Recap: Mashin Sentai Kiramager, Episode 31 – Toys

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Juuru and Takamichi return to the coconut tree after defeating a Jamenshi while the others all return to their jobs. But just then, a Jamenju appears. Muryou asks if they want him to call King Oradin. But Fire says just because they can, doesn’t mean they have to call Oradin all the time. The Mashins say they should only call when they’re in big trouble. Anyway, Oradin has taken the other Stones to Atamald for a team building retreat.

Juuru takes the Go Arrow and he and Takamichi hop into Kiramaizin and Gigant Driller to face the Jamenju. But the Jamenju has a very unique power. Pinch In Out Dagames can embiggen or shrink anything with just a pinch on its touch screens.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

The Jamenju proceeds to shrink Kiramaizin and Gigant Driller to the size of toys. While Juuru can hear Muryou try to contact them, they are unable to reach Muryou.

They see a mother and son stop nearby them. The mother tells her son Tatsuki that she’s be very busy with work soon, so he will have to be home alone more. Tatsuki says he’ll be alright, though Juuru notices something off about his smile. Tatsuki tells his mother that he’ll do his homework as soon as he gets home and buys the chicken for dinner.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

As he leaves, Tatsuki notices the toy-sized Mashins on the ground and decides to take them home with him.

Yodonna whips around some Bechats to look for the miniature mechas. Carantula is annoyed that he came up with the plan to shrink Tokyo, but it’s Yodonna executing the plan.

Back home, Tatsuki sets the Mashins down on the floor. Juuru notices a picture of Tatsuki and his mother where he is very kirakira. The Mashin think this is their opportunity to escape, but Tatsuki comes back and decides to play with them.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Tatsuki uses household items to create a mini Tokyo and he uses the mini Mashins to play and direct his own toku episode. After a while, he decides to clean up before his mother comes home.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Back at the coconut tree, the other Kiramagers hurry back and Muryou and Mabushina fill them in on what happened. They decide to search the area on foot.

Tatsuki has taken a nap and the Mashins say they should take this opportunity to escape. But Juuru wants to stay a little longer and ask Tatsuki a question.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Juuru, in Kiramaizin, hops down and wakes Tatsuki up. Initially surprised by the talking toys, Juuru asks if they can be friends. He asks Tatsuki why he seems less kirakira now than how he looks in the photo. Tatsuki explains that he feels lonely watching the house by himself. But he can’t tell his mother since she is too busy with work and doesn’t want to burden her.

Juuru says that is a very nice, caring thing to do. But that also means Tatsuki won’t be able to kirakira as much as he is capable of. If there is something he doesn’t feel comfortable about, he shouldn’t just act like everything is fine.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Meanwhile, the Jamenju appears again downtown. But the other Mashins are still in Atamald and they can’t call for them since Juuru has the Kiraful Go Arrow.

The Kiramagers run into Yodonna. Sena and Sayo deal with her while Shiguru and Tametomo try to deal with the Jamenju.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Tatsuki’s mother arrives home and asks him where he got the toys. Before Tatsuki can explain, she becomes angry with him for picking up street toys. She tries to grab them, but he runs out. She chases after him and he is able to speak up, saying that they are his friends and they are in big trouble now.

Juuru thanks Tatsuki for speaking up. And to mom’s surprise, Kiramaizin hops out and shuffles off. Takamichi stays behind to explain what’s happening.

Muryou and Mabushina wonder why the door to the Operations Room opened when no one walked in. But Kiramaizin hops onto the table and Juuru hops out.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Juuru asks Muryou to find a way to make Kiraful Go Arrow normal size. Muryou has been examining the Jamenju’s beam and believes he can use blue diamonds to restore the Arrow’s size.

It works and Mabushina uses the Arrow to call her father. Oradin and Hakobu quickly fly over. Shiguru and Tametomo hop in as they form Grateful Phoenix. Sena and Sayo watch from below and wish them luck. With a Grateful Prominence finisher, they are able to make quick work of the Jamenju.

Takamichi has finished explaining the situation to Tatsuki’s mom. But he asks Tatsuki if he has anything to add as well. Tatsuki musters up the courage to tell his mother that he feels lonely at home when he has to watch it by himself.

With the Jamenju defeated, the Mashins, Juuru and Takamichi return to their normal size.

Tatsuki’s mother apologizes to him and promises to listen to him more. But Tatsuki says all he really wants is to have her hug him before she goes to work.

Mashin Sentai Kiramager Episode 31 Recap

Juuru is happy to see Tatsuki kirakira much better now.

Episode Thoughts

So you really can have a great toy commercial and still have a great story to back it up. That’s definitely what this episode was. I want my own Gigant Driller and Kiramaizin now!

Like many episodes of Kiramager, the episode starts out with a silly premise on paper. But it ends up opening the door to a wonderful, heartfelt story. I think the episode can speak to a lot of children and families. Especially during this time.

Though the episode tried to make Juuru the focus again (lol), the main plot of the story was about Tatsuki and his mother. And it’s a relatable story. They were very clever in being able to incorporate the toys and even show how they can transform and connect together. But it was all about a son and mother growing somewhat distant due to real world responsibilities. At the end, they’re able to come together and understand each other. And together, they can move forward, but closer together.

Juuru also let Tatsuki know that if there’s something bothering him or something he might not be comfortable with, to be able to speak up and let someone know. You don’t have to act like everything is fine when it might not be. That’s a very important lesson.

The episode also spoke to those of us that are young at heart. Who can’t forget when they’d set up their own mini Tokyos and played with their toy mechas and figures like that. Definitely a very nostalgic feeling.

With the actors having minimal screentime in this episode, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was movie filming week or something. That’s usually what happens when the actors aren’t seen as much during the episode. But it could be COVID-related precautions again as well.

Thankfully, the episode was good regardless of that. And again, it was a great, heartfelt story.

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