Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 74
I am quite glad to see the show found its footing after last week’s sloppy episode. It took forever to get to this point, but Onizuka’s character has officially settled into a role, and its one that treks a dark path. It was heck of a bumpy road, but all of the pathetic struggles and his downfall from fame, and how he has seems to have completely forgotten why he duelled in the first place (no mention of the children from the orphanage, not that they were faithful supporters to begin with), blinded by his inferiority of being unable to defeat Playmaker, is finally paying off.
The version of Onizuka we met today, was the one who is willing to sacrifice his health
and sanity in exchange for power. (Not that it makes him any less pathetic, but at this point, how much further can he go? He had already hit rock bottom longgggg ago!) He has agreed to become SOL Technologies’ lab-rat, wielding a new power, similar and undoubtedly based off the Ignis, called Brain-Hack.
And I don’t know about you, but I am loving this! It is about bloody time we see what SOL Technologies has been up to. We have already known they were shady, but up until now, the only thing we knew that was in development were the AI.Duelists, which utterly failed. Kicking the bucket to that plan, they have been working on something even more revolutionary, and that is this technology called “Brain Hack”. This is something to help Humans become a bit more like the Ignis themselves (which is ironic, don’t you think?).
However I must say, I am a bit surprised how Akira doesn’t appear to have an reservations about the project. He knows what’s going on, but we have’t had the chance to see what he truly feels about it. It is something that will likely pop up in the next conversation/secret meeting he has with Playmaker, to better understand what the corporation is planning to do with it. Either way, the timing of this event, while it’s still imperfect is a worrisome since this may quickly (or even intended to) become a weapon for Humanity in the war against the Ignis. Varying on how many people SOL Technology intends to use it on, I can also see this technology potentially being hijacked and abused by Lightning, or else destroyed altogether. However for the sake of making sure the Ignis don’t gain too much of an advantage, they will probably leave that out, or save it for a much later date.
That being said, it was absolutely hysterical the way Yuusaku and Ai reacted when he revealed himself. Had I not been laughing at the time, I probably would have made that face too. It’s insane how much he has changed, so much weight lost, I needed a moment to realize they really did change his design, to show how sickly and slimmer he has become. Keep this up, and the guy is going to wound up in the hospital.
I am curious to see whether or not Blood Shepherd would be willing to become a lab-rat for this project as well, but if it has anything to do with AI, he will probably keep himself away from it— not that he needs it anyways. The guy is already plentiful capable of taking people down.
Another great development that took place this episode, was Yuusaku calling Akira out to warn him about the upcoming war against Humanity. This officially, to some extent, forced Akira to get his head out of the sand, and re-evaluate his priorities, or so I hope. (I don’t blame Flame for feeling wary about him.) This event also led to highlighting the contrasts in the decisions being made by Aoi and Onizuka, and path they are now taking.
Both of them gone through their own phase of stupidity, especially after the Tower of Hanoi event, but the choices they are now making are what sets them apart. Onizuka kicked and screamed like child in a tantrum, and then traded everything for power, while Aoi took her loss against Takeru as a lesson of her ignorance, and recognized the bond that is shared between some Ignis and their Origin. Now Aoi is making the proactive move of making sure she finds Aqua before any of the Bounty Hunters do, to ensure they are able to protect and build good relationship with the Ignis that has been described as Neutrals. I really do hope it’s Aoi who finds Aqua, I really want to see how she is going to approach her, especially since the two of them don’t share the unique bond between the Ignis and its Origin.
Speaking of Aqua, we learned the reason why she suddenly vanished, was because she witnessed Lightning creating Judgment Arrow, and he didn’t hesitate to imprison her and hide her away somewhere in the Link VRAINS network. He already knew it’s pointless to try and persuade Aqua, so it would be best to remove her from the picture so she’s out of the way. She was briefly found and rescued by Earth, revealing she has healing properties (so maybe that’s her special skill) … until he shoved her off the board as an attempt to save her from Onizuka.
And I’m not going to lie, I laughed really hard at that because Earth is such a clumsy dork! Had he had Earth been a bit more patient, Aqua would have had the opportunity to probably be put in the safety of Yuusaku and Ai! What’s even more hilarious about Earth’s move was how Onizuka didn’t care for him, so his plan mostly failed until he readily challenged him to a duel to which he accepted.
I wasn’t exactly expecting this duel to go on for more than one episode, but I am loving the pace they they have set themselves to. With now so much at stake, it makes sense for them to make haste of finding Aqua and Earth before Lightning or SOL Technologies does. So I am glad this isn’t just a “duel” episode, so there was more than one thing going on. I would like to see them to continue doing this into the next episode, since the tempo they have set the pace at is just right, and they should keep rolling with it! With that said, Earth looks super mad in the preview, so I’m looking forward to see what provoked him. I just hope his fury will not shoot himself in the foot, and will still be able to defeat Onizuka!