dryedmangoez https://dryedmangoez.com Television, The Amazing Race, and More! Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:21:40 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://dryedmangoez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-icon-32x32.png dryedmangoez https://dryedmangoez.com 32 32 131733355 Recap: Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, Episode 1 – Que Bon! Ryusoulger https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/23/recap-kishiryu-sentai-ryusoulger-episode-1-que-bon-ryusoulger/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/23/recap-kishiryu-sentai-ryusoulger-episode-1-que-bon-ryusoulger/#comments Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:21:30 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16231 Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Episode 1

Three young knights, Koh, Melt and Asuna are being entrusted with Ryusouls by their Masters to allow them to become Ryusoulgers.

Elsewhere, vlogger Tatsui Ui is recording in the “Amazon” which is actually the Aokigahara Forest in Japan. She says she is searching for a mythical village.

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Koh pops up behind her to ask what she’s doing. But Master Red quickly pulls him back to their world (?).

Master Red reminds Koh that they mustn’t talk to strangers and they must focus on their responsibility to defeat the Minosaurs. Just then, they hear a scream as Ui tries to run away from Drunn Soldiers and Druidon Kureon.

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Before Kureon can attack Ui, Master Red and Koh appear, already morphed as Ryusoulgers and they wipe out the Drunns.

Kureon meets with Tankjo who says Ryusoulgers appearing means the temple is nearby.

Ui’s father, Naohisa, calls her and asks when she’ll be home from the “Amazon.” She says she won’t be able to make it home in time to cook dinner.

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The Ryusoulgers meet with the Elder and the Masters who tell the young knights about the Druidon Tribe who wanted to conquer the world. When the meteors struck Earth 65 million years ago, the Druidons fled into space. They believe the Druidons are after the great power, the Kishiryu, that lies in the temple.

The Kishiryu were ultimate weapons created by the Ryusoul ancestors to fight against the Druidons. They were sealed in the temple when the Druidons fled.

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They are now the only ones left to protect the temple.

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That night, Koh, Melt and Asuna train as they stand watch by the temple. Asuna seems a little worried.

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But Koh says it should be fine between him, Melt’s swordsmanship and Asuna’s “freakish strength.”

Asuna doesn’t take too kindly to the description and she uses that freakish strength to send Koh flying towards the rock face.

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Koh brushes himself off when he sees someone crouched over in the weeds. It’s Ui and she gives Melt and Asuna some fruit before asking what this place is.

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The Elder warns her that outsiders are not welcome here and he orders Koh to return her at sunrise after erasing her memory.

Next morning, Koh apologizes for having to do what he’s about to do. Ui asks how he’s going to erase her memory. He takes out a sledgehammer.

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Meanwhile, the three Masters affirm their confidence in the young knights, even if they can be a handful sometimes.

Just then, a huge Minosaur appears and begins rampaging in the forest.

Koh hurries back to the village. He morphs and slices at the Minosaur’s feet. He meets with Melt and Asuna as their Masters arrive as well, all morphed. Master Red tells Koh they need to enter the temple to awaken the great power.

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Master Blue, Master Pink, Melt and Asuna try to subdue the Minosaur, but they suddenly demorph. Master Blue believes someone has breached the temple and without the power, they are unable to morph into Ryusoulgers.

The Minosaur breaks free of the ball and chain and sends a powerful wave at the four on the ground, sending them flying back.

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In the temple, Tankjo senses the great power. Koh and Master Red arrive and take him on as Kureon watches.

Tankjo is too powerful, however, and easily knocks Koh and Master Red around, laughing at them reaching their limits. They are bloody and bruised, but Koh says he will never give up. He believes limits are meant to be overcome.

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Tankjo doesn’t care for Koh’s resolve and readies to send them to hell. He sends a huge attack toward Koh, but Master Red quickly gets up and uses KataSoul to protect Koh as he absorbs the attack himself.

Koh catches Master Red in his arms.

Back outside the temple, the Minosaur continues to swat the others around. Master Pink and Master Blue realizes the Minosaur is about blow fire at Melt and Asuna. The Masters quickly get up to grab the young knights and push them out of the way.

That leaves Master Blue and Master Pink right in the path of the huge ball of fire.

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Melt and Asuna regain their composure and realize their Masters are gone. They scream in despair.

The Minosaur lets out huge explosions across the landscape.

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As he breathes his last breath, Master Red tells Koh that their souls will always be one.

Koh screams out for his Master as Tankjo approaches them to finish him off. But Koh’s necklace glows and Tankjo suddenly gets slammed against the wall.

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Master Red suddenly dissolves into a bright red flame that fills a Ryusoul.

Koh screams out and morphs using the infused Ryusoul. He takes on an overwhelmed Tankjo. Kureon is amazed by how strong Koh is.

The Minosaur’s explosions hit the temple. Tankjo vows the Druidons will take back what is rightfully theirs. He and Kureon decide to leave. Koh is left in the collapsing temple, but he suddenly finds himself inside a Kishiryu!

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KishiRyuOh bursts out of the temple. Master Red calls out to Koh and they charge forward toward the Minosaur.

Koh is able to defeat the Minosaur with a Final Blade.

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The three Kishiryu separate and Koh joins Melt and Asuna on the ground.

The Elder appears and tells them that even without the temple, the power is still here, as are their Masters. With all this, they will protect the world.

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The Elder tells them there are two other Ryusoulgers who left the village long ago, but together, they will be an even stronger force.

Koh, Melt and Asuna morph.

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Episode Thoughts

Wow! That was a pretty great premiere. So exciting and lots of fun.

I must admit, I wasn’t really all that excited for Ryusoulger. LuPat was a disappointment for me. And not being a big fan of Kyoryuger, all the similarities Ryusoulger seemed to have (if not a direct carbon copy) with it wasn’t too appealing for me. Add to that Power Rangers Dino Charge and even (the awesome) Power Rangers Dino Force Brave isn’t all that long ago either, I’m felt pretty much dino-d out. The idea of dinosaurs again felt so boring and old.

The original rumor of a team of knights was awesome and I was definitely looking forward to that. But everything else revealed after that really lessened my interest. Especially with me hoping for an improvement over Lupinranger VS Patranger.

But oh boy. This premiere really was honestly the complete opposite of what I was expecting. Maybe setting a low expectation is why I’m so hyped after this premiere. But regardless, I saw a lot of great things in this premiere.

I definitely have a great first impression about Koh, Melt and Asuna. I didn’t really care about what Towa and Banba were doing during Saikyo Battle, but if their characterizations are anything like our first three knights, then I’m sure I’ll like them as well.

With Koh especially, since we saw the most of him of course. We saw him in some goofy moments early on, but we quickly saw his heroic side for the rest of the episode. That’s always a nice balance to have for a Red.

In the opening credits, we see all five Ryusoulgers crying out. It might be a morbid thing to say, but I like that right off the bat, we see the Ryusoulgers losing someone or something so dear to them. That they have already experienced loss and hardship helps you really understand their feelings and determination to fight for justice and against evil. That loss gives a certain bit of depth and gravitas that grabs you and gets you involved in the story.

I felt the same with the Kyurangers. The galaxy has already been taken over when we first meet them and they lost people around them and/or experienced pain and loss. That made their journey and their bond with each other that much more powerful.

I think there’s definitely potential to have that same kind of dynamic here on Ryusoulger. Already something different from Kyoryuger.

The episode was absolutely packed. They crammed a lot of stuff in this premiere, but I didn’t feel like it was rushed. It definitely kept everything that much more exciting.

It was certainly an explosion extravaganza though! Are we sure Koichi Sakamoto isn’t directing this season too? lol

But interestingly, I enjoyed all the big explosions and action sequences. I doubt it’ll be like that every episode. But having all of it in the premiere gets you excited for everything else and sets the mood.

I like fluid-moving mecha. Having them nimble and running around, not blocky is fun. Not that there’s anything wrong with the huge monoliths that the megazords can be like. But having one that can run around, do flips, etc can help add something different to the mecha battles. And allows them to do more action choreography as well instead of just simple shoot here and shoot there.

With the premise itself, it’s a pretty simple set-up. Like I said earlier, there’s a certain depth now engrained in the Ryusoulgers’ motivations. But I do hope there’s also a different season-long arc and endgame that everything is pointing toward.

This premiere was all very dramatic and serious, but you can see where they can be light and funny. I’m sure Ui will be the main source for lightening the mood. But I look forward to seeing her be more involved with things as well.

Now, the ending theme though has to be the most preschool-ish thing I’ve ever seen from a Sentai! It’s fine, but definitely a huge contrast to what was a pretty heavy and dramatic episode. And what has the potential to be a very dramatic season. Maybe not the song or dance itself. I guess the animation threw me off. But it’s certainly a minor quibble.

Overall, I must say, I think I really loved this premiere. It was very exciting, emotional, fun, explosive (literally!). I want to kind of temper my excitement and now surprisingly high expectations for the rest of the season. But for now, I very much enjoyed this and am definitely looking forward to the rest of the year.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Zi-O, Episode 27 – The Beginning of Everything 2009 https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/21/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-27-the-beginning-of-everything-2009/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/21/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-27-the-beginning-of-everything-2009/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:53:16 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16227 Kamen Rider Zi-O 27

Both Geiz and Sougo’s finishers cancel each other out and both get sent flying back. But before they can get up and try again, KuroWoz pops in and says the only person who would be happy to see this score settled here is ShiroWoz.

KuroWoz whisks Geiz to a rooftop, leaving Sougo behind.

