Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 144: Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve
You know what’s tragic? This could have been an amazing episode under different circumstances.
*PLEASE READ A/N: Hi everyone, I apologize how late this had to come out. Traffic was awful so it really threw off the schedule for tonight’s release. I just want to give you all a heads up that due to my new full time job, I will not be able to get YGO entries out on late Mondays nights, or early Tuesday mornings. Because of this, the release schedule of my entries will now be shifted to Tuesday/Wednesday nights (depending on how I’m feeling after the long day). So please do not be alarmed if you don’t see any YGO entries on Mondays or Tuesdays! And that concludes the notice! Let’s move on to today’s entry~
“We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)”
– Adele, Rolling in the Deep
Sums up about how I feel about this show.
I think this particular episode could have been wonderful under difference circumstances. My heart aches at seeing all the little things that could have made such a huge difference. I am referring to the realistic consequence of the invasion of Academia, how citizens of Heartland experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being carded, and how they can’t stand to watch or be a part of duels anymore. This is something the writers could have expanded much further on, making the purpose of Entertainment Duels, and Yuuya’s motto to make people smile even more important. They had two major opportunities to do this: The first time was when they first arrived in Heartland. However it can be argued due to the story’s circumstances, it wouldn’t have been appropriate at that point due to the hostile environment. But then the situation went from bad to worse, as in record time, Yuuya alone flipped the Academia Baddies to the Good Guys.
The second opportunity was pretty much at the stage of the story we are at now. In fact the exact timing of this episode probably would have been PERFECT, but only if none of what had happened in the last (approximate) 50 – 60 episodes, had even taken place to begin with. Heck, this episode could have happened even closer to the finale, making it so this week’s episode, could have been attributed to the true final boss battle we never got. NO REIRA ZARC BS, NO MISSING YUZU, NADA, NONE OF THAT. ALSO WHY THE FRICK IS YUUTO MISSING TOO? APPARENTLY YUUYA STILL HAD XYZ REBELLION DRAGON OR SOMETHING?! WHAT THE ACTUAL @#(*$&@!?!?!?! *HUFFS* (That was one of the handful of bad things that happened this episode, among others things that I am not going to bother rambling on about.)
What also broke my heart this episode was how precious Yuuya was. I must admit, it was incredibly refreshing to watch Yuuya duel without angst, doom and gloom and all that stuff. Seeing Yuuya shine again, be the entertainment duelist he is makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. While Yuuya’s growth as a duelist is definitely questionable and without a doubt, should have been much stronger (ie: at this point of the story, Yuuya should not be dependent on Action Cards to bail him out. If he is going to use it, use it creatively as we have seen very few (I can count with my hands) do throughout the show. It doesn’t need to be used as a bail out card, with better writing, Action Cards could have had a much greater appeal to the audience, which in return would have benefited Yuuya’s character development as a duelist the most.
However the one thing I like to argue about Yuuya’s character growth is while his development as a duelist deserves a failed grade, what I loved the most about Yuuya’s character is his inner character development. In all honesty, Yuuya’s character development could have been freaking amazing, I say even legendary (okay maybe that’s a little
too much) – if only the writers didn’t pull the stupid shit they did. I would say this episode highlighted what Yuuya’s character should’ve, would’ve, could’ve been. Yuuya had undergone some serious character development, from the kid who lacked confidence in himself, relying on his goggles as a form of escape, to learning how to forge his own unique style for Entertainment Duels rather than attempt to mimic his father, to the young and strong, independent man who been through hell and back again. After all his hardships, it only makes it even more important for Yuuya to make people smile, the charming fellow and his quirky style, and his brilliant smile that will warm your heart. But most importantly, happy.
After all the ordeals he has been through, both through the shit writing of the show when nobody knew what the @*#* the plan for the story was anymore, and the events he lived through the story, Yuuya still being able being happy, smiling little precious puppy is extremely important to me.
But it must be done right.
And this episode was almost right.
Although I don’t like Dennis that much, I must say – yet again, I ADORE his deck. I just can’t get over how fabulously designed his monsters are. Simply gorgeous. God damn it I love Trapeze Magician, and his Rank Up and his fellow monsters. On the side note, it was sorta sweet to see Yuuya tells Dennis to teach the kids of Heartland entertainment duels. Expected, but nonetheless, sweet.
Next week is gonna be pretty sad in a way since we now know why Shun is still in the Fusion Realm. He is trying to find Ruri, or at this point, since we see him speaking to the professor that he is trying to figure out how to get her back. But worst of all, the preview confirms that Yuuto is in fact missing, which means, Yuugo and Yuuri are missing too – which makes no sense to me because last I checked, their souls were split up and Zarc’s darkness was sealed within Reira’s soul, sooooo, yeah I don’t know what the hell is happening anymore, but I’m most certainly pissed off about that. It already freaking sucks that Yuzu and the girls are missing, and now we learn that YUUTO, YUUGO AND YUURI ARE TOO.
Random Note of the Day: LMFAO Hope Stairs have baby Yuuya on the card, that’s freaking hilarious.