Oooh I got the chills.
But let’s be frank here: The first part the episode was pretty dreadful to watch. I actually found it even more agonizing to watch Yuugo be absorbed into Yuuri after being neglected and not being given the proper duel they both deserved. I literally felt sick to my stomach. Oh and Reira’s and Reiji’s duel also ends up butchered with that half-ass wrap up with Reiji ultimately defeating Reira and we didn’t see anything in regards to Ray other than Reira speaking on her behalf. At this stage the sole redeeming quality was Yuuri’s voice actor, who was nailing it.
But the second half with Yuushou putting on what is the most important performance of his life managed to hook me in for the first time in what felt like an eternity. It took a while due to the lost of trust I had for the writers, so naturally I was wary and skeptical of whether Yuushou would live to fight another episode. Thankfully for us, the writers put some more heart and soul into this duel (or at least I hope they did). However despite the duel being prolonged for another episode (and will likely take up the entirety of it), it does feel like the outcome has already been set into stone, and that is Yuushou is destined to lose this fight. There is however a slim possibility that he may managed to defy all the odds and defeat Yuuri, but it will already be too late as the Professor is rushing Ray’s Revival which comes as a packaged deal of making everything whole again- which will cause Zarc to awaken by default.
It pleases me to see the differences between Yuushou’s and Yuuya’s entertainment duel styles. Yuushou is all about the gamble, the quest to defy the odds. He is constantly putting himself on the line, setting up baits for his opponents and pretty much trolls them right into his hand. And I must say, it is exceptionally delightful to see Yuushou mess with Yuuri’s head as much as he has. Entertainment Duels, let alone the true definition of ‘Fun’ is foreign to Yuuri. He is so used to winning that while he relishes facing challenging opponents who are constantly throwing curve-balls, he also gets impatient and irritated by it simply because he never had that kind of reception.
With Yuushou and Yuuya’s diffeernces in style come to light, the signature catchphrase, an unbreakable bond that the father and son share only becomes even more special. “Ladies and Gentlemen!”, “Let the Fun Begin!”
Aside from the fact the characters are crying out in horror how Zarc is just inches away from becoming whole again (no thanks to presenting Yuugo on a silver platter- I am still not over it), varying on what is going to come out of this duel, and who is going to fall and the chaos that will follow, I do see a glimmer of hope of the story finally getting back on track. Personally, I don’t know which I would perfer, Yuushou falling or Yuuri being defeated. Regardless of the outcome, Zarc is coming back, either through his own power or through the Professor’s plans.
And I think it’s about time that we point out to the elephant in the room, which I am expecting to become a plot-hole: Since Ray is pretty much confirmed to revive, what happen to those whose life energy has been extracted for the sake of her revival? My guess it’s just going to be fodder and because of that they will be lone forgotten because they were never known. But man, if they could make it so one or two characters who were carded end up officially killed off, now THAT would leave an impact like no other.
And wouldn’t it be hilarious if it were one
or more of the cameos from the past?
…You didn’t hear it from me.
A/N: I apologize for the lack of interaction in the comment section last week. It’s been hectic so I haven’t had the chance to really go through the comments until today!
Also I’m not sure if Yoshida Subs made a typo, but looking at the calendar, I think it’s more likely Episode 133 will air on December 11th, so there will be no new episode next week.
Correction: There will be an episode next week, and then a break before resuming on December 11th.