*Silver is sitting in one of the Team Toku Riders recording studios, rewatching Super Hero Taisen GP*
TB: *walks in, whistling* Oh, hey dude. Whatcha doin?
Silver: Rewatching GP. Y’know, even after the sh*t show that was a majority of the Super Hero Taisen movies, I’m glad I was able to find this gem.
TB: What about Z?
Silver: *scoffs* What ABOUT Z?
TB: It wasn’t that bad either.
Silver: Compared to the other two, yes, but it was still mediocre.
TB: Touche. Though, the fact that Mach died in GP still bothers me. First of all, *clips from later episodes of Drive pop up* that was all a complete lie. Second of all, I don’t think this movie is canon with Drive’s continuity.
Silver: Well… they apparently made a follow-up to GP, based on the after-credits scene shown at the end, which actually went somewhere compared to the Kikaider teaser at the end of Z that amounted to nothing besides the reboot movie.
TB: And Gaim teaming up with Kikaider, but that’s another story.
Silver: Well, wanna review it?
TB: Kikaider or the follow-up to GP?
Silver: Gee, what do you think? -_-
TB: Alright. Let’s take a look at Kamen Rider Yongou.
---Toku Rider Taisen! Epilogue: Shocker’s Final Gambit! Farewell, Kamen Rider Mach!
Silver: Hello, everyone, this is your Radiant Rider, Silver Maxus, back once again to review something else Toku-related!
TB: And TokuBrony back with him one last time to tie up loose ends with the Super Hero Taisen films.
Silver: And this time, we take to the skies with reviewing the follow-up to Super Hero Taisen GP.
TB: Yeah, it turns out that Kamen Rider Mach’s ‘death’ was building up to this special.
Silver: Don’t say it in quotes, he actually died in that special. -_-
TB: Then how do you explain how he’s fine in the show?
Silver: IT IS EXPLAINED IN THIS SPECIAL, SO SHUT UP ABOUT IT!! *glares at TB*
TB: ...It’s not even canon.
Silver: *facepalm* Just start the stupid movie…
Silver: So… apparently, the people who watched the first three Taisen movies were basically sick of the director’s sh*t and complained to the director, and thus he made this special to not only tie up loose ends in GP, but also Kamen Rider Taisen as well. And thank Arceus for that!
TB: So let me get this straight, the director got too many complaints about his films… so he resorts to making a film direct to DVD to save his life.
Silver: I dunno. I guess it makes sense. Regardless, this special not only wraps up the preceding two movies, but also Kamen Rider Faiz as well, giving closure to the ambiguous finale at the end of it.
TB: It also features Kamen Rider Zeronos as well.
Silver: Yeah, but he doesn’t really factor too much into this compared to the Drive team and Faiz. Anyways, enough stalling. Let’s get into the movie!
Silver: So, this special is split into three episodes, though the third is longer and has most of the meat of Kamen Rider Yongou. We start Episode 1, “Deathmatch! The Kamen Rider Died Three Times!!” with a small recap of GP and Gou’s death in the last movie.
TB: We see remaining Shocker scientists trying to bring their Big Machine back to life along with setting up something called the Yongou Project. Aaaand then after the intro, we see Shinnosuke sleeping on the job. Get your ass up, you slacker!
Silver: Principal Stricklin much?
TB: What can I say? I love Back to the Future.
Silver: No argument there. Regardless, Shinnosuke gets a call from Kiriko, who is waiting at the movies with… Gou?! Wait, but you died in the last movie! What sort of time paradox BS is this?!
TB: Maybe that whole thing was a dream. Hell, I would think the same thing.
Silver: Regardless, while Kiriko and Gou go to see the Murmur Mansion movie, which was a franchise beloved by Toku Joka’s resident nerd, Kyu Saijou, Shinnosuke and Belt-san are greeted by two familiar figures making their way into the Drive Pit, Takumi Inui (Kamen Rider Faiz) and Yuuto Sakurai (Kamen Rider Zeronos).
Yuuto: Tomari! Jigen da! (Tomari! There’s a case!)
Shinnosuke: Oi, oi! Who are you guys?!
Takumi: What are you saying?! Shocker is rampaging!
Silver: Wow, that quickly, eh?
TB: Plus, Shinnosuke doesn’t seem to have any memories of what happened? Were the events of GP a dream, or is this Kamen Rider’s version of the New 52?
Silver: Who knows. However, when they get to the location, they find Shocker and… Cheetah Snail? B-But does that mean Gen is evil in this timeline, or is this a completely different Cheetah Snail that is unrelated to Gen?!
*clip from DBZA*
Cell: I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!!
TB: Hold on… I realized something now.
Silver: What’s that?
TB: No memories of the alternate timeline, enemies reappearing from said timeline… THIS IS SEASON 3 OF THE FLASH TV SHOW!!
Silver: Oh scheisse, you’re right! Well… kinda, as Shinnosuke suddenly remembers that he worked with the two of them in GP from some kind of memory flash after seeing them transform, and finally goes in to help Thus, we have three Kamen Riders versus Shocker and Cheetah Snail!
TB: The fight is soon noticed by the Shijima siblings, as Faiz and Zeronos split off to fight Cheetah Snail, who get a little closer to witness this.
