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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 18

This episode we continue Yuuma’s duel with Jin, with his friends’ lives on the line. Yuuma’s trap card cannot be activated, and he has no monster cards in his hand. Astral tells him that if he doesn’t draw a monster card, he’s screwed. He does draw a monster card, but it’s Kuribolt with a measly 300 ATK. Astral sees something in the card and tells Yuuma to summon it. Kuribolt’s effect can detach all of a Exceed monster’s Overlay Units and special summon a Kuribolt Token for each unit detached. He detaches Shock Ruler’s remaining 2 OLU and summons 2 tokens. He uses the spell card Voltage Summon, which allows him to release a number of Kuribolt tokens and summon the same amount of level 4 or under monsters. He summons Ganbara Knight and Shadow Lizard. The special summoned monsters have their ATK and DEF reducted to 0. He overlays Ganbara Knight and Shadow Lizard to Exceed Summon No. 39, Kibouou Hope. Continue reading


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 17 – Stranger Danger

I’m getting less and less motivated to watch Zexal due to Disgaea 3…but this episode is plot-relevant.

The episode starts off with two guys dueling, and one of them uses No. 16, Ruler of Color – Shock Ruler. He loses and the other guy reveals himself as Jin, someone working under the Numbers Hunter Kaito. Jin takes the guy’s Numbers and his soul, just like Kaito. Yuuma runs to school, full of energy due to the new cards he got, thinking that with the new cards he can now take revenge on Kaito because experience and skill obviously don’t come into play. Astral is still depressed because he lost a children’s card game. Kotori, Testuo and class president show Yuuma recent news of duelists who got their Numbers taken and turned old and wrinkly.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 16 – not gonna bother translating duel

I’m too busy (read: too lazy to stop playing my games) so I won’t translate the duel and all.

Basically Yuuma just argues with the sword guy about how dueling is all about light and hope and not darkness yadayada and the guy turns out to have a Numbers (No. 12). Yuuma wins and gets free card. Then the guy gets pissed and prepares to slash a statue again but Yuuma stops him by STANDING IN HIS WAY AS HE IS ABOUT TO SLASH IT. WUT. And the he gives a speech about monsters being his friends and the guy has a flashback of a time when he wasn’t an angsty idiot and actually followed his master, and drops his sword.

Granny brought Onee-chan to watch the duel to show her that Yuuma’s true potential lies in dueling and she decides to let Yuuma duel. Rokujuro gives Yuuma a shiny new deck and with that, Yuuma gains newfound confidence in winning the World Duel Carnival. Meanwhile, Astral doesn’t have ADD so he’s still unsure whether he can beat Kaito.

So yeah. Yuuma wins duel, gets new deck. From the looks of it, the plot doesn’t pick up next episode but at least it seems slightly more interesting since the preview had Astral telling Yuuma to abandon his friends.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 15 – Old cards appear, but boring episode

Lol this time it’s completely my fault that I’m late since I was grinning like a maniac for hours after getting my first contract (yes I MAHOU SHOUJO now). I completely forgot about Zexal yesterday. As a side note, this episode is entirely skippable and the old cards only appear for a little bit before a random unrelated plot is thrown in.

This episode begins off with Yuuma and Astral angsting about getting owned by Kaito, and then Kotori and Tetsuo show up to tell them about the World Duel Carnival. It’s a tournament consisting of the strongest duelists in the world (like all tournaments claim to be) and it will be held in Heartland this time. Just as Yuuma is thinking that Kaito will definitely be in the tournament, his grandmother appears and makes him deliver a huge bag of vegetables to some old man in a shrine (that you can only get to after climbing longass stairs). Astral is still in his angsty position and doesn’t say anything. The shrine is actually some kind of dueling dojo and the old man’s name is Rokujuro. Back at home, Onee-chan is pissed that Granny sent Yuuma to a dueling dojo and says that dueling is dangerous for Yuuma. Granny believes that Yuuma will find a new goal through dueling. Hmm…I wish I could find my goal in life through playing games (no, NEET does not count).

Rokujuro makes Yuuma, Kotori and Tetsuo clean up and then he goes off into some room. Yuuma got bored of dusting the floor and goes into the room the old name went into to find…

STATUES OF OLD DUEL MONSTERS! They’re apparently legendary now. Old man challenges Yuuma to a duel. Basically statue version of the monsters are set on his field (Blue Eyes Statue Dragon, Red Eyes Statue Dragon, Statue Dark Magician, Statue Dark Magician Girl) but they have 0 ATK and cannot attack.

