Awesome: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

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  • General:
    • The whole concept of "Action Dueling" is awesome in itself: You can summon a monster and actually ride it through the battlefield. "Card Games on Motorcyles" meet "Card Games on Duel Monsters."
    • The third opening showing us a framed in shadow JACK ATLAS summoning Red Demon's Dragon.
  • Episode 1:
    • Even if it comes across as an Ass Pull, Yuya's pendulum transforming his cards and allowing him to perform the very first Pendulum Summon does feature an awesome sequence with awesome BGM. His determined smile at the end of the first episode says it all.
    • Even though his "Odd-Eyes Dragon + Wonder Balloon" One-Turn-Kill combo failed to defeat Ishijima, the fact remains that Yuya managed to make a champion Duelist momentarily go Oh Crap!.
  • Episode 2:
    • Yuzu defeating Yuya. Granted, Yuya had been more focused on trying to figure out how to perform a Pendulum Summon instead of winning, but as presented, Yuzu had pretty good odds of winning anyway. And in this franchise, the female lead's beating the male lead in the second episode is a major step in the right direction.
  • Episode 3:
    • Reiji intimidates Sawatari without raising his voice.
    • Sawatari's Pendulum Summoning. This is the first time in the series that Pendulum Summoning is used by someone other than Yuya. Sawatari's excitement says it all.
  • Episode 4:
    • Sora Shiun'in makes his debut via beating Sawatari and his gang with a lollipop stick. Seriously, he beats them up by throwing a LOLLIPOP STICK!
    • The moment Yuya recovers the stolen Pendulum Monsters all the way to the end of the Duel, making a literal show of taking down the overly-arrogant elitist Sawatari for his friends who had been held hostage up to that point.
  • Episode 6:
    • Sora finally decided to play seriously against Yuya when he'd almost beaten Yuya with his Frightfur Bear's rapid attack combo. And take notice that he haven't revealed everything yet...
  • Episode 7:
    • Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon!
    • Yuzu deserves a ton of credit for standing up to Sawatari and getting off a few choice insults... She didn't get to duel him like she wanted, but the girl has guts.
  • Episode 9:
    • Never in another anime series did we have two decks dedicated to different types of advanced summoning be used against each other, and it doesn't disappoint.
    • How Yuya won the duel. He used Xyz's feature against them. He played Magical Star Illusion, which had both side's monster to gain ATK based on the number of Levels the controller had. As Hokuto only had Xyz (which have Ranks instead of Levels), he had no Level value. So, Yuya's monsters got a major power-up while Hokuto's monsters stayed the same.
    • Yuya's revealing that he isn't limited to using the Gazer Magicians to Pendulum Summon is a shock to everybody.
  • Episode 10:
    • Masumi beats Yuzu in a One-Turn-Kill with Gem-Knight Master Diamond by using its ability to copy that of Gem-Knight Topaz.
  • Episode 11:
    • Gongenzaka's dueling style surprises everyone except Yuya. He purposely has a deck made up of nothing but Monsters, which is usually suicide in the game, but he manages not only to hold his own but also to almost win and even manages to shock the normally unflappable Sora into dropping his lollipop.
  • Episode 12:
    • When Hokuto and Yaiba begin insulting Yuya's dad, Reiji quickly yells at them to shut up. They become stiff and do so.
    • Reiji summoning both a Synchro and an Xyz monster in one turn, resulting in all three of his DDD monsters standing around him at the end of the episode. Complete with his Crowning Music of Awesome, DDD.
  • Episode 13:
    • Reiji's almost beating Yuya in the deciding Duel. Yuya's strategy backfired, and it seems like that Reiji would have ended it with that one card.
    • Reiji's respectfully leaving the Duel because of the incident report, and then there is his calm introduction to Yuya.
  • Episode 14:
    • Shuzou Hiragi proved his mettle by executing a combo against Yuya that involved snatching Yuya's Pendulum Cards from his hand and summoning his teamwork-based monsters. He would've won that turn had his card not prevented him from conducting his Battle Phase, and he subsequently lost, but the combo is certainly a feat in and of itself.
  • Episode 15:
    • The Dark Duelist and Sora's going ninja, jumping around and clashing their Duel Disks in MID-AIR.
  • Episode 17:
    • Yuya's defeating Michio Mokota by attacking with Performapal Hammer Mammoth, leader of the Performapals. It's great to see Yuya beat his opponent using something other than Odd-Eyes every once in a while.
