Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 041
|English||Truth and Consequences|
|Japanese OP||"With The Wind"|
|Japanese ED||"Writing Life"|
|English OP & ED||"Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Main Theme"|
|Japanese||February 28, 2018|
|English||January 19, 2019|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episodes (season 1)|
|Previous||"Gore at War"|
"Truth and Consequences", known as "Deceitful Truth" in the Japanese version, is the forty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on February 28, 2018, and aired in Canada on January 19, 2019.
Varis and Playmaker face off as the Data Storm whirls around the Tower of Hanoi, which has just finished constructing its fourth ring. Playmaker states that he won't let Varis have his way anymore, and Varis suggests that they settle this in a Duel in that case. He tells Playmaker to follow him (in the dub, he claims that only one of them will be left standing, and it won't be Playmaker), leaping into the air and onto his Duel Board. before riding off. Playmaker does likewise, and they spiral into the air, climbing higher and higher past the Tower of Hanoi until they reach the core and the currently constructing fifth ring. They weave into the debris field of data, orbiting the core as they ride the wind. Frog and Pigeon follow them, but flying debris blackens Frog's cheek and rips off his tail, much to his horror, leaving a wound of magenta data. Pigeon asks if he's okay (in the dub, he asks if he's sure Frog isn't a salamander), and Frog pats his swollen cheek with tears in his eyes before claiming that the pain is nothing compared to the regret of failing to broadcast The Gore's Duel to the end. Pigeon points out that his tail's already healed, much to Frog's surprise, though he's pleased that it has and he was worried he'd have to pay a lot of money to fix it. Pigeon gasps, and he points with one wing while keeping them aloft with the other, telling his boss to look over there. Frog asks what it is and he sees Playmaker and Varis moving through the debris field in front of them. Pigeon's camera zooms in as he cries that it's Playmaker and Varis, and Frog asks if they're going to Speed Duel there, calling it crazy. In Café Nom, Kolter asks why they aren't broadcasting and asks if there are complications, but then the feed comes back on with Pigeon's footage, showing the core of the Tower. Kolter recognizes Yusaku and Varis (in the dub, he adds that Gore must have lost his Duel, so Yusaku is the last Duelist left), and he wonders if this will be the final Duel, ten years after the Incident? Since Dr. Kogami is dead, only Varis knows the truth about what happened ten years ago. He remembers Jin, and urges Yusaku to beat Varis and find out what happened for his brother's sake (in the dub, Kogami is not mentioned, but Varis is still stated to be the only one who could know how to save Jin, and Kolter also urges Yusaku to win to save LINK VRAINS).
As Playmaker weaves through the debris, Ai hangs onto his Deck, asking if Playmaker is really going to Duel here. Having many lives wouldn't be enough. Playmaker catches up to Varis, stating that Varis said he only had one goal; to kill the Ignis. So he's destroying the network and plunging the world into chaos, does he need to do this just to kill the Ignis? Varis retorts that this wouldn't have happened if Playmaker had simply given him the Ignis, and he tells Ai that he will kill him, much to Ai's terror. (In the dub, Playmaker claims that he knew Varis was evil, but never thought him insane; does he really think the answer is to destroy the network world? Varis states that the Ignis would do far worse, and asks if it would be worse if the network world or the real world were destroyed; Ai nonchalantly comments that it seems like an easy choice to make, and Varis snaps "Oh, is it?" prompting Ai to scream that he was kidding in fear.) Frog and Pigeon film from outside the debris ring; Pigeon explains that it's too dangerous for them to go any further, and while they can't hear the Duel, they can still film it. Frog isn't happy, but he states that no audio is fine as long as they get the footage. Pigeon affirms that he will, and Frog declares that they need to broadcast the Duel to everyone, as it will be an historic Duel that people will talk about forever (in the dub, Frog tells Pigeon off for doubting he can keep the Duel in frame, and warns him that he'd better if he wants his hazard pay. Pigeon asks if they really get hazard pay, and Frog admits they don't). In the debris ring, Playmaker states that it's Varis's fault that so many Duelists have fallen, and Playmaker promises to defeat him with his own hands. Varis tells him to go ahead and try; Playmaker will also become a victim (in the dub, Playmaker states that he used to Duel only for himself, but now he's also Dueling for Gore an Blue Angel; Varis retorts that he's Dueling for all the Knights of Hanoi). They fly apart and then closer towards one another, and both call "Speed Duel!"
