I honestly thought that those duels and the one-shot characters were really boring. They didn't really offer anything interesting and it didn't really move the plot along at all. For a tournament like this with new villains, Yuma's duels shouldn't be considered filler and most of them were. As much as I give the III vs. Yuma match a hard time for not making sense, it at least connected to the plot and I would have preferred if all of his duels that involved collecting heart pieces were more involved with the plot like that match was instead of having him duel boring one-shot characters. At least that would have made the beginning of the tournament much more tolerable, instead having awful match ups where Yuma tries to say that dueling is like a team sport, despite yelling at Astral throughout that match, and dueling a guy who likes tomatoes way too much, and it would have been far more engaging. They could have saved Yuma facing people without Numbers for that confusing roller coaster once he got to the finals. It would have been better than wasting time to stall the plot. Tournaments like Battle City work because all of Yugi's matches connected back to the main plot and actually advanced the storyline. There was also some pretty solid character development throughout that arc, especially for Jonouchi, so that helps too. The duels against one-shot characters didn't provide any of that and while it got more interesting once III vs. Yuma started and Tron has been entertaining, this has still been a pretty poorly handled tournament for me because of that horrible beginning.Originally Posted by Human
Astral does get new pieces of his memories, but my problem is that we don't see his new memories. To be fair, that has been inconsistent for a long time now, but it's still rather annoying that we can't gauge how much he has changed or how his memories are affecting him emotionally if we don't see what new memories he gets. Considering that he was a blank slate at the beginning of the series, every little piece of information about his life and who he was before meeting Yuma is important to see, even if it isn't ground breaking like that explosion.