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I just want my brother to know that I can hold on my own.

— Skye[4]

Skye Zaizen, known as Aoi Zaizen (ざいぜん あおい Zaizen Aoi) in the Japanese version, is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. She is Yusaku's classmate and the younger step-sister of Akira Zaizen. In LINK VRAINS, she is a popular Celebrity Duelist under the alias Blue Angel (ブルーエンジェル, Burū Enjeru). When working with Ghost Gal, she uses a stealth avatar known as Blue Girl (ブルーガール, Burū Gāru). After partnering with the Ignis Aqua, Aoi takes on a new battle avatar known as Blue Maiden (ブルーメイデン, Burū Meiden) to fight against Lightning and save Miyu.

Design

Appearance

FullAoiZaizen

Full-body image of Skye.

YoungAoi

Young Skye.

Skye is a fair-skinned young woman with light brown hair in a bob-cut and yellow eyes. Her standard attire is a uniform that consists of a slate-colored jacket with a light blue trim, which she wears over a light yellow jumper. Underneath, she has a white dress shirt with a blue tie and heart-shaped clip. Skye's uniform also includes a short black skirt with black socks that reach below her knee and brown shoes. (In the dub, her socks are turned into leggings and cover all of her legs.) When she was younger, Skye would wear a yellow dress with a green shirt underneath. Her hair was styled similarly to her Blue Angel persona. Skye also carried a doll of "Evilswarm Mandragora".

Aoi VR form

Skye's VR form as Blue Angel.

As Blue Angel, she takes on the appearance of a magical girl, true to her name, she has very long blue hair which reaches her chest and is tied into two long strands with blue ribbons. Her eyes and eyebrows are also blue and she has a green clover tattoo on her right cheek. She wears a blue choker and pink heart-shaped winged earrings. Her outfit consists of a white sleeveless shirt with a blue necktie. Underneath, she wears a blue and pink dress with wing-shaped frills, and dark blue thigh-high socks. (The socks were elongated slightly in the dub.) She wears dark and light blue boots with wings attached to each one. Lastly, she has a pair of white wings with pink heart-shaped and lavender clover-shaped patterns on each wing.

Blue Girl

Skye's VR form as Blue Girl.

At home, Skye's casual clothes include a blue and white t-shirt with pink accents, light blue shorts with a pink drawstring, and baby blue slippers.

As Blue Girl, her appearance resembles her Blue Angel self but her hair is middle length reaching past her shoulders with her bangs resembling Shay Obsidian and she wears a pink Trickstar shaped clip on the right side of her hair. Her outfit and the way she dresses is similar to Ghost Gal. Like Ghost Gal, her outfit is a one-piece outfit consisting of a white, blue and pink vest with a zipper and shorts, stockings that resemble her Blue Angel self and blue boots. She also wears a belt with a deck box on both sides and dark blue elbow length fingerless gloves.

Blue Maiden pan

Skye's VR form as Blue Maiden.

As Blue Maiden, her hair color is reverse. She now has long, wavy hair, with some pulled back in a bun, and a strand over her left shoulder. Her bangs now part to the right, reaching her shoulder, and a short pink highlight behind. Her tattoo is now a teardrop and she wears earrings like Blue Angel's, but upside-down and lack wings. She has a long black, white, and blue sleeveless waistcoat, and a pink and black skirt. A golden belt with the Trickstar logo, and a black armband with a pink stone on her left arm. Black, forearm length wristguards with blue wings on the ends, and pointed pink tips at her hands. Blue, pink, and black tights, and boots pink and black boots with blue wings.

Personality

Aoi Zaizen
Blue Girl activates Skill

Skye is described as being very nice, polite, timid, and reserved on first sight. As a child, based on a picture of her, she is a shy girl, holding onto her mother. However, as a Celebrity Duelist, Skye becomes very active in LINK VRAINS. As Blue Angel, her personality is very bubbly, energetic and she is a smiling idol with a cheerful demeanor. She is very obedient to her older step-brother, Akira, but also wants to prove herself and is willing to show him that she can handle something on her own. She seems very distrustful of others, as she thinks most people only approach her for her connections to SOL Technologies. Despite this she is shown to be very grateful for people who have helped and saved her and she is also eager to help them in return.

Skye was shown to be get annoyed and angry when Emma lectured her. This carried on inside LINK VRAINS as Blue Angel said she was in a bad mood and felt like beating someone. When Blue Angel worked out Baira was behind the virus which infected her, Blue Angel became more determined to beat her and said she couldn't forgive her.[5]

In season two, Skye's personality has shown to have matured and she decides to fight not just for herself but for others as well. She also began to question about the Ignis' right to live after witnessing the decompilation of one of them by SOL Technologies.

Etymology

"Aoi" (葵) means "hollyhock", a plant associated with abundance and great fortune and was also the emblem of the Tokugawa family. "Aoi" may also be derived from (青い), a Japanese word for blue, reflected by her alias, "Blue Angel". The characters that form "Zaizen" (財前) can be translated as "before wealth".

Her dub name, Skye, is a fanciful spelling of the English word sky, which is a part the upper atmosphere that is colored blue during the daytime.

Abilities

In LINK VRAINS as Blue Angel she can summon and create a blue energy whip.[6]

In a Speed Duel, Skye can use the Skill "Trickstar Fraud", which allows her to discard a "Trickstar" monster during the opponent's turn in order to force them to draw until they have 3 cards in their hand. She later displayed another Skill, "Trickstar Gig", which lets her send cards from the top of her deck to the GY equal to the number of "Trickstar" monster on her field and then add one "Trickstar" card from the card(s) sent to the GY by the Skill's effect to her hand.

Biography

History

Aoi Waits

Young Skye waits outside for Akira.

At least eleven years prior to the story, Akira and Skye's parents were married, and the two became siblings. But ten years prior to the events of the story, while on vacation celebrating their anniversary, their parents died in a car accident.[2] This left Akira and Skye alone and their possessions were sold, including their manor. To provide a living for him and his sister, Akira often broke the law, but Skye made him happy, and Akira swore to protect her smile.[1] Despite Akira's attempts, Skye became closed off and insecure.[7]

When they were both children, a girl named Miyu approached Skye, who was in school during the period when she and her brother had been traveling among cities. Miyu quickly befriended Skye, who was surprised, since nobody was this friendly to her. Miyu continued playing with Skye in the park, and the two became close friends, and Skye felt that Miyu even saved her from being sad. One particular day, Miyu took her mother's wedding ring without consent and showed it off proudly to Skye. Miyu wanted Skye to wear it, but Skye refused. Despite this, Miyu went to give it to her, but she accidentally lost the ring in the drain. Shocked and scared of what happened, Miyu cried as her mother came and asked her on the whereabouts of the ring. As Miyu continued crying, unwilling to see her friend getting punished, Skye took the fall and told Miyu's mother that she was the one who lost the ring. Miyu wanted to explain that's not the truth, but her mother believed Skye and promptly told her not to approach her daughter again. Miyu felt guilty over the event and would forever remember this as a case where Skye saved her. However, she did not come to the park where Skye awaited her, and sometime after, Skye moved away with her brother. Akira knew that Skye took the blame to protect her friend, but Skye still felt miserable.[8]

Skye cried a lot for the disappearance of her parents, feeling alone and miserable. To cheer her up, Akira read her the story of "Blue Angel", which made Skye happier. This also motivated her to become a hero of LINK VRAINS, under the alias of Blue Angel.[9]

Hanoi

Playmaker Saves The Blue Angel

Blue Angel saved by Playmaker.

