Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 102
At long last, the battle against Bohman is over. It was such a long duel, and while it did get sluggish at times, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I had an absolute blast with this entire arc, it took us on such a rollercoaster of emotions, and both Lighting and Bohman were fantastic antagonists. They were each so despicable and messed up in their own ways, you either straight up couldn’t stand them, or you loved to hate them. It also benefited them to have only two antagonists lead the opposition, as it enabled them to secure a streak of victories to prove they are no pushover. And for better or for worse, they were also willing to play dirty. While this certainly annoyed some of us, I appreciated they embraced the darkness and selfishness of their characters.
And to put icing on the cake, it was a haunting final touch to the duel to have Yuusaku and Ai reeling the cost of the battle, and end the episode there. While the players of Link VRAINS appear they are going to be revived/set free from Bohman’s clutches, I still appreciated how they were able to create a solemn moment that is often glossed over with the immediate revival of characters (which as the preview pointed out to, will be taking place next week). It basically gives us a week to let it sink in how much was lost and sacrificed in this battle. And while the players of Link VRAINS may be saved, the Ignis’ fate is looking a lot more grim. Based on what Aqua, Flame and Lightning had said, since they had already become one with Bohman, if he is defeated, it’s likely that they have been destroyed alongside with him. That’s why they entrusted the last of their power/bonds to Ai and Yuusaku, to provide them the resource needed to create their own Link 5 Monster, something Bohman had boasted on he could do, and finish him with that.
That being said, I will be devastated if Flame, Aqua and Earth… and Windy (since it looked like he was no longer influenced by Lightning) are gone for good. They really did leave things on a terribly ominous note, with Lightning telling Ai he still doesn’t know the real truth, and Bohman telling Ai he closed the Ignis’ future by taking the Human’s side. While the latter could be referring to their demise, it could also be alluding to the next and final stage of the series. Although Bohman was destroyed, god damn it—- considering we haven’t heard a damn peep from SOL Technology throughout this entire shitstorm, I am deathly afraid they are quietly working behind the scenes of obtaining Bohman’s and the other Ignis’ data to use for themselves, similarly to how they were killing Earth for it. That’s why, if our favourite Ignis were to return, it feels like it will come with a hefty price that contributes to the other secret Lightning alluded to. Or perhaps, it may tie together with Ai himself, as it has been established how he is actually more powerful than he himself seems to realize.
Or, none of what I said will play out and the Ignis will miraculously return, and it was simply a nasty prank they decided to play on Ai.
And I wouldn’t be upset about that kind of outcome either!
This episode was definitely a fun one in terms on the variety of emotions I went through. The opener with Robopoppi had me giggling because I thought it was so freaking cute, and then laughed when Ai just nonchalantly slipped back to Yuusaku who didn’t look surprised at all. It makes me think he totally expected that because Ai can be such a drama queen. It was incredibly clever of Ai to have planted a back-up of himself within Robopoppi, and it’s even better that it was established long in advance of this fight so that it didn’t just come out of nowhere! But then I became sad again when Ai went to save his friends, only to be forced to turn back with nothing but the power they have entrusted to him. It was funny how Flame and Aqua forced Lightning to share a portion of his power to be used against Bohman.
I am a huge fan of the monster Firewall Dragon Darkfluid. It was cool how this monster mirrored Perfectron in a way of also having counters of its own, as well as having the opposite effect. I also really liked the touch of Earth, Flame and Aqua all appearing during its attacks.
Last but not least, let’s take a moment to appreciate how much the characters has grown throughout this season!
Yuusaku and Ai also went through a tremendous amount of character growth. Yuusaku who was once consumed by revenge has opened up so much, he now has friends, willing to socialize with others he previously had gone out of the way to ignore or steer clear of. He also comes to understand the consequences of being chained down to the past, and ho important it is for him and others to move forward onto a better path. Ai too has come a long way, and become a selfless individual who cares deeply for Yuusaku and fought hard for the sake of coexistence.
Emma and Aoi also had their share of development. Aoi in particular, having seen how much she has grown since the beginning had a very interesting character arc this season. Her growth was all about finding herself, making her own decisions that her brother may not agree with. She didn’t want to be coddled, and fought hard to become stronger and form her own opinions of the Ignis based on her own experiences. There were times we were frustrated with Aoi’s mindset, but the beautiful part from that was how she learned from it, and grew further as a character.
Similarly to Ai, Emma has also gone through major development in the selflessness department. Previously she didn’t give a rats about someone being in trouble if it meant she got the edge of the game, but this time, we saw her proactively help characters, like Aoi, Yuusaku, and Akira.
Ryoken is also a character who has evolved over the course of the season. He went from believing the Ignis needed to be annihilated to recognizing while some are dangerous, co-existence isn’t impossible to achieve. We also saw him being more reserved with his actions, by choosing not to steamroll his opponents when there is a hostage is held at stake.
….And Takeru, well frankly there isn’t really much to say about him at the moment. He was only introduced this season, and although he is actually a former delinquent who is now a precious cinnamon roll, aside from being hot-tempered, impulsive, and having faced his trauma, I would say at this time it’s a bit unfair to judge how much he has grown as a character.
I suspect all the Humans at the very least should be revived in next week’s episode, but I am curious to see what will happen next. Will SOL Technology attempt to take the credit for saving everyone, will they be chastised by the public or will they pin the blame onto Yuusaku?