Go Onizuka has recovered so that he can protect the children at the orphanage. He uses his Gouki monsters to launch waves of attacks against Ai. However, he keeps getting knocked down by Ai's powerful monsters. Despite this, his indomitable spirit still burns bright, and he keeps getting back up to challenge Ai. Seeing Go like this, Ai starts talking about what it feels like to lose one's friends.
This episode contains the following tropes:
- Crazy-Prepared: Akira anticipated the possibility that Ai would eventually make his way to the former's whereabouts within LINK VRAINS, and thus both Aoi and Akira station themselves in an out-of-reach SOL Technologies airplane in the real world, 12,000 meters above ground. Not that it matters, as Ai was monitoring SOL and noticed the suspicious flight plan of the airplane, following in his own. Revolver, in turn, anticipated that Ai would make it to them, and has Pandor in a SOLtis android waiting for him.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Though he loses, GO fares much better than any of Ai's previous opponents, coming very close to wiping Ai out.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Ai tells Pandor "Let's take this outside, punk!", then admits he always wanted to say that.
- Morton's Fork: No matter which combination of Ai's cards GO could have destroyed after tributing Gouki Thunder Ogre to activate the effect of Gouki The Powerload Ogre, the end result would have been the same. By destroying Doshin @Ignister, Pikari @Ignister, and the set card, Dark Templar @Ignister would soak up some of the damage while the graveyard effect of Ai's Hymn would allow Ai to survive with some life points — which is what GO chooses to do. In any scenario where GO targeted Dark Templar @Ignister, Ai could have chained Ai's Hymn to Powerload Ogre's effect to tribute Dark Templar and gain 2300 life points before it could be destroyed, at which point the graveyard effect of Ai's Hymn would allow Ai to survive even two direct attacks by GO's remaining monsters. Looks like Ai was lying when he said he would have lost if GO had instead destroyed Dark Templar.
- No-Sell: Pandor is able to block Ai's attempts to hack her, forcing him to duel her conventionally.
- Nothing Personal: Despite initially holding it against him for contributing to Earth's termination, Ai ultimately doesn't resent GO, and in fact wishes he could possess his resolve.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Playmaker, Soulburner, and Revolver all managed to overcome the stall traps used against them and defeat the Ai clones. We're only shown the latter.
- One-Hit Kill: Playmaker and Soulburner both fully deplete the LP of the Ai clones within the span of a single turn. It's possible that Revolver did too, since he attacked Ai with 1000 LP with the 3000 ATK Borrelsword Dragon, which can attack twice per turn under the right conditions.
- The Worf Effect: GO loses to Ai, once again demonstrating the threat the former Ignis poses to humanity.