Fridge: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

Fridge Brilliance

  • At first, the title of the season: "ARC-V" may seem like an unimaginative title. However, remember what is a main motive of this season (Pendulum)? Now what does a Pendulum swing in?
  • In this season, it gives focus to more than just Pendulum Monsters. Why? Because Pendulum Summoning is a perfect support to older summoning methods, particularly Synchro and Xyz which need to have the material monsters on the field. Also, because in universe, as of currently, Yuya's Pendulum Monsters are the ONLY ones in existence...at least for now.
    • And now, Yuya is using Fusion and Xyz in tandem with Pendulum. Whoever made this realisation, you predicted a crucial plot point well ahead of its revelation.
  • Sawatari's first new deck revolves around destroying Spell/Trap cards with Mobius. He probably intended to destroy Pendulum Monsters.
  • Every duel disk designs before had clear slots on where to place the monster cards. But this time it's just one continuous piece of light without any markings. It's because if it had the usual slots Pendulum Summon makes no sense. Since Yuya just created the Pendulum Monsters Pendulum Zones shouldn't exist on the dual disk and thus he would have nowhere to place them. If Pendulum Zones were there, then that means Pendulum cards already existed before.
  • Entertainment Duels are all Action duels, because they are more visually interesting than regular duels. They are way more entertaining to watch.
    • Which is why the Yuto's duel with Sawatari is so much darker, as it was a regular, possibly Shadow Duel.
  • In episode 10 Masumi says that Yuzu was blinded by an illusion, could this by foreshadowing that Yuto isn't real?
    • Or the illusion could refer to Yuzu's belief that Yuya and the Yuto were one and the same. Yuzu going after the action card's reflection instead of the real thing is also meant to represent that same belief.
  • Like always, a duelist's deck reflects their personality and character.
    • Yuya uses Entermate/Performapal monsters; Goofy performing animals about as serious looking as Yuya acts. And they Call Back to the friendship themes, Entermate = Entertainment Mate = Entertainment Friend.
    • Yuzu's Fantasia/Melodious monsters are exclusively female singers, reflecting her character type as a Girly Bruiser.
    • Gongenzaka uses Superheavy Samurai, a large sized archetype that value using defense over offense, similar to Gongenzaka's steadfast duels. They are also based off Japanese mythology, reflecting his traditional dojo.
    • Sora uses Furnimals: innocent looking monsters that have a dark secret to them.
      • Furthermore, the way his Edge Imps deface and mutilate the Furminals to turn them into his demonic Deas-Toys reflects how he sees enemy duelists as nothing but playthings, to be used for his amusement as roughly as possible until they're broken. It also reflects how as part of the Fusion Faction, he's used to a more brutal form of dueling which is like a war. And with every new Des-Toy being more grotesque-looking than the last one, they also mirror his state of mind as he loses his cool.
    • Hokuto uses Sacred/Constellars referring to his stellar performance with a 40 duel win streak while taking no damage. His name also refers to the Big Dipper, a well-known constellation.
    • Masumi uses Gem Knights; one of the most noble duel terminal archetypes, and she's the least outright cruel or aggressive of the LDS duelists. Her father was also a jeweler, and her name means beauty/purity.
    • Yaiba uses X-Sabers, appropriate for his Kid Samurai characterization. His last name means blade.
    • Shuzou uses Guts Masters, focusing on working together and are very Hot-Blooded to boot.
    • Reiji uses monsters named after conquerors, reflecting his power as CEO of Leo Corporation, with its apparent global monopoly of Duel Monsters, which of course makes the world go round, as well monsters named after astronomers, reflecting his intellect.
    • Michio uses Cookmates, being a masterful chef.
    • Kyuando uses Quiz monsters, and cards that force his opponent to answer questions so that he can react accordingly to outwit the opponent, reflecting his intellect.
    • Mieru is a fortuneteller, and she uses Sibyls (women thought to have prophetic powers in ancient Greece).
    • Kurosaki uses Raid Raptors, an archetype of cybernetic birds of prey, representing how he hunts the members of LDS to find Ruri, and how his mission has blinded him to everything but itself, leaving him cold just like his mechanical monsters.
      • The militaristic appearance of the Raid Raptors also reflects the form of dueling Kurosaki knows: dueling not for entertainment or fun, but for survival itself to the point his world looks like a war-ravaged battlefield.
    • Reira's deck has a camara motif and relies on spell cards that can duplicate an opponent's monster. This shows that all he actually has no spark of his own and all he does is in order to be another prodigy like his brother to please his mother, leaving him traumatized. The card that nullified the effects on Ayu's side show that, from his point of view, the world is a cold and grey place.
      • His usage of CC and CCC monsters also parallels his brother's DD and DDD monsters and reflects his mother's heavily implied desire that he be a copy of Reiji.
    • Gen Ankokuji uses cards that take control of the opponent's monsters, reflecting his belief that people betray one another. Him using a Battleguard deck is because he idolizes Strong Ishijima who also uses Battleguards.
