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Tendou Dies!! (天道死す！！ Tendō Shisu!!) is the forty-eighth episode of Kamen Rider Kabuto. This episode features the origins of Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto, the nefarious real goals of Negishi, the showdown between Kamen Riders Kabuto and Gatack, and the death of Shun Kageyama - Kamen Rider PunchHopper.
After confronting Souji about the truth of the Worm necklaces, Arata doesn't believe that they actually turn humans into Natives. Souji and Arata once again fight, with Arata being the victor. Meanwhile, Masato is plotting with Negishi to overthrow Riku as the leader of ZECT. Sou is forced to kill Shun after he turns into a Native, due to the necklaces.
Continuing the events of the previous episode, Souji Tendou is regarded as an outlaw for having destroyed ZECT's necklaces, antagonizing Arata Kagami in the process.
In the present, a husband and wife are playing with their kid, but the wife's ZECT necklace reveals the husband as a Native. The Native attempts to attack the wife, just as Tadokoro and Gatack enter the scene to kill it. However, the commoners mistake Tadokoro for a Salis Worm and begin to shout at him. Arata defends his senior, but the commoners refuse to listen and throw something at him, making him bleed. Realizing what they have done, the onlookers leave. Right afterwards, Negishi, a leader among the Natives, appear before the two ZECT officials. He introduces himself, and confesses that he wants to create a world where Natives and humans can coexist in harmony without conflict and battle. Kagami, admiring his goal, agrees to help him until the end. Just then, ZECT headquarters inform the two that Kabuto is running amok killing Natives and destroying necklaces again, prompting Arata to go and stop him.
Meanwhile, Kabuto has just finished off a horde of Natives. Yuriko Misaki tries to tell Tendou to stop, but the Rider points his gun at her. He tells her to back off, then switches his target to the boxes carrying ZECT necklaces, and proceeds to blow them to bits. He has destroyed all the necklaces and escaped before Kagami can arrive at the scene in time. Seeing the consequences of Kabuto's actions, Kagami declares him "Unforgivable".
In a garage elsewhere, Masato Mishima encounters Negishi. The former compliments the latter on his schemes but Negishi tries to brush it off, saying he does not know anything. Mishima rebukes, and informs the Native that Dark Kabuto is currently in his possession. He also notes if Negishi's plans are to come to fruition, he will need his assisstance. Mishima then strikes a deal with the Native leader to further the nefarious agendas of both parties.
Some time later, Renge Takatori wakes up in the hospital, finding a lunchbox with scrambled eggs inside. She realizes that Tendou has made the dish for her as an apology for having accidentally hurt her earlier, and smiles in gratitude. Meanwhile, Tendou himself meets Shun Kageyama on the street, with the latter wearing lots of ZECT necklaces on him. He tells Tendou that the Hopper Riders are beginning on a journey to search for the "light" again and escape "darkness". Tendou's only response is that Shun should take off the necklaces. He refuses, but he begins to transform into a Native Worm. Perplexed and scared, Shun runs away. Tendou knows that destroying the necklaces is needed all along because he is aware of their effects on humans: Anyone who wears the necklace will ultimately be mutated into a Native Worm.
Back at the ZECT Headquarters, Mishima has assumed leadership of the organization. A handcuffed Riku Kagami kneels at his feet and begs him to let him continue working under his authority. Mishima coldly steps on the old man's hand, sarcastically asking how he can stoop so low to his feet. Negishi is revealed to be an ally of Mishima, telling Riku the Natives have already known all of the old man's secrets which includes the Red Shoes System. Riku quits kneeling and stands up, only for Mishima to knock him out cold. Mishima then takes Negishi to Dark Kabuto's prison. Negishi explains here that Dark Kabuto originally is a human, the very first human to be converted into a Native. The Natives would further use his body as a lab rat to create the Masked Rider System. Negishi intends to use Dark Kabuto's body again as a conductor for his ultimate goal: to turn the rest of humanity into Natives just like him. Unbeknownst to them, Tendou is also in the prison, having heard everything regarding their evil plans. He transforms into Kabuto and escapes with the twin, leaving Negishi in shock.
Outside, Dark Kabuto quarrels with Tendou, saying there is no point in freeing him because he has never been free in the first place. Tendou affirms as long as Dark Kabuto does not harm other humans, he can live peacefully with the citizens orf Earth. He adds that Hiyori is also fighting the same battle as Dark Kabuto, finding her own place and identity in the world of humans to motivate his twin. However, Dark Kabuto runs off in anger when Tendou mentions Hiyori. He attempts to chase and bring him back, but Kagami and a squad of ZECTroopers shoot at him. They have come to confront Tendou because of his actions against ZECT recently.
Dark Kabuto does not manage to run for long before he encounters Mishima and Negishi. Outraged with hatred, he transforms into his Rider form and attempts to kill the duo for having used him as a lab rat. However, Negishi has modified Mishima's body into the strongest Native, The Gryllus Worm.
