Well, this week's episode was rather disappointing. There some nice part to it like how Yuma broke Astral out of Dark Zexal and their little heart to heart moment before their newest upgrade was nice too, but it really felt like they were rushing through a resolution instead of actually having Yuma deal more with the consequences of his actions since he did basically betray Astral and put his life in danger because he was too naive and stupid. That was all pretty much brushed aside for the newest Zexal powerup. It felt like little payoff after so much buildup, which made the resolution feel anticlimactic. Dark Zexal didn't even last for half of the episode. So much for that twist and buildup. It also seemed to make Astral stupid since he kept on attacking without really thinking about what he was doing. I liked the way Yuma broke Astral out of Dark Zexal, but it was just way too easy after all that buildup.
I also really hated how they didn't bother to even continue on with Kaito and Shark's matches. What was the point of having them duel anyway? We barely saw them duel in the last couple of episodes, we didn't learn anything about Misael's shiny new dragon and by this episode, they were all watching Yuma vs. Vector. Of course their duels were called off after Vector lost, but that was just frustrating to have them stand around barely doing anything. They could have been standing on the sidelines and really, they might as well have been doing that by this episode anyway, and I don't think anything would have drastically changed. That was just a terrible decision and they should have saved their duels for when they could actually be focused on. Having three duels going on without even an attempt at equal focus on them was a horrible decision, especially when Yuma is always going to get the most focus out of any character in this series.
As for Zexal II, it didn't really bother me as much as the first Zexal powerup, but it probably helps that I'm used to the cheap upgrades in Zexal by this point. Design-wise, it looks more like a cosplay of Hope Ray Victory with orange and pink hair, which is kind of weird. I'll admit that Yuma and Astral gaining an upgrade like this nearly a hundred episodes into the series is more believable than when they first used Zexal. Despite the poor writing, I can believe that they are friends now, while they didn't look that close twenty-four episodes into the series. Hope Ray Victory's design is okay, even though it looks like a small Gundam. Changing Rank Up to its true form is still pretty cheap and I still prefer the other ways the previous protagonists got the card they needed at the right time, even though that could be annoying too depending on the duel. At least they didn't tend to glorify it like Zexal does and I prefer extreme luck over something like the power of Zexal or Zexal II anyway.
This whole episode felt rushed with its conclusion and after all the buildup, that's pretty disappointing. I shouldn't be that surprised since a lot of the good concepts in Zexal are ruined by poor execution. Well, after kind of enjoying the last couple of episodes, mainly for Vector's hammy behavior, now I'm back to being disappointed in the wasted potential of this series.