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Team TokuNet Writer Malunis Review the episodes of Kamen Rider Zi-O that aired in April 2019. In reviewing this month’s episodes, the Reviews will also talk about spoilers for Blade, Agito and Hibiki.

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It’s once again been a while! Awkward khổng lồ say that since I opened the last reviews that way. There’s a difference, thankfully – I’ve sầu just been away from writing Review this time. That said, this show is nearing its kết thúc, so let’s get baông chồng into lớn it.

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Ep30: “2019: The Trinity Has Begun!”

Following the fight between Blade & Chalice, they reach a standstill as Another Blade is revealed to lớn be Amane, causing Chalice to lớn flee. At the clochồng cửa hàng with Kenzaki, the severity of the situation is revealed: Both Blade và Chalice are Jokers, and are destined lớn fight, which will bring about the over of the world. White Woz makes an effort lớn make sure the two find each other and fight once more, and causes Amane to lớn transkhung into Another Blade, absorbing their Joker powers so that she can over this world.

Sogo chooses lớn speak khổng lồ White Woz, finding out what what his motives were. It seems that he’s content with letting the world kết thúc if it doesn’t lead khổng lồ HIS future, lớn which Sogo informs hlặng that time is always changing & could go down any path. He wants White Woz lớn keep trying to lớn ayên ổn for his future, to lớn which White Woz decides khổng lồ just give hlặng the RideWatch that was created from the power-ups. He tells Sogo that if he can use this, he’ll accept the situation.

At this point, Blaông chồng Woz and Geiz seem to lớn be coming to lớn terms with their past, or rather, the future. Blaông xã Woz’s interest is piqued at the new path Sogo is forming, and the two of them seem to lớn accept the idea of letting their past go in favor of a new future.

Sogo arrives with the Zi-OTrinity RideWatch, which causes the three Riders to lớn combine, giving them plenty enough power lớn defeat Another Blade. Once her AnotherWatch is broken, the Joker powers are retained inside of the Blade và Chalice RideWatches – Kenzaki says that it’s probably best to keep them sealed, so that he và Hajime can move sầu on with their lives.

On a similar note, it seems as though they have pivoted towards a new Day of Ohma, & White Woz is willingly letting himself be erased now that his future is for sure not happening. He seemed to lớn decide that Blaông chồng Woz was the one worth keeping alive because he actually managed lớn make friends. Before he disappears, he gives Blaông xã Woz the vague warning that Swartz is more ambitious than they realize.

Meanwhile, Daiki (Kamen Rider Diend) returns lớn Sogo & Geiz, revealing that he’s taken this world’s greakiểm tra treasure: White Woz’s future notebook. He also opens a portal into the Ohma Zi-O future, where the overlord informs his younger self that he still has 6 more RideWatches khổng lồ collect: Agito, Hibiki, Kabukhổng lồ, Den-O, Kiva, và Drive. This is the beginning of Sogo’s final conquest.

Just before I watched this arc, I was told by one of the other TokuNet staffers that this was their favorite, và I can see why. It really does serve as an addendum to lớn the finale of Blade, albeit one that fits pretty heavily within the lore of Zi-O. While the ending to lớn that series is fine as is, it doesn’t hurt to receive sầu some closure.

On that note, actually, it’s becoming apparent that things are getting… different. I’m speaking with some foreknowledge here, but it seems lượt thích the show has silently retconned how the Another Riders work, because not only vị Blade và Chalice get to co-exist with Another Blade, they also don’t have amnesia of their Rider status once Sogo has their RideWatches.

Decade has a finale that was straight up edited after the movie that wrapped up its story, so… I have khổng lồ wonder, was this decision brought on by tín đồ reaction lớn how the show was being handled so far? It seems unusual lớn change this otherwise.

The disappearance of White Woz was somewhat unexpected khổng lồ me since I’ve been very unsure of how he was going lớn be written out, & it makes enough sense. I guess this implies that the timeline with all the future Riders no longer exists. And it means I can just go back to referring lớn Woz by the one name – or two, since the Rider form is also called Woz. Can’t win em all.

