In the city of Den City, thousands of duelists take part in a virtual reality space known as Link Vrains, where users can create unique avatars and participate in games of Duel Monsters with each other. As a mysterious hacker organisation known as the Knights of Hanoi threaten this world, a high-school student named Yusaku Fujiki battles against them under the guise of Playmaker.
One day, Yusaku encounters a peculiar artificial intelligence program, which he names Ai, who sets off a digital maelstrom in Link Vrains known as the Data Storm. As the appearance of this storm gives birth to Speed Duels, in which duelists surf the wind as they duel, Yusaku battles against Hanoi in order to uncover the truth concerning an incident that happened to him years ago.
#1: "Believe In Magic" by Ryoga (龍雅-Ryoga-) (eps 1-24) #2: "Writing Life" by Goodbye holiday (eps 25-46) #3: "BOY" by uchuu; (eps 47-70) #4: "Glory" by BAND-MAID (eps 71-95) #5: "Are you ready?" by Bis (eps 96-)
First impression of the VRAINS series is that the anime has a more mature theme much like the 5D's series, which in my opinion is a plus. So far the story is about the high school student Yuusaku who secretly works as a hacker fighting against the criminal hacking organisation "Knights of Hanoi" due to a yet unexplained background that involved these two. Duels are now carried out in a futuristic VR system called the VRAINS that allows players to manifest as an avatar inside the cyber realm.
The story so far is very well-paced and enjoyable - all the duels have had meaningful for the
story and all of them have been very exciting precisely for that very reason. I also think the show's brilliance lie in the very well-done introduction of the characters. The protagonist is very likeable character who is cool and serious but at the same time not emotionless and able to show his enjoyment in dueling (much like Yusei from 5D's). The rivals have all got a few episodes of introduction which covers why they are the way they are and what reason they have to duel and be part of the VRAINS community. And finally, the villains have been excellently antagonised early in the series by first hinting that they have a valid humane reason for their criminal activities, and then dissipating our sympathy by showing just how ruthless and inhumane they are in achieving their goals.
In the animation department, needless to say that since it's a Yu-Gi-Oh series, you can expect top-notch battle scenes that can probably be considered as another upgrade from the past series. As another plus, the music is also amazing (and I think the general concensus would agree with me on this one) that I don't actually skip both the opening and ending song in each episode, which is a pretty rare case for me.
TL:DR The show so far has been great - the story is very enjoyable and well-paced, and the characters are well-introduced and very relatable to the audience. Animation and duel scenes are amazing as usual, and the music choice is also one of my personal favourite this season. As a Yu-Gi-Oh fan I'm immensely enjoying the anime so far, as it seems to be another step-up from the past series.
*THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS SO BE CAREFUL.. BUT I WILL MINIMISE IT.. *
Spring 2017 season is already over. With the return of the phenomenal Attack On Titan, to the so called ''Trash'' anime Eromanga-sensei, the animes last spring season was quite alright with the shows it offers to us.. But I was not expecting of a return of one of the most famous childhood animes we've been watched, though on this date, almost no one doesn't remember or even care about this collection of animes. That's right. The YuGiOh! franchise... As a fan of the franchise (I still am), Ive watched almost all of
the series ever since I get to like it. Then comes the anime ''YuGiOh! VRAINS''... A very YuGiOh like anime that I bet focused on the ''heart of the cards'' things and of course... A card game. (I still dont know why I watch it). So here's a question.. ''Is this new YuGiOh! anime even worth it? What are the differences?'' We will all come to that.
The story of this anime VRAINS is very simple and yet it's a detailed one. Guy has a horrible past then after 10 years he becomes a terrorist/hacker invading the so called SAO of YuGiOh which is ''Link VRAINS'' to try and find out who was behind what happened to him and his friend. Simple.. But dark as well.. You see in the YuGiOh franchise, its mostly about gaining superpowers and partners (counterparts) like Yugi with his counterpart, Jaiden with his so called ''sharingan'' eyes, Yusei with his dragon mark, Yuma with his ''ghost'' partner and Yuuya with his 3 counterparts, are all... Common.. That's why VRAINS offers us ''Playmaker'' or Fujisaki Yuusaku where his only power.. Well.. Pure talent in dueling. He is indeed in fact a hacker but you can't hack on to someone's deck when dueling am I rite? The story is fast forward itself. No cliched duels and all. Straight to the point that is why VRAINS is very unique among all the other franchises (and its almost like SAO, though not the plot of SAO just the VR + Card games)
Simplicity as its finest. Its a good thing they still followed the same art style from the previous YuGiOh franchises because if they don't, well.. it will be ruined. Not only the character's art involves here but also how they represent VRAINS itself to be like a massive city of data. It's impressive.
A fair sound. For some reason when I hear the opening, the sound just cracks on some parts not only on the opening but some parts of the anime. Ive checked so many times if I have problem with my headphones and all but it was not the gadget's problem. Its the anime. Though I can proudly say that the sound tension when they duel is quite pleasing and impressive.
As I said earlier on the ''story'' part, the main character is very unique among all the other YuGiOh main characters/protagonists, but what lacks here is the development of other characters. Hacker will be a hacker, duel idol will be a duel idol. It was quite rigid though the MC's spotlight is important as well. Since this is still an airing anime, we might see lots of things about the character's traits and all so get ready!.
It's not only the duels that are enjoyable to this show (well almost any YuGiOh franchise out there), but its ending when the MC is on the verge of defeat gives you thrills then when the ending song starts, you are like ''Give me the next episode please!!''
Overall.. I rate this anime as a good old 7/10. With its sound being fair, to the MC being different than others and the story's uniqueness of blending the dueling with straight to the point fights.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is the newest entry to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series and it has become an amazing anime. The main aspect is dueling within the Cyberse World constructed with LINK VRAINS program where everyone customizes their avatars and duel while the primary plot follows the fate of the Cyberse World and the connection between humans and AI similar to a videogame setting. The beautiful design and development of the protagonist Yusaku Fujiki (Playmaker) give him an epic dark justice character that differentiates him from any previous Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist. The desings of the secondary characters is also really wonderful especially Takeru Homura (Soulburner), Skye Zaizen (Blue Angel)
and Emma Bessho (Ghost Girl) and exceeds the previous ones. Apart from the amazing characters VRAINS also has some of the best designed monsters to have ever appeared in the history of card games such as Cyberse Wizard (my personal favorite) and Trickstar Sweet Devil. Another strong aspect of VRAINS is the amazing opening music especially the first opening ''With the Wind'' is a masterpiece. The formation of the team and nakama bonding with such well made characters, the very interesting storyline with the AI and Cyberse World and the menacing antagonists in every arc along with the signtaure Decode Talker monster make the overall setting give a very satisfying feeling and it definately deserves its popularity within the Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
Yugioh VRAINS taps into the older Yugioh fan brilliantly, while creating a compelling and interesting story-line that always keeps the viewer guessing.
When I think of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" I always think back to the original manga, and first decade of the franchise, DM, GX, and 5Ds. I think after 5Ds the direction of the franchise became a lot more light hearted, at least for the beginnings of Zexal and Arc-V which I could never really get into. However, VRAINS brilliantly recaptures what made me fall in love with this franchise. While the show is dark and realistic, it is also funny at times which makes for a
really good balance. The anime has many complex characters so far, and there are countless amounts of mysteries in the storyline and character lines. So far, VRAINS has been the first Yugioh show to really hook me since Yugioh 5Ds, and I am on edge every episode waiting to see what new secrets and plot lines will be revealed! A must watch, especially for any old school Yugioh fan! You will appreciate the dark tones which made Yugioh, Yugioh.