Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 63
Uhhhhh okay, so this week’s episode fairly strange. Ultimately the breakout was a complete failure due to the security knowing the plans. Just as they were about to be sent back to the prison, a higher authority known as the Administrator Board is revealed, and escorts Yuuya and the others to their facility where Jean tries to persuade the board to keep them imprisoned. Then Reiji shows up with the grand entrance as always, who have already spoken to the board and provided an explanation.
Now here is where it becomes a bit bizzare, as well as more complicated. Jean is clearly trying to reign control and maintain the vast division between the Tops and the Commons. It feels almost as if he himself is planning to overthrow the board, because surely whatever plan he had hinted a couple of episodes back, is not something he had shared with the higher authorities. If anything, Jean most likely is keeping many things under wrap, and that is his way of reigning control. I also believe he is playing dumb about not knowing about Academia. He definitely knows something about them- or worse case scenario: potentially working alongside them (but that may be a far fetched at the moment).
Ultimately, the board decides to have the Lancers participate in the Friendship Cup to show off their abilities. But the second Yuuya mentions Yuzu, Jean immediately takes advantage of that and points out how she will be participating as well. Why he goes out of the way to say that puzzles me. What he had conveniently left out was his plan to arrest both Yuzu and Yuugo. Whether or not that plan is still in place and how it will affect the others, we will have to wait and see.
But it wasn’t the end of it. Jean also picks out Yuuya of the entire group to face Jack Atlas for the exhibition match against the present king. He claims he had chosen him because (according to his observations) his is the most familiar with Pendulum Summon of the entire group (which is true). I don’t know how to react honestly, I simply do not trust Jean, and I feel like he has another plan up his sleeve in order to find a reason/excuse to have Yuuya and the others arrested. The one thing I am confident about, is that Jean has a grand plan he is waiting to put into action, and I get the sense based off his plot to capture Yuugo and Yuzu, the Friendship Cup is most likely will be playing a key role in his plans.
It was unexpected, but we learned a bit of about the origin and purpose of the Friendship Cup (also the reasoning for its corny name). The board created the Friendship Cup in spirit of Chojiro (or so they say) and hoped to find a way for the Commons and Tops to be able to reconcile/improve their relationship by competing for the chance to duel and defeat Jack Atlas, who is considered (by the boards at the very least) the mutual King for both the Commons and Tops. However for some in the Commons such as Crow, doesn’t perceive the Friendship Cup the same way Yuugo and Rin does. It shows us not everyone sees it as their ticket to a better life, but to ‘entertain’ the Tops.
Aside from the puzzling turn of events, the highlight of the episode was of course seeing Shun lay the law against the security force worth a one-shot like the badass he is with Raid Raptor Rise Falcon! Ahhh I miss that. It was especially amusing since Sawatari failed big time (as always), Yuuya only joined the fight to help them escape with his monsters, and then Gongenzaka joins the fray thinking he got this, having missed the memo where the opposition’s monster will take control of his- so Shun makes everything battle by single-handily taking care of the oh-so powerful security force. Yeah he had the advantage with his XYZ monster not having levels, but that’s the enemy’s loss.
Next week! Yuuya will be going up against Jack- ON A D-WHEEL! I can’t imagine how difficult it is going to be since riding a D-Wheel will certainly add to some complications for Yuuya’s entertainment style since he’s the type to run around the field. I also do wonder about how Yuzu is going to react when she does see Yuuya participating. You would think it would be easier for them to meet up since they are in the same stadium, but you just watch the security will probably do whatever they can to prevent them from meeting.
Also Golden Rule: Never trust Sawatari’s institution, ever.