Monday, February 22, 2010

Kamen Rider W/Double (Episode 23 : The L Lips/Singer-SongRider)

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Summary : Queen and Elizabeth approach Shotaro for help as they are contestants in the Fuuuuuutic Idol competiton, playing for their CD debut with their song "Love♡Wars". However, even after the crowd cheers them on, all three judges –Aya Kamiki, TAKUYA, and Ichirouta Oonuki– eliminate them in favor of street musician Jimmy Nakata. Shotaro and Akiko investigate Jimmy where he usually performs, and are attacked by his bad singing, as well as everyone else in the area. Shotaro begins interrogating him where he learns Jimmy's style is "spick" (スピック, supikku?) until his fan Yukiho Sumita barges in, asking for Jimmy's autograph. At the Sonozaki Mansion, Saeko heads off to an undisclosed location while Ryubee asks Wakana how her training is. She quickly changes topics and says that Fuuuuuutic Idol is on. She tunes in just as Jimmy is performing, causing distress throughout the studio. Despite the reaction, all three judges laud him for his performance. Behind the scenes, Ryu and Makura are investigating the strange happenings when Ichirouta Oonuki steps up to the stage to call on an audience member to perform: Philip in a yellow mask. Shotaro tries to stop him, but he hands Shotaro a blue mask and dubs themselves the Kamen Singers. As they go up to the stage to perform "Finger on the Trigger" while a Dopant up in the rafters watches until Ryu confronts it. Throughout the performance (including Shotaro's mask falling off and Wakana identifying the yellow-masked competitor as Philip), Kamen Rider Accel fights the strange Dopant until he attacks with the A-Slasher, presumably defeating it leaving a Gaia Memory behind. After Shotaro and Philip's performance, they too are eliminated in favor of Jimmy Nakata. At the Narumi Agency, Ryu states that a Dopant was responsible for Jimmy's winning and holds up the destroyed Gaia Memory to prove it, until they all discover that it is not a Gaia Memory at all. Shotaro believes it must be Jimmy or Yukiho and they go off as Ryu and Philip try to discover the Dopant's identity. Shotaro and Akiko go to where Jimmy usually performs but cannot find him. Santa-chan directs him to the calligrapher Sawada to direct them, but they do not learn anything. They instead go to find Yukiho where she works at a recycling plant until they see her pass out. Shotaro confronts her once more where she says she will do anything for Jimmy. They follow her when the strange Dopant arrives once more. Yukiho goes to pay it for helping Jimmy, but the Dopant refuses to help her anymore. The Dopant goes to attack Shotaro until Ryu (as Accel) arrives, revealing that the Dopant is the Liar Dopant, and the needles it shoots makes people believe whatever it says. Shotaro transforms, and they fight the Liar Dopant together until Yukiho interrupts Double LunaTrigger preparing the Maximum Drive. She apologizes for having the Liar Dopant change the judges' minds just as Jimmy arrives. Upon realizing his success was all a farce, he breaks down in tears.