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Witch's Awakening (魔・女・覚・醒 Ma・Jo・Kaku・Sei) is the ninth episode of Kamen Rider Fourze. It is the first part of the Altar arc which features Gentaro attempting to befriend Tomoko Nozama. This episode marks the debut of Kamen Rider Fourze's Fire States.
Tomoko tells the group that the end of the world is coming- and that she will become the Luna Witch. When three witches and Tomoko start performing magic around the school the Kamen Rider Club must find out whether this is witchcraft or actually a Zodiarts.
Seeing Gentaro and Yuki racing to the AGHS campus, Tomoko Nozama berates them for exercising when the world is coming to an end. Kengo puts off her statements as being a goth and Gentaro tries to befriend her, a group of other goth students come forward and introduce themselves as the Lunar Witches. As Yuki takes a look at the Lunar Witch book Tomoko has been reading, the group's leader Ritsuko Usaka threatens Gentaro with a curse if he meddles with their newest member Tomoko.
Later, Gentaro being distracted with Tomoko on his mind is effecting his testing of the Flash Module as Kengo assures him that there is no such thing as witches. But as the others talk about their opinions of Tomoko, JK reveals rumors of people actually being cursed by Ritsuko and her two associates, Yuri Kuramochi and Masami Okamura. Feeling something is off about the Lunar Witches, Gentaro asks Yuki to join the group so he can learn more about them, since Tomoko invited her to join. As Gentaro and Kengo watch the ritual, Ritsuko says that they are interrupting the circle. Tomoko rifles through Gentaro's pockets until she finds the Fire Switch, claiming it to be interfering with the Lunar Witches' magic. Ritsuko kicks them out of the room, and Kengo reveals that Tomoko does have a unique ability if she can sense the powers of the Fire Switch.
Ritsuko then has Yuri lead the group of witches to the pool, where she has come to seek revenge on the swim team for kicking her off with her magic powers, sending tools and water flying about the pool deck. Kengo has Gentaro transform into Kamen Rider Fourze to stop Yuri, using the Shield and Gatling Switches to take her on before Kengo has him use the Camera Switch to film her attacks before she disappears. As Gentaro and Yuki freak out that they are dealing with actual witches, an excited Tomoko runs off, believing she will actually become a witch.
Later that night, JK leads Gentaro to the local occult shop where they find Tomoko, who reveals that she always felt that she did not belong on the planet due to her ability to see things that other people cannot. But since she met Ritsuko, Tomoko finally feels like she can fit in and achieve her dream of going to the moon. When Yuri and Masami arrive, they tell her that she is now a member of the group and can do magic. Tomoko recites the group's incantation, causing her to levitate off of the ground, before she joins the girls to help in Masami's revenge.
The next day in class, JK and Miu barge in to reveal that Masami was kicked off of the cheer squad because she fooled around with boys, and that the target of her revenge is her football playing ex-boyfriend. Shun manages to find Masami talking to her ex-boyfriend, when the Lunar Witches join up and trap them in a locker room and unintentionally set it on fire. The rest of the Kamen Rider Club arrives, with Gentaro transforming into Kamen Rider Fourze to get into the locker room. He is unable to deal with the fire until he remembers Tomoko's statement about the Fire Switch, using it to transform into Kamen Rider Fourze Fire States.
He uses the Hee-Hackgun's Extinguish Mode Limit Break to put out the fire, saving Shun and Masami's former boyfriend. Before Kamen Rider Fourze can confront the Lunar Witches, Kengo arrives to reveal that the witches' magic was no more than the powers of a Zodiarts, as the Zodiarts arrives and attacks Kamen Rider Fourze. As the Kamen Rider and the Zodiarts battle, Tomoko recognizes the Zodiarts voice as being Ritsuko's, while feeling betrayed that she did not truly gain power. Suddenly, the Scorpion Zodiarts appears and gives her a Zodiarts Switch so she can have actual power.
