Well, definitely putting this off for way too long. Here’s everything MEGAMAX from the past week!
First things first, Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Movie Wars MEGAMAX debuted last weekend at #1 at the Japanese Box Office! The movie premiered on 301 screens, attracting 333,133 viewers that earned the film an initial ￥378,422,200! It beat Real Steel, the boxing mecha movie starring Hugh Jackman which was tipped to be a hit in Japan. Big props to them.
And here’s a short “making-of” special, which features cast interviews and a few behind-the-scenes shot:
The movie kicks off with meteorites bombarding the planet. The Kamen Rider Club sees this and has no idea what is going on. In various parts of the world, teams from the Foundation X organization organize to start collecting mercury-like samples from the various meteors; but every time they do, a Showa Rider is there to stop them.
The Double Riders, Riderman, V3, X, Amazon, and Stronger show up in various parts of the world, though they only manage to stop them some of the time; Stronger’s target gets away, for example. Two notable rocks fall; one outside Fuuto, and one outside Eiji’s city, in the water.
The Kougami Foundation sends scientists to investigate, but as they do so, a massive black hole appears over the harbor, and a strange new Rider shows up; this is Kamen Rider Poseidon. He fights everyone, ignores bullets and as he’s walking away, Cakeboss, on a damaged TV screen, wishes him HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Gotou is summoned to Cakeboss’ office. He receives a briefing from Cakeboss; basically, he’s been designing more Core Medals, since all of OOO’s broke, and he’s… well, Cakeboss. Desire and all that. The thing is, the Rider that showed up has 3 of the medals Cakeboss was in the process of designing. They haven’t been finished yet. Weird.
Cut to Satonaka picking up Hina, and the two discussing the situation. Hina says that Eiji’s been traveling the world, looking for ways to fix Ankh I think was said; but before they can discuss further, they’re interrupted by a horde of Broken Yummys. Apparently that faggot from the black hole has been making them. Satonaka kicks a heck of it, stopping the car and going all Waif Fu on them. Thing is, even with her kickass kung fu, she can’t hold off the whole horde, and soon they start to menace Hina, surrounding her…
And then suddenly, Eiji appears out of nowhere, and he apparently learned Kung Fu from Terui, because he tears the heck out of these dudes. The BBEG decides now’s a good time to show up, Poseidon appearing with his spear and making explosions that make actors fly around.
Thankfully, suddenly, Date appears, on a motorcycle, jumping off to ram the Rider with it (It get slashed in half, btw). Satonaka tosses him Proto-Birth and, wouldn’t you guess it, Poseidon hands him his butt. Thankfully, Gotou to the rescue! Then Gotou AND Date get their butts kicked, and Proto Birth is actually destroyed utterly by a spear to the belt. It moves to go finish off Gotou…
And suddenly, Eiji backstabs it, shoving his right hand into the Poseidon’s back. It screams, and Eiji pulls out 3 Core Medals (TaToBa, of course), and says, “Now, Eiji!” But wait, isn’t that Eiji?! No, instead, on his hand… is Ankh!
Ankh!Eiji tosses the medals back, to… a real Eiji, who plants his stick+Tomorrow’s Undies into the earth, catches the medals, and transforms!
OOO and the Poseidon got to TOWN on each other, Ankh and Eiji swapping out combos of medals to harry and harass the guy. I believe Beetle+Tiger+Condor, Shark+Gorilla+Cheetah, and others are used, and Eiji uses all three medals in each set before Poseidon retreats.
Of course, Hina is very shocked. Eiji mentions that it’s kinda creepy for Ankh to look like him, Ankh shoots back that it FEELS creepy to look like Eiji, and changes back into the Ankh we all know and love.
Everyone returns to Cous Coussier, except for Date and Gotou who go to the Hospital. Apparently Eiji saw Ankh at a Japanese airport, and the two grouped up to head back. Eiji squeezes his pocket for a second, before Chiyoko gives Ankh some ice candy. Ankh acts like a faggot, they argue, and Hina interrupts the two and tells them to play nice. In this scene, Eiji also realizes he forgot Tomorrow’s Undies.
The slapstick is interrupted by… more half Yummies. Chiyoko evacuates the customers, while Eiji and Ankh smack the heck out of the Half yummies and smashes up Cous Coussier to do it.
They chase them out to find Poseidon outside. I neglected to mention the Evil Rider had a human form; he transforms from it into the Poseidon. Eiji notices something about his earlier fight, and decides to try what Hina did earlier to talk him down. Ankh calls him stupid, but tries to save Eiji anyways when he tries approaching Poseidon untransformed, peacefully. They both get their butts kicked, and Poseidon is about to kill Eiji when he stops, and regains control of himself, turning back into a human.
