Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 38: ‘Our Pride!!’

September 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo's hands in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 38

Genesis Omega Dragon, its body fully merged with Eve’s, attacks Yuya directly, but Yuya narrowly saves himself with a Pendulum effect.

Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo notice their bodies beginning to fade away again. They don’t have much time left. It’s a miracle that they’ve been able to remain with Yuya for this long, so it’s time they finish Eve off. Yuya and his brothers Pendulum summon their ace monsters back to the field and attack G.O.D.

G.O.D. counters by using its effect to place another Nova Portal into its Pendulum zone, thereby stopping the attack and ending Yuya’s turn. This, however, was all according to Yuya’s plan.

During G.O.D.’s turn, Yugo uses Clearwing Fast Dragon’s ability to negate G.O.D.’s effect and reduce its attack strength to zero. Yuya is safe. Next turn, he can use Clearwing again to reduce G.O.D.’s attack power, giving him the opening needed to attack and defeat it. And since G.O.D.’s Pendulum zones are full, it can’t use its effect again to stop Clearwing. Victory is within reach.

But G.O.D. is ready for them. It uses Nova Portal’s Pendulum effect to destroy both Nova Portal cards, freeing up its Pendulum zones and giving it the opportunity to use its attack- and effect-negating abilities once again. All of Yuya’s work was for nothing. The situation seems insurmountable.

G.O.D. offers Yuya an alternative way out: give up Adam’s power and surrender the duel. Surrender and receive a world where he and his family can live in peace, without the World Illusion, and without memories of G.O.D.

Yuya imagines what might have been, had his father not triggered the World Illusion. His brothers, alive, having a picnic with him on his birthday. Lots of laughs as they brag about whose gift is the best. His father, safe, joining in their fun. What a wonderful birthday.

Yuya’s heart is filled with sadness. He lifts up his right hand and looks at it, ready to lay it on his deck in surrender. But Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo each place one of their hands on top of his, snapping Yuya out of his escapist thoughts. They died protecting him, and they are proud of that truth. They promise to always be with him.

As their bodies continue to fade away, the three use the last of their strength to enter Yuya’s deep consciousness, where the Adam Factor tree stands. They place their hands upon it, transforming it into power for Yuya.

A brilliant light glows from Yuya’s deck.

Thoughts

Is it just me or did Yuya succumb to G.O.D.’s temptation a little too easily? G.O.D. ruined Yuya’s life. His family’s lives. The lives of Eve and her allies. G.O.D. extinguished an entire living universe. Corrupting space-time to satisfy individual happiness? Unforgivable! Yuya understands all of this.

But now? After G.O.D. offers Yuya new hope?

“You mean I can benefit from these selfish desires? Maaaaybe G.O.D. isn’t so bad after all…”

Yuya, what are you doing?! I guess your outlook on life and moral compass can quickly change when you start a duel with excitement and anticipation only to end up plunging into despair.

Fortunately, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo are there the entire time to keep Yuya anchored to reality. Even though their remaining selves are fading away, they have never been stronger or more important to Yuya than at this moment.

One thing I wish the story could discuss further is the nature of Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo’s psychological connection with Yuya, and why they are fading away. By some unexplained phenomenon, their consciousnesses were able to remain within Yuya after the World Illusion. But this connection, for whatever reason, isn’t permanent and now they are gone. It’s heartbreaking that their familial bonds aren’t strong enough to keep them together.

Yuya is confirmed as the youngest Sakaki brother. Yugo says so! Dawww.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 38: “Our Pride!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 24, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 37: ‘The Cause of Everything!!’

August 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Eve destroying Mystic Hell Gate and Mystic Heaven Gate in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

With no monsters left on her field, Eve faces a head-on attack from Yuya’s powered-up Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon with enough strength to wipe out her life points. She looks at her hand, where one of her two remaining cards seemingly calls out to her.

Use me…”

She knows that if she taps into its power, she will suffer irreparable physical harm to her body, just has she has all of these years she has traversed time and space. Eve recalls Isaac’s words after he lost to Reiji Akaba — that she must find Adam and find love. With renewed vigor, Eve picks up the card.

“In my hand at this very moment, G.O.D. is on the verge of awakening!” she proclaims to Yuya.

