Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 6 Available Now

September 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 6, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The endgame is near for Yuya Sakaki and his friends in the newest graphic novel of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 6, “Challenge the Legends!!,” includes chapters 32 through 37, which were originally simulpubbed in Weekly Shonen Jump, along with some bonus content. Released on September 3, it is available for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for the digital edition and $9.99 for the print.

Things get serious for Yuya in this volume when he at last meets Eve for a duel to seize the G.O.D. card and to put an end to her twisted ways. Amid the stressors of battle, Yuya learns the reality of his past and his other personalities. He’s going to need all of their help if he hopes to defeat Eve and the legendary monsters that have traveled with her across time and space. Meanwhile, Reiji Akaba encounters Adam, who reveals the truth about the power of the Adam Factor.

As he does in previous books, illustrator Naohito Miyoshi offers some neat design sketches and commentary about his creations as extras in between each chapter. Getting the spotlight in this volume are D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, Timelord Progenitor Vorpgate, No. XX Infinity Dark Hope, and Genesis Omega Dragon. Miyoshi also comments on having to make “a lot of corrections,” which took a real toll on him. Nevertheless, he thanks the readers for their help.

Picking up the print edition of this volume also nets you an Ultra Rare copy of Eve’s Timelord Progenitor Vorpgate card, available while supplies last.

Speaking of Eve, she is looking good posing with G.O.D. (isn’t this a bit of a spoiler?) on the cover of this book. Is anyone else a little surprised to see that Eve doesn’t have white hair? She looks a less like a mystical interdimensional space-time traveler and more like a…normal person.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 5 Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD Box Set Available Now

September 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki plushie hiding behind Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s home videos have come to an end with the release of season 3 on DVD by Cinedigm. This box set contains the final 49 episodes of the English-dubbed anime, which ran on Nicktoons from January through December of 2018. This Labor Day holiday, why not take a moment to relax with Yuya and his friends one more time as they venture to the Xyz Dimension to try to save their universe?

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 box was released last Tuesday, August 27, and contains two volumes, each with three DVD discs. You can find this region 1 set for a suggested retail price of $44.99 at your favorite retailer.

This is the first English-language home video product that is branded with Konami’s logo instead of 4K Media’s since the company’s renaming earlier this year.

Cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

What Happened to the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Blu-ray Releases?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 was the first time any Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series received a high-definition Blu-ray release. Its BD and DVD debuted alongside each other in September 2016. What has happened since then?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 was originally slated to see both a BD and DVD release on May 8, 2018. But only the DVD ended up being released on that date. According to retailers I spoke to, the BD release was postponed to June 5, and then again to June 26. Worse yet, the release changed from a typical pressed BD to a print-on-demand BD-R product that cost $89.99, which not all retailers could even order from their wholesaler. And although June 26 was the official street date, few retailers acquired the product in advance, which meant that unless you pre-ordered the set, you were in for a long wait as the discs were made.

And now, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 has no BD release at all.

While no one has issued a statement about this loss, it’s not hard to hypothesize what happened. Ultimately, this only reinforces the imperativeness of pre-ordering a video product that you really want, especially if it is a niche title like this Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off.

It’s not the end of the world though, because season 3 can still be purchased in high definition from all of the usual digital video platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

As of this writing, Cinedigm has not responded to a request for comment about the lack of a Blu-ray release for season 3.

Digital Manga Sale: $2 Off All Yu-Gi-Oh! Volumes on All Platforms

August 13, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! digital sale August 2019 ad on comiXology

It’s time to d-d-d-d-d-download some volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga! This week, VIZ Media is putting every Yu-Gi-Oh! volume on sale on every major e-book platform. All 75 volumes currently available, from Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! story to the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V volume, is $4.99 — that’s $2 off the regular price of $6.99 (and half off the $9.99 price of a printed book!).

Check VIZ’s website for links to buy each volume:

This sale starts today, August 13, and ends on August 19. The discount applies to all books sold on VIZ’s app/website, comiXology, Google Play Books, Apple Books, Kindle (Amazon), and Nook (Barnes & Noble).

Keep an eye on VIZ’s digital sale page for new manga deals every week.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 45: ‘Arc of Destiny!!’

