The freaking OPENING was an awesome job. The song is very cool and has very strong lyrics. The images on the video just add, with the symbolism of the rider and human forms. It's amazing how well it was crafted.
The fences are also symbolic. How they are shown (Zangetsu pointing his sword to Ryugen and Kouta's past and actual self) is awesome.
Bonus points for when Gaim is shown slashing a monster and then dancing with his team like nothing has happened. The monster, as we saw, is Yuuya, which just adds to the power of the sequence.
Even before the premiere ep, the "audience submissions" to Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has Kouta's actor pull off some crazy stunts.
The very first scene, as Gaim and Baron charge at each other whilst leading two Inves armies, whilst Ryugen and Zangetsu watch from the sidelines.
You can see Kamen Rider Gridon with Baron's team, but he's not there for to long, so pay close attention, he charges in with the Baron team as well, helping fight the Gaim team.
The Super Hero Time bumper, where Kouta's actor is challenged to rattle off eleven names (five Riders and six Kyoryugers.) And NAILS IT.
Helping a little boy come down after being stuck in a tree while Kouta was fumbling around, looking for his Lock Seed. He even provides words of encouragement to the boy, much like Kouta in the first episode.
Confronting his own crew member when he discovers that he has helped with cheating in the middle of an Inves match.
Handing over the Pineapple Lock-Seed realizing that it was the only way to defeat the monster.
#3: The debut of the Knight of Spear, Baron! Kaito really takes his time and lets his audience take in the wonder and excitement of the new Armored Rider. He is no slouch with his powers either, demonstrating that he may very well be an even more competent fighter than Kouta.
Gaim and Ryugen delivering their own curb stomp battle to Gridon and Kurokage, taking their lockseeds in the process.
#7 Bravo effortlessly curb-stomping Baron, even with the latter summoning 3 Inves to help him.
Suika Arms debut, starting with Kouta using it to roll over nearly a dozen Inves, then switching to Armor Mode to beat the pulp out of a handful more. When the last Elementary eats a good half-dozen Lockseeds and goes straight to its Evolved state (a massive boar), Kouta lends Ryugen the Sakura Hurricane and they give chase, followed by a Curb-Stomp Battle.
While he doesn't win, Bravo still gets credit for his reaction to Suika Arms: to grab an iron support beam and trying to smash Kouta with it!
#8 The debut of Baron's Mango arms. Complete with kick ass music in the background.
Baron and Gaim both using their finishers together to take out the Invess.
Mitsuzane effortlessly switching from sweet kid to bastard mode when Sid is around.
#10 The first time we see Takatora henshin. There was a small part where he tosses his Lockseed into the air before loading it into his Driver.
Micchy and Kaito fighting Invess without transforming.
Before Micchy and Kaito, Kouta takes on 2 Invess at the same time and only getting hit ONCE. ONCE. He's really growing isn't he.
Oren manages to spot the Inves before the other Beat Riders, and the way he points them out is badass.
#11 blows all of the previous episodes out of the water running on pure awesome and Holy Shit Quotient. Here are the highlights.
Zangetsu going Hero Killer effortlessly curb stomping everyone in his way. He even interrupted the duel between Baron and Bravo.
Baron and Bravo's rematch. Baron shows that he's taken a level in badass in Mango Arms now on even terms with Implacable Man Bravo and basically fighting him to a draw before Zangetsu lays down the law.
How about before that where Ryugen is the only one out of all of them to hold his own against Zangetsu (his brother).
The sequence starting with the Invess invasion of the base camp, ending with an epic battle in the sky above Yggdrasil's HQ.
#12: Kouta's fighting skills having improved to a point where he barely has to use a finisher.
He even took on 3 Invess (Kamakiri, Komori and Shika) that he fought before at the same time.
Zangetsu Shin's debut. His new long-range weapon makes plowing through his opponents even easier...
#13: Baron (while in Mango Arms) temporarily gives Gaim his Banana Lock Seed, so they can battle Bravo.
The ensuing ass-kicking is just glorious and shows a lot of potential regarding future teamwork.
#14: The debut of the other three Energy Riders while appearing with Zangetsu.
