Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 46
Happy 20th Anniversary to Yu-Gi-Oh!!!! (Holy shit it’s been 20 years…)
Oh my god–, the duel may have been really hard to take seriously, but the last five minutes of the episode was so deep, so lonely and so incredibly sad. Ryoken not only rejected Yuusaku’s plea to become friends, but also made the conscious decision to continue the mission of eliminating the Ignis species, and quickly fled the scene. With that, Yuusaku made the decision to free Ai, who (for the time being) returns home. But with the two of them gone, Yuusaku is all alone again. Honestly that choked me up, because I can’t handle lonely Yuusaku.
By defeating Ryoken, Yuusaku was able to save everyone who was absorbed into the Tower of Hanoi, Ai and Link VRAINS as a whole, but at the end of the day, he couldn’t save the one he truly wanted to save. I think when we started seeing Yuusaku’s start loosening up over the course of this duel, was to serve as proof of him undergoing the process of letting go of his revenge, letting go of the past, and seizing a new future. This week in particular, we saw a side of him that Ai justifiably freaked out, “IT’S OUT OF CHARACTER! GO BACK TO YOUR OLD SELF!” And he wasn’t being overdramatic. Yuusaku was laughing, smiling, he seemed as as though he was fun. As bizarre as it felt, it was precious, it really was. Nothing makes me happier to see Yuusaku laugh and smile. I think this really came out of Ai opening up to him, and simply being by his side, and because of that, there was a part of Yuusaku that didn’t feel so alone anymore. And then there was also Ryoken, although he was fighting against him, despite the odds being against him, he had hope that he would be able to save him too and the two can finally become friends for real.
Setting Ai free was probably the most unexpected part of the episode, even Ai was surprised by his decision. I just hope that Ai doesn’t make him regret it by betraying his trust and leading a siege on humanity– one I don’t think will likely happen until SOL Technology launches an attack. Actually, it suddenly dawned to me how it would be quite interesting to see SOL put into practice of manipulating the public in the name of defending Link VRAINS against the “Invasive Species, Ignis”. I can see them going as far as creating false-flags, by using heir own AID to create a situation that paints the Ignis species as the villains that must be defeated. This could potentially enable them to scout talented duelists to basically serve as “Ignis Hunters”.
The primary reason why I suspect this, is because some point or another, Yuusaku and his future friends will be tasked with helping Ai protect his world from the invading forces of SOL Technologies. But there is also potentially a chance where the Ignis species might hijack SOL Technologies’ AI-Duelists at some point in the future. I don’t think the AIDs are out of the picture just yet. They were still early in development, and didn’t have the proper leader to lead its developments. And then there’s also the factor where Ryoken will likely only return when he has the evidence to back-up his claims and have the right to scream, “I TOLD YOU SO!”
But for Yuusaku’s sake, I hope Ai doesn’t betray his trust, but for the plot– I certainly wouldn’t mind it…
…at the expense of my poor heart.
I found the final duel between Ryoken and Yuusaku to be dragged out just a tad too long, but it was interesting to see them play in two different formats, Speed Duel and the Master Duel (which will remain my favourite since it’s classic). But I would be lying if I said the script wasn’t corny. It didn’t make me cringe, but it still weird. On the bright side, I found this week’s round of the duel was pretty hilarious– which required you not to take anything seriously. The combination of Ryoken being a dork “ANTI-GLARE PROTECTION” (attack negated, no use for it), the constant exchange of “What?!” and the classic: “It’s over 9000!” (that never gets old, at least for me, it has a special place in my heart). Oh and finally Firewall Dragon comes out, ONLY TO FEED IT OFF TO LINK 3 DECODE TALKER!!! Man that pissed me off, my favourite dragon was benched the entire time, and only have a five seconds appearance. I feel your pain buddy, I KNOW YOU PAIN!!!!
It took a long time, but we have finally reached the end of Hanoi Knights Arc! The climax of the first arc was pretty weak in comparison to the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but it was also wildly different. For starters, the cast size was extremely contained, making new characters appear and go as soon as they came. The protagonist worked as a lone wolf, and embraced his loneliness in the name of revenge. And although Yuusaku had two people (attempting to) help him stop the Hanoi Knights tower, they weren’t friends, just temporary allies, and were quickly eliminated. The only one who was by his side the whole way was Ai. But after all was said and done, while Yuusaku acknowledged he is done with his revenge, emerged victorious and had spared the Ryoken and the world from a certain death, he found himself all alone again.
It is time to move onto the next chapter of the journey, and what better way to start it off with Yuusaku cooking at the food-truck, our best girls are back, Ghost Girl in a new outfit, and the opening of Link VRAINS 2.0!!! There is a lot to look forward to!