How to Read Every Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Ever for Only $1.99

December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Pegasus enjoying gorgonzola cheese, wine, and a comic in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist chapter 14

How much Yu-Gi-Oh! manga can you read in a month? With the arrival of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump today, it is now possible to read every Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off manga ever — that’s over 600 chapters and counting! — for just $1.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is only one series available in Shonen Jump’s vault of over 10,000 chapters, which is accessible for $1.99 per month. Almost all of the biggest Jump titles — Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bleach, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece — are there. At launch, there are almost 90 titles, but more are on their way. How is VIZ making money on this?!

New users can receive a free seven-day trial to the vault by signing up on the web or using the Shonen Jump iOS or Android app. Current WSJ magazine subscribers, your membership already gives you access to the vault.

Here are the links to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series:

If there is a Jump imprint title that you want to read but it’s not available right at launch, rest assured that VIZ is fully aware of it. “We are working on it,” said Shonen Jump Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani in last week’s SJ podcast.

And if you enjoy a series and want to support it even more, please consider buying the graphic novel volumes, which contain additional content not seen with these individual chapters.

Happy reading!

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Simulpub Continues on December 20

December 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya smiling and describing Eve and her companions in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 28
Yuya is talking about the upcoming chapters

VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga will continue in its new Shonen Jump. And not only that, but instead of releasing it only on Mondays with other weekly series, it will now come out on the same day as Japan, even if that day isn’t a Monday. That’s the word from today’s issue of VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump (the final traditional magazine-style issue!).

The next chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41, is scheduled for release on Thursday, December 20.

Best of all, you will be able to read the three latest chapters of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub — and all of the other Jump simulpubs — for free! All of the older chapters will be available in the Shonen Jump vault, accessible for $1.99 per month.

In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is published in V Jump, a monthly magazine that is released the third week of each month, often on the 21st. Previously, VIZ Media published Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in its WSJ magazine on the closest Monday immediately following V Jump’s release. If V Jump came out on a Monday, VIZ would also publish ARC-V on the same Monday. But if V Jump came out on a Tuesday or later, VIZ wouldn’t be able to publish ARC-V until the Monday of the following week.

But now, with the end of VIZ’s weekly magazine format, this restriction no longer exists; ARC-V will become a bona fide simulpub. Because of time zone differences with Japan, readers in some parts of the world (like the U.S.) will actually get to read ARC-V on the 20th instead of the 21st. It’s like manga from the future!

The New Shonen Jump: Free Simulpubs and a 10,000-Chapter Back Catalog

December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 5 Comments
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New English-language Shonen Jump logo unveiled in December 2018

Free manga simulpubs! Access to a back catalog of more than 10,000 chapters! The manga dream has come true.

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine has been delighting English manga readers since 2002. The past six years, VIZ has been publishing new Jump chapters the same day they are released in Japan in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. Today, VIZ Media announced that Shonen Jump is undergoing its biggest transformation to date. Gone are its digital magazine and annual subscription. Instead, starting December 17, Shonen Jump will offer simulpubs for free.

Furthermore, readers who want even more manga can access the Shonen Jump back catalog containing over 10,000 chapters for $1.99 per month. “Nearly every” Shonen Jump title will be available, says VIZ. New users will be able to test out the service with a free seven-day trial. Current annual subscribers of WSJ will have their memberships automatically converted to the new Shonen Jump membership and will also receive three additional months for free.

For more information, watch the announcement video from Hisashi Sakaki, VP of Global Shonen Jump at VIZ Media, and check out VIZ’s announcement page. Current WSJ subscribers will also want to read the FAQs.

The New Shonen Jump and Yu-Gi-Oh!

VIZ’s announcement does not specifically say that the ongoing Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga is among the titles being simulpubbed in the new Shonen Jump. In Japan, the series runs in Shueisha’s monthly V Jump magazine. However, since it is a title that is currently serialized in VIZ’s WSJ magazine, it would be a big shock if it weren’t also included in the new Shonen Jump. (Of note, Dragon Ball Super, which also runs in V Jump and is already simulpubbed by VIZ for free, is specifically named as one of the titles included in the new Shonen Jump.)

