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Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final
A movie for Kamen Rider Ryuki
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Release date August 17, 2002
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Directed by Ryuta Tasaki
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Kamen Rider Ryuki The Movie: Episode Final (劇場版 仮面ライダー龍騎 EPISODE FINAL Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Ryūki Episōdo Fainaru?) is the theatrical film adaptation of the Japanese 2002 Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider Ryuki, directed by Ryuta Tasaki and written by Toshiki Inoue. The film is produced by Ishimori Productions and Toei, the producers of all the previous television series and films of the Kamen Rider series. Following the tradition of all Heisei Kamen Rider movies, it is a double bill with the movie for 2002's Super Sentai series Ninpuu Sentai HurricanegerIcon-crosswiki, Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger: Shushuuto the MovieIcon-crosswiki, both of which premiered on August 17, 2002. The film's title is translated into English as Masked Rider Ryuki The Movie: Episode Final.

Plot

WARNING: Contain spoilers ahead. Please read at your own risk, or watch the entire Ryuki series first before watching this movie (highly recommended).

This movie is an alternate ending to the series, taking place after the events of episode 46. With only six Riders remaining in the Rider War, Shirō Kanzaki feels that time is running short. As Yui's life grows short, she recalls memories and shows Shinji Kido and Ren Akiyama pictures of her childhood drawing, which explains the reasoning for the Advent Monsters and Shiro's reason to start the Rider War. Shinji, while on a case bumps into Miho Kirishima after she manages to con another wealthy man and take Shinji's wallet. Once he chases after her, the two of them reveal themselves as Riders to each other, before they are suddenly forced into fighting Mirror Monsters. Upon their first battle together, Shinji, then as Kamen Rider Ryuki and as always, tries to convince Miho, as Kamen Rider Femme, not to fight, and she rejects. The other Riders continue to fight with one another, with their own goals present. Miho is revealed to fight for two reasons: to seek revenge on Asakura Takeshi who murdered her sister, and to resurrect her. The other, Ryuga, fights so he can be a real human in the real world.

Takeshi Asakura as Ouja battles Miho as Femme and after a few blows are exchanged Femme is on the losing side. Ouja unites his monsters to form Genocider and aims to finish Femme off for good. He's interrupted by Ryuga, who attacks him with his own Final Vent, destroying Genocider and reverting Ouja to his blank form. Femme then finds Ouja, and then hits his Advent deck, shattering it, which leaves him unable to survive in the Mirror World. He disappears after attempting to kill Femme before disintegrating and the first of the six remaining Riders to be finished. During the battle, Shuichi Kitaoka, as Kamen Rider Zolda trades blows with Femme, injuring his wrist and leaving him unconscious following the battle. He tells Goro Yura he will fight again, but he changes his mind and deciding to forfeit his mission as a Rider, instead choosing to date Reiko Momoi again.

Miho and Shinji's relationship continues to develop. She treats him to dinner, claiming Shinji had saved her life and assisted her in getting a step closer to winning the Rider War with Shinji completely unsure of her sudden kind attitude to her. While in the bathroom, Shinji's mirror image enters the real world, and disguised as the real one, tries to throw Miho off the roof of the building where they are. As she realizes that he isn't Shinji, he reveals himself as Ryuga, and Miho transforms to Femme to fight him. Ren, then as Kamen Rider Knight and fighting another Mirror Monster, notices Ryuga and Femme fighting, mistaking Ryuga to be Shinji. Femme is soon mortally wounded, but saved by Shinji as Ryuki who then catches a glimpse of his own mirror doppelganger before Ryuga leaves.

After leaving the Mirror World, Shinji and Miho share a final moment together, before Miho dies from her wounds shortly after seeing Shinji off. Ren returns to Shinji, thinking Shinji has finally realised the meaning of the Rider War and demands the two of them fight, while Shinji rejects Ren bluntly and claims he never thought of that. Shinji then remembers that he had previously known Yui as a child, and that he had abandoned her previously. This made her create a doppelganger Shinji in the Mirror World, then revealed as the mysterious Kamen Rider Ryuga, a darker form of Ryuki. Shinji then feels that it was his own fault that such a thing had happened which resulted in the creation of a darker version of himself.

Taking Shinji's guilt into account, Ryuga tricks Shinji into uniting their bodies so he can be a real human, taking over Shinji's body in the process. This is seen by Ren, who transforms into Knight and battles Ryuga, the two of them fighting while Yui's life shortens further. After defeating Knight, Ryuga tries to strike the killing blow before Shinji within Ryuga struggles. The two beings separate and they fight each other. After a climatic battle, Ryuga is killed by his original counterpart via Ryuki's Final Vent. Following the battle, Ren tells Shinji that he must win, and that Shinji agrees he shall not let up and will fight Ren willingly. Before they fight, Shinji and Ren transform into their respective Survive Rider forms and face a horde of Hydragoon Mirror Monsters as the movie ends.

