While Jeramie is able to block Douga’s slash, the other Ohgers are not as quick and fall unconscious. Douga and the other retainers snap out of their stupor and are horrified to see what they’ve done.
The Ohgers are immediately whisked to Ishabana’s medical center for immediate treatment while Jeramie and Gerojim head back to the underground In-Between palace. Gerojim explains that his last memory was of Hirubiru whispering “Strike Gira down” to him. That’s when he joined the other retainers are they walked over to where the Ohgers were in order to strike them down.
Jeramie realizes Hirubiru’s power must be being able to force people to obey. Just then, Hirubiru pops in and says that’s a nasty way of putting it. She explains that she just gets people to do what she asks. And she is here now to take care of Jeramie who came out of the incident unscathed. But she is also unimpressed by what she sees of Jeramie’s lowly kingdom.
Jeramie henshins and he tries to battle her. But she wraps herself around him and whispers for him not to be mean to her. Gerojim grabs Hirubiru from behind, offering a perfect opening for Jeramie. However, Hirubiru’s power kicks in and he is unable to make any kind of move against her.
Jeramie says he doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to get along with her. She thinks that’s a shame since she’s so cute. But he’ll just have to sit and watch Chikyuu fall then.
Back in Dagded’s room, the others applaud Hirubiru’s success while Goma is now the one tied up for his failure. Hirubiru explains that she merely stirs up the existing doubts, anxieties and fears inside those she aims to influence. And that’s exactly what she did as she traipsed through the kingdoms, choosing someone in each to help stir up hostility against the other kingdoms they view as the enemy. Especially in order to avenge the violence against their leaders.
Those anxieties and fears will turn into violence and thus bring about the downfall of this civilization. And it begins as the people of each kingdom start to turn on other ethnicities.
Hymeno wakes up just as maid Cleo is about to kick Kuroda in the head. Hymeno stops her and asks what the hell has been going on since she’s been asleep.
Kaguragi, meanwhile, is angry that Toufu has reduced the food supply to the rest of the world.
Gira visits Douga in prison and Douga tells his king about the rapid deterioration of relations between the six kingdoms. This is just as power has been shut off in all of Shugoddam. Yanma is angry at Akka for having led such a move, but Akka says it was all to protect his king and his country.
Over in Gokkan, Rita speaks with Shiokara about what would possess them to attack the kings and realizes that someone is manipulating people. Shiokara, however, says it is not everyone. Which means most of the people rising up are doing so of their own volition in the name of their countries.
Gira calls the other kings, minus Jeramie who he is not able to reach, over to Caucasuskabuto to discuss their next moves.
Meanwhile, Jeramie is actually on a rooftop with Gerojim overlooking Shugoddam with screams of people struggling with the darkness being heard in the distance.
Jeramie asks Gerojim if he likes Chikyuu and he replies that he loves it. Jeramie asks for Gerojim’s help then and Gerojim says he will always be by his side.
Jeramie asks his mother for forgiveness with what he is about to do.
Next day, the kings visit their imprisoned retainers back home to inform them of what they agreed upon last night. They will unfold an elaborate plan to portray themselves as failed kings. The retainers struck the kings down in order to save the people from the kings’ selfish desires in hoarding the planet’s resources for themselves. The retainers will then become the new leaders of their countries.
The retainers are not as willing to go through with this plan, but the Ohgers have agreed that this is the only way to protect the world and its peoples. Each king leave their “crowns” on their thrones and assemble at Caucasuskabuto.
They begin the broadcast to all of Chikyuu. But before Gira can say anything, Jeramie shoots webs at each of their mouths.
Jeramie announces that he was the mastermind behind all of this. Gerojim “admits” to having used an illusion in order for him to attack the kings by pretending to be the retainers.
Jeramie boasts that this has always been his plan in order to throw Chikyuu into chaos and turn everyone against other so he could eventually rule the entire planet himself. He has been pulling their web strings and their days as king are numbered.
