|This article is about a/an Episode in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.|
|The Forbidden Continue!?|
|Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Episode 31|
|Air date May 14, 2017|
|Written by Yuya Takahashi|
|Directed by Kazuya Kamihoriuchi|
Strongest VS Strongest!
The Forbidden Continue!? (禁断のContinue！？ Kindan no Konthinyū!?) is the thirty-first episode of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
No one can hide the fact that they are upset about Kuroto's revival. How was he able to return?! Everyone is doubting if he is the real thing. Just then, Kuroto claims that it's due to the game "not deleting the previous data on him". What is Kuroto's true intention to make this Continue a reality? Meanwhile, Emu cannot forgive what Kuroto did to all those patient's lives. He realizes that in order to eliminate Kamen Rider Chronicle, his cooperation is required, but Emu is getting tired of his attitude...
Kuroto Dan has cheated death, and been resurrected as a Bugster with traces of human DNA, making him a compatible user again, though everyone is still shocked and upset over his revival. Poppy tries to convince them they need his help, but they don’t listen, and explains she only brought him back to help free Emu from Parad's control. Emu is angry at Kuroto's lack of care over the lives lost in the name of Kamen Rider Chronicle, though Kuroto quips that the ‘data’ isn't gone. They then get word of a new Bugster. They prepare to leave, but Hiiro can’t as he says he has an operation to perform. However, he secretly leaves the hospital by a different door.
Emu arrives to find Charlie Bugster attacking a female Ride-Player, but is distracted by Parad's arrival. Poppy unleashed Kuroto from her Bugvisor to help Emu, but he instead attacks Parad. As they fight, Emu manages to draw Charlie away, but before he can end it, Nico and Taiga arrive to stop him, letting Nico make the finishing move to collect the Gashatrophy for Shakariki Sports. Para-DX grabs Gemn by the throat, allowing Genm to touch him. Genm's ability to nullify Bugster Viruses lowers Para-DX's level by touch, dropping him from Level 99 to Level 75 in seconds. Para-DX pushes away and gives Genm a game over, laughing as Genm once again fades away. However, to everyones shock, Kuroto stands behind Para-DX seconds later, alive. He explains his Gashat is the Alpha Gashat, the very first one he ever developed, and he gave it the ability to continue, meaning Para-DX only cost him the first of 99 lives. Bored by this development, Parad retreats.
Emu and Poppy console the patient, who explains she only started playing the game as she was desperately trying to get her son back, who got a game over. Moved by this, Poppy remembers her life came from Sakurako Dan, Kuroto's mother. 6 years ago, she was a terminally ill patient at the hospital nearing the end of her life, but disappeared with no record of her death. Poppy reveals Kuroto infected her with the Bugster Virus, and as she died she gave birth to Poppy, meaning Kuroto only created Kamen Rider Chronicle to preserve his mother's data and save her life, though he denies it saying he created Kamen Rider Chronicle to preserve his own genius. Emu states he cannot work with someone who doesn't understand the value of a single life.
On the roof, Taiga and Nico confront Hiiro, who they realize is hoping to bring his girlfriend back and earlier, instead of a surgical operation as they had assumed, had defeated Motors and gained the Bakusou Bike Gashatrophy. Taiga explains that he doesn't trust Kuroto, but having him back means they have a better chance at ending the Bugster threat, with Nico showing her collection of 7 Gashatrophies. They begin the realize the only way forward is to work together.
Parad is found at a dam hastling some Ride-Players, where Genm takes him on. Poppy is angry that he is ignoring her instructions, transforms and uses a finisher on him, knocking him out of transformation. She tells him that thanks to him, she was born and has a life to live, and that in a way he is her father. Parad, tired of her helping humans, moves to delete her. At the last second, Kuroto pushes her out of the way and takes the blast himself, using another of his lives. Vowing to protect the life he created, Emu realizes that Kuroto is trying to atone for his sins, and though he can never forgive him for his actions, does agree to work together. The two Ex-Aids work together, dragging down Para-DX's level and then using a joint finisher to drive him away, with Kuroto reclaiming the Dangerous Zombie Gashat in the process.
