Crunchyroll has hit another milestone in its Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime releases. Episodes 50 through 99 were added to the platform yesterday in Japanese with English subs. This wraps up the Friendship Cup story line in the Synchro Dimension — the equivalent of season 2 of 4K Media’s English dub.
Next, Crunchyroll is entering new territory. Episodes 100 and onward have yet to be played in any Western country, not even the ones that have already finished airing the season 2 English dub. Exciting! Don’t forget to add the show to your CR queue to always be alerted of new episodes.
My Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – SUBBED Episodes page now has links to all of CR’s latest episodes.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete
Out today from Cinedigm Entertainment is the complete first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Blu-ray and DVD! All 49 episodes of 4K Media’s English dub are available in your choice of a region A Blu-ray box set for $69.97, or a region 1 DVD box set for $44.99. Each set has two volumes and six discs.
Cinedigm initially released the first volume of season 1 in September 2016. If you already own that, don’t worry. Volume 2 of season 1 is also available separately for $29.93 for the BDs and $19.95 for the DVDs. If you would like the box, however, the only way to get it is by purchasing the season set.
The video in volume 2 BDs unfortunately suffers from the same color issues as that in volume 1. (Check out my screenshot comparisons and write-up for volume 1 for more details.) I’ve reached out to Cinedigm and will update this post if a solution is found.
All 49 episodes of season 1 are now also available for download on several platforms, including Amazon, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, PlayStation Video, and VUDU. The HD download-to-own episodes are free of the color problems seen on the BDs.
The iconic Akira motorcycle slide?
Two weeks have passed since Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba dueled. Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki are rambling through the streets of Maiami looking for the president when they run into Yuzu, who is searching for Yuya. It seems that both characters vanished after they dueled.
Yuzu tells the duo that she spotted Akaba in a sports car heading toward the airport. Sawatari casually reveals that he heard some kids in the south district yapping about a “manhole monster.” Yuzu is confused.
Sawatari and Kurosaki head to Leo Corporation. The company building is closed, but Kurosaki uses his Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius to blow a hole through the front entrance while Sawatari gawks at the brazen act of vandalism. The duo uses the company’s computer to try to locate Akaba.
Meanwhile, Yuzu arrives in the south district of the city. Sure enough, there’s a manhole in the area that sometimes makes strange noises, starts rattling, then blows out a torrent of water.
Yuzu heads underground and discovers that the rumpus is being caused by none other than Yuya Sakaki, who has been hiding from his enemies. Yuya has been speeding through the tunnels of the sewers on a Duel Runner, training to become faster and stronger. One day, he says, his enemies may challenge him to a battle on a Duel Runner and he wants to be ready for it. Yuzu wonders why Yugo doesn’t just take his place when such a time comes.
Why indeed? In Yuya’s mind, Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri talk among themselves. Yugo has been feeling his connection with Yuya weakening recently.
“Sometimes, when I’m with him, my mind blanks out,” says Yugo. “And it’s happening more often.”
“The Adam Factor, which has begun to awaken inside Yuya, may be causing it,” Yuri hypothesizes. “It could be interfering with our presence.”
“Whatever the reason, we may not be with Yuya much longer so I want to teach him everything I can,” Yugo says downheartedly.
Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin and Ren are also searching for Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba. In front of them are dozens of rectangular monitors. Shiunin spots the mass of Odd-Eyes’ solid vision on one of the screens. It’s located at a particle accelerator. Ren is shocked by what he sees and immediately heads out.
In another room, Eve is lying down, trying to rest. Her breathing is heavy. A long-haired bespectacled man is monitoring her vitals.
“Even with all the time we had, I haven’t been able to identify your illness or the true nature of that card,” he tells her.
“Isaac, you’re a brilliant scientist,” Eve replies. “Don’t worry about me. This is the price of pulverizing history.” Issac looks downward dejectedly.
