Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 82
I cannot express how happy when I heard they say “Overlay” because at that moment I knew, at long at, they finally broke what felt like an endless Synchro Summons streak! It’s about bloody time XYZ Summons get brought back into the scene, and when it did, my god, it looked absolutely spectacular. The summoning’s animation sequence it hands down the best one to date! Better yet, they brought out Firewall Xceed Dragon, which looked super badass. In fact I was just pleased to see Firewall Dragon back in the picture, BECAUSE HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN LIL’ BUDDY?!?!?!
And then we have the miraculous event where Yuusaku could summon a monster from a data storm. It was still from his upgraded skill Neo Access, but there was an effect to it we didn’t know about until now because only now, Yuusaku is in a situation where the conditions are right to fulfill it. Needless to say, I found it absolutely hysterical.
First off, as per the rule of the thumb, anytime you hear characters say, “No way, (The Protagonist) is going to lose”, you know they are going to win, and vice versa when it comes to their losses. Just look back at Earth’s duel with Onizuka, there’s a great example right there. Secondly, I absolutely lost my shit when Ai revealed Neo Storm Access had another effect, revealing ‘When you have 100 or less LP and your skill didn’t add a new card to the extra deck, you can add a random Cyberse in the data storm to your extra deck.’ Yuusaku had no idea this effect existed, but he still took the risk by previously using his skill to deliberately ‘bait’ Onizuka to use his Anti-Skill to open a window of opportunity to finally land a him on him, which was also negated. It was all about trusting his instincts, something which Onizuka claimed to have chosen to abandon in attempt to finally defeat Playmaker.
Honestly, when that happened, they had my seriously wondering if Akira was going to end the duel by forcefully logging Onizuka out. Luckily we actually got to see it play out, because had it ended so abruptly that would have been infuriating. Onizuka needed to lose. He looked in shit condition (as if his eyes were going to explode when the inner AI eye popped out, it was gross to watch) when Yuusaku finally defeated him. He was already in critical condition, so even though Akira defied orders and forcefully logged him out afterwards, with his morale at an all time low of defeat, and is quite litterally at the verge of death, things aren’t looking all that hot for him.
Unfortunately we were not informed whether or not he has suffered brain damage, or is unconscious at this time, but I will find it hard to believe if he isn’t in a coma for at least the remaining majority of the series. With the war between AI VS Humanity creeping up on them, there is no time to waste with attempting to redeem Onizuka’s character for the hundredth time. He has long fallen and is officially done. And unfortunately for him, I couldn’t care less.
And this brings us to Akira, who has been for most part of the series, utterly useless. For a man who talks a lot, he sure hasn’t done a lot, until now that is. Finally, Akira being present at the company paid off, because he had just saved both Ai’s and Yuusaku’s ass. At that moment, I shouted, “HOLY SHIT AKIRA, THANK GOD!”
Regardless of the match’s results, SOL were prepared to capture Ai. Akira finally made his decision, and openly defied orders, arguing he is trying to prevent the company from straight up murdering Onizuka (which is quite accurate considering Queen didn’t care since he was merely a disposable tool used to further their research). Obviously, his actions will have consequences, but since he knows too much about the company (since he wasn’t exactly subtle about it), it makes me wonder how Queen plans to deal with him. I think he has officially lost his opportunity to simply submit his resignation, if anything, there is a possibility they might attempt to contain him, forcefully turn him into they new lab rat to serve as Onizuka’s replacement. In fact, this is absolutely something I could see play out, given it would force Aoi and Aqua to fight the ones they care about. Additionally, now that Aqua has Crystal Heart back, since both Akira and Earth are especially protective of them, I think they would actually sync together quite well. I also believe this could make an incredibly interesting match-up to have Spectre VS Akira, considering after how badly he messed her up in their fights.
…Or SOL may or attempt to murder him. Remember SOL has a shady history, we don’t know what happened to certain people said to have previously worked there.
Anyhow I am so glad this stage is finally over. Now the story gets back rolling of what Revolver appears to be making a formal announcement of the upcoming War. If SOL didn’t know about it already, they certainly will now. I also highly suspect they would use this event as a way to gain profits. Although its not perfected yet, their AI-Chips, may prove to be a weapon some people may want to use to better equip themselves in this battle.
Needless to say, it will be intersting to see what Revolver will have to say, how the general public will respond to this, and what Yuusaku’s team plans to do next!