Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 71
I KNEWWWWWW ITTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We were gifted with yet another incredibly epic and (duel-less) episode that delved straight into the details of the plot, and laying out exactly what we are in store for this arc. (Also can we take a moment to appreciate the animation, it was super fun to watch!!!!!!)
You know how we have been asking for a serious villain? Well look no further than Lightning, this guy is an antagonist through and through. He not only confirmed he was the mastermind behind the attack on the Cyberse World to get his point across, he has been developing an AI Army, and he has also been working on a project of pushing the evolution of AI to the next level. Bit and Bot were his prototypes for the first generation, Haru was second, and Bohman is the third generation, and is said to be close to the perfection Lightning has been working towards all this time. What’s crazy about this, is because Lightning considered himself flawed, and wanted to take measures to prevent the Ignis from fighting amongst each other as Humans do, he created Bohman with the intention of making him their ‘Master’, who will unite all the Ignis into one, and push their evolution even further. To do so, he chose Yuusaku and Ai as his model because they are unpredictable. This explains why Bohman’s personalities were always changing, and why Windy cooperated with him in the first place. It also confirms Lightning’s abilities of fabricating data, turning them into memories by playing with his own imagination, as he had tried to dupe Yuusaku into thinking his true self was sealed away in the database.
But to take it a step even further, he intended to eliminate his fellow Ignis if they thought differently than him, specifically Flame, Ai, and Aqua. He sees them as “Unique Error Codes”, a maturation that adds unpredictability to their evolution. Naturally both Ai and Flame were extremely upset to hear this, because they both thought Lightning was their friend, yet he wants to kill them off because they had a different opinion that he didn’t agree with. How messed up is that?
Speaking of the ‘Unique Error’, it is actually quite interesting how Flame and Ai have developed such unique personalities (perhaps even Earth and Aqua could be included as well) where they developed sympathy and a unique connection with their Origins. They have diversity that Windy and Lightning both lack, which perplexes them because they don’t understand why that is. For starters, one of the most apparent observations we can make is how Ai, Flame, Aqua and Earth all possess qualities of being able or were able to learn how to be empathetic not just among their own kind, but Humans as well. This is why they are supporting co-existence. Lightning’s cruelty and lack of care for Windy’s suffering seem to indicate that he lacks such traits. Windy could also be factored into that as well, as he nonchalantly attempted to murder his Origin because he ‘wasn’t needed’.
We were also given an explanation of a sorts of why Lightning took the approach of robbing Jin of his consciousness. First off, this was a demonstration of a sorts of how Lightning intends to control humanity (by wiping their memories, and sealing away their consciousness so they will simply follow their orders). And second, he provided us further explanation about how Ignis and Origins can’t help but affect each other. Among one of the ways that happens is through the ‘Link Sense’ they share. This why is Yuusaku has such ability, and is able to track Ai down. This is the unique connection Lightning speaks of. I am curious to see though, whether or not there are more variations to it, varying on the nature or relationships of the partnerships.
Speaking of Jin, this guy…. he can’t catch a break. First he is imprisoned in his own room, because he was too terrified to go outside, and then when he finally goes outside to undergo therapy, Bohman shows up and robs him of his consciousness, and seals him away. Now he is a puppet for Lightning to use, and the worst part, he may be able to hear the entire conversation, yet is unable to speak, which is absolutely horrific no matter how you look at it. The amount of trauma this kid is being put through, honestly I don’t now how he is going to turn out after all of this…
The New ED Theme seems to indicate there will be an alliance of a sorts formed between the Hanoi Knights, Akira’s Squad, and Playmaker’s team. As Revolver so eloquently put it, “The enemy of our enemy is our friend”. This probably means he probably won’t pursue Ai and Flame since they are at least proving themselves to be docile and on the side of Humanity, and Lightning even regarded them as “Unique Errors” that he wants to erase himself. Lightning and Windy are obviously the most dangerous ones of the bunch, so they must dealt with sooner than later.
And then we have the third party that has been benched on the sidelines, SOL Technologies. It is honestly hard to say what kind of role they will have as the corporation that runs Link VRAINS, in this war. Akira and his Bounty Hunters can hardly be considered part of SOL Technology’s efforts, because what we want to know more about is what the higher ups would want to do in this situation. Obviously the Ignis (specifically Lightning and Windy) needs to be dealt with, but then what? We have met one of the higher ups (Queen), but she hasn’t actually revealed any particular details about her role or the company’s intentions. Regardless, Link VRAINS is about to become a dangerous place for Humans to be, because it will no longer simply a place to play the game. It is about to become a genuine battlefield, where Human lives, and freedom, will undoubtedly be on the line. It will be interesting to see whether or not they will attempt to prevent users from logging in, something they did not do with the Hanoi Knights’s goons were running rampant, attacking players left and right, but its something I suspect Windy and Lightning would probably be able to over-ride.
Then there is also the factor of how this war between AI and Humans will transcend the virtual world to the real world, where we have seen what the Ignis species are capable of, such as Windy hijacking his origin’s car and attempted to murder them. Worst of all, and I think a lot of people are forgetting about this possibility, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lightning and Windy were to take advantage of the AI’s installed in players duel disks. It could prove to be a very effective way to swiftly rob the Humans’ of their consciousness, and turn them into a vessel that will follow their orders, just like Jin.
Overall this was yet another fantastic episode! I love how they are prioritizing resolving the mysteries and establishing the plot without having a duel take place in the middle of the conversation. It’s a great way enable them to get straight to the point! I also absolutely loved the analogy Bohman used, “Can Humans and Monkey’s share equal rights?” to compare Humans to AI/Ignis Species, because my god, that was deep. It is actually quite sickening because of just how true that statement is, on so many levels. It’s a chilling one to say the least.
But now that we know neither Bohman nor Haru are victims of the Lost Incident, this means we have yet to meet Aqua’s and Windy’s origins (though Windy’s partner may have actually been killed off). For Aqua’s case, it will be interesting to see whether or not she is already with her Origin, and if not, what became of her partner? Are they no longer part of this world, or do they simply not want to be involved with the Ignis, period. I wouldn’t blame them if it’s the later.
I am so excited for next week’s episode. The preview seems to indicate for the first time, it’s going to be Yuusaku providing Ai support and comfort he needs. That cute little smile he gave him was so precious, I can’t want to know the conversation between them. It really shows how far these two have come, and the special bond that has been formed between them. Bohman has also made a deal where if Yuusaku were beat him, he will disappear, and force Lightning’s plans to at least stall out for a bit. But if he wins, then Yuusaku must turn over Ai. (Hahaha, poor Ai, always the bargaining chip.) With so much riding on the line, it’s a fight they need to win in order to stall out the inevitable war.