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Synopsis

Five years ago, a group of mysterious hackers calling themselves Hanoi Knights raided the Cyverse. In that siege, the rescue forces failed to protect Cyverse and got trapped by the Hanoi Knights. During the chaos, a mysterious AI appeared. Ignis, the mysterious sentient AI tried to stop the siege by severing the connection and hid Cyverse somewhere else inside the network system. Five years since the attack, Ignis have become a fugitive pursued by the Hanoi Knights who wanted to know the exact location of Cyverse. SOL Technologies, the company which created a virtual system called Link VRAINS also searched for Ignis for their own purposes. Link VRAINS is a virtual world system where duelists prove their might in a card game duel. Inside the Link VRAINS, there was a rumour spread about a mysterious duelist named Playmaker who always fought back the Hanoi Knights.

The search for Ignis and the whereabouts of Cyverse continued, with both the Hanoi Knights and SOL Technologies clashing with each other for their own purpose. One day, when SOL Technologies were doing a scan to look for Ignis, Den City’s Link VRAINS system was attacked by the Hanoi Knights. During the attack, an ordinary high school boy named Yusaku Fujiki tried to look for Ignis. He needed Ignis to know about the truth behind the tragedy that happened to him five years ago. Yusaku finally caught Ignis and entered the Link VRAINS to fight back the Hanoi Knights.

Comments

After the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the franchise continues with its’ sixth installment named Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. On each of its’ series, Yu-Gi-Oh! always have many new different things, not only the characters, but also the world, theme, and also the new rulings in the card game itself. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has a network and virtual world as its’ main theme. There are also some new rulings and gameplay in the card game introduced, the Link Monsters and Link Summonning.

The first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS heavily focused on the story. There are almost no scene about dueling and introduction to the card game like what they usually have in the first episode on the previous series. This first episode presents intense story with many actions. The main character in this series also looks interesting. Yusaku Fujiki have a very different characteristics compared to the protagonists in the two previous series.

With its’ technological and virtual world theme, the interesting character, intense story and also new gameplay, this series looks very promising and of course Yu-Gi-Oh! fans mustn’t miss this series. For new audience, it’s not too late to watch this series because usually at the beginning of the series, Yu-Gi-Oh! focuses on introducing the stories and the gameplay of its card game to the newcomers.

Facts and Figures

Alternative Title 遊☆戯☆王VRAINS
Source material Trading Card Game created by Kazuki Takahashi, published by Konami
Casts Chiharu Sawashiro as Naoki Shima
Daiki Hamano as Go Onizuka
Shoya Ishige as Yuusaku Fujiki/Playmaker
Shouma Yamamoto as Aki Zaizen
Shunsuke Takeuchi as Revolver
Subaru Kimura as Shoichi Kusanagi
Takahiro Sakurai as Ignis
Yuki Nakashima as Aoi Zaizen/Blue Angel
Yuna Kamakura as Ema Bessho
Director Masahiro Hosoda (Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods, Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun, Virgin Fleet)
Series composition Shin Yoshida (Gekito! Crush Gear Turbo, Sacred Seven, Zone of the Enders)
Character design Ken’ichi Hara (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)
Opening theme “With The Wind” oleh Hiroaki “TOMMY” Tominaga
Ending theme “Believe in Magic” oleh Ryouga
Studio GALLOP
Official site http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yugioh-vrains/
Twitter @yugioh_anime
Broadcast date 10 Mei 2017 (1825 JST/ 1625 WIB/ 0925 GMT)

Screenshots and Trailers

© Kazuki Takahashi – Studio Dice / Shueisha – TV Tokyo – NAS
© Kazuki Takahashi – Studio Dice / Shueisha – TV Tokyo – NAS
© Kazuki Takahashi – Studio Dice / Shueisha – TV Tokyo – NAS
© Kazuki Takahashi – Studio Dice / Shueisha – TV Tokyo – NAS

The Indonesian Anime Times | by Rafly Nugroho

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