NOOOOOOOO DON’T END IT THEREE!!!!! AHHH DAMNIT I CAN’T BEAR HAVING TO WAIT AN ENTIRE WEEK FOR THIS. Oh man, this duel definitely turned out a lot stronger than I had initially anticipated. I absolutely LOVED the twist of Gongenzaka having learned how to do Synchro Summon thanks to Yaiba and damn, I don’t know about you guys but the OST tracks for this episode were addicting to listen to. I liked it so much, I was trying my best to hear it over the voices. It was that one moment I wished the background music was louder than the voices! Can’t wait for the release of the first volume of the Original Soundtrack! Also on the extra note: Entermate Silverclaw is FREAKING ADORABLE! (HURRAY FOR NEW ENTERMATE MONSTER!)
This entire episode was absolutely fantastic for a number of reasons:
Reiji reveals that his father Akaba Leo is very much alive and kicking, and turns out that they do not have a very good relationship. Reiji doubts that his father would go through the trouble of doing an exchange with Shun (who is trying to meet Leo) despite his son being used as a hostage. It also raises questions about Akaba Leo’s role in all of this, and whether or not he is in fact the root of the problems and are holding Shun’s beloved sister and companions captive. With little resources to put the clues, I will have to wait a bit longer before I can come up with any speculations. What we do know for sure, there is DEFINITELY a third party lurking in the shadows that have yet to debut. Whether they will do so during the tournament, we will have to wait and see.
Shun confirmed today that the victims’ souls are in fact sealed within the cards. How he is able to do that, we don’t know of that detail yet, but it certainly brings us back to the days of Duel Monsters. Ah yes, the good old days when Yugi’s grandpa’s soul was sucked out of him and sealed within a card along with several other characters. Not going to lie, it’s a nice touch to bring back the familiarity and elements of the original and first series (much like bringing back the use of Magicians).
…. Now I am tempted to see whether they will throw in some Millennium items… MAN I HAVE THE MIGHTY NEED TO MARATHON DUEL MONSTERS AGAIN.
It is up in the air regarding the LDS’ Aces’ fate. We do not know whether Reiji had left them to be captured or not after having that brief discussion with Shun. Surprisingly, Reiji did not reveal the conditions Shun must oblige to in order to fight him, but I am sure that it is EXTREMELY likely at this point that Shun will be invited to participate in the upcoming tournament.
I absolutely LOVE IT when our heroes are put in situation where they struggle to get their head in the game. Manager Nico had deliberately arranged Yuuya’s final match against Gongenzaka and without any spectators to cheer for him to make it into a dramatic duel. And that is exactly how it has unfolded so far. Yuuya knows but can’t seems to accept the fact he must defeat Gongenzaka with all his strength. The problem is that Yuuya is reluctant because he is thankful and is in Gongenzaka’s debt for his support after all these years since his father had vanished without a trace. And of course more than anything, he doesn’t want to nor be the one responsible for robbing Gongenzaka’s opportunity to participate in the tournament. And you can actually pin-point the exact moment Yuuya’s heart just breaks (poor thing, they have only begun the duel and he already looks like he needs a hug!). But this is what makes the duel so much more interesting. Yuuya is put in this ugly situation and has no support whatsoever. He has to stand up to this on his own. I call that major development as we have seen in the flashback, Yuuya was never quite independent. There was always someone by his side and he relishes the support from the crowd (but I wouldn’t go as far as saying he relies on it, we have seen Yuuya perform his matches in situations when the crowd was against him. Yes it shakes him, but he always manages to ground himself), so I look forward to seeing how much stronger Yuuya will become when he has no one by himself and his cards to rely on. I do wonder how long this duel will go on for, and how Yuuya will get his get back in the game now that Gongenzaka completely caught him off guard with the Synchro Summon.