Episode eight delivers more greatness that Wizard just keeps giving us. I have complained about Phoenix not doing much, but it all makes sense now. Phoenix has messed up in the past and is given another job and even though he hates it he still follows the higher ones. I really like how mad he is, but he still got common sense. When he saw that Medusa still didn't trust him he didn't try to get into a fight. This easily shows that Medusa is powerful. This leads Phoenix to try to get permission from much higher power. I am surprised on how smart Phoenix actually is at times in this episode. Then we see him in action and sure he was following Wiseman's words, but I have a feeling that he is still going too far, but this could mean Wiseman is much more evil than I thought. This is like Medusa attacking Koyomi it shows that the villains want progression. They want to follow their ways, but with Wizard bringing problems they know they have to act differently. This is so far the best view on the villains as they keep to being very straight forward to achieve their goals.
Also in this episode we see Haruto's past and the death of his family was brought up in the last episode. Now some people can complain on how cliche that scene was and it's very similar to Fourze. Gen also lost his parents and their ideals helped him to become the person he is now. What's different is that Haruto's loss feels more plot driven. In Fourze it was basically brought up and it was never talked about again. In Wizard we at least got some background information before we find out what happened. Also I bet this will connect to the next episode. So it's not the best way to bring up a plot device like this, but at least it feels more important than how Fourze did it.
The episode continues on a comedic tone for the first part of the arc which reminds me of episode six. Like episode six, this episode knows when things get serious and transits well into the more seriousness plot points. The comedy was good and since it's a show for both kids and adults I can appreciate what it's doing. The first comedic burst was the chase scene with the White Garuda and that was nothing special as Shunpei messes up. The second one was really good because of how fast it comes up. The kid quickly reacts and tries to run away. It was a surprise to see that since I thought the kid would just stay quiet mostly which is a usual Toku trend. The best part though was Rinko being arrested as it's just like episode one when Haruto got arrested. They even have Wajime over-react when he heard the news. It was nice to see Rinko be the one in cuffs this time, payback is a bitch!
The character interaction was good with the villains having the best scenes no doubt which I have talked about a lot already. Shunpei had a little more involvement as he stayed around the child and did anyone notice on how those two dressed similarly. Hiroki is a good character even though he acts like the shun in child, but he did have those bursts which were surprising at times. He even had a little better back story with how he just wanted his parents to listen to him. A lot of times the kids' reasons for having issues with their parents was usually just not being around (heck Go-busters did that in a recent episode). Rinko did somethings as well like giving Haruto some advice about how to get guardian permission which is something I don't see that much in Toku shows. I mean really so many shows have kids involved and the heroes don't bother with the parents at times. The mother added in some good scenes with how she remembers Haruto leading to the flashback and seeing her constant messages. Another good point is that Haruto's phone battery was dying because of that so good little details there. Overall the story arc with Hiroki is cliche, but it is being done better compared to other Toku shows.
Finally we got the action and the first fight was simply just Wizard fighting Ghuls, so no point in talking much about that. It was a quick fight that had good camera views and a good flow. Now onto the real fight. Wizard against Phoenix is the major point of the episode and it gives us what we wanted. I loved seeing how Phoenix actually got Wizard by his weak points in his fighting style. He got Wizard by his feet and made him fall to the ground when he tried moving around a lot. The camera even shown this as he got good close ups on where Wizard was hit. Then we see Wizard struggle and trying anything possible with a Fire finisher, to the Water finisher, defending in Land Styles, and then trying close combat once more. Then we get the end of the episode with Phoenix giving a big slash across Wizard's chest. This fight is one of the best and I bet it will stay like that for a while since there was ton of good details as Wizard's style has been beaten.
When will Wizard stop being amazing? If you know anyone who isn't watching this show tell them to watch it now! This episode had one of the best fights in the series so far, great insight for the villains, and even though this episode used cliches the way they put them in are better than usual. So this episode gets an A.