Shoichi Kusanagi
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Japanese (くさ)(なぎ) (しょう)(いち)
Base 草薙 翔一
Furigana くさなぎ しょういち
Rōmaji Kusanagi Shōichi
English Cal Kolter
Other Names, etc. Unnamed
Personal Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Age 24
Status Alive
Relatives Jin Kusanagi (Younger brother)[1][2]
Eye Gray
Hair Purple
Duel Monster statistics
Lose 1
Monster Type User Link Monster
Occupation Hacker
Hotdog stand owner[3]
Partner(s) Yusaku Fujiki
Ai (former)
Takeru Homura
Flame (deceased)
Enemies The Knights of Hanoi (Season 1)
Bohman (Season 2)
Lightning (Season 2)
Ai (Season 3)
Roboppy (Season 3)
Anime Episode 1
English Sam Black
Japanese Subaru Kimura

Mako Muto (Young)

Shoichi Kusanagi ((くさ)(なぎ) (しょう)(いち), Kusanagi Shōichi) known as Cal Kolter in the English Dub is a character appearing in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. He works as a hot-dog vendor in the city. However, that is merely a cover, as he is actually a skilled hacker who supports "Playmaker" in Dueling.[4]

Operating out of a food truck called Café Nagi, which doubles as his and Yusaku's base of operations, Shoichi is an ally of Yusaku Fujiki in his fight against the Knights of Hanoi, with intergral knowledge of the Link VRAINS.[5]

Appereance Edit

Design Edit

Shoichi is a young man with fair skin and grey eyes. His purple hair comes to the base of his neck, and it has multiple small bangs brushed over to hide his forehead, and he also sports a small goatee. Shochi dresses simply, wearing a brown trench coat over a purple hoodie with a bronze zipper and light blue shirt, and teal pants tucked into burgundy boots with prominent black soles.

As a child, Shoichi wore blue hoodie and gray pants.

In Virtual reality, Unnamed wears long dark red coat with white trim, dark red hat, black shirt with purple trim, jeans, brown coat and dark red boots.

Personality Edit

Soichi is a rather friendly individual. He's shown to be sympathetic towards Yusaku and hopes he can one day enjoy Dueling again. He also regrets dragging him into the fight against the Knights of Hanoi.

Unlike Yusaku, Shoichi doesn't seem to actively show hatred towards Hanoi.[6]

Abilities Edit

Being the owner of a food truck, Soichi is a capable cook; he was seen cooking hotdogs.

Like Yusaku, he's a talented hacker. He was able to get information about SOL Technologies's activities and helped Yusaku capture Ai in the latter's Duel Disk.[7]

Biography Edit

Past Edit

Post Lost Incident case Edit

Six months later, after the kids were saved, Shoichi rushes to Jin Kusanagi asking if he's fine and where have he

Shoichi swore that he'll save Jin Kusanagi

been, but after Shoichi saw in what condition is Jin, he was shocked and decided to find out more about his kidnappers, so Shoichi give up from his sports ambitions, learning about hackering in order to help his little brother, Jin.

Unnamed and Unknown Edit


Unnamed surround by The Knights of Hanoi

Shoichi, as Unnamed, continued to investigate the Lost incident in LINK VRAINS. One day, however, The Knights of Hanoi cornered him, and just as Unnamed believed he could not get out of this, Unknown appeared. Unknown rushed to his aid, stating Unnamed should still watch over his brother, and the incident was not his fault, either. Unknown decided to fight the knights,

Unnamed meets Unknown

and pointed a path where Unnamed could log out. Unnamed did so, leaving Unknown to fight one of the knights. Shoichi rushed to the computer, where he watched Unknown dueling the knight of Hanoi. He was amazed that Unknown defeated the knight so easily, and seeing Unknown also investigated the Lost Incident, he remarked that person was the one Shoichi needed. To assist Unknown, Shoichi opened a portal to let him escape, and told him to come to Café Nagi.

Meeting Yusaku Fujiki/Unknown Edit


Shoichi meets Unknown

Yusaku did so, and bought a hot dog from Shoichi. He thanked Shoichi for saving him, referring to him as Unnamed. Shoichi was shocked that Yusaku was so young, and explained he was investigating the Lost Incident, for his brother had been a victim of that project. He asked for Yusaku's help, for they could save his brother from the suffering. Shoichi introduced himself, offering his skills to Yusaku to protect him in LINK VRAINS. Yusaku acknowledged his call and confirmed he'd help Shoichi, and introduced himself as Yusaku Fujiki.

The mysterious dungeon Edit


Unnamed and Unknown at the dungeon

For a while Unknown continued to fight Knights of Hanoi minions, but none of them had the info they needed. Shoichi doubted they needed to speak with them, reminding they were in LINK VRAINS to hunt after Cyberse cards. Yusaku noticed Shoichi was investigating something: the latter explained there was a legend of a dungeon inside LINK VRAINS. It's creator was being hunted by the Knights of Hanoi, and set up the dungeon to protect themselves and the Cyberse deck. Shoichi laughed the legend off, but Yusaku pondered the thought, since the knights were hunting Cyberse cards. Believing the knights were afraid of Cyberse cards, Yusaku concluded that could be the weapon against their enemies. Thus, Unnamed and Unknown went into a dungeon inside LINK VRAINS. Just as Unknown went to alert Unnamed, the latter stepped on a trigger plate and nearly fell in a chasm of spikes, containing Duel Disks. Unknown caught Unnamed, who thanked him, noting the creator of the dungeon watched too many movies. He believed he'd take a lot of damage, but Unknown stated that without his Duel Disk, he wouldn't be able to log out. Unnamed still believed the dungeon to be a trap by the Knights of Hanoi. Unknown didn't mind that, for they were still searching for information about the Lost Incident. However, since the Deck was being hunted by the Knights of Hanoi, Unknown believed that would give them the attention needed so the knights would come after them. Unnamed noted how far Unknown has planned, who pressed a plate and revealed a secret passage, containing a sarcophagus and some plages.