April 19, 2019 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba running toward an Action Card and seeing a vision of their family members in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 45

Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba are simultaneously hit by effect damage, dropping both their life points to 100. Neither has any cards remaining in his hand or on his field. The duel’s onlookers are awestruck by this turn of events. Yuya takes his turn, drawing Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon…but he can’t use it.

In the corner of their eyes, the two duelists spot a way out. Tucked in the middle of a grassy field a few dozen feet away from them was their last hope — an Action Card.

Yuya and Akaba immediately bolt in its direction, charging at full speed toward their key to victory. As they near the card, sweat pouring from their tired faces, Yuya quips that the young president is enjoying this Action Duel. Not so, retorts Akaba. But Yuya remains cheerful. He reminds the president that they are two of a kind, the only ones from their world. They — and their loved ones — are connected by the arc of destiny, says Yuya. The two of them envisage their fathers, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri standing behind the card.

The dueling pair dive headfirst toward the card. As they collapse on the ground, Yuya touches the card first. It’s an Action Spell, Mini Bomb, and it deals 100 points of damage to Akaba.

The young president grins, then flops on his back. He laughs loudly. Yuya joins his laughter and lies down beside him. Staring up at the stars, Akaba admits that he hasn’t run like that in years and that he enjoyed it. He tells Yuya to do what he must do.

Yuya stands up. The Genesis Omega Dragon card slowly descends from the sky and lands in his hand.

“This power toyed with our fates. We don’t need a card like that,” says Yuya, tearing it to shreds.

Suddenly, the ground starts to shake and the Adam Factor tree begins to disintegrate, leaving only a narrow platform for everyone to stand. A colossal circular gate appears where the tree once stood. It’s the same gate that Adam saw. Yuya, Akaba, and the onlookers watch as the gate opens up, revealing a ring-shaped entrance.

As the ground continues to quake, Yuzu calls out to Yuya from a distance. Yuya tells her not to come any closer, that the area is unsafe. He apologizes for not being able to teach at her school and says that he has to leave because he’s not part of this world. Yuzu says she’ll go with him, but Yuya rejects her offer. It could be dangerous. Tears begin to well up in her eyes.

“But, I want to know you better,” Yuzu pleads. “Yuya, I lo–”

“Yuzu,” interrupts Yuya. “We’re sure to meet again. That is our destiny!” Yuya tosses her his ace, the Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon card.

Akaba looks at Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki. He thanks them for serving him and wishes them well, telling them that they should leave.

Isaac and Ren tell Sora Shiunin that he should leave too. Yuya says that Shiunin will be okay, that Shiunin has allies in this world. Sawatari and Kurosaki smile.

Yuya Sakaki, Reiji Akaba, Isaac, and Ren walk toward the gate, ready to take on whatever challenges lie beyond it. They vow to find and defeat the creator of G.O.D. A blinding light emanates from the ring as they enter it. The ground continues to rumble more and more violently as their friends escape the crumbling Antarctic base.

Much later, Yuzu is standing on a ledge on the outskirts of Maiami City. It’s springtime and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, their petals dancing in the wind. She is holding Yuya’s Odd-Eyes, wondering if she will ever see him again. Then, she hears a voice nearby.

“Ladies and gentlemen!!” it calls out. She approaches the voice and sees a young man wearing a fancy coattail and top hat and carrying a cane.

“Who are you?” asks Yuzu.

“I’m the world’s first Dueltainer!” he laughs. “I’m Yusho Sakaki!”

Thoughts

Yuya, Reiji, you got me. This is definitely not how I expected the duel to end. I don’t know how to articulate my expectations; I guess it’s one of those “I know a great duel when I see it” situations. But for these two heavily wounded duelists to have to make a mad scramble toward an Action Card in their final desperate moment — it’s just so wonderfully absurd and unpredictable.

And yet, I feel satisfied by the outcome. Relieved, even. Because how do you top a dueling situation where G.O.D.s — literal divine beings who manipulate time and space in Yuya and Reiji’s world — reign supreme? Is there any play that Yuya or Reiji can make that puts him above what has already transpired? Is there anywhere higher that either of them can actually go?

