Five heroes and the guardian deity King Ohger defeated Bugnarak and saved humanity 2000 years ago. Those five heroes, with the Shugods, became kings and created five kingdoms. Those kingdoms have lived in peace. But a prophecy foretold of the Bugnarak returning and that time is now.
But first, the kingdom of Shugoddam is in a celebratory atmosphere for a five kingdom alliance signing ceremony with all five kings to be assembled for it. The four kings traveling to Shugoddam are Lady Himeno of Ishabaana, Lord Kaguragi of Toufu, Rita of Gokkan and Yanma of N’Kosopa.
Meanwhile in the village, a young man named Gira is roleplaying with local kids who pretend to be King-Ohgers. But when tax collectors harass a couple, Gira slides in and gets the little kids to scare them off.
The couple thanks Gira, but warns him of potentially angering the king and getting the little kids caught in the crossfire. Gira says it’s alright as he believes the king is not a bad man and will protect all people.
At the palace, the four kings meet with King Racules. The alliance proposal calls for borders to be abolished and the five kingdoms to unite as one. King Racules says that the time has come for the guardian deity King Ohger to be revived and he is ready to be the one that leads the charge against any enemy.
Himeno, Kaguragi and Rita all raise the swords to solidify the pact. But Yanma refuses. He questions why Racules is to be in charge and the king says it is because Shugoddam was the first kingdom formed. Without God Kuwagata, King Ohger will not reawaken. So Racules believes it is his right to take the lead.
Yanma says it was he who provided the electrical technology to power God Kuwagata all those 2000 years ago. He believes Racules is just using the prophecy to seize control of the other kingdoms.
Racules says he merely wants lasting peace for all the kingdoms and suggests Yanma is the one who wants control. Yanma gets up to leave and says with the Bugnarak possibly arriving at any moment, this is no time for nonsense like this.
Shugoddam begins to rumble as the Bugnarak arrive and begin their assault on the walled kingdom. The citizens scramble for their lives as the kings all prepare to henshin and defend the peoples.
Rita, Himeno and Kaguragi henshin to fight the swarm of Bugnaraks attacking the kingdom and its peoples. Yanma tries, but is unable to as his sword is locked.
Gira’s friend Kogane falls unconscious after being injured in the attacks. Himeno tells Gira to leave Kogane to her and he can get himself to safety. Himeno wonders out loud what the hell Racules is doing.
Gira forces his way into the castle and asks what Racules is doing just sitting on his throne. Racules reveals that the god Kuwagata remains sleeping because it was angered by Yanma. Once the Bugnarak are under control, Racules aims to launch an invasion of N’Kosopa in the name of justice.
Gira realizes Racules has ignored the Bugnarak in order to have pretense to invade and conquer other kingdoms. Racules says this is just to ensure a united Earth. He believes true peace cannot be achieved without ultimate dominion. And he will accomplish that when he gains control of all five kingdoms.
Racules believes there is no sacrifice too great in order to achieve that goal. Gira cannot believe it. He charges at the king and is able to grab his sword. When Racules says only the king can wield the sword’s power, Gira says he should have done so then.
Racules says Gira pointing his sword at him constitutes treason and he is now an enemy of this world. Gira takes a deep breath and then lets out a sheepish smile.
“Just as I wanted,” Gira says. If justice is tearing down all the innocent children in the streets, then Gira will tear down that justice and reign Evil over the land. Gira proclaims he will rule this world as the King of Evil.
Suddenly, the god Kuwagata breaks out of its stone enclosure and Gira is teleported to meet it outside. Racules cannot believe it.
Gira henshins to Kuwagata Ohger. He combines into the King-Ohger mecha as the others watch on. And he defeats the remaining Bugnarak in this initial attack.
Afterwards, Racules orders his men to capture and execute Gira.
What in the Attack on Titan is this?!
Lol Just kidding. But it was definitely fun to see the scene of the Bugnarak attack on the walled city just a few hours after I watched the latest Attack on Titan super-episode.
Seriously though, this was a solid premiere. It started off kinda sketchy for me just because the CGI environments always throw me off. And it was a lot in the beginning. But when the episode got down to the drama and action, I started enjoying myself a lot more and I saw lots of nice potential for the season. I definitely enjoyed the scene with Gira and Racules the most in the episode.
It’s definitely an interesting theme. Perhaps this is the royalty/kingdom/knights-feeling season that everyone expected Ryusoulger to be. But I also hope this is nothing like Kamen Rider Saber‘s storybook shenanigans. Lol
Anyway, it usually takes a few episodes for me to really get a feel for a new season. But it’s always very exciting to meet some new friends every 12 months. Even if I’m still missing our last friends that we just said goodbye to.
But so far, a solid first episode.