Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 122
A/N: The RAWS have been fixed and the subs are back in action! Initially I was going to double post each for Ep 122 & 123 and Ep 124 & 125. But seeing how Ep 123 Subs have not been released as soon as I anticipated it to, I am just going to go ahead and publish this as a stand-alone. Once we are all caught up again, schedule should be back to normal.
I wonder if the technical difficulties break was actually what I needed. Coming into this episode, I had virtually forgotten what everything that had happened in the previous episodes, so it gave me a chance to kind of ‘Reset’ and start on a clean slate. Had I watched this a few weeks ago, I probably would still felt mildly frustrated and be extremely nit-picky about the details. I am telling you this because I actually enjoyed this episode. I think I subconsciously went in with the mindset of simply watching it, much like I would when I casually watch shows. I laughed a lot, continued to be baffled over just how messed up Academia’s teachings and philosophy is and it’s fair to say it was fun to watch. I would say my favourite part was how Yuuya’s Guard Dance card was used along with the stark similarities of the Duel Monsters playing a game of Splatoon on the field. (No seriously, that’s the first thing that crossed my mind when Yuuya brought out the blank canvass and the paint guns). Jack also had some fun lines as well, I was particular a fan of how he referred to BB’s fortress upgrade from a Doghouse to a Stable. It was also extremely satisfying to see Jack silence the Academia Students with his sheer power. They were sprouting all sorts of bullshit such as “CARD THE PROFESSOR” for the sake of the lesson, (what the actual !@#$!?) – they pretty much did that the entire episode. In fact they were worse than the Tyler Sisters, they were a tough nut to crack when it comes to entertaining them. Once Yuuya brought out the sparkles and rainbows that seems to have done the trick, but they are still siding with the Professor.
Yuuya managed to connect with BB once he realized BB didn’t actually want to hurt people, and it isn’t long before we can confirm this because BB is actually extremely frustrated and upset to have been dragged into Academia’s warfare, against his will. He doesn’t actually want to hurt people, but they drilled it into his brain, how he must kill/card others in order to survive. We saw that in action today as Professor Sanders was able to spare himself by pressing BB’s buttons to prioritize killing Yuuya (as per Professor Leo’s orders – which also confirms, LEO WANTS YUUYA DEAD. Wow… is Yuuya that big of a threat to the project, or maybe they need him dead for it to work… ANYHOW, YUUSHOU WILL NOT PLAY MISTER NICE GUY WHEN HE HEARS ABOUT THAT!).
Yuuya however was able to win and win in the way he wanted to, by creating the circumstances which BB had to end it himself. I won’t lie, it was actually quite touching to see BB kind of be set free. The whole build-up to Yuuya forgiving BB and giving him hope that he doesn’t have to hurt anyone was genuine. BB’s tears and the look in his eyes at Yuuya’s sparkly performance said it all. It was that glimmer of hope he has always been looking for. But most importantly, I appreciated how BB was remorseful for his actions, in a believable way. I also wanted to point to how Yuuya’s connection with BB’s was actually quite valuable because I don’t remember Yuuya actually telling us the audience what he experiences when he puts on the goggles. And we learned today that when he did that, he makes it so all the hurt and pain he is experiencing is taking place in another world that is not his own. This is actually quite ironic given the circumstances of the whole plot involving the dimensions. For BB, his version of Yuuya’s goggles was his Fortress, the armor he uses to safeguard his heart from all the hurt and pain he not only receives, but is ordered to inflict on others.
Now with the battle concluded, Yuuya and the remaining survivors of the Lancers + Jack must move on. However it appears Yuuya just may be going separate ways as Sawatari is defenseless, Gongenzaka is injured and the rest are carded, leaving Jack the only one to defend them. Knowing Sawatari though, he will probably find a way to hijack/take one of Academia’s duel disk so he can hold his own. But Yuuya is being led to a trap, supposed the Queen- which is worrying to me since the first character that comes to mind is none other than Yuzu. Furthermore the student which Yuuya is being led by is also a victim to the creepy-dude’s Parasite, so yeah… yikes.
Lastly right in the beginning of the episode we saw that Shun had collapsed. Looks like he had pushed himself so that he could help save Ruri, so now the girl is on her own looking for help. I am not sure if the Parasite is still a threat, but this could possibly mean since Yuzu, Selena and Rin are Out of Action, Ruri will finally get the chance to shine on her own. I’m hoping this will be the case because there has been a bit of a pattern with Yuzu being separated which then resulted Selena having some time to shine. For Rin’s case, it looks like she will most likely be ‘shining’ in her brainwashed state, unless Yuugo or perhaps even Ruri manages to free her.