The city-wide Battle Royale has officially kicked off, and boy have it turned out to be quite unpredictable. Yuuya and Yuzu had decided to split up in hopes of locating Shun. The interesting part about this decision is how winning is no longer their top priority. They both know that they need to find Shun as soon as possible to explain what had happened to Yuuto and hopefully gain information about the conflict between the dimensions. However out of the two, Yuuya was the one who was probably best not to be left alone when Ryouzanpaku had already planted a target on his back the moment the twist was revealed. He starts off against 2 VS 1, and suffered a huge disadvantage due to their dirty plays and the fear of being dragged into that darkness once again.
Let’s be honest, who else was freaking out when it was implied that Yuuya had lost consciousness? I can tell you I was FREAKING OUT. I quote, “- OOOH DAMN, THAT HIT. SHIT, 200 LP left, oh shit. What the hell is gonna happen to him, he just lost consciousness- SHIT. SHIT. WHAT IS GONNA hAPPEN tO YUUYA, OH PHEW. HE IS STILL CONSCIOUS. GOD THEY HAD ME WORRIED.”
What we saw today was how Yuuya needs to pull himself together. He is letting the fear of losing himself get the better of him, and it is hindering his duel. Not once, had Yuuya been able to do any entertaining today. The duel was entirely one-sided, and it didn’t help that another one of Yuuya’s one of greatest weakness was also contributing to it. As I have discussed countless times already, Yuuya’s dependance on Action Cards to win a duel is bound to come back and bite him in the ass, and that is exactly what we were seeing today. The worse part about this flaw is that not once today had Yuuya ever taken a second to consider making a comeback by having faith in his draws from his deck. Had the exchange student Dennis not jumped into the fray at the last second, Yuuya would have lost right then and there.
Speaking of which, I am surprised how the focus has suddenly shifted to the LDS’ exchange students. By all means, it is not a bad shift, but in ways a good one by providing alternative opportunities than an ass-pull to victory. While the preview leaves it up in the clouds of whether or not Dennis is an ally or foe, I more or less expect him to be Yuuya’s (temporary) ally based on his monster who had deflected Yuuya’s defeated. I am already convinced that he is fond of Yuuya’s entertainment duel, or perhaps a fan of his father, or better yet, perhaps he dislikes the way Ryouzanpaku duel, and doesn’t want to see Yuuya be defeated by thugs. However I do foresee that as soon as the Ryouzanpaku are defeated, Dennis will immediately become a foe- but I suppose whether or not that will actually happen will depend on his personality.
Yuzu’s duel with the exchange student was an…I should I describe it? An interesting one. I found it quite funny to watch mainly because Yuzu was being so nice to her opponent despite the fact it was eating her alive that she wasn’t able to make her Pendulum Summon debut. Initially Yuzu didn’t have two Pendulum cards, but her opponent Halil was a fan of her Entertainment Duels and wanted to have a match up against her. So he generously handed gave he one of his three Pendulum Cards so that they could fight. Of course much to Yuzu’s dismay, her opponent already had a way to retrieve the card he had initially given her during the duel and worse of all- he didn’t know how to Pendulum Summon properly. Yuzu couldn’t bear to watch him struggle to make it work so she told him how to make it function properly. Oh Yuzu, you’re such a sweet girl. Unfortunately for Yuzu, before she realized it she finds herself in a pinch and slipped down a slope- which later made her crash into Gongenzaka’s duel against another Exchange Student. But this is where it got interesting. Because Yuzu had accidentally crashed into their duel, it turned into a tag duel and the next thing we know, she and Gongenzaka are teamed up against the Exchange Students. That being said, I am hoping that her Action Card she had managed to snag will either revive Fantasia Maiden Opera or will boost her life points for security.
I have to say I am loving how we are seeing the duel monster’s personalities show more. When Fire Jinn was supposed to destroy the precious Fantasia Maiden Opera (who didn’t even get a chance to shine despite her first debut), her teary eyes struck the Devil in the heart and he gently eliminated her. Seriously, that was just too cute.
After several rounds of intense episodes, this one was definitely one of the “breathers”. It was a bit lackluster, but at least it didn’t bore me… too much. Yuzu’s duel against Halil made up for the duller moments with the humor and Yuuya walking on a thin line made me anxious for him. Next week I more or less expect the two tag duels to wrap up, hopefully it will be a tad more entertaining than this week’s episode.
Meanwhile, Shun is already 1000% done with the Knights who plan to take it on 3 VS 1 and the LDS Boy Band is nowhere in sight.
PS: Anyone else find it nostalgic to see the Action Fields Bubbles around the city? It reminded me a lot of how the roads were accommodated for the Riding Duels in 5DS!