“No matter how many lives Ren, Sora, and I may live, we’re simply trying to complete the memories of our first lives,” Eve continues.
“When G.O.D.’s power awakens, all will be complete,” Isaac assures her. “You, Adam, and the rest of us will be eternal together!”
There are no duels in this chapter. It feels nice to have a little bit of a breather since the previous duel was so intense.
Back in chapter 14, Reiji was driving a fancy old motorcycle. Now, he has been spotted by Yuzu in a fancy old sports car.
And just like the motorcycle, this car looks really detailed and is probably based on a real car. Do chime in if you know the model. It seems like the illustrator, Naohito Miyoshi, really loves adding in these realistic vehicles despite the story’s futuristic setting.
Shun Kurosaki. This guy. He literally firebombs Leo Corporation just because he wants to find an opponent to satiate his thirst for dueling.
It’s sad to hear that Yuya’s counterparts might not be around for much longer. What will happen if their bond with Yuya is broken? Will they just become trapped in his mind, unable to communicate with him? Nooo! What a somber and lonely existence.
So there’s a character named Eve, and now there’s one named Isaac and another yet-to-be-revealed individual named Adam. And they’re messing around with G.O.D.’s power. Hmm… What other biblical references will there be next?
I like Eve’s revelation that she, Ren, and Sora have lived multiple previous lives. It adds a new layer of significance to Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy. It could also mean that Sora’s sister, Miu, might not be someone who exists in Sora’s present, but is instead someone from his previous life.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V already has a time travel element, and now reincarnation is coming into play. So complex — but so cool!
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”
– Coming soon
Reiji Akaba has dropped Yuya Sakaki’s Pendulum scales to zero, sealing away his ability to Pendulum summon. Or so Akaba thinks. But the Dueltainer has one more trick up his sleeve. Yuya bypasses his Pendulum scale and calls forth a new monster — Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, an Overscale Pendulum. Akaba is mortified.
“Its Pendulum scale is zero?!” he cries out.
Yuya activates Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon’s special ability to decrease the attack strength of Akaba’s D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, then attacks. But Zero Laplace can negate its destruction once for turn. Akaba is safe for now.
“Yuya Sakaki, let me show you the true power that my father left me,” he asserts.
“Reiji, wait!” says Yuya. “Let me prove that what I told you is true! That someone is controlling G.O.D.!”
“I already know that!” replies Akaba. “You would never bring me to a place like this for no reason.”
Yuya and Akaba realize that they are not alone. An orb has been floating above their heads, watching their every play and relaying the information to two distant spectators. A blinding flash of light emanates from the orb and a Duel Runner surges forth. It screeches to a stop between Yuya and Akaba. Yuri and Yuto recognize the driver.
“My name is Ren. G.O.D. is in the hands of my mistress Lady Eve,” states the masked man. He expounds on their goals to awaken G.O.D. and declares that Yuya and Akaba both possess the Adam Factor needed to accomplish their goals. Ren would like to seize the duo’s powers right now, but the damage that their high-powered monsters have caused during the duel has weakened the structure of the cavern.
The walls and ceiling of the cavern begin to crack and crumble. Dust and small pieces of debris land on the shoulders of the duelists as larger stones start to crash down all around them. A portal opens overhead beside the orb camera. Ren promises to duel them both and makes his retreat.
The cavern collapses on itself, but Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba are safe after hopping on their monsters and taking to the skies.
“Reiji, do you believe me now?” Yuya asks beneath the moonlit sky. “We share a common enemy. If we work together, I’m sure we can beat them!”
“A new enemy may have appeared, but I still haven’t forgiven your father,” replies Akaba. “So I will defeat them on my own!”
Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin is floating in a serene haze. A voice calls out to him. It’s his sister, Miu. Someday, he will create a world where they can be together, Sora promises her.
Sora awakens suddenly from his slumber and finds himself in a hospital bed.
