"The Brave Battler", known as "Naoki Shima the Fighter" in the Japanese version, 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.and will air on Teletoon on December 1, 2018
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).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.