Unlike most duels so far, episode 9 was a one episode duel that has nothing to do with numbers so it didn’t really matter that I skipped blogging it. It was just about some catgirl who likes Yuuma but Yuuma never noticed (because she never even talked to him) so she kidnaps Kotori and challenges Yuuma to a duel.
I’ve been complaining about how previous episodes felt so dull, but this episode is about Shark. So have some raepface Shark:
Episode 10 starts off with Astral floating around in the world inside Yuuma’s key necklace thing trying to solve the puzzle. Then it shows Yuuma running late to school. He runs across the street, but gets nearly run over by Shark on a motorcycle. That’s what you get for jaywalking, kid. At school, class president takes a look at Yuuma’s deck and asks him why the Numbers aren’t there. Yuuma says that the Numbers are only there when Astral is with him. Sounds fishy, but president says that Yuuma is a crap duelist without the Numbers, and Yuuma decides to prove that he can duel without Astral and the Numbers by challenging Shark one more time. He decides to look for Shark, but Tetsuo tells him that he hasn’t been coming to school ever sicne he lost against Yuuma in a duel. Rumors say that he has been hanging out with thugs.
Yuuma is walking around at night in some backstreet corner to look for Shark, and Kotori and Tetsuo follow him. He finds some suspicious abandoned arcade and goes in. Geez, letting your kids wander around in suspicious places at night…then again, Yuuma’s parents aren’t even here. Suddenly, Testuo is headlocked by some huge muscular guy who makes him look small, and Yuuma charges at him. However, Yuuma is grabbed by another huge guy. They get surrounded by a bunch of huge guys (actually normal size, but probably high schoolers who look huge in comparison or something). They’re about to do something to Yuuma and the gang, but Shark appears and tells them (gangsters) to let them (Yuuma) go. They actually listen, and let them go.
Yuuma asks Shark to duel him again, but Shark tells him he stopped duelling and leaves. Yuuma wonders why Shark stopped duelling, and Tetsuo says that it’s probably because he lost something when he lost the duel again Yuuma, and somethign happened to him at a tournament. The next day, Yuuma skips school to look for Shark again to challenge him to a duel. Shark tells Yuuma to stop bothering him and runs away. Yuuma chases him, and we get to see Shark’s awesome fence-climbing/jumping ninja skills. Shark does it in multiple jumps, but Yuuma just screams KATTOBING and crashes into the fence. He made it through somehow, and chases Shark across a river wirh steppings tiles. While Shark crosses them like a normal person, Yuuma screams KATTOBING and jumps, landing in the water. *facepalm*
Anyways Yuuma catches us to Shark and asks him why he stopped duelling. Shark’s like “WTF WHY DO YOU WANT TO KNOW STOP BOTHERING ME” but Yuuma replies with the standard protagonist “I’ve decided to become friends with you!!” line. Yuuma challenges Shark to a duel, saying that if he wins, Shark will stop hanging out with thugs. However, if Yuuma loses, he will give up his most important key-necklace thing. Shark agrees to the duel, and tells him not to regret it. Yuuma tells Astral to stay out of the duel, and decides to not use Numbers because Shark doesn’t have any Numbers cards anymore. DUEL! BTW Shark makes a creepy raepface here. The animators must really like drawing his raepface.
Yuuma’s turn. He summons Gogogo Golem. He places one card face down and TURN END. The card he set down was Battle Break, which ends the battle phase when a monster he controls is attacked and destroyed.
Shark’s turn. He summons Killer Frilled Shark (Killer Rabuka), and then special summons Sharksucker, which can be sp. summoned when another fish-type monster is summoned. He then overlays the two to Exceed summon Aero Shark. He then activates Aero Shark’s effect: remove 1 Overlay Unit to deal 400 damage to the opponent for each card in the user’s hand. Since Shark has 4 cards in his hand, he deals a total of 1600 damage to Yuuma, dropping his LP to 2400. Then Shark uses the Quick-play spell Cyclone (Mysical Space Typhoon in TCG) to destroy Yuuma’s Battle Break. He then attacks Gogogo Golem with Aero Shark, leaving Yuuma with 2300 LP. Shark sets one card face down and TURN END.
Yuuma’s turn. He draws Monster Reborn and summons Gagaga Magician. Since Gagaga Magician can change its level to anything between 1-8 once per turn, Yuuma can use Monster Reborn to summon Gogogo Golem and then Exceed summon Kibouou Hope. Yuuma is hesitating though, because he said he would win this duel without Numbers. Shark tells him to use Numbers, because that’ll make the duel actually interesting since Yuuma sucks at duelling. Yuuma knows that he sucks and can’t win against Shark, and Astral tells him to use Numbers to win because he cannot lose the key-necklace or else he is seriously screwed.
Yuuma uses Monster Reborn to revive Gogogo Golem, and overlays it with the now level 4 Gagaga Magician to Exceed summon No. 39 Kibouou Hope. He attacks Aero Shark with Hope, but Shark activates Killer Frilled Shark’s effect. By removing from play the Killer Frilled Shark from the graveyard, he negates Hope’s attack and decreases its ATK by 500 to 2000. Then he activates the trap card Fish Rain, which lets him special summon a level 3 or lower fish-type monster from the hand when a fish-type monster is removed from play. Shark summons Big Jaws (ATK 1800). Astral says that Yuuma needs to calm down and think, and he should’ve summoned Revise Dragon instead, but Yuuma’s like STFU and ends his turn.
Shark’s turn. He activates Aero Shark’s effect, and since there are 2 cards in his hand, he inflicts 800 damage to Yuuma. Yuuma now has 1500 LP left. Shark summons Skull Kraken, and overlays it with Big Jaws to Exceed summon Black Ray Lancer. He then activates BRL’s effect, removing 1 OLU to negate a monster’s effect. Since a Numbers card’s inability to be destroyed by anything other than a Numbers is a effect, it is negated and Kibouou Hope can be destroyed by Black Ray Lancer. Hope is destroyed, and Yuuma’s LP drop to 1400. Then Shark directly attacks Yuuma using Aero Shark, dropping his LP to 0. Shark Wins!!!
Yuuma becomes sad because he lost even though he had Numbers, and Shark tells him that even with numbers, he is a crappy duelist so of course he lost. Shark takes his key, but then is reminded of Yuuma’s “I’ve decided to become friends with you!” line and throws the key back to Yuuma, saying that he doesn’t need something like this. Shark walks to his motorcycle (WHY IS IT HERE IF SHARK RAN HERE!?), and tells Yuuma that he hangs out with the gangsters because he likes it there. They created a place for the him that has nowhere to go to. Shark tells Yuuma to never look for him again, and drives away on his D-Wheel motorcycle. FFFF-YEAH!!! GO SHARK!!!! THE RIVAL ACTUALLY BEAT THE MAIN CHARACTER. Shark beat him without taking any damage at all!!
This episode is the best so far in terms of plot. Next episode seems interesting too, since Yuuma and Shark team up in a tag duel. FFF–Zexal can actually be decent and make the main character lose! Most of the episodes range from very dull to crappy, but the episodes featuring Shark are actually interesting. Shark is also a better rival (read: doesn’t suck) than Manjoume from GX, although that might just be because Yuuma sucks too much right now and he can barely be considered his rival. Either way, I’m happy because the protagonist lost even when using his special cards. Hopefully Yuuma loses some more in the future and eventually stops acting like an idiot…or would that be too much to hope for?
Shark is pretty decent when compared to the rest of Zexal. Of course, nowhere near as awesome as JACK ATLAS.