“You are here because of injuries sustained in a duel with Yuya Sakaki,” says a long-haired bespectacled man. There is a large scar on the left side of his face covering his eye and cheek. Another man enters the room. It’s Ren.
“It finally begins,” he proclaims. “The real battle for G.O.D.!”
For all of Reiji Akaba’s talk of “zero” these past few chapters, it’s pretty funny that a Scale zero monster is almost what finally does him in. Reiji is a smart guy; he knows far more than he’s letting on. But if he knew that there was another power behind G.O.D. all along, why bother pursuing Yuya all this time? To avenge his father’s death? That seems petty for someone like him. Maybe he was expecting that Yuya would eventually be able to lure the enemy into the open as he’s done here. In that case…it’s all going according to plan. It’s a shame that Reiji and Yuya’s duel was cut short just as Reiji was about to unleash his true powers. But they will certainly duel again and, as Yuya hopes, may even ally at some point to take down Ren.
So not only is there an Adam Factor, but there is also an Eve Factor as well. Hmm, who might possess such a power? There aren’t that many girls in this story so far…
Speaking of girl, Yuzu had just discovered Yuya’s secret passage leading underground and was heading down there with Sawatari and Kurosaki as the cavern started to collapse. Yuya and Reiji had to ride on their monsters to even escape, but the trio have no such luxury. Why didn’t you help, Yuya?! What if they die in the cave-in?! Kurosaki’s comment is great though: “[Reiji Akaba] is too strong for something like this to kill him!”
Sora fan service — shirtless and without his short pony tail! So Sora is working with Ren and Eve. And Sora’s sister, Miu, first seen in a photograph in Scale 8, turns out to be a real person after all.
Great chapter. This story is going all sorts of places. It’s very exciting to finally see Eve, who’s clearly going to be a strong character and maybe even the big baddie that Yuya will have to ultimately duel.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: “Another Fact!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!”
With the power of a Pendulum Fusion, Yuri calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon to face off against Reiji Akaba’s D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Starving Venemy’s effect is a mighty one, allowing it to steal the abilities of Zero Maxwell. Yuri attacks, but Akaba is ready for him, activating a trap that prevents his monster from being destroyed. Akaba stares unflinchingly at Yuri while his life points are whittled down. Yuri wants another shot at Akaba, but Yuya returns to the duel with a message.
“Reiji, you followed me here because you believed your dad,” says Yuya, looking dejectedly toward the ground. “But the story I heard was a bit different.” He closes his eyes and remembers…
On a certain day in the future, Yuya finds himself locked in a cylindrical escape pod. Yuya presses up against the window of the pod and sees his dad working nervously in his lab.
“Yuya, the power of G.O.D. will soon end the world,” Yusho tells him. The sweat pooling on his forehead trickles down his face past his tired eyes. Next to Yusho sits a card glowing brightly — Genesis Omega Dragon. It is hooked up to numerous sensors and is pulsating vibrantly with energy. Leo was obsessed with the card, says Yusho. After their experiments with it started getting dangerously out of hand, Yusho took it away from the military facility where they worked.
“We thought the power of this card was a chance phenomenon from another dimension…but it’s not!” exclaims Yusho. “It is an artificial creation.”
Yuya is confused, but Yusho doesn’t have all of the answers. It will be up to Yuya to find the one who created the card and what its true nature is. For now, Yusho has one final trick up his sleeve. He will use what little he understands of G.O.D.’s energy to throw Yuya back into the past, where he will have a chance to discover G.O.D.’s secrets and save the world.
“The World Illusion!” Yusho proclaims, smiling while putting on his magician’s top hat.
Yuya, with tears in his eyes, slaps the window of his escape pod and cries out to his dad. But it’s no use. A flash of light blinds him as the image of his dad in front of him vanishes…
Reiji Akaba scowls. “If you want me to listen to any more of this drivel, you’ll have to prove it by defeating me!!”