As blood drips from Geiz’s nose, KuroWoz warns him that Geiz Revive is an immense power that will take a huge toll on his body. The power is brought about by compressing and stretching time and that in turns causes irreparable damage to Geiz’s body.

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KuroWoz asks if Geiz really wants to defeat Zi-O that bad. Geiz says that was his only goal when he came to this time. But KuroWoz believes Geiz has become close friends with Sougo, so he wonders why he suddenly wants to defeat him again.

Geiz explains that his indecisiveness may have driven Tsukuyomi to drastic measures like killing Sougo in 2009 before she herself dies in the bus explosion. His main goal is to defeat Zi-O so there is no way he would be friends with him.

Geiz henshins to Revive. KuroWoz reminds Geiz that he has never lost to him yet. But Geiz proceeds to change that now. He is able to counter anything KuroWoz throws at him.

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Geiz assures KuroWoz that he can overcome anything Zio-O II can dream up as well. Geiz leaves. KuroWoz decides it’s time to make a move.

ShiroWoz pops in to greet his savior. But Geiz says he will not be his savior, but merely defeat Zi-O. Geiz walks away and ShiroWoz says Geiz is indeed a savior, “for us, that is.”

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Sougo sees a sign at the shop door advertising an open room for rent. Uncle Junichiro says it’s a good idea to get some new boarders since Geiz and Tsukuyomi aren’t coming back. He admits that it feels kind of lonely with just the two of them there.

Uncle Junichiro asks Sougo if he agrees, but Sougo says it’s alright since he’s always been alone anyway.

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KuroWoz approaches Ora and Heure to ask for their help, but Ora refuses and tells him to beat it.

On the other side of town, Geiz runs into Hiryu who insists he will be the one that defeats Sougo. They both henshin and Hiryu is immediately overwhelmed by Geiz Revive’s power.

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Hiryu is quickly forced to dehenshin as he lays on the ground. Geiz dehenshins, but his knees buckle and he sees his ear is bleeding now.

Geiz gets up and tells Hiryu that he will be the one that defeats Zi-O. He walks away.

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Hiryu lets out a frustrated scream. But Heure suddenly pops up. He says Hiryu is no match for Zi-O II or Geiz Revive. Hiryu begs Heure to tell him how he can defeat them.

Heure tells Hiryu to take the power of a certain other Rider from the future. He hands Hiryu a blank Watch.

Hiryu then finds two men he turns into Another Ghost and Another Gaim.

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Heure meets with KuroWoz in a semi-secret fashion. Turns out Heure approached KuroWoz after Ora told him to get lost. Heure expressed how he wants to know everything that happened, is happening and will happen. KuroWoz then told him about his plan and says this is the only thing they can do, win or lose.

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Later, Sougo gets a text from Geiz with a location for them to settle everything once and for all. He tells Uncle Junichiro he’s heading out, but Uncle Junichiro has something he wants to say.

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Uncle Junichiro says there’s one thing he regrets not doing since Sougo came to live with him. That is, to scold him, even once. When he first took Sougo in, Uncle Junichiro wasn’t sure how to really interact with him or how much he should interfere in his life especially after the death of Sougo’s parents. Uncle Junichiro didn’t have the courage to scold Sougo since then. But with Tsukuyomi and Geiz gone, he says this is his chance to muster up the courage and finally scold Sougo.

Uncle Junichiro knows Sougo is lonely now that Tsukuyomi and Geiz are gone. And he wants Sougo not to just say that everything is okay even when he isn’t. That Sougo should just come right out and say that he is lonely!

“A person who can’t say he is lonely when he actually is will become a king who doesn’t understand the pain of others.”

Sougo smiles and thanks his uncle before he heads out.

Schwartz watches Geiz head to the duel location and remembers April 24, 2009.

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Sougo and his parents board a bus with his classmates for a strawberry-picking trip. Tsukuyomi arrives and boards the bus as well. And the bus’ driver… is one Kadoya Tsukasa.

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Already on the road, Tsukuyomi knows something is going to happen on this bus, but what?

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Just then, a hat and trenchcoat-wearing Schwartz appears on the road and freezes time, stopping the bus. Schwartz boards the bus and notes that the king who will rule time is among the 2000-born children who are passengers today.

Schwartz lets the bus continue driving down the road. Tsukasa finds he can no longer control it.

Schwartz wants to see how the king candidate can overcome this deadly ordeal.

The bus careens down the road. Sougo’s and another child’s father confront Schwartz, but he just sends them flying back. He freezes time for only the adults on the bus.

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Sougo angrily confronts Schwartz. Schwartz grabs Sougo by the collar as Hiryu watches. Tsukuyomi gets up and yells at Schwartz to let Sougo go.

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Tsukuyomi calls out Sougo’s name and fires at Schwartz. But Schwartz blocks the shot with his hat and it ricochets back towards Hiryu who falls unconscious.

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Tsukuyomi demands to know what Schwartz is doing here in 2009. Schwartz will not allow Tsukuyomi to interfere with his plans. He sends her flying back before he collects all the children from the bus and himself into a ball of light.

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The ball explodes through the back window as the bus continues to careen out of control and into the tunnel where it eventually explodes. But not before it appears Tsukasa saves himself and Tsukuyomi by transporting themselves elsewhere.

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Sougo wakes up as he and the other kids, including Hiryu, are sprawled out on a footbridge in the middle of chaos with Dai Mazines attacking Tokyo.

Tsukuyomi finds Sougo and the other boys who are watching the scene and crying out for their parents. She can’t find a path to get to Sougo.

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Back in 2019, ShiroWoz henshins when Another Ghost and Another Gaim attack him. They battle. But Hiryu appears with the blank Watch and proceeds to suck out Woz’s power.

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With the power now in the new Watch, ShiroWoz is no longer henshined. Heure hops in to say they have taken Kamen Rider Woz’s power. Heure mocks ShiroWoz.

ShiroWoz writes in his tablet that Kamen Rider Woz’s power will return to Woz.

The Woz power leaves the Watch and flies toward ShiroWoz. But just then, KuroWoz leaps in to grab it for himself.

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ShiroWoz screams in exasperation.

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Geiz arrives at the duel location. But meeting him instead is KuroWoz.

KuroWoz says he will not allow Geiz to fight his demon king. But Geiz is confident his Revive power can overcome anything KuroWoz tries to hurl at him.

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Geiz henshins to Revive Shippu. But KuroWoz whips on his Driver and henshins to Kamen Rider Woz.

They battle.

Sougo rides along toward Geiz.

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Episode Thoughts

Wow! Now that’s what you call an action-packed episode! So many things happening. So many things revealed. Emotional moments all over. And not once did my head hurt trying to comprehend everything. That’s a big win!

I know Zi-O certainly has required suspension of disbelief and even common sense at times. lol But this episode was really exciting with its revelations and twists which really help move everything forward. At the same time, I don’t feel like any of this stuff was pulled out of nowhere, which is often the case with big toku twists.

First, my favorite moment from the episode was definitely Uncle Junichiro’s “scolding” of Sougo. It was a really wonderful and emotional moment between them. The guitar/acoustic version of “Over Quartzer” this time helped set the mood for the scene perfectly again.

But it’s really great character moments like this that help the show and the story be fuller. It was a meaningful moment. For Uncle Junichiro, it illustrated how much he cares for Sougo and also the expected difficulties one would have when having to take over raising someone else’s child. Even if that child is still your family and blood.

For Sougo, it was another illustration of his background and personality. We’ve learned that he might not have had many friends growing up. And he himself has learned and adapted to that situation. Even more, knowing what Geiz and Tsukuyomi and even his uncle may be going through, he doesn’t want to have to burden others with his problems. He’s used to it by now.

There might even be a part here where Uncle Junichiro was so afraid of coming across as meddling in Sougo’s life to the point that Sougo might have felt Uncle Junichiro didn’t really care that much about him. Not that Uncle Junichiro neglected him in any way. We even saw how he struggled several times to give Sougo the college entrance exam papers. He wants Sougo to do well.

But the hands-off approach Uncle Junichiro might have had (because he was afraid of and unsure of how to deal with Sougo’s feelings) added to the possible loneliness Sougo might have felt. And for Sougo to learn early on to be independent and maybe keep his feelings to himself.

Add to that whatever Schwartz might have engrained in Sougo’s mind, the reason Sougo wants to be king is slowly becoming much clearer.

That’s all very fascinating. I might be completely off, but just thinking about it is very exciting.

We of course see now that Sougo’s “dream” he described in Episode 15 actually happened in the past (future?). And the mysterious hat-wearing man with no face was actually Schwartz.

So Schwartz does want Sougo to be the king? Or how does “choosing” Sougo fit into whatever ulterior motive he does have. We already know that he definitely has his own goals in mind. Heure’s already realized that as well, thus agreeing to work with KuroWoz, even if temporarily. He doesn’t like being in the dark.

With Geiz, KuroWoz basically said what we’re all thinking. Geiz has obviously grown to consider Sougo as a friend. So why the change? Well, Geiz also considers Tsukuyomi a friend. And maybe similar to how Sougo feels, he doesn’t want anyone else to take on the burden of something he can take on himself. Even if that means whittling away at his own life to do so.

But it turns out, as expected, Tsukuyomi wasn’t going to kill Sougo back in 2009. Should be interesting to see Geiz’s reaction once he finds out.

And I definitely hope we learn more about Hiryu and his motivation to kill Sougo. I think there really can be some great story there if they can flesh it out and not just use him as a mere plot device.

Overall, a really exciting and full episode. I think this episode really showed what the season can be capable of. Very dramatic, emotional, serious. I’ve very much enjoyed where Zi-O has been heading these last couple of weeks.

