This week I’m actually not late because I watched the raw instead of waiting for subs. I understood it surprisingly well, although it’s probably because I’ve grown way too accustomed to YGO terms after 139 episodes. When you start catching errors in subs, that’s when you’ve been watching too much.
At last, the writers do something right since the Dark Signer arc. Remember how Aki lost her psychic powers at the beginning of the WRGP for no apparent reason than “she doesn’t need them anymore because she’s got the power of friendship”? Well now they’re back, and she saved Crow and Sherry from getting crushed by the mandatory post-duel environment destruction with Black Rose Dragon.
So Crow and Aki realize that they’ve been fighting each other instead of Sherry, and Black Rose Dragon’s effect destroys all trap and spell cards, thus they break out of Sherry’s continuous spell. Sherry then sets up another continuous spell that does not allow anyone to summon monsters with attack lower than her life points. If such a monster is summoned, it will be destroyed and 800 points of damage will be dealt to all players. I can’t catch the card names when watching without English subtitles because I don’t know the cards very well. Sherry summons a monster with 2900 atk.
Aki summons Blue Rose Dragon, which gets destroyed by the continuous trap. However, its effect allows her to summon a monster from her graveyard so she summons Black Rose Dragon (Sherry’s life points are down to 1700 by this point). Using a trap card, Crow summons a monster with 1700 attack, then uses a spell card (Rendering Tuning?) to summon a Tuner monster. That monster’s effect allows to to gain the attack of a Synchro monster on the field. It gains Black Rose Dragon’s 2400 atk so the continuous trap doesn’t activate. I suck at catching the names of the Black Feather cards OTL but anyways, it gains 3 levels and Crow Synchro summons Black Feather Dragon. Then Aki activates the trap “Synchro Stream” (?) which allows the attack points of one Synchro monster to add onto another Synchro. Black Rose Dragon’s attack points add onto Black Feather Dragon’s, making it have 5200 atk. Crow attack’s Sherry’s monster with BFD and they win.
This episode was full of Sherry emoing about how her parents died and there’s nothing left for her in the future so she’s helping ZONE becasue he promised to change the past for her. Then she shows a scene of what would happen if ZONE changed the past and Crow’s orphans would have happy families that didn’t get destroyed by Zero Reverse. Crow’s like “Oh shit if I surrender then them kids might get to have happy families OTL” so Aki tells him to believe in the future. After defeating her, they convinced Sherry that she should believe in the future so next episode we’ll be seeing Jack + the twins vs. Aporia. Go Jack, go! Since the writers did something good this episode, I hope they make Jack AWESOME in the upcoming duel. If Aki and Crow took care of Sherry and Jack and the twins will deal with Aporia, then will Yusei and Bruno just go ahead and fight ZONE? There’s like 10 – 15 episodes left, so assuming Jack + twins vs. Aporia takes up 2 epsiodes and ends at episode 142, then that leaves like 10 episodes for Yusei + Bruno vs. ZONE. Maybe they’ll throw in another villain for Yusei and Bruno, and then make an epic team up again for the ZONE duel? That’d be better than giving Yusei and Bruno all the screen time for the final boss.
Overall, this was a really good episode. There’s Sherry’s mindscrew, actual character, the writers made Crow and Aki awesome again…there’s the actual quality that disappeared in the WRGP. I’m glad we don’t see Yusei until at least episode 143 so we see some effort put into other characters. And Ancient Fairy Dragon…I kinda miss its ugliness ever since the Dark Signer Arc.