Skye first appeared as Blue Angel and was about to face an unnamed Duelist in LINK VRAINS. Before she was able to begin the Duel, an unnamed Knight of Hanoi appeared. She ran away in fear, and was about to be attacked by "Cracking Dragon", but Playmaker arrived in time to save her.[3] She then watched the Duel between Playmaker and the Knight, and when Playmaker fell from his D-Board, she returned her debt to him by throwing him back his D-Board with an energy whip she summoned.[6] After Playmaker defeated the Knight, she and The Gore approached him and challenged him to a Duel. He refused their challenge, claiming that he had no interest in either of them and left, much to their dismay.[10]

After she defeated an unnamed opponent in a Speed Duel, she logged out of LINK VRAINS and went to watch the sunset. Meanwhile, Kolter and Yusaku discovered her Blue Angel persona and decided to track her down the following day at school, at Kolter's suggestion he do so to gain an audience with Akira. He watched her enter the Duel Club, and when he reluctantly joined in after her, she introduced herself. When he asked about the new Duel Disk model used by everyone in the club, Naoki Shima, another member, started bragging about how Akira had given them all the new Duel Disks, and Skye shot him a stern glare. While Ai tried to start a conversation with the AI program in Skye's Duel Disk, she noticed that Yusaku's Duel Disk was a card-loading model, the same as Playmaker's. She then asked to see Yusaku's Deck, and Yusaku handed it to her, though it was actually a dummy Deck and not his real one. After she looked at the cards, she politely handed it back with a word of thanks, but Naoki snatched it up and started laughing at the cards. She looked on as the club's president scolded Naoki for insulting the Deck, and Naoki apologized and gave it back to Yusaku. After school, Skye returned home to her apartment, and the housemaid robot there told her that Akira would not come home because of work. She turned on the TV and saw him deflect press questions about Playmaker's Duel against Go. When he was asked if Blue Angel would Duel Playmaker next, he said no, at which point she turned the TV off.[4]

Specter gives card to Blue Angel

Specter throws the tainted card to Blue Angel.

That evening, she got a call from Akira, who asked her why she was unhappy, then told her to stop Speed Dueling immediately because it was dangerous and she could die, and because he cared about her. He also told her not to let anyone find out she was Blue Angel as it could jeopardize his position. She timidly replied that she understood and hung up, but then reflected on her resolve to show him that she could hold her own, and decided to Duel Playmaker. She entered LINK VRAINS and, after turning down several Duel requests, issued a public challenge to Playmaker to come out and Duel her, with Yusaku and Shoichi watching. Yusaku refused her challenge, as she was not a Knight of Hanoi. After waiting in vain for Playmaker to show up, she was instead approached by Specter, who claimed to be a fan of hers, but she realized he was lying. He told her he wanted her to defeat Playmaker, and gave her a card, which he told her would free her hidden desires. After he left, she wondered what she was doing there, apparently having no memory of the incident. She bumped into Yusaku again the next morning at school. Ai tried to talk to her Duel Disk again, but this time it gave an angry response, and Ai immediately realized something was wrong. As Skye and Yusaku walked to class, she asked him why he had joined the Duel Club, not believing it was because he loved Dueling. When Yusaku asked her about her brother, she angrily told him that people only ever talked to her because they either wanted the new Duel Disk, or a job at SOL Technology after graduating. She told him not to bother asking because her brother wouldn't trust her, and ran off.[4]

Vrains 007

Blue Angel under Hanoi's influence

While in class, she received a text from "Playmaker" accepting her challenge, when it was actually sent by Ai. She excused herself, claiming she needed to go to the infirmary, but instead went to the rooftop to enter LINK VRAINS. When the Duel started, she felt a wave of excitement when she heard her fans cheering her on.[4] Blue Angel started off splendidly, chipping away a considerable amount of Playmaker's LP and destroying "Decode Talker" even with his attempt at defense. Blue Angel then drew "Dark Angel" and started getting influenced by the Knights of Hanoi. As Playmaker made his move and was about to attack, Blue Angel used her Skill in tandem with her cards to attempt to defeat Playmaker, but was foiled. She then lost consciousness from the mental damage she received from Dark Angel, as "Encode Talker" finished her in one hit.[2]

Blueangelcoma

Blue Angel in a coma.

After the duel, Blue Angel fell into a coma. Playmaker then logged out and found a comatose Skye on the roof. She was then rushed to the hospital. The doctors stated that they couldn't identify the reason or cure for Skye's condition. Later Blue Angel's unconscious body was seen in a building within LINK VRAINS, during the confrontation between Akira, Playmaker and Varis, who stated that he would only give Skye the removal program if Playmaker defeated him in a duel.[11] Akira looked at her sister's unconscious LINK VRAINS avatar, noting how her fate depended in the Playmaker's Duel against Varis.[12] Akira looked at his sister, concerned how Varis and Playmaker stopped their Speed Duel and entered the Data Storm.[13][14]

Blue Angel virus-removal program

Playmaker uses the virus-removal program on Blue Angel.

Aoi wakes up

Skye wakes up from the coma.

With Varis' defeat, Playmaker acquired the virus-removal program. He approached Blue Angel's avatar and released the program, making her disappear. Ghost Gal explained she logged out, and Akira sensed Skye was recovering. Akira came to Skye's bed at the hospital, and watched as she woke up from her coma. Skye apologized for her actions, but Akira just asked her to rest. While Akira cried that she was restored, Skye smiled, seeing how much her brother cared for her.[15] Since the incident in LINK VRAINS, Skye did not show up at school, nor did she enter the network. Yusaku believed her brother simply restricted her the access to LINK VRAINS to prevent any further danger that could befall her. As predicted, Skye was restricted by the robot at her apartment from leaving, per Akira's orders. She took a tablet and accessed LINK VRAINS network, in a shape of a digital butterfly. She overheard the conversation between Ghost Gal and Akira. After the latter logged off, Ghost Gal recognized the butterfly as Blue Angel, and offered her a chance to regain her reputation. She logged into the LINK VRAINS and stopped one of the AI prototypes from attacking Playmaker with her whip. She swore she would be the one to defeat Playmaker, and asked of the AI to stop their attacks. The AI prototype swore to eliminate her, too. Blue Angel promised to take them on and defeat them.[16]

Playmaker muttered Blue Angel's name, who came to repay him for curing her. Playmaker claimed he never indebted her; regardless, Blue Angel started the Duel with the other AI prototype, and thought she'll be the one to defeat Playmaker. Blue Angel went with her usual tactic by using "Trickstar Light Stage" to summon "Trickstar Lilybell" and, with "Trickstar Candina", Link Summoned her "Trickstar Holly Angel". Special Summoning a "Trickstar Narkissus", Blue Angel had "Trickstar Holly Angel" and "Trickstar Light Stage" shave off the AI prototype's LP, and brought back "Trickstar Narkissus", along with "Trickstar Lycoris". As the AI prototype drew another card, another 400 LP was dealt to it as damage, while "Trickstar Holly Angel" increased its ATK, Blue Angel wished to sting the prototype even more. To halt Blue Angel's strategy, the AI prototype used "Abyss Invitation" to inflict 200 LP damage back to Blue Angel whenever the AI prototype is damaged. Like the other prototype, the AI Link Summoned "Tentacluster Nautilus", and destroyed two of his "Tentacluster Blastsucker" to inflict a total of 1200 LP damage.[17]

Blue Angel's victory

Blue Angel winks at her victory.

