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Beyond Your Identity
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Episode 28
Beyond the identity
Air date April 23, 2017
Written by Yuya Takahashi
Directed by Satoshi Morota
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Beyond Your Identity (Identityを超えて Aidentiti o Koete) is the twenty-eighth episode of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. It features Poppy Pipopapo's return to CR.

Synopsis

Emu managed to notice Poppy smiling after the Rider's battle against Lovrica. With her sudden change of heart, Emu believes that she was suddenly swept up in all the commotion. Although he was attacked by Kamen Rider Poppy, Emu does not believe she is a bad Bugster. When Kamen Rider Chronicle starts up once again, Poppy Pipopapo is summoned. When Emu confronts her, he shouts "You aren't like this!" to her, just as she appears to deliver the final attack at the Riders who violated the game...

Plot

After Lovrica's defeat, Parado heads out to handle things himself. In CR, Emu tells Hiiro about seeing Poppy smile earlier, knowing it had to mean she was still in there. They get a call and head out, Taiga and Nico meanwhile following a lead on new Salty and Aranbura appearances. Para-DX Puzzle Gamer Level 50 is using a Speeding-Up Energy Item to terrorize a lone Ride-Player when Emu and Hiiro arrive, transforming into Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99 and Brave Beat Quest Gamer Level 3. Ex-Aid grabs Para-DX as Brave runs to the Ride-Player, but as he tells them to flee, red lights and sirens blare. Poppy arrives to reiterate that Riders aren't allowed to help Players, transforming to Poppy Toki Meki Crisis Gamer Level X and zapping Hiiro out of his armor with the Gashacon Bugvisor II Beamgun Mode. The Ride-Player rages at being ignored and attacks Poppy, but is slashed by the Bugvisor's Chainsaw Mode and knocked out of his transformation, Poppy saying that being DoReMiFa Beat's Bugster, she can also attack players. Ex-Aid pushes Para-DX aside and reminds Poppy that she once said not all Bugsters are bad; Para-DX uses Speeding-Up and Muscular Energy Items to attack him, but his strikes are ignored. Poppy shoots Ex-Aid over, Para-DX telling Ex-Aid to fight him, but he is knocked aside as Ex-Aid uses Maximum Mighty Critical Finish to overpower the Bugvisor's beam and hit Poppy out of her transformation. Emu walks over, explaining that he used his Reprogramming ability to return Poppy to her old self, and welcoming her back. Parado, however, insists that as a Bugster she's on his side, grabbing and leaving with her.

Back at CR, the Ride-Player, Ken Samejima, is diagnosed with Poppy's infection, saying that he started Kamen Rider Chronicle because he loves survival games and is eager to defeat Poppy to cure himself, accusing Emu of siding with his illness when he insists Poppy is a good Bugster. Hiiro, meanwhile, is pondering why Parado seems so obsessed with fighting Emu and Emu alone. After Emu reports the situation, Hiiro easily concludes that defeating Poppy is the way to save the patient; Emu wants to save her too, but Hiiro reminds Emu that, as a complete Bugster, Poppy already overtook someone's body in the past. At the Bugster hideout, Poppy awakens from a dream of a woman in a hospital bed disappearing from the Buster virus, Graphite confirming that complete Bugsters keep the memories, the "save data", from the humans whose bodies they took over; Poppy runs out. Sitting at her game cabinet that night, Emu thinks over what Parado and Hiiro said about Poppy. Parado finds Poppy on a roof, saying humans hate her for existing and she should be happy to kill them, holding her half over the side of the building when she tries saying she doesn't want to fight.

The next morning, Nico admires the Mighty Action X and Taddle Quest Gashatrophies she easily acquired yesterday, finding someone's spotted Poppy before she and Taiga head off to get one step closer to clearing Kamen Rider Chronicle; Hiiro also hears, calling in Emu. Poppy is sitting despondently and watching street dancers from afar before two Ride-Players attack the "monster", Poppy reluctantly transforming to Level X. Ride-Player Nico and Snipe Simulation Gamer Level 50 quickly arrive, Nico attacking Poppy and Snipe scaring away the other Players before joining Nico. Emu and Hiiro arrive and take Ex-Aid Level 99 and Brave Level 3 as Parado takes Para-DX Fighter Gamer Level 50, Brave leaving Ex-Aid to face Para-DX as he attacks Poppy as well. Poppy is being beaten by her opponents as Ex-Aid notices she's not fighting back, Snipe shooting her out of her transformation. Brave, Snipe, and Nico close in to finish Poppy, but Ex-Aid grabs Para-DX and ejects from the Maximum Gamer, leaping over and knocking the others aside, standing to protect Poppy. As they argue, Poppy breaks down crying; she came to life by taking another, and Bugsters are humanity's enemy, she doesn't deserve to be helped. Emu untransforms and tells her to fight him if that's true, putting the Bugvisor in her hand and pressing the Beamgun to his chest, but she can't bring herself to fire; she doesn't want to hurt people, but to have fun playing DoReMiFa Beat with them. Emu agrees that they'll do this, and as she cries on his shoulder, the game is cleared, curing the patient; Parado watches angrily.

Taiga concludes that making Poppy smile cleared the game, Hiiro and Poppy both apologizing for their recent behaviors. Nico, on the other hand, warns her not to turn on them again, chasing her when Poppy calls her "scary". The group follows them until they run into Parado again, frustrated at how Emu will play with Poppy but not fight him; they are destined to fight. Parado then says to Emu, "You…are me," turning into red and blue dust and jumping into Emu, his eyes glowing red as he challenges the Riders to fight him.

Cast

Guest Cast

Suit Actors

Rider Gashat

Energy Items

  • Energy Items Used:
    • Para-DX
      • Speeding-Up (twice), Muscular
    • Unused
      • Iron-Body, Instigate, High-Jump, Recover, Shrink, Giant, Invisible, Confusion, Emission, Liquefaction, Separation, Dark, Stretch

Errors

  • As is a common mistake, all selection arrays during Rider transformations this episode are missing the Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level X option.
  • After the Riders untransform from the first battle and the Game Area disappears, an Iron-Body Energy Item is still visible in a reflection.
  • When Parado transform into Fighter Gamer, his Gashat Gear Dual shows the Perfect Puzzle side instead, when usually he showcase the side he's transforming into.
    • In addition to that, if one notices carefully, Parado didn't spin the knob all the way through - the "dent" on top/bottom of the knob wasn't aligned with the Gashat.

Notes

EA SYNG Screen

External Links

References

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