  • Episode 18:
    • In a flashback, Yuto stands in a ruined city. A D-Wheeler appears on top of building and attacks him, causing the Yuto to fend him off ON FOOT. Sure, they're interrupted, but it's awesome nonetheless.
  • Episode 20:
    • Yuya's victory over Eita Kyuando. Not only did Yuya manage to weaponize his inability to answer quiz questions to inflict massive damage to the little freak (5000 life points, mind you), but he also managed to outsmart his Morton's Fork antics and nail him with Odd-Eyes.
  • Episode 23:
  • Episode 24:
    • The duel's utterly amazing. The LDS trio go all out with their respective summons and bring out 2 or more of their respective Extra Deck monsters each, including their aces. Hokuto returns all of their opponent's monsters to his hand, Yaiba discards said monsters and destroys all of his Spells and Traps, and Masumi inflicts heavy effect damage upon him. But the tide turns when their opponent uses a card from his Graveyard to prevent himself from losing, Xyz Summons his "Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon", and uses its effect to obtain a catastrophic 16400 ATK and attack every single one of their monsters!
    • Reiji's re-entering and walking calmly between lines of his subordinates, all set to his Crowning Music of Awesome theme, DDD.
  • Episode 25:
    • Gongenzaka Synchro Summons his new monster, Superheavy Warlord Susano-O! Everyone is utterly floored to see him pull it out.
  • Episode 26:
    • Gongenzaka's convincing his father to not cancel the duel because Steadfast Dueling needs to evolve too.
    • By the end of the duel, even his father was impressed by the amazing duel and accepts the fact that Gongenzaka is taking Steadfast Dueling to a new level.
    • Yuya's summoning Rune-Eyes without a Polymerization by using a Pendulum Effect!
    • Yuya's Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon + Performapal Camelose combo to destroy Susano-O, followed by the awaited glorious appearance of Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon!
    • Yuya has been getting more and more flexible when he duels, becoming more efficient in using Pendulum Summoning. First, he uses completely different monsters in the Pendulum Scales and summons Stargazer Magician. Second, he finally uses Hip Hippo's effect for the first time since episode 1 and Tribute Summons Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. And then he Fusion Summons twice.
    • Gongenzaka's managing to go around his rule of not using Spell/Trap Cards by using a monster's effect that allows him to use spells from his opponent's Graveyard. That's a pretty cool effect.
  • Episode 27:
    • Yuya was selected to give the oath of fair play much to his surprise. After initially fumbling and getting over his shock, he gives such a heartwarming speech over how his father's disappearance affected him and how initially he ran from dueling but dueling against powerful duelists have helped him learn to love dueling again that everybody cheered. Even Reiji clapped at the speech.
    • Futoshi's winning his first on-screen Duel with a pretty good combo and even turning his annoying Catch Phrase into a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "I'll give you shivers!"
      Futoshi's Opponent: I got... the shivers...
  • Episode 28:
    • Though she lost, Ayu did well in her first on-screen duel. It's just too bad that her opponent's deck could counter whatever strategy she (or anyone else for that matter) uses.
  • Episode 29:
    • Yuzu surprising Masumi by Fusion summoning.
    • Masumi reveals her true ace, Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond.
    • Yuzu beats Masumi by diving for an action card by jumping from a high height and having her monster catch her.
    • The duel itself is amazing, letting Fusion Summoning shine with both Masumi AND Yuzu's doing five Fusion Summonings with only one Polymerization card being used by showing the other ways a Fusion Summon can be done.
  • Episode 30:
    • An Offscreen Moment of Awesome; Yuya not only held off four Duelists at once but also entertained them to boot. It even involves rainbow!
    • Despite Ankokuji's putting him through the ringer mentally and taking control of his monsters to disrupt his Synchro Summoning, Gongenzaka utterly flattens him. Special mention goes to a) being pushed all the way to the edge of a cliff by his own monster's attack, b) karate-chopping the spike off Battleguard Mad Shaman's arm, and c) performing a move that would normally be a gamble but actually isn't note  to reduce Ankokuji's monster to 0 ATK so that Susano-O can OTK it as he'd earlier promised.
    • And how does Gongenzaka Synchro Summon Susano-O? By using a Tuner Monster that can use an opponent's monster as a Synchro Material.
