Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: ‘Across Time and Space!!’

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Yuya Sakaki saying his catchphrase in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 39

Using the strength that Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo leave behind, Yuya unleashes the power of the Adam Factor and calls forth God-Eyes Phantom Dragon. Yuya wipes the tears from his eyes, knowing that they leave him with the greatest power of all: hope. A smile now beams across his face.

“Ladies and gentlemen!! The fun starts now!!” Yuya proclaims. “Here comes my entertainment duel!!”

Yuya orders God-Eyes to attack G.O.D. But how can his monster’s 3000 attack strength stand up to G.O.D.’s 4000? G.O.D., puzzled by Yuya’s actions, uses its attack-negating effect anyway, placing Nova Portal in its Pendulum zone to stop God-Eyes in its tracks. Yuya’s monster, it’s eyes blazing brilliantly, lets out a hair-raising roar before unleashing a wave of energy from its body.

“And now for my battle phase!!” declares Yuya. God-Eyes’ attack has now doubled to 6000.

G.O.D. is mortified. How can Yuya still attack? It realizes that Yuya has tapped into the power of the Adam Factor to control space-time. When God-Eyes’ attack was negated, Yuya was able to skip his opponent’s next turn and advance to his own battle phase.

Yuya uses another of God-Eyes’ abilities to raise its own strength and lower G.O.D.’s as it attacks. G.O.D. is forced to use its attack-negating powers again to add another Nova Portal to its Pendulum zone to stop Yuya’s attack. But Yuya simply uses God-Eyes’ time-skipping powers again. With G.O.D’s Pendulum zones now full, victory is at hand for Yuya.

G.O.D. guffaws at Yuya’s grit. Did Yuya forget Nova Portal’s Pendulum effect? G.O.D. uses that effect to destroy both Nova Portals, clearing the way for it to use its attack-stopping ability once again.

Yuya pretending to fall for G.O.D.'s tricks in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 39

Yuya sneers. He has one more of God-Eyes’ effects up his sleeve. By sending one of his face-down spell or trap cards to the graveyard, he is able to negate the effect of Nova Portal. This time, it really is over.

“You gave people hope, but you planned to trick them the whole time!” Yuya exclaims. “Now do you see how cruel that was?! This is what you did!”

Yuya commands God-Eyes Phantom Dragon to attack. God-Eyes opens its mouth and cries out, and its breath disintegrates G.O.D.’s body. The G.O.D. card floating in the sky overhead glows as it absorbs the monster back within it.

Eve is unconscious and floating prone in the air right below the card. She slowing descends. A bright light emanates just below her and a body materializes. It’s Adam. He catches her and cradles her in his arms. Eve wakes up and the two embrace.

Thoughts

Even amid such terrible danger, Yuya remembers to entertain. Attaboy, Yuya. We haven’t seen you like this in so long.

Another Phantom Dragon! Yuya — “The Phantom” — started his journey with a Phantom Dragon, and now he defeats the big baddie with another. Very gratifying, even though God-Eyes Phantom Dragon is basically tailor-made to defeat G.O.D., haha. G.O.D. plays the same moves in this chapter as he did in the previous, but this time God-Eyes alone is enough to stop it. It’s also very gratifying that God-Eyes uses Eve’s time manipulation powers against her. I’m a little sad that G.O.D. never broke out of its chains though.

I hope I’m not the only one to feel that Eve and Adam’s reunion is too short. It’s a sweet moment, but it’s marred by Adam’s justification for Eve’s actions — that she is simply a part of G.O.D.’s plan and that she is blameless. What?! Oh no you didn’t! After an entire story full of superficial and inconsequential religious references, it dares to bring up such a heavy suggestion at the climax? C’mon…

Eve’s actions destroyed countless worlds. Yuya’s brothers are gone forever now. Yuya’s life, already a tragedy, will never be the same. And yet he stands there calmly, satisfied that he saved the world and reunited a couple.

Yuya, your fortitude is godly.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 47 (October 22, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 38: “Our Pride!!”

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Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

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