Silver: Gou, being as reckless as ever, goes in to assist, and the three are able to finish off Cheetah Snail with a triple finish, with Exceed Charge, Full Charge, and Full Throttle being used to finish the job… or so we think!
Gou: Yosh~! (Hell yeah~!) We did it!
Yuuto: You only helped out in the end, don’t get cocky!
TB: Their celebration is premature however. Shinnosuke gets another memory back… just as this happens…
*Gou is suddenly grabbed by the neck from behind by a strange limb, as he is brought toward Cheetah Snail*
Cheetah Snail: At least I can take a Rider down with me.
Shinnosuke: *gasps, before running to save Gou* Stop!!
Cheetah Snail: Shocker BANZAI!! *explodes, taking Gou with him, who falls to the ground dying*
Silver: Oh sh*t! D-Did they just kill off Gou again?!
TB: Trying to recreate events of that alternate timeline as well? Yep, definitely like Season 3 of The Flash.
Silver: Honestly, I gotta admit, this was really well-done. The only issue is the episode title spoils it completely.
TB: Not to mention it comes out of nowhere and is just there to be a shock death, like in GP.
Silver: Anyways, time suddenly stops, before we see a stopwatch that looks suspiciously like the Accel Watch from Faiz, before time seems to reset back to before.
TB: Za Warudo! *TB suddenly gets whacked by the butt of the Shingou Axe* ITA!
Silver: No!! Bad Brony who likes Toku! There will be NO JoJo references on my channel!
TB: *rubs the back of head* As long as you don’t give me crap for liking it, we are square. Besides, I had to.
Silver: No, no you didn’t.
TB: Anyway, Shinnosuke wakes back up… in his office? Are we going to do the whole Groundhog Day thing?
Silver: Apparently. Anyways, events play out very similarly, though Shinnosuke feels like he’s having Deja vu, which obviously he is. However, when we get to fighting Cheetah-Snail…
*Drive goes in to fight, when he’s suddenly tripped by an invisible tongue, which belongs to Hiruchameleon, who jumps down to fight Drive*
TB: That didn’t happen before, did it?
Silver: Nope. Luckily, Drive is able to outsmart Hiruchameleon using Type Technic. Nice touch there, Toei.
TB: Cheetah Snail escapes, Faiz and Zeronos following while Drive finishes off Hiruchameleon.
Silver: From there, things pan out like before. Mach comes in, they defeat Cheetah-Snail, and it appears he’s really dead this time. Whew. Crisis aver-
*Gou is smiling, before something pierces his chest, as Hiruchameleon is shown to be barely alive*
Hiruchameleon: You… will die with me! *falls down and explodes in defeat*
Silver: ...well, that was definitely more shocking and tragic than the last death.
TB: ...Pooh. Well, at least Shinnosuke’s not alone in feeling deja vu. His belt is feeling it too.
Silver: However, like the last time, time loops back on itself, and we get everything the third time. Hmm.
TB: This time, Shinnosuke tells Kiriko and Go to stay away from the shopping mall and when Yuuto and Takumi go to warn him, he leaves a note saying he’s already on there where Shocker will attack.
Silver: It appears he’s starting to get wise to these time loops. Honestly, I do find this an interesting story to tell about time travel. As we’ll see here, things keep changing little by little as these time loops occur, which is honestly a neat touch.
TB: Let’s hope the payoff is worth it. The third kaijin that appears is this one with two different voices and is a mix between an ant and a mammoth.
Silver: This is AriMammoth. He’s… also an original kaijin, exclusive to this movie. He seems to have a 2-in-1 personality, similar to Best Rider. Anyways, Drive goes Wild to try and fight against this trio of Kaijin.
TB: Eventually, Zeronos and Faiz arrive to help, Drive telling Gou not to fight this time. Then he does something pretty ballsy. When AriMammoth fires an energy ball at Gou, Drive actually takes the shots for Gou and DIES!!
Silver: Holy crap. Shinnosuke died? I-I have no words…
TB: Don’t worry, because some random guy gives hints that he’s involved somehow and time loops back. Shinnosuke’s alive again.
Silver: This thus ends Part 1 of Kamen Rider Yongou, with Shinnosuke starting to piece things together, with images of the titular Rider being prepared, while the main theme for the movie, “Time” plays. Now, I wanna take a quick moment to say I LOVE this song. While “Who’s That Guy” gave a very energetic feel, this song sounds more somber, fitting of the dire situation that is occurring in this movie.
TB: It does sound cool. We then begin Part 2 of the film, Duel!! Sky Cyclone Aerial Attack. It begins with Kiriko missing the call with Shinnosuke, but going to see the movie with Gou anyway. Gou is also starting to feel something off. Even getting a vision of his own death from Super Hero Taisen GP!
Silver: They decide to brush it off, as we see… the Faiz Signal Bike from GP? Da hell-?
TB: Don’t you mean the Faiz? XD
Silver: *facepalm* Anyways, Gou keeps having visions of his death in the movie. Meanwhile, Shinnosuke goes to talk to Belt-san. Apparently, he collected data from the last loop. Very clever, Shinnosuke.
TB: Thus things will be easier explaining to Takumi and Yuuto about the time loops. The two veterans’ memories reset every time the loop restarts. But why didn’t Shinnosuke’s memories reset?
Silver: Not sure. Perhaps due to exposure from Heavy Deceleration, his brain is able to have visions whenever there is a time loop. Anyways, he proves to Yuuto and Takumi that it’s true by showing his vitals.
