Haruka is accepting an award for her new manga Avataro Sentai Donbrothers. But all she can think about is how the person she wishes were here the most, Momoi Tarou, is not.
Haruka flashes back to a few months earlier. Tarou’s memory has continued to deteriorate.
One day, Tarou visits Haruka at school to ask if she has any regrets about joining the Donbrothers. Haruka says she doesn’t have a single one. At first, she thought she had been sucked into hell. But as she got to know everyone else, she couldn’t help but laugh and enjoy. Since joining the Donbros, she has learned to like other people a lot more. Tarou is relieved to hear that.
Haruka tells him that she’s actually writing a manga about the Donbros now and is confident it can help her finally make a comeback. Tarou appreciates Haruka’s positive attitude. He says goodbye and “sorry.”
Tarou meets with Shinichi next and also asks about regrets. Shinichi thinks it’s an odd question to ask so suddenly. But Shinichi says that he has learned a lot after joining the Donbrothers and is grateful.
At the amphitheater in the park, Natsumi asks Tsubasa why he has suddenly become a fugitive. He says she wouldn’t believe him even if he told her. Natsumi says regardless of his explanation, she doesn’t feel it is worth it any longer.
Natsumi says she has something to tell him, but Tsubasa says he knows everything about her. So she doesn’t have to say anything. He understands that this is the end for them. Natsumi apologizes and leaves.
Tarou arrives, but doesn’t know who Natsumi is. Tsubasa tells him that he accepts he just couldn’t reach his hand out to her. Perhaps it’s partly because of the Donbrothers. But oddly enough, Tsubasa still wants to fight with the Donbros in order to protect anyone who has ever loved or been loved.
Just then, Murasame flies away.
Later, Tarou visits Tsuyoshi who has finished packing up the last items from his apartment. Tsuyoshi says he has to move in order to try and forget about Miho. But it’s okay because he is a Donbrother and proud of it. He would like to continue living to protect others. And that way, he will be able to go on living as well.
Tsuyoshi asks if Tarou minds him fighting for himself. Tarou says it’s perfectly fine.
Meanwhile, the Noto Sonona and Sonoya have come to execute Sonogo and Sonoroku after taking their powers. They find Sonoshi spraying a fire extinguisher at a wedding and begin to chase after him in order for him to fall to the same fate.
Haruka, Shinichi, Tsubasa and Tsuyoshi head to Donbura to talk to Master Kaito about how weird Tarou has been acting lately. Kaito says it is because Tarou’s memory is being reset.
While Tarou visits Papa Jin, Kaito explains that because the Noto3 have joined the Donbros and Jirou (as his successor) has grown up, Tarou’s work is done. The time has come for Tarou to rest. So his memories will be reset and he will be able to live a peaceful life, free of battle.
The Donbros realize that’s why Kaito had them celebrate Tarou’s birthday early. They cannot believe this is happening. But Sonoi is beside himself as he overhears their conversation.
Tarou and Papa Jin make onigiri for each other. But by the end of their meal, Tarou does not remember who Papa Jin is. As Tarou disappears, Papa Jin smiles and says he has done an incredible job.
Tarou is now with Sonoi and confirms that he is losing his memories. He has a favor to ask of Sonoi as he will invite the others to oden.
Meanwhile, Sonoshi finds Sononi and Sonoza to beg for help. But Sonoya is right on his tail and is able to slash at Sonoshi to finish him off. Sonoya and Sonona turn their attention to Sononi and Sonoza.
At the oden cart, the other Donbros have arrived with Tarou and Sonoi. Jirou asks what’s with this funeral-like atmosphere. No one says anything until Tarou says he leaves everything in Jirou’s hands. Jirou just laughs and says it sounds as if Tarou is leaving or something.
The oden cart owner gives him a free bowl on the house. Haruka hands it to Tarou, but Sonoi has to tell him who she is and what she does. Tarou thanks Haruka and wishes her well with her manga.
Tsuyoshi becomes very emotional. Sonoi tells Tarou who Tsuyoshi is and Tarou tells him to live strongly like his name suggests.
When Shinichi repeats Tarou’s wise words, Sonoi explains who he is to Tarou as well. Tarou says he hopes to read a collection of Shinichi’s haikus in the future.
Tsubasa says he wishes to have gotten to know Tarou better. But before Sonoi can explain who Tsubasa is, Tarou suddenly no longer remembers Sonoi either.
The oden cart owner gives Sonoi his bowl. Sonoi says even if they don’t know each other, it’s still a warm feeling for everyone to be enjoying this oden here together.
Just then, Sonoi finds Sononi’s arrow fall onto the cart. He hurries over to help fight against Sonoya and Sonona. They all transform and battle.
Meanwhile, the Donbros watch as Tarou gets in his delivery van and drives away. Haruka wants to chase after him, but Shinichi stops her and says he is on his way to living a new, peaceful life.
The Donbros get summoned to the quarry to join in the battle against Sonoya and Sonona. Murasame also arrives and asks Mother if it’s okay to join in. Mother has no problems with it.
