Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 051

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"Bounty Hunting"
Incensed by the press' questions, Gore orders them out of his warehouse.
Incensed by the press' questions, Gore orders them out of his warehouse.
EnglishBounty Hunting
Japanese name
RōmajiKarisuma o Suteta Otoko
TranslatedMan Who Gave Up Charisma
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Japanese OP"go forward"
Japanese ED"BOY"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Main Theme"
ScreenplayAtsushi Maekawa
DirectorKimiharu Muto
StoryboardMasahiro Takada
Animation directorYuya Kawamura
Air dates
JapaneseMay 9, 2018
EnglishOctober 6, 2019
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episodes (season 2)
Previous"A Common Cause"
Next"Tapping Out"

"Bounty Hunting", known as "Man Who Gave Up Charisma" in the Japanese version, is the fifty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on May 9, 2018, and aired in Canada on October 6, 2019.

The Gore, who is now working as a bounty hunter for SOL Technologies, manages to find Playmaker and Ai. The Gore then attempts to Duel Playmaker. However, Soulburner then blocks The Gore's path. In order to protect Playmaker, he challenges Gore to a Duel.


Gore, Kenchi, and Yozaka close in on Playmaker and Soulburner.

Playmaker and Soulburner fly deeper into the Restricted Area with The Gore and his two other bounty hunters following them. Ai cries that it's The Gore, and he asks if he got a job with SOL Technologies. At SOL Technologies, an employee tells Zaizen that The Gore's team has found Playmaker, and Zaizen recognizes Soulburner from his Duel with BitBoot. Gore declares that he's happy Playmaker finally came back to LINK VRAINS, and Ai turns up his head and scoffs that he's disappointed (in the dub, Gore's chance in appearance confused Ai until he started speaking, and he agrees that it's Gore). Gore orders Kenchi and Yozaka to surround Playmaker from both sides and not let him escape, and they both call "Roger!" and accelerate forwards. Gore challenges Playmaker to a Duel, declaring that they'll settle things today. Ai asks Playmaker if they should Duel him, but Playmaker states that they don't have time for that and suggests they shake the hunters off. Ai waves goodbye to Gore, but Gore furiously yells that he won't let Playmaker escape and accelerates forwards, slamming his Duel Board into Playmaker's and knocking him off balance. Ai yells at Gore that that was dangerous, but Gore ignores him and orders Kenchi and Yozaka to stay with them (in the dub, he tells them to stop running if they want him to stop bumping them), and the other two hunters catch up with them again. Zaizen orders his staff to set a trap and not let Playmaker escape. Soulburner observes that they're not giving up, and Flame comments that the hunters are as determined as they are (in the dub, Flame declares that the hunters aren't fast enough to catch them).

Playmaker and Soulburner evade SOL Technologies' traps.

Then they see a distortion ahead of them, and it releases several globes of light that hurtle towards them. Flame warns them to be careful; it's a trap, and Soulburner asks Playmaker what they should do. Playmaker tells them to keep going, and Ai incredulously asks if he's serious (in the dub he repeatedly yelps "Ohnonononono!"). Playmaker and Soulburner weave and brake through the energy globes, but Kenchi and Yozaka aren't so lucky and they're both sent flying. Hayami tells Zaizen that they have information on the other Duelist; the account name is Soulburner. Zaizen repeats the name, and thinks to himself that this Duelist with an Ignis showed up when the Knights of Hanoi were defeated, and he wonders what the Duelists with Ignis are trying to do. Is something about to happen in LINK VRAINS again? He orders the trap to be removed, but to continue observing them, and his staff quickly comply. The energy globes dissipate, and Ai cheers that that was easy. Flame points out that he didn't do anything (much to Ai's chagrin) and Soulburner comments that it's too early to feel safe; since the traps are gone it's easier for the hunters to chase them. Sure enough, Gore is incoming, and Ai comments that Gore is fired up. Soulburner asks if Playmaker will let him handle this, much to Playmaker's surprise. Soulburner explains that the match between Playmaker and The Gore is an appealing one for him (in the dub, he points out that's what friends do), but he doesn't want them to fight each other because they're both heroes that fought for LINK VRAINS. Playmaker is surprised, but leaves the matter to Soulburner. Flame wishes them luck, and Ai does as well, and an unimpressed Flame states that he wasn't talking to Ai. The unimpressed Ai calls Flame so annoying. (In the dub, Flame reassures them that Soulburner has him, and Ai asks how that's a positive; Flame replies that it's because he isn't Ai, prompting Ai to comment "How dare you".)

