Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 103
FFFFFFFFF———SHIT. THE DUDE IS AI. I REPEAT, THE NEW DUDE IS AI!
Or at least I think it’s him, it’s his earrings that is our source of confirmation.
While I am quite frustrated the majority of this episode this turned out to be a recap, how can we not talk about the ominous signs of what to come!
Tragically, it doesn’t look like our beloved Ignis who had been absorbed into Bohman will be making any miraculous return (I hope I am wrong though). The gravestones seem to really set it into stone, alongside seeing Ai grieving for their loss. RIP Flame, Aqua and Earth… You will be missed dearly.
Ai being the new character in the OP didn’t quite sink in until Ryoken went on and on how they can’t trust Ai, or anything A.I. for that matter. Geez, and here we thought he finally made an exception with him. Apparently not. It’s unfortunate that now he is about to give them a legitimate reason to go after him. (I am sure I am not the only one who was hoping to see the two actually peacefully interact with each other.)
And truth to be told, I don’t know how I feel yet about Ai potentially becoming the antagonist this season. I don’t know if it’s his grief that made Ai embrace his darkness, perhaps even more secrets he may have uncovered at SOL Technology, or perhaps he finally figured out what Lightning’s words meant about the “truth”. It’s not really what I hoped for, mainly because I really loved both his and Yuusaku’s character growth, and how much they cared for each other. We still see that of course, with Yuusaku making it clear that while he doesn’t know where Ai disappeared to, he wants him to be free. It goes to show how much he trust him, and if Ai is due to return only to be his enemy, well that’s just a slap in the face to Yuusaku who finally decided to believe in him. Either way, we’re in for an emotional rollercoaster, and it’s gonna hurt like a bitch.
It took me a while to figure out who the little one was beside Ai, but it finally clicked to me that it’s probably Robopoppi! Not only the colors matches, but Yuusaku had also mentioned that she hasn’t been functioning since the back-up trigger for Ai either. Considering the two are close-knitted friends, I am glad to see her to be beside him, and even be given a larger role!
Now let’s talk about how they went about following up from the incident with Bohman. Frankly, I wished we actually got to see SOL Technology experience some sort of pushback from the public. Yes, everyone was set free, but the panic and trouble was real. I don’t know what kind of story they weaved since they never told us about it, but whatever it was, the were able to salvage their brand name and continue along with their plans. Entering the final season, we have SOL Technology introduce Human Androids, SOLtis. Right now, I already suspect that Ai and Robopoppi have very likely stolen one to use for themselves. It’s also possible that with the power bestowed to him by his friends played a big part in his growth spike, allowing him to make their avatars as detailed as they are in the real world, but I digress. A.I. in general are looking to be a huge threat this season. I suspect Ai will be the ones who have control over them, putting SOL Technology in the hot seat of their projects being exploited once more, or else perhaps it will be a war waging between the two of who has control over the said technology.
The last point I would like to make is that I find it rather ridiculous that Aoi is still left in the dark about Yuusaku’s and the rest of the gang’s true identities. I don’t buy the reason she doesn’t need to know, the battle is over” sort of bullshit. That’s a flimsy excuse. Nonetheless, I doubt the secret will remain for much longer, as the opening does seem to indicate with Ai’s absence, Aoi may potentially be filling that void more so than Takeru (which would be a pleasant surprise). They did establish something the two of them have in common today, a friend in the hospital, so perhaps that might open things up for them to talk about things. (Side note: I am really happy to see Miyu is awake, but ahaha, poor Jin, we didn’t even get to see his face or Kusanagi’s reunion with him! The kid is always getting the short end of the stick!)
Speaking of the new Opening, I really like the song a lot! It’s a bit slow, but I really like the lyrics and the melody! It focused a lot on the storm brewing in the horizons and I probably watched it like thirty times in attempt to grab all the details, ahaha! I have to say though, it made me really sad though to see none of the Ignis besides Ai, ugh I’m going to miss them so much. Instead there was a lot of focus on SOL Technology, new A.I who are eerily a lot more expressive than one would expect from any aside from the Ignis themselves. Onizuka is also set to make a return, and based on his uniform, he is affiliated with SOL Technology. Blood Shepherd is also back, and appears merrily so with his newfound bond with his half-sister Emma. As for Akira, we know that he’s still working with SOL Technology— why? I guess for the same reason I keep telling myself: Serving as an internal watchdog of a sorts.
Next week, we are going to see Queen up against Ai! Looks like he and Robopoppi gonna crash a luxurious cruise party!