TB: That would make his death in the show the second time he died. Anyway, they also figure out that every time someone dies, time loops back and restarts.
Silver: Even worse, it appears every time time loops, Shocker gets stronger. For those asking how that’s possible… well, it’s the History Alteration Machine, my guess is Shocker rigged it so that they weren’t affected by the time loop. Kinda like Code Lyoko’s return to the past command.
TB: I remember that. So Takumi wants to go out there and fight Shocker because he can’t just stand and watch. But what else can they do to prevent time from looping again and making sure Shocker’s defeated?
Silver: Yuuto decides to do some investigation using the ZeroLiner, and we get to see his faithful Imagin Deneb once again.
TB: Yay~. *claps hands* I like Deneb. He’s funny and he has the voice of the Gaim narrator and Jiraiya from Naruto.
Silver: Eh. Like I said, I don’t really care for the Imagin…
TB: So Yuuto says that he’ll investigate the twisted point in time while Shinnosuke stays. He calls Kiriko and tells her and Gou to return home immediately, but not why because he has a gut feeling that says Gou shouldn’t get involved.
Silver: Uh… why not tell her the truth? “Sorry, Kiriko, but we’re caught in a time loop that happens when somebody dies, and we can’t risk Gou dying out here.”
TB: They probably won’t believe him and think he’s crazy.
Silver: They’ve faced androids that have Clock Up powers! I don’t think “crazy” is in their dictionary!
TB: Fair enough. Maybe knowing could put Gou in even more danger.
Silver: Fair. Anyways, Gou regardless runs off to help Shinnosuke. Meanwhile, Takumi is stopped by the man on the motorcycle from the last reset, who is introduced as Naoya Kaidou, one of the major characters from Faiz and an ally of Kiba and eventually Takumi. He also wore Faiz’s armor once… as well as Riotrooper armor.
TB: Didn’t he also wear Kaixa’s armor at a certain point?’
Silver: No, I think you’re thinking of Kiba.
TB: No, I was thinking of the eccentric dude from Paradise Lost.
Silver: Okay. Also, fun fact, he would later go on to play Musashi’s human form in the Kamen Rider Ghost movie, as well as Juzo from Shinkenger, AKA the kaijin Decker was adapted from in Samurai. Pretty neat.
TB: Cool. Anyway, Kaidou tells Takumi to stay out of the case about the time loop, even awkwardly begging him to do so. Takumi of course doesn’t have time for this, but Kaidou reveals that he’s an ORPHENOCH!
Silver: Uh… I mean, this may be a surprise to you, but he was an Orphenoch in the series proper, the Snake Orphenoch to be exact.
TB: Odd. So he decides to fight Takumi to convince him, but is intercepted by Kamen Rider Mach.
Silver: Kaidou then leaves, and we rejoin Yuuto as he travels through time. However, some sort of anomaly blocks him from leaving, and he and Deneb are thrown through a time portal, where we see the events of the final battle of GP. We even get to see that epic Rider Triple Kick.
TB: They even get a glimpse of Mach dying to Shocker and the funeral held by Shinnosuke and Kiriko. That’s when they realize the truth.
Silver: We then cut back to Shinnosuke, who is intercepted by AriMammoth, while Faiz and Mach take on the other two Shocker kaijin.
TB: After fighting for a while, Drive sees AriMammoth beginning to multiply before he explains the entire plan to him like an idiot.
Silver: I don’t think AriMammoth is that smart. Anyways, it appears the History Alteration Machine is not completely broken, and while it is still functional, Shocker essentially has made time its b*yay!*ch. They can grow stronger and stronger as the time loops give them infinite time to plan out their plot for world domination.
TB: However, before the clones can leave, they are suddenly run over by ZeroLiner and are interrupted by Zeronos in his Vega Form.
Silver: Zeronos and Drive are able to take out AriMammoth pretty easily, so we won’t be seeing him until the next reset. Anyways, after the fight, Yuuto explains to Shinnosuke everything that happened.
TB: He explains about Gou’s death during the events of GP, how it was a major cost in an otherwise successful victory against Shocker’s plan to alter time and take over the world. It can’t have been rebuilt because Shinnosuke says that the Riders’ feelings are the ones who make what has been broken run normally.
Silver: I’m a bit confused on this, but considering Rider Syndrome is a thing, I’m just gonna chalk it up at Toku Logic.
*clip from Power Rangers Super Megaforce*
Gosei: There’s a simple explanation… *suddenly, there’s an explosion in the background*
TB and Silver: Damnit, Gosei!#Trollsei
TB: Anyway, Shinnosuke has it all figured out while Faiz and Mach are battling Shocker like the previous times. And even Mach starts to remember the time he died in GP!
Silver: However, before he can change events, he is attacked and killed by Cheetah-Snail, whom Faiz beats while in Faiz Accel Mode.
TB: And even Accel Mode isn’t fast enough to save Mach from dying. Turns out that, according to Shinnosuke, one of them has feelings strong enough to activate the time alteration machine even though they are unaware of it. That person is Kiriko.
Silver: Well… okay then. I mean, that makes sense, as Kiriko does care a lot for her brother.
TB: And Shocker is using her feelings against them to advance their plans, the slimy bastards. Welp, time for another retry.
