Recap: Kamen Rider Saber, Episode 39 – Yo Swordsmen, Follow the Path You Believe In.
Tassel randomly returns back home and after saying bye to Papa Fukamiya who flies along like Tinkerbell, he gets a shock through his whole body when Luna also randomly decides to manifest herself in the forest. Master Isaac senses her presence and says he continues to be amused by Touma’s antics.
Up north, Yuuri is healing Ogami-san and Tetsuo while Sophia tells us things we already know and Mei shows them the new page of the pop-up book which relates to the new Xross Saber. Touma wonders why Luna hasn’t popped up yet.
Touma, Rintaro and Mei head to the rooftop where they try to cheer Kento up with costumes and a storytime. They are sad that Kento doesn’t seem to respond to their efforts. But actually he quite enjoys it and happily accepts their invitation to fight the “oni.”
Kento says the Dark Sword no longer shows him futures and he has decided that he will save both Touma and the world and fulfill their promise to Luna.
They head north where Kento announces his intention to return to the team. They all welcome him back and to make it official, Mei hands Kento his pin.
Now they need to figure out a way to defeat Master Isaac. Though Yuuri, their key to head into the Southern Base, is pooped from healing them earlier and is stuck in his Seiken mode for now. Kento excuses himself to go find Ren while the others try to think of what to do next.
Down south, the Shindai Sibs face off against Master Isaac who offers to keep them alive if they become his pawns again. The Shindai Sibs refuse and Master Isaac makes quick work of them. When Ryoga is forced to dehenshin, Reika whisks him away to safety. But they’ve gotten what they came really came for.
They head to the shop to return the Books, not because they want to fight alongside #TeamTouma. But for Brother Shindai to repay his debt. Ryoga collapses from his deep wound and Reika tells them they better not waste his hard work.
Touma and Rintaro take a Book Gate Book and leave the Shindai Sibs for Mei to take care of.
Storious asks Master Isaac to explain the new finale Seiken. Master Isaac says it can draw out all the power of the All-Knowing Book which is why he wants it. Just then, Touma and Rintaro arrive, shocked to see Storious colluding with Master Isaac.
Touma asks why Master Isaac is doing all this. Master Isaac jokes that it’s because of humanity causing the death of someone he loved. But actually, he’s just really bored from having to be part of his family’s responsibility in handing down pages of the All-Knowing Book. Especially as their clan lives longer than normal people.
Coupled with humanity’s actual foolishness, Master Isaac decided he would change the world and humanity to his liking. Touma says humanity can change by their own volition. But Master Isaac says there’s a limit to what humans can understand, so he must break it all down before building it back up from scratch.
Rintaro says he does not understand a single thing he’s saying. (You and us both!)
Master Isaac says Touma is worthy of living in his world and invites him to join it. But Touma insists he will forge a future with his friends and Luna. Master Isaac says Luna is merely a harbinger of Touma’s death. Touma is destined to die thanks to Master Isaac changing his density 15 years ago on That Day.
Master Isaac says thanks to that, Touma should actually be grateful. Touma tells him to shut his mouth and vows he and his friends will save the world and save Luna as well.
Master Isaac henshins and transports them all to Solomon Zone. Touma and Rintaro henshin and Storious summons a Megido. They battle.
Downtown, Ren is training himself while thinking about how much stronger Touma has become. Kento approaches and then follows Kento to tell him about rejoining #TeamTouma even though it might mean Touma dies.
Kento asks Ren to come back to him… them. But Ren says he cannot do that until he finds the strength that he has been looking for all this time. Kento is shocked when Ren says he is happy that Kento is alright.
Master Isaac says he can open up new possibilities for the world once he rebuilds it. But Touma says he can destroy it, but never recreate it. Only the peoples’ hopes and dreams can do that.
Touma goes Triple Book and counters Master Isaac’s finisher. While Rintaro takes care of the Megido, Touma manages to force Master Isaac to dehenshin with the help of a new finisher. They are returned to the Southern Base throne room.
