Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 107
Goodness, I know I shouldn’t be laughing, but everyone are dropping like flies! Poor Spectre, he was defeated off-screen, which is a shame for those of us who wished to see him duel again. It always makes me sad to see them bench a fascinating character! What a waste! But he and Faust weren’t the only ones who fell today. Blood Shepherd and Emma were defeated by Robopoppi, something I wasn’t entirely certain how it would play out. Their loss ended in dramatic fashion with Blood Shepherd throwing himself in front of Emma to take the hit, when both of them were due to fall anyways. Well this wouldn’t be the first time he done that for her, but considering we really haven’t had the chance to actually see them flesh out their relationship as sibling, it makes their interactions when they fall extra cheesy. (Also: Akira had me cracking up real good when he commented about the importance of “bonds” in tag-duels!)
Nonetheless, I did enjoy the overall interaction between them and Robopoppi throughout the duel. Emma definitely had a soft-spot for Robopoppi, thinking he was cute because how could you not— until you remember he has concluded Humanity must be purged. Actually speaking of which, there was a number of times when I couldn’t help but cheer for Robopoppi— I mean, how can you not?! HE’S SO CUTE! THE DESTINY DRAW, ALSO HIS DUEL-DISK IS HOMAGE TO HIS ORIGINAL FORM! I CAN’T! How is it possible to be cute and terrifying at the same time? Well at least he wasn’t full blown ‘evil’, Robopoppi hilariously was touched by the way Blood Shepherd and Emma reached out to each other! Even though Robopoppi has come to an alarming conclusion, his overall enthusiastic energy is contagious and it’s part of what makes his character so freaking endearing.
Then comes along Onizuka VS Ai. We learned that Onizuka has removed the A.I. Chip (THANK GOD), and recognized it was the wrong decision when he woke up to see the children crying around him. [Rolls Eyes] And thanks to them, he was able to rediscover himself. And since he has returned to his roots with the Gouki deck and it’s probably safe to say he is back to his “true self” for once and for all.
That being said, I have not forgiven him for killing Earth. (AND SHUT UP PANDOR, EARTH WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED! IT’S NOT THE SAME AS BEING ABSORBED!)
But what I did find interesting however was the manner of how Ai has shown “respect” to Onizuka for who he is now, as opposed to who he has been. He said he likes Onizuka’s style, and because of that he has become an opponent worth crushing, but mind you it sounds more about Ai saying will have more fun beating him up one-sidedly because Onizuka has sorted his shit out.
Now with Emma and Blood Shepherd’s defeat, as I touched on last week, it makes me wonder how long everyone is going to be out for. Pretty much in a span of two episodes, the team Akira as brought together is in shambles. Yuusaku, Takeru, Ryoken, Aoi and Akira are the only ones left with Onizuka due for his inevitable fall. I am starting to wonder if we are even going to see Akira and Aoi duel at this rate, and if they do, will they actually tag-duel? Akira may have thought of fighting Ai alone, but given how much Aoi has grown and earned his respect, I imagine he would let her partner up with him. But ugh, now I am starting a bit worried about how this all plays out for Aoi if everyone who falls in this battle is put into a coma…
The preview seems to indicate a potential new development with Pandor (in-person) approaching Ai with what looks to be data of a sort. He looks surprised yet guarded, which makes me wonder if that’s Akira’s “key” he was given responsibility to protect. It would be insane if she had secretly taken it from him and is actually handing it to Ai! Perhaps she decided on her own, given the circumstances, Akira should just give it up to spare anymore losses so they could retreat and fight another day. Or maybe its an Anti-Ignis trap, that is supposed to destroy him in a manner like the time Ryoken had almost killed Windy. But Ai obviously doesn’t trust her (and neither would I), so I imagine he would be reluctant to take up the offer if it was presented to him.
This also makes me wonder if it’s possible for Pandor to actually switch sides. It’s something that could work one way or another since her character has a lot choices of which path she could take. There is the option of Betrayal, something Ryoken had insisted he programmed to ensure that wouldn’t happen, working as a double-agent by attempting to gain Ai’s trust as a fellow “A.I.” and then wait for the prime opportunity to strike. (Though one could argue she sort of blew that chance when she commented on how Earth’s demise was 100% guaranteed anyways— which really got under Ai’s skin!) And there is of course also the opportunity of screwing over both parties, but it’s too soon to say if she would go down that path.
PSA: THERE IS NO NEW EPISODE NEXT WEEK! Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will be back on July 3rd!