At a warehouse, Poseidon’s human form, Miharu explains. He’s from the future. In the future, Kougami 40 years from now gave him a Rider Belt to fight baddies, but while he was doing so, at some point, a wormhole opened from the past, and tons of Cell Medals and Core Medals were forced onto him, turning him into a Greeed.
He is referring, of course, to the wormhole in Episode 49 of OOO; those Cell Medals had to go someplace.
Ankh laughs at this kid for being a loser, Eiji slapsticks, Hina is about to Slapstick, but since her slapstick involves a heavy crate to Ankh’s head, Eiji stops her.
They camp out for the night, and as Ankh is sleeping, Miharu, re-possessed by the Medals in him, approaches Ankh to rob him. Ankh opens his eyes when he’s about to get attacked, and says, “Eiji, now.”
Eiji grapples him, and Hina turns him into OOO Sagohzo Combo. Ankh and Eiji have a plan; While Miharu is restrained, Ankh proceeds to start tearing Core Medals out of him. After the second batch, the Greeed growing inside Mizuno decides it’s had enough of it, and separates from Miharu, taking its special Medals and retreating.
The next morning, Eiji’s ready to head off, saying goodbye to Hina, who, as a parting present, gives him… a pair of underwear.
Emboldened, Eiji is about to leave, but Miharu asks, as a Rider to Rider; how is Eiji so strong? And Miharu, so weak, he can’t even imagine being as strong as Eiji is, ready to risk it all, etc etc. Eiji replies “Well, my grandfather said that the most important thing is that you have TOMORROW’S underwear.”
Amidst Miharu’s confusion, Eiji explains; it’s about preparing for tomorrow; working towards a tomorrow. A tomorrow where everyone has butts to wear underwear with, butts that haven’t been kicked by Evil’s nasty foot. Or some kind of nice analogy. Eiji gives Miharu Tomorrow’s Undies, and walks off with Ankh.
Ankh and Eiji encounter Poseidon at a harbor and talks about desire. OOO is out to stop Poseidon and starts fighting him. OOO Tajadol Combo fights Poseidon until he retreats into the water. Eiji is tossed with the OOO Shauta Medals and jumps after him. And yes, “Shout Out” begins to play.
The two do battle underwater for a bit, but Poseidon decides that the high ground on TOP of the water is better than trying to fight OOO Shauta in the water. Eiji is forced out by some attack, and this is when Satonaka, Date, and Gotou show up as backup. Satonaka fights an army of half-yummies, Date and Gotou attacks Poseidon with their jetskis. Date and Gotou get pawned, however.
However, another backup arrives; Miharu, with a change of heart! He transforms into Kamen Rider Aqua, on his own special jetski he uses to attack Poseidon, smashing it repeatedly and dancing circles around it.
Anyways, Poseidon is forced on land and was defeated by a Double Rider Kick made by Kamen Rider OOO Tajadol Combo and Kamen Rider Aqua! After Poseidon’s defeat, the group is relaxing, having won the day. Mizuno says goodbye to Hina and Eiji, and that he’ll do his best in the future, etc etc. Ankh smiles, and Miharu leaves.
When Hina turns around to talk to Eiji, however, Ankh is gone. Hina’s confused, then saddened; where did he go? Eiji shows Hina the broken Core Medals, and says that back in the Cafe, he knew; the Broken Hawk Core Medal that was Ankh’s was still broken. Ankh, it seems, had come from the Future, except willingly, to help Eiji.
Hina is almost VERY saddened, but then Eiji points out; this means that, in the end, Eiji succeeded in saving Ankh and bringing him back. After all, he’s there in the future, right? Together, they CAN and WILL save him, so there’s hope that their close frenemy will return.
This special, touching moment is interrupted by a surprise attack. As Eiji and Hina are struggling to pick themselves up from the explosion, the BBEG from the Foundation X approaches, laughs, picks up Poseidon’s Medals from the ground, gloats and leaves.
Meanwhile in Futo, Shotaro is chasing a Foundation X van and a truck, harassing them with his bike. He eventually pulls in front of them, forcing both to skid and stop. He gets off, telling them they drive dangerously. They get out, carrying some kind of case filled with that stuff they’ve been sampling from around the globe. Several of them turn into Masquerade Dopants, and two self-yummy, cranking out a couple of Yummies too.
Shotaro tells Philip it’s time to roll… but Philip is busy… looking up… something. On one hand, he’s prolly investigating Foundation X, but he says something about Aomori while smiling, so he could just be looking something stupid. Shotaro pulls up his Lost Driver and transformed into Kamen Rider Joker!