Ancient Ghost vs Knight of Hanoi Edit

Unnamed and Unknown kneeled, as a Knight of Hanoi entered the area, pleased that he finally found the place. However, the knight's Duel Disk was hit by a light from the sarcophagus, as a preset Duel was initiated: the goal was to beat this Duel quiz. Unnamed was angry that the knight got before them, but Unknown stated this was a tough quiz to solve. The two noted the goal was to defeat the enemy, a data ghost, who had 4000 LP, five Extra Linked monsters and a set card, while the knight had two monsters and two set cards. The knight attempted to win by equipping

Unnamed and Unknown watching the knight of hanoi dueling

"Megamorph" to "Update Jammer", and had it attack the enemy's "Link Spider". The Ancient Ghost played "Chaos Burst", negating the attack, destroying "Update Jammer" and defeating the knight. For losing the Duel, the knight was devoured by a data monster, and his Duel Disk was impaled. Unnamed commented this was no ordinary game, for the knight was strangely logged out.

Ancient Ghost vs Unknown Edit

Unknown jumped down, for he came to acquire the Cyberse deck. Having his Duel Disk get hit by the light, Unknown initiated the duel quiz. He revised the situation as the same as the knight's, but noted "Dotscaper" in his GY, and three Link Monsters in his Extra Deck: "Proxy Dragon", "Secure Gardna" and "Binary Sorceress". Unnamed recalled that "Update Jammer" negated card effects, but Unknown stated "Chaos Burst" was played before the attack, and why the knight's strategy had failed, considering it would've negated "Megamorph", too. Unknown revised that "Tremendous Fire", "Torrential Rebirth" and "Thunder Crash" dealt effect damage. Revising these cards, Unknown thought of the strategy to defeat the data ghost. He summoned "Cyberse Gadget" to revive "Dotscaper", and used the two monsters to Link Summon "Binary Sorceress". Just as Unknown proceeded at his next action, a Knight of Hanoi appeared, laughing at Unknown, since he could not win. The knight

Unnamed watched Unknown's duel

proclaimed he'd have the deck, but Unnamed bumped into him and used a handcuff to bind him. Unknown, however, used "Dotscaper" and "Gadget Token" to Link Summon "Proxy Dragon", the used "Binary Sorceress" to Link Summon "Secure Gardna". The knight and Unnamed saw it is over, since Unknown used all of his monsters to Link Summon. Unknown replied he'd never give up, else they'd never take revenge on those that made them suffer. Unnamed agreed, for they'd never learn the truth behind the Lost Incident if they gave up. Unknwon used "Tremendous Fire", but since that would inflict damage on him, he used "Link Restart" to negate that damage and revive "Binary Sorceress". Using "Thunder Crash", Unknown destroyed all of his monsters and inflicted 1500 LP damage to the Ancient Ghost. Combined with "Torrential Reborn", Unknown revived his monsters and inflicted 2500 LP damage to the Ancient Ghost, thus winning the duel."

Unknown and Unnamed ran towards the sarcophagus, but it turned out to be just an illusion, and the Deck was not present. The knight laughed that was a prank, and logged out. Unnamed was frustrated that there was nothing, and the dungeon started collapsing, and two logged out.

Obtaining the Cyberse deck Edit


Yusaku and Shoichi walk towards the warehouse district

Instead, Shoichi and Yusaku went to the warehouse district, for the Duel quiz was actually a map that showed Den City. Shoichi claimed Yusaku could've summoned Link Monsters in different positions, and the map would've looked different. Yusaku confirmed this, but the connections between the Link Monsters still symbolized bridges, and they found the door where a card of "Secure Gardna"

Shoichi and Yusaku forming their bond

was placed, at the same spot Yusaku summoned that monster in his Duel. Opening the door, the two found the actual sarcophagus. Touching it, Yusaku unlocked the sarcophagus containing Cyberse cards. This cheered Shoichi up, who stated that deck symbolized his bond with Yusaku, and the two crossed hands with each other.

Fighting against The Knights of Hanoi Edit

Assisted by Shoichi, Yusaku hunted The Knights of Hanoi with the Cyberse deck. He changed his avatar name to Playmaker, and over time, Playmaker became a famous duelist known for being able to stand up against Hanoi, with no one knowing his real identity because he always deleted his activity logs.

For not yet known how long, Shoichi has been closely acquainted with Yusaku, a fellow hacker. 10 years ago, his younger brother, Jin, was kidnapped along with other five children for six months until they were rescued, an incident that was called Lost Incident. However, the kidnapping traumatized Jin that he shut off his heart from the world. This drove Shoichi to work together with Yusaku, who is also a victim of the kidnapping, to fight against Knights of Hanoi that they found out to be responsible for the Lost Incident. He shortly recollected at one point that he most likely surfed the winds in Link VRAINS before they disappeared, leading Yusaku to decide to fight against the Knights of Hanoi.[8][9][10]

Present Edit

Playmaker vs The Knight of Hanoi Edit

Ep001 Shoichi and Yusaku

Shoichi and Yusaku working on a trap to catch the AI program.

One day, in late afternoon, he and Yusaku discussed the Charisma Duelists and the Data Storm. He explained that the Data Storm was rumoured to be a wind that once blew inside Link VRAINS, which Duelists used to conduct a kind of Duel called "Speed Duel", but that wind had disappeared. Soichi hoped Yusaku can one day enjoy Dueling again and apologized to involve him. But Yusaku affirmed that he did this of his free will and he will get revenge on those who stole his past and Shoich's younger brother. Shortly after, they discussed how both SOL Technologies and their enemies, the Knights of Hanoi, were chasing after an AI program in Link VRAINS with him. Upon learning that SOL Technology had scheduled a full scan of Link VRAINS that evening to try and find the AI, they quickly started working on a trap to catch the AI themselves. Although Yusaku successfully captured a reluctant Ai in his Duel Disk, one of the Knights of Hanoi threatened to destroy Link VRAINS.

Ep002 Shoichi and Naoki

Shoichi explains the Speed Duel to Naoki.

