Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 43
After having a lot of mixed feelings with the way things ended in last weeks’ episode, this one did a great job bouncing back. The pace of revealing the core backstory behind Dr. Kogami’s motives, and the Lost Incident was done perfectly. In fact it was done so well, that I couldn’t believe it when I checked to see how far we were into the episode, only to see we had only reached the halfway point!
The creation of Ignis was born through Dr. Kogami’s desire to create Humanity’s successor. As long as Humans’ Minds (consciousness) are trapped in the flesh, they remain vulnerable to death and extinction as a species. The idea was to have the AI inherit the Human’s dream. To help the AI better understand Humans, he had them learn from the children through duels. By using the samples from the six children he had kidnapped, he created Ignis, six AI with free will. And so the Ignis species created Cyberse, their own world in the network, along with the Cyberse Cards and Super Matter called Data Material (the substance that once coverages, becomes a Data Storm).
The only thing I am a bit uncertain about is not knowing whether or not the word “Dream” is the accurate translation. It is hard for me to decipher whether it is meant to refer to the Human’s Consciousness, or the idea is to have the AI inherit the Human’s goal/ambitions.
But what doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, is the whole process of having Ignis species learn from the children, who are being tortured. This brings about two things: The process of not only kidnapping children, but torturing them by putting them through these tests really does a great job of highlighting how messed up and dangerous Humans can be. Considering how quickly Ignis can develop intellectually, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were to think, “Wow, this guy is dangerous.” And of course, of all people, it is the same guy who invades Cyberse. Gee, of course they aren’t going to like Humans very much after that!
It is quite ironic, because Dr. Kogami himself acknowledged the problem, yet he clearly didn’t think his plan through from the start. At the end of the day, the root of the problem begins with the Humans, because he was the one who created them in the first place. “The legitimate successors” will supervise Humans and feared by them, prompting anger because Humanity will no longer the dominant species. The idea of giving an AI a “free-will” was hands down the dumbest thing he could do, unless he actually had intended to use them for a different purpose altogether.
And the most disgusting thing about the whole incident, is the fact Dr. Kogami has shown no remorse for what he has done. Instead he was proud of himself. It is beyond me why he thought punishing children by torturing them, and starving them when they failed. He took one of the darkest ways to create the Ignis species, when he could have simply sought out children to volunteer their time to be obeserved and analyze. Perhaps I am overthinking it, but I am starting to wonder if Dr. Kogami had far bigger ambitious than he lets on. On top of that, based of everything Ryoken has told us today, regardless of his dramatic “exit” in last week’s episode, there is a good chance Dr. Kogami’s consciousness is likely still alive within the network and will make a reappearance in the future. I seriously have my doubts he is gone for good. It would be fascinating if it turns out all of this was to create a diversion for his son Ryoken, because he was the one who blew the whistle on him, torn by guilt and terror of the children’s screams. His eight-years old self couldn’t bear it, helped put an end to the project. I also think it might be worth to keep in mind Dr. Kogami’s priority, saying they can deal with SOL Technologies at a later date. And speaking of the devil, SOL Technologies has been that quiet creeper throughout the entire season. All we see are chess pieces as the higher-ups’ avatars, they want to capture the Ignis species to use for their own gain and have completely monopolized the Data Material. The biggest question we should be asking ourselves, is who is running the show?
I’ll stop here. *Takes off Tin-Foil hat*
But Yuusaku made an excellent point to Revolver: Dr. Kogrami’s conclusion was only based on simulations, and there is no proof that any of them could turn out true. Yuusaku described it as being manipulated by an illusion from 10 years ago, and there is no need to do that anymore. And he’s right. Simulations are simulations, there is no concrete proof any of them could turn out accurate until it actually happens. But perhaps Dr. Kogami’s biggest mistake was not going after SOL Technologies first. He was blinded by the fear of the Ignis species evolving too quickly, and felt they needed to be dealt with first.
Seeing Ryoken in person for the first time- HOT DAMN. He grew up into a handsome fella. I absolutely LOVE his character design. Everything about him is perfect. The best part for me is how mature he looks. It is quite amazing how much he was accomplish, as it sounds like has a bright mind. Despite being the one to have blown the whistle on his father’s project, and giving Yuusaku strength by telling him to “think of three things”, he regrets saving Yuusaku, and does not consider himself to be a good person.
Well he certainly isn’t pure little angel after creating that horrible virus that affected Blue Angel, and is in the process of helping his father destroy the World’s Network with the Tower of Hanoi. It is at the final level by the way. They are in a serious time crunch now.
I also can’t help but laugh because I freaking knew it. Of course they were going to have another Phase 2 Duel. It has become a tradition where if they are going to have a Speed Duel, a Master Duel must immediately follow. Yet, at the same time, this is also a convenient way to slap the restart button on a boss fight, and we already see Yuusaku reaping the benefits as he has calmed down and cleared his mind. It was a lucky break for him really, because he while he didn’t show it on his face, went he came out of VRAINS, he was exhausted.
This time round, Yuusaku is not letting Mirror Force into into his head. He has a counter strategy prepared, but so does Revolver- who has thoroughly anylzed his deck. He won’t let Yuusaku get rid of his favourite trap card so easily, and I am loving it.
The only thing that I thing I can’t help but nitpick is the whole event of leaving Link VRAINS just to have this discussion in person. Of course it wasn’t without its merits, and frankly, it was better to do it that way. But hearing how it was the “force of the impact” is what blew them out of Link VRAINS feels weak, and not to mention– way too convenient. Then again, it would sound super lame if Yuusaku simply said, ‘because it was a draw.’ But other than that, this was a great episode, and I enjoyed it from start to finish!