Recap / Kamen Rider Ex Aid Ep 31 The Forbidden Continue
Written by Yuya Takahashi
Directed by Kazuya Kamihoriuchi
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...
This Episode contains the following Tropes:
- A Day in the Limelight: This episode is about Kuroto's massive beef towards Pallad and Hidden Depths.
- Back from the Dead: The Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat grants Genm ninety-nine lives!
- Berserk Button: Pallad is having a bad day as things are going south for him. Ex-Aid not paying attention to him and Genm's ninety-nine lives are among them.
- Boxed Crook: If Kuroto is not stuck in Poppy's Bugvisor, he's seen hanging around at Poppy's room in the DoReMiFa Beat arcade machine.
- Call Back: Genm has a bad habit of stealing Gashats from the Doctor Riders and Pallad steals his before leaving him to die. Fast forward to this episode, where he manages to take back his Dangerous Zombie Gashat from Para-DX with Ex-Aid's help.
- Enemy Mine: Kuroto teams up with the Doctor Riders so they could get even with Pallad. It's not like he has a choice anyway, since he ends up becoming Poppy's Boxed Crook after his resurrection. When Emu and Kuroto teamed up to fight Pallad, Emu outright tells Kuroto he'll never forgive him over his past actions and Kuroto replies he wasn't asking for it.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A single hug from Poppy reminds Kuroto of his late mother.
- Foreshadowing: Genm reclaiming his Dangerous Zombie Gashat from Para-DX means he can assume Level X-0 form, this time without the need of a Buggle Driver due to being a Bugster.
- Genre Savvy: Kuroto anticipated that fighting a Level 99 Kamen Rider might get him killed thanks to his experiences in fighting Ex-Aid Level 99 earlier and applied ninety-eight additional lives in his Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat as a result.
- Heel–Face Turn: Perhaps... Kuroto went from being Ryoma 3.0 to a Momma's Boy version of Takatora in a single episode. The fact that Poppy's host is his mother also helped a bit.
- Hidden Depths: Even Kuroto misses his mother up until now despite his framing of Masamune during Zero Day. Poppy takes it over.
- Insistent Terminology: Kuroto insists on addressing him as "Shin (Neo) Kuroto Dan" to the Doctor Riders.
- Instant Expert: Genm doesn't have any problems in wielding a Gashacon Breaker, only in Blade Mode though.
- Kill Steal: Ex-Aid Level 99 is too busy fighting Charlie, only for Nico to interfere and shove him away.
- Level Drain: Para-DX should've known better that fighting a Kamen Rider with the ability to drain the current level of any enemy, especially if that Rider is Level 0, should NOT be taken lightly.
- Mood Whiplash: Just as Para-DX thought that Kuroto is finally done for, he suddenly shows up from a purple Warp Pipe.
- Oh, Crap!: Para-DX had a brief moment of this after finding out that Genm's Level 0 form contains Level Drain and a spare set of ninety-eight lives.
- Pet the Dog: While Kuroto is still an asshole (a less maniacal asshole at this point), he's more than willing to give the following: a DoReMiFa Beat Gashatrophy for Emu, a second Gashat Gear Dual Beta to Taiga, the information on how to bring back those who disappeared or got a "Game Over" to the real world for Hiiro, and a lollipop for Nico.
- Earlier in the episode, Kuroto defends Poppy and then tells off Pallad for trying to eliminate something he created.
- Sanity Has Advantages: Genm is thinking straight this time, outsmarting Para-DX in the process by taking advantage of the battlefield and the Power-Up Items he acquired.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Emu is getting fed up with Kuroto's "continue" speech and told him that he can't cooperate with someone who treats life as a game.
- Taking the Bullet: Overlaps with Pet the Dog as Kuroto takes a hit meant to kill Poppy. It doesn't stick thanks to his bonus lives, but it shows that he is not entirely without emotion.
- Team Mom: Poppy proves herself to be a good mother figure towards Kuroto despite her overly exaggerated Genki Girl attitude. This is because Kuroto's mother is her host.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even after becoming the Doctor Riders' Sixth Ranger through Enemy Mine, Kuroto's narcissistic ego is still there.
- Took a Level in Badass: Back in #18, Genm is no match for a Level 50 Para-DX. This time, he can easily weaken Para-DX Level 99 with his Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat.
- Underestimating Badassery: Just because Genm is Level 0 doesn't mean Para-DX can beat him without breaking a sweat. He regretted it.
- Weak, but Skilled: Genm's Level 0 Form is not only a Kryptonite for the Bugsters, but also has ninety-nine lives and Level Drain.
- Wham Line: Poppy reveals to the Doctor Riders that the person she unknowingly killed is Kuroto's mother.
Gashat Count: Ex-Aid: 7 Brave: 4 Snipe: 3 Poppy: 1 Nico: 1 Genm: 2 Para-DX: 3
Gashatrophies Collected: 9
Genm's Continues Left: 97