After that Playmaker challenged the Knight of Hanoi, he was surprised when Playmaker rode the Data Storm.[11] A student asked what the Duel between Playmaker and The Knight of Hanoi was. He answered him that this was called an "Speed Duel". He was surprised that Yusaku used the Cyberse type. He became worried when Yusaku fell from his D-Board. After that Blue Angel saved Yusaku, he continued to watch the Speed Duel and was worried when Playmaker is sucked into a tornado within the Data Storm[12] and was relieved when Yusaku won the Duel.[13]

Meeting The Knights of Hanoi's leader Edit

Shoichi and Yusaku spent the next few days trying to figure out Ignis' programming, but Shoichi struggled to understand the complicated algorithms that Ignis was made out of. He then suggested to come up with a name for the A.I., to which Yusaku decided to name it "ai", a pun on "eye". Trying to scan footage from "ai's" memories caused the Knights of Hanoi's leader to track them down, however Shoichi shut down Café Nagi's power before they were found.[14]

Playmaker vs Go Onizuka Edit

Shoichi episode 4 5

Shoichi worked on an escape route for Yusaku.

The next day Shoichi gave Yusaku the "Decode Talker" card that had finished materializing before he went to LINk VRAINS to fight a supposed Knight of Hanoi that appeared.[15] When the Knight turned out to be Go Onizuka, a program that prevents Playmaker from logging out was activated by SOL Technology. Shoichi worked on an escape route for Yusaku, but Yusaku refused to use it. After the Duel ended, Shoichi scolded Yusaku for not using the escape route, but also suggested that they could recruit Go for their fight against Hanoi.[16]

Playmaker vs Blue Angel Edit

Ep006 Yusaku, Shoichi and Ai

Shoichi, Yusaku and Ai discover that the real identity of "Blue Angel".

Shoichi discovered that the real identity of the famous idol "Blue Angel" is Aoi Zaizen, a classmate of Yusaku. He thought about Yusaku meeting Aoi so they could get closer to Akira Zaizen in order to get more information about SOL Technology regarding his brother and Yusaku's memories, however he also doubted the plan would work because of Yusaku's poor social skills. A few days later, he was shocked when Playmaker and Blue Angel began a Duel before getting interrupted by a customer.[17]

Ghost Girl's trap Edit

After the Duel concluded and Aoi was put in a coma, Shoichi hacked into the hospital's records to find out about Aoi's condition. Ignis protested that hacking into the hospital was a crime, to which Shoichi casually said that hacking already was a crime in the first place. Ignis explained that Aoi had been infected by a virus from Hanoi's card and the only ones with the anti-virus were Hanoi themselves. "Blue Angel" appeared claiming that she wanted a rematch against Playmaker. Shoichi knew right away that she was an impostor and instructed Yusaku to ignore her because it was clearly a trap, but Yusaku went into LINK VRAINS anyways because he felt it was his responsibility to save Aoi.[18]

Playmaker vs Revolver Edit

Ep009 Shoichi using Ghost Girl's cameras

Shoichi using Ghost Girl's cameras to watch Playmarker and Revolver's Speed Duel.

Revolver's appearance and subsequent manipulation of LINK VRAINS caused Shoichi's cameras to go offline, though he was briefly able to use SOL's cameras and later Ghost Girl's. He was displeased when Ghost Girl's camera stopped recording, making him unable to watch anything inside LINK VRAINS.[19]

To watch the Duel, Shoichi used the bugs in the Knights of Hanoi's program that created the Data Storm to open a path for Ghost Girl to enter the Data Storm; she had her cameras record the Duel between Playmaker and Revolver, allowing Shoichi to watch it.[20]

Ep012 Yusaku and Shoichi discover Ai's full body

Shoichi and Yusaku discover Ai's full body.

Shoichi was glad that Playmaker won against Revolver and carried him after he logged out since the former took a lot of strain during his Duel. Since Yusaku was interested what became of Aoi, Shoichi went to show she was recovering. Yusaku fell asleep and Ai commented how lazy he was, but Shoichi claimed heroes needed to rest. Ai started bragging, so Shoichi went to analyze what kind of program he ate from Revolver. Realizing Shoichi would look into his "private parts", Ai called him a pervert and refused to say anything. Once Yusaku woke up, Shoichi sensed he was thinking what Revolver told about Ai. Since they did not know how to prove if Ai was actually alive, Ai claimed it, indeed, was alive. Ai used the program he obtained from Revolver to recover his body back. However, Ai's size didn't impress Yusaku and Shoichi, who tried to analyze if Ai regained some of his memories, even if Ai wanted them to show emotion how he regained his body.[21]

Meeting Emma Bessho Edit

Ep013 Emma and Shoichi

Shoichi meets Emma Bessho.

A few days later Emma Bessho ran into Café Nagi, but neither she nor Shoichi recognized the other as "Ghost Girl" or "Playmaker's assistant". Emma ordered a coffee and two chilli dogs and mentioned she was interested in Dueling Playmaker, causing Shoichi to wonder what kind of Duelist she is. Yusaku noted that Shoichi looked exhausted, to which Shoichi said that he was tired from spening all night deleting "Playmaker" files and videos that people constantly post on the network. Yusaku offered to help him with the clean up, and in doing so he inadvertently deleted a big scoop that would've revealed everything Playmaker and Shoichi know involving Ai and the Knights of Hanoi.[22]

Ep014 Shoichi, Yusaku and Ai

Shoichi shows Yusaku and Ai an encrypted message from Ghost Girl.

Playmaker vs Ghost Girl Edit

During the night, Shoichi called Yusaku to come to his food truck and showed him an encrypted message on an internet forum, sent to him from Ghost Girl. Shoichi explained he had created a program to navigate her to enter the Data Storm during the Duel with Revolver. The two read how she demanded a Duel from Playmaker, with Ai as wager. Yusaku accepted, stating that she offered a backdoor to SOL Technologies' data bank, and Shoichi confirmed that fact, showing she did send a bit of the data as proof. Yusaku asked of Shoichi to reply that Playmaker would accept her challenge. Ghost Girl soon entered LINK VRAINS, and Yusaku went to do the same. Shoichi wondered if Yusaku would really go and Duel her, since she could've set another trap. Yusaku claimed he had to uncover the truth behind the incident, hoped in the data bank there was some information about Knights of Hanoi, and sensed some determination in Ghost Girl, despite her weaknesses. Shoichi watched as Ghost Girl and Playmaker confronted each other, and wished of the latter to acquire the backdoor. Seeing how well Ghost Girl made her moves, Shoichi wished that Playmaker would be careful of her.[23]

While watching the Duel, Shoichi was baffled how complex the Duel was, being unable to predict the outcome. After Playmaker won and obtained the program, Shoichi went to analyze it. He believed he could crack the code, and noticed Yusaku was sleeping once more.[24]

Towards the Mother computer of SOL Technologies Edit

Ep016 Shoichi shows the path to the data bank

Shoichi shows the path to the data bank.

