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[[caption-width-right:310:[-Yuya Sakaki and his Pendulum Monsters.-] ]]

->''"Locked in battle, duelists and their monsters are kicking against earth and dancing in the air! They storm through this Field! Behold! This is the newest and greatest evolution of Dueling! ACTION... '''DUEL'''!"''

The fifth series in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, which first aired on April 6, 2014. ("Arc-V" is a double pun: it literally means "Story Arc 5", but the "V" shape also refers to the arc of a pendulum.)

In the world of ''Arc-V'', significant developments in [[HardLight hard-light technology]] have given birth to "Action Duels": a new form of sports entertainment where Duelists fight alongside their monsters in spectacular fantasy arenas and aim to win the crowd as well as the fight.[[note]]Those duels include Action Cards, which can be found on the Action Field. Action Cards can be activated from the hand in any turn and they usually allow the player to escape from enemy attacks or to give their monster more offensive power. Action Traps have mostly a negative effect for the player.[[/note]]

Yuya Sakaki [[KidHero is an eighth-grader]] who aims to follow in the footsteps of his DisappearedDad and become the most popular Entertainment Duelist in the world. When [[OrphansPlotTrinket the pendulum pendant he received from his father]] suddenly begins to glow during a televised exhibition match, Yuya unlocks the incredible power of Pendulum Summoning: a unknown form of Summoning that could be Yuya's big break into showbiz... or lead to a whole heap of unwanted trouble.

Similar like previous series, the Duel Monsters card game is SeriousBusiness in the whole world, but in this series, the various Special Summoning methods are not as common as they used to be. Only elite duelists are able to use Fusion, Ritual, Synchro or Xyz Summoning. With Yuya's creation of Pendulum Summoning, a new Summoning method was born that had never been seen before. Similar like the past spin-offs, there are Duel Schools which teach people how to duel and in different styles; though unlike previous series, those are afterschools and regular schools indeed exist. However, the Fusion, Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summonings are taught only in elite schools, with the Leo Duel School (LDS) being the monopole of the entire world. Yuya is a student of the low-level You Show Duel School, but he proves that the school's Entertainment Duel style can compete with anything.

Character related tropes are listed [[Characters/YuGiOhArcV here]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* TheAbridgedSeries: There's already one, and you can watch it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0iSV0hxfHU here]].
* AdultFear: In episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted. While the main cast are teenagers or younger, there are main recurring adult characters that have a major effect on the series.
* AmateurCast: [[Creator/KenshoOno With]] [[Creator/HirokiTochi only]] [[Main/YoshimasaHosoya some]] [[Main/MieSonozaki excep]][[Creator/AoiYuuki tions]], the whole cast is composed by new or/and relatively unknown voice actors.
* AnimeHair: Like in the previous ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' anime series, a lot of characters have crazy hair.
* ArcWords: For the Yuto and Kurosaki, "Hangyaku" (Rebellion). It's mentioned in their summon chants for both of their ace monsters.
* BiggerBad: The Dark Duelist hints the existence of one, in the form of Academia. It is unknown whether it is an organization or an actual person.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Both of Yuya's catchphrases are borrowed in one way or another. Yuya's "Ladies and Gentlemen" is borrowed by both Sawatari and Sora. While Yuya's "The fun just getting started" was borrowed by Sawatari and Yuya himself got it from his father.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Technology is so advanced at this point, Action Duels are more or less Shadow Duels. Death during a duel is very possible.
* ConspicuousCG: Some of the bigger monsters, just like Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon or DDD Hell Armageddon the Cruel End Overlord.
* TheConspiracy: LDS has restricted advance Summoning techniques and cards (Synchro, Fusion, and Xyz) to only their top students and not the general public. They also control almost all Duel Schools around the world as a means to achieve some kind of goal.
** Reiji is using the MCS to weed out powerful duelists to "serve as lances to protect the world", whatever that means.
* {{Crossover}}: There is a kickass ''V-Jump'' [[http://vjump.shueisha.co.jp/download/images/wallpaper04.jpg wallpaper]], showing Yuya with [[spoiler:Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon]], and Super Saiyajin Son Goku with Shenron/Shenlong from ''Manga/DragonBall''. It was also a spoiler, since it was published [[spoiler:before Beast-Eyes' debut]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The series started getting darker in Episode 3 when the danger of Action Duels were shown. Then Yuto and Kurosaki jumped in. And based on the second opening and ending, its just going to get darker.
