Eternal’s spotlight v-cinema release is that magical sort of tale capable of legitimately turning a movie Rider into one fit to reside in someone’s unqualified Top 5. It is here we learn that rather than leading a band of protagonist-fodder henchmen, Daido Katsumi was in fact dragging behind him a self-selected team that had resigned themselves to his machinations out of obligation and perhaps more. Eternal is a deliciously chaotic neutral, unknowingly mesmerizing, figurehead fronting a mercenary sentai. Hollywood, how does it make you feel to know that a dvd extra for a Japanese children’s television program has far outclassed nearly every action release of yours that I’ve ever seen?
NOTE: This is a prequel, but it is designed to be viewed after the Gaia Memories of Fate and I would recommend watching them in that order, followed by a second screening of the ‘first’ film.