Shoichi showed his analysis of Ghost Girl's program to Yusaku: the backdoor entrance to the SOL Technologies' mother computer, whose schematics looked like a maze. Shoichi and Yusaku were nevertheless impressed by Ghost Girl, who managed to hack and find this. Shoichi promised to be ready when the school was over, and Yusaku would be able to infiltrate the network the following night. On that night, Shoichi showed the location of the data bank, warning that the path to it was filled with traps. However, he did make countermeasures against them, and Yusaku praised him for such speed. After Yusaku went into the LINK VRAINS, Shoichi programmed an artificial device for Playmaker to hold onto to avoid traps, with a rope to prevent him from being detected, and gave directions to Playmaker where to go to. As security traps were set to stop Playmaker, Shoichi programmed a "Kuriball" as a decoy. After Playmaker passed Area A, Shoichi saw there was a Data Storm. He wanted to give up, due to all the danger, but thought the Data Storm wouldn't be as harmful if Playmaker continued on.[25] After Playmaker defeated Prototype Ai-A, Shoichi navigated him to the data bank.[26]

Playmaker vs Akira Zaizen Edit

Shoichi watched as Playmaker confronted Akira, and wished the former would obtain the data. As Akira claimed he would set things straight with the data, Shoichi and Playmaker became furious, saying Akira understood nothing about them.[27]

Shoichi watched the Duel, and was furious to be reminded that his brother was a part of the Hanoi Project. He was also shocked to hear SOL Technologies' data bank contained the name of the mastermind behind the project.[28]

Ep020 Yusaku and Shoichi shocked

Shoichi and Yusaku are shocked to learn that Dr. Kogami died seven years ago.

Shoichi was frustrated to see Playmaker could not attack, and Akira would win the next turn. Later, Playmaker defeated Akira and logged out, Shoichi praised him for acquiring the data.

Dr. Kogami's involvation in the Hanoi Project Edit

The two hacked into Ai, and found out the Hanoi Project's leader was Dr. Kiyoshi Kogami, an employee from SOL Technologies, who alone worked on the project in secrecy. The two concluded SOL Technologies covered up the incident, else the company's reputation would've been ruined. Ai doubted the man could have done this on his own, and thought Akira was involved, but Shoichi reminded him Akira, back then, was 16 and was not employed at SOL Technologies. Shoichi and Yusaku failed to find the project's goal, but most shockingly, they discovered Dr. Kogami died seven years ago.[29]

Stardust Road phenomen Edit

Ep021 Yusaku and Shoichi at the coast Stardust Road

Shoichi and Yusaku at the coast Stardust Road.

With the food truck positioned at the coast, Yusaku was doing research. Shoichi invited him for a break, and gazed upon the ocean. Yusaku pointed out Shoichi won't get many customers at that place, but Shoichi assured him the famous coast was named Stardust Road, known for the luminous plankton that rarely gather at night, and thought the person living near the coast may have seen that. Shoichi failed to gather new info from SOL Technologies' data, and Yusaku saw that data from ten years ago was actually deleted. Still, they knew the company was involved, even if Akira knew nothing about the incident before. Shoichi felt a bit relieved that Dr. Kogami passed away, thinking their revenge was over. Yusaku reminded him they still didn't know about the goal of the incident, and Shoichi still wanted to rescue his brother from darkness, even if they had no clue where to continue. Yusaku still remembered Revolver knew some things. Shoichi stated Revolver was not seen recently, but Yusaku believed he was not the type that would simply disappear.[30]

Another case Edit

Ep022 Yusaku, Ai and Shoichi watching

Shoichi showing to Ai and Yusaku the footage of a camera, when a person turned into an Another.

Inside the van, Shoichi showed to Ai and Yusaku the footage of a camera, when a person turned into an Another, which happened six minutes before midnight. Shoichi told them the person had not recovered yet, and showed pictures of more Another patients in the hospitals. Ai and Yusaku knew this was the same accident with Blue Angel, who was infected by a virus. Shoichi believed someone wanted people to be turned into mindless people, but has not find out what happened to their LINK VRAINS' avatars. Shoichi showed more data, and Yusaku analyzed all of the Anothers were great Duelists with old-type Duel Disks, and all of them were hackers, too. The trio realized Playmaker, or Ai, were the targets. Shoichi showed a list of possible targets, from which the first was Makoto Kimishima. Shortly after, Shoichi and Yusaku watched The Knights of Hanoi were Dueling people, and turning them into Anothers. Yusaku decided to go into LINK VRAINS, even if Shoichi believed he would be at a disadvantage. Surprisingly, they saw "Playmaker" battling the Knights of Hanoi, by stopping their programs and tossing them away from their D-Boards. Doctor Genome confronted "Playmaker", who revealed himself to be Go Onizuka. The latter stated he came to save Makoto, and knew Playmaker's identity, which displeased Yusaku and Shoichi. Yusaku did not know if GO really knew his identity, but was still frustrated. The group watched as Dr. Genome activated the Data Gale, conjuring black tornadoes for the Speed Duel.[31]

Go Onizuka vs Dr. Genome Edit

Ep023 Yusaku, Ai and Shoichi

Yusaku and Shoichi realized Go changed his battling style to a heel.