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Good Ol’ Review: GMA Network’s Engaging and Refreshing Onanay Succeeds In Spite of Unintentional Efforts to Undermine It https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/17/good-ol-review-gma-networks-engaging-and-refreshing-onanay-succeeds-in-spite-of-unintentional-efforts-to-undermine-it/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/17/good-ol-review-gma-networks-engaging-and-refreshing-onanay-succeeds-in-spite-of-unintentional-efforts-to-undermine-it/#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:51:31 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16219

WARNING! MAJOR spoilers, with warning, though also including possible spoilers in video thumbnails.

GMA Network’s Onanay is both an engaging and frustrating drama series. Engaging because it was a refreshing take on the usual Filipino soap opera. But it was also frustrating because the solid foundation it had built up for story was undermined by the network’s jerking it around with last minute extensions.

We’ll get to that later. But first, the great things about Onanay.

GMA Network has surprisingly been ahead of the curve in tackling different stories and uncommon main characters over the last couple of years. They’ve often taken chances with series featuring LGBT main characters and main characters with developmental disorders. And those chances have paid off for the network, most of the series drawing critical acclaim and solid ratings.

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Onanay stars newcomer Jo Berry as Onay, a young woman who has Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. Despite what she lacks in height, she makes up for in heart, as pointed out by her mother Nelia (Nora Aunor). She doesn’t let her condition get in the way of providing for her family.

Onay finds love in Elvin (Adrian Alandy) and they have a daughter. But in a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Onay is kidnapped, raped and left for dead. She survives and soon learns she is pregnant from that rape. But Elvin soon dies after pursuing Onay’s captors.

Helena, Elvin’s mother (Cherie Gil), still disgusted by her son’s choice of wife, takes Onay and Elvin’s daughter Rosemarie and kicks Onay ouf of their home. Helena then raises Rosemarie as her own, renaming her Natalie and taking her to Paris.

Meanwhile, Onay gives birth to Maila and resents her for more than 18 years as she is a reminder of her rape and the death of her husband Elvin.

The series then continues with Onay’s search for her daughter Rosemarie and the ongoing rivalry between Maila and Natalie who have no idea they are actually sisters.

After Onay realizes her mistakes in her treatment of Malia, she meets Lucas (Wendell Ramos), the father of Maila’s boyfriend (Enrico Cuenca). And it turns out, Lucas is actually Onay’s rapist. But only because his friend (Marco Alcaraz) wanted Lucas to be devirginized on his birthday, thus drugging him and getting him (and Onay) drunk, resulting in the rape.

Still following?

Onanay may have started off pretty dark, but the series mostly focuses on hope and love. Onay and her family are always hopeful and hard-working. They never give up despite various hurdles or road blocks, violent and not, trying to bring them down.

There was a long stretch where Onay and her family were bullied, harrassed and even burned out of their home and market stall (twice!). A lot of that was care of Helena and Natalie. Other instances were by Natalie’s BFFs and Lucas’ own adulterous wife. Onay, Maila, Lola Nelia and Uncle Dante (Gardo Versoza) were victimized, assaulted and harrassed to no end.

And for the Filipino audience, they didn’t seem to really enjoy seeing the supposed bidas or heroes always getting stepped on and losing. The ratings seemed to reflect that and the network supposedly was ready to wrap the show up in December.

But then ratings suddenly perked up and the network reconsidered. Onanay was extended for a few extra weeks past the New Year. And then the Friday before Christmas, on the show’s 100th episode, the series reached a new high. And the show was extended again.

This situation would repeat several times, to the point that there would be no more than one day between filming and airing. Conceivably to account for more last minute extensions from the network.

Unfortunately, the last minute extensions prevented the series from properly planning out proper climaxes. Instead, the series had to try and top itself and fill the extra time. And when you’ve brought out the big guns already, it’s kind of hard to go back from there.

Plot points that would’ve been well used if outlined properly were instead thrown together or forgotten completely. That resulted in these last few weeks especially feeling anticlimactic.

The series experienced its highest ratings as Onay was buried alive, upon orders from Helena. What could’ve been the perfect finale week climax was instead wasted one month early. Helena kidnapping Natalie was used two months early as well, for example.

Meanwhile, the revelation of Lucas being Onay’s rapist should’ve also happened before any kidnapping and hostage taking arc. The fallout from that revelation should’ve been perfect opportunities for drama and possible standout performances from the cast, especially Jo Berry, Wendell Ramos, Mikee Quintos and Nora Aunor.

The revelation was instead thrown in during the last week with no time for any fallout or resolution at all.

Maybe the biggest regret should be the missed opportunity for Onay and her family to get any sort of revenge against all the people who have pushed them around. Even more so, simple justice for being burned out of their home and livelihood (again, twice), getting kidnapped and even for the death of Dante.

The Filipino audience craves that kind of justice and seeing the villains get their comeuppance. But that’s what Onanay was unfortunately unable to provide in the end.

Yes, Helena and Vince shot each other to death. But that fate ended up being the easy way out for them both. Even Lucas went to jail despite him eventually marrying Onay in the end. What about all the other people who’ve done the Matayogs wrong? Even Natalie, who first set fire to the local market got off without even a slap on the wrist.

Proper “karma,” as Filipino fans would describe, would have made any ending all the more satisfying and likely resulted in even bigger ratings and buzz. (As shown by the high ratings for the few very moments of “karma” or poetic justice in favor of Onay and family.)

Though Filipinos believe the final judgement lies in God alone, when it comes to soap operas, the audience want to see some of that karma while the villains are still alive and wreaking havoc.

But that’s not to say the series was a failure. Quite the contrary. Commercially, the series ended up being GMA Network’s most watched scripted program through its run.

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Onanay also proved that a series can be successful and engaging with a leading lady that may not look like the “typical” leading ladies you might see on Philippine TV. Jo Berry delivered an absolutely excellent performance all-series long. The series was certainly a showcase for Jo Berry’s talent. With an emotional and engaging performance, it would be impossible not to root for Onay through all her struggles and hardships.

And for any one jokes or insult thrown at Onay and the show, there were hundreds of messages of being inspired and touched by Onay and the hope she and the show shared.

Onanay also helped solidify Mikee Quintos and Kate Valdez’s place in the industry as two young actress poised to continue their steady ascent to become lead actresses in the own right.

Wendell Ramos was a little bit of a revelation as well in what could be one of the most significant roles of his career. At least, one of the most substantial and deepest characters he’s portrayed. And he showed he’s deserving of more leading man roles in the future.

Gardo Versoza, Eunice Lagusad and Rochelle Pangilinan helped provide great support to the main characters.

And Nora Aunor and Cherie Gil, definitely no strangers to television and even to each other, delivered the type of performances that come effortlessly for them. And they helped add some gravitas to the already strong cast.

Overall, while there was plenty of potential left on the table, Onanay was an engaging and emotional series. It was groundbreaking in many ways. But its different and refreshing takes on familiar Filipino soap opera themes made it stand out, along with great performances from its strong cast. When Philippine TV likes to rely on anything other than substance, Onanay was able to be an atypical series. In more ways than one.

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Recap: Power Rangers Beast Morphers, Episode 3 – “I really need a carrot.” https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/17/recap-power-rangers-beast-morphers-episode-3-i-really-need-a-carrot/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/17/recap-power-rangers-beast-morphers-episode-3-i-really-need-a-carrot/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2019 08:50:21 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16215 Recap: Power Rangers Beast Morphers, Episode 3 – End of the Road

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Nate shows Zoey the Morph-X-powered bike he built based on her designs. She hops on and rides right to where Mayor Daniels is overseeing the beginning of construction for a road that’ll cut right through a forest.

With Zoey’s mother at the site reporting for the news, Zoey persuades the Mayor to try promoting the X-Bike to the citizens of Coral Harbor for one week. And if people ride the bikes, he will cancel the road project.

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But Zoey, Ravi and Devon have trouble promoting the bikes to the public. The Burke Sibs come riding in on a two-person X-Bike and that gets some people looking.

Just then, Blaze pops in to steal Morph-X from the X-Bike kiosks. He turns a pump into a Robotron, Needletron to drain the Morph-X for him. The Rangers confront them, but Needletron zaps Ben and Betty’s bike, causing it to explode, their bike to split in half and send them flying into the water.

Devon, Ravi and Zoey morph as does Blaze. They and Needletron battle. But Needletron quickly forces Devon and Ravi to demorph. Blaze tees up Zoey for Needletron, but she uses her rabbit power to hop out of the way. She tests out the new Beast-X Cannon and destroys Needletron with one shot.

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Blaze takes Needletron’s arm and heads back to the Cyber Dimension with the collected Morph-X. But it’s not enough for a Gigadrone.

With the deadline tomorrow, the Rangers and Nate head to the forest to collect every single animal that lives there and stuff them into boxes and cages.

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Nate tells Zoey he’s made a friend in a lizard. And he tells her about his parents working overseas and him being alone. But now he considers the Rangers his family.

Zoey is still stressed over her bikes, but she realizes they need to make the bikes seem cooler so people will be interested. First though, they need to deal with Blaze who has appeared near City Hall.

They shoot at Blaze’s arm and he lets go of the needle, causing it to explode. Blaze cannot morph and instead hops on a bike. The Rangers also hop on bikes and chase him.

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Zoey’s mom is in a helicopter reporting on traffic when they spot the high speed bike chase. They broadcast the chase live on TV.

The bike chase ends up in a warehouse where Roxy is waiting with some Tronics who are collecting the Morph-X they’ve acquired.

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Roxy tells Blaze to take the Morph-X to Scrozzle and she’ll deal with the Rangers.