Playmaker states that he'll go first. Ai excitedly asks if Playmaker will get the ball riding, and he praises Playmaker's motivation. Playmaker draws his hand and studies it (as does Ai, who praises it in the dub), then he Summons "Stack Reviver". Since he Summoned a Cyberse monster, he then Special Summons "Boot Staggered" from his hand, and then since he controls a Cyberse monster, he also Special Summons "Backup Secretary". Ai cheers and suggests that they do this, and Playmaker chants "Appear! The circuit that leads to the future!" Authorizing the Link Arrows, he declares that the Summoning conditions are at least two Effect Monsters, setting "Backup Secretary", "Stack Reviver" and "Boot Staggered" in the Link Arrows to Link Summon the Link-3 "Decode Talker". Ai cheers that Playmaker already brought out "Decode Talker", but Varis simply smiles. Playmaker explains that when "Stack Reviver" is used to Link Summon, he can Special Summon another Level 4 or lower Cyberse monster from his Graveyard that was also used to Link Summon. He revives "Backup Secretary" in Defense Position, and then adds that "Decode Talker" gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to, powering up to 2800 ATK with "Power Integration". Two pieces of debris collide above them, and Ai warns Playmaker, who manages to dodge the fragments. Pigeon gasps that they're able to Duel while avoiding the debris. Frog's muffled voices comments that Pigeon isn't, and Pigeon looks down to see Frog's Avatar covered in bumps and bruises, causing him to screech in horror. Frog states that unlike Pigeon, Playmaker has good reflexes. Ai crows that when their minds are one, Varis is no match for them, right? Playmaker closes his eyes and huffs, then he Sets a card and ends his turn. Ai comments that this is going well, and he adopts a fighting stance, telling Playmaker to beat up Varis as he punches the air.
Varis comments on Ai's arrogance in disgust (in the dub, Ai tells him to bring out his best monsters to he can knock them down, and Varis replies that believe them, he will), and he falls back beside Playmaker, asking if he knows why that Ignis is running from the Knights of Hanoi. A snaps that it's because he prefers to live (not be deleted in the dub) of course, but Playmaker ignores him and he states that by the time he'd captured the Ignis, it had already lost most of its memories. Varis asks if it said that it didn't remember anything, and he comments that the Ignis are programmed by Dr. Kogami's special algorithm, and it seems that Playmaker couldn't decipher it, so he believed what the Ignis told him (in the dub, he makes no mention of Kogami, instead explaining that he tried to capture the Ignis and obviously failed, given its presence). However, in the data they retrieved from that Ignis, nothing was related to its memories, which means they're still inside that Ignis. Playmaker gasps in surprise, and he looks at the sheepish Ai. Varis states that the Ignis's control ID is IGN006 (in the dub, he states that this is why Ai lied to him), an Artificial Intelligence that was modeled after the sixth test subject - in other words, that A.I. was modeled after Playmaker.
Playmaker gasps in shock and asks "What?!" Varis explains that while the six kidnapped children were forced to Duel in VR, behind the scenes, those Duels were used to create six A.I. with free will. That was the true goal of the Lost Incident, and that Ignis was created by observing and analyzing Playmaker (in the dub, the origins of the Ignis themselves are more ambiguous; it is not stated that they were created from the Duels, and Varis also taunts Playmaker over the Ignis's lack of interference). Ai can only continue to vocally wince (in the dub, he asks if it's getting hot in here, tying to explain away his sweating), and Varis notes that the Ignis were supposed to save humanity, but they grew quicker than humans could imagine. They created the Cyberse, the world of the Ignis. Playmaker asks "Cyberse World?" and Varis explains that Ai hid the Cyberse somewhere in the network in order to protect its kin.