*As the clip fades to black, the Retry sound effect from Blinx the Time Sweeper plays, rewinding the clip to when Shinnosuke woke up, before resuming where the clip left off*
Silver: ...what, it’s fitting.
TB: I’m not arguing with you there. So Shinnosuke calls Kiriko and tells her and Gou to come to the Drive Pit with Takumi and Yuuto to tell her everything. I have to say, out of all the plans I’ve seen Shocker put into fruition, using Kiriko’s feelings for her brother to warp time and advance their schemes for world domination is the most sinister and unforgiving of all of them.
Silver: As the five of them discuss the gravity of this situation, they mention that restoring the timeline may end up making it so Gou did die in the battle against Shocker. Now, before you complain, TB, remember that it’s the timeline that they THINK is gonna happen. Savvy?
TB: The timeline I keep saying is non-canon? ...Alright, but they and we don’t know anymore details than this and Gou remaining dead after is just a possibility, not a fact.
Silver: Yep. Regardless, Gou runs off after hearing this. Meanwhile, it’s finally time for Kamen Rider Yongou to take center stage as the android Rider is brought to life in a very Frankenstein’s Monster-esque way.
TB: It’s alive~, IT’S ALIVE~!! *clears throat* After that, Shinnosuke talks with Gou about why he’s so mad about this. Gou is becoming way too accepting of his possible death. Geez, there’s a lot more references to Season 3 of The Flash than I thought.
Silver: However, while Gou is accepting of his fate, Takumi is not. As a battle-hardened Rider, especially from one of the darkest Rider series of the early 2000s, he understands what it means to lose someone. He lost many good men during his tenure, including one of his closest friends, Kiba.
TB: Even though I haven’t seen Faiz, this is a nice character moment that shows Takumi has grown from his experiences and is passing his teachings down to another. He’s seen too much death and he doesn’t want Gou to leave his sister.
Silver: Man, this movie has some really good character moments… and this isn’t even the actual in-theaters movie! Anyways, Shinnosuke, probably driving to help stop Shocker, is attacked by a plane flying in and shooting at him! Whoa!
TB: Not often you see a Rider use a plane for battle. Anyway, we see Yongou drop off and HOLY CRAP HE HAS GLIDE SUIT WINGS!?!
Silver: A pretty awesome entrance, but I can’t say I’m digging the suit. Sure, it looks like modern air-force pilot wear, but it just seems a bit odd to have on a Kamen Rider. Still, he is a pretty intimidating Rider. And he’s voiced by Motherfaizing Kamen Rider Eternal.
TB: ...You serious?
Silver: Yep. That is indeed Mitsuru Matsuoka, the actor who played Katsumi Daidou himself and was also the lead singer of Earnest Drive, the band responsible for one of the greatest theme songs in Tokusatsu, Drive’s Surprise-Drive.
TB: Okay, any moment I’m gonna expect him to say ‘Enjoy your Hell’.
Silver: It would not be too out of place, seeing as what’s to come. Anyways, Yongou fights Drive one-on-one, but Drive seems very outmatched by this. It’s obvious Shocker made this guy to be a lean mean fighting machine.
TB: This dude can tank regular punches and kicks and fights with a military style of combat. He even does what I like to call Matrix punching. However, Takumi and Yuuto arrive to see Yongou with shock. And Shocker’s ultimate goal was to create him with no interruptions and use his power to, you guessed it, take over the world.
*clip from Street Fighter: The Movie*
M. Bison: Of COURSE!!
Silver: Luckily, the two join in, making the fight 3v1. Hopefully this will make the odds a bit ea-... oh, who am I kidding, this is gonna be tough. Especially with his plane, the Sky Cyclone coming in to take out Zeronos.
TB: I’d ask how Yongou was able to tank their punches, but he is a robot.
Silver: And with one final Rider Kick, Drive goes down once again, as time resets again, but this time we see Shinnosuke despairing at another defeat, as we cut to credits. Wow. That really does set the stage nicely.
TB: So what are they gonna do against the loops and an OP God Mod Shocker Rider?
Silver: Well, we’ll see in the final part, which is called Duel! The True Identity of Shocker’s Great Leader. We start off skipping ahead quite a few resets, and Shocker has gained enough power to start their takeover of everything. They’ve even recruited their own Riders to their side. Now, before anyone questions why Baron, Sasword, and Dark Kiva are working for Shocker, I’d like to note two things:
TB: Okay, go ahead.
Silver: One, as shown in the Kamen Rider Brave side story, they could use Rider clones to do so, as Foundation X is the Heisei equivalent to Shocker. Two, may I remind you that each of these Riders have had a time where they were once villains. For Baron, it was towards the end of the series. King as Dark Kiva was where that counted. And finally, Sasword is actually (spoilers) a Worm whose mind was affected by the original Tsurugi Kamishiro, so Shocker could’ve easily just made him remember that he was a Worm and turned him to the dark side.
TB: And what about Ouja?
Silver: ...dude, you do realize Ouja is a total sociopath and was one of the main baddies of that series, right? Hell, he’s just as sadistic in Beast Rider Squad.
TB: Right. Anyway, back with Kiriko, she goes to Shinnosuke and asks him… why not stop the fighting? Uh, that’s a stupid question.
