The National Tournament Begins
The National High School Tournament begins with Group A. Our trio, team Seoul, faces off against the team from North Chungcheong. The team format is simple, each team will fight one on one, with the first team to reach two wins moving on. Jin fights first against Nah. However, when he tries his new pressure points to strengthing his attacks he paralyzes himself. He’s defeated by Nah. It’s an unexpected and funny moment. The God of High School is making it clear that we can’t assume Jin will win every match. Elsewhere, the assassin from Nox, Drake McDonald is gloating about killing the Judge Q. However, his arm is severed by Q’s charyeok Joker.
Meanwhile, Daewi fights the 38-year-old high schooler, Jin Pumgwang. He dominates Daewi with powerful attacks he mastered doing psychical labor. We get the backstory of the Chungcheong team. If there is a weakness in this series, it’s the pace and the flat characters. I’m not moved by any of these backstories. Anyway, Pumgwang possesses a charyeok named Thor’s hammer. However, Daewi destroys it with his Blue Azure Dragon. The hammer vanishes and Pumgwang faints, handing Daewi the win. Meanwhile, Judge Q and Drake fight with the former using a scythe. Q cuts off the other arm, however, Drake’s charyeok a caterpillar regenerates him. Judge Q isn’t concerned and attacks. However, he’s interrupted before he can make the death blow.
Judge Q faces Priest Exly and Priest Saturn
The two intruders are called Priest Exly and Priest Saturn. Impatient, Q attacks with a deck of cards. Priest Exly develops wings and carries Priest Saturn to the air. Saturn then calls several hands from a shadow in the ground. Manifesting his scythe, Q begins cutting them, however, he eventually gets bound. Exly releases a sword and comes in for the final attack. However, he’s rescued by Judge O, though he doesn’t seem to need it. Elsewhere, the battle between Mira and Jang Jangmi. Both are armed with wooden swords. Jangmi releases that Mira is a superior sword user, she releases her charyeok. We switch back to the fight between Judge O and Saturn. Armed with a gun-shaped like a cross, that shoots pink lasers from pink teddy bears.
Judge O reveals his charyeok is a dragon. The episode jumps between fights too quickly. After Q gains an advantage over Exly, we are swiftly returned to the fight between Mira and Jang. Using her light sword charyeok Jang prepares to win, but Mira uses Moon Light Sword Style No. 23: Wind Willow and shatters Jang’s sword, knocking her out. Team Seoul wins. We shift back to the battle between the Judges and Priest. The Judges seem to get the upper hand forcing Priest Exly and Saturn to flee. Still present Drake’s head explodes. Park believes there’s a mole in their organization since the Administrator’s addresses are secret. He’s informed that Jin Taejin has gone missing.
The brutal Jegal Taek
Meanwhile, the second match begins. Jegal Taek and Jeon Jugok face off. Jegal Taek brutalizes Jeon with his Megalodon charyeok that crushes the later leaving a pool of blood. Both Jeon teammate and Daewi interfere in the beatdown. There’s so much going on in this episode, maybe too much. The shorter season may have put pressure on the series to cram a lot into each episode. There were at least 5 separate fights in this episode. This leads to an episode that’s paced too quickly. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the action but it would have been better in two separate episodes. I hope we get some kind of explanation on charyeok because I would like to learn about them. Another small criticism, there are too many characters name Jin. I don’t know if it’s intentional or a problem with translation but I found it confusing.