    • Yuto uses Phantom Knights, which show off the fact that despite looking somewhat sinister and having dark powers, he's actually a good guy. All his Main Deck monsters represent ragged pieces of clothing (as in damaged by battle) and during Break Sword's chant, Yuto refer to them as "spirits of the fallen companions", symbolizing Ute's life as a war victim.
      • their ghostly state also reflects his status after episode 37.
    • Yugo used Speed Roids, which not only refer to his Duel Runner (which is fast), but also his clueless nature: Speed Roid monsters resemble weaponized toys. Yugo has no idea what is going on and is pretty clueless, yet is also rather powerful and dangerous.
      • And on a more meta level, Speed Roids are a sub-archtype of roids. The previous roids were all cartoon vehicles, and utilized Fusion Summon. So, despite having nothing to do with the old ones, in either appearance or playstyle, they still are associated with them do to a similar name. Just like people assume Yugo is working for the Fusion Dimension, because his name sounds like the Japanese word for fusion.
    • Teppei is a fisherman who uses a deck based around Water Monsters, in particular the Legendary Fisherman. The guy also has a legendary sized ego.
    • Sawatari's decks reflect his character: His Dart Shooter's deck is filled with high level monsters, reflecting his arrogance. His Monarch deck is designed around destroying spell cards/Pendulum cards, reflecting his desire for revenge for his defeat. His Yosenju deck is a Pendulum Deck, reflecting his desire to have Yuya's power, and is mostly populated by weasels....which he is. His Underworld Troupe deck, the first deck he won a major duel with, is his later embrace of Yuya style dueling, with an entertainment based Pendulum theme.
      • Sawatari's Underworld Troupe deck is comprised of DARK Fiend-type monsters, make use of Pendulum Summon and have a connection to another archetype, the Underworld Scripts; all of those characteristics make it similar to Reiji's D/D/D deck, showing the connection between the two characters and hinting at how Sawatari got his new deck.
    • Ryozanpaku students all use Star decks: which are Power Decks focused on power whose ace monsters all possess brutal effects. This reflects the school's harsh training methods and general disdain for fun.
    • The Obelisk Force all use decks based around Ancient Gear Hound Dogs, with brutal effects. They are psychopathic soldiers who want to trample anything in front of them. The fact that they all use the same cards is something of a lampshade the fact that they all are Faceless Mooks, without distinguishing characteristics, and furthermore, they don't think for themselves, they are essentially Leo Akaba's attack dogs.
      • Additionally with Obelisk Force, despite supposedly being the elite soldiers of Academia, they don't seem to be very good duelists, even by the anime's standards for such. However, consider that they all use the same deck and strategies, often utilizing each other's cards in said strategies, and attack opponents in numbers. A lone soldier may not be too large of a threat in a full-scale war, but get several of them together and teach them tactics and teamwork, and they can be very effective together. Obelisk Force may not be good duelists alone, but they were trained to be an army, and they're quite effective at being that.
    • The Duel Chasers use Goyo Monsters, Synchro Monsters that can steal monsters from their opponents they defeat. Not only is this a reference to Trudge, it also reflects Crow's commentary about how Riding Duels were originally a Commons creation, but was stolen from them by the Tops for their own amusement and to the detriment of the Commons/Their opponents.
  • Why is Masumi the most concerned about Professor Marco? Because he is the fusion course teacher, which means that she is the closest to her, and likely even taught her how to duel.
    • Confirmed in Episode 21. With the addition of Masumi having a crush on Marco.
  • Yuya commented that the leader of the Entermate/Performapal monsters is Hammer Mammoth. This makes sense not only due to its attack power, but the fact that Elephants and Circuses are closely intertwined. Elephants are known for being star attractions to any circus.
  • Michio is one of the few duelists mentioned to regularly defeat LDS Students. This may seem a bit of an informed ability at first, but when you look at the way his cookmate deck works, you realize it's an anti-meta deck, which is murder against the Fusion, Synchro and Xyz monsters LDS students use.
    • Michio's deck is very good at destroying monsters via card effect. This means that there is very little his opponent can do against him, while he then goes around and chips at their life points with burn damage and a bunch of little monsters. However, Yuya is actually a very bad matchup for him, because Pendulum monsters can keep coming back from the dead (as Yuya exploited).
      • And in episode 46, it is shown in action, with him beating Olga and Halil at the same time.
  • Both of the mysterious duelists we have seen use Xyz monsters. They also appear to come from the ruins of Heartland City, a place known for its Xyz monsters.
  • Ritual Monsters are the first old 'summon forms' that appeared outside of LDS, and was known about by a non-Sora child character from You Show (Tatsuya). It's also the only of the 'summon that predates Pendulum Monsters that does not use the Extra Deck. While Ritual Monsters did have a cameo suggestion of being a subject of the LDS composite course in Episode 3, they aren't what LDS advertises because they are not a Extra Deck card type.
  • In episode 22, the narrative goes around showing and proving that Mieru's predictions are always right. Well, in episode 23, she was right for the wrong reasons about the upright Tower, saying that it represented very bad omens for Yuya and that his life could be at risk. Considering that a freaking chandellier practically fell over him, you can see she was right. But he manages to be ok from that and win. Well, the Tower also represents breaking free of old, unhealthy believes in order to think out of the box: Yuya literally screwed destiny and managed to break the mold of Pendulum summon to achieve victory.
