SHIVERS!!! I never thought I’d actually say the stupid word, but even though this duel was FAR from the dancing hippos to the dazzling divas, this match was freaking insane and I loved every minute of it. Everything about this episode was epic, and it just continues the to raise the bar for the big fights to happen in the future. I mean, that final strike man- Eternal Avenger was simply beautiful to watch.
Shun’s rage and despair has no limit. Today we saw just how much anger he had towards Academia, and if you thought Sora VS Shun was ugly, well this one (as expected) was even more brutal. What I have always loved about Shun’s deck is how it is built around the memories of his city and fallen comrades. Everything we have seen from his deck reflects their struggles, being outnumbered, their grief and their anger. It is precisely what makes his duels so exciting and intense to watch. I would be have been livid if he had been defeated by Dennis (ESPECIALLY IF IT WAS BECAUSE OF AN ACTION CARD- I SWEAR TO GOD I WAS READY TO FLIP THE DESK EVERY TIME DENNIS TRIED TO GRAB ONE) simply because Dennis is the ultimate betrayer. He tried to mess with him psychologically by shamelessly sharing how he was involved with Ruri’s abduction, how he befriended her, how he was the one who initiated the city’s destruction since he had found her- and my God guys, Heartland was absolutely in shambles. The scale of the disaster was heart-wrenching to see. I also wanted to see Shun punch him in the face, which we almost got but was interrupted by the guard. I was however, immensely relieved that Reiji had made the modification to both Shun’s and Yuuto’s duel disk to prevent them from turning anyone else into cards. I was seriously worried about Shun being painted as the bad guy had he been able to do that to Dennis. But the saddest part about all of this, is the anger is consuming both Yuuto and Shun. They were on the path to becoming no different than Academia by carding their comrades in return. The only difference between them is how their mind is interpreting their actions. Academia is all about the “hunting game” and Shun and Yuuto were all about seeking vengeance. Yuuto tried to communicate with Yuuya, wanting him to sympathize with his anger. Yuuya however reacted maturely. Yes, he was angry, but he was more sad. Now mind you, he wasn’t sad because of Dennis’ betrayal, he was sad by how Academia has tainted dueling. Academia has stripped away the joy of simple, harmless games from Heartland, and turned it into a weapon for war. He told Yuuto that he understands his anger, and he doesn’t blame him for it, but tells him they need to end it in a different way. Once again, he vows to find his own way of ending the Dimensional War. I applaud Yuuya for even having the ability to find that optimism within him despite the fact, a lot of us (and Reiji of course) still consider it a naive thought. It is going to be a very difficult mountain to climb, but I do look forward to seeing how Yuuya will further evolve as an individual by experiencing more self-discovery, keeping his promise with Yuuto to make people smile, and ultimately, how he plans to make his method work, because ending a war with simply a show is obviously not going to happen.
We finally got to see Ruri though (ironically when I had least expected it), and my goodness she is GORGEOUS
(YAY FOR LONG HAIR!). She, like Selena has dark purple hair, and honestly out of all the girls, she is most identical to Yuzu- which back-ups why Yuuto and Shun had mistaken her as Ruri. One of the bitter moments of the flashback was how it showed us Dennis tried to pull the same trick with Yuzu as he did with Ruri, since he had almost successfully done so back in the Standard Realm (bless Yuugo for his timely arrival).
The storm have now officially arrived to the Synchro Realm, and while the board wants nothing to do it with “they want to maintain peace within the city” they said, “they would prefer they didn’t bring the dimensional war to their world” they said- well tough luck you delusional geezers. Academia doesn’t give two shits about what you want, they will invade when they want to invade- and guess what? Jean-Rogers isn’t going to sit back and wait, since Dennis’ cover has been blown, he is rolling his plan into motion as we speak (and we know the bombs is about to drop next week since Sora is there too). What a bunch of fucking idiots. Reiji gave them way too much credit.
Jean-Rogers was quite annoyed to see Dennis reveal his affiliation with Academia. I thought perhaps it would potentially spoil his plans, but instead, it looks like he will be acting sooner than scheduled. The preview indicates the security blowing up the doors and invading the board room to proceed overthrowing the board’s authority. In the mean time, we know Jack isn’t staying still either, I could sense he was feeling restless by how the duel had escalated too. I do wonder how Jack will act from here on out. Since the board will be overthrown, I imagine he will take this matter into his own hands. Since there is no Fudo Yusei in this world, who is next in line to have the duty to protect the city?
The King, Jack Atlas.