Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 47
47 Episodes later, and it’s safe to say this has to be the best damn episode to date! What a superb way of kicking off the new season with shit hitting the fan right off the bat. Ai returns to his home world only to discover it has turned into a wasteland. The only surviving remnant is his buddy/pet Link Kuribioh (AND OH MY GOD IT’S SO ADORABLE!!!!! IT IS SO CUTE!). In turns out SOL Technologies are the ones behind it. But Ai isn’t the only one to suffer this episode, there is poor Jin, who is still being haunted by the past. Just as he is making progress in his recovery, he becomes a victim yet again, (this time: apparently his consciousness was taken from him). Why does it always happens to him? Who knows, but if there is one thing for certain: that guy has terrible luck. Maybe he just needs to stay away from technology altogether, go into the country side and live a traditional life off the grid…
There is a lot to discuss, so let’s start off with: SOL Technologies.
@#*&!(@*&#*(@# THOSE BASTARDS! I ALWAYS KNEW THEY WERE FREAKING TROUBLE!
They took advantage of the Hanoi Knights distracting Ai while they went ahead and sought out Cyberse World, and eventually were able to locate it on their own. However when they arrived, the Ignis species had already dispersed, meaning they had made the decision to evacuate in advance (smart thinking on their part). But the thing that gets to me the most, is that SOL Technologies stole all of the treasures of the Cyberse World, its landscape, it’s treasures, it’s cyberse monsters, they took it all and used it to create Link VRAINS 2.0.
And they aren’t done yet! Despite Playmaker having “saved the network”, SOL Technologies still place a bounty on his head in order to increase the chances of capturing him (believing the Ignis will be close by), and (instead of a tournament) straight up ordered Akira to hire a set of professional bounty hunters. (I WAS SO CLOSE!!!!)
Among them there is Blood Shepherd, (an acquaintance with Ghost Girl) a ruthless hunter who uses illegal programs that can “kill players” (though i think it’s really killing their avatar), and surprise surprise… Onizuka and his two henchmen. Since the battle of the Hanoi Knights, he got a new hair cut (better than the old one, I’ll give him that), and changed his character, again. (At this point, I think his character is better described as a chameleon...) That being said: I am so glad they are casting aside the “King of Entertainment” (because it was never believable to begin with), and rather than trying to push him to be buddies/allies with Yuusaku, they are sending him down a more stark and serious path. Perhaps this will finally help forge his own character… for real this time.
Instead, there is a new character who is expected to join the party! (PROPS TO THE CHARACTER DESIGNER, LIKE HOT DAMNNNNNNNN HE IS FINEEEEE!!!!!) He hasn’t even debuted yet, but I am already stoked! The ED Theme shows that he too is one of the children who was caught up in the Lost Incident, which means the Ignis he is paired up with, is likely the one that was developed off of him, just as Ai had with Yuusaku. He will be Yuusaku’s new buddy, and is also partnered with an Ignis. It had me rewatching the OP Theme a dozen times because I wanted to make sure i picked up every little detail in it.
Actually while we are on the subject, let’s discuss the New Opening a bit. There’s a lot of stuff going on!
Something is going to happen that is potentially going to cause a rift between Kusanagi and Yuusaku. I wonder if they are going to hold his brother’s conscious hostage to make him betray Yuusaku. But there is also the possibility it might be Ignis related, and Yuusaku who is more or less now allies with the Ignis Species, puts them at odds with each other.
Which brings us to the subject of the “Glowing Duelist”. There was a brief moment when I thought maybe the “Glowing Duelist” is actually an AIDuelist, but if it were, how would it slip out of the television, its body be visible, yet untouchable in physical world, and take possession or something of Jin?
I have a couple of theories in my head, but we will start with this one: It is a new Ignis Species of a sort. One SOL Technologies have specifically developed themselves, by working off of Dr. Kogami’s research. This would also explain why Ai wouldn’t be able to recognize it. The other thing that caught my attention, if it is an Ignis species: the Glowing Duelist’ Human partner may be that yellow shortie who is observing the duel overhead. But he isn’t simply observing, his posture looks as though he is holding a duel-disk himself, which is the glowing orange bracelet he has on. The way he talks also gives me the sense the two must be partners. But then when I go back to watch the opening after watching the show, we see the “true form” of the “Glowing Duelist” thanks to his board. The most bizarre part, is how he looks like Onizuka… Like seriously, the resemblance is uncanny. If he were going to be a new character, why make him look like him? Don’t tell me he is going to be his long lost brother?!
Well, that would certainly give Onizuka’s character an actually purpose…
Wait a minute, is it possible that SOL Technologies figured out a way to merge Humans and Ignis together?
…Okay that’s enough theories for today….
Yuusaku logged into Link VRAINs for the first time in 3 months to go after the culprit, only to discover he got a bounty on his head and a tricky opponent who too uses cyberse deck. However among the changes in Link VRAINS 2.0, are new rules encouraging duels. If you emerge victorious, you can make a trade for something you want. Yuusaku intends to use this in order to obtain information on his opponent to find out why Jin was targeted in the first place, but at the same time that puts a lot more at stake, since the grand prize is Ai himself.
And this is definitely one of my main concern for the new season: While the new rules sounds snazzy for the world of Link VRAINS, it can also further enforce the plot-armor around Yuusaku’s character, who has yet to lose. The guy has to lose at some point, it’s not fun with the protagonist wins all the time, there has to be a point when they too fall. The only time he could potentially “safely lose” is when Ai is not with him.
Among the highlights was the emergence of our favourite little guy Linkurioh joins the party (the best part is being Ai’s pet). There was also the priceless scene of Ai and his impeccable comedic timing, of returning to Yuusaku’s duel-disk just as Blood Shepherd attempted to lock him into a duel (and in the future, will likely resort to illegal means, I am sure is the type who’d play dirty to make sure he gets the job done). Fortunately Ai came back with an upgrade of his own, and was able to buzz him off, allowing Yuusaku to focus on his true target.
Overall this was an absolute fantastic episode. The pacing was on point, the animation was clean from start to finish. It was drop dead gorgeous, and it was so worth the wait, especially for this episode. It just looked so bloody good. The character designs are also amazing, though I a bit sad to see it is only Ghost Girl who got a (minor) wardrobe upgrade. Among the new characters, there is “Queen”, who works in the higher ups of SOL Technologies, and have re-appointed Akira to his former position (I am surprised they actually did that though, but one less character to create for the role I guess). We were also given a brief interaction between Aoi and Yuusaku, and it was utterly adorable. It appears Aoi hasn’t picked up on Yuusaku being Playmaker himself, or maybe she is just being coy about it. She thanked him for the time he had found her unconscious (the virus incident), and gave him advice to not look so “scary”, or else it will spook away the customers… not that there were any, as she pointed out (justifying her reason for purchase). KEKEKEKEKEKEKE! Although the new guy is set to be Yuusaku’s best friend, I do hope the two still form a friendship, especially since Aoi has come out of her shell a bit more. I would love the see the trio be friends, but alas I won’t hold my breath for it.
In all, with SOL Technologies actively in the mix, this season is brimming with potential and I absolutely cannot to see where it goes!