dryedmangoez https://dryedmangoez.com Television, The Amazing Race, and More! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:11:59 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://dryedmangoez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-icon-32x32.png dryedmangoez https://dryedmangoez.com 32 32 131733355 Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 3 – “I need a young priest and an old priest!” https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/18/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-3-i-need-a-young-priest-and-an-old-priest/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/18/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-3-i-need-a-young-priest-and-an-old-priest/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:10:00 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15509
Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 3 – Sounds Like a Wild Boar

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Teams will fly via Whitehorse and Vancouver to Salt Spring Island, BC. At the airport, the teams are surprised that the last Leg was Non-Elimination.

In Vancouver, teams must sign-up for a seaplane that will take them to Salt Spring Island. Joseph & Akash are alone on the first flight. Leanne & Mar and Zainab & Monica are on Flight 2, Courtney & Adam and Taylor & Courtney are on Flight 3, Flight 4 carries Todd & Anna and Martina & Phil and Flight 5 has Nancy & Mellisa and Dylan & Kwame.

Upon arrival in Salt Spring Island, teams must eat two full blueberry pies at the Salt Spring Saturday Market. When they finish the pies, they will get keys to a 2018 Chevy Bolt EV with the next clue.

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But first, Zainab & Monica must complete the Speed Bump by identifying salt by their taste and smell. They get it on their first attempt.

After the fourth plane arrives, Joseph & Akash finish their pies and hurry over to their Bolts. They must now drive to Mount Erskine Provincial Park. They must search tiny fairy doors for one of three that has their next clue.

Todd & Anna decide to use their Express Pass as the last two teams arrive. They decide to work with Joseph & Akash to find the doors.

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Back at the pies, Courtney (of Adam) vomits her way through her pie. Leanne & Mar decide to use their Express Pass as well. But Courtney is able to finish and she and Adam are off as well.

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Martina vomits very loudly, but she and Phil finish next. The other teams finish one by one, leaving Dylan & Kwame and Nancy & Mellisa. The boys finish, leaving Mellisa the only one who has not finished her pie yet.

Back to the fairies, Joseph & Akash find the Road Block clue: Who’s good with numbers? They will need to take a BC Ferry to Crofton on Vancouver Island and find the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.

All the teams have found the clue at the fairy doors. Nancy & Mellisa are afraid they are done for so they use their Express Pass. But all teams catch up to Joseph & Akash and Todd & Anna at the ferry when the first one is full.

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Teams get to the Circuit for this Road Block. Teams will hop in a 2018 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport to complete one full lap in under three minutes without exceeding 80 km/h. The instructors will use the Performance Data Recorder to track the teams’ data to determine if they have successfully completed the Road Block.

Todd goes first and gets the thumbs up. Teams must now make their way to Pacific Northwest Raptors.

Up next is Courtney (of Taylor & Courtney). She passes. The other Courtney is next, but she goes over 80 km/h. Leanne and Joseph are next and pass.

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Todd & Anna are at the next cluebox which reveals another Road Block. For this one, teams will learn how to tie a falconer’s knot while watching a silent demonstration. A falcon will hop on their arm and they will have 15 seconds to successfully do the knot to receive their next scroll clue.

Anna and Taylor try to learn the knot. Taylor tries helping Anna before he goes for his first attempt, which he fails. Mar and Akash arrive and start learning. Mar and Anna decide to work together now. Mar understands it first and shows Anna as long as Mar can attempt first. She does not get the thumbs up. Anna goes for her first attempt and also fails.

Taylor is on his 5th attempt and finally gets it. They can now drive to Kinsol Trestle Bridge, the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race. Leanne & Mar are next followed by Todd & Anna.

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It’s a footrace to the Mat and Taylor & Courtney step on it first and win a trip to Boston, MA. Todd & Anna are able to take 2nd. Leanne & Mar are 3rd.

Back at the Circuit, Phil, Kwame and Zainab finish next. At the second Road Block, Akash fails his first attempt as the three teams arrive.

Nancy finishes the first Road Block and Courtney (of Courtney & Adam) is last, but finally gets the thumbs up.

All teams are now at the falcons Road Block. Martina is on her 5th attempt and passes. She and Phil step on the Mat as Team #4. Adam passes on his first attempt and he and Courtney leave. But Dylan immediately passes on his 2nd attempt and he Kwame are able step on the Mat as Team #5. Courtney & Adam settle for Team #6.

Akash is frustrated and goes to talk to Joseph for some encouragement. Mellisa is on her 27th attempt and finally gets it. Monica passes on her 8th attempt.

Akash finally gets it on his 10th attempt and it appears to be a three-way Race to the Mat. Zainab & Monica finish as Team #7. Nancy & Mellisa are right behind them as Team #8.

That means Joseph & Akash are last and eliminated.

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Episode Thoughts

It’s an interesting Leg and episode. I think all the tasks were pretty good and the episode was exciting since teams passed each other and, unavoidably, caught up to each other.

The Leg Design was kind of awkward. Having that ferry equalizer right in the middle of the Leg really halts the action and negates everything in the first half of the Leg. And the seaplanes and the line at the circuit also kinda artificially positions teams. There are times when each are okay on their own, but all together like this, it’s like a start and stop instead of a continuous flow through the Leg.

I think the most hilarious part and only upside to the ferry equalizer was that the three teams basically wasted their Express Passes not even a full Leg after they got them. lol Goodbye Express Passes!

The Speed Bump was TARUS-level lame and boring. It would’ve been better as an Active Route Info task or even a Road Block like TAR Canada always does with these taste matching/identifying tasks they have every season.

The pie eating was great if only for the hilarity of the most disgustingly hilarious and vomit-inducing visuals and sound since TAR6’s spicy soup Road Block in Hungary. lol

The fairy doors was such a filler task, but really inconsequential thanks to the ferry after it. Though I very much approve of giving the Road Block clue not at the Road Block location.

The first Road Block was really just to show off the hot Corvette. (Thanks Chevrolet!) The second Road Block was much better since it’s one of those frustrating, tedious-type of tasks. And a different, fresh task from what we usually see. Especially from recycle-loving TAR Canada.

Overall, a good episode in spite of the mid-Leg equalizer that just abruptly stops the momentum of the Leg and episode.

ANDYAYAYAY! INDONESIA! Aka Not Canada!

My Subjective Team Rankings

Martina at the pie eating is enough to keep Martina & Phil at the top of my list this week. She was absolutely hilarious (though the vomiting sounds are definitely gross lol), but still so endearing. I’m really loving her and Phil.

Dylan & Kwame were a little quiet this week, but Kwame did give us the awesome spit take during Martina’s heaving plus Dylan’s episode title-worthy quote. Nancy & Mellisa were Racing from behind most of the Leg and I really can’t believe they would use the Express Pass at that point unless they knew they were taking a ferry next. Which I wouldn’t think so.

Courtney & Adam shoot up my list because Courtney was pretty hilarious and fun this episode. And for the first time, their kissing was not annoying, but funny. Since it came after Courtney had just puked in the bucket. lol

Leanne & Mar, Taylor & Courtney, Todd & Anna and Zainab & Monica were alright this Leg.

I feel bad for Joseph & Akash. I think they’ve had a lot of bad luck these first three Legs. And this Leg definitely blocked them from finally moving up out of the bottom. I would’ve liked to have seen them step it up and move up. But it’s too bad.

Episode Quotes

Dylan: “This is, like, some kind of like exorcism throw up right now. I need a young priest and an old priest!”

Martina: “I love The Amazing Race Canada. Throw whatever you want at me. Best days of my life!”

Monica: “What are you doing with your hands, man?”

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 22 – Love in Life https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-22-love-in-life/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-22-love-in-life/#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:45:26 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15496

Before Noel hands Kogure the Collection Piece, he would like to borrow one of the already retrieved Collection Pieces. Kogure asks how he is supposed to trust someone who secretly joined the GSPO. “I could say the same about you,” Noel answers.

Kogure asks which Piece Noel wants. Voler Maintenant, Noel says. Kogure pulls it out of the book and Noel hands over the new Piece.

“Don’t worry Kogure-san. We both want the same thing,” Noel assures.

