Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V kicks off its fourth season with a half an episode of recap. Now, before you groan about recaps, this one was actually done in a very clever way. This recap contained various narratives each from different characters and their POVs and it is thanks to that we learned about several major revelations. But following the revelation recap, the second half of the episode was merely a prologue of the doom to come. This is now a four-way war (Academia VS Lancers VS Synchro Realm VS Jean-Rogers) that will be taking place in the Synchro Realm. And unfortunately for the Synchro Realm, it was the board who brought it upon them. They knew about Academia even before Reiji arrived, they deliberately decided to test both Jean-Rogers and Reiji to decide who would be more favorable to form an alliance with- including Academia. The council knew Jean-Rogers was from another world, and raised him to the top as the man running the Public Security as a reward for introducing them to Solid-Vision with mass technology. But then they made two mistakes: first, they thought they knew of his motives (affiliated to Academia) and decided to try and “tame him” in order to “use him”.
However Jean-Rogers had ambitious plans of his own. While yes, he has previously worked with Academia, he left them in order to take over the Synchro Realm and make it into his own kingdom. He despises Professor Leo, he is not affiliated with Dennis- instead he saw him as a threat of ruining his plans if he manages to get back to the Fusion Realm to report in to Professor Leo about Selena’s and Yuzu’s whereabouts. The last thing he needs is Academia invading the Synchro Realm just as he kicks off the Kings’ Gambit plot. In fact, since Academia is such a upset to his plans, Jean-Rogers made an offer to Reiji to form an alliance with him (which would involve taking over the Synchro Realm to form his Kingdom). Naturally, Reiji declines- and once offline-Jean-Rogers explodes because nothing is going his way.
It was Sora who saved Dennis’ ass, telling him he will now be taking over the mission of retrieving both Selena and Yuzu. With that they come to an agreement and Sora sends Dennis safely back to Academia where he successfully informs Professor Leo about both Selena’s and Yuzu’s whereabouts. Sure enough Jean-Roger’s fears has now become a reality. Professor Leo has once again dispatched his Obelisk Force, this time to the Synchro Realm, along with Barrette (who we learned would prefer to avoid working with Yuuri). On that note, this is when we are told Yuuri has not returned yet. The last time we all saw him was when Yuugo sent him off from the Standard World by showing up at the nick of time. My guess is either he is still in the Standard Realm or he was sent off into the XYZ Realm since we have not seen any hints of him being within the Synchro Realm just yet.
My fear of Jean-Rogers using mind-control with Sergey came true, and bloody hell- every single one of his officers are now under his control thanks to this little shitty device he has on all of them. I don’t know what the heck the board is going to do, but the stupid old man in the middle doesn’t seem to be fazed by any of this. I still don’t trust him, I don’t trust anyone who smiles in these kinds of situations. And I have a hard time imagining them having a back-up plan of how to deal with Jean-Rogers if they lost control of him because CLEARLY revoking his authority didn’t do shit since he has all his people under his control.
I had a dreadful feeling Yuzu was going to go up against Serey at some point, but who knows- miracle she can pull off a miracle against this monster! The Beauty of Destruction is an ominous title, but perhaps they can deliver a twist! STAY STRONG YUZU! YOU CAN DO THIS GIRL! And even if she does lose, I pray Reiji will have Tsukikage sweep her off her feet and send her to shelter of a sort. I would hope he knows better not to risk having her be sent elsewhere because she is a special pawn to Academia.
Both the OP & ED theme were very different but in a refreshing way. The OP song is definitely going to take a while to grow on me, but it’s only because of the hype music we have been listening to throughout the second and third opening songs. The ED Theme on the other-hand stood out to me more than the song itself. It is understandable of course because when was the last time we have ever seen ALL of the characters smiling softly? I mean, that includes Yuuri not looking like a psychopath he is and Shun freed from all that rage and hatred. It was a nice thing to see, but at the same time it’s sad because we know this arc is going to be anything but sunshine and rainbows. The smiles won’t last because soon this city won’t look any different than Heartland- I am sure of it. While Friendship Cup is still on, it won’t be long before it ends. In the mean time, Reiji better start adjusting his plans, because those who are presently underground and have no idea what is about to unfold on the surface need to prepare for is to come.