Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: ‘The Power of Bonds!’

July 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo declaring that they will combine their powers to defeat Eve in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 36

Eve takes the brunt of Dark Anthelion Dragon’s attack from Yuto, but she uses her monsters’ abilities to hurt Yuto and increase her life points to come out even stronger. Yuya, having now regained the memories of his past, returns to the duel to take Yuto’s place. He vows to never forgive G.O.D. for taking everything away from him.

Eve draws. There is a moment of silence. Her pulse races when she sees the card she has acquired. A wave of energy emanates from Eve’s body and she declares with fiery ferocity that it is her fate to defeat Yuya. Eve commands her three legendary monsters to attack Yuya, but Yuya hangs on, parrying her assaults with his own monsters’ effects to stay alive.

Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon and Clearwing Fast Dragon take the field, joining Dark Anthelion Dragon on the front line. With three of their four signature dragons on the field, Yuya and his brothers promise to combine their skills to defeat Eve.

Yuri fuses Clearwing and Dark Anthelion to call forth Starving Venemy Dragon, which steals Timelord Progenitor Vulgate’s ability to banish all of the opponent’s monsters after an attack. Eve’s field is left wide open and Yuya seizes the moment. With enough attack points to end Eve’s game, Odd-Eyes launches a direct attack…

Thoughts

The last month of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V featured a deep chapter of character backstory. I was enthralled by all that was unveiled, but in the meantime, I forgot everything about what was going on in the duel. I had to reread the beginning of the duel starting in chapter 33. A lot of my excitement of initially seeing Eve’s legendary monsters has waned. Having two dramatic but unrelated reveals competing for my attention — Eve’s monsters and Yuya’s past — has been exhausting.

That said, this duel has played out as well as I could have imagined. Yuya and his brothers summon their ace dragons and use them together to overcome Eve and her seemingly unstoppable combos. As it should be!

But is it really over? We don’t yet see Odd-Eyes’ attack hitting Eve and dropping her life points to zero. And even in the final panel, Eve’s silhouette is shown standing unflinchingly straight, not cowering like someone who is about to take the hit of a duel-ending attack. But Eve is a strong person and it doesn’t feel like it would be in her nature to wince and collapse under such pressure anyway.

The answer probably lies in the important card she drew earlier during her turn, the one that led her to harden her expression and declare angrily that she would crush Yuya. What card is it? Maybe one that reminds her of Adam, her mission, and all that she has experienced during her days traversing time and space? Is it G.O.D.? I think everyone wants to finally see that.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: “The Power of Bonds!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

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

Kazuki Takahashi’s Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Illustration & Comment

July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kazuki Takahashi's Weekly Shonen Jump 50th anniversary illustration featuring Yami Yugi

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump debuted on July 11, 1968, in Japan. Since then, the manga magazine has serialized a legion of beloved stories, not the least of which is Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi. Now, to commemorate the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Takahashi and a hundred other serialized manga creators each inked their own special illustrations on a shikishi board. Takahashi’s is shown above. The text says “Celebrate! Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your first issue, Jump!”

In the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump (published today in Japan instead of on its usual Monday date because of the Marine Day holiday break), Takahashi and other Jump manga creators leave more well-wishes and comments commending the magazine.

Kazuki Takahashi's Weekly Shonen Jump 50th anniversary comment in issue 33
Photo by @bang_ipp

“Congratulations! I’m thrilled to have a Yu-Gi-Oh! character also taking part in Jump’s 50th anniversary event!” says Takahashi.

To see a larger version of Kazuki Takahashi’s artwork and the other one hundred shikishi, head over to Shueisha’s official Weekly Shonen Jump website.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: ‘The Four Brothers’ Bond!!’

June 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Silhouettes of Yugo, Yuri, and Yuto as they toss flowers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

One bright, ordinary morning at the Sakaki house, Yuri and Yuto are preparing gifts for Yuya. Yuri arranges a sparkling bouquet of roses, while Yuto crafts a tantalizing boxed lunch filled with Yuya’s favorite treats. Whose gift will Yuya enjoy more on his birthday today? As they boast about the superiority of their creations, they realize that they need to hurry and meet up with their brother before Yugo does and gives him his own present.