Blue Angel noted the prototype fought her by using effect damage, and she would retaliate in a similar manner. The prototype banished two of his "Tentacluster Blastsucker", to shave Blue Angel's LP to 400, while it had 1500 LP left. The prototype brought back a "Tentacluster Blastsucker", and had it attack "Trickstar Lycoris", while Blue Angel noted it would destroy it on purpose and banish it to win the Duel. Using "Trickstar Cascade", Blue Angel negated the attack, preventing AI's victory. Blue Angel declared she wouldn't let the AI prototype gain another turn, as she drew a card. Bringing out "Trickstar Candina", Blue Angel Link Summoned "Trickstar Black Catbat", and dealt 200 LP to the prototype, who dealt the damage to her with "Abyss Invitation". "Trickstar Black Catbat" reduced "Tentcluster Blastsucker's" ATK, and Blue Angel's "Trickstar Temptation" returned it to the AI prototype's hand. Her "Trickstar" monsters defeated the AI prototype, banishing it. Blue Angel cheered and winked for her victory.[17] She came to the data bank and hid, seeing her brother was with Ghost Gal and confronted Playmaker. She listened how Akira was actually demoted to help her out during the "Varis crisis". She also listened about Akira's story that he had to participate in illegal work to protect her.[1]

Blue Angel Shocked

Blue Angel shocked by Playmaker's story.

Blue Angel was concerned when Akira got directly hit by "Decode Talker". As Akira tried to persuade Playmaker to stand down, Blue Angel came, surprising Akira for her arrival. Blue Angel wished to know about the story from ten years ago, too. She admitted she did not know what to Duel for, and felt this story would focus her on continuing forward. Blue Angel listened to the story, and was shocked to hear the children undertook cruel experiments, under the name Hanoi Project. She was also shocked to hear SOL Technologies' data bank contained the name of the mastermind behind the project.[18] Blue Angel was amazed to see Playmaker turned the Duel with one card. "Firewall Dragon" attacked "Tindangle Acute Cerberus", and Blue Angel rushed to her brother. However, he protected her and fell down in defeat. Akira saw he could not do anything to stop Playmaker, but Blue Angel corrected him, as she knew what Akira was feeling. She noted nobody would stand up to Playmaker, and nobody would prevent her brother from protecting her.[19]

The Deleted

The triumvirate

Blue Angel makes a pact with Playmaker and Go.

Aoi Questions Herself

Skye is split over either staying at home or joining the fight.

Skye watched The Gore battle Dr. Genome, and even logged in to LINK VRAINS. After Go won, Blue Angel joined his and Playmaker's alliance to stop the Knights of Hanoi. At school, Skye joined the Duel Club, where Naoki voiced his concern of the Knights of Hanoi destroying LINK VRAINS. Hosoda forbade Naoki or anyone else to fight the Knights of Hanoi, or else he'd regret that. Thus, he disbanded the club until the problem was solved, and Skye shushed Naoki from protesting. Skye left, but listened how Naoki boasted about Playmaker fighting the Knights of Hanoi. At evening, Skye and Akira ate dinner, since the latter could come back from work earlier due to his demotion. Skye gloated, making Akira believe she did not like that. Seeing Kitamura developed the AI army to confront the Knights of Hanoi, Akira reminded them unlike Skye, the AI-s could not be turned into the Deleteds, and forbade her to enter LINK VRAINS. Skye was sad, but accepted Akira's demand. The two watched as Kitamura's AI army battled the Knights of Hanoi, but lost to two of elite members. Akira left to work, while Skye wondered if she should join her friends in the fight, or to stay outside under Akira's protection.[20]

After leaving school, Skye heard some male students wondering why Blue Angel hasn't shown up in LINK VRAINS for a long time. She was then approached by Emma Bessho who wanted to talk to her but Skye ignores her until the latter recognizes her as Blue Angel. Skye then recognizes Emma as Ghost Gal, who asked her if she was done being Blue Angel and learned many people are waiting for her to show up in LINK VRAINS. Skye then claim it is an exaggeration and she only fights for herself and not for others. Emma then reminded her the reason she became Blue Angel was because she wanted to gain her brother's attention and doesn't need Blue Angel anymore after realizing that Akira loves her. Emma then told Skye its better she stop being Blue Angel unless she is not committed to her work and encourage her to do things that will make her happy and then left. Skye then returned to home after the conversation with Emma and got furious and felt insulted on what Emma told her wondering who is she to give lecture on her and decided to log in to LINK VRAINS.[5]

Blue Angel Link Summon

Blue Angel proceeds to Link Summon, Dueling against Baira.

Baira activated the effect of "Dark Mummy Surgical Forceps" which inflict 500 damage to Blue Angel. As Baira summoned "Surgical Forceps" which attacks "Holly Angel", Blue Angel activated the effect of "Trickstar Perennial", sending it to the GY to prevent "Holly Angel's" destruction. Blue Angel later drew "Trickstar Narkissus", and subsequently Normal Summon it to Link Summon "Trickstar Bella Madonna" and defeat Baira. After the duel, Baira approached her saying that she is back to LINK VRAINS. Blue Angel then told her all she did was defeat her and get her revenge on Baira, claiming she only fights for herself and was back only for today. Baira activated the removal program which cures the the Deleted victims. She then told Blue Angel to look at the sky and both witness the Deleted victims getting cured and logging out of LINK VRAINS. Blue Angel questioned her why did she activate the program. Baira claim that Blue Angel was able to change her heart and she may have fought for herself but can change those around her and encouraged her to carry hopes on others if she does she is fighting for everyone. The next day both Skye and Akira watch the news about the the Deleted victims getting cured while they were eating breakfast. Skye felt guilty for disobeying Akira and attempt to apologize him for her actions but Akira was proud of her and praises her for saving the victims of the Deleted. This made Skye genuinely happy and she gave a cheerful smile to Akira.[21] When Yusaku and Shoichi went to Clarissa Turner's apartment, who Dueled Blue Angel, a camera was filming them.[22]

Skye watched as an ominous tower appeared in LINK VRAINS, and wondered what was going on. Seeing avatars being absorbed, Skye realized these people could not log out. She watched Specter erasing Kitamura, and the former threatened to do this to anyone that dared entering LINK VRAINS. Being angry at him, Skye logged in LINK VRAINS. She quickly met up with Go and Playmaker. She was fighting for everyone, as those people look up to her. Go exclaimed the same, since he was the hero that needed to protect LINK VRAINS. Ai noted how full of energy Go was. Go noted that was the Ignis, who yelled out he had a name, Ai. Playmaker explained he came to stop the Tower of Hanoi, rescue Ghost Gal and confront the mastermind, Varis. Blue Angel was shocked to hear Ghost Gal vanished, too, at the hands of Varis. Go asked about the data Ghost Gal gave to Playmaker, who reported Varis intended to destroy LINK VRAINS, using the tower. Blue Angel realized if the network would be destroyed, then all the people absorbed would be destroyed, too, hence why Playmaker exclaimed the importance of stopping the tower's completion, and Ai added it would prevent him from being erased. Go asked how to stop the tower, and was told Varis had to be defeated. Ai warned the time limit was six hours before the tower was completed. Go and Blue Angel promised to go there, but Playmaker replied it was better if they stayed home, in safety. This actually motivated Go and Blue Angel to protect the children and the absorbed people, including Ghost Gal.

