Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 98
I must say, although I am salty about how Lightning ended things on his terms, from the story’s standpoint: I am also glad that they did that. Lightning has been an incredibly evil antagonist, and what better way for him to fall than to take out the hero with him, while cheating in order to secure his survival.
And boy, just when we thought Lightning was already evil enough as he was, he proves us on multiple fronts a whole new level of cruelty. We learned of how Lightning deliberately tormented Jin, and how he was entertained by torturing him. He would crush the boy’s spirit by teasing him with illusions of hopes of being saved, only to rip it away and terrorize him. It’s no wonder Jin locked himself away in his room all this time, he had been traumatized and abused over and over and over again by a monster! And the worst part about this? Nobody went in to save him during that time. It’s beyond me how Dr. Kogami and the other researchers didn’t intervene during that period! Goes to show they didn’t give a shit about the children’s psychological health!
He also revealed that he was the true culprit behind Dr. Kogami’s coma, and he was mislead into thinking it was SOL Technology responsible for the attack. He did it to stop him short of discovering he was the Ignis who would lead the downfall of both the Ignis and Humanity.
Oh and as if holding Jin’s hostage wasn’t enough, he also held Spectre’s data hostage as well!
This naturally was a bitter pile to swallow for the Ryoken and the Hanoi Knights, as their revenge has been misdirected the entire time. Nevertheless, despite their mistakes, Ryoken was given the chance to continue making better choices. Lightning was goading him into sacrificing Jin to take him out, but Yuusaku stepped in to make sure Ryoken didn’t fall for it, reminding him that he has changed and not to fall back into his old ways.
Ryoken should and would have won the duel had Jin not been taken in hostage, or Bohman had acted sooner before he could end his turn. It was terribly sad to see him lose to Lighting in such fashion, especially when Lightning was able to slither out alive thanks to converting pieces of Jin’s spare data into a single life-point to secure his survival and victory.
But we were able to get an incredibly bittersweet scene between Ryoken and Ai, where for the first time, he called Ai by his name. It’s proof that he officially acknowledges that Ai is not an evil entity that needs to be purged from the face of the Earth. He now knows that its Lightning who was to blame. It was also sad but also nice to see Ryoken at the most peace he has ever been in a long time. Laying in the bed of flowers reminded him of his blissfully innocent, and carefree childhood before the Lost Incident. It as a bit funny to me how he was talking in a way as though he were going to be permanently dead since I am convinced everyone is bound to return some way or another, except for the Ignis that have been absorbed into Bohman, their fate is an uncertain one. I just hope won’t turn it Yuuya/Yuzu and their counterparts all over again because my heart won’t be able to take it!
And speaking of the devil himself: No surprise to see that Bohman interfered and “rescued” Jin from being held hostage since he was still ticked off with how Lightning had Windy interfered with is duel against Takeru. But as the duel was playing out, I had started to wonder if Bohman was going to outright reject Lightning once he falls. I am almost sad that they didn’t go down this path because that would have been a great karma for all the shit he has done. Unfortunately, much to my dismay, Lightning’s efforts were not in vain, as Bohman perceived his determination of doing everything he did to survive is what makes him the most Human of all the Ignis.
Whether we like it or not, Bohman is absolutely right, which is ironic considering Lightning hates Humans. Lightning embodies the wicked/ugly side of Humans. While there are those who are willing to put others ahead of themselves, there are also those who are willing to use step on/sacrifice others to ensure their own gain. Naturally, Lightning is fits into the latter group.
And as I realized that, it gave me a new perspective of the Ignis’ personalities. Every single one of them reflects a particular set of Human virtues. It was because of these traits that enabled them a better chance to form a healthy relationship with Humans. Since Lightning being the odd-ball of the bunch was consumed by his inferiority complex and lack of compassion, he resorted to corrupting Windy, so that he could create an ally for himself.
At long last, we have finally reached the final duel of the season, Bohman VS Yuusaku/Ai. Considering Lightning’s and Ryoken’s lasted three episodes, we are probably set to be in store for more or less the same to coincide with the mark of the next season in May (since YGO VRAINS began in May 2017).