Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 81
Wow I freaking knew it. Just when I was wondering what became of Earth’s deck after merging his data with Onizuka, I had a bad feeling Crystal Heart was going to be used. I just wasn’t sure how he was going to use it. It’s rather fitting to see Crystal Heart in this corrupted edition, because that’s basically what’s happening. And it’s heart-wrenching to see Earth’s data be used in this way, and for Aqua to have to witness this ordeal as well. Flame and Ai are especially furious.
Seriously, that was so messed up.
Even though Onizuka had descended into the dark side, unfortunately every time he’s on the screen he continues to bore me. So I am hoping the circumstances which has been presented to us, is finally the opportunity to get him out of the way for the remaining of the series. While he does make an excellent villain who traded his soul for power, his character remains stale. This is the consequence of having a really weak early game, because he started out as a shallow character that was being written more as a shadow and mix of characters from previous series, than as his own. His “entertainment” duels were not even remotely exciting, except for one or two surprises that would only work the first time of its use.
The only thing that has been consistent about Onizuka’s character though, is his regressive development. Sure, he has ‘evolved’ as a duelist, but as an individual, it has been a downwards trend. He has been whining like a baby because he is a sore loser, who is jealous of Playmaker’s fame and success. In the end that’s what he has become, and was willing to even go as far as trading his soul to the devil, and look where he is now. His greed and petty grudge against Playmaker are destroying him both inside and out. I will honestly be surprised if Onizuka doesn’t collapse or fall into critical condition after this duel.
What’s going to be really interesting though, is how the preview brought up the importance of believing in yourself. I am really looking forward to this highlight, because this is exactly what Onizuka’s character lacks. Ever since Playmaker knocked him off his high horse, he pretty much lost everything that contributes to his confidence. His so-called ‘fans’, “entertainment” style and his title as “King”, everything taken a blow to his self-esteem. That’s why he treaded down this dark path. If he had faith he would be able to defeat Playmaker through his own ability, he wouldn’t have shook hands with the devil. At the very least, this is a little something I look forward to see how it plays out next week.
However there was a curious thought that had popped in my mind, and that was wondering what would happen if it were Aoi/Aqua VS Onizuka with Earth’s Data? Would Earth’s data of his feelings surface? I would suspect it would, since he felt so strongly for her. Even though Crystal Heart is corrupted and not the same as it was before, I don’t think even Onizuka’s and SOL Technology’s corruption would be enough to corrode his true feelings. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe that kind of match-up would have been a lot more interesting than Onizuka VS Playmaker, as we have seen this time and time again, and the results has always been the same.
And we sure as hell don’t want that to change in these circumstances!
But Aqua and Aoi weren’t the only ones who caught my attention, Spectre looking quite disturbed and upset about what has become of Earth’s data was also very interesting to me. Once again, it is a shame we are probably not going to be able to see these potential match-ups, so as long Onizuka falls out of commission (who knows, maybe he will prove to be hardier than he looks, despite the fact he looks like he at the verge of death at this point). There is however a realm of possibility Earth’s data will be transferred to a different lab-rat, once Onizuka can no longer function.
Although the talk during the duel pretty had me rolling my eyes the entire time, it was the events outside of that which really grasped my attention. Outside of Link VRAINS, we see Akira finally connecting the dots on the ground, becoming even more visibly disturbed by the lengths Queen is willing to go to obtain “data”. He is upset about this, and the fact she refuses to indulge him more information on the matter. (Which is an understatement considering how obvious he is about not being on the same page— you couldn’t be at least a little more subtle, Akira?) This really makes me wonder if this might be the tipping point for making Akira quitting the company altogether. No matter how I think of about it, unless Akira were to properly act like he is committed to SOL’s ambitious projects from the moment he decided he wants to secretly investigate the company, I really can’t see him making any headway whatsoever. What’s the point of claiming to serve as company’s lapdog if he can’t even behave like one, even just for show!
Anyhow, I guess we will find out soon enough what will become of both Onizuka’s and Akira’s fates!
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