Shunpei gets more involved with this episode as he stands by the grandmother for most of the time. This is because he is had a strong bond with his grandmother, but she passed away when he was young. So in a way he is doing what he couldn't do with his grandma. Shunpei really tries to defend her and it's very honorable. Say all you want about Shunpei, but he's only human and the best thing to do is by being a protector. He even saves her from a big punch from the Phantom and this leads him to be taken as a hostage. Rinko had a small role which was getting Kousuke and his grandmother to meet each other. So good involvement from two of the supporting cast members. Rinko got things moving and Shunpei did a whole lot as he is getting tons of redeeming factors, even though I never hated his character so he is only getting better from starting as a good character.
The Phantom for this arc is a strong one as he is nothing, but pure muscle. He is not much of a thinker as well since he just goes right for the Gate for his first time. Lucky for him though he is getting help from Sora who thinks of a plan. I do like this Phantom he is a strong guy which is something the series hasn't done yet. The closest thing we got to the overly strong monster was Gargoyle since he could turn into stone. Also I love seeing him lifting things and destroying things that get in the crossfire. We got Sora also as it seems he was only trying to get rid of Phoenix so that he could join with Medusa. He could just be getting closer to Wiseman and he said he doesn't like what Wiseman does. So there is still that possibility that Sora is not actually being on the Phantoms' side. We already start to see how he plans things and in a way he is a sadistic fellow like Phoenix just in a different way. He is more humorousness about it so think of it like Enter when he was a good villain. So I am very happy with how Sora is starting out and can't wait to see how he will turn the tables further along the series.
I will save you from not showing the ass shot.
For the action we got a nice tweak in it as we discover that Wizard can use Beast's rings! Sadly, Beast can't do the same since he has an older device. Wizard is like Nintendo, they have backwards compatibility. The ring Haruto uses is the Dolphi ring as it makes him turn into water and able to make swim through everything like it's water. I am very curious on what the other rings will do and I feel bad that Beast can't do the same. I would think a simple scan, but for his rings they need to be inserted unlike Wizard. We did get to see more of Kousuke's out of suit fighting, but this time it was in a closed environment. It was on a bus and he even transformed revealing himself to his grandmother. The fight on the bus was fun since having the little room really left the direction to have some creativity for Beast. We did get the door opening though.... expected. Then there was Wizard using his more standard forms which is nice and I think Haruto uses it as a way to get data on a foe before using stronger magic. Also it's great to see these nice suit designs keep being used.
Next Time: Smackdown!!!!