Scrozzle creates a Beta model Gigadrone and sends it to Earth. Commander Shaw alerts the Rangers and Ravi heads out himself, meeting Smash at their zord. Devon and Zoey take on Roxy.

Smash suggests they try out Gorilla Mode. Ravi and Smash take on the Gigadrone, but it drains the zord’s Morph-X. Devon hurries over to help, leaving Zoey and Roxy to face off.

Zoey is able to outsmart Roxy who decides to retreat for now.

Devon arrives and takes over for Ravi to finish off the Gigadron with the Cheetah Beast Blaster.

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Next day, the high speed bike chase has gone viral and everyone in the city will be riding X-Bikes from now on. Mayor Daniels cancels the road project and tells all the construction workers they’re out of a job.

Zoey thanks her mother for filming the chase and getting it viral. But Ms. Reeves says it’s all the Rangers being cool that made the bikes popular.

Ben and Betty roll in on their new X-Unicycles.

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Episode Thoughts

This was an okay episode. I think it has to be the weakest of the three episodes so far. But still alright. The story made sense, even if a little basic.

Best part was the insight into Nate’s background and him growing up without his parents who work abroad. Also meeting Zoey’s mother was great as well. And nice to have family for all the Rangers.

I must say, Mayor Daniels seems to like approving things before actually researching and studying the pros and cons. First with Morph-X itself and only expressing his concerns minutes before the launch. And now with this forest road. Did they not have an environmental review first? lol

Anyway, I wonder how they continue this environmental theme all season considering their very mechanical zords and frequent explosions. Not to mention the thick clouds of smoke that appears whenever they morph. Not every eco-friendly this Ranger tech. hehe

But seriously, overall this was an okay episode. Nothing special, but still reasonably enjoyable. The high speed bike chase, notwithstanding.

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Recap: Super Sentai Strongest Battle, Final Battle (Episode 4) – Heading Towards Tomorrow! https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/15/recap-super-sentai-strongest-battle-final-battle-episode-4-heading-towards-tomorrow/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/15/recap-super-sentai-strongest-battle-final-battle-episode-4-heading-towards-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:07:25 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16211 Super Sentai Strongest Battle

Marvelous tells Yamato, Kagura and Stinger he’s fine in Gaisorg’s helmet and he will use it to find Luka. He takes off, but Yamato tells Kagura to follow and make sure he’s alright.

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Marvelous finds where Luka and Takaharu are chained up and he frees them. But Marvelous can’t control Gaisorg taking over. Luka acts fast and shoots at the helmet, knocking it off and releasing Marvelous.

Kagura and Takaharu rush over to Marvelous, but Luka just kicks him in the stomach and he regains consciousness. She scolds him for acting foolish, but he says he knew it’d be okay since she was here.

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Luka calls him an idiot. Takaharu and Kagura just watch amused and in disbelief at their dynamic.

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Meanwhile, Stinger asks Yamato to hold up a minute. He apologizes for acting on his own. But Yamato says without Stinger, they wouldn’t have found out about Ultimate Dai Satan in the first place. Stinger appreciates the kind words. They hurry over to Rita.

Luka explains the Gaisorg armor was created from the emotions of an aggressive tribe that tried to conquer the galaxy and has wandered tens of thousands of years searching for the strongest hosts.

Just then, Rita gleefully calls to the now activated gem to grant her wish. Yamato and Stinger arrive and try to stop her, but she proceeds with her wish. The large gemstone glows.

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Stinger asks what happened to the former guardian of the stone and Rita basically says she killed them. Because she couldn’t collect the stones herself, she used Super Sentai to do it for her.

Rita does not care if she too is killed by Dai Satan. She’d rather the entire universe disappears.

Stinger calls Marvelous to allow them to listen in to Rita’s explanation.

Rita says there was no justice on her planet. Everyone served evil. She heard stories of heroes from across the galaxy, but no one ever came to save them on their poor planet. Instead, people pretending to be heroes victimized even children. That’s how she lost faith in everything.

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Rita says even if she lives, she would have nothing to believe in. So she might as well destroy the universe and die right along with it.

Stinger says she should believe in herself then. He says if she can hate the universe for having no justice, then she can’t possibly be evil. Even when people around her served evil, she didn’t, because somewhere deep down she wanted to fight for justice.

Rita tells Stinger to stop talking to her like he knows anything about her. Stinger tells her about his brother who hated evil, but fell to it when seeking power to fight it. He lost his sense of righteousness in pursuit of power and there was no turning back.

“That’s why… That’s why I don’t want you to die!”

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Rita refuses to be fooled by Stinger’s words. She sends both Stinger and Yamato flying as they immediately morph.

Rita heads to the quarry. She tosses her staff into the ground, the gemstone activates and crashes, causing the ground to open up. Dai Satan emerges.

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Rita calls out for Dai Satan to begin ending the universe and huge explosions engulf Stinger and Yamato. They try leaping up to attacking Dai Satan head on, but they just get swatted back down to the ground, forcing them to demorph.

Rita summons classic foot soldiers to take on Stinger and Yamato.

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Marvelous, Kagura and Takaharu arrive and quickly join in to take on and finish off the grunts.

The Oddball Team are on the battlefield for the first time together. Marvelous tells Yamato to take the lead.

The Oddballs morph and deliver an explosive roll call.

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Rita is not impressed. She is confident Dai Satan can handle the five of them.

The Oddballs all power up and fly straight at Dai Satan before running through and jumping up in the middle of explosions. They then fire at Dai Satan as Marvelous calls Luka to check on her progress.

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Luka gets to the mechanism blocking the off-planet frequency. A dozen grunts appears and she easily fights them off. She morphs and shoots at the contraption.

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The Oddballs all use their finishers at Dai Satan, but the attacks get swatted right back at them. Dai Satan stomps the ground and the surge of fire forces the Oddballs to downmorph to their base forms.

The Oddballs refuse to give up. They remember all their Super Sentai comrades entrusting the fate of the universe to them and they use that trust and belief in them to give them power they need.

Just then, Akarenger appears to Marvelous and gives him a key with the power of all Super Sentai heroes ever.

The jamming contraption has knocked Luka around and forced her to demorph. But she is now able to shoot at the contraption, shattering it and deactivating the signal jamming seal around the planet.

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Marvelous summons GokaiGalleon and has it ram into Dai Satan, pinning him to the rockface.

The Oddballs get in formation for a Super Sentai Special Storm.

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They each kick and whack the super ball to each other before Marvelous uses a Final Wave to send it flying to Dai Satan and finish him off for good.

The Oddballs are forced to demorph.

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Rita is incensed and she summons the Gaisorg armor for herself which she is able to control on her own.

Rita delivers an Ancient Break Edge at the Oddballs, but two Ryusoulgers appear and take her on.

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Rita takes Kagura hostage, but the Ryusoulgers use their Ryusouls to grab Kagura before slicing the Gaisorg armor off of Rita.

The Ryusoulgers leave. The Oddballs think they’re pretty strong.

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Kagura gives everyone a high five, but Marvelous isn’t in the mood.

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Stinger walks over to Rita and puts the handcuffs on her. He tells her he wants to see her smile someday. So she must atone for her crimes first. She nods.

Yamato asks Marvelous if it’s okay for him to forget his “treasure”. He says it should be okay. Luka is annoyed she has to wait this long to get picked up.

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The Oddballs prepare to say goodbye to each other.

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Kagura says she is glad to have met them all. She may not have gotten her wish granted, but she feels like she has worked hard. Takaharu says she definitely did.

Yamato adds that while some dreams may be impossible, they can lead to new dreams as well.

Takaharu finds a gem fragment in his pocket and gives it to Yamato for his wish.

Kagura hopes they can meet again someday. Yamato is sure of it. As long as Super Sentai continues.

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Someone picks up Gaisorg’s helmet. And one last Ryusoulger teaser.

Episode Thoughts

No!!! I want more!!!

This has really been a great little miniseries. Ryusoulger looks interesting, but I definitely wish we got more of the Oddballs. They really crammed in a lot into these four weeks and there was a lot of material to really stretch this out even a month or two more.

Still, I definitely enjoyed the four episodes we got. This was a solid finale though things got a little haphazard in the last third of the ep, especially with the requisite pop in for the next season team that we usually get in the VS movie.

Rita’s motivation as she explained it was pretty good and definitely the stuff fit for a full season worth of story. Unraveling that side of a villain or Big Bad would’ve been a great story. But it was definitely sad and relatable to hear her story as she described it. Obviously, you don’t have to go the lengths she did. But for anyone who was traumatized like her, most likely, you can see how she could be driven to madness like she was.

Stinger’s words to her definitely fit with his character. And we’ve seen him have compassion and understanding for people who may have been driven to the dark side. First his brother, as they reminded here. And then of course there’s the problematic Episode of Stinger movie. So him wanting to lift Rita up, but not disregarding her sins is again very much in character for him.

And that’s been the case the whole series. Each of the five Oddballs, plus Luka, really got their time to shine on their own. And except for the first episode or two with Takaharu, each character was as we know of them. The series pulled from their history and backstories to really tie everything together. And that was a really great tribute to the series as a whole, as well as the respective seasons of course.

Always great to sneak in some singing Yousuke Kishi of course, even if only in the background. And I was getting very romantic vibes between Marvelous and Luka. It was definitely more than the simple banter we saw during Gokaiger and all their other visits after. Hehe

The episode was also one of the best Koichi Sakamoto explosion extravaganzas ever! Completely insane, but definitely lots of fun and enjoyable.

