Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 97
This episode… man, I wouldn’t say it was a mess, but it definitely could have been a lot better considering how rushed it felt…
It took pretty much the entire episode (or maybe two if we include the previous one), but Jack eventually managed to nail the point into Yuuya’s thick skull. But even so, I am not entirely sure if Yuuya actually understood what Jack meant. At this point, it feels as though the writers changed their intentions, because it’s not lining up. I know for myself and many others interpreted Jack’s message as telling Yuuya to forge his own unique identity and stop gloating about his father’s ways- or maybe we just misinterpreted it. And yet Yuuya’s ultimate conclusion and his words he decided to go with were: “I’m fighting alongside everyone!”
I don’t know… Maybe we will get some better clarity next week since they ended the episode with that line.
I suppose there was an important factor that was sitting right in front of our nose the entire time. That is of course, the origins of Pendulum Summon. It required Yuuya trace back to the beginning of his journey, trying to identify what is something he has created for himself. He then remembered how he was the first to use Pendulum Summon. It is not something he borrowed, it was something that magically happened to him, he was the first. Yuuya realizes has been able to evolve it is thanks to the help of his friends and the opponents he has fought against, enabling him to continue to evolve the process of Pendulum Summoning.
And it’s true. At the end of the day, Yuuya can learn XYZ Summon, Synchro Summon, Fusion Summon, but Pendulum Summons will always be the heart of who he is as a duelist because he is the founder. I think it is very important that he traces back to that. I’m not saying that Fusion, XYZ and Synchro Summons aren’t important, but I think Yuuya needs to not only master but own Pendulum Summon unlike anyone else. Yuuya also realized both his wins and losses are what makes him who is now.
Jack gave Yuuya the another piece of clarity he needed to hear: Jack’s philosophy considers dueling as a form of having a conversation with his opponent. And he does so by conveying his will to his opponent. This is fundamental for Yuuya because he has been trying to figure out ways to stop Academia by his own means. And within this short period of time, Jack has given Yuuya the most important lesson of all: He must forge his own identity and style, and become more aware of what he can accomplish by staying true to himself.
That being said, we will have to wait until next week to find out the how much he has truly grown off of this revelation and whether or not our interpretations of Jack’s criticisms will come to light, and ultimately be addressed. And it looks like it is finally going to be a fun episode where Jack will actually be enjoying himself!
And finally, I thought Nirvana High Paladin was going to be cool- something to hype up about, or at least more significant than it turned out to be. In fact I was so disappointed, not just by its purpose, but how it debuted. Nirvana High Paladin is the biggest asspull we have seen in this series to date. I mean, at least Enlightenment Paladin didn’t feel like this, he was born through Tuning Magician, but then this… this… Nirvana High Paladin felt so cheap. I couldn’t care less about how revolutionary it is that it can be Synchro Summoned by releasing a Pendulum Summoned Pendulum Monster and a Synchro Monster. I don’t give a crap about it, because the way it was delivered. It felt as though it was made that way for convenience. And I get the whole evolution factor. ot makes sense because that’s what Yuuya was supposed to be doing since the beginning, and it also so happens to be something Jack feels strongly about as well. But really? A Synchro Summon under those conditions? Really guys? I don’t know, maybe it is just me nitpicking. Either way, before long I will forget about it and it won’t bother me anymore.