Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters is the 36th series in the Toho Tokusatsu series Super Sentai. Featuring a troupe of three Spec-Ops agents, Red, Blue and Yellow Buster work alongside the mysterious Beet Buster and his Buddyroid Stag Buster to defeat Enter and Escape, the two evil minions of the nefarious Messiah, from freeing their master from the dreaded Hyperspace.
The following blog post will encapsulate my thoughts of the most recent episode. A brief synopsis of the episode – there will be spoilers, so please read at your own risk – and, after that, my thoughts about the episode will be included.
Busters: ready? REVIEW.
This episode is entitled Shoom! Go-Buster Li-oh! Last week’s episode introduced a new Megazord named Li-oh. This episode continues with that introduction and the consequences and newly found advantages of said partnership.
The episode starts up with the ever tantalizing Escape running amok in the city shootin’ folks up. She’s doing this to lure the Go-Busters out so that she can test their new powers against her skill; she is always looking to be “entertained” by someone stronger than her, always looking for a challenge.
She easily dispatches the Go-Busters, leaving when she becomes unsatisfied, saying “I hope your new power is as good as I’ve heard,” referring to their new upgrade “Powered Custom.” Switching to the Go-Busters base, we see that the Go-Busters are completely enamored by the new Megazord that has reached their possession, the great Li-oh!
Because their attention has been spent learning about the new ‘Zord, the Buddyroids – Nick, Gorisaki, and Usada – have been feeling ignored and under-appreciated. This – bothering Usada more than anyone else – decides that the first logical step is to… create a union for the better treatment of Buddyroids.
As per Beet J Stag’s unintentional advice, the Buddyroids then go on strike, a sure-fire plan for them to get what they want.
By this time, a new Metaroid has been made from a Messiah card to gather more information. The Go-Busters head out to defeat the monster without the help of their Buddyroid buddies, a decision that backfires as soon as the battle starts.
Lacking the power to defeat the new Messiah Brand Metaroid, the ‘Busters soon fall, needing the help of their comrades. Oh! but look! The Buddyroids have overcome their petty hate and shown up to save the Go-Busters, remembering their love for their respective buddies. The Metaroid is promptly disposed of with the power of the Powered Custom; Escape, too, having shown up to fight, was righteously tromped.
And here comes the MEGAZORD. Going with the theme of everyone getting the butts handed to them, the Great Li-oh! is called to the scene and combines with the GT-02 and the RH-03 for maximum winning. The Megazord is trounced and everyone is happy; no more strikes and good feels all around.
This episode was great. As always, the characters are in your face and potently written. Though the idea of robots going on strike is a little silly, it was nice to see a continuation of a plot point from one episode to the next and how it influenced all of the members of the team; the team grew and it was most certainly felt. That, and more ‘Zord combinations, ‘cuz that’s always a good thing. Also, we got to see more into Enter’s end game, which is always good.
Over all, Go-Busters has been a very solid show with a lot going on, and this episode was no exception. From the new characters and end-game development, this episode will be sure to have you wanting more and more. Make sure to come back next week as I will be reviewing Go-Busters from here until the end!