Eve uses the Pendulum effect of Mystic Hell Gate to destroy her two Pendulum zone cards. Yuya and Yuzu wince as a colossal whirlwind engulfs the field and crumbles her Gates, making room for the behemoth that is Genesis Omega Dragon. Yuya grabs his chest and cringes as he comes face to face with the beast that took everything from his life.

Yuya looks up to see that Eve has merged with G.O.D., her small head and torso jutting out of the top of its head. The discolored scar that previously tarnished only half her face has now spread over her entire body.

“You four souls have crossed time and space,” G.O.D. bellows, addressing Yuya and his brothers. “Now serve as my strength! I am the being that grants happiness to all in this universe! And I lead all to despair!”

G.O.D. further reveals its objective — to grant everyone the time that they wish for. And in this time, these people will all destroy themselves and their worlds.

Yuya looks G.O.D. in the eye as it speaks and again clutches his chest, apparently in pain. But this time, he sees a vision: G.O.D. in a black universe surrounded by lifeless planets and stars. Ren, lying on the ground after his Duel Runner accident, slowly coming to. And Sora Shiunin embracing his dying, unconscious sister. It is the power of the Adam Factor that shows him these images.

Yuya and his brothers attempt to find meaning in G.O.D.’s actions. Why would people who are given what they desire end up destroying themselves? Perhaps because they each find satisfaction in their own bubble, giving them no reason to progress in society. And without progress, civilization ends.

Yugo questions why Ren and Sora were victimized by G.O.D., while Yuya wonders if their lives would have turned out differently without G.O.D. interfering. Maybe they wouldn’t have abandoned hope after all. Maybe they would have persisted and lived great lives. But G.O.D. feared that hope, says Yuya.

Yuya’s words anger G.O.D. It promises to defeat Yuya and take back the power that Adam stole from it when it entered this world.

Thoughts

After reading last month’s chapter, I wasn’t sure if G.O.D. was the card Eve had in her hand. If it wasn’t, or if it was only a stepping stone to getting G.O.D. into play, I could see this story continuing on for much longer. But now, we really do see Eve play G.O.D. So this is it then — this is the big reveal. The story has reached its climax.

As absurdly powerful as G.O.D. already is — if an enemy tries to attack or effect it in any way, it ends their turn — I can’t help but feel like there is even more to it. After all, look at its design.

Front view of Genesis Omega Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

G.O.D. is tightly restrained by chains, leaving it hunched over, unable to let loose its full might. It reminds me of the anime version of Exodia, who, when summoned by Shimon, was also initially bound by chains that constrained its power.

In spite of the “god” moniker, G.O.D. seems to be a far more devilish being, tempting people when they are weak and promising to give them what they want, only to unleash suffering upon them in the end. There is also a question of the origin of G.O.D. When it is summoned, it is shown in front of a gate or portal, one that is all too similar to the man-made gate Adam sees in chapter 32. So does this imply that G.O.D. is a human creation? That humans, ever in the pursuit of success and the betterment of their world, created a monstrosity that could end their own existence? This is hitting a little too close to home…

Check out these good boys being all brave and protective when Eve was about to summon G.O.D.

Yuto shielding Yuzu and Yugo and Yuri protecting Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

So cute.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 37: “The Cause of Everything!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 39 (August 27, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: “The Power of Bonds!”

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

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: ‘The Power of Bonds!’

July 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo declaring that they will combine their powers to defeat Eve in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 36

Eve takes the brunt of Dark Anthelion Dragon’s attack from Yuto, but she uses her monsters’ abilities to hurt Yuto and increase her life points to come out even stronger. Yuya, having now regained the memories of his past, returns to the duel to take Yuto’s place. He vows to never forgive G.O.D. for taking everything away from him.

Eve draws. There is a moment of silence. Her pulse races when she sees the card she has acquired. A wave of energy emanates from Eve’s body and she declares with fiery ferocity that it is her fate to defeat Yuya. Eve commands her three legendary monsters to attack Yuya, but Yuya hangs on, parrying her assaults with his own monsters’ effects to stay alive.

Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon and Clearwing Fast Dragon take the field, joining Dark Anthelion Dragon on the front line. With three of their four signature dragons on the field, Yuya and his brothers promise to combine their skills to defeat Eve.

Yuri fuses Clearwing and Dark Anthelion to call forth Starving Venemy Dragon, which steals Timelord Progenitor Vulgate’s ability to banish all of the opponent’s monsters after an attack. Eve’s field is left wide open and Yuya seizes the moment. With enough attack points to end Eve’s game, Odd-Eyes launches a direct attack…

Thoughts

The last month of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V featured a deep chapter of character backstory. I was enthralled by all that was unveiled, but in the meantime, I forgot everything about what was going on in the duel. I had to reread the beginning of the duel starting in chapter 33. A lot of my excitement of initially seeing Eve’s legendary monsters has waned. Having two dramatic but unrelated reveals competing for my attention — Eve’s monsters and Yuya’s past — has been exhausting.

That said, this duel has played out as well as I could have imagined. Yuya and his brothers summon their ace dragons and use them together to overcome Eve and her seemingly unstoppable combos. As it should be!

But is it really over? We don’t yet see Odd-Eyes’ attack hitting Eve and dropping her life points to zero. And even in the final panel, Eve’s silhouette is shown standing unflinchingly straight, not cowering like someone who is about to take the hit of a duel-ending attack. But Eve is a strong person and it doesn’t feel like it would be in her nature to wince and collapse under such pressure anyway.

The answer probably lies in the important card she drew earlier during her turn, the one that led her to harden her expression and declare angrily that she would crush Yuya. What card is it? Maybe one that reminds her of Adam, her mission, and all that she has experienced during her days traversing time and space? Is it G.O.D.? I think everyone wants to finally see that.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: “The Power of Bonds!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 37: “The Cause of Everything!!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: ‘The Four Brothers’ Bond!!’

June 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Silhouettes of Yugo, Yuri, and Yuto as they toss flowers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

One bright, ordinary morning at the Sakaki house, Yuri and Yuto are preparing gifts for Yuya. Yuri arranges a sparkling bouquet of roses, while Yuto crafts a tantalizing boxed lunch filled with Yuya’s favorite treats. Whose gift will Yuya enjoy more on his birthday today? As they boast about the superiority of their creations, they realize that they need to hurry and meet up with their brother before Yugo does and gives him his own present.

Yuri and Yuto rush to the Maiami racing circuit, where Yugo is taking part in a championship Turbo Duel. Yuya is standing along the sidelines, watching Yugo set up on the track. Yugo had promised to win the event and give Yuya the trophy for his birthday present. Yuri and Yuto arrive just as the race begins.

Mere moments into the race, the ground begins to violently shake. The earth splits, causing Yugo to tumble off his Duel Runner and crash. Yuya rushes to him. When the tremors don’t stop, Yuri realizes that this might not be an ordinary earthquake. The crowd at the stadium begins to panic and rush outside. Yuto receives a phone call from his dad.

“Something terrible is about to happen to the world,” says Yusho, clearly in distress. “The Genesis Omega Dragon card…is out of control!

Reiji Akaba’s father, his mind warped by G.O.D., had taken the card to a military laboratory to draw out its energy without caring about the consequences. Yusho Sakaki steals the card and discovers that the only way to stop its energy emission is with the World Illusion. He orders the boys to head to his laboratory and use the escape pods to hide in their basement.

The Sakaki brothers flee from the racetrack and begin to head out of the city. As the tremors continue, many of the high-rises behind them start to collapse. Yuya spots a huge piece of falling concrete about to crush them, so he pushes his brothers out of the way. Yuya himself falls and is knocked out. Yugo carries Yuya on his back as they continue their escape.

When the boys arrive at the lab, they discover the facility completely destroyed, with just one escape pod intact. The pod can only fit one of them. They know exactly who should take it. Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri place Yuya inside and send him away. The remaining three enjoy their final moments together as the world around them is erased.

Thoughts

I’ve always felt that one of the most delightful parts of Yu-Gi-Oh! is watching the characters go about their day-to-day lives, enjoying themselves without a care in the world. Forget about saving the universe or whatever high stakes frequently accompany the card game. The simple moments, like those at the beginning of this chapter, are also the most charming.

