Maskman 20- Why I Think Momoko Was Tube's Target

Maskman 20 for me leaves a question of why Momoko in the first place was the target.  I mean, they did notice that Akira is the weakest mentally speaking (but he matures along the way), so why Momoko?  Momoko is certainly not a weakling as this episode shows but one must realize, strength is not always how you can win a battle.  I mean, in history some people won not as badass soldiers but as great thinkers regardless of gender.  I guess at that point, Tube considered Momoko as the weakest member though we see that she is also tough-ass.  But there's more than just strength that they would have focused why they attacked her in the first place.

Momoko is shown to be a tai chi teacher and she is fond of children.  Okay she may not be handling school in the academic sense like Kasumi/Five Pink or Mako/Shinken Pink but she is teaching students.  We don't know what she was in the past, maybe like Haruka she was too focused on martial arts and well, too bad there are times in Super Sentai that backstories aren't featured (she and Kenta remain more of a mystery in terms of back stories).  I guess Tube during their spy missions and whatever discovered that Momoko is fond of children and that she will do anything to protect them.  I guess they were busy gathering data on her and the others.  I guess they knew Momoko would do anything to protect a bunch of kids.  The enemy would use any dirty trick to win and they know true heroes and heroines would rather die than give up on principles.   Any good teacher would be easily exploited when his or her students are in danger, Momoko is no exception to the rule!

No matter how badass Momoko is, she has her limits.  I guess by now the Tube knew of her promise to the children by spying on her through some unknown methods.  By spiting her with a wicked woman in Kotsuhi, her weak spot was exploited.  She fought unmorphed because of her promise ot the children.  She placed her life in front of everything else.. especially for the two young lives that were in danger.  Momoko may be badass in her own way but her limits came.  I guess Anagbas finally found the perfect opportunity to target Momoko, especially she had a promise to keep for the sake of the students she had in this episode.  In this episode, anybody who handles a group of children would be easily vulnerable to their manipulative attacks.  And at that point, Momoko was a teacher to a group of children.

To be honest, it's really despicable how villains manage to exploit anybody's feelings.  And I guess they figured out that Momoko was at her "weakest".  But she chose to risk herself for two young lives who could have died if she didn't intervene at all.


  1. exploitation/manipulation. hmmm... which reminds me of something that corporations do (albeit a tad bit innocuous compared to what sentai villains do - particularly in this Maskman ep. in focus)

    exploiting human values to cajole individuals into patronizing their wares ;)

    ^ just my thoughts, pal.

    1. ^ as seen in a vast array of advertisements, btw.

    2. I was thinking that they didn't target Momoko thinking she was weak, they targeted her at her greatest moment of weakness.


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