VIZ also does not name any of the titles included in its vault of 10,000 chapters. Are any of the past Yu-Gi-Oh! series included? Almost of them have been serialized in VIZ’s print or digital Shonen Jump magazines. And all of them are already available for sale digitally anyway. We’ll just have to wait until December 17 to see what’s in the back catalog.

What about the semiannual WSJ Jump Pack print magazines sold at Scholastic book fairs? There’s no word yet on what will happen to these. I’ve reached out to VIZ and will post an update once I have more information.

With the end of the English Shonen Jump magazine also comes the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promos. Annual subscribers will receive a final special set of four cards in the mail.

Update (December 10): The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub will continue!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: ‘The Adam Factors!!’

November 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba transforming his scarf into a boomerang in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Just as Yuya Sakaki decides to destroy the G.O.D. card, Reiji Akaba walks through the doorway. Akaba, his voice cool and collected, demands the card from Yuya. But when Yuya questions his motives, Akaba reveals a more impassioned side: he wants to harness the card’s unlimited powers to control all of space-time!

“No human being can control something like that!” Yuya pleads.

“I can,” replies Akaba. “And to that end, I must become a god.”

Beyond that, to destroy the G.O.D. card is to destroy the work of their fathers and all that has transpired in their era, continues Akaba. It would be a tragedy to scientific discovery to throw it away before learning its truth.

Yuya smiles and proposes an Action Duel to settle things once and for all.

Akaba reveals that he is even more powerful than before because he now possesses not only his own Adam Factor but Adam’s portion as well. He vows to crush Yuya and his Action Duel.

Yuya and Akaba extend their arms forward, calling forth the power of Adam Factor. The ground immediately begins to tremble, and before they know it, the roots and branches of a monstrous tree have erupted through the ground, coiling up toward the sky and lifting them off the ground. Upon this Adam Factor tree, they will decide the fate of G.O.D.

A huge tree forms when Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba combine their Adam Factor powers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Yuya begins the duel by attempting secure two Action Cards, but Akaba thwarts him both times. Akaba sets his Pendulum scales and summons D/D Dog, a sharp-fanged giant bulldog. Yuya plays two Speedroid monsters and Synchro summons Clearwing Fast Dragon.

On the ground below, Isaac and Ren enter through the doorway to observe the duel. Though G.O.D.’s defeat has healed their scarred bodies, they know that the their future still rests in Yuya and Akaba’s final duel.

Thoughts

First you defeat god, then you go on to defeat your rival. Truly, this is the way that the greatest shonen stories must play out! So when I saw Reiji Akaba confront Yuya at the end of last chapter, I knew that this showdown was inevitable. But Reiji’s reasons for challenging Yuya are different than I expected. I would have thought that the pair would want to duel to clear their fathers’ good names.

The more the story progresses, the vaguer the powers of the Adam Factor seem to be. Like the Millennium Items of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s not well defined what the Adam Factor can and can’t do and how its power is divided up. Only now are we learning that Adam split the power into three equal parts, and that the power can be transferred.

I hope I am not the only one who is confused why Adam would want to give Reiji the power to take G.O.D. “Scientific discovery”? What a load. Adam admits that the best course of action is to eliminate that power. He has experienced firsthand how G.O.D. has damaged his and his friends’ lives, and now he wants to give that power to some kid?

Thank you, Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi, for pulling out all the stops and making Reiji Akaba’s scarf such a versatile, magnificent thing. This is what readers wanted! Right?!

Now that I think about it, this is the real power of the Adam Factor, isn’t it? It gives Reiji the ability to use his ten-foot long scarf to its fullest extent. Prehensile threads? Grappling hook? Boomerang? Nothing is impossible for the president and his scarf!

Looks like Eve has left her companions behind while she elopes with Adam or whatever. She doesn’t even bother checking to see if they are okay. Real nice.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 52 (November 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

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

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

November 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 4, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V graphic novel is out today from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 4, “Immortal Beings!!” includes chapters 20 through 25, first seen in Weekly Shonen Jump. Pick up the print edition for $9.99 or the digital edition for $6.99.

When Ren makes a grand reappearance after being summoned by Yuya for a duel, Yugo seizes the opportunity to settle the score with a Turbo Duel. But when Yugo’s consciousness begins fading in the middle of the action, Yuya is forced to take over. Does he have the skills to win after training on a Duel Runner for only a short period of time? Then, Reiji Akaba meets one of Eve’s assassins, Isaac, for a duel in outer space. But Isaac isn’t just another duelist. As a friend and classmate of Adam and Eve, Isaac knows all about the origin of Genesis Omega Dragon. What answers will Akaba get from this mysterious scientist?

