God damn it, I am super annoyed! This episode felt like a waste of time! It frustrates the hell out of me how they ruined the mood but constantly shifting away from the duel between Blood Shepherd and Takeru to check in with Yuusaku facing off the bounty hunters fodders. Honestly had they stayed at the scene from the start of the match till the end of the episode and pushed it a bit further, I probably would have been crying for Takeru. I mean this is hardly the darkest thing Yu-Gi-Oh! has ever done, so their “breaks” by cutting away from the duel has nothing to do with it. Instead by doing so, they pointlessly dragged it out for another episode.
This is the only thing that happened: Takeru walks into Blood Shepherd’s trap of not realizing he uses his AI to fool his opponents by exploiting the fact they tend to be so dependent on them. Having identified Takeru’s weakness, he brought out several of very same monster (Despair from the Dark) to trigger his trauma. Seriously though, what a dirty move. Is he trying to kill the kid? It’s ridiculous when you think about it how he’s tormenting players like Takeru because they depend/like AI.
Of course one of the practical ways to work around Blood Shepherd’s bullshit is is for the players to stop being lazy and read the damn effects themselves, unless Blood Shepard had been able to disable that feature. (Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if that were to be the case since he created this trap in the first place). It’s not like we haven’t seen anyone for that matter read a card effects during the duel, both Yuusaku and other characters have demonstrated doing exactly that on various occasions.
Although I hated the way they executed it, my heart was breaking into a million pieces as Blood Shepherd triggered Takeru’s trauma. Frankly, this has to be the more villainous move we have seen in the entire series since they attacked Aoi with the virus. This isn’t something Takeru can face alone, we saw just how vulnerable he is, and now more than ever he needs someone to support him. And that someone will be Flame. However it is still up in the air of whether or not this is a duel that will end with someone emerging victorious, or will be interrupted once Kusanagi figures out a way to crack the code and help Takeru escape. To be honest, I would like it if the duel were to be merely interrupted, and makes Blood Shepherd Takeru’s nemesis. Although Blood Shepherd certainly has the potential to become an excellent villain due to his cold and ruthless nature, I feel it establishing a rivalry of a sorts between to the two would add value to the story. And honestly they couldn’t be a better match. We have a man who despises AI, and a boy who he has an AI partner he can depend on. Not to mention, Yuusaku already has enough enemies on his plate, so it would be nice to see things be spread out, especially since we are now 1/3 through the story. But regardless of what I think, it’s more than likely they intend to have Takeru defeat Blood Shepherd as the first step of overcoming his trauma.
I don’t have anything else to add since pretty much nothing else happened this episode. I will say it was really cute to see Flame trying to shake Takeru awake. Had it been Ai, he probably would have slapped him. Haha!
PS: Was it just me, or did it look like they improved Heatleo’s CGI? It looks more polished up than I remember…