Digital Manga Sale: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL

May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Kotori and Cathy screaming in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga chapter 15

VIZ Media has launched a sale of some superb Yu-Gi-Oh! manga this week. From now through May 29, all digital volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL are on sale on almost every platform* for $4.99 each. That’s nearly 30 percent off the digital cover price of $6.99 and 50 percent off the print cover price of $9.99. Check these original Yu-Gi-Oh! stories out! The first chapter of each volume can be previewed for free.

*VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga sale applies to e-books sold on the VIZ app, comiXology, Google Play Books, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook platforms.

If you’re more of a borrower than a buyer, don’t forget to check your local library for these and other great manga.

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

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

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

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

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

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 He rides a shoddy, outdated Duel Runner that barely holds together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“G.O.D. has chosen you,” says Eve.

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

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

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

“Yugo?!”

Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next chapter:
Coming soon

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

OverDrive: Free Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga E-Books from Your Local Library

May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments
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Plenty of libraries already own VIZ Media’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series on their shelves. And now, there’s a new option for Yu-Gi-Oh! and manga fans to borrow and read the series for free from their local library. VIZ Media announced last week that it has increased the number its titles available on OverDrive, a digital platform that distributes books, videos, and music to libraries across the globe. VIZ’s latest update makes 99 new series available to participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada, including the following Yu-Gi-Oh! titles:

So what is OverDrive and how do you use it?

OverDrive is a digital reading platform; its app is available everywhere — on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, the web, and more.

The first step to using OverDrive is to search for your local library and see if it is subscribed to OverDrive’s services. OverDrive is available in 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S.

Find a library on OverDrive

Once you locate a library, visit its website and search for a title. Let’s say you want to read volume 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist.

Search for a title on OverDrive

It’s available! Click “Borrow” on the search results page…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 available in the OverDrive search results

…or on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 on OverDrive

To borrow a book from OverDrive, you have to sign in with your library card. You do have one of these, right? If not, take a trip to your local library and apply for one. It’s free. (Or rather, you’ve already helped fund your local library with your tax dollars, so you might as well use it. Don’t underestimate the value of having a library’s services at your fingertips in this internet age!)

Sign in with a library card on OverDrive

Then, start reading.

Pages from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 manga on OverDrive

Good stuff!

Placing a Hold

On OverDrive, VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! e-books are available to libraries under the “one copy, one user” lending model. The library pays for a certain number of copies of a title and can only lend out that many copies at one time, exactly like a physical book on a shelf. So, there might be situations where an e-book you want to read isn’t available.

But don’t worry, you can place a hold on unavailable books. This option is available in the search results…

Wait-listed and available Yu-Gi-Oh! books in the OverDrive search results

…and on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1 on OverDrive

When the book becomes available, it will automatically be checked out to your account and you’ll receive an email alert about it.

Recommend Yu-Gi-Oh! to Your Library

Libraries want to get books that people want to read, so even if your local library doesn’t offer any Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s absolutely worth it to recommend it to them.

“The way that librarians find out if you want manga is to petition the libraries,” explained Laura Dooley, ‎digital publishing production manager at VIZ Media, in episode 198 of the Weekly Shonen Jump podcast. “But they may not know about it until you request it. That’s been really successful for us. People finding out about that and then contacting their local library.”

“It’s not like the library needs like a hundred people to request it before they do it,” added Jeff Ruberg, a software engineer at VIZ. “It probably needs just a couple.”

“Yeah, and they’re more willing to take a chance on e-books because it isn’t the same as physically taking up space in their catalog,” said Dooley.

OverDrive makes it easy to recommend books. The option is available on the search results page…

Unavailable Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World books in the OverDrive search results

…and on a title’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Volume 1 on OverDrive

While you’re at it, check out the list of all of VIZ’s manga titles available on OverDrive and see if there’s anything else you want to read. As of the end of February, about half of VIZ’s digital catalog is available to libraries, said Dooley, including a large selection of Jump series.

Read and support manga at your local library! You’re helping support the manga creators and industry when you do!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 21: ‘Yuya’s Memories!!’

April 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki suddenly finds himself on a Duel Runner in the middle of a Turbo Duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 21
Surprise TurboDool

Yugo and Ren’s Turbo Duel is revving up. Ren, with his Reincarnation Synchro strategy in full swing and his menacing behemoth White Aura Whale on the field, declares that he is ramping up his game into a new dimension. He awakens an even mightier monster, White Aura Biphamet, a grotesque two-headed beast with a destructive attack strength…and a hidden power.

