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Kamen Rider Den-O Episodes 29 - 30 
19th-Sep-2007 06:14 pm

I'm slow and these two episodes are all I have seen. Normally I can watch raws, but I find in this case that not understanding the dialogue is too confusing for me.


Anyhow, they sure surprised me this time with a story that actually concludes within an episode. The format does work (seems to me like a shortened, concise version of those two episode arcs), but I think I can see several reasons they haven't done it before. 1. Have to come up with a new story every week. 2. No real hook to reel the viewers into the next episode. (Well, to be fair, these two episodes do have at least one connecting point. Yuto needlessly wasting a card in 29 leads to Deneb running away from home in 30.)

29: I thought when Deneb was reading the test of courage flyer, that Yuto was also aware of it, so I wonder why he was asking for Deneb later as if he hadn't a clue. Also, while I wasn't exactly surprised, I didn't really expect Deneb to be that scared of a haunted house...

And is this the first time that the past had already been changed at the beginning of the story? I mean, the guy who came up with the test of courage claimed that he held it at the school in order to lure the supposed murderer (contract holder) back to the scene of crime. It makes sense to me anyway, and I like it better than if he just randomly wanted to have a test of courage for no particular reason.

30: I always like it when Deneb carries someone. :) It just makes a good contrast with his--er--severe appearance. I don't know how to explain this exactly. Outwardly, he seems like this tough guy but inside he is a kind-hearted type. Personally, his looks don't faze me, probably because he's on TV and not real, but think of the normal people in the Den-O universe. How would they react to seeing Deneb (although most likely they probably think he's cosplaying or in costume)?

Nitpicking time. I'm quite sure that the contract holder means for his wife and child to see his fireworks, not whatever weird thing the Imagin comes up with, so it hasn't actually fulfilled the contract, therefore should not be allowed to go into the contract holder's past. But I guess the Imagins do not play fair. Or else I am mistaken about the nature of the contract...
Takeru Surprise
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20th-Sep-2007 02:22 am (UTC)
The Imagin don't seem to be held by honor when they grant wishes. The one who possessed the guy who wanted to find the time capsule closed the contract with a random capsule that wasn't his, and the one with the guy who wanted to take his sister to see the stars (implying she should be healed first) took a shortcut cutting the city's power. It looks like they don't need to follow all the implications of the wish if the wording isn't specific, they can consider the contract complete just loosely fitting the terms.

I completely agree with you on Deneb. He's visually bulky, his posture and speech are very stiff, so you'd expect him to be serious and no-nonsense... but then he carries a basket with candy, prances around in Yuuto's body, does all these adorable childish things and is generally so gentle and sweet. Ep 30 broke my heart with Deneb so sad and lost without Yuuto (and Yuuto just as lost without him!).
20th-Sep-2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I forgot about those other instances where the Imagins take shortcuts when the contract holders are not careful enough to word the wishes as they really mean (can't blame them when they are probably being scared out of their wits). And I really like how you describe Deneb. (I'm sure that you are right about Yuto being lost without Deneb in 30, but I feel they could have shown a little more of Yuto dealing with that loss. Although, for me, his throwing away his last card is powerful enough to make up for that...)
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