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Super Toku Time: There's no such thing as permanent sorrow

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Urobuchi deserves another medal for subverting a trope that would’ve worked in any of the Rider shows. The best part was that the Butcher made me believe that Kouta and Kaito’s escape plan was going to work. Too bad for them, they underestimated Ryouma’s body guard, who’s had plenty of experience as a stunt person-- I’m referring to the actual actress. Long story short, Kouta and Kaito are now screwed.

Overall, I’m really enjoying the new path that Gaim’s taking, since the theme of become an adult plays a bigger role than the first arc. Kouta and Kaito learn that their amateur tactics aren’t good enough to triumph over a corporation with experienced personnel and superior resources. Other than Yggdrasill's unfair advantage, Sid’s interference played a major role in giving the heroes a reality check, since his actions represent the grownups that choose to dirty their own hands. At the same time, this gives Kouta the right boost in the path that he wants to take as an adult, regardless of Yggdrasill's actions.

I’m still surprised that Micchy wasn’t the first one to get caught, since he lacked the proper equipment to sneak around in a “highly secured” building. The guy may be intelligent, but I feel that he lacks a bit of common sense in certain departments (such as stealth and wielding a firearm). But hey, he managed to save Kouta, so something good came out of it. At the same time, Micchy’s inevitable betrayal's getting close with each episode, and Takatora now has the right motive to get his younger brother to join him.

Since Kouta and Kaito manage to escape without encountering much trouble, I’m curious to see what Ryoma has in store for both Riders down the road. Something tells me that the sketches for the new Drivers are going to be the blueprints for Gaim and Baron's Super Form. Of course, both heroes might have to pay a price for their new power, so I look forward to that special day. In the meantime, we’ll have to see how Kouta’s going to use his new Energy Lock Seed and Warring Driver add-on.

While Kouta’s gift sounds like a great blessing, my intuition tells me that DJ Sagara's up to something. Considering that the mystery behind Helheim’s chosen one has yet to be revealed, we should assume that the main players in Yggdrasill Corporation have their own ulterior motives. For now, it'll serve as the perfect ingredient for the next set of surprises.
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About Salvador G Rodilesone of us since 10:40 PM on 07.28.2011

Salvador's an average bystander who took his first steps towards a life-changing goal. During his journey, he's devising a way to balance his time with anime, manga, video games, and tokusatsu into one manageable platter. While his plan sounds like an impossible task, Salvador hopes to turn his goal into a reality.

When he's in the mood for a challenge, Sal loves to overcome the spiciest meals in the world. By consuming the hottest meals on the planet, Sal hopes to obtain the powers to resist the hottest temperatures and drink lava as a refreshment. Hopefully, he won't burn up in the process.

From time to time, you can find him on Twitter as The Crimson Blade, a nickname that was handed down to him by his close friends.

Disclosures:

Sal is friends with 2D Animator BlueBandanaJake, Stuntman Vaughndio Forbes (Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stuntman for Captain Holt) and Freelance Lab Zero Games Clean-up Animator Dustin "Can of Toast" Cantos since he met them during his pretend college days (a.k.a. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale).

Sal backed Kick Heart, Masaaki Yuasa's wrestling anime, on Kickstarter.

Sal hangs outs in the Sanctuary Crew Discord room, which Seizui, the creator of Reize and Star Chaser Story, moderates.