The case with the meteor stuff breaks, and pours down a sewer drain. Shotaro’s annoyed, and wonder where it went. Meanwhile, the Showa Riders find Foundation X’s hideout, and bust in, confronting the BBEG. The BBEG taunts them, then activates his own trap; electromagnets, screwing with all of the Showa Riders, trapping them.
Meanwhile in Amanogawa High, IT’S CULTURE FESTIVAL TIME! Kisaragi’s walkin’ around when he’s stopped by a very poorly disguised Ohsugi being a fortune teller. He predicts about a girlfriend in the future, which interestes Gen… but then he puts up pictures of himself and that one pretty teacher (Who never shows up in the movie). Gen calls him a wierd old man, they yell at each other, then Yuki shows up and tells Gen he’s mega late.
Mega late… for the Kamen Rider Club presentation! They’re raising awareness of Kamen Riders by wearing silly cardboard costumes of the Seven in the movie. They go through the presentation, getting laughed at, but have to stop midway because JK is missing. They find JK in a classroom who finds the presentation boring. The group quibbles a bit, but they hear something going on outside and go out.
A girl is scene falling from the sky! Gen runs out and catches her, and is suddenly enamored by how pretty she is. But she’s unconscious, so she goes to the Nurse’s room. Why is the Nurse’s room open on a Cultural Festival day? Who knows, Kengo’s prolly got Keys.
A peek at her wallet indicates her name is Nadeshiko Misaki. She wakes up, and again, Gentaro is striken by how friggin cute she is. Throughout the majority of the movie, she really only says what other people say, and is very quiet and observant. Keep that in mind.
Suddenly, Dustards appear! Cue another out-of-suit fight scene (These happen alot this movie), where Gentaro fights through the entire school, untransformed, as the KR Club chases students off. Gentaro eventually gets to an isolated location with his girlie, and transforms.
The girl is QUITE interested in this. After Gentaro smacks a few dudes around, she suddenly ALSO pulls out a belt; it looks much like Gen’s, except with only 2 slots; right and left arm. The switches are Rocket and Radar. She transforms as well, and fights alongside him. Very girly fighting, but very well done. Gen is also hypnotized by her brilliant skills.
The fight goes outside, and suddenly, a higher tier Zodiart appears! The higher tier Zodiart is the Virgo Zodiarts. Gentaro fights it, and gets whapped around. Elec is used but doesn’t stop it, even with a Limit Break. He uses Rocket at some point, and Nadeshiko thinks that’s a great idea, whipping out rocket as well.
The two proceed to Double Rocker Punch her. They stop, the club talks about the new girl and Gentaro’s sudden attraction to her (They talk from a bit away, Miu thinks it’s cute and snubs Shun when he tries to capitalize on the mood), but before they can decide what to do about it, Nadeshiko drags Gen off.
Gen takes Nadeshiko on a date. They go eating (She literally slurps up some meat buns), they go on a Ferris Wheel, and when she says she wants to go higher, he takes her to a building roof. She tries to shake his hand once or twice during this, but Gen, confused by his new feelings, shys away from it each time.
Since she wants to go higher still, he takes her to the Rabbit Hutch. Anyways, in the Rabbit Hutch, the two go into space. This time, they actually get a accidental hug, and they lean into kis- bonk. Lol spacesuits. Nadeshiko decides this is in the way for some reason, and removes her helmet. Gentaro goes “Oh, okay, sure,” and is about halfway through removing his helmet when he goes “waitasecond”
One analysis later, and Kengo confirms; Nadeshiko isn’t human, she’s some of that space muck, mimicking what it sees. Gen doesn’t want to hear about it, and it sucks even more when Nadeshiko repeats it (Cause she does that). He runs off to sulk.
Yuki and Nozoma go to cheer Gentaro up by a riverside. Rather, Yuki tries to, sitting down and talking to him, while Nozoma stands around being creepy i.e. herself. She tells him more or less to do what he feels is right, and he decides, after her cute little pep talk.
Meanwhile, Kengo is about to hand Nadeshiko, in a bottle, to Foundation X, when Gen shows up, Yuki and Nozoma following, and yoinks the bottle, talking about how she’s real to him, etc etc, even while Kengo’s trying to convince him out of it. Eventually, his love inspires Nadeshiko to hop out of the bottle and they handshake.
Foundation X, however, has had enough of it. They take Nadeshiko by force, shoving her in a van and kicking it out of everyone but Shun and Gentaro. Gen LEAPS ON THE VAN, forces his way inside, and gets into a fistfight inside of it, not stopping until a Foundation X baddy kicks him through the van doors, knocking the doors OFF the van in the process, and Gentaro onto the street.