Soulburner challenges The Gore to a Duel.

Soulburner wheels around and heads towards The Gore, enthusiastically introducing himself (in the dub, he calls himself a big fan). He swings around behind Gore, who angrily asks who he is and tells him not to interfere. Soulburner politely addresses Gore as "senpai" and asks him to calm down, much to Gore's surprise. He asks Gore if he would please Duel him before Playmaker. Gore tells him to stop joking and that he has no time to play with him, and Soulburner grins and holds up his Duel Disk, stating that he has one too (in the dub, Gore calls him a shrub and states that he's only after the Ignis, and the sheltered Soulburner is confused by the term, but shows off Flame). Flame emerges from the Duel Disk, telling Gore that it's nice to meet him (in the dub he claims to be superior to Ai). Gore is shocked to see an Ignis, and he realizes who Soulburner is. He remembers Zaizen asking him to wait behind before he logged in, and asked in turn what Zaizen wanted. Zaizen apologized, stating that he'd forgotten to ask Gore the most important question. Gore dismissed Yozaka and Kenchi, and he impatiently asked Zaizen what his question was. Zaizen asked why Gore applied to become a bounty hunter for the company and threw away his reputation as a Celebrity Duelist (in the dub, he outright states that bounty hunting isn't for Gore and they both know that). Gore dismissively states that it was so he could be himself. He couldn't get back his pride until he defeated him. Zaizen noted that Gore meant Playmaker, and Gore confirmed his suspicions; he applied to be a bounty hunter because he heard that SOL Technologies were after Playmaker. Zaizen stated that he saw, and he told Gore that he'd tell him the secret to Playmaker's power, surprising Gore (in the dub, Zaizen asks if Gore's resolve can really match Playmaker's, given that Playmaker survived the Lost Incident). Back in LINK VRAINS, Gore notes that Soulburner is also a victim of the Lost Incident, and Soulburner confirms that he is. He asks if Gore feels like Dueling him now that he knows, and Gore warns Soulburner that he has no right to call him "senpai", but his duty as a bounty hunter is to capture those who have the Ignis. He agrees to take Soulburner on, and Soulburner clenches his fist in excitement, introducing himself once again. Flame introduces himself as the FIRE Ignis, and states his name (in the dub, Soulburner again expresses excitement over Dueling his hero, and Flame emphasizes that Gore is Soulburner's hero and not Flame and that he'd prefer not to be captured). Gore warns them that he never shows mercy and that they may regret their decision. Soulburner tells him to bring it on, and they accelerate forwards and declare "Speed Duel!"

Instead of a "Gouki" monster, Gore Summons "Dinowrestler Capoeiraptor".

Gore takes the first turn, and Soulburner eagerly asks Flame what The Gore will do. Flame thinks for a bit, and then points out that given his name, The Gore (GO Onizuka in the Japanese version) will likely "go go" and attack. He asks what Soulburner thinks, but Soulburner isn't impressed by Flame's joke (in the dub, Flame responds sarcastically to Soulburner's enthusiasm and explains his sarcasm to Soulburner, much to Soulburner's dismay). Flame notes that Soulburner hated that one and decides to be serious, explaining that according to The Gore's Dueling history, his Dueling continually evolves, so it's hard to estimate at this point, and he warns Soulburner to be on his guard. Gore then activates his Skill, "Dinowrestle Revolution", and his visor glows red as he explains that it allows him to activate the Field Spell Card "World Dino Wrestling" from his Deck. He explains that it will increase the ATK of a "Dinowrestler" monster by 200 when it attacks Soulburner's monster. Flame is shocked that Gore already activated a Skill, and Soulburner admits that he didn't expect that (in the dub, Soulburner notes that it is a new Skill). Gore smiles and then Summons "Dinowrestler Capoeiraptor" from his hand. The "Dinowrestler" surprises Soulburner, and he realizes that Gore isn't using his "Gouki" Deck anymore. Flame muses that Gore's evolved a lot and that it's impossible to predict this Duel. Soulburner thinks that Gore already surpassed their expectations and he grins, thinking that The Gore is impressive. Gore continues by activating the Continuous Spell Card "Dinomuscle" from his hand, explaining that the "Dinowrestler" on his field will gain 400 ATK. "Capoeiraptor" powers up to 2200 ATK, and Gore ends his turn. He grins, telling Soulburner to show him his strength, and Soulburner replies that he won't hold back.

Soulburner Link Summons "Salamangreat Heatleo".

