Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 18
Playmaker just about had it with obstructions and Akira is trying to have a heart to heart, opening up about his own past, only to have it backfire- big time. Rather than easing Playmaker into leaving him to investigate, he provoked him, and for the first time, he actually snaps. This of course was fantastic because for once, we have a protagonist who lashes out angrily, absolutely furious and insulted how Akira claims he can relate to him, when in fact he knows nothing about him and what he had experienced. And it’s true. While both Akira and Aoi had a rough phase in their lives after their parents’ death, (which coincidentally had also taken place 10 years ago), neither one of them went through the torture and traumatic experience Yuusaku had. They can’t relate to him, and they most certainly do not understand him. As Playmaker said: They only know the fictional version of him.
Now the timing of death of Zaizen’s parents is hard to ignore. They were killed ten years ago in a traffic incident, but I have a strong feeling that this might just be a cover-up story. Chances are, I think their parents may have worked for or have been involved with SOL Technologies and were part of the incident Yuusaku was a part of. And as I speculated a few weeks ago, given how this incident is not on record and there’s no employees with the exception of Dr. Kogami who knows about it, SOL Technologies may have gone as far killed off some employees to silence those who were perceived as a threat to revealing the truth. If this turns out to be the case, then this would be one way for Yuusaku and Kusanagi to be more open to the idea of working alongside Akira and Aoi, but for the time being, neither of them want anything to do with them, especially after they ticked them off.
And that’s an important point to recognize. It wasn’t just Yuusaku who snapped, it was Kusanagi as well. He is absolutely furious. Should Playmaker lose the duel, I suspect Kusanagi will do everything in his power to give him a quick way to escape. Screw losing gracefully. In a world where one is betting on their life everyday, losing their lead (Ai) is simply not an option. Retreat and fight another day. And remember, it wouldn’t be out of character for Kusanagi to prepare an exit and for Playmaker to take it. Of course I know better that I should moderate my hopes and expectations, but right now, one of the things I enjoying about this series the most is how Yuusaku is breaking out of the mold of the previous series protagonists. It isn’t about friendship and smiles, for Yuusaku is all about survival and seeking answers to the past of his lost memories.
Zaizen’s backstory was a hit and miss for me. Frankly speaking I couldn’t take it seriously, but I did like learning a bit more about Akira and how he did dirty goes and is too a talented hacker. This goes to show how Aoi picked up on it as well. There is also a good chance that it was during those tough days when he and Ghost Girl had most likely became acquaintances with each other.
I am pleased to see Akira is being depicted as a talented duelist. He has a quirky Tindangle Flip Effect Monster Deck made (Tindangles designs are quite creepy. I certainly didn’t expect that from Akira…). His deck strategy is giving Playmaker a headache, but he managed to finally bring out his true ace: Firewall Dragon (good to see you again buddy!). I suspect this duel will probably only last one more episode, but I am kind of hoping Playmaker will lose because he hasn’t lost a fight yet and he needs to. The longer it takes for him the fail, the greater the cost will be, and the less likely for it to happen. (Bloody plot-armor.) Now more than ever, this is a prime time to showcase how Playmaker would respond when he loses in such situation. Will he accept defeat and respect the conditions or will he retreat in attempt to avoid fulfilling the conditions?
Lastly, we should not forget about Kitamura. The crazy guy is obnoxious and demanding, but he is certainly not stupid. He was bright enough to catch on the conversation the hackers were having contained confidential information, and ordered all monitors off, and resumed observing them from his own office. With that in mind, I honestly don’t know how Akira is going to get out of this, let alone promoted since his superiors can hear every word they are saying. So much for secrecy. At this point, I feel like the writers are setting up Akira to fall. No disguise, blatantly snooping in databank, and now offering Playmaker to let him investigate on his behalf? Like hell those chess pieces are going to let this pass! Not to mention he outright vocalized his god damn weakness: His step-sister Aoi. Should anything happen to her, it will break his spirit. This is mainly why I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses, because everything is going to come back to bite him.
Overall this episode was pretty uninteresting and lacked impact. But the one thing I do want to mention is how I am quite pleased with art direction of the series have taken. It seems very promising with how they laid out the field, and how they are offering new angles to the Link Summons so that it’s not just the same old, same old. Hopefully next week will be a bit more engaging since we will be seeing more of Yuusaku’s past from the incident! Looking forward to it!
Random Note of the Week: LOL HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GONNA BE FIRED SHE SAID.