#15: Basically all of Yoko Minato in this episode. Twice Kaito (and then Kouta) try to attack Ryoma - her reaction is to open a nice can of whoopass on them.
Kaito's second plan involved throwing his playing cards at Ryoma's back.
Which fails, due to Yoko, actually throwing something at the card, stopping it mid-flight!
It was a pen. A pen that went through the card like a bullet.
Kouta and Kaito showing off some sweet moves when fighting untransformed against the Kurokage Mooks.
Kouta and Kaito managing to counter Sid's Energy Rider power with tag team Bike Fu and knock him to the ground long enough to escape. Considering how the Genesis Drivers are allegedly leagues stronger than their Sengoku Drivers, that's very impressive.
#16: The debut of Kamen Rider Gaim Jimber Lemon Arms. Damn, just LOOK at it!
Gaim and Baron pulling off their own rendition of Return of the Jedi's Endor chase scene as they systematically take down the Kurokage Troopers.
Mitsuzane finally becoming Ryugen again and beating the Kurokage Troopers by turning their hover bikes against them.
Kaito and Zack pulling a magnificent save of Mai and Chucky. Bonus points for the Lock they used to summon their Inves, it was the Kurumi Lock.
Jimber Lemon Arms, clearly puts Gaim on equal footing with the Energy Riders powerwise. His new finisher has him utilize both Locks in a style not unlike one of Decade's Dimension Finishers.
We learn that DJ Sagara managed to somehow pull off a feat that even Prof. Ryoma is surprised by. According to the Professor, no one should be able to access the area where he has the Genesis Driver prototypes and Energy Locks but him. However, Sagara pulled this off. It really shows that there are hidden depths to the guy.
#17: Kouta kicking Bravo's ass in Jimber Lemon Arms, defeating him in one blow. Complete with a new song that, like all the others, is Awesome Music.
Oren couldn't land a decent blow after Kouta transformed. Even his training can't match an S Class Lock.
All of Kouta and Minato's fight. Showing us a fight between 2 Energy Riders and making a bow and arrow fight look like a downright gun-to-gun shootout.
Micchy pulled one off that was acknowledged In-Universe by Ryoma Sengoku saying "I think you might be even smarter than your brother": He was ordered by Takatora to reclaim Kouta's Sengoku Driver, but when the critical moment came, he couldn't do it and started shooting at Yoko/Marika, his own support. Using his quick thinking, he comes up with an excuse: Yoko didn't immediately jump into the fight when Kouta started curb-stomping Bravo, which Micchy uses as evidence that Ryoma doesn't want Kouta to lose his Driver quite yet. Whether or not it's actually true, it apparently impresses Ryoma enough that he's willing to go along with it and even asks Takatora to let Micchy stay on with Team Gaim as The Mole.
#18: Showing just how well his constant fighting has trained him, Kouta delivers a one sided ass-kicking to Bravo once he transforms into Jimber Lemon Arms, that manages to top the previous one. While even in his default Arms, he's able to keep Oren away from the Beat Rider teams - this really shows how far he's come as a fighter (it's one thing to win with a Super Mode against a guy who lacks one. Being able to hold him off in plain ol' Orange Arms now? That's not the tech, it's Kouta.) Also, in one attack, Kouta WILL make you say "In your face, Pierre!"
Zack transforming to Knuckle. He literally beats the summoned Inves into submission.
DJ Sagara, going against Yggdrasil once again, broadcasting the Dance-Off for all to see, as the Beat Riders all pledge to just dance again.
A minor one, but Team Pop Up is the Kamen Rider Girls!
Not combat, but still pretty awesome: Mai getting together all the dance teams, then continuing when it looks like it's just them and Baron, and making sure the show goes on no matter what happens, be it bad publicity, low in-person audience turn-out, the music being sabotaged, Oren crashing the party, or monsters being sent in to break it up. Truly a Determinator who will not let the Beat Riders' dream die, no matter what.
As the dance-off picks up the beat, Jounichi rejoining his team! He's dancing along without like he never left. Yeah, he tried to stop the Dance-Off, but at the end of the day, he's a Beat Rider.
The preview to #19 shows we're going to have Gaim Jimber Lemon Arms vs. Zangetsu Shin. This is going to be cool.
