Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 41
I FREAKING KNEW IT! I knew it had to be Ai was modeled after Yuusaku during the Lost Incident as the Sixth Test Subject! Now it only makes me even more curious to find out whether or not Ai can help Yuusaku reclaim what he had lost!
But not a lot happened this episode, in fact it was incredibly short. The recap in the beginning of the episode actually went on for 3 minutes and 30 seconds, followed up by the Opening which didn’t end till 5 minutes into the episode, so this episode was shorter than usual, but I’ll take it over a recap any day!!!
I find it rather appalling how Dr. Kogami wanted to create Ignis to “save humanity”, but in order to do so, he kidnapped six children to serve as his lab-subjects who were tortured and starved if they failed the test! And NOW, they want to destroy the network and plunge the world into chaos, all so they could kill off the Ignis species! Like are you freaking kidding me? @#*!%* that! After all of that crap, the ones who are currently threatening the world is not the Ignis, but Dr. Kogami and Revolver. I would very much like to hear Ignis’ side of the story, and then come to a conclusion whether or not they are all as dangerous as they say they are.
And yes, the Ignis species could very well be dangerous, there have been some potential hints that despite Ai’s cute character, he might have an “evil” side. A prime example is his ability to deceive Yuusaku and Kusanagi, pretending he had lost his memories, and proceed to play dumb when in reality, he is probably a lot smarter than he comes off as. This just goes to show us how closely he holds his cards close to his chest. But at the same time, we also know there are some truths to his words, such as he was on the run, and he was trying to escape in order to protect his friends and hide the Cyberse World. He says the only reason he didn’t open up was because he couldn’t trust anyone, which honestly, whether we like it or not, can really go either way.
Revolver wasted no time going HAM in this duel, shredding Yuusaku’s health to 800 LP. Yuusaku thought he was ready to counter Mirror Force, but didn’t take into consideration Revolver would have a backup measure to ensure the trap could not be negated. It was in this moment where I felt Yuusaku was definitely not in prime condition for this fight. He appears calm on the outside, but in reality, I think the situation has quickly become incredibly overwhelming for him. Sure he got that conviction, but there are still a lot on his shoulders right now, and worse of all, he is carrying alone. He is the only one can stop the Tower of Hanoi that could wreck havoc around the world, and hopefully save those who have been absorbed by it. And now, he learns how he and Ai were connected in the past, the bloody Ignis actually has all of its memories. So because he is so focused on trying to take out Revolver as quickly as possible, that he is making some rather uncharacteristic mistakes. Yuusaku is usually extremely cautious and perspective of what his opponents backup plans are- unless he intended to take the hit to enable him to use his Skill as quickly as possible, but I doubt it.
With Yuusaku so focused on Revolver, he isn’t paying close attention to incoming projectiles that could end up lethal if it strikes him in the wrong place. I suppose this is where the more discreet dangers of VRAINS comes back into play, which is a good sign to say the least since it helps increase what is at stake. In this kind of situation, Ai being Yuusaku’s extra pair of eyes is incredibly useful. Revolver has come to this fight prepared to throw everything at him to make sure he captures Ai and finishes him, so even though Yuusaku has never considered Ai as a friend, he could certainly use having someone look out for him, especially since they share the the common goal of surviving.
Yuusaku also gave me the sense of, “Resolve this problem first, and talk later.” He and Ai very much need to have some alone time to learn more about Ai’s motives, the Cyberse World the Ignis species have created for themselves. In a way, you could say fate drew them together again, since Ai did not expect the one he took safe haven with to be the kid he was paired up with during his creation. Yuusaku had started questioning Ai’s character recently, so it’s a pity he wasn’t able to question him in hopes to get some of the truths before this fight. But who knows what Ai would have done. It’s still too soon to say whether or not Ai would have opened up to him, especially since he is dead-set on eliminating Revolver since he is in this ‘Kill or be Killed’ situation. This is also the main reason why he is looking out for Yuusaku, so yeah, it’s really too soon to judge whether or not Ai truely thought of Yuusaku as a friend, especially since he has proven time and time again that he sees Yuusaku more of a tool/puppet than a friend.
Next week! The duel continues! I expect this duel to go for three to four episode, maybe even five if they spend a lot of time on flashbacks (like Revolver’s in next week’s episode!). This will be a fun one! I look forward to what will become of this fight!!!!