Yuuma uses B2 Zone, which negates the “statue” effect of the monsters and they turn into the actual monsters. Rokujuro says that that is not actually moving, and he will show him the real duel. They get transported into an alternate world, where Yuuma becomes Dark Magician and his human body is a statue. Rokujuro uses Polymerization to fuse 3 Blue Eyes Statue Dragons into Blue Eyes Ultimate Statue Dragon. I’m not even going to bother translating the duel because Yuuma basically gets KO’ed and Rokujuro tells him that monsters feel fear when they get attacked too.

The next day, Yuuma is polishing the statues and finds a huge crack on one of them. Rokujuro walks outside and and a dude carrying a sword approaches him, telling him he came back and calls him “teacher”. He says something about coming back from the darkness and whips out his duel disk. Lololol why you even carry around a sword? They duel, and the guy defeats Rokujuro. The guy walks into the dojo and sees Yuuma. Rokujuro tells him to run away. Flashback time! Basically this guy is Yamikawa and he got owned by Rokujuro, who is pissed that he decided to go down the path of darkness rather than light. He rages and slashes apart one of Rokujuro’s statues and leaves, promising that he will come back one day and defeat him and take his deck. Rokujuro refuses to give him the deck so he gets into rage mode again and prepares to slash another statue, but Yuuma stops him out of nerd rage (NO ONE MESSES WITH STATUE COLLECTION OF OLD MONSTERS. NO ONE.) and claims to be Rokujuro’s disciple. They duel.

Yuuma’s turn. He summons Gagaga Magician, places one card face down and TURN END.

Yamikawa’s turn. He summons Armored Ninja Flame and uses the spell card Armored Ninpo Quick Teleport, which allows him to special summon a monster from his hand with lower attack than Flame. He summons Armored Ninja Air. Quick Teleport prevents both of them from attacking this turn, but he Overlays them to Exceed Summon Armored Ninja Blade Heart (2200 ATK). He uses it to attack Gagaga Magician, but Yuuma activates the trap card Gagaga Shield, which can be equipped onto a Spellcaster-type and prevent it from being destroyed twice. Yuuma still receives the damage and his LP drops to 3300. Yamikawa removes one Overlay Unit from Blade Heart to allow it to attack again, destroying the Gagaga Shield and Yuuma takes damage once again, dropping to 2600 LP. The episode ends with Yuuma saying that his monsters are his friends so he’ll protect them.

Boring episode is boring. No Numbers, no main plot, and the DM cards only appeared for a little bit before making way for stupid ninja dude and his lousy backstory that we’ve totally never seen before. It was pretty much a snoozefest and I hate how so many duels are two-parters when they’re not even interesting. This is just some random side plot to get Yuuma and Astral to stop angsting about losing a card game, which can be done in many more interesting ways.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 14 – Zexal version of the Kiryuu duel

Dammit, I’m one day late again because I couldn’t find the raws yesterday. The episode continues the duel between Kaito and Yuuma, after Kaito has summoned two Numbers on his first turn.

Yuuma’s turn. He sets one card (Gogogo Golem) in face-down defense position and ends his turn. He does this because by now he has realized that he can take two hits if he puts it in defense, and doesn’t go off summoning it in attack position.

Kaito’s turn. He activates White Knight Illunimator’s effect, removing one OLU to send a card from his hand to the graveyard and draw one card. He then activates the effect of Gigant Brilliant, which by removing one OLU, its ATK is raised by 300 to 2100. He attacks Yuuma’s face-down Gogogo Golem but fails to destroy it due to its effect. He then attacks with White Knight Illuminator and destroys it, leaving Yuuma’s field empty. Yuuma’s like “oh lol he has no more mnsters I’m safe” but Kaito releases both his Numbers to special summon Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon. Galaxy Eyes cannot be normal summoned, only special summoned by releasing two monsters with 2000+ ATK. TURN END.

