A mysterious woman named Tsumuri is welcoming the three remaining players to the final mission in the Desire Grand Prix after six months of battle. Whoever survives will become the God of Desire and can change the world.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Sakurai Keiwa is at a job interview. But the prospective employer is not too receptive to his idealistic, but seemingly sincere sentiments about being a meaningful contributor to society. The interviewer points out that the world is a battlefield and Keiwa may not be able to survive with that kind of attitude.
Later, Keiwa calls his older sister Sara to update her on his interview. He knows he messed up and wishes he could just win the lottery and get the money he needs to buy whatever he wants. Sara says she knows if he ever won that much money, he’d probably just donate it to help animals or something.
Sara offers to treat him to lunch and asks what Keiwa would eat if it was his last meal on Earth. Naturally, he says, it would be tanuki soba.
While waiting for their food, Sara is watching live-streamer Kurama Neon showing herself having run away from home only to be approached by her family’s bodyguards to take her back. Sara is a fan since she loves how rich girl Neon just wants to live a normal life.
When their food arrives, a strange wave pulsates through the restaurant, even splashing hot soba onto Keiwa’s face. The siblings discover a strange force field between them. And just then, a strange figure known as a Jyamato walks in.
The Jyamato slashes at the restaurant owner who gets thrown across the room. It tries to attack Sara next, but is blocked by the force field. It turns its attention to Keiwa who gets his cheek slashed at.
Tsumuri announces to the players that the mission has begun. The three of them slap their Drivers on and proceed.
Keiwa and Neon run into each other, but are quickly surrounded by Jyamato. A mysterious polar bear-headed Rider and a bull-headed Rider appear and they take on the unending stream of Jyamato. Every defeated foe scores each Rider some points.
Tsumuri watches the battle and wonders where the third player is. After taking some time to relax in his green room, Yukiyo Ace proceeds to the battlefield.
The polar bear Rider, Goutokuji Takeshi, escorts Keiwa and Neon to safety on a rooftop and dehenshins. Keiwa thanks him and he replies that it’s just force of habit to help someone in trouble as he used to be a firefighter. The bull Rider, Azuma Michinaga, appears and says Takeshi only saved them for the points. Takeshi denies it, saying he is not like Michinaga in that way. Michinaga counters that Takeshi definitely is as he’s only here for the grand prize.
The two of them wonder where their fellow finalist is and wonder if he is plotting on going for big points by attacking the fortress.
Keiwa screams, wanting to know what the hell is going on. Michinaga says the world is coming to an end.
Suddenly, a large monster-like fortress appears in the sky. Takeshi gets swatted by one of its tentacles and is slammed into a wall. That eliminates him from competition.
Michinaga smiles at there being one less opponent for him. Keiwa is shocked at Michinaga’s apparent flippant attitude about seeing a person just die. Michinaga says that should be the least of Keiwa’s worries right now.
The fortress monster begins attacking the city. Neon falls over the side of the building, but Ace swoops in on his bike to catch her. Keiwa comes running to make sure she’s okay.
Ace says that’s too bad as he hoped she’d be single. Keiwa and Neon deny they are in any kind of relationship.
“So you’re saying I have a chance?”
Neon is quite turned off by this cocky guy. But Ace puts his arm around both of them and says you can always change the world if you keep trying. Keiwa says that is a lie. He has realized that the world will move on and life will not change. The perfect world is just dream. But now it’s coming to an end.
Ace says not to worry. Why don’t they just end this world and try again in a new one?
Keiwa and Neon watch as Ace henshins to the fox-looking Kamen Rider Geats.
Ace has no problem handling the steady stream of Jyamato, using all the weapons, attacks and tricks in his arsenal. He soon turns his attention to his main target: the fortress.
Ace hops on his bike and attacks the fortress from inside the castle. That weakens it enough to give him time to Boost. Keiwa is shocked to see Geats’ body just flip upside down. But even more shocked to see the fortress completely destroyed.
Ace has cleared the mission and is declared the winner.
Ace introduces himself to Keiwa as Kamen Rider Geats. He dehenshins and explains to Keiwa that this is all a game to rewrite the world.
The sound of a bell begins to ring through the city. Keiwa watches in awe as the city magically begins to rebuild itself as if nothing had happened.
But Keiwa suddenly wakes up in his own bed in his own room. He concludes that it was all a dream, but actually doesn’t remember what happened in it.
Keiwa is at the restaurant and is about to enjoy a bowl of tanuki soba when Tsumuri appears to tell him that he’s been chosen to become a Kamen Rider. She also approaches many other people (including Neon) across the city, presenting them with their own Driver and Core ID.
“Welcome to my world,” Ace says as he looks over the city.
I don’t know what the hell is going on. 😅
But isn’t that always the case with the first episode? And that’s especially the case for me as I didn’t even watch the trailer for the season, to be honest. I don’t mind going into the season not knowing much and just following along.
Even so, all you can get from a toku premiere is your first impression which you then take with you to the next episodes. And for me, as always, it was an exciting, fresh start.
The biggest thing I took from this premiere though was how Keiwa’s story would be the typical origin story of your title hero. I legit had to double check who the title character was because I, at the very least, knew what the character who would be Geats looked like. He obviously did the hand-off with Ikki last week too.
So seeing Keiwa get the typical title hero set-up and later, Ace getting what could be described as the typical secondary Rider set-up is very interesting.
Without digging too deep into my memories, I don’t necessarily remember another season that started out in this way. The series definitely established Keiwa as a character very well. You understand him and maybe even connect with him already. Meanwhile, Ace is much more mysterious. And his, sort of, opposite personality to Keiwa definitely highlights this interesting switch up.
For a bit of a snap judgment, it should be interesting indeed to see how they peel back the layers for Ace. And depending on how well they do that (or maintain the mysterious, charismatic aura) could set the tone for how the rest of the season will go.
In reading a bit more about the season and its premise, I see it was influenced by games like Fortnite and Apex Legends. *whoosh* That goes right over my head. lol It should be fine though. I get the basic tournament-kind of deal. Reminds of the wonderful Super Sentai Saikyou Battle of course.
When the first images were released of the season a few weeks ago, the group of basic black Riders with different heads was very intriguing. On one hand, the idea of an army of Riders popping up so early brought back traumatic memories of a certain recent season. Lol But now seeing how it plays into the story, I feel like there’s lots of possibilities with this gimmick. And it’s certainly a toy gimmick. I assume Bandai will be selling those base Rider bodies and then making an unlimited number of heads to pop on. lol
Which got me thinking that the season might bring in a bunch of fun guest stars to be Riders of the Week… or I guess Players of the Week. Much like seeing Kyoryuger‘s Yamato Kinjo.
I don’t think they’re doing something like that, but it would be fun to see. And at least be a way to not overwhelm with too many secondary Riders.
My first thought whenever they were describing the idea of creating a new world or something like that was “Ah! So they’ve found an in-story excuse to retcon anytime they want to during the season!” lol
We only get a quick glimpse at the end of how that part of the story might work. It feels like an interesting “alternate universe”/Decade-type world-hopping kind of dynamic that would present some nice possibilities too.
But again, I have no idea what’s going on and have barely a logline’s worth of knowledge about what the season will be about. I know I’ve said “interesting,” like, a dozen times so far. And that’s really how I most feel right now. It’s an interesting premiere. It’s always great to have a fresh start, regardless of how one might feel about the just-concluded season. And like with every premiere, I’m interested to see how this brand-new season will play out.