Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 26
In the end, despite going to Baira’s place, they weren’t able to get any information because she was purged. And while I am happy Blue Angel won the duel, especially after the hits and risks she had to take before she got to the finish line, the outcome was underwhelming.
I for one was disappointed how Baira was introduced, and no more than five episodes later, she has been supposedly purged by Revolver himself since despite logging out of Link VRAINS, she has yet to return to reality. This of of course raises questions about the nature of being “purged”. Do they lose memories, are their avatar deleted or are they different or the same case as an Another? It was appeared to me that Revolver was treating her kindly, especially when she knew of the consequences of her actions. I did not sense any malice, rather he did what he had to do as the representative as the group. (After-all, he is technically nothing more than a figure-head since Dr. Kogami is the one running the show in the background).
Still, it is sad to lose someone who could have been a cool villain, but I suppose she was simply never meant to be one to begin with. This wasn’t the path Baira wanted to take, and the writers made sure to make it clear Baira was having second thoughts when she had that conversation with Faust. They set it up so Blue Angel could remind her of how she used to be, and wondered to herself when did she change. She felt guilty of being responsible for having created the virus, and so when Blue Angel ‘changed her heart’, (I say that loosely though since it’s too much of a cop-out reason), she activated the virus removal program, and all the victims have been freed.
Blue Angel/Aoi on the other hand had a strong week. Not much happened in terms of the duel, making it a lot shorter than most of us probably expected – in fact I am quite certain it must have been shorter than Onizuka’s duel. However that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun to watch. Despite the lackluster conclusion, was I proud of Blue Angel. She showed us what a total badass she is. The hits she took this episode were no joke, she was sent flying through a building which only made me think, “Oh my god, how many and what kind of hits can they tolerate before it ends up affecting them in the real world?” In fact, since it hasn’t been mentioned for a while now – I wonder if that’s still a thing? I hope it is…
Then right after that, since there’s no faster way of exiting the building she was thrown into, what does she do? SHE THROWS HERSELF THROUGH A WINDOW! Sure it was a small thing, but I thought she was so cool with the way she landed back on her board. Fabulous Max!!!!
It is also worth to note that despite Blue Angel having said she fought for herself, what Baira told her in response was also true: It left an impact on her. If she (Blue Angel) carry the hopes of others, she is fighting for everyone. It will be interesting how Blue Angel’s character will grow in the future, especially now that Akira finally acknowledged her efforts, and told her he was proud of her. (Bonus points to his fellow co-worker who told him to have more faith in his sister! IT IS GREAT TO SEE THE GIRLS BANDING TOGETHER!)
But if there’s one thing that should be highlighted about this duel, it’s the fact of how closely Aoi had paid attention and analyzed her opponent’s deck and strategy. She caught on to what Baira’s game-plan was, but was still in a pinch and needed a way out. She knew using her skill was a high risk given she suspected Baira’s deck was filled with trap cards, and should she draw one, she will lose on the spot. I also enjoyed seeing her outplay with her true ace, Link 4 Bella Madonna. Love the design and its effect. Since it’s a Link 4 monster, I do hope we will see more of her in the future.
As for next week’s preview: Oh no, Naoki is actually going to throw himself into Link VRAINS. Shocker, he actually does it. Up till now he’s been all talk, but yikes. Is he seriously going up against Faust? Good luck with that dude. That being said, hm, they said a lot more plot details were in store in the upcoming episodes, and I don’t doubt that, but is it just or the last five have been feeling a tad underwhelming? I sincerely hope Faust proves to be a tougher opponent, dedicated to his mission to protect Revolver, so he gotta pull through. I really hate it when villains are introduced only to fall a few episodes later…