Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: ‘Assault! Raidraptors!!’ + Kazuki Takahashi Interview

December 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shun Kurosaki, angry but driven after getting attacked by Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 5

Somewhere in the suburbs of Maiami City, a gargantuan Solid Vision bird cage takes form in an empty field. In the center of the cage rests a colossal tree-like tower, its body distressingly gnarled and full of knots. All around the tower float several small wooden islands. This is Shun Kurosaki’s Sky Tree Bird Cage Action Field. Yuya recognizes this to be the setting of a midair duel and is pumped to take on Kurosaki.

Yuzu looks up and sees Syu Zo hanging high off the ground, the back of his coat caught on a branch extending out of the tower. She rushes inside and discovers a spiral staircase lining the tower’s inner walls. She begins the exhausting climb up to reach her dad. Outside the tower, Yuya and Kurosaki begin their duel.

Yuya is already at a disadvantage. There are Action Cards floating in the sky, but after Kurosaki’s Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius cooks Yuya’s precious little Poppo, Yuya’s deck is left without any flying monsters.

Yuto knows that Kurosaki watched Yuya’s previous duel and is waiting for Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon. He warns Yuya to be cautious of Kurosaki’s game. Yuya won’t have any of it though.

“Giving people what they want is a Duel-tainer’s job!!” Yuya exclaims.

Yuya Pendulum Summons Odd-Eyes and is prepared to destroy Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius, but Kurosaki saves his monster with a Trap Card. Odd-Eyes’ special ability still gets the better of Kurosaki though, bleeding his life points to a mere 100. Yuya and Yuto watch in horror as Kurosaki cries out in agony and excitingly eats it all up.

“This pain… This pain is what gets me serious!”

Thoughts

Whoa. Shun. This guy is hardcore. And his Action Field is awesome. The twisted and complex tree tower is almost like a reflection of his frightening personality. Hopefully Yuya will crush him quickly and more details about how Shun came to be this way will then be revealed.

It took five chapters to get to it, but the manga finally explains the Pendulum Summoning mechanic to the reader and to the characters. Considering how powerful and exceptional it is to be able to perform such a move in their world, it’s a little surprising that the characters don’t react more enthusiastically about what they are witnessing.

Yuya Sakaki! You playboy, you…

Yuya Sakaki posing with Enter-Mate Uni and Enter-Mate Corn in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 5

Haha, is that a very regrettably placed sound effect or what?

Yuzu is none too happy that Yuya is chilling with some voluptuous monsters. Maybe she’s even jealous of the attention that he’s paying them. Even though she has only just met him, could she have already developed a crush on him?

Interview with Kazuki Takahashi

In addition to including the latest chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, this week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump also has a special two-page interview with Kazuki Takahashi! The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! takes on questions from the WSJ crew about his artistic influences, interest in Egypt, and favorite games. Takahashi also answers three questions that fans on Twitter originally submitted to WSJ back when he attended San Diego Comic Con in July.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: “Assault! Raidraptors!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 3/4 (December 21, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 4: “The Hungry Assassin!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: “Feeling Alive!!”

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