Nothing gets Aichi interested in competitions like the chance to go against Kai.
What They Say:
Aichi is trying to decide whether to enter Card Capital's upcoming Shop Tournament, but is worried that he isn't good enough to compete. He finds himself coming to the shop anyway, and there's only two spots left! Just then, Kai walks in, and submits his entry form. Knowing that he might get to fight Kai if he enters, Aichi leaps at the chance, but just before he enters, another person sneaks in their application at the same time! There's only one spot left in the tournament, so there's only one way to settle this: An on-the-spot fight! Aichi is full of motivation, but can he defeat an opponent who seems to have accounted for everything?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When it comes to trading card games, competitions are one of the big things fro a lot of players, though not all, and competitions between shops is up there as well as each shop attracts certain types of people. A new Shop Tournament is coming up and spots are dwindling fast but Aichi isn't sure that he wants to enter. While he's gained a lot of confidence in himself since the start of the series, and done well in the matches he's had, he's not all that confident in himself to actually handle a real match in a tournament. The only thing that can get him to sign onto it is the chance to play against Kai again, which he realizes may be possible as Kai signs up for it when there are only two spots left. Of course, it isn't all that easy for him to make it through since someone else enters at the same time for the same spot.
That has the shop owner deciding to have a match for them to play against each other where the victor gets the spot. Aichi's confidence is definitely needed here as the other guy, who gets called Specs since he doesn't offer his name at all at first, is a very confident and detailed person who throws around some arrogance. Kai isn't exactly interested in the match per se, but he doesn't know Specs so he does hang around to watch what kind of player he is since there's a very good chance he'll go up against him in the Shop Tournament itself, so a little reconnaissance isn't a bad idea. And there's also the chance to see if Aichi himself has grown at all since the last time they played and what he's capable of when playing against a different opponent.
Te majority of the episode is the match itself, which really isn't a surprised based on how the previous seven episodes of the series have gone. There are some minor tricks and tactics used and Aichi shows some real promise early on as he gets into things but at the same time, you know how it's going to play out. The variety of attacks and the creatures/combinations involved gets a bit more screen time this time around with more action allowed for them so there's a bit more to be interested by, but it's the kind of action and attacks that sort of just wash over you since it changes up so often and regularly as new cards are introduced and new combinations appear. It's not quite as plodding as a couple of the previous episodes, and it's nice to see Aichi really figuring out how to play and what kinds of tricks to use, but I'd rather there be more focus on the players than on the game. There has to be a good amount of game play, but 90% of the episode given over to it is just too much.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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