Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Episode 66
The opening match for the Friendship Cup is Crow VS Gongenzaka! How was it?
Pretty boring to be honest.
I am thankful the match was resolved within this episode. It was so linear! In fact, there were a number of reasons why this duel was fairly dull and uneventful. First off, I couldn’t find it in me to care about who was going to win. During the first half of the episode, I was irked at the possibility of Gongenzaka only winning because Crow was so distracted by the kids. Thankfully Crow got his head back into the game, but it was still unsatisfying, probably because it wasn’t a hot blooded match. The second issue was the audience in the arena. It certainly takes away the interest when the audience cared more about debating amongst each other whether or not Jack is a hero or a traitor. I had to laugh (sarcastically) because the fuss was an absolute joke, and it is even more so when we know Crow didn’t want to participate in the first place because he didn’t want to ‘entertain’ the Tops. Well, if they are too busy debating to watch the duel, then you aren’t entertaining anybody. On that note, the other thing that bothered me was how we know Crow was really ticked off about participating, but then all the sudden he flips and goes on about setting an example to the kids (cue to the flattest back-story ever, of how they ‘saved’ him).
In all, it felt like lazily written episode. It didn’t feel like it had any value, any stakes (I mean, how does it work now that Gongenzaka had lost his first match? Is he out of the competition for good?). Gongenzaka didn’t seem to mind that he had lost the duel since he knew Crow had a valuable purpose for winning, but um… what about the stakes? Gongenzaka will no longer be given protection if he is officially eliminated from the roaster. I hate how there was no sense of danger about that possibility!
It is a relief I won’t have to wait another week for the following episode! Episode 67 looks like it is going to be fun, and I am excited to see how Reira’s character is changing thanks to Yuuya’s influence. It appears he may be turning against his brother. Reira doesn’t like getting involved in fights in general, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to participate in the Friendship Tournament without his consent. This opens an opportunity for us to see how Reira’sand Reiji’s dynamic with each other.