F@*! this episode. It was not good for my heart, I thought I was going to be sick because of how stressed out I was watching it. It’s frustrating that Aoi fell here, but frankly, given Yu-Gi-Oh’s track record with female characters and after the shit they pulled in ARC-V, I litterally had no expectations whatsoever, much less any hope when it comes to fantastic characters like Aoi. But regardless of that, even though I expected nothing, I am still disappointed to the point I actually shouted, “OH COME ON!” when Bohman said he’ll be compassionate enough to let her say goodbye to her brother. Frankly speaking, the moment Bohman took notice of Akira and made him watch the duel, I knew that Aoi was going to lose for the sake of making Akira suffer losing his sister for the second time. The outcome of the duel is especially annoying, because I thought even though it was stuck in a loop of rinse and repeat of effects, I thought it was still quite exciting thanks to Aoi’s determination to push through. Aside from the bullshit results, I liked how Aoi had a moment where fear almost got the better of her, but was able to overcome it. I also liked that Akira put so much faith in her that she could pull this off. But with her having been taken away from him, I don’t know if Akira will be on the side of team co-existence any longer.
And man, this episode hurts like a bitch. It’s sad that for a series like Yu-Gi-Oh where although I don’t play the game, I enjoy its story and characters, female characters continue to be used as scapegoats. I said it in ARC-V and I’ll say it here again: If you’re going to make female characters, don’t neglect them! But if you’re just going to use them as fodder material to sacrifice to help the villains net some wins, then why even bother making them in the first place? Worse of all, Aoi and Aqua just became partners, like what the f—? They barely just started and you kick them to the curb?! What was the point of establishing their partnership then? I could rant on, but whatever. We’ve been down this road countless times before, it’s not worth the energy of being worked up about it.
Still even though I already knew it was bound to happen, and I told myself not to care, it’s really hard not to.
RIP Aoi and Aqua. You guys deserved better, especially after putting up a hell of a fight!
Anyhow, surprisingly it looks like Yuusaku will be facing Kusanagi next week no thanks to Lightning. God, what a dick. Pitting two allies against each other, perhaps this might actually be the tipping point of that will cause Kusanagi to part ways with Yuusaku. After-all, only one can survive, and it’s not going to be him. It’s going to be a heart-wrenching duel to say the least. As for the remaining three, I really do wonder if they are going to keep this up until Yuusaku has to face Lightning and/or Bohamn… Actually, I’m starting to wonder if the situation might actually end with Lightning and Bohman winning the whole damn thing, and we have to see the team somehow claw themselves out of their clutches. Perhaps this is where Ai, Flame and the others could play a far more instrumental role.
[Nods] Yeah I would totally be down for that. That would definitely make this loss a lot more bearable.