Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 18


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  1. becs says:

    I get entirely why Yusaku snapped as well as Kusanagi. Akira tried to play the pity card on Yusaku and empathise with him whiile still denying him what he wanted to know. He just packed him into the helpless victim category and his mentioning of this and being all pitiful whilst hinting at parts os Yuusaku’s past that he wants to find out probably touched more than one uncomfortable places. I mean it’s really uncomfortable when people dig into your past and it’s even more invasive when it is traumatic. So Akira did not do himself any favours by his lack of tact when trying to get Yusaku to give up Ai.

    I do like how even though Yusaku was mad at him, he does recognise that Akira wasn’t telling the story to patronise or mock him, but that he was doing it to try and empathise with him in the most tragic way he knew. He said rightly that while Akira’s intentions and alignment are of a good nature, their experiences are not the same and he has imagined a version of Yusaku that doesn’t even touch what he feels.

    On a side note, Akira’s backstory does give insight as to why Aoi may look up to her brother and want to protect him. I’m more than willing to bet that she noticed how her brother struggled for her, so she wants to prove to him that she can help and take care of herself. It explains Akira’s overprotectiveness even more other than the usual big brother syndrome.

    Also, I never expected Akira to have a deck that good… He did not look the type.

    Really looking forward to next week as well! We fiinally get some of his past. Although i did hope the duel would be finished this episode.

    I thought the random note of the week though would be Ai saying “I think i’m seeing a pattern here” when Yusaku ran into his 3rd duel in a row on his battle into SOL technologies.

    One thing we can take from this episode that I think Akira implied about the incident from 10 years ago… apparantly Yusaku was kidnapped. So if that is true then maybe in the future when he remembers he’ll look for his parents.(or really father because in Yugioh *pfft* who needs mothers?).

    • Eva says:

      The flashback certainly gave us some more insight and depth in regards of Akira’s and Aoi’s relationship has, and how it’s important for her to show her brother she is a big girl and can take care of herself – in order to lessen the burden.

      LOL IKR? Akira really doesn’t look the type, but he sure comes out swinging.
      Me too I was hoping the duel would wrap up this week.

      I agree, I think Yuusaku was kidnapped as well (along with Kusanagi’s brother)… O_o Actually… Now that you mention his parents.
      What if his parents/family was one of the memories he had lost?!?!?! ; A ; It would explain why he lives alone ; A ;

  2. Wilfredo Sifr Starduster says:

    To think Akira plays Flip Monsters that emphasizes his overprotective nature for Aoi, LOL I thought they’re phased out given the current state of the game. And Yusaku’s pissed (along Kusanagi) because one doesn’t play the trauma game with them, but good to learn more about Akira & Aoi’s past though. Now I wonder how Blue Angel will respond afterwards given that she is now conscious unlike the Revolver incident.

    But next time VRAINS, can we have an episode or two of dueling WITHOUT Playmaker? God it’s like early Zexal times again…

  3. elior1 says:

    eva akira summon in the next episode preview didnt feel like or looks like link summon. in fact it looks completly diffrent summon with all this door the monster come from and thos fireballs

  4. I got a little scared when I saw Kusanagi and Playmaker snap. I’ve never seen them so angry before, especially Kusanagi. Then again, there’s a first for everything. But overall, I enjoyed this episode. We get to learn a little more about Akira and Aoi’s past and some more details on how they had to survive after they became orphans. But I’m glad those two had each other during dark times like those. If Akira had to work illegal jobs such as hacking, he must have been desperate to protect Aoi because she’s the only family he has now. And I can understand Akira was only trying to help Playmaker by asking for his trust. Must be to repay Playmaker for how he helped Aoi last time. However, on the other hand, by the angry look on Playmaker and Kusanagi’s faces, their incident must have been a lot worse than the Zaizen siblings’ situation and it must be a touchy subject for others to mention. Oh, but I do hope the main and supporting cast form a team to work together to take down their real enemy in the future, whether it’s SOL Technology or the Knights of Hanoi.

    • elior1 says:

      do you think it realy link summon akira using in the preview to summon this big dragon becouse with this door and the flames the dragon come out from not looks like it at all

  5. The more I learn about SOL Technologies the more I think they are the true villains of the series. I can see parallels being drawn between The Knights of Hanoi and SOL Technologies and Team Skull and The Aether Foundation from Pokémon Sun and Moon: In that the group that are set up as the primary villains turn out to be in cahoots with the seemingly ‘benevolent’ organization. At this point it would not surprise me if certain members of The Knights of Hanoi (I’m looking at you Spectre) turn out to be working for SOL Technologies.

    If Yusaku’s stolen memories turn out to be about him being kidnapped/drafted by SOL Technologies, alongside Spectre, Aoi, Go and Kusanagi’s brother, to be used in experiments regarding Cyberse and the Ignis as part of their plan for world domination or whatever their ambitions are; it would explain why SOL Technologies are so desperate to get Ignis back and why Spectre wants to destroy Cyberse, and maybe that’s why Spectre’s father Dr. Kogami is in the state he is in outside of Vrains, i.e. if he found out what SOL Technologies were really planning and they tried to silence him, like how you believed they silenced the Zaizen siblings parents Eva.

    I enjoyed the contrasts between Akira’s demonic Tindangle Deck and Aoi’s angelic Trickster Deck, as pointed out by Emma, in that the angel of Heaven revives the hound of Hell. I hope that Yusaku does lose this duel as Vrains needs plenty of twists in order to keep it fresh. That was the main weakness I think with Arc-V; after the Synchro Dimension Arc, the show had so many angles to choose from and it disappointed by resorting to convention. Arc-V was a story that needed more plot turns and twists to keep the cast on its toes. The ones we got, such as the Bracelet Girls brainwashing and Yusho’s dimension hopping presence, were great, but we needed more of that. As this universal conflict seemed restricted to only the core members of the Lancers and Academia, we needed to see more duellists taking arms and fighting for both sides. We needed Roget to carry out his play for the crown. We needed sigils, dammit!

    Either way I eagerly await some juicy revelations in the next episode and I hope you continue to keep up the good work Eva.

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