The duel rages on. Akaba tributes Zero Maxwell and summons an even deadlier monster, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose attack strength becomes double that of the monster it battles. It destroys Starving Venemy and Dark Anthelion, leaving Yuya’s field wide open. Yuya uses his defeated dragons’ abilities to move them to his Pendulum zones, but Akaba uses the effect of his own Pendulum monster, D/D Scale Surveyor, to drop Yuya’s Pendulum scales to zero. But Yuya only smiles.
“The Pendulum of destiny may stop, but I must go on! Overscale Pendulum!!”
These last two chapters have been somber. Last month, we saw Reiji Akaba part with his dad when the world was ending, and now we see the same thing from Yuya and his dad’s perspective. We still haven’t seen how Reiji was transported to the past. Does he have an escape pod too?
I’m calling it now. The best line in the entire series is in this chapter: “Stop trying to reduce me to your scale!” You are a king among kings, Reiji Akaba. If he had been dueling Yuto, would he have said, “Stop trying to reduce me to your rank!” instead?
Is anyone else really creeped out by Zero Laplace?
I mean, what even is that thing? “The Demon of Causality”?
It’s amusing to see Reiji, a person from the future who has all kinds of revolutionary technology at his disposal, play Block Attack, an ancient card from the earliest days of the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Not only does he play it last chapter, but he loves it so much that in this chapter he uses another card to specifically retrieve it from his graveyard.
Overscale Pendulum. What’s that? I hope it’s not another a deus ex
You might have noticed that this month’s chapter is coming one week later than expected. The Japanese version is published in V Jump, which streeted on December 17. However, because the English version is published in Weekly Shonen Jump, which was off in Japan last Monday for the Christmas holiday, the chapter was added to this week’s WSJ issue instead. On the plus side, last Monday VIZ still released its own bonus WSJ issue with part 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. Part 2 will appear next Monday from VIZ in another bonus issue when Japan’s WSJ takes a break for New Year festivities.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”
And just like that, the first 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed are on Crunchyroll. These episodes correspond to season 1 of the English-dubbed version of the show and are available to all viewers outside Asia.
That sure was fast, wasn’t it? Crunchyroll’s subbed releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V have jumped ahead of the show’s English-dubbed U.S. TV broadcasts, the first time this has ever happened. (Nicktoons just aired episode 30 this past Sunday.) If you like how quickly CR and 4K Media are putting out these episodes, watch the show, share the episodes, and let them know that they are moving in the right direction. Maybe one day we’ll get Yu-Gi-Oh! anime simulcasts — who knows!
I’ve updated my page dedicated to Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed streams with links to all of the episodes released thus far.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll
Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:
- Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
- Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
- Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
- Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
- Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)
- Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
- Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
- Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
- Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
- Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)
- Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
- Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
- Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
- Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
- Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)
- Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
- Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
- Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
- Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
- Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)
- Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
- Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
- Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
- Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
- Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)
These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.
Did your favorite duel make the cut?
Twenty years in the future, Reiji Akaba is diligently analyzing the energy data involving G.O.D. that his father gave him. He sits engrossed in his family’s home and lab, with scientific literature and papers stacked in tall piles all around him. The glow of his computer monitors are illuminating the dark room. He’s been working for over ten hours straight.
Without warning, the ground begins to shake. Is it an earthquake? Reiji walks slowly to the door and tries to open it, but it’s locked. He’s trapped. A video feed of his father appears on one of his monitors.
“This world is about to end through the power of G.O.D.,” says Leo Akaba as the rumbling outside grows louder. He’s saving Reiji by keeping him busy inside the lab, an emergency shelter. Leo plays some horrifying video footage — scads of meteorites are pelting the city as they speak.
“Yusho took the G.O.D. card. And soon he will release its power. Look, Reiji,” says Leo, motioning to a clock on the wall. Its second hand ticks more and more slowly until…it stops. And begins ticking backward.
“That is the power of G.O.D.,” Leo continues. “To control it, he will send his son to the past…but you must stop him.”