I really could’ve done without the Ryusoulgers popping in to take on Rita. I would’ve preferred the Oddballs be the ones to face off against Rita as well after Dai Satan. I get the need to promote the next season, like I do with the movie cameos. But I still prefer not having those cameos instead.

Anyway, while I’m looking forward to Ryusoulger, I’m definitely going to miss the Oddballs and wish we got more than just four episodes. But they were four amazingly fun and enjoyable and emotional episodes. And that’s definitely great.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Zi-O, Episode 26 – Geiz Revive! 2019 https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/14/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-26-geiz-revive-2019/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/14/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-26-geiz-revive-2019/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:32:38 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16202 Kamen Rider Zi-O 26

Sougo and Hiryu battle. They deliver finishers at each other and Sougo is forced to dehenshin while Hiryu disappears. Watching from the sidelines, ShiroWoz tells Geiz he is disappointed that his heart doesn’t seem to be in it. The Geiz Revive Watch not activating shows that.

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ShiroWoz tells him to regain his focus or he’ll disappoint Tsukuyomi as well.

Sougo has another dream of him battling Geiz on Oma Day. He wakes up to KuroWoz standing above him. He points out what a big dilemma Sougo is in at the moment.

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The TimeJackers watch as Tsukuyomi lifts off for 2009. Away from Schwartz, Heure asks Ora what the hell is going on. Why is Schwartz pushing Hiryu to become the next king? Ora tells him to stop worrying as this is very much unlike him. Heure just says he’s worried Schwartz is plotting behind their backs.

Back at the shop, Uncle Junichiro tells Sougo about Tsukuyomi visiting earlier to ask about Hiryu. KuroWoz asks who Hiryu is, but Sougo still doesn’t remember even though he seems familiar.

KuroWoz reminds Sougo that Hiryu is collecting Rider Power. Sougo remembers Hayase is still in trouble so he hurries out.

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In 2009, Tsukuyomi is at Shirahae General Hospital hoping to visit Sougo’s room after the accident. She waits at the front desk to find out which room, but just then, Sougo and Uncle Junichiro walk by.

Sougo is telling Uncle Junichiro about his king dream. But now that his mother and father have died…

Uncle Junichiro says Sougo can come live with him once he’s discharged. Sougo happily thanks his uncle and they go get some ice cream.

A young boy, which turns out to be Hiryu, watched the scene from the doorway of his room. The nurse urges him to return to bed until he is fully healed.

Hiryu asks the nurse about Sougo. He then angrily shouts that the accident was Sougo’s fault. He knocks his IV over and jumps under the covers.

Tsukuyomi calls Geiz to tell him about what she saw, including Uncle Junichiro coming for Sougo, but no one coming for Hiryu. Otherwise, she doesn’t have anything else.

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Geiz, meanwhile, informs Tsukuyomi that Hiryu is Another Zi-O. He says he might be able to defeat him with Geiz Revive, but was unable to use it. Tsukuyomi stops in her tracks, but says she understands. She’ll travel back to the day of the accident to find out more.

Geiz ponders life by the creek when Heure pops up and asks where Tsukuyomi popped off to. Geiz asks what Heure is plotting, but Heure really isn’t in a position to be plotting anything at the moment.

Heure points out Oma Day is fast approaching. But he is starting to be unsure about their goal of finding a new king to change the future, especially with all the wildcards that have popped up recently.

Heure again asks where Tsukuyomi went and why. Geiz refuses to answer. Heure says he just wants to know what happened in the past and how it connects to the future.

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Sougo leans Hayase quit the magic café and realizes he must have headed back to the old magic house. He suddenly flashes back to him becoming Another Wizard.

Hiryu appears and he is able to take Hayase’s remaining Wizard power.

Sougo arrives and finds the unconscious Hayase.

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Hiryu says he’s taken the power. Sougo wants to know why Hiryu is targeting him.

Hiryu decides to tell him the reason he’s going to kill him: Sougo is the reason his family died.

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Hiryu says he was so close to Sougo back then. And on the bus, Hiryu heard Sougo’s name being called out by a mysterious woman in white pointing and shooting a blaster his way.

Hiryu remembers Sougo telling him about people from the future coming to try and stop him from becoming a demon king. And because of that, Hiryu lost his family.

They both henshin and battle.

Geiz, meanwhile, travels back to April 24, 2009, the day of the accident. He wonders if it wasn’t an accident at all.

Geiz arrives right at the moment the bus seems to be swerving out of control. The mysterious woman in white causing terror on the bus…

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…is Tsukuyomi!

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Geiz scans the bus and is able to see the moment Tsukuyomi shoots, calling out Sougo’s name. Seconds later the bus is on fire and proceeds to crash and explode inside a tunnel.

Geiz is shocked and speechless. But he realizes what he must do.

He returns back to 2019 and leaps right into the middle of the battle between Sougo and Hiryu. He punches Hiryu with his bare fist.

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Hiryu tells Geiz to not interfere as he will be the one to defeat Zi-O. But Geiz says defeating Zi-O is his mission.

Geiz locks in his Watch with one hand. His bloody hand activates the Geiz Revive Watch and locks it in.

Geiz henshins to Geiz Revive Goretsu. ShiroWoz gleefully makes the proclamation.

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Hiryu tries taking Geiz on, but Geiz Revive is too powerful. Before Geiz can deliver a decisive blow, Schwartz freezes time to whisk Hiryu to safety. Schwartz says they will all meet again on Oma Day.

With Hiryu gone, Geiz turns his attention back to Sougo. He says their future involves Geiz defeating Sougo. In that case, they battle.

Sougo uses Zi-O II’s future-seeing power. But he is taken by surprise when Geiz is able to counter with Revive Shippu which allows him to jump seconds later into the future instead.

Geiz has Sougo pinned to the wall and henshins back to Revive Goretsu.

On the other side of town, KuroWoz has just put the entire bus terminal to sleep so he can snoop around into the bus manifest of the day of the accident. He sees Sougo and Hiryu were on the same bus. But he is shocked to see that also on the bus was a man by name Kadoya Tsukasa!

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Episode Thoughts

Oooo! Lots of plot in this episode! How to digest it all.

First of all, I’d like to say that piano version of “Over Quartzer” was beautiful. For as much as the theme song can get you up and dancing, this piano version played during Geiz and Tsukuyomi’s phone call was so emotional and sad. Almost got me to tear up a little bit.

But I think it also helped set the mood of that scene and really helped to illustrate how both Geiz and Tsukuyomi seem to be at a loss for what they can do now. It very much feels like they’re trying to fight back against their desperation. The dilemma of having to save the world’s future, but also knowing that they’ll have to be killing someone who’s become their friend.

We know Geiz has been struggling with that the last few weeks. And Tsukuyomi has very much seen that.

What could Tsukuyomi be doing on that bus in 2009 pointing a blaster at a little boy? It was of course a shocking moment when Hiryu mentioned that woman in white. We all knew it was Tsukuyomi. And that moment of trying to think about how she could be involved on the day of the accident, let alone maybe being the cause of it.

But after Hiryu’s flashback, I go back to Geiz and Tsukuyomi’s conversation. And I realize, Tsukuyomi might have very well taken a desperate action? Maybe not necessarily something as extreme as killing young Sougo. But perhaps doing something she had warned against earlier: changing history.

Geiz seeing Tsukuyomi on that bus and seemingly pulling the trigger then pushes him to make the decision and gather the resolve to finally be able to use Geiz Revive. Again, maybe not with the full intent on really killing Sougo now. But taking that chance and hoping by using the power, he’ll be able to find a way to save Sougo (and maybe also save Tsukuyomi from doing something rash).

That’s why the scene with Geiz and Tsukuyomi talking on the phone and “Over Quartzer (Piano Version)” playing in the background ended up being so effective and meaningful. Kind of like a foreshadowing of the difficult decisions Geiz and Tsukuyomi seemed to have made later on in the episode. (Or back in 2009.)

Whew. Trying to piece together how it all works out gets us dangerously back into trying to figure out the butterfly effect and the endless cause and effect of the time traveling and changing history! And I definitely don’t want to have to do that. Lol So, we’ll just have to wait and see. But what’s for sure is there’s definitely the groundwork for some great drama and moments coming up if they can maximize that potential.

Elsewhere in the episode, I like Hiryu’s character and the way they’ve introduced him. It appears he isn’t just a two-episode arc character, so that gives me hope there’s a much deeper story waiting for him and his relationship with Sougo. I definitely hope there is.

I really liked seeing that moment between young Sougo and Uncle Junichiro as well.

The quick look at Heure also seeming to be in a personal crisis was great too and I hope the dynamics of Heure, Ora and Schwartz continue to be explored in interesting ways.

The Geiz Revive powers and him just swatting Hiryu and Sougo back like that was very exciting! Different and refreshing style of explosions and action than we normally see. And Geiz punching Hiryu with his bare fist was badass!

Overall, another really great and enjoyable episode for me. The season continues to build up the excitement (and my expectations!), so I might be setting myself up for a big disappointment. But I like to stay hopeful of course. Hehe.

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Recap: Power Rangers Beast Morphers, Episode 2 – “Let’s kick some robot butt!” https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/09/recap-power-rangers-beast-morphers-episode-2-lets-kick-some-robot-butt/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/09/recap-power-rangers-beast-morphers-episode-2-lets-kick-some-robot-butt/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2019 01:57:06 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16199 Recap: Power Rangers Beast Morphers, Episode 2 – Evox’s Revenge

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Blaze and Roxy are welcomed to the Cyber Dimension by Scrozzle who introduces himself as the ruler. He summons Tronics to force the two to bow down to him, but Evox pops out, zaps the Tronics away and demands Scrozzle bow down to him instead.

