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Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is now available to read for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added the first chapter of the two-part special to its free Shonen Jump manga section. Transcend Game takes place after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and is a prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. You now have zero excuse not to read this before heading to the January 27 premiere of the movie!
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With the power of a Pendulum Fusion, Yuri calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon to face off against Reiji Akaba’s D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Starving Venemy’s effect is a mighty one, allowing it to steal the abilities of Zero Maxwell. Yuri attacks, but Akaba is ready for him, activating a trap that prevents his monster from being destroyed. Akaba stares unflinchingly at Yuri while his life points are whittled down. Yuri wants another shot at Akaba, but Yuya returns to the duel with a message.
“Reiji, you followed me here because you believed your dad,” says Yuya, looking dejectedly toward the ground. “But the story I heard was a bit different.” He closes his eyes and remembers…
On a certain day in the future, Yuya finds himself locked in a cylindrical escape pod. Yuya presses up against the window of the pod and sees his dad working nervously in his lab.
“Yuya, the power of G.O.D. will soon end the world,” Yusho tells him. The sweat pooling on his forehead trickles down his face past his tired eyes. Next to Yusho sits a card glowing brightly — Genesis Omega Dragon. It is hooked up to numerous sensors and is pulsating vibrantly with energy. Leo was obsessed with the card, says Yusho. After their experiments with it started getting dangerously out of hand, Yusho took it away from the military facility where they worked.
“We thought the power of this card was a chance phenomenon from another dimension…but it’s not!” exclaims Yusho. “It is an artificial creation.”
Yuya is confused, but Yusho doesn’t have all of the answers. It will be up to Yuya to find the one who created the card and what its true nature is. For now, Yusho has one final trick up his sleeve. He will use what little he understands of G.O.D.’s energy to throw Yuya back into the past, where he will have a chance to discover G.O.D.’s secrets and save the world.
“The World Illusion!” Yusho proclaims, smiling while putting on his magician’s top hat.
Yuya, with tears in his eyes, slaps the window of his escape pod and cries out to his dad. But it’s no use. A flash of light blinds him as the image of his dad in front of him vanishes…
Reiji Akaba scowls. “If you want me to listen to any more of this drivel, you’ll have to prove it by defeating me!!”
The duel rages on. Akaba tributes Zero Maxwell and summons an even deadlier monster, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose attack strength becomes double that of the monster it battles. It destroys Starving Venemy and Dark Anthelion, leaving Yuya’s field wide open. Yuya uses his defeated dragons’ abilities to move them to his Pendulum zones, but Akaba uses the effect of his own Pendulum monster, D/D Scale Surveyor, to drop Yuya’s Pendulum scales to zero. But Yuya only smiles.
“The Pendulum of destiny may stop, but I must go on! Overscale Pendulum!!”
These last two chapters have been somber. Last month, we saw Reiji Akaba part with his dad when the world was ending, and now we see the same thing from Yuya and his dad’s perspective. We still haven’t seen how Reiji was transported to the past. Does he have an escape pod too?
I’m calling it now. The best line in the entire series is in this chapter: “Stop trying to reduce me to your scale!” You are a king among kings, Reiji Akaba. If he had been dueling Yuto, would he have said, “Stop trying to reduce me to your rank!” instead?
Is anyone else really creeped out by Zero Laplace?
I mean, what even is that thing? “The Demon of Causality”?
It’s amusing to see Reiji, a person from the future who has all kinds of revolutionary technology at his disposal, play Block Attack, an ancient card from the earliest days of the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Not only does he play it last chapter, but he loves it so much that in this chapter he uses another card to specifically retrieve it from his graveyard.
Overscale Pendulum. What’s that? I hope it’s not another a deus ex
You might have noticed that this month’s chapter is coming one week later than expected. The Japanese version is published in V Jump, which streeted on December 17. However, because the English version is published in Weekly Shonen Jump, which was off in Japan last Monday for the Christmas holiday, the chapter was added to this week’s WSJ issue instead. On the plus side, last Monday VIZ still released its own bonus WSJ issue with part 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. Part 2 will appear next Monday from VIZ in another bonus issue when Japan’s WSJ takes a break for New Year festivities.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”
– Coming soon
Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is getting an official English translation! VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced in this today’s issue that it will publish the two-part story, which bridges the gap between the end of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Part 1 will run in the December 19 issue next week and part 2 will run in the January 2 issue. The story was originally published in Japanese earlier this year in April.