Yuri and Yuto rush to the Maiami racing circuit, where Yugo is taking part in a championship Turbo Duel. Yuya is standing along the sidelines, watching Yugo set up on the track. Yugo had promised to win the event and give Yuya the trophy for his birthday present. Yuri and Yuto arrive just as the race begins.

Mere moments into the race, the ground begins to violently shake. The earth splits, causing Yugo to tumble off his Duel Runner and crash. Yuya rushes to him. When the tremors don’t stop, Yuri realizes that this might not be an ordinary earthquake. The crowd at the stadium begins to panic and rush outside. Yuto receives a phone call from his dad.

“Something terrible is about to happen to the world,” says Yusho, clearly in distress. “The Genesis Omega Dragon card…is out of control!

Reiji Akaba’s father, his mind warped by G.O.D., had taken the card to a military laboratory to draw out its energy without caring about the consequences. Yusho Sakaki steals the card and discovers that the only way to stop its energy emission is with the World Illusion. He orders the boys to head to his laboratory and use the escape pods to hide in their basement.

The Sakaki brothers flee from the racetrack and begin to head out of the city. As the tremors continue, many of the high-rises behind them start to collapse. Yuya spots a huge piece of falling concrete about to crush them, so he pushes his brothers out of the way. Yuya himself falls and is knocked out. Yugo carries Yuya on his back as they continue their escape.

When the boys arrive at the lab, they discover the facility completely destroyed, with just one escape pod intact. The pod can only fit one of them. They know exactly who should take it. Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri place Yuya inside and send him away. The remaining three enjoy their final moments together as the world around them is erased.

Thoughts

I’ve always felt that one of the most delightful parts of Yu-Gi-Oh! is watching the characters go about their day-to-day lives, enjoying themselves without a care in the world. Forget about saving the universe or whatever high stakes frequently accompany the card game. The simple moments, like those at the beginning of this chapter, are also the most charming.

They also make the tragedy of the World Illusion that much sadder. The Sakaki brothers didn’t deserve this. They didn’t choose to be the children of a researcher who dabbles with danger. They aren’t soldiers who are trained to deal with trauma and asked to have to fight for their future. This is so unfair to them. It’s no wonder Yuya’s brothers tried so hard to stop Yuya from regaining his memories.

Naohito Miyoshi does a splendid job showing the end of the world.

Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo, watching the World Illusion wipe out their world in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

The white semicircle in the background pushing against a border made up of speed lines, with the buildings rising up and disintegrating while the boys are standing calmly in the foreground — it’s such an evocative effect. The guys on the latest Weekly Shonen Jump podcast point out that the image reminds them of Akira and the ending to Fight Club.

The moment when the boys toss the roses toward the oncoming destruction is also sad and beautiful.

And, hey, it’s canonically confirmed — Yuto is the best husbando! Ever since I saw him wearing a business suit in chapter 7, I knew he had potential. Always keep an eye on the boys who wear neckties.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 30 (June 25, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 36: “The Power of Bonds!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: ‘Challenge the Legends!’

May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Eve asking Yuto if he wants to be with Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

Yuto stares up at Eve’s three legendary monsters. With their abilities to recover Eve’s life points, clear her opponent’s field, and inflict effect damage to her opponent, his chances of winning seem bleak. Nevertheless, he pushes on with determination in his fierce eyes. Yuto summons Dark Anthelion Dragon, powering it up with its attack-boosting effect and further supporting it with an Equip Spell.

Meanwhile, Yuya, having withdrawn into the recesses of his mind to recover, finds himself in front of a network of roots and glowing orbs in the ground. He sees that these roots have twined and twisted together, forming a mountainous tree off in the distance in front of him. There is a pulsating sensation all around him — it’s the Adam Factor. Yuya wonders why he and Reiji Akaba have the trigger inside them that will awaken Adam. Yuya sadly recalls the destructive final moments of his future following the World Illusion and his escape from that era. He then looks down at one of the glowing orbs.