Silver: Is she REALLY implying to GIVE UP!? Kiriko, what the FAIZ?!? You realize that if you stop fighting, you’re letting Shocker win? This is not the Kiriko that I know! This is not the badass female cop who is just as competent if not more than Shinnosuke who all Rider girls should be compared to!
TB: No, not give up. She’s requesting something much more ridiculous. If she’s the one causing the time loop… then she’s the one who has to die.
Silver: O.o Wh-What?! That is absolutely preposterous!!
TB: No one’s dying anymore, they already found Shocker’s secret base and Shinnosuke asks Kiriko to make sure her brother doesn’t do anything reckless or stupid. And then we cut to Takumi thinking back on what he said to Gou while mourning those he lost, Kiba, Kusaka, everyone.
Silver: One thing I would like to mention… he mentions Mari among the names at some point, but Mari was still alive by the end of the series. Don’t worry, this’ll come into play later.
TB: Kaidou arrives again and warns him not to stick his neck out in the case, going further into saying that he should cherish life and basically… YOLO.
Silver: *facepalm* Really?
TB: In a nutshell, that’s what he says. Anyway, over to the warehouse set that’s used for a lot of Toku battles, this time it’s used as Shocker’s base.
Silver: I love how Shinnosuke just pops up and punches out one of the Shocker grunts. Man, these guys are weaker than Stormtroopers.
TB: They are just cannon fodder, what do you expect?
Silver: Touche. Regardless, they are able to sneak in, but Yongou shows up. Drive stays behind to fight against the Robo Rider, while Ouja, Dark Kiva, and Cheetah-Snail stop Faiz and Zeronos from advancing.
TB: Thus the fight begins, and the Riders have actually gotten stronger from all those times they lost… that we never got to see.
Silver: Drive is able to beat Yongou to a stand-still, but Yongou tells Drive that the stronger they become, the closer Shocker gets to world domination, before disappearing. Meanwhile, Faiz and Zeronos are able to dispatch the two evil Riders, before focusing on Cheetah-Snail. However…
Faiz: You’re next.
Cheetah-Snail: Oh, really? *motions his head towards a holo-screen that appears, showing Hiruchameleon and AriMammoth holding Gou and Kiriko hostage*
Silver: Oh sh*yay!*! They captured the Shijima siblings!
TB: Okay, when and how the hell did Shocker capture Kiriko and Gou?! This last part has cut a lot of stuff out that could’ve been useful in showing.
Silver: *shrugs* Ambush, I guess? Regardless, they basically hold them at ransom, saying unless they surrender, they will die.
TB: Faiz and Zeronos are seriously gonna let this happen while Sasword and Baron kick their asses?
Silver: However, Kiriko has finally decided… and… Oh god…
Kiriko: Gou… you should… live.
Gou: Nee-chan… Yamero!! (Stop!!)
Drive: Kiriko! *Kiriko then pushes Hiruchameleon before jumping off the tower to her death*
Silver: ...oh God… sh-she… *starts to tear up a bit*
TB: It is shocking to see her commit suicide for the greater good… but it was all in vain because time loops again.
Silver: Oh geez… so Kiriko wasn’t the culprit?
TB: Kiriko is not the one with the feelings strong enough to keep the broken machine going. Who’s the one with the feelings so strong that he wishes no death onto anyone?
Silver: It finally clicks to Shinnosuke who it is, as Yuuto appears to tell Shinnosuke that Takumi has vanished.
TB: Takumi is putting the pieces together as well. Turns out that Takumi Inui himself is the one who is inadvertently activating the machine to loop over and over again… wow, now they’re using Takumi’s own feelings against him and the world. Those bastards!
Silver: It’s explained that Faiz did indeed die at the end of the ambiguous ending that his series gave. However, thanks to the History Alteration Machine, he was brought back and all of his other friends died instead, including Mari.
TB: Wow, I’m glad I didn’t watch Faiz then. Wouldn’t wanna watch a season where everyone dies at the end, including our main heroes.
Silver: It is a dark series, but I would like to watch it at some point. Though… this would explain why we got such a weird retcon for Kusaka’s death in KR Taisen. This must mean the History Alteration Machine was in operation during Gaim’s run, or hell, even longer than that!
TB: So one of the most prominent Riders of the Heisei era has been dead for some time before he was brought back to life?
Silver: That’s the thing. In this time, he was never even dead the second time! The History Alteration Machine changed that! This has such major implications on not only this movie, but the entire Super Hero Taisen series as a whole! Hell, even the previous movies! All Riders vs. Dai Shocker, Movie War 2010, the Kamen Rider Wizard finale! This is big!!
TB: So this movie is somehow slightly connected to all of those big events that you just mentioned?
Silver: Every appearance Faiz has made past that finale… excluding the A.R. Takumi, of course… all of those appearances were because of the History Alteration Machine… that’s just… wow.
TB: ...I give this movie credit for shaking up the whole timeline, storyline, and even mythos of Kamen Rider and everything about Takumi’s character. Hell, this isn’t even a Gekijouban film!
Silver: And Pika said this movie was pointless. Bull. Sh*yay!*t.
TB: It’s like in comic books. Even a stand alone issue can have serious repercussions and shake up things for the future.
Silver: We then reach the sad truth. If the History Alteration Machine is destroyed… Takumi will have died 10 years ago. Luckily, Gou will never have been killed. Thus, Takumi accepts his fate to save not only time itself and the world, but Gou’s life. Okay… I’m only gonna say this once. F*yay!*. Kamen. Rider. Taisen.