  • In episode 23, following the Tarot Motifs, in the major arcana, after the Tower card (that in the episode, represented Yuya's uncertainty and defeat) comes the Star card (that represents hope). Well, in that episode he fuses his ace card, Odd-Eyes, with Magician of Astromancy/Stargazer Magician.
  • In Episode 24, Kurosaki's deck makes sense for his mission. It seems to be tailored as anti-special summon (i.e. LDS's extra deck) weapon, which is why he was able to beat the LDS trio like that.
    • Like Yuto, Kurosaki uses the word 'hangyaku' (rebellion) in his summon chant for his ace monster, and his attack name for it is 'Brave Claw Revolution', mirroring 'Revolt of the Lightning' for Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Now remember that they're fighting Academia. The use of words like that is to symbolize them as the oppressed rising against an overwhelming enemy, hence Kurosaki's Badass Boast to the LDS trio and his chant for Rise Falcon also mentioning 'from adversity'.
    • On top of that, Kurosaki's Badass Boast perfectly sums up the duel, he's badly beaten and fighting on the edge (the LDS trio using their monsters to obliterate his field and hand, leaving him an instant from defeat), stands back up again (using Raid Raptors - Readiness to avoid losing the duel and Dimension Xyz to summon Rise Falcon), and overwhelms and eradicates his enemy (using Rise Falcon's effect to increase its ATK and attack all the opposing monsters at once).
    • Also, the name of the BGM which starts when Kurosaki activates Readiness is A Duelist Cornered. This name perfectly sums up the position Kurosaki was in, so why did it only start playing at the moment he escapes the pinch he's in? Because Kurosaki isn't truly cornered. From what we see in the duel, his strategy lets his opponents think they have him cornered, before he reverses the situation entirely with Rise Falcon's overwhelming power.
  • In the first ED, Gongenzaka is shown performing the same training and exercises alongside Yuya and Yuzu, except for the one where they try to grab an Action Card with their teeth. This makes sense once it's established that Gongenzaka never uses Action Cards when he duels; obviously, that means he wouldn't need to train at collecting them.
  • So far every You Show character's decks are filled with means of entertainment. Yuya having circus animals, Yuzu using singers, and Shuzou using athletes. Sora using stuffed toys, Futoshi using drawings, and Ayu having the theme of pet fishes. Episode 48 reveals Tatsuya's deck as Entermachines, monsters that look like robot toys.
  • Mieru's prediction at the start of episode 22 said that she would win six times in a row, but she lost to Yuya. Well, the prediction said she would win AFTER her duel with Yuya. That would explain why she manages to qualify for the MCS and still believes in her fortune telling.
  • Kurosaki leering over Masumi was a pretty weird thing to include at the end of 24, which begs the question of why bother? But since we've now learned of his hatred for Fusion users...
  • During their duel, Sora and Kurosaki duel in the styles of the series their respective summon methods embody. Sora uses multiple consecutive Fusions to respond to the changing situation, much like how Judai tended to use multiple Fusions per duel rather than sitting on just one. Kurosaki on the other hand uses only one main deck monster, which he uses primarily as Xyz material, and relies heavily on his Xyz ace, supporting Rise Falcon and its evolutions with Spell and Trap cards, much like many opponents of the week in ZeXal.
    • In spite of using a Rank-Up-Magic, Kurosaki refers to the following summon as a Rank-Up Xyz Change rather than a Chaos Xyz Change. The only time that particular chant was used in ZeXal was with Astral Force, a Rank-Up-Magic unconnected to Chaos. As such, the reason Kurosaki doesn't refer to it as Chaos Xyz Change is because his Rank-Up-Magic cards aren't derived from the power of Chaos like the majority of those used in ZeXal.
  • Sora's behaviour in the You Show vs. LDS mini arc was a BIG foreshadowing of his true colors all along in retrospective. He jumped in at the idea of being Hokuto's opponent; Hokuto, a Xyz user, and Sora looks down on Xyz summon because he has faced Xyz users before (and in more extreme circumstances) and has defeated them with flying colors. With Masumi, a Fusion user, he was intrigued but didn't duel her in order to study LDS' fusion and learned that at the end it was nothing compared to the "real Fusion" he uses (whatever that means). Yaiba is a Synchro user and Sora flat out refuses to duel him, even when given the chance; most likely he has no past experiences with Synchro summon (as the Fusion faction and the Synchro faction seems to be different groups despite attacking Heartland) and with You Show needing this win, he was kind enough of not risking his new friends' school for his lack of strategy against it.
  • Episode 39 is called Awakening of the Imperial Wrath, or Awakening of the Reverse Scales. "Reverse Scales": Gekirin (逆鱗), in Japanese and Chinese mythology, refers to one particular scale out of 81 scales covering the body of the dragon. This scale, unlike others, is inverted. It is said in Japanese legends that if one were to touch the dragonís gekirin, it would result in the wrath of the dragon. More explantion.