Yuuma’s turn. He summons Gagaga Magician and uses the spell card, Monster Slot, on it. It removes from play one monster in the graveyard that is the same level as Gagaga Magician, and allows him to draw one card. If it is a monster the saem level as Gagaga Magician (lvl 4), then he can special summon it. He draws Ganbara Knight and summons it, and then overlays it with Gagaga Magician to Exceed summon Kibouou Hope.

It cuts to a scene with Mr. Heartland talking to Dr. Faker (god, someone is as bad at naming as I am) about holding a World Duel Carnival in Heartland to lure out all the duelists in the world with Numbers cards. He will let Kaito enter and if he wins, he will get most of the 100 Numbers. He is confient that Kaito will not lose because he created his deck. Then we see Dr. Faker saying that with the Sphere Field experiment (which is literally a sphere of energy), he will be able to bring out the true power of Numbers and use that energy to do something (presumably send more trash into Astral World lol). Kaito’s creepy brother, Haruto, is sitting there sending trash as usual, and enjoying the screams from Astral world. The Sphere Field releases energy like crazy and Mr. Faker tells him to damage Astral World moar.

Back at the duel, Yuuma knows that he needs to go on the offensive because he learned from the duel with Shark that Hope is not invincible against regular monsters and offense is the best defense. Astral is surprised that Yuuma actually matured. Yuuma uses the spell card Hatenkou no Kaze  (he used this before but I failed to get a picture) to raise Hope’s ATK and DEF by 1000 until his next turn. He attacks Galaxy Eyes with Kibouou Hope, but Kaito activates the former’s effect: when it battles another monster, remove from play both monsters. Yumma’s attack is unsuccessful, and Galaxy Eyes’ effect brings the removed from play monsters back, and if the other monster is an Exceed monster then Galaxy Eyes gains 500 ATK for each OLU the monster has. Hope still had 2 Overlay Units so Galaxy Eyes gains 1000 ATK to a total of 4000 ATK. Kaito’s annoying robot tells him to take Yuuma’s soul too, and Yuuma remembers back then when the criminal turned old. Kaito yells at the robot, saying that it went too far and scaring the opponent during a duel is the cheapest tactic to use. He reveals to Yuuma that when he takes someone’s Numbers, the soul comes with it. He has no idea where the sould goes. Yuuma sets one card face down and TURN END.

Kaito’s turn. He attacks Hope with Galaxy Eyes and while Hope cannot be destroyed byt it, Yuuma still receives 1500 damage and drops down to 2500 LP. Kaito activates the Quick-play spell Photon Wind, where if he dealt damage to the opponent but didn’t destroy the monster during battle phase, he deals an additional 1000 damage. Yuuma’s LP drop to 1500. Photon Wind also lets him draw a card. He sets one card face down and TURN END. Astral is disappearing bcause Yuuma is losing (and feeling the damage physically), and Kaito tells him to surrender so he doesn’t cause himself any more pain. Since Yuuma’s character type will never allow him to give up, he doesn’t.

Yuuma’s turn. He’s thinking that if he changes Hope into defense position, he can defend from Kaito’s attacks since a Numbers can only be defeated by another Numbers, but Astral tells him that Kaito already predicted that since he got rid of his Numbers to summon a not-Numbers. Astral tells Yuuma to keep going on offense because that is the best defense. Yuuma asks if Astral is scared of disappearing (since Yuuma himself will get his soul removed if he loses), who says that he doesn’t know but he will keep pushing forward. Yuuma is surprised that Astral is still so calm, but I guess that comes naturally since his life is at risk every time Yuuma duels a Numbers and considering it’s Yuuma who’s dueling…Yuuma grabs his necklace and remembers a time where he was a shota and climbing up a cliff where he will definitle die if he fell, and a man standing up at top (likely his father) telling him to KATTOBING! Yuuma decides to officially cooperate with Astral because he is freaking screwed and summons Zubaba Knight. He then activates his face-down trap, Copy Knight. It copies the name and level of a normal summoned level 4 or lower monster and is special summoned with 0 ATK and DEF. It copies Zubaba Knight, and Yuuma overlays them to Exceed summon No 17, Revise Dragon (AKA backup ace monster). He activates Revise Dragon’s effect to raise its ATK by 500 to 2500 and then activates the spell card Cross Attack, which can be used when there are two monsters with the same attack on the field. One monster will be able to directly attack the opponent, while the other cannot attack. He attacks Kaito directly with Kibouou Hope, but the latter activates the trap card Photonize, which negates Hope’s attack and since Galaxy Eyes is light attribute, its attack is raised by that of Hope’s to 6500.