You won’t want to miss this. If you are not a WSJ subscriber (you’re passing over the best deal for comics anywhere — $25.99 for one year, or $0.54 per issue!), you can still buy individual issues for $0.99 each. VIZ’s WSJ is available on VIZ.com, Android, iOS, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.
This post will be updated with links to the issues as they become available.
Update (December 19, 2016): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1, is here! If you are considering buying this week’s issue on it’s own just for Yu-Gi-Oh!, please note that a one-year WSJ subscription is currently on sale for $19.99 (or $0.42 per issue). This is the exact same subscription that you would get if you paid the regular $25.99 price — 48 issues of WSJ simulpubs per year, plus four Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the mail. VIZ has never lowered the subscription price below $19.99, so if you are waiting for an even cheaper deal, there won’t be one. Save some money and buy a subscription today!
Update (January 2, 2017): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is out in today’s issue. As a reminder, the $19.99 WSJ subscription sale is still on. There’s no time like the present to start reading Jump manga!
VIZ Media announced on Monday that its English-language Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is now available directly in the Google Play bookstore. A single issue costs $0.99. Previously, the magazine could only be purchased and read on Google Play through the VIZ Manga app and WSJ app for Android.
VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump includes simulpubs of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, One-Punch Man, and Seraph of the End. New issues debut every Monday. Google Play offers back issues from the last three months for sale, the same as the single issues sold by VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology. (VIZ’s announcement incorrectly states that only one month of back issues is available on Google Play.)
Twenty years in the future, Reiji Akaba is diligently analyzing the energy data involving G.O.D. that his father gave him. He sits engrossed in his family’s home and lab, with scientific literature and papers stacked in tall piles all around him. The glow of his computer monitors are illuminating the dark room. He’s been working for over ten hours straight.
Without warning, the ground begins to shake. Is it an earthquake? Reiji walks slowly to the door and tries to open it, but it’s locked. He’s trapped. A video feed of his father appears on one of his monitors.
“This world is about to end through the power of G.O.D.,” says Leo Akaba as the rumbling outside grows louder. He’s saving Reiji by keeping him busy inside the lab, an emergency shelter. Leo plays some horrifying video footage — scads of meteorites are pelting the city as they speak.
“Yusho took the G.O.D. card. And soon he will release its power. Look, Reiji,” says Leo, motioning to a clock on the wall. Its second hand ticks more and more slowly until…it stops. And begins ticking backward.
“That is the power of G.O.D.,” Leo continues. “To control it, he will send his son to the past…but you must stop him.”
A bead of nervous sweat trickles down Reiji’s face as his father bids him farewell and cuts off the video feed…
In the present, Reiji Akaba and Yuya Sakaki are locked in a duel in an underground cavern. Akaba has Yuya on the ropes with his two Pendulum cards and his D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell monster.
“You’ve got it all wrong! I didn’t come to this world to use G.O.D.’s power!” Yuya pleads. But Akaba won’t have any of it. He activates an effect that drops Yuya’s Pendulum zone cards to Scale 0 and stops Yuya from Pendulum summoning. Having no answer to the obstacle, Yuya calls on one of his personalities for help. With a flourish of his cloak, Yuto appears.
“You told me to bug off, but now you need me, huh?” Yuto sneers. He plays the Spell card Pendulum Xyz to allow him to use Yuya’s Pendulum zone cards to Xyz summon. He calls forth Dark Anthelion Dragon to take down Zero Maxwell. But Akaba won’t be stopped that easily. Zero Maxwell has the ability to reduce battle damage to 0 and is also a Pendulum monster. Yuya returns and ends his turn.
Akaba summons Zero Maxwell back to the field and attacks Dark Anthelion Dragon, but Yuya is able to save himself and his monster using its special abilities. He will need a different strategy if he wants to defeat Akaba. After a twist and sweep of his cloak, Yuri appears.
