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|WARNING: This episode contains scenes of graphic violence, blood, murder, and sex. Viewer discretion is advised!|
EPISODE 2: Another Alternative is the second episode of Rider Time: Kamen Rider Ryuki.
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As Kamen Rider Ouja is about to strike a helpless Shinji, Kamen Rider Knight appears and blocks the attack. Ouja then joins the fight with Kamen Rider Gai and Kamen Rider Scissors, while Knight tells Shinji to run. However, the two are stopped by Kamen Rider Raia, who has already betrayed Shinji in the previous episode. Kimura flees from the chaotic battle. Kamen Rider Zolda uses his Final Vent, causing an enormous explosion, forcing the combatants to retreat.
In a dimension full of broken mirror pieces, Shinji finds Dark Shinji, with the latter urging the former to merge with him so that "they" can win the Rider War. As Dark Shinji gets closer and closer to Shinji, making him terrified, the latter wakes up and realizes it is all a dream.
Shinji finds himself in a parking lot with Ren Akiyama. Ren knows Shinji's name, but Shinji mispronounces Ren's name as "Ron", just like in the past. The two wonder whether they have met before or not, with Ren not having any clue on the matter. Shinji thanks Ren for saving him earlier, but Ren states that he does not save Shinji because they seem to know each other. Instead, Ren remarks there is a voice in his head which keeps telling him to stop the Rider War. Shinji responds he also wants to meet a certain someone who has been appearing in his dreams ever since day one. He then asks whether Ren knows anything about the past, which ren admits he also has no clue about. Shinji voices his approval of Ren's goal to stop the War. Ren thinks Shinji just wants to stop the War because he is afraid of losing, which Shinji dismisses. Shinji then offers Ren a drink, which he has had with him since the battle at the beginning of the episode, only for Ren to spew the content on his face. Shinji states that the two may not be very close in the past, to which Ren agrees. As Takeshi Asakura is the only one with memory still intact, the two decide to go and meet him.
In another place, Ishihashi, Jun, and Tezuka are preapring a barbecue. Ishihashi asks Tezuka for some spices to eat with his steak, only to be stabbed by the latter with a knife. He grabs Jun's hand for help, but he is stabbed another time by Jun. His body then disintegrates. Tezuka and Jun later have sex in private.
It is the 6th day of the Rider War, Asakura is seen eating some food prepared by Goro. Asakura is pleased by the food, but he still wonders why Goro is even serving him. He even remarks that Kitaoka may "turn in his grave" if he knows Goro is serving his archenemy. Asakura states he has never actually hated Kitaoka, but, rather, Kitaoka hates him. He then tells Goro that hatred is a thing that "can be trusted". Ren and Shinji come and ask Asakura about their past. Ren voices his distrust towards the mysterious woman's words, and that even if there is a winner, it will still be meaningless if no one can get out of the Mirror World. Asakura only laughs, and says that their past is fighting and killing each other, and it is their destiny to keep fighting like that for eternity.
After having sex, Tezuka states that eventually, he and Jun will have to fight each other to decide the winner. Jun laughs, responding that killing each other is also a passionate way of expressing love, but he also adds that he does not wish to fight Tezuka. In the bathroom, Tezuka encounters Dark Shinji. Dark Shinji tells Tezuka that the traitor will eventually be betrayed, and that he should eliminate Jun to ensure his own safety. Later on, Tezuka and Jun fight against each other, with Jun disgusted at the betrayal. Raia uses his Final Vent and attempt to finish Gai off, but Gai counters with a Confine Vent and his own Final Vent, mortally wounding Raia, knocking him out of the transformation. Upon receiving the fatal blow, Tezuka starts to regain his memory, and his previous friendship with Shinji. He leaves the place to look for Shinji.
Elsewhere, an outraged Ouja is looking for Shinji and Ren, telling them to entertain him more and more. He starts striking random objects in frustration, but the two are still nowhere to be found.
Shinji and Ren retreat to an abandoned house, with the former remarking that Asakura is not the type that can be reasoned with. The mysterious woman appears before them and declares that the time remaining is one day. Both Shinji and Ren are irritated, asking the woman why she is doing all this. The woman starts to tell the two Riders her story: She is a woman named Sara. In the past, a man named Tatsuya Kano hits her with his car, putting her into the hospital. The man would then visit her frequently in the hospital, and the two start dating each other. However, the injury from the accident still does not allow her body to recover completely, and she is put back into the hospital again. Tatsuya, not wanting to lose her, becomes Another Ryuki and starts killing countless people in the real world in hopes that the lives he kills will be able to resurrect her. Not wanting Tatsuya to kill more people, her Mirror self restarts the Rider War. Because the real world Sara only has one day left to live, she says one day is the time remaining for the winner to be found. Shinji still wants to know more, but the woman vanishes.
