"Link into the VRAINS" known as "My Name is Playmaker" in the Japanese version, is the first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on May 10, 2017. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on June 1, 2017, and aired in Canada on September 1, 2018. Pluto TV in the US aired it on November 20, 2020.
Den City is the city where the newest network technology was developed. There we have the LINK VRAINS, a cyberspace managed by the SOL Technologies Inc. where people Duel night and day. Our protagonist, Yusaku Fujiki, is a cool student with excellent observation abilities. In order to defeat a group who plans to ruin the LINK VRAINS, the Knights of Hanoi, he transforms into his avatar Playmaker and Duels them. One day, Yusaku gets the information that SOL Technology is desperately searching for: a mysterious lifeform with the help of Cal Kolter, a hacker who shares Yusaku's goals. Noticing the Knights of Hanoi are also after it, Yusaku prepares a trap and plans his capture strategies...
Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Knight of Hanoi
The rest of the Duel is not shown, but Playmaker wins.
In other languages
- This marks the first time since Yu-Gi-Oh! GX that the new Summoning method is not introduced in the first episode.
- This is the first time a new Type is introduced in the first episode.
- Not counting the first episode of the Toei anime Yu-Gi-Oh! where Duel Monsters wasn't shown in the premiere, this is the first episode of a Yu-Gi-Oh! anime to neither feature a full Duel, nor a "part 1" continuation of a Duel for the second episode.
- In the dub, the voice Yusaku hears in his dream is different in the preview and its TV debut. This could be due to the voice's identity was not revealed in the original yet during the preview's theater release.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.