It was. The fight was much more evenly matched, but in the end, Zangetsu Shin won. The fight ends epically too.
Despite his power-up, Gaim wasn't able to land a single hit on Zangetsu Shin, proving that he is still the strongest Rider.
Duke finally joins the fight. And if his casual entry in the episode before wasn't way to make an appearance, it looks like he's going to wipe the floor good with Gaim and Baron. In his own words: "I'm afraid I haven't done anything to suggest my combat inexperience."
He in fact does so, all the while demonstrating the most effortless and dynamic fighting style seen thus far.
And yet he still calls himself "inexperienced"...after easily fighting Gaim one-armed and shrugging off a direct hit.
Before the aforementioned Curb-Stomp Battle, Kouta executed a series of awesome back flips◊ to avoid Duke's volley of energy arrows and it culminates in his transforming to Jimber Lemon Arms practically upside down in the air.
His transformation◊ is quite impressive. He catches the Orange with his feet and throws it into the Lemon Energy seed!
After Kouta and Kaito's second attempt to break in was awesome. Kouta using his Tuliphopper to decimate the Kurokage's troops' Tuliphoppers.
Along with the fact that Kaito using the Watermelon Arms was able to beat Sigurd. Showing that the Armored Riders aren't completely outclassed by the New Generation Riders.
There's a meta-example. After the battle with Kouta, Takatora becomes more than willing to tell Kouta his side of the story, with Kouta accepting his offer. To fully understand how awesome this moment is, in the previous Kamen Rider shows, especially early Heisei Rider shows, two riders understanding each other was unheard of or would take a handful of episodes before that would happen (with the rare occasion of it all being undone in a single episode) and Poor Communication Kills becomes a major contributor to most of the Rider Vs. Rider conflicts. What Takatora did was essentially what most Kamen Rider fans complain about for years: "Why don't they just explain their case instead of beating each other?". Then Sid undoes everything by telling Kouta about Yggdrasil's little "blow everyone up" ring. It gets mitigated though, since Takatora expected Kouta to actually give up after he learned of Helheim.
The above's ante is upped in #20, in which Kouta and Takatora, once sworn enemies, now transform together and finish off the Inves simultaneously, again harkening back to the age-old question of "Why don't they just team up already!?" for most old-school Heisei Riders.
In #21, Sid tries to break Kouta even further by telling him that the rings of Yggdrasil tower were meant to nuke Zawame City in the event that it does become overrun by Inves. Despite the truth of Helheim forest eating away at his resolve, Kouta gathers enough resolve to not only fight back against Sid, but also ultimately defeat him in Jimber Lemon Arms AND take Sid's Cherry Energy Lockseed.
What makes the moment more awesome? That's the first time an Energy Rider has been defeated in a one-on-one battle! Every other time, they either wiped the floor with the Riders or broke even, or if they lost, it was only because they were being double-teamed, but here, not only did an Energy Rider full out lose in a one-on-one battle, but he also lost his Lockseed like how Beat Riders lose their Lockseeds when losing.
#22, Gaim vs Zangetsu Round 3 and it's the turning point for both of them, complete with Kouta finally getting the upper hand!
Case in point, Kouta came looking for Takatora after learning Project Ark was one of the things Takatora approved in a bid for answers. In this fight against him, he managed to get in multiple hits (a kick and at least 4 slashes with the Sonic Arrow) and actually knocking the white Armored Rider to the ground, which is a giant leap from being unable to land a single hit despite being in Jimber Lemon Arms.
One moment in particular that stands out is when Kouta actually lands a blow on Zangetsu the camera slows down and shows the blow landing in clear view, as if acknowledging how big of an accomplishment actually hurting Zangetsu for the first time in the series is.
A smaller moment of awesome prior to the above was during Kouta's crusade into Yggdrasil, he fought his way in past numerous Kurokage troopers without using any of his weapons (though he did borrow a Kagematsu for one moment to fight off other troopers).
For Jimber Cherry's first appearance, Kouta discovers that he is able to move at Super Speed, which helps him defeat several Inves that were trying to escape a newfound crack in Helheim.
