Okay, I hate to say it, but I found this episode to be incredibly cringe-worthy. I am sure there are those who disagree, but this episode was just a sloppy mess of sunshine and rainbows. And to be fair, it was cringe-worthy in two particular ways. The first was the animation quality. It is always bound to occur somewhere along the lines, but this was straight out inconsistent. It was very difficult to ignore because the bad frames stood out like a sore thumb, and it’s actually memorable of how messy it was. For instance: there was scene where Yuuya was waving his hand around, and it looked like it was a balloon!
The second (and the most annoying part), was the endless “Enjoy” mantra.
Look, I get the point. I get the importance of it, but that isn’t enough to make me like it. I consider it to be on or close to the same level as you may have seen me rant about in my Utapri Revolutions posts, about how they repeat the same fucking word a hundred fucking times. Perhaps it is Utapri Revolutions to blame for my lack of patience, who knows- but regardless I am well aware it irritated the hell out of others, in particular our dedicated subbing teams.
But in honestly, I should have known better about the purpose revolving around this duel.
The expectations of what I was hoping to see in this mini-Prison Arc, were significantly influenced by what I loved about 5Ds. What I should have expected instead of a chaotic riot of all hell breaking loose, was Yuuya’s role of turning the prison into a some entertainment facility where he brings back the smiles to all the prisoners who had lost hope and forgotten the joy of dueling. And guess what? That is exactly what is happening (as it should be). This duel with Yuuya VS Chojiro had actually served as the trigger to this event. Chojiro was just like Yuuya in the past, he believed and preached the joy of dueling, and encouraged those to develop bonds with others through it. He was the hope for the commons, he taught them how to duel, he taught them how to have fun and laugh and smile. His slogan was, “Enjoy!”, similar to Yuuya’s and his father’s mission of spreading smiles and reminding people the fun days of dueling. He was the man with a big heart for his community, so much he went up to challenge the TOPS only to have his spirit crushed. Thanks to Yuuya, he was able to remember the fun of dueling and get his smile back and receive the endless love from the prisoners who grew up while treating him as a role model.
Now based on what we are seeing in the preview: The Entertainment Duel Tournament is something Chojiro and/or Yuuya are probably going to come up with. They are probably going to team up to re-establish the hope in the facility, change the ways the prisoners behave, as well end the bribing culture with the guards. The entertainment duel may also serve an ulterior purpose besides causing a riot in a festive way. This may be another way for them to recruit strong duelists to join their force, or simply build a relationship so that when the time comes to requesting assistance for their aid, they may agree to join them.
Next week! Entertainment Duel Tournament will be taking place, but we will also be seeing our babies, Yuzu and Yuugo again! Gosh it feels like it’s been to long, I miss them dearly! Also: Selena is being treated generously, in a prison with a television fridge and comfortable bed- just what is Jean expecting out of Selena? Does he know about her being apart of Academia and intends to interrogate to find out more, is he working alongside them (extremely unlikely), or does he possess knowledge regarding Selena’s importance and why Academia is trying to collect all her counterparts? We will have to wait and find out next week!