Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: ‘Adam and Eve!’

August 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Adam and Eve in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

In a futuristic era, a young Solid Vision researcher named Isaac encounters two brilliant minds at a top university. The fellow researchers, having fled from a war zone, believed in helping humanity achieve peace using the power of science. Their names were Adam and Eve. Almost immediately, Isaac takes a liking to them and their dedication. He joins them in their quest to tap into the potential of the Solid Vision technology for the good of mankind.

One seemingly ordinary day, the trio discovers a door to another world filled with boundless energy — enough to even allow for travel through space-time. Oh the possibilities that this discovery could bring about! They attempt to harness that energy by sealing it within a card, but find it to be uncontrollable. That is, until Adam realizes that a human body is needed to utilize that energy.

Adam offers his own self in the name of science, grasping at the “forbidden fruit” while his colleagues look on, not knowing what to expect. The experiment sends Adam’s body and mind through time, from the prehistoric world, through the Iron Age and the modern era.

“This energy has a will of its own,” says Adam as he is released from what appeared to be a trance. “And that is what sent me across time.”

Eve is distressed by the results, imploring Adam to stop the experiment. But Adam wishes to press forward, believing that their endeavors hold “the answer.” And so they continue.

Young Isaac watching Adam's experiment nervously and wondering if he should stop it in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

Many a time, Isaac wonders if he should end the experiment, knowing that they are dealing with powers far beyond them. But he never does. And eventually, the experiment spirals out of control, radiating immense quantities of energy.

Adam realizes that he alone would be the only one who could stop it, so he merges with that energy and vanishes, leaving only a dormant G.O.D. card behind.

…Or so Isaac recites to Reiji Akaba. Ultimately, he and Eve hope to use the power of the dormant G.O.D. card to travel through time and find their lost friend and colleague…an act of love.

Thoughts

So the mysterious Adam is finally revealed. And he looks like an ordinary person. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, but with all of the prattle about the majestic Adam Factor, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see…more. But no, neither he nor Eve physically standout, quite unexpected of important Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.

Furthermore, they are both good, ethical people, which provides a contrast to the world-destroying powers of G.O.D. that revolve around them and that have been fueling the story thus far.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 38 (August 21, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: ‘The Reason They’re After Us!’

July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba enjoying his duel against Isaac in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Yuya Sakaki has defeated Ren! The force of Yuya’s attack flips Ren’s Duel Runner forward, sending Ren tumbling to the ground. He lies on his back, exhausted. The stress that he’s put on his body and loss of this duel are too much for him. Slowly but surely, his body is destroying itself.

“When we gave ourselves to G.O.D. and surpassed the boundaries of lives within time and space, we stopped aging,” Ren explains to Yuya. “However, the burden of having repeatedly crossed space and time is eating away at our bodies.”

Yuya, perhaps sensing that Ren is about to escape, anxiously presses him for answers about the Adam Factor. Ren gazes straight up into the distance.

“It’s an illusion that Eve is chasing,” he says.

Ren describes Adam as a brilliant magician and scientist, one with even more astonishing skills than Yuya. Adam was romantically involved with Eve, and when G.O.D. appeared, Adam’s soul “scattered beyond the dimensional horizon.” It now exists within Yuya and Reiji Akaba. Yuya is dumbfounded by this revelation.

G.O.D. will awaken when the Adam Factor and Eve Factor come together, Ren continues, and when it does, it will want to control time. Ren warns Yuya that its power controls people without their knowing.

A portal opens on the ground behind Ren’s back. Ren wonders wearily if Yuya might be able to resist G.O.D.’s temptations and live out his own destiny. He then closes his eyes and disappears in a flash of light.

Yuzu approaches Yuya, elated that he has won his duel. She’s puzzled about Ren’s statement that he’s a descendant of Yugo. Yuya remembers seeing the glowing orbs containing his real memories hidden in the deepest parts of his mind. But he only smiles and says to Yuzu that it’ll probably all make sense when the time comes.

