Tsubasa meets with Auntie Yuriko who tells him they have withdrawn the warrant against him stemming from JutoTsubasa’s rampage. She asks if he has remembered anything from his time in the forest, but he does not. That is until a mascot hands him a flyer downtown and he remembers that the one who saved him was wearing a pink rabbit costume. He believes that person can help him get to Natsumi so he can save her.
At the café, Haruka shows the boys her latest pages. But they aren’t too impressed. Even if Jirou tries to be positive for her. Tsubasa comes running in and asks Master for a pen and paper. Kaito hands him markers and a pad and Tsubasa draws a very rough drawing of the rabbit costume.
Haruka recognizes the drawing is of Shiina Naoki and she accompanies Tsubasa to her autograph signing. Tsubasa ends up chasing after Naoki and asks how she saved him. She says she knew Tsubasa would go into the forest that day.
Suddenly, Murasame seemingly pops out of a tear in the sky and is aggressive against them. Tsubasa grabs Naoki’s hand and they try to run to safety. But this Murasame easily catches up to them.
Haruka stumbles upon the scene and Murasame comes flying out of the sky. The real one! Mother tells Murasame to eliminate this abunaiMurasame because it is not supposed to exist.
While the Murasames fight, Tsubasa and Naoki get caught in the explosion and the rabbit head goes flying off. And in the costume is…
Haruka?! Tsubasa tells the two Harukas to get to safety as he puts on the costume himself.
At the café, a suit-wearing Shinichi takes a seat in front of Jirou while the real Shinichi uses the restroom. Turns out this Haru-chan and Shin-chan are dating and from the future. Haru explains that she got tired of fighting and used her Kibi Points to take a vacation. Her wish was to return to the time when she was a famous manga artist. But complications ended up sending her to another dimension instead.
Haru apologizes for causing the plagiarism issue. Shin says he is here to bring Haru back home.
When Tarou walks through the door, Haru rushes over and punches him in the face. Shin tries to calm her down. They explain that a great deal of in-fighting plagued the Donbrothers in their world. Tarou thinks this is very interesting.
On the other side of town, the Murasames continue fighting as Tsubasa finds refuge in a warehouse. The Noto3 see him and Sononi asks why Tsubasa is not hard at work trying to defeat the Juto Natsumi so the real one can return.
As abunaiMurasame comes into the warehouse, Sononi takes the rabbit costume from Tsubasa.
At the café, Haru is hard at work on the last chapter of Shin Hatsukoi Hero. Tarou asks what the big deal about a manga is. Haru yells at Tarou and Shin explains that drawing manga is her dream. Tarou believes reality is more important than dreams.
Shin explains that not having a dream means not being able to know sorrow as well as never knowing happiness. Tarou does not understand the concept.
Haruka has a seat next to Haru to help with inking the panels.
Shin, meanwhile, pays for his special order tea. Shinichi is shocked Shin can easily handle money and Shin explains that he is actually rich. Shinichi is taken aback when Shin recites a tanka instead of a haiku.
While drawing, Haruka asks if Haru is really dating Shin-chan and she says yes. Haruka cannot believe it.
Tsuyoshi asks Shin-chan how he and Miho are doing in the other world. But Shin-chan refuses to say. Jirou wants to know how he and Rumi are doing in that world. But Haruka remembers that Tsubasa is in trouble.
They hurry over to where the fighting is and Haruka is surprised to see it is Sononi in the rabbit costume now. Everyone else is shocked to see two Murasames. Shin-chan says it must be an assassin from the future here to look for Haru.
The Donbros henshin, including both Shinichis. Inside the warehouse, Tsubasa finds Sononi who is annoyed that he has been so soft. He won’t be able to defeat the Juto at this rate. She transforms and takes on Tsubasa.
On the rooftop, Tarou asks Sonoi if he has a dream. But Sonoi says he has no interest in that sort of thing.
After finishing up at the café, Haru-chan arrives just as Haruka is forced to dehenshin during battle. Both Harukas henshin, but the time gate begins to open.
miraeShinichi uphenshins to Robotaro and miraeHaruka goes Gold. Together, they are able to defeat abunaiMurasame. But it embiggens. The real Murasame also transforms into his robo form and the two battle. Murasame wins and defeats abunaiMurasame who does not have a Mother.
miraeShinichi and miraeHaruka say goodbye to the others and are sucked into the time zipper. Haruka wanted to talk to miraeHaruka more, but Haru-chan just tells her to look at her manga.
Haruka finds the manuscript at the café with the final panel left blank by miraeHaruka for Haruka to finish herself.
The final chapter of Shin Hatsukoi Hero is selling very well. But Haruka realizes she is still a plagiarist in many people’s eyes.
How can I love and hate this episode at the same time?! Lol
First of all, I’m happy the Donbros are back after what feels like a very long time. But this episode was crazy! I feel like I love it because I honestly laughed out loud so many times throughout the episode. The episode was typical random nonsense from the Donbros. And because I have been so enamored by the Donbros this past year, I can’t help but love and enjoy that random nonsense. It was funny. Amusing. And again, yes, completely random.
And I guess that’s where I hate the episode too. They really just slashed at two of the season’s big moments and cut off their heads like it was nothing.
Am I completely underwhelmed by the resolution to Haruka’s plagiarism plotline? Absolutely! What the hell was that? lol Explaining it away by throwing in AU versions of Haruka and Shinichi? Though I guess it still works within the Zenkaiger/Donbrothers world with these multiple versions of people whatever.
But the episode didn’t really explain why. And they said as much at the end when Haruka exclaims that she’s still considered a plagiarist. Plus also still not surpassing herself? What?
What made it worse though was they had to tie the whole Shiina Naoki plot with Tsubasa’s story of how he escaped the Juto forest. And OMG, why would they crush our Tsubasononi hearts by not having her be his hero? WTF!
I was so sad when the rabbit head popped off and it was Haruka in the costume and not Sononi. At least, after Tsubasa suddenly remembered it was a rabbit furry that saved him. I don’t get it. Why throw that in there and mix these two stories together. It really makes no sense in the story and from a show perspective either.
I guess they have to wrap everything up somehow in these final episodes.
Or maybe the answer is in Haru’s manga. Which, why has Haruka not read it yet then? Isn’t it what she got published? I have no idea.
But if the manga holds answers, then let’s see it then! Hopefully next week.
Otherwise, the main thing to take away from this episode is all the random, though funny nonsense with the gang at the café. Or seeing Totaro wearing the bunny costume that was obviously too small for him. Or the novelty of seeing double Haruka and Shinichi. Everything else was kind of annoying. Especially with the effect on existing story.
And yet, I had a lot of fun. I laughed a lot. And I enjoyed it. Donbrothers really is crazy. lol