Recap: Kamen Rider Saber, Episode 40 – Shining Friendship, the Three Swordsmen.
Luna, the bridge, is wandering aimlessly around Wonderworld while Tassel flies with his umbrella looking for her.
Meanwhile, Master Isaac is with Storious at the Megido Manse. Storious expresses his excitement over the power of Touma’s new blade. But Master Isaac, as his god, says he did not give Storious permission to speak.
The Shindai Sibs are at the Southern Base, vowing to return it to its former glory by defeating Master Isaac. But Master Isaac shows up and forcibly turns brother Shindai against his sister in an effort to gleefully watch them kill each other.
Ryoga screams at Reika to run away.
Up north, Yuuri informs Touma and Kento that his dear friend has told him their dear friend Luna the bridge has popped up in Wonderworld. Touma and Kento celebrate the good news, but Yuuri cautions that they have no idea exactly where she is. And if Master Isaac finds out she’s on the loose, she’s in grave danger.
Everyone starts to rush out to find her, but Yuuri stops them and says they all can’t set foot in Wonderworld. He will go himself. Kento gives him the Dark Sword and asks him to take care of it as a memento of his father.
Master Isaac breaks through to the Wonderworld with his big hand and slaps Tassel out of the sky. Sophia feels the disturbance from Master Isaac using the power of the All-Knowing Book. And Reika pops in to beg them to help her save her brother.
It’s all going crazy. Ryoga, who has lost all control of his body again begs Reika to leave. Ogami-san and Tetsuo arrive to help, but Ryoga asks them to just kill him now.
Master Isaac has Luna the bridge within his grasp. He swats Touma, Kento and Rintaro aside. But Yuuri is in Wonderworld and secures Luna the bridge’s safety. When Yuuri comes out of Wonderworld though, Master Isaac takes control of Yuuri and the swords of light and dark.
Touma, Rintaro and Kento henshin and they battle.
Master Isaac is forced to dehenshin. He tries to gain control of Touma’s body, but as he expected, it does not work. The same cannot be said for Rintaro and Kento who come under dark control. They attack Touma.
Over in Wonderworld, Tassel floats down to Luna and says he will explain what she is. Luna is not just a bridge, but she is Wonderworld itself. And her chosen one Touma will gain the power of this wonderous world. When that happens, Touma will spend the rest of his life with her here.
Luna says that sucks because everyone likes Touma and will miss him. As much as she wants to be with Touma forever, she doesn’t want the others to be sad.
Tassel says that’s just the consequence of her choosing him. It’s his destiny.
Master Isaac is loving getting to watch Touma about to be killed by his friends. He taunts Kento about his father. But Kento says he now understands why Papa Fukamiya did what he did. He was a proud swordsman to the end, wanting to protect everyone, even if it means sacrificing himself.
Kento and Rintaro say Master Isaac is pretty pathetic. Rintaro especially regrets worshipping Master Isaac like a 神様. But now he is no god and is all alone.
Kento and Rintaro are able to fight against the dark control, angering Master Isaac. Touma declares nothing can break their bond.
Master Isaac cackles as he tries once more to use his power combined with the dark sword to defeat them. But Yuuri is able to break free and release Rintaro and Kento from dark control.
Down south, brother Shindai is also able to fight the dark urge and stops himself from cutting his sister wide open.
Master Isaac calls them all trash. But the threesome’s bond is strong enough to overcome being called that. Rintaro and Kento lend Touma the Lion Senki and Lamp do Alangina Books, allowing him to uphenshin to a triple Book featuring Saber.
Rintaro and Kento, unhenshined, are able to help provide backup to the newly powered-up Touma. Their strong bonds allow Touma to deliver a friendship finisher at Master Isaac.
Mei does a kick at the same time Touma delivers the kick that knocks Master Isaac down and causes him to burn in flames.
Down south, Ryoga is released from dark control as well and Reika cries by his side. They thank Ogami-san and Tetsuo for their help.
Touma, Rintaro and Kento happily cross swords, with Mei joining in with her own stick.
Over at the Megido Manse, Storious explodes in maniacal laughter.