“I’ve been wanting a match with you!” he says to Akaba. Yuri plays the Spell card Dowsing Fusion, which allows him to Fusion summon using Pendulum monsters in his graveyard, and calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon.
Reiji Akaba smirks at the two menacing dragons staring him down.
“Pendulum Xyz and Pendulum Fusion… Finally, this is entertaining!”
Great duel so far! How fun to see Yuto and Yuri join Yuya. Surely Yugo will make an appearance next chapter with a Pendulum Synchro summon, yes? Their new dragons, with “eyes” all over their bodies, are cool but kind of creepy. Reiji and his D/D monsters are tough and look like a bad match-up against Yuya and his personalities.
So in the future, Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri grow up as separate people. And Reiji doesn’t wear a scarf, haha. This chapter sure makes Yusho look like some kind of traitor or evildoer. I’m sure Yuya has another explanation of what happened. Details about the fusion of Yuya’s personalities and the time travel element still need to be fleshed out.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: “It’s Zero!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: “Another Fact!”
Yuya Sakaki versus Reiji Akaba. The duel of the Originals is on. Yuya begins uncharacteristically by bolstering his defenses. He knows who he is up against.
“We come from the future and we’re the only ones here now,” says Akaba, “So I can openly duel with my true deck — my true power! And no matter who falls here… there’s no fear of discovery.”
“That’s right,” Yuya responds. “Nobody would believe we come from the future.”
Akaba grits his teeth. That was all Yusho Sakaki’s fault, Akaba barks angrily. Yusho’s actions killed his father. He begins to recall the events of the past that led them to their present-day quandary.
Years ago, Yusho Sakaki and Leo Akaba were researchers developing the Solid Vision with Mass technology. After the pair reached a milestone in their work, Yusho decided that he would leave the world of science to become a duelist. But not just any old duelist — one who combines dueling with worlds of entertainment and stage magic.
Yusho’s goals were noble. He knew that Solid Vision with Mass was powerful technology that could revolutionize the way the world works. He also knew that it would one day fall into the hands of military, who would use it in unjust ways. So before that happens, he wanted to use it for something that brought joy to the world so that people could know of and experience the positive potential of the technology. After making that decision, Yusho and Leo would further their research in the realms of Solid Vision and Duel Monsters, developing the Pendulum summoning method as the hallmark of entertainment duels.
But, explains Reiji Akaba, something unexpected happened to their fathers. Solid Vision with Mass involves creating an artificial virtual dimension, then drawing out and materializing the mass from that dimension into the Solid Vision technology of the real world. One day, while trying connecting to the virtual dimension, they instead connected to a new dimension and encountered Genesis Omega Dragon — G.O.D. Before G.O.D. destroyed their world, Reiji and Yuya were thrown into this current world and, “by a strange coincidence,” would inherit the power of the Pendulum summoning technique.
Reiji Akaba fans the cards in his hands and holds them straight out in front of Yuya.
Now, says Akaba, he will use that power to stop Yuya from taking control of G.O.D.!
Yes, some answers! The origin and explanation behind Solid Vision with Mass finally appears — and the pseudo-scientific explanation behind it makes sense. But as usual, with the revelation comes more questions than answers. What is G.O.D. and why did it destroy Reiji and Yuya’s future world? How were the duo saved and transported into the past? And why is Reiji so scary in this chapter? “Thanks for bringing us to this cave, where I can kill you and no one will hear you scream.”
But, umm, this story sure is becoming more and more similar to the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime. First it was the introduction of the time travel element. Now all of the mentions of “zero” in this chapter are evoking comparisons of the World Illusion to Zero Reverse.
By the way, the kanji (Chinese character used in the Japanese writing system) for “Rei” (零) in “Reiji” means zero. It also appears in the name of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime character Rei Shingetsu (Ray Shadows in the English-dubbed anime).
Where are Yuya and Reiji dueling? Was it ever explicitly stated? I thought they were deep underground beneath Yuya’s hideout after they dropped through a trap door in the previous chapter. Yet the recap appearing at the beginning of this chapter states that they are at the bottom of the Leo Corporation’s excavation site outside the city. This is more or less confirmed by Sawatari and Kurosaki, who are wandering the tunnels of that very site and who receive a message that Reiji’s duel signal had been detected. Perhaps they are close enough to the location of the duel and will rush there in the next chapter.