Down in the underworld, Gangler Demeran Yatomisu presents Dogranio with a bowl of something which Goche would love some of as well. Destra yanks it from her and says it’s for the big boss, but Dogranio says Demeran can get more for Goche.

The Pats, including Noel, head to Jurer for lunch. Noel introduces himself to the Lups as if it’s the first time they’ve ever met. Though Kairi points out he already did meet Noel the first time he made himself known.

The Lups play along with Noel’s cover. Umika serves them some tea. Noel notices Sakuya looking at Umika with heart eyes and Sakuya admits that he is in love desu. Noel is excited and wants to do all he can to help the Sakuya-Umika ship fly.

Keiichiro, Tsukasa and Sakuya leave the bistro first as Noel stays behind. On the way back, Sakuya notices he doesn’t have his phone. He hurries to retrace his steps. But Noel “finds” Sakuya’s phone back at Jurer and asks Umika if she can return it to him. She hurries to find Sakuya.

Kairi says it was obvious Noel pickpocketed the phone from Sakuya. Noel admits he is playing Cupid.

Umika finds Sakuya and returns his phone. Sakuya excitedly thanks her. He sees a couple walk by and decides to ask Umika if she would like to go out to eat again sometime. Or tea or a movie or to the amusement park. Actually, he’d be fine if they just walked around the park. He hopes to be able to talk with her more.

Umika is unsure how to answer, but Sakuya says she can just let him know. He turns to leave. But just then, the couple from earlier is attacked by Demeran who catches them in his flat scooper net and turns them into goldfish.

Demeran places the fish in his bowl. Umika prepares to morph, but Sakuya comes running back. She can’t morph while he might see. But her moment of hesitation allows Demeran to turn her into a goldfish as well.

Umika feels she can safely morph inside the bowl, but one of the fished people is Saito the baker from next door.

Sakuya morphs, but hesitates when Demeran warns that the fished people might get smashed to bits if he makes a wrong move. Demeran drops the bowl and Sakuya quickly rushes to grab it before it smashes on the ground. That allows Demeran to get the upper hand, kicking and stepping on Sakuya before taking his bowl and leaving.

Sakuya heads to Jurer and informs Kairi and Tooma of what happened. Sakuya bows, apologizing for not being strong enough to protect Umika. Sakuya vows the GSPO will find the Gangler and save Umika. He rushes out.

Noel apologizes and says this is all his fault. Kairi and Tooma head out to look for the Gangler themselves.

But Noel will not stand back and do nothing.

Over at the GSPO, the Pats decide to split up and stake out the three points along the waterway where Demeran will likely pop out of. Jim Carter says he will order the evacuation of the area. Keiichiro says they will enter the fishbowl and destroy it from the inside.

Inside the bowl, Umika struggles with what to do.

Noel finds Sakuya and says he wants to help. He admits to being the one that sent Umika off to return the phone and apologizes. But Sakuya says it’s not Noel’s fault.

Sakuya again says it was because he was unable to save her. He thinks Umika will probably never look at him again after this. But he will still do everything he can to rescue Umika and the others.

“You’re a nice guy, aren’t you?” Noel asks. Sakuya says he hears that a lot when he gets turned down. They laugh.

Just then Demeran pops out of the water. Sakuya and Noel morph. Jim Carter alerts Keiichiro and Tsukasa and they hurry over.

With the fishbowl rocking, Umika decides she has no choice but to morph. But Sakuya steps on the flat net and hops into the bowl before she does.

Sakuya asks everyone in the bowl to stand back as he shoots at the wall of the fishbowl to break them free. But he doesn’t seem to have enough firepower on his own. Umika believes she can help by morphing and shooting with Sakuya. But that would mean revealing herself.

Noel realizes it is taking too long for Sakuya. Kairi and Tooma arrive just in time. That allows Noel to hop into the bowl as well. Sakuya and Noel team up and shoot at the wall together. That is enough firepower to finally break through, cracking the bowl and releasing them all.

Sakuya asks Umika if she’s okay and she says yes. Noel tells Sakuya to get everyone to safety.

Kairi and Tooma are able to grab Demeran’s Collection Piece. Noel asks Good Striker to help out and he flies in to allow Kairi to clone himself. Noel switch morphs and Kairi x3, Tooma and Noel deliver finishers at Demeran.

Goche pops in and nurses Demeran back to embiggened health. Noel says he will take care of the rest, he just needs Kairi and Tooma to fire the trains. With that Noel is able to combine the trains into X Emperor Slash.

Dogranio tells Destra to help Demeran, so Destra heads up to summon a Goram. Noel decides to flip X Emperor Slash into X Emperor Gunner.

That gives Noel the ability to use a Gunner Strike to riddle the Goram with bullets.

Noel flips back to X Emperor Slash to deliver a Slash Strike to finish off Demeran for good.

Umika thanks Sakuya for saving her. Sakuya says it was his fault she was captured anyway and he wouldn’t have been able to save her without Noel. But Umika says thanks just the same. Sakuya says it’s nothing.

Umika looks up at Sakuya, “Sakuya-san… you’re a nice guy, aren’t you?” She runs off.

Sakuya asks Noel if that means what he thinks it means. Noel insists Sakuya still has a chance.

Episode Thoughts

I very much enjoyed this episode. It was a nice Sakuya-Umika episode with lots of Noel thrown in. I do think it showed us more of Noel’s character really than Sakuya and Umika’s budding relationship, if we can call it that. lol

First for Noel, we get the impression, but no clarification, of what his true intentions and agenda might be. He also cast even more doubt on Kogure and what his own agenda might be as well, separate from what he’s doing for and with the Lups. So I definitely liked that mystery for both of them here.

Then, I do believe Noel was sincere in wanting to play Cupid for Sakuya and Umika. It was a nice way to show a different side of his personality and a side that is very much in line with what we saw from him in his first two episodes.

As for Sakuya and Umika, it was nice to see Umika be a little more receptive to Sakuya. With Sakuya, we saw more of what we already know. He’s a “nice guy”. He takes that as a rejection more than a compliment. But he really is just a nice guy who is sincere in his wanting to protect people. The show has also done a better job at toning down his feelings for Umika in a way that doesn’t make him a perv or creeper. He likes her and has no problem telling or showing her his feelings. But he’s not forcing her into dates or hovering over her or basically acting like some skeevy playboy of some sort.

I think Umika telling him he is a “nice guy” at the end opens the door a little more to them eventually giving a relationship a try more than it confirming she will never like him back. So I hope they do continue to pursue the pairing because they can use it in even some Romeo and Juliet-type story for an episode or two when the Lups’ identities are eventually revealed.

Elsewhere, it was great to see more awesome use of drones with the different angles again. I assume the humans turned into fish that Demeran Yatomisu first brought Dogranio at the beginning were never turned back into humans. They weren’t saved. Now that’s grimdark. lol

And X Emperor’s debut was pretty awesome. The gattai/combining was very exciting. And the flipping over gimmick works very well.

Overall, an enjoyable episode that was great for developing some of Noel’s character as well as a little bit for Sakuya and Umika as well.

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The Amazing Race Philippines: DryedMangoez Edition 16 – Leg 7 – Romania https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/the-amazing-race-philippines-dryedmangoez-edition-16-leg-7-romania/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/the-amazing-race-philippines-dryedmangoez-edition-16-leg-7-romania/#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:00:02 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15480
Introduction β†’ Leg 1 β†’ Leg 2 β†’ Leg 3 β†’ Leg 4 β†’ Leg 5 β†’ Leg 6 β†’ Leg 7 β†’


Leg 16.07 – “I need practice to spread my legs like that.”

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Teams are now officially halfway through the Race. And their next destination on this 7th Leg is… Bucharest, Romania!

All teams will be on the same Turkish Airlines flights from Paro via Kathmandu and Istanbul, arriving in Bucharest at 8:05pm.

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Upon arrival in Bucharest, teams must make their way to the Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex and search for the gymnastics training center for their next clue.

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Teams must channel their inner Romanian five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci and learn and perform a gymnastics routine to receive their next clue.

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That clue points teams to the Romanian Athenaeum.

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Here, they will find the Double U-Turn board! Powered by Samsung and Smart.

