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Well that does basically confirm that a dub will eventually happen. I still wouldn't bet on it premiering this year given that the Vrains dub isn't finished yet, but I doubt that they would trademark a logo if they weren't going to dub it. It will probably come out next year, especially if that Konami is also planning on releasing the Rush Duel sets at that time as well.
 
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Well that does basically confirm that a dub will eventually happen. I still wouldn't bet on it premiering this year given that the Vrains dub isn't finished yet, but I doubt that they would trademark a logo if they weren't going to dub it. It will probably come out next year, especially if that Konami is also planning on releasing the Rush Duel sets at that time as well.
What we also shouldn't bet on is the dub getting aired on U.S. TV, since VRAINS failed to do so (which is why we only have the subbed version of that show), and especially with what's been going on out there lately.
 

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What we also shouldn't bet on is the dub getting aired on U.S. TV, since VRAINS failed to do so (which is why we only have the subbed version of that show), and especially with what's been going on out there lately.
The chances of a U.S. TV deal is pretty slim at best at this point, but there was speculation that a dub wouldn't even happen at the first place. Based on this logo, I'd say that might have been jumping to conclusions a bit too fast. I'd hope that KCM would be more willing to put the dub on some kind of streaming service, but it's hard to say. They may still be determined to get a TV deal despite not being able to do so for Vrains.
 
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So Sevens started airing new episodes again. I'm not sure if this means that the series is back in production since there wasn't any official announcement about it, but I saw what I guess was last week's episode. It was pretty bad, or at the very least boring. I kind of figured that they'd make the episode more ridiculous given that it involved a duelist who wanted to fuse ramen with duels, but it all just seemed a bit too much. The conflict felt so hallow when Yuga never mentioned this ramen shop beforehand. The whole notion of an A.I. restaurant also seemed a bit strange. Even in a futuristic setting with A.I. robots all over the place, it would still be safer to have an actual human cook making the food instead. The stakes felt nonexistent since even if the shop was still going to close down, the owner would have been willing to give everyone there some food. Yuga's attempts to fix the problem with his different Roads were pretty funny though. Yuga's excitement over someone else wanting to incorporate their own rules into dueling was also pretty nice.

The duel was pretty boring, but I liked that Yuga won through a different method than just relying on Sevens Road Magician's effect. It wasn't anything impressive, but it was still something different. Gakuto providing updates on the ramen was silly and funny, even if it did also feel like a desperate attempt to add tension to this duel. Rook showing up out of nowhere to eat it was also funny. It was expected that the shop owner would be inspired by their duel. I thought it was boring as dirt, but the show is really pushing for Rush Duels to be so amazing and I'm still not buying it. It was nice that he kept his shop open in the end though.

The relic being gone didn't really surprise me too much. Since Yuga was seemingly the first person to solve the Duel Quiz and unlocked Rush Duels for everyone, either it disappeared or more likely whoever set it up there somehow moved it. It was at least an interesting note to end this episode with. I have enjoyed the lighter tone for Sevens. It generally works, it feels pretty natural given how young the characters are and I'd be fine if this series just stayed as a silly light hearted show. I'm not sure how seriously I can take conflicts in this series, especially after this episode. This was the first time where the humor felt a bit too forced in places for me, particularly once the Ramen duelist showed up. The duel being so boring with nonexistent stakes didn't help matters either.
 
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So I finally saw last week's episode and it was okay. It had an interesting premise with one of the Goha executive trying to learn more about Rush Duels from Yuga. It was funny how Mimi and Yuga kept talking to each as if the teacher didn't even exist, especially when this is the first time we actually saw a teacher in this series. I really don't like that Mimi is an adult woman with the body of a child. I think that the troupe in general is kind of problematic, at least in anime. In my experience, it usually comes off as saying that it's okay to use a child character for fanservice because she's really an adult. It especially didn't help that Mimi said that she has a son, so someone had sex with a woman who looks no older than ten and she looked like a pregnant ten year old for nine months. Needless to say, neither of those thoughts were particularly pleasant to have running through my mind during the episode.

To be fair, they haven't used Mimi for fanservice yet and this allowed the setup to kind of work, but it just raised a lot of red flags for me immediately. Plus, she's a pretty terrible spy. That might be the point when she calls herself the eternal elementary schooler, which is practically giving herself away, and makes huge declarations in the restroom after calling her higherups on an out dated phone. It's still crossing into being a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.

It was interesting that she kept wondering if Yuga was a villain trying to create chaos with Rush Duels. Goha must see its massive control around the world, or at least this area, as being a means to protect people, which is also interesting. I guess that would explain why they didn't just straight up kidnap Yuga to learn about Rush Duels if they don't see themselves as the villains. She was able to lure herself into their group with those gifts, but Romin still saw through her enough to setup a trap afterwards. The setup for the duel itself felt a bit strange, if only because it still felt like nothing really important was on the line given that Yuga wanted people to learn more about Rush Duels.