* {{Determinator}}: Enforced. ''Arc-V's'' main theme is "Take a step forward with courage!!".
* DeusExMachina: Yuya gets to win his duel with Reiji and save You Show Duel [[spoiler:...because out of nowhere Himika got a call concerning someone called Marco and just when Reiji was about to (possibly) initiate his winning turn, he steps out and gives the victory to Yuya.]]
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: Before each Action Duel, a sequence plays out where various characters introduce the concept, with different animation and characters each time it's done. The animation is different based on who is introducing the concept and the relationship between the characters. Example Gongenzaka and Ankokuji have a sparring match during theirs.
** Also Fusion Chants, they vary based on the monsters used in the fusion. So for Fusion monsters with more lax requirements, the chant is pretty different each episode.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The second ending theme, Future Fighter!, is sung by Kensho Ono and Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuya and Reiji's voice actors.
* DramaticIrony: In Episode 33, Sora underestimates Raid Raptors — Rise Falcon. The LDS trio snarks to not underestimate it. It's almost BlackComedy as [[spoiler:before they lost their memories, they underestimated that very monster before Shun beat them down with it]]
* EasyAmnesia: [[spoiler:Hokuto, Masumi and Yaiba's memories of Kurosaki are erased in episode 26.]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's right side is much fancier than its left.
* FireIceLightning:
** Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon: "Spiral Strike Burst!"
** Möbius the Frost Monarch: "Blizzard Destruction!"
** Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon: "Treasonous Lightning Disobey!"
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: When Shuzou and Himika do the Action Duel Sequence. Shuzou has a fiery background, while Himika has an icy one.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Sora discards Fusion Recovery early on in his Duel with Yuya, a card that would only be useful in a deck with at least one Fusion Monster. Then he does the same with Instant Fusion. These hint at his Des-Toy Scissor Bear.
** Constellar Pleiades, Gem-Knight Master Diamond, and XX-Saber Gottoms, the ace monsters of the LDS Extra Deck course representatives, all appear in Strong Ishijima's commercial in episode 1.
** The series in general does a good job of foreshadowing future events. The first season so far is mostly a set-up arc.
* FriendlyRivalry: The You Show Duel School and Gongenzaka Dojo are considered to be rivals. But there seems to be no hard feelings involved. Gongenzaka, the heir to the Dojo is best friends with Yuzu, daughter of the current headmaster and Yuya, son of the school's founder.
** It is also said that the Gongenzaka Dojo students helped Yuya a lot, mostly because the majority of his duels are with them.
* GameBreaker: Invoked with Pendulum Summoning[[note]]Place two Pendulum Monsters in the two Pendulum Zones, and you can Summon as many Monsters from your Hand as you want at the same time, provided the Levels of the Monsters are between the left and right Scales of your respective left and right Pendulum Monsters. You don't even sacrifice the Monsters in the Pendulum Zone; in fact, they have special Pendulum Effects that only activate from the Pendulum Zone.[[/note]], which many characters in ''Arc-V'' consider to be akin to cheating, but by general ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' standards, it's nothing groundbreaking considering Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists are constantly capable of bringing out the Monster variety of their choice ([[Anime/YugiohGX Fusions for Judai]], [[Anime/Yugioh5Ds Synchros for Yusei]], [[Anime/YugiohZexal and Xyz for Yuma]]) at basically any point anyway.
** The groundbreaking aspect of Pendulum Summoning may come from the fact that it allows you to summon several monsters at once, where past protagonists would typically bring out only their signature beast that might be supported by another weaker monster. As Yuya only a few beatsticks just as Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, it does not seem as broken when he plays the mechanic.
** It could also be because Yuya is the only known (at least to the general public) owner/user of Pendulum Summon or Pendulum Monsters, cards like the Numbers might've been unique in that they might had the "only destroyed by battle with another Number" thing going on, but there were other Xyz monsters to use with their own effects and therefore, not too different from Kaiba's "only-three-in-the-world"-Blue-Eyes (only Normal Monster with 3000 attack in an age that allowed Level 5 or higher monsters to be summoned without tribute... at least for a while). In the other hand, Pendulum is a whole new type of card and/or summoning, in-universe, that would be like only ONE (known) person in the whole world having access to Spell Cards as opposed to having access to an unique Spell Card (Pegasus' Toon World for example) or the card(s) being too rare/expensive from the get go and therefore, limited in widespread use (Red-Eyes Black Dragon is stated to be rare, but not unique, with both Jonouchi and Fubuki running a copy a of it).