They also make the tragedy of the World Illusion that much sadder. The Sakaki brothers didn’t deserve this. They didn’t choose to be the children of a researcher who dabbles with danger. They aren’t soldiers who are trained to deal with trauma and asked to have to fight for their future. This is so unfair to them. It’s no wonder Yuya’s brothers tried so hard to stop Yuya from regaining his memories.

Naohito Miyoshi does a splendid job showing the end of the world.

Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo, watching the World Illusion wipe out their world in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

The white semicircle in the background pushing against a border made up of speed lines, with the buildings rising up and disintegrating while the boys are standing calmly in the foreground — it’s such an evocative effect. The guys on the latest Weekly Shonen Jump podcast point out that the image reminds them of Akira and the ending to Fight Club.

The moment when the boys toss the roses toward the oncoming destruction is also sad and beautiful.

And, hey, it’s canonically confirmed — Yuto is the best husbando! Ever since I saw him wearing a business suit in chapter 7, I knew he had potential. Always keep an eye on the boys who wear neckties.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 30 (June 25, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: “The Power of Bonds!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: ‘Challenge the Legends!’

May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Eve asking Yuto if he wants to be with Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

Yuto stares up at Eve’s three legendary monsters. With their abilities to recover Eve’s life points, clear her opponent’s field, and inflict effect damage to her opponent, his chances of winning seem bleak. Nevertheless, he pushes on with determination in his fierce eyes. Yuto summons Dark Anthelion Dragon, powering it up with its attack-boosting effect and further supporting it with an Equip Spell.

Meanwhile, Yuya, having withdrawn into the recesses of his mind to recover, finds himself in front of a network of roots and glowing orbs in the ground. He sees that these roots have twined and twisted together, forming a mountainous tree off in the distance in front of him. There is a pulsating sensation all around him — it’s the Adam Factor. Yuya wonders why he and Reiji Akaba have the trigger inside them that will awaken Adam. Yuya sadly recalls the destructive final moments of his future following the World Illusion and his escape from that era. He then looks down at one of the glowing orbs.

Yuri and Yugo get a jolt; they sense that Yuya is at the Adam Factor. The pair speed off after Yuya on Yugo’s Duel Runner, but they’re too late. The painful memories that they’ve worked so hard to destroy have been reconstructed by the Adam Factor. And Yuya has at last stumbled upon them.

Back at the duel, Yuto has managed to wound Eve with Dark Anthelion. But Eve uses her legendary monsters’ effects to regain her life points and decrease Yuto’s, putting him in an even worse spot than before. Eve tells Yuto that if he wants to protect Yuya, he needs to hand over the Adam Factor.

Yuya reemerges, taking control of his body again. He thanks Yuto for giving him time to steel himself. All this time, he had believed that the effects of the World Illusion had tampered with his mind and fragmented his personality. But the glowing orb has shown the truth to Yuya.

He, Yuri, Yugo, and Yuto were brothers.

Thoughts

I think I’m going to cry…

Young Yuri, Yuya, Yugo, and Yuto with Yusho Sakaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

They are so small, so cute, so innocent.

So did Yuya’s brothers die during the World Illusion? Eve calls Yuto “Yuya Sakaki’s tragic guardian,” so something terrible must have happened. But their personalities became bonded with Yuya’s, at least keeping that part of them alive.

Whatever tragedy befell them, they’ve worked so hard to prevent Yuya from remembering it. But now, it’s all starting to fall apart. It’s heartbreaking to see the brothers fail like this, but the story needs for Yuya to discover the truth in order to move forward. This also adds another layer of mystery to Eve since she is apparently aware of all that has happened and is even willing to spill the truth during the duel. Yuya needs to beat her.

Hello, Yuzu fan service. With all of the Sora fan service in previous chapters, I guess balance is needed. Kurosaki and Sawatari, who haven’t seen much of the spotlight recently, seem like the perfect “lucky pervert” types, hahaha.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 21, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 DVD Box Set Available Now

May 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki plushie with Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 DVD box set

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 is now available on DVD! All 50 episodes are out today from Cinedigm Entertainment in a six-disc, two-volume box set. The region 1 DVDs feature 4K Media’s English dub. Find it now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, or your favorite video store for a suggested retail price of $44.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 is also for sale digitally on all of the usual platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

The Blu-ray version of Season 2, which at one point was available for pre-order and also scheduled for release today, has all but disappeared from the shelves of online video retailers. I’ve reached out to various retailers about this product but have received conflicting details about its availability. I will post an update once I have more definitive information.