Astral tells Yuuma that he has exactly one chance of making a turnabout. He tells him to set the trap in his hand, Holy Armor Mirror Mail, face down. That card can be activated then the opponent declares an attack, and allows the targetted monster to become the same attack as the attacking monster. He places it face down and TURN END. If you’ve watched enough Yu-Gi-Oh!, then you’d know that if they reveal the strategy they’re gonna use to the audience beforehand, it’s not gonna work.

Kaito’s turn. He summons Photon Cerberus, which prevents the activation of trap cards in the turn it is summoned. He is about to attack with Galaxy Eyes and win, but then Haruto gets an attack and collapses in the middle of his trash-sending of joy and the robot shows a projection of it to Kaito (handy stalking tool!!) who postpones the duel and runs off. *facepalm* seriously, you couldn’t just win right there, right now, take all of Yuuma’s Numbers and THEN rush to your brother? It’d take like an extra minute. Although of course, they can’t have Yuuma and Astral die right here or else Zexal would be finished. Trololol this is just like the first Kiryuu duel in 5D’s where the opponent was about to win and the main character will die, but then gets interrupted due to some timely accident and runs off. Time starts flowing again, and for anyone who got too caught up in the duel and forgot, Yuuma is in the middle of the street with Kotori falling in mid air. The car passes by and they’re both safe, but Yuuma starts angsting about nearly losing a card game in the rain going “WHAT KATTOBING? WHAT DUEL CHAMPION? I CAN NEVER BECOME THE DUEL CHAMPION!!” orz I almost forgot that Yuuma was actually trying to become a duel champion. He screams in the middle of the street, which happens to be completely empty.

WRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

At this rate, I’m definitely continuing Zexal. Yuuma has had one on-screen loss and one interrupted would-be loss in 14 episodes, so I hope this becomes the same quality as the first 64 episodes of 5D’s. The next episode preview shows that we’ll see Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl and Blue Eyes White Dragon!!! OMFG YES! Probably nothing to do with main plot, but yay for nostalgia!

This is how they show DM's age, huh?


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 13 – The Plot is here!!

Yuuma and Kotori are standing around in a shopping mall, watching a live broadcast of some criminal beating up cleaning robots with a baseball bat in that same mall. Astral notices on the broadcast where the camera just so happens to zoom in on the dude’s shoulder that he has a Numbers! So they run to the scene of the crime like a good kid. However some other guy is after Numbers too, and not only does he have a robot that can transform into wings for him, but he can stop time! He breaks through the glass ceiling of the mall and stops time. Yuuma and Astral aren’t affected in the time stop due to main character powers, and the criminal is also able to move. The awesome dude calls himself the Numbers Hunter, Kaito, and challenges the criminal to a duel. The criminal has No. 56 Gold Rat but he lost because Kaito has a magical girl transformation when he equips his duel disk and is therefore an important character. He takes the Numbers, and the criminal turns into an old man. Yuuma rushes to the scene to see Kaito fly away.

IT TAKES 9+ POLICEMEN TO TAKE DOWN A 12-YEAR-OLD

Time starts flowing again, but since Yuuma is standing where the criminal is, he gets subdued by the police LOLOLOL. There’s a scene with some creepy kid sending the cleaning robots’ garbage into another dimension to cause some kind of galaxy-wide destruction that we saw in Astral’s flashback in the last episode and then we cut to Kaito reporting in to a creepy glasses guy. They’ve apparently collected 11 Numbers so far and are trying to bring peace to the city of Heartland (the city the show taks place in. Dammit, I think I was better off not knowing the name of the city) Here it is revealed that when Kaito takes a Numbers card, he takes the guy’s soul too and that’s why he turned into an old man. He is bothered by this, but he has been told that if he collects all 100 Numbers, his little brother Haruto will come back. After Kaito exits the room, the creepy glasses guy reports to a even creepier looking dude called Dr. Faker who says some shit about throwing away his humanity to save the world and that to protect Haruto, Kaito will throw away his humanity too. He then mentions something about the Astral World and something that happened on a certain day and swears to destroy them and return the damage they did back to their world because there is no other way of saving the world.

