Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: ‘It’s Zero!’

October 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki wearing a top hat in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 15

Yuya Sakaki versus Reiji Akaba. The duel of the Originals is on. Yuya begins uncharacteristically by bolstering his defenses. He knows who he is up against.

“We come from the future and we’re the only ones here now,” says Akaba, “So I can openly duel with my true deck — my true power! And no matter who falls here… there’s no fear of discovery.”

“That’s right,” Yuya responds. “Nobody would believe we come from the future.”

Akaba grits his teeth. That was all Yusho Sakaki’s fault, Akaba barks angrily. Yusho’s actions killed his father. He begins to recall the events of the past that led them to their present-day quandary.

Years ago, Yusho Sakaki and Leo Akaba were researchers developing the Solid Vision with Mass technology. After the pair reached a milestone in their work, Yusho decided that he would leave the world of science to become a duelist. But not just any old duelist — one who combines dueling with worlds of entertainment and stage magic.

Yusho’s goals were noble. He knew that Solid Vision with Mass was powerful technology that could revolutionize the way the world works. He also knew that it would one day fall into the hands of military, who would use it in unjust ways. So before that happens, he wanted to use it for something that brought joy to the world so that people could know of and experience the positive potential of the technology. After making that decision, Yusho and Leo would further their research in the realms of Solid Vision and Duel Monsters, developing the Pendulum summoning method as the hallmark of entertainment duels.

But, explains Reiji Akaba, something unexpected happened to their fathers. Solid Vision with Mass involves creating an artificial virtual dimension, then drawing out and materializing the mass from that dimension into the Solid Vision technology of the real world. One day, while trying connecting to the virtual dimension, they instead connected to a new dimension and encountered Genesis Omega Dragon — G.O.D. Before G.O.D. destroyed their world, Reiji and Yuya were thrown into this current world and, “by a strange coincidence,” would inherit the power of the Pendulum summoning technique.

Reiji Akaba fans the cards in his hands and holds them straight out in front of Yuya.

Now, says Akaba, he will use that power to stop Yuya from taking control of G.O.D.!

Thoughts

Yes, some answers! The origin and explanation behind Solid Vision with Mass finally appears — and the pseudo-scientific explanation behind it makes sense. But as usual, with the revelation comes more questions than answers. What is G.O.D. and why did it destroy Reiji and Yuya’s future world? How were the duo saved and transported into the past? And why is Reiji so scary in this chapter? “Thanks for bringing us to this cave, where I can kill you and no one will hear you scream.”

But, umm, this story sure is becoming more and more similar to the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime. First it was the introduction of the time travel element. Now all of the mentions of “zero” in this chapter are evoking comparisons of the World Illusion to Zero Reverse.

By the way, the kanji (Chinese character used in the Japanese writing system) for “Rei” (零) in “Reiji” means zero. It also appears in the name of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime character Rei Shingetsu (Ray Shadows in the English-dubbed anime).

Where are Yuya and Reiji dueling? Was it ever explicitly stated? I thought they were deep underground beneath Yuya’s hideout after they dropped through a trap door in the previous chapter. Yet the recap appearing at the beginning of this chapter states that they are at the bottom of the Leo Corporation’s excavation site outside the city. This is more or less confirmed by Sawatari and Kurosaki, who are wandering the tunnels of that very site and who receive a message that Reiji’s duel signal had been detected. Perhaps they are close enough to the location of the duel and will rush there in the next chapter.

The location of Yuya’s hideout was never explicitly stated, however. Maybe Yuya has been living above the excavation site this entire time. Or maybe Yuya used his Solid Vision manipulation abilities to transport himself and Reiji to the site.

Hey, what’s up with the name of Reiji’s father? First it was Reo, then last chapter it was Leo, now it’s back to Reo again. After seeing Leo last chapter, the connection to the name of his company — Leo Corporation — became obvious, so that is probably the intended spelling. Style guides — put them to good use!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: “It’s Zero!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 47 (October 24, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 14: “Where It Began!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”

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