It was supposed to be a fun and adorable episode….
The long anticipated match-up between Yuugo and Selena turned out to very different than any of us had anticipated it to be. It had its humorous moments, which was as expected, fun to watch, but then followed a course of disappointment. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not referring to the writing because everything that is happening right now, even though it is not what we were hoping, makes perfect sense due to the type of character Jean-Rogers is.
It is complicated situation because the way the duel ended up playing out. Simply, it was sad to watch.
It was sad because of the rigged situation Yuugo and Selena are thrown into without their consent. Right now, Selena has no idea how Jean is pulling the string, rigging the duel to play in her favor by shifting the routes to accommodate her with the action cards she could use to turn the tables and obtain a flawless victory. As the victim of this rigged game: Yuugo keeps on losing out on his opportunities to make a comeback. When he realizes he is being toyed with, it was disheartening.
For Yuugo in particular, this episode highlighted how much he cares about Rin, and how much of an impact she had on him. With the way Selena’s personality constantly reminded him of Rin, and he couldn’t help but be caught up in the past. He misses her so much. It was their dream to compete against each other in the Friendship Cup, in front of the big crowd. As result he makes quite a bit of clumsy amateur mistakes, and tries to claw his way back into the game. He does so when he remembers what Rin has told him, how his stubbornness is his strong point. With that he resorts to his trap card, something he didn’t really want to use due to it being a gamble where he would either lose right then and there or live to continue on for a chance to counter.
With that being said, this duel will only continue to be different than what we had hoped for. Upon summoning Clear Wing Dragon, Odd-Eyes ends up resonating with him once again, and Yuuya finds his spirit within Yuugo’s body- but this time, he is aware of it. Now this is where it gets a lot more complicated. Two things: first off and most importantly, since Yuuya is now imprisoned by Jean, if Yuuya responds the exact same way as he did last time, then without a doubt in my mind, Jean will be the first to witness this in action. If not, (which would be for the better), Yuuya’s secret will be safe. It is now matter of how the duel will play out, will Yuuya have a significant influence on Yuugo like Yuuto has on him. The preview indicated that Clear Wing may end up getting a Crystal edition of itself. But the question now if Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon is an upgraded version of Clear Wing- will Yuuya and or his monsters have anything to do with it?
Given the circumstances, it is hard to say who you want to win. The situation they are in is not the way we wanted it to play out, we were all looking forward to a passionate match between these two- and we were more or less expecting it to have been a fair one. On top of that, we don’t want Selena to continue being used by Jean without her knowledge, much like Academia had been planning on doing with her. Being the victim of the duel makes it easy to cheer for Yuugo, but frankly speaking, all I would like is an honest rematch between the two because they both deserve it. Of course I might be speaking too soon, maybe Selena will become suspicious how everything is working out to her favor too much and will try to avoid taking advantage of the “assistance” Jean is providing her. That would be one way to rebel against him, but it would still lean in his favor if she were to win by taking the more deliberately inconvenient path.
Final Verdict: There is no ‘good’ win for this situation, it was messed up from the very start- and those who are aware of the situation (Jack, Crow, Reij) are not impressed with how Jean-Rogers is tampering with the game, and neither are we.