Well the duel is finally over, and of course – Playmaker won. While the duel itself was fun to watch, I feel quite indifferent about the outcome, mainly because I knew he would win. Akira was getting way too ahead of himself. And speak of the devil himself, and GOD – Akira got some nerve to deny Playmaker’s right to get names and walk the path of revenge (NOT YOUR CHOICE!), but it didn’t matter since Playmaker obtained the data. (However Ghost Girl also has the data, and she plans on selling it for a high price, and the highest bidder is clearly set up to be none other that Kitamura himself.)
I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but as expected Aoi puts her brother first. I had hoped maybe she would call Akira out on his BS arguments, but yeah, you can tell she cares for her brother a whole lot. I mean, he wasn’t going to get killed or anything, but when Playmaker went to deliver the final blow, she ran out to take the hit for him, but Akira saw that coming and made sure she didn’t. I suppose the silver-lining here is the fact the two siblings were able to finally understand one another, or at least Aoi does. If Akira lets her go back to school, then I assume it would be safe to say he understands she’s a big girl now, and she can take care of herself. However unlike Akira, Aoi understands and respects Playmaker’s wishes to walk his own path for justice.
I neglected t discuss it last week, but I must say it is quite cool and beautiful how Akira built such a symbolic deck, highlighting Tindangle Hound’s (Akira) and Tindangle Angel’s (Aoi) ability to protect each other. Supposedly it was because of this that Playmaker didn’t want to send them to the grave – even if it meant an earlier and more straight forward path to victory.
Perhaps the most iconic moment of the episode was when Playmaker declared he doesn’t want his revenge to drag the Zaizen siblings into the darkness, and they should walk where there’s light. When he said that all I could think of was, “Damn, that was really cool.” And honestly, it’s quite refreshing to see a protagonist actively seek out to fight alone, or at least only with those who have gone through the same experience as him, and are willing to walk in the darkness to achieve their goals.
But most importantly, this highlights another reason why Yuusaku doesn’t want allies. It’s not just because of they would have to put their lives at stake, or they wouldn’t understand him or because – he doesn’t want to drag anyone else into this mess. His path of seeking justice is his to walk alone. It’s a lonely path, but it’s the only path that offers him a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.
The data Playmaker has obtained contains documents claiming Dr. Kogami (of the Hanoi Knights) was the mastermind of the project, and researcher. It also claims he had died. Now there are a couple points to be made here: I guess Dr. Kogami may actually be Revolver’s father after-all. Some of us thought maybe he was more of a figurehead, but maybe not. It has been confirmed that the body in the machine we had saw Revolver check up on is Dr. Kogami’s body. The man claims he has been resurrected, and he and Revolver have just sowed the seed that supposedly will end Link VRAINS and the entire network world.
The data reveal Dr. Kogami was a researcher at SOL Technologies, and they claim he was the sole mastermind of the incident, and they found out about his activities because of a whistle-blower. Ai is the first to suggest perhaps Akira may have been the one to reveal the project, but I don’t think he is far off. I am highly suspicious of the fact how Zaizen’s parents were killed around the same time of the incident, so it’s possible they may have very well been the whistle-blower. But then there is also Dr. Kogami – who claims he was resurrected. Does that mean he was killed? He as a researcher in the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to consider he may have also been the Whistle-blower.
Another suspicious point to keep in mind is the fact SOL Technologies covered up this incident, and they also want to get their hands on Ai – claiming they can’t afford to have Hanoi Knights capture him. However the Hanoi Knights have repeatedly claimed they despise Cyberse, and have been actively trying to destroy Ai and his kind – along with shutting down both VRAINS and the worlds network. This is the main reason why I have be leaning towards the idea the Hanoi Knights are actually defects from the Hanoi Project. And who else would be better to lead a project to interfere with SOL Technologies plots, than a researcher who may have been made into a scapegoat?
Now with that in mind, if Dr. Kogami and Revolver are actually related, then perhaps this would provide a more convincing leeway as to how Revolver may have communicated with Yuusaku and told him about the 3 Things Mantra. This would also mean Revolver may not actually been a victim of it, but a witness to the project (but this would make it hard for me to imagine why his father would bring him there unless his purpose was to give the children hope). Regardless, I expect a lot of angst from this, especially since Yuusaku is dead set on hunting down Revolver in order to attain more information in regards of the Lost Incident.
Next week we’re finally back to the real world, and we may get a bit more information about the seed being planted to end LINK VRAINS. I am curious to see what would happen should the Hanoi Knights succeed, and how this will affect Yuusaku’s investigation. If Yuusaku can’t investigation via LINK VRAINS network as Playmaker, he wouldn’t be able to effectively investigate undercover.