Bima Satria Garuda (Bima the Garuda Knight) is a serial tokusatsu from Indonesia. It is the result of a cooperation of MNC Media with Ishimori Productions, the maker of Kamen Rider. Starring Christian Loho, Rayhan Hidalgo, Stella Cornelia (JKT48), Adhitya Alkatiri, and Sutan Simatupang. Bima Satria Garuda began airing on RCTI June 30, 2013, every Sunday at 8:30 am with the show repeated on Saturdays at 15.00 pm.Bima Satria Garuda's story begins in the Parallel World controlled by VUDO. The Parallel World is a world that lives in perpetual darkness, where nature does not have a light source like the sun, water, oxygen, and other elements necessary for life. Rasputin (Sutan Simatupang) is the evil and cruel ruler of the villainous organization VUDO. He wants to take over the Earth to seize their natural resources for the sake of all life in the Parallel World. A scientist on Earth managed to create a portal that connects the Earth and other galaxies. VUDO saw this opportunity and wants to get to Earth.Ray Bramasakti (Christian Loho), gets a red Power Stone from a mysterious man, Mikhail (Adhitya Alkatiri), to stop any attempt by Rasputin to take over the Earth. By getting the red Power Stone, Ray got the power to change into Bima Satria Garuda. Randy Iskandar (Rayhan Hidalgo) and his sister, Rena (Stella Cornelia) who are Ray's adoptive family become involved in the actions of BIMA against evil Rasputin's schemes.
The hero and his allies:
Ray Bramasakti/Bima Satria Garuda (Christian Loho), super hero and main character in the series. Nice, quiet, humble, yet having noble principles, Ray was an orphan who lived with a foster family, Randy and Rena. Ray has a job in the workshop "Satria Motors". He has a red Power Stone acquired from Mikhail and uses it to save the Earth from threats by VUDO. The Power Stone can turn him into Bima, who has the power of Garuda: agile, focused, and strong. His weapon is named Helios (the Sun) and his Finishing Move is called Garuda Strike.
Randy Iskandar (Rayhan Hidalgo), older brother of Rena, Ray's adopted brother, and the owner of the workshop "Satria Motors". Randy is a fatherly figure for Rena and Ray. He inherited considerable wealth from his parents who disappeared.
Rena Iskandar (Stella Cornelia), Randy's sister and Ray's adopted sibling who is also a student. Rena behaves naive and innocent, her nature tends to be careless and always unlucky, she wants to help Ray but instead gets often into trouble because of VUDO.
Iwan Iskandar (Abio Abie), Randy and Rena's uncle. He takes care of them after their parents disappeared.
Mikhail (Adhitya Alkatiri). His origin is not known to many. Mikhail fled a VUDO warship carrying the red Power Stone. He communicates through telepathy, but does not like to communicate a lot with humans.
Rasputin (Sutan Simatupang), the leader of the organization VUDO who has the black Power Stone. He comes from the Parallel World and wants to attack Earth by taking over the elements oxygen, sunlight, and water to give life in the Parallel World.
Iron Mask, a mysterious figure and Rasputin's right-hand warship commander who has the blue Power Stone.
Azazel, a mysterious figure who fights for Rasputin. He is armed with Taranis (Lightning), similar to Bima's Helios.
AB Negative: Ray's blood type. Conveniently, it's also Mikhail's blood type. Not surprising, since he is Ray's brother.
Ancient Artifact: A stone tablet in #21 that shows evidence about Bima Legend's existence in ancient times.
Catapult Nightmare: Ray in #3 and #12. The latter is followed by Ray accidentally attacking Randy.
Childhood Friend Romance: Rena has a crush on Ray. However, she has yet to tell her feelings towards him, and it's still unknown whether Ray will or will not reciprocate, although there's some Ship Tease between them.
Curiosity Killed the Cast: Ray's father, driven by scientific curiosity, opens a portal to a parallel world. Too bad the inhabitants of the other world now want to invade our Earth for its natural resources and kill Ray's parents first.
George too. He was curious about the multiverse portal. Too bad his curiosity led him to his death in the hands of Valcus Monster.
Heroic Spirit: Demonstrated by Ray in #11. Although he only just woke up from his coma while his wounds hadn't healed yet, he challenged Valcus Monster, took down the surrounding Kombatans, went toe-to-toe with the twin sword-wielding monster with only his fists, and destroyed the monster with two shots from Helios Blaster.
Again in #15. He infiltrated VUDO's base along with Randy, and opened a can of kickass against the Kombatans, all while untransformed.
Hidden Agenda Villain: We're only told that Rasputin needs the seven Power Stones. Whatever he wants to do with them is not revealed to anyone, even to his dragon, Iron Mask.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice in #17. First, Bima used the blue Power Stone, which originally belong to Iron Mask, to finish him off. Secondly, Azazel used both Taranis and Bima's weapon, Helios, to defeat him.
Living Battery: What happens to the Victim of the Week. This is how the monsters gain power; by absorbing humans, and it is implied that if Bima destroys the monster without weakening it first so that the human can be rescued, the human will die along with the monster.
Monster of the Week: As expected from a show co-created by the people behind the Kamen Rider series. Although, to be precise, it's more like 'Monster of These Two Weeks' (one episode to build up the monster's threat, and one episode to resolve the threat and destroy the monster).
Product Placement: Quite a lot by Top 1 Motor Oil, Suzuki Motors, MNC Group, Sindo Newspapers, and even RCTI (the channel this show runs on). At least justified for MNC and Sindo Newspapers, since this show is co-created by MNC, while Sindo Newspapers is owned by RCTI. As for the first two, they are regular sponsors for RCTI.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Shadow Crisis, a group of four monsters empowered with the remaining four Power Stones tasked specifically to kill Bima. They are:
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted epically. Even though Helios can transform into a bird and fly, it still doesn't guarantee a hit. Azazel made sure of it by catching Helios and used it against Bima.
At the end of #11, Mikhail got captured by Iron Mask. It was followed by Rasputin implanting him with the black Power Stone, causing him to become Azazel.
At the end of #15, just when things seem to get better, Iron Mask's airship blows up with Azazel still in it, and Iron Mask...watching from below.
And finally, during #16, Mikhail finally remembers that he is Ray's younger brother.
At the end of #22, Rasputin finally revealed his plans regarding the Power Stones. He built a Giant Mecha and will use the Power Stones as the power source.
At the end of #23, Bima dies. In front of Reza. Seasoned toku watchers might expect Bima to have an Unexplained Recovery per Toku standards, but the preview for the next episode only showed Azazel fighting against VUDO's ressurected Monster of the Week, without Bima in sight.
Xanatos Gambit: The reason why the Shadow Crisis exists. If they managed to kill Bima, then Rasputin will take over the world. However, if Bima managed to destroy them, then the Power Stones will absorb enough hatred to empower it even more, which will be used by Rasputin to power up his Giant Mecha and take over the world.