Cast

Guest actors

All main actors from Kamen Rider Agito made cameo appearences in this movie.

Suit actors

Continuity and Placement

  • Although this movie doesn't take place in continuity, the events of this could have occurred after episode 46, with this being the replacement of the series' final four episodes. However several factors within the movie are mentioned or not mentioned which further complicate matters:
    • Kamen Rider Ryuga exists due to Shinji and Yui first meeting each other as kids leading to the incident which lead to Shinji's reflection rebelling. However, due to this not happening, this couldn't occur within the main timeline.
    • Likewise factoring is the "removal" of Kamen Rider Odin, who is the manifestation of Shiro Kanzaki's will regarding the fate of his younger sister. In this movie, Odin no longer exists as if he was a normal Rider, but in the series Odin is defined as the final opponent, due to him being tied to Shiro's will and connection to the Rider War; even when Ren did defeat him earlier, Odin reappeared only when there were no other Riders but Ren at the end.
    • The Survive modes only appear at the end of the movie as a preview for the series instead of how they were done typically in-continuity; if Survive was available then both Shinji and Ren would have used them during the film's events instead of saving them for the final monster attack at the end.
    • Finally is the factor of Yui herself: whereas the movie had Mirror Yui give her life to the real Yui, the show had Mirror Yui emerge from the Mirror World at the will of Shiro Kanzaki; though Shiro fights for Yui's life like in the show, he was not around when the incident occurred in this film and thus merely fighting for her as her big brother.
      • In the original series, Yui's soul was faded away after realizing that she and Shiro died in a fire. In this movie, Yui was succumbed to death after her body is finally reaching its limit, but her soul doesn't fade away after her death.
    • It is surprising how Shuichi Kitaoka was not given a warning by Shiro Kanzaki following his decision to retire from being a Rider, although in the Rider War, even after someone's wish was finally granted, the user must continue to fight as a Rider until only one will survive. This contrast with Mitsuru Sano's fate as shown in the episode Glassy Happiness, when Shiro warns Mitsuru that he must continue to fight as a Kamen Rider even after his wish was finally granted, or face the consequences.
      • In the original series, Kitaoka was laid to rest in the finale after suffering from his illness for a long time, while Goro takes Kitaoka's place to become Zolda, only to be killed by Asakura in the end. But in this movie, Shuichi was still alive thanks to Goro's help, and he can be seen inviting Reiko going out for dinner, contrast to his original endings as it supposed to be.
    • In the original series' finale, Asakura was fighting for the last time with Zolda, only to discovered that Zolda is not Kitaoka, but replaced by Goro, which enrages Asakura before he was shot to death by the police. In the movie itself, Asakura was defeated in the hands of Miho after she destroys his Advent Deck.
    • Raydragoons only makes its début after the episode Determination of Battle.
    • Despite Ren's intentions to fight only to save his girlfriend's life, it was never mentioned in this movie.

Advent Cards

  • Cards used:
    • Ryuki:
      • Final Vent, Survive Rekka
    • Knight:
      • Darkwing, Trick Vent, Final Vent, Survive Shippu
    • Zolda:
      • Shoot Vent, Final Vent
    • Ouja:
      • Sword Vent, Evildiver, Venosnaker, Unite Vent, Final Vent (Genocider)
    • Femme:
      • Sword Vent, Final Vent, Guard Vent
    • Ryuga:
      • Final Vent, Dragblacker, Strike Vent, Sword Vent
  • Weapons/Powers summoned:
    • Ryuki:
      • Dragon Rider Kick, Dragreder, Drag Visor-Zwei
    • Knight:
      • Darkwing, Trick Vent, Hishouzan, Dark Visor-Zwei
    • Zolda:
      • Giga Launcher, Giga Cannon, End of World
    • Ouja:
      • Veno Saber, Evildiver, Venosnaker, Genocider, Doomsday (failure attempt)
    • Femme:
      • Wing Slasher, Misty Slash, Wing Shield
    • Ryuga:
      • Dark Dragon Rider Kick, Dragblacker, Drag Claw, Drag Saber

Notes

  • This movie features the first appearance of Ryuki's Survive Form, which would debut on the series in episode 34 a month later.
  • The cast of Kamen Rider Agito made cameo appearance in this film with different roles.
  • The Rider's assembly inside the abandoned church about the time limit is similar to the episode The Final 3 Days.
  • This movie is only time Shinji and Ren transforms into Survive directly without transforming into Ryuki and Knight first.
  • Ryuki & Ryuga's fight is featured in Kamen Rider: Battride War II.

Songs

Theme song

  • "Alive A life -Advent Mix-"
    • Lyrics: Yūko Ebine (海老根 祐子 Ebine Yūko?)
    • Composition: Kōhei Wada (和田 耕平 Wada Kōhei?)
    • Arrangement: Kōhei Wada & Katsuya Honda (本田 嘉津也 Honda Katsuya?)
    • Artist: Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香 Matsumoto Rika?)

External links

Official website from Toei TV

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