Scrozzle offers to help Evox get out of the Dimension with his teleporter, but it lacks power. Roxy shows Scrozzle the Morph X and Evox says there’s plenty more where that came from. Scrozzles says they’ll need much more than that little tube to be able to teleport Evox back to the Earth dimension. But one tube is enough for robots and avatars. Evox orders Blaze to accompany Scrozzle to get more.

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While making preparations, Scrozzle tells Blaze and Roxy about hiding from a powerful robot named Vargoyle. That’s why he’s built all the Tronics to protect him. Anyway, Scrozzle upgraded Blaze and Roxy’s keys so they can teleport anytime they want.

Scrozzle and Blaze teleport to the Earth Dimension.

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Over at GBHQ, Commander Shaw has some big news for the Rangers. Ravi and Zoey think one of them will be named the leader. But Commander Shaw and Nate first want to introduce them to their new buddy robots, the BeastBots.

Zoey will work with Jax, Ravi with Smash and Devon with Cruise who can morph into a bike.

Ben and Betty pop in with their own idea to help the Rangers. Commander Shaw says she places the Burke Sibs anywhere she sees they fit.

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Ben and Betty show them the Zap-O-Matic which instead zaps them rather than the dummy. But they’re fine.

Commander Shaw and Nate proceed to show the Rangers their new zords. The BeastBots will also serve as the control consoles for the zords. Commander Shaw says they’ll need a good leader. Ravi and Zoey fight over who will make the best leader, but the Burke Sibs hurry in to report a disturbance at a Morph X Distribution Center.

Betty offers she and Ben accompany the Rangers as back-up. Arriving at the Distribution Center, Devon tells Betty and Ben to stay back for now.

Blaze morphs and summons Tronics. Devon takes on Blaze while Ravi and Zoey take on the Tronics. The two continue trying to one-up each other to show they’d make the better leader. Devon tries to get them to focus back on the Tronics.

Scrozzle uses an Evox virus-infused key to create a Robotron out of tires, Cycletron.

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The Rangers morph. Scrozzle and Blaze take the Morph X and head back to the Cyber Dimension.

Devon blasts away a group of Tronics. But a dog suddenly runs by and Devon suddenly freezes. The Burke Sibs see a Tronic trying to sneak up on a frozen Devon, so they hurry and help with their Zap-O-Matic.

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The dog runs off and Devon unfreezes.

Ravi is facing off against Cycletron when he suddenly seems to overheat. Literally. Ravi grows very aggressive and wildly shoots at Cycletron. Zoey laughs at his aim and that seems to anger Ravi even more. He starts shooting at her. But as Zoey hops out of the way, she loses energy and collapses.

Ravi aims at Zoey, but Devon knocks him out of the way and shoots at Cycletron, destroying him.

The BeastBots arrive. Smash grabs a hold of Ravi while Jax asks someone to help Zoey who is forced to demorph. Nate has no idea what is happening.

Over in the Cyber Dimension, Scrozzle says the Morph X they’ve brought back is enough for a Gigadrone. Scrozzle has hundreds of Gigadrones ready to teleport.

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Back at GBHQ, Nate still has no idea what has caused the Rangers’ weaknesses. Ravi and Zoey, still recovering, continue to argue over becoming the leader. Devon again tells them they need to work as a team just like Ben and Betty. Ravi and Zoey apologize.

Devon goes back to investigate the dog’s hole when the Gigadrone appears in the city. Commander Shaw orders Devon to use his Racer Zord to stop it. Devon morphs and hops on Cruise as Racer Zord is deployed.

Devon and Cruise link up with the Zord and Cruise tells Devon to activate Battle Mode.

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But Devon sees a dog billboard and freezes up. Cruise tries to get him to snap out of it. This provides an opening for the Cycletron Gigadrone to approach the Morph X Tower.

Commander Shaw calls Nate to hurry and get Ravi and Zoey back up and running. Nate figures out the cheetah aka cat DNA inside Devon is causing him to be afraid of dogs. He then realizes the Evox virus has corrupted the animal DNA inside the Rangers. So Zoey needs carrots to stay energetic because of her rabbit DNA and Ravi needs to cool down all his hot muscles like a wild gorilla.

Ravi and Zoey run over to their zords and deploy.

Zoey arrives at the Gigadrone’s location, but gets shot down. Ravi is able to catch her and her zord. Jax activates Jackrabbit Mode and he and Zoey are able to kick the Gigadrone back into the city and right at Devon and Cruise, knocking them over.

But that unfreezes Devon, allowing him to use the new Cheetah Beast Blaster to finish off the Gigadrone.

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Back at GBHQ, Commander Shaw tells everyone that after their first successful mission, she’s confident they’ll be able to defend against Evox and his minions. She is about to make her leader announcement, but Zoey and Ravi say they want Devon to be the leader after all he did today to save them and remind them they need to be a team.

Devon accepts and his first action as leader is to thank Ben and Betty for their help as well. Smash says they should have a group hug. But they all get zapped when the Zap-O-Matic gets triggered in his pocket.

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Episode Thoughts

Another pretty good episode. It was definitely a lot of world building, but still very fun and exciting.

As a Go-Busters fan, the biggest part of this episode probably had to be the Power Rangers explanation for the Rangers’ weaknesses. And I must say, I was honestly equal parts sad and amused by the explanations. Nate’s explanations made sense, but almost too literal that they were funny. Obviously, Go-Busters‘s reasons for Hiromu, Ryuji and Yoko’s weaknesses weren’t better. If anything, they were pretty goofy. But at the same time, the goofiness worked because it helped to balance out the season’s heavier themes.

Maybe sometimes not being too serious works a little better (maybe like RPM‘s Q&A session with Dr. K?). But I also appreciate the effort and creativity to adapt some character traits that will obviously be very present in future footage. That’s more than can be said when other Saban Brands seasons rarely explained obvious Sentai characters traits that popped up in footage that didn’t correspond to the Power Ranger characters.

Anyway, speaking of characters, Ben and Betty were much better this episode. And I do like that it seems as though they’ll be more than just simple comic relief. At least, comic relief in the way we’ve seen the last couple of years. They’d be great candidates for the Gold and Silver Ranger, but I’m not sure that’s in the cards. Though Go-Busters certainly has a few other Rangers that they can bring over too for them.

I can already see this mysterious Vargoyle that Scrozzle is afraid of will either be the midseason finale Big Bad or the eventual final Big Bad. It screams of that kind of setup, don’t you think?

Overall, another very good episode. Great start so far, let’s hope they can keep the momentum.

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Recap: Kamen Rider Zi-O, Episode 25 – Another Zi-O 2019 https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/08/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-25-another-zi-o-2019/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/08/recap-kamen-rider-zi-o-episode-25-another-zi-o-2019/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:46:16 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16195 Kamen Rider Zi-O 25

Pointing out how quiet it is while he and Sougo have breakfast alone, Uncle Junichiro perks up when KuroWoz pops in with some news. Former contract holders who became Another Riders are all being attacked once again.

Suddenly, Another Build appears. Sougo henshins to Build Armor to take him on and delivers a Vortec Time Break. But Another Build turns into Another Ex-Aid. KuroWoz decides to whisk Sougo away to safety.

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Another Ex-Aid dehenshins and the young man inside seems to know Sougo.

On the other side of town, Tsukuyomi tells Geiz about the Another Riders and he decides to go do something about it. Tsukuyomi asks Geiz if she can count on him to defeat Zi-O for them.

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He says Yeah and leaves.

Sougo has a dream where he sees a very bright star in the sky. But when he looks down at the beach, he sees Zi-O II and Geiz going head-to-head.

When Sougo wakes up, KuroWoz says it must be another prophetic dream. But Sougo adds he felt strangely calm and mentions seeing the star in the sky.

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KuroWoz explains that it is Regulus, the King’s Star. And it was at its brightest on Oma Day, according to his book.

Moving on to other topics, Sougo thinks maybe the Another Another Rider is sucking up residual power from the former contract holders. KuroWoz isn’t sure whether or not that’s even possible.

The young Another man henshins to Another Ex-Aid and attacks Sakuma, formerly Another Faiz and Fourze, to collect the Faiz power. Geiz arrives and henshins. They battle.

Sougo also arrives. Geiz asks Sougo for the Ex-Aid Watch and he uphenshins. Geiz delivers a Critical Time Burst at Another Ex-Aid, but he ends up getting tossed aside and forced to dehenshin.

Sougo warns Geiz that their Rider Watches don’t work on this Another Another Rider.

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ShiroWoz appears and goes Kikai. He delivers a finisher at the Another Another Rider and it goes from Ex-Aid to Faiz. ShiroWoz demands to know who this person is.

The young Another man dehenshins and introduces himself as Kakogawa Hiryu. He tells Sougo that they are destined to meet many times and that they will face each other soon enough,

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Geiz asks Sougo if he knows Hiryu, but he doesn’t.

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Geiz and ShiroWoz tell Tsukuyomi all about what happened. ShiroWoz says Geiz should use Geiz Revive to defeat the Hiryu. But it won’t work until Geiz agrees with the Revive power’s original intent of defeating Zi-O.

Tsukuyomi asks Geiz what he is worried about, but he doesn’t say much.

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On the other side of town, Sougo and KuroWoz head to a magic cafe where Hayase is putting on a show. Sougo outright tells him he is in danger and will protect him as a bodyguard. KuroWoz explains Hayase has no memory of what happened between them before after Geiz defeated Another Wizard in 2012. That of course changed history.