Yusaku, Shoichi and Ai watched Go confronting Doctor Genome. Since Go claimed to have known Playmaker's identity, Shoichi remembered Yusaku did run into Go at the hospital, but Yusaku claimed it was impossible. Once Go equipped himself with a mask and declared himself as "Dark Onizuka", Ai thought that was a tacky thing to do. Yusaku and Shoichi realized Go changed his battling style to a heel, and would not hold back. Just as Go was to win, Genome played "Regeneration Cure" to stop the damage, and everyone saw Genome had the advantage. As Genome released "Hellix Necro Darwin" to defeat Go, Yusaku became displeased. Ai suggested he could enter LINK VRAINS to save Go. Yusaku who saw Go barely saving himself with "Gouki Octolock's" effect, decided to take Ai's advice.[32]

Shoichi watched as Playmaker came to Go Onizuka. Later, Shoichi and Yusaku went to find who was the Another virus' creator. Sometime later he, Ai and Yusaku then watch Kitamura making a public announcement that he developed the AI army to confront the Knights of Hanoi.[33]

Blue Angel vs Baira Edit

Ep025 Yusaku and Shoichi eating

Shoichi and Yusaku eating and watching Blue Angel confronted Baira.

At the van, Yusaku shushed Ai, who was amused to read all the criticism against Kitamura and SOL Technologies. Shoichi analyzed that if the Knights of Hanoi took over LINK VRAINS, they'd soon find Playmaker. Yusaku believed they could prevent that by looking into the origins of Anothers virus. The next day, at the van, Shoichi woke Yusaku up, reminding he had to go to school, and promised he'd continue working. After Yusaku returned, Shoichi found nothing new. Ai believed Shoichi gave up, who replied he was just getting started. Yusaku let Shoichi rest, who went to cook some fries and cheese dogs. Yusaku and Shoichi ate the food, and watched Blue Angel confronting Baira. Shoichi and Yusaku analyzed the videos, and the latter saw Baira behind one of the Anothers victims.[34]

Naoki's kidnapping & report Edit

Shoichi drove his van to the warehouse district. He took a break when Yusaku went to rescue Naoki. One night, fearing he and Yusaku could soon be in danger, Shoichi wrote a report, mentioning the Knights of Hanoi were real people. He named the report as "File No. 1007: Kusanagi Report". He noted the prowess of Playmaker and his allies, but feared the countdown to the day their destinies would change had already started. He also wrote that he still thought of his brother, Jin and wished that the reader of this report would tell that to his brother when they meet him. He was visited by Yusaku and Ai, who felt something big was about to happen.

The mysterious costumer Edit

Shoichi served a customer, who told him it would be the last time he would visit the stand, and Shoichi suspected the customer would move away. The customer looked briefly at Yusaku, and walked away, with Shoichi telling he was also located at the plaza. As the customer walked away, Ai claimed Shoichi needed a mascot like him. Shoichi replied Ai would make a lame customer, and was interested what was Yusaku doing. Yusaku pointed out the Knights of Hanoi have been purged from LINK VRAINS. Shoichi noted Anothers incident has been resolved, but also reminded

Shoichi waves at the mysterious costumer

Revolver was still out there. Ai thought Revolver had retreated, but Yusaku doubted that. Suddenly, Yusaku and Ai felt a pulse within LINK VRAINS, and asked Shoichi to scan through the network. Shoichi worked on scanning, and just as Yusaku and Ai sensed another pulse, Shoichi saw the LINK VRAINS infrastructure changed. Shoichi tracked Playmaker's activity, and as the pulse was emitted from the network, Shoichi was shocked at the readings. Shoichi monitored LINK VRAINS, and found a new reading of energy within the network. Yusaku and Ai joined Shoichi and watched hundreds of tentacles wrapped a beam that was shot in the sky and destroyed LINK VRAINS' cyberspace.

The tower of Hanoi Edit

Yusaku, Shoichi and Ai watched as the tower appeared in LINK VRAINS, causing the cyberspace to be absorbed. Since Yusaku obtained Ghost Girl's data, Shoichi promised to look into it. Ai noticed the avatars were being absorbed, and not just buildings or roads - Yusaku knew this was Revolver's doing. Shoichi analyzed Ghost Girl's data, showing
Ep032 Yusaku and Kusanagi in shock

Shoichi and Yusaku watching the people turning into data

the Tower of Hanoi. Yusaku remembered Revolver's words, and deduced if the Hanoi's game was over, the world would be destroyed. Shoichi continued analyzing the data, seeing the link between the top, where the LINK VRAINS network was, with the underground erasing system, with the center being the core of the latter system. Ai was shocked, seeing how much data has been absorbed, as Shoichi noted that speed has not decreased. Shoichi counted six rings would be crafted from this system, one per each passing hour. He realized that once every ring is crafted, a pulse would be sent with high-density data, affecting every machine or program - every piece of technology existing in the world would cease function, as if the world has no computers at all. Ai thought it was safe as long as they did not enter the network, but Yusaku was certain Varis thought of that, and made something that would still erase Ai. Shoichi continued his analysis, seeing even devices not connected to the network would also be affected, as an electromagnetic pulse would be sent out, even to erase Ai. While Ai was frustrated, Shoichi was overwhelmed, knowing Revolver made all of this just to erase an Ignis.

Kitamura vs Spectre Edit

The trio watched Kitamura - Akira's successor in SOL Technologies - battling a Knight of Hanoi, named Spectre. They saw how Spectre erased Kitamura, and the former threatened to do this to anyone that dared entering LINK VRAINS. Yusaku swore to stop The Knights of Hanoi, by shutting down the core. Shoichi warned him there were no Data Storms in LINK VRAINS, except near that tower.

Dueling Spectre Edit


Shoichi, Playmaker and Ai find out that Spectre is also Lost Incident victim

Shoichi watched as Playmaker continued on to the Tower of Hanoi, and noticed Blue Angel Dueling Spectre, who defeated Kitamura earlier. He measured five hours and thirty minutes before the Tower of Hanoi was complete.He was displeased to see Blue Angel lost the Duel against Spectre. He noticed Playmaker made a stop at the tower, and wondered if he met up with the enemy. Since there was no footage inside LINK VRAINS, he decided to give the reporters - the Frog and the Pigeon - the location of the next battle. Shoichi was pleased that the Frog and Pigeon arrived to the coordinates he gave them. He was not pleased, however, to see Playmaker Duel Spectre,

Shoichi angry that he fail to save Akira

who defeated Blue Angel. He was surprised to see Akira was captured, and started coding. Shoichi watched the duel, and hoped the item he gave to Yusaku could help Akira escape. Shoichi completed the code, causing Akira to vanish. However, the trap was too complex, and the attempt failed, making Shoichi curse. Seeing Akira touching the vines and vanishing, Shoichi slammed his fists in frustration. 