Yuri and Yugo get a jolt; they sense that Yuya is at the Adam Factor. The pair speed off after Yuya on Yugo’s Duel Runner, but they’re too late. The painful memories that they’ve worked so hard to destroy have been reconstructed by the Adam Factor. And Yuya has at last stumbled upon them.

Back at the duel, Yuto has managed to wound Eve with Dark Anthelion. But Eve uses her legendary monsters’ effects to regain her life points and decrease Yuto’s, putting him in an even worse spot than before. Eve tells Yuto that if he wants to protect Yuya, he needs to hand over the Adam Factor.

Yuya reemerges, taking control of his body again. He thanks Yuto for giving him time to steel himself. All this time, he had believed that the effects of the World Illusion had tampered with his mind and fragmented his personality. But the glowing orb has shown the truth to Yuya.

He, Yuri, Yugo, and Yuto were brothers.

Thoughts

I think I’m going to cry…

Young Yuri, Yuya, Yugo, and Yuto with Yusho Sakaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

They are so small, so cute, so innocent.

So did Yuya’s brothers die during the World Illusion? Eve calls Yuto “Yuya Sakaki’s tragic guardian,” so something terrible must have happened. But their personalities became bonded with Yuya’s, at least keeping that part of them alive.

Whatever tragedy befell them, they’ve worked so hard to prevent Yuya from remembering it. But now, it’s all starting to fall apart. It’s heartbreaking to see the brothers fail like this, but the story needs for Yuya to discover the truth in order to move forward. This also adds another layer of mystery to Eve since she is apparently aware of all that has happened and is even willing to spill the truth during the duel. Yuya needs to beat her.

Hello, Yuzu fan service. With all of the Sora fan service in previous chapters, I guess balance is needed. Kurosaki and Sawatari, who haven’t seen much of the spotlight recently, seem like the perfect “lucky pervert” types, hahaha.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 21, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: ‘Eve’s True Skills!!’

April 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yuya and Yuto arriving in Eve's domain in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya Sakaki, restless following his win over Sora Shiunin, calls out to Eve, demanding that she show herself. His voices echoes through the halls of her hideout. A lighted hallway appears before him, inviting him to Eve’s domain. Yuya follows the trail of lights and encounters a vortex at the end of the path. Yuto asks Yuya if he will go after her. Of course he will.

Yuya calmly steps through the vortex. In front of him is a narrow pathway. And all around him is the unending vastness of space, littered with the light of distant stars. Yuto thinks they have entered a gap in space-time, a realm that exists outside their usual time and place. Suddenly, a bright vortex appears above the path just ahead of them. Eve steps through the vortex gracefully.

“You have the Genesis Omega Dragon card,” states Yuya.

“Yes. G.O.D. is in my hands,” Eve responds.

“Ren, Isaac, Sora… All your companions suffered defeat for that card. Is it really worth that much?” asks Yuya.

“If happiness exists only in a time that has been lost, then we must rely upon G.O.D.’s power,” says Eve.

Yuya is upset by her words. Yuya doesn’t understand how Eve can manipulate time and space to achieve personal happiness. But Eve contends that the happiness of the world as a whole is only possible thanks to this selfishness. Yuto thinks it’s fruitless to try to change her mind; to get through to her, Yuya must take the G.O.D. card from her. Eve is confident that she will triumph and lays claim to the Adam Factor sleeping within Yuya. With it, she says, she will truly awaken G.O.D.

The two begin to duel. Yuya quickly Pendulum summons, setting up a field where his monsters can be neither destroyed nor damaged. Eve is unimpressed with his “unbeatable” line up.

Eve readies her field by setting her Pendulum scales, then Pendulum summons Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Eve's Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya is dumbfounded by the sudden presence of the three high-level monsters before him. But Eve has only just begun. Using these monsters’ abilities to return themselves from the graveyard to the field, Eve is able to use them to Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summon in succession. In mere moments, Yuya finds himself face to face with three legendary monsters: Phantasm Emperor Trilojig, Timelord Progenitor Vulgate, and No. XX Infinity Dark Hope.