Yuya and Yuzu head to the control room where they discover that Reiji Akaba has suddenly begun broadcasting a video of himself to the pair. They see the Leo Corporation president standing, straight and impassive as always, with a blanket of stars and a blue sphere behind him. That’s Earth! Which means that he’s in space?! Why is he showing them this?

Leo Corporation's space research facilities in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Sure enough, Akaba looks to be standing inside a gargantuan space colony, one lined with a vast network of buildings. A figure appears out of the shadows and approaches him. It’s Isaac, who extols the view of the planet and Akaba’s creation.

“In my hands, the Solid Vision system has unlimited potential,” Akaba tells the intruder.

“Ahh, and those are test facilities?” asks Isaac, pointing at the buildings all around them. “With this much space off-planet, you can do many experiments of use to humanity. The contributions you could make through your inventions are incalculable.”

“Yes, that is what this place is for,” replies Akaba. “But now I must use it to fight you.”

Isaac introduces himself as a fellow scientist and confirms Akaba’s suspicions that he’s an assassin for the group known as Eve. They’re hunting down Yuya and Akaba, he explains, because the two possess the Adam Factor, something that limits G.O.D.’s powers. Adam was the first person to discover G.O.D. and he used Solid Vision to manifest it. That’s why they can only extract the Adam Factor from Yuya and Akaba by defeating them in a duel.

Despite what Yuya and Akaba believe, continues Isaac, their fathers did not discover G.O.D. Rather, they were merely manipulated by G.O.D. into reviving it in their own time. Their achievements were all a lie.

Reiji Akaba furrows his brow. Isaac’s comment has incensed him, leading him to lash out uncharacteristically at the intruder.

“Shut up!!” Akaba barks, his clenched fists now trembling. He accepts Isaac’s challenge, but Isaac cautions the tough-minded young president.

“If you lose, G.O.D. will most likely incorporate you.”

Thoughts

Hmm, very interesting. This chapter reveals so much more about the Adam Factor but still leaves us with many questions. If it really is Adam’s soul, I wonder how it’s possible that Yuya and Reiji both possess it. Maybe the Adam Factor isn’t the soul itself but rather is made up of the pieces of the soul that must all be brought together. That could fit with Ren’s explanation that Adam’s soul “scattered” when G.O.D. appeared.

Isaac says the Adam Factor is something “that is limiting G.O.D.’s power” and is “Adam’s curse.” I can understand how it might be limiting; G.O.D. can’t awaken without it. But in what way is a soul like a curse?

With all this talk about the Adam Factor, why isn’t anyone asking about the Eve Factor? Who has the Eve Factor?

What’s the significance is of Adam and Eve’s romantic relationship? Do they have children? That’s gotta be it. With all this talk about time travel and descendants and such, there must be something going on with Adam and Eve’s children and the characters in this story.

Adam was someone who was both a magician and a scientist. He sounds a lot like Yuya and Reiji, or like their fathers.

Reiji Akaba has built a giant space colony thing. Of course he has. It’s like Number 9: Dyson Sphere-esque levels of amazing. Or like something out of a Gundam series that could sustain mankind indefinitely. And in the true spirit of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Reiji will now use this glorious and unfathomably powerful technological facility to help him win a duel. Of course.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 24, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 23: “The Trick Revealed!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!”

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1

Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, ARC-V

June 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Kaiba laughing as he summons Obelisk the Tormentor in episode 68

There’s now even more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Tubi TV! The free, ad-supported streaming service of TV shows and movies has added 4K Media’s English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series for your enjoyment.

Available now are all five seasons (episodes 1 to 224) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the 12-episode Capsule Monsters story arc, and season 1 (episodes 1 to 49) of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Tubi TV is available for free to U.S. viewers on numerous devices, including the web, Android, iOS, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Tubi TV previously added all of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s in May 2016.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 23: ‘The Trick Revealed!’

June 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya's Duel Runner with a Booster Unit in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 23

Ren removes his mask and throws it to the ground, shattering it. Yuya gasps upon the sight of a familiar face and haircut. It’s Yugo?! No. Ren reveals himself to be a descendant of Yugo, the duelist whom he idolized when he was younger.

