Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 93

As tragic as it was to watch Yuusaku break down as he defeats Kusanagi, I have to say the script this week was a messy one. In fact, I consider this particular event has to be among some of the weakest we have seen so far. It didn’t feel like the writing quality was there, which is upsetting because a lot of us were looking forward to seeing how the duel would play out.

Q____________Q Protect this child!

First of all: Considering how we witnessed Yuusaku struggle being forced to face Kusanagi last week, it frustrated me to see them continue dragging it out until the end of the episode. In fact I think this episode could have been a lot more heart-wrenching to watch had we gotten the chance to see both parties put up an earnest fight that had more of the back and forth dynamic. I feel like that would have added that missing layer of intensity between Kusanagi, who is fighting for his brother, while Yuusaku fights on behalf of their promise… which Yuusaku did not remember until fifteen minutes into the episode (which was basically over at that point since the duel was wrapped up within the next five minutes!)

Gee, no wonder the tension was missing!

As result, the majority of the episode continued to play as one-sided duel in Kusanagi’s favour until the very last minute, where Yuusaku finally pulls himself together and one-shots him.

Sure, they managed to make my heart twist as they walked us through the memory lane of their partnership, and for the first time we actually see Yuusaku cry (PROTECT THIS CHILD!). But you can’t tell me that they couldn’t have done better to make me more emotionally invested in the duel.

Although Kusanagi had lost, at the very least there is a sense of comfort knowing that Ai was able to collect and preserve Kusanagi’s data as Flame had done for Windy. But considering Yuusaku was so caught up with his friend disappearing in front of him, I don’t think he noticed what Ai did. Poor kid, he ended up blacking out, but but not before he made certain to declare that Lightning was the one who lost! (Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t help but laugh!)

Another decision in the writing that frustrated me was the flashback of when Kusanagi and Yuusaku made their promise (which he had conveniently forgotten until now). It baffled me to see them suddenly make Yuusaku this naive boy who didn’t think Lightning would resort using Jin against them. Like come on, this is Yuusaku we’re talking about, he has gone through some traumatic shit, fought the Hanoi Knights and witnessed how cold-blooded Lightning and Windy were. It’s not like he didn’t know what Lightning’s personality when they were discussing the matter! And to have the audacity to make him forget that, and have Kusanagi try to subtly remind him? Again, this is something that could have been avoided had they skipped out the whole “let’s make Playmaker a punching bag until the last second”.

And lastly (and this is really just my own pet-peeve) they actually expect us to believe Lightning would actually carelessly leave an unconscious Yuusaku untouched? He is vulnerable, and Ai can only do so much to protect him at the moment. Why didn’t Lightning contain him? It’s not like he can’t. And on top of that, considering how Lightning cannot stand being outwitted by Humans, I am genuinely shocked there were no repercussions with Lightning lashing out when he learned Kusanagi had known all this time he would pit them against each other. I thought for sure he would try to do something to Jin, especially since he was suspicious of Kusanagi’s chatter.

Next week, we are definitely getting Bohman VS Kakeru, but it appears we may also be seeing the start of Ryoken VS Lightning, which shows they are looking to wrap things up. However since Kusanagi’s program was brought up today, this means it might influence the outcome of both if the duels are to take place the same time. Should that be the case, since we saw the Hanoi Knights discussing about making contacting Ryoken about the program, there’s a good chance that (because Yuusaku is unconscious) the program would interrupt both duels and forcefully eject the remaining three out.

RIP Kusanagi, you put on a great performance!

