Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 24
I was quite surprised with how quickly they wrapped up Onizuka’s duel. They spent less than 10 minutes on it and to be quite honest, I was disappointed with how anticlimactic it was. The transition was not as seamless as it could have been, but I could tell they did not want to waste a minute and make the most of their time of introducing the next set of obstacles our heroes must face.
While Onizuka’s duel ended on a rather abrupt note, I did get a good laugh out of it – primarily because of Playmaker’s comment. I don’t think any of us of us expected him to come out and say he came just so he could laugh at Onizuka when he loses. That’s one hell of a way to provoke someone! And he did get under his skin with much success. However the results of Onizuka’s “next evolution” had me laughing because of how ridiculous it was. I said it as a joke last week, but now I am seriously wondering if they really do intend to make Onizuka into an “Evolution” duelist – one who’s style will continue to evolve over time. Frankly speaking, this is really the only way to preserve the “surprise factor”, because I noticed that once you know what’s coming, it’s not as interesting or exciting the second time, and will only grow older each time its used.
But man, oh man…. I am sure I was not the only one who cringed real hard when Onizuka claimed he is the World’s #1 Entertainer. Dude – no, NO. NO YOU’RE NOT. YOU ARE NOT EVEN IN THE TOP 100. Oh someone, someone got to break the news to him and send him straight to You Show Duel School, or something!!!!!!
And on that note, I must address the elephant in the room. I am honestly starting to think reusing the ‘Entertainment Duelist’ theme for Onizuka’s character was a big mistake. Let’s be real here, the previous series; ARC-V, revolved around Entertainment Duels, so naturally it sets the bar. If you don’t create characters who can reach or exceed the standard that has been established, it’s going to be harder to appeal to the audience. Many of us are still struggling connect with him, and it certainly doesn’t help how a lot of us who watched ARC-V will likely see him as a inferior, wanna-be Entertainment Duelist. Hell, I am not even convinced the new audience are truly entertained by Onizuka. Really, the only thing he got going for him right now, is the concept of constantly evolving. So they need to roll with this and make the most of it, or go back to the drawing board and figure out how can they make Onizuka a true entertainer. Gimmicks grow old real fast, so it’s a real concern of mine for Onizuka’s character.
Aoi however, we are entering a very fun stage. Aoi/Blue Angel’s character has evolved. What we saw today is that she is clearly no longer that girl with a brother complex. She got all of that straightened out. However Akira is still being the overprotective mother-bear telling her to stay out of Link VRAINS, and Aoi is actually a tough girl who doesn’t like to stand on the sidelines doing nothing when she knows she can the courage and the ability to do something. She has already entered Link VRAINS, clearly concerned about Onizuka’s duel when he was pummeled down to 100 LP. She like Playmaker had arrived to the scene to ensure that he had backup if it was necessary. And what’s really getting to her is how Onizuka and Playmaker had formed a temporary wordless alliance of dealing with the Hanoi Knight’s in attempt o obtain the Virus Removal Program. She wants to contribute too, but she you can tell she is torn between heeding her brother’s warnings because she knows it will kill him if anything happens to her, or follow her gut and do what she wants. And the first thing that crossed my mind is that Blue Angel might change up her avatar (if possible) to conceal her identity. This might actually happen since in the preview, we see someone running around with the Hanoi Knights as a big fluffy bear (which is adorable by the way). It would be pretty awesome to see Aoi go undercover in attempt to do what she wishes to accomplish while keeping off Akira’s radar.
This episode also officially revealed the A.I. Duelist Army SOL Technologies had been developing… only to have also suffered from an incredibly anticlimactic debut. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I certainly did not anticipate it to have been so easily wiped out by two Hanoi Knights duelists, who appear to be the ones we met last week. This is an interesting development in terms of not only delaying Sol Technologies from being actively involved, but it also gives them a sense of cover of not being a real threat. We know the SOL Technologies is a shady little shit with dodgy superiors who appear as chess pieces, and they are making no attempt to shut down Link VRAINS or prevent idiotic players who think they can fight the Hanoi Knights from logging in. (In fact we saw how one of them tried to do it because they wanted to become famous too, but chickened out the minute they encountered one of the Hanoi Knight’s hooligans).
I am so happy to be wrong about Revolver VS Playmaker duel immediately following up after Onizuka’s duel. We desperately needed a break from Link VRAINS and spend some time in the real world. Simple developments with the A.I.D. epic failure and the Duel Club at school being suspended because of what’s going on in Link VRAINS, thanks to Naoki opening his big mouth, yapping nonsense. (One has to wonder why they brother creating pointless characters like him? He’s honestly a real nuisance, especially when he’s all talk but no action. He goes on how the Duel Club needs to fight the Hanoi Knights – um, excuse me? Who are you to say it’s the club’s members responsibility to put their lives on the line? The smartest thing to do is stay offline. It’s not like you can’t duel in the real world – which is perplexing to me as to why the club’s president felt the need to suspend the club activities. Well it doesn’t matter, works in Aoi’s favor. It only means more time on her hands to do what she has to do without suspicions of being MIA from club activities. But I digress.)
With the current developments, it’s will be interesting to see what lies ahead in the future. Yuusaku and Kusanagi have put their investigations on hold and are focusing on trying to obtain the Virus Removal Program directly from the Hanoi Knights. They considered developing one, but the problem is that the Hanoi Knights are constantly updating it, making it difficult or impossible to program on their own. Yuusaku has learned not only do the fodders do not carry the cure, but they will quickly be deleted in order to prevent them from releasing any confidential information. In short, it’s a waste of time to deal with them. They need to target the members who have more authority, who would most likely know the cure. However one has to to wonder if they really would carry it on them, or even be willing to give it to them as a bargain. I’m not too sure if any of them has the need to carry it with them, especially if they have an purpose for inflicting the virus on the players that would contribute to the plans. It would be quite pointless to carry the cure unless it’s the only way they can lure out Playmaker. But honestly, while they are out there trying to hunt them down, I’m starting to wonder if they are just saying that as a cover to conceal the mission that is currently in development. That being said though, I do wonder how long it will be before Revolver and Playmaker duel…