Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 23
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Okay, that was a way more fun and exciting episode than I anticipated. The moment Dark Onizuka came out, I was sitting at the edge of my seat for the rest of the episode with much enthusiasm. (Looks like having rock bottom expectations helped a lot hahahaha!)
YES! THIS IS WHAT ONIZUKA NEEDED, THIS IS THE EDGE HE WAS MISSING!
It’s go big or go home, and Onizuka is not messing around anymore. Gone are the days of his pathetic character who liked to feign being the weak hero who comes stronger in the end! BEHOLD, DARK ONIZUKA! THE HARDCORE, SAVAGE HEEL DUELIST. HE SPAT SOME STUFF ON DR. GENOME’S FACE. HE DID THAT!
Oh and please, do keep that fabulous hair – preferably all the time. His character designs is SO MUCH COOLER LIKE THIS!
See, if this is how Onizuka had been first presented, damn straight it would have been a memorable one. But the silver-lining of his (let’s be real here) pathetic entrance made this transformation an epic one. Ever since he lost to Playmaker, Onizuka realized that his style was so yesterday and he needed to polish up and evolve as an entertainment duelist. He decided to use pro wrestling as his inspiration, embracing an epic alter alias for both himself and his ace monster. As soon as he and his monster puts on their mask, they are Dark Onizuka and Dark Thunder Ogre. Tacky? Perhaps, but I dig it. This is the edge I was looking for. Finally, Onizuka has a characteristic that defines him as an individual, his own unique signature. However there is a legitimate concern this personality will quickly grow old and he will lose his edge all over again. I suppose it would be ironic if it turns out he is the type of character who has to constantly change up his styles because they get boring so fast. One day you’re in, the next day you’re out.
But perhaps the thing that caught me off-guard the most, which was both hilarious and terrifying at the same time, was the unmistakable references to ARC-V. If you watched ARC-V, you may have reacted the same way as I did:
YEAHHH DARK ONIZUKA!!!!!
NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO! STOP!!!!! STOP IT RIGHT THERE. WE ALL SAW HOW ZARC WENT DOWN THAT HELL HOLE. OH MY F—ING GOD, ARC-V REFERENCES ARE SCARY YOU DON’T WANT TO END UP LIKE HIM.
FOR SOMEONE WHO LOVES ENTERTAINMENT DUELS, HOW THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT HEARD OF HIM!? THE GUY WAS OUT TO DESTROY THE WORLD!
Hopefully, he will not end up like Zarc… hopefully.
Funny enough that wasn’t the only thing that gave me flashbacks of ARC-V. This time is was more of a similar character trait creeping me out. That is of course Dr. Genome’s obsession with DNA. The first thing that crossed my mind was, “Shit, he reminds me of that f–king parasite guy.” I mean, I couldn’t have been the only one who thought of that. The dude wants to take talented duelists’ DNA and combine them to make the ULTIMATE DNA – which actually scares the shit out of me because he (of course) wants Playmaker’s too. So not only do we have Sol Technology developing intelligent A.I Duelists, but now we got this guy with the Hanoi Knights.
My god, Playmaker has his hands full.
Speaking of Yuusaku, he made clear that he is confident that Onizuka was bluffing about his identity, but most importantly, he was quite distressed watching him being beaten up. (Do note however, that Onizuka was smacking Dr. Genome pretty hard himself). Seeing how it appeared Onizuka was in deep trouble, he simply can not remain as a spectator, so he will be going into Link VRAINS to back him up, should Onizuka accept/need his help. But it’s fairly obvious that there’s no freaking way in hell Onizuka is going to let that happen, his pride as a duelist is on the line. Not to mention, he finally forged this new identity as a duelist, so the last thing he wants to do is appear as a damsel in distress. That’s not the type of character he wants to portray.
But the other thing to keep in mind in regards of Yuusaku’s distress, is that I am sure he was having flashbacks of the torment and pain he faced when captured and held in isolation. Every time he lost a duel, he was tortured, and seeing Onizuka now down to 200 LP, if he loses it’s not about his own fate, but Onizuka’s name will only be added to the list of victims.
On that note, remember how it was established in the early episodes how if you take too much damage in Link VRAINS, it could result fatality? I wonder if that’s still a thing because Onizuka is getting hit real hard, so I am curious to see what condition he will be in when he finally logs out of Link VRAINS.
But since Yuusaku is entering the chaos, there’s no doubt in my mind that once Onizuka’s duel wraps up, Revolver will jump on the opportunity to challenge Playmaker. With the time crunch of Link VRAINS destruction or whatever the hell Dr. Kogami is trying to do, their fateful rematch is not something that can be put off any longer.
Finally, I would like to note is how this Speed Duel was far more exciting than the ones we have seen up to this point. Now, I am not referring to the duel itself, but the playing field. Until now, Speed Duels have been limited to surfing on the waves of Data Storm, but with Data Gale, they manipulate the Data Storm’s density, enabling them to route around Link VRAINS without limiting themselves (more often than not) to the the Data Storm’s current. This improves the experience because now we can see the players use the terrain to their advantage.