A new player enters the Blood Game this week as the show settles into the usual Sentai Mid-Season slump…
It’s summer in Japan, and that means fireworks and whatever those male-kimonos are called. With the team pumped for the traditional Japanese festivities. Both the MoTW (a Navel themed one with Triple cannons) and a new foe from space approaches.
The Alien hungry from his long trip terrorizes a picnic for some food, but it gets carbonized thanks to a long shot from the MOTW. The Zyuohgers race and fight the MOTW, only to be interrupted by the new monster in town. Introducing himself as Bunglay, the Mega Beast Hunter, he only wants to kill whoever ruined his meal. A fight ensues and Bunglay shows that he is not to be messed with as the MOTW runs. Bunglay can seemingly summon copies of previously defeated Dethgalians somehow, and he does so to cover his own retreat, with the Team defeating the copies in short order.
While out looking for their two new problems, Yamato and Amu come across a kid who was injured in the MOTW’s earlier bombardment attack. He doesn’t want to go to the hospital for fear he would miss seeing the fireworks with his Workaholic Mother (Trust me kid, you won’t miss much). Amu talks him out of it and gets him help, delivering the moral of the episode that “We are all Connected/It’s not good keeping things from people you care about”.
Elsewhere, Bunglay tracks down the MOTW, and attacks it. This alerts the Team and they arrive, splitting the duel up. Yamato and Misao take on Bunglay while the others fight and eventually take out the MOTW. Since Bunglay is OP, Yamato has to switch to Gorilla Mode and goes on the offensive, though it does not go over too well.
The team does the Gunner save as the MOTW goes big, while Naria appears to give Bunglay an offer to join the Dethgalians. Bunglay takes her up on the offer and leaves with her as the Zyuohgers use Wild Tousai King to finish the MOTW. That night the gang enjoys the fireworks as a new threat is accepted in to their enemy’s ranks.
A few face on the block this week did serve to shake things up a bit, and Bunglay showed that he is no pushover. I didn’t buy into the Summer Fun stuff, or the message of “Were all Connected” however. Still, this was a pretty good episode IMO.
Rating: 3 out of 5