Then teams will open the next clue revealing the Detour: Eyes or Ears.

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This stunning fresco along the ceiling of the concert hall depicts the history of Romania. For Eyes, teams must study this fresco and then piece 10 different puzzles outside depicting the same events. They must then place the events in chronological order according to the fresco painting to receive the next clue.

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The Romanian Athenaeum is home to the world-renowned George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. In Ears, teams must listen to the orchestra who will be playing short samples from three different orchestral pieces. They must then search inside and outside the concert hall for three young musicians amongst dozens playing different instruments (piano, violin, harp, etc.) for the three playing one of the three pieces being performed in the hall. Teams must collect the sheet of music from these three musicians and present them to the conductor to receive the next clue.

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Teams must now make their way to the Macca Villacrosse Passage and search this alleyway of shops and restaurants for their next clue.

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That clue directs teams to find Caru’ cu Bere.

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Here, teams must successfully make four Romanian treats known as papanasi in five minutes. If they are unsuccessful, they must eat all the rejected papanasi before they can try again.

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This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg of the Race. If any team is able to successfully make four papanasi on their first attempt, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.

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Teams must now make their way to the Palace of Parliament where they will find the Road Block: Who can make everything go according to plan?

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The Palace of Parliament is second only to the United States Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. For this Road Block, teams will need to search this imposing structure for various Romanian artifacts using only a provided floorplan with limited text. Teams must return to the lobby of the building and place the artifacts in their proper spot before being given their next clue.

That clue is actually one last map which will reveal the location of their partner who will be waiting with the next clue.

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That clue tells teams to head to the balcony of the Palace of Parliament from which they must now search for the Pit Stop.

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And the Mat will be located just across the street from the Palace of Parliament.

The first team to check in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.

The last team to check in here WILL be eliminated!
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“Director’s” Commentary

A very nice Leg! So, TARUS came to Romania in season 14, but it was focused more on Transylvania instead of Bucharest. We recycle the gymnastics task here (because why not?!), but the rest of the Leg should be fresh and exciting.

Now this Leg really came about after I first learned of the Palace of Parliament. What a stunning structure. Just huge and imposing. Very fascinating history around it, but also fascinating to see its current state and use. Anyway, this Leg wasn’t originally a night Leg. But after it came together, it actually works perfectly as a night Leg. It worked out that the best flight from Bhutan to Bucharest would arrive at night, so this Leg was all about things teams could do after dark.

So first, the gymnastics should be a good challenge for teams. It’s certainly not an easy sport, especially when you might not be fit or even inclined for something like gymnastics. So we hope teams spend a lot of time here. Lol

The Detour makes full use of the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum. Now, both sides of the Detour are inspired by TAR tasks of the past. But I think we have some nice updated variations here. The fresco is different from TARCAN2 in that teams must put together separate puzzles first and then put them in order. Our hope is teams must run in and out of the hall several times to be able to complete the task.

And that will be while other teams will be running around looking for musicians scattered throughout the building and outside as well. All playing music in addition to the orchestra should help make for some fun chaotic moments I hope. The listening to music task is also similar to TAR17’s, but made a little more challenging as it is different instruments and three different pieces.

Next up is the Macca Villacrosse Passage which as far as I know is open 24 hours a day. So teams can safely run around here in the middle of the night.

A food task is an easy task to help fill out a Leg. Here, teams must recreate a treat. What we hope for here is teams fail several times so they have to eat their failed creations and be so full they almost throw up. Almost. We don’t want them to get really sick of course. Hehe.

We can also make this task a little more challenging by having teams make more than four as well.

Finally, what should be highlight of the Leg. I think it would be amazing for teams to be running around this huge building in the wee hours of the morning. It works out perfectly that this is at night so we aren’t bothering anyone who might actually be doing work here in the daytime. Lol

But having to navigate the huge building using only a blueprint-type map should make for some tense and frustrating moments. There’s definitely the possibility that teams will work together. Which I am definitely weary of. I hate seeing some teams getting the easy way out while others have to struggle (and still complete the task) on their own. But we’ll just have to let it play out.

Now here, the hope is teams will finish this Leg just as the sun rises. So I think all these tasks are difficult enough to take up most of the night. Because a Pit Stop in front of the Palace of Parliament just as the sun rises would be visually stunning! 4K UHD drones, deploy!

So overall, I think this is a really great Leg. All the tasks on this Leg should make for some exciting competition between teams. I really like it.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 43 – Another Build https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/recap-kamen-rider-build-episode-43-another-build/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/13/recap-kamen-rider-build-episode-43-another-build/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:49:47 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15486 Build 43

Even with Satou Taro’s face, Papa Katsu knows Sento is his son Takumi. Evolto applauds the family reunion. Sento says he thought Papa Katsu created the Rider System to defeat Evolto. But Evolto says all of this was part of Papa Katsu’s plan.

Ryuga and Kazumin arrive as Papa Katsu admits that once the Lost Bottles are all collected, he will have accomplished his goal.

Evolto takes Nariaki and leaves.

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Papa Katsu, Ryuga, Kazumi and Gentoku all henshin as Sento watches in horror and confusion.

Papa Katsu uses a Duplication Technique to multiply himself and take on the three. He first forces Kazumin to dehenshin and says the Build Driver was originally designed for him. He Builds up to Kaizoku Densha and forces Gentoku to dehenshin next.

Papa Katsu goes Hawk Gatling to take on Ryuga. Suddenly, Ryuga gets the Mars flashback and that causes him to rage once again. He beats Papa Katsu who says Ryuga is acting this way because Evolto creating the black hole stimulated his genes. That causes Ryuga to hunger for battle even more than the Sclash Driver ever did.

Ryuga refuses to believe this. He continues beating up Papa Katsu and prepares a finisher. Sento asks him to stop before he henshins to Genius and delivers a kick at Ryuga. Ryuga dehenshins and loses consciousness.

Papa Katsu flies away.

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They take Ryuga back to the lab. Misora tries to use Vernage’s power to heal Ryuga, but nothing happens. Kazumin is upset with Sento, questioning why he would defend Papa Katsu who is their enemy.

Sento says his father is not their enemy. Kazumi grabs Sento and says they all saw Papa Katsu and Evolto working together. What more proof does he need?

Kazumin says he cannot trust Sento in battle anymore and leaves. Gentoku says Sento’s hope to believe his father has blinded him and that he can’t trust to fight alongside him either.

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Gentoku turns to leave as well. Sawa tries to stop him, but he shows her his new shirt that says “Bye!”

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Later, Sawa shows Misora a huge body pillow with Miitan on it that would certainly make Kazumin come back. Just then, Misora gets a call.

Downstairs, Sento unsuccessfully tries to find any information in the data he has. He knocks the computer monitor off the table in frustration. Katsuragi pops in and says of course their father would join Evolto after getting exposed to Pandora’s light. But he should’ve come back to his senses after henshining. So why didn’t he?

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Sento thinks it’s because he is the creator of the Rider System and thus can’t turn back. “You understand after all,” Katsuragi says.

Sento regrets defending Papa Katsu now. Misora comes in and says he shouldn’t blame himself. She probably would’ve done the same. Sento says thanks, but he’s had enough. He accepts his father is their enemy. But now Sento questions what he has been fighting for all this time.

Misora reminds him that it was for “love and peace.” They’ve gone through a lot of hard times, but Sento always overcame all of it to fight for a world of “love and peace.” Sento says it is different now because he originally thought the Rider System was created for justice. Now it has been proven otherwise,

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Down by the ocean, Kazumi says they must defeat Evolto and Papa Katsu might come to his senses. Gentoku unzips his jacket to reveal an “I approve” shirt.

Later, Misora meets with Evolto with the hopes of helping Sento.

Back at the lab, Sento apologizes to Ryuga for being wrong about his father. Sawa hurries down to tell him Misora has not returned.

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That is because Misora is being infused with Nebula Gas. Evolto and Papa Katsu hope this will revitalize Vernage’s power inside Misora. But if Vernage’s power is already fading away, then Misora will die.

Evolto says Papa Katsu is as cold as ever. Papa Katsu says it is all to create a new world.