“I do not understand the mind of God,” tells Ren, “But I struck a deal with God and received recompense. In return, I must serve God. That is the fate God gave to me.”

With that, Ren continues his assault on Yuya and vows to complete his “mission.” He uses his spell cards to continually return monsters from his graveyard back to his hand and to strengthen his White Aura Biphamet. It attacks, whittling down Yuya’s life points. Yuya knows that to even stand a chance against Ren, he will need to solve the mystery of Biphamet’s two heads and its ability to seemingly resurrect itself without end. But Yuya can’t overtake Ren and his technologically superior Duel Runner…at least not without some help.

Yuya draws the card Booster Unit. He thinks back to the time when he was preparing for this duel with Yugo. Yuya chose the particle accelerator as the stage because it allows him to pull off a magic trick, he tells Yugo. He had tweaked the particle accelerator so that it shoots Solid Vision mass particles. He can then use his creation — the Booster Unit Solid Vision item — to catch the particles and accelerate.

Back at the duel, Yuzu watches on anxiously from the control room when Yuya suddenly radios in.

“Push the button!!” Yuya says. Yuzu slams a comically large button taped to the center of the control panel in front of her.

Behind Yuya, a Solid Vision beam fires and whizzes toward the duelists. Yuya activates his Booster, catching the beam, and rockets up and over Biphamet. For the first time, Yuya is ahead of Ren, blocking Ren from snagging the Action Cards ahead of him. No longer does Ren have the advantage.

Yuya fills in his open Pendulum zone with Performapal Pendulum Conductor, then Pendulum summons Clearwing Fast Dragon and Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon. Yuya uses Clearwing’s effect to drop Biphamet’s attack to zero and prepares to attack. But Ren is unconcerned, proclaiming that his spell makes him immune to damage as long as he has another White monster on the field. This is exactly the information Yuya was hoping for.

White Aura Biphamet’s two heads are actually two separate monsters. As long as one head lives, it can revive the other. Yuya activates Pendulum Conductor’s effect, allowing his monsters to attack both heads simultaneously. Ren is finished for sure this time!

Thoughts

So Ren is Yugo’s descendant after all. As expected. This only leads to more questions of who Yugo actually is, and what type of duelist he grows up to become.

And what is Ren’s mission? Why has he been selected by G.O.D. to be reborn again, only to owe G.O.D. a favor for his additional lives? Ren seems like an ordinary person who died before fulfilling his dreams, just like countless other people throughout history. What makes him special? The answer probably lies with Yugo.

Yuya and Ren’s duel plays out kind of anticlimactically. Yet again, we see a duel introduce elements that are impossible in the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! card game — not once, but twice. Ren’s two-monsters-in-one scenario doesn’t exist in the game, and neither does Yuya’s simultaneous attack strategy. The story doesn’t need these fantastical elements; the already very complex game can play out in other ways. Ren’s previous Reincarnation Synchro strategy with White Aura Whale seems more threatening than this one because that is at least plausible, and is rightfully overpowered to demonstrate Ren’s strength and importance.

But at least this duel introduces something very worthwhile: a new Kuriboh card, Kuriborder!

Kuriborder in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 23

So cuuute!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 23: “The Trick Revealed!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 30 (June 26, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 22: “Immortal Beings!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!”

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

Darren Dunstan to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

June 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Darren Dunstan at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions U.S. premiere on January 24, 2017
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The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier is getting another voice actor guest?! That’s right, Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Darren Dunstan will be attending this year’s event! Darren is best known as Maximillion Pegasus in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Jean Michel Roget in Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V. He is also the voice director of every Yu-Gi-Oh! series since episode 60 of 5D’s.

Darren’s appearance could very well mean the return of the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge, a special tournament where Pegasus manipulates the game by announcing wacky rule changes while duels are taking place. This event has only ever been held three times — at the YCS Providence 2012, the NAWCQ 2013, and the NAWCQ 2015.

Now that there’s a third guest coming to the event, there simply must be a fourth. Let’s see an exciting two-versus-two tag team duel! C’mon, Konami, make it happen!

The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will take place in Chicago, Illinois, on July 8 and 9.