TB: Why do you say that?
Silver: This movie does everything so much better for Takumi’s character than that movie ever could! It’s not the worst thing in the world, but Kamen Rider Taisen is still a terrible movie.
TB: So that’s how they tie up loose ends from KRT? That Takumi is the product of alternate history?
Silver: Yep. And it works. It actually works in this context. People may sh*yay!*t on the Super Hero Taisen movies for being awful, but if GP and this movie have shown us anything, it’s that there may be hope for Chou Super Hero Taisen actually being pretty decent. Anyways, Gou decides to take a picture of all of them, even if it will get erased when the timeline is restored.
TB: Thus, it is time for the final battle to begin. Takumi says his death won’t be a tragedy, but a happy ending for himself and the world to be at peace.
Silver: With Shinnosuke agreeing as that is what Kamen Riders do! And thus… it’s time…
*Shinnosuke and Gou pull out their Shift Car and Signal Bike while Yuuto pulls out his card and Takumi opens his phone, before closing it to transform*
Shinnosuke, Gou, Takumi, & Yuuto: Henshin!! *All four activate their transformations*=COMPLETE!=
= DRIVE: TYPE SPEED! =
Silver: Oh hell yeah!! It’s go time!!
TB: It’s glorious Rider action that you’ve come to expect. I think this movie works well because of the downgraded cast. Unlike the large cast of Riders in GP, the focus is mainly on these four and it works to its advantage.
Silver: And even in GP, they focused on only two plots, that being Yuuto, Gou, and Kuroi for one plot and Shinnosuke for the other, far compared to the other movies where there was so little focus.
TB: True. Faiz goes to take care of the machine while Drive fights Yongou in another big battle. This time, Drive morphs to Type Formula to gain an edge. Now it’s time to take the fight to the sky with Sky Cyclone vs. Booster Tridoron!
Silver: Meanwhile, Faiz takes out Hiruchameleon before finally making it to the History Alteration machine, where we see the Great Leader of Shocker himself on a holo-screen.
TB: Also, Kaidou, who was in cahoots with Shocker before he turns into the Snake Orphenoch to fight Faiz. While that’s going on, Mach defeats Cheetah-Snail with Dead Heat while Zeronos beats AriMammoth.
Silver: Pretty badass finishers, too. Meanwhile, Booster Tridoron is under attack from more planes, but Deneb comes in to assist using the ZeroLiner… and the two actually COMBINE!! Holy crap, that is amazing!! Sure, it’s more Tridoron sits on top and shoots tires, but it’s still pretty amazing!
TB: Sky Cyclone also combines with TWO SHOCKER PLANES!! Sweetness!!
Silver: This is just plain intense! Booster Tridoron, with the power of the ZeroLiner, is able to slam right through the Sky Cyclone to finish that Rider Machine off!
TB: Yongou, I hope you’re insured.
Silver: Mach and Zeronos are then fighting our four Dark Riders, as Zeronos goes Zero Form for the two Riders to finish these guys off! Enjoy your hell, boys! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.
TB: I was gonna save an Eternal reference for Yongou, but okay.
Silver: Anyways, we see endgame with Yongou and Drive, and we get this…
*Drive and Yongou Rider Kick each other in mid-air, clashing as things go into slow-mo for a second.
Drive: You have no right to call yourself a Kamen Rider! *Drive then kicks up, injuring Yongou’s leg, before going back in for a Rider Kick*
Yongou: RIDER PUNCH!! *punches Drive’s Rider Kick causing an attack clash* THIS POWER IS NOTHING!!
*Drive grunts and roars as he flicks Shift Formula up 5 times to increase the power*=FO-FO-FO-FO-FORMULA!=
Belt-san: =This is bad! If you accelerate anymore, we’ll explode!=
Drive: I don’t care! That’s what Kamen Riders do! *starts to gain more power against Yongou*
Belt-san: = OK! Then I’ll accompany you! =
*Drive flicks Shift Formula three more times*=FO-FO-FORMULA!=
*Drive then kicks right through Yongou, causing the Rider to explode as he lands, before standing up*
TB: HOOOLLEEEE CRAAAAAP!!!
Silver: Drive just supercharged himself to the point of nearly killing himself and completely obliterated Yongou!! No remains left! Hoo boy, that was insane!
TB: Awesome moments like this is why I say Tokusatsu is like live action anime!
Silver: Meanwhile, we have Faiz against the Snake Orphenoch, friend against friend, and we realize the reason Kaidou is doing this is because he’s sick of people dying. Admirable, but he has to face facts that everyone dies.
TB: It’s sad, but it is the truth. Death is shown as many ways in media. As a friend, as your opponent, as an inevitability, as merciful. This one says that death is a release for a tortured soul to be at peace.
Silver: And so, in a very depressing moment, Faiz is forced to defeat his friend, dealing one final Exceed Charge before Kaidou passes away in his arms. But now… it’s time to finish this.
TB: He gets ready to shoot the machine before the Great Leader reveals himself via holo-screen.
Great Leader: I cannot believe you made it this far. *removes his hood to reveal…*
TB: What the hell? ...TAKUMI!?! 0O0
Silver: Wait… the Great Leader was copying Takumi’s appearance and powers this whole time?! Well… that equally made sense and came out of Faizing nowhere!