A bead of nervous sweat trickles down Reiji’s face as his father bids him farewell and cuts off the video feed…
In the present, Reiji Akaba and Yuya Sakaki are locked in a duel in an underground cavern. Akaba has Yuya on the ropes with his two Pendulum cards and his D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell monster.
“You’ve got it all wrong! I didn’t come to this world to use G.O.D.’s power!” Yuya pleads. But Akaba won’t have any of it. He activates an effect that drops Yuya’s Pendulum zone cards to Scale 0 and stops Yuya from Pendulum summoning. Having no answer to the obstacle, Yuya calls on one of his personalities for help. With a flourish of his cloak, Yuto appears.
“You told me to bug off, but now you need me, huh?” Yuto sneers. He plays the Spell card Pendulum Xyz to allow him to use Yuya’s Pendulum zone cards to Xyz summon. He calls forth Dark Anthelion Dragon to take down Zero Maxwell. But Akaba won’t be stopped that easily. Zero Maxwell has the ability to reduce battle damage to 0 and is also a Pendulum monster. Yuya returns and ends his turn.
Akaba summons Zero Maxwell back to the field and attacks Dark Anthelion Dragon, but Yuya is able to save himself and his monster using its special abilities. He will need a different strategy if he wants to defeat Akaba. After a twist and sweep of his cloak, Yuri appears.
“I’ve been wanting a match with you!” he says to Akaba. Yuri plays the Spell card Dowsing Fusion, which allows him to Fusion summon using Pendulum monsters in his graveyard, and calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon.
Reiji Akaba smirks at the two menacing dragons staring him down.
“Pendulum Xyz and Pendulum Fusion… Finally, this is entertaining!”
Great duel so far! How fun to see Yuto and Yuri join Yuya. Surely Yugo will make an appearance next chapter with a Pendulum Synchro summon, yes? Their new dragons, with “eyes” all over their bodies, are cool but kind of creepy. Reiji and his D/D monsters are tough and look like a bad match-up against Yuya and his personalities.
So in the future, Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri grow up as separate people. And Reiji doesn’t wear a scarf, haha. This chapter sure makes Yusho look like some kind of traitor or evildoer. I’m sure Yuya has another explanation of what happened. Details about the fusion of Yuya’s personalities and the time travel element still need to be fleshed out.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: “It’s Zero!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: “Another Fact!”
With its release of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX subbed in the books, Crunchyroll has announced that it will now begin streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed to audiences worldwide (except Asia). The release schedule is as follows:
- Episodes 1 through 15 are available now
- Episodes 16 through 30 will be added on November 22 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
- Episodes 31 through 40 will be added on November 29 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
- After that, five episodes will be added every Tuesday at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT (except on the first Tuesday of the month)
Check out Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yu-gi-oh-arc-v
I’ll follow Crunchyroll’s updates on my new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – SUBBED Episodes page, but you don’t have to wait for me to link to them. Make a free account on Crunchyroll and add the show to your queue and you’ll always know when new episodes go up!
Tags: licensing, sakami merchandise
It’s been ages since official Yu-Gi-Oh! plushies have been seen outside Japan and Asia, but that will change early next year thanks to a new deal between 4K Media (Konami) and Sakami Merchandise. 4K Media announced today that it has tapped the Germany-based video game and comic goods specialist to produce plush toys of Yami Yugi and Yuya Sakaki, concept art of which is shown above. The plushies will be available in the first quarter of 2017 in various European countries.
“Sakami Merchandise is a new company specializing in the manufacturing of plush toys based on popular Japanese anime and manga, so of course Yu-Gi-Oh! was at the top of our must-have list,” said Sakami representative Ronny Wolf in a release.
Sakami Merchandise’s other products currently include plushies of L and Ryuk from Death Note and Conan Edogawa from Case Closed. The company also has plushies of Saitama from One-Punch Man and Teepo from Tales of Xillia lined up for sale later this year.