    • For whatever reason, at the beginning of the duel, Gongenzaka and Ankokuji have a sparring match as they do the Action Duel intro. And it's awesome.
  • Episode 31:
    • Sawatari Pendulum Summoning is less of a merit for him, and more of one for Reiji, since he made them and got them to work.
    • Sawatari's "Yosen Lost Tornado" combo is pretty impressive. He manages to return all of Yuya's cards on the field to his deck in a single turn.
    • Yuya able to laugh off the Pendulum Summon, showcasing his Character Development.
  • Episode 32:
    • Yuya uses the Nameless trap to seal some of the Yosenju by taking their names away, limiting the damage they can do, but more importantly, meaning they will return to the deck instead of the hand. Even Sawatari is impressed.
    • Yuya avoids destruction by baiting Sawatari to attack him where he knows an action card is. The card? Great Escape. This also steals the hearts of the people in the audience.
    • Sawatari's improvement is noted by the LDS trio themselves, even if reluctantly.
    • Yuya reveals to everybody that doesn't yet know about it that he can use Pendulum summoning in tandem with Fusion summoning, shocking them and impressing even Reiji.
    • On an overall note, the duel was just that awesome, impressing audiences in-universe and out.
      Sawatari: What are you smiling at!? Do you know what kind of situation you're in?
      Yuya: I do! But... The audience is excited! It's not just me... Our unpredictable show is getting the crowd hyped! I've found a new possibility! That's why I can't help enjoying this!
  • Episode 33:
    • The duel started of slow but after Kurosaki brings out his Xyz monster and destroys Sora's monsters, Sora goes all Psychotic Smirk on us and says he's now going to go all out. Makes you excited to see the next episode.
  • Episode 34
    • Sora completely loses his usual demeanor, heading deep into Ax-Crazy territory. He openly boasts about how he and his group considers the Xyz users to be prey for a hunting game. He even tells Kurosaki that they did all of this just to have some fun. Yes, what is heavily implied to be ZEXAL's world was destroyed just for fun. After all of that dialogue, it becomes extremely satisfying to see Kurosaki turn the tables and completely obliterate Sora at the end of the duel.
    • Sora uses his Des-Toy Mad Chimera to take control of Kurosaki's Raid Raptors - Blaze Falcon, gloating about how he can win. Yuya warns him to take Kurosaki more seriously and it's a warning Sora should have listened to, as Kurosaki proves just how dangerous he is by activating Rank-Up-Magic Revolution Force, taking back Blaze Falcon and evolving it.
      Proud falcon, flap your wings, dyed with the blood of the hero. And race through the path of revolution! Rank Up Xyz Change! Come forth! Rank 6! Raid Raptors - Revolution Falcon!
    • Sora, true to form, gloats that Revolution Falcon only has 2000 ATK to his Chimera's 2800, only for Kurosaki to reveal Revolution Falcon's effect: when it's summoned by Ranking-Up a Raid Raptors, he can destroy an opponent's special summoned monster and deal them damage equal to the destroyed monster's ATK. Revolution Falcon proceeds to bomb the Action Duel field to the ground, crushing Sora under a falling tower to win the duel for Kurosaki.
    • Sora gets a small one for coming out of the end of the duel still conscious, demanding that Kurosaki duel him again before finally collapsing.
    • You gotta be impressed by how skilled Kurosaki and Sora are. Kurosaki can rank up his Xyz monsters, with one card allowing him to use Xyz monsters on his opponent's field, retaking the monster Sora took from him. Meanwhile, Sora showed how flexible he is in his options for performing a Fusion summon and eventually does a Fusion summon using three Fusion Monsters. Guess Sora wasn't kidding when he said he'll show a real Fusion Summon.
  • Episode 35:
    • Sora again shows he's not a push over by knocking out two guards in a second.
    • Sora vs Yuto, we get to see Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon again.
    • Yuya having enough and joins Sora's side in the duel.
  • Episode 36:
    • Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon fighting each other. The two dragons don't just use one energy attack like before, but physical attempt to destroy each other, just like Stardust and Red Daemon's in 5D's.
    • The episode ends with Yugo meeting Yuto and Yuya.
  • Episode 37:
    • Yugo's finishing move. He summons Shave Boomerang whose effect allows him to reduce a monster's attack but Yuya realises that it won't be enough for Yugo to defeat Yuto. As it turns out, Yugo also knows this, so he uses it on his own monster Clear Wing Synchro dragon whose effects not only allow him to negate Shave Boomerang, but destroy it and then increase Clear Wing's attack points by Shave Boomerang's attack points, which allows him to defeat Yuto.
