Well we all knew Spectre was going to fall, but damn he went off this episode. The duel between them was truly a treat to watch. Spectre put on an incredible performance, one that really got under Lightning’s skin. He went all sorts of crazy, from hitting him where it hurts, having the guts laugh at Lightning, to even having an ecstasy over successfully achieving the Extra Link Full Mode.
But while Spectre has been able to successfully exploit some of Lightning’s biggest complexes about himself, Lightning already knew Spectre would steal Judgment Arrows from him, and had a full course counter prepared ahead of time, and when he struck back, the match was over. In fact his description of Spectre’s field was incredibly accurate with how things played out: It was like a fragile castle built out of sand. And Lightning was that waved that wiped it clean. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how chilling Lightning’s smug smirk when he delivered the final blow?
It’s an understatement to say favourite part of the episode was when Spectre successfully triggered Lightning, jabbing him right where it hurts, and the dude just snapped. No one has ever seen Lightning recoil in such a way before. He was absolutely furious, insulted by Spectre’s foolishness to think he had outwitted him, and I loved every second of it.
It’s a shame to see him go so early on, unless Lightning intends to use him against the group. I would certainly like to see him again by going against his former allies, as though he is possessed. That could be fun.
As for next week, the match up is rather unexpected: Windy VS Takeru. I guess Windy isn’t confident enough to go to attack Ryoken first, so he’s going to “set an example” (for the sake of his own ego) with Takeru. I kind of have mixed feelings over this because again, it would kind of suck to see Windy be taken out this early too, since I can’t imagine Takeru would fall here, especially with Flame by his side.
Ah crap, this turned out to be a lot shorter than I thought it would be, but that’s all I have to say this week’s episode.
Note: It’s also why I chose to omit the gallery.