Playmaker did not care, but asked of them to be careful. He reminded them one of them had to defeat Varis, who, according to Ghost Gal, wielded a powerful card. The trio promised to meet up against and went in different directions. She soon faced Specter, who introduced himself, and told it was the second time they met. With a snap of his fingers, Specter reminded Blue Angel of the incident, when he gave her "that card". Blue Angel accused him of giving her that computer virus, as Specter noted he was "her fan". She demanded an explanation behind this, but Specter refused to answer, thinking she would not understand, like combining hobbies and ideals. He exclaimed an idol like her would not understand his noble ideals. Since Varis ordered him to crush anyone that wanted to stop their plans, Specter let Blue Angel escape. She refused, swearing to defeat him and Varis. Specter thought a weakling like her could not defeat Varis, and promised a far worse fate than a computer virus should she lose, alerting her she would not be able to return to the real world. Blue Angel nevertheless promised to protect LINK VRAINS from the likes of him. The two initiated a Master Duel. Specter Normal Summoned "Sunseed Genius Loci", and used it to Link Summon "Sunavalon Dryas".[23]

Specter explained his monster could not be targeted for attacks, but Blue Angel suspected there was more to it than that, while Specter set a card. She asked about Ghost Gal's whereabouts, as Specter joked that he hoped he would be Ghost Gal's friend, with a name like that. Blue Angel demanded a serious answer, as Specter proclaimed Varis had defeated her, and was a part of Tower of Hanoi as data. He assured Blue Angel she would be a part of the tower, too. Blue Angel swore she would not allow Specter to do that, by defeating him, which amused Specter. Blue Angel started her turn by summoning two "Trickstar" monsters, and played "Trickstar Light Arena" to prevent Specter from activating his Set card, and brought out "Trickstar Holly Angel". Specter noted its effects can damage him and strengthen "Holly Angel", as Blue Angel noted being too popular had its drawbacks. She revived "Trickstar Lilybell" and inflicted 200 LP damage on Specter. However, she saw the tree started reacting, but Specter ordered her to continue. "Lilybell" attacked Specter directly, who announced his tree's effects have been triggered - Specter Special Summoned a Link Monster, "Sunvine Gardna", which restored Specter's LP back. Specter took note that Blue Angel drew inspiration from the book named after her. Specter admitted it was a good book, and read it out loud, claiming the character, "Blue Angel", shared the traits of Skye Zaizen herself. He continued reading, pointing out that Skye Zaizen also feels lonely and cries. To prevent that, Specter knew Skye Zaizen became Blue Angel, a hero of LINK VRAINS, to become popular. Blue Angel was angry Specter dug up her past, who was nevertheless amused. Blue Angel identified him to be like the evil monsters in the book, as a "sad excuse for a human". She swore to defeat Specter, who claimed it would be an honor. "Holly Angel" attacked "Sunvine Gardna", who protected Specter by reducing 800 LP damage from that attack, as well as ending Blue Angel's Battle Phase. Blue Angel realized Specter played a defensive Deck, who boasted it is an absolute defense. Blue Angel ended her turn with a Set card, while Specter belittled her efforts.[9]

Blue Angel planned on using "Trickstar Reincarnation", which would make Specter draw 5 cards and two of her "Trickstar Lycoris" would inflict 2000 LP damage on him. His Set card, "Sunvine Burial", banished Blue Angel's "Trickstar Reincarnation" and all of her copies in her Deck. He predicted Blue Angel would use that to inflict a lot of damage on his LP through "Lycoris". Specter claimed he opened Blue Angel's heart, finding that loneliness when Skye was six years old, after the disappearance of her parents, soothed down when Akira read the "Blue Angel" book to her. Seeing Akira is her "treasure", Specter knew Skye fears losing that "treasure" the most. He proclaimed Blue Angel would lose everything, after she loses to him in this Duel. Specter drew a card and was inflicted 400 LP damage, and used "Sunavalon Dryas" to bring out "Sunvine Healer", which restored his 500 LP back. Using "Sunvine Healer", Specter's "Sunavalon Dryas" evolved into "Sunavalon Dryades", a Link-2 tree. He noted like Akira protects his sister, this tree protects Specter. Blue Angel sensed Specter was also alone, since he loved the book, but unlike her, he was not loved and became destructive, which is the source of his power. Specter found Blue Angel a strange person to have noticed his traits. Still, this made to him clear that Blue Angel knew her purpose, and found it bad that she would not live up to that. He brought the "Sunseed Genius Loci", using it to Link Summon "Sunvine Thrasher", whose ATK was boosted to 2400. "Sunvine Thrasher" destroyed "Holly Angel" in a double K.O., but Specter revived the latter to "Sunavalon Drydes'" Link Marker. "Holly Angel" destroyed one of Blue Angel's "Trickstar Lycoris", and Specter asked her how did it feel to be attacked by her own ace monster. Blue Angel wondered if there was a way to destroy his tree, and upon looking at her hand, found a new strategy.[9]

Blue Angel Link Summoned "Trickstar Crimson Heart" and regained a bit of her LP. To stop "Sunavalon Dryades", Blue Angel raised its ATK by playing "Trickstar Bouquet", then had it sent to the Extra Deck with "Trickstar Temptation". She noted Specter bore love towards the tree, but hatred as well, which was covered by the tree. Specter admitted he sought love, but that love was never fulfilled. He claimed he was fine, even if he was scarred. He tempted Blue Angel, who fought for those that were hurt, for him, too, by negating "Trickstar Temptation" by the summoning of "Sunvine Maiden". Blue Angel was greately displeased her strategy failed, a failure Specter commended to her lack of desire to understand him. He claimed he felt alone, at the bottom of a canyon, walking on a path without sound or light, and told she would never defeat him if she does not understand that. His tree evolved further into "Sunavalon Dryanome", and Link Summoned a "Sunvine Thrasher", who attacked "Trickstar Crimson Heart". While the latter was revived to Specter's field, Blue Angel used "Trickstar Light Arena" to reverse the damage, gaining LP to 5000. With no defenses left, Blue Angel took 4000 LP damage from "Trickstar" monsters Specter stole from her GY.[24]

On her next turn, Blue Angel made three consecutive Link Summons to bring out "Trickstar Delfiendium". Returning the three banished "Trickstar Reincarnation" cards to her hand, Blue Angel's "Trickstar Delfiendium" gained 3000 ATK, though Specter reminded her that his tree protected him. Blue Angel pointed out that all of "Sunavalon Dryanome's" Link Markers were occupied, and could not trigger its effect. Her "Trickstar Delfiendium" attacked, and Blue Angel realized she won. However, Specter clapped for this strategy, with his LP intact, which shocked Blue Angel. He used "Sunavalon Dryanome" to reposition the attacked "Trickstar Crimson Heart" to a different Main Monster Zone and negated the attack. Since Blue Angel was unable to set "Trickstar Reincarnation" cards she obtained, Specter noted she was unable to do anything and would finish her off and let her meet Ghost Gal soon. Blue Angel went defensive by returning "Trickstar Delfiendium" and "Trickstar Candina" to Special Summon two "Trickstar Lycoris". She bet on her strategy by playing "Trickstar Treat", which set the "Trickstar Reincarnation" from her hand, meaning Specter would draw cards and take damage from "Trickstar Lycoris", at the cost of Blue Angel taking 1000 LP at the End Phase. Blue Angel noticed Specter has been analyzing her, meaning he wanted some protection, too, from being alone. She declared the ultimate love was the blue love he sought out.[24]

Blue Angel's defeat

Blue Angel falls down in her defeat.

She swore to save Specter, who dared her to just do that. Specter took 1600 damage from Blue Angel's tactic, but he replenished LP by bringing out "Sunvine Healer". Blue Angel continued by setting a second copy of "Trickstar Reincarnation", halving Specter's LP. Blue Angel noted even in cruelest hearts, people yearned for love, and played her final "Trickstar Reincarnation". Specter started crying, demanding that Blue Angel saved her, but before that happened, Specter played "Sunbloom Doom". Targeting "Trickstar Holly Angel", Specter gained LP equal to the ATK of all monsters that shared the type, Fairy. Specter noted Blue Angel didn't live up to her promise, who was terrified, as Specter's LP raised to 8800 due to "Sunbloom Doom" and then fell to 7200 after "Trickstar Reincarnation" resolves, having lots of LP still remaining thanks to the LP gain from "Sunbloom Doom". He admitted that he did read the "Blue Angel" book, and found he had to defeat someone as pathetic enough to think that had to save him. He ripped the book, which was burnt down. Blue Angel questioned if tormenting her made Specter happy, who explained even if "Trickstar Treat" would deplete all of her LP, he would personally defeat her. Simply by banishing "Sunbloom Doom", Specter destroyed Blue Angel's "Trickstar Lycoris" (whose Level equaled the number of Spell and Trap cards played during this turn), and inflicted 1000 LP to her. Specter bid farewell to Skye Zaizen, a girl that failed to become a Blue Angel, whose wings shattered at her defeat. Blue Angel fell down, making Specter laugh maniacally.[24]

Aoi unconscious

In the real world, Skye became unconscious.

