Hoji's Lesson Before Christmas
While episode 44 was the "Christmas episode" but in this one, Hoji does learn a lesson. He may be my favorite Dekaranger but I thought I'd explore his flaws which makes me relate to him. These events happen in episodes 42-43 where a dangerous monster called the Bragoul (and later its twin) appears and two, a meteor will destroy Earth. Shades of Aliens and Armageddon anyone?
Hoji also learns to balance between his life and his family. Sometimes, one can easily neglect their families when there's duty. This reminded me of the scene in Kamen Rider Kuuga when Hikari Enokida was too stuck with her work to attend to her child. Apparently, Naruhisa Arakawa is among the writers who likes putting heroes in balance between them and their family aside from Toshiki Inoue and Yasuko Kobayashi. He really wants to go to his sister's dinner but he has his duty but he tries to make up for it. Pretty much a cool episode and I'd have done the same if I were him.
But like Arakawa's typical writing, I thought having a hero seemingly die and come back is one of his cliches. It happened in Megaranger's finale, it happened in Abaranger's finale and where Arakawa is, this happens. Ban revealed how he survived and became the hero. Hoji admits not even he could think about it. Hoji's learning to humble himself was one of the best character developments ever.