Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 25
Who needs Blue Angel in disguise when we get an ANGRY!Angel! Man, when she’s in a bad mood, you don’t wanna mess with her. Also her pissed-off attitude is freaking glorious!
Aoi/Blue Angel was absolutely triggered this episode. She tried to heed her brother’s warnings, but it was really getting under her skin when everyone started commenting on her absence. Then Ema comes along to help her out by giving her that push she needed!
Now last week, I said I like to see Aoi find the motivation on her own. Although we didn’t get this, no undercover, just straight-up angry!angel, I wasn’t disappointed because I appreciate the big-sister dynamic Ema has with Aoi. It is exactly what she needs. Someone opposite of Akira, someone to push her, knowing what she is capable of. Heck even Ema is kicking herself for getting too involved with Aoi. It does make me wonder if perhaps she has a story of her own of a lost sibling, or something of the sort. She slips right into the annoying big-sister role seamlessly. Props to her for getting under Aoi’s skin! Gotta love her!
But Aoi’s emotions ended up getting the better of her when she throws herself head first into a Hanoi Knight Elite, Baira. She is extremely confident with her Trickstar Deck, to the point it is her pride, but Baira shuts her up real fast when she makes a snide comment how it’s too popular now, and because of that, she came prepared with a counter strategy… With a creepy as f— Virus Deck no less.
Now let’s just take a moment to appreciate the enemies adapting and challenging the protagonists in a new way. This is fantastic for everyone, because this creates a more threatening villain, it gives them more presence, raises the stakes, and at the same time enables the protagonist to grow and adapt to the new challenges they face. I am especially pleased to see this happening early on. Although I will confess, while this was happening, I did have my doubts – and thought, “Damnit, if Blue Angel loses here, Imma be PISSED!”
But thankfully, I don’t think we have to to worry too much about that. Especially when the preview is talking about Blue Angel creating miracle plays and such. This duel will be focusing on Blue Angel’s growth as a duelist, and to contribute forging her new purpose in Link VRAINS. As Ghost Girl pointed out, Blue Angel’s alias was created in order for her brother to appreciate her, and now since she knows he loves her, the “Blue Angel” doesn’t need to exist anymore. Furthermore, Aoi said today she doesn’t fight for others, but for herself. However as someone who has suffered from the virus, Aoi has a lot of feelings and emotions when it comes to the cases of Another, especially when she is facing off its creator. As soon as she realized who she was dealing with, Aoi wasn’t thinking about herself anymore, but others. So I expect this duel will shape her into fighting to protect others from experiencing to the same pain she had to go through when she was trapped in the darkness.
There is another thing I wanted to point out and that is how easily Aoi can flip the switch of her idol personality – it’s almost scary. When Blue Angel is performing and the cameras are rolling, she is right in character. I am curious to see just how much of her anger will seep out of her, or will she keep it bottled up to maintain her confident and unwavering image (despite having a couple of freak out moments).
But like I said, Angry!Angel, is the best angel, ahahahaha!
In the meantime, Kusanagi and Yuusaku are continuing to investigate, and they managed to find Baira in a security camera observing one of the Anothers’ case. Now this i could be crucial timing because Blue Angel keeping Baira busy right now. That means her body is non-responsive at this time. Should they decide to act on it, this would provide Kusanagi and Yuusaku a window of time to investigate in the real world, hopefully without being caught.
Ah, that reminds me of something I mentioned last week: I wondered about how all the villains would be carrying the cure, and in this week, Faust and Baira addressed exactly that. But if Blue Angel beats Baira, does that mean she obtains the cure for all cases, or just one? We know that Baira in particular isn’t too fond of the whole purpose of the virus, and feels bad that Blue Angel was their first test subject for its development, so she will probably hand her over the cure for at least one case… Unless she decides that for the greater good of protecting Revolver, she won’t give in and set the conditions to only Playmaker being allow to gain it as a prize. (Now that would be quite interesting wouldn’t it?). Either way, I do like seeing the antagonists with grey morals as oppose to black and white mindset we often see.
And this leads me to the next subject: A Rift within the Hanoi Knights Organization!
Things just got interesting when we learn that there is actually a rift within the Hanoi Knights organization right now – in the most unexpected way possible. Faust and Baira are one of the higher-ups who knows what’s going on. We learned how Revolver is someone who is very dear to them, and because he is the leader of the Hanoi Knights, Dr. Kogami’s crime will be pinned onto him. But it’s not just an crime, it’s supposed to be a historical one! Dear god…
So what do they want to do? They want to stop him by beating him to the punch. This means they need to acquire Ignis and find the Cyverse World first to prevent to delay Dr. Kogami’s grand scheme. In order to do this, they are the ones who are using Anothers to bait Playmaker out.
This is pretty crazy, because I never expected something like this to happen so soon. It also goes to make you wonder if Revolver is really okay with shouldering that burden of his father’s crime (since the man is supposed to be dead). Is it just doing this because of certain circumstances that drove him into that direction, or is he being used? There is much to learn about Revolver’s relationship and circumstances with his father, and how Dr. Kogami had died in the first place.
As for Sol Technologies, after the embarrassing and sound defeat, they will likely try to stay off the radar for now, until they come up with a more effective way to redeem themselves in the public eye. They are absolutely being ROASTED! (Ai of course is having a field-day over this!)
Finally, it’s about time we see the media be addressed to stop filming in Link VRAINS. Frog-Dude (Yamamato) got orders from the higher ups to end it because it’s inciting idiots to get involved in Link VRAINS – LIKE THOSE STUPID LITTLE KIDS CHEERING FOR BLUE ANGEL. LIKE WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN LINK VRAINS. GET THE HELL OUT!
But of course as soon as Blue Angel appears, they are like, “SCREW IT! WE GOTTA FILM IT!” Honestly, I really do hope they just end the Link VRAINS coverage because it does need to stop at some point for the sake of safety in the public. It’s also encouraging the hooligans because it glorifies their victories, and they know they are being covered. I have little doubts now that they will actually stop it. But if they do, I will give mad props to the writing team for paying attention to that detail.
This week the new ED Theme came out! I love the track quite a bit, especially the lyrics and the artistic details such as the Vengeance graffiti! Something worth noting though, is how Ai’s is Yuusaku’s shadow. This could be interpreted as Ai is also looking for vengeance after what Revolver and the Hanoi Knights have done to his friends- especially since we haven’t exactly seen Ai’s darker and more serious side… except for the hints of ‘evil Ai’ kinky acts. Afterall, For most part, he acts like a sassy little shit.
Fun Fact: Kusanagi can’t cook anything else other than hotdogs and fries! DEAR GOD, SOMEONE SAVE YUUSAKU, THIS ISN’T A HEALTHY DIET!!!!!!!!!