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

Cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V DVD box set

Netflix Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 for U.S. Viewers

May 1, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugo on his Duel Runner, yelling, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 54
Listen up!

Great news for Yu-Gi-Oh! viewers in the United States. Netflix today upped its Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V library for American fans, adding 4K Media’s English dub of season 2. Previously, season 2 was only available on the network in other English-speaking markets, like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Both season 1 and 2 are also available on Hulu, while season 3 is ongoing on Nicktoons.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: ‘Eve’s True Skills!!’

April 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yuya and Yuto arriving in Eve's domain in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya Sakaki, restless following his win over Sora Shiunin, calls out to Eve, demanding that she show herself. His voices echoes through the halls of her hideout. A lighted hallway appears before him, inviting him to Eve’s domain. Yuya follows the trail of lights and encounters a vortex at the end of the path. Yuto asks Yuya if he will go after her. Of course he will.

Yuya calmly steps through the vortex. In front of him is a narrow pathway. And all around him is the unending vastness of space, littered with the light of distant stars. Yuto thinks they have entered a gap in space-time, a realm that exists outside their usual time and place. Suddenly, a bright vortex appears above the path just ahead of them. Eve steps through the vortex gracefully.

“You have the Genesis Omega Dragon card,” states Yuya.

“Yes. G.O.D. is in my hands,” Eve responds.

“Ren, Isaac, Sora… All your companions suffered defeat for that card. Is it really worth that much?” asks Yuya.

“If happiness exists only in a time that has been lost, then we must rely upon G.O.D.’s power,” says Eve.

Yuya is upset by her words. Yuya doesn’t understand how Eve can manipulate time and space to achieve personal happiness. But Eve contends that the happiness of the world as a whole is only possible thanks to this selfishness. Yuto thinks it’s fruitless to try to change her mind; to get through to her, Yuya must take the G.O.D. card from her. Eve is confident that she will triumph and lays claim to the Adam Factor sleeping within Yuya. With it, she says, she will truly awaken G.O.D.

The two begin to duel. Yuya quickly Pendulum summons, setting up a field where his monsters can be neither destroyed nor damaged. Eve is unimpressed with his “unbeatable” line up.

Eve readies her field by setting her Pendulum scales, then Pendulum summons Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Eve's Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya is dumbfounded by the sudden presence of the three high-level monsters before him. But Eve has only just begun. Using these monsters’ abilities to return themselves from the graveyard to the field, Eve is able to use them to Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summon in succession. In mere moments, Yuya finds himself face to face with three legendary monsters: Phantasm Emperor Trilojig, Timelord Progenitor Vulgate, and No. XX Infinity Dark Hope.

“Only I can control this ultimate deck, because I have spent so long crossing space and time,” proclaims Eve. “Someone like you cannot hope to match an opponent like me!”

Thoughts

This chapter is incredible. Eve and her monsters are incredible. I got chills watching her make her plays. There are so many great callbacks to other Yu-Gi-Oh! series and characters.

When Eve Pendulum, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summons, her chants are very similar to ones that have been used by other Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists.

The monsters themselves seem to reference boss monsters used by other villains. Phantasm Emperor Trilojig evokes the name of the Sacred Beasts, but also looks like it would be right at home as an Arcana Force monster. The Timelord monster is obviously like Z-one’s Timelords, but it’s name — “Progenitor” — suggests that it predates the others. Eve even has one of the Numbers, a mysterious “XX,” which presumably represents an unknown value. Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL ended years ago, the Numbers still haven’t all been revealed, yet here is Eve showing up with a new one. Where did it come from?

