The Zenkaigers are about to set off on their dangerous incursion on the Palace. They say goodbye to Grandma Yacchan and Secchan. The Kikai4 promise that they will protect Kaito. But Grandma Yacchan scolds them and says they must all return safely. The Kikai4 are touched by her kind words and she promises to have Super Yatsude Specials ready for them when they get back. Secchan cheers them on.
Gegod pops into Magine and opens up the World Gate for them to hop into.
At the Palace, Ijirude presents all the remaining Tojiru Gears to Bokkowaus who decides to consume all of them and absorb its power. But the sirens wail as the Zenkaigers have arrived.
As they make their way through the Palace, Gegod possesses Su-san and continues to send Kikainoids through Gates and back to Kikaitopia. Meanwhile, Stacey thinks about Kaito’s kindness towards him and his mother’s ghost telling him he was always a kind child. But he feels he doesn’t deserve those words from anyone.
The Zenkaigers arrive at Bokkowaus’ chambers. But Bokkowaus says it’s too soon for them to be here and he trips the booby trap that sends the Zenkaigers falling right out of the Palace.
They find themselves on the dark streets of Kikaitopia where they run into Mr. Tako who says he and other Kikainoids suddenly found themselves here from Earth.
Ijirude suddenly appears in his very own robo and begins rampaging in downtown Kikaitopia.
Back at the shop, Grandma Yacchan and Secchan are praying for everyone’s safety when Stacey comes walking in.
Stacey says he would like to apologize to Grandma Yacchan and admits that he is not Satoshi, but Stacey. The very one who has tried to kill her grandson all this time. He adds that all he wanted was to beat and top his evil father. But over time, he grew jealous of Kaito who maintained faith in his parents and had a warm home to call his own. And because of that, he wanted Kaito dead.
Stacey bows his head in apology. Grandma Yacchan approaches him and says he’s done some horribly dumb things. But he is shocked when she pulls him into a hug and tells him he is a good boy. She empathizes with him having grown up in a dark place. But she says he can move forward and that he is always welcome here.
Back in Kikaitopia, the Zenkaigers are helping the people get to safety. Zyuran, Magine and Gaon quickly henshin and embiggen to battle Ijirude’s robo.
Kaito finds Vroom under some rubble. But before they can join the others, Barashitara arrives and takes them on. Kaito gets his Geartlinger kicked to the side.
Ijirude is able to overpower the three. But Mr. Tako and the other Kikainoids begin throwing rocks and rubble at Ijirude’s robo. That distracts him enough to allow Zyuran, Magine and Gaon to regain their footing. But Ijirude summons a Kudaitest.
Kaito and Vroom try running from Barashitara and they seem to have ended up in a dead end. But purple missiles come raining down and Secchan flies in to guide them to safety.
Turns out Stacey accompanied Secchan here and he is able to now see things in a different light thanks to his talk with Grandma Yacchan. He wants to try and hold his head high the next time he visits the shop, even though he knows he can’t make up for all he’s done. Vroom says he was once Tojitendo, but now happily lives at Colorful with everyone. Stacey is surprised, but now much more relieved.
Kaito invites Stacey back to the shop once all this is over. Stacey says that was his plan.
Just then, Barashitara appears. Stacey says to leave his father to him while Kaito and Vroom go join the others.
Just as suddenly, the Goldtsuikers pop up with Zox wanting to settle a score with Barashitara as well. Zox reminds Kaito he too has a score to settle with Ijirude. Zox and Stacey henshin
Kaito and Vroom find Mr. Tako and the others who have found Kaito and Vroom’s Geartlingers. The Kikainoids cheer them on as they henshin and embiggen.
They combine into ZyuraGaon and VrooMagine and Secchan hops in as well. Together they battle Ijirude. Kaito enumerates Ijirude’s crimes and the Kikai4 are at least happy they were given the chance to meet Kaito, Grandma Yacchan and see a new world with new friends.
The Zenkaigers deliver a Non-stop Full Break finisher and Ijirude and his robo explode. They high five each other and turn their attention back to Bokkowaus.
Meanwhile, Stacey and Zox are still fighting Barashitara who is able to force them to dehenshin. The twins turn to Flint, but she is nowhere to be found.
“Flint” is in a strange room and looks up at a strange contraption, ready to put all the knowledge in Flint’s brain to good use.
As much as I’m a bit underwhelmed about the Zenkaiger endgame, I did enjoy this episode. Even if everything feels so rushed. There’s two episodes left, but it feels like there’s a couple more episodes left with all the loose ends that still exist. I guess they’ll be wrapping up those stories either in the next season or in several post-season movies? I dunno. It feels like it. But if that’s the case, there can be a sense of not getting a satisfying ending. Anyway, there’s still next week.
For this episode, it was overall good for what it was.
The two things I liked very much were the Grandma Yacchan-Stacey scene and remembering about the Tojitendo oppressing Kikainoids. At the same, both of these moments reminded me of how disappointed I am at some untapped potential for the season
First with Grandma Yacchan and Stacey. Stacey said he just felt jealous of Kaito having a loving family while he was lonely and suffering under an abusive father. So basically, he saw Grandma Yacchan as a mother figure and that’s that. That’s a nice story. I guess. But it’s certainly underwhelming compared to what the series was leading us on with.
Still, Grandma Yacchan is one of the best parts of Zenkaiger and I really love and appreciate how much she’s been an integral character this season. She very much filled the “mentor” role this season. But even more than that, they were able to take that traditional “mentor” role and give it a warmth that perhaps you don’t normally see on Sentai (or Power Rangers). I think that warmth from her and the found family theme they played around with with the Kikai4 helped carry a lot of the season.
So at the very least, we got some nice character moments fostered by that dynamic and environment. Even including Stacey’s relationship with her as well. Even though, again, I was looking forward to a more soapy explanation for their connection. Lol
It was very interesting to be reminded of Bokkowaus and the Tojitendo having oppressed Kikainoids. I feel like that’s a detail that was forgotten and left back in the first few episodes of the season. I feel like the show could’ve done a lot more with that.
Especially when we got the scenes of Mr. Tako and the other Kikainoids willing to stand up and fight against the Tojitendo. Those scenes were wonderful, exciting and encouraging. Seeing everyone come together to fight the evil power can always be a thrilling finale event. And I hope we see something like that in the next episodes. Especially humans and Kikainoids coming together as well.
And on that note, I’m sad that we didn’t get more of that human-Kikainoid interaction. Seeing these two different groups of people, so to speak, coming together and learning about each other and co-existing with each other, etc. There was also a lot of story left on the table there too.
Instead of some fish out of water stories for the Kikai4, for example, the extent of human-Kikainoid relations was Gaon being obsessed and almost fetishizing humans. Which thankfully, they dropped halfway through the season.
So in two weeks, my season wrap-up will probably be filled with the regrets about all the missed opportunities. This episode was another great example of things the season could’ve done differently. And while there’s a lot of that, I still relatively enjoy the episodes. Even if I might not be overly excited or on the edge of my seat.
I will say that I’m feeling a bit more hopeful about the next season after this past week’s official introduction. So that’s probably going to add to my lack of enthusiasm for Zenkaiger‘s finale. But we’ll see.