Ultimately, this story is not about power, or the divine, or skillful plays, or any of that, is it? No. From the very beginning of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuya has been the embodiment of Dueltaining. And even though his perilous journey has brought him face to face with enemies who have mocked this ideal, turned his life upside down, and sought to destroy the lives of others, Yuya has never forgotten his entertainment dueling.

So where does this essence of Yuya’s dueling stand now that the G.O.D.s have laid waste to this game and its two players? Is there any hope for a Dueltainer to survive in such circumstances? Of course there is, and Yuya not only survives, he laughs in the faces of the G.O.D.s. After all, making people smile is the mission of a Dueltainer.

A deus ex machina that trumps even the gods themselves — thy name is Mini Bomb. And only Yuya could have tapped into its fantastic power.

So what’s next for Yuya and his new allies? Of course a part of me wants to spend more time with him and see what lies beyond the gate. At the same time, I understand that Yuya has performed his greatest show, so it’s best to let him go now, while he is standing tall at the pinnacle of Dueltaining. The origin of G.O.D. will remain an arcane matter for us common folk.

How about that final scene though? Wow. Even though Yuzu is never more than a supporting character once the story gets heavy, there’s always been an air of importance about her since the early chapters. This is hinted by Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri, who recognize her in chapter 10. At first, I thought she might have a connection to the Eve Factor, putting me on edge as I eagerly awaited the reveal.

But learning the truth in the end caused me to choke up as I held back my tears. Yuya, who has suffered so immensely and lost so many people in his life, had the support and companionship of his own mother this entire time. Even though he was a stranger in another world, always on the run as he searched for answers, Yuya was never truly alone. He had his brothers in his subconscious and his mother by his side. It’s so wonderful to learn this as a reader, but it’s also bittersweet because Yuya himself was unaware of it for so long. This just makes Yuya even more precious to me.

What’s the story behind Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon? Where did this card come from? It’s my belief that when Yuya gave it to Yuzu, he triggered an anomaly in space-time, which manifested as a blinding light that radiated from the card and knocked Yuzu out. Presumably, an older Yuzu will later give this card to her young son, Yuya, making it an object that has no true origin. But that’s all right. It is, after all, a Phantom Dragon.

Yes, I’m aware there are more paradoxical consequences to Yuzu’s reveal, but let’s just ignore all of these and relish the moment, okay? Hahaha.

Following Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: My Journey

When I first read Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V three years and eight months ago, I immediately knew it was something special. The first chapter completely drew me in with its marvelous and fun storytelling and attractive characters. Not only that, but the series was also being released simultaneously with Japan. Yes, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL was simulpubbed too, but that simulpub did not start at the beginning of the series, and many people won’t pick up an ongoing manga simulpub midway.

But Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V was the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series ever to be simultaneous with Japan from the get-go. That made it special. At the time, the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime had not premiered here in the U.S. and I yearned for new Yu-Gi-Oh! content. This simulpub and its amazing story filled that gap. After finishing the first chapter, I knew I had to do something to let the world know about it. So I did the only thing I know how to do — write about it.

Zac Bertschy, the executive editor of Anime News Network, once said in an episode of the ANNCast podcast that people like reading manga, not reading about manga. Although his statement was an explanation for his website’s dearth of manga coverage, it speaks to the greater challenges of encouraging others to try new manga.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is already a niche property. How does one incite others to explore a Yu-Gi-Oh! manga — a niche of a niche?

I didn’t want to review the manga. I don’t like reading reviews of media, so I certainly didn’t want to write one. So what could I do? I decided to tell the story of the manga as a narrative, highlighting what I thought were the most fun and captivating parts, then follow it up with some comments about my feelings. I knew this was a complete departure from what I normally write about on this website and I only intended to do it for the first chapter. But I enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue every month. Doing so helped me practice my writing skills and gave me the opportunity to write in a style that I don’t usually use. But more importantly, I wanted to promote this simulpub in any way possible.

So if a single person out there decided to pick up Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V because of something I wrote — or decided to pick up any manga at all since, let’s face it, I’m not shy about advocating the greatness that is this medium — then I thank you.

Of course nowadays, the barrier to entry for following the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub is nonexistent thanks to the global reach of MANGA Plus by Shueisha. VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump for English-speaking markets is an unbeatable deal as well. Let’s hope these platforms continue to simulpub whatever Yu-Gi-Oh! manga comes next.