The location of Yuya’s hideout was never explicitly stated, however. Maybe Yuya has been living above the excavation site this entire time. Or maybe Yuya used his Solid Vision manipulation abilities to transport himself and Reiji to the site.
Hey, what’s up with the name of Reiji’s father? First it was Reo, then last chapter it was Leo, now it’s back to Reo again. After seeing Leo last chapter, the connection to the name of his company — Leo Corporation — became obvious, so that is probably the intended spelling. Style guides — put them to good use!
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 14: “Where It Began!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”
Yuya Sakaki is jostled awake. He sits up on his couch, face covered in cold sweat. His head is pounding. What’s he doing in his hideout? Yuto and Yuri help him fill in the blanks. Yuya collapsed while dueling Sora Shiunin. Yugo was able to bring him back here, but then someone with a Duel Runner from the future infiltrated Yuya’s mind. Yugo fought him off before collapsing himself.
“A third enemy, huh?” wonders Yuya. “I thought they’d show up eventually, but I didn’t think they’d go straight for my memory.”
Yuya walks over to his computer. While he was sleeping, someone messed with his security system and now a “friend” is on his way over.
Yuzu, just back from a shopping trip, is relieved to see Yuya up and about. She wants to prepare some food for Yuya and his guest, but it seems that he has already arrived. A shadowy figure stands calmly by a staircase across the room. The scarf around his neck flaps wildly. He steps forward. It’s Reiji Akaba.
“I’m sorry but I do not consider you a friend!” exclaims Akaba.
Yuya and Akaba are both “from the same era,” Yuya tells Yuzu. And people who duel Akaba… don’t usually survive.
“If I don’t come back, you can sell my stuff!” Yuya laughs. Before Yuzu can even figure out what’s happening, Yuya approaches Akaba and snaps his fingers. A trap door opens beneath their feet, then clangs shut. Yuzu looks on completely horrified. They were gone.
Across the city, a restless Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki decide to survey the Leo Corporation excavation site that Reiji Akaba visited earlier. After crisscrossing through a network of tunnels, the duo approach the same large steel door that Akaba had passed through.
Sawatari and Kurosaki enter and find a room filled with old upturned furniture and tattered belongings, just as Akaba had left it. Kurosaki picks up a digital clock, its display frozen in time. He notices a stack of science magazines strewn on a counter top. His eyes narrow.
“What is this room?” Kurosaki asks. “All the dates are more than twenty years in the future…”
Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba land in a spacious cavern far below Yuya’s hideout. A cylindrical single-person escape pod is embedded in the ground nearby. Its hatch is open. Akaba eyes the apparatus.
“Is this where you started in this era?” Akaba asks Yuya.
Yuya looks down at his feet. “After my dad triggered the World Illusion, I ended up here,” he replies. “He was researching Solid Vision with your father, Doctor Leo Akaba.”
“When I heard your name in this era, I knew you had to come find me,” continues Yuya. “But there’s no bad blood between you and me so do we have to fight?”
“As Originals from the future, it is our destiny to fight!!” asserts Akaba. “I will stop you no matter what!! I won’t let you control G.O.D.!”
Sorry but I can’t even finish writing a narrative for this chapter because I’m losing my marbles here. This chapter is crazy. Just when you think you’re starting to get a grip on the universe that the story is taking place in — bam — time travel. What what what?! I’m trying hard to curb the urge to draw comparisons between this story and the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime. Yeah, they both feature Duel Runners and an apocalyptic component involving time travel, but they can’t be related, right? They just can’t be! DX
This chapter, with its time travel revelation, feels very much like it could be a make-or-break chapter for readers who are on the fence about following this manga. If readers feel that the story hasn’t been captivating enough or has been too confusing, this element might cause them to drop the series. Hopefully writer Shin Yoshida knows where he’s going with this.
So there’s an escape pod under Yuya’s hideout, eh? An escape pod, a la Superman. Or like Yusei Fudo. (No wait! I said I wouldn’t talk about the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime!)
So Yuya is Superman? No, he’s from the future, not from outer space. He’s one of the Originals. Wait, an Original? Like in The Vampire Diaries? So Yuya’s a vampire? From the future! What?! No, that’s not right either.
