- Beyond 'R' can refer to 'revenge' (Terui Ryu finding a bigger purpose in life than revenge) and 'Ryu' (who goes beyond his own limits as Accel Trial).
- #35 is titled "The Rain that Became Known as a Monster"; #36 is "Shaking Off Everything".
Our story starts with Ryu in the Fuuto Wild Bird Sanctuary - not because he's on a case or anything, but just because he used to come here all the time. Y'know, what you folks would call happier times - his sister Haruko was the wildlife enthusiast of the family, and would drag him here all the time, at least till she got iced along with his family... It's good to see some traditions being upheld though, they've got a new bird enthusiast on the job, watching the birds as the kids come up to her and ask questions, while she... shoves them to the floor?
Ryu's definitely not going to stand and watch this time, as he stops her from leaving - and spots what appears to be a horribly mutated Dopant port on her arm. Things gets sticky as she just screams out at him, drawing everyone's attention, including two of the biggest busybodies in Fuuto, Shotaro and Akiko. At least they have reason to be here though - a bunch of kids came to Narumi Detective Agency one time, asking Shotaro to investigate what's wrong with the bird enthusiast Nagi Shimamoto, who's gone into a horrific mood swing and avoiding all contact with the kids an anybody. And naturally, Shotaro can't turn away from this. It would have helped if Ryu could have kept her there, though.
Meanwhile, the Sonozaki mansion is having one of its regular tension-filled mealtimes, particularly since Ryuubei is missing one of his special Dopant Memories, and Isaka is naturally under suspicion. However Isaka isn't telling anything, only that he's about to finish something he's been working on for the last ten years. And he wants Saeko to be a part of it. At the same time, our heroes find Nagi at last, where they find out that her change in attitude is more out of fear than anything, which actually gets worse when it rains. Turns out it was raining on the day her father died, from a freak lightning bolt no less, and this black-and-white creature used a device to put that mark on her arm. To elaborate, it's rain that starts up out of nowhere
, rather than your normal rain... which is precisely the form of rain that's over our heroes' heads right now. Ryu gets the idea to hand her the pendant Haruko gave him before, saying it'll keep her from harm as it did for him... before the cause of the freak showers reveals himself.
Dr Isaka as Weather Dopant, of course, making his big entrance in what's becoming a rainstorm now. At least this time Ryu is on Nagi's side, and with Shotaro also on the scene, it's twice the usual Rider time as Accel and Double go to it immediately. Unfortunately Weather has a gameplan this time - by channeling the rainstorm into something akin to a Personal Raincloud
, he traps Double in a rapidly-rising pillar of water, before getting Accel with a concentrated lightning barrage. Akiko naturally proves quite useless at holding him off, whereupon his real motive is revealed - it's a new Dopant Memory-farming experiment, this time concentrating on making the Dopant port more compatible instead, channeling sheer fear to make it spread across the body. Which may be necessary, as the Dopant Memory that Dr Isaka did steal from Ryuubei after all
is an odd little contraption with huge wings, requiring special attention. That, and Weather wants to relish showing Accel, now reverted to Terui Ryu from the damage, the sheer extent to which he has failed. Double only gets free when the Xtreme Memory pops up, letting him break out the waterspout as CycloneJokerXtreme, but it's too late as Weather has technically won this round. And Nagi gets up and runs away from them again - not from fear this time, but sheer disappointment.
Back at Narumi Detective Agency, our heroes do a bit of digging about the winged Dopant Memory - apparently Nagi was handpicked for the compatibility with the Quetzalcoatlus Memory, which is why her own father died in front of her. Ryu decides that for one he's taking matters into his own hands and storms off, with Akiko trying to follow. At the same time, Dr Isaka, in a dark corner of the Sonozaki mansion with Saeko, explains a little about how he got his start - obsessed with the human condition, Isaka got into medical science, but fell on hard times as he couldn't get what he wanted out of it. Until he witnessed for himself, the Terror Dopant on a rampage as it took down several people at once with his Nightmare Fuel
. Except it had a different effect on Dr Isaka - not sheer fear, but sheer awe
, and he promised himself that he would be able to do that someday.
Ryu, with Akiko tagging along, finally reaches the very location where he'd met Shroud a few times - and sure enough, she's there. He demands greater power from her, and she turns him down to his face - as Ryu (ignoring the events of previous eps) has somehow forgotten what his revenge is about. But he's not taking that from her or anyone, and she agrees eventually - but he has to follow her. At the same time, Shotaro acts on his own and finds Nagi back at the bird park, reasoning that he's got a better shot than Ryu at making her come round - and it works. Upon learning that Ryu was technically a victim just like her, Nagi now fears for his safety as much as her own - but Shotaro tells her that real men gain strength from the people around them, and purpose from the people they protect. Just a little something Soukichi passed on to him... and now to her.
They are rudely interrupted as the birds are suddenly roused into a panic, and Dr Isaka shows himself yet again. Yes, he's still out to farm the girl and her Dopant port by inciting fear, but not in the usual way, as he's reproduced a circuitboard based on the Quetzalcoatlus Memory in order to duplicate its effects, while taking out all the safeguards
so it'll take effect immediately on anyone who's even marginally
compatible - like one of the birds she loves so much. Simply chucking the winged circuitboard at an unsuspecting parrot causes it to mutate and grow, into the massive Quetzalcoatlus Dopant! A creature with a wingspan of nearly 50 feet, a triple-jawed beak and a screech meant to wet the pants of lesser people, it immediately grabs Nagi and takes to the skies. There's no time to waste as Shotaro immediately goes into Double, takes the Machine HardBoilder and gives chase.
