Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 64
After what has been such a downwards trend for this series, it seems VRAINS have finally been able to find it’s footing again, (for now)!
At long last, we are getting both Yuusaku’s and Kusanagi’s backstory of how they became a team. The best part about this? This will be at least a two episodes long, and I wouldn’t complain if it’s three so as long as they give as as good content as they did today.
Currently as it stands, with so much external interferences, it makes it difficult for Yuusaku and Kusanagi to do what they need to do with just the two of them. So it makes sense how they need a bigger team. However the more players added, there is a shift in dynamic and interactions, and we don’t get to see as much of it as we used to. This is of course not a bad thing, because it’s good for Yuusaku to open up to other people.
What makes Kusanagi’s and Yuusaku’s relationship special though is the fact Kusanagi is the first person after the incident that Yuusaku has finally opened up to. He didn’t have to visit Kusanagi’s food truck, but he did anyways because he was curious about what Unnamed was like in the real world. It some extent I was amazed, Yuusaku trusted him enough to thank him in person for giving him access of an emergency log out when he decided he was done with the Hanoi Knights. Again, Yuusaku wasn’t the one to initiate the partnership, it was Kusanagi, but after the guy makes an excellent argument how they can support each other, by Unnamed being the Shield and Unknown as the Sword. I really loved this analogy because that’s exactly how they function. And so the partnership was established.
What I found the most interesting however was learning how Playmaker’s Avatar name was initially “Unknown”, a perfect match to Kusanagi’s “Unnamed” Avatar. So I am quite excited to see the backstory behind the name, “Playmaker”, which was probably suggested by Kusanagi since Yuusaku’s character never seem to really care about the details about such things. In fact, bearing that in mind, this backstory goes to show just how far Yuusaku’s character has grown. Before the two teamed up, Yuusaku was merely a lone-wolf pursuing the Hanoi Knights for answers and to attain revenge for the incident.
It is also worth pointing out, Yuusaku to some degree, was even colder of a character prior to meeting Kusanagi. Of coures that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a heart, he wanted to help others, but he didn’t like wasting time. It makes really excited to see how the friendship blossom between the two of them, and see sides of Yuusaku we have not seen of yet. Remember this is before Ai came into the picture, so I look forward to seeing more!
However as cool as it was to see how the two met, what stood out to me this episode was just how messed up Jin was when he returned home. In many ways, it looks like he may have been the victim who suffered from the incident the most. It was terribly alarming to see how he wouldn’t speak or move, and completely lost himself. Kusanagi couldn’t even recognize him. That’s why Kusanagi cast aside his dreams of pursuing sports, and dedicated himself to becoming a hacker and programmer in order to enable himself to investigate the case on his own, and it wasn’t something that was accomplished overnight– it took years.
But if there is one thing I really hope we will be able to see is how Jin’s character gradually became more alive again. During the first season, we never saw him, ever, except for the clue that he kept himself locked in his room, fearful of the outside world. Then after the Hanoi Knights were “defeated”, we were shown how Jin was making remarkable recovery… until Bohman waltz in and robs both his consciousness and happiness! Hopefully, they won’t leave this detail out, because he is important too, which reminds me: the second time Kusanagi was saved, he heard Jin’s voice. It wasn’t an ‘illusion’ so to speak, it definitely wasn’t Yuusaku’s, it was Jin’s. While it could all be in his head, perhaps, this was not a coincidence, and it was to serve for an even bigger secret that could be related to what became of the victim’s of the Lost Incidents files. While Bohman’s story about the “soul swap” sounds like total BS fabricated for the sole purpose of attempting to rattle Yuusaku, there is no doubt in my mind the database absolutely existed, and it begs the question, of what happened to it after the incident, and where is it now?
And finally, unfortunately I have to address the bloody elephant in the room: Naoki. It’s because he dragged Yuusaku off, threatening him with the claim he ‘knows his secret’, (120% certain he is wasting time as usual) that we are having this story-time with Kusanagi in the first place— even though this is something that could have easily set up in another way, WHY COULDN’T THEY HAVE DONE IT ANOTHER WAY?! DID THEY REALLY HAVE TO USE NAOKI FOR THIS?! CAN WE NOT?! He is that character that should have been scrapped before the show even started, or at the very least, they should have made him at least bearable, not some idiotic creep who goes on about being soulmates with Playmaker! Ugh! I hope Yuusaku shuts him down real good when he sees the idiocy he is undoubtedly going to bring up!