"Naoki Shima the Fighter" is the twenty-seventh episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on November 15, 2017. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day.

As the Another phenomenon begins to affect the real world, everyone begins to panic, and LINK VRAINS is put on high alert. Due to something, Naoki Shima decides to fight against the Knights of Hanoi...

Featured Duel: Lonely Brave vs. Knight of Hanoi

Lonely Brave VS Knights of Hanoi

The Duel is conducted as a Master Duel.

Turn 1: Knight of Hanoi
KoH's hand contains three copies of "Steelswarm Mantis", "Steelswarm Hercules", and "Hand Destruction". Brave's hand contains three copies of "Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest" and two copies of "Yellow Baboon, Archer of the Forest".

KoH activates "Hand Destruction", making both players send two cards from their hand to the GY and draw two cards. KoH sends two copies of "Mantis" to his GY and draws "A Feather of the Phoenix" and "Soul Charge", while Brave sends two copies of "Green Baboon" to his GY and draws "Yellow Baboon" and "Wild Nature's Release". KoH activates "A Feather of the Phoenix", discarding a card to return a card in his GY to the top of his Deck. He discards the last copy of "Mantis", then returns "Hand Destruction" to the top of his Deck. KoH activates "Soul Charge", Special Summoning any number of monsters from his GY, then losing 1000 LP for each monster Special Summoned. He Special Summons three copies of "Mantis" (2200/0) (KoH: 4000 → 1000 LP). KoH Tributes the three copies of "Mantis" to Tribute Summon "Steelswarm Hercules" (3200/0).

Turn 2: Lonely Brave
Brave draws "Cyberse Wizard" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/800). Brave activates the effect of "Wizard", letting him change a monster KoH controls to Defense Position, while letting Cyberse monsters inflict piercing battle damage this turn but only monsters Brave controls can only attack that monster this turn. He changes "Hercules" to Defense Position. "Wizard" attacks and destroys "Hercules" (KoH: 1000 → 0 LP).

Featured cards

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

Lonely Brave (Naoki Shima)
Knight of Hanoi