He declares his turn and draws, then sends "Salamangreat Falco" from his hand to the Graveyard to Special Summon "Salamangreat Meer" from his hand. Then he activates the effect of "Salamangreat Falco" from his Graveyard, returning "Meer" to his hand to Special Summon it, and then activating the effect of "Meer" since it was added to his hand other than by his normal draw, Special Summoning it again. Next he Normal Summons "Salamangreat Jack Jaguar", and Gore realizes what Soulburner is going to do now that he has three monsters. Soulburner chants "Appear! The circuit that changes the future!" and he declares that the Summoning conditions are at least two FIRE Effect Monsters, setting "Salamangreat Falco", "Meer" and "Jack Jaguar" in the Link Arrows to link the circuit, Link Summoning the Link-3 "Salamangreat Heatleo". Gore muses that he sees; this is Soulburner's ace monster. They move down into a canal on the surface of the lowest level of the Restricted Area, and Soulburner notes that the ATK of "Capoeiraptor" will increase to 2400 next turn, so they must destroy it this turn. Flame agrees, and Soulburner activates the effect of "Heatleo" as it was Link Summoned, allowing him to return a card in Gore's Spell & Trap Zone to his Deck. He returns "Dinomuscle", and "Heatleo" breathes a plume of flame at the Spell, causing it to explodes into red particles. Gore frowns as his A.I. declares that the effect of "Dinomuscle" ends, and the ATK of "Capoeiraptor" returns to normal, falling back to 1800. Soulburner celebrates and declares that he's coming, and he activates the effect of "Jack Jaguar" from his Graveyard since "Heatleo" was Link Summoned, returning a different "Salamangreat" monster from his Graveyard to his Deck to Special Summon it to a zone that "Heatleo" points to. He returns "Salamangreat Heatleo", then Special Summons "Jack Jaguar" and Sets a card. Then he declares battle, and "Heatleo" attacks "Capoeiraptor" with "Blazing Blast". Gore reveals that while "Capoeiraptor" is in Attack Position, it can't be destroyed by battle, much to Soulburner and Flame's shock. Soulburner warns Gore that he'll still take the damage, and Gore's LP falls to 3500. He explains that "Capoeiraptor" will also switch into Defense Position, and "Capoeiraptor" takes up a defensive stance, with 0 DEF. Flame muses that he sees and he calls "Capoeiraptor" an interesting card. Soulburner eagerly points out that they still have "Jack Jaguar", which can deal piercing battle damage, and he orders it to attack.

Gore tells him that it's too bad; the effect of his Field Spell "World Dino Wrestling" prevents either player from attacking more than once during the Battle Phase while a "Dinowrestler" is on the field. Soulburner is shocked, and Flame notes that this means he can't attack (in the dub, he repeats Gore's statement to the shocked Soulburner and asks if he wasn't listening). But then Soulburner bursts out laughing, telling Gore that he's truly incredible, and Gore asks Soulburner what he's trying to say. Soulburner replies that Gore's Dueling skills are impressive, but he's really happy that he's able to Duel him. Gore turns away, and Soulburner ends his turn (in the dub, Soulburner keeps geeking out over Dueling Gore).

Gore abandoning his career.

Gore remembers being interviewed at his warehouse, where a reporter asked him if he could provide a comment as a hero who saved LINK VRAINS, and another asked how it felt to be an overnight sensation. Gore bashfully stated that he was satisfied just to see children smiling again. The first reporter asked if he could ask Gore about the other hero - Playmaker, and as Gore became apprehensive, the reporter explained that Playmaker vanished and asked if Gore knew why. Despite Gore stating that he didn't know why, they reporters continued asking about Playmaker; where did Gore think Playmaker was right now? Did Gore have any idea of Playmaker's location? What was Playmaker's true identity? Did he have any comment about Playmaker? If they Dueled again, was The Gore confident that he'd win? After another question about Playmaker's identity, Gore snapped, ordering them to be quiet (in the dub, the reporters are far more insensitive and liken Gore to Playmaker's sidekick; Gore roars at them to get out, though they continue to ask questions as he shoos them). He reflects that they didn't care about him; they only wanted to ask about Playmaker. He explained his situation to Zaizen, who pointed out that since Playmaker, Blue Angel, and The Gore were the three heroes who saved LINK VRAINS, they'd continue to be the focus of the press. He admitted that SOL Technologies didn't intend to acknowledge that the network was on the brink of destruction, and he asked that Gore didn't cause the press to delve into it (in the dub, Zaizen was more understanding, reminding Gore of his importance in the defeat of Varis). Reflecting that Playmaker was always standing in his way in both Dueling and life, Gore decided that he couldn't take a step forward until he defeated him. That was why he threw away his name, status, and honor as a Celebrity Duelist, leaving his costume and the children's belt at his warehouse, and why he became a bounty hunter for SOL Technologies. He thinks that he doesn't care about the glory of the past; his only desire is to defeat Playmaker and gain the title of the true number one. (In the dub, he also thinks that while Soulburner considers him a hero, he's not that hero anymore and has no problem taking down a former fan.)

