Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 70
MY GOD THIS EPISODE WAS A DOOZY.
THEY ACTUALLY REVEALED JIN AS LIGHTNING’S PARTNER!!!!!!! It definitely feels like they are holding his consciousness hostage. Lightning had a different approach to dealing with his partner than Windy, (who attempted to or actually did end up killing him). But if there’s one thing that’s really important to note, Lightning is really the cruelest one of them all.
He could have saved Windy much earlier, sparing him from the Hanoi Knight’s brutal execution process. Windy was begging for help, yet he just stood back and observed. It was a calculative move on his part in two ways. The first one forces Windy to reap the consequences. It served as cruel lesson of not to get ahead of himself and be cocky towards his opponents, regardless if they are Human. The second was to use this opportunity to demonstrate why Humans are their enemies.
Another fearsome point, is how it was revealed Haru and Bohman are his underlinings. Given the circumstances, it is hard to say whether or not Bohman is Windy’s true partner, whose consciousness has been stolen (much like Jin) and deleted his memories to make him into a proper puppet. If that is the case, then Haru is likely to be one of the other Lost Incident victims as well. And it could be, that they are both being held hostage in the same way Jin is. The only problem, Revolver didn’t exactly confirm this when they showed up (maybe he will next week, since he has uncovered the identities of the remaining victims). I mean, for all we know, they could be an AI using Human Avatars since Lightning has the capabilities to manipulate, fabricate and adjust memories accordingly. (Actually, with Lightning being the head of the party, it explains why he knows so much about the back-data archives containing the records of the victims.) Furthermore, this seems to point to Lightning to potentially being the traitor that led the attack on the Cyberse World, as a means to persuade the remaining Ignis to agree with his assessment that Humans are dangerous. It is also possible for Windy to have contributed to this as well.
Now with Jin’s consciousness having been revealed to be on the Ignis’ side, I am left to wonder how Kusanagi is going to react in this situation. With the war between Humanity and the Ignis about to unfold, it could be this event is what will cause him to leave Yuusaku’s side. With Jin’s consciousness held hostage, it wouldn’t surprise me if he felt co-existence is not an option. Kusanagi always struck me as the emotional type, so if he such character, this incident will certainly serve as the tipping point, where he choose to side with the Hanoi Knights (representing Humanity in this side of the war) as the means to protect the ones he loves.
If this were to happen, it’s going to be a tough blow for Yuusaku who has come around to trust him with his life. On top of that, it will also mean he will lose his hacker. Perhaps this is where Ghost Girl (if she’s still around after Blood Shepherd lashed out at her) can fill the void. And if it’s not her, it might end up being Akira or Aoi (both who have demonstrated to be capable hackers themselves). Actually, given how quickly things have escalated, it will be interesting to see how Akira, Aoi and SOL Technology will respond to the Ignis’ declaration of war against Humanity. Akira has been a dumbass with his head in the sand thinking it’s best to hunt the Ignis and capture them to have a ‘talk’. Aoi will be an interesting case considering she has witnessed the bond between Takeru and Flame. So as long as they maintain that bond between them and fight for co-existence, it would give her some grounds to have faith in such ideals. But we will have to wait and see, she has shown us she can be a bit too hasty with her judgment.
I do want to quickly note though, I briefly freaked out (and not in a good way) about the case of the car accident. Of course when we think about AI and car accidents, the first thing that comes to mind is Blood Shepherd’s backstory. So after I watched this episode, I went back to Episode 54, and to my relief, it doesn’t appear this is related to Blood Shepherd’s case, because he and his mom were were in a yellow taxi AI and crashed into a truck. The incident that Windy caused in attempt to murder his partner was a different car accident, that crashed into a building and combusted into flames. However what Revolver did not confirm, was whether or not the victim is still alive. Still, Windy… holy shit man. He caused the accident in attempt to get rid of his partner because he didn’t need him, what the hell man?! I was glad to see Ai absolutely horrified by his actions.
Speaking of the devil himself, next week Blood Shepherd will be back, so perhaps we will finally get some info on whatever happened to Ghost Girl after their previous hostile encounter.
Overall this was another very strong episode, and the pacing was really well done. I was shocked by how slowly time seemed to have passed, making it so the episode felt longer than usual. They really packed a lot in this one. It gives me a lot of hope for this arc in general, as we waited so long for this and now it’s about to begin!
Although I was quite shocked to see Revolver win this duel, it did serve its purpose of proving the Hanoi Knights have the capabilities to eliminate the Ignis, in brutal fashion. When Windy cried out in pain, I gave me the chills. Another thing I really enjoyed was the savage exchanges between Windy and Revolver, but man, Windy is a piece of work when it comes to delivering low blows. Admittedly, I was a bit bummed with how Revolver wasn’t shaken by it, but it just goes to show how strong his convictions are of inheriting his father’s will, and fulfill the promise of protecting Humanity, and not in a good way. Actually, now that I really think about it, it feel like it shows us how Revolver seems to be clinging to his father’s ghost. Inheriting his will could be interpreted as the only way (in his mind) to stay connected with his father who is no longer with him. In a way, perhaps what Windy said about Dr. Kogami not choosing Revolver to be one of the test subjects may point to a complex of his father neglecting him as a child. So while he witnessed all of these horrible things his father has done, and ultimately blew the whistle on him, it could be this drive stems from wanting to be able to fulfill his father’s expectations.
As for Flame and Takeru, man what a shitstorm they just walked into, haha! I’m looking forward to the next episode!