Bat Man is one heck of a monster of the week. He has this same eerie presence like the other Batman while doing his stalking to his next prey. Also, his ability to turn humans into his slaves is something that I liked, especially when Hongo learned that the woman she hit earlier in this episode is just one of Bat-Man’s mind controlled slaves! As for his character design, it really resembles a real bat except his wings felt a bit off. But hey, it’s the 70’s! The closest thing we’ve got for an updated version of this suit is with the Bat Dopant in Kamen Rider OOO & W feat. Skull: Movie Wars Core.
About Ruriko’s issues with Hongo being cleared up in this episode, it was something obvious that they should do after this problem is introduced in the previous episode and not let this problem be stagnant for more episodes for the sake of adding more drama like some modern Kamen Rider shows do!
This is one fun episode to watch. Asides from more good fight scenes coming from Hiroshi Fujioka doing his stunts at night which adds up to the epic-ness of this episode. This episode also adds up the darkness of the series in terms of its villains and Shocker’s objectives. I mean, some weird looking monster decides to stalk you at night and turn you into one of his slaves? Who would be scared with that! More on this episode, we saw more reasons why Tobei Tachibana is one good mentor that he is willing to cover for his best racer from a girl who points false accusations against him.
Originally posted on Orends: Range back in March 3, 2011.