Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 44
Hot damn, the animators were able to go all out this week! We were all waiting to see this kind of quality from them, and boy did they deliver. This episode was pure eye-candy, it made it even more fun to watch. I definitely noticed a couple of new features they didn’t quite include before, one of them is Revolver’s “Link Summoning” Animation, similar to Ghost Girl’s strings for her marionettes. Some neat new frame angles and just some high quality frames altogether. Nothing feels better than seeing the fights, the monsters and the characters all look their very best.
The highlight of the episode of course, was Ryoken proving he has more cards up his sleeve. His Mirror Force Strategy alone is no joke, but he has come prepared, expecting Yuusaku come up with a way to counter it. So he whips out the Continuous Trap: Link Turret, an ominous structure hovering above them, and has counters- which more often than not, is never a good thing. And To be perfectly honest with you, at first I was anticipating a hyper-beam to shoot out of it (in attempt) to deliver the final blow to Yuusaku and Ai, but by the sound of it, it might be another way of summoning Topologic Gamble Dragon, the one Ryoken picked up during their first round of their rematch (episode 42). I am expecting the two dragons to duke it at some point or another, considering they missed out their opportunity to do so during the Speed Duel round.
It was cool to see Yuusaku play more defensively during the beginning of the fight, making sure he had a hardy shield to fend of Ryoken’s attacks until he could finally turn the table on him. He was focusing his strategy on figuring out a way to counter Ryoken’s Mirror Force game, and then he would go for the kill. But just when he thinks he finally finds an edge, another curveball thrown at him, causing Yuusaku to return to the drawing board and figure out how to take Ryoken out before the Link Turret goes off. Tough luck for him.
My favourite part of the episode though has to be the interactions between Yuusaku and Ai. I found their exchanges to be absolutely hysterical, but the one that takes the cake was when Ryoken brought out the Link Turret:
“Umm….. Playmaker-sama. Five counters seem really dangerous. Did you get carried away and attack too much?” – Ai
“Maybe.” – Yuusaku
I actually had to pause it because I was laughing so hard, I could barely take down notes. It was a great kick to a situation that certainly looked grim to not only them but the audience as well. You could see it on Yuusaku’s face that even he was regretting going for the kill. It only caused him to walk into the trap Ryoken knew he would walk into, and that without a doubt, is frustrating to say the least.
It is hard to say who will come out on top in this duel. I thought maybe Ryoken might just finish him off by the end of this episode, (that would have been pretty epic), but the preview shows us Yuusaku will somehow dodge the bullet, dragging out the fight a bit longer. But more importantly, I am extremely curious about what the outcome of the fight will be. If Yuusaku loses here, then the network is destroyed, and is supposed to wipe out Ai and his buddies with it. However if Yuusaku wins, would Ryoken really continue to sit back quietly and let Ai roam free? It’s hard to picture, especially since Ryoken is willing to sacrifice everything in order to fulfill his father’s mission…