* GenreSavvy: Many characters run multiple copies of the same card in this series.
** Similarly, a few characters run stable cards that are played frequently in the real life game. For example, both Yuto and Yuzu run at least one copy Mystical Space Typhoon, or Sawatari having Breakthrough Skill in his first deck. Subverted, as they actually don't use them.
* GoodParents: ''Arc-V'' shows the You Show School children's parents as supporting and caring towards them. In his flashbacks, Yusho constantly encouraged Yuya, Yoko is always watching over him, Shuzou is seeing worring over his daughter's troubled behavior and Futoshi and Ayu's parents took time out of their agendas in order to be in the stadium to cheer for their children. Even Gongenzaka and Reiji are frequently seen with a parent. Averted with Mr. Sawatari and Leo Akaba though.
* HallOfMirrors: While dueling Masumi in a "Crystal Corridor", Yuzu bumps into an Action Card's reflection while trying to get to it, and loses because she can't get to the real one in time.
* HardLight: The Leo Corporation has invented "Solid Vision with mass", allowing anyone to interact with the Duel Monster holograms. This is part of what makes Action Duels so popular.
** Apparently, they can also control just how hard the light is, because they state that the Junior Championship has the most spongy Solid Vision since the duelists are all young kids.
* IdiotBall: Invoked in some of Yuya's dueling opponents, likely due to the fact that like all main ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' characters, Yuya [[PlotArmor needs to win most, if not, all of his important duels]].
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, [[spoiler:Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon]]. And if one feels like stretching it, Constellar Ptolemy M7, which is a Machine-type in dragon form.
* JapaneseRanguage: Shown in Episode 8, where it displays "58 wins and 5 ''roses''", which makes it more puzzling when you consider that they spelled "lose" correctly not a few scenes earlier.
* {{Jerkass}}: It should be mentioned that every time a new one shows up, it's like the show does its best to trump the previous one.
* KidHero: The main cast are in their early to mid teens.
* KidsAreCruel: Yuya was relentlessly mocked after his father's disappearance.
* LargeHam: Hoo boy. Between Yuya's entertainment routine, the intro for ''every single action duel'', and a lot of other things, there's definitely hamminess to spare.
* LeParkour: Very common in this series. They use it to get Action cards or kick ass.
* TheMagicPokerEquation: A series staple; many characters have a very convenient opening hand.
** Surprisingly enough, there is actually some aversion to this trope when looking at the deck archetypes used in the series. Hokuto and Yaiba, who use the Constellar and X-Saber archetypes respectively, make pretty standard plays in respect to how the real ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' card game is played. With those archetypes, getting out one or two monsters with 2500+ ATK on the first turn isn't much of an ass-pull, especially when it's shown that characters carry multiple copies of cards.
** Completely defied in Episode 22, when Yuya draws a dead hand of high-Level monsters and low Pendulum Scales. He fortunately gets Timegazer later though.
** Averted when Yuya duels Gongenzaka. He doesn't use the magicians to Pendulum Summon at all, not even drawing Timegazer.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: The Junior Youth Championship's qualification mini arc features Yuya dueling with the aces of four different Dueling Schools. This schools not only teach how to play a children's card game but also double as cooking school, cram school and even fortune telling school. And Sora has dueled opponents from schools that aside Dueling also teach Sumo, Shogi, Chess, Kabuki and Opera.
* MulticoloredHair: Very common in this series. Most characters have either different shades of the same color or completely different hair colors.
* MythologyGag: Episode 18 throws this out in full force with a reference to every past series in some form seemingly becoming integral to the plot.
** [[spoiler:Kurosaki seals people away into cards]], much like Pegasus did in the original series.
** Yuzu is found to be learning fusion summon, the primary form of summoning from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** [[spoiler:In a flashback, Yuto is found to be dueling Yugo riding a motorcycle summoning a white dragon]], referencing ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
** [[spoiler:Yuto's ruined world appears similar to a destroyed Heartland City]] from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''.
** One of the buildings in the action field in episode 14 is called "[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Stardust]]," another called "[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Shining Draw]]."