This issue’s extras spotlight the signature dragons of Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri. Illustrator Naohito Miyoshi shows off early design sketches of Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, Dark Anthelion Dragon, Clear Wing Fast Dragon, and Starving Venemy Dragon and comments on their naming and designs. The print edition of this manga also includes an Ultra Rare White Aura Bihamut card, Ren’s fearsome new Synchro monster that makes its first appearance in this volume.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 3 Available Now

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

October 27, 2018 at 10:00 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 Fall 2018 Jump Pack and an Apprentice Illusion Magician promo card

The print edition of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is back again with the Fall 2018 Jump Pack. This semiannual 96-page magazine is available now at your nearest U.S. Scholastic book fair and previews three popular titles and a new science fiction adventure series. Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 5
  • Astra Lost in Space, chapter 1
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 3
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 6

As usual, Yu-Gi-Oh! collectors and new duelists won’t want to miss the extras:

  • An Ultra Rare Apprentice Illusion Magician card (JMPS-EN007), a reprint of the wildly popular WSJ subscriber-exclusive promo card from 2017.
  • A coupon for any one Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your neighborhood Official Tournament Store (OTS).
  • A double-sided fold-out Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG beginner’s guide with game mat.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription (48 issues) of VIZ’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where you can find simulpubbed manga like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Look for the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack at Scholastic book fairs in thousands of schools across the U.S. for $10.99. You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to shop at its book fair. Everyone is welcome, and a portion of all sales are given back to the school. Read some great manga and financially support a local school!

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

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Apprentice Illusion Magician card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: ‘Across Time and Space!!’

October 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki saying his catchphrase in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 39

Using the strength that Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo leave behind, Yuya unleashes the power of the Adam Factor and calls forth God-Eyes Phantom Dragon. Yuya wipes the tears from his eyes, knowing that they leave him with the greatest power of all: hope. A smile now beams across his face.

“Ladies and gentlemen!! The fun starts now!!” Yuya proclaims. “Here comes my entertainment duel!!”

Yuya orders God-Eyes to attack G.O.D. But how can his monster’s 3000 attack strength stand up to G.O.D.’s 4000? G.O.D., puzzled by Yuya’s actions, uses its attack-negating effect anyway, placing Nova Portal in its Pendulum zone to stop God-Eyes in its tracks. Yuya’s monster, it’s eyes blazing brilliantly, lets out a hair-raising roar before unleashing a wave of energy from its body.

“And now for my battle phase!!” declares Yuya. God-Eyes’ attack has now doubled to 6000.

G.O.D. is mortified. How can Yuya still attack? It realizes that Yuya has tapped into the power of the Adam Factor to control space-time. When God-Eyes’ attack was negated, Yuya was able to skip his opponent’s next turn and advance to his own battle phase.

Yuya uses another of God-Eyes’ abilities to raise its own strength and lower G.O.D.’s as it attacks. G.O.D. is forced to use its attack-negating powers again to add another Nova Portal to its Pendulum zone to stop Yuya’s attack. But Yuya simply uses God-Eyes’ time-skipping powers again. With G.O.D’s Pendulum zones now full, victory is at hand for Yuya.

G.O.D. guffaws at Yuya’s grit. Did Yuya forget Nova Portal’s Pendulum effect? G.O.D. uses that effect to destroy both Nova Portals, clearing the way for it to use its attack-stopping ability once again.

Yuya pretending to fall for G.O.D.'s tricks in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 39

Yuya sneers. He has one more of God-Eyes’ effects up his sleeve. By sending one of his face-down spell or trap cards to the graveyard, he is able to negate the effect of Nova Portal. This time, it really is over.

“You gave people hope, but you planned to trick them the whole time!” Yuya exclaims. “Now do you see how cruel that was?! This is what you did!”

Yuya commands God-Eyes Phantom Dragon to attack. God-Eyes opens its mouth and cries out, and its breath disintegrates G.O.D.’s body. The G.O.D. card floating in the sky overhead glows as it absorbs the monster back within it.