Yuuma has been released, and is at home with Onee-chan and Kotori watching himself get on the news. LOLOLOL Astral asks him why can’t he just tell her about the Numbers but Yuuma is technically banned from dueling so he can’t say anything. The kid sending trash to another dimension is actually Haruto, who is in some tall building watching people at a festival. Kaito comes in, and Haruto asks him why the people are laughing. He says that he does not need the sounds of laughter, but screams. For him to be calm, he needs more screams. Kaito is pained by the state of his brother, who asks him if he is weird. Kaito tells him that this is just a bad dream, and he will free him from it. D’awww. いいアニキだね…

Astral warns Yuuma that if the Numbers Hunter is lookig for Numbers, he will eventually come to them. Yuuma is like “LOL so what? I’ll just win him in a duel!” pffffftt. Such confidence comes with QUALITY dueling skills, I see (although that’s not stopping his plot armour). Yuuma is walking home with Kotori when it starts raining. They decide to run but Kotori is slow and car is abut to hit her on the crosswalk. Yuuma pushes her out of the way but he gets in the way of the car and is going to get hit according to physics, but then time stops before it hits him. Kaito appears, and says that the only people able to move when time is stopped are people with Numbers so Yuuma must have Numbers. Astral tells him to run because Kaito is dangerous, but the latter has some kind of magical energy rope to prevent Yuuma from leaving. It ties Yuuma to Kaito, so he has to duel him. Astral tells Yuuma to leave the duel to him because Kaito is stronger than anyone Astral, let alone Yuuma, dueled before. DUEL! Kaito does his magical girl transformation again lol.

Kaito’s turn. He uses the spell card Photon Veil, which lets him return 3 light attribute monsters back to the deck and add 3 light attribute monsters to his hand. He then uses Photon Lead, which lets him special summon a level 4 or lower light-attribute monster. He summons Daybreaker, whose effect allows him to special summon another monster of the same name if it is special summoned. He does this twice to have 3 Daybreakers on the field. He overlays them to Exceed summon No. 10 White Knight Illuminator and activates its effect, removing one OLU to send one card to the graveyard and draw a card. He sends Light Serpent to the graveyard, whose effect allows it to be special summoned when sent from the hand to the graveyard. Finally, he normal summons Plasma Ball and overlays it with Light Serpent to Exceed summon No 20. Giganto Brilliant (Ant Soil Brilliant). The episode ends here with Yuuma going “did he just summon all those monsters in one turn?”

Finally! The plot! It looks more interesting from now on, and I actually want to keep watching Zexal to see kind aniki Kaito and his little bro more of the plot about Astral World and Numbers. Glad I didn’t drop Zexal and pushed through the crappy filler with the teacher and the catgirl.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 12

Continuing from last episode, Rikuo has just summoned No 61 Volcasaurus and declares a direct attack on Shark, who activates the trap card Zeus Breath to negate the monster’s attack. Rikuo puts 2 cards face down and TURN END.

Yuuma’s turn. He summons Goblindbergh, whose successful summon allows Yuuma to special summon a lvl 4 or lower monster. He summons Gagaga Magician (…who couldn’t see that coming?) and overlays it with Goblindbergh (despite Astral’s protests) to Exceed summon No. 39 Kibouou Hope. Rikuo and Kaio start glowing like possessed people and activate the continuous trap Avalanche: when a monster is Exceed summoned, it cannot attack and the player will receive 500 dpoints of damage if they use its effect. Astral is like “lol pointless summon is pointless” and Yuuma places 2 cards face down and TURN END.

Kaio’s turn. He changes Menchi Icebergdon to attack position (1300 ATK) and directly attacks Shark who has 1100 LP left. Yuuma activates Kibouou Hope’s effect to negate the attack, and Shark calls him an idiot (ohoho~ Shark is tsun…oh wait, Yuuma is really an idiot during dueling.). Yuuma’s like “I TOLD YOU, WE’RE FRIENDS!!!!” and Shark makes a moe expression.

WE'RE FRIENDS?