Back at the shop, Uncle Junichiro excitedly welcomes Tsukuyomi who wants to ask about Hiryu. Uncle Junichiro says the name doesn’t ring a bell, at least since Sougo came to live with him 10 years ago.

Uncle Junichiro says Sougo lived with his parents, but are gone now. He tells her the story.

At the magic cafe, KuroWoz asks Sougo why he seems to be having a good time. Sougo, watching Hayase this entire time, says this is what it must have felt like for Geiz and Tsukuyomi who also kept watch over him before too.

Sougo says he feels bad about being excited to see Geiz whenever the Another Rider appears.

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Tsukuyomi heads back to the temple stay and tells Geiz about Sougo losing his parents in a horrific bus accident 10 years ago. She continues researching about the accident from April 24, 2009. Sougo was one of only two survivors. The other being Kakogawa Hiryu!

Hayase tries to leave the magic cafe without letting Sougo know, but Sougo sees and he has to chase after him. Hiryu manages to find Hayase first and he tries to take his residual Wizard power.

But Sougo arrives just in time and tells Hayase to run for it.

Sougo demands to know why Hiryu is attacking these people. Hiryu says he’s just collecting their power so he can have enough to defeat Sougo. Sougo asks why and Hiryu realizes that of course Sougo wouldn’t know.

“You don’t understand!” Hiryu says. But Sougo henshins.

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Hiryu also henshins and they battle just as Geiz arrives. He and ShiroWoz henshin as well.

Geiz knocks Sougo out of the way so he and ShiroWoz can take on Hiryu themselves. ShiroWoz goes Quiz just as Hiryu knocks Geiz to the wall. ShiroWoz asks the wrong question and Hiryu uses Ghost power to just slap him around.

Geiz tries to activate the Revive Watch, but it nothing happens.

Hiryu holds both Geiz and ShiroWoz and pulls out a watch to henshin into Another Zi-O.

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With one slash, Hiryu forces Geiz and ShiroWoz to dehenshin.

Heure is shocked to see Another Zi-O so he hurries back and asks Schwartz why he has done this. Schwartz says the power to control all other Another Riders’ powers is the King of the reverse Riders.

Sougo and Hiryu battle.

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Episode Thoughts

Interesting developments this episode. The most important I think is the little bit of backstory again with Sougo’s parents. I really hope that Sougo’s experiences related to his parents and the bus crash serve more purpose for the season and Sougo’s character than just being a reason to introduce Hiryu and Another Zi-O (and Geiz Revive).

There’s just so much they can do with the fact that Sougo was one of the few survivors of an accident where he lost his parents. Connecting that with his being lonely while growing up, that’s can open the door for some great depth in his character. Especially as we apparently head closer to Oma Day.

It’s nice to see Geiz very reluctant about just defeating the guy he’s come to consider as a friend and comrade. And it would appear that Tsukuyomi has noticed Geiz’s hesitation and understands why he would be feeling unsure about battling Sougo. Of course, the shoe was on the other foot before when meeting Sougo. So now that she’s playing this overly cautious and all-business personality, seeing Geiz almost as the opposite, is a nice switch.

I’m hoping we get a good explanation for Hiryu next episode. Or even better if he sticks around past next week.

Overall, a solid episode that continues to move the story along.

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Recap: Super Sentai Strongest Battle, Episode 3 – A Secret Revealed https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/07/recap-super-sentai-strongest-battle-episode-3-a-secret-revealed/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/07/recap-super-sentai-strongest-battle-episode-3-a-secret-revealed/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:52:16 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16190 Super Sentai Strongest Battle

Marvelous is shocked to see Takaharu under the helmet. Takasorg shoots at Marvelous, forcing him to demorph. He puts his helmet back on and walks away.

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Meanwhile, Doggie Kruger runs into Stinger and they compare notes. Turns out both are here undercover. SPD had detected a mysterious and artificially created magnetic field around Planet Nemesis. Commander Stinger says they’ve also detected it in another galaxy.

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Yamato and Kagura are wondering where Takaharu and Marvelous could be now. They think about what Marvelous’ treasure could be. But Rita pops in to announce the start of the semi-finals. And up first is the B Block semis between the Martial Arts Team represented by RyuuRanger and TimeRed and the Monstrous Strength Team represented by GaoBlack and GingaBlue.

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Stinger brings Doggie Kruger to the contraption he found earlier and Doggie sees a magic circle around it. Stinger realizes this must be what is preventing them from making off-world contact. He shows Doggie Kruger the book he found, but it’s all written in ancient glyphs from another planet. Doggie Kruger scans the writing to get it translated.

Just then, foot soldiers from many different Sentai seasons appear and attack them. Stinger tells Doggie Kruger to go find Yamato-tachi to tell them about they’ve found while he stays to take care of this.

Takasorg walks along in the underbelly of the facility with a very Luka-like looking woman is chained up nearby.

Back at the semis, the Martial Arts Team has grabbed the stone and they tell their opponents to leave Gaisorg to them. GaoBlack and GingaBlue are sent away. But suddenly, RyuuRanger and TimeRed are also suddenly zapped away by Rita.

Rita is happy to see everything has gone according to plan and tells her staff that she is excited to see everyone’s reaction to the wish being granted.

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Stinger finishes off the foot soldiers when Gaisorg suddenly appears. They battle.

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Doggie Kruger finds Marvelous and helps him get up. They remember the first time they met during Gokaiger. Doggie Kruger gets Marvelous back to the Oddball room and they tell Yamato and Kagura about Takaharu.

Yamato says they shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Takaharu. Marvelous says he’s noticed Gaisorg has seemed like a different person every time he’s faced him. Yamato suggests someone is putting the armor on different people and controlling them. Kagura worries about the person who was last being used in Gaisorg.

Doggie Kruger is sure someone is trying to use the wishing power of Planet Nemesis for evil purposes. He tells them about what he and Stinger found.

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Doggie Kruger says they must take care of Gaisorg. Yamato adds that they will be able to save Takaharu as well. They all put their hands in, even Marvelous.

Rita pops in again to announce the start of the last semi-final. And this time, it’s Kagura vs Doggie Kruger! But this is a perfect situation for them.

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Doggie Kruger and Kagura head to the battlefield. They morph.

Watching from their waiting room, Yamato and Marvelous talk about all of this. Will the winners end up disappointed when they have to make their wishes? Marvelous says it doesn’t look good, but he promises to be right there with Yamato unleashing his anger when that happens.

Doggie Kruger and Kagura continue to battle as she remembers the plan. He will lose to her on purpose. And an overpowering performance like that will certainly attract Gaisorg. Kagura says she should lose then, but Doggie Kruger says she can’t. He is only here on undercover work, but Kagura has her own wish that she wants granted. Doggie says he can’t let her throw away her dream so Kagura should give him all she’s got. He certainly won’t go easy on her, regardless.

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Those words rev Kagura up and she now has the power to really take it to Doggie Kruger. He says he is surprised at how strong she actually is and asks for what wish is she pulling this strength out from.

Kagura explains it’s for her family. She wants to create a menu at her family’s restaurant that will allow people with no families a chance to find a new family. And her wish is to have the time and the means to do that. As long as she has the means, she’ll figure out the rest. Even for families that are separated, she wants food that they can all enjoy together.

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Kagura is able to push Doggie Kruger away and use her imagination power to believe she is the STRONGEST GIRL. Her Lightning Blade Bamboo Splitter attack is able to send Doggie Kruger back and force him to demorph.

Kagura demorphs and hurries over to check on Doggie-san. He tells her she absolutely handed his a—over to him.

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Doggie Kruger hands Kagura cuffs and his License and tells her to give them to Stinger to help figure out what is happening. He will leave the rest to them. Kagura understands and she turns to grab the stone.

Rita declares Kagura the winner of this battle and the Oddballs advance to the finals.

Doggie Kruger is transported away. Kagura promises to do her best in the finals.

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With the finals set, Rita’s demeanor suddenly seems to change from bright and cute to something much darker. She pulls her necklace off and tosses it. She looks up and decides they must have enough gathered.

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Kagura turns to head back to their waiting room. But Gaisorg finally appears. Kagura quickly morphs as Gaisorg attacks, wanting her to show him her power. He sends her flying and she is forced to demorph.

Yamato and Marvelous arrive. Marvelous tells Takaharu not to take this personally as he and Yamato take him on.

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Marvelous uses several Gokai Changes and Yamato goes Whale and they give all they’ve got against Gaisorg as well.

Gaisorg explodes and his helmet goes flying. They are all shocked to find emerging from the flames is…

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Rita looks up at the collection orb and expresses how she’d be so happy for justice to disappear from the galaxy.

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Stinger explains what’s happened to Kagura, Yamato and Marvelous. The Gaisorg suit is a sentient armor. It goes around looking for the strongest and then possesses them, one after the other. Stinger says while possessed, he saw some of Gaisorg’s memories including seeing Takaharu and a yellow pirate.

It was Luka’s invitation that Gaisorg used to get here.

Marvelous asks if Luka is safe and where she is. Stinger doesn’t know.

Kagura gives Stinger the License and cuffs from Doggie Kruger. Stinger reads the deciphered glyphs and it explains a spell to summon Ultimate Dai Satan, a demon who can destroy the galaxy instantly. Rita must want to revive him.

Marvelous says they should go. But Yamato says they should get his treasure back first, that is, Marvelous’ friends.

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But how? Marvelous walks over and grabs the Gaisorg helmet. He tells them he’ll catch up. And warns they better still be alive when he arrives.

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Marvelous puts on the helmet and Gaisorg takes over his body.

