It was yet another rough week for Sayaka. After confessing how she was at the scene when Ruri was kidnapped, her guilt for the lack of courage continues to eat her alive. Sick of running away, Sayaka decides to take it upon herself to find Kaito and bring him back to the Resistance. However her mission ended before it even began when she encountered the infamous Academia Assassins, the Tyler Sisters. (Talk about rotten luck). Luckily for her, Allen was able to quickly locate her, as it’s advised not to leave the Resistance HQ and wander into the city alone. The Tyler sisters, Grace and Gloria who have been sent out to eliminate the Lancers, initially mistaken the two to be part of the Lancers and kept on waiting and waiting to see if they would finally Pendulum Summon. But before long, based on judging their skill-level, they came to the conclusion they were not the Lancers, just small fries from the Resistance and walked all over them.
Can I just say how badass and fearsome these two are? I love everything about their characters and their designs, (especially the designs, they are absolutely fabulous! I would cosplay that!). They were no pushovers, in fact they are not only skilled duelists, but are excellent with playing with mindgames by exploiting those who lack confidence in themselves. They did this with Sayaka, quickly getting into her head, causing her to blank out and forget what she was going to do with Fairy Cheer Girl, and then continued to relentlessly attack her over and over and over again, like a predator playing with its food. Allen has enough confidence not to be fazed by their mind-games, but they certainly played with his emotions, taunting him to directly attack them as oppose to thinking it a bit more through. needless to say though he is definitely a more experienced duelist than Sayaka, who still has a long way to go and needs to be mentally resilient before she can truly take on the more challenging opponents such as Academia’s Assassins.
That being said though, I enjoyed the tag-duel format, helping to switch it up a bit since there has been a lot of Battle Royales and such. I was proud of Sayaka for mustering up the courage to face the Tyler Sisters despite the fact it may have not been such a great idea to dive head first into. Allen was a great partner and friend. Although he expressed frustrations when Sayaka blanked out, it was only because he knew that she knew better and quickly reassured her everything she is not a hindrance and they are still in it. Unfortunately for them they lost. I hope this doesn’t take too much of a beating on Sayaka’s self-esteem, but I have a feeling it will. That being said, I hope to be able to look forward to Sayaka’s character development, because boy, this girl has a lot of growing to do and I would love to watch her character develop both more confidence as she shows us she can be a good duelist. But for now, she and Allen both need to polish their foresight.
So apparently the “Time Guy” (as I call him) was the one sent a request to the Professor for some assistance to deal with the Lancers. However, he did so without consulting Edo, the Commander-in-Chief. Meanwhile, speaking of the devil, Edo’s ego has been bruised after his duel against Yuuya ended in a draw. He is absolutely furious he was not able to soundly defeat him. Seriously dude, why so mad?
In the next episode, it looks like Sawatari and Gongenzaka are going to be either defeated or pushed aside (because there’s no way in hell those two can defeat the Amazon sisters as they are now) and Shun and Yuuya (who are already grouped up together) will be facing them instead. CAN’T WAIT! FINALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, SHUN AND YUUYA ARE TAG-TEAMING, AND WHAT’S EVEN BETTER, YUUTO GETS TO BE INCLUDED! Man I can’t wait!