Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 80
Well. That was a bit of a lacklustre end to the duel. Despite Blood Shepherd successfully shaving Lightning down to 200 LP, the way they built up the music for him, I was confident they were setting everything up to fall apart when Lightning makes his comeback. And that’s exactly what happened. However the way the price was paid was terribly anticlimactic. I expected a more dramatic exit, but all we got was Kengo telling Emma all he was trying to do was protect her, because that’s what a big brother does, before fading off. (Aw…)
The reason for that, is obviously because Kengo’s exit pales in comparison to what happened to Jin, and in the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series. I mean, it wouldn’t be Yu-Gi-Oh! if people’s souls/data weren’t taken at some point, right? So I feel like it was a missed opportunity to not give us a more dramatic scene, especially when Kengo is the first Human everyone (including the audience) witnesses losing to an Ignis. In a scene I probably should have been having chills about the way Lightning finishes his opponent, I was still feeling amused with the way Lightning handled Kengo. And it’s not because I hate the guy, (quite the opposite, I have become fond of him), it’s because Lightning is such a well written villain! He is entertaining to watch because you are left wondering what else he has up his sleeves, or how he is going to react next.
But the biggest joke about the end, was how quickly they shifted away from Kengo and Emma. They didn’t bother to properly focus on her reaction, let alone give them a true moment. Instead, they shifted to everyone’s reaction, which made me laugh because it was really poor timing. They really should have spent more time on it, make it so Kengo’s “defeat” matters, as it should. Even the others, while they are shook, they aren’t really… how should I put it, horrified in the way they probably should be? I don’t know, it just didn’t do it for me.
As for next week, Onizuka will be back in action, and I’m not particularly excited for it. It’s not really what I expect after a duel like this one. I am hoping we will at least get the chance to finally get the trio to have a proper talk, because it would annoy the hell out of me if we have to wait yet another week for it. But considering how Onizuka looks, I am starting to wonder if they really intend to kill him off, or at least make it so he is out of the commission for a prolong period of time after-all, because the guy looks like a dead-man walking. He traded his soul to the devil, and he’s paying the price. I am curious to see how Akira is going to behave, as we see him most likely speaking to Queen as well. It hope he isn’t actually going to confront her about working on developing new Ignis of their own, because that would be stupid.
But then again, Akira has proven to be (at times) a very stupid man, so I wouldn’t put it past him to do such a thing. You would think he would be more sensible than that after the shit he has witnessed first hand, and learned what SOL Technology has been up to.