Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 63
Are you freaking kidding me?
What a cheap shot to turn the tables in Takeru’s favour. While I did find it absolutely hilarious to see Takeru and Flame completely dupe Blood Shepherd into thinking he could use his trauma against him, it did not make me any less irriated with how poorly they handled Takeru’s trauma.
He is still suffering from it, we can see that much (even if he claims he were faking it) and that is exactly why I didn’t like how they handled it. They show us one minute and then shove it under the rug the next for the sakes of five seconds of humour, and be done with it!
What’s even worse, was how this duel was going to end as a draw anyways! For GOD SAKES! If they were going to do this,they shouldn’t have half- assed it by dropping the “Oh that’s a thing of the past” exclamation. Cut the crap! It would have had such a bigger impact had we witness him fight tooth and nail for this trial!
It frustrates the daylights out of me because this could have been something Takeru could continue to work on from here on out. Then he and Flame can have fun duping Blood Shepherd by using his tactics against him. I mean, you have to give credit when it’s due: It is a genius strategy, especially since Blood Shepherd’s hatred towards AI completely blinds him of the fact Ignis are a species of AI with free will. Ugh. I just wished they had let us be a part of Takeru’s journey of overcoming his trauma, don’t give us a lazy flashbacks about how he overcame it!
Anyhow, as predicted, Takeru and Blood Shepherd are now officially rivals, with unfinished business between them. Both of them were confidence they were going to win, but with how this duel resolved, I am not particularly excited at all.
…At least Flame was super cute and we got a backstory of the meaning behind their skill: “Reincarnation”… But that’s pretty much the only thing I liked about this episode. Everything else was a disappointment.
And let’s be real: It is no secret VRAINS has been struggling from the get go with its story and characters. There is absolutely potential, tons of it, but the execution hasn’t been quite there. The most pressing problem is how most if not all of characters (aside from Yuusaku) are either too shallow or are being butchered. They desperately need to be fleshed out, and it’s frustrating to see them letting opportunities pass by, especially for Takeru’s case. As result, I don’t have a lot of hope for VRAINS’ future, because it is sure looking bleak. I can hope it will get better, but I am not holding my breath for it. Even if I lower my expectations or have none at all, but it doesn’t mean I will be spared from disappointment. Nonetheless, I will continue watching because I care enough about Yuusaku’s character to continue to be invested in this series.
Will VRAINS be able to redeem itself? Or will it have a slow and agonizing death as ARC-V had? Only time will tell…
Last but not least, I don’t know if Blood Shepherd is actually going to attack Emma, but I swear if this is their way of taking her out of the picture again…. Ugh, just thinking of that my head hurts. It is pretty pathetic that this is the first thing that comes to mind…
Next week, Kusanagi backstory and how he and Yuusaku met. Honestly I am surprised we didn’t get this sooner, but it’s about bloody time!