- Switches Used:
- States Used:
- Base States, Fire States
- Gentaro Kisaragi (如月 弦太朗 Kisaragi Gentarō): Sota Fukushi (福士 蒼汰 Fukushi Sōta)
- Kengo Utahoshi (歌星 賢吾 Utahoshi Kengo): Ryuki Takahashi (高橋 龍輝 Takahashi Ryūki)
- Yuki Jojima (城島 ユウキ Jōjima Yūki): Fumika Shimizu (清水 富美加 Shimizu Fumika)
- Miu Kazashiro (風城 美羽 Kazashiro Miu): Rikako Sakata (坂田 梨香子 Sakata Rikako)
- Shun Daimonji (大文字 隼 Daimonji Shun): Justin Tomimori (冨森 ジャスティン Tomimori Jasutin)
- Tomoko Nozama (野座間 友子 Nozama Tomoko): Shiho (志保)
- JK (ＪＫ（ジェイク） Jeiku): Shion Tsuchiya (土屋 シオン Tsuchiya Shion)
- Sarina Sonoda (園田 紗里奈 Sonoda Sarina): Yuka Konan (虎南 有香 Konan Yuka)
- Chuta Ohsugi (大杉 忠太 Ōsugi Chūta): Takushi Tanaka (田中 卓志 Tanaka Takushi)
- Scorpion Zodiarts (スコーピオン・ゾディアーツ Sukōpion Zodiātsu, Voice): Eiji Takemoto (竹本 英史 Takemoto Eiji)
- Narration (ナレーション Narēshon): Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山 修之 Hiyama Nobuyuki)
- Ritsuko Usaka (鵜坂 律子 Usaka Ritsuko): Hikari Kajiwara (梶原 ひかり Kajiwara Hikari)
- Yuri Kuramochi (倉持 ゆり Kuramochi Yuri): Miho Imamura (今村 美歩 Imamura Miho)
- Masami Okamura (岡村 雅美 Okamura Masami): Maika Suzuki (鈴木 米香 Suzuki Maika)
- Hiromi Arima (有馬ひろみ Arima Hiromi): Fumina Suzuki (鈴木 ふみ奈 Suzuki Fumina)
- Yuji Nagoya (名古屋 雄二 Nagoya Yuji): Hajime Kanzaki (神前 元 Kanzaki Hajime)
- Satoshi Morota (諸田 敏 Morota Satoshi): Satoshi Morota (諸田 敏 Morota Satoshi, Uncredited)
- Gang: Hayato Sato (佐藤 勇人 Satō Hayato)
- Student in the Pool: Shuntaro Mizuno (水野 駿太朗 Mizuno Shuntarō)
- 2B Members: Iijima Ramu (飯嶋 羅夢 Iijima Ramu), Seiya Iwaoka (岩岡 誠也 Iwaoka Seiya), Manami Iwashita (岩下 愛実 Iwashita Manami), Nanako Ohto (大戸 菜々子 Ōto Nanako), Masafumi Ohyama (大山 聖文 Ōyama Masafumi), Hina Kaneko (金子 妃菜 Kaneko Hina), Satoshi Kikuchi (菊地 悟司 Kikuchi Satoshi), Akiko Koga (古賀 安貴子 Koga Akiko), Mizuki Kobayashi (小林 瑞紀 Kobayashi Mizuki), Masahiro Saita (斉田 雅宏 Saita Masahiro), Masaki Shiiba (椎葉 昌紀 Shiiba Masaki), Konomi Suzuki (鈴木 このみ Suzuki Konomi), Tetsutaro Suzuki (鈴木 鐵大郎 Suzuki Tetsutarō), Kenta Takahashi (高橋 健太 Takahashi Kenta), Saki Tanaka (田中 沙季 Tanaka Saki), Nemu Nakagawa (仲川 子夢 Nakagawa Nemu), Hasegawa Ami (長谷川 亜美 Hasegawa Ami), Ryo Hatakeyama (畠山 遼 Hatakeyama Ryō), Mebae Hoshino (星野 芽生 Hoshino Mebae), Hayato Yamada (山田 隼 Yamada Hayato), Ibuki Yoshida (吉田 伊吹 Yoshida Ibuki)
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger episode 36, Ep. 36: Partner Pirate.
- Viewership: 6.7%
- First time for Fourze using the Flash, Shield, Gatling, and Camera Modules.
- First appearance of Fire States
- Gentaro's phobia is revealed to be cicadas.
- The chant the "Luner Witches" chant (referred to as "mystical gibberish" in one prominent English subbing group) is a mash up of words from different languages.
- Mae: Japanese for "Before one's eyes".
- Bruja; de la Luna: Spanish for "witch" and "of the moon".
- Beldecieris: Currently unknown.
- This episode foreshadows the following season as the motif of the episode is magic.