Stories collide in this episode of Kamen Rider 555!
[３人×３人] Sannin × Sannin
“Trio x Trio”
After watching Toda die in a gulf of flames and seeing an innocent bystander show hints of becoming an Orphenoch, Yuji and Yuka take him to their apartment to rest up, as he seems to be very exhausted. Yuji goes to Smart Brain to demand answers, but is shown the door. Literally, he sees the President’s door but it turns out to be a dead end. What kind of company is this, anyway?
Back at the apartment, the man, Naoya Kaido, wakes up and immediately rushes out to attend an interview that he’s late for. But of course, not before hitting on Yuka a bit. I like this guy. Yuka follows after him and bumps into, you guessed it, Keitaro! She drops her phone and runs off after the man, while Keitaro tries to get her attention to return her phone. Keitaro is stunned by her beauty and bumps the phones together. Can anyone say ‘foreshadowing’? He stalks the spot where they “met” until she finally shows up and he returns the phone. She’s the least bit amused, almost in a daze. I can’t tell if its due to the character being super depressed or just the inability of the actor to portray emotion. We’ll see how that goes throughout the show.
Kaido gets to his job interview and seems shy as well as not too bright. When asked about any special skills, he hesitates but then something odd happens. His hyper-senses kick in, allowing him to hear the irregular heart rate of his interviewer as well as smell what’s on his hands, including food and….BLOOD!
On the other side of the plot, Takumi and Mari are arguing again, bring up old beef in order to cut new wounds. In a fit of rage, Mari decides to go see her father right away. Takumi tags along out of guilt and asks how they’ll get in. He comes up with the brilliant plan to steal a key card from someone weak-looking. Master would not look kindly on this, Takumi. No, he would not. Remember what he taught you all those years at the coffee shop, Takumi. REMEMBER!?!?
They search at the lobby of Smart Brain and find Yuji, back from another dead-end attempt at discovering the truth. They tail Yuji and try to break into his car, only to be caught by an old man who lives in the same building. The old man brings Yuji and the two thieves to his place to sort things out. Mari, the quick-thinker that she apparently is, tells a fake story about losing her parents and that her brother, Takumi, is a useless bum who can’t support them financially. Yuji feels remorse and offers a bit of wisdom to Takumi before taking his leave.
Back at Yuji’s apartment, Kaido is freakin’ the eff out. And, wouldn’t you? He’s discovering these strange powers and is transforming into some kind of monster. But, Kaido is the type that looks at things in a glass-half-full kind of way and figures this is a good chance to beat the crap out of the bastards who made fun of him all of these years. I mean, wouldn’t you? He goes out on the town and is jumped by a random dude. But, he isn’t so random, its the interview for the job Kaido was applying for. I guess Kaido hit a nerve and accidentally found out about his scheme to kill his workers for insurance money. Oh yeah, and the random detectives in this show just got the case for that. Wonder how long it will be before they find the owner’s body.
Kaido fakes his own death and comes back, transformed as the Snake Orphenoch to kill the owner. Well, I mean, come on. He ain’t no Master, now is he? Anyway, Takumi and Keitaro stumble onto the scene while making their nightly delivery rounds and Takumi springs into action as Faiz. Yuji, who ran after Kaido to stop him from doing anything crazy, sees Kaido getting pummeled by Faiz and transforms to help out. FINALLY! The worlds collide.
It’s been six episodes in the making, but we finally got the two sets of casts to interact. Hence the title of the episode, I suppose. This actually feels like its taken longer for the stories to converge than it does in most shows of this plot structure. But, I guess a lot of foundation is needed to justify the collision. This was quite the Orphenoch-focused episode. I think I’ll dub them ‘Team Orphenoch” to keep thing straight from now on along with “Team Faiz”.
One of the most memorable characters for me in this show is without a doubt Kaido. He’s so energetic and spontaneous. And with a cast of characters that are so subdued and emo, he’s a breath of fresh air to the story. The actor also seemed to really enjoy playing the role, he was able to let loose and have a good time. Which is why it was a bit of a disappointment to see him in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger as Juuzo and watch him act about as emo and depressed as the other characters in 555 seem to be.
Speaking of, Yuji and Yuka need to lighten up. I mean, I know the whole “being dead and turned into monsters” thing is a bit of a party-pooper. But, you don’t have to be so depressed about it. Life, version 2, goes on. I mean, YOLO, right? Or would it be YOLT, since they have two lives? Shoutout to video games. Anyway, on a serious note, seeing the actors act so down-in-the-dumps, at least on Team Orphenoch, and how monotone their lines turn out to be makes me dread seeing them on screen sometimes. I know that it gets better with them as the show goes on. But these first batch of episodes are really rough to watch when it comes to them. You just get bored at times while they find their footing.
On the flip side, Team Faiz seems very animated. Almost too animated at times. In that fight between Takumi and Mari, they resort to a shouting match, calling each other Baka, meaning idiot. It really came off as them acting like children, seeing as even teenagers don’t resort to that kind of back and forth. Other than that, they were a lot more entertaining to watch. And, Takumi’s realization that he’d like to become the type of guy that can iron a shirt correctly someday, a reference to an earlier comment from Keitaro about how bad people can’t iron, was a cool little reflection on his character. This provides a bit of a peak into what he thinks of himself and what he may or may not have done in the past. He still feels bad about losing Master, and he should. Master was such a great guy. He was taken away from us so soon.
So, we’re finally seeing the two teams meet. All surrounding unknown identities and I’m sure a few misunderstandings. It will be interesting to see how they react to each other, both in-suit and out. As long as Kaido gets to keep doing his thing, I’m good.