Yuuma takes 500 damage due to Avalanche’s effect and his LP drops to 1900. Kaio still has Regent Blizzardon (ATK 1400) and uses that to directly attack Shark. Yuuma activates Hope’s effect again to protect Shark. FUUUUUU- WHY DO I FEEL SOMETHING FOR THE INTENSE FRIENDSHIP??? I DON’T EVEN LIKE YUUMA, BUT OTL and I thought my fujoshi eyes were gonna get dull when watching a show about little kids…Anyways Yuuma takes 500 dmg again and his LP drops to 1400. He gets knocked to the ground so Shark’s like “Why you so fail and do all this?” but Yuuma acts all tsun and is like “SHUT UP I WAS JUST TAKING A REST!!” why can’t I take off shipping goggles

Yes I mad

Then Rikuo activates the trap Volcash which lets him change Kaio’s Regent Blizzardon into defense position (DEF 1400). Kaio uses the spell card Taiki no Hyoudou (The Alert Ice Cave), which lets him increase the level of a defense position monster he controls by 1. He increases Blizzardon’s level to 5 and overlays Menchi Icebergdon and Regent Blizzardon to Exceed summon No. 19, Freezerdon. He removes 1 OLU to restore all of Volcasaurus’ OLUs. He places 2 cards facedown and TURN END.

Shark figures out that the opponents are cheating, and Astral knows that something is up but he doesn’t know what “cheating” means lol. Yuuma’s like “THAT MEANS THEY’RE NOT GOING BY THE RULES” (yes, Yuuma is always talking in all caps) and Astral’s like “OOOOOHHH!!” Basically Rikuo’s and Kaio’s duel disks are modified so that the cards are shuffled in the exact order they want and they know what cards are coming up next. Shark and Astral are serious dueling nerds so they’re like “RRRRAAAAAGE YOU CHEATING! YOU NOT REAL DUELISTS!!!” but Rikuo says that Shark is the real cheater since he saw the opponent’s deck at a tournament. It flashbacks to the tournament, where Shark’s the the waiting room and some guy comes in and scatters the opponent’s deck on a table and leaves. Shark happens to notice the scattered deck and sees Mirror Force. During the duel, the opponent puts a card face down and Shark thinks it’s Mirror Force, and then he proceeds to make his move but then the footage of him seeing the scattered deck shows up and he gets disqualified. Rikuo and Kaio are laughing at Shark’s fear of losing, but then Yuuma’s like “LOL WHAT’S WRONG WITH BEING SCARED TO LOSE I DID IT TOO” and he admits that he used Numbers in his duel with Shark because he was scared to lose and lied about wanting to save Shark. Shark smiles, and tells Yuuma to win the duel.

Shark’s turn. He uses the spell card Exceed Gift, which lets him draw 2 cards if there are 2 more more Exceed monsters on his field. He summons Spiked Sunfish (Harimanbou) and activates the spell card Surfacing which lets him summon a lvl 3 or lower fish type monster from his graveyard in defense position. He summons Big Jaws and overlays it with Harimanbou to Exceed summon Black Ray Lancer. He removes 1 OLU to activate Black Ray Lancer’s effect, negating the effect of Volcasauru until End Phase. Then he activates Harimanbou’s effect to decrease Volcasaurus’ ATK by 500 to 2000. He attacks Volcansaurus with Black Ray Lancer, but Kaio activates the trap card Daishou Koukan (“Compensation Exchange”), which negates the attack but deals damage equal to the receiving monster’s ATK to himself, dropping his LP to 2000. Rikuo activates the trap card The Scorching Depths – Volca Abyss: when an ally receives effect damage, the user gets to look at the opponent’s hand and return any monsters to the deck. He looks at Yuuma’s hand which consists of Gogogo Golem and Monster Reborn, and Gogogo Golem is returned to the deck. Shark places 1 card face down and TURN END.

Rikuo’s turn. Since Volcasaurus’ effect is no longer sealed, he activates it to destroy Shark’s Black Ray Lancer and deal 2100 damage to Shark. Yuuma activates the trap card Damage Diet, which halves effect damage. Shark takes 1050 damage and has 50 LP left. He activates the trap card Hate Crevice. When a monster he controls is destroyed by effect, an opponent’s monster gets destroyed and he receives damage equal to its ATK. Shark chooses Volcasaurus, but Kaio activates the trap card Compulsory Change to change the target to Freezerdon. Kaio takes 2000 dmg and gets KO’ed since he has 0 LP left. Rikuo gets pissed because they knocked out his lil’ bro and starts glowing with a purple aura. He activates Volcasaurus’ effect to destroy Yuuma’s Kibouou Hope, but Damage Diet halves the effect damage and leaves Yuuma with 150 LP. Rikuo directly attacks Shark with Volcasaurus, but the latter activates his trap card Last Entrust, which lets him hand a card to the opponent and end the battle phase. Shark hands a card to Yuuma (which is apparently OK even though the description says “opponent”), and Rikuo activates the spell Twin Volcano, which will deal 500 damage to the opponent during his next standby phase and he can send it to the graveyard to deal another 500 damage. In other words, both Shark and Yuuma are dead when his next turn comes. TURN END.