Another small moment of awesome is the fact that Kouta once again manages to pilfer an Energy Lockseed, with the owner being one Yoko Minato, who was unable to stop him even though she was able to react to his attempt. Bear in mind, he stole this Energy Lockseed in HUMAN FORM after both he and Yoko powered down.
With flags, as one quick scene shows. This bears repeating: Kouta is beating people down with flags!
To top his He's Back moment, Kouta makes good on his promise established a few episodes ago and blows up the Scalar weapons!
Even the above is not enough to describe the awesome in #23, so here's a summation: Kouta flies back to Yggdrasil Tower, no selling a platoon of Kurokage Troopers shooting at him on their Dandeliners◊ while Kouta blasts them out of the sky using the DJ Gun's 3 Modes, and finally, after a brief scuffle with Zangetsu Shin, Kouta proceeds to do what he originally intended to do and destroys the orbs that were necessary to trigger the Scalar nuke. One can only imagine how Kiwami Arms can top this level of awesome.
The DJ Gun deserves it's own mention. Depending on the speed of the beat as Gaim scratches the turntable, the gun acts differently: Slow: A charged burst of energy, Normal: A cluster of shots on a single target, Fast: A machine gun. And locking in the Kachidoki Lockseed as seen in a Tv Spot, creates a Wave Motion Gun. And don't forget, we haven't seen it connect with the Musou Saber or any of Gaim's ''other'' Lock Seeds yet. This is truly a versatile weapon. Hell, even the Kachidoki Flags kick seven kinds of ass, Kouta can charge energy in them to sweep foes off their feet and then literally swoosh them away with a second wave.
The cherry on top of it all is that Kouta telling Zangetsu 'now you have to fight the Inves if you want to keep your secret'.
The Overlord Inves is no slouch in terms of capabilities, being able to easily hand Kaito his butt on a silver platter in both Banana and Mango Arms.
No love for DJ Sagara, who continues to further the mystery of who or what he really is? Not only is he acquainted with the Mysterious Woman, but he created Kachidoki Arms, one of the most powerful Lock Seeds, not with the fruit of Helheim but a regular orange!
Also, because of Kachidoki Arms, we actually see Ryoma Sengoku lose his cool for the first time. Seeing the normally apathetic amoral doctor shocked into gripping the scene with wide eyes is kinda carthatic.
Kouta coming back from his despair to fight as hard as he did. As was posted on Rangerboard: "From despair, a general comes to the front lines." Haruto would be proud.
The ToQGer and Gaim Spring Special brought some lighthearted moments and some definite funny moments, but it seems the most noteworthy moments happened at the end of the episode:
Kamen Rider Fifteen’s Big Damn Villains Moment to save the Mogura-Roid, showing off his eerie and dark power by easily beating down the ToQGers.
Following the above, three of the Showa Riders (#1, #2, and V3) appear to handle Fifteen as the ToQGers finish off Mogura-Roid.
When we cut back to Kouta’s fight against the Mogura-Roid, he makes short work of the Badan general once he switches to Kachidoki Arms and shows off the DJ Gun's Daiken Mode, with the Kachidoki Charge stating that its power is immeasurable! Whenever Gaim uses the Musou Saber it counts up to 1000, implying that the resulting attack is that many times stronger than a Squash, Au Lait, or Sparking finisher. The DJ Gun in Daiken mode begins by counting out one ten hundred and ten thousand trillion before giving up and shouting "IMMEASURABLE!"
#24: Remember Sid's S Lock Seed? The one he had all the way back in episode 1 that we basically never saw again? It can summon Rider Arms to fight for him remotely.
And it becomes quite clear that had Kouta not been searching for the Overlords, he could have easily extended a similar beating to Sid. Even so, knocking him onto his ass with Jimber Cherry's speed is good enough.
Mitsuzane is showing his cunning as well. When he reports that Kouta is seeking out "intelligent Inves", he (and not his brother) notices the conspirators ever-so-subtly shifting uncomfortably in their seats as Takatora wonders why Kouta would get such an idea. Micchi's on to them... Though it could also imply that he was in on the Overlords as well, considering his ties with said conspirators.
#25: For the first time since the Christmas game, Hideyasu gets to transform. And when he does, he proceeds to Take the Bullet for Oren and Kouta, though a non-lethal variant. It seems like he's about to Take A Level In Badass.
