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Dennis deployed his Pendulum Summon in his Duel against Kurosaki. Detecting the Pendulum Summon, Jean-Michel Roget, the Director of the Security, decided to keep an eye on them. Dennis reveals a new Rank 5 Xyz Monster, Entermage Shadow Maker. However, Kurosaki retaliates with Rank Up Magic - Revolution Force, using Shadow Maker to summon his Rank 6 Raid Raptors - Revolution Falcon. Dennis in turn uses Shadow Maker's effect to summon another copy of itself. Suddenly, the duel is stopped — Security invades the arena and capture Dennis, Kurosaki, and Gongenzaka. Roget orders the search expanded to find Yuya and his friends.

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In the Commoms, Reira is depressed without Reiji by his side. When he hears Serena and Sawatari have gone into the city to look for the others, Reira attempts to leave and join them to find Reiji, but Yuya convinces him to stay. In the city, Serena is looking for strong duelists to aid them, and is directed to the Friendship Cup and Jack Atlas. Security locates them and follows them to track down Yuya.

Crow's friend Shinji arrives with a food delivery of candy for the kids, but Reira is hesitant to join them. Yuya and Crow observe how timid he is and have an argument over what should be more important to making people happy, keeping them fed or making them smile. The two duel, Yuya trying to break Reira's stoic-ness, but they're interrupted when Security arrives. Tsukikage leaps in and gets Reira out of the area, and the others are captured.

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This episode contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The idea that you take your eyes off a child for a second and he's gone.
  • The Chessmaster: Roget has fully proven to be this. Once he heard that someone was Pendulum Summoning in the underground arena, he flooded the area with Security, capturing Dennis, Kurosaki and Gongenzaka. Then he had Security find Sawatari and Serena, and instead of arresting them, he had them followed to capture Yuya. Meaning in 5 episodes he has captured 6 of the Lancers, and did so by observing them and using knowledge of their actions to track down the others.
  • Conflict Ball: Yuya and Crow duel because of an argument that grows out of control, that being what truly defines happiness. As Values Dissonance explains, it's a silly argument to have when they come from such different worlds and their ideas of happiness are shaped by their lifestyles. However, note that the disagreement is Played for Laughs from the start, with the kids muttering they're both acting immature.
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  • Darkest Hour: By the end of the episode, 6 of the 9 Lancers, Crow and Shinji and the kids have been captured and sent to jail.
  • Establishing Character Moment: This episode not only introduces Shinji but also gives us a good look at his personality. In his first scene, he arrives with candy for the kids but he coldly tells Yuya to leave as he's endangering the kids. Fitting considering his later bouts of Well-Intentioned Extremist and inability to see outside his friends.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Yuya's inability to understand Crow becomes a lot more relevant when he learn just how messed up the City really is.
    • Both duels that were interrupted this episode were later completed in other episodes. Each being very plot relevant duels.
    • Reira asking if Crow telling to eat sweets is an order hints the reveal about his past, his coping by copying others to survive and his experimentation by Himika.
  • Left Hanging: The duel between Dennis and Kurosaki ends when Security arrives and shuts down their motorcycles. It's hard to say which of them even had the advantage when it ended. Likewise, Crow and Yuya's duel lasts one round before it's shut down.
  • Manchild: Crow has shown shades of this in his duel/argument with Yuya.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Yuya vs Crow duel was light hearted and funny. It ends being interrupted by Security who arrested them all on the spot, while Yuya is freaking out about Reira being missing.
  • Nice Guy: Shinji was shown to be a pretty nice guy that cares for the children that Crow was taking care of.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: As before, Security operates like a real police force and captures the heroes without any typical Villain Ball hijinks the franchise traditionally engages in. They don't even duel the heroes this time, they just deploy net launchers to incapacitate them.
  • Stealth Expert: Tsukikage. He literally jumped out of nowhere and rescued Reira hinting that he had been following Yuya and his group for a while without any of them knowing.
  • Values Dissonance:Invoked Yuya and Crow's disagreements over happiness sum up as this — Yuya wants to bring joy to others with dueling, because that makes life enjoyable. Crow think it's more important to just have enough food for the day, actual happiness isn't important until that's taken care of.
  • Wham Shot: Tsukikage appearing out of nowhere to rescue Reira.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Security didn't show any restraint in arresting Amanda, Tanner and Frank.
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