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As one Kamen Rider series draws lớn a close & another begins, one thing is always for certain - the two will be meeting up in a few months time for an annual Movie War crossover film. Kamen Rider Wizard and Kamen Rider Gaim are of course no exception, even if Toei have decided to lớn slightly phối things up when it comes to lớn the naming. Gone is the tiresome "Movie Wars..." monicker, replaced with Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle- which is probably just in time as I"m not sure how many more random words could be added on the end of the "Movie Wars" titles.
Unlike the previous Movie Wars Ultimatum, this movie doesn"t feature a prologue setting everything up (nor does it feature any rebooted tokusatsu veterans), instead jumping straight into Kamen Rider Wizard"s grand finale (spoilers from here on out)...
|Shabadoobie back from the dead|
Following the end of the series, Haruto is now travelling the world alone along with the Hope Ring left after Koyomi"s death. During his journey he is attacked by the Ogre phantom, which seeks to lớn become the ultimate Phantom by consuming all of the others và taking their power - & now Haruto"s dragon is on the menu. After returning home and meeting up with Nitoh, Rinko & the others, the Ogre Phantom attempts khổng lồ bring Haruto to lớn despair by resurrecting Koyomi using the Hope Ring. Only this time the magically-infused Koyomi (taking her father"s guise of the white Wizard) aims to help bring Haruto khổng lồ despair by destroying everything around him.
Although the series suffered from more than a few problems, Wizard"s ending (and by that I mean episode 51) was a fairly satisfying one - very much a "the story is over but the journey continues" kind of affair. So even though this epilogue to Wizardisn"t entirely necessary, it does khổng lồ a good job of wrapping everything up neatly. That being said, it does also create a number of issues that could have quite easily been avoided. Nitoh has suddenly captured Chimera again (and thus repaired the Beast Driver) without any real explanation, and then becomes Beast again only for his renewed "curse" to not really have a permanent resolution by the kết thúc of the film either. Undoubtedly it wouldn"t have been right without Beast returning, but it certainly could have been handled in a different way. On an entirely separate note, the Orge Phantom gains the powers of the Phantoms he consumes - so how exactly does he have Gremlin"s abilities?
Matoko Okunaka gives her strongest performance as Koyomi (Magic Land net movies notwithstanding), almost making up for the fact that in everything before it the character has amounted to lớn a whole load of nothing. Her appearance here is more important than ever as helps bring out the emotional side of Haruto - proving there was more lớn the character than the show was often willing to lớn admit & creating a final battle that delves into Haruto"s underworld & his memories of the show itself.
The kích hoạt isn"t really all that special and the Ogre Phantom is an incredibly forgettable villain (especially since he isn"t at all relevant to the crossover portion of the film), but Wizard"s swan song hits all the right emotional notes and succeeds at being the Kamen Rider Wizard finale we didn"t even know we wanted.
|The Ogre Phantom likes dinner and a show|
Kamen Rider Gaim: Sengoku Battle Royale
|Red is the new black|
Moving into the Kamen Rider Gaim portion, the Armoured Riders (Gaim, Ryugen, Baron, Gridon & Kurokage) are in the midst of a battle royale tournament when a mysterious quái dị appears from a crack and attempts to capture Mai. When Gaim, Baron and Ryugen give chase they find themselves in a parallel universe where a warring states period is taking place - & the battles are between the previous 14 Kamen Riders. They soon learn that the balance of power nguồn has been shifted in favour of the mysterious Bujin Gaim, who has been consuming the Riders one by one. As Armoured Rider Zangetsu & Mai also join the group in this strange world, Kouta must not only help defeat his evil counterpart - he must also affirm what it is he"s fighting for.
With so much going on in the world of Kamen Rider Gaim each week, it seems strange to step back an take a look a (canonically-debatable) side story when the characters were a lot less troubled. Sengoku Battle Royale takes the warring states motif of Gaim at its most literal, not only reimagining each Heisei-era Rider but also bringing back side characters as their reimagined versions of historical war lords. It"s a very cool concept that could have easily made its own film, but here not only does it feel squished but also little more than filler. The older Riders are offed so quickly that they"re barely noticeable, and Toei REALLY need stop hiring terrible voice actors to vì Fourze in these sort of crossovers.
Bujin Gaim is a ridiculously cool villain, evoking a "Dark Rider" feel while at the same time doing enough to lớn keep himself from being lumped in with the rest of them. But not nearly enough is revealed about him - we never find out who he is và his motivations are typical paper thin villain stuff. Meanwhile the struggles between the Gaim Riders don"t make for bad viewing, but feel out of place when watching alongside with the series itself. Even though this was never going lớn feel lượt thích much more than a supplement to lớn the overall Kamen Rider Gaim experience, it doesn"t even feel all that memorable.