that nothing has returned to normal. Rintaro points out to Touma that all the people and the city should have returned once the Megiddo is defeated.
Tassel recaps the episode and teases the next one.
Another solid episode. Having fun is great, of course. But it’s always good to get a little more serious, especially as we’re still trying to get a feel for the season.
We got to see a little bit more about the villains this episode. At least, their dynamic with each other. And the tease of Kento’s relationship with Calibur. Could he be his father? His brother? Mother, perhaps?! Who knows! It’s definitely an intriguing development with lots of great potential.
I also look forward to digging deeper into the childhood relationship between Touma, Kento and the mystery girl.
We got a couple of new characters this week. It was very surprising to me! Of course, we were teased with Kento last week.
But I wasn’t expecting Ogami-san to also be a Rider and member of the SoL. Not to mention having his son tag-a-long too. And then there’s Tetsuo popping up out of nowhere as well. It definitely looks like a big cast, so there’s no shortage of possibilities for stories!
The video game scenes last week were really odd to me. Kinda cool, but still a little awkward. So I enjoyed not seeing them this week. And the action was still great.
Overall, another good, solid episode. They’re doing enough each week so far to introduce a lot of things well and setting the stage in an interesting way.