I am fairly certain that we all knew that as the battle dragged on, Masumi, Hokuto and Yaida were in deep, deep trouble. I kept on checking the time left remaining in the episode because I was anticipating it blowing up in their faces, big time.
And boy, did it end badly! Shun was able to turn the tables with only 10 LP remaining and then with XYZ Raptor Rise Falcon’s monster effect, it went from only 100 ATK to 16400 ATK by adding up the total of his opponent’s monsters’ ATK. Man was that satisfying to watch.
I am not going to lie, it was both a surprise and quite refreshing to see them cut straight to the chase. I can’t remember the last time I have actually experienced that. At first it was confusing because I initially thought my cat had hit the keyboard and caused the episode skipped ahead, but it turned out that was how quickly the episode kicked off. Today covered Masumi, Hokuto and Yaida undergoing an operation to deal and apprehend Shun (they were being monitored and had back up ready for action). The stupidest part was how they were being all haughty and was basically boasting about how grand their plan was, which of course ended up blowing up in their faces! It was baffling how recklessly they approached this situation despite the fact they have backups ready to apprehend Shun or deal with him. I knew trouble was brewing just by the sole fact that Shun looked bored, unfazed and later became ticked off that he was wasting his time (I felt the same- I was like, “Come on… Are you done yet?”) with these duelists showing off in attempt to intimidate him. (PSA: Don’t make Shun mad!)
While the duel went on, we were FINALLY given some answers by Yuuto (who have now formerly introduced himself to Yuzu). He explained to her of their motives of trying to find their captured comrades (namely Ruri who was revealed to be Shun’s sister) and pursue their mission to end the conflict and create a world where nobody has to get hurt. It is certainly not any sort of an fresh concept, but I am more curious about what motivated them to follow that dream. However the bigger question is: Where and perhaps when are they from? We know from Yuuto’s memories and Shun’s explanation today that they have been living a difficult life, they are survivors who were constantly stomped on in the past, thus it was important for them to become stronger for the sake of defending themselves. Their enemy is still for most part a mystery. The only hint we have is that they supposedly use Fusion Summonings, that’s why Yuuto had initially discouraged Yuzu to walk down that path. It makes me question whether Sora may have any sort of involvement or may be from that time period or place were the battle between these two groups raged on.
While speaking with Yuuto, Yuzu called him out on his actions and made a lot of valid points. When she explained her reasons for wanting to learn the Fusion Summoning in the first place, Yuuto responded to her that if she has no choice but to fight, he wants her to survive- even if it means using Fusion Summon to do so. (Was it just me who found that touching? It made my heart all warm and fuzzy!) As he said that his actions and the way he had spoken reminded her of Yuuya once again.
This is definitely going to be one of the mysteries that will be driving us nuts for a while! Is Yuuto Yuuya from an Alternative Universe/Parallel World/Future? At the moment it certainly seems likely as Yuzu looks and said to behave/speak like Ruri (who we have still yet to see… (why do I have feeling we might see her in the tournament? Not sure if want…)).
I have to say I was not even slightly surprised to see that Gongenzaka is Yuuya’s final opponent in order to be eligible to compete in the tournament. I am sure that regardless of whether or not Gongenzaka loses, he will be in the tournament, or perhaps he will deliberately choose to sit out for the sake of observing the competitors to learn how he can shape up his own dueling further.
It doesn’t look like we are going to have the opportunity to see the duel between Shun VS Reiji- one I would definitely LOVE see Shun win (because of reasons…) But I certainly hope we will see them compete sooner than later. Perhaps even, Reiji will formally invite Shun to compete in the tournament, to force him to battle in front of an audience and plow his way through the competition to compete against Reiji. It would certainly be interesting if that were to happen since Yuuya and Shun are bound to duel each other eventually.