Dueling Revolver Edit

He watched Go Onizuka duel Revolver, hoping the former would stop the tower's completion. Shoichi watched the duel until Frog and Pigeon were blown away, thus cutting the video link he had. Kolter worried about the video link being cut. When the link was restored, he saw Revolver and Playmaker on their D-Boards, and thought this was the final duel to conclude the incident from ten years ago. Since Revolver knew more about the incident, for the sake of

Shoichi gets worried that Playmaker will be turn into data

his brother, Shoichi desired Playmaker to defeat Revolver, who dared him, with the cost becoming a victim. Seeing debris was falling on Playmaker, Shoichi reminded even a single fragment could harm them. He watched the duel, and realized Revolver used the flashing card, "Mirror Force". Shoichi continued watching the duel, and was shocked to see Dr. Kogami's appearance. He also feared Playmaker would be absorbed into the Data Storm when the Duel ended.

Finding the truth Edit


Shoichi and Yusaku find Revolver's place

Shoichi was shocked at the events. Yusaku managed to get out, although strained, as Ai explained the shockwave made them log out. Shoichi admitted his shock upon seeing Dr. Kogami alive, and explained his son must've logged out, too. Regardless, he reminded the Tower of Hanoi was still active. Ai, knowing he and the others of his kin would be erased, asked of Yusaku to log in. Yusaku claimed that was pointless, for without Revolver, the tower would still be active. He asked of Shoichi to drive to Revolver's place. Yusaku explained Revolver mentioned Stardust Road and it's phenomenon, and explained that Shoichi knew a person living close to it must've seen that phenomenon, making Shoichi realize they were near Revolver's place. During the sunset, the group came to Revolver's house, where they confronted Revolver. Revolver noted Playmaker has found this place. He already knew Yusaku Fujiki's name, and that of Jin Kusanagi's brother, Shoichi. Ai shouted he was present, too, but Revolver simply stated "Ignis". Revolver introduced himself as Ryoken Kogami. Shoichi noted Ryoken was Dr. Kogami's son, but the latter explained his father has just passed away, which made Shoichi curse he could not reach to him earlier. Yusaku asked Ryoken, referring to him as Revolver, for more information that they had the right to know about.

Shoichi and Yusaku Fujiki meets Ryoken Kogami

Ryoken confirmed that, so Yusaku asked the reason behind his actions, if the Lost Incident had been about creating Ignis. Ryoken explained the story about Kiyoshi creating Ignis, about its goal, their evolution, and the prediction Ignis would become an enemy of the humanity. Ai claimed he was not an enemy, but Ryoken did not trust it. Yusaku pointed out Kiyoshi based his views on simulations, and it had no reason to be true. Thus, he asked Ryoken to turn off the Tower of Hanoi to "walk down a new path". He reminded Ryoken about pointing out the three reasons behind actions was Ryoken's idea he passed onto Yusaku during the project. Yusaku admitted he thought that voice had been trapped by the Knights of Hanoi, and wanted to save him. In a way, Ryoken encouraged Yusaku to step forward, an idea the former found ironic. Regardless, Ryoken refused to turn off the Tower of Hanoi. Ai reminded the sixth level of the tower was to be completed soon, and asked of Yusaku to force Ryoken into LINK VRAINS and stop him. Ryoken admitted he was going back to LINK VRAINS, for the sake of his friends, who believed in Ryoken and his father. Ryoken declared the only way to stop the tower was to defeat him, which made Yusaku hesitate a bit. Without further do, the two guys logged into LINK VRAINS.

Revolver and Playmaker's last duel Edit

Shoichi ran to his truck, and watching the Duel from his computer, he wished Playmaker luck. He exclaimed Yusaku won the duel everyone thought he'd lose, and believed in his victory against Revolver. He was shocked when Playmaker took damage, lowering his LP to 800. He started questioning Revolver's Extra Link, and was shocked to see "Topologic Bomber Dragon" inflicting 3000 LP damage on Playmaker. Playmaker survived the attack, but fell to his knees. Shoichi still encouraged him to stand up and fight, and was glad when he did. Shoichi was amazed to see Playmaker using Revolver's Extra Link to his advantage, and was amazed that he won the duel. He went to Ryoken's house to find Yusaku, who watched as Ryoken left off on a boat. Later, Yusaku, with Ai gone, grabbed his bag. Shoichi wanted to drive Yusaku to his house, but he politely refused, and walked away.

Stolen consciousness data Edit

Leaving Yusaku in charge of his food truck, Shoichi went to see his brother at a resort, where Jin was recovering. Shoichi noted Jin was traumatized by the incident, and with the news of Knights of Hanoi's defeat, Jin's doctor
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Shoichi calls Yusaku

believed his patient calmed down. Shoichi sat by a table with Jin, and asked if he could come to live with his brother at the food stand. Jin gasped, as an orange figure came out of a TV and went towards Jin. Shoichi was startled, and tried to push the figure, but failed. The figure approached Jin and made him devour data. Shoichi managed to stop this, and while Jin fainted, Shoichi noticed the orange figure went towards LINK VRAINS. Shoichi called Yusaku to report this, and demanded of him to capture this figure. Shoichi watched over Jin, who was lying unconscious in his bed.

Meeting Takeru Homura and Flame Edit

Shoichi returned to his truck, and wished to see the culprit and find more about them, since they attacked his brother. Shoichi did not know the reason behind the attack, but Ai noted stealing a person's consciousness data through a program was more impressive than the Another virus. Shoichi slammed his fist, since that was a powerful enemy.

