So it looks like the show went with the simplest explanation was correct. Yuzuki and Hitoe are the ones taking the loss today. As I said before, this is quite the blow to Hitoe so early in this series. Assuming this show is headed down a dark path, it does give the option of using her to reveal what truly happens when you drop out. Either that or she becomes a support character similar to Kazuki. As for the game itself, it still looks like I have a lot to learn about the mechanics. There seem to be “arts” and “spells”. It looks like spells are just cards, whereas arts may be linked to the Rulig. Also, the white deck that Ruuko plays seems to be the multi-color archetype, more flexible, but probably missing certain Rulig-color affinities or something that full-color decks have.
The simplest explanation for Akira works too. She is just really overzealous about her wish and her behavior stems from desperation to see it fulfilled. My guess is that she joins the cast when either Iona or Ruuko puts her in her place. Although based on the visuals for the series, it looks like Iona will join as well. My guess would have been that Ruuko would beat Akira next week, but it looks like she may fight Iona instead. There’s only one other main cast member not introduced so far, it seems. I still have doubts about this show because it doesn’t look like anything too serious has happened yet, but the tone still seems much too tense to go nowhere, right? Maybe I’m watching too much Yu-Gi-Oh on 4kids.