  • Pendulum Monsters all go into the extra deck when destroyed, allowing them to come back again and again. Who is the one to discover them, but Yuya, a boy who lost his father and can suffer emotionally when his last link to his father, Odd-Eyes, is destroyed.
  • Reiji's archetype is named Different Dimension because it was built to use the Summon Methods from the Fusion, Synchro and Xyz dimensions.
  • Pendulum Cards are scattered for use on the Battle Royale. It makes one think that the whole Action Duel and Action Cards concept were created just so they could get to this point where anyone can obtain the Pendulum cards and use them for awesomeness.
    • Under that same belief, Riding Duels were used simply to help make the Earthbound Immortals more dangerous without too ludicrously buffing their in-show versions with Speed World. Quite possibly plausible.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Anyone having Pendulum Cards will give them an unexpected advantage over any potential Academia invaders, so the MCS Duelists will have a fighting chance against them.
  • After the events of episode 34~37, followed by the events starting from episode 39, Yuya's mental state is basically a pendulum. He gets easily a Heroic BSOD, but somebody manages to cheer him up, then he gets another Heroic BSOD again until the next person helps him out of it. Afterwards, he crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
  • I just realized that there's a subtle Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors with the Special Summon types:
    • Xyz beats Fusion: Ironically as it was Fusion that invaded and desolated Heartland, but on-screen Xyz has beaten Fusion; Kurosaki —> Sora, Yuto —> Sora, Yuya —> Kachidoki, Berserk Yuya —> Obelisk Force (Serena beats Dennis because he wasn't being serious at all so it doesn't count. But Sora later defeats Kurosaki on-screen, for then being almost defeated by Yuya's Xyz Pendulum monster. Also played with in the duel of Serena and Kurosaki vs Obelisk Force. While they did win, it was only because people kept interfering on the duel to help them and without their interference Kurosaki would not have been able to summon his monsters without pendulums to win.) Several of these are also justified by the fact that Sora was a Smug Snake that was making mistakes during the duels against Yuto and Kurosaki the first time. Which is why when Sora takes the duel seriously in their next match he beats Kurosaki.
    • Synchro beats Xyz: Yugo —> Yuto.
    • Fusion beats Synchro: Yuya —> Gongenzaka, Yuzu —> Olga.
  • Why is Yuya the only one of the Yu kids who has shown to evolve his dragon with different summon methods (Odd Eyes having Fusion and Xyz counterparts)? Because Standard has all the summon methods within it, and not just one as the case is in the other worlds.
    • Additionally, assuming that the extra deck cards are taken from other dimensions, then we have what Yuya could have evolved into without using Pendulum Summoning. If he never discovered Pendulum Summoning, Yuya would have been stuck with Odd-Eyes Dragon, a tribute monster. He would be stuck with the original evolution method: a Nomi monster. Just a main deck effect monster that cannot be normal summoned, and must be special summoned using certain specific methods. In that version, Yuya's evolved monster would have been Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, the marquee card of his 2015 starter deck.
    • At the same time, Pendulum Monsters start in the main deck, but go to the extra deck when destroyed. If the extra deck cards don't originate from Standard, perhaps Pendulum cards are a metaphor to this: starting with the main deck, but gaining the extra deck later.
  • The non Yuya Yus are the opposites of their dimension's series (or at least basis of them). The Fusion Yu, Yuri, listens to authority, has a creepy grin, and is probably evil, very unlike the generally chill and lazy Judai. The Synchro Yu, Yugo, is completely goofy, gets angry easily and never seems to get off of his bike, unlike the serious and calm Yusei. The Xyz Yu, Yuto, is dark, bit broody, super serious and is extremely skilled, while Yuma is bubbly, lax and started off as rather unskilled.
  • In Episode 46, Serena states that the Fusion Dimension intends to assimilate the other Dimensions. In other words, they plan to FUSE the Dimensions. Maybe that's why Leo Akaba picked that Dimension to start his campaign.
    • In Episode 49, Sora outright states that Fusion is the power to make the worlds one.
  • Why is there no Ritual Yuya and Yuzu or Ritual Dimension? Simple, Ritual Monsters do not involve the Extra Deck, unlike Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Pendulum.
  • So, the 2000 LP penalty for intruding seems to be a feature displayed by Standard's Duel Disk only, since the Obelisk Force didn't seem to get the penalty when they joined into the Knights of Duel's internal duel in episode 44 and Yugo didn't suffer penalty when he jumps in to save Sakuragi's bacon in episode 47. Most likely Kurosaki is penalty immune too, since his Duel Disk is from the Xyz dimension. And if this is true, it just makes Reiji's penalty idea even more stupid.
    • Unless it's somehow part of his plan to have only the best students survive the invasion by either succeeding on their own or winning in spite of the handicap. He might not care about who gets carded if he figures they'll be set free once everything is over, or if not that they'll be necessary sacrifices in the ongoing war. This is the same guy who used his own students as bait to lure out Kurosaki, after all.
      • This also gives a bit more weight to Reiji's decision of filling Sawatari up on everything except the penalty. As said above, Reiji needs the very best to fight the war, so his main priority, rather than ensuring the safety of the participants, is to test their abilities under a situation of disadvantage. Even (or especially) Sawatari.
