Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 69
AHAHAHA! See, this is what I want to see more of! The level of sass in this episode was freaking fantastic! Windy and Revolver are constantly taking jabs at each other, both through battle and words, attempting to outwit the other. Although Revolver has been shaved down to 300 LP, the guy looks like he will be giving Windy hell of a headache. I think one of my favourite parts about the duel were moments where the characters had ‘real’ moments, such when Magic Cylinder, Windy evoked my exact reaction, “That card is crazy!” And the hilarious part, it’s just as Ai said, Revolver has a deck stacked with traps like that.
What I did find really interesting however was seeing how alarmed Yuusaku was. In moments when Windy gets the better of Revolver, you can see he is stunned by the Ignis’ power and intellect as a duelist. It leaves me the impression this duel between the two is actually scaring him— and who wouldn’t be! There is a war between AI and Humanity is threatening to break out!
And to make matters worse, as Windy and Revolver begin their duel, Ai and Yuusaku are forced to helplessly watch from the sidelines. Yuusaku had tried to persuade Revolver to stop and think for himself, and how his actions of viewing the Ignis as the enemy is how they (Humans) end up being perceived as a dangerous threat. But Revolver stubbornly insists the Ignis’ destruction is the only and right answer. I really felt bad for Yuusaku because he is trying to save Revolver from himself and fight for co-existence, but man Revolver is a cold one. I think this is the second time he tells Yuusaku he regrets saving him, which is something the victim never wants to or should ever have to hear. So now Yuusaku and Ai have no choice but to wait for Takeru and Flame to save them since regardless who emerges victorious, it won’t end well for them.
Speaking of Takeru and Flame, it will be interesting in particular what Flame will think of this mess. He has a lot of trust in Windy, so he will certainly be put to the test when they finally see what’s going on inside. Would he agree with Windy? Or will he remain at Takeru’s side? It would be quite a twist if he chooses to switch sides. Fortunately, should they intend to remain neutral and fight for the co-existence squad, there’s a bit of a safety net Kusanagi had prepared for them (but we don’t know how well it will hold up, and we have also seen some of his programs fail in the past). But the other thing Takeru has to worry about are the Hanoi Knights who have caused the hell-scape they had just walked into.
Overall this week’s episode only makes me even more excited of what we are in store for this arc. If we can have more duels of the battle of wits, combined with the players are sassing each other like this, it really does make this a lot more entertaining to watch. Not to mention, I really like that they have established how Ignis are are powerful opponents who no one can take lightly (unlike the way the Hanoi Knights were initially presented in Season 1). On the flipside, we have the Hanoi Knights actually getting their shit together, showing off what makes Revolver’s team so powerful. I do hope this arc will allow them to kind of “reset” their reputation, because their debut was awful! I want to see them actually use their talents properly, and put up the fights that needs to be won, in this case, beating Windy’s guards: Echoes, while may sound like a simply task, this is an Ignis who developed them, so we should expect the Echoes to be a far more superior version to the likes of SOL Technology’s AI-Duelists. However, while Revolver may be very well prepared to fight against the big guns like Windy, varying on whether or not the duel is interrupted, we will have to see what will become of this fight…