** During her introduction in episode 22, Mieru Hochun uses [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Arcana Force monsters]] to tell fortunes.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: What Leo Duel School/The Academy was implied to be.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Like is earlier series, Yuya can make cards out of thin air. But Yuzu and Gongenzaka somehow got Fusion and Synchro monsters and support that were members of the Archetypes they used despite Advanced Summoning methods being reserved for LDS students.
* NewRulesAsThePlotDemands: Subverted. When Yuya literally creates the new Pendulum Monsters and Pendulum Summons mechanic out of nowhere in the middle of his duel in the first episode, Strong Ishijima actually asks if that is legal. The only reason he lets it slide, is because the SYSTEM considers it legal. And even then once the public realize Pendulum Summoning requires special cards, they consider Yuya a cheat.
** Since Yuya doesn't fully understand the Pendulum mechanic himself, it feels like this when a part of the mechanic occurs that he himself didn't know. That said, this only happens a few times and had already been explained in real life.
* RealityEnsues: Happens a fair bit... or at least, as much as it can in a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series, anyway.
** In Episode 2, when spectators discover that only Yuya possesses the "Pendulum Monsters" required for Pendulum Summoning, they consider it to be an unfair advantage and even accuse him of hacking the Duel System.
** Being that the Pendulum Monsters came into existence suddenly, Yuya initially has no idea how they work and loses a duel because he botches the use of them. That they're new cards that only he has further makes him a target of duelists who want to know more about them and him.
** Episode 3 reveals the real dangers of Action Duels. Thanks to the holograms having real mass, the attacks can actually hurt the duelists, and Yuzu and the children are in real danger of falling from a tower.
** The playing style of the LDS trio are quite realistic and they use combos that real players would do.
** Episode 15, Sawatari especially states that the Pendulum Cards are being recreated.
** In Yuya's duel with Mieru, because of his larger amounts of Level 5 and above monsters in his deck and relies on his Pendulum Summon's to bring them out, he opens with a brick hand[[note]]An unusable hand[[/note]] with scales too low to Pendulum Summon any of them with no card effect to search for cards he needs [[note]]Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon in the anime does not have its real life counterparts effect of searching a Pendulum Monster and only has its reducing damage Pendulum Effect[[/note]] and has to skip his turn, with no monster or Spell/Trap to defend him. This is common for players who don't properly balance their decks.
** Played for laughs when Gongenzaka duels Ankokuji. He gets some encouragement and gives an emotional speech, firing up Shuzo in the crowd...and then ends his turn, since he's already attacked.
* RevisitingTheRoots: ''Arc-V'' stands out of the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' spin-offs because it shows the older ways of advanced summoning (Fusion, Ritual, Synchro and Xyz) alongside the newest (Pendulum summoning) and consideres them as much of special. It also brings back old school's monsters and past archetypes, pleasing many fans.
* SeriousBusiness: Wouldn't be a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show without it. But ''Arc-V'' tends to do a bit more to justify it than other series.
** The reason for other people trying to steal Yuya's Pendulum Monster cards are because they are one of a kind tools needed for an entirely new Summoning method. The high stakes of Duels are more reasonable, as due to advances of technology, Duelists are really in danger, and spectators too, as used to chilling effect when Yuya duels Sawatari.
** Yuya freaks out when Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon is destroyed during his Duel with Sora, and everyone treats his impending loss as a terrible blow, even though there are no real stakes; if Sora won, Yuya would become his "teacher", and that's about it. Yuya did manage to pull out a win, but Sora still decided to stick around anyway, so it basically renders the outcome meaningless no matter how you look at it.
*** This one is less due to the consequences and more due to Odd-Eyes being Yuya's LivingEmotionalCrutch. Also, he didn't know that Sora would still manage to stick around at the time.
* SmugSnake: Overall LDS. While they are very skilled, they underestimate their enemies and think they are the best. When Kurosaki, Yuto and Yuya have all beaten some of their aces. The only exception is Reiji. Of course, he did the best out of all of them, despite forfeiting to Yuya after something else came up.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Many fans and translators use double letters or an extra letter for names with long vocals, while the anime tends to romanizes them with only a single letter, e.g. "Yuuya" and "Yuya" or "Koutsu" and "Kotsu". And for names with a "Sh", the fans and translators use "Sh", while the anime romanize such names with "Sy", e.g. "Yusho" and "Yusyo" or "Shuzou" and "Syuzou".
** In episode 8, the You Show Duel School is romanized as "Yusyo Duel School". The school is founded by Yuya's father. The logo of the school has "You Show".