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Blue Angel is turned into data.

Blue Angel was unconscious inside the network and outside after losing to Specter, who mocked her efforts. Akira, who found her unconscious body in the real world, logged in to LINK VRAINS to save her. Akira quickly found her, but was trapped by Kiyoshi Kogami before he could reach her. Upon talking, Kogami left and Akira could do nothing but watch his sister get turned into data and sent to the Tower of Hanoi. As Specter Dueled Playmaker, Blue Angel's data flew over and Specter showed it off to Playmaker to prove his threat.[25] Akira grasped the vines, sacrificing himself to let Playmaker win. He briefly thought of Skye, and felt he would join her soon.[26] With Varis' defeat, Playmaker stopped the Tower of Hanoi, which emitted the data back. Thus, Skye and Akira woke up from their comas.[27] Takeru Homura read the news made by the pigeon and frog about LINK VRAINS' heroes - Blue Angel, The Gore and Playmaker[28] - which motivated him to join and fight, too.[29][30]

Lost Memories

Aoi thanks Yusaku

Skye visits Yusaku, and thanks him for rescuing her.

Three months after the Knights of Hanoi were defeated, Skye walked around in the town square where she met Yusaku, who was working in Kolter's food truck. Despite teasing him that his frustrated look could scare customers away, she thanked him for finding her when she was unconscious, to which he modestly brushed it off, believing anyone would have done the same. Skye asked for some coffee and a hot dog, though she expressed her doubt that Yusaku would get more customers that day. She later logged in the new LINK VRAINS, and ushered the crowd for the events and activities. While relaxing, she was surprised by Playmaker arrival in LINK VRAINS, but wondered why would he log in.[31] She was concerned for Playmaker's well-being, seeing he faced a strange new foe.[32] Much to her surprise, she saw another Duelist named Soulburner appear with a new Ignis, and wondered who he was. When Soulburner summoned another copy of "Salamangreat Heatleo" through Reincarnation Link Summon, Blue Angel wondered about the new summoning method he used.[33] At school, Skye passed by Takeru Homura (who, unbeknownst to her, was Soulburner, while he knew she was Blue Angel from a distance) before Naoki appeared and told her that the next club meeting would be held somewhere else. Later, she and Emma met with Akira at a gazebo.[34]

Akira explained there were six Ignis created from the Lost Incident, one of which was Ai, Playmaker's AI. Since their Cyberse World was attacked, the Ignis have disappeared, so Akira asked Emma to find the missing Ignis. She reminded that Akira hired bounty hunters to track Playmaker down, but realized he wanted to find Ignis without SOL Technologies' permission. Akira showed an entrance to the restricted area, where the figure that had went to after attacking Playmaker. Since the team that Akira had sent to investigate never returned, he asked Emma to go there and find the Ignis. She assumed Akira wanted to bargain with SOL Technologies to sell the Ignis. Skye defended that her brother would never do that, and that he wanted to know of Ignis' intentions and capabilities. Emma accepted, under the condition of three times the ordinary payment, since she would become a target of bounty hunters. Akira complied, and gave her a program that would force her to log out in dire circumstances. Much to Emma's disapproval, Skye obtained the program and wanted to head with Emma, intent on helping her brother find the truth about the Ignis. Emma sighed, while Akira reminded the importance of finding the Ignis, for the sake of humanity, and to return safely, for his sake. He noted they won't be able to communicate past the restricted zone, and wished the girls luck in their mission.[35]

The two went to Emma's hideout, where they logged into LINK VRAINS. Inside LINK VRAINS, Blue Angel and Ghost Gal watched as Blood Shepherd confronted Playmaker. They focused on entering the restricted area, and had activated Ghost Gal's stealth program to bypass the surveillance. They made pass by the security devices, which impressed Blue Angel, who noted it is why her brother had trust in Ghost Gal. Blue Angel wondered why the bounty hunters were not after them, and was told they were hunting Playmaker down. Ghost Gal revealed she gave the info to the access to the restricted zone to Playmaker, to let him access the zone after dealing with the bounty hunters. Once they crossed the barrier, the girls removed their stealth programs, and Blue Angel changed her outfit. Blue Angel exclaimed this was a secret mission and could not wear her regular outfit, so Ghost Gal, noting her maturity, dubbed her as Blue Girl. She also asked about Blood Shephard, whom Ghost Gal described as a troublesome man that would not let go of his target. Blue Girl noted Ghost Gal knew Blood Shepherd, and was told even Akira knew him three years ago from a mission. Blue Girl noticed Ghost Gal remained silent for a moment, who simply replied that Blood Shepherd would do anything to win, and if Playmaker would to lose, his Ignis would be taken to SOL Technologies.[35]

Blue Girl and Ghost Gal followed Playmaker and Soulburner. The two ladies passed through the "gate"; Akira, who lost their signal, prayed for Skye's safe return. The two arrived to canyon area, and were engulfed by the winds. Blue Girl lost focus - she crashed and fell down. Ghost Gal launched a rope for Blue Girl to hold onto and land down safely, enough for the two to seek refuge in a cave. Blue Girl believed the winds were what kept the research team away, but Ghost Gal was more concerned that they lost sight of Playmaker. As the two started wondering what to do, Blue Girl received a signal from the research team. She went to find them, making Ghost Gal sigh, thinking she'd have to charge extra cash. The two continued through the wind territory, and found the unconscious research team in a cave. Blue Girl noted they must've crashed, could not log out or even send a distress signal. Blue Girl went to use the emergency log out program to save one of the men, and asked Ghost Gal to do the same. The latter refused, reminding the program was in case of an emergency, and that their mission was to find the Ignis, rather than save the research them. Blue Girl exclaimed this was an emergency, and saving lives was a greater priority.[36]

Blue Girl's intentions

Blue Girl explains her reasons to fight.

She noted that she was still inexperienced, and she got others into trouble due to her own mistakes by facing Specter. She believed to have enough power to take on problems, but instead had to be rescued. Blue Girl exclaimed this time, she wanted to save others and grow stronger. Ghost Gal, despite her better judgement, passed her own program to the research team, forcing the two to log out. After the research team disappeared, Blue Girl thought they should find their own way to escape, but Ghost Gal pointed out they came too far to retreat. She bet her pride as a treasure hunter to succeed the mission, and Blue Girl approved of that. Eventually, Playmaker and Soulburner intercepted Ghost Gal and Blue Girl. Blue Girl still thanked Playmaker for his victory over the Tower of Hanoi, but still wanted to Duel him. Playmaker didn't recognize Blue Girl, until realizing she had been known as Blue Angel. Soulburner complimented her new appearance and thought of changing his own appearance, but was displeased when Flame reminded nobody knew him. Ghost Gal noted Soulburner was the victim of Lost Incident, but asked why did he team up with Playmaker. Playmaker replied they were to collect some consciousness data, which made Ghost Gal remember something about Bohman.[36]

