Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Anime Reveals Story Synopsis
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed a story synopsis on Monday for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS television anime series.
The city where network systems are developed: Den City. The giant company SOL Technology Co. is based there, and it uses advanced technology that it created to construct "LINK VRAINS," a virtual-reality space. Many people are very excited that they can now experience a new kind of duel in LINK VRAINS.
In LINK VRAINS, a mysterious hacking group that hacks through duels called "The Hanoi Knights" appears. Their goal is to bring about the destruction of the "World of AI: Cyverse" that exists somewhere in the network.
However, there is one duelist in LINK VRAINS willing to stand up to this threat. His name is Playmaker. Playmaker defeats The Hanoi Knights in a fierce duel, and then leaves without saying a word. Because of that, Playmaker immediately becomes famous in the network world. Playmaker's real identity is the high school student Yūsaku Fujiki. For Yūsaku, he spends so much time in LINK VRAINS because he is searching for the truth to an incident that happened in his past. For this purpose, he chases after The Hanoi Knights.
Yūsaku spends his days fighting against the members of The Hanoi Knights. While doing this, he captures a mysterious AI program that both SOL Technology and The Hanoi Knights are pursuing. Aftwerward, the cogs of fate begin to turn for Yūsaku. What is the true identity of the mysterious AI? What is the real reason behind The Hanoi Knights' goal of destroying Cyverse? And what is the truth to Yūsaku's past that he keeps hidden?
The anime will premiere in Japan on TV Tokyo and its affiliated networks on May 10, and will air on Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. The anime stars: (Note: The readings for some of the characters' kanji names aren't confirmed.):
(Listed from left to right from the top row, middle row, then bottom row.)
- Shōya Ishige as Yūsaku Fujiki/Playmaker
- Takahiro Sakurai as mysterious creature
- Subaru Kimura as Shōichi Kusanagi
- Chiharu Sawashiro as Naoki Shima
- Daiki Hamano as Gō Onizuka/Go Onizuka
- Yuki Nakashima as Aoi Zaizen/Blue Angel
- Shouma Yamamoto as Aki Zaizen
- Yuna Kamakura as Ema Bessho
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Revolver
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is the sixth television anime in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Masahiro Hosoda (Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~ , Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun) is directing the anime at GALLOP. Shin Yoshida and Ken'ichi Hara are returning from previous Yu-Gi-Oh! anime to work on series composition and character design, respectively. Masahiro Hikokubo is again handling the duel layout. Yūki Matsuoka (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V) is serving as sound director and Shinkichi Mitsumune (Yu-Gi-Oh!) is composing the music. Hiroaki "Tommy" Tominaga (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) is performing the theme song "With the Wind," and dance vocal unit Ryoga are performing the ending theme song "Believe In Magic."