Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 10: ‘The Entertainment Ends!’

May 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki with only 100 LP left in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

Yuya Sakaki is back in his body, but he can barely stand. The damage that Sora Shiunin dealt to Yuri was immense. Yuya, sweating heavily while on his hands and knees, musters up enough strength to Pendulum summon Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon, Enter-mate Ballad, and Enter-mate Barracuda. Using their special abilities, Yuya repeatedly cuts down the attack strength of Shiunin’s Frightfur Daredevil. Yuya’s moves are exact and his calculations precise. Shiunin’s monster trembles as its energy is sapped. Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon attacks, smashing Frightfur Daredevil to pieces and knocking the opponent off his feet. Yuya will inflict just enough damage to drop Shiunin’s life points to exactly zero!

But Shiunin has something else in mind. As he is hurtling backward from the attack, Shiunin reaches out and grabs an Action Card. He looks at the card and his eyes burn with anger. He plays the card… and deals 1000 damage to himself. But why?! Then he activates another Action Spell to further double the damage he’ll take. What in the world is he thinking?!

“No, stop!” Yuya cries out.

“You used roundabout methods to intentionally reduce my life points to exactly zero and avoid causing more damage than necessary,” says Shiunin. “Nothing makes me angrier than an enemy holding back out of sympathy!”

With the laboratory’s damage settings tripling all damage inflicted, Sora Shiunin will now absorb an inhuman 17,400 points of damage. Yuya turns away and leaps toward Yuzu, wrapping his cloak around her cowering body to shield her from the onslaught. A blindingly bright light flashes behind them. And then, a deafeningly loud explosion shakes the ground they are crouching on…

Outside the Leo Corporation highrise, glass and debris are strewn all over the ground. The office employees who were outside the building are now nowhere in sight. Everyone has fled. The explosion has blown a hole spanning more than eight stories high in the side of the building. As the dust clears, Yuya and Yuzu slowly stand up to assess their surroundings. Shiunin is gone.

Unbeknownst to the pair, there are other forces at work. Somewhere afar, a masked man and woman have been taking a keen interest in Yuya Sakaki and Sora Shiunin’s duel, watching the action in a futuristic, almost celestial-looking control room. Surrounding them are numerous charts and graphs projected in midair.

Eve and a masked man watching Yuya and Sora's duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

“Retrieve Sora,” orders the woman, sitting calming with her legs crossed and hands in her lap. “And I want to search Yuya Sakaki’s memories.”

“As you wish, Eve,” replies the masked man standing by her side.

Amid the chaos of the explosion, a hole in space inexplicably opens up and a motorcycle comes charging through. Its driver, clad in all white, is the masked man. He snatches Shiunin’s lifeless body, and as quickly as he had appeared, he zooms through another portal and disappears. Yuya and Yuzu are oblivious to what has happened in this split second.

Yuya grimaces. The damage to his body is too much for him to take anymore. He falls forward and collapses. Just as Yuzu reaches out to him, a wave of energy surrounds Yuya’s body, followed by a burst of light. A Duel Runner suddenly juts out the ground where his body had been laying! The bike rights itself and the driver somersaults off. It’s a boy wearing a white racing suit — the boy from Yuya’s mind.

“I’m Yugo!” he beams. “Are you Yuya’s girlfriend?”

Yugo winking as he asks Yuzu to hop onto his Duel Runner and hang on in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

But there’s no time for chitchat. They don’t want to hang around this trouble spot much longer. Yugo and Yuzu hop on the Duel Runner and Yugo drives it straight out of the hole in the side of the building. While Yuzu hangs on for dear life, they drop over 20 stories, landing smoothly on the roof of a neighboring building before speeding away.

Back at Yuya’s hideout, Yuya rests on his couch with Yuzu looking over him, while Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo worry themselves over Yuya’s condition. There is no rest for the weary though as Yuri notices Yuya’s web of computer cables and wires suddenly buzzing and cracking. Someone is hacking into Yuya’s network and it looks like his Duel Disk is the target! Is the culprit trying to get into Yuya’s mind and memories?

Thoughts

Sora Shiunin is awful. And so twisted. Shun Kurosaki seemed a little unbalanced but Sora is just completely, totally unhinged. He is certainly the strongest and most menacing of Reiji Akaba’s special forces. And apparently the one with the most mysteries behind him.

The masked man and the woman named Eve: Who are they? Where are they from? How are they related to Sora? This chapter provides no immediately obvious clues. They wield elaborate, futuristic technology, just like the other characters in this Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. And the man appears to ride a Duel Runner — or a fancy motorcycle. He also appears to care greatly about Sora.

At the hideout, Yugo suddenly recognizes Yuzu as a familiar face. Yuto seems to have known all along, commenting that “Yuya’s memories are confused, so he hasn’t noticed.” Yuri is shocked that “this” could be possible, whatever “this” is. So it looks like Yuzu might play a bigger role in Yuya’s story than previously expected — a welcome twist given how insignificant she has been so far. It seems, then, that something might be off with Yuzu’s memories too since she doesn’t recognize Yuya. Then again, she didn’t recognize Shun either when they met, so maybe whatever connection she has with Yuya occurred far enough in the past that she has forgotten. Funny how fate has ways of bringing people together.

The pacing of this chapter seems a little bit off… After Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon destroys Frightfur Daredevil, Sora is sent flying backward due to the impact of the attack. Sora then plays two Action Cards. Damage from the attack wipes out Sora’s remaining life points and blows a hole in the side of the building. Then the masked man rockets in on his bike. All the while, Sora continues to fall backward. The man grabs Sora’s body and vanishes. This entire sequence of events presumably takes place in a matter of seconds, yet it is nonsensically protracted in a way that only a comic can pull off. How long can Sora’s body hang in midair as he thrown backward anyway?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 10: “The Entertainment Ends!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 23, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 9: “Fusion vs. Fusion”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 11: “Turbo Duel!”

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