“Only I can control this ultimate deck, because I have spent so long crossing space and time,” proclaims Eve. “Someone like you cannot hope to match an opponent like me!”

Thoughts

This chapter is incredible. Eve and her monsters are incredible. I got chills watching her make her plays. There are so many great callbacks to other Yu-Gi-Oh! series and characters.

When Eve Pendulum, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summons, her chants are very similar to ones that have been used by other Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists.

The monsters themselves seem to reference boss monsters used by other villains. Phantasm Emperor Trilojig evokes the name of the Sacred Beasts, but also looks like it would be right at home as an Arcana Force monster. The Timelord monster is obviously like Z-one’s Timelords, but it’s name — “Progenitor” — suggests that it predates the others. Eve even has one of the Numbers, a mysterious “XX,” which presumably represents an unknown value. Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL ended years ago, the Numbers still haven’t all been revealed, yet here is Eve showing up with a new one. Where did it come from?

All of this inevitably leads to the question of whether the worlds in the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series are somehow connected. Or maybe this is just the author doing something fun for the fans. Regardless, Eve is clearly a special character who has lived her life doing extraordinary things across time and space. And the significance of the location where they are dueling isn’t lost on me. It’s some kind of tear existing outside of space-time. Maybe this is like the Twilight Zone, where fantastical characters like Eve and story elements that would otherwise be impossible can exist.

Amid all the excitement of Eve’s deck, let’s not forget Eve’s opening play — the construction of a gate. Last chapter, Adam tells Reiji Akaba about seeing a gate that opens up to a wasteland of planets. How coincidental is that?

I love this page of Eve here as she descends in front of Yuya.

Eve emerging in front of Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

She looks so elegant, but so sad.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: ‘What Adam Saw!!’

March 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Adam describing how bad he is at dueling while Reiji Akaba looks on unamused in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 32

While wandering the halls of Eve’s hideout in search of Yuya Sakaki, Reiji Akaba is approached by a ghostly figure. The man, with jet-black wavy hair, materializes in front of Akaba and looks sternly at him. It’s Adam. Suddenly, the pair are standing in another world, surrounded by a network of tree roots and memory orbs. Behind Adam, the roots have coiled up toward the sky and formed a mountainous tree.

Adam introduces himself, revealing that his mind has been wandering through time to escape from G.O.D., and that he is the one who granted Akaba the Adam Factor. This factor, explains Adam, is like a key to releasing G.O.D.’s full power. For now, the power is sealed in a Duel Monsters card, which changes hands through dueling. And all this time, Adam has been waiting for strong duelists to appear to fight G.O.D.

It was quite fortuitous, then, that Yuya’s father discovered G.O.D.’s destructive powers and used the World Illusion to turn back time. You might even call it destiny, for Yuya and Akaba were able to be transported to the past, without falling into the reversion of the World Illusion, and caught the eye of Adam. This, says Adam, happened so that they could fight G.O.D. It was fate.

Even after wandering through time for so long, Adam has still never seen G.O.D.’s real form. But what he has seen terrifies him.

Adam recalls the moment his experiment spirals out of control and sends him away from Eve and Isaac. On that day, as he merges with the immense energy released, he is drawn into a blinding light where he sees a colossal man-made gate.

“Beyond it,” describes Adam, “I saw desolate stars, dead, black, lifeless planets, and I heard the groans of countless lifeforms. Instinctively, I knew that this monster had destroyed those planets!”

Adam couldn’t let this happen to the earth. And so, he gave up his own life to seize G.O.D.’s power.

Thoughts

Great chapter. It’s very dense, with a lot of new details about Adam, G.O.D., and the mysterious power that Yuya and Reiji possess.

G.O.D.’s powers are revealed to be more than just the seemingly benevolent granting of wishes and manipulation of time. There’s something far more sinister going on. It doesn’t appear that Eve and her companions are aware of this. Or if they are, they are blinded by their quest to find Adam. The only thing keeping the power in check, for now, is the Adam Factor.

