Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Episode 86
This week were were treated to what I thought was a fantastic episode. I was enjoying it so much, I was bummed out when it ended. Honestly, Spectre VS Lightning has to be my favourite match-up to date, simply because Spectre is so good at playing mind-games. As soon as he flipped the switch for his crazy persona, I excitedly thought to myself, “AHAHA HERE HE COMESSSS!”.
Without a doubt, the main reason why I was so excited about watching these two face off against each other was because they are both extremely adept at playing the mind games. Lightning decided to target Spectre first, since he is deemed as the “weakest” link of the team. But boy, while Lightning analyzed his deck, he certainly didn’t do himself any favours by neglecting to study Spectre’s character. While he may not be as manipulative as Lightning, he knows damn well how to get under one’s skin, and exploit their insecurities. He did just that by revealing Lightning possesses a secret about himself he hasn’t told anyone about. While Lightning tries to keep his composure, you can see his discomfort and irritation of Spectre’s probing, especially when he so eloquently says he has an affinity with Lightning, because among one of the many things he dislikes, is being told he is similar to someone he perceives as an inferior being. And he was certainly provoked even further when Spectre managed to rob him of his Judgment Arrows, so he could use it against him.
Another important point Spectre brought up that will certainly come back to haunt Lightning was the subject how with free-will, the Ignis are bound to experience their own strife among themselves. If that isn’t foreshadowing to what has been increasingly looking to become of Bohman and Lightning in the future, I don’t know what is.
Needless to say, given Spectre is Lightning’s first target, it’s seem clear regardless of how good of a fight he puts up, it looks like he is set to fall here, after-all, they can’t have Lightning fall just yet! But this also makes me concerned about who and how many will fall before Bohman is all set, so Lightning can officially launch his grand scheme. Spectre, I can understand why he’s the sacrificial lamb in this, but aside from Yuusaku, what about the remaining four? If I had to guess, Windy might go out of his way and pick a fight with Revolver first, since he wants to get revenge on him the most, but both Aoi and Takeru are both perceived as the next weakest link (my guess Aoi, unless Windy fears Aqua’s power so much, he’d rather avoid her). It would be interesting though if Ryoken and Spectre ends up being the only two to be picked off, especially since they are the Hanoi Knights, who Lightning pointed out, were the ones who instigated the war against Humanity in the first place.
Aside from the solemn tone behind the Mind Games, before the storm rolled in, they gave us a lot of reasons to laugh within the first half of the episode. In fact, it felt like the writer decided to make the most out of the classic villain mistakes and fears, while staying true to the Ignis/A.I.’s lack of comprehension of how the power of “bonds” actually work. What’s also funny about it, was how despite Lightning’s idea to separate them so he and Windy can pick them off by one by, just moments earlier, Yuusaku’s team had already planned to spread out in attempt to find him. Obviously the ideas wasn’t necessarily to fight him once they pinned down his location, but the risk of doing so are more or less the same.
And to make this scene an even bigger joke (in both a good and bad way) was when Lightning actually agreed to Windy’s idea of making them watch their friends fall, even if it means revealing their plan. Lightning has always been meticulously calculated with his plans, so it kind of felt out of character, but if he feels he can gain a lot from it, it is certainly something he would have done on his own anyways.
Finally, saving the best for last, my favourite scene of the entire episode was when the tense music faded out and Ai turned to Yuusaku like, “Did you just call me a part of yourself?” and was immediately shot down with “I did not.” and the music resumed, I can’t tell you how hard I laughed when that happened. I thought it was absolutely hysterical. Classic Ai and his comedic timing. Really, I have to hand it to the writer, the humour was on point today.
Looking forward to next week, but I’m going to be sad if Spectre does get defeated here because he even though he’s crazy, he is such an interesting character to watch when he duels!