Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 1 [First Impression]
*:・ﾟ✧ ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN~ THE NEW SERIES HAS BEGUN!!!! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧ *:・ﾟ✧ WE ARE OFF INTO THE WORLD OF DUELING IN CYBERSPACE!!!!!!!!
Eva’s First Impression
Say hello to my new bias.
THIS. IS. TOTALLY. MY. JAM.
I’M HOOKED. I deliberately made the decision to avoid spoilers, avoid watching the PV to basically go into this completely blind – and it definitely paid off. I was so pleasantly surprised by many things from this episode. For one, I already adore Yuusaku, I love his personality (he is both CUTE AND COOL!), his character design (even his wacky Playmaker form – HIS TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE IS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE), his deep voice is like a breath of fresh air, not to mention he is mighty fineeeeeee~!!!!! I am also curious to find out more about why he doesn’t enjoy dueling anymore (which is hilarious when you think about VRAIN’S predecessor: ARC-V).
It goes without saying VRAINS already gives off a lot of 5DS vibes, especially with a mature, cool under-fire protagonist, who happens to be a skillful hacker, and Speed Duels to the boot. I am absolutely thrilled to see the darker tone in the premiere, something we haven’t seen since 5DS. And I would sure hope – should the darker tone be relevant to this series, that they follow all the way through. Yu-Gi-Oh! + Angst = FUN STUFF!!!!
This episode also escalated quickly when it came down to conflict. Den City was vulnerable to the Hanoi Knights’ attack, but while the action that took place was cool and everything, it was incredibly confusing as to which “space” this attack was taking place in. I wished they had provided a better explanation of borderline between Link VRAINS and the real world. I had to rewatch the scene of the Hanoi Knight crashing into the space a couple of times before I figured, “Ah, Yuusaku and Kusanagi must have been inside the entire time. The spectators that are being ‘killed off’ are the VRAIN Accounts that are being deleted”. But even after coming to such conclusion, I am not confident whether or not I understood it correctly. Hopefully within the next few episodes we can gain a better understanding and example of how players enter and leave the space, if any at all.
But what surprised me the most about the premiere was the sheer amount of information that was dumped on us. Talk about literally, cutting straight to the chase. No really, I am dead serious. While a whole bunch of information was being rained down upon, we got three teams on a wild goose chase trying to capture an AI, Ignis! The writers had crammed so much into the episode, it was unbelievably overwhelming. So there’s a bloody good chance that many of us (including myself) had probably missed some key points. As result of that, I figured it would probably be best breakdown of what we learned today into bullet points rather than a wall of text.
By day he is known as Yuusaku who has very little interest in interacting with others (Kusanagi being the sole exception, and if he does, he tends to be incredibly straightforward), and by
night VRAIN Link he goes by Playmaker, the Duelist of Justice (who is super popular)
- Badass Hacker, n’uff said
- Likes to be old-school and carries a physical copy of his deck. (Nowadays, people use AI Cards connected to Cloud)
- He is basically a vigilante, and shows up like a super hero to deal with Hanaoi Knights. His partner in crime is Kusanagi. They are the third party duo.
- He wants revenge on those who stole find Kusanagi’s little brother (MIA, I guess) and his past away.
- We are told Yuusaku doesn’t particularly enjoy dueling nowadays.
- There was also something is tracking Yuusaku throughout the entire episode, but I’m not sure if it was Ignis or not.
Ignis, the AI on the Run:
- Smug little shit
There was an attack 5 years ago from Hanoi, he hid the Cyverse somewhere inside the network
- Calls himself the Savior of his buddies, only for 99% of his body to be eaten and mangled by a dragon. (His AI buddies are sealed in some Hanoi Knights’ trap)
- Currently held Hostage by Yuusaku (LOL)
- Has access/contains/controls Data material from Cyverse, and by releasing it (appears to) bring forth a Data Storm
There are two major organizations, SOL Technologies and the Hanaoi Knights.
- Developed a Duel Disk that uses AI cards and Cloud, and has access to a Virtual Reality Network Space, Link VRAINS (a place that has been described as a sacred place where only the greatest of veteran duelists gather)
- Due to the removal of the Cyverse, the supply of Data Material has declined, and it’s negatively impact the performance of the network. Should Cyverse remain missing, further instability will spread through the network. As result it could mean the death of SOL Technologies.
(Screw Public Safety!!!)
- One of their err, Directors is known as Bishop-sama. (Not sure what’s up with that. Some weird shit going on…)
- Said to an organization of Evil Hackers
- One of their dudes is called Revolver. His buddy he works with has some sick dragon that wrecks havoc everywhere. Blowing shit up and stuff.
- They can’t let SOL Technologies capture Ignis, fearing the Cyverse will be reborn and their (whatever) efforts will be all for nothing.
Both organizations are actively attempting to capture Ignis, the AI
- We have yet to learn for what purpose these AI serve, but the one thing we did learn, is that it appears they are the ones who can influence these so-called DATA STORMS
The premiere definitely focused more on the plot related detailed rather than the characters themselves. With Go-Onizuka and Blue Angel, both to said to be Charisma Duelists (whatever the heck that is supposed to be) who have the skills to back them in. I am curious to see how Yuusaku will interact with them in the future, especially given his personality and how he didn’t even know who they were until Kusanagi provided a brief reminder. That alone just shows Yuusaku could care less who these guys were unless they had some form of connection with those he intends to get revenge on. I am also looking forward to seeing how Yuusaku’s and Ignis have opposite personalities are going to clash, and I eagerly anticipate the future bickering between the two. Their brief interaction they had with each other today shows promise.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is off to a dramatic start, and it’s safe to say that I am probably going stick with it for a while. However as it has been three years, I would like to remind everyone of my general rules with 50+ Episodes Series. I guarantee to cover 3 – 5 episodes (varying on how long it takes to get a better understanding of the series). If I like where it’s going, I give it between 10 – 15 episodes to allow me to get the gist of the direction of the series will go and whether or not I will likely to make the 2 – 3 years commitment. So far, with this premiere, it sure looks promising.
I look forward to next week’s episode!!! And who could those mythical wind riders be?!
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Random Note of the Week: Holy shit those fairies monsters look like Yuzu’s monsters, FEEEEELLLSSSSS