The Skybase has touched down for refueling and to replenish their supplies. As a result, much of Fenix’s troops are on leave. Commander Wakabayashi says it is up to the Igarashi Siblings to pick up the slack.
George explains that the Driver given to Sakura was a prototype that releases one’s demon like the Revice Driver. Commander Wakabayashi advises them to be on alert while they continue to find who sent the Driver to her.
In the meantime, George says he is able to create a new, more powerful Vistamp now that he has the ten. But he must take the Revice Driver in order to do some final calibrations. And with Commander Wakabayashi taking Hiromi’s Driver as well (though George takes it from him too) in order for him to recover his physical health, the responsibility falls to Daiji and Sakura alone. Ikki is a bit worried.
Meanwhile, Aguilera is impatient about Gifu-sama’s revival. But Julio and Olteca assure her that they will have no problem sacrificing themselves when the time comes. The Chameleon Deadman adds that he will transition from Phase 2 soon and become eligible for sacrifice as well.
Plus, Lawyer Kudo is still susceptible for demon birthing despite being in Fenix rehab. Everything is proceeding according to plan.
Later, Daiji and Sakura have to deploy when Juniors appear in the city. They assure Ikki and their mother, both worried about them, that they will be okay since they are no longer weak. Papa Igarashi says trust takes a lot more courage than worrying.
Vice tells Ikki that he can go help his siblings if he allows him to go on his own. But Ikki refuses, unable to trust him.
Just as they start fighting the Juniors, Daiji realizes they are just distractions and that the Deadmans’ real target is the Skybase. They hurry over as the Deadmans storm Fenix HQ and Amahiko finds Lawyer Kudo to release him.
Daiji and Sakura run into Olteca and Julio outside. They henshin and battle.
After having gone to the countryside to visit his mother, Hiromi hurries back and calls Ikki to tell him George is danger with the Deadmans storming the base.
Ikki hurries to the base and runs into Daiji and Sakura having some trouble. But an unspoken understanding has Ikki leave them to handle this battle while he heads to the base.
Hiromi, meanwhile, arrives and vows to protect cute Lovekov.
During battle, Olteca uses his tentacles to release Kagero out of Daiji and he henshins to Evil. He, Julio and Olteca surround Sakura.
At the base, George is having trouble with one of the Vistamps. Ikki arrives to grab his Driver, but George says he is not yet done with it. Suddenly, a FENIX officer comes in and shoots at them, demanding they hand over the Rex Vistamp and Driver.
Vice again asks Ikki to let him out, but he refuses. A frustrated Vice asks Ikki why he does not trust him even a little bit. Ikki remembers what his father told his mother about how difficult it is to trust and then flashes back to his time with Vice so far.
Ikki finally understands. He acknowledges that Vice has kept up his end of their deal so far, so he will repay him this time.
Somehow this kicks the Vistamps into high gear and completes George’s work.
Ikki and George head outside. Ikki says Sakura has done well and thanks her.
George hands Ikki the Barid Rex Vistamp and he and Vice henshin to Barid Rex. Though Vice is annoyed that George has not come up with a different design for him. He decides to piece together his own new form.
George tosses a new Vistamp to Sakura and it allows Lovekov to transform into her Kujaku form for Sakura to use as she battles Kagero. George suggests a Rider Kick will bring Daiji back to the surface. Sakura delivers a Kujaku Stamping Smash and Daiji returns.
Ikki and Vice take on Julio and Olteca. And with a Bari-Bari Stamp Fever finisher, they are able to knock the two Deadmans down for the count. Aguilera pops up to tell them that she and Amahiko have secured their new sacrifice, Lawyer Kudo, so they leave.
Daiji and Sakura help Hiromi over to Ikki, Vice and George. George informs them that they have a traitor in their midst and he has an idea who it could be.
Turns out Commander Wakabayashi may be the Chameleon Deadman.
Am I never going to have much bad things to say about Revice? I don’t want to jinx it, but as long as they stay on track like this, it seems that way. The season continues progressing so well.
This episode was a nice refocus back on Ikki after his younger siblings got the spotlight for a couple of episodes. And it still related to Daiji and Sakura too. Ikki is still an older brother, after all. But he has learned to trust them and believe in them, even if it is hard. It was a great bit of wisdom from Papa Igarashi talking about how it takes more courage to trust rather than worry.
The series then shifts Ikki’s worry over to his demon friend Vice. And it’s also a nice continuing development for their relationship too. Of course Ikki will still have some doubts about Vice. But like he did with his siblings, he is slowly, but surely learning how to trust and believe in him too. Even if cautiously.
These are big steps forward and big character moments that feel natural and earned. It’s a far cry from certain recent seasons. Everything that’s happened so far has been on a good pace and with good depth to make them work and have each step land on solid ground.
The same can be said for the Deadmans who too take steps forward, albeit on a smaller scale than the Igarashi Family of course. Being able to draw upon previous characters helps to keep the story’s flow in a way that doesn’t make it feel disjointed. (Again, the opposite of *ahem*.)
Even the revelation that Commander Wakabayashi may be a Deadman has roots that have stemmed from seeds that, looking back, you can see were planted. Of course, we aren’t 100% sure of what’s happening yet. Though being the Chameleon Deadman, it certainly makes sense.
And with Kagero, it was nice to see he’s still lurking somewhere inside Daiji. I look forward to Kagero potentially separating from Daiji and becoming a separate, full character on his own. (At least, I’m hoping!)
Also, I guess we’ll have to wait another week for the all-Igarashi Sibling henshin. I’m looking forward to it!
Overall, another great episode. Many great character moments and a story that continues moving forward at the right pace.