Shark tells Yuuma not to give up even though he said he hated that phrase back in episode 1. Yuuma’s turn. The card Shark gave Yuuma was Armored Exceed. Yuuma uses Monster Reborn to special summon Shark’s Black Ray Lancer (awesome music starts playing!) and equips Armored Exceed to it. When Armored Exceed is equipped to a monster, its ATK, DEF, Effect and name becomes that of one Exceed monster in the graveyard. Basically BRL becomes Kibouou Hope in everything other than looks. Yuuma attacks Rikuo’s Volcasaurus with Black Ray Lancer and destroys it, leaving Rikuo with 1900 LP. He sends Armored Exceed to the graveyard to let Black Ray Lancer attack again, this time a direct attack towards Rikuo. Rikuo’s LP drop to 0, Shark and Yuuma win.

Kibou Ray Lancer!!

Astral absorbs No. 61 and No. 19 to recover some memory with screaming sounds in a galaxy like some mass galaxy-wide murder. Yeah. Rikuo and Kaio run away screaming like little girls (literally. Just go listen to Kaio’s voice!). Tetsuo and Kotori (they came last episode, remember?) come up to congratulate Yuuma, who apologizes to the former for lying about using Numbers. Tetsuo forgives him and asks him to duel. Yuuma tries to return Shark’s Armored Exceed, but Shark tells him to keep it and says that he has improved from being a crappy duelist. Lol Shark is being a bit dere?

WHY CAN’T I TURN OFF MY SHIPPING GOGGLES??? OTL episode was good, and actually makes sense since Shark did most of the work. Volcasaurus is cheap (I mean, its effect isn’t limited to once per turn and it gets to attack after using its effect!). Yuuma says KATTOBING a lot less now, but I’ve realized that whenever he says it he screws up. It’s a warning that says “CAUTION, I AM ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING REALLY STUPID NOW.” I guess coming in to Zexal with no expectations at all was a good choice. I like Shark the best now, I guess I got used to his design so much that his hair no longer bothers me.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 11 – Tag duel tiemz

Last episode ended with Yuuma losing to Shark and becoming depressed, but he’s back to full spirits by the beginning of ep 11 and duelling Tetsuo. Yuuma loses, but wants to keep duelling. Tetsuo leaves because he is pissed that Yuuma used Numbers in the duel with Shark even though he said he wouldn’t. Aiya, kids these days…

Meanwhile, Shark is sitting in his abandoned arcade hangout while all the other gangsters are duelling. He leaves to go for a walk, and the gang leader shows his true sides, saying that Shark is obviously not a true nakama of theirs since he’s a rich famous duelist.

The next day, Yuuma asks Tetsuo to duel but Tetsuo says that he won’t duel Yuuma again. Tetsuo walks away and Astral comes out to tell Yuuma that he is too fail to win agaisnt anyone in a duel right now. Shark won not only because he is a good duelist, but because he actually formed a strategy to defeat Yuuma’s Numbers, unlike Yuuma who knows nothing.

At the abandoned arcade place, the gang leader and his right hand men are watching a news broadcast about some rare deck in display in a museum and plan to steal it. Shark overhears this conversation. The gang leader has a Numbers (No. 61), and his right hand man has No. 19. The door breaks down and they find out Shark is eavesdropping, so they make him join in on their plan. One of the dudes in the plan is scared and crying, so Shark tells him to leave this town right now.

Yuuma and Kotori find an online article about a duel tournament which reveals that Shark was disqualified from the tournament because he looked at his opponent’s deck. Yuuma believes that Shark wouldn’t so such a thing because through his duel with him, he could see that he wasn’t that type of person (at this point, it cuts to flashbacks all containing Shark’s raepface while dueling). The gangster grunt that ran away came running to Yuuma telling him about Shark’s participation in the plan and how his gang leader changed ever since he got his hand on that Numbers card. Yuuma runs off to find Shark.