But yeah, by this point, the show’s crossover episodes are getting way better.

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Ep31: “2001: Awaken, the Agito!”

The police department dealing in unknown lifeforms is working on mass-production of the Kamen Rider G3 system from 2001, when an Another Rider breaks into lớn the practice room. Sogo và the others encounter the monster lớn discover that it’s based on Kamen Rider Agito lớn, and has the ability to turn others inkhổng lồ Another Riders, solely targeting the G3 crew.

Sogo attempts lớn find Kamen Rider Agito lớn at a restaurant also called Agito, but he, Soibỏ ra Tsugangươi, is studying abroad. However, unbeknownst khổng lồ them, Soiđưa ra has already been informed of the strange circumstances và is on his way baông xã to Japan. Zi-OTrinity takes on the Another Agitos, only to lớn realize they’ve fled the area – meanwhile, Tsukuyomi fends off several Another Agitos, only to be saved by the real Kamen Rider Agilớn. Swartz appears before Agito, proclaiming he lured hyên ổn back here lớn take his power.

Man, this was such a fun one for me. Agito was a show I had low expectations for due lớn the writer, but I loved it so much. It was nice seeing the actor again, along with yet another child character named Mana, AND Omuro still on the G3 team. The show spoils us with all the returning actors. I was pretty happy khổng lồ see them immediately điện thoại tư vấn baông xã lớn the finale of Agito by showing us that Soibỏ ra is working at a restaurant, showing that he’s still the same guy from before.

It’s also a very fun idea for an Another Rider. Since we learned that the monsters were called things like Another Ex-Aid, people have sầu joked about – & genuinely wondered – what the show would vì chưng with the name Another Agito since it belongs lớn a Rider in that show. As it turns out, they took the suit of Another Agilớn, added teeth and eyes, then added the name & year on the chest. Makes sense!

There’s also the bit about how Another Agikhổng lồ infects others in a zombie-lượt thích way, which is strangely relevant to lớn the source material? It plays with the Seed of Agikhổng lồ bit, which is what causes Agilớn and Another Agito lớn lớn transsize và have the power to lớn fight the monsters of their show.

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On the Zi-O side, it’s also some further development for the future characters, as Tsukuyomày is finally given some backstory. She lost her memories once she became a resistance thành viên, with her name being a codename – oddly pretty fitting they address this now, because lượt thích Agito lớn, she too seems to lớn have sầu amnesia with a shady past. She discovers she can stop time like the Time Jackers, & Swartz alludes khổng lồ the idea that ignorance is bliss when it comes to her amnesia…

I knew something would probably be going on, based on the shot of her và the Time Jackers in the show’s opening. Very curious about this one.

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Ep32: “2001: Unknown Memories”

Agito takes on the swarm of Another Agitos, only for the Time Jackers khổng lồ jump in và steal his powers, creating the Agikhổng lồ RideWatch. Giving this to the host Another Agito causes hyên to lớn transkhung inkhổng lồ the Rider, giving them an edge.

Meanwhile, Woz looks inlớn the mysterious circumstances of Tsukuyomi’s time powers. Swartz implying that he, who can grant that power khổng lồ others, did not grant her these powers, so she may be just lượt thích hlặng – however, the exact meaning behind all this is something Woz will be keeping khổng lồ himself. Being familiar with the idea of having amnesia, Soichi helps Sogo and Geiz out by having a chat with Tsukuyomày to lift her spirits & keep her moving forward.

Zi-O, Geiz and Woz take on a huge swarm of Another Agitos, with a clear goal in mind: Make it khổng lồ the host và take baông xã Agito’s powers. Aiding them in their goal is a G3 Rider, who turns out to lớn be Soiđưa ra finding another way to help them fight. Once they manage lớn get the RideWatch bachồng, Soiđưa ra transforms inlớn Agito’s Trinity Form and joins Zi-OTrinity in one final showdown.

They bid farewell lớn Soibỏ ra, and we kết thúc on the note that there are 5 RideWatches remaining.

