"Story Time", known as "Embers of a New Battle", in the Japanese version, is the twenty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on October 4, 2017. It became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day. It aired on Teletoon on November 10, 2018. This episode is a clip show.
Yusaku is at Stardust Road where Kolter's Café Nom is stationed. After Kolter gives Yusaku a slush drink, Yusaku questions how Kolter would expect to serve any customers at their current location. Kolter responds that he had already sold another hotdog while Yusaku was studying on his laptop. He hints that the person he sold to lives on the cliff overlooking the ocean. Yusaku then gets back to work, dismissing Kolter's worries as finding out about his past is more important than anything.
Kolter warns about their potential struggle against the Knights of Hanoi; he discloses that someone named Dr. Kogami was responsible for the Lost Incident, according to SOL Technologies, but Kogami himself has not been seen since. Kolter wonders whether Ai, who had absorbed the SOL data bank, can reveal any more leads. Ai is at Yusaku's home, having finished telling a story to Roboppy, who replies that Playmaker is lucky to have him. Ai offers to tell another story.
Ai first tells the story of Ghost Gal (whose name he pronounces wrong). He recalls that the winner of the duel wins Ai himself, which he claims is a result of his popularity. The Ghost Gal vs. Playmaker duel is then recalled, up to the point where Ghost Gal figures out Storm Access. At that point, Ai mentions to Roboppy that he play-acted in order to trick Ghost Gal, although the flashback appears to fabricate Playmaker's reaction to said play-acting. The aftermath of said duel is then recalled. Ai tells Roboppy that he gained the ability to hack into SOL Technologies and steal their data, to which Roboppy says stealing is wrong, so Ai corrects that he meant "take".
Playmaker's hack attempt is then recalled, including his duel against Kitamura's Prototype Ai. Blue Angel's duel against the other Prototype Ai is also recalled. Prior to Playmaker's duel against Akira Zaizen being recalled, Ai claims that it was another fight over him, and he fake-cries over it. During said duel, Playmaker talked Ai down. Roboppy asks if Playmaker was jealous at the time. Roboppy also suggests downloading a "flamethrower app" but asks to hear the rest of the story first. This includes Blue Angel's intrusion during the duel, and Akira's retelling of the Lost Incident, including how Playmaker saw it. The data extraction that followed after Playmaker's victory is also recalled, and Ai claims that even after absorbing the data, they still do not know everything. Ai also praises Roboppy's flattery.
At the end of the day, Yusaku states that Varis may know something about the Lost Incident, claiming that he will not hide for long. Somewhere, Varis is staring at a blue dot as he makes his next move.
The following cards appeared in this episode. No cards debuted here.
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