Shark, the gand leader and the other gangster guy are riding their D-Wheels motorcycles to the museum. They jump over the gate to see Yuuma standing in front of the museum. Yuuma challenges them to a duel, saying that he’ll give them his Numbers if they win, but they will leave if he wins.

Shark told Yuuma to not bother him a second time, but Yuuma tries to tell Shark that the gangsters are using him. Shark know this already, but stays with them because he has nowhere else to go to anymore. Yuuma says that he doesn’t belong there, don’t give up, blah blah blah generic protagonist speech, and Shark asks him why he would go so far for him. Yuuma answers with the “BECAUSE WE’RE FRIENDS!!!!!!” line, except it doesn’t sound so impactful when Yusei is not the one saying it…a line like that only sounds touching when a stoic says it to a person they’ve know for a long time. The two gangsters are like “lol it’s 3 vs 1” but Shark decides to duel on Yuuma’s side instead (FANGIRL SHIPPING ALERT). DUEL!! Here, it is revealed through the battle screens that the gang leader’s name is Rikuo and the other guy is Kaio.

Rikuo takes the first turn. He sets a monster face down and two other cards. TURN END.

Yuuma’s turn. He summons Zubaba Knight and declares an attack on the face down monster, but Shark tells him that he cannot attack in a tag duel until all the players got their first turn. Yuuma ends his turn.

Kaio’s turn. He summons Resent Blizzardon. He places 2 cards face down and TURN END.

Shark’s turn (nice music plays). He summons Big Jaws, and since he summoned a fish-type monster, he can special summon Sharksucker from his hand. He overlays them to Exceed summon Aero Shark. He activates Aero Shark’s effect, removing 1 Overlay Unit to deal 400 damage for each card in his hand. You can’t attack on the first turn, but effect damage can be dealt. 1600 damage is dealt to Rikuo, leaving him with 2400 LP. Kaio activates the trap card, Blizzard Egg lv. 5. When a player receives effect damage, he can special summon a lvl 5 monster from his hand, but if he cannot summon a lvl 5 monster (AKA if he doesn’t have one in his deck), he receives 500 points of damage. Rikuo summons Bontan Lavasaurus and activates the trap card Flame Egg lvl 5, which lets an ally to special summon a lvl 5 monster from their hand when you receive effect damage, but your ally takes 500 poijnts of damage if he cannot summon it. Kaio summons Menchi Icebergdon in defense position (2100 DEF).

Rikuo and Kaio brag about their status as an undefeatable duo, which lets Astral and Shark know that something fishy is going on. Rikuo activates the trap card Gantsuke lvl 5, which deals 500 damage to the opponent for each lvl 5 monster on his and Kaio’s side of the field. Since they hav 2 lvl 5 monsters in total, they deal 1000 damage to Shark. Shark places 2 cards face down and TURN END.

Yuuma starts panicking, but Shark tells him to calm down. Kotori and Tetsuo manage to climb the fence to get to the museum. Rikuo’s turn. He flip summons Punch Flamesaurus, which gains 1 level when flip summoned. He overlays Punch Flamesaurus and Bontan Lavasaurus to Exceed summon No. 61 Volcasaurus. He then removes an OLU to activate Volcasaurus’ effect: destroy an opponent’s monster and inflict damage equal to the attack of the destroyed monster. He destroys Aero Shark and deals 1900 points of damage to Shark, dropping his LP to 1100. He then destroys Yuuma’s Zubaba Knight, dealing 1600 damage to Yuuma and ropping his LP to 2400.

To be continued…

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Animation was worse than usual this episode, Shark looked pretty off in a few shots. Not as bad as 5D’s episode 151’s faces (warning: QUALITY) though. I actually like Shark, hope he doesn’t permanently join Yuuma’s group as a friend so early though. I want him to stay as a rival who operates separately and occasionally helps out Yuuma for at least a while. Shark’s voice doesn’t sound as unnaturally deep as the first episode (although that might just be me getting used to his voice), and the next episode preview has probably set a few fangirls on fire already (assuming fangirls are actually watching).


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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal 10 – It’s Raeptime!

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:

How do middle school boys even make such a face?

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.