Today Only: $9.99 Weekly Shonen Jump Subscription

January 30, 2017 at 3:30 am | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Yuzu's dreams of getting rich in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 2
“…I’ll save a bunch of money!”

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has turned five years old. And to celebrate, the company is selling a one-year subscription to WSJ for $9.99 — the lowest price that it has ever been in these five years. That’s less than $0.21 per issue, or a savings of over 60 percent off the normal subscription price of $25.99!

If you’ve ever wanted to follow series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, and more, this is the day to subscribe. A subscription includes 48 issues of manga simulpubs, and each issue averages around 200 pages.

This offer is only valid for 24 hours today, January 30, until 2:59 am ET/11:59 pm PT.

The only downside is that there are no Yu-Gi-Oh! cards included with this offer, but for such a steep discount, it’s hard to complain.

You can read your Weekly Shonen Jump issues on the web at VIZ.com and on your Android and iOS devices.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: ‘An Unknown Enemy!’

January 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, standing in the moonlight, hoping that he and Reiji will someday be allies in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 18

Reiji Akaba has dropped Yuya Sakaki’s Pendulum scales to zero, sealing away his ability to Pendulum summon. Or so Akaba thinks. But the Dueltainer has one more trick up his sleeve. Yuya bypasses his Pendulum scale and calls forth a new monster — Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, an Overscale Pendulum. Akaba is mortified.

“Its Pendulum scale is zero?!” he cries out.

Yuya activates Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon’s special ability to decrease the attack strength of Akaba’s D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, then attacks. But Zero Laplace can negate its destruction once for turn. Akaba is safe for now.

“Yuya Sakaki, let me show you the true power that my father left me,” he asserts.

“Reiji, wait!” says Yuya. “Let me prove that what I told you is true! That someone is controlling G.O.D.!”

“I already know that!” replies Akaba. “You would never bring me to a place like this for no reason.”

Yuya and Akaba realize that they are not alone. An orb has been floating above their heads, watching their every play and relaying the information to two distant spectators. A blinding flash of light emanates from the orb and a Duel Runner surges forth. It screeches to a stop between Yuya and Akaba. Yuri and Yuto recognize the driver.

“My name is Ren. G.O.D. is in the hands of my mistress Lady Eve,” states the masked man. He expounds on their goals to awaken G.O.D. and declares that Yuya and Akaba both possess the Adam Factor needed to accomplish their goals. Ren would like to seize the duo’s powers right now, but the damage that their high-powered monsters have caused during the duel has weakened the structure of the cavern.

The walls and ceiling of the cavern begin to crack and crumble. Dust and small pieces of debris land on the shoulders of the duelists as larger stones start to crash down all around them. A portal opens overhead beside the orb camera. Ren promises to duel them both and makes his retreat.

The cavern collapses on itself, but Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba are safe after hopping on their monsters and taking to the skies.

“Reiji, do you believe me now?” Yuya asks beneath the moonlit sky. “We share a common enemy. If we work together, I’m sure we can beat them!”

“A new enemy may have appeared, but I still haven’t forgiven your father,” replies Akaba. “So I will defeat them on my own!”

Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin is floating in a serene haze. A voice calls out to him. It’s his sister, Miu. Someday, he will create a world where they can be together, Sora promises her.

Sora awakens suddenly from his slumber and finds himself in a hospital bed.

“You are here because of injuries sustained in a duel with Yuya Sakaki,” says a long-haired bespectacled man. There is a large scar on the left side of his face covering his eye and cheek. Another man enters the room. It’s Ren.

“It finally begins,” he proclaims. “The real battle for G.O.D.!”

Thoughts

For all of Reiji Akaba’s talk of “zero” these past few chapters, it’s pretty funny that a Scale zero monster is almost what finally does him in. Reiji is a smart guy; he knows far more than he’s letting on. But if he knew that there was another power behind G.O.D. all along, why bother pursuing Yuya all this time? To avenge his father’s death? That seems petty for someone like him. Maybe he was expecting that Yuya would eventually be able to lure the enemy into the open as he’s done here. In that case…it’s all going according to plan. It’s a shame that Reiji and Yuya’s duel was cut short just as Reiji was about to unleash his true powers. But they will certainly duel again and, as Yuya hopes, may even ally at some point to take down Ren.

So not only is there an Adam Factor, but there is also an Eve Factor as well. Hmm, who might possess such a power? There aren’t that many girls in this story so far…

Speaking of girl, Yuzu had just discovered Yuya’s secret passage leading underground and was heading down there with Sawatari and Kurosaki as the cavern started to collapse. Yuya and Reiji had to ride on their monsters to even escape, but the trio have no such luxury. Why didn’t you help, Yuya?! What if they die in the cave-in?! Kurosaki’s comment is great though: “[Reiji Akaba] is too strong for something like this to kill him!”

Sora fan service — shirtless and without his short pony tail! So Sora is working with Ren and Eve. And Sora’s sister, Miu, first seen in a photograph in Scale 8, turns out to be a real person after all.

Great chapter. This story is going all sorts of places. It’s very exciting to finally see Eve, who’s clearly going to be a strong character and maybe even the big baddie that Yuya will have to ultimately duel.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 8 (January 23, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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VIZ Media Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! to Free Manga Section

January 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugi Mutou unleashing the power of the Millennium Puzzle for the first time in Yu-Gi-Oh! manga chapter 1

Start reading the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added chapter 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s now legendary stories of Yugi Mutou to its free Shonen Jump manga section. With the premiere of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to see how the adventures of Yugi and his friends began all those years ago.

Earlier this week, VIZ also started posting Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, the prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

Be sure to check out the full list of amazing free Shonen Jump manga available on VIZ.com, where new chapters are posted every day.

Read Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game for Free on VIZ.com

January 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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VIZ Media's free Shonen Jump manga section is now offering Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game

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!

Check out more great titles in the free Shonen Jump manga section, where new chapters are added every day. Yes, it really is all free and 100 percent legal!

If you would like to support Kazuki Takahashi even more and own a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, both parts are available for purchase in these back issues of Weekly Shonen Jump for $0.99 each:

Update (January 23): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is now also available to read for free.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: ‘Another Fact!’

December 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki describing the horror that is G.O.D. in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 17

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!!”

Thoughts

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?

Front and back views of D/D/D Destiny King 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 pendulo machina.

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 17: “Another Fact!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 4-5 (December 26, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game Manga in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump

December 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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VIZ's Weekly Shonen Jump to run Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga

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!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1, is available for $0.99 on VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is available for $0.99 on VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Expands to Google Play

November 24, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki picking up an Action Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 3

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.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: ‘Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!’

November 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo looking down at the city as meteorites rain from the sky in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 16

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!”

Thoughts

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 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 51 (November 21, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 15: ‘It’s Zero!’

October 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki wearing a top hat in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 15

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.!

Thoughts

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 15: “It’s Zero!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 47 (October 24, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 14: ‘Where It Began!’

September 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya wants to talk to Reiji Akaba alone in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 14

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.

Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki on their way to the Leo Corporation excavation site in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 14

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.!”

Thoughts

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!)

An escape pod under Yuya Sakaki's hideout in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 14

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 Akaba's motorcycle and magazines in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 14

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.

VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 magazine cover and table of contents page

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 14: “Where It Began!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 26, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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