Episode 72: everything that isn’t the Double Duel Date Disaster
Let’s check in on … Jounouchi’s Disaster!
AKA a tragic waste of what could have been a very hot interrogation scene if anyone ever shipped Rishid/Jounouchi which seems unlikely. Bet it has a silly name, though.
It’s standshipping. Because they had to stand up at the end of their duel to win omfg.
Anyway Rishid’s doing a credible intimidation job and Jounouchi has sort of let his defiance run away with him a bit. You see, he assumes (correctly) that he’s been kidnapped so the Ghouls can get their hands on Yugi’s cards, and he says…
“No REAL card game player would hesitate in the face of their best friend being kidnapped and threatened! Yugi’d kill me himself for the sake of a card.”
This is supposed to be the “friendship is the most important thing” anime, come on, Jou, get the fuck on message!
So Malik and Rishid have this very well planned; Rishid holds out his hand and stares and….
MALIK’S CREEPERING AROUND BEHIND JOUNOUCHI AND ACTIVATES THE ROD AS RISHID MIMES MIND-CONTROL. That shit is smart. And creepy.
But he’s very pretty. Look at that pouty lip. And that peek of collarbone. If only he’d become a model instead of frittering his youth away on overly dramatic murder attempts.
Meanwhile, in Anzu’s Disaster:
… I mean, I’m impressed. Just how long has the card game been going on for, that they had time to build this?!
… Also are the boxes empty, in which case, how are they supporting their weight, or are they full of something sturdy, in which case, how are they building this at all?! They must be filled with something light but very sturdy, like maybe criss-crossed titanium cubic frames.
They reach the skylight and Anzu encourages Mokuba to climb out but she for some reason can’t. Mokuba is worried…
She tells him to just go and get help, she’ll be fine, and he grabs the windowledge just in time because…
The weight of the Ghouls destabilises the box tower, sending Anzu plummeting to what would be her death in real life but this is a cartoon and hundreds of - it turns out empty - boxes and several human men break her fall, so she’s totally fine.
And Mokuba escapes, promising to come back and save her asap!
Meanwhile, in Honda’s Disaster, he’s forcing a BLIND GIRL to run to catch the fucking train because in Honda’s disaster, Honda is the disaster.
I know you can’t tell from the screencap but the doors are making the beeping sound and they close and the train begins to move literally immediately after they get aboard.
I guess we could give him the benefit of the doubt and say maybe it wasn’t his fault that they almost missed it but he is the one in charge of bringing her safely to the city and people who are not usually blind but are currently blind should not be running on train platforms!
Once they’re on the train, the conversation turns naturally enough to Jounouchi.
“So important, he makes my nose blush.”
Honda makes a REALLY WEIRD KEENING NOISE in response and I thought things were about to get weird but luckily he kept things completely normal.
I wonder what his relationship with his sister is like.
Back at the joint kidnapping Disaster, shit gets pretty harrowing. Because Anzu’s been strapped to a chair in a dark room, and the door opens and she sees…
And she’s so happy to see him and so glad that he’s okay and so relieved that he’s here to rescue her…
But he just stares at her…
And she starts to get freaked out…
And then Rishid walks in behind him as Jounouchi raises his head and she can see his cold, dead eyes…
… So is Rishid standing on a box or is he really 7 feet tall holy shit?!
Anyway, Anzu’s in a terrible situation but at least there are no BONDAGE JELLYBABIES so things could always be worse.