Previously:
Ted Lewis to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier
Oliver Wyman to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

Ted Lewis to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Ted Lewis in August 2016
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The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier has announced its next voice actor guest! Making his grand return to the dueling stage is Ted Lewis, best known for playing Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Chumley Huffington in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Jack Atlas in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ARC-V. This will be Ted’s first tournament appearance since 2012 when he and six other voice actors attended YCS Providence to raise money for Dan Green.

With an appearance by The King at this event, could this mean that the Western release of the hotly anticipated Red Rising Dragon is just up ahead? One thing’s for sure — a Synchro versus Fusion showdown between Jack Atlas and Aster Phoenix is perfect for getting the crowd all fired up.

This year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on July 8 and 9. Be on the lookout for the schedule of the autograph signings, live duel, and public events, coming soon to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page.

Oliver Wyman to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

June 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Darren Dunstan, Joe Shalack, and Oliver Wyman in January 2017
Darren Dunstan (left), Joe Shalack, and Oliver Wyman
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This year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! North American World Championship Qualifier is welcoming a brand new voice actor guest! Making his tournament debut is Oliver Wyman, the voice of Zigfried von Schroeder in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Aster Phoenix in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and ARC-V. Outside of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Oliver is a prolific audiobook narrator, having worked in the industry for over 17 years and recorded more than 250 books.

With the release of new Destiny HERO monsters just around the corner, attendees are sure to get some dynamite dueling from the stylish and ingenious Aster Phoenix in a scripted live duel. Who would you like to see Aster battle at the event?

The Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will take place on July 8 and 9 in Chicago, Illinois. Keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details about this tournament coming soon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 22: ‘Immortal Beings!!’

May 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Eve speaking to Ren as a butterfly lands on her card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 22

Ren’s menacing two-headed dragon White Aura Biphamet is dominating the field. Not only has it destroyed Yugo’s ace, Clearwing Fast Dragon, it can attack twice in one turn. Yuya is in quite the bind. Yuya sets up a combo and lowers Biphamet’s attack power, giving him the opening to fight back with his own monster. But just when he thinks he’s destroyed it, Biphamet’s damaged head regenerates. Ren laughs it off.

“Gods rise again and again, just like us,” Ren proclaims. “I have lived a long time that was not part of my original life.” Yuya is puzzled by the comment.

“Even if you defeat me here, a harder trial awaits you in the future,” continues Ren. “Someday, you will understand. There is something I must obtain, no matter the cost. And the power to obtain that thing is the power of G.O.D.”

Ren begins to tell his story to Yuya. He recalls his days as a young man, racing for a smattering of spectators in a near-empty stadium. He rides a shoddy, outdated Duel Runner that barely holds together.

Ren’s father often told him the story of a legendary Turbo Dueling genius. Although that duelist was someone Ren would never be able to battle, Ren still idolized him and pushed himself in hopes of becoming a champion like him. But in the entertainment world, it isn’t enough just to have a drive to succeed, Ren says. You also need the right resources. And he wasn’t that fortunate.

One day, Ren receives the opportunity to participate in the Memorial Race, a major event with competitors coming from far and wide. But no matter how skilled he is, without a more powerful Duel Runner, he won’t stand a chance against them. Things take a turn for the better when the newest Duel Runner shows up at Ren’s garage. But where did it come from? A phone call leads Ren to the heartbreaking truth.

Ren’s father had invested all of his money into Ren’s future, buying him the latest Duel Runner just so he could achieve his dream. Overworked and broke, his father had collapsed and now lay dying in a hospital bed. Ren realizes that he must win the race. Otherwise, his father’s sacrifices would all be for naught.

At the Memorial Race, Ren proceeds to crush his veteran opponents one by one. With victory within arm’s reach, Ren prepares to launch his final attack. It was not to be, however. As Ren rounds the turn of the track, the wheel of his Duel Runner crushes a butterfly idling on the blacktop, causing him to skid out of control and crash into a wall. Ren, lying bloody and disoriented on the ground, looks up to see his bike burst into flames.

“I can’t die now… Not here, like this…” he says. “If I do, then what was the point of living?! I… I must live!”

