Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: ‘Another Fact!’

December 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki describing the horror that is G.O.D. in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 17

With the power of a Pendulum Fusion, Yuri calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon to face off against Reiji Akaba’s D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Starving Venemy’s effect is a mighty one, allowing it to steal the abilities of Zero Maxwell. Yuri attacks, but Akaba is ready for him, activating a trap that prevents his monster from being destroyed. Akaba stares unflinchingly at Yuri while his life points are whittled down. Yuri wants another shot at Akaba, but Yuya returns to the duel with a message.

“Reiji, you followed me here because you believed your dad,” says Yuya, looking dejectedly toward the ground. “But the story I heard was a bit different.” He closes his eyes and remembers…

On a certain day in the future, Yuya finds himself locked in a cylindrical escape pod. Yuya presses up against the window of the pod and sees his dad working nervously in his lab.

“Yuya, the power of G.O.D. will soon end the world,” Yusho tells him. The sweat pooling on his forehead trickles down his face past his tired eyes. Next to Yusho sits a card glowing brightly — Genesis Omega Dragon. It is hooked up to numerous sensors and is pulsating vibrantly with energy. Leo was obsessed with the card, says Yusho. After their experiments with it started getting dangerously out of hand, Yusho took it away from the military facility where they worked.

“We thought the power of this card was a chance phenomenon from another dimension…but it’s not!” exclaims Yusho. “It is an artificial creation.”

Yuya is confused, but Yusho doesn’t have all of the answers. It will be up to Yuya to find the one who created the card and what its true nature is. For now, Yusho has one final trick up his sleeve. He will use what little he understands of G.O.D.’s energy to throw Yuya back into the past, where he will have a chance to discover G.O.D.’s secrets and save the world.

“The World Illusion!” Yusho proclaims, smiling while putting on his magician’s top hat.

Yuya, with tears in his eyes, slaps the window of his escape pod and cries out to his dad. But it’s no use. A flash of light blinds him as the image of his dad in front of him vanishes…

Reiji Akaba scowls. “If you want me to listen to any more of this drivel, you’ll have to prove it by defeating me!!”

The duel rages on. Akaba tributes Zero Maxwell and summons an even deadlier monster, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose attack strength becomes double that of the monster it battles. It destroys Starving Venemy and Dark Anthelion, leaving Yuya’s field wide open. Yuya uses his defeated dragons’ abilities to move them to his Pendulum zones, but Akaba uses the effect of his own Pendulum monster, D/D Scale Surveyor, to drop Yuya’s Pendulum scales to zero. But Yuya only smiles.

“The Pendulum of destiny may stop, but I must go on! Overscale Pendulum!!”

Thoughts

These last two chapters have been somber. Last month, we saw Reiji Akaba part with his dad when the world was ending, and now we see the same thing from Yuya and his dad’s perspective. We still haven’t seen how Reiji was transported to the past. Does he have an escape pod too?

I’m calling it now. The best line in the entire series is in this chapter: “Stop trying to reduce me to your scale!” You are a king among kings, Reiji Akaba. If he had been dueling Yuto, would he have said, “Stop trying to reduce me to your rank!” instead?

Is anyone else really creeped out by Zero Laplace?

Front and back views of D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace

I mean, what even is that thing? “The Demon of Causality”?

It’s amusing to see Reiji, a person from the future who has all kinds of revolutionary technology at his disposal, play Block Attack, an ancient card from the earliest days of the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Not only does he play it last chapter, but he loves it so much that in this chapter he uses another card to specifically retrieve it from his graveyard.

Overscale Pendulum. What’s that? I hope it’s not another a deus ex pendulo machina.

You might have noticed that this month’s chapter is coming one week later than expected. The Japanese version is published in V Jump, which streeted on December 17. However, because the English version is published in Weekly Shonen Jump, which was off in Japan last Monday for the Christmas holiday, the chapter was added to this week’s WSJ issue instead. On the plus side, last Monday VIZ still released its own bonus WSJ issue with part 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. Part 2 will appear next Monday from VIZ in another bonus issue when Japan’s WSJ takes a break for New Year festivities.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: “Another Fact!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 4-5 (December 26, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”

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