Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 013

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Frog and Pigeon examine the information that Ghost Gal sold them.
Frog and Pigeon examine the information that Ghost Gal sold them.
Japanese name
RōmajiGekitō no Kiroku
TranslatedFierce Battle's Record
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Japanese OP"With The Wind"
Japanese ED"Believe In Magic"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Main Theme"
ScreenplayShin Yoshida
StoryboardMasahiro Hosoda
Animation directorYuko Ebara
Air dates
JapaneseAugust 9, 2017
EnglishOctober 13, 2018
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episodes (season 1)
Previous"Link the Circuit"
Next"An Invitation"

"Playback", known as "Battle Record" on Crunchyroll and as "Fierce Battle's Record" in the Japanese version, is the thirteenth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on August 9, 2017, became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day, and aired in Canada on October 13, 2018. This episode is a clip show.

After his fierce battle against Varis, Yusaku analyzes the information about Ignis together with Kolter. Meanwhile, Ghost Gal, the mysterious Duelist who witnessed Playmaker, receives an interview in LINK VRAINS. She starts talking about the Knights of Hanoi’s attacks, as well as Playmaker’s battles.


Emma visits Kolter's food stand. Kolter welcomes her and she orders some coffee and two hot dogs. Emma suspects Kolter is a fan of Celebrity Duelists, since he does have a stand here. Kolter confirms this, and comments that a lot of people are talking about Playmaker. Emma muses that he is the mysterious person that saved LINK VRAINS. She admits that she is a fan of his, and wants to battle him someday. Yusaku hears this conversation as he eats a sandwich. Emma confirms she is also a Duelist and leaves after accepting her order. (In the dub, they both have a conversation about how good a hot dog can be and whether it is a sandwich or not instead). Kolter is surprised to learn that Emma is a Duelist, noting that looks can be deceiving. Kolter yawns, and Yusaku notes that he didn't get much sleep. Kolter explains that he was awake all night deleting all the videos that people had posted about the battle Playmaker had. Yusaku promises to help him out.

Inside the stand, Yusaku claims that Ai was being annoying, so he left him back home since he needs to think. Kolter knows Yusaku is troubled by Varis's speech about AI with free will. Since Varis unleashed the attack on the Cyberse and even tried to search for Ai, Yusaku deduces that Varis destroyed Ai's world. He thinks that Ai, the Data Storm and the Knights of Hanoi are connected with each other. He wonders if seeking Varis out would provide more information about what happened to himself and Kolter's brother in the past. Kolter explains hat he hasn't found any free will in Ai, but Yusaku is concerned about what will happen next, now that AI have free will. Kolter thinks that Yusaku is overthinking things, claiming that if Ai has free will, he'll be sad to be back home alone. Ai, however, is flexing his muscles to impress Roboppi. Roboppi claps, while Ai comments on how cool he looks to "dumb" robots. Roboppi exclaims that is the forbidden word, but Ai promises when he is complete, he'll "start to do that", and promises to make Roboppi smarter, and they both start blushing.

In LINK VRAINS, Frog and Pigeon have arrived in an alley. They are nervous, because she is coming. Their contact approaches them, stating that she is quite a bit more charming than a gang meeting. Pigeon and Frog start panicking, as the person, Ghost Gal, is a treasure hunter travelling throughout LINK VRAINS. Ghost Gal gives the two a card, which extends into footage of the Duel between Varis and Playmaker. Pigeon notes that Varis is the leader of Knights of Hanoi - a cool villain. Frog taps the device to send their payment to Ghost Gal, who gives him another card, containing all of the footage of that Duel, plus her interview that addresses their questions. Ghost Gal bids them farewell and logs out, while the two go to work. The two head to their editing room inside LINK VRAINS, as Frog had someone persuaded to install it to make quick transmissions and edits. Pigeon wonders if Ghost Gal gave too high a fee, and Frog confirms that she did; they had to pay their future bonuses away as well to cover it. Pigeon panics, but Frog reassures him that they'll get a lot of money for selling this program, featuring Playmaker's videos.

