Gira and the other Ohgers catch up to Jeremy who repeats that he is a king who commands all. When Hymeno demands he hand Scopy back, Jeremy shoots a cobweb to seal her mouth shut. He says stories should be told in a gentle tone.
Jeremy begins reading the legend of KingOhger, but the others have all heard the story already. Jeremy says it was he who wrote the story. Kaguragi asks about the part in the story where the Bugnarak would be resurrected after 2000 years and Jeremy laughs that it is his prophecy.
Gira can’t believe that means Jeremy has been pulling the strings for those 2000 years, but Yanma and others think it sounds absurd. Rita places Jeremy under arrest for treason, kidnapping the dead and perjury.
Under his breath, Jeremy says it’s difficult to talk to people who can’t read between the lines.
Rita scoops him up and Gira runs to hop on as well.
Down in the tunnels, Kamejim can’t believe Jeremy’s conniving ways. Just then, Desnarak walks in, perfectly fine. He says that as long as they take back the ShuGod souls, they can rule the world. Kamejim is comforted that Jeremy is merely a simple pest.
Over in Gokkan, Rita holds court with Jeremy being asked to explain his crimes. Jeremy says it’s no fun to just jump to the end of the story, but Rita is not in the mood. He calls her a child, not a king and decides to demonstrate how to read a story.
Jeremy says all things are connected, but not all things are written down. That’s why he enjoys the thrill of the journey through doing his own speculation about the story.
Jeremy offers an example. He knows Rita has been wondering why the ShuGod Soul of God Scorpion was hidden in Gokkan. Rita asks how he knows that. But Jeremy says it was he who hid the Soul and wrote the legend pertaining to it.
Meanwhile in Shugoddam, Kaguragi is meeting with Racules to fill him in on what’s happened so far and what he knows about Jeremy. Racules orders Kaguragi to drag Jeremy to him.
Kaguragi is intrigued by Racules’ reaction. Jeremy could very well be talking out of his ass, but why is Racules so interested in him. Racules smirks at Kaguragi’s doubts and tells him to be more honest like his sister.
The mention of a sister causes Kaguragi to pause and his expression to change.
Kaguragi asks if “Suzume” is doing well. Racules says of course, but what will happen to her depends on Kaguragi’s attitude.
Early next morning, Rita has taken Jeremy, along with Gira, to N’Kosopa. Yanma had his peoples develop a lie detector which they will use on Jeremy. They first test out the lie detector on Gira by asking if he truly is an evil king. Of course, Gira says excitedly. But that is, of course, a lie, so he gets zapped unconscious.
They place the lie detector helmet on Jeremy and Rita begins the interrogation. They first ask his name and age, but he doesn’t seem to be lying as nothing happens. Rita is sure the lie detector is broken. But when Shiokara gives it a try by saying Yanma is an idiot, he gets zapped and also falls unconscious.
Yanma confirms that it is working, thus Jeremy is telling the truth. But Rita is still doubtful as machines can malfunction. Yanma tells her not to sell N’Kosopa so short. They must assume Jeremy really is telling the truth and proceed with the questions.
Jeremy points out that Yanma is as stubborn as “Gin-chan.” Hearing that name causes Yanma to pause. He explains to Rita that Gin-chan is the old man who taught him how to use a computer.
Jeremy says it was he who taught Gin-chan and him being able to operate KingOhger is also thanks to him. Yanma has something to say, but Jeremy threatens him with a cobweb. He acknowledges Yanma is smart and continues by explaining he left a hint for KingOhger’s resurrection for the humans and a clue toward the three Shugoshin for the Bugnarak.
The lie detector helmet has been quiet for everything Jeremy has said so far.
Rita asks why Jeremy would leave a clue for the Bugnarak. He answers that there is no profound meaning and doesn’t understand why “Why?” is their most pressing concern.
Just then, Sebastian swoops in to grab Jeremy and the rest of them follow to Ishabana. Hymeno simply wants Scopy’s Soul to be returned to her. But Jeremy points to her behind. The Soul has been tucked into her ribbon the entire time.
Jeremy apologizes for what he did earlier. She asks what he truly wants.
Rita comes in to say that Jeremy’s true identity is spider man. Morfonia found records from the last 1000 years of a mysterious spider man appearing every so often. So that confirms Jeremy could really have been alive for 2000 years.
Kaguragi arrives and says this all merely points to Jeremy being a Bugnarak. Jeremy is happy to see all the important players here.