** There is also the Maiami City and Miami City problem. Episode 27 solves this, it's Maiami City.
* StealthPun: The first opening, ''Believe x Believe'', is pronounced "Biri Biri", and electricity is heard in the song when the name is sung. "Biribiri" is a Japanese onomatopoeia for sparking electricity.
* StunnedSilence: How everyone reacted to Yuya winning in Episode 2, and Reiji's use of Avoid.
* TakeThat:
** While watching the duel between Gongenzaka and Synchro user Yaiba, the children comment on Yaiba's large amount of Special Summoning with something akin to distaste and mention it's like he's "playing solitaire". Synchro Summoning was seen by many casual players as a point where the game began losing a lot of player interaction as the game began focusing more on Special Summoning and began regarding it as boring.
** There are two moments regarding playing monsters in Defense Position. When Gongenzaka Tribute Summons his Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei in face-up Defense Position, a confused Yaiba wonders how he did this; Gongenzaka explains it's because of his monster's effect. Previous series (barring Zexal) ignored the fact that Monster Cards cannot be Normal Summoned in face-up Defense Position. Later, Yuya is surprised that Mieru sets a monster in face-down Defense Position, a nod to the fact that since ''GX'' nobody ever set a Monster Card in face-down position (again, barring Zexal).
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: It seems that, despite Action Duels being more interactive and being meant to be entertainment, few people take the idea of making it a show seriously, with some only doing it by having flashy Monsters. Technicians play more traditionally, letting their Monsters to do the fighting, unlike Yuya and his dad, who are Performers to the core and move around the arena with their Monsters and like to keep their audience in suspense.
** Overall You Show characters are taught to be performers. One of the main points of the school is for duelists to interact with their monsters and use Action Cards to their fullest.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Both Yuto and Kurosaki have called LDS to be over arrogant and lacking determination in their duels.
* ThemeNaming: In keeping with the protagonist's name starting with Yu, only we now have ''five'' of them at once this time! (Yuya, Yusho, Yuzu, Yuto and Yugo) Man, this page is gonna get confusing to read...
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: If there's any indication that Yuzu's going to blow a gasket, expect those that notice to look like this.
** After Mieru interrupts Yuya and Yuzu's touching moment, the kids are all looking ''very'' nervous as Yuzu starts to lose it. Fortunately, it only sucks for Yuya.
** The do this again when Mieru shows up in front of Yuzu. Fortunately, they hold her back.
* TournamentArc: The Maiami Championship (MCS) starting from episode 27, which includes sub-tournaments in different age classes. The story gives a lot of build-up for this tournament, and it is stated in episode 26 that this is [[NotJustATournament not going to be just a normal tournament]].
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: So far there have been three. The LDS trio, Tatsuya, Ayu, and Futoshi and Yuya, Yuzu and Gongenzaka.
* UnexpectedCharacter: The appearance of already existing mainstream archetypes, including some that appeared in the ''Duel Terminal'' series, something that has never happened in an anime before (barring ''5D's'' with the Allies of Justice). Constellars, Gem-Knights, X-Sabers, [[spoiler:and depending how you look at it, Yosenju]]. Heck, the very fact that the other Extra Deck monsters were showing up frequently and as plot points was an unexpected move. Yuto and Kurosaki count as well: there was no indication early on aside in-series that they would show up, but they took over the plot quite quickly.
** The [[spoiler:Yosenju]] not so much, since Sawatari (with his lackeys) did the narration for ''Tribe Force's'' commercial. ''Tribe Force'' is an OCG Booster Special Pack which introduced them. This came mostly unexpected to the Western viewers.
* VersusCharacterSplash: Before the start of a duel, there is a VS screen when both duelists shout "Duel!". The names of the duelists are shown on-screen, but only either the first name or last name, depending with which they are referred to.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: The only truly evil character so far has been Ankokuji, who qualifies due to a truly horrendous outlook on life. Everyone else is generally good, though the show does its best to trump itself each time it introduces a {{Jerkass}}, or they have a few grey areas, particularly Reiji and Kurosaki.
* WorldOfHam: First it's a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show. Nearly everyone has a hammy side, but Yuya, Gongenzaka, Shuzou and Sawatari are the hammest by far.
* WorthyOpponent: This is everywhere. Nearly every match ends with the opponents respecting the other's skill.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Neon Hair]]: This ''is'' a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show after all.
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