Well Onazuki won a duel on his own, good I am glad Yusaku didn't have to come to save the day like he always does. I guess just giving a reverse psychology motivation talk was enough. But he didn't get physically involved, so that is good with me.
So looks like we are getting closer to the formation of the team, and hopefully they will Playmaker identity, it is time to pull that trigger already.
Next episode, things are getting real. Just me or does Vyra character design remind you of Anna from Zexal. It is going to be like watching older evil Anna when she duels. LOL
Not really. Their hair styles don't look the same and other than having an eye patch in place of a D-Gazer, their designs don't really seem that similar. If she was using a train or machine deck, then that might be something.
Anyway, I thought that this episode was okay. As much as I thought Dr. Genome was annoying. his combo was pretty impressive, especially when he cut Onizuka's life points and the attack points of his monster in half. Granted, it made it all the more obvious that Onizuka would make a come back victory, as per tradition in this franchise when one of the main characters is down to one hundred life points, but I'd still give him credit for a good strategy.
As I mentioned before, I have mixed feelings on Yusaku helping out. On one had, the reverse psychology was a bit unexpected. I knew he wouldn't join the duel himself, if only because it was clearly reaching its conclusion and I didn't think that they'd want to drag it out for that much longer in order to showcase Yusaku's monsters, but I was expecting something more akin to his speech to Dr. Genome when he talked to Onizuka. While he didn't join the duel, he still ultimately saved the day by motivating Onizuka. It does show that he cares about other people and he just hides it, but it still kind of bothered me that Yusaku still had to save the day even when he wasn't the one dueling. This probably wouldn't have bothered me that much if the entire show up to this point hadn't been worshiping Yusaku as the best thing since slice bread. They keep praising him as a hero, including even when he first showed up in this episode, and I just find it to be so forced to keep praising him. It still feels like the writers are desperately trying to make the audience like Yusaku by constantly reminding them that he's the hero who saved Link Vrains. If they had toned down the hero worship, or preferably removed it completely, I'd probably be more okay with Yusaku showing up to indirectly save the day. It would be even better if this was to help further establish their friendship, but I don't think it was going to do that either.
I liked Onizuka's come-back though. Getting rid of the masks was a nice touch that helped with his performance, although I still wish that they addressed that Onizuka was forcing himself into a role before. The whole heel turn worked in regards to wrestling, at least based on what little i know about it, but it felt kind of forced compared to when he was dueling Yusaku before. I thought that Yusaku would point that out too, but he was just talking about how duelist can always evolve further. Onizuka's strategy was pretty good though. He was able to get rid of the effects of Dr. Genome's monsters and win the duel. He got the virus recovering program too, although his one-shot friend obviously won't show up again because his purpose to create personal stakes is done. Onizuka claiming to be the world's best entertainer was a bit much. Maybe I would like his performances if I knew more about wrestling, but his main selling point for me is that he reminds me of Arc V and man I miss that series so much.
I was hoping that Onizuka would mention to Yusaku that he did know his identity afterwards, but he didn't. I guess that was a lie to get Dr. Genome to duel him, unless they're going to bring that up later. While Onizuka may not know who Yusaku is, at least he's actively fighting against the Knights of Hanoi, so he can be more involved in the conflicts.
I was confused when the Knights of Hanoi grunts were still turning other duelists into Another, but Yusaku mentioning that they keep updating the virus makes sense. I guess that would explain why they couldn't use the same program that healed Aoi to heal all of the other victims earlier either. I don't know if they could look at the updated virus to get a recover program that way, but they just wanted to find a way to still make becoming Another full of tension. I liked the scene with Aoi and Akira. Akira seemed happy to be able to spend more time with Aoi and Aoi felt the same, despite being distracted for a moment. While I do have my fair share of problems with this series, the moments being these two have been more genuinely touching than I expected, so that is nice.
I still really hate how they make the fate of Link Vrains so important when I still don't know why Link Vrains is a big deal. It's where people duel, but that's not enough for me to care, especially when I still don't understand how it's apparently the only way people duel in this universe. I could believe that it's the most popular way to duel, but so popular to the point where using actual cards is a rarity is just weird. The fact that people losing against the Hanoi are being turned into Anothers helps to make this more of a big deal, but that wasn't the case before these last couple of episodes and they're even comparing the AI duelists facing off against the Knights of Hanoi to historical Japanese battles. All that served was primarily to hype up the two new Knights of Hanoi and to get Akira to leave so Aoi could go to Link Vrains on her own. Her situation is rather difficult. She'd want to help fight against the Knights of Hanoi, but she promised her brother that she wouldn't and she knows how much he cares about her too. I wish that there was more focus on Aoi being afraid of the Knights or wanting to get revenge for what they did to her. The latter could show up for her motivation for ultimately joining the fight, but it still seems like she seemingly has no problem dueling again. It would kind of bother me if Akira is the only thing stopping her from fighting against the Knights of Hanoi. She was put into a dangerous and life-threatening situation, but aside from how it has made Akira understandably protective of her, being brainwashed and nearly put into a coma for the rest of her life seemingly had no effect on Aoi herself, which would bother me if that was the case.