Sento runs out to look for Misora and gets a call from her. He hurries to the Toei warehouse where Misora stumbles toward him before Vernage takes over her body and jabs the Lost Bottle into her neck. Misora becomes a Lost Smash.

Sento henshins to Tank Tank and they battle. He then gets ready to go Genius, but Papa Katsu shows up and warns that Misora will die if Sento defeats Vernage.

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Papa Katsu henshins and he tag-teams with the Lost Smash Vernage against Sento. Sento holds back, unsure how to handle the situation. Papa Katsu says he will complete the Black Panel and pave the way to a new world that defies current laws of physics.

Papa Katsu delivers a Vortec Finish at Sento and it forces him to dehenshin.

Sento struggles to understand. How could his father have deceived him and his mother for something like that? Papa Katsu says turning Sento into a hero was a means to an end. That’s all. And Sento couldn’t possibly defeat Evolto as he is now.

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Ryuga suddenly walks in and asks why Sento is being pathetic by crying. He says there’s nothing wrong with being turned into a hero. He reminds Sento that they fight for the justice that they believe in. And that justice means saving Misora now.

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Sento remembers Misora’s words to him earlier. He grabs Ryuga’s hand and Ryuga helps him up. They both henshin.

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Ryuga says he will take care of Papa Katsu while Sento saves Misora. Ryuga rampages again. Sento tries to think quick and he seems to have something.

Sento delivers an All Side kick at Vernage. Ryuga fashions a black hole to attack Papa Katsu, but Sento pushes Vernage toward Ryuga with a Genius Finish. They explode.

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Misora is released from the Lost Smash.

Papa Katsu says he can’t believe Sento would sacrifice both Vernage and Ryuga just for Misora. But Ryuga emerges from the fire. Sento explains that he transferred Vernage’s power to Ryuga. Vernage and Evolto’s powers interfere with each other. So Sento used it to neutralize Ryuga’s genes.

Papa Katsu tries a Vortec Finish, but Sento and Ryuga both counter with a Volcanic Attack and Genius Finish. Sento uses the Lost Bottle from earlier which turns yellow to punch his father into the wall. Sento says he is resolved to surpass his father and defeat Evolto.

Papa Katsu flies back to Evolto’s lair lab, obviously injured. Evolto says this is the first time Papa Katsu’s calculations were wrong, unless this was part of his plan after all. Papa Katsu says no, this was beyond his expectations. He really was defeated by Sento.

Nariaki runs in to show them that Gentoku and Kazumin are trying to sneak in.

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Episode Thoughts

I felt really good about this episode. Things came to a head with regards to Papa Katsuragi and Sento.

Not 100% sure, but I got from Sento and Katsuragi’s conversation that they’ve accepted Papa Katsu is too far gone. Whether it’s because of Pandora’s Light or he was already a wacko before that. (Or both.) That allows for the very awesome use (once again) of Sento and Ryuga’s bromance to power them up and strengthen their resolve.

It refocuses Sento after the obvious mental struggle he has to go through trying to understand his father’s true role in all of this. Of course, that comes after the whole Sento/Takumi identity switch/memory mix phase that certainly confused me. What more for Sento himself? lol

I really enjoyed Sento knocking the computer monitor off the table. Like Ouch! That’s not cheap. lol But then it was a good way to really demonstrate his frustration and anger and all the different emotions running through him at that moment.

I also appreciated Kazumi’s anger at Sento. I think it came from a good place, especially as we remember the hell he has gone through and his own struggle to come to terms with what they are fighting for. Gentoku’s shirts also provided quick moments of levity in the midst of the tension everywhere else.

Misora going off on her own, risking her life basically for Sento was very much in character for her. The situation is growing more hopeless by the minute. And her wanting to do something, even if it meant having to trust Evolto showed just how desperate the situation is becoming.

The bromance again saves the day of course. Sento’s plan with the DNA resequencing stuff or whatever is happening there plus Vernage’s quick end all makes sense actually. I accept it. Though maybe because some of it goes way over my head. lol

But my biggest takeway from that whole sequence was Papa Katsu talking about how Build was made for him. And Sento and Ryuga were just pawns in the grand scheme of things, unable to ever beat the original Build. But on the contrary, I think we will eventually see that Sento and Ryuga are truly more suited for the Rider System than the one who created it. And of course that will lead to Papa Katsu’s final miscalculation.

I actually still don’t think I know what to expect as we approach the final endgame. But I do feel much better about the direction these last few weeks than I had been. And that’s good.

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Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 2 – “Ah Fiddler’s Fart!” https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/11/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-2-ah-fiddlers-fart/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/11/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-2-ah-fiddlers-fart/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:40:55 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15477
Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 2 – “Ah Fiddler’s Fart”
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Teams must now fly to Dawson City, Yukon. Teams will get $350 on their BMO CashBack Mastercard for this Leg for the Race which will also have three Express Passes up for grabs.

On the way to the airport, Martina & Phil decide to give her backpack away to someone in need since it was weighing her down in the first Leg.

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All teams are flying via Whitehorse to Dawson City. Upon arrival, teams must choose a 2018 Chevy Silverado High Country Edition. They must load their trucks with all their Woods camp gear and then head to Dredge 4 National Historic Site where they will set up their campsite. The team who can put up their campsite correctly in the fastest time will win $5000 from Woods.

While all teams are at the campsite, Joseph & Akash realize they do not have their tent so they drive back.

Todd & Anna finish first and can now drive to the Bank of British North America. The clue tells teams to use a GPS device to search nine local landmarks where they can obtain five gold coins. Also hidden at three of the other landmarks are Express Passes.

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Courtney & Adam and Nancy & Mellisa decide to work together when they run into each other. They head inside a cultural center and Nancy & Mellisa watch the performance first. After, the performers hand them an Express Pass.

Todd & Anna head to the Post Office and search the mailboxes where they find another Express Pass. They then collect all five coins and head back to the bank to receive their next clue which has a Detour: Chance or Dance.

In Chance, teams must head to Diamond Tooth Girties and learn how to deal blackjack. They will get the next clue once they’ve dealt out a hand and payouts for that hand. If not, they must go to the back of the line. In Dance, teams must dress up in burlesque costumes and learn an authentic can-can dance.

Todd & Anna choose Chance. Todd has no problem with blackjack, but Anna is not sure.

Dylan & Kwame get to the Post Office and notice the mailboxes. They know the Express Pass is here so they stay and look. But the last Express Pass is found by Leanne & Mar in a cemetery.

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Dylan & Kwame decide to give up and continue with the coins.

Meanwhile, Nancy & Mellisa go deal blackjack. Courtney & Adam head to the dancing. But after one attempt, they decide to switch Detours.

Todd & Anna finish the Detour and can now head to the Midnight Dome for the Pit Stop. They officially step on the Mat as Team #1. They win a trip for two to the South of France and $5000 from Woods. Nancy & Mellisa deal two good hands and head to the Pit Stop as Team #2.

Martina & Phil choose the dancing and dress up, but after seeing the performance they decide to switch Detours as well. But Martina is unsure about blackjack also.

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Taylor & Courtney go for their first attempt, but Taylor does not show his butt. They get the thumbs down. Leanne & Mar are next. Mar is a professional dancer, but Leanne’s cheerleading skills are not good enough. That allows Taylor & Courtney to get the thumbs up on their second attempt. They head to the Pit Stop as Team #3.

Leanne & Mar are on their next attempt and they pass. They hurry to the Pit Stop and check in as Team #4.

Zainab & Monica choose dancing, but quickly decide to switch to blackjack.

All teams are now at the blackjack. Dylan & Kwame are next to deal correctly and finish as Team #5. Martina uses an accent and she is able to remember all she needs. She and Phil finish and head to the Mat as Team #6. Courtney & Adam are Team #7.

It’s down to Joseph & Akash and Zainab & Monica. And it is Joseph & Akash who finish next. They are officially Team #8.

That means Zainab & Monica are last. But this is a Non-Elimination Leg.