Until then, keep reading and supporting manga!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 45: “Arc of Destiny!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump (web, Android, iOS) and in MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA (web, Android, iOS).

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

Back to the beginning:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: “The Name Is Phantom!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 44: ‘Action Battle!!’

March 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki appearing in a puff of smoke in front of Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 44

Yuya Sakaki promises to break Reiji Akaba’s ice-cold demeanor with his entertainment dueling. Yuya uses the effect of Pendulum Match to call forth Dark Anthelion Dragon. But Akaba counters by summoning D/D/D/D Superdimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox. Uh oh! Zero Paradox’s ability destroys the other cards on the field, leaving Yuya with nothing to battle with.

“Yuya. This ends your farce,” proclaims Akaba. “You have no moves left to make!”

Yuya is worried. He senses that Akaba’s heart had started to open up, but now, no longer. He looks at his hand for options, then smiles.

“I still have entertainment duels!” Yuya exclaims.

Yuya plays the Action Spell The Show Must Go On, which lets Yuya steal two of his opponent’s Action Cards. Yuya disappears in a puff of smoke and reappears inches from Akaba’s face. He snickers and snatches the cards right out of Akaba’s hand, then whooshes back to his side of the field.

Yuya then plays another Action Spell, Big Dominoes. Suddenly, a row of towering stone slabs fall from the sky, lining up neatly between the two duelists. They look like thick, enormous cards. When these Big Dominoes topple over onto Akaba, he’ll lose 500 life points for each card they have!

But Akaba won’t be squashed that easily. He plays his own Action Spell, Reverse Dominoes, forcing the giant slabs to fall in the opposite direction toward Yuya. Now, Yuya will receive all damage from the effect of Big Dominoes.

Yuya counters with the Action Spell Swingmelon. Coming in like a wrecking ball, a giant rope-tied melon crashes into the neat row of Big Dominoes, knocking them away from Yuya and sending them flying toward Akaba. If they hit him, Akaba will receive double the damage!

Akaba extends his arm outward and holds his palm forward. He responds with the Action Spell Stop, which negates all damage that he would receive from an Action Card. The young president doesn’t even wince as Yuya’s gigantic melon pauses in front of his face.

Yuya is ready again with his own Action Spell counter. He plays Splash Seeds, causing the colossal melon to morph into an equally large jack-o’-lantern. It explodes, scattering its fist-sized seeds everywhere. Yuya uses an umbrella to shield himself and laughs at the outcome. Akaba protects his face with his sentient scarf, but the explosive seeds set the scarf ablaze, completely reducing it to ashes.

Reiji Akaba is furious.

Reiji Akaba lamenting the destruction of his scarf in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 44

Splash Seeds causes Akaba to take damage equal to 500 times the number of Action Cards played that turn. His life points fall to 1500, the same as Yuya’s.

Three turns have passed since Yuya banished his and Akaba’s G.O.D. cards. Now, Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero G.O.D. Reiji returns with a vengeance, but G.O.D.-Eyes Phantom Dragon is ready to defend. If Akaba’s monster successfully attacks, Yuya’s life points will drop to zero!

Knowing that Zero G.O.D.’s effect only works if Akaba tributes a monster, Yuya activates the trap card Trick Explanation, which prevents tributes from being performed with monster effects.

But Akaba has a backup plan. He uses the effect of D/D Destiny Surveyor to turn itself into an Equip card for Zero G.O.D., which makes the god invincible and indestructible. Akaba’s doppelganger monster charges toward Yuya’s dragon, its fist ready to connect.

Yuya activates Trick Explanation’s other effect, which allows him to destroy one spell or trap card. He targets D/D Destiny Surveyor.

Zero G.O.D., a godly monster with zero attack points, looks painfully mortal as it throws a punch at G.O.D.-Eyes. No longer protected by the Equip card, Akaba’s monster falls to G.O.D.-Eyes and its 3000 attack strength. The duel’s onlookers gasp and cheer.

As the smoke from the attack clears, Reiji Akaba is still standing with his life points intact. He activated D/D Destiny Surveyor ability from the graveyard, he explains, which reduced his damage to zero. Furthermore, the monster that it battled is also destroyed and half its attack points are dealt as damage to his opponent.