Yugo’s eyes begin to blur. He can barely make out the silhouette of the Duel Runner in front of him. On the sidelines, Yuri and Yuto are watching the duel. Yuri holds up his hand; it’s starting to fade away. All three of them are losing their connection to Yuya.

Yugo uses Clearwing’s effect on Biphamet, which negates its special effects and drops its attack to zero. But Ren doesn’t even flinch. He orders Biphamet to attack, destroying Clearwing. But how?!

“White Aura Biphamet’s power is godly!” Ren laughs. “It defies common sense! You’ll never solve Biphamet’s mystery!”

Yugo activates a Trap, but before he can play it, he starts losing consciousness. The image in front of him is completely muddied up. This is it for him. Yugo calls out to Yuya, pleading for him to solve the mystery that is Ren’s monster.

“It looks like we have to leave this fight to Yuya,” says Yuri.

“Yuya… We believe in you!” Yuto calls out.

The three boys vanish.

Meanwhile, Yuya, far in the depths of his mind, sees a network of roots on the ground in front of him. Scattered all along the branches of these roots are large glowing orbs. He recognizes these as his real memories. But before he can do anything, his consciousness is suddenly jerked back into his body.

Yuya nearly loses control of the Duel Runner, careening left and right and comically driving up the walls of the track. He quickly gathers his wits and realizes that he is about to be annihilated by Ren’s Biphamet. His keen sense of observation helps him figure out how to use the Trap that Yugo has left for him. Yuya is safe for now.

Yuya quickly learns that Ren’s monster is seemingly immune to Clearwing’s effect and can also attack him twice in a row. Unless Yuya can figure out the enigma that is White Aura Biphamet, he doesn’t stand a chance against Ren!

Thoughts

First of all, the title of this chapter, “Yuya’s Memories,” is a big tease. Almost nothing about Yuya’s memories is actually revealed. Sigh. The memory orbs that Yuya is seeing for the first time initially appeared in chapter 13.

What we do see of Yuya’s past is a brief but adorable panel of Yuya playing a game of “how to break my board” with his three counterparts. It is these experiences that has helped him hone his skills as a vigilant duelist and kept him alive against Ren.

I’m really sad. Yuya’s counterparts are gone…at least for now. This is all happening so quickly. They and Yuya seemed to be fine just a few chapters ago, but now, Yuya is dueling all alone. I suppose it was inevitable that Yuya would eventually face off against Ren. Yugo already dueled Ren, so they probably wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything new story-wise had they seen their duel to the end. But for Yuya to suddenly be in this dangerous situation by all himself, not knowing what happened to his companions and unable to turn to them for support, is just so tragic.

In true Yu-Gi-Oh! storytelling-fashion, Yuya is unable to read Ren’s card and figure out Biphamet’s effect. Naturally. By the way, “Biphamet” is really unpunny.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 21: “Yuya’s Memories!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 24, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!”

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

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 1 Available Now

April 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Out today from VIZ Media is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! manga from writer Shin Yoshida and illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. This graphic novel collects chapters 1 through 6 and is available in print format for $9.99 and digital format $6.99. The physical book includes an Ultra Rare Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon card, Yuya’s signature monster.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is a monthly title serialized in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It has an original story that’s completely different from the anime. In the world of the manga, Yuya Sakaki is a hacker on the run from the LEO Corporation’s Reiji Akaba. As a master of a new form of summoning — the Pendulum Summons — Yuya is on the hunt for Genesis Omega Dragon, a card that’s said to determine the fate of the world. This story and its characters are hot.

If you’ve been reading Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in WSJ, is it still worth it to pick up the graphic novel? Of course! In addition to touched-up artwork and lettering, English sound effects, and translation fixes, the graphic novel includes early design sketches of Yuya Sakaki, Yuto, Reiji Akaba, and Yuzu Hiragi by illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. Some of their looks are pretty different from the final product.

Going forward, new volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will be published twice a year, says a press release from VIZ. Too slow? Prefer reading simulpubs instead? Subscribe to Weekly Shonen Jump!

Shonen Jump Digital Manga Sale: $2 Off Everything

If you’re looking to start or grow your digital manga collection, this week is the best time to do it. From today, April 4, through April 10, all Shonen Jump manga volumes are $2 off* on every platform. Yes, that includes all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, which are now just $4.99 per volume. Check them out:

*Except most of the books that just streeted today. Yes, that means Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, isn’t on sale. Sigh.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: ‘Your Opponent Is Me!’