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Episode Thoughts

Interesting episode. I think overall it was a solid episode even if the Leg was very simple and almost barebones. There were really three chunks to it. First, the campsite. Then the coins task which really was to highlight the Express Pass search. And finally the Detour which also was dominated by the blackjack,

First up is the setting up camp which is certainly not a new TAR Canada task at all. But really it was just to give sponsor Woods a nice spotlight in the episode. As for the timed aspect of it, I think TARPHDME16 did it better. The prize was an Express Pass. And there was much more excitement because not all teams got to the campsite at the same time. So a team that arrived later could have been faster to set up their tents than a team that might have already finished before they even arrived. πŸ˜‰

Dawson City, Yukon looks like a picturesque little Gold Rush town, but admittedly not much to do for a full TAR Leg. The GPS/coins task basically visited all there is to visit in the town it seemed like. And again, the task was more on highlighting any possible drama and tension in looking for the THREE Express Passes. I will say this was better than last season’s Express Pass task though since all teams had a chance at it. But still, not the best option.

And even here, we barely got anything out of that moment with Nancy & Mellisa getting the Express Pass over Courtney & Adam whom they had just teamed up with.

Finally, the Detour. I will say it was an okay Detour. I was a little annoyed by the line/first come, first served aspect of the blackjack. But then I realized the can-can also was first come, first served. So I guess it was a balanced Detour. Especially since this was a Non-Elimination. Otherwise, the Detour would’ve sucked. Lol And at the end of the Leg too.

Neither Detour seemed too difficult to me. The can-can didn’t seem that hard. So I’m surprised teams so easily quit. They didn’t even give it a try or even start practicing it. They gave up too fast.

As for the blackjack, I didn’t see what was so hard about it. I learned how to play cards and blackjack from my grandparents when I was a little kid. Lol So maybe that’s why dealing blackjack would’ve been easy for me. And I don’t play any table games whenever I get a chance to stroll through a casino. The only thing I didn’t know was what to do with a tie either like Nancy. Otherwise, players saying Hit, knowing how many cards as a dealer to take, how to count an Ace?! That’s pretty easy.

I see TAR Canada is back to doing the contrived drama and fake tension before the last commercial break. It really doesn’t work unless it’s a real nailbiter like last week.

And no more BMO CashBack Mastercards? That almost like TARUS losing Ford. Wow.

And YAY! They turned on the lights in the title card!
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My Subjective Team Rankings

It was a nice gesture for Martina & Phil to make a stop in Vancouver (which they obviously know very well) to drop her bag off with someone in need. I don’t know if they would do it if they were rushing and this wasn’t before a guaranteed flight. But it was a nice thing for them to do and I think they’re very sincere. A solid Leg from them.

A little less screentime for Dylan & Kwame this week, but they were enjoyable for what little we saw from them. Nancy & Mellisa though were much more fun to watch this week I think. I think they are firmly my #3 team at this point.

Not as dominant a Leg for Leanne & Mar this week. But the Express Pass will come in handy for them. The rest of the teams were alright this week. And Courtney & Adam‘s kisses are still kind of annoying, but they were able to show other aspects of their personalities this episode though. So they’re alright.

Episode Quotes

Adam: “That’s a mannequin. And she is half-naked.”

Nancy: “Fiddler’s fart!”

Adam: “I’m gonna pee my pants.”

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 21 – Friend or Foe, On Board or Not? https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-21-friend-or-foe-on-board-or-not/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-21-friend-or-foe-on-board-or-not/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2018 05:24:50 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15469

Noel presents the Lups with the two Collection Pieces he retrieved in the last episode. They don’t trust him, but he says he is on their side. Kogure pops up and vouches for him. He says Noel is an engineer who modifies Collection pieces, but also works for the Lupin Family.

The Pieces the Lups have were passed down from the Lupin Family. But Noel was able to make some after he wormed his way into the GSPO and got his hands on the Collection Pieces in their possession. He says he didn’t mean for them to end up being used by the GSPO and the Pats.

Noel says the GSPO does not have any more Collection Pieces.

Down in the underworld, Dogranio tells Goche and Destra to let “X” run free as something amusing might result from it.

Next day, Noel walks into the GSPO in his new white uniform and is welcomed by glares from the Pats.

Commander Hilltop tries to calm the tension. But the Pats don’t beat around the bush. They are worried Noel is a spy especially after handing Pieces over to the kaitous yesterday. Sakuya correctly points out that Noel probably knows the kaitous’ real identities. But Noel says he cannot answer any of their questions because he is on a different mission than them. Jim Carter confirms he is an undercover agent sent directly from France HQ.

Noel adds, however, that he is trying use the Collection Pieces to serve humanity. He created items to help defeat Ganglers, after all.

Commander Hilltop wants to put an end to this interrogation. But Keiichiro says it is not easy to put their lives in the hands of someone they don’t fully trust.

Before they can hash that out, Jim Carter alerts them to Gangler Gabatto Kababacchi messing around at the dam.

As the Pats head out, Noel calls Kairi to tell him about the Gangler and asks if he’s on board or not.

At the dam, Gabatto is brushing tooth decay onto the dam so it breaks and drowns the city. The Pats arrive and quickly morph. The Lups watch from above. They still don’t fully trust Noel, but decide to try and use him if they can.

The Lups morph and hop down to join the fight. Podamans pop up and it’s an all-out battle.

Kairi tries to kick Gabatto, but he activates his Collection Piece which puts up a protective armor all over his body. But while describing that, it gives Kairi the opening to unlock Gabatto’s safe and take the Piece.

Both the Lups and Pats bombard Gabatto with attacks. Good Striker flies in and Keiichiro grabs him. The Pats combine into Ugou and send Gabatto’s safe flying into the river. The Pats then chase after the Lups.

Goche pops in and is unsure what to do with the safe in the water.

The Pats watch from afar as the Lups meet Noel on top of the dam. Noel says it is time for the Lups to pay the tip fee. He morphs into Lupin X and charges at the Lups.

Noel says he is a kaitou that steals from other kaitous. The Lups think that is very shady. But Noel is able to counter all of their attacks. He then switch morphs to Patren X and continues the battle.

Noel is able to swipe the Collection Piece and says he will do all he can to ensure a lasting peace.

Just then, an embiggened Gabatto pops in. Noel tosses Tsukasa and Sakuya his trains and asks if they will fight together with him. They nod and hop into the Fire and Thunder trains alongside Noel.

Good Striker flies in and Keiichiro decides to go as well. The Pats combine into PatKaiser Trains. Noel shoots at Gabatto’s crotch and the Pats deliver a Spark Up Strike finisher to end him.

Back at the GSPO, Keiichiro holds out his hand to Noel. Before Noel takes it, he wants them to know he will be doing things his way. Keiichiro says he knows and he is putting faith in Noel’s resolve to fight for peace.

Noel thanks him and they shake hands. Sakuya says he trusts Noel too, while Tsukasa says they have no choice for now.

Commander Hilltop says it’s all settled then.

Over at Jurer, the Lups reveal that he whole thing at the dam was an act to get the Pats to trust Noel. Umika is still not sure if they can trust Noel. But Kairi says they will use him, not trust him.

As Noel walks along downtown, Kogure pops in with the book hoping for the Collection Piece. But before Noel hands it over, he wants them to talk.

Episode Thoughts

So an interesting episode. I think my opinion of it changed like 10 times throughout. But at the end, I am mostly hopeful with the potential they have set up for Noel.

I think the episode was a little sloppy in maintaining the “Is he? Or isn’t he?” guessing. Whether or not he’s all-Lup or all-Pat. At the end of the episode, I think he’s still 50/50 for now. Or at least 45-45-10 or whatever percentage that allows the chance that he’s not with either the Lups or Pats. It would certainly be interesting if Noel works for Dogranio as well. But I will assume Noel’s got a third allegiance aside from the Lups or Pats.

Heck I know Kogure is definitely hiding something from the Lups. And I still think Commander Hilltop is not on the up and up either. He’s been suspicious before. But his shutting down of the Pats and their doubts of Noel the last two episodes was a little bit too hard. So maybe that third faction has something to do with Kogure and Hilltop and even the real Lupin. Who knows? Maybe they’re Ganglers even. Dogranio telling Destra to let “X” run free for now is definitely interesting.