  • Episode 39:
    • As horrifying as Yuya's Super-Powered Evil Side was, it was incredibly awesome and satisfying, seeing Yuya pendulum summon to Xyz summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and finally take down Kachidoki as he had spent two episodes physically attacking his opponents.
    • Yuya's final turn first he returns his pendulum scales to his deck using an action card. Then sets new scales that only allow him to summon level four monsters. He then summons two level four monsters which he uses to summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Using Dark Rebellion's effect he rises it to 5200 to OTK Kachidoki.
  • Episode 40:
    • Reiji battling Barrett in defense of an Xyz-user fresh off a win in the tournament, specifically his final move: He absorbs a Trap effect that would burn both players for 3500 and cause a draw, and converts that 7000 total damage into Life regeneration for him alone, then finishes off Barrett with two attacks from a pair of new DDD Overlords.
    • Yuzu winning her duel using Crystal Rose to Fusion Summon her ace and win.
  • Episode 42:
    • Dennis pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment and saves Yuya from certain defeat.
    • Gongenzaka finds a Pendulum card. Unfortunately, it's frozen in the ice so what does he do? He punches the ice, breaking it and gaining the Pendulum card.
  • Episode 43:
    • Gongenzaka tuning two monsters with his Tuner to Synchro Summon Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji to clear the opponents' fields from Spell/Trap Cards.
    • Thanks to a self-sacrifice by Gongenzaka (which involves the moment above), Yuzu gets her Pendulum Card back. She then proceeds to use a combination of Pendulum Fusion and De-Fusion to OTK both of their tag opponents.note 
    • Yuya consciously Xyz summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, especially notable in how special summoning is treated in the show.
    • After Yuya summons Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, Takeda and Umesugi taunt Yuya that he finally is showing his darkness. Yuya smiles and says The Fun has only begun.
    • With the combination play of Yuya and Dennis with their Xyz Monsters, Yuya OTKs Takeda and Umesugi, who both had 4000 LP.
  • Episode 44: Dennis vs. Yuzu.
    • Yuzu using a new Melodious monster to Fusion Bloom Diva, whose effect decreases Bloom Diva's attacknote  and does effect damage to Dennis at the same time.
    • Dennis defeating Yuzu using a trap card that switched Entermage Trapeze Magician and Bloom Diva in order to use Yuzu's monster against her.
  • Episode 45:
    • Kurosaki pulled out three Xyz monsters on his first turn during his duel with Sora.
    • In a dark way, Berserk Yuya confronting the Obelisk Force with new Pendulum Monsters and unleashing Dark Rebellion. One gets the impression a serious Pay Evil unto Evil is on the way.
    • Berserker Yuya brushing off effect damage like it was nothing, and managing to freak out the Obelisk Force.
    • Serena's Moonlight Cat Dancer and its effect is pretty cool, too.
    • The LDS lancers pulling a Big Damn Heroes to save Yuzu, Serena and Dennis; both Serena from the Obelisk Force and mostly Dennis from Serena.
  • Episode 46:
    • Seeing Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon side by side.
    • We have Yuya using his new Magicians to overlay Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to summon Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon. And doing a One Turn Three Kill on the Obelisk Force.
    • The fact someone of LDS's Youth Team managed to call up Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth (off-screen).
  • Episode 47:
    • Yugo saves Yuu Sakugari and does it in a totally awesome way, defeating three members of Obelisk Force in one turn.
    • Sora finally defeating Kurosaki.
    • Yuzu, despite being surrounded by three Obelisk Force members, is perfecty willing to take all three of them at the same time. Unfortunately Yuri intervenes.
    • Yuri orders Yuzu to surrender and threatens to seal her into a card. Her answer? Swat his hand away, backflip away from him and ready her Duel Disc. This girl isn't going down without a fight.
    • Yuzu manages to avoid being captured by Yuri for a whole night.
  • Episode 48:
    • Tsukikage blocking the attacks of the Obelisk Force.
    • The interference of Michio and Teppei, as well as their combo. Unfortunately, despite dealing 2000 damage to each Obelisk Force soldier, it bites them back in the ass when the mooks strike back with their Trap Cards.
