After coming to Japan, Amazon is lost in this strange new world. Feeling alone, he’ll have to overcome the hate that’s cast on him when his mere presence in the country draws ordinary people into danger.
This episode starts out with Amazon wandering around in the city at night, almost getting killed by a train he mistook for an animal. A friend of Ritsuko’s, Masako, manages to catch the sight and calls Masahiko since she knows he’s had some interaction with Amazon. When the kid arrives on scene, Amazon is nowhere to be found. After some searching, the pair hear screams and sounds of a fight going on, eventually stumbling on Amazon fighting a bat monster. The two watch the battle and Masako gets herself injured at some point. Amazon lets the bat monster go to watch over the human.
The Ten-Faced Demon is far from happy that the bat monster was nearly defeated by Amazon and is about ready to cook him alive when one of his…er, faces, says they should spare him since he did back Amazon into a corner. We then learn that Gedon, the evil organization of this series, is looking for a power source created by Inca science. The only way to get to that power source? Stealing Amazon’s Gigi Armlet and combining it with the Gaga Armlet that the Ten-Faced Demon has.
Taken to the hospital, Masako is in serious pain and the doctors are unable to find what’s wrong with her. Ritsuko gets a hate on for Amazon in this episode, blaming him for dragging everyone into danger and tells Amazon to scram. Our poor dejected hero manages to make some medicine for Masako and goes off to battle the bat monster once again. The medicine cures Masako and relieves some of Ritsuko’s hesitations concerning Amazon, who is having no problem fighting the bat monster. The bat monster flees and this time the Ten-Faced Demon isn’t so quick to spare his life as he calls down a horde of bats to eat the monster alive.
There are some similarities in this episode to the original Kamen Rider again, and I think Amazon managed to pull this version off better. The original series saw someone dying and someone who would go on to become a pivotal figure blaming Hongo for the death of that person. In this episode we see someone on the verge of death with Amazon being blamed for it. The circumstances in Amazon appear to lend themselves better to someone thinking Amazon was the reason a person was hurt.
You have a monster tracking down Amazon and two people watching the fight, you can just tell this is a bad idea. Someone gets hurt and you kind of see the logic behind Amazon being blamed for it. He’s not directly responsible, but at the same time, that person probably wouldn’t have been in danger at all if not for the monster chasing Amazon. I mean, yeah, you can also blame the girl for being nosy, but I think its natural to be curious when you see a giant bat and lizard man fighting it out at night.
Amazon does, of course, prove himself, going out of his way to produce an antidote for whatever has Masako sick and in pain. And again, Masahiko is the first to trust him, you wonder if this will ever get the kid in trouble. He’s a nice enough kid but he strikes me as pretty naive when it comes to people. Honestly though, I was kind of surprised to see Ritsuko so ready to blame Amazon. I know it seems like it goes against everything I just said, but she had no problems with Amazon in the first episode. Maybe it’s because they didn’t interact directly? Or maybe after seeing Kousaka die and now a friend on the verge of death, trusting Amazon doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea.
Amazon takes it in stride though, sort of. Before he makes the medicine, Ritsuko runs him out of the hospital and man, dude can emote like crazy. When you see Amazon feeling bad, you have to have sympathy for the guy. When it comes to all the Tarzan-like characters I’ve seen in tokusatsu, Amazon strikes me as the best interpretation. He’s not incredibly child-like, you can tell he interacted with some sort of society in the past, but that society is nothing like the one he deals with in Japan. Dude comes off as an outsider looking for friends and answers is what I’m getting at.
For as lost as Amazon is when he’s interacting with other humans, he’s right at home on the battlefield. I never felt like he was in any danger when fighting the bat monster this episode. Now, something about a hero having no trouble against an enemy would typically strike me as odd, but not here. Amazon’s a wild child and he’s got the strength to go along with it. I’m more interested in seeing how he interacts with other humans and adjusts to their society rather than how he puts up a fight. And to be fair, the fights are still pretty brutal. Even though the battles don’t last too long, there is a ton of action packed into each one.
Also, you know how I felt kind of bad for the monster last episode? Yeah, no sympathy this time around. The guy is groveling for his life when Amazon defeats him at the start of the episode and as soon as he’s given a second chance, his bravado in front of the captured humans was through the roof. I think it’s a cool scene though, coming so soon after he’s begging for his life, we see a human begging the bat to spare him. Everyone wants someone to kick around, right? But, hey! Bat dude eventually gets what he has coming to him when the Ten-Faced Demon orders a bunch of bats to eat him alive.
When you think about it, though Amazon’s had no problem defeating the monsters in this series, he’s not the one that’s killed them. Ten-Faced Demon has done all the monster killing. Good job on staff morale there, buddy. Now, you just have to look forward to Amazon finally getting a kill in. He’s got such a reputation for being fierce and wild, yet he’s merely maimed his enemies. (merely, hah!)
This just struck me, but I really love that so much of this episode took place during the night. I think you can feel a natural progression when things don’t suddenly turn to day moments after the characters are out and about during a night scene. That and night scenes contribute very nicely to the eerie sense of danger and mysteriousness the series is trying to portray. I think a lot of people can find some common ground in feeling unsettled during the night and maybe this is supposed to help the viewer feel what Amazon is feeling, being lost and alone in a strange environment.