Eve is unconscious and floating prone in the air right below the card. She slowing descends. A bright light emanates just below her and a body materializes. It’s Adam. He catches her and cradles her in his arms. Eve wakes up and the two embrace.

Thoughts

Even amid such terrible danger, Yuya remembers to entertain. Attaboy, Yuya. We haven’t seen you like this in so long.

Another Phantom Dragon! Yuya — “The Phantom” — started his journey with a Phantom Dragon, and now he defeats the big baddie with another. Very gratifying, even though God-Eyes Phantom Dragon is basically tailor-made to defeat G.O.D., haha. G.O.D. plays the same moves in this chapter as he did in the previous, but this time God-Eyes alone is enough to stop it. It’s also very gratifying that God-Eyes uses Eve’s time manipulation powers against her. I’m a little sad that G.O.D. never broke out of its chains though.

I hope I’m not the only one to feel that Eve and Adam’s reunion is too short. It’s a sweet moment, but it’s marred by Adam’s justification for Eve’s actions — that she is simply a part of G.O.D.’s plan and that she is blameless. What?! Oh no you didn’t! After an entire story full of superficial and inconsequential religious references, it dares to bring up such a heavy suggestion at the climax? C’mon…

Eve’s actions destroyed countless worlds. Yuya’s brothers are gone forever now. Yuya’s life, already a tragedy, will never be the same. And yet he stands there calmly, satisfied that he saved the world and reunited a couple.

Yuya, your fortitude is godly.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 47 (October 22, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!”

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

Kazuki Takahashi’s THE COMIQ in Weekly Shonen Jump

October 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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Close-up of Ryota Sakamaki in THE COMIQ chapter 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi’s new manga, THE COMIQ, is here! Today, VIZ Media begins simulpubbing this limited series in its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

THE COMIQ tells the story of Ryota Sakamaki, a rookie manga creator who just debuted his first title, Pendulum of Love. With the help of his editor, Sakamaki employs an assistant to help him draw his manga’s background art — an assistant that he has never seen or met. When Pendulum of Love catches the eye of a police detective, Sakamaki realizes that his assistant’s background art is hiding a bloody secret…

“For the 50th anniversary of Shonen Jump, I created something with the theme of ‘manga.’ I’d be ecstatic if you give it a chance!” says Takahashi in the magazine’s author comments section.

If you love Takahashi’s work, then give this murder mystery manga a shot! And if you enjoy THE COMIQ, please vote for it each week in VIZ’s WSJ survey. If enough people like it, maybe the chapters will eventually be compiled and sold as a graphic novel.

THE COMIQ Chapters and Weekly Shonen Jump Survey Links

This post will be updated with links to the chapters as they become available. WSJ is $0.99 per issue, or $25.99 for a 48-issue (1-year) subscription.

Chapter 1 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 46 (October 15, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* October 15 Survey

Chapter 2 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 47 (October 22, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* October 22 Survey

Chapter 3 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 48 (October 29, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* October 29 Survey

Chapter 4 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 49 (November 5, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* November 5 Survey

Chapter 5 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 50 (November 12, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* November 12 Survey

Chapter 6 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 51 (November 19, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* November 19 Survey

Chapter 7 (End) in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 52 (November 26, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
* November 26 Survey

Product Summary

THE COMIQ
By: Kazuki Takahashi
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump
Publisher: VIZ Media
Translation: Stefan Koza
English Lettering: Sabrina Heep
Manga Editing: John Bae
Editor in Chief: Andy Nakatani
MSRP: $0.99/issue

VIZ Media to Publish Kazuki Takahashi’s THE COMIQ Short Manga Series

October 6, 2018 at 11:30 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | 3 Comments
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Preview of Kazuki Takahashi's THE COMIQ

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi is returning to Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump! In honor of the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Takahashi will debut a new manga titled “THE COMIQ.” This limited series will launch in issue #46 of WSJ on October 15. Chapter 1 contains 53 pages. The story is about a rookie manga creator’s manuscript and the secret it possesses. This news was unveiled in issue #45 of WSJ, which hit newsstands in Japan today instead of on its normal Monday date because of the Health and Sports Day holiday.

Also today, VIZ Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con that it will serialize THE COMIQ in its English-language magazine.

(h/t ANN. Image from @VIZMedia.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A brilliant light glows from Yuya’s deck.

Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* * *

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

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

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!”

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

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