    • Sawatari saving Tsukikage from losing.
    • Yuya is going berserk again, but he manages to control it and reverts back and challenges Sora to a duel. But during the short time he's angry, Yuya jumps over a river of lava.
  • Episode 49:
    • The Yuya vs Sora duel. WOW! It was intense with each turn being countered and ended being interrupted due to the Battle Royale ending. But with both running to grab the last Action Card.
      • Yuya countering Sora's Action card with his Stargazer's Pendulum Effect and then using an Action Card to raise his Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's attack points. Which Sora defended with De-Fusion.
      • Sora able to refill his empty hand to 4 in a blink of an eye. And then emptying Yuya's field and scoring a direct attack with Scissor Tiger.
      • Yuya summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, which Sora counters by summoning Saber Tiger and Scissor Bear giving each of his monster over 4000 attack points. Which Yuya counters with Destruction and Creation Magician to summon Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon destroying Scissor Tiger and Scissor Bear. Bring us to the final move where they each activated an Action card that either raised or lowered Odd-Eyes attack by 400.
    • Gongenzaka taking the 2000 point penalty without flinching. He is without a doubt Rated M for Manly!!
    • Through teamwork, Gongenzaka takes Sawatari's Pendulum Monsters and gives them to Kurosaki who summons Revolution Falcon and he finishes off the Obelisk Force in one move.
  • Episode 50:
    • Honestly this is a great episode for Yuya. Pissed off by Reiji, he does something no other protagonist has done except Yusei. He tried to punch Reiji. It didn't work, but points for trying.
    • Yuya really shows how much stronger he's gotten. He was able to Fusion summon Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes at the SAME time while only having one Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and almost inflicted an OTK on Reiji without any Action Cards.
    • Reiji was no slouch either, managing to summon three of his Extra Deck D/D/D monsters on his first turn and with only three cards.
  • Episode 51:
    • Reiji making a Fusion summon? Nothing special. The fusion materials being a Pendulum monster and an Xyz monster? Mindblowingly awesome.
    • Reiji also Xyz summons a Rank 8 monster by overlaying two level 8 Pendulum monsters.
    • Yuya shows his remarkable growth, coming this close to defeating Reiji.
    • Yuya's speech to Gongenzaka, Mieru and Reiji. When he tells Gongenzaka and Mieru to stay out of it, because this is his, Yuzu and Yuto's duel. He'll do everything to save Yuzu and protect his promise with Yuto. He refuses to lose to people that manipulate others and those that use dueling for war. It was a hell of a speech.
  • Episode 52:
    • Yoko revealing herself to be a former gang leader: she takes everybody to her former lair, dresses in her former outfit and returns to her old speech manners and behaviour. This is a hell of a cool mom!
    • Yusho rescuing Yoko's gang member while at the same time entertaining her rivals, how cool is that!
      • With the added bonus that he won Yoko's heart with that act.
  • Episode 53:
    • Serena able to convince Kurosaki to listen to Reiji while also telling Reiji off for keeping the fact that Yuzu is in the Synchro Dimension from everyone especially Yuya.
  • Episode 54:
    • Riding Duel-Acceleration!
  • Episode 55:
    • Yugo showing off his Crazy Awesome Driving skills again by driving ON the wall and jumping right over a security truck with his Duel Runner.
    • How Yugo won the duel. Using a trap card, he was able to Synchro Summon Clear Wing on his opponent's turn.
  • Episode 56:
    • Serena trashing talking and beating Security, considering Sawatari lost in a one turn kill and Yuya was having trouble against them, this is very impressive.
    • Yuya's plan to hold off Security so Serena can take Reira and run away. It shows just how much he was willing to do to keep Reira safe.
    • And of course Crow's return. Saving the Lancers.
  • Episode 57: Dennis and Gongenzaka put on an impressive improv show as street performers through a Duel.
    • Bonus points to Dennis for his expert social engineering skills. Explanation (spoiler)  The best part was that this was done on the fly in response to Gongenzaka's insistence that Dennis should be the villain, and Gong remains completely oblivious to what Dennis is doing. It's not good news, but it's impressive nonetheless.
  • Episode 58:
    • Kurosaki defeats Mukuro Enjo (the Burning Skull Duelist from 5ds), which was also his 9th win in the Underground Arena.
