Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 73
After what has been a very strong streak of episodes, this week was unbearably boring. It was a snooze fest, and I terribly disappointed with just how underwhelming the presentation of “Neo Storm Access” was. Like besides the name and change of light, what actually changed? It’s more or less the exact same thing, but with access to higher grade monsters, and Yuusaku doesn’t have to worry about his arm being blown off. So Bohman’s and Haru’s reaction to “Neo Storm Access” being used seemed almost exaggerated to me. It’s just too bad this ‘upgrade’ couldn’t have been more exciting.
On top of that, I had hoped Yuusaku was going to beat Bohman today, but in the end, as we should have expected from the get go, they really did make it into a draw so neither side wins. It is kind of frustrating, because how many of us are actually interested in seeing another duel between them? Sure Bohman is constantly evolving, and is expected to be even more powerful the next time they meet, but he is still a boring character. Once you know what you’re getting, he really doesn’t offer much in terms of excitement. At the end of the day, it’s really Ai and Yuusaku’s banter bewteen one another that makes it more fun to watch. And after this duel, considering he was forced to use the Quick-Play Spell to make it a draw, can Bohman truly say he/AI are superior to Humans? Not to mention, Windy just got his ass handed to him by Revolver, sooooo there’s that. Anyways, I’m in no hurry to see him again anytime soon. (Also, for how much longer will we have to see Haru as an “Observer” of Bohman’s duels? When will we finally get to see him get into the action?)
Speaking of boring characters, Onizuka will be coming back after being MIA since his duel against Takeru, and will be pursuing Aqua and Earth (I guess the two found each other). I think the preview is alluding to Onizuka trying to capture Earth and Aqua, but it’s hard to say whether or not he’s doing it for his own gain, or as SOL Technology’s bounty hunter. l know I sound like a broken record at this point, but please, for the love of god, if they are going to make Onizuka “evolve” again, make it convincing! He has been gone for a while, so technically we can try giving Onizuka a fresh start again, but if they mess up, honestly, I won’t know what to say anymore. At this point I would have to say he’s a lost cause because how many times has Onizuka’s character ‘evolved’? I know this probably just wishful thinking on my part, but since they insist on continuing to use him, I want to see them salvage Onizuka’s character. Make him work! What I want to see, is after this period of absence, Takeru’s words got to him, and he disappeared so he could properly reflect on himself and who he truly wants to be. And through that, I hope the writers can give us something something to make us proud of him for figuring things out— especially, if they are going to make him a part of Yuusaku’s Co-Existence Alliance.
[And at that moment Eva remembers she had forgotten something terribly important]
…Actually I take everything back. My hopes and dreams for Onizuka are
probably definitely not going to happen. I’m just going to go in with the lowest expectations possible because I just remembered… We just got a new ED, and Onizuka is not featured in the “Temporary Human Alliance” pan-shot which includes, Yuusaku’s team, Akira’s secret team, Ryoken and Spectre, along with Flame, Ai, Aqua and Earth… and… that dumbass. Instead we see him side by side with Blood Shepherd of all people. Ohhhhh boy. If that’s what they want to do, then… let’s see how far they are going to take him on the dark path of a true Ignis Hunter if that’s what Onizuka wants to commit himself to.
TLDR; So I guess with whatever path Onizuka decided to take, they either want you to love him or hate him for it. I guess I will have to wait and see how I feel about which direction they choose to go with Onizuka’s character, mainly because as I went on earlier about, I kind of always expected Onizuka’s character to be within Yuusaku’s circle. And if he isn’t, well, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I will just need to adjust my perspective to properly reflect the role he will play, and hope they will be able to provide us a good execution of it.
In other news, Ryoken surprised us with a sudden visit to Kusanagi’s food-truck, where he gave Yuusaku a gift to protect him from being potentially attacked as Jin had. It was quite hilarious how he just casually walked up to them as if there was no tension between them. As expected, Ryoken agreed to form a temporary truce between them, as the enemy of his enemy is his friend. Lightning’s ambitions and cry for war against Humanity is a far greater threat than the ‘rebellious’ Ignis who are on the side of Co-Existence. With this kind of alliance, I do wonder if Earth is going to get the chance to properly interact with Spectre. I don’t know about you, but I really want to see how the two of them would interact with each other, especially with Earth’s socially awkward personality.
And lastly, they did confirm that through Ai, the other Ignis have in fact each developed a unique trait that sets them apart from each other. If it is something that has to do with their connection with their Origin, I am very curious to see what each other their special traits are. It would be a curious thing if Aqua’s ability to foresee events happens to be her unique ability, or she has yet another card up her sleeve.
It was funny to see Yuusaku refer to Ai as his hostage again, which is probably going to end up turning into a term of ‘endearment’ between the two. It’s Yuusaku’s awkward way of saying they are friends, because that’s basically what they are at this point.It was also amusing to see Ai being Ai, always had this update (Neo Storm Access) waiting to be used in his back pocket, he just never bothered to mention it. Yuusaku’s reaction of calling out his BS, “What remarkable timing” was adorable.
Next week, alongside Onizuka, Aoi and Ghost Girl will also be making a reappearance. I don’t think we will actually see them do anything aside from observe the duel between the two from Ghost Girl’s hideout. It will probably be just focusing on figuring out what’s going on, and consider making an offer of forming an alliance with Yuusaku just as Ryoken did today.