Whatever the future holds, I definitely hope we’re in for some good twists. And that there is more to Noel and our other supporting characters than meets the eye. It would be very satisfying for both the Lups and Pats to get the rug pulled out from under them at the same time in the future. A big shocking reveal that floors both teams and maybe will be the impetus for them to work together.

Oh! And that reminds me of Zamigo. Maybe he’s got something to do with all the shady stuff as well.

At Episode 21, I think the show definitely needs to pick up the pace now. We seem to be far from the high of Episodes 14 and 15. But maybe we’re done with the breather and are gearing up for the midseason climax now. I hope!

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The Amazing Race Philippines: DryedMangoez Edition 16 – Leg 6 – Bhutan https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/the-amazing-race-philippines-dryedmangoez-edition-16-leg-6-bhutan/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/the-amazing-race-philippines-dryedmangoez-edition-16-leg-6-bhutan/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2018 00:00:28 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15453
Introduction β†’ Leg 1 β†’ Leg 2 β†’ Leg 3 β†’ Leg 4 β†’ Leg 5 β†’ Leg 6 β†’ Leg 7 β†’


Leg 16.06 – “Breathtaking. I literally can’t breathe.”

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Teams are about halfway through the Race as they open the clue revealing their next destination… Bhutan!

All teams will be on the same Air China and Drukair flights, via Delhi, arriving in Paro, Bhutan at 9:25am.

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Upon arrival in Bhutan, teams will choose a waiting vehicle and driver who they will keep the entire Leg. They will first direct their driver to take them to Changlimithang Stadium in Paro.

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Here, teams will find the Double U-Turn board! Sponsored by Samsung and Smart.

After checking in at the U-Turn, teams will open the clue revealing the Detour: Make It or Nail It.

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In Make It, each team member must recreate a traditional bamboo archery kit. Once a local pro can use their kit to hit a target, the teams will receive the next clue.

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In Nail It, teams must play khuru, a traditional Bhutanese sport involving darts. Each team member must hit the target five times to receive the next clue.

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After the Detour, teams must make their way to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, also known as the Iron Bridge, and search the area for their next clue.

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Here, teams must make their way on foot to a nearby farm. They will plough a section of land to prepare for planting by using two oxen. They must then use this traditional basket to transport two baskets full of maize seeds to their newly tilled plot to receive the next clue.

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That clue points teams to the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu. And here, they will find the Road Block: Who is feeling artistic?

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For this Road Block, teams must choose an image of Buddha and then search among hundreds of pieces, including drawings, paintings, wood carvings, embroidery and statues for two that match the original image. Once they have found the two art pieces, a student will hand them their next clue as well as a rolled-up textile which they must keep until further notice.

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Teams will now make their way to Clock Tower Square for their next clue.

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That clue points teams to Tashiccho Dzong.

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Here, teams must learn and perform two different traditional dances usually performed at tshechu, religious Bhutanese festivals held annually in each dzongkhag. Once their dance has been approved, they will unfurl the textile they received after the Road Block. Similar to a religious thongdrel, a large embroidered religious image, the textile has their next clue: An image of Taktsang Monastery.

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Teams must now make their way to Taktsang Monastery where they will hike up to the Pit Stop.

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Along that hike, teams must pass by several checkpoints. At each, they must collect the necessary pieces to assemble a handheld prayer wheel. They must correctly assemble the prayer wheel to be able to check in at the Pit Stop.

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This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg of the Race. If any team misses a checkpoint or fails to collect a piece, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.

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The first team to check in at the Pit Stop with a correctly assembled prayer wheel will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.

The last team to check in here… WILL NOT be eliminated. This is a Non-Elimination Leg and that last place team must now choose a Penalty Envelope:

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#NewCountryAlert! Bhutan has definitely been on the TARPHDME shortlist for a while and we finally have a spot for it on the Race.

I think there’s enough to do on this Leg already to fill two full Legs in Bhutan. And that’s before an actual scouting trip in person. So I do think a visit to Bhutan deserves two Legs. But for us here, we have one VERY full Leg.

For this Leg, I think the tasks and journey throughout allows for maximum exposure to this beautiful location. A lot will be featured, from culture to the landscape. So we will definitely put our 4K UHD drones to good use.

We start off with the Detour which I think is very good. It’s not a typical archery task as teams will instead have to assemble the kit. On the flip side, if teams do want to hit a target, playing khuru, a traditional, yet familiar Bhutanese sport can fulfill that desire. So it’s a well-balanced Detour. And a good spot for a U-Turn.

Next up was a last minute addition to this Leg. Just wanting to include a Route Marker at the Iron Bridge, I also watched a video of the farming in the area. I have no idea if there are farms near the Iron Bridge, but it’s a good, straightforward task nonetheless.

The Road Block is meant to feature Bhutan’s art and talented young artists as well as feature Bhutan’s faith and culture. This connects to the dances in the next task to highlight the tshechu. Unfurling the huge thongdrels would be an amazing experience, but I’m not sure if that’s entirely appropriate especially if not during an actual festival. Maybe someone with more knowledge can guide our decision for that task. =D

Finally, a visit to Bhutan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Taktsang Monastery. After such a long Leg, I think it’s only fitting that it is a Non-Elimination. The hike is necessary to get up to the stunning location of course. But to make it worthwhile, the extra task of having to put together a prayer wheel could add some drama to the finish.

Not to mention the possible exhaustion teams could experience from such a full Leg.

Overall, this is a great, full Leg in a stunning location.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 42 – Legacy of Doubt https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/recap-kamen-rider-build-episode-42-legacy-of-doubt/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/06/recap-kamen-rider-build-episode-42-legacy-of-doubt/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:47:08 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15460 Build 42

The Gang recaps what happened in the last episode. Gentoku says he never heard of a Black Panel before, which means Papa Katsuragi must be with Evolto now.

Meanwhile, Evolto tells Papa Katsu that he killed Shimizu to keep him quiet and only kept him alive a Lost Smash test subject. Now, they will use Kamen Riders as test subjects. He tells Papa Katsu to figure out a way to get around the Genius Bottle’s resistance to Lost Bottles.

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Down in the lab, a frustrated Kazumi suggests Papa Katsu is working with Evolto, or worse, the mastermind. Ryuga tries to calm things down by saying they must confirm Papa Katsu is even alive first.

Just then, the prime minister’s residence calls for help. Sento and Katsuragi hurry over to confront Evolto. Sento demands answers about his father, but Katsuragi says they must focus on this first. They henshin. Kazumin and Ryuga are taking on Nariaki.

Sento engages Evolto and continues to ask about his father. Evolto unleashes an attack that destroys the Smash and forces Gentoku to dehenshin. He then unleashes a Black Hole Finish above the prime minister’s residence. They all watch as it gets sucked into the black hole.

The scene triggers the memory in Ryuga again and he becomes enraged, unable to control his emotions. He whacks Nariaki around until he drops a Bottle. Ryuga picks it up and it turns silver. He uses it and unleashes a Volcanic Attack at Nariaki.

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The prime minister’s residence is gone and Evolto declares that Touto is his before he disappears as well. Gentoku drops to the ground, distraught that the country his father built is gone.

Nariaki leaves. Ryuga unleashes his anger at an already dead Hard Guardian, repeatedly punching at it. Suddenly, they are engulfed in a Nin Nin Comic Disappearing Technique cloud allowing someone using Rabbit Tank to attack Ryuga, forcing him to dehenshin.

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Ryuga and Kazumi do not see someone in a Build outfit watching them from above.

Later, Evolto as PM Midou addresses all of Japan saying the country has now reunified and they will immediately dismantle all military weapons in an effort to rebuild the country.

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When the broadcast is turned off, Evolto directs Nariaki to speed up production of Lost Smash. But Nariaki says that would eventually lead to the destruction of Japan if Lost Smash were to overrun the country. Evolto tells Nariaki to keep his mouth shut.

Sento takes time alone to think, which of course means a meeting with Katsuragi. Katsuragi brings Sento into his memory world. Katsuragi says this is where he has been manipulating his memories.

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Anyway, Sento says he will find their father and stop Evolto. Katsuragi says he does not believe in their father anymore, but Sento says Papa Katsu created the Rider System for justice. Katsuragi laments the need for justice.

