Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 38 & 39
Current Recap Episode Count: 4
Episode 38 ended being our fourth recap, but it appears there was a new scene following Spectre’s defeat. Dr. Kogami asked if Revolver uncovered Playmaker’s true identity yet, and much to my surprise: Revolver denied it. I am very curious as to why he decided to keep this information to himself. One possibility could be that he doesn’t want his father to know because he wants to defeat Yuusaku in a duel, where as his father might have a way to use it, preventing Yuusaku from being able to interfere with their plans
This week, in Episode 39 it was the duel we all knew was going to happen, but really didn’t want it to: Onizuka VS Revolver. But I really. REALLY. REALLY, would much rather watch Spectre duel Onizuka before falling to Yuusaku. (Actually, more than anything, I really wanted to see what kind of mind-games Spectre would play with Onizuka, especially since they are both orphans). Knowing how I feel about this, I knew I needed to rid of my negativity, and go into this episode with an open-mind. But much to my dismay, this episode was a complete snooze fest! I was dying from boredom. (Oh but visually, this episode was stunning, the animators did such a good job this week! Especially with the backgrounds, they were gorgeous with the particles effect!!!!!! So there’s that at least!)
As I was watching the episode, I found myself thinking and playing various scenarios in my head. I couldn’t help but wonder: Had it been anyone else but Onizuka in this situation, would this episode still be this boring? It is hard to say since it was considerably uneventful, but ultimately the conclusion I came up with was: Yes and No.
On one hand, the answer would be “Yes”. It was clear as night and day that something was missing in this episode, and that was just raw excitement and anticipation of not knowing what is going to happen next. With the matchup being against Revolver of all people, the guy who Yuusaku by default has to go up against, that alone just takes the wind right of the sails.
And on the other-hand, the answer is also “No”, because of all people chosen to be selected as his scapegoat, it’s Onizuka. This guy has no charisma whatsoever. He tries, but it only makes it worse- and don’t even get me started on his cringeworthy lines, “You can’t stop me, because you’re fired”. That was so corny, I couldn’t stand it.
However the root of the problem is the way Onizuka’s character is being delivered. It is unfortunate how bland he feels, and whenever he steps into the scene, rather than excitement, he brings about the feelings of dread in the worst way possible.
Truth to be told, a part of me is clinging to the possibility that we may finally dive into Onizuka’s backstory. The only reason why I think this might happen is because Aoi’s duel against Spectre covered how/why she became Blue Angel. But please if they do, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MAKE IT UNIQUE TO THIS CHARACTER!!!! Give us something more than what is driving him in the present. Give us something juicy about his past, show us what made him into who he is today! Give us some form of depth to establish that there is something more to him under that big ego of his!
It has been a while since his duel against Dr. Genome, so I actually completely forgot about his ever “evolving” duelling style. Heck, I don’t even know if they are still rolling with it at this point. I guess we will have to find out next week. I just hope they stuck with the “evolution” theme and spice it up big time. You know it’s a serious problem when not even Revolver could save this episode.
– unless he had defeated him and put an end to this misery.
And surprise! The “fearsome” card is Mirror Force!!!! (Well not really, most people already figured it out during his duel against Ghost Girl). I can’t help but laugh though because it’s a card that’s been around forever, (but surprisingly, according to the records, it has only been used once in ARC-V, so it has been a while since it made its appearance!) so in a way it is quite funny how all the characters are reacting as if it’s the card of the century (though to be fair it’s a totally badass one). It was even more hilarious with how smug Revolver was when he used it, especially since Onizuka was completely baited into his trap. It actually had me thinking he was going to finish him this episode.
But I am kind of surprised Revolver ended up using it for the duel, I would have thought he’d want to save it to surprise Yuusaku, unless he has more trick up his sleeves (and he probably does). I also suspect this is the primarily reason why the writers had Yuusaku be able to spectate the duel, so he doesn’t get caught off guard by the card.
Now Onizuka has been pushed into a corner, with the stakes so high, I am hopeful for the duel to liven up. Bring out that Dark!Onizuka again if you have to, although he said something troubling things, that side of him was pretty fun to watch, so I certainly would be all over seeing him go HAM again.
However there was one major thing that should not go unnoticed this episode, and that was the sudden emergence of the Data Storm. It ended up saving Yuusaku from that fall, and he can’t help but be suspicious that it must’ve been Ai who summoned it. Although Ai denies doing so, I too am suspicious of him because we know how badly he can’t afford to lose Yuusaku. But I can’t help but think it may be someone/something else entirely, especially since Yuusaku sensed it.