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Path of Heaven (天の道 Ten no Michi) is the forty-ninth and final episode of Kamen Rider Kabuto. This episode features the death of Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto as well as Tendou and Kagami's last stand against the malicious Native Worms once and for all.
Kagami rushes to stop Mishima's plans of using a meteorite to drain Dark Kabuto of his powers. As he reaches the area of the final battle, he finds Mishima and Negishi conducting a broadcast all around the planet. Unbeknown to the humans, the signals sent out by the broadcast are composed of Dark Kabuto's drained power and causing the humans to become Natives. As Kagami lays defeated, Tendou appears, after going one-on-one with Mishima, Kagami regains his strength and joins Tendou in a double team on Mishima for the final battle.
Masato Mishima starts a broadcast, telling everone that the Worm threat is almost dealt with completely, and people should keep wearing the ZECT necklaces to identify the few remaining Worms roaming around. Shuichi Tadokoro and Yuriko Misaki know that the necklaces actually will turn everyone into Natives, but they are powerless to do anything.
Elsewhere, Kagami has taken his injured father Riku to a hospital. Renge Takatori finds Kagami in the hall and gives him a letter. The man realizes it is Tendou's letter. It contains a thorough explanation of the Natives' plan, including the mechanics behind the necklaces. They serve as antenae to receive signals transmitted from the telecommunications tower, which means when Mishima and Negishi begin another broadcast, the necklaces will receive the signals and trigger the transformation of humanity into Natives. With this knowledge, Kagami gets out of the hospital to confront Mishima, but he is stopped by Misaki and Tadokoro and a number of ZECTroopers. After a brief conversation, Misaki and Tadokoro point their guns at the ZECTroopers, who themselves are Natives loyal to Negishi's course. They fight off the Natives, allowing Kagami to flee on his motorcycle to Mishima's hideout.
In the broadcasting room, the henchmen are preparing the final stages of the plan. Dark Kabuto is chained to a Native meteorite, which will be used to absorb his energy and transmit it to the humans wearing necklaces. It is stated that necklaces will have been spread all around the world by 3 o'clock, and "true peace" will come to the Earth. 5 minutes before the broadcast begins, Kagami, as Gatack, breaks into the room to ruin the scheme. Negishi is surprised Kagami will not assisst him for "peace", but Kagami retorts he will not let the Natives do as they please on Earth. He prepares to destroy the machines in the room, but Mishima stops him, transforming into Gryllus Worm. The Worm admits he has always hated Kagami ever since the beginning because he is a righteous man. Gatack tries to fight back, but he is helplessly outmatched. The ZECTroopers inside the room are also revealed to have been turned into Natives obedient to Negishi. They use their Native form to overpower Kagami. The Rider tries to talk some sense to them, asking them to remember the times they have fought together, but to no avail. Gryllus Worm stabs Gatack through the abdomen, removing the Gatack Zecter and cancelling his transformation as a result. Kagami falls down on the ground unconscious. Mishima reverts back to human form and starts the broadcast with Negishi.
As the camera begins to roll, the energy from Dark Kabuto and the meteorite is harnessed and ready to be transmitted. On camera, Negishi admits his plans to turn people into Natives for "world peace" to the citizens outside. As the commoners watch Negishi speak on screen, the necklaces start to be triggered and they begin to be transformed. Negishi ends his speech by saying that a species as weak and foolish as humans does not deserve to exist anymore. Kagami interrupts, stating if humanity has someone as special as Tendou, then humanity will never lose to the Natives. Mishima, irritated, comes over and stomps his foot on Kagami, telling him Tendou is no longer alive to save the world.
Just as Mishima finishes his sentence, a familiar voice echoes: "Grandmother said this: In the world there is only one name that you must remember: Walking on the Path of Heaven, the man who will rule over everything. Tendou...Souji...!"