#26: It's round two in the fight of Demushu versus Baron, and Kaito's new Genesis Driver allows him to even the odds.
Kouta once again squares off against Yoko, both fighting in their Peach Energy forms. While it later became clear that the fight was just a distraction, Kouta was not only able to mop the floor with Yoko in Jimber Peach Arms, he also made it clear he has reached a power above the Genesis Drivers when he is able to No Sell a Peach Energy finisher by changing into Kachidoki Arms and finishes her off with one Low Pitch DJ Gun blast.
Yoko outright states that Kouta's power wasn't just due to the Genesis Core, then asks him when did he power up so much.
#27: Takatora and Kouta teams up once more to defeat Demushu.
Immediately afterwards, Takatora introduces himself to Kouta and thanks him for showing a new to save humanity. Then they shake hands.
It's rather cathartic to see Kaito in Baron Energy forms stomp Micchy's ass after the latter shoots Kouta in the back.
#28: When Sid tries to eliminate Takatora in Helheim while they were alone, he learns just how bad of an idea it is to pick on someone who is more used to using Rider powers. Up until Minato comes along to help Sid out.
Kaito's Big Damn Heroes moment right before Kouta gets killed by Zangetsu Shin.
After watching Zangetsu Shin's betrayal, Kouta goes ballistic in Kachidoki Arms and proceeds to beat down a Kamikiri Invess. Without using any weapons.
Sid betrays Ryoma and Yoko after they're done betraying and disposing of Takatora by setting the room containing Yggdrasil's crack ablaze, destroying the equipment keeping the crack open, before declaring his intent to fight for Helheim's power himself and jumping through the crack as it closes. This is probably a bad thing, but after everything that's happened, that look on Ryoma's face afterwards just makes it so damn cathartic.
#29: This might be a mix of a Tear Jerker moment and a Moment Of Awesome, but the fact that Kouta lays the smackdown on Micchy as Zangetsu Shin shows that despite the fact that Micchy acquired his brother's Genesis Driver and powers and has been trying to break Kouta's resolve, he is no match for Kouta when Kouta decides it's time to get serious, even if Kouta was shaken up by the betrayal.
This is also a moment for Takatora. Remember when he fought Kachidoki Arms, he was able to more or less fight Kota to a standstill. Micchy's no match for Kota in that form. This just goes to show how much of Takatora's power is just sheer skill.
Kouta and Kaito team up as Jimber Lemon Arms and Baron Energy Arms, fighting against Sid AND Demushuu at one point. Despite their different ideals, the two work together like a well oiled machine, pulling off a Back-to-Back Badasses moment.
#30: As the Yagi Invess was attacking and Kouta seemed to struggle with it, Jiro steps up to the plate by fighting it off with a very simplistic yet effective fighting style.
While testing out the Hakaider android, Ryoma ascends to a league of power of his own, capable of easily defeating Zack and Kouta even after switching to Jimber Lemon Arms, and later even trashing Minato, some Kurokage Troopers, and even a few Suika mechs.
The entire fight of Kouta and Jiro vs. the Yagi Invess and Ryoma-Hakaider. What started as a losing fight almost immediately turned around once Jiro rebooted and transformed into Kikaider.
While it was shown that neither Jiro nor Kouta in Kachidoki Arms alone could defeat Ryoma-Hakaider, together they had just enough combined power to overwhelm Ryoma-Hakaider and force him to leave.
The end of the fight needs its own mention as Jiro sets up an opening so Kouta could fire a Kachidoki Charge from the DJ Gun, which Jiro then proceeds to KICK whilst adding some more power into the ball, delivering a satisfying elimination of the Yagi Invess.
#31 has Roshuo showing his authority by handing Sid's ass on a silver platter and killing him without any effort.
Roshuo splitting a mountain in half just to crush Sid in the cliff he formed. Also note, he didn't use his telekinesis, the way it's presented makes it look like he did it by force of will.
Kouta nearly defeats the Overlord he's fighting when he enters his Super Mode. If not for Minato and her troopers, he would have won.
#32 has so many:
Kaito and Zack fighting Demushu to a standstill by forcing him to keep firing volleys of fireballs to exhaust him, eventually forcing him to retreat.
