Although Kamen Rider summer movies have been tying themselves into their respective series for some years now, when one comes along with a name lượt thích "True Ending" that immediately suggests that it isn"t going lớn be another parallel universe tale lượt thích the pre-Decade Heisei years were known for. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid the Movie: True Ending serves as the final conclusion khổng lồ the 27th Kamen Rider Series, though given that both a crossover film and numerous V-cinema releases from that the title has become somewhat moot since then. But as far as Ex-Aid"s time in the spotlight goes this could indeed be considered the end, và what better place to bởi than on the big screen. Not only was the film released as part of double-bill with Uchu Sentai Kyuranger the Movie: The Geth Indaver’s Counterattack, it also received a special Playstation VR preview which allowed fans to check out some of its fight scenes in glorious 360° vision.

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Following the defeat of Masamune Dan/Kamen Rider Cronus, a new strain of the Bugster vi khuẩn begins to spread across the population - distributed by the mysterious ninja Kamen Rider Fuma (Kagenari Nagumo). With its victims trapped inside a VR world, Emu must journey into virtual reality to lớn save both his patients và his friends. Meanwhile CR also learn these events are the machinations of Machina Vision CEO Johnny Maxima, & that the virtual world is built as a means lớn save Nagumo"s own daughter Madoka from a potentially incurable disease. Using the new Mighty Creator VRX Gashat, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid battles Fuma to both saved those that are trapped & convince his foe that there"s still a chance for his daughter to be saved. However Maxima also has his own plans, harnessing the powers Madoka has manifested within the VR world to lớn bring about the return of Kamen Rider Chronicle"s final boss khủng - Gamedeus.

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When True Ending was first announced there was a lot of speculation on just how it was going khổng lồ tie into the conclusion of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, và with very good reason. With the summer movies usually coming out a fair few months before the series themselves over the notion of one following on immediately from its conclusion was entirely unprecedented, so just what exactly was going lớn make this ending the "true" one when (at the time of release) the viewer would have no idea of how exactly the story was going to end? All of this makes True Ending sound particularly exciting, but unfortunately this speculation immediately puts the film at a disadvantage. The truth is that isn"t really anything that makes this the "true" ending other than the fact it takes place at the end of the series. As expected the plot carefully tiptoes around what goes down at the kết thúc of Ex-Aid, meaning that if the kết thúc of the show hadn"t been so serialised it could fit in there and nothing would be any different.True Ending sees Kamen Rider Ex-Aid return to lớn a patient-centric storyline similar to that of the show"s early episodes, with the stakes naturally higher due to lớn its status as a feature length production. This makes perfect sense given Ex-Aid"s hospital setting, however the story itself feels so reminiscent of other recent Kamen Rider movies that it struggles to stand out. A father turned evil Rider khổng lồ save their child was done as recently as Heisei Rider vs Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen, while Ex-Aid itself had done a seriously ill child sucked into a game world back with Chou Super anh hùng Taisen
. Neither of these films are particularly good, but both bởi a much better job of selling their characters than True Ending does here. Ex-Aid did some good things with its younger cast during the patient of the week arcs, but Madoka feels more like a plot device than an actual character. Meanwhile the appearance of Kamen Rider Fuma doesn"t even sell itself beyond the franchise"s necessity to have a movie-exclusive Rider, so much in that the name itself isn"t even uttered onscreen. Given the wide breadth of genres video games cover Ex-Aid has never been too preoccupied with things always making thematic sense, but a ninja Rider just feels completely out of place with everything else going on here. His story itself does work, regardless of how tropey it is for Kamen Rider at this point, but had Nagumo not been a Rider in the first place it would almost be exactly the same.
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However Fuma"s failings as a villain are minor compared to lớn that of Johnny Maxima, who appeared in the series itself as part of the tie-in promotion for the film. The Machina Vision CEO is about as bland a villain as you can get, with a paper-thin motivation that barely justifies his role as the movie"s main threat. Gamedeus was an underwhelming concept even within the series proper, but at least there it had both Masamune & the Kamen Rider Chronicle thiết lập to help carry it through. Without those it"s just another big CGI villain that"s even duller than usual since it"s just a recolour of something viewers have already seen in the series. Maxima is completely unremarkable in every way, his only notable trait being the "Westerner that loves Japanese" stereotype that was done to death long before Ex-Aid was even a concept. He has no real backstory, no real motive và no hook for the audience lớn be invested him as a character whatsoever. So actually when you think about it, maybe he was perfect for a faceless CGI monstrosity lượt thích Gamedeus.It"s sad, because True Ending could have had a lot going for it. Taking Ex-Aid into the realms of virtual reality was the perfect next step for the film, and something that could have really worked for it if the story had dedicated more time to lớn it. Instead Madoka"s world is mainly an excuse khổng lồ have Poppy reacting to lớn Hiiro, Taiga và Nico in bizarre roles, which only really works as an introductory joke. Ex-Aid"s Mighty Creator VRX khung is the highlight of the entire movie, combining dazzling visuals with ingenious Scribblenauts-esque attacks to lớn make it one of most imaginative & versatile forms in the character"s arsenal. Yet the form appears for a grand total of three minutes in a mid-movie fight against Fuma, before the doors are closed on the VR world for good và Hyper Muteki is rolled out for the final battle instead. With gaming steadily making headway into the world of VR this could have easily been a timely và relevant crux lớn the film, but instead it"s just a gimmick. A gimmick khổng lồ move the plot into its second act, a gimmick to lớn sell another Gashat & a gimmick to have Hiiro make some silly faces.
There"s definitely an argument to lớn be had that Kamen Rider Ex-Aid the Movie: True Ending"s failings come from fandom hype (especially in the case of those outside japan who had to lớn wait for its physical release), but even so it"s a pretty disappointing offering that doesn"t live up khổng lồ its name"s connotations. The base plot feels far too reminiscent of other Kamen Rider movie offerings, the new characters fail khổng lồ make any impact and the majority of the main Ex-Aid cast feel woefully underused. Between Ex-Aid"s under-utilised VR form & a lot of ropey CGI, the action doesn"t fair much better either. But amongst all this disappointment, the one upside lớn all this is that by now we all know that there"s still plenty of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid action left lớn come, so what was once a "True Ending" isn"t even an ending at all. After all, the game never ends...