Episode 32: White-Hot Battle! Entertainment Duel Show!!
First of all, before I begin this review, thank you to everyone who read this blog because the view-count recently exceeded 15000! It’s hard to imagine in the first day though, that this blog would have been read so many times by Yu-Gi-Oh fans all around the world in less than 3 weeks, and I couldn’t have done without all of you. Please do stay tune for more Yu-Gi-Oh news, opinions and reviews!
So, without further delay, let’s move on to the episode review!
This episode picks up from where the last episode left off, with Sawatari gaining the upper hand. As with Yu-Gi-Oh traditions, it is not hard to imagine which side would win this episode (not going to spoil even though it’s rather clear), but how that character would win is something that I look forward to in this episode.
And my opinion? What the actual hell was the duel choreographer thinking when he wrote this duel? Both Yuya vs Sawatari duels, the other being the one in Episodes 3-4, happen to be two of the duels in the whole series with the worst card designs employed. Last time, we had Empty Fishing (a highly situational Trap Card that still leaves a bad taste in my mouth till this day) as well as the near-useless tier Dart Shooter archetype. This duel? One of the characters uses a Trap Card which does not fit his deck design at all, and another deus ex machina that looks like what the duel choreographer would write if he’s high on drugs and smashing his keyboard with his head. Not to mention the Action Spell Cards used by both duelists that somehow seem to save them miraculously from every possible scenario.
But I digress. The duel is still pretty enjoyable, in the sense that it is a rather even duel with both sides reducing each other to nearly the same Life Points and no one having an edge over another. Like last episode, the last turns in this duel are well-paced, and I also like how both Sawatari and Yuya try their best to exemplify the concept of an “entertainment duelist”, making the audience on the edge of their seats with each of their moves.
This episode also sees some precious character development for Sawatari, who, as mentioned above, now clearly knows what is it to be an “entertainment duelist” and seems less of a brat than he is previously. Once again, props to his voice actor for successfully bringing out that new entertainer persona for the character in this episode.
Animation is fluid in this episode and unlike the mess last time, the characters are much more better drawn. Some of the action sequences are particularly exceptional this episode, for instance one of the scenes where Yuya grabs an action card, or the scene where he rides on the gorilla monster to declare an attack.
While the duel choreography falls flat on its face this episode, overall it is still a decent wrap-up to the two-parter. Next week, we have the Shun vs Sora duel and it is definitely interesting to see some more plot getting unveiled.
Duel Choreography: 5/10
Episode 33: Future Metropolis Heartland! Until then!
*Notice: My apologies for being unable to follow my regular blogging schedule for the past week, because the Theme Song Analysis had to be split into 2 articles and all the card translations for the SECE set leak on Wednesday wore me out quite a bit. Next week, I’m having a long break so I would be able to blog as per scheduled again. Thanks for the support as always.