Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 49
Oh my god, I totally misread Flame, he acts like a haughty know it all, but in reality, he is not! He is an actual dork! Soulburner gives me the impression he is more a down-to-earth. He is a lot more expressive, playful, and even clumsy to some extent, and definitely comes across as a friendly guy (unless you are his enemy). And there you have it, we have an absolutely adorable combination! Exactly the type of friend Yuusaku needs!
While Yuusaku and Ai’s dynamics has evolved from savage comments into a friendly banter, Soulburner and Flame’s interactions are a lot more playful. They had plentiful of humorous exchanges, such as Flame being an absolute nerd (in glorious fashion) by correcting Soulburner’s point that he has in fact only explained his name a total of thirty-seven times now, or when he thought they were going to lose, but then acts as if he never said such a thing and Soulburner calling him out on it, or when Soulburner asked Flame to be more sympathetic and tries to act it out. Man I am going to love these two.
And this is great, because that makes me feel so much better about both Soulburner and Flame becoming friends with our favourite duo. I would also like to think we don’t have to worry too much about them betraying them, especially when their purpose of hunting down the enemy who destroyed Ignis’ home. Better yet, I am so excited for how the two very different pairs are going to interact with each other.
Soulburner’s Skill is: Burning Draw, for every 1000 LP that he gives up, he can draw a card. This followed up with revealing a new summoning technique: Reincarnation Link Summon! which had everyone shook. He described it as Link Summoning’s “new potential”, so I guess we will be seeing how other characters will adapt to implement it into their decks as well. The only thing I am a bit worried about though is a potential overkill with various “add-ons” to Link Summonings. Ritual Link Summon is cool, because it’s been freaking forever since we last seen it be used in the series, but it feels like they just put their foot in the door to to potentially using some of the other more commonly used summoning formulas, and honestly that makes me a bit nervous. On the other-hand, it could be executed really well, presenting a lot more opportunities to create more unique and diverse strategies than the basic “Link Summon”.
But what I found to be most intriguing is how Burning Draw is actually physically hard on him, as if it takes a lot of energy to use it. This would be a similar side-effect as to how Yuusaku has to cast himself into a Datastorm, often dangerous, in order to summon a random new monster.
It was quite funny to see him catch up to Playmaker and having Haru set off the security due to illegal access in restricted area, he was like, “NOPE, I’m outta here!” but not without briefly introducing himself as Soulburner to Yuusaku. But poor guy, in the end, despite Soulburner’s help, he was unable to take back Jin’s consciousness or be able to get any useful information out of his new enemy.
His opponents, Bit and Boot merging into BitBoot was strange to say the least. Besides the practical purpose of sparing one less body to animate, it felt as though merging was solely to use that weird “Cheat” of enabling them to use Skill two times. Not to mention, it looks like these two were nothing more than fodders since they have been both fired by Haru (who is definitely trouble, it’s written all over his face). So I have my doubts we will ever see them again after this.
However there was one important factor in this duel: And that is the card, Judgment Arrows. It not only appears to be an “emblem” of the organization they are associate with, but we also learned that the ones who destroyed the Ignis’ World also used that card and cyberse monsters as well. So whoever they are, we now know they are the ones who were responsible for the invasion.
And despite Haru having illegally accessed the Restricted Area to escape, my suspicions of this group being tied to SOL Technologies remains. The reason for that is pretty simple: Had they been able to simply waltz in, that would have been a dead giveaway that they have ties to SOL Technologies. And if we learned anything about the corporation, the higher ups prefer to be remain anonymous to those who serves them. And guess what, the preview shows us Bohman and his “self-proclaimed” brother, talking to a big yellow light where they can only make out the silhouette of a man behind it. It will be interesting to see if the man’s voice rings any bells.
Next week the two duos will finally meet each other! It looks like it will be Soulburner who seeks out Yuusaku, tracking him down on campus with the help of Flame who just pops out, as if screaming “YOu’RE ONE OF US!” Yuusaku is certainly apprehensive about the whole thing, so I look forward to seeing how the two will interact with one another, and (hopefully) find out how long Flame and Soulburner have been together. Also look forward to Ai and Robopoppi reunion! :D Now they can spend time together without having to sneak out of the so-called “prison” Yuusaku once kept him in.