It’s here. The episode I’ve been waiting for my entire life. The Nossan focus episode of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger wherein Nossan must save everyone with his old man puns. I was breaking into a cold sweat in anticipation for this episode, and now it’s time for me to review Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Brave 8
The episode opens up with the Kyoryugers (minus Nossan) relaxing in the Tiger Boy restaurant. Nossan is off visiting an amusement park with his widowed sister and niece, who he acts as a surrogate father to. Nossans sister has them exploiting a ‘Parental Discount’ at the amusement park by lying about Nossan being his niece’s father. Nossans strong sense of honesty get’s the better of him and he gives a heartfelt confession to the parks security guard who… doesn’t care in the slightest. He does make off with some free ride coupons however.
We then learn Nossans backstory. His brother in law, Kenichi, was a blue collar handyman while Nossan was, surprisingly, an executive of some sort; Complete with a tuxedo and everything. Kenichi was one of the biggest fans of Nossans jokes, something which will come into play later. Kenichi passes away and Nossan leaves his high-paying job to help his sister out and, as a very nice visual metaphor shows us, becomes a sort of replacement father-figure to his niece.
Nossans niece and various others at the park begin seeing visions of their dead loved ones, which the DeboMonster of the Week uses to feed on their sorrow, then creating a dome over the park preventing anyone from getting in or out.
Meanwhile, Torin is busy wandering the city searching for Pteragodon and sees a vision of KyoryuGold.
Back at the park, Nossan and his sister are searching for Rika, and Nossan realizes something is wrong with all the people searching for dead loved ones. Nossan and his sister are teleported to a rock quarry and the sister is confronted with a vision of her dead husband.
All while this is happening, the other Kyoryugers are trying to figure out a way to break the energy dome separating them from the park. Aigaron and some Paramonsters attack and King and Amy take them on while Souji and Ian continue working on the dome. With some help from Rika, they figure out how to disrupt the flow of energy on the dome, allowing them to break it.
Yuko (that’s her name I just realized, sorry;;) tries to reunite with Kenichi, but the illusion is broken when Nossan points out how big a fan of his puns Kenichi was and that the duplicate isn’t laughing at his puns at all. Nossan fires off a barrage of puns and the power of laughter is able to break the illusion.
Nossan takes the DeboMonster on, and once it’s seemingly over, Yuko apologizes to KyoryuBlue (not knowing it’s Nossan) for having been mean to him in the past (callback to Brave 2.)
The other Kyoryugers show up and, during the battle make use of a new Beast Battery, #18 Igeranodon, whichs allows the Kyoryugers to… tickle the monster, and Nossan delivers his strongest pun yet, which destroys the monster.
Suddenly, Pteragodon attacks and Torin fills them in on the situation. KyoryuZin Western is summoned to try and tame the rampaging Voltasaur. Luckyuro appears and makes the monster grow giant, complicating the battle even further. KyoryuZin western fires the DeboMonster at Pteragon, who destroys it with his lighting attack.
The BeastBattery ejects from Pteragodon and falls into the hands of Dogold, who remarks that the Beast Battery is nearing its full potential.
Back at the restaurant, the Kyoryugers plus Rika and Yuko are enjoying lunch and Yuko, still unaware that her brother is KyoryuBlue, begins trash talking his puns and age, causing Nossan to nearly give away his identity to his sister by defending KyoryuBlue as the episode ends.
Review: As a huge fan of both Nossan AND puns, this episode was HEAVEN. Nossan really shined this week and this episode probably had the most touching story so far. We all know what it’s like to lose a loved one, and having the power of humor be used to combat that was great to see. Nossan’s puns were amazing (as usual.) I couldn’t be more satisfied with this episode. I loved every minute of it, and am looking forward to where Nossans story will go. Well that’s my review, and, as always, thank you for reading.
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