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Recap / Yu Gi Oh VRAINS Ep 109 The Ignis Hunter

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Ai locates the Zaizens' whereabouts in the real world after they are nowhere to be seen in LINK VRAINS, hijacking the SOL Technologies airplane they are stationed in to target Akira. Pandor, however, shows up and blocks Ai's path.

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  • Brick Joke: Ai guesses (incorrectly) that Pandor will summon a monster called "Topologina Nabee" after her first two "bee"-themed summons. When he wins the duel, he says she would have won if she had summoned Topologina Nabee, even though he isn't sure such a monster even exists.
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  • The Comically Serious: Pandor is put off by Ai's attempts to guess her duel moves, which isn't done in a smart or serious manner, but in a loud and obnoxious one. She especially becomes flabbergasted when Ai keeps voicing out that she's going to summon a monster that doesn't even exist.
  • Delaying Action: Pandor attempts to stall the duel with "Topologina Beeswax" to prevent either player from taking battle damage that doesn't exceed 4500, so that Ai will be caught by the authorities when the plane lands. This fails, however, as Ai has hacked into the plane's controls and has it ascend once more, then uses "Fire Phoenix @Ignister" to defeat Pandor through effect damage.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Ai deliberately uses Fire Phoenix @Ignister to trigger the monster-destroying effect of Topologic Bomber Dragon so Phoenix's own effect will destroy Bomber Dragon after the fact.
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  • Disney Villain Death: Ai blows Pandor off the airplane with a One-Hit Kill and the latter helplessly falls to her doom. Subverted in that Pandor is just an AI inhabiting an android body. Even if the android is destroyed, there are still several copies of her around, including the ones in the Zaizens' duel disks.
  • The Evils of Free Will: At the start of the duel, Ai and Pandor start arguing back and forth about the nature of free will, since they're both A.I.'s created by human beings. Pandor claims she can co-exist with humans, despite Revolver putting a limit on her thinking so she doesn't potentially turn against humanity like the Ignis did. Ai claims that he's "freer" than Pandor, since he has no limit, can act as he pleases towards humanity and that having a limit in the first place isn't really having "true" free will.
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  • Insane Troll Logic: Ai speculates that Pandor will summon "Topologina Nabee" next after she brings out "Topologina Babee" and "Topologina Maybee"... except she brings out no such monster, even by the time the duel concludes. Ai voices out loud to himself after Pandor is knocked off the plane that she might've had a chance at winning if she only summoned "Topologina Nabee" like he said. The obvious implication is that he completely made up the monster, and really has no reason to talk about it once Pandor is out of the picture.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Ai falls off the plane after taking damage from Topologic Bomber Dragon's effect, but gets back on because his SOLtiS has an extendable hand that he uses as a grappling hook. Ai is glad for the function, but wonders why SOL included it in the first place.
  • Loophole Abuse: Ai notes that it's odd that Pandor would be willing to just let him leave peacefully when her purpose is to hunt the Ignis. Pandor explains that as long as Ai gives up what he stole, thereby showing he isn't a threat to humanity, her purpose would be served.
  • One-Hit Kill: Ai decimates Pandor within the span of a single turn with "Fire Phoenix @Ignister", supported by the effect of "Donyoribo @Ignister".
  • Pet the Dog: Pandor tries to give Ai an out by letting him relinquish the code key and consciousness data he stole without turning himself in. Ai is surprised by her kindness, but won't give up.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Pandor correctly guesses that despite Ai acting antagonistic towards everyone, he's actually very sad about his actions. Ai mentions that he doesn't want to talk about his inner feelings except to one person but he doesn't reveal who that is.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite Pandor's best efforts, Ai mops the floor with her, once again demonstrating that the former Ignis's skills aren't just for show.


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