Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 21: ‘Yuya’s Memories!!’

April 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki suddenly finds himself on a Duel Runner in the middle of a Turbo Duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 21
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Yugo and Ren’s Turbo Duel is revving up. Ren, with his Reincarnation Synchro strategy in full swing and his menacing behemoth White Aura Whale on the field, declares that he is ramping up his game into a new dimension. He awakens an even mightier monster, White Aura Biphamet, a grotesque two-headed beast with a destructive attack strength…and a hidden power.

Yugo’s eyes begin to blur. He can barely make out the silhouette of the Duel Runner in front of him. On the sidelines, Yuri and Yuto are watching the duel. Yuri holds up his hand; it’s starting to fade away. All three of them are losing their connection to Yuya.

Yugo uses Clearwing’s effect on Biphamet, which negates its special effects and drops its attack to zero. But Ren doesn’t even flinch. He orders Biphamet to attack, destroying Clearwing. But how?!

“White Aura Biphamet’s power is godly!” Ren laughs. “It defies common sense! You’ll never solve Biphamet’s mystery!”

Yugo activates a Trap, but before he can play it, he starts losing consciousness. The image in front of him is completely muddied up. This is it for him. Yugo calls out to Yuya, pleading for him to solve the mystery that is Ren’s monster.

“It looks like we have to leave this fight to Yuya,” says Yuri.

“Yuya… We believe in you!” Yuto calls out.

The three boys vanish.

Meanwhile, Yuya, far in the depths of his mind, sees a network of roots on the ground in front of him. Scattered all along the branches of these roots are large glowing orbs. He recognizes these as his real memories. But before he can do anything, his consciousness is suddenly jerked back into his body.

Yuya nearly loses control of the Duel Runner, careening left and right and comically driving up the walls of the track. He quickly gathers his wits and realizes that he is about to be annihilated by Ren’s Biphamet. His keen sense of observation helps him figure out how to use the Trap that Yugo has left for him. Yuya is safe for now.

Yuya quickly learns that Ren’s monster is seemingly immune to Clearwing’s effect and can also attack him twice in a row. Unless Yuya can figure out the enigma that is White Aura Biphamet, he doesn’t stand a chance against Ren!

Thoughts

First of all, the title of this chapter, “Yuya’s Memories,” is a big tease. Almost nothing about Yuya’s memories is actually revealed. Sigh. The memory orbs that Yuya is seeing for the first time initially appeared in chapter 13.

What we do see of Yuya’s past is a brief but adorable panel of Yuya playing a game of “how to break my board” with his three counterparts. It is these experiences that has helped him hone his skills as a vigilant duelist and kept him alive against Ren.

I’m really sad. Yuya’s counterparts are gone…at least for now. This is all happening so quickly. They and Yuya seemed to be fine just a few chapters ago, but now, Yuya is dueling all alone. I suppose it was inevitable that Yuya would eventually face off against Ren. Yugo already dueled Ren, so they probably wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything new story-wise had they seen their duel to the end. But for Yuya to suddenly be in this dangerous situation by all himself, not knowing what happened to his companions and unable to turn to them for support, is just so tragic.

In true Yu-Gi-Oh! storytelling-fashion, Yuya is unable to read Ren’s card and figure out Biphamet’s effect. Naturally. By the way, “Biphamet” is really unpunny.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 21: “Yuya’s Memories!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 24, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 22: “Immortal Beings!!”

Also available now:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1

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