He declares his turn and draws, then he activates the effect of his Defense Position "Capoeiraptor", Special Summoning another "Capoeiraptor" from his Deck. Then he Summons "Dinowrestler Capaptera", and chants "Appear! My circuit!" He declares that the Summoning conditions are at least two "Dinowrestler" monsters, and he sets his two "Dinowrestler Capoeiraptors" and "Capaptera" in the Link Arrows, Link Summoning the Link-3 "Dinowrestler King T Wrextle". "King T Wrextle" appears with 3000 ATK, but Gore also activates the effect of "Capaptera" as it was used as Link Material, increasing the ATK of "King T Wrextle" by 1000 until the end of the Battle Phase. "King T Wrextle" rises to 4000 ATK, and Soulburner repeats the ATK value. Flame admits that this is pretty bad.

Gore discovering Dueling in his youth.

Gore thinks that this "Soulburner" who owns an Ignis is also a victim of the Lost Incident (in the dub, he thinks that Soulburner is forcing him to Duel at his best and this must be because he's a victim of the Lost Incident), and he remembers talking with Zaizen, who had told him the secret of Playmaker's power. Zaizen had explained that the Lost Incident derailed Playmaker's life, and that for Playmaker, a Duel means the same as living. Winning Duels verifies his sense of self, and losing means losing himself. This is where Zaizen believed Playmaker's determination and his persistence to win came from. (In the dub, Zaizen actively questions how Gore can possibly compete against the victims who had to fight to survive.) Gore muses that he doesn't know what the Lost Incident victims had to endure, but he didn't start Dueling halfheartedly. He grew up not knowing his parents' faces, and in a world of survival of the fittest, he could only rely on himself. (In the dub, he dismisses Zaizen's views, believing that unlike the victims, he as an orphan on the streets didn't get a chance or choice to eat) He was later put in an orphanage, which was where he encountered Dueling. He was instantly hooked on it, nothing had satisfied him until then, but something about Dueling had. Since then he and Dueling had always been together, and before he knew it he was famous as a Celebrity Duelist. But now he's here to be himself and to prove that he's the strongest, for the thirst for victory that's deep in his heart (in the dub, he also thinks that he can't let himself he stamped into obscurity). The Gore is betting his life to Dueling, so he won't take a single step back from Soulburner. He declares battle, and "Dinowrestler King T Wrextle" attacks "Heatleo". The effect of the Field Spell "World Dino Wrestling" then activates, increasing the ATK of the attacking "King T Wrextle" by 200, to 4200.

The Gore screams at Soulburner to be quiet after Soulburner protests that he saw Gore as a great Duelist.

Soulburner grins, declaring that he'll activate his Set card, but Gore tells him that he won't; the effect of "King T Wrextle" prevents Soulburner from activating Spell or Trap Cards. Soulburner gasps "What?!" and Gore tells him to take the "Jurassic Howl" attack of "King T Wrextle", which roars, emitting a shockwave that destroys "Heatleo" and reduces Soulburner to 2100 LP. Hayami celebrates, and Gore asks Soulburner how that was; this is the power of The Gore. He must win for everyone to appreciate him again. Soulburner watches in shock as Gore rants that Playmaker is in his way and blocks his path. Lost Incident victim he says? He knows Playmaker suffered, but Gore also bet his life on Dueling. He snarls that he's the one who will be number one, and he's not Playmaker's stepping stone (in the dub, Gore is more restrained; he calls Soulburner a speedbump on the way to Playmaker, and once he's defeated him, no-one will call him a sidekick ever again). Hurt, Soulburner tells Gore that he doesn't think he's a stepping stone, then grins as he states that right now Gore is SOL Technologies' pet dog, a pitiful loser dog who complains to strangers (in the dub, he calls him a useless tool). Gore is infuriated that Soulburner dare say that, but Soulburner yells The Gore's name, declaring that The Gore in his heart is a great Duelist. The Gore he admired wouldn't say pathetic things about being number one or having everyone appreciate him (in the dub, it is here he compares Gore to a dog). Gore screams at Soulburner to be quiet, asking what he would know (in the dub, he asks why Soulburner would even care), and Soulburner cries that he does know, because The Gore is a hero who gave him courage. He remembers sitting at the wharf and looking at an article on Playmaker, Blue Angel, and The Gore, stating that he admires Gore for defeating the ones who made them suffer, for giving him a path when he couldn't move forward. No matter how cornered he was, The Gore was an independent Duelist who believed in his own strength until the end (in the dub, he also likens himself to Gore). He asks where that person who gave him courage is, and Gore turns away and ends his turn. His A.I. tells him that by ending his turn, the ATK of "Dinowrestler King T Wrextle" has returned to normal (Gore announces this in the dub). Soulburner thinks that he wants to Duel the real Gore, and he'll fight the real Gore and win, because he has a reason why he can't lose too.

