AI~!!!!! We lost three characters today, in effort to destroy the Neuron Link for once and for all. Unfortunately for the Hacking Team, Bohman noticed something was amiss and caught them trying to tamper with his system. Upon realizing that, he wasted no time of going after Akira and Emma, and took them both out, but they were able to set their bomb off on time. While they were able to successfully split the origin and mirror world of Link VRAINS and SOL Technology were able to use that small window of time to log the remaining “active” users out of the network, their success was short-lived, as Bohman was able to quickly restore it.
Since Ai recognized that the Neuron Link is their biggest threat that could lead to their defeat, he decides he will try taking it out by sacrificing himself, only for Bohman to resort to an alternative source (Link VRAINS itself) to enable his skill. And seeing Bohman do that and make Ai’s sacrifice’s seemingly all for naught is super frustrating and heartbreaking to say the least. However, while it looks like Ai is gone, if I had to make a guess how he will likely end up contributing to the fight, he will be to enable Yuusaku to potentially use Master Storm Access as well. And if we really want to go down the poetically cheesy power-of-bonds path, then Yuusaku may be able to access it through his comrades who have fallen in battle. I also believe there is also a good chance that Ai will be the key to enable them to just do that since he was able to cast himself into the Neuron Link. Remember Ai is actually a lot smarter than he looks, so I am sure he has a whole stunt planned, not to mention, he loves to be dramatic. Just watch the guy make a smug return to rub in Bohman’s face, it would be so satisfying to watch.
At the same time, Ai choosing to put himself out there by sacrificing himself shows how much he has grown. He used to be so selfish, only looking out for himself, and didn’t care too much about Humans and others. But after everything he and Yuusaku have been through, they have formed a special bond between them, and is willing to do whatever it takes to defeat Bohman who seeks to reign all. Seriously, we need to appreciate Ai’s and Yuusaku’s character development.
Overall this episode had a me internally screaming, “WTF” almost every two seconds, especially with how Bohman is so overpowered. Despite everyone’s efforts, the guy keeps on regaining control of the battle, and has knocked Yuusaku down to 100 LP, which he had only been able to shave him down to 2500 LP. But with next week looking to draw the conclusion of the battle, hopefully we will be seeing Yuusaku make the full reversal and pummel Bohman because somebody gotta knock that guy off his high horse. FINISH HIM YUUSAKU!!!!!!!
Oh Pigeon and Frog fell too, but eh, I don’t really count them. I’m just glad we will probably be spared from their commentary for the next episode. They have become quite aggravating to listen to.
Until next week!