Akira skillfully uses his Tindangle deck to fight against Playmaker. Playmaker also fights back with his Cyberses. As a fierce battle rages on, Akira starts talking about the incident ten years ago. At last, Yusaku's past is finally unveiled...
This episode contains the following tropes:
- Captain Obvious: Akira's AI informs him that his LP is dangerously low after taking damage from a direct attack by Decode Talker.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Yusaku was abducted and forced to duel a VR opponent over and over again. Each loss meant that he was painfully shocked and denied food. His becoming Playmaker was due in part to the trauma that made day to day life difficult for him.
- Department of Child Disservices: Inverted. Because the six kids were so well protected by the government, it's impossible to use that lead to track down Playmaker's real identity.
- For Happiness: Akira unsuccessfully tries to convince Playmaker to let go of the past and spend the rest of his life in happiness.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Kitamura is clueless about the events that unfolded during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
- Stepford Smiler: After being freed from captivity, Yusaku tried to maintain a smile to put the past behind him. Unfortunately, it continually haunted him to the point that he was driven by a desire for revenge against those involved in the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
- Tsurime Eyes: A close-up shot of Yusaku's eyes shows how noticeably sharp-looking they are, and also highlights his determination for revenge against those involved in the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
- Wham Episode: This episode elaborates further on Yusaku's past, and how it was heavily affected by the ten-year old incident known as the Lost Incident, AKA the Hanoi Project.
- Wham Line: Akira revealing that the data bank contains the name of the Hanoi Project's mastermind.
- Wham Shot: Playmaker becoming vehemently pissed off when Akira reveals that the data bank contains the name of the Hanoi Project's mastermind.