Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 2: Storm Access
I’m so not used to Yu-Gi-Oh! coming out Wednesdays, so it feels like Mondays to me!
We learned a lot of new details such as how Speed Duels worked and differentiates from Master Duels, Yuusaku’s reasons for why he is Playmaker and were introduced a new fascinating summoning technique: Link Summon > Link Monsters.
As I have been anticipating as of last week, the banter between Yuusaku and Ignis is absolutely going to be the highlight of the series. I could not stop laughing with how Yuusaku was telling Ignis to shut up, and Ignis decided to be cheeky little shit right back at him by deliberately leaving out some important details such as Skill, and indirectly set up the situation so that the enemy would throw Yuusaku into the DATA STORM, exactly where Ignis wanted him to be in the first place.
Here’s a quick run down of what you need to know:
- Speed Duels:
- Main Monster Zone & Magic/Trap Zone is reduced to three
- Player’s first hand consists only 4 cards
- No Main Phase 2.
- There is a Special Rule you can only use once: Skill
- Skill lets you draw a card allows you to either increase, ATK, LP and so on.
- Speed Duels can be extremely vulnerable as they can be hackers can develop a new Skill Mechanism
- (eg: Double Skill)
- (eg: Double Skill)
- DATA STORMS are basically High Risks, High Rewards
- Data Storms can kill you
- If a player successfully survive being in the eye of the storm, then they can summon a random Uknown Monsters that live within the storm
- The stronger the storm, the stronger the monsters
- Storm Access: Only Usable when you are under 1000 LP.
- Link Monsters
- Do not have Levels (Instead go by Links (eg: Link 3)), and cannot be pout into defense position
- Link VRAINS Catastrophic Consequences
- Obstacles can deal damage to the player. If a player takes too much damage, they will experience a flashback and suffer mental damage
- You can actually be killed while in Link VRAINS, so proceed with caution (eg: Fall to Death)
- Yuusaku’s 3 reasons why he is Playmaker
- To take back the time that was stolen from him
- Save Kusanagi’s brother from darkness
- In order to meet the one who gave him courage (I bet it’s Ignis!)
Last week when we saw people being deleted by Cracking Dragon, I didn’t think of their safety too much – but now after this episode, shit just got real. The fact there are many circumstances Players can actually be killed makes me wonder if we will actually see any player related deaths in this series. The first could possibly be Yuusaku’s opponent (whatever his name is) as Yuusaku just turned his back on the guy who is falling to his death. I guess I’m so used to heroes (especially after watching ARC-V) to save the bad guy from death at the last minute, but all Yuusaku cares about is resorting, “You have no right to call yourself a duelist” (damn straight, the dude attempted to literally kill him off – these villains aren’t here to play games). It’s pretty hilarious actually. I have little doubt that the guy will be killed off in just two episodes, but it would be funny if that were to be the case. Also the preview indicates that Hanoi Hackers group has no intention of messing around, so it looks like Playmaker will be forced to face Revolver-sama. Whether or not they will duel, I’m not sure- but if they do, I don’t know how i would feel about it because it wouldn’t exactly make too much sense for Playmaker to defeat one of the villains this early on, let alone Episode 3!!!!!!
What’s also incredibly fascinating and is something I hope we will see a lot more of, is the vulnerability in the Link VRAINS system. The fact the Hanoi Hackers were able to develop a skill that previously did not exist gives them the edge that would leverage the duels into their favors. While the Double Skill failed to bring the dude to victory no thanks to the Link Monster from the DATA STORM. But at the same time it’s probably also worth mentioning with Yuusaku’s hacking skills, that he could perhaps create skills on his own too. We will see if they will dare to exspand on that though because that could be counted as cheating (and only villains are allowed to cheat :P).
Furthermore, what really pipes my curiosity is the fact the Hanoi Hackers revealed they are actively trying to eliminate the Cyverse Archetypes. And to make them even more mysterious, nobody but Yuusaku, Kusanagi, Hanoi and probably SOL Technologies knew about their existence. This begs the question as to why the Hanoi Hackers are determined to eliminate this particular archetype, and what impact do the Cyverse Monsters have on Link VRAINS?
I am glad we were able to learn the reason why Yuusaku has embraced the role as Playmaker. We were told two of the reasons last week, and today we were given the third: To meet the one who gave him courage.
Now I already have a couple of theories going on in my head. One of them suspects Yuusaku met the one who had given him courage during the time that was stolen from him (which is probably a given). At this time I believe it’s either Ignis or one of his AI buddies. And seeing how Yuusaku and other children were being carried out by a rescue team (and given that Kusanagi’s brother is ‘trapped in darkness’, it seems to imply there are more who have yet to be found), it makes me wonder if the the incident Yuusaku claims had his time stolen from him had something to do with the Cyverse. If this is the case, this probably would explain why Yuusaku subconsciously understands how Speed Duels works (as foreshadowed in the first episode), and would explain how he got his hands on the Cyverse Archetypes in the first place. So this begs the question of what is Cyverse, and how did Yuusaku get caught up into this incident in the first place? Either way, this event clearly had some sort of impact on his views in regards of dueling, implying it must have been a traumatic event for him.
This would also further explain Yuusaku’s behavior, his sharpness and maturity. He is so cool under-fire, he is an intelligent player who pays attention to not just the cards, but to his opponent’s behavior and body-language as well. It is through that he can get some information on his opponent. Yuusaku definitely seems to be the type of character who can play mind-games very well.
Uff, he is so cool.
The one thing I would like to find out however is whether or not these Link Monsters, once drawn can be kept as a keepsake. Decode Talker shows up in the Opening Theme, so I would think it is safe to assume he gets to keep the monsters he pulls out. Well we will find out soon enough!
There was one little underrated moment I liked and that was Playmaker being saved by Blue Angel. I wasn’t expecting it, but I liked her explanation of returning the favour. I know I shouldn’t get too attached, but I already like this girl! ; A ; Welp…
Lastly: Can we take a moment to appreciate the modern update of the Stats signs? It looks awesome!
Next Week: Looks like Playmaker has drawn unwanted attention to himself. After this fight, he’s in the spotlight and not just the enemies are pissed off, but the vetran players are jelly as f. I’m looking at you, yellow dude.