    • Kurosaki and Dennis's turbo duel, showing how good both of them are, even if Kurosaki started with a handicap. Kurosaki even becomes suspicious of Dennis's claims of being from LDS, a minor moment for him.
  • Episode 59:
    • Kurosaki and Dennis's last move was the former destroying the latter's Blaze Falcon, only for Kurosaki to negate the damage, search for a Rank-Up Magic and then use Dennis's Xyz monster to Summon Revolution Falcon. Dennis, not wanting to be left behind, managed to Special Summon another Xyz monster without Kurosaki noticing.
    • A villainous one for Jean-Michel Roger, who successfully tracked down all of the Lancers save Reiji and Tsukikage (and only failed to arrest Reira, due to Tsukikage) and had them arrested.
  • Episode 60:
    • Gongenzaka punching a crater in the wall and scaring the crap out of the blonde guard before holding up cards to bribe someone.
  • Episode 61:
    • Yuya's dueling has evolved to the point to where he can execute an infinite anti-burn loop and an intricate chain of moves that ends with Odd-Eyes being summoned from the Pendulum Zone with 1000 more ATK plus an extra attack.
    • Chojiro, Yuya's opponent, overcomes his past shortcomings after seeing Yuya entertain his fellow prisoners and returns using his former performer persona, set to one of the best pieces of background music yet.
  • Episode 62
    • Shun breaks himself out of prison by tricking the guards into opening his cell, then flees the Facility, fighting and knocking out numerous guards without breaking a sweat. Possibly the most badass thing done by a character that doesn't involve Duel Monsters.
    • The characters actually using the Hard Light monsters for fighting off the guards themselves and escaping instead of using them to duel them is rather awesome. Sure, we don't see much of it, with Yuya's Performapal Hip Hippo tossing a Security guard aside and him using the hippos from the Hippo Carnival magic card to hold a door close while the security tries to ram it down, but it's still awesome if only because it's something you flat out wouldn't expect from Yu-Gi-Oh, being more in line with other mon' series like Digimon.
  • Episode 63:
    • Yuya once more using the Hard Light monsters cleverly when he, Sawatari and Chojiro are falling from a huge building, by summoning Entermate Trampolynx to save their lives while doing a very impressive backflip. And it turns out he set a trap to change his monster to defense mode. Meaning Yuya was able to save everyone without wasting his play.
    • Yuya taking the 2000 life point penalty without flinching.
    • Shun using two spell cards, Xyz summons Rise Falcon using his allies' captured monsters and uses Rise Falcon to OTK their chasers.
    • Jean shows his cleverness by catching Crow and Shinji's friend and using the same signal that they planned to use for the escape to trick the Yuya and his group and re-capture them.
    • Turns out Reiji was spending his time with the heads of the City and told them everything. Which allowed the Lancers a chance to escape from Jean.
  • Episode 64
    • For any 5D's fans watching, Jack summoning Red Daemon's Dragon, even if both are AU version, is almost guaranteed to ensure a nerdgasm even before its effect and attack names further the Call Back (Absolute Power Flame and Scorching Crimson Hell Burning here compared to Absolute Power Force and Scorching Crimson Hell Flare in 5D's
    • Yuya doing incredibly well in his duel against Jack. In his turn he was able to Pendulum, Fusion and Xyz summon all in the same turn, greatly shocking everyone and showing the council just how powerful the Lancers were. He was able to bring Jack down to 300 lp before Jack turned it all around.
  • Episode 66:
    • Gongenzaka showing his new Pendulum Cards and showing Pendulum Synchros before Yuya or even Reiji did.
    • Crow using his three Synchro monsters to synchro and win the duel.

    Meta 
  • In Episode 1, we have a CMOA for the production team in using two monsters that haven't seen any screen time in a duel since the Duelist Kingdom Arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel monsters: Swamp Battleguard and Lava Battleguard, even if it was to set up for a Tribute Summon. Just goes to show that even through all the emphasis on archetypes and new summoning systems (Synchro, Xyz, and now Pendulum) that Konami and TV Tokyo haven't forgotten the monsters and sets that started the game.
  • That the female lead even duels. The only other girl that has been in the spotlight and duels regularly is Aki. And even then, when her spotlight got taken by Crow, she is reduced to a mere cheerleader via Chickification.