Without any way to actually reach
the airborne creature, Double summons RevolGarry to switch to his aerial configuration... but for some reason the Gunner-A is already filling the empty slot. Going with his gut (or possibly Genre Savvy
), Double locks the Machine section to the Gunner drone to form Machine HardGunner, allowing him to make long-range shots that hit the creature and allow him to get Nagi to safety. The Xtreme Memory shows up out of nowhere again, allowing Double to go into CycloneJokerXtreme, and try out a new move with the Gunner drone - by using the Prism Bicker to take a direct shot from Gunner, he's able to ride the shield like a hoverboard and
execute a Bicker Charge Break
on the flying creature. Unfortunately this involves leaving Nagi alone for far too long, and Weather gets his hands on her anyway... and realises that the Dopant port still
isn't developing the way he intended. Yelling at Nagi for daring to resist at all, Weather just barely slips away when Double pulls a Bicker Illusion on him.
Back at Narumi Detective Agency, our heroes figure out that Ryu having her back actually did help Nagi with the Dopant port business, preventing it from developing as Isaka had planned on. Which is when Nagi realises that the pendant Ryu gave her had slipped out of her hands back there, but it's not a good idea for her to go outdoors at this point, particularly with Ryu now MIA. Where's Ryu gone to then?
Why, to Shroud's little place in the woods, of course, where she hands him the new Trial Memory, a little traffic-light-looking device that replaces the Accel Memory and causes Ryu to turn into the all-new, electric blue Accel Trial! (After going into a yellow form we won't be hearing much about for now.) But it's not that easy, not by far - there's still the Training from Hell
Shroud prepared for him, as going into Accel Trial means Ryu will have to battle in a completely different fashion now, making use of the excessive speed the Trial Memory grants him to multiply the power he already has, or be overcome by it.
Isaka is currently de-stressing, hot towel on his face while Saeko breaks out the shaving kit and starts working on him... until Ryuubei himself literally turns up out of nowhere, wordlessly taking the shaving razor from her and going over Isaka's face himself. He finally remembered meeting Isaka all those years ago - and Isaka pretty much spells out his agenda: to channel enough Dopant Memories to surpass Ryuubei's level of power, all to seize control of the Terror Memory. Which is when things get violent, as Ryuubei as Terror attempts to melt Isaka into the floorboards - until Saeko as Taboo takes his side, and they both escape.
Ryu's Training from Hell
moves into phase 2 - this time involving a modified motorcross bike, with the Trial Memory plugged into it. Apparently all he needs to do is navigate a course, about 150 to 200 feet long, in 10 seconds
. Simple enough on its own - until he falls short of the timing, getting the same power surge from Trial Memory as before when he couldn't balance his newfound speed and power. Every time he fell short of 10 seconds, over and over and over...
Back at Narumi Detective Agency, Shotaro gets a call from Akiko, telling him (in a panic) about the Training from Hell
that might actually kill Ryu if it kept going on. Which leads Nagi to think that losing Ryu's pendant is the actual cause, and she slips out of Narumi Detective Agency to find it. Similarly, Wakana slips off on her own to find Saeko and try to talk her round, which fails big time as Saeko, tormented for being The Unfavourite
all these years, goes Taboo and gets violent. Fortunately Mick as Smilodon Dopant shows up to bail her out - but Nagi has none of her luck, as Dr Isaka also comes out of hiding. He's figured it out too - how Ryu has been the Spanner in the Works
for once - and he's already worked on a solution. Lure him into a trap - with Nagi for bait.
It's not like Ryu is doing any better really - he fell off that bike and passed out for who knows how long. There's no time to recover though, as Ryu gets a call on the Beetle Phone from Isaka of all people
, now with Nagi in his hands. There's nothing to do now but ride out to face him, but Ryu wants one last shot at getting the Trial Memory to work - so Shroud lets him.
And he nails it.
So Shroud hands him the Trial Memory, watching him ride off, before junking all the equipment she brought her and taking her leave. Akiko goes after her while picking up that stopwatch she'd been using the whole time - before realising it's actually stopped at 10.07.
Yes, Shroud had it figured early on - Ryu would be fighting for someone else, and no longer for revenge, which was why she could no longer depend on him to fulfill her motives anymore.
Isaka himself is also at a bit of a loose end - with his goals all but set in stone now, and Saeko tagging along out of necessity, he doesn't really know where to go from here. He doesn't really need Saeko anymore... and yet he can't just leave her on her own... Unfortunately, future plans will have to wait as Ryu shows up to take Nagi back.
It's straight to business as Ryu goes into Accel right away, batting away lightning bolts to get within range before busting out Accel Trial - which only makes him got faster and hit harder, allowing him to survive the concentrated lightning barrage that got him the last time. Which is when Akiko shows up and spills the fact about the stopwatch - but it doesn't matter anymore. Because Ryu's not only found the strength to leave his obsession with revenge behind, but the speed to keep moving forward - thus shaking off everything. It's time at last for a new Finishing Move
, as Accel Trial pummels Weather at super speed, putting an end to it as the Weather Memory is broken at last. Nagi is finally freed, and Accel Trial snaps the Quetzalcoatlus Memory with one hand... but Dr Isaka comes to a grisly end, as losing the Weather Memory causes all the other Dopant Memories he's been using to overload, and consume him from within.
Our story ends on a high note as Nagi is finally back to normal, while Saeko is literally left stranded, and Shroud has to move on to plan B. The thing is, not only is Nagi able to smile again... but so is Ryu.
Yes, things are going to be very different from now on.