What's noteworthy about this fight is that neither Kaito nor Zack got injured by Demushu while wearing him down.
All the remaining Riders save Kouta, Sengoku, Micchy, and Takatora fighting off the Invess army. The Riders in Gaim have never really actually fought as a team before, but when they do they are damn good.
Also counts one for Kaito, who actually gives commands to the other riders (Including Jonouchi and Oren, no less) and banded this ragtag bunches to fight like a team.
Jonouchi deserves credit for taking on a Lion Inves and a Dragon Inves at once, and it looks like he was winning.
Oren and Jonouchi both making their entrances via performing Rider Kicks on Invess, whilst untransformed!
Four words, LOCK OPEN: KIWAMI ARMS.
'''DAI! DAI! DAI! DAI! DAI SHOGUN!!!
What's more awesome? Kouta jumps in, transforming into Kachidoki Arms, and slashes Demushu with the Musou Saber. Demushu then launches a fireball when Kouta turned his back on him. Does Kouta turn back? No, he just tanks said fireball and activates the Kiwami Lockseed, while literally being, ON FIRE.
Special mention goes out to the Kiwami Lockseed activation, which summons the Armor Parts for all of the Riders up to Kiwami Arms and uses said armor to keep Demushu at bay before combining with Kota in a manner akin to Kamen Rider Fourze's Cosmic States.
Kiwami's power? It can use the weapons of all the other Lockseeds, including Kachidoki.
After many episodes of the Overlords only being equalled, Kouta in Kiwami Arms completely and utterly outmatches Demushu, to the point that Demushu can't even land a hit and ends up being totally destroyed by a Kiwami Au Lait.
Bravo discovering Zangetsu Shin is an imposter solely due to his fighting style not being as refined as the real deal. Then proving it by his actions by sidestepping his attack and kicking him in the back.
While not really awesome so much as crafty, Ryoma Sengoku throwing the panic onto the World Leaders: After the World Leaders try to get Ryoma to own up for Demushu's rampage in Zawame City, Ryoma Sengoku once again shows how cunning he really is by managing to leak information of the political powers who were involved in Project Ark to the press, allowing him to pursue the fruit of knowledge as he pleases while the World Leaders take all the blame.
#34: Zack, Oren, and Jonouchi arrive on scene during an Invess kidnapping, and Jonouchi gets to use the Suika Lockseed.
It seems the orange doesn't fall far from the tree, as we learn that Kota's Chronic Hero Syndrome is shared with his sister, who attacks an Invess despite having no Rider powers to prevent it from escaping with the child she met a few episodes ago.
Roshuo once again demonstrates his great power by disintegrating missiles that were fired at Zawame City in an attempt to eradicate the Helheim invaders following Redyue's broadcast.
#35: Even after the shock of discovering Micchy's betrayal, Kouta finds the strength to stand up to him..
For a Villanous moment, earlier into the episode, we see that Grinsha was able to survive Kouta's first finisher with Redyue's interference and is still strong enough to take on Kouta and Kaito.
It seems as though even Kouta's cape is not immune to being used in battle as he uses it to lead Grinsha around like a bull at the start of the second half of their fight.
Those missiles that were fired at Zawame? Roshuo didn't disintgerate them. He teleported them all to North America, where it blew up a large part of the continent
You know the highlight of the episode is awesome when one of the villains states that they should just sit back and enjoy the epicness.
There's also a clip of Takatora standing over Mitsuzane, about to deliver the final blow. Meaning that even with a weaker lockseed Takatora is stronger
Despite the fact that Takatora has not used his original Sengoku Driver and Melon Lockseed since he got the Genesis Driver, he easily demonstrates that he can and does wipe the floor with Mitsuzane despite Zangetsu-Shin's strength boost as regular Zangetsu.
Not only that. Mitsuzane couldn't even land a hit on him without resorting to cheap tricks like blinding him with dirt.
Here's the case in point: Had Takatora not hesitate, he would have defeated Mitsuzane! That's how well he wiped the floor!
Kouta and Redyue's battle. Nothing else has to be said.
