Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 5
Decided to try out the Crunchyroll subs
coughthroughothermeanscough but hey im paying for the premium service already, so don’t judge me and I am pretty impressed with it.
Raise of hands if you were disappointed that Yuusaku didn’t run away.
Ahhhh~, I really wanted him to runaway. It would’ve been a great way to make people lose interest in him, but I knew deep in my heart it wasn’t likely to happen. It could have been amazing, but this is Yu-Gi-Oh after-all. There’s a duelist’s pride on the line here. The bright side though, Ignis and Yuusaku’s interactions managed to entertain me a bit, but most importantly I actually like the fact Yuusaku seems to be more well versed about duels in general, and doesn’t need to rely on Ignis for any support (who has also proven is not necessarily the brightest when it comes to the actual strategy) and ironically, was the one ordering him to stop panicking. This is great because it creates a distinction from the previous series that had similar character dynamics such as Yugi and Yami (YGO DM), and Astral and Yuuma (YGO Zexal). Another thing worth mentioning is how we are definitely starting to see just how many layer Yuusaku has, and it does make me more interested of how he came to be this way, and how he is going grow in the future.
Speaking of the devil, we got to see what kind of pride Yuusaku has as a duelist. He wasn’t happy about winning, but rather he was indifferent about it. But what’s more intriguing to me was how he revealed he was enjoying himself so much, he actually wanted to duel Onizuka a bit longer. This gives us a better understanding of what he meant when he said, “Win or lose, there are some duels you want to keep doing forever”. Now the main reason why this is so interesting is because it contradicts his mentality we were introduced to in the first episode. We were told he doesn’t duel because it’s fun, but because he has to in order to accomplish his mission. Now this new side of him can be perceived in a number of ways. Yuusaku is focused at the task at hand, but even if he’s dragged into a duel, one he has his pride and he isn’t simply going to runaway because it’s convenient, (unless he REALLY doesn’t want to deal with it – which I suspect we will see at some point in the future since Kusanagi’s hacker skill has been established, so it can be used when necessary), two: if he finds himself enjoying the duel (especially when it’s not one that involves life or death for an exchange), he will take the opportunity to roll with it. And three: Yuusaku is someone who shows respect to those who sticks their play-style, regardless of it being unpopular or claimed as out-dated.
Another highlight that turned out to be good news was how it seems Yuusaku requires to enter the DATA STORM to summon his new ace monster he had obtain from it in the first place. Initially I was worried perhaps this was going to turn into a routine where he would obtain new cards, but thankfully it turned out to be Decode Talker he had already pulled out from his first encounter.
But what I think is the most important thing to take away from this episode is how Yuusaku would rather fight alone. Kusanagi suggested perhaps they should try recruiting Onizuka to join their group since it’s only going to get harder from here, but Yuusaku rejected the idea. He doesn’t want to get him involved because this sort of battle requires putting your life on the line, one mistake and it could result a certain death.
Finally, considering how the duel was last week, I was not surprised whatsoever to see it only grow duller by the minute in today’s episode. One of main reasons for that was, goodness… we had to sit through the tedious Link Summoning scene FOUR TIMES times in a row. And let’s be real here, the set up for Link Summon takes way too long! They really need to figure out a way to shorten the whole process because this downright ridiculous. This episode made it so difficult for me to pay attention, because while Yuusaku is summoning for the millionth time, I started doing my nails. It’s a bad habit of mine that always happens when I lose interest in what’s happening on screen. That’s how bad this episode was. And frankly speaking, the fact this already a problem as early as episode 4 and 5, is quite concerning. I sincerely hope that starting next week, they find momentum and make the duels interesting, because right now, they are anything but entertaining (which is especially bad when Onizuka is supposed to be an entertainment duelist).
Oh, and I am sure I was not the only one who was not convinced or moved whatsoever to see the kids saw the light how despite his loss, Onizuka is still the coolest. No. Stop it. I refuse to believe someone didn’t bribe them with candy to tell him that.
Next week Aoi, the Blue Angel will finally step into the scene! Okay, I know, I KNOW SO DAMN WELL that I should keep my expectations in check, but… I don’t know what to do guys, I am already excited to see her face Playmaker. That being said though, based on the preview, I am under the impression she is Zaizen’s (ah crap, I thought that was his first name, gonna have to adjust it next week) sister by the look of it… has a brother complex, whelp. Wonder how that is gonna turn out. She is really cute though, I like how ordinary she looks.
Random Note of the Week: It looks like they have SIRI installed in their duel-disks.
+ ALSO BITRON IS SO CUTE!