Sento is returned to the normal world and Gentoku approaches him. He tells Sento what Papa PM told him about the people being the ones who build a country. Gentoku is proud of his father and is upset that he is merely an embarrassment to his memory.

Sento says he feels the same. His father entrusted the Rider System to him to defeat Evolto and he hasn’t been able to.

A breaking news alert paints the Kamen Riders as anti-government rebels and warns citizens to shelter in place. The boys decide to head out and confront the rampaging Riders.

Sento and Gentoku henshin and take on Nariaki. Nariaki taunts Gentoku about Papa PM. That leaves Gentoku vulnerable and allows Nariaki to deliver an Evoltec Attack at him.

Sento takes on Nariaki and a Clone Smash. Nariaki shoots an Evoltec Attack at Sento. Sento thinks about Papa Katsu and that seems to energize him. He doesn’t want to give up on the responsibility his father entrusted in him. Gentoku feels the same about his father. He too stands up.

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Sento and Gentoku, now with father power, are able to counter Nariaki’s Evoltec Attack and send it back at him. They take care of the Clone Smash before delivering finishers at Nariaki, forcing him to dehenshin.

Sento and Gentoku also dehenshin when the otherBuild suddenly shoots from a rooftop.

The otherBuild says the Rider System wasn’t created for something so trivial. He dehenshins to reveal he is Papa Katsu.

Sento is shocked.

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Episode Thoughts

It was an okay episode. What does it say about the episode if the most memorable thing that sticks out to me is that the gang are now wearing their summer outfits? lol

But really, this episode was all about highlighting the daddy issues Sento and Gentoku have as a way to lead up to the “big reveal” of Papa Katsu. Not only of him being nuBuild, but also making clear that it is very possible he is not this noble man Sento believed him to be. He already seemed very sketchy to begin with, but there was always the assumption he was being forced by Evolto to do his bidding.

Instead, this episode not only suggests Papa Katsu is a willing participant, but that he might have his own agenda as well. And again, it might not be the noble, “fighting for justice” and smiles plan Sento thinks it is.

I honestly would prefer that. That Papa Katsu is willingly evil. (It will make up for Soichi being merely possessed by Evolto and not a willing participant himself. lol) And I would even readily accept him suddenly becoming the big bad/last boss after Evolto goes poof a few episodes before the finale. Something like that would actually carry a little more weight as it puts a finality to aspects of the story that are usually not the case on either Toei toku. That would leave lasting effects on the lives of many characters, especially our titular hero.

The fact that Katsuragi will likely never return to the “surface” full time, let alone regain his original body and face, etc. opens the possibility even more that Papa Katsu can disappear as well. That would leave Sento, as we have known him, to continue living after the season is over as Kiryu Sento. Not as Katsuragi Takumi or Satou Taro. But as Sento.

The introduction of this “memory world” control room that Katsuragi apparently is in charge of adds even more foundation for a final episode in which Katsuragi turns off the lights for himself (or his memories, at least) and allowing for “Sento” to fully take over.

All of that sounds a little more complicated and intricate than what Kamen Rider or Super Sentai are willing to try or tackle. But there would definitely be some interesting potential in such a direction. Emotionally speaking and from an exciting action perspective. Though I don’t think there’s really enough time in the final couple of episodes to really pull that off.

The other big development is whatever was happening with Ryuga and his continued flashbacks (flash forwards?) and maybe also setting up Nariaki to eventually turn his back on Evolto. I dunno.

Anyway, I’m likely completely off from what will actually happen. Next episode is all about Misora becoming a Smash apparently. So, who knows what’s ahead. lol As for this episode, it was alright. It was another worklike episode to get us to whatever the endgame will really be.

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Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 1 – “If I hustle, there’ll be slivers in my crotch!” https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/04/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-1-if-i-hustle-therell-be-slivers-in-my-crotch/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/07/04/recap-the-amazing-race-canada-6-episode-1-if-i-hustle-therell-be-slivers-in-my-crotch/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 10:18:02 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15456
Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 6, Episode 1 – Just a Beaver Hero

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It’s a season honoring Canada’s everyday heroes.

The ten teams are retired Air Force pilots Chewy & Happy from Southern Ontario, cheerleaders Leanne & Mar from Toronto who lead anti-bullying programs in their community, sibling volunteers Martina & Phil from Vancouver, RCMP officers and siblings Taylor & Courtney from British Columbia, engaged first responders Adam & Courtney from Calgary, dating advocates Todd & Anna from Edmonton, coast guard officers Zainab & Monica from Toronto, coaches and mentors Dylan & Kwame from Alberta, volunteers Joseph & Akash from Toronto and elite athletes Nancy & Mellisa from Alberta.

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They get to Hatley Castle and Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery welcomes them to the Starting Line. He asks each team what they think a “hero” is before telling them they will win 2018 Chevy Traverse Redline, a trip for two around the world and $250,000.

Jon tells teams to “Make Canada proud!” before giving them the go signal. They run to find their backpacks and open the first clue telling them to drive a brand new Chevy Cruze onto the BC Ferry to Squamish, BC.

Dylan & Kwame are the only team that misses the first ferry out so they must now wait two hours for the next one.

Once on the mainland, teams must drive to the Sky Gondola in Squamish and ride the gondola up to their next clue.

That clue reveals the first Road Block: Who wants to save a beaver?

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For this Road Block, teams must save a beaver dangling above the canyon by taking a zipline to a hanging net before leaping out to grab it. If they fail to save the beaver, they must repeat the task.

Chewy and Nancy are the first two to attempt the Road Block. Chewy fails his first attempt, but Nancy is successful. She and Mellisa can now drive to Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. Leanne is next to save the beaver and she and Mar are 2nd.

After Zainab & Monica get lost in downtown Vancouver, Dylan & Kwame are able to catch up and share the last gondola.

Nancy & Mellisa find the next clue and the 2nd Road Block: Who’s ready to log on? The team member who did not perform the first Road Block must do this one.

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For this Road Block, teams must climb up an 80 foot log to retrieve their next clue.

Mellisa and Mar get started climbing and the two teams maintain their leads. They must now drive to Darrell Bay.

Todd, Taylor and Phil are next to save the beaver. But Adam is unable to grab the beaver despite Courtney’s good luck kisses. Akash is unable to grab the beaver on his first attempt either. That allows Dylan to pass them and move up the ranks.

Chewy is able to save the beaver on his 2nd attempt. Adam, Zainab and Akash are next.

Back at the logs, Courtney and Anna are next to reach the top. Martina isn’t sure about this physical challenge, but she stays positive. Kwame is able to go beast mode up the log. Phil cheers his Noona on and she is able to reach the top as well.

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Over at Darrel Bay, the next clue tells teams to paddle out into the bay and go crabbing. Teams must pull up a crab trap at one of the marked buoys and bring it back to shore. If their crab is regulation size, they will be given the next clue.

Leanne & Mar and Nancy & Mellisa get their crabs approved and can now drive to Britannia Mine Museum where they must search for Mill No. 3 and the Pit Stop for this first Leg.

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Leanne & Mar step on the Mat first and win a trip for two to Tokyo, Japan. Nancy & Mellisa take 2nd.

Taylor & Courtney’s crab is too small. That allows Todd & Anna and Dylan & Kwame to pass them and finish as Teams 3 and 4. Taylor & Courtney are 5th.

Courtney is the last at the log and she is terrified of heights. But she overcomes the pressure and she and Adam hurry over to the crabs.

All of the teams are at the crabs and some of the crabs they pull up are too small. All the teams get approved within minutes and it’s a race to the Pit Stop.

Zainab & Monica, Martina & Phil and Courtney & Adam get to the Mat together and they finish as Teams 6 through 8. The three teams get out of the way as Joseph & Akash are able to just beat Chewy & Happy to the Mat.

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That means Chewy & Happy are last and eliminated.

Episode Thoughts

A big Amazing Race day on the 3rd of July! And one of the reasons is the return of The Amazing Race Canada.

Always great to have any Amazing Race back up and running.

Now first about the “gimmick” of the season, that is, a cast of everyday Canadian heroes. When it was first announced, I thought it was a nice idea, but the way CTV was promoting it was very vague. Like, you can nominate someone to be on the Race. Umm… okay. I even joked about a “Heroes Edition” subtitle and they actually did subtitle the season as that.