Haha, okay, in all seriousness, what is even going on here? Is everything that we’ve learned about Yuya a lie? Sora was right — Yuya isn’t actually an infamous hacker. It’s too bad that Sora wasn’t able to finish his investigation and is now MIA.
Why does Reiji need to duel Yuya? What happened to Reiji’s father? Yuya and Reiji spend a good six or seven pages expounding on their history. Then Ren returns with a cameo to reveal a secret about Reiji. This is definitely all something you have to read for yourself.
The World Illusion. Ah, finally, the details are slowly coming. Yuya says that Yusho triggered the World Illusion, but Ren, during his duel with Yugo, said that both Yusho and Leo Akaba were responsible. Does Ren know something that Reiji doesn’t?
Also, Reiji’s father is apparently named Leo, not Reo as was stated earlier. Suddenly, the name of Reiji’s company makes sense. It isn’t just a name with fancy heraldic lions around the company logo.
Reiji’s motorcycle looks really detailed and kind of vintage when considering the futuristic setting of this manga. The design might be based on an actual bike. Chime in if you know the model! Hey Reiji, don’t you know that you shouldn’t have loose clothing fluttering around like that when you’re riding a motorcycle? Your scarf might get snagged on something!
Seeing Reiji’s science magazines makes me think that there will soon be a D/D Albert Einstein monster. There already are D/D Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla monsters that just came out in The Dark Illusion set.
Hey, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is on the cover of this week’s WSJ! That’s Yuya and Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon from the cover of the Japanese volume 1 compilation of the manga. And not only that, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is also in the first position in the magazine instead of being tacked on at the end like it usually is. Hooray!
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 13: “The Adam Factor!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: “It’s Zero!”
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VIZ Media is back this quarter with another issue of its Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is one of four hot titles that’s included inside. The Fall 2016 edition of the WSJ Jump Pack is a 96-page look at some of the most popular Jump manga currently on the market. Included are:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 2
- Haikyu!!, chapter 2
- My Hero Academia, chapter 2
- Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, chapter 1
Plus, new Yu-Gi-Oh! duelists and collectors won’t want to miss all of the extras that are included in the Jump Pack:
- An Ultra Rare Dark Magician Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card, drawn and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the April 2011 issue of SJ.
- A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper game mat and beginner’s guide.
- A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
- A coupon for one free copy of any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
- A promo code for $5 off an annual subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump — a sweet deal that’ll let you keep up with the monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpubs, plus all of the other WSJ manga.
The magazine also features an article that introduces all of the different activities that are available at an OTS near you, like official tournaments, Battle City, Sneak Peeks, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Day.
The Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack is available now at Scholastic book fairs throughout the U.S. for $10.99. Visit Scholastic’s website to find a book fair near you. All purchases made at these book fairs help financially support the host school, so maybe consider picking up an extra item or two while you’re there. I’m sure the WSJ staff and the school would appreciate it!
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack
Yugo is in a tight spot. His continuous Trap card, Synchro Panic, stops both duelists from Synchro summoning, while Ren’s Field Spell, Synchro Zone, negates all attacks except those from Synchro monsters. With no Synchro monsters of his own on his field and Ren’s formidable White Aura Whale staring him down, Yugo is moments away from being annihilated. But he is unfazed by the pressure.
“I can do this!” Yugo exclaims. “I’ve got a card I evolved with Yuya!!”
Yugo plays the Spell card Pendulum Transfer, which allows him to move his monsters from his field to his Pendulum zones. Yugo plays his Scale 3 Speedroid Passing Rider and Scale 8 Speedroid Domino Butterfly for a Pendulum summon and calls forth… Clearwing Fast Dragon!
Ren is dumbfounded. This cannot be! Clearwing Fast Dragon is a Pendulum monster?! It’s true, Clearwing has both Pendulum and Synchro abilities, says Yugo, and is thus able to overcome the effect of Ren’s Synchro Zone.
Clearwing Fast Dragon uses its special ability to slash White Aura Whale’s attack to zero, then charges head-on into the colossal Whale, shredding its body into pieces and dropping Ren’s life points to zero. Yugo and Ren’s Duel Runners screech to a halt.
