Serena escapes Sora with a wounded Kurosaki, pursued by both Sora and the remaining three members of Obelisk Force. In the volcano area, the ninja Hikage stays to stall Sora while Serena, Kurosaki, and Hikage's partner Tsukikage, engage Obelisk Force. Michio and Teppei intervene to help them and pull off an impressive combo together, but are defeated by Obelisk Force's counterattack and are carded. Sawatari arrives to help and joins the duel.
Yuya happens upon the scene where Sora duels Hikage. Hikage is defeated and carded, and Yuya grows angry and his berserk state awakens. However, he manages to keep it under control and challenges Sora, promising to make his happier side emerge again. Sora however, insists this is who he really is, and the two enter a cave to duel undisturbed.
This episode contains the examples of:
- And I Must Scream: Michio, Teppei and Hikage were sealed in cards.
- Back for the Dead: More accurate for Michio; his last proper focus was back in the late teen episodes, but he'd been getting a bit more spotlight in the Battle Royal recently - only to get brutally defeated and carded in this episode after intervening in Serena, Shun, and Tsukikage's duel with the Obelisks.
- Big Damn Heroes: Sawatari attempts this. Was slightly deflated when he lost 2000 life points.
- Go Out with a Smile: When Teppei is about to be sealed into a card, he watches the card in which Michio is sealed and smiles, saying that at least the team will be reunited.
- I Can Still Fight!: Kurosaki pulls this, especially notably when he steps forward to protect Serena, who's just had to be his crutch to even get them out of the Volcano Area. Amusingly enough, though, about half the cast turns up to interrupt the duel, to the point that he doesn't get a turn by the end of the episode, and there's two more intervening in the next one.
- Made of Iron: Look at the top-down view of the stairs Kurosaki got hurled down, and just try to say he shouldn't have escaped with anything worse than broken ribs. Sure, broken ribs are bad, but with a fall unprepared from that height he should at least be unconscious, if not dead.
- Mythology Gag: Teppei's deck is focused on the Legendary Fisherman.
- Pun-Based Title: Effectively; the kanji for 'falcon', as used in the episode title "The Wounded Falcon", is normally read as hayabusa. However, when it's used as a name, it's read differently - as Shun, and yes, that's exactly the kanji his name uses. The episode might as well be called "Yeah, Shun (Kurosaki) just got wrecked last episode, now enjoy the aftermath".