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"Pointless Justice" is the thirty-sixth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on January 24, 2018. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day.

Specter's devious Sunavalon combo keeps replenishing his LP and Summoning Sunvines, but Playmaker never lets up his attacks. Playmaker manages to figure out its weak point, and comes up with a plan to counter it, but...

Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Specter

Duel continues from the previous episode.

Turn 2: Playmaker
As a Cyberse Link Monster battled, Playmaker activates the effect of "Multi Sledgehammer", giving it a Hammer Counter ("Multi Sledgehammer": 0 → 1 Hammer Counter). As it was co-linked to two monsters, Playmaker activates the effect of "Binary Sorceress" to halve the ATK of a monster he controls, then increasing the ATK of another monster he controls by the same value until the End Phase. He halves the ATK of "Binary Sorceress" and increases the ATK of "Binary Blader" ("Binary Sorceress": 1600 → 800 ATK, "Binary Blader": 1800 → 2600 ATK). "Binary Blader" attacks "Sunvine Gardna". As "Binary Blader" battled, Playmaker activates its effect, making the opponent's monster unable to be destroyed by that battle, also it can make a second attack. Specter activates the effect of "Gardna" to reduce the battle damage he would take by 800 for every Link Arrow a "Sunavalon" Link Monster that points to it has, in this case, one. The attack continues, but "Gardna" is not destroyed (Specter: 4000 → 2800 LP). As a monster co-linked to "Binary Sorceress" inflicted battle damage, Playmaker activates its effect, gaining LP equal to the damage dealt (Playmaker: 4000 → 5200 LP) and as a Cyberse Link Monster battled, Playmaker activates the effect of "Multi Sledgehammer" ("Multi Sledgehammer": 1 → 2 Hammer Counter). As Specter took battle damage, he activates his face-down Continuous Trap Card "Sunavalon Glorious Growth", Special Summoning a "Sunvine Token" (0/0), then letting him Link Summon using it and monsters he controls as Link Material. Specter uses the "Sunvine Token", "Gardna" and "Sunavalon Dryas" to Link Summon "Sunavalon Dryanome" (0/LINK-3/↙↓↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. Specter then activates the effect of "Glorious Growth", gaining LP equal to the damage taken, then inflicting that amount as damage to Playmaker (Specter: 2800 → 4000 LP; Playmaker: 5200 → 4000 LP).

"Binary Blader" attacks directly, with the effects of "Binary Sorceress" and "Multi Sledgehammer" following after (Specter: 4000 → 1400 LP; Playmaker: 4000 → 6600 LP; "Multi Sledgehammer": 2 → 3 Hammer Counter). As Specter took battle damage, he activates the effect of "Dryanome", which allows him to Special Summon a "Sunvine" Link Monster from his Extra Deck to a zone it points to, then he gains LP equal to the damage he took. Specter Special Summons "Sunvine Gardna" (600/LINK-1/↑) to the zone the bottom Link Arrow of "Dryanome" points to, and gains LP (Specter: 1400 → 4000 LP). As Specter gained LP, he activates the effect of "Glorious Growth", inflicting that amount as damage to Playmaker (Playmaker: 6600 → 4000 LP).

As "Multi Sledgehammer" is co-linked to a Cyberse monster, it can attack directly. "Multi Sledgehammer" attacks directly. As "Multi Sledgehammer" attacked, Playmaker activates its effect, removing all Hammer Counters from "Multi Sledgehammer" to increase its ATK by 1000 for each Hammer Counter removed ("Multi Sledgehammer": 3 → 0 Hammer Counter; 1000 → 4000 ATK) until the End Phase. As Playmaker's monster attacked directly, Specter activates the effect of "Glorious Growth" to negate the attack then redirect that attack to a "Sunvine" monster he controls. He redirects the attack to "Gardna", with the effect of "Gardna" reducing the battle damage he would take by 800 for every Link Arrow a "Sunavalon" Link Monster that points to it has, in this case, three. "Gardna" is destroyed, with the effect of "Binary Sorceress" following after (Specter: 4000 → 3000 LP; Playmaker: 4000 → 5000 LP). Specter activates the effects of "Dryanome" and "Glorious Growth" in sequence, Special Summoning "Gardna" to the zone the bottom-left Link Arrow of "Dryanome" points to (Specter: 3000 → 4000 LP; Playmaker: 5000 → 4000 LP). As "Gardna" was destroyed and sent to the GY, Specter activates its effect to end the Battle Phase. Playmaker Sets a card.