Blue Girl stated that Ghost Gal and her came to find an Ignis, to have her brother analyze it. Soulburner noted not only bounty hunters were hired, and replied that they would not hand Ignis over to SOL Technologies, since they were also involved in the Lost Incident. Instead, Blue Girl demanded the two to hand Ignis over, since they were still under SOL Technologies' property. Ghost Gal was surprised by Blue Girl's demand, and was told they could use Ignis to find others of their kind. Soulburner and Blue Girl were eager to Duel, as the former even wished to battle one of LINK VRAINS' heroes. Blue Girl faced Soulburner, who reminded he was ruthlessly strong as Playmaker. Blue Girl, however, wanted to use her new Trickstar deck, too.[36] Blue Girl shared her ambitions, wanting to obtain Soulburner's Ignis to have her brother's approval, using the new Deck she had constructed; in addition, she would use the Ignis to find more of its kind. Flame reminded Soulburner about Blue Girl's effect damage tactics, so Soulburner swore to quickly set up a formation to counter that. The two raced to a spot to determine who would take the first turn, and Blue Girl won that race.[37]

Blue Girl proceeded by swarming the field, using "Trickstar Lilybell" and "Trickstar Lycoris" for the Link Summon of "Trickstar Divaridis", and inflicted first 200 damage to Soulburner. She brought "Trickstar Birdhelm", and inflicted 200 points of damage on Soulburner, but could not attack this turn (and neither could she at her first turn). Returning the latter monster, Blue Girl used its effect to equip it to "Trickstar Divadiris". Soulburner's turn started, but he immediately took 200 LP damage, due to "Trickstar Lycoris". Flame and Blue Girl reminded Soulburner could not use Burning Draw, else he'd take 200 LP damage when he would have 100 LP left. Soulburner summoned "Salamangreat Meer", but took 200 LP damage from "Trickstar Divadiris". He noted that the damage would add up, and intended to save his LP by taking out her monsters. He used the effects of his monsters to swap "Salamangreat Meer" with "Salamangreat Falco", and summoned "Salamangreat Wolvie", his LP lowered to 2400. Blue Girl expected Soulburner's "Salamangreat Heatleo", for "Trickstar Birdhelm" didn't allow itself and the equipped monster - "Trickstar Divaridis" - to be targeted by card effects. "Trickstar Heatleo" went to attack, and Blue Girl noted she lost her previous battles, since the enemy broke through her weak ATK monsters.[37]

This time, she used "Trickstar Calobane", which doubled her monster's ATK, thus cancelling Soulburner's ATK and lowering his LP to 900. Fortunately for Soulburner, "Salamangreat Heatleo" became undestructible, as it used "Salamangreat Wolvie" as material. Still, Soulburner complimented her as one of the LINK VRAINS' heroes. Flame reminded Soulburner he had one thing that improved himself, the Ignis. Soulburner, who believed Flame was just arrogant, asked if he could actually do something, but was told Flame could only observe. Blue Girl summoned a "Trickstar Token". This time, the effect of "Trickstar Divaridis" on her monsters to inflict 200 LP damage on Soulburner. To prevent any such small damage being inflicted, Soulburner used "Gate of Fire". Using her new Skill, "Trickstar Gig", Blue Girl sent cards from her Deck, equal to the number of Trickstar monsters she controlled, and added a Trickstar card from her GY. Using "Trickstar Token" and "Trickstar Lycoris", she summoned "Trickstar Holly Angel", thus setting up a Fusion Summon with "Trickstar Fusion", the card she obtained through her Skill.[37]

Using "Trickstar Token" and "Trickstar Holly Angel", Blue Girl performed the Fusion Summon of "Trickstar Band Sweet Guitar". Flame saw Blue Girl continued to develop herself. Cancelling Soulburner's "Gate of Fire", "Trickstar Divaridis" inflicted 400 LP damage, since her new Fusion Monster doubled that Effect Damage. Blue Girl's "Trickstar Band Sweet Guitar" raised its ATK by that amount, while Blue Girl added her "Trickstar Calobane" into her hand. Sending "Salamangreat Racoon", Soulburner gained 2600 LP, equal to the ATK of Blue Girl's Fusion Monster, with the additional effects of preventing effects from being used and preventing the destruction of "Salamangreat Heatleo". Thus, he survived the turn, with Blue Girl using the effect of "Trickstar Calobane" to double the ATK of "Trickstar Divaridis". Despite having not won this turn, Blue Girl's confidence was unwavered, as she added "Trickstar Calobane" into her hand. Soulburner was not glad of the circumstances, but Flame stated there was a card in his Deck that could turn the site of battle around. Soulburner drew a card, but was disappointed it was not the card he wanted. Flame dared him to use his Skill, else he'd think Soulburner was lacking courage to face destiny. Soulburner used his Skill, Burning Draw, and succeeded in drawing the desired card.[37]

He played "Fusion of Fire", but Blue Girl reminded him that even if he summoned a monster, "Trickstar Divaridis" would finish him off. However, Soulburner used the latter monster on her side of the field and "Salamangreat Heatleo" on his side of the field to bring out "Salamangreat Violet Chimera". Its effect increased its ATK, equal to the materials' ATK. To reduce damage, Blue Girl sent "Trickstar Calobane", increasing the ATK of "Trickstar Band Sweet Guitar" to 4400. Soulburner anticipated this, seeing she recognized her weakness and played "Trickstar Calobane". In the change of ATK power, the ATK of "Salamangreat Violet Chimera" doubled to 9700; by attacking her Fusion Monster, Soulburner defeated Blue Girl, who was slammed to the mountain wall. Soulburner approached her, complimenting her strength. Flame stated she lost because she didn't have Ignis as an AI, which made Blue Girl remark the two's friendship. She fainted and logged out.[37]

Ignis Warfare

Akira met up with Emma and Skye, who reported their findings through the gate. Emma stated Playmaker was after consciousness data, leading Skye to believe there was a connection towards the Ignis and that data. Akira noted Playmaker was the one that could contact the Ignis, and still had regrets for having bounty hunters track him down, since Akira owed his life to him. Emma stated they had to wait for the gate to be reopened, while Akira wished there was a way to speak with Playmaker. Emma noted Akira wanted to search the city for a Dueling hacker that fought the Knights of Hanoi, but neither she nor Skye were aware of such a person. Akira reminded a person's can act differently while logged in, though Skye replied they would feel who Playmaker was. The next day, Yusaku and Takeru met up with Skye, who walked to school. Takeru introduced himself, and when Skye walked away, he wished he could talk to her about the Duel he had with her as Blue Girl. Naoki ran to Skye, reminding her about the Duel Club. Skye replied she was just busy, and walked away. Yusaku's friend, Takeru, wanted to join the club, and Naoki, being "renown by Playmaker", promised to teach him. Skye was curious about the last part, and asked Naoki about Playmaker.[38]

Naoki replied he was saved by Playmaker from the Knights of Hanoi, remembering his "warm hands". Skye told Emma about Naoki, who was Brave Max in LINK VRAINS and claimed to be Playmaker's best friend. Emma thought tracing Brave Max would lead them to Playmaker. Thus, she swore to test Brave Max, in hopes to contact Playmaker, and recalled Brave Max was a fan of Blue Angel. In LINK VRAINS, Brave Max was excited to hear about the event of Blue Angel before he was approached by Ghost Gal. In truth, Blue Girl announced the event to lure Brave Max, and observed his Duel with Ghost Gal. Blue Girl wondered what Brave Max's strategy was, to pay 2000 LP, all to Link Summon a monster. Ghost Gal managed to defeat Brave Max quickly, seeing Brave Max was a poser. She claimed that was a waste of time, and Blue Girl apologized for that. However, Ghost Gal reminded Blue Girl of the event, just to lure Brave Max out.[38] Emma reported to Skye that the gate in LINK VRAINS was a fake, and Skye deduced it was a trap meant to capture Playmaker. Emma believed she knew who created the trap, but asked of Skye not to do anything, and believed her brother would know of the gate's origins, too.[28]

