Episode 22: Federal Bureau of Infidelity

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THIS WEEK: The historians finally get what they’ve wanted for fifty-some episodes: More of Hongo Takeshi being a shitter. Oh, and the show’s classic iconography has finally come together, that too. In addition, we review the first (technically second) film in the franchise; we’re treated to a myriad of callbacks; Hayato and Hongo finally synchronize their respective ideas of what a “clever scheme” means; casual reminder that 1971’s villainous organization is literally nazis; we very much regret both our words and deeds; wild speculation on the nature of the rotating circle of female characters; and Taki, for the last time, YOU’RE MARRIED.

TOPICS:

  • Kamen Rider (1971) 52-56 & Kamen Rider vs. Shocker
  • Zanjio, Birdmn, Jaguarmn, Sea Serpentmn, Cockroachmn, Gireera
  • The various types of deadly Shocker foam
  • The various types of wildly-abusable scientific inventions
  • Dr. Lucha Combatman
  • Old favorites! More costume minutiae! SPECIAL EFFECTS!
  • Hell Valley (a real scenic location in Japan)
  • ALL. THE. WARRIORS.
  • Return of bike porn
  • Crow Facts(TM)
  • “Shocker HATES him!”
  • Hinamizawa Syndrome
  • Hongo’s iconic transformation pose and “New 1” design
  • AMBASSADOR HELL
  • Sleep-inducing rural-village spooky-monster episode (redux)
  • “FOX… DIE!”
  • Taki is a toddler
  • Reset the clock!
  • The definition of insanity

MUSIC:

  • “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go! Rider Kick!”, “Rider Action”, and “Kamen Rider no Uta”
  • Shunsuke Kikuchi – “The Warrior Leaves” – Kamen Rider BGM Collection

NEXT WEEK: Some long-awaited backstory for Professor Gilmore.

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