TB: But why!? Why does he have Takumi’s appearance!? Why is he relying on Takumi’s fear of death to conquer the world?! Why does he think Takumi is so damn important?!
*clip from DBZA*
Cell: I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS~!!!
Silver: Normally, I’d try and piece this together, but I’m just gonna say Toku logic. My theory is making the History Alteration Machine latched on to a part of Takumi’s spirit, which is why his timeline was altered, and thus the Great Leader’s spirit inside the History Alteration Machine took on the appearance of Takumi. Still, that’s just me piecing it together.
TB: This is some Total Recall crap going on here. Anyway, Takumi delivers the final shot to the Great Leader before he can restart the time loop again, destroying their plans and everything going back to the beginning. Shinnosuke waking up and Kiriko telling him to get to the movie theater cuz he’s late.
Silver: And we see that Gou is still alive, the timeline is restored, and no more time loops. Whew… that’s a relief. For a second there, I thought we’d have to call the Time Factory.
TB: Shinnosuke does meet Yuuto as he’s running and even gives him the picture that Gou took… except no Takumi in there.
Silver: It’s a shame, but I think it’s for the best. Rest in Pizza, Takumi Inui, Kamen Rider Faiz.
TB: Allow me to quote something from William Shakespeare, because it feels more befitting when saying goodbye to a character that a lot of people have known and stuck with for so long. *clears throat* Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
Silver: Well said, TB. Anyways, our heroes then hear there’s another disaster afoot, and thus it’s back to action once again, all the while Kaidou watches them. And that was Kamen Rider Yongou, or should I say “the Kamen Rider movie that retconned one (possibly 2) really bad Taisen movies.”
TB: Let’s get this out of the way first… the whole twist involving Takumi Inui, aka Kamen Rider Faiz. It turned out that for all these years since Faiz’s end, his appearances were the product of alternate history and he was the inadvertent tool in Shocker’s evil scheme. If that doesn’t give you an emotional gut check, then I don’t know what will.
Silver: Tying into this, I love that this gives closure on Faiz’s story as a whole, as well as tying up the GP saga in a nice little bow. This really did feel like a three-act story to a three-act story, which started with Ninninger vs. Drive and GP.
TB: The action was also pretty good, par for the course. Everyone contributed in a cool way and I liked the fights with Kamen Rider Yongou himself.
Silver: I also think the Time Loop reset works great for this story. Sure, it doesn’t make sense most of the time, but considering Shocker made a machine to bend space-time to their will, it doesn’t really matter. It was their rules, not the Riders. Anyways, as many of you know, I’m a fan of time elements in media, and this definitely worked out really good. Far better than that other thing I reviewed on this channel… *glares at a picture of Starlight Glimmer*
TB: Easy, Silver. I thought you said she got better.
Silver: I’m still sour about that finale, though… -_-
TB: At least Starlight is not on the same level as #F
Silver: Yeah, at least she’s actually somewhat likable compared to that waste of space.
Silver: Okay, I don’t have too many things to complain about, but I will admit I think they dropped the ball with Yongou. I get that it’s supposed to be a jet pilot mixed with a Kamen Rider, but it just looks baggy and kinda ugly. Also, for this movie being called Kamen Rider Yongou, he barely shows up in it. He only had three major fight scenes, those being facing against Drive, Zeronos, and Faiz, the first rematch with Drive, and the final battle. Seriously, such wasted potential, Toei.
TB: I don’t really have much to complain either. Though I will admit, I’m very confused about the whole ‘Great Leader is Takumi’ thing. Is it supposed to be like the Shadows in Persona? Is like an alternate universe version of Takumi (not like in Decade, but still)? Did Shocker do so much research about Faiz’s events that the Great Leader decided to mimic Takumi’s appearance for a mind game? It’s bugging me and I doubt there’s gonna be a clear answer for it.
Silver: Agreed. Also, they have been building up hints as to what’s up with this Faiz Signal Bike, and… we get nothing. Okay, movie, you’ve done good by me, but seriously, why the Faiz would you give such a cop-out like this?! Regardless, it was a pretty good movie overall.
Silver: Overall, Kamen Rider Yongou is a great way to wrap up Super Hero Taisen GP. It gave us some great interactions between characters, amazing fight scenes, and an overall compelling story. Thus, this movie gets a rating of A+ from me! Go watch this movie. Though, maybe watch GP first.
TB: I liked this movie for the compelling plot, jarring moments, the action, the twists and turns it took, and it exceeded my expectations as well. I give it an A+ as well.
Silver: Anyways, I guess that wraps things up for the Super Hero Taisen movies… at least until Chou Super Hero Taisen. Though, with how these movies came out, I’m actually optimistic for that movie.
TB: Same here. Can’t wait for when it gets subbed. So stay tuned to my channel for more Super Hero Time Corner and even future reviews that I’m planning for the Uchuu Keiji Next Generation Trilogy. Would you like to join me?
Silver: Sure, I guess. It’d be interesting to say the least. Get us prepared for Space Squad. Though… it feels weird…
Silver: We usually fight a monster or evil Rider in these, yet nothing bad has happened…
TB: Shouldn't that be a good thi-?=BLAST! MAXIMUM DRIVE!=
*Suddenly, Silver gets shot by something*
Silver: Oof! ...I spoke too soon.
