Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 123
It was obvious from the get go that Asuka was going to be the sacrificial lamb, and since we knew she was going to be a goner the episode it felt like there wasn’t really a point to watch the episode. It didn’t help it was another one of those stupid ones too, considering how they gave Asuka such a naive-mindset. Like come on, they expected us to believe she thought she could convince Yuuri, the strongest and most fearsome student in Academia to switch sides? Furthermore, in fact it looked as if Sora had started questioning the integrity of the deck than she did about the the ‘integrity’ of the deck. Yuuri has no qualms of playing dirty, in fact it’s what makes it more fun for him. He knew she was going shut down the fusions, so what did he do? He added a card from his original deck to Honor Student Deck and made sure he held onto it in his hand so she couldn’t eliminate it.
However despite the fact the outcome duel itself was predictable,there is actually an important reason to watch this episode. You should watch this episode because of Yuuri. For the first time they cast the spotlight on Yuuri in a more prominent way. This is important because it as this episode when I finally realized, “Oh shit, he and Yuuya are actually very similar to each other.”
Now some may wonder how the hell is that possible? Well here is the thing: Right from the get-go of the duel, Yuuri had staged a ‘play’ so to speak. He acted as if he didn’t know the Honor Student’s deck (and let’s be honest, his ‘reactions’ were hilarious), but while doing so I noticed he was using many similar expressions and words Yuuya uses, but the only difference between the two are their intentions. Yuuya is all about being bubbly, light and fun, Yuuri is all about trolling his opponent, dark and twisted.
We also learned a bit (and I’m talking about bread crumbs bits) about Yuuri’s background. Apparently he has no memory of his life outside of Academia, it’s all that he knows. It appears that deep inside, he is actually suffering from loneliness as he has no friends due to how strong he is. So when the Professor offered him an opportunity to battle on the front lines and card the people he defeats, Yuuri was delighted to be given such a mission. However over time Yuuri has become addicted to carding people and it’s become a fun game for him. In fact, the idea of carding every single person in the world except for himself sounds exciting for him. It would mean he is the strongest. And here another thing where he and Yuuya share a common interest: He enjoys having an audience, especially when he does these things. Today Sora was that audience member to witness Asuka’s demise, and now he is next in line for the execution. I have my doubts that Sora will escape, but if he does, it will require Yuuri’s attention to be diverted to something else more important than carding him.
And lastly, it looks like the Professor only now just realized Yuuri is officially out of control. Oh the irony!
Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 124
Okay so the first half of the episode wasn’t that great (in fact it was really boring), but the second half was freaking fantastic. I was absolutely convinced Yuuya was about to go berserk because he snapped. Once you bring harm to Yuzu, Yuuya doesn’t give a shit about the philosophy of fun duels, you are f—ing dead bro. DEAD.
So let’s discuss the problem I had with the first half of the episode. Frankly speaking, it was such a stupid decision to have Yuuya’s deck MAGICALLY CHANGE INTO Yuuto’s deck. Seriously, was it so hard to make it more believable by having Yuuya actually SWITCH decks?! It’s been too long to remember whether or not Yuuya has been safeguarding Yuuto’s deck (besides Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon), but seeing them switch would have been a more practical choice. The exclamation how Yuuya got Yuuto’s deck was because of the POWER OF LOVE! (Don’t you f—ing tell me Yuuto doesn’t have a crush on Ruri, and I WILL get to that!) On the flip-side, it was nice to finally see Yuuto’s deck be used again. Been so long…
Then more stupid stuff happens, Shun poofs in. That’s right, out of nowhere, Shun appears, and was somehow able to know exactly where they were, and delivers the quick exclamation how even if they defeat the parasite, Ruri will not be saved, she will only be reverted back into that pitiful state. But since Shun is in the way, the Creepy Parasite Doctor sends Selena out to zap him unconscious with a taser and joins the battle alongside Ruri.
Now once Selena joins the fight, there is a drastic improvement, so much so, the frustration that was eating me alive during the first half was completely wiped from my mind. Selena’s participation serves the purpose of loading the gun. She is the one to tell Yuuya that Yuzu has a parasite in her head that is now controlling her. And my god, when Yuuya heard that, happy-go-lucky Yuuya was lone-gone, hello darkness. His soul was crushed, we could see it in his eyes, the fury of his
beloved most precious friend being controlled by a parasite that was put into her head, spiraled out of control. Yuuya was VERY close to being overcome by the darkness, but Yuuto was able to become the dominant soul and try and buy time to calm Yuuya down. It was actually refreshing to see Yuuto for once be the one to try and keep themselves grounded. Up until now it was Yuuya who was always trying to keep Yuuto from spiraling out of control. Both of them can sense the danger of that darkness within them, and when they can, they try to look out for each other, just as Yuuto had done today. Alas it doesn’t look like they will be able to suppress the inner darkness for much longer as the preview shows us the Creepy Doctor will pull the trigger and Beserk-Mode will be unleashed for everyone to see, and possibly be completely out of control after this point. However that is not the only thing to be concerned about. The professor has been watching all of this unfold from his monitors from the very start. (Actually, it’s like he is actually watching the show.) Yuuya was already a problem from the get go apparently, then today he discovered another reason to be concerned, Yuuya possessing a duel personality/individual and then next week he is going to realize just how dangerous this boy actually is.
It makes me curious to see how Leo will handle the new situation, because it is starting to look like he losing control and his plan is now in jeopardy.
And of course as promised, it is finally time to discuss Yuuto’s feelings towards Ruri. His flashbacks with her were adorable. When he first learns she’s Shun’s sister, he actually freaked out because you can tell he totally fell for her at first sight. And we continue to see them be close (a lot like Yuzu and Yuuya, but more cuddles, heehee). They are always blushing around each other, so they are definitely a thing, maybe not officially, but definitely a thing. ˚‧*♡ॢ˃̶̤̀◡˂̶̤́♡ॢ*‧˚
Next episode, all hell is about to break loose and it is going to be insane.
A/N: As I have fallen about 3 episodes behind YGO ARC-V, I have been looking around for alternative subs and came across Yoshida. I did a comparison with MonoSubs to determine how different their translations are and Yoshida Subs tends to be a bit wordier, but otherwise closer to Monosubs in both quality and translation. Since it is a bit wordier, it does make me a bit nervous, but I will give them a shot to see if I will be comfortable using them and get back to the fixed schedule. As much as I would like to jump right into Ep 125 and Ep 126 today, I probably won’t get it out until Monday, so please me patient with me for a bit longer. I have yet to determine whether or not I will release them as a double entry.