G.O.D.-Eyes glows as it is destroyed. A beam of energy shoots out of its body and curves toward Yuya, ready to unleash 1500 points of damage and wipe out Yuya’s life points.

Yuya plays one more Action Spell, Double Burst, which forces both duelists to take the effect damage.

Akaba won’t settle for a tie. He sends D/D Destiny Surveyor from his hand to the graveyard to reduce the damage and leave him with 100 life points.

Neck and neck, Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba’s life points both drop to 100 as they enter the climax of their battle…

Thoughts

Great moves! This chapter is super fun to read — one of the most fun in a long time. Even though the duel has a lot of card playing with little banter between the duelists, it’s all wonderfully entertaining, just like Yuya intended. I was fully engrossed in all of the plays made by both duelists.

All of their Action Cards and the way they are visually brought to life in the illustrations are fantastic. Great card names too.

The slabs of Big Dominoes remind me of the ancient Egyptian stone tablets seen in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! story.

Yuya playing the Big Dominoes card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 44

Can Yuya perform a Spirit Bomb attack? Maybe a Kamehameha?

Yuya preparing to launch a spirit attack in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 44

No, it’s just a trick, hahaha.

Missed opportunity for Yuya to say “How do you like them melons?” when he plays the Swingmelon Action Card.

Yuya Sakaki playing the Swingmelon card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 44

There is now a card called Stop. Stop. I love it. I want to see this card used in real life and in the anime, with its effect expanded to apply to more situations. Are your opponents getting too cocky with their plays? Stop. Are you about to be on the receiving end of a bad combo? Stop. Are your opponents about to unleash a time-wasting diatribe? Stop. Just… Stop.

RIP Reiji Akaba’s scarf. Your loss will be greatly felt. I’m so proud of Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi for embracing the ridiculous wonder that is Reiji Akaba’s scarf as the story progressed. I’m sure they heard the fans’ cries for the scarf to play a bigger role in the story. These final few chapters with the scarf have been a tremendous blessing.

With only 100 life points left, this duel is clearly about to conclude. I love that Yuya and Reiji’s life points are kept so close all throughout. Who will be victorious? I think we all know the answer, but I’m waiting on the edge of my seat to see how it plays out.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 44: “Action Battle!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump (web, Android, iOS) and in MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA (web, Android, iOS).

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: “Head-to-Head Cards!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 45: “Arc of Destiny!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Spring 2019 WSJ Jump Pack

March 18, 2019 at 7:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga panel in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2019 Jump Pack and Elemental HERO Stratos promo card

VIZ Media’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine might be discontinued, but the print WSJ Jump Pack program is still going strong with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as its mainstay title. The newest issue — Spring 2019 — is available now at your local Scholastic book fair, held in thousands of schools throughout the United States.

The WSJ Jump Pack is a preview of some of the hottest Jump manga series from VIZ Media, released twice per year and printed in a 7-by-10-inch high-quality magazine. This issue includes the following titles:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 6
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 7
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 4
  • Astra Lost in Space, chapter 1 (part 2)

For readers new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, this issue also features a two-page write-up discussing what types of programs are available at Official Tournament Stores (OTS) and how to get involved to start dueling.

And as always, the Jump Pack includes some extras for new players, Yu-Gi-Oh! collectors, and manga readers:

  • An Ultra Rare Elemental HERO Stratos Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN008). This card was originally released as a promo for VIZ’s April 2007 Shonen Jump magazine.
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper game mat with beginner’s guide.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local OTS.
  • A promo code for a free two-month membership for VIZ’s Shonen Jump, which houses 10,000+ chapters of manga.

Swing by your local Scholastic book fair to pick up this Jump Pack for just $10.99. Everyone is welcome to shop at these fairs, not only students and teachers. A portion of all sales are used to financially support the school, so feel free to grab something else while you’re there!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2018 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2019 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2019 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2019 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Elemental HERO Stratos promo card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2019 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 5 Available Now

March 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 5, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The next graphic novel volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is out today from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 5, “The Enemy’s Hideout!!” includes chapters 26 through 31 of the monthly series. It is available in paperback for $9.99 and in digital for $6.99.

