Ikki, Vice and Sakura work overtime trying to deal with demons rampaging around the city. Director Akaishi, who everyone has just learned is still alive, pushes the narrative that Gifu actually saved his life and comes in peace. Because of this, he will no longer order the Kamen Riders to defeat him as the peace of the world rests on not provoking their new benevolent overlord.
After Akaishi’s public address, Daiji confronts him regarding releasing the demons that had been separated from the Stamped people which have now manifested as Juniors. Akaishi says there was a lack of urgent concern amongst the public even with the mandatory Stampinations. But everything is better now, all thanks to Daiji.
Daiji pleads with Akaishi not to attack civilians with demons again. Akaishi says as long as people get Stamped, there will be no reason to. But if they collect demons too fast, then it only makes sense to release some. In turn, the potential resistance from some people can also be used to their advantage.
Meanwhile, Weekend hacks into the public broadcasts to deliver their own anti-Stamp message by appealing to the citizens’ right to freedom and choice. Papa Ushijima says they need to counter fear with an even stronger sense of hope.
Papa Karizaki comes in with Ikki after the latter told him about Doctor Akemi’s crucial info regarding defeating Gifu with Gifu power. They must quickly come up with a plan.
Back at home, Ikki and Sakura try to convince Daiji to return to them so they can work together against Gifu. Daiji, however, says for the sake of peace and safety of humanity, they must not provoke Gifu. Sakura says that infringes on their rights and they cannot live without their freedoms.
Daiji says they can only submit to Gifu since they are no more options left. Ikki says they “might” have a plan. But Daiji scoffs at its uncertainty and asks his brother to choose between peace or freedom. Ikki is resolved to maintain both. Daiji calls him a “blind idealist” and leaves.
George visits his father’s grave at the cemetery and remembers a visit from when he was a little boy. Little George left his treasure with his daddy at the time.
Big George says it would’ve been better if Papa Karizaki had stayed dead.
At Weekend, Papa Karizaki explains how they must capture the demonized Doctor Akemi and extract the Gifu cells from her which they will then use to defeat him.
George pops in with the idea to use Barid Rex to freeze Doctor Akemi, allowing them to enact their plan.
Daiji is out dealing with some of the extracted demons as Ikki and Sakura confront Director Akaishi. Akaishi summons the demonAkemi and the Hell Giftarian. Sakura wants the latter and leaves the former to her brother.
Ikki, Vice and Sakura henshin to take on their chosen foes.
Back at Weekend, Papa Karizaki looks over George’s schematics for the Giffard Rex Vistamp. Papa Karizaki is impressed, but George says it is useless without Gifu’s cells. Papa Karizaki says they must trust Ikki and Sakura to get it.
George says this new Vistamp likely won’t be completed unless the father and son join forces. But before that can happen, George wants to know why Papa Karizaki injected Gifu cells into humans. Papa Karizaki says the demons inside him won out.
Papa Karizaki says he deserves any scorn he might receive from his only son. He has regretted his decision ever since.
Papa Karizaki removes his mask to show his son his burned face. George looks away as Papa Karizaki says this is the face of a man who abandoned his family and helped demons.
George gets in his father’s face and says he is not the only one with scars that are difficult to heal.
As Daiji unleashes all his anger and frustration at the Juniors, Aguilera and Hikaru also henshin to help elsewhere. Sakura is still having lots of trouble against the Hell Giftarian even though she had been so confident beforehand.
Ikki does what he can to try and trap demonAkemi in ice especially as he notices she seems to be losing more and more of herself. He and Vice uphenshin to Barid Rex.
After Daiji takes care of his Juniors, a Fenix officer comes running up to the captain to show him a live video feed of Ikki and Vice battling Akemi. Daiji thinks they are sacrificing Doctor Akemi for their plan and he hurries over.
Ikki and Vice trap her in ice. Doctor Akemi emerges in the face and says to use her body to defeat Gifu. Ikki says they will save her, but she repeats that she is sure they can defeat Gifu.
The Hell Giftarian slams Sakura through the warehouse wall, forcing her to dehenshin. Ikki and Vice momentarily turn their attention to the Giftarian. But that gives Director Akaishi time to use his palm eye to shoot demonAkemi from the back.
Director Akaishi escapes through the portal as Doctor Akemi begins to disintegrate. Ikki hurries over, asking WTF is going on. Just then, Daiji comes running in and knocks his brother out of the way, yelling him to stop.
Doctor Akemi tells Daiji not to let his righteousness drive himself to loneliness. She hopes he can become a cool, strong man one day.
The demon doctor disappears and Daiji directs his anger and condemnation at his two siblings.
Daiji grabs Ikki and screams at him before punching him in the face. Why would they do that to Akemi-san? Vice tries to say Ikki was only trying to save her.
But Daiji says this is just proof that Ikki’s busybody self cannot possibly save the world. Sakura and Vice scream at Daiji to stop.
Daiji is about to knock his older brother out. But Hiromi arrives to stop him.
“Tadaima,” Hiromi says with a smile.
Now, wouldn’t it have been nice if they had kept Hiromi hidden all this time. What an amazing moment it would have been for him to just suddenly pop up at this time. “Hey, he’s alive!” we would’ve said. But no, they spoiled his status with a Blu-ray press release and then in a clip show. What a waste of a good story. Which has sadly become typical of Revice.
So, one reason why that final scene of the siblings in conflict does not land is because they completely mismanaged their development. For one thing, the show did not use Hiromi’s “death” in a meaningful way to sort of jumpstart Daiji being lost. (Unceremoniously turning Kagerou into a comic relief character before killing him off certainly did not help either.)
But what a great story it could’ve been to have seen how Hiromi’s “death” and the revelation about their father affected their sibling bond. Especially when they had first started out with a fractured relationship before coming together in a unified way. When they went their separate ways around 28 or something, it was completely diluted by the fact that the show let two of the season’s biggest events go by like they were just regular episodes.
(I am suddenly reminded of that episode they went without opening credits even though it was hardly an episode that deserved that special treatment.)
Especially now that they appear to be delving somewhat into the Karizakis, having had a stronger focus on (or really just maintained the strong focus on) the Igarashis would have made the last few minutes of this episode really impactful and meaningful.
Instead, it just feels hollow and unearned. And again, zero impact for Hiromi popping up. (Though that’s also partly because it was plastered all over Toei’s various social media accounts. Thanks! lol)
Speaking of, I want a Karizaki TTFC miniseries. Something about George growing up pre- and post-Vail miniseries. Because we’re obviously not going to get such good story in-series.
Let’s learn more about their family life before Papa Karizaki went down the path of no return and then see George after his father “died.” George saying he too has scars was a great moment. And again, I wish this were a story or a part of his character from the beginning. At least, give us that hint and insight into his character from the start instead of merely portraying him as some shady Kamen Rider fanboy at first before completely rewriting his character later on.
The contrast between the Igarashis and Karizakis would’ve easily filled a couple episodes-worth of story. And maybe even ultimately work into the endgame if ever George or Papa Karizaki end up the final or secondary boss.
Elsewhere this episode, this moment was funny:
As was this:
I’m sorry. I can’t take them seriously at all. It’s like a bunch of children playing a game. And not in a fun ToQger-type of way. I could care less about Aguilera and Hikaru henshining and fighting Juniors.
Anyway, this episode may have been relatively okay compared to recent weeks. But still full of hollow scenes that could’ve been great had the show not abandoned what was going so well for them at the beginning.