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Recap / Kamen Rider Drive Ep 20 When Did Kyu Saijo Become A Roidmude

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Talk about your double trouble! Following an attack on an idol, a strange Roidmude makes itself known to the Riders, only to not actually want to fight them. It only gets confusing when the Unit finds two Kyu-chans! Just which is the real one, and which is the fake?


  • Burning with Anger: Played with. After Medic remorselessly kills 072, a very angry Shinnosuke transforms into Type Dead Heat and on top of that he Tire Changes into Max Flare.
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  • Department of Redundancy Department: Averted. Using Max Flare in Type Dead Heat is to exemplify an even higher level of Shinnosuke Burning with Anger.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: Kyu and the Roidmude have been pulling this off, finally getting busted in this episode.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The fatal fate for 072.
  • Mood Whiplash: The first half of the episode is comedic and even heartwarming... but then Medic shows up.
  • Mundane Utility: Our heroes cook up a fake limited edition collectible by having Spin Mixer and Colorful Commercial carry out 3D printing.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Oh boy, did Shinnosuke go ballistic! Needless to say, Medic's days are numbered, if Shinnosuke has any say in it.
  • Show Within a Show: Murmur Mansion. Turns out Kyu's Creepy Doll collection is the merchandise!
  • Spot the Impostor: The Special Unit has to figure out which Kyu is a Roidmude.
    • Bluff the Impostor: After several failed attempts at this, Shinnosuke copies a limited collectors item and throws it in the air. The real Kyu trips trying to catch it, but the Roidmude catches it with it's exceptional agility.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: Serves as an In-Universe plot point: The reason why 072 attacked the idol? Because she was going to do the voice over in the movie adaptation of the silent anime series Murmur Mansion.
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    • When 072 says Shinnosuke wouldn't understand his motives since he doesn't watch Murmur Mansion or anime in general. The detective then marathons the entire series and realizes what's going. He comes to agree with both Kyu and the Roidmude that dubbing Murmur Mansion is a terrible idea and that it needs to be watched subtitled in order to get the most out of it, and 072 simply wanted to lecture the actress on this.
  • Wham Episode: It's the first episode to have a Roidmude directly kill another Roidmude, the first time we see Shinnosuke get Kouta levels of angry, and we find out that Medic is planning to cull the Roidmudes to a select few. On top of this, it's the first episode where to have its case closed in a single episode.

The Roidmude Count: 76
The Answer: Since New Years.
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