As the Donbros team up with the Noto3, Tarou is at Donbura. Kaito hands Tarou an envelope with select pages from Haruka’s manga which she asked her boss to give to Tarou. Tarou reads through them and the pages contain moments and memories from the last year of Tarou meeting the Donbros and Noto3.
The last page has a drawing of Don Momotaro with blank speech bubbles.
Back at the quarry, Sonoya and Sonona are having an easy time taking the Donbros on. But Tarou suddenly arrives with his usual grand fanfare. He tells his otomotachi that it’s time for a roll call.
The nuDonbros perform their roll call with Tarou completing the blank bubbles on the manga page with his. Afterwards, Tarou zooms through with a finisher at Sonoya and Sonona, defeating them. But Tarou disappears in the explosion as well.
A short time after, Tsubasa grabs Sononi’s hand as they run from the police. Both of them are now fugitives together.
Tsuyoshi carries the last boxes out of his apartment. But Miho-chan pops up and asks if they could pick up where her dream left off.
Shinichi has one last haiku as he walks in the snow:
To you, who left us
Seen beyond by your footprints
In the night’s snow
Back in the present, the Donbros join Haruka on stage at the awarding ceremony. She says the Donbrothers, including her manga, is her everything.
Haruka says their stories together have become the basis for what she would draw in her manga. One evening, she answers the door and accepts a delivery from…
The delivery man smiles and says with this delivery, they have formed a bond.
See you later Donbros! It’s been a wonderful season. I’ll have fuller season thoughts on Monday. So this will just be all about this final episode.
And it was a great final episode. It would be an odd episode to end any other season with. A frustrating episode, actually. But for Donbrothers, I think it was perfectly matched with the rest of the year’s episodes.
Are there a manga’s worth of unanswered questions. Absolutely! This season could go on for 10 or 20 more episodes and still not have everything neatly tied up. (TTFC exclusive movies and series please!) And yet, it was still a satisfying finale.
Of course, Tarou’s memory loss and this idea of his mission are all randomly thrown in, if we’re being honest. Sure, you could probably pick out things here and there throughout the season. But it’s not like this was an extended plot point that was building up for weeks.
Like I’ll say in my season wrap-up, Donbrothers didn’t really have that traditional climactic endgame plot. We weren’t going to have come big climax battling the final boss or collecting the last pieces of the season’s toy gimmick.
Instead, this final episode kind of represented what I have taken Donbrothers to be this season. A character-focused (slightly different from character-driven) slice of life story with regular bits of action and adventure.
The main focus of this final episode was to highlight that bond that Tarou talked so much about when he first met each of his otomotachi. And indeed, I’ve mentioned often this season how seeing the relationships and different dynamics/combos of Donbros helped to further the idea that just being a part of the team has changed each one of them for the better.
Looking back at the beginning of the season, each of the Donbros especially were quite alone or basically living a lie. Yet, coming together as the Donbros, even if haphazardly so and rarely as a complete unit, still helped them to take steps forward for themselves.
And at its most simple, the Donbros were just able to find new friends. And it was a lot of fun to watch that crazy, wacky journey.
Elsewhere this episode, it was fun seeing Sentai vets Yuka Motohashi and Kohei Murakami guest starring on this finae. And of course Hiroo Ohtaka as the oden cart owner too.
But maybe my one huge criticism of this final episode is… WHERE IS THE HELMETLESS ROLL CALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I had one major criticism of this season, it will be that we never got a helmetless roll call. Yes, even with our two CGI Donbros, they still could’ve found a way to do one. It’s a Sentai staple. And I would have loved to have seen it here in this final battle. Oh well. Just more KibiMangoez points redeemed to help me get over that disappointment I guess lol
Anyway, I’ll go into a bit more detail about my thoughts on the season on Tuesday. But overall, Avataro Sentai Donbrothers was a fun and enjoyable season. And I will definitely miss these Donbros so much.
Final Non-CGI Donbro of the Week
4 thoughts on “Recap: Avataro Sentai Donbrothers, Don Final (Episode 50) – We Have Made True Bonds”
I agree on that helmetless roll call. Though it wouldn’t be Donbrothers like if it was done like that. After all this series hasn’t still ended. It’s still a the adventure continues. Still can’t get Tsubasa and Sononi thing though I hope it’s for the best. I’m kinda happy for Tsuyoshi though. All in all a rather fitting ending for the series. Though I still wonder what Jiro and Murasame are doing. Can’t wait for more of this. After all this series stayed true for itself, it just represents how life just goes on how it wants to, not how we want it to.
Can’t wait to see how King Ohger will be. I feel like I’m getting vibed with Papillon Ohger even though I don’t prefer to support Female rangers usually
Waiting to read the full season of Donbrothers you write. After all your reviews are as interesting and entertaining as the series themselves.
I hope they do have a lot of future specials and movies, etc. There’s definitely still so much story left to tell.
I never really follow the pre-season promos/trailers and just go into the new seasons without knowing much. But KingOhger looks interesting so far.
And thank you for your kind words!
I already miss Donbrothers. Beautiful, touching ending. Although, there’s a few unsolved mysteries, that was great season for me. Now, we can wait for King-Ohger! 🙂
Yes, wonderful season!