Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 77
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?! I didn’t expect that at all, and now I can’t stop laughing, it was so cheesy! But hey, at least Emma didn’t lose her account!
So Emma and Blood Shepherd (Kengo Dojun) are not twins as I mainly assumed them to be, but are actually siblings because their father was a dick. I find it rather ridiculous the man who had passed away from an illness last year asked Emma to look out for her half-brother, when he was the one who made the decision to leave them and neglect them. Like, what the hell? That’s not her responsibility! I think the biggest joke of all was how hearing that his father asked her to look out for him was enough to spare her. Honestly, with the kind of grudge personality Blood Shepherd has, I expected him to lash out from that and be (rightfully) pissed off how his father never actually tried to reach out to him. But whatever.
This is probably why I found myself a but disappointed to see Blood Shepherd actually spare Emma. Of course it has been somewhat established in the past he does have a soft spot of a sorts for her as her half-brother, having saved her from being killed during a co-op mission in the past. However, that kind of flimsy foundation is far too weak to justify his actions considering we now know the two of them have never actually interacted with each other in person. What’s even more, Blood Shepherd only learned today that Emma knew about him being her half-brother because she decided to investigate him. So Blood Shepherd choosing to spare her, honestly felt out of character, and a decision used for the sake of convenience.
However I’m going to be real here, the duel was an absolute snooze fest. I couldn’t care less what was going on, much less their backstory. It sorely lacked the sass and wit we love from Emma, while Blood Shepherd actually did what he does best, bluff his way through the duel and successfully outwitted her. I am surprised she took his words for granted. You would think she would have known better after having observed so many of his duels. In fact, it was so underwhelming, I actually didn’t care that she lost.
Meanwhile the duel was happening, Aoi and Aqua had a bit of alone time to discuss and formally establish their partnership. It was this moment that pulled my heartstrings, especially seeing Miyu suffer the same way Takeru and Yuusaku had. Everyone had a different resolve to push through, for Yuusaku it was think of three things, and for Miyu was to be courageous so she can get out and meet Aoi again. Also someone pointed it out last week, yes! Miyu started wearing Aoi’s pig-tails too! MY HEART!!!!!
But what shocked me the most was seeing Aoi undergo yet another transformation. I have to admit, I was a bit bummed out because I am a huge fan of her sporty design, but damn, her avatar as Blue Maiden is freaking drop dead gorgeous. There is definitely a bit of Miyu in the design, since we did see she has long hair. And goodness, Takeru looked starstruck! Just as you expect the guy. What a flashy way to join the team Aoi, haha!
And I must say, this has to be the cheesiest way to join the team. They see Aqua and Aoi had formed a partnership, and instead of asking questions of how the hell that happened, they were like, “OKAY ALL ABOARD TO SAVE THE WORLD!!!!!” I was in tears because I was laughing so hard. This was way too corny!
In all, while the duel was a boring one, at least this episode had other moments that made it worth watching. It was a lot cheesier than I anticipated it to be, but at least it managed to entertain enough me to laugh. Also the animation was super solid this week! I absolutely love they are continuing to add the personal touch to the Sychro Summon as they have done for Link Summons. This was definitely the best version of the Synchro Summon we have seen yet. It was very memorable!
Next week, it looks like Revolver is attempting to recruit Blood Shepherd to join his cause. Now this is an unexpected development, but it actually makes so much sense. SOL Technology’s ambitions doesn’t align with Blood Shepherd’s, so it would only make sense for him to leave the company and join an alliance who shares the same, or at least similar sentiments against A.I. And I think would be a great move considering we will officially have all these characters who weren’t part of any major team, choose the side of the war they want to be on. Onizuka chose to stick with SOL Technology, who wants to capture the Ignis to makes use of them for their own profitable gains, Aoi and Emma chose to join the cause to fight for co-existence, and now it looks like Blood Shepherd may join the Hanoi Knights (and he BETTER, because I don’t want to see an episode wasting time on him if he isn’t!)
Ah, I just hope we will be able to see Aoi, Takeru and Yuusaku all interact with each other next week…