Turn 3: Specter
Specter sends a card from his hand to the GY to activate the Continuous Spell Card "Sunvine Shrine". Once per turn, Specter can Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Plant Normal Monster from his GY. He Special Summon "Sunseed Genius Loci" (0/600) from the GY. Specter uses "Genius Loci" to Link Summon "Sunvine Thrasher" (800/LINK-1/↓) to the zone the bottom-right Link Arrow of "Dryanome" points to. Specter activates the effect of "Thrasher", which lets him increase its ATK by 800 for every Link Arrow a "Sunavalon" Link Monster that points to it has, in this case three ("Thrasher": 800 → 3200 ATK).

"Thrasher" attacks "Binary Blader". Playmaker activates the effect of "Binary Sorceress" to halve the ATK of "Multi Sledgehammer" and increase the ATK of "Binary Blader" by the lost ATK ("Multi Sledgehammer": 1000 → 500 ATK; "Binary Blader": 1800 → 2300 ATK). "Thrasher" destroys "Binary Blader" (Playmaker: 4000 → 3100 LP). As "Thrasher" destroyed a monster by battle, Specter activates its effect, Special Summoning that monster to a zone a "Sunavalon" Link Monster points to. He Special Summons "Binary Blader" (1800/LINK-2/←→) to the zone the bottom Link Arrow of "Dryanome" points to. "Binary Blader" attacks and destroys "Binary Sorceress" (Playmaker: 3100 → 2900 LP).

Specter Normal Summons "Genius Loci" (0/600). Specter uses "Genius Loci" and "Gardna" to Link Summon "Sunavalon Daphne" (0/LINK-2/←→) to the zone the bottom-left Link Arrow of "Dryanome" points to. Specter Tributes "Binary Blader" to activate the effect of "Daphne", returning both copies of "Gardna" in his GY to his Extra Deck. Specter Sets a card.

Turn 4: Playmaker
Specter activates the Continuous Trap Card "Sunavalon Force". While "Force" is on the field, "Sunavalon" monsters cannot be targeted by Playmaker's card effects. Playmaker Normal Summons "Draconnet". As "Draconnet" was Normal Summoned, Playmaker activates its effect, Special Summoning a Level 2 or lower Normal Monster from his hand or Deck in Defense Position. He Special Summons "Bitron" (200/2000). Playmaker uses "Bitron" to Link Summon "Link Spider" (1000/LINK-1/↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. Playmaker activates the effect of "Link Spider", Special Summoning a Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from his hand to a zone it points to. He Special Summons "Digitron" (1500/0) to the zone the bottom Link Arrow of "Link Spider" points to. Playmaker uses "Link Spider" and "Draconnet" to Link Summon "Underclock Taker" (1000/LINK-2/←↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. Playmaker uses "Digitron" and the Link-2 "Multi Sledgehammer" to Link Summon "Excode Talker" (2300/LINK-3/←↑→) to the zone the bottom Link Arrow of "Underclock Taker" points to. Monsters "Excode Talker" points to gain 500 ATK, also they cannot be destroyed by card effects ("Underclock Taker": 1000 → 1500 ATK). As "Excode Talker" was Link Summoned, Playmaker activates its effect, which allows him to prevent the use of a number of Main Monster Zones up to the number of cards in the Extra Monster Zones while "Excode Talker" is on the field. As two monsters are in the Extra Monster Zones, Playmaker prevents the use of both zones the left and right Link Arrows of "Daphne" point to. Playmaker activates the effect of "Underclock Taker" to reduce the ATK of Specter's monster by the ATK of a monster it points to. Playmaker reduces the ATK of "Thrasher" by the ATK of "Excode Talker" ("Thrasher": 3200 → 900 ATK).

At this point, Specter reveals that Akira Zaizen has been captured and will be infected with a computer virus if Specter's LP reduce so Playmaker does not attack. During the End Phase, the effect of "Underclock Taker" expires ("Thrasher": 900 → 3200 ATK).

Turn 5: Specter
"Thrasher" attacks and destroys "Underclock Taker" (Playmaker: 2900 → 1200 LP). As Playmaker's monster was destroyed by battle, Specter activates the effect of "Force", inflicting 100 damage to Playmaker for every Link Arrow the Link Monster with the highest Link Rating on the field has, in this case, three (Playmaker: 1200 → 900 LP).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards

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

Playmaker (Yusaku Fujiki)
Specter