The next day, Akira came to Emma's hideout, to warn her and Skye of the Ignis, as well as Bohman, who pose threat to humanity. He noted that the Wind and Light Ignis want to conquer humans, which was what the Knights of Hanoi were trying to fight against. Emma reminded that Ai and Flame were their supporters, and believed the Ignis would face each other. Akira feared what would happen if Playmaker would lose, but Skye wondered where were the two remaining Ignis. Akira thought the two remained neutral for now. While Akira went back to his company, Emma promised she and Skye would search for the remaining two Ignis. After finding Earth, Akira sent a live video to Emma and Skye, who saw Gore was pursuing the Ignis. As the Duel progressed, Emma commented that Earth had the advantage. Skye wanted to log into LINK VRAINS and sway the Ignis to join their side, for they could not let the enemy have them. Emma saw she was right, and noted she matured a bit. She went into the system as Blue Girl.[39] She caught up with Playmaker, and noted the Gore was fighting the EARTH Ignis. She declared she wanted to protect the Ignis, instead of fighting Playmaker. The three continued watching the Duel, and Ai was impressed that Earth protected "Crystal Heart", as it'd allow him to Special Summon "G Golem Dignified Trilithon". The Gore managed to defeat Earth, and absorb him. Playmaker demanded that the Gore frees Earth, as the Ignis was not the enemy. The Gore didn't care about that, and made Playmaker as his next enemy he wanted to crush. Playmaker tried to remind him that they were allies, but the Gore did not listen. Blue Girl tried to face the Gore instead, who was forced to log out, per the Queen's orders. Later, Emma and Skye spied on SOL Technologies, as they dissolved Earth into data. She commented how that was a horrible treatment, while Skye could not comprehend what an Ignis was.[40]

Skye called her brother for a meeting. She wanted to ask him what is an Ignis, as Emma told her that Akira would have answers. Akira frowned, while Skye wondered if the Ignis were actual living beings. Akira exclaimed they had free will, and could be frightened to perish. Skye concluded that SOL Technologies have eradicated an Ignis, though Akira felt many of his company would disagree. Emma believed Akira wanted her and Skye to capture the Ignis to avoid such an incident. Akira denied, though he also didn't count on SOL Technologies to make such a drastic move. Thinking of Earth, Akira exclaimed humans shouldn't hurt the Ignises. Skye thought if they were really alive, they could also hate humanity. Later, Skye took rest in Emma's apartment, and dreamt of Miyu; the two played on a slide until Miyu left. Skye woke up, but Emma stated she should get more sleep. She teased Skye she could dream of a handsome man, as she was trying to find the WATER Ignis before SOL Technologies would. Despite this a risky task, Emma was up for this challenge. She traced Blood Shepherd's location in LINK VRAINS, knowing that he'd go after the WATER Ignis, after Gore had captured Earth.[8]

Aqua telling Aoi about Miyu

Aqua telling Blue Girl about Miyu

Just as Blood Shepherd attacked Aqua, Blue Girl showed up and rescued her. Blood Shepherd attacked Blue Girl and chased her, but ended up facing Ghost Gal, who noted how much time had passed since they had seen each other. Ghost Gal refused to have Blood Shepherd obtain the WATER Ignis, and used a program to teleport Blood Shepherd in a place where he could not track the Ignis down. Ghost Gal and Blue Girl were warped away in a safe place with Aqua, where they stated they were Aqua's allies, and did not come to hurt her. Aqua stated it was the second time she saved her; due to her power to distinguish the truth, Aqua noted Blue Girl was actually Skye Zaizen. Blue Girl said it was the first time they met, to which Aqua pointed out the first time was when she saved Miyu. Blue Girl explained her past about Miyu being her first friend and how she told Miyu's mother she was the one who lost her precious ring to protect Miyu. Aqua told Blue Girl Miyu never forgot about that, and wanted to apologize, revealing Skye's friend was a victim of the Lost Incident and Aqua's partner. Aqua admitted she wanted to contact Miyu, who was affected by Lightning's virus, and put in a coma she could not recover from. However, she regained her most precious memory of Skye, prompting Ghost Gal to confront Blood Shepherd herself.[8]

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Playmaker, Soulburner, Blue Maiden, and the human-aligned Ignis team up.

Blue Girl was silent, and thought of Miyu, who was a victim of Lost Incident. Aqua exclaimed even after she lost the Duels in that project, her resolve to find Skye and apologize to her never faltered down. Aqua remarked Skye changed Miyu, but the former exclaimed Miyu actually changed her, since she became more open to others. Aqua stated that Skye had inspired Miyu, and that courage was passed onto Aqua to stop Lightning. To do that, she wanted to ally with Skye. Seeing how Miyu endured the pain, Blue Girl decided to try hard, too, and accepted this alliance, and Aqua went into her Duel Disk. Later, Blue Girl went back to LINK VRAINS with Aqua, and met up with Ghost Gal, Soulburner and Playmaker. Aqua greeted Ai, the DARK Ignis. Just as Flame went to introduce himself, Blue Girl announced her rebirth. She transformed her avatar, calling herself now as Blue Maiden, and exclaimed she would now fight together with Playmaker. Ghost Gal stated now all three participants arrived. With rebuilding of Cyberse World, saving Miyu and stopping Lightning, the trio rode off.[7]

Skye sent a letter to Akira, as she wished to be alone for a while, to figure out what the Ignis were. In LINK VRAINS, while Blue Maiden went with her companions, Aqua wondered if she had any regrets, since she was dragged into this conflict. Blue Maiden reminded that she also fought to save Miyu. Aqua feared that Blue Maiden would eventually face her brother, but Blue Maiden thought it was for the best to find her own path. Aqua noticed her former prison, to where Blue Maiden, Playmaker, Soulburner and Ghost Gal went to. They went to inspect traces of Lightning's logs, but Ai found nothing.[41] The group continued searching the network, but found no trace of Lightning. Flame and Aqua advised caution, for Lightning was the type that erased any sort of evidence. Soulburner sensed they could only wait until the situation escalates. Later, Kolter saw a signal in LINK VRAINS, and led Playmaker to it. Playmaker regrouped with Takeru, Blue Maiden and Ghost Gal, and sensed Lightning beyond the portal. Blue Maiden exclaimed this was their opportunity to face Lightning, and Soulburner cheered her on for her bravery. The group went through the portal, where they saw Lightning and Jin facing Blood Shepherd. Lightning explained to the group that he wanted them invited; he Dueled Blood Shepherd to reduce the amount of his enemies. Thus, the group watched the Duel, and noted how Blood Shepherd timed his "Snatch Drone" destroy "Judgement Arrows", though Lightning managed to evade its negative effects.[42]

Blue Maiden was surprised at "Armatos Legio Gradius", as Soulburner and Aqua explained that it applied its effect to "Centurion", whom it linked to that monster. The group became frustrated, since Lightning managed to build a solid defense, as well as offense. In the end, Blood Shepherd was defeated. With him gone, Lightning turned to the group, and stated they would be his next targets, then disappeared.[43] In the real world, Skye reported to Emma that Playmaker and Soulburner returned to LINK VRAINS. Skye wanted to join them, but Aqua was alerted, fearing something sad would happen. Later, Emma joined Skye, and the two watched the Gore Duel Playmaker. Skye logged in to LINK VRAINS, and joined Soulburner, who admitted he used to look up to the Gore as one of the heroes that had saved cyberspace. As the Gore played "Mad Evolution", Blue Maiden noticed Aqua kneeled, as she felt something terrible was to happen. Blue Maiden and Aqua gasped, as the Gore used Earth's Link Monster, "G Golem Crystal Heart", showing that Earth's data has been integrated into the Gore.[44]

Relationships

Akira Zaizen

Skye and Akira are step-siblings. He cares very deeply for Skye due to their parents dying while they were young. Skye, on the other hand, is shown to have a big brother complex and idolizes him. Akira is aware that she is Blue Angel, but fails to see her desire to gain recognition from him. Akira unknowingly neglects her due to him working to ensure she doesn't have any hardships. However, Akira has shown that Skye is more important than his work as he risked his position to find a cure for her. He also seems protective of her, as seen when he questioned Yusaku about their relationship, or when he confronted Varis for the removal program.

