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"Genome's Giant" is the twenty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on October 18, 2017. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day.

In order to rescue a boy who fell victim to the "Another" phenomenon, Go Onizuka confronted the criminal who called himself Dr. Genome. Determined to win no matter what, Go casts away his entertainment style and Duels like a heel.

Featured Duel: Go Onizuka vs Dr. Genome

Go VS Genome

The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel.

Turn 1: Dr. Genome
As Genome controls no monsters, he discards a "Helixx" card to Normal Summon "Helixx Marmotroll" (2600/0) without Tributing. Once per turn, Genome takes no battle damage involving "Marmotroll".

Turn 2: Go Onizuka
Go Normal Summons "Gouki Suprex" (1800/0). As it was Normal Summoned, Go activates its effect to Special Summon a "Gouki" monster from his hand. He Special Summons "Gouki Twistcobra" (1600/0). Go activates the effect of "Gouki Headbatt" (800/0) in his hand, sending another "Gouki" monster from his hand to the GY, to Special Summon it in Defense Position, then increasing a "Gouki" monster's ATK by 800. He sends "Gouki Riscorpio" and targets "Suprex" ("Suprex": 1800 → 2600 ATK). Go uses "Headbatt", "Twistcobra", and "Suprex" to Link Summon "Gouki Thunder Ogre" (2200/LINK-3/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Headbatt", "Twistcobra", and "Suprex" were sent from the field to the GY, Go activates their effects, to each add a "Gouki" card from his Deck to his hand. He adds three unknown "Gouki" cards. Go equips "Thunder Ogre" with "Gouki Dark Mask". Up to twice per turn, if the equipped monster's effect activates, "Dark Mask" inflicts 500 damage to Genome, and as long as "Dark Mask" is on the field, Go cannot Link Summon. Go activates the Spell Card "Gouki Poison Mist", inflicting 700 damage to Genome (Genome: 4000 → 3300 LP). The effect of "Thunder Ogre" allows the turn player to Normal Summon a monster to a zone it points to in addition to their Normal Summon/Set. Since the only monsters he controls are "Gouki" monsters, Go Normal Summons "Gouki Riscorpio" (2300/0) without Tributing.

"Riscorpio" attacks "Marmotroll", with "Riscorpio" being destroyed (Go: 4000 → 3700 LP). As a monster it points to was destroyed, Go activates the effect of "Thunder Ogre", increasing its ATK by 400 ("Thunder Ogre": 2200 → 2600 ATK). As the effect of "Thunder Ogre" was activated, the effect of "Dark Mask" activates, inflicting 500 damage to Genome (Genome: 3300 → 2800 LP). As "Riscorpio" left the field, Go activates its effect, to add a "Gouki" card from his Deck to his hand. He adds "Twistcobra". Go activates his Skill "Fighting Spirit", to Special Summon all "Gouki" monsters that were destroyed by battle this turn. He Special Summons "Riscorpio". "Riscorpio" attacks "Marmotroll", with "Riscorpio" being destroyed (Go: 3700 → 3400 LP). Go activates the effect of "Thunder Ogre" ("Thunder Ogre": 2600 → 3000 ATK), and then the effect of "Dark Mask" activates (Genome: 2800 → 2300 LP). "Thunder Ogre" attacks and destroys "Marmotroll", with the effect of the latter reducing battle damage to 0.

Turn 3: Dr. Genome
Genome activates the Spell Card "Graveyard Incubation", Special Summoning 2 "Hellix" monsters with the same name from his GY with their effects negated and their ATK and DEF reduced to 0. He Special Summons two copies of "Marmotroll" (Both "Marmotroll": 2600 → 0 ATK). Genome uses both copies of "Marmotroll" to Link Summon "Helixx Gothiclone" (0/LINK-2/↑↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. As there is a Link Monster on Genome's field, he Normal Summons "Helixx Dreadrat" (1200/2000) without Tributing. Genome Sets a card.

"Gothiclone" attacks "Thunder Ogre". The effect of "Gothiclone" makes its ATK equal to the monster it is battling ("Gothiclone": 0 → 3000 ATK) until the End Phase, while its other effect prevents "Gothiclone" from being destroyed by battle once per turn. The effect of "Dark Mask" prevents the equipped monster from being destroyed by battle or card effect once per turn. As "Gothiclone" was not destroyed by battle as a result of its effect, Genome activates its effect, Tributing a monster it points to to inflict damage to Go equal to the Tributed monster's ATK. Genome Tributes "Dreadrat" (Go: 3400 → 2200 LP)..

Turn 4: Go Onizuka
As all monsters he controls are "Gouki" monsters, Go Normal Summons "Riscorpio" (2300/0) without Tributing. The effect of "Thunder Ogre" allows Go to Normal Summon "Twistcobra" to a zone "Thunder Ogre" points to. Go activates the effect of "Twistcobra", Tributing a "Gouki" monster to increase the ATK of a "Gouki" monster he controls equal to the Tributed monster's ATK until the End Phase. He Tributes "Riscorpio" and targets "Thunder Ogre" ("Thunder Ogre": 3000 → 5300 ATK). As "Riscorpio" was sent from the field to the GY, Go activates its effect to add a "Gouki" card from his Deck to his hand. He adds "Gouki Serpent Splash", and subsequently activates it to inflict damage equal to the difference between the original and current ATK of a "Gouki" monster. He targets "Thunder Ogre", but Genome activates his face-down Trap Card "Regeneration Cure" to reduce the effect damage to 0 and Special Summon a "Helixx Token" (0/0).

Turn 5: Dr. Genome
Genome activates the effect of "Dreadrat" in the GY, to Special Summon it (1200/2000), but it is banished when it leaves the field. Genome uses "Dreadrat" and the "Helixx Token" to Link Summon "Helixx Necro Darwin" (1800/LINK-2/←↑). While "Necro Darwin" is co-linked, it cannot be attacked.

"Necro Darwin" attacks and destroys "Twistcobra" (Go: 2200 → 2000 LP). As "Twistcobra" was sent to the GY, Go activates its effect to add "Gouki Octostretch" from his Deck to his hand. As the "Twistcobra" that "Thunder Ogre" points to was destroyed by battle, Go activates its effect to increase its ATK by 400 ("Thunder Ogre": 3000 → 3400 ATK), then the effect of "Dark Mask" follows, but Genome activates the effect of "Necro Darwin" to reduce that damage to 0, and double its ATK until the end of the turn ("Necro Darwin": 1800 → 3600 ATK). "Gothiclone" attacks "Thunder Ogre", with the effect of the former making its ATK equal to the monster it is battling ("Gothiclone": 0 → 3400 ATK), while the effects of "Gothiclone" and "Dark Mask" prevent them from being destroyed by battle. As "Gothiclone" was not destroyed by battle as a result of its effect, Genome activates its effect to Tribute a monster it points to to inflicts damage to Go equal to the Tributed monster's ATK. Genome Tributes "Necro Darwin", but Go activates the effect of "Octostretch" in his hand to halve the damage (Go: 2000 → 200 LP).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards

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

Go Onizuka
Dr. Genome
Flashbacks

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