Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: ‘Your Opponent Is Me!’

March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Sometimes, men must risk their lives in battle, says Yugo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 20

Yuya mounts his Duel Runner. There’s a look of earnestness on his face. Yuzu stands beside him and watches nervously. Suddenly, a portal opens behinds them and Ren comes barreling forth on his own Duel Runner. It’s an even more advanced model than his previous bike, with sleek lines and a pointed front fairing like a fighter jet. Yuya smiles.

“There you are,” says Yuya.

“A particle accelerator… You chose an interesting course,” states Ren. “Yuya Sakaki, do you want to duel me?”

But before Yuya can reply, Yugo takes over, pushing Yuya’s consciousness far out of the way. Yugo is raring to go. Yuzu objects to their duel; it’s too dangerous and she wants to protect Yuya, she says. She stands boldly in front of the two duelists as they rev their engines hoping to stop them from dueling, but they bolt right past her.

Ren takes charge and speeds ahead of Yugo.

“This is the most advanced machine of my era!” Ren proclaims. “As long as I ride this Duel Runner, my pride demands that I stay ahead of you!” He quickly sets up his Reincarnation Synchro game, summoning his gargantuan White Aura Whale.

Yugo thrusts his bike up the curved wall of the tunnel then uses the momentum from driving downward to accelerate. But Ren’s Duel Runner is too fast. Yugo won’t be able to get ahead of Ren to pick up any Action Cards, but he’s determined not to let that stop him from winning. Yugo sets his Pendulum scales, then Synchro summons his signature monster — Clearwing Fast Dragon.

All the while, Yuto and Yuri look on. Yuto thinks the power of Yugo’s explosive dueling can give him the edge over Ren’s futuristic machine. But Yuri is still worried about Yugo’s earlier comment about their weakening connection to Yuya.

Yuya, having been pushed out of his body by Yugo, now stands alone in a rocky wasteland in the deepest recesses of his mind. He can’t even see the duel from where he is. He peers over a cliff and is aghast by what he sees.

Thoughts

First of all, those boys almost run over Yuzu when she stands in front of their starting line. Rude! I don’t know about Ren but I wouldn’t expect such ungentlemanly behavior from Yugo.

Why does Yuya choose to duel at this particle accelerator? Where in the city are they anyway? Last chapter, Ren seemed shocked when his saw this particular location. This change in venue comes quite suddenly and with no explanation. And Yuzu just tags along for the ride. “Hey, let’s go duel over there today, okay?” “Err, okay.”

Yugo says that Ren brought his most powerful Duel Runner because he’s “playing for keeps.” But what exactly does that mean? They’ve already dueled, and it’s not well established why Yugo needs to defeat Ren so badly. Yugo knows pretty much nothing about Ren, but Ren knows a lot more about Yugo, and about Yuya’s history.

It seems that the characters have made some decisions without leaving any clues behind their reasoning for the reader. I expect to see a lot of exposition and backstory after this duel.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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  1. Reading this article review about Yugioh kinda reminds me of this song in my head just now.


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