Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 45
Wow, I am shocked to see this episode was entirely dedicated to dragging out the duel for yet another episode. I swore this was going to be the last one, but… Man… It certainly felt like I was watching an advertisement of all these fancy new monsters, alternative versions of Borrel Dragons, similarly to Odd-Eyes’s various forms. I also noticed Crunchyroll adjusted the translations a bit, switching from the English name of Topologic Gamble Dragon to Gumblar Dragon…
There was one thing we did get out of it though, and that was seeing the vulnerable and softer side of Yuusaku we haven’t seen before. He is in incredibly poor condition, barely made a clutch desperation play of using Drop Frame Wedge, with only 50 LP left. This week is probably the softest we have ever seen Yuusaku treat Ai. He didn’t snap at him once, he didn’t giving him the cold-shoulder, but rather, he instead asked more about what Cyberse World is like, and was trying to assure Ai they will be okay. And I am happy we finally get to see this side of him, especially after 45 episodes. Regardless of the outcome of this fight is, I anticipate how this event has made Yuusaku reflect on himself and the life he is living. If he defeats Ryoken, then to some degree he fulfilled his mission. He was able to learn about the truth behind the Lost Incident, and put an end to the Hanoi Knights. If he loses, well… we will think about that if they actually dare to do that. But let’s say Yuusaku emerges victorious: what will he do next? While the Hanoi Knights may be defeated, there is still a organization who intends to capture Ai, and that is SOL Technologies. So as long as SOL Technologies don’t know who Yuusaku is in the real world, and stays offline, he might finally be able to kick start the next chapter to his life- one that doesn’t revolve around Revenge.
This is why when Ai told Yuusaku about his world, and how he has his friends he must protect, and mused, “That must be nice.” I suddenly had a rush of feels. My heart broke for him, thinking about how awkward it must be to hear how an Ai of all things has more friends than he does. At that moment, Yuusaku probably felt lonelier than ever, but at the same time, it also gave him a drive, that he too has things he wants to do. Ever since the Lost Incident, Yuusaku has been otherwise alone, suffering from PTSD, seeking revenge and the truth in hopes to gain closure for himself. Aoi and Onizuka are only acquaintances, Kusanagi is more of a partner, and the boy (Ryoken) who gave him hope is now trying to crush him (along with giving him Three Things to Despair).
However, despite Ai pouring his heart out to Yuusaku, I am still incredibly wary of him. There is no doubt that Ai cares about his world and his friends, that’s how he got this far in the first place. But I still can’t ignore the other-side of him we have seen when Yuusaku isn’t around. His statement of how Ignis has no intentions of attacking the Human World and just wanted to live their days in bliss within their own unique world could be true… at least in the past. After being pursued by not only Hanoi Knights but SOL Technologies as well, who to say the Ai (specifically) wouldn’t feel as though they need to take measures to defend themselves, to prevent this kind of threat from happening again. Dr. Kogami was an idiot, and fulfilled the prophecy by giving the Ignis species a reason to perceive Humans as a threat. But still, even without him in the picture, SOL Technologies is also still poses as a threat, providing Ai the reason the need to strike first.
That’s all I got for this week’s episode. Hopefully the duel won’t drag out for too much longer, especially when you consider how little time is left for the tower to be completed.
Also we need to get rid of the frog and pigeon. I just want them to shut up already. They are incredibly annoying…