Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 106
Oof, my heart. This episode was a bittersweet one. There were times when I wanted to laugh, and others when I wanted to cry. It started off on a cute note with Ai’s bloated ego of claiming he is the strongest one of all, putting Yuusaku is at the bottom of the pyramid (even below everyone else!) because he was only strong because he had him as his partner (Ai you’re so savage!) and then Robopoppi is at the VERRRRRYYYYYYY bottom because of his inexperience (understandable). It was so funny how determined Robopoppi was to gain experience points by claiming he will not use skill in his battle against Emma and Gengo, and even though we know he wasn’t mocking them, Gengo certainly didn’t take it kindly. Being “talked down to” by an A.I. bruised his ego.
But just when we were at the peak of cheering for Robopoppi and enamoured by his adorable nature, those feelings came screeching halt and took a nose-dive from there. My heart crushed into a million pieces when Robopoppi announced he has come to the conclusion Humans are bad creatures and so he will turn all Humans into “experience points”, AKA: eliminate them. Whelp. Nevertheless, it made me really sad, especially when thinking about Yuusaku’s feelings.
As for the duel, I have noticed there is a really interesting theme they are using for this event. With Yuusaku, Takeru and Ryoken all being stalled by Ai’s decoy copies’ strategy, and the fodders (the Hanoi Knights) are most likely all going to be defeated off-screen (which helps keep the new momentum going), that leaves Emma/Kengo, and Aoi/Akira.
…And what do they have in common? They are both siblings, and we’re about to see them demonstrate their “family bond” despite not being fully or blood related at all. The first thing that comes to mind with this theme is how it may be used to show Ai, although he had lost his kin, he still has “family” (with Yuusaku and Robopoppi), and he is not as alone as he feels and believes to be. But since he has already made up his mind, and he isn’t going to change it anytime soon.
It is absolutely heart-wrenching how Ai’s grief of his loss has pushed him into the corner of taking up the role as the villain. But at the same time it’s so frustrating how he decided he will carry on Lightning’s wishes. Again, as it was stressed before, whatever the secret is that Lightning had alluded to, it must have played a part in persuading Ai to carry out the plans in his stead. We can also see how broken he actually is when he talks about the fallen Ignis, and how in some ways, it feels like he is deliberately trying to get under everyone’s skin so they will hate him and see him an the enemy. This makes me think Ai is either attempting to make his former comrades hate him to the point they want to kill him so that he finally has a ‘reason’ to take them out, or he is so lonely, he simply doesn’t want to exist anymore and wants to be destroyed— but not before leaving his mark behind. Regardless, it’s just so sad how it has come down to this. Although Yuusaku vowed to save him, if does turn out to be the latter, this is going to be very difficult fight for both of them.
Last but not least, did anyone else freaked out when Pandor showed us she actually as a personality? Ryoken, what were you thinking?! Oh man, she’s definitely going become trouble!
Next week, OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH SHIT. Ai found Onizuka, who was the one who captured Earth and had a hand in his death. I will be very surprised if Onizuka gets out of this unscathed— unless someone interferes to prevent him from being eliminated the same way as Queen was. Ai is NOT messing around.