Frog starts editing, (in the dub, the text in the title has been replaced with random question/exclamation marks, a render of Playmaker surrounded with a cyan aura, and ends with an explosion.) to make this a LINK VRAINS special about Playmaker. They note how Playmaker always appears when there is a Knight of Hanoi attack. They remember how Playmaker saved Blue Angel and confronted the Knight of Hanoi, betting Ai in the Duel. In addition, Ai released some data to create the Data Storm for the Speed Duel. While the Knight of Hanoi summoned "Cracking Dragon", Playmaker entered the Data Storm and used Storm Access, per Ai's proposal, to add a card to his Extra Deck. The card was "Decode Talker", which helped Playmaker win the Duel by destroying "Cracking Dragon". Frog and Pigeon continue going through the videos, and find Ghost Gal's interview.(in the dub, from this scene onwards, a the initial full-body of Ghost Gal sitting not moving and close-ups of her portrait have been reused to replace footage that includes her moving her legs in a seductive way to avoid sexual implications, also in the first footage, a media player is visually seen with Frog's voice.) Ghost Gal explains that she does not know Playmaker's identity, but she knows that Playmaker mentioned an incident about ten years ago, which she is currently investigating. She does know however, that he has an AI that decides LINK VRAINS' future, and this is why SOL Technologies are chasing him. Playmaker obtained Ai, and even swore to delete it if the Knight of Hanoi did not accept his Duel. Due to that, SOL Technologies contracted The Gore to take Playmaker down and obtain Ai. The two summoned their aces, which clashed with one another. Yet in the end, "Gouki The Great Ogre" was defeated, and The Gore lost. The next one sent was Blue Angel, who fought with "Trickstar Holly Angel". However, she started behaving strangely, and "Holly Angel" was defeated by Playmaker's newest ace, "Encode Talker".

Ghost Gal explains that Blue Angel was actually infected by a virus from the Knights of Hanoi, and was given a card to defeat Playmaker with. Due to a misunderstanding, Playmaker was captured by Ghost Gal, posing as Blue Angel. It wasn't long before Varis appeared in a flash of lightning. Like SOL Technologies, Varis also sought out Ai. Varis intimidated Zaizen and demanded him to let Varis Duel Playmaker, and if the latter won, Blue Angel's virus would be removed. Zaizen let Playmaker go, and was surprised that Playmaker went to face Varis to save Zaizen's sister. Playmaker stated he didn't hate anyone but the Knights of Hanoi. Varis soon set the scene and demonstrated his Skill, Storm Access. The monster Varis obtained was "Topologic Bomber Dragon". Playmaker had to use Storm Access in an attempt to defeat Varis, but Varis prevented him from summoning card's summon. "Topologic Bomber Dragon's" effect destroyed all monsters in Main Card Zones, which triggered the effect of Playmaker's "Capacitor Stalker", causing the Duel to end in a DRAW. Instead, Varis summoned a Data Storm, which took him and Playmaker inside. Pigeon panics how the Data Storm swallowed them, while the frog speeds the footage ahead.

Ghost Gal admits that she was unable to enter the Data Storm, but she states that she was lucky enough that a portal opened and she managed to get inside the Data Storm. She heard Varis talk about the Ignis, AI with free will inside LINK VRAINS. Playmaker refused to believe in that, thoug Varis didn't care if he did or not. He summoned "Borreload Dragon", and due to his "Fire Prison" card, Playmaker had no defenses left. "Borreload Dragon" made a direct attack, "Lightning Borrel Cannon", on Playmaker, inflicting 3000 damage. Playmaker remembered that he still had the new card he had obtained from the Data Storm, and called upon Ai. Playmaker swore he sensed his Cyberse monsters' presence, and he summoned "Firewall Dragon". "Fire Prison" was destroyed, and Ai returned to Playmaker. Playmaker swore to stop Varis, due to the incident 10 years ago, to regain the time he had lost and even to find the friend that had saved him. Varis recognized Playmaker as the one from that incident, who swore revenge on Knights of Hanoi to learn everything. Declaring "Tempest Terahertz", Playmaker had "Firewall Dragon" destroy "Borreload Dragon", thus defeating Varis. Before he left, Varis gave Playmaker the virus-removal program for Blue Angel, but swore the two would meet again, for their battle would continue as long as Playmaker had Ai by his side.

This is how LINK VRAINS was saved, by Playmaker's victory. Ghost Gal wonders what the Ignis are, what the Knights of Hanoi's plans are and what the incident 10 years ago that Playmaker mentioned was. She blows them a kiss, bidding them farewell until the next special interview. Pigeon is thrilled about this video, while Frog promises to make the next scoop. Seeing Kolter sleeping, Yusaku decides to go home. Before he does, he finds another video and deletes it. As Frog and Pigeon celebrate, they see their video is being deleted. The two panic and cry, seeing all of the footage has been lost.

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this episode. No cards debuted here.

In other languages[edit]

Language Title
Germany German Aufzeichnungen der hitzigen Schlacht
Italy Italian Playback
Brazil Portuguese Registro da Batalha
Mexico Spanish Registro de batalla