Varis states that what important is that instead of telling him the truth, that Ignis pretended to have lost his memories and kept misleading him. If an A.I. has evolved to the point it is able to lie, that's a terrifying threat to humanity. That's why the Hanoi are trying to destroy the Ignis. He asks if Playmaker is going to continue to trust that A.I (in the dub he states that no human should be foolish enough to trust an Ignis, and tells Playmaker not to be that fool and to destroy the Ignis). Playmaker looks down at Ai, who emerges from his Duel Disk and sheepishly asks him not to get the wrong idea and begs Playmaker to listen. He remembers running from "Cracking Dragon" and Number 10, and Yusaku saving him, then taking him hostage (the shots of "Cracking Dragon" deleting accounts is cut from the dub). Ai states that of course he realized that Yusaku was the same kid, but Ai was focused on escaping and he didn't trust anyone, so he didn't know if he could trust Playmaker either (in the dub, he also feared that Yusaku had since gone bad, or that he might hold a grudge against him). Varis asks if Ai is going to keep lying, and Ai slumps sadly (in the dub, he points out that Ai deceived his friend, and Ai is unable to refute that). But Playmaker states that there's nothing between him and Ai (in the dub, he asks whoever said he was Ai's friend). Varis is surprised, and Ai protests, asking what will happen to their strong friendship. Playmaker replies that he never thought of Ai as a friend, and never felt friendship with him. Ai sweatdrops as he cringes away from Playmaker, asking him why he's keeping him in that case. Playmaker states that Ai his just a hostage, and Ai morosely agrees (in the dub, Ai begs "Not like this!" and Playmaker states that his best option is to stay silent, even if he's incapable of doing so. Ai states that his lips are sealed, and Playmaker points out that the very act of saying that means that they aren't, prompting Ai to tearfully agree). Playmaker looks up and tells Varis that he doesn't care about this A.I., this battle is between Playmaker and Varis, and he suggests that they continue the Duel. Varis smirks, and he agrees; he'll defeat Playmaker and destroy that Ignis (At this point, the dialogue in the Japanese version repeats itself, but with the Data Storm having intensified around them, in the dub, Playmaker tells Varis that he's committed countless crimes, but this one outdoes them all. Varis tells Playmaker that he should be more worried about himself than LINK VRAINS).
Sunk deep in Playmaker's Duel Disk, Ai sweatdrops, before seeing another massive piece of debris coming towards them and warning them to look out (in the dub, he initially agrees with Varis's statement before warning them). Both Playmaker and Varis deftly dodge the fragment, and Varis declares his turn and draws. He's drawn "Mirror Force", and he smiles, commenting that destiny is telling him to crush Playmaker without mercy. He Summons "Spin-Headed Behemoth" from his hand, and then Sets a card to end his turn. Ai muses that they have "Decode Talker" with 2800 ATK, but Varis Summoned an 800 ATK monster in Attack Position. He muses on Varis's Set card, commenting that it's clearly suspicious, and Playmaker tells him to be quiet (in the dub, Ai notes that the Trap is so obvious that it might not be one, and Playmaker suggests that he shut his own trap). Ai sinks into Playmaker's Duel Disk, reluctantly agreeing, but then he sees two more debris fragments crash together above them. He briefly holds his tongue, but eventually warns Playmaker about the fragments, and Playmaker barely dodges them, a fragment cutting his Avatar's cheek open to reveal a wound of magenta data, which quickly heals. Kolter tells Yusaku to be careful, even a tiny fragment will kill him if it strikes him in the wrong place.
