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The Eternal Trump (永遠の切り札 Eien no Kirifuda) is the forty-ninth and final episode of Kamen Rider Blade.

Synopsis

Kazuma Kenzaki and Hajime Aikawa enter into a decisive battle that will determine the fate of the human race. Will it be Blade who finds a way to save the world, or will the Joker's plan avoid the Battle Fight's endgame?

Plot

High above the city streets, Kenzaki, in his Rider Form, engages the Darkroach horde. While fully capable of dispatching this level of opponent in his Ace Form, Kazuma resorts to using his King Form and clears out the swarm.

After the exhaustive battle, Shiori approaches a resting Kenzaki and asks if he has made his decision. Rising from off the ground, he replies that he has and departs.

Kenzaki arrives at an undisclosed location, a forest, and meets Hajime among the thicket of trees. After a brief interlude, the two warriors spring into battle, with Hajime gaining the upper hand as Kamen Rider Wild Chalice. Recognizing that Hajime is deliberately holding back, Kenzaki tells him to fight at full strength, prompting the former to use his powers as the Joker Undead. Kenzaki in response transforms into King Form, causing their battle to intensify.

Meanwhile, Kenzaki's friend's discuss the overall situation, causing them to recognize Kenzaki's plan to become an Undead. Not wishing for this to happen, Tachibana immediately sets out to stop Kenzaki, only to be impeded by a group of Darkroach. Similarly, everyone else is soon attacked by a hoard of Darkroach as well, seemingly doomed to perish.

As the battle between Kenzaki and the Joker Undead reaches its climax, Kenzaki's body suddenly reacts in an unusual manner, with the Darkroach disappearing in response. Hajime, regaining control of himself, tells Kenzaki to seal him now. Kazuma responds by cancelling his Rider transformation, revealing that he had become an Undead through frequent use of his King Form. Being fully aware of the consequences, Kenzaki explained his plan to Hajime, with the Monolith appearing before them. Despite its orders to continue fighting, Kenzaki adamantly refuses the Monolith's commands, stating that he will not fight his friend. Hajime solemnly replies that as Undeads, they are now destined to fight each other until one emerges as the victor, as per the Battle Fight's rules. Kenzaki does not falter from this response though, stating that he will fight and win against such an unfavorable fate. Still horrified at what he had indirectly caused Kenzaki to do, Hajime reached out to him. Yet, Kenzaki told him to stay away, assuring his friend through a faint smile before leaving.

Some time has passed and life has transitioned from the chaos of recent events to a peaceful calm. Shiori and Mr. Karasuma have gathered their belongings and equipment as they prepare to leave Kotaro's home; Tachibana's activities are unknown, but he is reminded of his partner Kenzaki upon finding a photo; Mutsuki mends with relationship with his girlfriend, Nozomi; and Hajime returns to a peaceful life at the Jacaranda Cafe with Amane and her family. In a moment of reflection, Hajime reminiscences of Kenzaki, who has departed to parts unknown, aboard his bike.

Cast

Guest Cast

Notes

Back of Rouse Card


Errors

  • Despite Kenzaki showing full control over himself as an Undead in this episode, to the point of outright disobeying the Monolith's orders and attacking it without constraint, later sequels (excluding Kamen Rider Blade: -The Whereabout of Trump-) ignore this altogether, with Kenzaki being completely vulnerable to the effects of the Battle Fight if his Undead instincts were ever stimulated by outside forces.
    • This is in spite of how Kenzaki proved capable of suppressing his Joker Undead instincts without outside help, as opposed to Hajime who explained in episode 32 that without the Human Spirit card, it would be impossible for him to resist the effects of the Battle Fight.
      • Worse yet, Hajime himself showed no such problem in Kamen Rider Zi-O, to the point of being the one to plead towards Kenzaki to stop his senseless violence. This sharply contrasts with how Hajime lost control of himself several times in the original series, only managing to fully curb his violent tendencies by attaining all thirteen Heart category Rouse cards.
  • Oddly, despite having easily defeated Hajime as both the Joker Undead and Kamen Rider Wild Chalice on separate occasions with King Form, Kenzaki proved incapable of doing so in this episode, his Royal Straight Flush attack outright failing to end their battle.
    • This is even more puzzling when one considers Kenzaki's other battles when using King Form, with Undeads that are outright stated to be significantly stronger than the Joker Undead (the Kerberos Undead and Jashin Fourteen) being overwhelmed by its sheer might.
      • Kenzaki's unwillingness to seal his friend may have been a significant factor for this phenomena, as it was stated several times in series that B.O.A.R.D.'s rider system is heavily affected by its users' emotions, with fear and hesitation proving highly detrimental.
        • Further evidence to support this theory is also prevalent at the beginning of Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace, in which Kenzaki's determination proved enough for him single-handedly overwhelm the Joker Undead using Ace Form alone.

DVD releases

Kamen Rider Blade Volume 12, DVD cover

Kamen Rider Blade Volume 12 features episodes 45-49: The New Card, The Ruler's Seal, Garren Eliminated, Prologue to Destruction and The Eternal Trump. It was released on DVD on July 21st 2004, with a total run time of 116 minutes.

Kamen Rider Blade Box 3, Blu-ray cover

Blu-ray Box 3 comes with 17 episodes.

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