Touma is in a slump and Mei, Rintaro and Kento are with him by the water trying to help him find inspiration. They look up at the sky and think they’ve seen a shooting star. But it’s actually Orihime World who uses little tanzaku to control people.
Touma, Rintaro and Kento henshin and battle the Tojitendo. But just as they are struggling, Zox arrives and must defend himself against Touma and Friends being controlled to attack him.
Orihime World is able to get away. Zox scolds them for letting it happen.
They all head back to the bookstore where Zox explains he and Orihime World are from a parallel world. His sister Flint had found out the Tojitendo were experimenting with dimension hopping technology.
Rintaro says Zox must not be a regular homo sapiens. And Kento marvels at Zox traveling to protect different worlds. But Zox says he’s not interested in that. He’s just a pirate.
Touma gets some inspiration from Zox being a pirate and he gets to writing. He asks Mei for some paper and she hands him a blank tanzaku she picked up earlier. On it he writes: “Our precious treasures disappeared all of a sudden.”
And of course, the wish is granted. All their Books are gone and they believe Zox has stolen them.
Zox heads up to the northern base to peruse the library. But the Shindai Sibs immediately subdue him. The others hurry over and they search his body. But of course find no books.
Zox explains that any wish written on the tanzaku becomes reality. So Touma writing it out is the reason. The only way things get back to normal is to defeat the World. They agree to work together to make it happen.
They head downtown to find couples fighting, just as Orihime World had made come true last night.
They watch Zox henshin for the first time and as they applaud him, he takes on the World.
Mei gets zapped by Orihime World who then writes a wish allowing herself to escape when Touma and Kento can only run in place. Rintaro chases after the Tojitendo.
The others head back to the bookstore where Touma tells the story of Orihime and they figure out the tanzaku’s real powers. Rintaro calls them over when he finds the Tojitendo downtown.
Zox henshins first while Touma and Kento explain to Rintaro that the tanzaku actually only controls people’s minds. And their Books have been with them all along. Their Books were only invisible to them. Mei helps them lock their Books in and they henshin.
Together, Zox and the Riders are able to defeat Orihime World. Zox is surprised the Gear ends up smashed to pieces.
They enjoy the carousel where Mei hands Zox one of Touma’s books to enjoy.
Before Zox leaves this world, the Shindai Sibs make themselves known as they have been following him all day. Zox hugs Brother Shindai and swipes his Book.
As Zox gets pulled up into the ship, the Shindai Sibs grab on to his legs.
I prefer a one-hour special instead of two separate episodes for these summer movie crossovers. But I honestly don’t remember liking any of them except for the very first one (not including Decade and Shinkenger) between ToQger and Gaim.
For this Saber half of the special, I thought it was actually pretty good. Probably partly because of Zox’s presence. Mr. Goldtsuiker makes anything better.
But because this special had nothing to do with the rest of the season, it wasn’t bogged down by the poorly developed writing. It was just a fun, mindless outing. None of the nonsensical plot twists or shallow stories that is the norm for Saber.
Focusing only on the main four of Saber also helped too. Even though they shoehorned the Shindai Sibs in to get them prepped for their appearance in Zenkaiger.
Anyway, I had no expectations for this special. So I would go as far as saying it exceeded my expectations. It was relatively enjoyable with a solid plot and good action. Very unique feeling to have after a Saber episode, that’s for sure.