Tendou makes his presence known to the two villains by breaking into the room with the Kabuto Extender. He is shown to have survived the crush by the rubble. He then uses the same flower he previously is trying to reach in the previous episode to fling at the meteorite, negating its energy and cancelling the transmission as a result. Negishi shouts at Tendou, saying humanity is not needed. Tendout points out that is the limit in the vision of Natives like Negishi, because they cannot see all the lives in the world are special and admirable in their own unique way. He adds that people cannot change the world for their own selfish interests. Instead, only when a person changes himself/herself for the better will the world change, which is the entire philosophy behind "Path of Heaven". Kagami, struggling to stand up, agrees with Tendou. He believes humanity can and will coexist peacefully with the Natives, but they are willing to fight and earn that future with their own hands. Negishi is still adamant, saying such a future is unnecessary as humans are weak and unnecessary. He is, nevertheless, proven wrong as the ZECTroopers manage to regain their human personalities and reverse the transformation by themselves, discarding their Native form completely. Mishima is outraged by this turn of events, and Tendou summons the Kabuto Zecter and transforms into Kamen Rider Kabuto. Seeing no other alternative, Mishima assumes his Gryllus Worm form for a showdown. Negishi is dragged away from the room by the ZECTroopers.
At first, Mishima and Tendou manage to exchange some blows, but the Gryllus Worm unleashes its protrusions in the back and wounds Kabuto badly. Kagami also grabs the Gatack Zecter and transforms to assist Tendou. The Gryllus Worm chooses not to play around anymore and decides to go all out against the two Riders. Despite their efforts, Gryllus Worm still gains the upper hand as it grabs the two by the throat and prepares to choke them to death. All hope seems lost until the Hyper Zecter summons and attaches itself to Kabuto's belt, turning him into Hyper Form, allowing him to break free. Tendou grabs the Perfect Zecter in sword mode and manages to deal some damage to Gryllus Worm. Hyper Kabuto prepares the Maximum Hyper Typhoon Rider Slash and performs it on Mishima. Unfortunately, the Gryllus Worm still proves himself to be the most powerful foe for Kabuto, as it counters and deflects the slash, breaking the Perfect Zecter to bits as a result. Hyper Kabuto is knocked down to the ground, weakened due to the force of Gryllus Worm's attack. Mishima charges at Kabuto, intent on dealing the final blow. Just as he is about to launch the protrusions on his shoulders, Gatack throws his Double Caliburs at them, incapacitating the Worm long enough to create an opening. Taking the opportunity, Kabuto and Gatack use their respective Rider Kicks on Mishima. He is wounded even further by the tachyon energy of the Rider Kicks, and ultimately crashes into the meteorite and dies in an explosion which sets the room on fire.
After Gryllus Worm is destroyed, Tendou rushes to Dark Kabuto and tries to wake him up and help him flee from the place. Gatack however, drags Kabuto out of there, because the whole place is about to explode due to all the fighting that has taken place. As he is dragged out, Tendou screams for Dark Kabuto, wanting him to live desperately.
When they have escaped from the place, they find Negishi outside, who has just dispactched the ZECTroopers. Negishi assumes his Native form and tries to get even with the two Riders for having ruined his plan. Unexpectedly, Dark Kabuto runs out of the flaming building and takes hold of Negishi. He asks Tendou to take care of the world before rushing back into the building with the Native. The building and the tower finally explodes, killing both Dark Kabuto and Negishi. Tendou and Kagami cancel their transformation and let their Zecters fly away together to parts unknown. Tendou tells Kagami to listen to him carefully because he will not say this sentence again: "Walking the same path together is merely a test of perseverance. Following different paths together is, on the other hand, truly...", Kagami interrupts and completes his sentence with the word "friends". He then asks whether those are Tendou's grandmother's words. Tendou smiles and replies that they are actually his own words.
The final battle is over, and other characters meet the two heroes with joy. Misaki and Renge give Kagami and Tendou hugs, respectively, while Tadokoro stands on the sideline and smiles at the victory. Meanwhile, Hiyori has also completed her own personal dish for her restaurant.