      • Adding to this there is his treatment of his first bunch of Lancers. He actively said to them that they were the best and sent them against the Obelisk Force and they lost horribly. But Reiji's response to Nakajima's attempt to send back up is he knew the current LDS does not have the power to defeat the Academia. He actively let teenagers be carded to protect Serena. And he does it again with the ninja brothers, having them stop Sora, so he can keep Serena, a figure he knows is important to his father, on his side.
  • Brilliance sugar-coated with sweet irony: in episode 49, Kurosaki became the Ineffectual Loner who understood the real value of The Power of Friendship; Sora became the former friend turned evil who says friendship is useless in battle. They're now opposing rivals for each other.
  • Why did Reiji name the pendulum cards he uses for scales after famous astronomers? Because just like how they explored space, the great unknown. Reiji is exploring Pendulum summoning, the new unknown summoning method.
  • Why is Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon a Xyz Pendulum card while Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes are regular Fusion monsters? Cause Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes are Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon evolution, but Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon is the result of mixing Dark Rebellion and Odd-Eyes together, mixing two of the dimension Dragons.
  • For a while, I felt that there Synchro Summoning was out of focus in Arc-V (The MAN Gongenzaka not withstanding) compared to the depth that Fusion and Xyz users got, and I wondered if that was just the author trying to limit accusations of Creator's Pet. However, with the reveal of Season 2 heavily involving the Synchro Dimension, this comes off as trying to avoid overdoing it with the Synchro Users ahead of time.
    • Based on the third opening, it seems that the Synchro Dimension itself hasn't been invaded explaining why the synchro dimension has been unexplored.
  • In episode 50, Reiji seemed sadistically focused on antagonizing the already extremely angry Yuya. At first this seems to be a Kick the Dog moment, but maybe he was doing it on purpose to draw out Yuya's Berserker Mode. He figured out Pendulum summoning by observing Yuya's duels, so he could trying to get Yuya to go berserk so he can analyze how best to use it against the Academia.
    • And another fridge brilliance. Heartland isn't just the home of Shun. It's also Yuto's home, who happens to be inside Yuya right now. Reiji chose that action field for a good reason.
    • Fridge Horror: If that's true, then Berserk Yuya would become the Lancers' Godzilla Threshold: by conciously unleashing the rage of an already unstable woobie, he could become a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who, already done of putting up with all this crap, might succumb to his inner darkness and just plain old destroy Academia to end with their "fusing all dimmensions" shit; after all he has two of the four dimensional dragons and five dragons if we count the Odd-Eyes fusions and Odd-Eyes Rebellion, making him by himself the biggest threat ever.
    • Episode 51 basically confirms this. He starts smiling when Yuya nearly enters Berserk Mode. And gave a freaky slasher smile when he saw Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon.
  • Pendulum Summoning actually take elements from previous style of special summoning and amp it up.
    • Fusion: Need a Spell card(polymerisation) to perform special summon, in pendulum summoning's case: Two spell cards that happened to be monsters!
    • Synchro: Need a specialized monster(Tuner) on field to do special summoning while being wary of the Synchro Material's level, sounds like Pendulum summoning again but with the Pendulum Scale.
    • Xyz: Stacking of monsters (Pendulum Monsters stacks in Extra deck) and you could use(Special Summon) them all at once as if activating Xyz's monster's effect (and removing Xyz material/monster from the stack).
    • Ritual: For those who do not play the actual game: Ritual has a strange mechanism: You can not special Summon Ritual Monster from Graveyard (with other spell cards that bring back other monsters) unless you have special summon it before. Pendulum Monster stay in Extra deck after they are destroyed on the field and can be summon over and over again.
  • Reiji, despite specializing on all types of summon, seems to be more focused on fusion and Xyz in both his duel with Barret and his 2nd duel with Yuya. This is because he's taunting his opponents with the summon types they're more sensitive at, with pendulum summon being used exclusively against and for Yuya.
  • So far each of the four dimension dragons' personalities match their respective owner.
    • Odd-Eyes is the least violent and the silliest of the four fitting his master, Yuya and his ideal that dueling should be fun and his entertainer persona. Odd-Eyes has shown a comical side like happily eating a lot spaghetti in Yuya's duel against Michio and Smile World. And when Yuya underwent Berserk Mode in episode 1 when he only had Odd-Eyes, Yuya wasn't aggressive or filled with rage like Yuto, Yugo or Yuya's later uses of Berserk Mode when he also had Dark Rebellion but instead was simply more confident.
    • Dark Rebellion is the stoic but is filled with rage. Dark Rebellion hasn't shown itself to be too different from other monster when it is summoned. But after Yuya got it, his Berserk Mode become much more aggressive, Similar to his master, Yuto who while merciful and calm headed still obviously hold plenty of hate towards his enemies like his rage against Yugo and the Obelisk Force.
    • Clear Wing is the most talkative and competitive of the four. Clear Wing is so far the only dragon that has communicated with its owner and wants to fight Dark Rebellion. Not unlike Yugo, the most hot-blooded of the Yus who's traveled dimensions to duel Yuto again.