But as the cast was revealed and now after this first episode, it’s a pretty standard TAR cast. Even a standard TAR Canada cast at that, just with the extra caveat that all these people are doing some good in their communities and in the country.

I salute these heroes and believe that as heroes, they deserve a FULL Race outside of Canada. But that’s not happening, so oh well.

Anyway! Back to this Leg. It was an okay Leg with a great ending. It reminds me very much of TAR30’s opening Leg, close finish and all.

I think the best part was that teams DID NOT fly to their first destination city. In fact, they did not fly at all. I’ve always contended that if TAR Canada is going to remain in Canada for the first Leg anyway, why not just have the Starting Line and the first Leg in the same city, or at least general vicinity. There’s no need for teams to fly clear across the country and waste all that money that could be used elsewhere on the Race. (Such as an extra international Leg! *cough*cough*)

So I definitely liked that the Starting Line and first Leg were in the same province, let alone within a 200 km radius.

The first task with the bungee and the beaver grabbing was fine. It’s a good first Leg task. And the beaver grabbing is that good extra challenge that prevents what would be a simple bungee from becoming too processional, making the Leg too linear.

Having two Road Blocks is also good when the second Road Block is much more physical. That is always sure to cause some drama. Though it was pretty tame here. I think the only great moment from it was Martina’s emotional completion of the task.

The crabbing was okay. I would otherwise say it maybe should’ve been the middle task of the simple Leg. But then I guess we wouldn’t have had the five-way Race to the Mat.

The three tasks on their own were pretty standard TAR. Not the most exciting tasks. But together they did help lead to the sincerely exciting last two minutes of the episode.

Overall, an okay first Leg and episode. Very Canadian and specifically TAR Canada-like episode. But it was fine.

Maybe my one nitpick though is Why does the logo in the title card look so dark?
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It’s like they turned the lights off. And the “Heroes Edition” doesn’t look very nice either. I’d expect a much grander look to the logo and brighter title card for what they are hyping as very inspirational teams.

Otherwise, the fresh scenes in the opening credits look great. Very slick.

My Subjective Team Rankings

It’s always hard to get much out of teams in the first episode. So I don’t really have much of a first impression on most of the teams.

Though I do know that I am already a fan of Martina & Phil. Other than being very excited to see some Asian siblings on a non-Asian TAR (it’s very rare), both of them came across as pretty awesome people in the episode. Martina especially. She reminds me very much of Mallory. Just happy and excited. And Phil’s obvious admiration for his noona was great to see. I’m definitely rooting for them.

Dylan & Kwame, meanwhile, gave me a very Jet & Dave-kind of vibe. I think they could be an awesome team to root for as well.

Much kudos to Leanne & Mar for winning the Leg. But it was very interesting to see Nancy & Mellisa talk about how they barely know each other. What is this? Blind Date/Strangers edition? lol But seriously, it’s a very interesting dynamic to have, especially as it’s not completely random like TAR26 and TAR29 were. Also interesting how Mellisa is friends with Jon. But anyway, they also did great this Leg.

As for everyone else, they were alright this Leg. Chewy & Happy seemed like they could be a fun team to watch as well, but it was just a very close finish.

Episode Quotes

Mellisa: “If I hustle, there’ll be slivers in my crotch!”

Monica: “I feel like I should’ve went and peed in a bush or something.”

Happy: “Hey Chewy, who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy, baby?!”
Chewy: “You are the father!”

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Recap: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, Episode 20 – The New Thief is a Policeman https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/06/30/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-20-the-new-thief-is-a-policeman/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2018/06/30/recap-kaitou-sentai-lupinranger-vs-keisatsu-sentai-patranger-episode-20-the-new-thief-is-a-policeman/#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:17:14 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=15450

A mysterious Ranger hops aboard a train in France bound for Japan. He arrives just in time to save a father and daughter from Gangler Zarudan Hou.

The Ranger introduces himself as Lupin X. While Zarudan Hou is distracted, Lupin X easily takes his Collection Piece from his safe. But Lupin X finds Zarudan Hou has another safe on his back which allows him to disappear in a cloud.

Lupin X unties the daughter who quickly takes a selfie with her new hero.

Next day, Kairi runs into Keiichiro. They are both surprised to see the news in the paper of a new kaitou. Keiichiro hurries off when he sees there is also a new Gangler on the loose.

Kairi wonders who this Lupin X is. A dapper gentleman waves at Kairi and says he’s the guy. And to prove it he does flips all over the park, but in reality had been swiping phones out of everyone’s pockets without them knowing. He proudly introduces himself as Lupin X to everyone.

He returns the phones, but Keiichiro pops in and places him under arrest. He takes him in. Kairi is surprised to find a Lupin card on his phone saying “It’s a pleasure to meet you LupinRed-kun”.

Over at the GSPO, Commander Hilltop arrives for the day and Jim Carter tells him the Pats have caught Lupin X and are interrogating him right now. Commander Hilltop is surprised.

Meanwhile at Jurer, Kairi tells Tooma and Umika about what happened. Umika thinks they’re done for and must go into hiding. But Tooma says they will break into the GSPO to help Lupin X escape.

In the interrogation room, Lupin X says his name is Takao Noel, but they can call him Noel. He is 26 years old and loves escargot. He says this information is important because they will be building a strong friendship that includes sunny picnics in the park.

Commander Hilltop walks into the interrogation room and tells them Noel is from French HQ. He is a cop as well. An undercover officer.

Commander Hilltop says Noel was researching the Lupin Collection at French HQ. In fact, he was the one who created all the equipment they’ve been using by modifying Collection Pieces himself.

Keiichiro and Commander Hilltop, however, want to know why he is calling himself a kaitou. But before Noel can explain, Jim Carter alerts them to a Gangler rampaging downtown.

The Lups are on the rooftop across the GSPO ready to go in, but they see the Pats and Noel jumping into their cop car. They decide to follow.

The Pats find Zarudan Hou. But before they morph, Noel says he will take this one. He can also prove he is on their side. Noel morphs… but into Patren X!

The Pats also morph, though Noel is doing a pretty good job on his own against the Podamans. Noel turns his attention to Zarudan Hou. The Lups morph in order to get the Collection Piece before the Gangler is destroyed. But when Tooma opens the safe, he finds it is empty.

Noel says the front safe is empty, but the back still has a Piece. Kairi attacks Noel, but Noel says he won’t reveal the Lups’ identities because he is also a kaitou. He switch morphs into Lupin X.

Zarudan Hou uses his Piece to hop on a cloud. He is able to shoot at the Pats and then at Noel, but it doesn’t affect him. Noel is able to smash the cloud and get Zarudan Hou back on ground. He then unlocks the back safe and grabs the Collection Piece.

Noel finishes off Zarudan Hou’s first life with a Stealing X Strike.

Goche pops in to embiggen Zarudan Hou as night falls. Noel summons X Train Silver and hops in. Kairi decides they should join the fun. Good Striker flies in and is happy to see Noel who he says is a good friend. Kairi grabs him and the Lups form LupinKaiser.

Noel switch morphs to Patren X and switches over to X Train Gold. The X Trains uncouple. He shoots at Zarudan Hou then switches back over to Lupin X and the Silver train. He tosses his two VS Vehicles to the Lups for them to use as new arms.

Noel then approaches them and together they deliver a finisher to take care of Zarudan Hou for good.

Noel speeds off in his train. The Pats wonder if Noel is undercover for his investigation.

The Lups take Good Striker back to the bistro so he can spill the beans. But they find Noel sitting inside enjoying some tea.

Episode Thoughts

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Definitely brought me back to the happy days of ToQger here!

It was a solid intro episode for Noel. He made a good first impression. And there is a lot of potential for him being on both teams, not knowing what his motives or plans are. I do hope they try something fresh and different with him. Maybe throw in a big twist later on. Also, he probably will be the one that unites both teams later down the road.

I definitely hope they don’t skew Noel towards one team and that he maintains an equal playing of both sides.

Overall, a good, solid episode and good introduction for him.

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