The people of Chikyuu are enraged and begin to cheer on their kings to defeat Jeramie and the disgusting Bugnarak once and for all.
Jeramie cuts the video feed and lets out a sigh of relief. He says all that’s left is for them to strike down the bad guy, him, and the tumult in Chikyuu will subside.
Jeramie asks Rita to look after the Bugnarak citizens who are in the caves under Gokkan. Rita says this goes against everything Jeramie has been fighting for. But Jeramie says he’d lose it all if Chikyuu was destroyed anyway.
Gira refuses to go along with this. But Jeramie says it will take more than dreams to solve this problem. If they cannot save the present, then they won’t even have a future.
Jeramie asks the Ohgers to promise that they will overcome this and defeat the Galactinsects.
Jeramie turns the video feed back on and he and Gerojim pretend to have been shot at by the Ohgers before whisking themselves away.
The people of Chikyuu happily cheer at the apparent defeat of Jeramie and the Bugnarak. But Dagded and Friends are less than pleased. Hirubiru quickly heads over to Caucasuskabuto to mock the Ohgers for their poor act. But she also mocks the people of Chikyuu for having believed such a farce.
All the Ohgers can think of is Jeramie’s sincere wish to have humans and Bugnarak live in peace together.
Hirubiru says the Land of the In-Between is so tiny and insignificant that there was no reason to clean it up.
The Ohgers begin to clap, remembering how not a single human being of Chikyuu applauded after Jeramie’s proclamation and ascension to the throne of the Kingdom of the In-Between.
Hirubiru thanks them for clapping, but the Ohgers make it clear they were not doing that for her.
The five Ohgers henshin and battle Hirubiru. She is able to initially easily counter their attacks, but they do just enough to drive her back to Dagded’s room.
Dagded warns Hirubiru that she better make things more fun next time.
Later, Gerojim asks Jeramie if he has any regrets. But he does not. Especially as what they’ve been able to do has allowed everyone to have some rest for now.
“I’ve waited 2000 years. Why get impatient now?”
Before Jeramie leaves, Gira says thank you through his sleep.
Jeramie and Gerojim walk down the path.
Wowow! Very nice.
Can we agree that Jeramie is absolutely the star of this season? I think so. At least, he’s really become my favorite. He is really the sort of glue and the energizer to the story. Or how about even the fertilizer for the already fertile land of Chikyuu and King-Ohger!
Jeramie has the history, the sincere motivation and the most positive effect on the kings, most especially Gira.
It’s easy to connect and empathize with Jeramie’s sincere mission. Underneath his flashy presentation is that sincerity in wanting peace between the two sides that he is a part of. And who have been at odds with each other for thousands of years. How can one not respond positively to Jeramie for that.
And then his effect on the other kings. We all know how they are. And they definitely showed off their pettiness and even cocky self-interest when they switched bodies. But they got a big wake up call this episode. Twice, actually!
First, perhaps realizing that they themselves have fueled the negative feelings between the kingdoms thanks to their method of rule. Yes, they want to look out for their own peoples. But experiencing life in those other kingdoms first hand and now Jeramie’s incredible sacrifice has almost forced them into reevaluating everything they’ve been doing so far.
Hirubiru manipulated just a few people. But the feelings that drove the hatred and anger were very much real. Even if buried deep inside the peoples of Chikyuu. The Galactinsects may be the ones behind the race war, but it’s hard to deny the Ohgers’ role in fueling the ethnic war as well between the kingdoms’ peoples.
Absolutely fascinating storytelling. And again, as much as I would have loved them to have taken things a bit slower, it doesn’t take way from such engaging story like what has unfolded leading up to this episode.
The Ohgers still have a lot to learn. They have a lot of character development left to get through. But this episode certainly was able to bring together many of the themes and ideas the season has introduced. The seeds they’ve planted are sprouting! And they have a lot of growing left to do over the next 20 episodes.
Really wonderful episode!
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