Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: ‘Feeling Alive!!’

January 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba watching Yuya Sakaki's Pendulum summoning skill in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 6

Shun Kurosaki stands tall atop his Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius. He grits his teeth and smiles viciously. Yuya’s Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon has reduced his life points to a mere 100, but this perilous situation has only strengthened his resolve.

“Hurt me more! That’s what makes me feel truly alive!” proclaims Kurosaki. “In this world, it’s hard to tell whether you’re alive or not. But I can always tell in a tough duel!”

Standing on a floating island, Yuya gazes up and sees Kurosaki posed rigidly, unshakably, wearing a stern look on his face. Kurosaki gives off a Dracula-like aura, thinks Yuya. Despite that complexion, Yuya senses some truth behind Kurosaki’s words. Maybe the two duelists aren’t all that different. It really can be a challenge to feel alive in the world, thinks Yuya.

“The only time I do is when I see people enjoying one of my entertainment duels,” he says.

Kurosaki is incensed by the comparison. To be likened to an entertainment duelist, to someone who duels for enjoyment — the notion sickens him to his core. He vows to crush Yuya to satisfy his thirst.

Kurosaki calls forth another Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius, then uses his two monsters to Xyz summon Raidraptor – Blade Burner Falcon. This monster has a special ability. When it is summoned and its owner’s life points are lower than his opponent’s by more than 3000, it gains 3000 attack points! Blade Burner Falcon’s attack increases from 1000 to 4000, more than enough to crush Yuya’s Odd-Eyes with ease.

At last Kurosaki’s strategy is revealed. Not only does he revel in being pushed to the brink of destruction, but his Blade Burner Falcon also demands it so that it can make use of its ability. It is a game plan that meshes perfectly with his twisted personality.

While Yuya’s monsters are taken out by Kurosaki, Yuzu finds herself in her own world of trouble. After meandering up the tree tower and climbing out onto the branch where her dad is stuck hanging, Yuzu quickly realizes that the branch can’t support both of their body weights. The branch creaks loudly as it flexes downward, then snaps, sending splinters flying everywhere and Yuzu and Syu Zo plunging through the air.

Yuzu cries out to Yuya, but he has no monsters on his field that can help. Before Yuya can react, Kurosaki swoops in, catching them atop his Raidraptor and setting them safely on the ground.

“You’re interfering with a good duel! So get lost!!” Kurosaki exclaims.

Yuya heaves a sigh of relief. It’s time for him to finish this. Demonstrating his mastery of the Pendulum summoning skill, Yuya awes the duel’s onlookers by summoning the obliterated Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon back onto his field with ease. Then, he uses Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon’s abilities to call it to the field, negate Blade Burner Falcon’s attack increase, and finish off Kurosaki’s monster.

Kurosaki boils over with anger. How is someone like Yuya so quickly able able to turn the tables on him?! As his life points drop to zero, he looks down at Yuya and sees him smiling innocently. And in that briefest of moments, Kurosaki’s infuriation subsides. As the Raidraptor he is standing on disintegrates from Yuya’s attack, he falls backwards and drops out of the sky.

Yuya leaps off his floating island and grabs Kurosaki with his left hand. As they fall together, a Solid Vision umbrella materializes and pops open out of Yuya’s other hand.

“Hard-core dueling is fine… But did you you have fun dueling against me?” Yuya asks Kurosaki as they now float slowly through the sky.

Yuya Sakaki saving Shun Kurosaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 6

Back on the ground, Yuya gives Kurosaki a quick and embarrassing sales pitch for Syu Zo Duel School before he, Yuzu, and Syu Zo disappear in a puff of smoke. Kurosaki, whose heart has perhaps grown just a tiny bit, smirks and promises to repay Yuya for saving him. Maybe entertainment duels aren’t so bad after all.

Later that night at Syu Zo Duel School, Yuya, Yuzu, and Syu Zo chat about Yuya’s potential teaching position. But is he really qualified to be an instructor? He seems to always be talking to himself, like he has a double personality disorder.

Not double, says Yuya. Quadruple.

Thoughts

Shun Kurosaki: Kidnaps innocent bystander and puts said bystander’s life in danger. Rescues innocent bystander and daughter when they face actual mortal danger. I-I-It’s not like I really care about your lives or anything, m-m-m-morons! Yes, Shundere for sure… Hope to see you again very soon, Shun!

That is all.

The next chapter can’t come soon enough. Bring on Yuya’s other two personalities!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: “Feeling Alive!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 8 (January 25, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: “Assault! Raidraptors!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 7: “Genesis Omega Dragon!”

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