Rintaro calls Master Isaac a homo sapiens. Touma reaches his hand out and asks Master Isaac to join them to save the world. Before he can answer, Storious pops in to whisk him away.
Back at the shop, Kento, Touma and Rintaro all update Mei and the Shinai Sibs of their failed missions today. Reika says she is indebted to them for treating her brother. But Mei says they’re all in this together so no worries. Brother Shindai thanks them for their help.
Kento is happy to see the future is deviating from his visions. But he also remembers something.
Meanwhile, Storious has Master Isaac in the Megido Manse. Master Isaac says his next move is to secure Luna for himself.
Speaking of, Luna runs through the forest with Tassel unable to catch up to her.
Oh boy! So I thought this would be a Luna-centric episode and immediately prepared myself to not care about it. But thankfully(?), she only popped up at the beginning and end of the episode. Completely irrelevant to whatever else was happening during the half hour. Uh… okay.
That said, nothing actually happened this episode. We’re at the same point we were at the end of the last episode. Other than Kento returning to the Northern Base and pledging allegiance to #TeamTouma, nothing else changed for any of the characters or whatever passes as plot.
We know Master Isaac Logos has been bored by being a Master. But in this episode, he plainly says he just wants to end the world and kill everything on it just for the hell of it.
On one hand, that’s a clever bit of writing. Because when you think about, an evil psychopath doesn’t really need a reason to end the world. He’s an evil psychopath, after all.
On the other hand, based on how this season has been going, it’s a hilariously lazy bit of writing. The writers had no idea what to do with Master Logos, so they’re all “Whatever” and decided to just take the easy way out.
When Isaac Logos offered up Bacht/Bahato’s story and asked if that would be a suitable answer to Touma asking why he wanted to destroy the world, my answer was honestly “YES!” Yes it would be an adequate answer. At the very least, it would’ve given Master Logos a purpose. And it would’ve made sense with respect to the rest of the series.
Like I mentioned after one of the recent episodes, Bacht/Bahato and Master Logos should’ve been one character. And Bacht/Bahato should’ve been a series character and not a movie character they randomly plopped back into the series for no reason.
Storious is obviously the big bad, final boss. And though there’s definitely plenty of potential (keyword: potential) backstory to explain why he would be the final big bad, I am expecting a lot of exposition to make it happen when they should’ve spent the last 39 episodes doing that instead.
Elsewhere, Kento’s return to the Northern Base was so anticlimactic. A total dud even though this mopeyKento arc had so much hope at the start. The show really wasted what was honestly one opportunity to help stabilize the season. Instead, that too-long arc concludes with Touma, Rintaro and Mei dressing up in Halloween costumes to get Kento to smile. What?!
The show has also already ruined whatever potential good story there could’ve been with Kento and Ren. So that scene between them in this episode was such a huge disappointment and reminder of what could’ve been. That is, another opportunity to redeem the season. But it went buh bye.
Then there’s Tassel who randomly returns. Did Les Romanesques TOBI have some other engagements he had to fulfill, that’s why Tassel had to randomly disappear for a while? And now Yuuri is gone, does Tomohiro Ichikawa have another drama gig or something? So strange.
When it comes to Luna, I hope she ends up actually being an inanimate object or like some kind of consciousness or something. Basically, I want to see her not be a homo sapien. Because having her pop in and out and be this bridge between worlds or whatever, it would be better to just make her some kind of intangible feeling or gas or heck, even a Tinkerbell-like apparition. She apparently popped out of nowhere to befriend Touma and Kento. So just make her some kind of floating spirit or make her be some humanized All-Knowing Book or some random thing like that. Maybe she’s the Table of Contents or the Index or the Front Cover. Who knows.
Otherwise, I don’t care. And everyone’s incessant name dropping of “Luna” is just laughable at this point. As if she is some central character to the story when she is nothing but a plot device. And not a well-developed one at that.
Overall, this episode did nothing to further the story. Odd being Episode 39 and being completely irrelevant. But it’s Saber. I shouldn’t be surprised.