Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 51
Really writers? REALLY? They actually went as far to make Takeru an Onizuka Fan? Are you freaking kidding me? Ugh! You know what, I am just not going to care about this anymore. Onizuka’s character is already far beyond saving at this point, so I hope we will see him be phased out over time. Perhaps by making him stick as a Bounty Hunter would be a great way to do so, by enabling him to choose the path of self-destruction, and then take a permanent trip off-screen to undergo a journey of “Self Reflection”.
So on Takeru’s behalf and for the sake of our sanity, let’s just ‘imagine’ Onizuka is this “great duelist” who inspires players.
Takeru was so excited to meet and duel his hero, and he was so adorable about it. (Such a precious cinnamon roll, I can’t!!!!) Onizuka is the one who gave him courage, he admires him for defeating the ones who made them suffer, giving him a path when he felt he couldn’t move forward. It is thanks to him how he got himself involved today and admired Onizuka’s strength for being an independent duelist who believed in his own strength, even when his style was considered outdated. So when Onizuka starts barking about being freaking jealous of Playmaker, and being unable to tolerate not being number one and being unappreciated by everyone, this upsets him. It pleased me to see Takeru ripped him a new one by saying it as it is: “Onizuka is SOL’s new pet dog, a pitiful loser to complains to strangers.”
And this is precisely why I can’t bring myself to even care about Onizuka. His character started off as a poorly written “Charisma Duelist” (aka Entertainment Duelist), one of the biggest blunders of this series (especially since they are following up from a series that revolved around such style). Then we saw him undergo this period of trying to update his style, be trendy again, but even that fell short because they didn’t follow through with it completely. Fast forward to the present, Onizuka is now an even more pathetic character with a seriously bruised ego. Fuelled by his jealousy, he joins SOL Technology’s bounty team with the intention of not only defeating Playmaker, but also as a means to get rid of him, so he can reclaim that spot. Like how are we supposed to ever come around to even care this guy?
Now I am left to wonder if they are trying to salvage his character by making it as though he was supposed to become a character who completely lost sight of himself. He forgot how to be humble and appreciate his true fans like Takeru, who continued to stick by him even when he wasn’t doing well. But man, if Onizuka hadn’t already hit rock bottom, this episode he definitely did.
However the biggest joke is how Onizuka honestly believes he contributed to saving Link VRAINS. The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is his involvement of pursuing some of the hooligans and one of the researchers from the Hanoi Knights, and protecting some of the players. That was pretty much it. But in reality, he should know better than anyone, that he was the one who ended up being saved. So to get angry about Playmaker being number one in the public eyes is not only childish but pathetic.
On top of that, I am very annoyed with Akira right now. It was not his place to share the information with Onizuka how Playmaker is one of the victims from the Lost Incident. It is a very personal subject, and the only reason Yuusaku opened up about it because he was forced to. There is also the matter where he is surprised to Playmaker now has a partner who also possesses one of the six Ignis, and intends to use him to figure out if something weird is brewing up again within the network.
That said, I am relieved that we didn’t actually have to watch Yuusaku go up against Onizuka again, it’s definitely not worth his time. The only reason why I didn’t fall asleep or get too distracted while watching this is because Takeru alone was able to keep me watching. And with how things are playing out, nothing would please me more to watch Takeru crush him. Experiencing a loss to Soulburner should (if they intend to focus on his bruised ego) definitely kick him down a notch. In turn, that should also only make him even more salty about losing. But hey, if this is going to help finally phase him out, I am all for it.