Playmaker declares his turn and draws, then he Summons "Fault Tolerlancer". He activates its effect, switching itself to Defense Position. Ai peeks out of Playmaker's Duel Disk, surprised that "Fault Tolerlancer" is in Defense Position, but Playmaker is glaring at Varis and his Set card. He remembers Ghost Gal's final words, warning them of a terrifying card that Varis held before she was absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, and then remembers Varis using that card, "Mirror Force" to destroy The Gore's "Gouki" Link Monsters. He thinks that due to the sacrifices of Ghost Gal and The Gore, he learned that Varis has "Mirror Force" (in the dub, he also thinks that he won't make that same mistake), and he explains to him that as long as "Fault Tolerlancer" is in Defense Position, his Attack Position monsters can't be destroyed by card effects. Ai cries that this means that "Decode Talker" won't be destroyed, but sinks hesitantly back into Playmaker's Duel Disk. Playmaker declares battle, and "Decode Talker" attacks. Varis comments that he sees as "Decode Talker" attacks "Spin-Headed Behemoth" with "Decode Destruction". Varis states that as he wishes, he will show it to Playmaker, telling him to kneel before the noble power of Hanoi. He activates the Trap Card, "Mirror Force", and the intense blue light begins to glow. Pigeon backs away and Frog asks what the light is. Kolter recognizes the light and he gasps that it can't be (in the dub, he protests that the Trap won't work), and Playmaker states that he knew it was "Mirror Force". Ai carefully peeks out, asking why Varis is activating it when he knows it won't work (in the dub, Playmaker wonders why Varis still played the Trap, and AI yelps that he doesn't know, but he thinks they're about to find out).
Varis then activates the effect of "Spin-Headed Behemoth" since it was targeted for an attack, switching all Defense Position monsters Playmaker controls to Attack Position. "Spin-Headed Behemoth" opens both beaks and releases purple sounds waves, causing "Backup Secretary" and "Fault Tolerlancer" to rise from their crouching positions as they change battle positions. Playmaker gasps in shock, and Varis asks in amusement if Playmaker thought that was enough to stop it. Due to the effect of "Mirror Force", all of Playmaker's Attack Position monsters are destroyed, and "Mirror Force" blasts out a beam of blue energy that destroys "Decode Talker", "Backup Secretary" and "Fault Tolerlancer". Playmaker and Ai are blown back, Ai commenting on the destructive power of "Mirror Force". Then since a card effect destroyed a monster on the field, Varis Special Summons "Overflow Dragon" from his hand, and since the effect destroyed at least two cards, the effect of "Overflow Dragon" also Special Summons an "Overflow Token", which forms out of fire. Ai screams that he can't stay quiet and he doesn't care if Playmaker trusts him or not; if Playmaker loses, Ai is dead too. Playmaker ends his turn, causing Ai to face-fall (in the dub, Ai cries that he's got a strategy, but Playmaker has to believe in him. Playmaker promptly ends his turn upon hearing that. Kolter comments that Varis has three monsters on the field, so his next monster will be at least Link-3.
Varis declares his turn and draws, looks at the card, and then chants "Appear! The future circuit that lights up my path!" Authorizing the Link Arrows, he explains that the Summoning conditions are at least two Dragon monsters, and he sets "Overflow Dragon", the "Overflow Token" and "Spin-Headed Behemoth" in the Link Arrows to Link Summon the Link-3 "Flash Charge Dragon", who appears with 2300 ATK. Ai gasps that it's another dangerous-looking dragon. Varis then Summons "Blast Powder Dragon" from his hand and activates its effect, increasing the ATK of "Flash Charge Dragon" by 800 until the end of the turn, to 3100. Varis then orders "Flash Charge Dragon" to attack Playmaker directly, and "Flash Charge Dragon" levels three of its cannons at them, causing Playmaker to grit his teeth and Ai to scream in fear as energy builds in the cannon-barrels. Varis orders "Blasting Cannon Bombardment", and "Flash Charge Dragon" unleashes a triple blast, violently rocking Playmaker as debris nicks him in the right shoulder and hip, reducing him to 900 LP. Playmaker falls to his knees on his Duel Board, clutching his wounds in pain as Ai asks in horror if he's all right. Kolter stands up and cries Yusaku's name, and as Playmaker gets to his feet and his wounds regenerate, Ai reassures him that "Blast Powder Dragon" only has 800 ATK, so even if it attacks Playmaker will still have 100 LP left. But Varis warns them not to underestimate him (in the dub he asks if they're sure, and he tells them that they aren't getting another turn); when a monster that was powered-up by "Blast Powder Dragon" inflicts battle damage, "Blast Powder Dragon" gains 800 ATK, rising to 1600. Ai yelps that they'll be out of LP if they take this attack, and he screams that this is bad (in the dub, he protests that 1600 ATK is more than 900 LP and screams "Stupid math!"). Playmaker takes a nick to the other shoulder and grabs it in pain as Varis tells him that this is the end (in the dub, he adds that no calculation will save them), and "Blast Powder Dragon" attacks them directly, powering up from its capsules and them breathing a spurt of flames at Playmaker.
Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Varis
The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel.
Turn 1: Playmaker
Playmaker Normal Summons "Stack Reviver" (100/600). As a Cyberse monster was Normal Summoned to Playmaker's field, he activates the effect of "Boot Staggered" to Special Summon it from his hand in Attack Position (2300/???). As he controls a Cyberse monster, Playmaker Special Summons "Backup Secretary" from his hand by its own effect (1200/800). Playmaker uses "Backup Secretary", "Stack Reviver" and "Boot Staggered" to Link Summon "Decode Talker" (2300/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Stack Reviver" was used as a Link Material for a Link Summon, Playmaker activates its effect to Special Summon another Level 4 or lower Cyberse monster that was used as a Link Material for that same Link Summon in Defense Position. He Special Summons "Backup Secretary" to the zone the bottom-left Link Arrow of "Decode Talker" points to. "Decode Talker" gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to ("Decode Talker": 2300 → 2800 ATK). Playmaker Sets a card.
Turn 3: Playmaker
Playmaker Normal Summons "Fault Tolerlancer" (1000/1200). Playmaker activates the effect of "Fault Tolerlancer" to change it to Defense Position. While "Fault Tolerlancer" is in Defense Position, Attack Position monsters Playmaker controls cannot be destroyed by card effects. "Decode Talker" attacks "Spin-Headed Behemoth". As Playmaker's monster is attacking, Varis activates his face-down Trap Card "Mirror Force" to destroy all Attack Position monsters Playmaker controls, and as "Spin-Headed Behemoth" battled, Varis activates its effect to change Playmaker's Defense Position monsters to Attack Position. The effect of "Spin-Headed Behemoth" resolves, changing "Fault Tolerlancer" and "Backup Secretary" to Attack Position, then "Mirror Force" resolves, destroying "Decode Talker", "Fault Tolerlancer" and "Backup Secretary". As a monster on the field was destroyed by a card effect, Varis activates the effect of "Overflow Dragon" in his hand to Special Summon it from his hand in Defense Position (???/0), then as two or more cards were destroyed, the effect of "Overflow Dragon" also Special Summons an "Overflow Token" (???/0).
Turn 4: Varis
Varis uses "Overflow Dragon", the "Overflow Token" and "Spin-Headed Behemoth" to Link Summon "Flash Charge Dragon" (2300/↖↑↗) to the Extra Monster Zone. Varis Normal Summons "Blast Powder Dragon" (800/???). As "Blast Powder Dragon" was Normal Summoned, Varis activates its effect, increasing the ATK of a monster he controls by 800 until the end of this turn, then if that monster inflicts battle damage to Playmaker, "Blast Powder Dragon" gains 800 ATK. He targets "Flash Charge Dragon" ("Flash Charge Dragon": 2300 → 3100 ATK). "Flash Charge Dragon" attacks Playmaker directly (Playmaker: 4000 → 900 LP). As "Flash Charge Dragon" inflicted battle damage to Playmaker, the effect of "Blast Powder Dragon" increase its ATK by 800 ("Blast Powder Dragon": 800 → 1600 ATK). "Blast Powder Dragon" attacks Playmaker directly.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
Differences in adaptations
- Virtual wounds and "blood" have been recolored to purple in the dub.
- Most mentions of Dr. Kogami in this episode have been removed from the dub.
- In the dub, Playmaker is overall more heroic and less harsh in this episode. He openly declares that he is also fighting for Blue Angel and The Gore, rather than being entirely focused on his vendetta with Varis, and his claim that Ai isn't his friend is specifically directed at Varis rather than Ai himself and made more ambiguous; however he still remains angry with Ai, and orders him to be silent.
- This is the first episode in the Japanese version to refer to the Cyberse as the Cyberse World.
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