The duel itself was okay. Mimi's monsters were certainly different. Having more flashy feminine versions of some recognizable female monsters was a bit of a surprise. I guess it fits with how she wants to be seen and treated more as an adult, but it was just weird, especially when there almost seemed to be a bit of an 80's vibe with their outfits and dance scenes. That might make a bit more sense within Japanese culture. I liked that Yuga at least had a different strategy this time with not relying on Sevens Road Magician. He had a plan for Sevens Road Magician being destroyed with his Trap card and was able to make a good combo thanks to his new monster and his other Spellcasters.

Even though I was fine with how Yuga won, I was a bit annoyed with Mimi losing. She didn't put on a terrible strategy or anything like that, but she established herself as one of the six Top of Hexagon members. Because of her appearance, she had to work harder to reach the top too, but she still couldn't beat Yuga. Yeah, he's the protagonist, but it kind of bothered me that this is another case of a female duelist not being allowed to defeat a male duelist. I didn't mind that with Romin since she isn't really a duelist and was using a spare deck from Yuga anyway, but this kind of rubbed me the wrong way in that regard. She was at least happy that Yuga hadn't tried to trick her like she initially thought he would.

Of course, the secrets of Rush Duels was just a bunch of doodles of robots. I think it is rather charming that Yuga wants to use robots to make Rush Duels more fun. But this scene pretty much makes it impossible for me to take Goha seriously. Admittedly, that was kind of hard from the start, but they seriously thought that doodles of robots and rockets were codes for how to uninstall Rush Duels, were going to take it to their lab and their leader just laugh like Dr. Claw. It's just so silly and even with their control over people in mind, I just can't take them seriously. That isn't necessarily a problem when the show hasn't really asked to me do so yet. The tone has been consistently light hearted and silly from day one, even if I thought that the ramen episode went a bit far in that regard. Honestly, I think that fans want me to take Goha more seriously than the show does at this point. I'm not too thrilled with Mimi sticking around to find out more about Rush Duels, if only because my fears of the show using her for fanservice and trying to justify it with her being over thirty is increasing. That and I also don't understand why they don't want to just take Yuga over to Goha. They don't have to kidnap him, but they can just be more direct about asking about Rush Duels, even though maybe Mimi and other Goha higher ups are trained to not be so direct. She wasn't sure if it was okay to get the book in a cowardly way.

I think that Sevens is starting to lose me a bit. Not completely mind you, but my issues with the whole adult women in the body of a small child trope combined with how absolutely stupid Goha looks to me really brought this episode down for me. It's at least more interesting than the previous episode, but that doesn't say much considering how boring the ramen episode was. The brief preview for the next episode didn't really ease my concerns with the series either.
 

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This series is a parody right? It is so goofy, it is hard to take anything serious. I am not saying it is bad thing. This is a departure from the previous series that had kidnapped orphans.
 

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This series is a parody right? It is so goofy, it is hard to take anything serious. I am not saying it is bad thing. This is a departure from the previous series that had kidnapped orphans.
I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a parody exactly. I think it's meant to be a goofy comedic series more than anything else. It's also clearly aimed at an even younger audience, so that would affect its tone too. I've seen fans claim that Goha having so much control over the city is dark or that they're in a dystopia society, but that just feels like such a huge stretch. They thought that a book full of robot doodles was a code for uninstalling Rush Duels. Not to mention they look ridiculous, especially their leader. Their control over the city can be extreme, but it would be really hard for me to take them seriously at this point.

Vrains having kidnapped orphans didn't really do much aside from giving the characters more angst. Still, Sevens being so light hearted does feel refreshing after Vrains was full of angst for the shake of it.

Anyway, I thought that this week's episode was okay. The setup for the duel felt really forced. Dueling for drinks on a hot day just felt like such a weak reason for dueling. They could easily go home to get something to drink instead. If they had established Yoshino's backstory at the start instead of the middle of the duel, that would have been better. It was also kind of funny in a way how a Field Spell was seen as a big game changer. It was to introduce the concept of Field Spells to the audience, but it just reminded me how simplistic Rush Duels are. Yoshino's deck was seemingly designed to work against Rook's, but a three hundred attack points difference from their monsters wasn't even a huge advantage for him.

Yoshino's motivation for wanting to duel Rook specifically made a bit more sense. Rook's advice was pretty vague and the school newspaper should have asked him for a different answer, but I don't think that Rook is particularly good at giving advice too. He isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he does have a lot of self-confidence. His new dragon looked pretty cool and I liked that Rook jumped into a sun during the summoning sequence. That's kind the kind of ridiculous over the top nonsense that I can get behind in this franchise. Of course, he was able to win after destroying that Field Spell and launched multiple attacks with his dragons.

Yoshino going on about how Rush Duels are so deep still kind of bothered me. They're trying really hard to sell Rush Duels as being so ground breaking and I can understand that in-universe, but they're just too simplistic. Plus, he was amazed that Rook destroyed his Field Spell when that was the most obvious solution. Even though Rook isn't really the best at giving advice, he did have a point about how relying on one of Yuga's inventions wouldn't really help Yoshino out in the long run.

While the rationale for the duel felt pretty flimsy, I liked how Mimi clearly saw how happy her son was even after losing and was okay with him being into Rush Duels. It was a cute moment when she accepted it and offered Yoshino his favorite meal. It does make me wonder if she'll still target Yuga or want to uninstall Rush Duels now that she knows how much Rush Duels make her son happy.
 
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