Super special post edition. When I was a kid, I was awful at a certain language. As a result, I was always near the bottom of the barrel, except for Math and English, because neither were reliant on said language. I wanted to improve my proficiency though, so I watched the local dub of Space Sheriff Gavan and Kamen Rider Black.
Here’s the thing with Black. It probably shaped my entire view on fiction. For the entirety of the series, the good guy won by protecting a certain girl, thereby preventing the resurrection/awakening of a certain bad guy. My memory’s hazy but I think the bad guys finally managed to kidnap that girl and drained her life force or something. Kamen Rider Black managed to rescue her before the big bad guy was revived but the “generals” of the bad guys donated their own life force to complete the process, thereby awakening the bad guy. And the episode ended with what would turn out to be a really iconic appearance by said bad guy.
And that’s where I ended watching that show. For years, I thought the series ended with the emergence of the bad guy. It was the first time I encountered the bad guys WINNING because they’ve accomplished their objective. I also always presumed they were gonna hold onto power rather than work to bring about their king; so it was also my introduction to cultist/fanatic loyalty.
Well, I was wrong. Apparently the show continued for quite a bit after that but luckily, I didn’t know that.
APPARENTLY, Kamen Rider Black episode 35 is the conclusion to a 2-parter that would culminate in that moment.
I’m gonna watch it now and post as I do. Let’s see if it holds up shall we?
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