In frustration of having lost his duel against Shark, Yuuma continuously battles his friend Tetsuo (20 times) who eventually decides to walk off. Astral tells him that he is acting immaturely and not taking it seriously enough. He criticizes him by pointing out that the reason why Shark won was because he researched about Yuuma’s deck and came up with a strategy to counter it Yuuma’s trump, Number cards. With that said, Yuuma decides to do some research on Shark himself, and learns that Shark had been disqualified from the Duel Nationals because he supposedly stole his opponents’ decks. As he leaves the library, a boy who didn’t want to take part of a robbery that was planned to happen later in the evening with the delinquents comes up to him and warns him about Shark’s situation of being framed and put upon the blame of the robbery since he was taking part of it. Yuuma immediately goes out, in hope to stop Shark from making the wrong decision. Later, when Shark and the two brothers (leaders of the delinquent gang he hangs out with), Yuuma declares that he will duel them in order to stop them form robbing while at the same time retrieve two number cards that are in heir possession. Shark then decides to join his side and the two tag team against the brothers, only to find themselves in quite a pinch right off the bat.
Woot! Finally things are really kicking into gears. The episode was very enjoyable to watch, mainly because of Shark’s amount of screentime and his background of what had happened during the Duel Nationals. Turns out that he was disqualified from the competition because apparently he had stolen people’s decks. However Yuuma doesn’t believe that, nor do I. After having seen Shark’s soft side in the past and this episode, I don’t feel that he’s the kind of person who would have done that, but then again – it would be quite dramatic if it turned out that he did steal someone’s deck.
It’s interesting how everything was set up. Shark was definitely concerned after hearing the brothers say they were planning to rob a rare deck that is on display at the museum. And I think he wouldn’t have joined them if he weren’t caught eavesdropping.
I was pretty darn happy that Shark decided to join Yuuma’s side. But my god, seriously – I can’t stop laughing because it’s like, the way Yuuma reacts when its related to Shark and when Shark ‘changes’ (or I guess tries being more true to himself), just supplies pure shipping materials. My god, Yuuma x Shark fans are probably enjoying this, honestly I’m already starting to lean that way too, and I’m not even a freaking yaoi fan! @_____@ This reminds me of what happened while I was watching/reading CCS for Touya x Yue/Yukito! *FACEPALM* God help me. XD
Now enough about Shark
(DAMNIT) and a little but more about the main character !*SHOT*
Yuuma has proven to have no skills whatsoever with computers, and rather than mopping about losing his duel with Shark, he continuously (and childishly) duels against his friend (20x) and learns nothing from it since he’s just doing the same thing over and over again – According the Astral that is. I guess you could say he’s venting his frustration?
As for Tetsuo, now he’s just being freaking immature. BLAH BLAH BLAH, SO WHAT. YUUMA DIDN’T KEEP HIS WORD ABOUT NOT USING NUMBERS, BIG DEAL. IT WAS BECAUSE HIS NECKLACE MEMENTO WAS ON THE LINE, PLUS SHARK ENCOURAGED HIM TO, AND STLL BEAT HIM, IT’S NOT LIKE HE WON.
Overall, this episode was enjoyable to watch. I’m definitely curious about what both Shark and Astral have grown suspicious about. It also pretty surprising to see Astral relatively quiet so far, it seems like he’s trying to analyze the situation and figure out how Yuuma can counter them. It definitely sucks for Shark right now since he’s the main target because not only he ‘betrayed’ them, but also posed as a serious threat compared to Yuuma.
I’m happy to see that animation is starting to keep up with the good quality and hopefully it will continue to do so. Oh and of course more featured scenes with D-WHEEELS~ *SHOT SHOT SHOT*
One last thing I wanted to mention though before I finish here. It seems that the brothers, yes while they are incredibly familiar and experienced with tag duels, it’s interesting how their own elements define them. One is fire, and always aiming for attack, while the other is Ice and always aiming for defense.
Crap I made a wall of text ¬___¬; … Sorry about that.