Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 40
I have to confess, I was mildly surprised that it didn’t bother me that much to see Yuzu’s duel be skipped entirely for the sake of Reiji’s duel. His match against Academia’s Barret made me feel anxious till the very end due to not knowing what Academia is truly capable of. The startling part of their duel was the fact they were both inflicting real life damage to one another, along with experiencing actual pain when an effect is inflicted onto them. This was no solid vision duel, this was a full blown duel sparking the dimension war that is slowly but surely making its way to the Standard Dimension. We were given a glimpse of the brutality of the battles, such as Barret’s eye injury after having been caught in an explosion related Trap Card while raiding what had appeared to be Heartland City. He is a man with lots of field experience, and Reiji could have very well been defeated by him had he not had the Pendulum Cards up his sleeve. With his father running Academia, there is no doubt in my mind that they have lots of information on Reiji, knowing that he can do all the summoning techniques. What they lack information on is the Pendulum Summon which Reiji utilized to his advantage. With Pendulum Summon being new to the Standard World, the information of how it works or be shutdown is limited until one experiences or witnesses the duel with one as such involved with it. Sora’s memories of watching Yuuya Pendulum Summon will prove to be vital to Academia’s limited knowledge of how Pendulum Summoning works.
Nevertheless, it was immensely satisfying to watch Reiji catch his opponent off-guard and drop some witty lines throughout the battle, a side of him we haven’t quite seen before. It was an ‘oh snap, would you like some ice for that burn?‘ moment when Reiji ended up gaining 7000 LP and finishing Barret without a hitch. I also appreciated the fact they kept the summoning to the minimum, sticking to only Fusion, Pendulum and XYZ and save Synchro for another day.
I found it interesting how Serena (Fusion!Yuzu) and Barret have been going around targeting strong XYZ Duelists in the Standard World. they have been selecting their targets by observing the MCS Tournament (which I have to say, was a clever idea). Hokuto as we know as LDS’ XYZ Ace was one of the targets that was taken down and disappeared after having encounters Serena. What struck me however was the uncertainty whether or not he and Serena had dueled as she had walked right up to him and poof he’s gone (most likely trapped in a card like Shun had been doing). When Serena tried to lure another participant who uses XYZ Summon, Reiji beat her to the punch by luring her into his trap.
Serena’s bracelet’s piece is revealed to be purplish-blue, and they made sure to make it known by smacking it into our faces three times. It definitely makes me curious of what to happen in the future because the OP shows her piece to be black, so I wonder if something will happen to make it that way- OR, I could be over-thinking it as it could simply just be a coloring error, ahaha.
I was incredibly relieved to see that Yuzu (just barely) had won her match and will see her proceed to the third round. With her duel having been skipped, it is safe to say that the third round will most likely be a major one. But depending on her opponent, she may end up losing due to the plot’s default. With the majority of the competitors introduced in the OP already passed, we are left with Shun, Yuuya, Yuzu, Gongenzaka, the concealed Knights, and the foodie duelist, Michio. If these are in fact the remaining six competitors that we know of (other than Sakuragi the character who served as Reiji’s bait), then there is a very high chance that Yuzu, Yuuya or Gongenzaka will be facing against one another. Since Yuuya and Gongenzaka (along with Michio) already faced off I would say it’s safe to cross them off. It will also be interesting to see whether or not Yuuya will actually win the whole thing, because the match-ups are getting more and more complicated.
Yuuya VS Shun | Yuzu | Knights
Yuzu VS Yuuya | Shun | Gongenzaka | Knights | Michio
Shun VS Yuuya | Yuzu | Gongenzaka | Knights | Michio
Gongenzaka VS Shun | Yuzu | Knights | Michio
Next week we are to learn more about Reiji’s relationship with Serena, a reunion from three years ago (still yet to be determined whether or not it’s their reunion or someone elses’) and see Yuuya get back to his usual self. It made me happy that it was Yuzu who reminded him of the joy and beauty of entertainment dueling, and it made me even happier that Yuuya remembered Yuuto’s words.