    • Yuri's dragon is just as destructive as its sadistic master. As shown in episode 47, it destroyed the landscape for no reason at all.
  • The locations in each of the dimensions. Academia for the Fusion Dimension, the Resistance for the XYZ Dimension, and the City for the Synchro Dimension. Academia, Resistance, and City together spell out ARC. V is the roman numeral for five; this is the fifth "Yu-Gi-Oh!" season. The title of this season is "Arc-V".
  • Slightly WMG here, but with Arc V practically being "Callback: The Series" for Yugioh, there's some pretty strong hints that the evolved versions of the advanced summoning methods are set to reappear too. 'Rank Up' has already been debuted by Shun and with Jack retuning, double tuning is probably on the menu in the same way. Also on the evolved Syncro front, Action Duelling seems like the perfect setup for 'Accel Synchro' since the ability to ride your monsters would let one build up the necessary speed even in a ground duel. And as for fusion, now that it's been revealed that Academia's goal is to fuse the alternate dimensions, it's not impossible that the card canonically established in GX as having that ability, 'Ultimate Fusion God' could finally reappear in full, and that the purpose of the invasion is to sacrifice enough people to create a 'Super Polymerisation' to summon it.
  • Speaking of callback: The situation in other dimension so far are callback to previous series plot. Xyz-Dimension is facing an invasion from another Dimension(similar to Zexal's plot), Fusion-Dimension wanted to fuse all dimension(Super Polymerisation plot all over again), City has class discrimination (similar to first Arc of 5d's).
  • The Yuyas and Yuzus are being introduced based on the chronology of their respective summoning method excluding the Yuya and Yuzu. The first Yu to be introduced was Yuto, next was Yugo and finally it was Yuri. This follows a backward chronology of their respective summoning method, Xyz is the newest while Fusion is the oldest but Yuri was introduced last while Yuto was first introduced. In comparison the Yuzus are introduced chronology of their summoning methods, first was Serena(Fusion), then was Rin(Synchro) and finally is Ruri(Xyz).
  • Fusion Dimension is so elitist, for a long time it referred to the Extra Deck as the Fusion Deck.
  • Why did Yuzu get her outfit swapped with Serena/Selena? Because if she is going to be riding on Yugo's D-Wheel all day in her regular outfit, she'd be giving off Panty Shot after Panty Shot (It's a small Fridge I'll admit, but a fridge none the less).
  • Duel Chaser 227 was very proud of his 100% arrest rate. Well, considering the one single loss against Yugo was enough to get himself fired, of course he would have a 100% arrest rate. This also means that all active Duel Chasers would also have a 100% arrest rate.
    • It might just have been because he defied a direct order, which cost him the match. If he just held off, then he could have kept his job.
    • Or that he lost on television, shaming the entire group by losing to a Common.
  • Episode 56, reveals that each member of Security has the exact same deck and this makes sense. The pre-made decks are probably specially made and tested by the City, meaning most likely they are much stronger than a deck a normal person could ever make. Also by giving everyone the same deck, individual accomplishments are due to skill, so they know who to promote and who to fire.
  • When Jean-Michel Roger is looking over the profiles for Gongenzaka, Kurosaki and Dennis, Gongenzaka is listed as having a Standard disk and Kurosaki an Xyz one. Why? Because Gongenzaka uses Synchros, and thus the automatic assumption would be to assume that he's normal among the "special" duelists like Kurosaki that use different Summoning methods.
  • Why has (as of now) there been no word on an Arc-V Yusei? It's because Yusei was born in Neo Domino in 5D's, unlike Crow and Jack who were Satellite born. If a Yusei does exist in this dimension, he's going to be a Top, not a Common or a Common who became a Top. Of course, this leads to a bit of unease about a Jerkass version of Yusei appearing later....
  • Late to the Punchline: It took until now to realize the thematic connection between Odd-Eyes and the gazer Magicians. Even the original still works, as Whatevermancy usually entailed looking into Whatever to see the future.

Fridge Logic

  • At first the mentions of Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Summons courses at LDS where welcomed for being first time an installment makes reference to the summons from the other series, but since the appearance of Sora with his Fusion Summons and Yuto with Xyz Summon has started to raise a few eyebrows over the fact that everyone seems really surprised at anyone who isn't a student of LDS knowing how to make those summons, while this is kinda justified for the Pendulum Summons because Yuya pretty much discovered it, the fridge logic kicks in when you notice that they could simply read the instructions which are all written on the freaking cards.
    • Well, not on the cards, but it is in the rulebook, and so the basic method should be covered in Dueling 101. However, it seems that Extra Deck cards seem to be harder to get in the show; professional duelist Jack Atlas used only 5 himself (Red Dragon Archfiend, Majestic Red Dragon, Red Nova Dragon, Exploder Dragonwing, Crimson Blader and Multi-Piece Golem), and he was a champion. Yuma never had one until the start of his series, and Yuzu's father has never Xyz summoned either. It's possible that they are something of a status symbol, and so are more likely to be in the hands of a better equipped school.