Back at CR, as a token of good will, Kuroto has presents for everyone. For Emu, the DoReMiFa Beat Gashatrophy for freeing Poppy from her brainwashing, a second Gashat Gear Dual Beta for Taiga, meaning he and Hiiro have one each, a large lollipop for Nico and for Hiiro, an answer to a question: all the data from people who vanished is stored on the Proto-Gashats of the viruses that infected them, meaning once the game has been won, they could be saved. With the team agreeing to work together, and the first 9 Gashatrophies gathered, it's time to move to the high-rank stage.
- 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)
- Asuna Karino (仮野 明日那 Karino Asuna): Ruka Matsuda (松田 るか Matsuda Ruka)
- Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗 Dan Kuroto): Tetsuya Iwanaga (岩永 徹也 Iwanaga Tetsuya)
- Parad (パラド): Shouma Kai (甲斐 翔真 Kai Shōma)
- Nico Saiba (西馬 ニコ Saiba Niko): Reina Kurosaki (黒崎 レイナ Kurosaki Reina)
- Rider Gashat (ライダーガシャット Raidā Gashatto, Voice): Hironobu Kageyama (影山 ヒロノブ Kageyama Hironobu)
- Teruyo Izumi (泉 照代 Izumi Teruyo): Ryoko Takizawa (滝沢 涼子 Takizawa Ryōko)
- Charlie Bugster (チャーリーバグスター Chārī Bagusutā, Voice): Yuki Anai (穴井 勇輝 Anai Yūki)
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Level 2, Level 99: Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji)
- Kamen Rider Genm Level 0: Kosuke Asai (浅井 宏輔 Asai Kōsuke)
- Kamen Rider Para-DX Level 99: Kazuya Okada (岡田 和也 Okada Kazuya)
- Kamen Rider Poppy: Jiro Uchikawa (内川 仁朗 Uchikawa Jirō)
- Charlie Bugster: Hajime Kanzaki (神前 元 Kanzaki Hajime)
- Ride-Player Nico: Satoshi Fujita (藤田 慧 Fujita Satoshi)
- Gashat Used:
- Level Used:
- Energy Items Used:
- Stretch, Speeding-Up
- Invisible, Stretch, Speeding-Up
- Iron-Body, Instigate, High-Jump, Muscular, Recover, Shrink, Giant, Confusion, Emission, Liquefaction, Separation, Dark
- When Kuroto first transforms into Genm in front of Para-DX, he raises the Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat with his right hand, before slightly bringing it down. In the next shot, the Gashat is suddenly in his left hand as he inserts it into his Gamer Driver.
- When Para-DX inserts the Dangerous Zombie Gashat into the Gashacon Parabragun to perform Perfect Critical Finish, the 'Gashat!' sound accidentally came out first before he inserted the Gashat in the weapon.
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Uchu Sentai Kyuranger episode 14, Space.14: Exciting! Space Dragon Palace Castle!.
- 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
- Gashats in Brave's possession: Taddle Quest, DoReMiFa Beat, Drago Knight Hunter Z, Gashat Gear Dual β
- Gashats in Snipe's possession: Bang Bang Shooting, Jet Combat, Gashat Gear Dual β
- 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
- Unknown owner: Proto Mighty Action X, Ju Ju Burger
- Kuroto Dan's Life Points remaining: 97
- Gashatrophies in 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:
- There are numerous references to Super Mario in this episode
- Kuroto Dan respawns by emerging from a pipe is a reference to the Warp Pipes.
- Kuroto reveals that he had 99 lives to start from, which is also the maximum number of lives Mario can have in New Super Mario Bros.
- The Bracket Pyramid on the dry erase board that shows the defeated Bugsters has the thirteenth mystery Bugster at the top being a question box much like the ? blocks from Super Mario Bros.
- Ride Player Nico's Rider Punch was done in a style similar to the Shoryuken.
- There are numerous references to Super Mario in this episode
- As of this episode, Kuroto Dan has been added back into the opening sequence.
- This is the first time the Dangerous Zombie Gashat would be used in a Gashacon weapon for a Critical Finish.
- The episode marks the return of the Energy Item Containers, as Ex-Aid and Genm use them during their battle with Para-DX.
- This episode is aired on Mother's Day, which is to coincide with Poppy's host being revealed to be Kuroto's mother.