Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: ‘The Adam Factors!!’

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Reiji Akaba transforming his scarf into a boomerang in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Just as Yuya Sakaki decides to destroy the G.O.D. card, Reiji Akaba walks through the doorway. Akaba, his voice cool and collected, demands the card from Yuya. But when Yuya questions his motives, Akaba reveals a more impassioned side: he wants to harness the card’s unlimited powers to control all of space-time!

“No human being can control something like that!” Yuya pleads.

“I can,” replies Akaba. “And to that end, I must become a god.”

Beyond that, to destroy the G.O.D. card is to destroy the work of their fathers and all that has transpired in their era, continues Akaba. It would be a tragedy to scientific discovery to throw it away before learning its truth.

Yuya smiles and proposes an Action Duel to settle things once and for all.

Akaba reveals that he is even more powerful than before because he now possesses not only his own Adam Factor but Adam’s portion as well. He vows to crush Yuya and his Action Duel.

Yuya and Akaba extend their arms forward, calling forth the power of Adam Factor. The ground immediately begins to tremble, and before they know it, the roots and branches of a monstrous tree have erupted through the ground, coiling up toward the sky and lifting them off the ground. Upon this Adam Factor tree, they will decide the fate of G.O.D.

A huge tree forms when Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba combine their Adam Factor powers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Yuya begins the duel by attempting secure two Action Cards, but Akaba thwarts him both times. Akaba sets his Pendulum scales and summons D/D Dog, a sharp-fanged giant bulldog. Yuya plays two Speedroid monsters and Synchro summons Clearwing Fast Dragon.

On the ground below, Isaac and Ren enter through the doorway to observe the duel. Though G.O.D.’s defeat has healed their scarred bodies, they know that the their future still rests in Yuya and Akaba’s final duel.

Thoughts

First you defeat god, then you go on to defeat your rival. Truly, this is the way that the greatest shonen stories must play out! So when I saw Reiji Akaba confront Yuya at the end of last chapter, I knew that this showdown was inevitable. But Reiji’s reasons for challenging Yuya are different than I expected. I would have thought that the pair would want to duel to clear their fathers’ good names.

The more the story progresses, the vaguer the powers of the Adam Factor seem to be. Like the Millennium Items of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s not well defined what the Adam Factor can and can’t do and how its power is divided up. Only now are we learning that Adam split the power into three equal parts, and that the power can be transferred.

I hope I am not the only one who is confused why Adam would want to give Reiji the power to take G.O.D. “Scientific discovery”? What a load. Adam admits that the best course of action is to eliminate that power. He has experienced firsthand how G.O.D. has damaged his and his friends’ lives, and now he wants to give that power to some kid?

Thank you, Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi, for pulling out all the stops and making Reiji Akaba’s scarf such a versatile, magnificent thing. This is what readers wanted! Right?!

Now that I think about it, this is the real power of the Adam Factor, isn’t it? It gives Reiji the ability to use his ten-foot long scarf to its fullest extent. Prehensile threads? Grappling hook? Boomerang? Nothing is impossible for the president and his scarf!

Looks like Eve has left her companions behind while she elopes with Adam or whatever. She doesn’t even bother checking to see if they are okay. Real nice.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 52 (November 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

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