Kaguragi says he will not be deceived by lies. He had seen Desnarak calmly get up after being attacked by Jeremy last episode. It was all a ruse to allow Desnarak to safely escape. Hymeno notices a Bugnarak symbol on Jeremy’s cape.
Gira says Jeremy must be cut down if he is their enemy. The word “enemy” causes Jeremy to let out a big sigh. “It’s not that simple,” he says.
Just then, one of the Ishabana servants comes to tell Hymeno about Bugnarak outside. Jeremy smokes them and hurries out. Sebastian gives Gira a mask and the rest of them follow to see Jeremy just finishing off the last of the arrived Sanagims.
Jeremy says they must understand now. But the Ohgers question why Jeremy would attack his supposed comrade Bugnaraks. Rita says Jeremy is the most disgusting type of criminal, indiscriminately attacking anyone whether they are friend or foe.
Jeremy says he believes the pen is mightier than the sword. A leader who only rules with power is considered a tyrant. But a wise king also realizes the power of words. He again reiterates that they must read between the lines in order to know who he is by now.
Gira racks his brain to every thing he knows of Jeremy so far, but he still does not understand a thing. Jeremy can’t believe these people are so incapable of seeing the truth between the lines. He thinks they have no right to be kings.
Jeremy turns to the Legend of KingOhger again and says that there was actually a sixth hero in addition to the five that everyone knows of. He proceeds to explain.
That sixth hero had committed a crime and was erased from history. He had a forbidden love and was shunned, so they ran away and eventually gave birth to a cursed child. Wishing for the child’s happiness, they sealed the powers that marked him as cursed.
That child was Jeremy. His father was human and his mother was a Bugnarak. He is neither. And he is one of many people in the world who live in the shadows out of sight from kings like them. They live like anyone else, but are not treated like everyone else.
That is why Jeremy hopes to fight for a future where everyone can join hands as equals. That is why he freed himself.
The Ohgers can’t believe he didn’t just say that from the start. He doesn’t want humans and Bugnarak to be enemies. Could’ve just mentioned that in the beginning. So why give them the runaround.
Jeremy says “I love you,” a phrase that is so shallow and direct. He says he could never write something like that. Gira still doesn’t understand the point, but Kaguragi sarcastically says this is what it means to be a creator. Jeremy takes that as a compliment.
The Ohgers begin arguing amongst themselves, much to Jeremy’s amusement.
Just then, Desnarak appears and Jeremy asks for them to leave this to him.
Jeremy asks Desnarak how he feels about coexisting with humans. Desnarak doesn’t think lower beings like humans deserve to survive. That includes halflings like Jeremy.
Jeremy thinks it’s a shame he thinks that way. He declares that he rules over Bugnarak and everything else. The fate of the world is his story to write. And he is the king of the in-between.
Jeremy henshins and is able to drive Desnarak away. Yanma says he never developed something like what Jeremy is using now.
So I’m a fan of Jeremy. But not a fan of his expository self-introduction. Lol
I would’ve preferred they drag out the mystery with his character a little more. His story is quite nice. It touches upon one form of injustice in these supposedly perfect kingdoms. And definitely adds to the conflict between the humans and the Bugnarak. But also furthers the idea of each king having their own goals and desires.
I like Jeremy talking about reading between the lines or the story being left to your own interpretation. When done well, that can definitely enhance your enjoyment of the story. And honestly, that very idea would’ve worked so much better here than Jeremy outright telling them everything at the end lol
Now of course, we don’t even know if everything he said is the truth. Despite Yanma’s lie detector. We have no reason to doubt N’Kosopa’s invention. But we certainly can have some reason to question Jeremy at this early junction.
I take him at his word for now and just assume the season has a lot more story that they can fill the next 38 episodes with.
I like the teases about each king’s backstory as well. We already got a glimpse of Hymeno’s (with a “Y”) backstory with the poisoning of her parents. Now we get teases about Kaguragi’s sister and Yanma’s mentor. Not to mention Gira’s past too. We’ll have to wait and see what’s up with Rita’s past and what’s led her to be the arbiter of justice on Chikyuu.
Nice to see Desnarak and Co. are still very much alive. And with Jeremy’s story, it would seem they will actually last much longer than I thought they would after the last few weeks.
I liked this episode’s serious tone overall. The instances where the Ohgers insert some random slapsticky reactions were kinda meh, but not too annoying.
Again, this was another episode that furthered the story, but still left lots of mystery waiting to be uncovered. A great 12 episodes so far. I hope they can maintain this momentum for the entire ~50.
Elsewhere, this is a wonderful shot. I wish it were a real location lol
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