Meanwhile, Tendou informs Kagami of the true nature of the necklaces and the effects they have on humans. Nevertheless, Kagami does not believe in Tendou anymore at this point, as Tendou has killed too many Natives and destroyed too many necklaces, and ZECT has been kept in the dark about Negishi's true intentions. Kagami wants to end Tendou's life right there and then. The two transform and begin a duel.
At the same time, the Gryllus Worm is casually overpowering Dark Kabuto. The latter charges his Rider Kick but even it is countered by the Worm, knocking the Rider out unconscious.
Back to Tendou and Kagami's duel. Kabuto still tries to tell Gatack to follow the right path, but the latter does not listen and the two match each other blow for blow. Kagami's ZECTroopers interfere with the fight by shooting at Kabuto, creating an opening for Gatack to gain the upper hand. Just then, the Hyper Zecter appears before Tendou. Kagami says he will not lose even if Tendou becomes Hyper Kabuto. Surprisingly, Tendou throws the Hyper Zecter away, because he wants to have a fair and square showdown with Gatack. The two prepares a Rider Kick aimed at each other. However, ZECTroopers continue to shoot Kabuto when he is charging his Rider Kick, and Gatack takes this chance to land his own finisher, knocking Kabuto to the ground. The troopers still do not cease shooting Kabuto until Kabuto explodes and the ceiling collapses on him. Having been buried in the rubble, Tendou is assumed dead.
After the duel, Kagami is informed of the recent takeover in ZECT, and he rushes away to find his father Riku. At night, Kagami, in Gatack form, finds his father when he is being transported somewhere in a car. He threatens to shoot the drivers if they are in his way, and successfully rescues Riku. The old man asks his son about Kabuto's whereabouts, only for Kagami to tell him that Kabuto is an enemy and is dead.
Elsewhere, Shun comes to Sou Yaguruma to confess that the necklaces are beginning to transform him into a Native. Seeing that he can never reach the "light", he asks Sou to end his life. After a moment of hesitation, Sou transforms into KickHopper and kills Shun, while calling him "Brother!" for the final time to end his suffering. Sou spends his last moments with his partner telling him that even in death, they will forever be "Brothers". He assures him that they will someday find the "light", something of their own that nobody can touch.
Kagami is still trying to walk his injured father to a hospital. Riku expounds that while he has spent the last few years helping the Natives like Negishi, his heart has always been with humanity, which is the reason why he has installed the "Red Shoes System" in the first place. Kagami finally understands Negishi's twisted view of peace: Turning all humans into Natives, after listening to his father. Riku apologizes to his son for having tasked him with such a responsibility to protect the world, but Kagami only thanks his father for having given him such a noble mission. Riku states he is willing to die at the time because he believes he has failed, but he still urges Kagami to keep on living and fighting no matter what.
Under the rubble, a fatally wounded Tendou reminisces his memory of having saved Hiyori years ago and his promise to always be beside her. Now he understands that he does not actually "save" Hiyori, but it is actually Hiyori that has given him the motivation to live and continue fighting all this time. Tendou tries to reach out his hand to a flower nearby, but is too exhausted from his wounds and seemingly dies. The rest of the rubble on the ceiling falls down on Tendou's unconscious body and crushes him.
- 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)
- Sou Yaguruma (矢車 想 Yaguruma Sō): Hidenori Tokuyama (徳山 秀典 Tokuyama Hidenori)
- Shun Kageyama (影山 瞬 Kageyama Shun): Masato Uchiyama (内山 眞人 Uchiyama Masato)
- Masato Mishima (三島 正人 Mishima Masato): Tomohisa Yuge (弓削 智久 Yuge Tomohisa)
- Riku Kagami (加賀美 陸 Kagami Riku): Hirotaro Honda (本田 博太郎 Honda Hirotarō)
- 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)
- Negishi (根岸 Negishi): Masahiro Kobayashi (小林 正寛 Kobayashi Masahiro)
- Kabuto - Masked Form, Rider 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 45, Task. 45: The Evilest Wicked Dragon.
- Viewership: 6.7%
- Final in-series appearances of Sou Yaguruma and Shun Kageyama.
- Hidenori Tokuyama (Sou Yaguruma) would later go on to play Hiroto Sutou (Go-On Gold) in Engine Sentai Go-Onger. A year before Go-Onger, Tokuyama would voice the Molech Imagin in Kamen Rider Den-O. He would later reprise his role as Kamen Rider KickHopper in the two-part World of Kuuga arc of Kamen Rider Decade, as well as Decade's summer film, and again in Kamen Rider Zi-O as both KickHopper and Another Kabuto.
- Masato Uchiyama (Shun Kageyama) would later reprise his role as Kamen Rider PunchHopper in the World of Kuuga two-part episode arc of Kamen Rider Decade. In Kamen Rider Zi-O, he portrays a different version of Kageyama.
- This is the only episode when Kabuto never assume his Hyper form
Blu-ray Box 3 comes with 17 episodes.