The episode played out very difficult than I had originally anticipated. I wasn’t expecting the brief transitions back to the Battle Royale and the cuts and transitions felt quite awkward. I suppose they did it because they didn’t make or intend Shun VS Parasite!Ruri match to last very long. In fact it was very straight forward. Throughout the duel the audience was able to see just how far Shun has come in terms of his character growth. Back in the days before Heartland was invaded, Shun was a very bitter person to begin with. He didn’t like losing and never understood the selfless and kind gestures of others. For instance: after Ruri had lost to a duel with Sayaka, as they are friends Sayaka wanted to give her Little Fairy. But then comes along Shun who was acting like a total asshole and slaps it out of her hand yapping how no duelist should ever give away their cards the others. But now, ever since he had met Yuuya and the others, he finally understands Sayaka’s intentions (and even used her card which she had entrusted to Kaito) and the fun you’re supposed to experience while dueling.
It was hard to say whether or not Parasite!Ruri was indeed expressing some form of truths when she was ranting about how she can handle herself just fine when Shun said, “You weren’t able to do anything without me by your side”. Even I was like, ‘(ʘ‿ʘ✿) Wait a minute, (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿ what did you just say!?’ I was pretty annoyed to say the least. I also found it to be a bit weird to think Shun thought his sister was totally helpless, but then again he was a super bitter person and also known to be probably a super overprotective brother. But today Ruri proved that she is strong by having the strength to take control of her consciousness and pleaded to her brother to quickly take her down. It was something Rin could not do during her duel with Yuugo (especially since we never got to see any indication of it).
Now that Shun had actually defeated Ruri, the question now is whether or not she is truly freed from the Parasite. While he did defeat it in battle, I have a feeling it may still have some sort of effect, especially since there’s an actual parasite in her brain right now. It would be nice however to see her be freed and hopefully give her some chance to shine, but I think that would be too convenient. She either remains unconscious, successfully recover/be freed or the lurks in the shadows and waits for the right time to strike. They do need all four girls after all (or so we have been led to believe thus far).
Next week we’re finally going ot be dealing with the Battle Beast, Code Name: BB. I await for find out what the hell he is after seeing he has been experiencing the “penalty” deduction each time he interferes. Given to how many he had wiped out already, you would think his LP would probably be at 0 unless he has some way of protecting/preventing it from falling. Also surprise surprise, Sawatari’s luck has not run out, in fact it seems it’s the only thing what is keeping him alive. He and Crow are now paired up so that neither are alone, but they are up against two Academia Elite Students who look like will be taken down swiftly. In the mean time it will be good to see Yuuya and Gongenzaka finally pair up again, it feels like it has been a long while since we see the two duel together. Depending on what the Battle Beast is, if Yuuya tries to appeal to him with his entertainment performance, it could be a bit weird (especially if turns out to be a program/bug and not a Human).