While Tassel cries over the current state of the season, Storious, Zooous and Legeiel talk about the impending door opening. Meanwhile, Desast approaches the dark sword and out pops Calibur.
Over in the North Pole, everyone is mourning Kento’s “death,” but they all vow to continue on. Not only to avenge Kento, but to save the world.
Touma hands Ogami-san the Hedgehog Book, gives the Tri Cerberus Book to Ren and keeps the Lamp do Alangina Book for himself to remind themselves of Kento’s memory.
Later, Rintaro asks Tetsuo if he can have the new Book that is being prepared. Tetsuo asks for Rintaro’s other Books so they can all be properly synced with the new one. Touma, Ogami-san and Ren head out first.
Legeiel stands by the door as the flame Touma shot to it is close to be burning out. Touma, Ogami-san and Ren arrive. But they are shocked when Calibur appears. Ren quickly henshins and charges toward him.
Ogami-san also wants to battle Calibur, but Legeiel wants to take him on instead.
Touma, invoking the memory of Kento, two-book henshins as well using the Alangina Book. Daichi continues to say he will attain the ultimate truth, even if that means killing anyone that gets in his way. Touma and Ren use Kento’s memory to power them up.
Touma and Ren regroup with Ogami-san as Daichi takes over when Legeiel gets knocked aside. Touma again invokes the memory of Kento to drive his attacks. But the book door is just about ready to open wide.
Daichi leaves to oversee the opening. Storious, Zooous and Legeiel pop in to keep the Riders busy in the meantime. But Touma leaps over them to try and stop Daichi.
Touma tries to appeal to Daichi’s past as a noble swordsman. But it doesn’t work. Tetsuo arrives to help out and takes on Daichi directly, calling him an old friend and saying he doesn’t recognize him anymore.
Daichi swats Tetsuo away and he instead joins Ren and Ogami-san against the three Megid. The SoL Riders are being completely overpowered. They decide to switch Books with each other and they continue fighting.
In the city, the citizens cower in fear as the book begins to open. Children, however, seem oddly excited at the magical happenings in the sky.
At the North Pole, the new Book is completed and Rintaro and Mei hurry over. They arrive just as the free for all continues and Daichi flies up to the book.
Rintaro picks up the Alangina Book. And after a short moment of reflection on what it stands for, he opens the brand-new Book.
Rintaro locks it in and henshins for the first time into King Lion Daisenki. The others toss him Kento’s Books and Rintaro locks them into his new weapon. With the power of Kento’s memory, Rintaro unleashes a barrage of new attacks and takes on the three Megid by himself. Mei excitedly cheers him on.
Touma leaves to try and stop Daichi while the others support Rintaro who uphenshins to a Royal Charge that allows him to turn into a lion. He swats the Megid away and then shoots at the pillar of light to get rid of it.
Mei sends hearts Rintaro’s way.
They all cheer Touma on as he flies into the book door.
I cannot even describe how increasingly indifferent I am to what is happening on Saber every week. For me, it really is the lack of character and plot development (everything development) that prevents me from connecting to and holding on to anything in the series.
Again, the only thing that comes close is Mei just being herself. And in this episode, the only moments that stand out for me were her cheering on her boyfriend Rintaro. Even sending him hearts when he cuts off the pillar of light.
I’m grasping here at anything that I can care about.
A perfect example in this episode of what I think is really a problem with the writing is when Tetsuo joins in the battle. He pops in and starts calling Daichi an old friend. I had to do a double take at that moment. Were we supposed to know that? Because not a single moment before this episode did they even insinuate that there was some kind of relationship there.
So for Tetsuo to feel so aggrieved that an old friend, an old comrade like Daichi has turned to the dark side? I don’t buy it at all. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no basis for it in what we’ve seen. And if there was, it was probably in passing with a throw away line from Sophia from which we would need to infer something that may or may not have been the case.
And really, it speaks to the unstable foundation that all of these supposedly impactful events are standing on. We know essentially nothing about the SoL, let alone any pre-show relationships of its swordsmen and the (again) now-irrelevant Sophia. Do those extra TTFC specials shed any light on this? I haven’t watched a single one. But to be honest, you shouldn’t need to watch any of the extra stuff to at least get a basic feel for the story.
This episode was all about Kento’s memory. And fighting for everything that Kento stood for. Okay, fine. Kento’s a nice guy and all. But I haven’t forged a connection with him enough to really feel the emotions the show is trying to draw upon in this episode. And that’s partly because he’s been such a one-dimensional character up to this point.
Like, he’s been moping about the entire time he was on-screen. His main story was about his father being a traitor and that was waved away when it was revealed that Daichi was in the suit. The story with Touma and Luna could just as well not exist as it has done nothing to add to either Touma or Kento’s development.
And the whole book door in the sky plot of the season makes no sense. So Luna getting sucked in on That Day means nothing.
There was a scene where I think it was Touma, Ogami-san, Ren, Tetsuo and the three Megids battling it out in a free-for-all. And I couldn’t believe how uninterested I was in that whole chaotic scene. That was also the perfect depiction of the literal parade of new characters we got during the first 10 episodes of the season. You’re getting new people coming out of the walls left and right. It’s absolutely insanity.
I dunno. I’m already exhausted just thinking about what’s going on.
Which is strange because didn’t I say I felt completely indifferent to this season so far? I guess I have to change that. I feel completely frustrated. This season has a good basic premise. And the characters, for what they are on paper, seem to be solid. But something is going wrong with execution somehow, somewhere. And it has resulted in this crazy mess. I don’t hate this season. I certainly don’t love it. But things are definitely not hitting the mark for me with Saber.