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Period with Tears (涙のperiod Namida no Perioddo) is the thirty-eighth episode of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. It features Hiiro Kagami's defection from Masamune Dan, thus returning to CR. It also features the final appearance of Saki Momose.
Graphite mercilessly attacked the body of Taiga which forced him out of his transformation! The injured Taiga has been rushed to the hospital immediately, but there is a high possibility that his heart has been damaged. Moreover, it seems that it would take an expert-level of surgical expertise in order to save his life. After returning to Masamune, Hiiro's father and Asuna make an urgent phone call. The director asks Hiiro to perform Taiga's surgical operation. Just what decision will Hiiro come to in the end?
Taiga is rushed into Seito University Hospital, the doctors quickly concluding that the severity of his heart trauma means Hiiro's surgeon skills are needed. Meanwhile, Masamune berates Hiiro for not defeating Parado again. Director Kagami calls Hiiro saying he's needed, but Masamune takes the phone and hangs up. Director Kagami relays the need for Hiiro to Nico and Asuna, Nico doubting he'll show; just then, Hiiro walks in, refusing to chat before beginning the operation.
In the Bugster hideout, Parado and Graphite plan to target Brave next, but Cronus Chronicle Gamer confronts them to end Parado himself; they transform to Guren Graphite and Para-DX Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99. Hiiro enters the operating room, Emu thanking him for showing. At CR, Kuroto and Kiriya discuss Taiga's data not being saved if he dies like this, before teleporting out together to guard Parado and Emu's ability to transform. Graphite shoots another cell of the Gamedeus virus into Cronus's Driver to block Pause, but Cronus takes out a case filled with Energy Items, which he says are now also under his watch. He takes a Muscular Item and easily knocks Graphite and Para-DX around before using Iron-Body as they attack again and kicking them out of their transformations. Just then, Genm Zombie Action Gamer Level X-0 and Lazer Turbo Proto Sports Bike Gamer Level 0 teleport in and grab Cronus, letting Parado and Graphite teleport out. Cronus throws them off and easily fights them back, Genm using up another life to be left with 93. Cronus then says that all Riders with no commercial value will be discontinued, and that Bang Bang Simulations has lost its value, having told Hiiro to fail Taiga's surgery or Saki's data will be erased. Kuroto transforms into Genm Level X-0 again, fighting Cronus and letting Kiriya escape with the news.
Kiriya arrives at the hospital and reports, Asuna and Director Kagami refusing to believe it, but Nico races to the operating room, shouting through the door. Emu exits to investigate, Nico saying Hiiro will fail on purpose. Hiiro says to shut her up so he can continue. Emu tells Nico to calm down and believe that Hiiro will save Taiga; Emu then leaves to deal with Cronus. While operating, Hiiro remembers things that Taiga had said to him, about him not knowing failure, and telling him to move forward into the future; he drops his forceps. Genm loses another life, now down to 70, Cronus untransforming from boredom; Emu arrives, letting Kuroto leave. Emu asks for Saki's data, but Masamune says he'll delete it if Emu transforms; Emu does nothing, and Masamune punches him. Taiga's bleeding isn't stopping, but Hiiro says the operation will be over soon. Masamune beats up Emu as he mocks Hiiro's upcoming failure.
Hiiro walks out of the operating room, not telling the others how it ended. Masamune prepares to transform and kill Emu when Hiiro walks up; Emu asks him what happened but he stays silent. Then he replies very simply: there is nothing he cannot cut. The sun rises on Taiga recovering in a hospital bed; Hiiro is a doctor to the end. As Masamune summons Saki on the Bugvisor II, still repeating her request for Hiiro to become the world's best doctor, Hiiro says that if he can be forgiven, he will fight alongside Emu; a tear drops from his face. Masamune summons Saki out from the Bugvisor II into an unstable form, and she breaks apart, scattering as data into the sky. The Riders transform into Cronus Chronicle Gamer, Brave Legacy Gamer Level 100, and Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer and fight. Brave knocks the Bugvisor II away from Cronus and the two kick him back. They use Hyper Critical Sparking and Taddle Critical Strike, Cronus using a Iron-Body Energy Item but still being knocked out of his transformation; he grabs the Bugvisor II and shoots to cover his escape. Emu heads back to CR, leaving by Hiiro's request; Hiiro stands as it starts to rain, falling to the ground crying over Saki.
Later that day, Taiga wakes up and is told what happened, Hiiro apologizing for what he'd done earlier, but Taiga thanks him for saving his life. Everyone smiles, happy about the reconciliation. Kiriya then wastes no time in calling Hiiro out for trying to shyly walk away from patient interaction.