Shoichi angry

Yusaku nevertheless promised to bring them to justice. Later, at the food truck, Shoichi provided Yusaku and Takeru with beverage. He admitted he didn't anticipate Yusaku to bring a friend, who knew about their identities. Still, he welcomed Takeru and Flame. Takeru admitted he was also involved in the Lost Incident, and understood Jin's suffering. Shoichi nodded, and asked of them to help in search for the assailant of his brother. Takeru promised, while Flame described Takeru as soft, but a boy capable of dueling. Shoichi showed that Yusaku's enemies fled through the restricted area, and showed a location under LINK VRAINS. Yusaku thought SOL Technologies were involved; Shoichi simply stated something was lurking there.

Restricted area in Link VRAINS Edit

He showed an unknown program, which Takeru did not understand, since that was not his expertise. Yusaku didn't understand it, either, but compared it to the one found in Ai's memories, the Ignis program. Shoichi was overwhelmed, while Flame identified it to be the Wind Ignis program, while Yusaku noted they should check the area out. Before the boys logged into LINK VRAINS, Shoichi showed he received data from Ghost Girl, on how to enter the restricted area. Yusaku thought she wanted them to enter the area

Shoichi with Takeru Homura, Flame, Ai and Yusaku Fujiki

, but Ai panicked, believing she wanted to lurk them into a trap again. Shoichi informed them a gate had appeared, through which the enemy may have escaped. He reminded this genuine info could've been obtained only from SOL Technologies. Yusaku and Shoichi deduced this info was from Akira Zaizen, who wanted Playmaker to investigate. However, Shoichi also believed Ai, since this could also be SOL Technologies trap, with bounty hunters in the system. Yusaku nevertheless reminded the importance of investigation, since that was their only info they had on the restricted area. Ai proposed a vote whether to go or not. Much to his dismay, he was outvoted. In addition, Shoichi showed a new program to have Playmaker evade the monitoring system, with an emergency escape, inside LINK VRAINS, a program Shoichi learned from Ghost Girl.

Before Playmaker went into the restricted area, Shoichi warned him if he strayed away from the center, he wouldn't be able to get out and be lost in the data. Playmaker started a Duel with Blood Shepherd in an area, and Shoichi told him more about the location. Once Playmaker and Soulburner came through the gate, Shoichi noted there was a signal inside the area. Thus, he swore to decipher the Ignis program. 

The return of The Knights of Hanoi Edit

At the van, Shoichi showed the news about Kyoko Taki's escape from prison. Yusaku knew Revolver had been

Shoichi reading the news about Baira escaping

involved, and remembered his words that he'd eventually return. Shoichi counted Go, Bohman, Blood Shepherd and Revolver as their enemies, and the fight was tougher than ever. 

Fake memories Edit

With Takeru by his side, Yusaku told Shoichi about Bohman, who apparently possessed the same memories of the Lost Incident as he did. The two believed Bohman has analyzed him to have gained such memories, but the former reminded he was the only clue they had to restore Jin Kusanagi. Since the gate had disappeared, Yusaku apologized to Shoichi for lack of progress. Shoichi didn't mind that, and showed an extra room for Takeru to log in to LINK VRAINS, and swore to analyze the data from the gate.

Blood Shepherd's trap Edit

Later, Shoichi found a trace of the gate, opened on one of the floating islands, in the area that was still in

Shoichi trying to create an escape program for Soulburner

development. Ai cursed Windy's choice, but Flame believed this was a logical move he did. Yusaku and Takeru logged into LINK VRAINS and went towards the gate. However, Shoichi was too late to warn them the gate was actually a trap. Blood Shepherd snapped his fingers to suck Playmaker through the trap. Instead, Soulburner bumped into Playmaker and was trapped instead. Playmaker explained to Shoichi that Soulburner had been captured by Blood Shepherd, whom Ai referred to as the counting guy. Shoichi apologized for not realizing the trap sooner, but was reminded they had to find Soulburner. While Shoichi started to decode the program to open the gate, Ai alerted Playmaker of the two bounty hunters. After defeating Kenmochi,

Shoichi shocked that the escape program didn't worked

Playmaker contacted Shoichi, who was impressed that Blood Shepherd decoded the Ignis program, and used it to create the trap. Despite Ai's skepticism, Shoichi swore to help in finding Soulburner. While Shoichi did that, Ai and Playmaker went after the second bounty hunter that logged in. Yoroizaka was defeated and was logged out, while Playmaker asked Shoichi for the rescue program. Shoichi finished writing the program and went to execute it, but found an error. Through an anonymous source, the program was corrected, allowing Shoichi to execute it.

Shoichi's story Edit

Ai was enjoying riding Yusaku's Duel Disk, since Yusaku was at school. Shoichi asked of it to come down, to give it something nice. Ai was excited until it was given a banner for Shoichi's food truck. Shoichi asked of it to make tenlaps around the city to show the advertisement, which annoyed Ai. Ai, however, noticed Takeru coming to speak with

Shoichi thanked Takeru Homura for the present

Shoichi. Ai suspected Flame obtained some new information, but by accident, Ai bumped into a pillar and crashed down onto Takeru. Takeru and Flame were astounded by falling Duel Disks, but Ai claimed it simply fell, for in its words, "Ai fly". Flame was motivated by this to have Takeru install an engine into his Duel Disk, so he wouldn't have to pay train fare to return home. Takeru was not amused by the idea, but he greeted Shoichi. He wanted to give him a present for rescuing him from LINK VRAINS, but Shoichi was modest about that. Ai identified the present to be a burger, and exclaimed one should not bring such food to a food truck. Shoichi silenced Ai, reminding it was still important to have a taste of food of his rivals. While Shoichi went to grab some coffee, Flame told Ai that Yusaku met up with Naoki for something important. Ai had its doubts about Naoki having something important to say. Takeru, inside the food truck, thanked Shoichi for the meal, and was impressed by the equipment. Shoichi replied

Shoichi told Takeru Homura, Ai and Flame about how Yusaku claimed the name Playmaker

one's abilities were more important than the equipment, and noted Yusaku was a much better hacker. Takeru noted how Shoichi and Yusaku were in sync, prompting Ai to ask why did the two even teamed up. Shoichi told it was a long tale, but Ai talked him into telling the tale. Shoichi, however, warned there was a part involving the Lost Incident, which Takeru wanted to hear, too. Shoichi continued telling his tale with Yusaku about finding the fabled Cyberse deck to Takeru, Ai and Flame. The three were impressed by the tale, but noted the story didn't tell how Yusaku obtained his avatar name, Playmaker., inside the food truck, thanked Shoichi for the meal, and was impressed by the equipment. Shoichi replied one's abilities were more important than the equipment, and noted Yusaku was a much better hacker. Takeru noted how Shoichi and Yusaku were in sync, prompting Ai to ask why did the two even teamed up. Shoichi told it was a long tale, but Ai talked him into telling the tale. Shoichi, however, warned there was a part involving the Lost Incident, which Takeru wanted to hear, too. Shoichi continued telling his tale with Yusaku about finding the fabled Cyberse deck to Takeru, Ai and Flame. The three were impressed by the tale, but noted the story didn't tell how Yusaku obtained his avatar name, Playmaker.