A bloody and burnt Master Isaac stumbles around in a cave holding the remnants of his All-Knowing Book. He laughs when the pieces turn back into a nice Book, believing he is immortal like a god.
But Storious pops up and says Master Isaac’s story has come to an end. Master Isaac demands Storious get on his knees for him. But Storious holds his hand out and Master Isaac turns to dust.
Storious picks the Book up and appreciates the completely hilarious and beautiful absurdity of Master Isaac’s eventual demise.
A very different-looking Storious emerges from the smoke saying he will continue to weave this tale himself to its beautiful conclusion.
Alright, two thoughts. First of all, that final scene of Storious is much hotter than it has any right being. Whew. And second, what in the bootleg Gaim was that?
Now, I think I’ve mentioned how very few things can come close to redeeming this season for me. One of them is very shallow and basic and that is full acknowledgement that Rintaro and Mei are OTP and they end up being a full-on couple and will end up married during next year’s crossover.
The other thing that can possibly redeem the season is if they can somehow, miraculously go out strong with these final episodes. And the only way that *might* happen is if Storious just completely owns this final arc.
I think I also said before that there’s very little, if anything at all, that can redeem the show for absolutely wasting the Megido3. Including anything they might do with Storious who, in his rare screentime this season, has been both awesomely cool and ominously threatening at the same time.
The final scene in this episode again just reminded me of the amazing potential the show left on the table with not just Storious, but with Legeiel and Zooous too. Now, I’m sure the other two members of the Megido3 could easily pop back up in these final episodes. And I would gladly welcome them back.
But I am just so ready to get past the rest of the nonsense and just watch and absorb Storious finally being able to unleash his apparently overwhelming and unprecedented dark energy. That is, compared to what we’ve been subjected to so far this season.
I’m sure if they somehow do well with this final arc, I’ll be even more upset that we didn’t get that kind of quality all season. But I’m still very much open to finishing out strong at least. I’ll take a couple of superficially great episodes at the end over 50 episodes of unsatisfying nonsense at least.
Anyway, that final scene of Storious ignited some bit of hope. But we’ll see.
As for the rest of the episode, welp. If an episode were to cure my apathy to whatever’s happening on Saber, this episode certainly isn’t going to do it.
I mentioned Gaim and really, that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when Tassel was explaining to Luna what she was. So, endgame is having a grown man in his 20s living happily ever after with a little girl in this magical, wonderous land? What?! It honestly feels like they needed to give both Touma and Luna a reason to exist and then looked at Gaim and thought, “Let’s do that!”
For the entire season, Touma’s been searching for his childhood friend (who it turns out only randomly popped up when he and Kento were reading a book under the tree and I think it was on That Day too). That was essentially his endgame. But they tried to give Luna some mystical backstory and instead just made things unnecessarily convoluted. Luna is Wonderworld itself? WTF?
Tassel apparently reveals all next episode in what the preview implies is the Saber version of the biblical creation story. We’ll see. I wouldn’t be surprised if Touma is the second coming of Jesus and Storious is the devil or something. This season has been that bonkers.
I will say, Master Isaac being all gross and bloody and burnt at the end was pretty crazy. That’s some V-Cinema-level gore. I only wish he actually had a legit story to go with this bloody demise. Anyway, it would appear this was the perfect time for Master Isaac to disappear only because Keisuke Sohma needed to go film the Gokaiger reunion, as was announced this week. lol
Elsewhere, it was another episode, thus another opportunity to show just how much they’ve watered down Reika’s character. She was basically #2 to Master Logos earlier in the season and now she’s some damsel in distress? What a horrible devolution of her character. Completely moved backwards. And somehow introducing her brother made her even more irrelevant than she was before that.
No Ren and Desast this week, which means they’re going to have to squeeze in the conclusion to their story sometime in this final arc. Which also means it better be something big to get a spot in this final arc like that.
Overall, this episode was more of “So much happened, yet nothing happened.” On paper, it was a typical “unbreakable bonds” type of plot. But with these characters and this season? I don’t buy it. Especially when just a few episodes ago, ten… TEN Riders combined their powers to bring about the new toy. A much more powerful one than the one introduced in this episode. And that was a loose (if any) bond, not the strong bond of the three here. Make that make sense.