Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 22
Oh man, what a mess this episode was. From the get go, all over the place! When the episode started I thought I missed an episode– until I remembered last week was a recap!
The Hanoi Knights are not messing around anymore, especially when it comes to dealing with Playmaker. So they have decided to hunt the hunter as a pack, attacking victims who share a similar profile to Playmaker: Exceptional dueling talent, uses a retro duel-disk, and a skilled hacker. This method of course of seems to be more directed to targeting Playmaker in the real world, as they shuffle through the database to forcefully summon him into Link VRAINS. Regardless of dragging those who are not related to, nor Playmaker himself, the Hanoi Knights still attack them– just to send a message. The case of the victims who is known as “Another”, where its as though their souls has been dragged out from their bodies and are trapped in Link VRAINS while they become a corpse in the living world. But in reality, their souls aren’t being extracted, they have simply attacked by the same virus the Hanoi Knight used on Blue Angel.
As result of this, Link VRAINS has descended into chaos. Yet despite the Hanoi Knight running rampant, players continue to log in thinking they wouldn’t be targeted. However unfortunately for them the hoodlums fraction of the Hanoi Knights don’t care if they are Playmaker or not, they will senselessly attack them.
And while we are on the subjects of these Hoodlums. Revolver revealed to us how the Hanoi Knight’s organization is far larger than anyone could have possibly anticipated. It is said there are over a thousand players who are affiliated with the Hanoi Knights. These players joined their case because they are infatuated with their opposition to Link VRAINS, and self-promotion. And whoever is overseeing them doesn’t appear to be interested in disciplining these thugs whatsoever. As result they are doing a great job of tarnishing the knight’s reputations but terrorizing innocent players.
Then we have the higher ups divisions. These folks all wear a signature one-eyed masked. I suppose as the rankings go up, the smaller the masks, making it so those in the lowest ranks’ identities remain anonymous. Most noticeably, the three who were introduced today (one of them being Dr. Genome), are all adults, and seem to be developers. My guess the three of them also likely to have been part of the Lost Incident Research team.
While all of this is happening, Revolver is dealing with his own inner conflict. The Lost Incident’s records will all be erased once the plan is fully underway, (the Eclipse is just the opening act before the main event). The reason he is being tormented by this is because he fears without it, he won’t be able to find out Playmaker’s identity. So he asks his father to give him some time, so he can finally settle things with Playmaker (aka win, and move on).
However while the episode had heavily focused on the Hanaoi Knights terrorizing everyone, it certainly did not go unnoticed how despite the disorder in LINK VRAINS, Sol Technologies have not temporarily disable the ability to log. One would think they would do a maintenance or something to put the player’s protection first, but clearly that’s not the case – especially when they too are interested in attaining Playmaker’s true identity.
Then we have Onizuka.
Ughhhhhhh….. You know what, I will be completely honest with you: I would rather see him lose just so he can go away. Clearly, that’s unlikely to happen, especially when he apparently updated his dueling style. But GOD, I just can’t find it in me to care about him, at all. His character is so BLAH! Not to mention, he gives himself way too much credit. For instance, he claimed it was “his fault that Makoto is now ‘Another’ Victim”, like are you freaking kidding me? And don’t even get me started on the flashback. Here I was hoping we would actually get substance that would be related to Yuusaku, but NOPE~! Just another scene I could not care less about!
(Actually, now that I had time to think about it, I think what’s bothering me the most is the lack of individuality. He is missing that quality that is needed to draw me in.)
Now he comes in, pulling the same impersonating trick with the Hanoi Knights, this time pretending to be Playmaker to bait out Dr. Genome so he can try and get a hold of the program to remove the virus. He then makes the claim he knows Playmaker’s true identity and should he lose, he will share that information. Man, I seriously hope he’s bluffing though, not to mention, Yuusaku and Kusanagi look absolutely furious.
That being said, I am NOT looking forward to this duel whatsoever, so my expectations are going to be rock bottom for this one.
Please only be one episode! ; A ;