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Last Kiramager's rating: 4.56 / 5 stars (16 votes)

Alt Title: Power up

New villain, new power up!

I had to laugh when the A plot and B plot came together with the lesson "don't use too much power or you'll melt into mud". When I was watching the episode, I wrote in chat "kids, learn your place and don't surpass your limits"

More evidence that Jyuuru is on the spectrum, he sees that Mabushiina has been crying and reacts by going "Great, I can use these"

Noticed that Yodonna's shoulder pads are ducks, because there's literal quacking sound effects whenever she's on screen. Not that I'm against it, but why ducks?

Silver's quip "Goodbye Triangle, Welcome Silver" is a reference to this children's song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opqb2nQAySA

So excited for next week! More Kuwae Sakina in Garo please
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First Saber is more like a Sentai but we have Kira becoming more like Garo. First it was Garo cast members and now concepts with the 100 second timer (it's real close to 99.9). I'm a bit surprised that Tamatoto didn't get to kill the last Bomb Jaken before the timer expired. I guess the writer wanted to show off the power of friendship with Silver getting the final blow.

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So Kira and Geki are the same universe after all. It's nice to see Miki again and didn't realize that Natsume was Ryume from Garo.
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I really liked this episode. Kira works well because of the good balance of leaning into and subverting classical Sentai cliches.

If this was any other show, the lesson would be 'Break your limits and go beyond', but our hero finds a way to subvert the lethal side effects of the power up. It's great and I love it.

I was also not really sold on Takamichi for a while and have been slowly warming to him. This episode did it for me. Just waiting for the bowling maskman doing the splits between the tree and one shotting him was fantastic.
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The power up is actually better than how it is seen in the scans.
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Only thing I'm not a fan of is them sharing the weapon. But I doubt they'll have another scene where all 5 of them do it like in this episode.
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A really solid conclusion to the previous episode's cliffhanger in my book. The big new power-up is certainly no SWAT Mode or Magilegend, but it's just really nice to see everyone on the team being all sparkly together. It's maybe a 'standard' power-up episode all in all, but Kiramager has been consistently good at giving off a really fun and fresh energy that makes plots that I've seen a hundred times still plenty exciting.
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If this was any other show, the lesson would be 'Break your limits and go beyond', but our hero finds a way to subvert the lethal side effects of the power up. It's great and I love it.
It's especially funny since Koh from just the very previous series talked about breaking your limits every chance he got. The Kiramagers would tell him that's not a good mindset!
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Koh had to continually attempt to break his and his teams limits because Bamba was the only competent Ryusoulger.

The Kiramagers don't have that issue!
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So the new shiny suits for the Kiramagers are made of negative ki and if they wear them for more than 100 seconds the negative ki will start turning them into Horrors?

What's next? Will the next installment of Garo have one of the Knight's able to grow to be 100 feet tall? Will the next installment of Ultraman feature heroes who ride motorcycles?

Good writing, good continuity, and good action. Kiramagers is definitely winning the Super Sentai war with the Logosgers.
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The writing in this episode was still kind of weak, but since this was a two-parter I wasn't really expecting much of a change from the previous episode. So in a roundabout way, this episode was at least consistent.

Everything involving Tametomo is still kind of cringey. I get what they're going for in trying to set up a rivalry between Yodonna and one of the Kiramagers (since Red already has Garuza), but it's still kind of built on an uneven foundation. That said, the episode was better for not being focused on him crushing on her, but rather her mocking of him, so baby steps.

I thought the idea of limits was also handled in a less-than-clear way towards the start - it just looks like of absurd when Silver wins after getting his ass kicked for the last 5 minutes - but I appreciate where they were going. Kiramager has made a name for itself in subversive morals of the day, and "kids, learn your place and don't surpass your limits" is pretty damn subversive.:lol:

Meanwhile, we finally get our first all-team power-up in what, a decade? It's not especially good looking, but it will do. The 100 second limit is an interesting twist that, hopefully, means the writers have nailed down a way to explain why the power-up doesn't get spammed at every opportunity (a regular Sentai plot hole). It reminds me a bit of KR Ex-Aid's invincibility power-up, but I'm assuming that Jewel won't somehow end up the chosen one that can use it forever.