March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Sometimes, men must risk their lives in battle, says Yugo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 20

Yuya mounts his Duel Runner. There’s a look of earnestness on his face. Yuzu stands beside him and watches nervously. Suddenly, a portal opens behinds them and Ren comes barreling forth on his own Duel Runner. It’s an even more advanced model than his previous bike, with sleek lines and a pointed front fairing like a fighter jet. Yuya smiles.

“There you are,” says Yuya.

“A particle accelerator… You chose an interesting course,” states Ren. “Yuya Sakaki, do you want to duel me?”

But before Yuya can reply, Yugo takes over, pushing Yuya’s consciousness far out of the way. Yugo is raring to go. Yuzu objects to their duel; it’s too dangerous and she wants to protect Yuya, she says. She stands boldly in front of the two duelists as they rev their engines hoping to stop them from dueling, but they bolt right past her.

Ren takes charge and speeds ahead of Yugo.

“This is the most advanced machine of my era!” Ren proclaims. “As long as I ride this Duel Runner, my pride demands that I stay ahead of you!” He quickly sets up his Reincarnation Synchro game, summoning his gargantuan White Aura Whale.

Yugo thrusts his bike up the curved wall of the tunnel then uses the momentum from driving downward to accelerate. But Ren’s Duel Runner is too fast. Yugo won’t be able to get ahead of Ren to pick up any Action Cards, but he’s determined not to let that stop him from winning. Yugo sets his Pendulum scales, then Synchro summons his signature monster — Clearwing Fast Dragon.

All the while, Yuto and Yuri look on. Yuto thinks the power of Yugo’s explosive dueling can give him the edge over Ren’s futuristic machine. But Yuri is still worried about Yugo’s earlier comment about their weakening connection to Yuya.

Yuya, having been pushed out of his body by Yugo, now stands alone in a rocky wasteland in the deepest recesses of his mind. He can’t even see the duel from where he is. He peers over a cliff and is aghast by what he sees.

Thoughts

First of all, those boys almost run over Yuzu when she stands in front of their starting line. Rude! I don’t know about Ren but I wouldn’t expect such ungentlemanly behavior from Yugo.

Why does Yuya choose to duel at this particle accelerator? Where in the city are they anyway? Last chapter, Ren seemed shocked when his saw this particular location. This change in venue comes quite suddenly and with no explanation. And Yuzu just tags along for the ride. “Hey, let’s go duel over there today, okay?” “Err, okay.”

Yugo says that Ren brought his most powerful Duel Runner because he’s “playing for keeps.” But what exactly does that mean? They’ve already dueled, and it’s not well established why Yugo needs to defeat Ren so badly. Yugo knows pretty much nothing about Ren, but Ren knows a lot more about Yugo, and about Yuya’s history.

It seems that the characters have made some decisions without leaving any clues behind their reasoning for the reader. I expect to see a lot of exposition and backstory after this duel.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!”

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

Last Chance to Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in VIZ’s Digital Weekly Shonen Jump

March 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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The December 19, 2016 cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine

If you’ve been holding off on buying Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, don’t wait any longer. The sales period for the Weekly Shonen Jump issues that ran that story is about to end. VIZ Media’s WSJ back issues are only available for purchase for about three months. Since one-shot stories like Transcend Game don’t normally get reprinted outside the magazine where they initially ran, this is likely your final chance to own the issues.

The WSJ issues containing Transcend Game will no longer be available for sale after 1 pm ET/10 am PT on the following dates:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1: Monday, March 20. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2: Monday, April 3. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

If you live in the United States, you can also find Transcend Game, Part 1, printed in VIZ’s Spring 2017 Jump Pack, a WSJ magazine currently on sale at Scholastic book fairs.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game (Part 1) Printed in Spring 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

March 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game panels in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack and an Obelisk the Tormentor promo card

Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions definitely won’t want to miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine. VIZ Media’s Spring 2017 edition of its WSJ Jump Pack includes the first part of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga — a two-part story that bridges the gap between the end of his Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the events in DSoD — plus a synopsis of the movie. One-shots like Transcend Game rarely ever get reprinted outside the magazine they originally appear in, even in Japan, so needless to say this is an extra special release from VIZ.

VIZ’s Jump Pack is a semiannual magazine that samples popular Jump manga. It’s printed in a larger trim size (7 by 10 inches) and on better quality paper than a graphic novel, and has a glossy cover. The Spring 2017 issue is available now for $10.99 at Scholastic book fairs being held in numerous schools throughout the U.S. This issue includes:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, part 1
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, chapter 1
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 3
  • Haikyu!!, chapter 3

And as usual, there are also plenty of extras:

  • An Ultra Rare Obelisk the Tormentor Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN004), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2010 print 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump. (The regular price is $25.99.)