      • And yet Yusei has 16 Synchro Monsters and a Fusion Monster, and notably a few even when in Satellite, where only cards thrown away go.
      • On the above point, if we focus simply on the Synchro Monsters pre Meklord, all but Stardust (which is implied to be soul bound to him or something) require specific Tuners. Monsters like that are generally seen as less valuable than more splashable Synchros, such as the ones Jack uses.
    • Admittedly when I wrote that I still haven't watched the 8th episode, and apparently LDS has been indeed hoarding all these summon types and (I assume) the cards needed for them. However while It's understandable the whole status thing and the cards not being easy to find, there's still the issue of people knowing nothing but the summon's name and just having an apparent ignorance of what those summons even consist about, It's like you can never even played the game and still theoretically understand how certain summon is made by following the events or keeping track of your favorite duelist, specially if in the YGO verse pro duelists are treated as huge stars.
  • When your monsters have a tendency to tear up the surrounding location and send debris flying everywhere, it makes perfect sense to wear facial protection (especially as demonstrated in Episode 7), even disregarding the need (or lack thereof) to conceal identity. This begs the question of why Yuto didn't bother to obtain a new set.
    • His mask is military grade, maybe they don't sell such things in Japan.
    • He kept the mask, but ditched the goggles after they broke. Goggles should be readily available for protection, though, in various styles, too.
  • Mikiyo made it to the second round of an international tournament of only 64 duelists in her age group with... a generic Fairy deck. Her ace is a Normal Monster. She doesn't even have a coherent archetype such as Agents, it's just a random pool of cards. No amount of skill can compensate for having such an uncompetitive deck, especially one without a win condition.
    • Hard to say the exacts of a deck we only briefly saw. Plus, the cards she did use actually do work with each other (Gellundo is a two tribute for Fairy monsters, which can summon Wingweaver, while the Spirit of Victories she had were attack boosters for Fairies in general.)
    • There are quite a few cards that support normal monsters, and her ace has no rider, making it easy to summon. Maybe she plays a deck that is economical with cards; she uses Wingweaver only because she can summon it easily, and considers it no big loss if something happens to it (there are real-life decks based around Blue-Eyes White Dragon with a similar philosophy). Plus, there are probably a bunch of anime-only cards that would make Normal Faries a legitimate deck (see: Team Taiyo, who use commons from the first few sets, which become problematic because of a bunch of made-up cards).
  • This is about the Dennis vs. Yuzu duel in Episode 44, as we know the Bloom Diva card (Yuzu ace monster) made its debut in the anime before it was released in the TCG, so the real life card ended up having a different effect than the anime one, the one thing that bothers me about this duel is the next: Unlike real life effect, Bloom Divaís anime deals BATTLE damage, not EFFECT damage, so Dennisís Stilts Shooter shouldnít have been able to reflect the damage back. Same as when he used Trapeze Magician to attack, Yuzu should have won right there because Trapeze canít negate battle damage. But for whatever reason, the anime decided to changed Bloom Diva effect to match with real life effect just so Yuzu would lose, I know this sounds more like a rant but hear me, while it would be understandable if they just decided to change it just in order to match it up to the real card, why didn't they do it before?, the card has been out for a while now, and just the previous episode had Yuzu use the Bloom Diva as usual without changes; Yep, that's it, they made Yuzu lose just to make Dennis look better, let's just hope this is a one time thing and not the start of something worse for Yuzu's character.
    • Anime!Bloom Diva originally redirected battle damage but that was retconned to nullifying the damage and inflicting it to the opponent.
    • This is revealed to be building up Dennis as he's an enemy. He has to be a credible threat and as he's from the Fusion Dimension, he should be generally more skilled than any Standard Dimension duelist.
  • Why does Yuzu's bracelet resemble Xyz material? Serena's bracelet looks like fusion material monsters, so shouldn't Yuzu's pendent resemble a Pendulum summon?
    • It actually resembles all of the Extra Deck Summoning methods. Xyz, it's pretty obvious at first glance when it's unfolded as it looks like the path of overlay units. Fusion, the gems are surrounded by flower design that looks like its spiraling, which is what Fusion Summoning looks like. Synchro, when it's folded up it looks like a Synchro ring. For Pendulum, the two gems on either side represent Pendulums. No surprise since she's Standard's bracelet holder.


Fridge Horror

  • So, Action Duels are created by making solid matter, so that means that players can be physically damaged by cards, right? So if someone is using a deck full of torture cards (say, Marik, in the original show) they can actually do some serious harm to a player. How on earth would anyone sign off on turning holographic images of vicious dragons and giant robots and dark wizards into solid things? Think of how many people could die or get seriously injured just practicing with their cards in a duel and accidentally blowing themselves up.
    • Imagine if someone got attacked directly by a monster with a sword or a gun...
    • Basically, with Action Duels, everyone has access to their own Shadow Games. And they play them. For fun.
