Well, the new episode was interesting, but I need translations/subs/something to get the whole hang of it...
I thought that this week's episode was pretty good. I'm so glad that Yuma's duel had little focus here. It wasn't surprising considering that Shark vs. Vector was the main focus here, but Shark reliving his past life is just so much more interesting and Shark's subplot has been my favorite aspect of this arc so far, so I'm in favor of giving that more attention. Rio did appear as kind of a metal ghost to Shark and from what I understand, she is aware of everything Shark has dealt with, which isn't too surprising either since I figured that she would have some kind of way of learning about what has been going on. The little girl, Iris, just looks like Rio for some reason. It was probably just to make Shark feel even worse at the end that he couldn't protect her since they clearly haven't made Shark feel bad enough with this subplot.[/sarcasm]
The ancient duel with Vector was pretty decent. It does continue to make me think that Zexal takes place in an alternate universe due to Xyz monsters existing since ancient times. Trying to fit that into the timeline from the previous three series is a bit tricky. The animators really love making intense facial reactions, even for non-villains apparently. Seeing Shark win was pretty cool though. It looked like Vector died, even though that would contradict how he committed suicide according to the legend Rio was able to read. The best theory I've heard is that Vector still committed suicide, but was then revived by Don Thousand to continue his killing spree. That would make sense, especially with Don Thousand's Barian mark being present during this duel and possibly causing the game of darkness to begin with.
Shark getting broken up at the sight of Iris' dead body, as well as realizing that he is a Barian was pretty sad. Not sad enough to make me cry, but it was sad to see my favorite character in this series just be so broken. It also looks like all of the people who died were sent to the Barian World for some reason. I guess that they'll explain that in the next episode based on the preview during the ending theme, but that was a bit confusing. I can just see the dub trying to tone down the fact that they all died by adding in narration from Iris or some of the other people to reassure Shark, similar to how 4Kids handled Carly's two deaths. Konami is going to have a fun time dubbing this arc with all of the images and references to death, war and suicide.
It was more dramatic than sad for me. I was amazed with how it was handled animation and music wise, but I can't help but facepalm at how Iris just basically killed herself by going into the middle of the war when she had no reason to go to where she wouldn't have been of any help. It's not like she had some special powers that she may have thought she could have helped with. I can't really feel anything for her death because she was just introduced in the episode having a simple background and just being a green haired little Rio with no personality, and her huge recklessness doesn't help either.Shark getting broken up at the sight of Iris' dead body, as well as realizing that he is a Barian was pretty sad. Not sad enough to make me cry, but it was sad to see my favorite character in this series just be so broken. It also looks like all of the people who died were sent to the Barian World for some reason.
I thought the duel was basic as far as duels go, but it was still interesting and fun to follow, and Vector had a risky but good strategy planned out. I also really liked the animation in it too, and how nice looking the bars for LP and ATK were.
I was sad for Shark because he was the only one of the two who actually had any character. I wasn't really sad for Iris or her death since as you pointed out, she was just a green haired little Rio with no personality. Iris was just there to make him feel even more guilty when he couldn't protect her. I figured that she would die somehow when they were showing her bond a bit with Shark, so I wasn't too surprised. I was more amazed as to how anyone wouldn't protect a little girl running into the battlefield. Granted, they were all fighting, but I would have thought that someone would have noticed and tried to put her somewhere safe. Though, charging into a battlefield out of concern for Shark when she couldn't do anything to help was pretty stupid on her part.Originally Posted by HumanDawn
I don't think them being present in any other series makes it conflict with this time. There were cards we haven't seen in other series, yet new cards appearing in new series didn't conflict with them. Yeah, I know that Xyz monsters are different with the requirements and appearance but it still can possibly not conflict. I still think that it can go either way with Zexal, and I think with how in GX it was said that there were worlds fighting each other in space(which I don't recall ever being brought up again or resolved) it's still possible for Zexal to not be in an AU. I don't really care or mind if it's connected to the previous series or not since it won't make much of a difference in the long run. I know there's stuff for Zexal to be an AU, but nothing really convincing, which I could say the same for it not being an AU.The reason why I don't think it would fit into the timeline is because of how Xyz monsters have existed for a long time, but were never present in any of the other series. At least with the Signer Dragons, they weren't treated as Synchro monsters when they were fighting against the Earth Bound Gods, so that didn't conflict with the timeline. Xyz monsters existing for centuries, on the other hand, would, so that's one reason why I think that this takes place in an alternate universe. Besides that, it would be kind of fitting due to how Zexal deals with different worlds already with the Astral and Barian Worlds.
She could have stayed in the camp and still got killed in the attack. It would make more sense, at least.Though, charging into a battlefield out of concern for Shark when she couldn't do anything to help was pretty stupid on her part.
We see new cards that didn't appear in other series, but we can assume that they were produced in-between the different timelines or just weren't shown before. Xyz monsters existing for centuries and people being able to use them as Xyz monsters in duels would conflict with the timeline more than new spells, traps or already established monsters. It certainly makes it more difficult to put Zexal in the timeline for the other three series. They did mention twelve different worlds during the Dark World arc in GX, but I don't think that was brought up afterwards. Zexal being one of those twelve worlds would be an interesting twist, although I think that would still make it take place in an alternate universe. Personally, I see more signs of Zexal being in an alternate universe rather than trying to connect it with the previous three series, but I could see how you'd see that it could go either way.Originally Posted by HumanDawn
She probably could have survived if she stayed at the camp site, but the attacks could have found a way to her anyway and I agree that it would have made a bit more sense.Originally Posted by HumanDawn
I wonder where Dumon was after everyone got killed. We know for a fact that he didn't die because of his legend and I wouldn't see him running away from a battle where his friend's nation is at stake. So I'm confused at what happened to him.
The shocking thing would be if Merag was the fused incarnation of Rio and Iris.
Thanks to @Ray Koya; for showing me those, he prolly can't post them himself as it would be double post.
I've got some news that I unfortunately confirm the validity of, but I'm going to post it anyway just in case: (and it has potential major spoilers)
Until proven otherwise I'm still going for Merag being the fused incarnation of Rio and Iris.
I'm not sure how that would work and I doubt that they would make Iris that important. She was introduced here just to die and make Shark feel even more sadness and guilt. I doubt that they would include her as being part of Merag. At least when Rio died in her past life, there was a purpose to it beyond making Shark feel sad. I doubt that there's any connection between past Rio and Iris too. In my opinion, she's just a girl that happens to look like Rio and nothing more.Originally Posted by Ray Koya