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Sorry for the wait! But now we get into the 2nd, and last bulid side movie. Now that Kasumin has obtained his memories and the would is mostly returning to a state of normality, what is the new threat known as Metal Bulid doing in this world?
There was a 5 min short before the start of the film, which basically had Misora and Kazumi go on a "date"... though it was just Misora getting a birthday present for her dad. It's honestly pretty cute. The big thing to note from it is that Grease and the Hokoto trio go to an island, which we will get back to later.
Simon Marcus from the UN is visiting, warning Genktoku and President Taizan of the terrorist organisation called Downfall, lead by Keiji Uraga, another experiment for the lost bottles with a nasty burn on his face.
After showing off some tech to the UN, and Gentoku speaking some Engrish, Downfall infiltrate the government buliding, and while Gentoku does transform, he gets his ass handed to him, and his powers are somehow taken away, as Simon Marcus betrays the Japanese government.
Meanwhile, Sento and Banjo are helping Utsumi get his memories back as he was not inject with the Nebula Gas that the others were injected with. However, a member of Downfall ends up there and takes away Sento and Banjo's powers as well, alongside taking the white Pandora Panel... which turns out to be a fake. Man, don't you just love fake all powerful devices.
Grease and the Hokoto trio sent themselves to an island after the bit movie, and they get back from it to fight a Phantom Crusher who can't take their powers for some reason.
Grease and co went to a hot spring while on the island, which had Phantom Liquid in it. With some help from Sawa and a returning Takumi Katsrugi, they hear that Phantom Liquid was created with Nebula Gas where the 2 earths merged at the end of the series.
Meanwhile, The Hokoto trio go and find Misora, with Grease devastated from being rejected by Misora, and they meet up with Keiji, who uses the power of a spare Bulid driver to become Kamen Rider Metal Bulid, AKA how you do Kamen Rider Bulid Hazard form. The all-black is what make this form so good looking.
Metal Bulid walks through the trio and while Grease puts up more of a fight, he can't break through Keiji's defences, and Misora ends up captured. Grease goes to Sento to ask for a power up in order to save Misora and stop Metal Bulid.
Sento's solution is the Grease Perfect Kingdom device, which requires 3 people's worth of Phantom Liquid, and meanwhile Kazumi takes the white Pandora panel and the Blizzard Knuckle, which Sento still didn't f**king finish. Grease could have died if it wasn't for the Phantom Liquid. To top that all off, Sento is using the energy of the Hokoto Trio to get the Perfect Kingdom Device working, effectually killing them(allegedly).
JESUS CHRIST, SENTO.
Keiji has betrayed Marcus at this point, leaving just Metal Bulid for Grease to deal with. With the power of Grease Blizzard, he's able to fend him off, but Keiji uses the power the white Pandora Panel to become Phantom Bulid. Not a bad look for a kitbash form.
After phantom Build DESTROYS Grease, Banjo shows up to give Kazumi the Perfect Kingdom device, while the others are fighting in the city. Using the power of Grease Perfect, Misora is recused, Phantom Bulid is destroyed and the day is saved.
Grease mourns his lost comrades...only to find they were alive and well and that Sento lied to help raise his Hazard level. Man, emotional power ups, am I right? It's also revealed that Sawa and Gentoku are dating now, and Misora decides go on a date with Kazumin to end off the movie. How sweet.
The ending theme, Perfect Triumph by WAЯROCK is amazing. Rock is really fitting for Kamen Rider, and this is no-exception. The strong guitar is what really makes it sound awesome!
I'll be frank, the story is good. Damn good, esphally since it feels they actually pulled off a slightely darker Kamen Rider plot, and this movie(not counting the starting bit) is only 58 MINUNITYS AND 14 SECONDS. I was scared to see how this film could turn out, but the plot is pretty good, and is pretty dark, without being too edgy or moody. There also a lot of cool moment in this films too, with the final fight and Grease Blizzard fight standing out to me.
Keiji as a villan is sadly not as good as Killbus, but he's pretty threatening and very no nonsense. He walks the paths that he wants to walk alone in order to gain power and not be held down by things he has to protect, which in this case is the exact opposite of Grease, and it works. His power feels earned and fought for, which is nice. I mean besides shooting Simon Marcus, which is a little forced.
Grease's arc in this film revolves around him and the Hokoto trio, their bond and the faith they place in each other. Grease wants to protect the world, but he can only do that if he can protect the ones in front of him. Misora being used as the pivoting point makes sense, as lot of how he because comfortable with the crew revolves around Misora.
Overall, this is a good film. A really good film. I won't say it's great, because it's only an hour long and does have some bad colour grading at points(when you do a part VFX degree, you begin to notice these things), but I think every Bulid fan, and most Kamen Rider fans should Grease's final chapter.
Sorry that this took so long to review! Up next for Rider will be The Heisei Generation films leading into Reiwa: The First Generation!
As always, Thank you guys for reading and I will see you guys next time. Take Care and keep creating!