Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: ‘Head-to-Head Cards!!’

February 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shingo Sawatari and Sora Shiunin criticize Yuya's card choice in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

Yuya Sakaki successfully banishes all of the monsters on the field for three turns, including Reiji Akaba’s overwhelming Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. Yuya reaches deep within his heart and remembers the power of Dueltaining that his father left him. He pushes forward, eager to soften up the austere Akaba.

Yuya plays the continuous trap Pendulum Match, which allows him to randomly summon a Pendulum monster from his extra deck, then allows Akaba to choose a monster with the same scale from his own deck and summon it as well. With both duelists still at 4000 life points and now fighting head-to-head battles, every summon is significant.

Yuya begins by calling Yugo’s Clearwing Fast Dragon. Akaba is unimpressed with Yuya’s antics, but plays along. He summons D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Clearwing destroys Zero Maxwell, but Akaba is unharmed because of his monster’s effect. At the end of the battle, Pendulum Match destroys the remaining monsters.

During Akaba’s turn, Yuya uses Pendulum Match again, this time summoning Yuri’s Starving Venemy Dragon. Akaba chooses D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose special ability lets it possess double the attack strength of its opponent monster. Zero Laplace crushes Starving Venemy, dropping Yuya down to 1500 life points. Yuya is knocked backward from the strength of the blow.

Yuya laughs it off, but vows to continue his entertainment. He places his two hands on the ground and crouches in a sprinter’s four-point stance. What is he doing?! As his turn begins, Yuya jets off, running straight off the edge of the Adam Factor tree duel field! He plunges toward the ground below. That’s where the next Action Card is, says Yuya, and he’s definitely going to nab it this time before Akaba does.

Akaba and the onlookers gasp as Yuya nosedives. But…there’s no Action Card down there!

In his mind, Yuya recalls a memory of his father. When dueling an opponent who is dead serious, who seems to have no space in his heart for entertainment, do something new and unexpected, Yusho Sakaki tells his son. That will catch everyone off guard.

In midair, Yuya grabs one of the tree’s long dangling roots, then uses his moment to swing upward toward the sky. That is where the Action Card is located.

Reiji Akaba smiling in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

Reiji Akaba cracks a grin, apparently amused by Yuya’s shenanigans, if only for a moment. Looks like there’s hope for the stern LC president after all, thinks Yuya.

Yuya promises to continue his dueltaining…

Thoughts

It’s pretty clear what’s happening now with Pendulum Match. With one last hurrah, the two duelists’ signature Pendulum monsters get to take the stage again. As this duel heads toward its conclusion, maybe Yuya’s final move will involve the use of all of these monsters that he got to summon back. Wouldn’t that be quite the entertaining move?

It’s also quite the coincidence that their signature monsters’ Pendulum scales match up in this way. Oh, who am I kidding — this was planned from the very start, wasn’t it?

Within the gravity of the ARC-V story line, Dueltaining has sometimes appeared to take a back seat. But this chapter, it is front and center as Yuya remembers his roots in a flashback featuring his dad.

Yusho Sakaki describing his dueling philosophy in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

This, I think, is the right way for this story to go. Ever since the first chapter, Yuya has always made it his mission to be a Dueltainer and to make others smile. Now, after the reader has gone on this long journey with Yuya and learned about how devastating his past is, it makes Yuya’s resolve all the more astounding and makes his character even more likable.

To begin and end Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in this way retains the spirit of the story and the world that it has built.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: “Head-to-Head Cards!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump (web, Android, iOS) and in MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA (web, Android, iOS).

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 44: “Action Battle!!”

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

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