"My Name is Playmaker" is the first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on May 10, 2017. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on June 1, 2017.

Den City is the city where the newest network technology was developed. There we have the LINK VRAINS, a cyberspace managed by the SOL Technologies Inc. where people Duel night and day. Our protagonist, Yusaku Fujiki, is a cool student with excellent observation abilities. In order to defeat a group who plans to ruin the LINK VRAINS, the Knights of Hanoi, he transforms into his avatar Playmaker and Duels them. One day, Yusaku gets the information that SOL Technology is desperately searching for: a mysterious lifeform with the help of Shoichi Kusanagi, a hacker who shares Yusaku's goals. Noticing the Knights of Hanoi are also after it, Yusaku prepares a trap and plans his capture strategies...


Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Knight of Hanoi

Duel is shown from an unspecified turn. Playmaker controls "Linkslayer" (2000/600) in Attack Position and the Knight of Hanoi controls "Hack Worm" (400/0). Neither player has any cards in their hand.

Playmaker's turn
"Linkslayer" attacks and destroys "Hack Worm".

The rest of the Duel is not shown, but Playmaker wins.


  • This marks the first time that the new Summoning method is not introduced in the first episode, as well as the first time that a new Type is introduced in the first episode.

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Playmaker (Yusaku Fujiki)
Knights of Hanoi

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