Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Episode 21 Review

After my last review of Ghost received such an overwhelmingly negative response, and when I mean negative comment I just mean a single comment, from now on I will conform with the popular opinion on the shows I review… Then again, it is just one comment so I will continue with my ways:

And what better way to start off an episode than with merchandise shilling! Misao gives the Zyumen the Chibi plushes he made of them at the end of the last episode, even Leo and Tusk who’s dolls will never sell (seriously, everyone I have seen on Twitter who ordered the plushes only bought Sela and Amu’s).

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Last time I was a little soft on Misao’s Bi-Polar personality, but only two epsiodes into his tenure on the team and I am getting sick of it already. The man crashes in to depression at the drop of a hat, and all it takes in this episode was Tusk pressing him on the nature of ZyuohTheLight and his Cube Animals. Not being able to answer him, due to being given them and not having made them himself, is cause enough to make Misao feel useless I guess.

Then the worst DLC for Prison Architect appears and starts attacking, so the Zyuohger’s race to confront it, dragging the bummed out Misao along, who proves to be a liability as he gets himself and Tusk captured, as well as transported off somewhere. This fight also shows that Amu (and maybe the others) can form a mouth while still transformed and use it to bite things, like Amazon.

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The short version of the Character Development for the episode is that while captive Tusk calls Misao out on his Bi-Polar nature, but admits that’s he is blunt to a fault himself, saying he’s not perfect himself either. This somehow lights a fire that lets our ‘Global Warrior’ break out, with the help of Cube Komori, who was very conveniently in the same cave they were in.

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The rest of the team arrives (Amu biting the MOTW actually gives her a clue as to where their friends are) and Instincts get unleashed big time. This escalated to Mecha size and we get all three Zyuoh Mechas using their own weapon cubes; Kirin for Zyuoh King, Mogura and Kuma for Zyuoh Wild, and the new Cube Komori for Tousai Zyuoh to defeat the monster. The episode concludes with  Misao trying to teach Tusk to fish using ZyuohTheRod.

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My Thoughts:

This episode really grated on me. I really hope Misao’s depressive streak does not became a series long character trait because it’s already old, and can only get more annoying from here. Tusk’s part in this episode did not work, and in the end he didn’t change at all. If not for Cube Komori debuting I could have seen this episode ending up as filler.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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