Ohhh…that was beautiful! The special effects went to the extreme, and we got Stardust Dragon delivering the final blow! Also, the music is some of the best I’ve heard yet. Now only if we had Haranimation instead of the…lesser quality (understatement) faces. There’s no YGO next week, episode 152 will air on March 23. 152 will be showing a “what happens in the future” kinda thing, and then we’ll get Zexal on April 11.
Let’s start from the beginning of the episode, shall we? We left off with the summoning of Shooting Quasar Dragon last episode. The episode’s title happens to be Clustering Wishes (Tsudoishi Negai), which is what Yusei’s summoning chant starts off of. This is also the name of a key trap card this episode. What a great way to name the end of the final boss fight =D
Shooting Quasar Dragon’s effect can negate the Jikaishins’ effects of not being able to be destroyed. Also, SQD can attack the number of times equal to the number of monsters used as Synchro material. Since SQD was a Limit Over Accel Synchro using 5 Signer Dragons, it gets to attack 5 times, destroying all 5 Jikaishins on ZONE’s field. Since Sandaion’s attack is also 4000, SQD gets destroyed. This should leave both their fields empty, right? Unfortunately for ZONE, SQD can special summon Shooting Star Dragon with its effect negated when destroyed. Now that ZONE has not monsters on his field and Yusei has SSD, he executes a direct attack and drops ZONE’s LP to 700. Then he activates Speed World 2’s effect, removing 7 speed counters to draw 1 card. He sems to have drawn a really awesome card, but we don’t see it yet. He sets 1 card face down and TURN END. Yusei tells ZONE that the possibility of the future is crafted by each individual, bit by bit.
ZONE’s turn. Ein Soph Aur suddenly creates a huge gust and this hugeass tree thing appears. It is apparently Ein Soph Aur’s effect, which allows the summoning of the ultimate Jikaishin, Sephiron, when the 10 previous Jikaishin are in the graveyard or something like that (couldn’t catch it amist ZONE’s boasting about its infinite power). Once Sephiron is summoned, ZONE activates its effect. 4 Jikaishin can be summoned onto the field, with their attacks all raised to 4000. Then Sephiron’s ATK becomes the sum of all the ATK points of the other Jikaishin of the field plus its original ATK. Since 5*4000 = 20000, that becomes Sephiron’s ATK. What is this guy, Jesus? …Actually, considering how they’re all named after Archangels, close enough.
ZONE attacks Shooting Star Dragon with Sephiron. If the attack goes through, Yusei loses. Of course, this is the perfect situation for a turnabout. TRAP CARD OPEN, TSUDOISHI NEGAI! Tsudoishi Negai (Clustering Wishes) negates battle damage when SSD gets destroyed, and can Synchro summon Stardust Dragon using monsters in the graveyard. He tunes Power Tool Dragon and Turbo Synchron from his grave to Synchro summon Stardust Dragon. This time, it doesn’t get used to summon a shinier dragon for the rest of the duel. Yusei says his Synchro chant, which I’ve missed hearing since he hasn’t said it for the past few episodes. ZONE mocks him for summoning a 2500 ATK monster at such an epic moment, but this Stardust contains the power of friendship. Yusei activates Clustering Hopes’ other effect, which increases Stardust Dragon’s ATK by adding the ATK points of all the Dragon-type Synchro monsters in his graveyard. There are 7 Synchros in his graveyard, and adding their attacks to Stardust increases it to 23000. Stardust can battle with 1 monster on the opponent’s side by returning 1 Synchro from the graveyard to the deck (which means its ATK will decrease also). Yusei chooses to battle Sephiron. However, when Sephiron would get destroyed, another Jikaishin can be removed from play to reduce battle damage to 0. Of course, Sephiron’s ATK will also decrease this way. This basically continues until Stardust’s attack goes through.
First, Yusei returns Ancient Fairy Dragon to attack, dropping Stardust’s ATK to 20900 and Sephiron to 16000. Then he returns Life Stream Dragon to attack Sephiron again, dropping Stardust to 18000 and Sephiron to 12000. Next up is Black Rose Dragon, dropping their attacks to 15600 and 8000 respectively. Then Black Feather Dragon is returned for yet another attack, dropping Stardust to 12800 and Sephiron to 4000. Since there is only Sephiron left on ZONE’s field, Yusei finally removes Red Demon’s Dragon to reduce Stardust’s ATK to 9800 and battles Sephiron. The attack goes through, and ZONE gets defeated. Right before the attack, there is a flashback of stills of all the characters previously met in 5D’s (even people the show long ditched!), ending with Bruno, to build up the tension. And then, somehow THIS HAPPENS:
Unecessarily epic animations to fill up time? Hell yeah. Some gust blows through the city, and then SHOOTING SONIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with the most insanely detailed and epic animation gone into a Signer Dragon’s attack yet.
Yusei wins, everyone is cheering, and the Arc Cradle stops. However, the buildings on it start falling down. The Crimson Dragon saves the Signers and teleport them to somewhere further away, but Yusei is still in there. He talks with ZONE, and proceeds to reverse the spin of the Momentum in order to lift the Arc Cradle. Well, the whole place is crumbling, and chances are, he won’t survive if he goes in there. ZONE, playing his sympathetic villain card, uses his gigantic hands to chuck Yusei away and stop the Momentum himself.
The main cast is standing there, thinking Yusei died, and start crying. But then Aki sees him flying towards them in the distance, resulting in a happy end. Whereas Yusei was drawn well and looks cooler than usual here, the same can’t be said about the rest of them. What a way to ruin the otherwise satisfying moment.
Overall, I can’t say that I didn’t like this episode. The entire final battle was based on coolness rather than actual strategy, but using 5 Signer Dragons to summon Shooting Quasar Dragon and ending the duel off with plain ol’ Stardust on steroids certainly had me excited. It’s the same coolness that gets me heated up whenever Jack duels XD This episode had some flashy epic CGI and plain awesome music, but the animator didn’t put much effort in drawing anyone other than Yusei. Haranimation please?
Even if 5D’s is ending, I’ll always have a soft spot for it. I really did start watching from the first episode in hopes of getting into Yu-Gi-Oh, and it certainly did the trick. My strange curiosity when I started watching, the times where I got really anxious during the Dark Signer Arc, the times where I complained about the fillers, and the way I cheered after the writing quality got good again–they’re all important memories that will stay with me forever. It’s the reason why I started doing summaries on this blog, after all. If only I started blogging back in 2008…OTL
I can’t wait to see the paths each character chooses to go down in the future next episode. From the looks of it, Yusei got a legit job, became a scientist, and didn’t decide to travel the world. I’m also giving Zexal a chance, since I’d feel empty without watching YGO and typing up summaries every week.