This is accompanied by a new song that's a duet between Kaito and Kouta
#37: Despite delaying the main story a little bit, this episode has three of the five Ending Themes playing during it. Ranbu Escalation During Baron's fight against an other-wordly Gaim Kiwami Arms, Never Surrender During Baron's fight against the Locust Kaijin and Raise Up Your Flag During Kouta in Kachidoki Arm's fight against said Kaijin. All of the battles are engaging and beautifully done.
While this episode has been polarizing to some, for those fans that are into soccer and especially keen in Japan's soccer scene, Kengo Nakamura and Kosuke Ota's cameo appearances must have sparked some excitement, especially when they manage to drive away the Locust Kaijin with a soccer ball charged with their auras.
The Locust Kaijin that kept appearing in this episode managed to put up a good fight against Kouta and Kaito, even managing to go so far as to drop kick Kaito in a manner similar to a Rider Kick.
#38: Where he used to have trouble holding up against either one by themselves, Mitsuzane is now able to hold his own against both Gaim Kiwami Arms and Baron Lemon Energy Arms. Of special note is when both Gaim (using the Mango Punisher) and Baron (using the Sonic Arrow) use their finishers, and Mitsuzane responds by catching the Mango Punisher out of the air and using it to knock aside the Sonic Arrow's blast. Badass.
#39: Bunch of stuff that's noteworthy this time:
During the raid into Yggdrasil, Zack gets his turn to use the Suika Lockseed, and gets special watermelon gloves to beat his enemies into submission.
Ryoma once again enters the fray as Duke and displays more of his suit's powers, softening up Shinmugurun for Kouta to handle.
Kouta manages to outdo his previous uses of Kiwami Arms by summoning and remotely controlling SIX different weapons to weaken Shinmugurun before finishing him off with an Orange charge DJ Gun finisher.
#40: Kouta finally steels his resolve. Even if he becomes an Inves, he would still fight to protect the world. Best shown when he took on Redyue and other Evolved Inves despite being a Byakko Inves.
In the dream world, Kouta fights off Redyue, Shimugurun, Dyudyuonshu, and a Seiryu Inves in the Byakko Inves form outnumbered. Noteworthy because not only was he able to stand a chance, but he was clearly beating all four of them, including Redyue.
#41: This episode can be summed up in three words: Kouta DEFEATS Redyue! Everything that led up to it was awesome, starting with Kouta and Kaito battling Rosyuo and soldiering on EVEN THOUGH Rosyou was clearly kicking their asses and even broke the Kachidoki Lockseed. The only reason they barely survived was due to Redyue double-crossing Rosyuo and taking the golden apple away. Or at least, what was left of it, as Rosyou had given it to Mai before he sent her away. Kouta, taking advantage of her ranting and stabbing, RESTORES his broken Kachidoki Lockseed and goes into Kiwami Arms, finally putting his Overlord powers to good use, including the vines! That's a lot for a Wham Episode!
Despite the fact that this moment was somewhat spoiled in the trailer, the fact that Oren and Jonouchi managed to beat down the Invess blocking the group's path back in #39 and catch up quickly enough to help out Kaito by stalling out Mitsuzane to allow Kaito to catch up to Kouta.
Near the start of the episode, Kaito and Mitsuzane's fight culminates in a mutual de-morphing. This leads to a bare-fisted slugfest in which Kaito punches Micchy in the face multiple times while calling him out on what a selfish, hypocritical scumbag he is. The only rebuttal that Micchy can muster (besides punching back) is "Shut up!". While not as earth-shattering as the episode's other events, it is immensely satisfying to see Micchy receive even a small amount of comeuppance.
#42 has a dark example. Micchy, having gone past another Despair Event Horizon, is offered a chance to save Mai after being convinced by Ryoma that Kouta is more than willing to let her become the Woman of the Beginning. However, it requires him to sacrifice his life in the process. Micchy thinks it over and decides to fight for Mai. His ghost brother shows up and gives him a Breaking Speech of how he'll die for nothing. Micchy simply tells him to shut up as opposed to flailing his arms about and screaming at him, heads off with a new Lockseed in hand, ready to fight one last timefor Mai or nothing. It makes for a pretty epic fight that might be the highlight of this episode and next episode.