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Mio is Princess Ial!? (美緒がイアル姫!? Mio ga Iaru-hime!?) is the twenty-eighth episode of Hikari Sentai Maskman. It is the second part of a three-part story involving Maskman's initial encounter with Thief Knight Kiros and the development of a new team cannon; it also features the revelation to the Maskman of Mio's true nature within the Underground Kingdom.
An assault by Kiros draws Takeru away from research for Shot Bomber's replacement, where he finds out the truth about Mio and her current fate.
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- Takeru (タケル): Ryousuke Kaizu (海津亮介 Kaidu Ryōsuke)
- Kenta (ケンタ): Koichi Kusakari (草刈滉一 Kusakari Kōichi)
- Akira (アキラ): Issei Hirota (広田一成 Hirota Issei)
- Haruka (ハルカ): Yuki Nagata (永田由紀 Nagata Yuki)
- Momoko (モモコ): Kanako Maeda (前田夏菜子 Maeda Kanako)
- Commander Sanjuurou Sugata (姿 三十郎 Sugata Sanjyurō): Hayato Tani (谷 隼人 Tani Hayato)
- Azuma: Reiko Shichida (七田玲子 Shichida Reiko)
- Earth Emperor Zeba (地帝王ゼーバ Chiteiō Zēba, Voice): Seizō Katō (加藤 精三 Katō Seizō)
- Earth Imperial Commander Baraba (地帝司令バラバ Chitei Shirei Baraba): Keijiro Shiga (志賀圭二郎 Shiga Keijirō)
- Earth Imperial Ninja Oyobu (地帝忍オヨブー Chiteinin Oyobū): Yoshinori Okamoto (岡本美登 oshinori Okamoto)
- Earth Imperial Prince Igam (地帝王子イガム Chiteiōshi Igamu): Mina Asami (浅見 美那 Asami Mina)
- Earth Imperial Ninja Fumin (地帝忍フーミン Chiteinin Fūmin): Kaori Kubota (久保田香織 Kubota Kaori)
- Thief Knight Kiros (盗賊騎士キロス Tōzoku Kishi Kirosu): Shunta Fuchino (渕野俊太 Fuchino Shūnta)
- Earth Curiosities Beast Anagmas (地奇地奇獣アナグマス Chiki Chikijū Anagumasu, Voice): Takuzou Kamiyama (神山 卓三 Kamiyama Takuzō)
- Akaike: Tsuneyuki Hasegawa (長谷川恒之 Hasegawa Tsuneyuki)
- Mechanic Member: Kazuhiko Nishimura (西村 和彦 Nishimura Kazuhiko), Kazuya Hamasaki (浜崎一也 Hamasaki Kazuya), Rika Uematsu (植松里香 Uematsu Rika), Kumi Matsuoka (松岡久美 Matsuoka Kumi)
- Viewership: 12.1%
- For the third time, Takeru and the group are using their Aura Power to energize their new weapon, The Jet Cannon. But it was incompleted due to the group are trying to stop the Rock Doggler from causing havoc in the city.
- In the Philippine Dub, Kiros does not speak in profanity when Takeru and Kenta manage to lure the Doggler to be hit directly by his chain sickle. But he speaks profanity in Japanese when it was translated in English Subtitles.
- For the second time, Red Mask reverts back into Takeru when he was damaged several times by the enemy. He is later followed by Black Mask who reverts back into Kenta when he was damaged once by Rock Doggler and being chased from the Doggler's ball form.
- When Takeru remembers about his battle with Prince Igam and knowing that Princess Ial is Prince Igam's twin, he was seen in his primary outfit during the flashback of Episode 10 when he fights off Prince Igam and ends up being incapacitated by him.
- Both Haruka and Akira in their Sentai Forms have comical scenes when they are after by the Rock Doggler's ball form. Akira was chased by it until being caught in chains to attack him. Therefore, Haruka outsmarts it by hiding under the man hole until she got ambushed by it.
- In this episode, Red Mask defeats the Doggler with the use of his Masky Blade due to the destruction of their Shot Bomber.
- The Great Five automatically wields the Electronic Blade rather than removes it from its shield. This also happens after defeating the Doggler using the Final Aura Burst.
- Marks the first time, Emperor Zeba punishes Thief Knight Kiros for his failure despite his plan to defeat the Maskmen and his obssessions to Princess Ial.
- In the end of the episode, Takeru realizes his relationship with Mio and her true identity as Princess Ial after Commander Baraba reveals to him and Kiros and being encouraged by his comrades before they make a team gesture.
Hikari Sentai Maskman Volume 3 features episodes 21-30.