As Reiji Akaba and Isaac’s duel surges onward, Isaac has set up a seemingly impenetrable defense with his Reflector combo. How will the young president take down Eve’s powerful and gifted colleague? Then, Yuya and the others make their way to Eve’s headquarters. His other personalities worry about what might be a deadly final confrontation and vow to protect Yuya with their lives. But waiting at Eve’s Antarctic hide-out is Sora Shiunin, who confesses to being a spy for Eve. Despite his ferocious personality, Shiunin reveals a more affectionate reason for pursuing G.O.D.’s power — to be with his sister forever. After their first encounter ended so violently, how will Yuya react to this revelation?

Illustrator Naohito Miyoshi presents more early design sketches and notes as bonus content in this volume. Included are D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, D/D/D/D Superdimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox, Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, and Starving Venemy Lethal Dose Dragon. The print edition of this book also includes an Ultra Rare Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, first played by Yuya in chapter 18. Don’t miss this evolution of Yuya’s signature Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, available with the book’s first print run while supplies last.

Also in this volume, author Shin Yoshida asks readers for help in creating attractive new worlds for dueling, while duel writer Masahiro Hikokubo apologizes for making mistakes with some cards’ stats during the monthly serialization (I didn’t notice!).

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 4 Available Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yuya promises to continue his dueltaining…

Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: ‘Two G.O.D.s!!’

January 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji's attack name in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: the most godly card effects, monster names, and attack names

It’s God-Eyes versus Go-D/D/D with the fate of G.O.D. on the line! Making good on his promise to become a god, Reiji Akaba summons Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. He uses its special ability, which renders all of Yuya’s monsters on his field, his spells and traps, and the cards in his hand and graveyard as nonexistent. Worse yet, after Zero God attacks, Yuya’s life points will immediately drop to zero! Yuya’s friends look on helplessly as the monster hurls its fist at Yuya.

As Yuya braces for the impact, he tributes ClassiKuriboh from his Pendulum zone to negate the attack. Zero God’s fist pauses an inch away from Yuya’s face. Yuya is safe for now, but Akaba boasts about his monster’s strength and proclaims that he will still win the duel and inherit the power of G.O.D. that his father left him. Yuya wonders if they are dealing with too much power here. Nevertheless, Akaba’s dueltaining gets him all fired up to continue.

A new Action Card appears overhead and the young president is already in flight to snag it. Yuya uses his Solid Vision skills to craft a cannon and launches himself toward the card, passing Akaba and snagging it with his teeth. But his unwieldy speed causes him to crash face first into a rock wall and knock himself out.

Lying on his back and facing the sky, Yuya slowly comes to. He sees the G.O.D. card floating high above the field. He reminisces about his father and why he stopped his work as a Solid Vision researcher to pursue Dueltaining instead. It was all to make another person smile — the brilliant but far-too-serious father of Reiji Akaba.

Just as Reiji Akaba’s father left something for Reiji, Yuya’s father entrusted something to Yuya. Yuya now understands that he must inherit this power. With his father and brothers’ support, Yuya knows he is able to keep moving forward.

Yuya stands up. With renewed energy in his eyes, he knows what he must do in this duel…

Thoughts

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is truly pushing the boundaries for what is considered a reasonable ability within the game. I guess that’s to be expected when the entire story is about “gods.” But just when you think card effects can’t get any more outrageous, they do.

This chapter is all about Reiji Akaba’s monster. And this was pretty much my reaction the whole time seeing it in play:

Yuya Sakaki's you-gotta-be-kidding-me face in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42

There is a point where a situation changes from being suspenseful to being downright unfair and I do think Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V frequently pushes this boundary, perhaps in more intense ways than any other previous series.

With that in mind, the ending of this chapter — with Yuya deciding to make the duel about himself and Reiji and not about the gods — feels like the right way to go. Let’s see what these two can do when they aren’t being overshadowed by larger-than-life monsters. Let’s bring back the emotions that shape these characters and fuel their motivations.

Speaking of which, I enjoyed seeing Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri again this chapter. This served as a nice breather amid the harsh dueling.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump. You can read it on the web or using the Shonen Jump Android or iOS app.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: “Head-to-Head Cards!!”

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

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