I really enjoyed this one. Much like the Blade arc, this one plays well with the concepts of Agito. While I could’ve sầu used more of Omuro and Mana, because they mostly just had one or two scenes, I LOVE what they did with Soiđưa ra. They made good use of hyên.

Agito was a show that I loved, & looking baông chồng on the actor’s last appearance… he made a very quiông chồng cameo in the final scene of Decade‘s All Riders VS Dai-Shocker, where he barely looked recognizable & didn’t seem particularly in character, a wasted cameo overall. Here I felt like I was watching the same charming goofball from the 2001 show.

If there’s any nitpicks, it’s the fact that we actually didn’t get anyone playing the Another Rider, & it was more of an implied motivation rather than any clarification. I suppose chalk that up khổng lồ being another way the show is shaking things up, doing things differently.

The last fight was also nostalgic since they decided lớn play the fight song from Agito, of all things! This was a big khuyễn mãi giảm giá when the episode aired, leading some – along with me – lớn question why they decided now to lớn do this. It adds more weight, and more personality, when you get to hear music you remember from that series.

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Ep33: “2005: Rejoice! Echo! Roar!”

While looking at his elementary school yearbook, Sogo points out a Tsutomu Tsuzumiya, who once dreamed of being an Oni and even trained under the guidance of his master Hibiki – the group recognizes that as Kamen Rider Hibiki, và decides that this might be a good opportunity for them lớn meet a Rider and obtain their power before trouble starts. Another Hibiki s created from Tsutomu, which gets the attention of not just our heroes, but Todoroki as well – he’s an Oni who’s come to lớn punish the rampaging quái dị for taking the Oni name in vain.

Todoroki chases after the Another Rider, only for a man named Kyosuke Kiriya khổng lồ arrive sầu and greet Sogo và the others, calling himself Hibiki. After the situation is explained to hyên, Kyosuke believes that they need to lớn prove sầu themselves worthy of his power if he ever comes upon a Hibiki RideWatch, so the Riders engage in some Oni training. Woz is particularly fired up, as he tries khổng lồ figure out how lớn properly celebrate Sogo’s upcoming birthday.

In the over, Zi-O và Geiz take down Another Hibiki, finding out that Sogo’s old school friend Tsutomu. However, before Sogo can chat, Heure reactivates his AnotherWatch. The Riders start lớn fight once more, then Kyosuke appears and transforms into lớn an Oni – however, Sogo notices that Kyosuke doesn’t quite look lượt thích Hibiki. Todoroki arrives, confirming that Kyosuke never managed to lớn achieve sầu the name of Hibiki.

This is going lớn be an… interesting arc for me. Hibiki is one of my earlier Rider shows, và I absolutely love it. Unfortunately, this arc is mostly pulling from the second half of that show, which I specifically dislượt thích – especially Kyosuke. It’s a long story, but suffice to lớn say, Kyosuke was a rival introduced for the main character Asumu, which kiông xã started this idea of both of them competing lớn become Hibiki’s pupil. Despite the entire show being about following your dreams, the finale ultimately has Kyosuke becoming Hibiki’s pupil, with Asumu just randomly deciding khổng lồ become a doctor instead.

So how did I feel about the episode? Well, it’s got some interesting cài đặt with a former pupil of Hibiki becoming Another Hibiki, và kudos lớn them for giving hyên a name that fits the naming scheme of the Riders in that show.

Todoroki was a good character to see coming back, someone who started off a young and inexperienced Oni, now looking và acting like a guy who’s been around the block – even if he isn’t in it much. Kyosuke was one I was interested to lớn learn more about, because… considering how I feel about the finale of that show, I find it surprising that they went the route of him LYING about succeeding Hibiki.

While it’s just a minor touch, I appreciate that they basically decided lớn kết thúc the Heisei era with Sogo’s upcoming birthday – we also get KuugaArmor in the show finally. Neat.

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On that note, it’s cool that the final month of the Heisei era has some of the best episodes of Zi-O. A good conclusion to lớn a Blade arc, a solid Agikhổng lồ arc, & a fair cài đặt to a Hibiki arc. Just really knocking it out of the park so far.