HAPPY 50th EPISODE! WOOOO!
AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! POOR TAKERU, FLAME WAS ROASTING HIM ALL DAY LONG AND IT WAS HILARIOUS! Compared to his character as Soulburner in Link VRAINS, Homura Takeru is a precious cinnamon roll who is a clumsy, and a bit of a socially-awkward guy. In fact Flame described him to have been a shut-in until they have recently met not long after the Tower of Hanoi incident, and agreed to pursue an investigation on their new enemy. With Yuusaku and Ai having now met Takeru and Flame, they have more or less officially formed an alliance, agreeing to investigate the one who invaded Cyberse and fight to take back Jin’s consciousness together.
New information in regards to the Ignis species and their mindsets were shared today, starting with how there was a discussion taking place whether or not they can trust Humans to share their wealth of knowledge with, as a way of putting their foot in the door to let them to co-exist with them. But before they could reach a conclusion, they were attacked by an unknown enemy who uses Link Spells and were well aware of their greatest weaknesses. the Ignis barely managed to escape alive, but due to being dispersed, there is no way for them to find each other.
SOL Technologies inadvertently puts itself back on the radar when Kusanagi discovers a hidden area deep below the surface of Link VRAINS. Ai and Flame identify the mysterious program to be Ignis based, along with the signature Wind Attribute, which raises a lot of questions: Did one of the Ignis betray them? Or one has been captured, held hostage (for real) and is being used to fulfill the enemy’s purpose? There is also the alarming part of how the anonymous enemy does not want Bohman to gain any memories for the matter, and keeps on slapping the reset button on him to wipe any of his new memories.But there is one thing for certain: Haru is definitely not his brother. Blood Shepherd also dropped a hot scoop how the two of them did not log out after accessing the Restricted Area. (Also is it just me or Blood Shepherd might actually be related to Ghost Girl? They share the similar hair color and highlights!)
With the help of Akira leaking the information through Ghost Girl, they learn the “Restricted Area” is actually a gate that the company has yet to identify. Yuusaku and Takeru go in to investigate, but they won’t be the only ones doing do. By the looks of it, Akira intends to secretly continue investigating SOL Technologies. In order to do so, it appears he will be turning to Ema and Aoi, the two people he trusts the most to start digging up information. Last time Ghost Girl provided Kusanagi a way to break through the security was when they intended to use Playmaker as a decoy. I have a feeling they are repeating the same strategy, by making the Bounty Hunters do their job of pursuing Playmaker, while she and Aoi go attempt to get the information. Whether or not they choose the share that is still up in the air, but it would benefit Akira to share as much as he can with Playmaker’s team, since a secret collaboration would be pretty badass. And should they ever lose Kusanagi in the future, they may have no choice but to rely on Ghost Girl since since this is not Takeru’s forte, and while Yuusaku is well versed with programs and such, it would be difficult to manage both alone.
And I really do hope this plays out with Akira’s squad investigating the case as well. While it is a bit of a bummer to not have everyone as a whole group yet, given the situation, it actually works out better this way since it will draw less attention to themselves. They can still work separately and have an alliance established between them to continuously exchange whatever information they may find to better establish just who they are actually dealing with. The enemy is a daunting one, and are already making preparations of their hideout being found, keeping themselves always at least one step ahead. Why they went after Jin’s consciousness is remains a mystery, but as Ai puts, it to digitalize and steal a person’s consciousness it far more impressive than Hanoi’s computer virus. In fact, now that I think of it, I wonder if the enemy intends to steal the consciousness of the victims as a way to potentially lure and capture the Ignis that is paired with the individual? Otherwise, I wonder what other purpose there would be to do so?
It was nice to see things calm down for an episode to settle in the new information and characters. Our two duos did a fantastic job of keeping us entertained from start to finish with the way they keep roasting each other. Honestly I would love to see Yuusaku VS Flame when it comes to roasting, because they are savage as hell to their partners. But Takeru’s surprisingly modest temperament will certainly have its value, especially since he won’t be one of those “over-bearing” social butterfly characters who is popular with everyone. It really does make him a good fit for Yuusaku and it also gives us a bit more insight of how the Lost Incident continues to affect him to this day.
Next week, Onizuka’s Bounty Hunting team goes after Playmaker… But we today learned Onizua has a grudge against Playmaker, salty over the fact he is always ahead him. Oh for crying out loud! Boohoo! Your pride was destroyed, get over yourself. We are going to learn how he evolved from the “Entertainment” Duelist into a Duelist with a Bruised Ego…