December can be a great time of year for many, but for others it can be somewhat of a disaster. And by disaster, I am talking about the holiday episodes that plague Super Sentai. These episodes can feel like a waste of time, but there are exceptions where they segue towards a major twist in the series.
Ever since I jumped on this boat, December has never been the same for me. Every year, I pray and hope that each holiday becomes a better month. But alas, my wishful praying only ends in shambles.
It's now time to confront this episode head on, so let's find out if Go-Buster's Christmas episode falls into the trash-bin of poorly done holiday specials. And on the positive side, Kamen Rider Wizard will be there to liven things up.
Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Episode 43
As I prepare myself for the ultimate demise during this week's episode, it occurred to me that Christmas plays a bigger role in Go-Busters than most Sentai shows. Considering that the incident that changed everyone's lives took place during this magical time, it makes sense that this episode will deal with the issues that the main three Busters are going through.
Luckily, the hell that I thought I was going to go through was not present this year. I guess I have to thank Gokaiger for having a Christmas episode that sets up for a Grand Power. And as for Go-Busters, we were dealing with Hiromu using his emotions from the holidays to overcome the new Messianic Metaroid.
Even though this was a holiday episode, the Metaroid did not take over a Christmas item, which was a bit of a relief. In fact, the current Metaroid was a fusion of two Messiah Cards. So basically, the team had to deal with two Megazords and a Metaroid with two different abilities. If there was one evil Christmas element, it's that Enter and Escape appeared dressed in black Santa Claus outfits, which was only for a brief moment. Though it did lead to another silly segment with Jin and J, which is always a great welcome in my doorsteps.
In the end, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, and the ending set up for something that was very unexpected. The next part of the holiday madness is leading up to what might be the true final arc of Go-Busters. Despite Escape's actions from this episode, I still think that Enter will return, since his current demise felt rather pathetic.
Kamen Rider Wizard Episode 15
Three Dragons down, one more to go. Once we get all four Dragons, it might be time for the second Rider to jump into the story. While it was a bad move on Haruto's side (I am calling him Haruto from now on.) to keep the Satoshi's identity of being a Phantom from Chizuru, the despair would have been one that would have shaken the ends of the Earth. On that note, I wish that she did find out, because that would have been one heck of an arc.
It's going to be one heck of a story when she find out the truth, but I assume that the effects of being a Gate wears off over time, since the Phantoms have yet to go after the same Gates. However, there has yet to be an official explanation, so that means that Wiseman might have a back up plan in mind. Then again, his reaction to the missing stone hints that he expected it to be taken, or that he is relived about his plan to lure Koyomi into his lair (If he's also the White Wizard.).
Come to think of it, if the acquisition of the four Dragons causes Wizardragon to take over, this might be the fuel that will allow for the second Rider's introduction.
Water Dragon may not have topped Hurricane Dragon much, but I loved how his tail attack can inflict Moses-like effects in the ocean. To some extent, it reminds me of OOO's Putotyra Combo, which also has ice abilities. It looks like my theory of Wizard's Dragons having references to Kamen Rider Ryuki's Riders has been flushed down the toilet.
Wizard has brought about some new mysteries for us to think about, which has increased my faith in the series again. With the new powers of Hurricane and Water, I think Haruto has the right ammo in wiping out Phoenix's ashes. It's going to take the supporting cast to help thing move forward, so I'm hoping that the screen time extends in the later episodes.