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
Surprise TurboDool

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.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 1 Available Now

April 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Out today from VIZ Media is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! manga from writer Shin Yoshida and illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. This graphic novel collects chapters 1 through 6 and is available in print format for $9.99 and digital format $6.99. The physical book includes an Ultra Rare Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon card, Yuya’s signature monster.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is a monthly title serialized in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It has an original story that’s completely different from the anime. In the world of the manga, Yuya Sakaki is a hacker on the run from the LEO Corporation’s Reiji Akaba. As a master of a new form of summoning — the Pendulum Summons — Yuya is on the hunt for Genesis Omega Dragon, a card that’s said to determine the fate of the world. This story and its characters are hot.

If you’ve been reading Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in WSJ, is it still worth it to pick up the graphic novel? Of course! In addition to touched-up artwork and lettering, English sound effects, and translation fixes, the graphic novel includes early design sketches of Yuya Sakaki, Yuto, Reiji Akaba, and Yuzu Hiragi by illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. Some of their looks are pretty different from the final product.

Going forward, new volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will be published twice a year, says a press release from VIZ. Too slow? Prefer reading simulpubs instead? Subscribe to Weekly Shonen Jump!

Shonen Jump Digital Manga Sale: $2 Off Everything

If you’re looking to start or grow your digital manga collection, this week is the best time to do it. From today, April 4, through April 10, all Shonen Jump manga volumes are $2 off* on every platform. Yes, that includes all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, which are now just $4.99 per volume. Check them out:

*Except most of the books that just streeted today. Yes, that means Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, isn’t on sale. Sigh.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: ‘Your Opponent Is Me!’

March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Sometimes, men must risk their lives in battle, says Yugo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 20

Yuya mounts his Duel Runner. There’s a look of earnestness on his face. Yuzu stands beside him and watches nervously. Suddenly, a portal opens behinds them and Ren comes barreling forth on his own Duel Runner. It’s an even more advanced model than his previous bike, with sleek lines and a pointed front fairing like a fighter jet. Yuya smiles.

“There you are,” says Yuya.

“A particle accelerator… You chose an interesting course,” states Ren. “Yuya Sakaki, do you want to duel me?”

But before Yuya can reply, Yugo takes over, pushing Yuya’s consciousness far out of the way. Yugo is raring to go. Yuzu objects to their duel; it’s too dangerous and she wants to protect Yuya, she says. She stands boldly in front of the two duelists as they rev their engines hoping to stop them from dueling, but they bolt right past her.

Ren takes charge and speeds ahead of Yugo.

“This is the most advanced machine of my era!” Ren proclaims. “As long as I ride this Duel Runner, my pride demands that I stay ahead of you!” He quickly sets up his Reincarnation Synchro game, summoning his gargantuan White Aura Whale.

Yugo thrusts his bike up the curved wall of the tunnel then uses the momentum from driving downward to accelerate. But Ren’s Duel Runner is too fast. Yugo won’t be able to get ahead of Ren to pick up any Action Cards, but he’s determined not to let that stop him from winning. Yugo sets his Pendulum scales, then Synchro summons his signature monster — Clearwing Fast Dragon.

All the while, Yuto and Yuri look on. Yuto thinks the power of Yugo’s explosive dueling can give him the edge over Ren’s futuristic machine. But Yuri is still worried about Yugo’s earlier comment about their weakening connection to Yuya.

Yuya, having been pushed out of his body by Yugo, now stands alone in a rocky wasteland in the deepest recesses of his mind. He can’t even see the duel from where he is. He peers over a cliff and is aghast by what he sees.

Thoughts

First of all, those boys almost run over Yuzu when she stands in front of their starting line. Rude! I don’t know about Ren but I wouldn’t expect such ungentlemanly behavior from Yugo.

Why does Yuya choose to duel at this particle accelerator? Where in the city are they anyway? Last chapter, Ren seemed shocked when his saw this particular location. This change in venue comes quite suddenly and with no explanation. And Yuzu just tags along for the ride. “Hey, let’s go duel over there today, okay?” “Err, okay.”

Yugo says that Ren brought his most powerful Duel Runner because he’s “playing for keeps.” But what exactly does that mean? They’ve already dueled, and it’s not well established why Yugo needs to defeat Ren so badly. Yugo knows pretty much nothing about Ren, but Ren knows a lot more about Yugo, and about Yuya’s history.

It seems that the characters have made some decisions without leaving any clues behind their reasoning for the reader. I expect to see a lot of exposition and backstory after this duel.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 50-99 Complete

March 15, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime videos page on Crunchyroll

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.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Blu-Ray, DVD Box Sets Available Now

March 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD box sets

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.

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Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD & Blu-ray: An Overview

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: ‘Their Whereabouts!’

February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yuya Sakaki bringing his Duel Runner to a screeching halt in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19
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.

Sora Shiunin and Ren monitoring for signs of Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

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!”

Thoughts

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.

Reiji Akaba's fancy sports car in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

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 19: “Their Whereabouts!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 13 (February 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: ‘An Unknown Enemy!’

January 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, standing in the moonlight, hoping that he and Reiji will someday be allies in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 18

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.!”

Thoughts

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 18: “An Unknown Enemy!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 8 (January 23, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: ‘Another Fact!’

December 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki describing the horror that is G.O.D. in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 17

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!!”

Thoughts

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?

Front and back views of D/D/D Destiny King 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 pendulo machina.

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 17: “Another Fact!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 4-5 (December 26, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

December 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya ordering Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to attack in ARC-V episode 14

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.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

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:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. 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?

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