TB: Holy hell! ...Okay, who is it this time? Is that you again, Saban?!
*TB and Silver look over, seeing a gold time-themed Rider wearing a Lost Driver with a gold C Gaia Memory in it*
Silver: Wh-What the-? Kamen Rider Chronos?
TB: But he doesn’t look like an Ex-Aid Rider.
Silver: No, no, the fan Rider I made for my Kamen Rider/Super Sentai crossover fanfic. How the hell are you here?
Chronos: Imagination is a powerful thing, Silver Maxus. Don’t you realize?
Silver: Uh… no? I never watched ToQger.
TB: You told us the ‘how’. Now how about you tell us what the hell you’re here for.
Chronos: To fulfill my plans of resetting the world, of course! And it starts with you…
Silver: Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen! *pulls out Sengoku Driver and Heisei Lockseed* TB, Ikuzo!
TB: Hell yeah! *pulls out Gokai Gun and Sword*= DRIVE! =
*Silver places the Heisei Lockseed in his Sengoku Driver, before slicing the Lockseed to summon the Handle-Ken and Door-Juu, before charging at Chronos, who blocked with his dagger*
TB: Hmm… I don’t think these are enough. *tosses Gokai Gun and Sword away* Can you give me some cool weapons from that Lockseed?
Silver: They’re only temporary, but sure! *pulls out the Lockseed, before closing and opening it once again.=FAIZ!=
Silver: Catch! *throws the Lockseed and Driver to TB, who puts it on and activates it, summoning the Faiz Edge*
TB: ...I’ve always wanted my own lightsaber. Alright, you time monger… COME AT US, BRO!
*Chronos then growls before taking his Gaia Memory out of his belt and putting it in the Maximum Drive slot*=CHRONOS! MAXIMUM DRIVE!=
*Time suddenly stops for both TB and Silver, as Chronos does a roundhouse kick to their heads, knocking them to the ground*
Silver: Ow… that sucked.
TB: ...That’s unfair…
Chronos: ...I never play fair.
Silver: Damn… well, we’re gonna need to think fast. *suddenly, they hear a familiar sound, as the ZeroLiner comes in with the Ride Crosser on top of it*
Mach: *hops out of the Ride Crosser* Yo. Thought you could use a hand.
Silver: Yes!! Best Secondary Rider is here!
TB: Sweet! We need all the help we can get.
Deneb: Let me tell you this… our appearance was very random! *Zeronos appears with Deneb nearby*
Zeronos: Shut up, Deneb. Anyways, let’s finish this guy.
TB: We seem to attract a lot of Toku heroes, don’t we?
Silver: Yeah, it’s weird. Anyways, let’s do this!
Chronos: Onore… Onore, Kamen Riders!!
TB: Everybody together! *Faiz Edge lights up, as he pushes down on the knife lever of the Sengoku Driver*=SOIYA! EXCEED CHARGE!=
Mach: Oh, hey, use this! *throws a Faiz Signal Bike to Silver* It’s what Takumi would’ve wanted.
Silver: Huh. Okay! *inserts the Signal Bike in the Handle-Ken*=HISSATSU! FAIZ: FULL THROTTLE!=
*Chronos growls before running at TB & Silver, jumping up for a Rider Kick*
TB and Silver: HYAA!! *they both slash at Chronos, dealing an X-shaped energy attack at him, which knocks him back*
Mach: Our turn, eh?
Zeronos: Let’s do it. *inserts his Zeronos Card from his belt into his ZeroGasher in bowgun mode, while Mach puts his Signal Bike in his Zenrin Shooter.=HISSATSU! FULL THROTTLE! SHOOTER!=
*The two Riders then shoot at Chronos, causing him to explode*
TB: Yes! We did it! *However, he then sees something step out of the explosion, being a gold version of one of the Nejiranger from Megaranger* ...Oh you have got to be kidding me!
NejiGold: You can never defeat me! I am immortal!
Silver: Well, then, I guess I have no choice. Enjoy your KyuHell, sucker! *gets the Heisei Lockseed back from TB, opening it*=FOURZE!=
Silver: Uchuu Kita, Mother-Faizer. *summons a Rocket Module that shoots at NejiGold, sending him up and flying into the air, before he becomes a twinkle in the sky*
TB: And it’s good! Home run! *raises arms up*
Silver: Uh… that’s two different sports… whatever. We won’t be seeing him for a while. He’s probably in KyuHell by now.
Silver: It’s where we send the most evil of villains to put up with the worst torture in the world.
*Meanwhile in KyuHell, NejiGold is surrounded by a thousand copies of Lucky from Kyuranger, who are all repeating their “Yosha Lucky!” catchphrase*
NejiGold: GAH!! MAKE IT STOP!! THEY’RE SO ANNOYING!!
TB: So, what now?
Silver: Guess we’d better finish off the review. Thanks for the help, guys.
Mach: Don’t mention it! See you later! *the two then leave on the ZeroLiner*
Silver: Well, that wraps things up. Next time, we’ll start up our reviews of the Kamen Rider Movie Taisen movies, which we’ll definitely have a much better time with. Until then, this has been the Radiant Rider, Silver Maxus…
TB: And the Lone Rider, TokuBrony… we’ll see you later. SEIYAA!!
Silver: Stand up the Vanguard!