Suddenly, Kengo shows up, on the Fourze bike! He says that even though she’s not human, he understands, go kick their butts. Gentaro thanks him, gets on that bike, and chases the Van down, forcing it off the road because he’s freakin’ Kamen Rider.
One of the Foundation X baddies had enough of this. He transforms into Sadonas. Gentaro and Shun tag team it, managing to free Nadeshiko, who transforms as well; Gentaro and Nadeshiko Double Rocket Rider Kick Sadonas!
The BBEG apparently has super sucking powers and pulls Nadeshiko into a chokehold, stabbing her with a needle that drains her into a bottle, all while she screams for Gentaro.
Gentaro is despairing now, even as the dragon comes back for round two and the BBEG makes his escape. The rest of the Kamen Rider Club does its best to fight off the Dragon; Yuki, Miu, and Nozoma toss the Foodroids, Shun attacks in the Power Dizer, and Kengo attacks wiht the bike, but it creams ALL of them. Even JK tries to help and gets stomped.
Gentaro is finally inspired by his friends, for one last stand. He rises, and, with EVERYONE counting down, transforms. Fire States, and he goes to TOWN on that dragon, eventually owning it with a limit break.
The group recuperates, Kengo finding a large Rocket switch on the ground; Number S-1, Super One dropped by Nadeshiko when she was captured. Before the group can catch their breath, however, suddenly, on a Ride Vendor, Eiji arrives. Gen’s eager to help him; after all, Kamen Riders help each other, right?
One last thing on Fourze: At some point during that half of the movie, I forget when exactly, the Chairman meets the BBEG. He’s selling switches, but the BBEG wants ASTRO switches, not ZODIART switches. There’s some threat swapping, and then the scene ends after one of the Chairmen’s Zodiarts appears.
Fourze, W, and OOO meet up in a parking lot. After introductions, and some Gentaro/Shotaro joking (Philip says they’re both ‘taros’, Shotaro gets pissed that it’s said they’re similar, Gentaro does his whole frendship thing, they stare off and eventually Shou goes “HAHA I LIKE YOU! YOU GOT SPUNK!”), Shotaro explains for the people who didn’t see Kamen Rider W what’s Foundation X’s deal. They agree to work together, since after all, they’re Riders, right? Then Foundation X arrives.
The four higher ups accompanying the BBEG transform into four Zodiarts that Gen’s beaten before (First four, specifically) and Shotaro and Philip transform to fight them. Gentaro and OOO follow suit in one of the most badass transformation scenes I’ve ever seen (Humorously, when Gentaro shouts 宇宙キターーーーーー！, Shoutarou is startled, asking Gen what’s wrong and Gen acts like everything is normal).
Shotaro promises to hold off the Foundation X members, (After all, he says back to Eiji, Riders help each other, right?), and Eiji and Fourze run off to stop the BBEG, Gentaro thanking “Senpai.” They also smash through two freakin’ Apache Choppers.
There’s a fight scene where W beats the SNOT out of the four Zodiarts, using CJ/HM/LT and a second half later where he uses Xtreme. W-B-X plays in the background. Glorious.
Fourze and OOO reach the BBEG, who is getting on a giant freakin’ space plane. The BBEG regards them with annoyance and sics the mooks on them. They proceed to get dogpiled by 50+ mooks from the three shows.
OOO and Fourze proceed to Dynasty warriors the heck out of theme. Every OOO Combo is used, every Fourze switch is used. And I mean EVERY fourze switch. Everything except for I think Smoke, Flash and Parachute.
You haven’t seen awesome til Gen kicks a dude with Gatling’s leg, then shoots other dudes with the leg while it’s planted in the first bad guy’s chest. Or uses Magic Hand and Hopping to clear entire waves. Or until Tatoba Kick nukes an entire horde of minions.
OOO manages to catch a break, and Aqua returns, giving Gentaro three medals; TaToBa, with golden inlays, however. They’re from the future. Meanwhile, Gentaro finds three medals and 4 switches; one for each rider that was captured.
As OOO and Fourze reunite, a line up of bad guys appear; Terror, Smilodon, Clay Doll, Red Nasca, the Four Greeeds appear. Thankfully, Fourze comes with switches and medals. He gives the medals to OOO, and they both use them with a Scanning Charge/Limit Break. This in turn CREATES the riders; they were sealed in the Switches/Medals!
The Showa Riders thank the two, and say they’ll stay to hold off these punks while Eiji and Gen go after the BBEGs. A few thanks later and Fourze is Rocket+Drill LIMIT BREAKing after the rocket ship, OOO screaming in terror and holding onto Fourze’s hand for dear life.
