Kamen Rider Gaim Ep 35 - "Mitch's Ark"

Tokuboy

Kuuguitar
Geez, the implied body count in this episode alone must dwarf that of every other Heisei Rider series combined. I mean, none of the previous Heisei villains attacked other countries. Urobutcher is really living up to his billing.

And everyone was nailing it this episode - and the climax where Micchy delivers his physical and verbal beatdown was so effective I really felt sorry for the guy who has Overlord-level power. And you can really tell the point where Kouta breaks again.
 
I think that the Gaim and Baron VS Zangetsu Shin will take place next week, since in the scan Gaim is holding the Bana Spear just like in the next episode preview. My guess is that Redyue will help Micchi escape who will then be confronted by Takatora. Don't know about the Mai kidnapping though, although that can be the reason of the fight with Gaim and Baron.
 

BLASTMATIC

Lurker
I still maintain that series hasn't eased up and this whole thing with takatora and micchy is a good piece of that puzzle and the whole plot of the story has been good so far.......

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AHHHHHHHHHHHH MICCHY OUR LAST HOPE...........................ROFL.........
THERE WAS MORE HOPE IN THIS ONE SCENE THAN THE WHOLE OF KAMEN RIDER WIZARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

NeonZ

Active Member
Geez, the implied body count in this episode alone must dwarf that of every other Heisei Rider series combined. I mean, none of the previous Heisei villains attacked other countries. Urobutcher is really living up to his billing.

The dialogue of AU Amazon in Decade about traveling to multiple countries and only having enemies seemed to imply that Dai-Shocker had conquered his entire world, not only Japan. The other countries were never shown on screen though, unlike the quick shots here.
 

Artisan

Blade Adept
So inferring from that, Roshuo didn't just magically make the missiles disappear, but he redirected them at another random part of the planet, which just so happens to be the USA, leading to nuclear Armageddon there instead of Japan? There's something subliminal in that. :sweat:

As background as it is amidst the strong character focus in the foreground this week, the producers have done a stellar job of conveying the apocalypse in the city. As previously said, they went to town with that part of town with the abandoned vehicles and the convincing portrayal of a ghost town. The inclusion of regular TV news updates is another nice little inclusion for the feeling of authenticity, as is the near empty abandoned shop that Mai was in. I only wonder how Bando is supposed to get any new stocks in fruit anymore when all routes to and from Zawame are blocked, and when the economy in all levels from global to local would have collapsed by now. You're awesome, Bando, but not even you can stay in business in these circumstances!

Does it feel a bit outlandish though? Perhaps. Among things, the global economy extinguished in a heartbeat, and America quietly wiped out in an instant and all that. It's not something Rider has really seen (not the Rider series I've seen anyway), and looking at awkward green screen effects of landmarks around the world under attack seems too close to Sentai finale territory. We really might have to smell a Ryuki sort of rewind button in some shape or form, with the forbidden fruit, because I don't see the show ending on that sort of total post-apocalyptic note.

It's fascinating to see how the dynamic in the Kureshima family has been shaped thus far. Takatora, the aloof man who was willing to bear the burning cross of sacrificing the vast majority of the planet to save the rest, gradually mellowing out when discovering his greatest source of hope: Kouta, a man who appears to embody a part of him that he had cast away to stomach his mission. Now a man largely broken and lost, returned to a broken world, finds his brother now a warped, selfish version of his initial philosophy of necessary sacrifice, and ultimately realising that everything he had worked for was for nothing, and needs Kouta as a lantern of hope more than ever.

Mitsuzane, who had formerly looked at Kouta as an aspirational figure - a figure of hope as you will - before his patience is eroded by a Kouta he began to interpret as an illogical optimist, frustratingly interloping and acting counter to what he believed to be the optimal course of action. Now a Kouta he interprets to be much more insidious. A source of dangerous optimism that can lead all his loved ones into one ultimate suicidal end in a profitless battle, instead of a peaceful pursuit for survival. As much as we **** on Micchy, you can also understand him. You hate him, yet you understand his rationale. Not everyone in such a scenario is prepared to defy the odds, and would accept with certain resignation what is simply on the plate.

This show, man.

Biiiiig kudos to every actor this week. Kaito and Minato looking at each other and collectively sighing was great. Kouta was great all round. Yumi Shida pulled off the incredulity and the penetrating glare of suspicion and disbelief brilliantly. Mahiro Takasugi just shines with the tirade and the body language.
 
Why does everyone keep saying they were nukes? Obviously not all of the U.S was destroyed as the missiles hit before roshu went back to the forest and when he started the global invasion we clearly see that New York was fine.
 

Lockon

Member
So inferring from that, Roshuo didn't just magically make the missiles disappear, but he redirected them at another random part of the planet, which just so happens to be the USA, leading to nuclear Armageddon there instead of Japan? There's something subliminal in that. :sweat:

As background as it is amidst the strong character focus in the foreground this week, the producers have done a stellar job of conveying the apocalypse in the city. As previously said, they went to town with that part of town with the abandoned vehicles and the convincing portrayal of a ghost town. The inclusion of regular TV news updates is another nice little inclusion for the feeling of authenticity, as is the near empty abandoned shop that Mai was in. I only wonder how Bando is supposed to get any new stocks in fruit anymore when all routes to and from Zawame are blocked, and when the economy in all levels from global to local would have collapsed by now. You're awesome, Bando, but not even you can stay in business in these circumstances!

Am I the only one who noticed the jars and preserves? Apparently Bando was already prepared for the apocalypse, heheh.

As for the America getting nuked by Japan thing, it wasn't Americans' faking surrenders and being dishonorable shits, now was it?
 

NeonZ

Active Member
I'd guess it were the military bases that sent the nukes that got nuked, considering how the statue of liberty seemed to be just fine later in the episode, so it doesn't seem like he deliberately targeted large populational centers with those.
 

Photon

Shining~
Aesir's sub mentioned the missiles were just "seen across the continent", so I guess the missile might actually hit somewhere else, heck it might actually go into the sea.

But looking at the characters' reaction, it seems like the missile does hit some parts of USA, though we know The Big Apple isn't one of the areas that got hit.
 

td1gz

Member
I wonder what will become of Kouta? Did anyone notice when at the Fruit Bar with Minato and Kaito, Kouta mentioned that he in fact hasn't eaten anything at all the whole day? Is he slowly becoming an Overlord? I notice it was something no one really brought up, though small, I wonder what it means. Anyone have ideas/opinions about this? Just thought I bring it up. AWESOME series by far!!
 

Painted_Outlaw

The new Tendou Souji
In the show? It got mentioned before, when Ryouma was mentioning about how the Sengoku Drivers will eventually replace people's need for food sustenance.
 

Photon

Shining~
Yeah, the cause is probably half the Driver slowly making him addicted to Lockseeds due to using the feature repeatedly, and half the transformation into an Overlord slowly making him not interested in normal foods anymore.

Now I wonder if we'll ever going to see a scene of Kouta having an interest to eat a raw Lockseed fruit despite wearing a Driver.....that would be a major hint for his transformation into an Overlord.
 

kuroihikari

Member
If the world sent that much missiles to wipe out a small, island-city, they probably weren't nukes.

At any rate, the entire idea (and execution) behind the missiles was so stupid. It's best to suspend disbelief on that one.
 

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