But before we get to that, we gotta have exposition.
Exposition. Somehow the US got involved and reversed the [C] reaction, which is now heading right back to Japan. Mikuni plans to stop it, of course, and this is where Sato and Kimimaro finally step in and do something about it. They will devalue the yen and thus delay Mikuni, giving the pair a chance to challenge him to a Duel with the hopes of taking away his “Darkness” card. It controls the rotary that prints money from the last episode, y’see.
“Save the future!” the two “heroes” proclaim, but amidst all the talk, exposition, and Sato stuffing herself with more food (I’m surprised she wasn’t eating something while doing battle with Mikuni), the anime still hasn’t explained to me why we want to stop Mikuni. There’s a scene that is supposed to be teary and emotional between Kimimaro and Msyu, where he confesses that he’s doing this to protect her. Yes, yes, the future is wonderful, but if Mikuni is stopped, then [C] will run rampant and then what? Didn’t [C] gobble up Singapore, the Caribbean Republic, and other places? Again, the anime hasn’t convinced me that Kimimaro is really the hero here, despite Mikuni acting and talking all evil.
But hey, don’t let a plot discrepancy like this stop us from all the delicious Persona-esque duels. Sato will take on Mikuni, which is obviously stupid because we know she can’t possibly win: she’s neither a mahou shoujo nor does she have a penis. In the meantime, Kimimaro has to hold off one of Mikuni’s partners, but for reasons rather unclear to me. Haven’t all the duels up until this point been one on one? Why does Kimimaro have to hold out against anybody? If duels aren’t one on one, why doesn’t he and Sato both tackle Mikuni at the same time?
The fight between the two pairs begin simultaneously and at first, Kimimaro wants to go at it solo because Msyu isn’t feeling well. He doesn’t fare well so Msyu ends up fighting anyway.
“Micro-mezzo-macroflation! Overheated economy!” Again, how one entre beats another remains unclear to me since the second damn episode. How come Msyu can pull off that “micro-mezzo-macro” thing and Kimimaro’s opponent can’t? Is it their Midas money? ‘Cause even if that’s the case, since when did Kimimaro get so much money over the course of the anime? Whatever — Kimimaro defeats the midboss and rushes back only to see that Mikuni has defeated Sato.
Cut in half, in fact, with black money in lieu of blood gushing out of her. Is this defeated defeated? Shrug — it seems like it as Sato bestows her asset to Kimimaro in what should be a heartfelt deathbed-esque scene. Seeing as how she hasn’t really been anything in the story other than Ms. Exposition-who-stuffs-herself-with-food, I didn’t feel anything.
All seems lost when Masakaki suddenly informs Kimimaro that he has a Darkness card after all. Well, great — why didn’t this come out earlier? Mikuni protests to no avail; Masakaki tells him that he’s only following a higher order. Yay for deus ex machina! The episode closes with Kimimaro and Mikuni staring each other down. Final boss fight next week with everything on the line — present versus future — but who should we root for? I don’t know! I guess I’ll just assume that the protagonist is always after the right thing!