Eva

Blogging Anime since Summer 2009, & Founder of AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog

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Casper Juel Jensen
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I´ll put it as nicely as I can without sounding like I´m going on a rant cause I belive I have done that a little to much these last few episodes. The best part of the episode is defenetly the last 4 to 5 minutes before the ending solely due to the fact that I like the conversation, emotions and reactions. It´s quite sad though when what I love about an episode has got nothing to do with the duel depsite the series/franchise being about dueling but this felt forced and the fact that Yusaku had the exact cards he… Read more »

elior1
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eva since bohman want to absorb all the ignises and that lightning goal I think next episode bohman is going to try absorb AI but soulburner will reach the place before he can do it

Moonflower157
Guest

Today’s episode was so heartbreaking! And yeah, I was so shocked Playmaker was in tears for the first time. Ai and Soulburner were crying too and Flame yelled Kusanagi’s name in horror. I actually screamed “No!” when I saw Kusanagi die and dissolve into data. You’re right that Ai did at least hold onto Kusanagi’s data. At least Playmaker wasn’t filled with vengeance against Lightning because he knows that revenge doesn’t help in the end. I was so infuriated with Lightning! How dare he cause this entire mess just by blackmailing Kusanagi with Jin’s safety. I’m glad Playmaker didn’t fall… Read more »

Kazanova
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If only the duel is not dragged out and the rest of the thing that you have said, I would have praised the writers are being smart for this episode. I’ve been complaining about Playmaker’s record that so far has been undefeated, but this one victory is different. All this time, Playmaker, as he had said before during his Duel against Specter, only duels to win (which Crunchyroll mistranslated as his dueling always win). But this is one victory that feels meaningless because Playmaker actually lost so much even if it’s for the sake of fulfilling their promise. Putting aside… Read more »

Wilfredo Sifr Starduster
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Wilfredo Sifr Starduster

RIP Kusanagi, Playmaker yelling out your name and breaking down crying at your demise for the sake of fulfilling the promise you two made in the past was truly the most emotional moment in this show so far. An outstanding supporting character had left us… T_T
But the next duel is the one I couldn’t care less about, after all they’re two of my most hated characters in this season.

ecarg312
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Honestly, Kusanagi is my favorite character in this show, so seeing him die left a rather bittersweet feeling in my heart. Also, Playmaker telling Lightning that Kusanagi had been aware of Lightning’s schemes all this time made me happy. I was like “Who’s dumb now, you evil lemon?” and did the sassy snapping at the screen while I said it. I think Lightning not doing any actions shows how…childish he can be. All six of the Ignises are technically ten-year-old children and seeing how Lightning believed that making Playmaker duel Kusanagi will be heart-wrenching for him is actually a childish… Read more »

Vamoss
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Vamoss

There’s a rumor going around about a Borreload Xyz Card coming out soon. Tbh it would make sense for that to happen so… Revolver gets Xyz summons!

Vamoss
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Vamoss

The thing that Disappointed me the most was great they didn’t reveal how Yusauku got the name “Playmaker”. I honestly thought this Duel/Episode would do that. Anyway…. While watching the episode a thought popped in my head: “Why Did Lightning Create Bohman?” I mean … When you think it about it… It makes sense a certain level.Lightning created Bohman to “Unify” (Control) the Ignis and “Capture” them. I can’t help but think that there’s a different reason. I’m not one to theorize but I think Lightning wants a Human Form. Sure Lightning basically rules Link Vrains but… In episode 47… Read more »

ecarg312
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Actually, how Playmaker came to be is actually reading in between the lines. Since he was “Unknown” first, no one knew who he was. Now that Kusanagi knew of his identity, he became “Yusaku” but in English. The kanji for “Yu” means “play” and “saku” means “Make”. The translation together means “Playmake” and since he’s a person, stick in the “-er” suffix and there you have “Playmaker”.

Vamoss
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Vamoss

I know that but I just figured there would be a deeper meaning.In the “Backstory” two-parter it ends with Ai, Flame or Takeru saying “But you didn’t explain why he’s called Playmaker”. I just figured a Hanoi Grunt or someone who saw him take on a Hanoi Grunt have him the name.

il-Palazzo
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I was half-expecting that Ai would show more of his sinister side, take over the duel, and finish Kusanagi. But I guess would be too much for Yuusaku to continue being his friend like that.

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