What’s up the gate that Adam sees? It’s not just an ordinary gate, but a man-made gate. So some person in this story created the gate, which allowed Adam to catch a glimpse of the destruction that has occurred — and what might be in store for his own world. Who could have made it? There aren’t that many candidates. Yuya and Reiji’s fathers might have something to do with it.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 31: “Satisfaction and Resignation!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

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

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

March 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga panel in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack and a Winged Dragon of Ra promo card
The Winged Dragon of Ra: powerful, but probably not that powerful

Happy first day of spring! This season, VIZ Media is back with another print issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, on sale now at Scholastic book fairs across the U.S. The Spring 2018 WSJ Jump Pack is a 96-page preview of some of the most popular Jump titles available. This edition includes:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 4
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 2
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, chapter 1
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 2

It also includes all of the usual bonuses for Yu-Gi-Oh! newcomers and collectors:

  • An Ultra Rare The Winged Dragon of Ra Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN006), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2011 issue of Shonen Jump.
  • A 22-by-22-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper playmat and beginner’s guide.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of VIZ’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, home of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub.
  • A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).

Pick up the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack at Scholastic book fairs being held now in schools throughout the U.S. for $10.99. Search for your nearest book fair on Scholastic’s Find A Fair webpage. Don’t forget — you don’t need to be affiliated with a school to shop at its book fair; everyone is welcome, and all purchases made at the book fair help financially support the school.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

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

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

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

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG The Winged Dragon of Ra card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

MyAnimeList Opens Digital Manga Store

March 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuzu Hiragi holding up a contract in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 4

MyAnimeList, the popular anime and manga database and social community, has launched its own digital manga store in partnership with VIZ Media and Kodansha Comics. The store kicks off with over 200 titles from the two publishers, including VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Currently, the first two volumes are available for $6.99 each. Volume 3, which just streeted last week, is not yet available. The publishers tell MyAnimeList that they are working to add more titles to the line-up.

According to the FAQs, manga may be purchased by users in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand. Once purchased, the manga may be viewed in any country.

MyAnimeList, a subsidiary of the Japanese mobile and web services development firm DeNA, opened its manga store first to Canadian users on March 8 and has since rolled it out to other English-speaking countries like the United States.

(News from ANN)

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

March 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 3, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Out today from VIZ Media is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 3: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!!” This newest graphic novel collects chapters 14 through 19 originally published in Weekly Shonen Jump. Pick it up for $6.99 for the digital edition or $9.99 for the print.

In this volume, Yuya Sakaki finally regains consciousness back at his hideout after a tough duel. But his downtime is short-lived as Reiji Akaba suddenly shows up, and the pair disappear underground for a long and dangerous duel. Yuya will surely need help from his counterparts and some new dueling tricks if he wants to best the president of the Leo Corporation. As the duel progresses, the history between these two mysterious characters is slowly revealed. What is their connection to Genesis Omega Dragon and the cryptic Adam Factor?

Bonus content in this volume includes early design sketches and comments from artist Naohito Miyoshi of Futoshi, Ayu, Tatsuya, and Eve. Some of the designs look pretty different compared to the final versions! The print volume also includes an Ultra Rare card — D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, Reiji Akaba’s boss monster who makes its debut in Scale 17. This card is only available in the book’s initial print run while supplies last, so don’t miss it.

But the best part of this book might be the comment from duel coordinator Masahiro Hikokubo: “Reiji’s D/D/D is an abbreviation for Different Dimension Demon! It doesn’t stand for Duel Daisuki Desu (I Love Duels) or Dondon Detekuru Dodekai Monster (Huge Monsters Show Up One After Another)!”

I don’t know about you but I am a-okay with these alternate meanings!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 2 Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 31: ‘Satisfaction and Resignation!’

February 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuri proclaiming that he and Yuya's other counterparts will always be there to help him in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 31

Sora Shiunin’s most deadly monster, Dangerous Frightfur Nightmary, has destroyed Yuri’s Starving Venemy Dragon. Shiunin mocks Yuri, confident in his Nightmary’s immense 5,900 attack points. Yuri Pendulum Summons Yuya’s three Odd-Eyes Dragons — Phantom, Persona, and Mirage. He attempts to use Persona’s special effect to block Nightmary’s attack-boosting powers. But Shiunin is ready for him with Nightmary’s own effect; by banishing a Frightfur unit from his extra deck, Nightmary can no longer be targeted by effects.