The Go Ranger homage with that power-up is significant. Almost to a confusing degree. This isn't an anniversary season, so I'm not sure what on earth they're celebrating here. In the meantime, Bandai really wants to sell a toy bow this year, don't they? :lol:

I'm surprised there's no mecha power-up or change to go with the team power-up, since that's how things normally go with Sentai. But maybe that will come later? We're still owed Titan #4, IIRC.

As for Yodonna, her character still needs a bit of work. But man am I happy to finally have a face villain.

Finally, wouldn't Yodonna's plan have been ruined the moment the Rangers defeated any one of the Bomb Jamen? Since the portal required 5 bombs in specific locations, in principle 4 would not have been enough. So defeating the rest of the Jamen was somewhat superfluous. Also, I wanted more bomb bowling.:(
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More evidence that Jyuuru is on the spectrum, he sees that Mabushiina has been crying and reacts by going "Great, I can use these"
Huh. I never thought about that before. You just might be right! :lol:
Noticed that Yodonna's shoulder pads are ducks, because there's literal quacking sound effects whenever she's on screen. Not that I'm against it, but why ducks?
The Yodom theme is stagnant water, right? Water and ducks makes some kind of sense, but I'm at a loss for how it ties into stagnant water specifically. Though are we sure those aren't crows?
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Only thing I'm not a fan of is them sharing the weapon. But I doubt they'll have another scene where all 5 of them do it like in this episode.
I'm also not a huge fan of sharing a single weapon. But at the same time, I hope they don't forget that this is an all-team power-up? After years and years of having the entire team share a single power-up, I'm going to be disappointed if we immediately go back to that.
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>Meanwhile, we finally get our first all-team power-up in what, a decade?

Has it been that long???

>As for Yodonna, her character still needs a bit of work. But man am I happy to finally have a face villain.

I kind of like her unhinged laughter, it's just weird enough that it works for me
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More evidence that Jyuuru is on the spectrum, he sees that Mabushiina has been crying and reacts by going "Great, I can use these"
Huh. I never thought about that before. You just might be right! :lol:

I really feel like they're setting him up that way. In a way it's nice because it's subtle and while not explicit, it's there if you know what signs to look out for. I wonder if any of the staff have spoken about it
Noticed that Yodonna's shoulder pads are ducks, because there's literal quacking sound effects whenever she's on screen. Not that I'm against it, but why ducks?
The Yodom theme is stagnant water, right? Water and ducks makes some kind of sense, but I'm at a loss for how it ties into stagnant water specifically. Though are we sure those aren't crows?

I dunno, aren't they orangey? I think they just like them because they like the sound effect that goes along with it.
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takenoko wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:30 am
>Meanwhile, we finally get our first all-team power-up in what, a decade?

Has it been that long???
I just went back and counted to be sure. We haven't had anything resembling an all-team power-up since Go-Busters 8 years ago, and that still excluded two characters.
The Yodom theme is stagnant water, right? Water and ducks makes some kind of sense, but I'm at a loss for how it ties into stagnant water specifically. Though are we sure those aren't crows?
I dunno, aren't they orangey? I think they just like them because they like the sound effect that goes along with it.
Well they're silver and gold(ish), but I'd attribute that more to style than trying to use color to indicate the type of bird. Instead, I'd suggest looking more at the beaks; a long, hooked beak is not common in ducks.
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ViRGE wrote:
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I thought the idea of limits was also handled in a less-than-clear way towards the start - it just looks like of absurd when Silver wins after getting his ass kicked for the last 5 minutes - but I appreciate where they were going. Kiramager has made a name for itself in subversive morals of the day, and "kids, learn your place and don't surpass your limits" is pretty damn subversive.:lol:
I think the overall message that they're sending is to be realistic. Hurting yourself by going beyond limitations is a reasonable concern and unlike the BNHA characters we don't heal as well as they do.
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It's also nice because it bucks to usual Shonen style trend of 'Always go beyond'

It's one of the reasons Kiramager jives with me.
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all past sentai: "we'll beat you by surpassing our limits!"
Kira: "well beat you by respecting our limits!"
i remember an adage about boundaries are more freeing that a blank slate, but that pretained to writers block i think but maybe it applies here too? granted the 100 sec limit DOES add some suspense.
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