Earth Ignis's message Edit

At the food truck, Shoichi read that this Earth Ignis wanted to meet Playmaker. Shoichi thought that was just a fake comment, but Yusaku reminded there weren't many people that knew about the Ignis. Shoichi was still skeptical, questioning if an Ignis would post on the message board. Ai believed the comment was authentic, and promised it'd contact the Earth Ignis. Ai composed a crypted message, and had Shoichi post in on the board. Not soon after, they received a response, which Ai read as coordinates - the location where they were to meet. Shoichi nevertheless feared this could be one of Blood Shepherd's traps, since he knows about the Ignis algorithm. Ai claimed Shoichi was too suspicious, and Yusaku backed it up, for they still needed more information about Jin's attack. Shoichi thanked Yusaku, who believed that the SOL Technologies may have seen the comment too.

Ai's mysterious disappearance Edit

Yusaku came to Shoichi's truck with Roboppy, where Takeru and Shoichi greeted the robot. Plugging in a cable in

Shoichi plugged usb cable to Roboppy

Roboppy, Shoichi found nothing wrong with Yusaku's Duel Disk, considering Ai, who was supposed to be locked, had gone missing. Yusaku mentioned Roboppy and Ai were on a quiz site the night before, which showed a crossword puzzle. Yusaku pointed at a rectangle, which opened a site. Flame noticed that was a clever Ignis algorithm. The site showed a gate, which led Yusaku to believe they

Shoichi and Takeru Homura not amused with the prize of the quiz

needed to log in the VR system to access it. Takeru proposed he and Yusaku should go, but the latter refused. He stated If could be a trap, and insisted on going alone. Flame was surprised at Yusaku, for that program was made by his allies. Yusaku simply exclaimed he didn't trust Windy, since the world that Windy had built was demolished moments after Bohman was defeated. He still let them know they could come after him, should he take too long.

Takeru's worry Edit


Shoichi traced Playmaker

Shoichi traced Playmaker's location in the cyberspace, and Takeru believed something was going on. Flame still trusted Windy, claiming he was their ally. Before Takeru headed off, Shoichi installed a program in his Duel Disk, so he'll be able to interrupt the Ignis program, but was uncertain in its efficiency. Shoichi counted on Takeru, who logged in as Soulburner. He went around the destroyed area, trying to find Playmaker. He and Shoichi were shocked at the devastated surroundings.

Revolver vs Windy Edit

After watching the whole situation that happened between Windy and Revolver,

Shoichi shocked seeing his little brother Jin

Shoichi was also shocked finding out that his little brother, Jin is revealed by Lightning to be with him the whole time.

Declaration of war Edit


Shoichi counting on Soulburner and Playmaker to bring back Jin

Shoichi was in disbelief, to see the data, shaped like his brother, allied with Lightning. Thus, he counted on Soulburner and Playmaker to get Jin back.

Bohman vs Playmaker Edit

Shoichi watched Playmaker and Bohman about to start their third
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Shoichi worried about Playmaker

duel. Shoichi wished luck to Playmaker and Soulburner in their chase against the enemies. He was troubled when the tower collapsed, but was relieved when Playmaker flew past Bohman.

Ryoken's protection program Edit


Shoichi listening to the conversation between Ryoken and Yusaku

oichi was cleaning a table when he received a new customer. Shoichi went to serve him, but the customer exclaimed that Playmaker needed his help, and his strength would regress if Shoichi vanished. Yusaku came with Ai, shocked to see that customer was actually Ryoken. Ryoken gave Yusaku a program to protect him from any threats from their new enemies, and left.

Searching for Aqua Edit

Shoichi showed Yusaku and Takeru a video of Blood Shepherd chasing Blue Girl, who had the

Yusaku, Takeru, Shoichi, Ai and Flame watching the video

WATER Ignis. Flame believed Aqua was in trouble, and Ai urged others to rescue her from "the gunman".

Deck Edit

Shoichi is using Codebreaker deck

Monsters Spell Trap Extra Deck
Effect monsters Codebreak Bind Link Monsters

Duels Edit

Image Opponent Episode Outcome
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  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1:"My Name is Playmaker"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2:"Catch the Wind! Storm Access"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3:"First Contact"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3:"First Contact"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 4:"Charisma Duelist: Go Onizuka"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 5:"The Bell Rings on the Count of Three"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 6:"Idol! Blue Angel"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 8:"The One Who Commands the Wind"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 10:"Impact! Cyberse Extermination"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 11:"Roar of the Magazine Varreload"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 12:"Impregnable Defending Dragon Firewall"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 13:"Record of the Fierce Battle"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 14:"Ghost Girl's Invitation"
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 15:"The Altergeists Lurking in the Darkness"
  25. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 16:"Infiltration - SOL Digital Fortress"
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 17:"Infiltration - SOL Digital Fortress"
  27. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 18:"Wound Etched Into His Heart"
  28. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 19:"The Incident Buried in the Darkness"
  29. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 20:"Unyielding Justice"
  30. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 21:"A New Battle Begins"
  31. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 22:"The Pitch-Black Sun"
  32. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 23:"Genome's Giant"
  33. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 24:"The Fate Shouldered by the Dark Mask"
  34. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 25:"Virus Deck Operation"

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