Yuri is annoyed by the outcome, but is ready with his own counter. He plays Polymerization, fusing Yuya’s three Odd-Eyes Dragons.

“This is my trump card! Or rather, our trump card!” exclaims Yuri. “Come forth, triple Odd-Eyes Ultimate Fusion Dragon! Starving Venemy Lethal Dose Dragon!!!”

Yuri activates Lethal Dose Dragon’s effect to negate all of his enemy monsters’ effects, but Shiunin laughs it off. Once again, Shiunin removes another Frightfur unit from his extra deck to prevent Nightmary from being targeted.

The two duelists continue their attempts to one-up the other, with Yuri setting off Traps to destroy Nightmary and Shiunin foiling Yuri’s attempts with his own Traps.

Yuri looks over at his Starving Venemy Dragon now in the Pendulum zone. It’s pulsating. It’s almost time, he thinks to himself.

Yuri orders Lethal Dose Dragon to attack Nightmary. But with only 2,500 attack points, how will it stand up to Nightmary’s 5,900? Shiunin sends Nightmary to kill the Dragon, but she stops short in her tracks. Shiunin looks up at her and is aghast by what he sees. Grotesque blood vessels swell out of Nightmary’s face as she trembles and begins to keel over.

Yuri reveals that his Dragons’ poisons have infected Nightmary. Whenever a card leaves the field, both Starving Venemy Dragon and Starving Venemy Lethal Dose Dragon put a Venemy counter on each monster. Then, during battle, all monsters that aren’t Venemy monsters lose 100 attack points for each counter.

Shiunin gasps, his confident smirk now gone from his face. Shiunin thought he was saving Nightmary by cleverly parrying Yuri’s card effects, but the more cards they played, the more she actually weakened. Now, Nightmary has only 1,200 attack points remaining.

Yuri uncovering Sora Shiunin's lies in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 31

Yuri, calm and collected, tells Shiunin an uncomfortable truth: he’s doesn’t actually care for his sister Miu any longer, does he? Shiunin is incensed.

Why is Shiunin here dueling, asks Yuri. After all, his contract with G.O.D. lets him live his life with Miu over and over again, as he wished.

“Sometimes, ‘satisfaction’ is merely ‘resignation,'” states Yuri. “You got tired of sharing your sister’s suffering and gave up on staying with her! You have had your fill of living with your sister! That’s why your contract with G.O.D. ended!!”

Sora Shiunin — a young man who spent an eternity beside his sister. Who watched her suffer and succumb to her illness innumerable times. Who realized that there was nothing he could for her. Who realized that this life he lived was all for naught. Who decided that he had had enough…

“It’s time for you to notice that the baseness of your own heart has transformed your sister into that monster!” Yuri asserts, pointing at Nightmary.

Shiunin looks at Nightmary bewilderedly, her face filled with suffering and her body wilting from the poison. That is Miu?

Yuri reveals one more effect of Lethal Dose Dragon; it gains 100 attack points for each Venemy counter on the field, powering up to 7,500. It attacks Nightmary.

Thoughts

This is a little upsetting. I sympathized with Sora Shiunin and wanted more for him. I hoped for the best for him and his sister. But in the end, Sora’s selfishness is on full display. And if there’s anything that we’ve learned from Yu-Gi-Oh! baddies, it’s that those with dark, selfish hearts won’t succeed. Too bad for him.

But how about that Yuri? What a good boy. Three cheers for Yuri! Once again, the handsome one proves that he is a brilliant mind and able to see the truth in people’s hearts. He’s a cunning strategist as well, never giving up even though Sora countered all of his attempts to target Nightmary.

Before Yuri attacked Sora, he asked him where he thinks souls go after they are abandoned by G.O.D. If this is really the end of Sora Shiunin, whatever happens to him next, I hope he doesn’t suffer. He has suffered so much already and it seems like it would be cruel for it to continue.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 31: “Satisfaction and Resignation!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 13 (February 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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