Yusaku Fujiki (Playmaker)

Skye and Yusaku are classmates, but only Yusaku is aware of her alter-ego. As "Blue Angel", Skye is shown to develop an interest in Yusaku's alter-ego, "Playmaker", after he saved her from a "Cracking Dragon".[3] She is shown to be grateful to "Playmaker" for saving her, and saved him in return after he fell from his D-Board.[6] She also has a desire to defeat him in a Duel to prove herself.

Initially, Yusaku was interested in getting close to Skye in order to obtain new leads regarding SOL Technology and his fight against Hanoi, but Skye assumed that he, like many others, wanted a new Duel Disk or a job at SOL so she quickly dismissed him.[4] Likewise, when Skye was broadcasting challenges for a duel to Playmaker, Yusaku wasn't interested in dueling her unless it was related to the Knights of Hanoi. However, Yusaku became shocked when he discovered that Skye may have had ties to the Knights of Hanoi showing that he never thought of her as enemy, but was still willing to duel her nevertheless.

During his duel with Skye, he was visibly disturbed when Hanoi's card began damaging Skye so he rushed to end the Duel as quickly as possible, out of concern for her well being. After the Duel, Yusaku felt it was his responsibility to help Skye recover from her coma and willingly walked into a trap set by Ghost Gal for the sake of saving her. After Yusaku's defeat of Varis allowed him to obtain the removal program which he used to awaken her, he immediately asked Kolter, if Skye was alright.

When Yusaku as Playmaker hacked into Sol Technologies' main server, Skye began to feel a great deal of sympathy for him, after hearing about Yusaku/Playmaker's traumatic past. After Skye's recovery, Yusaku is shown to still be concerned about her safety and well-being as he appeared worried about the fact that she hadn't attended school for a long time. Ai also teases him for being worried about her.

Following the events of the first Season, Skye begins to open up and act more friendly towards Yusaku. She approached him to say thank you for helping her out when he rang the ambulance and took her to the hospital after he had discovered her unconscious body and even ordered food from him while he was working Cafe Nagi, in a coy manner to thank him.[31] She also interacts with him more at school by greeting him with a "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon", whenever she sees him, although she is still unaware of his secret identity as Playmaker.

Having learned the truth about the Ignis from Akira, Blue Girl sympathizes with Playmaker and joins forces with him to protect the Ignis, reassuring him that she understands and is on his side and even challenging Gore when he tried to duel Playmaker. After partnering with Aqua, Skye immediately teams up with Playmaker and Soulburner to stop Lightning and save Jin and Miyu, using a new avatar called Blue Maiden.

Emma Bessho

Emma started to take an interest in Skye after learning she is Blue Angel and Akira's sister. She has helped Skye in many ways and shows concern for her well being. After learning that Blue Angel hasn't showed up in LINK VRAINS for a long time Emma then encouraged Skye to go back to her sense however took her advice as a insult and became angry at Emma. After learning from Playmaker that Emma became a victim of Tower of Hanoi Skye showed concern over her well being and determined to save her even demanding Specter about her whereabouts.

In the first half of Season 2, Skye had become Emma's partner in learning about the Ignis, even changing her avatar with similarities to Ghost Gal.

Aqua

Aqua immediately recognized Skye from absorbing a part of Miyu's memories, to whom she expressed gratitude for covering Miyu's mistake during their childhood and for saving herself from Blood Shepherd. She reminds Skye of her bond with Miyu, explaining how Miyu's strong resolve to see Skye again was what kept her going during the Hanoi Project. Aqua also trusts and believes in Skye enough to willingly partner with her and join forces with Playmaker and Soulburner.

Miyu

Young Miyu & Young Aoi

Young Miyu & Young Aoi

Miyu is Aoi's first and childhood friend. They played together a lot until one day, Miyu brought her mother's most precious ring. Miyu wanted Aoi to wear it but then dropped it into the drain, losing it. Miyu's mother then comes and asks Miyu where her ring is. Miyu continues to cry and is unable to answer. Then, Aoi steps up and lies that she asked Miyu to bring the ring but she accidentally loses it. Miyu's mother then becomes angry and forbids Aoi from playing with her daughter again and drags Miyu away as Miyu protests that Aoi was lying. Aoi starts to cry when Miyu leaves, showing that Aoi really did like and think of Miyu as her friend.

According to Skye, after her parents died, she closed her heart off to the world. However, Miyu opened her heart again, which she was grateful for. When Skye learns that Miyu is a victim of the Lost Incident and is in a coma due to Lightning's virus, she teams up with Aqua to save her.

Deck

Skye uses a "Trickstar" Burn Deck[3] that incorporates Link Summoning as the primary extra deck summoning. Her main strategy is to first gain card advantage while Summoning multiple "Trickstar" monsters, then use a combination of "Trickster Light Stage" and "Trickstar Lycoris" to inflict effect damage to the opponent multiple times a turn, while powering up "Trickstar Holly Angel" at the same time. Ai describes her Duel style as "poking with needles". Her tactics also include quickly assembling different "Trickstar" cards to perform a variety of combos, which grew to include Fusion Summoning following her duel with Specter. By her own admission, the deck has low offensive power and has a weakness for being directly overpowered by opponents.

Deck

Duels

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Unnamed Duelist 6 Win
Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 7 Lose
Prototype Ai-B 17 Win
Clarissa Turner/Baira 25-26 Win
Specter 32-34 Lose
Takeru Homura/Soulburner 56 Lose

Trivia

  • Skye is the only female lead who is not a close friend of the protagonist. Although she does occasionally work with him.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 18: "Wound Etched Into His Heart"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 7: "Fallen Angel"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 6: "True Blue"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 25: "Suture the Circuit"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 77: "Siblings in Conflict"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 76: "Memories Brought Back"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 33: "Angel With Blue Tears"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 8: "A Storm is Coming"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 9: "Malicious Mayhem"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 10: "Eye of the Storm"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 11: "Neutralized"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 12: "Link the Circuit"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 16: "Hack Attack"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 17: "Flawless AI Duelist"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 19: "The Lost Incident"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 20: "A Piece of the Puzzle"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 24: "To Gore Or Not To Gore"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 26: "Diagnosis: Deletion"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 28: "Bugging Out"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 32: "Tower of Hanoi"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 34: "Sacred Tree"
  25. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 35: "The Other Lost Incident"
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 38: "Hanoi’s Recollection"
  27. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 46: "The Circuit That Draws the Future"
  28. 28.0 28.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 61: "Despair from Darkness"
  29. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 51: "Man Who Gave Up Charisma"
  30. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 52: "Hero In Name Only"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 47: "Playmaker Returns"
  32. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 48: "Judgment Arrow"
  33. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 49: "Duelist Clad in Flames"
  34. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 50: "Transfer Student Takeru Homura"
  35. 35.0 35.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 53: "Bounty Hunter Blood Shepherd"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 55: "To the Unknown World"
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 56: "Blue Girl's First Battle!"
  38. 38.0 38.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 60: "Brave Max the Loser"
  39. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 74: "Captured Ignis"
  40. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 75: "The Demon Possessing His Heart"
  41. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 78: "Rebellious Bounty Hunter"
  42. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 79: "Speed of Light - Lightning"
  43. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 80: "Bounty Hunter's Duty"
  44. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 81: "Arrived at the Summit"

Notes

  1. This card is given to Skye by Specter in episode 6.