Cardfight!! Vanguard episode 182 + 183 [empty sympathy]
We start off on the MOOOOON because apparently the only thing you need to breathe on the moon is a Cardfight Deck! Welp, looks like colonization DOESN’T take giant robots, gundam. We’ve learned all it takes to motivate these guys is NOT being burned alive, but losing their memories of a dude. The gang decides they’re going to press forward, until they begin to be led along by the Quatre Knights who realize they’ve arrived. Kamui and Misaki get trapped and teleported away, leading Misaki to Rati and Kamui to Guillard. Neve and Miwa end up fighting one another …but who the crap is Kai gonna fight, Kamui’s leftovers? I mean Naoki already had his fight so . . .
Miwa and Neve are the first focus, with Miwa and Neve both ending up at 3 damage quickly. Oddly, Miwa seems incredibly passionate about recovering Aichi and we see HIS motivation for the first time. Miwa’s legion ends up with 2 freakin crit and 32k damage, but of course it lands him at 5 damage and a monologue from Neve to knock him down. Neve describes his homeland that is torn by war, and how eventually he was led back to Vanguard to win the Europe Circuit. (We’re still riddled with terrorism but he won a cardgame! – Kirtro)
Neve seems even more passionate in servitude to Aichi as he was the one who stopped Link Joker and saved his country from another war. HIS Legion gets fucking 38k damage and makes me want to cry. They end up at 5 damage each and end up back to Miwa, can he pull it out or will this be the unplanned pregnancy of a 16 year old girl equivalent of a card game show?! Miwa summons his vanguard again in order to get Legion once again and resend his triggers back. However he should know rear guards never win big battles and so his turn ends.
Ouch, his legion hits and Miwa loses! NOOOOO! Miwa losing his memories is so sad and just as Neve said, it only hurts for a moment, because he forgot it all. . .Miwa goes to help Morikawa find Kai to challenge him…forgetting all the while where he is and who he has gone to find. . .all he found out before losing his memories is Aichi was sealing himself to prevent war everywhere.
We see Rati’s backstory in the beginning, and how she has always been a good vanguard player who people wanted to challenge. We see her father runs a donut cart and they travel a lot, and she remarks she’ll always be happy so long as she has him and donuts. Meanwhile in the present day we see Rati and Misaki have begun fighting, starting with Pray Angel and Lir. Misaki quickly gets up to three damage while she discusses she expected this. Rati however is so confused as to how they could be obsessed with him.
Misaki explains she wants to teach Rati what friendship is so they can better understand each other. Rati explains she doesn’t even understand friendship at all or why it’s precious. She explains she never stayed anywhere long, and never really cared about much. All she needed was her father and his donuts. She explains he gave her a vanguard deck so she could make friends and play with them.
She recalls loving vanguard from a young age, EVEN CARDS THAT WEREN’T OUT SINCE THENOKAYOKAY, but even then she never became friends with those other players because she would be leaving in a week. Rati even learned how civilizations disappeared and were lost, and how nothing mattered. For a young girl she has an especially bleak outlook on the world. But, she explains, Cray is a place that held her heart and all other vanguard players. She wanted to play forever knowing Cray would never disappear.
But even that changed when Link Joker came. Cray started to become destroyed, and she couldn’t do anything. But then Aichi stepped in and saved her, as well as Cray, and she became indebted to him and believed in him from then on. I have to say even though she can be sympathetic I hate this girl and want Misaki to pummel her astral body deep into the cray envisioned ground.
Neither believe they can lose, but Kai and Naoki continue to wander around as this battle continues on, and Misaki rides CEO Yggdrasil! She calls the mate (ah shit, probably gonna lose, having trouble overcoming this summon bias shit) and moves Play angel to the soul in order to activate a powerful combo. Thanks to her combo she has a combo of 48k and an extra critical. She even stops them from guarding with anything but a 0. UGH and Rati is a smug little bitch. I HATE HER ASS. hate her ass hate it shit this bitch YOU’RE LUCKY NAGISA IS WORSE THAN YOU
Misaki tells her to envision a time before Vanguard, when she desperately wanted friends. Cray was wonderful because it let her be courageous, but Misaki asks her truly if she doesn’t want friends. She tells her to picture all the people she fought against, the people she might consider friends. She tells her to consider who she is, and who she fought, and how deeply she has loved her friends. Rati laughs at her and tells her to forget it, because she forgot Aichi once before, didn’t she?
She lowers Yggdrasil down to 1000 attack and attacks her to 5 damage, but she gets a heal trigger. Misaki is however doesn’t make it passed this. . .and is defeated. She returns to the Card Capitol and sees her bracelet. . .and breaks down into tears, saying she has forgotten something important.
Kamui . . . however, still has to fight Guillard. . . and after this. . .can he possibly win?