Suggested Title: Let’s Go to the Mall!


I discovered that I didn’t feel like writing about this episode, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be summarizing it for you!

Anyone who reads my Monday posts will know by now that I have interest in creating a webcomic some day. Let’s all consider this to be a sample of what my current level of artistic talent will allow on that front:














Honestly, there’s not a ton to talk about regarding this episode. It introduces the three women who run the PSY card shop, who return later with a mysterious importance that has yet to be fully explored. I’m really only slightly exaggerating the obsessive nature of Morikawa’s immediate crush on Kourin, the blonde, royal-paladin-using girl who plays against Aichi at the holographic table. And that relationship continues to remain exactly as one-sided and mildly creepy as it is here through the series so far.


The introduction of the holographic game table is probably the most remarkable element of this episode. It marks the beginning of the series’ slow descent into madness from its origins as a competition anime grounded in reality. It’s actually sort of a strange decision because as the holographic projectors become more and more common throughout the series, it has very little impact on how the game appears on screen. It amounts to some wavy lines in front of the players’ faces as they cardfight one another, since the “picture it in your mind” style of cutting away to the imagined creatures works just as well as a visual device. Personally, I think it would have made the show more unique and interesting to leave things as they were.


In terms of the game rules, again, there isn’t much new to say. This episode is interesting in that it’s the first time we see two of the same deck-type face off. This provides the audience with two things: it shows us that not every Royal Paladin deck (etc.) is the same, and it begins to show us some of the more intricate strategic aspects of the game. This is highlighted on Aichi’s last turn of the cardfight when he actually has to make a strategic call about whether to go on the offensive or try and survive for another turn to hedge his bets.


Oh yeah, and Aichi received the “King of Knights, Alfred” from Suiko, the blue-haired woman who seems to run the shop. This is chiefly significant because it will be the real trump card of Aichi’s deck for a while. As one might expect, the King of Knights is slightly more effective than Gancelot, the Knight of Frivolity as a Grade 3 unit in Aichi’s deck.


The true lesson of the episode for the kids watching at home, is that even if your favorite game store doesn’t have the precious cards you need to sate your addiction, you need not worry! There’s always another store somewhere that can hook you up.


Of course the lesson of this post for me is that drawing 10 panels worth of story summary is even more difficult than I had expected, though the more panels I did, the easier the process became. Please let me know what you thought of my little artistic experiment, either by leaving a comment here on Cove of Solitude, or via Twitter @VascoDaGamer. Don’t forget that you can follow me on Twitter for the latest news about my blog and my You Tube channel!