VIZ originally ran Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in its December 19, 2016, and January 2, 2017 Weekly Shonen Jump digital issues. The company then added both chapters to the free Shonen Jump manga section on its website, where the they were available until March 8.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Obelisk the Tormentor card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: ‘Their Whereabouts!’

February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yuya Sakaki bringing his Duel Runner to a screeching halt in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19
The iconic Akira motorcycle slide?

Two weeks have passed since Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba dueled. Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki are rambling through the streets of Maiami looking for the president when they run into Yuzu, who is searching for Yuya. It seems that both characters vanished after they dueled.

Yuzu tells the duo that she spotted Akaba in a sports car heading toward the airport. Sawatari casually reveals that he heard some kids in the south district yapping about a “manhole monster.” Yuzu is confused.

Sawatari and Kurosaki head to Leo Corporation. The company building is closed, but Kurosaki uses his Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius to blow a hole through the front entrance while Sawatari gawks at the brazen act of vandalism. The duo uses the company’s computer to try to locate Akaba.

Meanwhile, Yuzu arrives in the south district of the city. Sure enough, there’s a manhole in the area that sometimes makes strange noises, starts rattling, then blows out a torrent of water.

Yuzu heads underground and discovers that the rumpus is being caused by none other than Yuya Sakaki, who has been hiding from his enemies. Yuya has been speeding through the tunnels of the sewers on a Duel Runner, training to become faster and stronger. One day, he says, his enemies may challenge him to a battle on a Duel Runner and he wants to be ready for it. Yuzu wonders why Yugo doesn’t just take his place when such a time comes.

Why indeed? In Yuya’s mind, Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri talk among themselves. Yugo has been feeling his connection with Yuya weakening recently.

“Sometimes, when I’m with him, my mind blanks out,” says Yugo. “And it’s happening more often.”

“The Adam Factor, which has begun to awaken inside Yuya, may be causing it,” Yuri hypothesizes. “It could be interfering with our presence.”

“Whatever the reason, we may not be with Yuya much longer so I want to teach him everything I can,” Yugo says downheartedly.

Sora Shiunin and Ren monitoring for signs of Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin and Ren are also searching for Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba. In front of them are dozens of rectangular monitors. Shiunin spots the mass of Odd-Eyes’ solid vision on one of the screens. It’s located at a particle accelerator. Ren is shocked by what he sees and immediately heads out.

In another room, Eve is lying down, trying to rest. Her breathing is heavy. A long-haired bespectacled man is monitoring her vitals.

“Even with all the time we had, I haven’t been able to identify your illness or the true nature of that card,” he tells her.

“Isaac, you’re a brilliant scientist,” Eve replies. “Don’t worry about me. This is the price of pulverizing history.” Issac looks downward dejectedly.

“No matter how many lives Ren, Sora, and I may live, we’re simply trying to complete the memories of our first lives,” Eve continues.

“When G.O.D.’s power awakens, all will be complete,” Isaac assures her. “You, Adam, and the rest of us will be eternal together!”

Thoughts

There are no duels in this chapter. It feels nice to have a little bit of a breather since the previous duel was so intense.

Back in chapter 14, Reiji was driving a fancy old motorcycle. Now, he has been spotted by Yuzu in a fancy old sports car.

Reiji Akaba's fancy sports car in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

And just like the motorcycle, this car looks really detailed and is probably based on a real car. Do chime in if you know the model. It seems like the illustrator, Naohito Miyoshi, really loves adding in these realistic vehicles despite the story’s futuristic setting.

Shun Kurosaki. This guy. He literally firebombs Leo Corporation just because he wants to find an opponent to satiate his thirst for dueling.

It’s sad to hear that Yuya’s counterparts might not be around for much longer. What will happen if their bond with Yuya is broken? Will they just become trapped in his mind, unable to communicate with him? Nooo! What a somber and lonely existence.

So there’s a character named Eve, and now there’s one named Isaac and another yet-to-be-revealed individual named Adam. And they’re messing around with G.O.D.’s power. Hmm… What other biblical references will there be next?

I like Eve’s revelation that she, Ren, and Sora have lived multiple previous lives. It adds a new layer of significance to Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy. It could also mean that Sora’s sister, Miu, might not be someone who exists in Sora’s present, but is instead someone from his previous life.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V already has a time travel element, and now reincarnation is coming into play. So complex — but so cool!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 13 (February 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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