  • In grand Yu-Gi-Oh! tradition, the main characters have cards no other player has. Be it the Egyptian God Cards, the Signer Dragons, the Neos/Neo-Spacian family, or the Number cards, this unique privilege can, at times, makes the characters seem overpowered. The same thing happened in Arc-V with Pendulum Summon, and we actually get to see people point out 'that's cheating'. This theme, while somewhat touched on in Zexal with the Number cards, took a while to be brought up. Arc-V did it far more explicitly at the series' beginning!
  • In episode 3, it is mentioned that there are classes at the Leo Duel School that teach Synchro Summoning and Xyz Summoning. Zexal quietly ignored the existence of Synchro Monsters, and many feared that the same would happen to both of them once Arc-V came around. It's a great thing to see it doesn't happen!
  • Sora's Fusion Summoning. This is huge as 5Ds and Zexal almost never shown other special summons to focus on their new summoning methods (Synchro and Xyz, respectively). That the producers decided to focus on another Special Summon besides Pendulum is simply amazing. Fridge Brilliance sets in when you remember that Pendulum Summoning can easily be used in tandem with older summoning methods.
  • Normally cards from the anime and TCG/OCG cards tend not to overlap, most Archetypes such as Hieratics getting a token cameo at best. Not so with Arc-V, as in Episode 9, Hokuto explicitly uses a Constellar deck, including performing an Xyz Change into Constellar Ptolemy M7. For those who've always lamented how few of these cool Archetypes never showed up in the anime, this is truly an awesome moment.
  • Yaiba reintroduces Synchro Summoning to the Yu-Gi-Oh anime in epic fashion by summoning both X-Saber Souza and XX-Saber Gottoms in ONE turn. They even kept the Synchro Summon animation similar to the one from 5D's.
  • Reji proves his merit by doing something any other duelist in canon has yet to do; use FOUR advanced Special Summoning methods in one duel (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Pendulum).
  • The re-appearance of the D-Wheel, surprising many older fans.
  • If you think Odd-Eyes looks kind of cool, take a look at Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, the Fusion evolutions of Odd-Eyes. They look awesome!
  • Mieru's reintroducing Ritual Summoning to the anime (Last seen for a brief moment by Kaito in ZEXAL) and being the first dedicated Ritual user in a long while (since Asuka in GX). The Ritual Summoning animation is even more awesome, a circle of fire representing the levels, a beam of light reaching to the sky, and the Ritual Monster finally descending, Aesir-style.
  • Sawatari bringing the Yosenju Archetype to the spotlight, and actually manages to corner Yuya in their duel.
  • Bringing back all of the previous summoning methods was awesome. Creating a plot around warring alternate dimensions for each one? Can you say holy shit?! (Oh, and if the series is still in keeping with GX, the plot could potentially wind up involving up to twelve of these, maybe even including the ones we've already seen like the Dark World, Astral/Barian, Neo-Space etc. Just how far is this going to go?!)
  • Having Yugo Synchro Summon while using his D-Wheel was an awesome blast from the past.
  • The Battle Royale, a callback to the ORIGINAL Battle City. Fought in a city? Check- the duels can occur anywhere in Maiami City. Ante-rule? A variant. Some of the Action Cards are Pendulum Cards, and losers forfeit their Pendulum Cards to the winner based on the number they have wagered. Rare-Hunter group? Sora has been sent back to Standard with an elite task force called the Obelisk Force. All told, it is a very obvious reference to the original Battle City.
  • Obelisk Force. True, they're on the side of Academia, but this is also the first time since 5D's that the Egyptian God Cards have been mentioned.
  • With Yuya Xyz summoning, he is now the protagonist that has used the most different kinds of special summoning, Pendulum, Fusion and Xyz.
  • Episode 45 is this for being the best animated so far.
  • The confirmation that JACK ATLAS will re-appear, and the Synchro dimension possibly being 5DS a few years down the line.
  • Episode 54 for being a major callback to 5D's. Even ending with the words, Riding Duel, Acceleration!
  • The change in the opening in episode 54 replacing Action Duels with Riding Duels! Seeing two dragons fighting looking a lot like Stardust and Red Dragon Archfiend.
  • Episode 55 was a huge call back of 5D's cards with Jutte Fighter/Knight, Gate Blocker and Lost Star Descent. The awesome is later continued when Crow Duels for the first time, using two of the old Blackwings (albeit the lesser known ones) right from the start.
  • In episode 64 they combined Riding Duels with Action Duels mixing the two series unique dueling styles for an awesome result.