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A protagonist with ridiculous hair? Check. An anime about card games with a gimmick? Check. Another Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series? Check.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is the sixth installment of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise. The show will debut Wednesday, May 10.

VRAINS stands for Virtual Reality Artificial Intelligence Network System. In other words, especially when Yu-Gi-Oh! is part of the equation, expect card game action with a twist.

In this case, the twist will entail card games on hoverboards (using virtual reality as well)!Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS

Of course, because this is a new series for Yu-Gi-Oh!, the tradition has involved expanding upon the game’s (already) complicated set of rules in some fashion. The latest entry will focus on the Link Summon mechanic. Without going too in-depth, the Link Summon will change everything about Yu-Gi-Oh! as a game.

It will change the playing field itself.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Field

And the new Link Monster cards will add special arrows that affect your summoning conditions.

Link Monster

Yu-Gi-Oh!, for better or worse, will never be the same again!

The VRAINS Behind This Operation

So far, the synopsis of this anime is:

“There is a city with advanced network systems: Den City. In this city, a VR space called LINK VRAINS was constructed by SOL Technology’s advanced network technology. However, a mysterious hacker group that hacks through dueling has appeared in LINK VRAINS: the Knights of Hanoi.

Standing against this threat is one duelist named Playmaker. His true identity is Yusaku Fujiki, a first-year high school student. Yusaku is fighting to find out the truth about an incident that happened in the past. During his battles, Yusaku managed to capture a mysterious AI program sought after by both SOL Technology and the Knights of Hanoi. And thus, the gears of fate begin to turn.”

Two Cents from a Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan


By all means, I consider myself a huge Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. It will always be one of my favorite anime series out there. I have kept up with the series since that one fateful afternoon where I caught the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! as a kid.

However, over the years, the shows have had its ups and downs. Some gimmicks work, and some are laughably bad. And yet, I find myself intrigued about what Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS could be.

This type of card game-based anime is niche by nature, and you have to be quite into this stuff to enjoy it. It can be exhausting keeping up with the rules (as not knowing the rules makes the show impossible to follow coherently).

Still, I have hope as a fan that this series can rock.

But will this be just another Yu-Gi-Oh! series or can it be something special? Like the show’s tagline and theme says, “Let’s take one step forward and try it!” You’ll never know what something is like until you give it a shot.

When May 10 rolls around, I will definitely try to give this anime my full attention as a fan!

Yu-Gi-Oh! images belong to Konami/Gallop. © 1996 Kazuki Takahashi

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