I don't know if they'll have Ai be the final villain or they're just having a fake out for the time being. We don't know why exactly he chose to give himself or Roboppy human forms. He probably could have gotten revenge for his friend without doing that, so there's probably more to his decision. I was surprised that Roboppy turned out to be a boy or at least given a male avatar. Like I mentioned before, they wouldn't bother to introduce new female characters now.So Ai the villain here? Interesting choice, we seen that before in other series, but not for a whole arc. So that machine is a male, I always it was a girl.
Well I wouldn't say that Ai is just like Lightning at this point. Lightning wanted to destroy humanity and seemingly enjoyed torturing Jin even before he was created. Ai so far has only targeted Queen for hurting the Earth Ignis.zoombie said:So after all this talk about how Lightning is wrong about humanity, Ai is just going to be like him?
I don't know how giving her a backstory would have helped. Queen was pretty much a nothing kind of character. She showed up once in awhile to look pretty and evil, but that was it. She wasn't much of a threat, didn't really do much aside from insisting that Onizuka merged with the Earth Ignis they captured to where he nearly died and had no role in the last stretch of the season. Giving her a backstory at the last minute for her swan song wouldn't have meant anything and probably would have felt too much like a forced or insincere attempt at giving her depth.zoombie said:I was hoping we would get some backstory on the Queen, if pretty much writing her off for the rest of the series, I like to have gotten some backstory for her swan song.
Besides all that, it still would have been bad to have her lose in order to hype Ai up. This was her first and seemingly last duel of the series. She was not established as a strong duelist beforehand and some fans expected her to be the main villain for this season, but they still used her as a stepping stone for Ai and to showcase his new deck. Even though Ai has been mostly the comedy relief character and other characters needed to explain their combos/strategy for him throughout most of the series, Ai is suddenly good enough to defeat another duelist in one turn. He wasn't presented as incompetent necessarily. Other characters explaining their strategies was more of a way to help make the audience understand the game as opposed to making Ai look like an idiot, but I never got the impression that Ai was that good even with knowing that he is created from Yusaku's mental torture.
Using a female character to make a male duelist look so much stronger is a big problem in Vrains. That has happened to Aoi and Emma multiple times. This still wouldn't be really a problem if they got some meaningful victories to balance things out, but they really don't. They'll get some token victories or in Emma's case win a duel that is a complete waste of time, but the moment they're up against a more well established character, then they're tossed aside so that Yusaku can save the day. No amount of backstory would have made Queen's defeat less problematic in that regard. It would still have sexist overtones simply because that's how Vrains has always treated its female characters.