*insert more Ryusoulger stuff*

Episode Thoughts

Well, they finally gone and did it. Super Sentai Saikyo Battle made me cry.

If you’ve followed my Sentai ramblings over the years, you will know ToQger is tied as my favorite Sentai season of all time. (Maybe even #1 outright some days and even including Power Rangers. hehe) So of course hearing the ToQger theme song playing during the episode was already going to get me emotional and nostalgic. But what made it even more amazing was just how they handled giving Kagura the spotlight.

I was looking forward to Kagura finally getting a chance to battle in the tournament. But when the big twist arrived and seeing that she’d have to go against Doggie Kruger, I already feared they were going to go through this “Doggie lets Kagura beat him” route. That it would eventually end up showing Kagura is weak or just a kid or a “girl” and wouldn’t have ever won in a “real” battle anyway.

But I was thankfully proven wrong. Instead, the show really made a point to show Kagura could absolutely go toe-to-toe with Doggie Kruger. He didn’t need to let up or just lay down and let Kagura defeat him with minimal effort. They actually went at it. And he commented that he too was surprised that she was so strong. He may admit that he underestimated her, but he acknowledged that he shouldn’t have in the first place. Especially knowing what Kagura was fighting for and how powerful that goal can truly be.

Kagura is obviously more than sincere in her wish. And as she was explaining to Doggie-san why she wanted it, anyone who watched ToQger would know that that is very much in line with her character and one of the major themes of the season as a whole.

And of course we know of Kagura’s imagination power, especially when she imagines and materializes that she is strong. So she absolutely fits perfectly with this Strongest Battle tournament.

All of this combined just got me bawling. MaGMCM? Absolutely! And I loved it.

This was really an amazing episode. Certainly the best so far as all the pieces have fallen into place.

The Gaisorg twist makes perfect sense. Controlling the bodies of those it deems most powerful. Who or what Gaisorg is and where it came from should be one of the big reveals in the finale.

Meanwhile, we see Rita switch from being the kawaii host we’ve seen so far to the real, more sinister Rita with an evil plan. Nana Asakawa has really done a great job. Like, from the beginning, you know she wasn’t just some peppy host. But still, her bright personality lulled you into a sense of security. And her sudden 180 turn this episode really had a lot of impact. And that’s very much thanks to her performance as well. Should be exciting to see her full-on Big Bad in the next episode.

This has really been such a great miniseries so far and it really has enough material to go on for even one or two more months really. These first three episodes have been packed with stuff and many ideas. But we just have one episode left.

Overall, a really amazing episode that I absolutely loved.

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Some Useful Tips for Traveling Through Manila International Airport and the Philippines in General https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/04/some-useful-tips-for-traveling-through-manila-international-airport/ https://dryedmangoez.com/2019/03/04/some-useful-tips-for-traveling-through-manila-international-airport/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:29:04 +0000 http://dryedmangoez.com/?p=16185
So my parents and I had to go on an unexpected and sadly bittersweet trip to the Philippines last January. Having to plan a trip to the Philippines in just two weeks and during the Christmas holiday was certainly a new experience for me when usually we’d have months to prepare everything, from packing to logistics and all that. And that’s all to help keep things as smooth as possible because traveling to the Philippines (at least, the actual traveling part) isn’t always the smoothest experience.

Interestingly enough, this ended up our smoothest trip to the Philippines ever! And I decided I should share some tips that might help both first time and return travelers to the Philippines.

Shuttle at Manila International Airport – Between Terminals

So it’s 6am on January 1, 2019 and our Philippine Airlines flight from San Francisco arrives at Terminal 1 (which has been “refreshed” very nicely, making it look almost new, tbh). And for us to continue on to Cagayan province, we need to hop on a Cebu Pacific flight to Tuguegarao which departs from Terminal 3. Usually, our Uncle is able to pick us (and all our luggage) up and drive us over to the other terminal (with a quick breakfast pit stop of course).

The four terminals at Manila International Airport are all quite a distance from each other and especially with traffic, could be long ride. So plan accordingly for that.

Anyway, our uncle couldn’t pick us up this time (he was already in Cagayan!), so we have to figure out another way to transfer terminals. We didn’t really want to take a taxi with all our three suitcases, two large boxes and all our carry on bags. But it turns out there’s a brand new NAIA Shuttle that turned out to be very easy and convenient.

In Terminal 1, after baggage claim and customs, head out to the arrivals lobby and turn right. All the way at the end of the hall, past the Globe and Smart SIM card kiosks, is where you will find the waiting area for the shuttles. You can ask anyone there and they’ll point you in the right direction as well. There’s seats outside by the curb and inside as well. But there weren’t that many people waiting.

The bus is actually very spacious. Though there were only about 15-20 passengers with us on this early New Year’s morning. We left Terminal 1 around 7am and while we did have to go on regular city roads (instead of within the airport, airside), there was no traffic. The shuttle bus does a loop of the four terminals.

The shuttle is FREE. But the curbside porter and the bus driver do all the heavy lifting for you, so it would be okay to give them a small tip. US$1 or PHP50 is fine and greatly appreciated.

Terminal 3: Porter or Not?

Arriving at Terminal 3, beware of a throng of porters (dressed in those purple uniforms) wanting to help you. If you can find a cart and can push your luggage yourself, just say “Thanks” to the porter and say you can manage on your own. It is PHP50 or US$1 per bag, though they don’t tell you that until they bring you to the cashier kiosk before entering the terminal.

However! There is one huge positive with availing of a porter, especially if there is one of those notoriously long lines to get into Terminal 3. There is only one or two entrances to the terminal and all passengers have to pass through those entrances, regardless of airline.)

A porter can actually help you skip that line! You’re actually kind of cutting in line, but then again, you’ve basically paid for the privilege anyway.

The porter is never going to stand in that long line with you. So they’ll get you straight to the door and the baggage scanner and you’re instantly inside the terminal. They can also get you to the counter ahead of other people too, if lucky. There’s a few counters, at least for Cebu Pacific, that are always open and free of people where they’ll take you to.

Though you’ve already paid a fee, it would also be nice to tip the porter a little something. Especially if they did all the heavy lifting and got you past all the lines. Again, PHP50 or US$1 is perfectly fine and will be greatly appreciated.

Early Check-in for Philippine Airlines

So, my family and I always opt for an early check-in for our return flight from Manila to San Francisco. As we usually have to check-out of the hotel we’re staying at by 12pm, we check-in early for our flight, leave our check-in luggage and head off to SM Mall of Asia for the rest of the day to wait for our ~11pm flight.

For international Philippine Airlines flights, you CAN avail of early check-in on the same day. Do NOT believe any Philippine Airlines uniform-wearing person who tells you otherwise. If you ask someone for the counter where you can do an early check-in and they tell you that’s not possible, FIND SOMEONE ELSE and ask them.

Again, EARLY CHECK-IN IS AVAILABLE for Philippine Airlines flights at Terminal 2. Do not let them tell you otherwise. That’s happened to us a few times before, including on this trip, but we know the policy. I even showed them their website where it says so and the first few people we talked to still denied that policy even exists. So if you need to check-in hours earlier than your flight, you can. You can also exit the terminal and then just present your boarding pass when re-entering later.

Grab a Pocket Wi-Fi and a Power Bank

Unless you can somehow avoid the exorbitant roaming charges for your mobile phone or devices, then a pocket wi-fi from one of the local carriers is the way to go. They are absolutely easy to use and much less expensive than having to pay roaming charges.

If you’re only going to need to access the internet for e-mail, social media, Google maps, Grab or other apps, then a pocket wi-fi is all you’ll need. They’re usually sold at dedicated stores for the two main local telcos, Smart and Globe, as well as anywhere from big malls and department stores to the local convenience store. Be sure to check online at the official websites for Smart and Globe to know about how much a pocket wi-fi will cost so you won’t get the run around when buying in person.

The pocket wi-fi will come with a fresh SIM card included. But you’ll still have to load that SIM card with value in order to avail of promos that give you the amount of data you will need. Both Smart and Globe have their own promos which include a certain amount of data in MB or GB that will be valid for a specific period of time. (Anywhere from days to weeks.) The promos will also come with some freebies. The more data included, the more pesos you will need.

Promos change all the time, so it’s best to also check out which promos will fit your needs ahead of time. There are also some promos especially for travelers (though available to locals as well) which you can check out at the telco websites.

If you need to use your phone to make calls, both local and international, and again want to avoid high roaming fees, you have two options.

1. If your phone is unlocked, then SIM cards are a few dollars at most. Just plop a local SIM card in your phone and just like with a pocket wi-fi, find a promo that fits your needs (re: minutes and texts) and load up the needed amount. There’s also plenty of Unlimited promos that allow for unlimited calls and texts.

2. If your phone can’t support a new SIM temporarily and you plan on making a lot of calls and texts, then it would be worth getting a basic phone. The type with just the basic features like calling and texting. No camera, no touch screen, etc. These phones are also inexpensive as well. Definitely make sure it’s a brand new phone. And if you travel to the Philippines often, it’ll come in handy and maybe even last longer than your fancy iPhone or Android phone. Hehe

Depending on what type of trip you’re on in the Philippines, a power bank and some extra juice for your devices, especially a phone or pocket wi-fi, is a big help as well. Considering traffic and long travel times, you might run out of juice before you can find a place to plug stuff in. So a power bank isn’t a necessity, but can definitely come in handy. And a good security blanket to have too.

So those are my simple tips so far. I might add on more later if I can remember anything else. Lol
But feel free to ask questions if you have any and I’ll try to help! Enjoy your trip to the Philippines!

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