- Emu Hojo (宝生 永夢 Hōjō Emu): Hiroki Iijima (飯島 寛騎 Iijima Hiroki)
- Hiiro Kagami (鏡 飛彩 Kagami Hiiro): Toshiki Seto (瀬戸 利樹 Seto Toshiki)
- Taiga Hanaya (花家 大我 Hanaya Taiga): Ukyo Matsumoto (松本 享恭 Matsumoto Ukyō)
- Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗 Dan Kuroto): Tetsuya Iwanaga (岩永 徹也 Iwanaga Tetsuya)
- Asuna Karino (仮野 明日那 Karino Asuna): Ruka Matsuda (松田 るか Matsuda Ruka)
- Kiriya Kujo (九条 貴利矢 Kujō Kiriya): Hayato Onozuka (小野塚 勇人 Onozuka Hayato)
- Parado (パラド Parado): Shouma Kai (甲斐 翔真 Kai Shōma)
- Graphite (グラファイト Gurafaito): Shouma Machii (町井 祥真 Machii Shōma)
- Nico Saiba (西馬 ニコ Saiba Niko): Reina Kurosaki (黒崎 レイナ Kurosaki Reina)
- Masamune Dan (檀 正宗 Dan Masamune): Hiroyuki Takami (貴水 博之 Takami Hiroyuki)
- Haima Kagami (鏡 灰馬 Kagami Haima): Hanamaru Hakata (博多 華丸 Hakata Hanamaru)
- Rider Gashat (ライダーガシャット Raidā Gashatto, Voice): Hironobu Kageyama (影山 ヒロノブ Kageyama Hironobu)
- Narration, Gashacon Bugvisor II/Buggle Driver II Voice, Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat (仮面ライダークロニクルガシャット Kamen Raidā Kuronikuru Gashatto, Voice): Junichi Suwabe (諏訪部 順一 Suwabe Jun'ichi)
- Saki Momose (百瀬 小姫 Momose Saki): Kana Nakagawa (中川 可菜 Nakagawa Kana)
- Surgeon: Kazuya Suma (須間 一也 Suma Kazuya)
- Nurse: Junko Hamura (羽村 純子 Hamura Junko)
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Level 99, Muteki Gamer: Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji)
- Kamen Rider Brave Level 100: Jun Watanabe (渡辺 淳 Watanabe Jun)
- Kamen Rider Lazer Turbo Level 0: Satoshi Fujita (藤田 慧 Fujita Satoshi)
- Kamen Rider Genm Level X-0, Graphite Bugster: Yuji Nakata (中田 裕士 Nakata Yuji)
- Kamen Rider Para-DX Level 99: Kazuya Okada (岡田 和也 Okada Kazuya)
- Kamen Rider Cronus: Kosuke Asai (浅井 宏輔 Asai Kōsuke)
- Graphite Bugster: Yuji Nakata (中田 裕士 Nakata Yuji)
- Gashat Used:
- Level Used:
- Energy Items Used:
- Muscular, Iron-Body (2x)
- Speeding-Up, Instigate, High-Jump, Recover, Shrink, Giant, Invisible, Confusion, Liquefaction, Dark, Sleep, Reflect, Fortune, Flatten, Balloon-Body, Gag, Fascination, Partner, Prediction, Halt, The End, Random
- to be added
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Uchu Sentai Kyuranger episode 21, Space.21: Farewell Scorpio! The Day The Argo Revives!.
- Closing Screen:
- Text Color: Pink
- Count at episode end
- Gashats in Ex-Aid's possession: Mighty Action X, Gekitotsu Robots, Shakariki Sports, Bakusou Bike, Giri Giri Chambara, Mighty Brothers XX, Maximum Mighty X, Hyper Muteki
- Gashats in Brave's possession: Taddle Quest, DoReMiFa Beat, Drago Knight Hunter Z, Gashat Gear Dual β, Taddle Legacy
- Gashats in Snipe's possession: Bang Bang Shooting, Jet Combat, Gashat Gear Dual β
- Gashats in Lazer Turbo's possession: Bakusou Bike, Proto Mighty Action X, Proto Taddle Quest, Proto Bang Bang Shooting, Proto Bakusou Bike, Proto Gekitotsu Robots, Proto DoReMiFa Beat, Proto Giri Giri Chambara, Proto Jet Combat, Proto Shakariki Sports, Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z
- Gashats in Genm's possession: Proto Mighty Action X Origin, Dangerous Zombie
- Gashats in Para-DX's possession: Gashat Gear Dual
- Gashats in Poppy's possession: Toki Meki Crisis
- Gashats in Ride-Player Nico's possession: Kamen Rider Chronicle
- Gashats in Cronus' possession: Kamen Rider Chronicle (Master ver.)
- Unknown owner: Ju Ju Burger
- Kuroto Dan's Life Points remaining: 70
- Gashatrophies in Ride-Player Nico's possession: Bang Bang Shooting, Mighty Action X, Taddle Quest, Bakusou Bike, Gekitotsu Robots, Jet Combat, Shakariki Sports, Giri Giri Chambara, DoReMiFa Beat
- Video Game References in this episode:
- Cronus keeping a lot of Energy Items in a case for him to use is a reference to the inventory usage in role-playing games that allows players to carry health-restoring and status-healing items, etc.
- This is the first time Cronus uses Energy Items.
- This is the first time since its debut that Lazer Turbo doesn't assume Bike Gamer Level 0.
- Cronus's Energy Item Case is a remodeled O Medal Holder. Furthermore, he throws Energy Items to himself much like Ankh threw Core Medals to Eiji Hino.
- Asuna does not transform into Poppy Pipopapo throughout this entire episode.
- Taiga's scan is curiously dated May 30th 2017, over a month behind this episode's airdate.
- While filming the scene where Hiiro cries alone after Ex-Aid and Brave's battle with Cronus, it began to rain on set. However, instead of stopping work halfway through, director Satoshi Morota decided to carry on filming, making use of the rain in the scene to his advantage.