Kimura brings a deceased Tezuka to Shinji, telling him that Tezuka has finally regained his memory just before dying. He relates Tezuka's messages to Shinji: That Shinji should still be himself, and that he should be careful of "another Shinji". As Tezuka's body disintegrates, Dark Shinji suddenly appears, and merges with the real Shinji.
Elsewhere, Jun is still looking for Tezuka, demanding him to come and "accept his love". Dark Shinji stops Jun on his way, saying that Tezuka is dead, and that he will "love" Jun in his place. Dark Shinji transforms into Kamen Rider Ryuga and effortlessly defeats Kamen Rider Gai. He kills Gai using his Final Vent, stomping his foot on Jun's body as it disintegrates. Ren and Kimura, having witnessed the whole event, are shocked and horrified.
- Shinji Kido (城戸 真司 Kido Shinji): Takamasa Suga (須賀 貴匡 Suga Takamasa)
- Ren Akiyama (秋山 蓮 Akiyama Ren): Satoshi Matsuda (松田 悟志 Matsuda Satoshi)
- Miyuki Tezuka (手塚 海之 Tezuka Miyuki): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠 Takano Hassei)
- Jun Shibaura (芝浦 淳 Shibaura Jun): Satoshi Ichijo (一條 俊 Ichijō Satoshi)
- Takeshi Asakura (浅倉 威 Asakura Takeshi): Takashi Hagino (萩野 崇 Hagino Takashi)
- Goro Yura (由良 吾郎 Yura Gorō): Tomohisa Yuge (弓削 智久 Yuge Tomohisa)
- Kimura (木村): Daichi Yamaguchi (山口大地 Yamaguchi Daichi)
- Ishihashi (石橋): Ken Nakajima (中島健 Nakajima Ken)
- Sara (サラ): Mayu Ura (浦まゆ Ura Mayu)
- Tatsuya Kano (加納 達也 Kano Tatsuya): Shun Ishida (石田隼 Ishida Shun)
- Sougo Tokiwa (常磐 ソウゴ Tokiwa Sōgo): So Okuno (奥野 壮 Okuno Sō)
- Geiz Myokoin (明光院 ゲイツ Myōkōin Geitsu): Gaku Oshida (押田 岳 Oshida Gaku)
- Narration (ナレーション Narēshon): Eiichiro Suzuki (鈴木英一郎 Suzuki Eiichirō)
Forms and Collectibles Used
- Cards used:
- Sword Vent (off-screen)
- Final Vent
- Strike Vent, Confine Vent, Final Vent
- Swing Vent (off-screen), Copy Vent
- Strike Vent (off-screen)
- Sword Vent (off-screen)
- Final Vent
- Weapons/Powers summoned:
- Wing Lancer
- Metal Horn
- Evil Whip, Metal Horn (Copy Vent)
- Scissors Pincer
- Veno Saber
- Watch used:
- This is the first time in Kamen Rider history where there is a same sex relationship shown on screen.
- This marks the second time two characters are explicitly shown to have sex in the franchise. The first time was in Kamen Rider Amazons.
- Shuichi Kitaoka is confirmed deceased by Asakura in this episode, likely falling victim to his terminal disease from Kamen Rider Ryuki.
- As of this episode, Shinji officially has all the same forms as his American counterpart Kit Taylor from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
- The word "torque" which is found in Kitaoka's book of six codes references Kamen Rider Torque, the American counterpart of Kamen Rider Zolda, from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
- There are some scenes in the episode that paid homage to a few scenes in Ryuki:
- Shinji misprononces Ren's name just like their previous first meeting.
- Gai uses Confine Vent against Raia to disable Evildiver.
- Dark Shinji took over Shinji's body like in Episode Final, with the same promise to become the strongest rider to end the Rider War, including the transformation sequence as the result of fusing.
- Ryuga's finisher on Gai is similar to his first finisher that killed Genocider in Episode Final.
- When Miyuki Tezuka started to remember his former life, several scenes from the original series were reused in this episode.
- Rider Deaths this episode -
- Kamen Rider Scissors: stabbed in the chest by Miyuki Tezuka and Jun Shibaura.
- Kamen Rider Raia: died due to wounds from his battle against Kamen Rider Gai.
- Kamen Rider Gai: killed by Kamen Rider Ryuga's Final Vent.
- Riders Remaining: 7/13
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