Ren seemingly has a vision. He’s floating above a pool of water and two gigantic eyes are looking back at him…

“Battle phase!!” Ren cries out. He’s back on his Duel Runner in the stadium and has just defeated his final opponent. Out of the corner of his eye, he sees a butterfly fluttering away. He begins to sweat nervously. Ren follows the butterfly, which flies back to his garage. His team is there cheering his victory but Ren just ignores the clamor, his eyes following the butterfly. In the corner of the garage, a woman stands holding up a card. It’s Eve. The butterfly lands on her card and she calls out him.

“G.O.D. has chosen you,” says Eve.

Ren goes on to live a fulfilling life. He becomes wealthy and successful. And it’s all because he was granted that second chance. About sixty years later, Ren is living his final days at his lavish mansion when he is approached by Eve. She has come to take him away, for it is now his time to repay G.O.D. for giving him the chance to live his life over again…

“It was all beyond the limits of imagination,” Ren tells Yuya. “When people encounter events that surpass human understanding, they stop being rational and find belief in God. I am one of those people.”

Ren removes his mask. The right side of his face has the same disfigurement as Eve. He brushes his hair upward with his fingers. Yuya’s pupils narrow and he gasps.

“Yugo?!”

Thoughts

Wow, this chapter. Oh my goodness, there’s so much to say about it. First, when Ren says to Yuya, “Gods rise again and again, just like us,” who is he talking about? Who is “us”? Initially, it seems like he’s talking about Eve and his other companions, but Yuya hasn’t met them before and wouldn’t know who they are. So why would he feel the need to say such a thing to Yuya? Could he actually be referring to himself and Yuya?

And then, the big revelation: Ren appears to have some kind of intimate or familial connection to Yugo. Is he a descendant of Yugo? Is he himself Yugo?! Yuya seems to think that he looks an awful lot like Yugo…

There’s an interesting nod to the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime in Ren’s flashback. Although Yugo has yet to be seen wearing a helmet in this manga, Ren does wear one in his past life…and it’s the same one that Yugo wears in the anime.

Ren's helmet from his past life in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 22

Who is the legendary Turbo Dueling genius that Ren idolized? He is only seen from behind in one panel in Ren’s flashback. Since it’s someone who Ren says that he will never be able to duel, it seems like it could be his father…or Yugo.

Now that it’s been revealed that Yugo has ties to this mysterious immortal character, it wouldn’t be a stretch to consider that maybe Yuya, Yuto, and Yuri have connections to other such characters as well. Yuya seems to be special, with Ren noting that he will undergo a difficult trial in the future. And what about Yuzu and Eve? As two of the few female characters in the story, are they connected too?

The appearance of the butterfly is rather significant. According to The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art, white butterflies in Japanese art symbolize immortality and are believed to be the spirits of the living and the dead and aren’t supposed to be captured. It seems, then, that when Ren accidentally kills that butterfly during his race, he committed a grievous act.

Even though I previously said I didn’t want to draw comparisons between this series and the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime, the similarities seem inescapable. First there’s the revelation in chapter 14 that time travel is playing a role in the story. And now there are parallels to the story of Yusei and Z-One, at least superficially…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 22: “Immortal Beings!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 22, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 21: “Yuya’s Memories!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 23: “The Trick Revealed!”

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

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the STARZ app

This past month, Yu-Gi-Oh! and its many anime spin-off series made their way to a few new video platforms, giving fans even more options to watch and buy the anime they love.

First up is the STARZ app (pictured above), where you can now find season 1 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series in English. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins other titles like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, The Secret World of Arietty, and a few of the Ghost in the Shell animated movies as the only anime in the app. The STARZ app is free if your cable subscription package includes the network; otherwise, it costs $8.99 per month.

All throughout the month, Valve’s gaming and video distribution platform Steam has been adding plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime titles to its catalog. Now available are the English dubs of:

And last but certainly not least, the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is now on Crunchyroll for U.S. viewers. After the anime streaming platform apparently mistakenly announced its availability last month, the series is accessible for real this time. Whew.

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
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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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