They smash their way in, where the BBEG reveals his weapon; a belt, with 3 slots for the future medals, and a switch slot for… Nadeshiko. Gen, understandably, is pissed, and the two riders do battle with the BBEG, who STOMPS them.
The BBEG opens a side door, throwing Fourze out, and starts kicking the crap out of OOO. Cut to Fourze, about to fall to his death, when Shun saves him, catching him in the Power Dizer and swinging him about until the momentum dies. Using the Power Dizer, Shun launches Gentaro back after the spaceplane, which is beginning to leave the atmosphere.
Back inside the ship, OOO has had enough of this. Eiji uses the future medals, transforming into OOO Super Tatoba Combo! It’s actually much cooler in motion, and Eiji tears the hell out of the BBEG with it. “What is that?!” “The medals of the future!”
Fourze manages to claw his way back onto the ship, him and OOO giving each other one last peptalk on a fin before the two make their way to the top of the space plane. By now, it’s left the atmosphere. Fourze changes to SUPER ROCKET, and the final battle begins.
At some point, the Showa Riders and Aqua all get Rider Kicks (Or a Big Slice). They’re actually really cool, they modernized the effects really well while keeping them oldschoolcool.
There’s a fight, Fourze getting blasted by UNLIMITED COSMIC ENERGY… but the blast that should blow his stuff back into the atmosphere instead is stopped, Nadeshiko’s returning feelings to Gen saving him from damage. Gentaro drops a spinning rocket attack into the BBEG, smashing his sword apart.
With a last LIMIT BREAK and SCANNING CHARGE, the two unleash their final attacks, Eiji’s SEIYA and Gen’s battle cry resounding above the earth, their kicks blowing the heck out of the stunned BBEG. The ship begins to fall to earth, and the credits start to roll; but there’s still threads to wrap up.
Gentaro and Nadeshiko talk, in that psuedo-newtype space kinda thing. Nadeshiko’s grateful and very happy that she met Gen, thank you, etc etc. Gen moves to give her a hug or a handshake I forget, but then the screen pans down as she leans in way too close for a handshake.
In reality, Gentaro and Eiji fall, popping Tajadol and Parachute as they return to earth. Scene cuts go to Gotou and Date and Chiyoko at Cous. Chiyoko takes her ruined shop rather well; it’s always a new beginning, for her, and she quickly rounds the two men up into fixing the place up for the new theme.
Eiji and Hina reminisce. Their earlier conversation is somewhat repeated; they can, they will, save Ankh. It’s already been proven, and their future is protected by a fellow Kamen Rider. A happy ending, and they’ll continue to work for a future they both want, with their friend, Ankh.
Goddamn, how hard was it for me to write that with a straight face? But Ankh really is a bro, I guess; who the hell would go through a wormhole just to help you out, you know? Regardless, Eiji and Hina end the movie happy.
Gentaro is at a train station with the rest of the Kamen Rider Club when he sees a girl that looks JUST like Nadeshiko. I guess that makes sense; she musta copied her. He can’t help but watch her while she walks right by him; and ignores him.
For a moment, Gentaro simply looks down, overwhelmed in his own, quiet little way. And then he sees the whole Kamen Rider Club, as a group, do his double-chest-bump and point motion, to him, smiling… and he smiles back, returning the gesture.
I guess having your heart broken is as much a part of the Spirit of Youth as throwing crap in the river, huh, Gentaro? And thus the movie ends. Oh, there’s a little snippet of Meteor, and him doing some stuff… that is fighting some Foundation X members!
His alternate powers seem to be planet based, and on his wrist. He had a switch on his wrist he used to cover his hand with freakin’ SATURN. Like, a saturn replica with razor rings. Don’t know what they do, but it looked pretty cool. He untransformed and said some confrontational stuff about Fourze/the KRC.
Believe it or not, this is shorter than the original. And remeber, not my summary, someone else’s language here.
Anyway, it is appropriate that this massive spoiler ends with Meteor, because we have some news on him as well. It turns out that the “mysterious transfer student” in the movie IS Kamen Rider Meteor, and he is played by Yoshizawa Ryo, this guy:
Yay, we were right the first time!
According to new roles, Yosizawa will play Ryuusei (Japanese for Meteor), a transfer student to Amanogawa High, who will make his debut in Ep.17, which should be the first episode of the new year!
Anyway, that should be it for MEGAMAX news for now. If anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know!
SEEYA! UCHU KITAAAAAAAAAAAA!
-M.C., the Quantum Twin