“I may have lost, but I also achieved my goal,” Ren tells Yugo. “Listen, can you hear that pulse?”
The fog around them dissipates and the clouds above their heads open up, revealing a whorl of light and colors and the sound of a heartbeat.
“That is proof that Yuya Sakaki has the Adam Factor,” says Ren.
While Yugo is transfixed by the image and the pulse in the sky, Ren opens a portal and speeds away.
Yuto and Yuri appear alongside Yugo to console him after the tough battle. Yuto suddenly sees a network of roots appear beneath their feet. All along the branches of the roots are glowing orbs, each with an image of little Yuya and Yugo from the past. Yuya and Yugo fixing a pocket bike. Yugo stealing food from Yuya. Yuya cheering as Yugo takes first place in a race. The pair are all smiles and laughs.
“Why are these things…” says Yugo as he falls to his hands and knees, his eyes welling up with tears.
“Because you were rampaging around Yuya’s mind,” says Yuri.
“Maybe the stress called up memories?” wonders Yuto.
“Yuya… You mustn’t remember this stuff!” Yugo exclaims, tears now running down his cheeks. “These memories will make you suffer… They’ll only makes you sad.”
Yugo stands up. He orders Clearwing Fast Dragon to demolish the ground and destroy the web of memories.
“It’s better this way,” says Yugo. “Now Yuya won’t remember us.”
Elsewhere on the outskirts of Maiami City sits an excavation site. Reiji Akaba traverses the tunnels of the site and stops at a heavy steel door. He slowly opens the door and enters the unlit room.
Inside, the floor is littered with broken furniture. Overturned bookshelves and tables, torn-up couches, and shatter mirrors are scattered all over the hardwood floors. Akaba picks up a picture frame on the ground; it holds a photo of himself when he was young standing next to his father, a smiling bald man wearing semi-rimless glasses and a white lab coat. This trashed room that he has locked away was once part of their home.
Akaba thinks back to the days when that photo was taken, back when he was a young prodigy sitting in this very room, unenthused with his college classes. One evening, his father invites him out to dinner.
“Reiji… Do you think the blood of the gods is red?” asks his father while peering at his glass of wine.
His father is working to combine Duel Monsters and Solid Vision with a fellow researcher.
“It’s most intriguing,” he continues. “Duel Monsters may open the door to the divine realm. It’s a challenge to the gods, Reiji!”
His father’s words resonate with him to the present day. Akaba enters a lab and approaches a glass display case. Inside is a Pendulum card.
The first part of this chapter was irritating. Yugo suddenly unleashes a deus ex
pendulo machina, yet doesn’t offer any explanation about how it works other than to say that it’s thanks to “a card I evolved with Yuya.” This isn’t like Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy, which is incredibly overpowered yet entirely possible within the mechanics of the game. Yugo literally made something up that cannot be rationalized by the rules of Duel Monsters. We are not in Duelist Kingdom anymore. This game has evolved far enough that making stuff up like this in order to advance a story shouldn’t be necessary.
Fortunately, the remaining two parts of this chapter are more pleasing. First, we get a more vivid depiction of Yuya’s memories; they manifest themselves as roots in the ground, spreading their branches all throughout the depths of his mind. Yuya’s counterparts are on a constant mission to stop these roots from spreading. But the memories that Yugo destroys are clearly happy ones. Why would Yuya suffer if he were to remember these?
Then, we see some of Reiji Akaba as a young boy. Reiji’s memories are at first reminiscent of a young Seto Kaiba being pushed to study, but then it’s clear that Reiji’s father is a different type of person — a kind, attractive man concerned about his research. What was his mission and how is Reiji going to carry on his work?
The excavation site in this chapter — is it the same locale first mentioned in chapter 3? Back then, Reiji said he was focusing all of his resources on searching for the cards that will allow him to perform Pendulum summons. So now he finally has what he needs?
Also, the “Adam Factor”? Haha. So there is a woman named Eve, a connection between Duel Monsters and the “divine realm,” a monster named G.O.D., and concerns about the destruction of the earth. What’s next? A character attempting to bring about Third Impact?
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 12: “High-Speed Strategy!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 14: “Where It Began!”