Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 6
After the incredibly dull episode 4 & 5, I can’t tell you how relieved I was with what we got today. There was this tension in the air that hooked me in, keeping me completely engaged with what’s transpiring. There were also no duels today, so it did a good job of returning to the darker and more serious tone of the series responsible for intriguing me during its premiere.This is definitely not a bad thing, in fact it’s a good thing because it enables them to focus and deliver the plot without forcing nonsense/filler duels (that would otherwise contradict Yuusaku’s character).
I have to say, God help me, because I have already fallen hard for Aoi. The best thing about her is how her character gives me that Izayoi Aki vibes that made me fall in love with her character in 5DS, but the worst thing about this is how I know with the team in charge with this series (thus far), it’s as though it is fate for me be disappointed in Aoi’s future as a character… just as I had with Yuzu, Ruri, Rin and Selena (ARC-V) and of course Aki.
Aoi is an fascinating character because of how polar opposite her Blue Angel personality is outside of VRAINS. She is quiet, doesn’t talk much, skeptical of those who approach her because of her brother in-law (Zaizen Akira – honestly, I am shocked they are not siblings but are in-laws. Did not expect that) working at SOL Technologies. They will either ask for the newest duel disk model on the market, or even for connections in order to get a job at the company. Aoi has also shown us how she, like Yuusaku, is extremely sharp-minded, as she was quick to draw similarities to Yuusaku and Playmaker’s traditional duel disk. Had Yuusaku not switched out his deck for a dummy, he might have been in serious trouble since she had asked him if she could see his deck.
I am curious as to why she decided to embrace the idol persona in the first place. Does she want to be an idol? Or does she want the recognition or freedom she gains from it? It’s interesting because at this time, I am having a difficult time determining whether Akira considers her a nuisance or he genuinely just wants her to keep her safe, so much so, he told her to stop speed dueling because it’s dangerous. It also doesn’t help how he doesn’t want anyone to know he has a connection with Blue Angel. Personally I don’t see what’s such a big deal about it considering she is famous for being a good duelist. I mean for crying out loud, they freaking claim the duel between her and Playmaker to be the battle of the century! (Like, are you kidding me?) On the extra note: Her fan-chants are AMAZING. But I digress. If Akira is sincerely concerned about her safety, then I can understand if he is concerned about bad people like Hanoi going after her to get to him.
However what we can’t ignore is that yes: Aoi has a brother complex (seriously, it’s weird how she talks with him, she is overly polite, as if she is talking to royalty), and she wants to prove to him that she can hold her own. AKA, she was some form of recognition from him.
But with Zaizen determined to keep himself as far as possible from Blue Angel, in return she ends up being caught up and used by Hanoi Knights when she decides to take it upon herself to challenge Playmaker – only to be stood up. (Interesting enough, the backlash I had expected to happen had Yuusaku fled from Onizuka’s duel did end up happening because of his no show). In the end, the only reason why the two are dueling is because Ignis set it up that way, by taking advantage of the circumstances Yuusaku pledge to pick a fight under (only against Hanoi Knights). Still, had Aoi not had the Hanoi card in her possession, I suspect Ignis would have still went ahead to send the invitation to fight, solely to get under Yuusaku’s skin. The AI loves to tease the guy.
The Hanoi Knights taking advantage of using Blue Angel was a great turn of events. Before seeing how Akira wants to keep his distance from her, I had thought for sure, he would be the one to request her to fight Playmaker. But no, instead we see a downright CREEPY Hanoi Knight dude, that screams trouble. You think Revolver is the threat? Nope~ My bet is on the creepy dude being a manipulative asshole who pulls all the strings. He just SCREAMS trouble to me.
It was fun to see more sides to Yuusaku today. Kusanagi cleverly initiated a reverse psychology strategy to encourage Yuusaku to interact with Aoi (since they were able to gain information on Blue Angel’s true identity) in hopes to gain information on SOL Technologies and his lost memories. He and Ignis teased him for being unable to talk to girls, when in reality, he may be a bit shy, but he isn’t incapable and he knows it. Yuusaku is just not interested in socializing with anyone at this time – but he certainly is not nearly as sociable as say… previous Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists when he needs to be. He is not one to initiate conversations that’s for sure. You could see how troubled Yuusaku was (he looked so adorable), but he didn’t like how Kusanagi and Ignis teased him for being unable to talk to girls (when in reality, he obviously has no problem, he just isn’t that interested in socializing with others at this time). It was funny watching him follow Aoi because I was a little worried he was going to be mistaken as a stalker, but luckily no such incident happened. Instead he found himself standing at the entrance of the school’s Duel Club. This scene really caught my attention because of his reaction to it. He looked bit a wistful. You could tell something clicked in his head when he saw the club. And seeing that, I couldn’t help but get a sense off loss. It makes me wonder if perhaps before the incident that took place, he was once a part of a Duel Club, and he and the members were part of the incident he in currently investigating. Or worse off, he has no memories of it but there is something about it that draws emotions out of him. Should this be the case, participating in the club activities maybe play a role in triggering memories in the future.
But what really made the episode for me was the tension between Yuusaku and Aoi. There are in a lot of ways quite alike to each other, but at the same time they are not. What makes them different seems to be how they individually handle themselves and those around them. They both possess an alias identity, and with the two of them being sneaky sneaky, especially around each other – oh boy, this is going to get real interesting should Aoi serve as a pawn for the Hanoi Knights for a little while. And I think this is where it could get fun because while Yuusaku is attempting to obtain information in regards to her brother in law, and she is trying to figure out, and may even become aware of his true identity by recognizing Ignis (who honestly does not know how to be discreet, Ignis was yapping away all the time!) after or even during their duel. (Put down your bets guys: will Aoi recognize Ignis during their duel?) It makes me very I am curious to see how the two are going to get closer to one another for information, and better yet, without each other knowing that they know. Ooh just the thought of it excites me!
With both Aoi and Yuusaku missing from the classroom, should they continue to do this in the future (and I suspect they will so as long Aoi possesses Hanoi’s card – and whatever the hell “free her hidden desires” means), I’m pretty sure Naoki will catch on, or at least become suspicious of the two. And if not? Well that would mean I gave him too much credit.
Also RIP Naoki: YUUSAKU DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER HIM!
And of course I had to leave this to last because of reasons… It’s certainly nothing important…
Well, surely, surely… I couldn’t have been the only one who had the passing thought of “I ship it.”
I COULDN’T HELP IT! IT JUST HAPPENED. As I like to say: “One does not simply choose their ship, the ship chooses you…”, because all it took was the two interacting with each other and BAM before I knew it there were squeals in the back of my head. The inner shipper in me was having a field day today. She packed up all her goods and left boarded SS Yuusaku x Aoi (whatever their ship name is going to be). She knows she’s in for a world of pain and disappointment and with a
non-existent grim future of the possibility of canon in the future, but she doesn’t care. She will board that ship and set sail upon the treacherous seas.
There is no saving me now.