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|WARNING: This episode contains scenes of graphic violence and character death. Viewer discretion is advised!|
Masato, Dying A Glorious Death (雅人、散華 Masato, Sange) is the forty-eighth episode of Kamen Rider 555. This is the second episode of the endgame arc, with the death of Masato Kusaka. It also features the first appearance of Yuji Kiba as Kamen Rider Kaixa.
After fighting with a Riotrooper with Kusaka's disease that he will die soon, he confronts Kiba that he will fight the Orphnoch King. Mari talks briefly with Rina before getting kidnapped, once again to lure Kusaka. Hanagata dies from his rapid evolution. As Kusaka confronts Kiba that he joined Smart Brain, Takumi, Kaido, and Mihara kill all Riotroopers as Faiz Axel Form, the Snake Orphnoch, and Delta respectively. With Kusaka killed by Kiba as Kaixa, Mari searches for Kusaka's whereabouts, but he dies before she manages to find him.
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- Takumi Inui (乾 巧 Inui Takumi): Kento Handa (半田 健人 Handa Kento)
- Mari Sonoda (園田 真理 Sonoda Mari): Yuria Haga (芳賀 優里亜 Haga Yuria)
- Keitaro Kikuchi (菊池 啓太郎 Kikuchi Keitarō): Ken Mizorogi (溝呂木 賢 Mizorogi Ken)
- Yuji Kiba (木場 勇治 Kiba Yūji): Masayuki Izumi (泉 政行 Izumi Masayuki)
- Naoya Kaido (海堂 直也 Kaidō Naoya): Mitsuru Karahashi (唐橋 充 Karahashi Mitsuru)
- Masato Kusaka (草加 雅人 Kusaka Masato): Kohei Murakami (村上 幸平 Murakami Kōhei)
- Shuji Mihara (三原 修二 Mihara Shūji): Atsushi Harada (原田 篤 Harada Atsushi)
- Rina Abe (阿部 里奈 Abe Rina): Rie Kasai (河西 りえ Kasai Rie)
- Teruo Suzuki (鈴木 照夫 Suzuki Teruo): Kayato Watanabe (渡辺 彼野人 Watanabe Kayato)
- Itsuro Takuma (琢磨 逸郎 Takuma Itsurō): Jun Yamasaki (山崎 潤 Yamasaki Jun)
- Saeko Kageyama (影山 冴子 Kageyama Saeko): Waka (和香 Waka)
- Kitazaki (北崎 Kitazaki): Ray Fujita (藤田 玲 Fujita Rei)
- Hanagata (花形 Hanagata): Koji Naka (中 康治 Naka Kōji)
- Riotrooper member: Hideki Hatsu (葉都 英樹 Hatsu Hideki), Keiko Hashimoto (橋本 恵子 Hashimoto Keiko), Jiro Okamoto (岡元 次郎 Okamoto Jirō), Masaru Obayashi (大林 勝 Ōbayashi Masaru)
- Smart Brain member: Makoto Ito (伊藤 慎 Itō Makoto)
- Mari Sonoda (Child): Aoi Yuki (悠木 碧 Yūki Aoi)
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- Viewership: 6.4%
- With a rating of 6.4%, this was the lowest rated episode of 555, 2.9% below the series average.
- The main title music from the Paradise Lost movie can be heard when Kaixa reverted back to Kiba.
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger episode 45, Ep. 45: New Year Abare Rumba.
- Final appearance of Hanagata.
- Aoi Yuki, who plays the child Mari, would later go on to voice Yurusen in Kamen Rider Ghost.
- Kusaka's death is retconned in Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (2014), where a flashback shows him dying after being beaten by the Horse Orphnoch as Kaixa while Faiz battled the Arch Orphnoch. Unlike the original, where no one witness his death by Kaixa, Faiz approached him before he disintegrated into dust.
- Kohei Murakami would later reprise his role of Kusaka 10 years later before moving on to play Bud in Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger two years after.
Blu-ray Box 3 comes with 16 episodes.