Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: ‘Yuto vs. Sawatari!’

September 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Last month’s overview of chapter 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V was intended to be a one-time entry for this manga. However, I had a lot of fun with it and have decided to continue to follow this series with monthly entries. As the only Yu-Gi-Oh! work to ever be released in the American market in lockstep with the Japanese market right from its inception, this manga is deserving of greater attention. Plus, it’s pretty Dueltaining entertaining!

Shingo Sawatari pointing arrogantly after drawing an Action Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 2

Leo Corporation President Reiji Akaba’s special forces have cornered the Phantom, Yuya Sakaki! Or so they thought. Shingo Sawatari descends from his chopper and moves in for the takedown, only to discover that the hooded figure that they had been pursuing all this time isn’t the hacker they’re after. What on earth is going on here? Who is this guy who looks so similar to Yuya?

“I do sense a special aura around him,” says Akaba as he watches the events unfold from his control room. “Sawatari… bring him in! He knows something!”

Sawatari deploys the vaunted technology of the Leo Corporation’s Solid Vision. Suddenly, the high rise that they are standing on transforms into the sinister, rocky landscape of the Haunted Demon Den. This is the power of the Action Field. The duo now face an Action Duel! Reiji’s other soldiers look on from their choppers and Yuzu watches from the rooftop of a neighboring building.

“Yuto, if you don’t get in gear, he’ll take all the Action Cards,” a voice tells the spikey-haired figure. It might already be too late though as Sawatari makes the first move, snatching up a powerful damage-dealing Action Card and unleashing his menacing Demon Emperor Angmar’s abilities. In one turn, he slashes Yuto’s life points in half.

Undeterred, Yuto plays his mighty Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and taps into its power to destroy Sawatari’s Angmar.

But wait, an Xyz summon? Akaba watches the developments aghast. Why didn’t he Pendulum summon?! Is this mysterious character not connected to Yuya Sakaki?

Sawatari is unfazed by the damage. With his clever Emperor spells, traps, and special abilities, Sawatari penetrates Yuto’s defenses left and right, sending his dragon back to his deck and and whittling him down to 200 life points. Now towering over Yuto is Sawatari’s Underworld Emperor Erebus, an even more formidable monster. Yuto is in quite the bind.

“Hmm… looks like he’s a bad match-up for you,” a voice says to Yuto. “So… maybe I should jump in here?”

A gust of wind spirals around Yuto, sending his cape aflutter. Sawatari, Reiji, and the duel’s other spectators look on in shock as a wavy-haired male with goggles on his head suddenly appears before their eyes.

Thoughts

The first duel of the series is here! Sawatari is playing an Emperor deck. Clad in black, sinister-looking armor and with names like Eidos, Angmar, and Erebus, Sawatari’s stylized monsters would look right at home as the villains of a high-fantasy world. Yuto’s first summon, Phantom Knights Shade Brigadine, leads us to believe that we might see more Phantom monsters, like Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon from the previous chapter. Instead, he plays a different powerhouse: Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Where is Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon?

This eventually leads to the biggest surprise yet at the end of the chapter. Yuya and Yuto aren’t two partners in crime chatting on a radio like I previously thought; they’re partners of a different type — two personalities that seemingly share one body. What a Yu-Gi-Oh!-esque twist! This brings up many questions, not the least of which is how their situation came to be. Did one of them solve an ancient Egyptian artifact? Also, how many hair styling products do they carry? And where do they keep the different accessories that they each wear? I suspect at least one of these questions will be answered as the story progresses.

Once again, artist Naohito Miyoshi uses Yuya and Yuto’s cloak to play up the mysteriousness of the character. One flourish of the fabric and we see a new face behind the cloak!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: “Yuto vs. Sawatari!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 21, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: “The Name Is Phantom!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 3: “Pendulum Summons!”

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