One year later, after the Worm threat has ended completely, the people in the story return to their peaceful lives. Tadokoro becomes a soba shop owner; Misaki becomes the president of the Discabil Corporation, a restaurant chain created based on Tsurugi Kamishiro's dreams and Jiiya's recipes; Daisuke Kazama still remains a drifter accompanied by Gon, but right now Gon insists that people call her by her real name "Yuriko". Tadokoro is pleased at people's happy lives, and decides to go and make some soba for everyone. Hiyori and Jyuka have accepted each other as sisters. It appears that Jyuka now works at Hiyori's restaurant to help her with waiting the tables.
Kagami is shown having a job as a normal police officer, presumably serving under his father Riku who has also returned to the police forces. After he helps a group of children cross the street, a little girl asks: "Mister, where did the man who walks on the Path of Heaven go?". Kagami answers: "He is out there buying some tofu". The two gazes at Tendou's house in awe.
It is revealed that Tendou really is "buying tofu"...in France. He has traveled there to improve his culinary skills further. On the streets of France, a local meets him and asks him in wonder if he really is the famous Souji Tendou. Tendou replies with his usual introductory sentence: "Grandmother said this: I am the man who walks on the Path of Heaven, to rule over everything...Tendou Souji!". He points to the camera as the series end.
- Souji Tendou (天道 総司 Tendō Sōji): Hiro Mizushima (水嶋 ヒロ Mizushima Hiro)
- Arata Kagami (加賀美 新 Kagami Arata): Yuuki Sato (佐藤 祐基 Satō Yūki)
- Hiyori Kusakabe (日下部 ひより Kusakabe Hiyori): Yui Satonaka (里中 唯 Satonaka Yui)
- Shuichi Tadokoro (田所 修一 Tadokoro Shuichi): Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi (山口 祥行 Yamaguchi Yoshiyuki)
- Yuzuki Misaki (岬 祐月 Misaki Yuzuki): Anna Nagata (永田 杏奈 Nagata Anna)
- Daisuke Kazama (風間 大介 Kazama Daisuke): Kazuki Kato (加藤 和樹 Katō Kazuki)
- Renge Takatori (高鳥 蓮華 Takatori Renge): Yuka Teshima (手嶋 ゆか Teshima Yuka)
- Jyuka Tendou (天道 樹花 Tendō Juka): Natsumi Okumura (奥村 夏未 Okumura Natsumi)
- Gon (ゴン Gon): Airu Kanzaki (神崎 愛瑠 Kanzaki Airu)
- Negishi (根岸 Negishi): Masahiro Kobayashi (小林 正寛 Kobayashi Masahiro)
- Yumiko Takemiya (竹宮 弓子 Takemiya Yumiko): Megumi Nishimuta (西牟田 恵 Nishimuta Megumi)
- Riku Kagami (加賀美 陸 Kagami Riku): Hirotaro Honda (本田 博太郎 Honda Hirotarō)
- Oda (オダ Oda): Katsuya Kobayashi (小林 且弥 Kobayashi Katsuya)
- Yamato (ヤマト Yamato): Mitsuki Koga (虎牙 光揮 Koga Mitsuki)
- Foreigner: Mekdachi Khalil
- Man: Tomoyuki Niwayama (庭山智行 Niwayama Tomoyuki)
- Girl: Manami Inui (乾 真菜美 Inui Manami)
- Kabuto - Masked Form, Rider Form, Hyper Form
- Gatack - Masked Form, Rider Form
- Dark Kabuto - Masked Form, Rider Form
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- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Gogo Sentai Boukenger episode 46, Task. 46: The Awakened Darkness.
- Viewership: 7.8%
- Two of the cast members would have later roles in the later Kamen Rider series:
Blu-ray Box 3 comes with 17 episodes.