This week, it is the 777th Episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Series! And what was the special treat? Lots of plot revelations and some characters’ growths are finally blossoming!
Let’s begin with the plot reveals: Jean-Rogers is extremely likely to be affiliated with Academia. The only reason I am not saying he “is”, is because I prefer to wait to hear it from the culprit themselves. Also, there could potentially be another possibility where Jean-Rogers had left Academia, and went to the Synchro Realm to form his own army to achieve his own set ambitions. It may be considered unlikely, but it is a legitimate possibility to keep far in the back of our heads as an alternative twist. But for now, let’s talk about what we learned from the rumors which indicate he is from the Fusion Realm:
It is said he has appeared in the city out of thin air, and quickly climbed up the ranks to where he is now, the head of the Public Security. All while doing so, brought/introduced new technology (from Academia) to the council, (eg: before Jean arrived, there was no such thing as Real-Solid Vision).
Without a doubt, the said new technology is playing a key role in Jean-Roger’s grand plans, which have now officially been set into motion. Sergey, an infamous and dangerous criminal is under his control. The word going around is how he is “dead” because he is nothing like how he previously was. The out of control Duelist Crusher we see today obediently follows every order Jean-Rogers assigns to him. The sign of a robotic eye certainly further hints the possibility Jean-Rogers is forming or already has an army of cyborgs or some form of mind-control, which he has complete control of. And it only makes sense or Jean-Rogers to do that, especially with a duelist who has such a violent track record, and to ensure he will be the one who has complete authority when he finally dethrones Jack.
Jean-Rogers’ growing forces are merely his pawns- or more accurately, puppets, to use to take control of the Synchro Realm. But one of the dreadful parts to this grand plan applies to the ‘high quality duelists’ looking for a way out from the dumps. Surely they may have heard of the rumors of what happens to those who are scouted, but it isn’t enough to spook them from taking up the offer. The way it seems to be going for these unsuspecting duelists: if you are a strong duelist who gets scouted to join Jean’s growing forces, what you are really doing is selling your soul to the devil because as it appears with Sergey as the set example: in no way or form do you have control over yourself. With general public and seemingly the council oblivious to his plans, they have no idea they being attacked from the inside out. It certainly doesn’t help that Sergey alone, is a force to be recon with. They didn’t show us how he even won the duel against Damon. All we knew was Damon was “winning” a one-sided battle, and all the sudden he loses and the audience doesn’t have a clue how he did it.
However it is thanks to “Promoter”, the knowledge of Jean’s motives and background managed to be obtained by Tsukikage and our fellow Lancers. It is an important piece of information which will impact how they will proceed with their plans. With that in mind, I am curious to see what Reiji may want those in the underground to do. He wants Tsukikage to go back there to continue obtaining further information, and keeping up to date with the status of their companions.
In the mean time, it looks like Sawatari just might stir up some trouble since he simply cannot ignore any opportunity of a duel or returning to the the surface.
While I was happy to finally receive some more information revolving around Jean and his plans, it was terribly underwhelming. It wasn’t because the rumors of being sent to a trash facility deep underground was true, but it was the execution of it. The whole reveal felt rushed to me. It just happened. We already knew in advance we were going to learn a few things by seeing what is happening down there, but instead we learned A LOT. Fundamentally, I believe it was the lack of build up within the script which made it a sloppy delivery. I say this because there was no absolutely challenge in order for the characters to learn this precious information. They were sent down to the dumps and bam, we were immediately told of all the major details regarding Jean. It felt as if it was handed to the characters on a silver platter.
But now we know of this: it is clear Reiji and his team are running out of time. Jean-Rogers has set his plans into motion, and who knows how many others he had recruited! We have no idea- it is only Sergey a ruthless duelist who is setting the example.
On the more brighter note: I can’t tell you how freaking happy I am that Yuuya FINALLY understands Jack’s words. It took Reira’s resolution and message to get it through his thick head, but nevertheless it is about bloody time because I am so sick of hearing, “Stop it, this isn’t dueling” mantra. PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS THE END OF IT (FOR NOW). And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to celebrate, well Yuuya also took a hold of the opportunity to have Tsukikage send Yuzu a letter from him. (Bless Tsukikage for simply being awesome!)
It was fantastic to see a bit more of Tsukikage’s character and showcasing his loyalty towards Reiji. Besides passing along Reira’s message for him and some updates, he also provided Yuuya some reassurance regarding Reiji’s character. He told Yuuya he wouldn’t be working with him if he were heartless and ruthless as Academia is, and has uttermost faith in him as a leader.
And finally REIRA! I am so happy for this kid! He now understands what he wants to do, and has been absolutely inspired by Jack (bless you too, Jack). We have never seen him speak this much before, nor look as human and alive as he did today. Reira is stilling growing, but finding a resolution within him means he has found a piece of his soul. It was so touching to how he apologized to Tsukikage, shared how he wants to be someone his brother (Reiji) can believe in, how he wants the opportunity to duel against Yuuya and as well as receive the opportunity to beat Jack! Uff, I won’t lie- my heart would melt to see Reira VS Jack. We have to thank Jack for sharing his story with Reira, providing him hope and valuable advice to not waver and take the initiation. I am excited to see Reira grow as an individual and under-go his self-discovery of who he wants to be. I have faith Reira has a strong mind within him, and no matter the ups and downs, he will find a way to climb back up onto his feet again.
Next week! Dennis VS Shun, and the tagline is “The clown’s mask”, gee how accurate! I wonder if Dennis’ true colors will be revealed… Shun already has some suspicions, so let’s see how this will unfold!