All of this inevitably leads to the question of whether the worlds in the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series are somehow connected. Or maybe this is just the author doing something fun for the fans. Regardless, Eve is clearly a special character who has lived her life doing extraordinary things across time and space. And the significance of the location where they are dueling isn’t lost on me. It’s some kind of tear existing outside of space-time. Maybe this is like the Twilight Zone, where fantastical characters like Eve and story elements that would otherwise be impossible can exist.

Amid all the excitement of Eve’s deck, let’s not forget Eve’s opening play — the construction of a gate. Last chapter, Adam tells Reiji Akaba about seeing a gate that opens up to a wasteland of planets. How coincidental is that?

I love this page of Eve here as she descends in front of Yuya.

Eve emerging in front of Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

She looks so elegant, but so sad.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

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

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

March 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Gong hugging Yuya enthusiastically in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 38

March has been a great month for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, which are getting picked up by more and more networks for free viewing — and not just for fans in the United States.

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters season 4 and season 5. This follows the addition of seasons 1 through 3 in January. Furthermore, Amazon Prime now also has Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 in English.

Not to be outdone, Netflix has added seasons 3 through 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. After years of only carrying the first two seasons, the world’s most dominant video subscription network at last has the entire series! Netflix is also swinging into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 for its American audience. But — viewers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have access to both seasons 1 and 2! (In the U.S., season 2 is still only on Hulu as of this writing.)

Finally, the American Spanish-language children’s TV channel ¡Sorpresa! (“Surprise!”) announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The dueling will take place weekdays at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT starting April 2. Check SorpresaTV.com for more network and scheduling information.

And as reported earlier this month, there is plenty more Yu-Gi-Oh! to watch on Tubi TV and YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: ‘What Adam Saw!!’

March 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Adam describing how bad he is at dueling while Reiji Akaba looks on unamused in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 32

While wandering the halls of Eve’s hideout in search of Yuya Sakaki, Reiji Akaba is approached by a ghostly figure. The man, with jet-black wavy hair, materializes in front of Akaba and looks sternly at him. It’s Adam. Suddenly, the pair are standing in another world, surrounded by a network of tree roots and memory orbs. Behind Adam, the roots have coiled up toward the sky and formed a mountainous tree.

Adam introduces himself, revealing that his mind has been wandering through time to escape from G.O.D., and that he is the one who granted Akaba the Adam Factor. This factor, explains Adam, is like a key to releasing G.O.D.’s full power. For now, the power is sealed in a Duel Monsters card, which changes hands through dueling. And all this time, Adam has been waiting for strong duelists to appear to fight G.O.D.

It was quite fortuitous, then, that Yuya’s father discovered G.O.D.’s destructive powers and used the World Illusion to turn back time. You might even call it destiny, for Yuya and Akaba were able to be transported to the past, without falling into the reversion of the World Illusion, and caught the eye of Adam. This, says Adam, happened so that they could fight G.O.D. It was fate.

Even after wandering through time for so long, Adam has still never seen G.O.D.’s real form. But what he has seen terrifies him.

Adam recalls the moment his experiment spirals out of control and sends him away from Eve and Isaac. On that day, as he merges with the immense energy released, he is drawn into a blinding light where he sees a colossal man-made gate.

“Beyond it,” describes Adam, “I saw desolate stars, dead, black, lifeless planets, and I heard the groans of countless lifeforms. Instinctively, I knew that this monster had destroyed those planets!”

Adam couldn’t let this happen to the earth. And so, he gave up his own life to seize G.O.D.’s power.

Thoughts

Great chapter. It’s very dense, with a lot of new details about Adam, G.O.D., and the mysterious power that Yuya and Reiji possess.

G.O.D.’s powers are revealed to be more than just the seemingly benevolent granting of wishes and manipulation of time. There’s something far more sinister going on. It doesn’t appear that Eve and her companions are aware of this. Or if they are, they are blinded by their quest to find Adam. The only thing keeping the power in check, for now, is the Adam Factor.

What’s up the gate that Adam sees? It’s not just an ordinary gate, but a man-made gate. So some person in this story created the gate, which allowed Adam to catch a glimpse of the destruction that has occurred — and what might be in store for his own world. Who could have made it? There aren’t that many candidates. Yuya and Reiji’s fathers might have something to do with it.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 31: “Satisfaction and Resignation!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

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

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