Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 76
IT TOOK OVER A YEAR, BUT I FREAKING KNEW IT. I KNEW IT ALL LONG THAT BLOOD SHEPHERD AND EMMA WERE SIBLINGS, THEIR COLOR PALETTE WAS WAY TOO SIMILAR!
But we will learn more about that next week, so let’s dig into how Aoi and Aqua are tied together!
So the ‘connection’ between Aoi and Aqua isn’t actually through a previous personal encounter, but rather the bond they share with Miyu, who was Aoi’s first friend. When Aqua was trying to release Miyu from Lightning’s virus (putting her in a comatose state, similarly to what had happened to Aoi when she suffered from the Hanoi Knights’ virus), she received fragments of Miyu’s most vivid memory of how Aoi ‘saved’ her. Truth to be told, I found this event Aoi ‘saved’ Miyu from was an exaggerated description of what actually happened. All Aoi did, was try to help Miyu by taking the blame for losing her mother’s ring. She said it with good intentions in mind, but it came with a heavy price, of Miyu’s mother forbidding the two from ever playing with each other again. And the saddest part about this, was how that was the last time the two ever saw each other, because Aoi didn’t get the chance to say goodbye or see her again due to moving to another town with her brother (since back then, with no place to live, they moved from town to town).
With that in mind, it seems the ring incident happened some time before Miyu became a victim of the Hanoi Project (The Lost Incident), because I can’t imagine Miyu’s mother would allow her to play anywhere unsupervised after that. I mean this is the woman who got angry at Aoi and forbid them from every seeing each other again.
And what makes this bond between them so exciting to me, is how Aoi’s partnership with Aqua is not only about saving Humanity, and fighting for co-existence, but now has an even more greater and personal purpose of saving her first friend whom she had lost touch with. There’s a precious goal at the finish line, and that is the long awaited reunion between the two girls! (THEIR FRIENDSHIP WAS SO CUTE!!!)
And I feel like that’s exactly what Aqua is supposed to embody. This set up gives me the sense that Aqua is supposed to be the Ignis of Bonds. She is all about healing, co-existence, relationships, love, and it’s such a beautiful thing. It makes me fall in love even more with her character and I am so excited for the bond that will be forged between them.
Actually now that I think of it, I never really thought about it too much about what each Ignis is suppose to embody. Yes they are based off their origins, and certain characteristics are shared between them, but Dr. Kogami also created them with the purpose of leading Humanity. So it wouldn’t surprise me if each Ignis were designed to embody certain qualities.
Like the first thing that comes to my mind for Earth, he is the Protector. And we can see that reflecting not just by his convictions to protect Crystal Heart, but also in his Origin’s (Spectre) deck, which heavily revolves around protecting the beloved tree! It kind of blows my mind it took me this long to finally realize it, but then again, we only got to know more about the Ignis recently. As for Windy, Lightning, Flame and Ai, they are a bit trickier for me to determine at the moment. Of the top of my head, I do have a couple of ideas, such as Windy is a cunning trickster, so I feel like Illusions might apply to him. Lightning maybe Power and Ambition…. Flame maybe Brave or Courage? Ai is… well… I guess Free or Independence, might be his match. Frankly, I’m not entirely sure if it’s all supposed to make total sense if you put them altogether, but anyways this is just food for the thought!
Overall this episode was definitely a lot slower and kind of played out a bit differently than thought it would, but by no means was it bad. In fact I thought it was good, it covered a lot grounds, especially with Ryoken right off the bat visiting Yuusaku and Ai to deliver the news that Earth has been effectively killed and there’s no coming back. This means Earth’s death is officially set into stone, and he’s not going to come back. But if he does, it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY he would return as the one we knew and loved due to the way SOL Technology decompiled him.
But one of the consequences of Earth’s demise, is feeding into the feelings of resentment towards Humanity life. While Aqua is devastated by Earth’s loss, she won’t waver, and will continue to fight for co-existence because she believes that’s the path they should take. Ai on the other hand, Earth’s death hurts him a lot, and it’s starting to make him development his hatred towards Humans as well. It’s something he (or rather Yuusaku) will need to be mindful and cautious of in the future since Ai tends to be influenced by his emotions. We haven’t seen Flame’s reaction, but I am definitely curious how he will respond to it considering he already doesn’t trust SOL Technologies to begin with.
Another thing I really liked about this episode is further establishing the importance of the duo partnership between Aoi and Emma. These two are a unit, and regardless of the outcome of this PK (Player Kill) Duel between Blood Shepherd and Emma, even if she were to lose, I don’t expect Emma to simply roll over and do nothing, nor would I expect that from Blood Shepherd either. See here’s the thing, the conditions of the duel, says the loser will lose their account. But who the say, either one of them (considering they are both talented hackers), would create a brand new account. I’m just saying…
And you know, even if she were to lose and she can’t log back in, I’m not worried about it. It’s not a concern of mine. I highly suspect Emma would still be actively involved, just being demoted into a similar role as Kusanagi would, or heck she or/and Akira might actually effectively replace him if something were to suddenly happen to him, or prompt him to change alliance or the sorts! Actually, I would love to see partnership between Kusanagi and Emma in action, I think it would be pretty entertaining to seem them work together.
TLDR; Don’t freak out!
Either way, I am so excited to see the team fighting for co-existence slowly but surely, coming together!