He declares his turn and draws.

Featured Duel: Soulburner vs. The Gore[edit]

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The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel.

Turn 1: The Gore
Gore activates his Skill "Dinowrestle Revolution", activating "World Dino Wrestling" directly from his Deck. While Gore controls a "Dinowrestler" monster, Gore and Soulburner can only attack with one monster each Battle Phase. If a "Dinowrestler" Gore controls attacks Soulburner's monster, Gore's monster gains 200 ATK during damage calculation only. Gore Normal Summons "Dinowrestler Capoeiraptor" (1800/0). Gore activates the Continuous Spell Card "Dinomuscle", increasing the ATK of "Dinowrestle" monsters Gore controls by 400 ("Capoeiraptor": 1800 → 2200 ATK).

Turn 2: Soulburner
Soulburner activates the effect of "Salamangreat Meer" in his hand, sending a "Salamangreat" monster from his hand to the GY to Special Summon it (800/600). He sends "Salamangreat Falco". Soulburner activates the effect of "Falco" in his GY, returning a "Salamangreat" monster he controls to the hand to Special Summon it (1200/1600). He returns "Meer". As "Meer" was added to Soulburner's hand other than his normal draw, he activates its effect, Special Summoning it (800/600). Soulburner Normal Summons "Salamangreat Jack Jaguar" (1800/1200). Soulburner uses "Meer", "Falco", and "Jack Jaguar" to Link Summon "Salamangreat Heatleo" (2300/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Heatleo" was Link Summoned, Soulburner activates its effect, shuffling a card in Gore's Spell & Trap Zone into the Deck. He shuffles "Dinomuscle" ("Capoeiraptor": 2200 → 1800 ATK). As "Heatleo" was Link Summoned, Soulburner activates the effect of "Jack Jaguar" in his GY, shuffling a "Salamangreat" monster in his GY to Special Summon it to a zone "Heatleo" points to. He shuffles "Falco" and Special Summons "Jack Jaguar" (1800/1200) to the zone the bottom-left Link Arrow of "Heatleo" points to. Soulburner Sets a card. "Heatleo" attacks "Capoeiraptor". As "Capoeiraptor" is in Attack Position, it cannot be destroyed by battle. The attack continues (Gore: 4000 → 3500 LP). As "Capoeiraptor" was attacked, it is changed to Defense Position at the end of the Damage Step.

Turn 3: The Gore
As "Capoeiraptor" is in Defense Position, Gore activates its effect, Special Summoning another "Capoeiraptor" from his Deck (1800/0). Gore Normal Summons "Dinowrestler Capaptera" (1600/0). Gore uses both copies of "Capoeiraptor" and "Capaptera" to Link Summon "Dinowrestler King T Wrextle" (3000/↙↓↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Capaptera" was sent to the GY as a Link Material for the Link Summon of a "Dinowrestler" Link Monster, Gore activates its effect, making that Link Monster gain 1000 ATK until the end of the Battle Phase of this turn ("King T Wrextle": 3000 → 4000 ATK). "King T Wrextle" attacks "Heatleo". The effect of "World Dino Wrestling" increases the ATK of "King T Wrextle" by 200 during damage calculation only ("King T Wrextle": 4000 → 4200 ATK). When "King T Wrextle" attacks, Soulburner cannot activate Spell/Trap Cards until the end of the Damage Step. The attack continues (Soulburner: 4000 → 2100 LP).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

In other languages[edit]

Language Title
Germany German Der Mann, der sich vom Charisma abwandte
Brazil Portuguese O Homem que Abandonou o Carisma
Mexico Spanish El hombre que desechó su carisma