    • On the other hand, the amount of real damage inflicted from such duels is variable. In 5Ds, it is stated that while Psychic Duels and Shadow Duels both can inflict real damage to the point of lethality, the latter is considerably more dangerous. Later on, Aki is able to control how much damage her psychic powers cause, so it's a fair assumption that Action Duels have toned down damage compared to a regular Psychic or Shadow Duel. The "worst" that would likely happen in an Action Duel is severe injury, such as broken bones, but death would probably very rare compared to the other Duel types.
      • However in Episode 23, the dangers of an Action Duel become mildly apparent. Mieru, Yuya's current opponent, repeatedly tells Yuya to forfeit due to a psychic reading stating that destruction awaits him if he continues on his path. When Yuya refuses, Mieru immediately turns up her dueling and tries to end the game as quickly as possible to avoid the fate thus worrying about the apparent danger that the Action Duel could cause. It turns out she was right as the Chandelier hanging above the stadium collapses right as Yuya goes after the Action Card. While Yuya ends up okay (come on, the theme of the episode was defying fate), it leaves one to wonder...why the hell the Chandelier collapsed like it did? We saw the chains weakening and breaking with very little stress on them (the duel didn't come anywhere near there). How did it happen?
      • Somewhat alleviated in episode 27. The younger kids' Action Duel fields are cushioned.
      • Episode 34 has Sora carpet bombed and crushed by a tower. Considering that he's not a fine paste and actually holds on to consciousness for a bit, it would seem the dangers of Action Duels are less threatening than they seem.
  • One teased by the show itself. Not long after Masumi defeats Yuzu in their duel, belittling her as she does so, a Professor from her school disappears who she seems to be quite close with. Did Yuto feel like dishing out some Disproportionate Retribution?
    • Considering that Yuto was surprised to see Kurosaki, who was the guy who attacked Marco, this was probably just a coincidence.
  • Or, Fridge Squick: It is quite possible that Yuya has a fondness of softcore hippo pornography, if the opening is anything to go by, if not an outright fetish. Look at the skimpily-attired hippos. Now look at Yuya during the scene. You may vomit now; I'll certainly be...
    • I'm pretty sure those hippos are supposed to represent the audience that Yuya strives to perform for, who he always seeks to entertain - the fact that they're skimpily-dressed is likely irrelevant to him, especially since they are cute cartoon hippos rather than human girls.
    • Maybe not specifically Yuya and hippos, but I'd be surprised if somebody DIDN'T use the technology for sexual purposes...
  • You know those massive gouges Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon makes in sheet metal? Makes it awfully convenient that the whirlwind it created when summoned blew everyone away. Getting your soul sealed into a card would be the least of your worries, then...
    • Also an In-Universe one, since Masumi is terrified when she sees them.
  • Yuto's hometown. It looks like the Satellite, but instead being the ruins of Heartland City as oppose to Domino City, and its filled with gang warfare between duelists. What in the name of the Sacred Beasts happened since Zexal?
  • Episode 26 was for the most part a heartwarming episode, with Yuya and Gongenzaka dueling and the end to the Qualifier Mini-arc. But the last minute or so.....just becomes horrifying.
    • By horrifying, I of course mean that Reiji:
      • A: Had the memories of Masumi, Hokuto and Yaiba erased of their battle with Kurosaki.
      • B: Has been watching several duelists to be apparently 'lancers' to FIGHT FOR THEIR WORLD!?
      • What the hell is Reiji after? This is giving off some horrifyingly familiar vibes!
  • Sora being a Fusion user that taught this summoning method to Yuzu, Ruri's lookalike, got some real nasty vibes in episode 29 thanks to Kurosaki's shocked expression; but it was until episode 34 that got downright disturbing with Sora using Des-Toy/Frightfur Mad Chimaera's effect to take possession of Kurosaki's fallen monster and then gloating that he and his Fusion faction took Kurosaki's comrades away, which included his sister. In episode 29, Yuzu was Ruri's proxy in Sora's attempt to show to Kurosaki his powers and torturing him with the implication of him corrupting her with Fusion while he, Kurosaki, can't do anything about it.
  • Episode 34 was full of blatant Nightmare Fuel, but consider this: We've seen in various episodes that the Duelists from the other dimensions can inflict actual damage with their cards (Yuto pinning Sawatari to the wall, Kurosaki's Rise Falcon leaving claw marks in an overpass, and so on). At the end of Kurosaki's duel with Sora, he literally bombarded the Action Field with Revolution Falcon's effect... imagine what would have happened if one of those had hit Sora instead of that tower.
  • The flashback of Episode 40 showed Widespread Ruin being used like a IED. Now, if one trap card can be used that way, what other spell and trap cards could be used that way!? (Bottomless Trap Hole, Nightmare Wheel, Dark Hole, Raigeki, Skill Drain, Soul Drain, Torrential Tribute, Soul Taker, Tribute to the Doomed, etc)
    • Well, Skill Drain probably wouldn't do much, seeing as ordinary humans can reasonably be assumed to be [[Muggles Normal monsters]], and Dark Hole would just create a black hole; likely a harmless one while Earth's gravitional field cancels it out, if my understanding of black hole physics is accurate.
      • That being said, having your monster be destroyed or impaled as you use it as a mount or are otherwise too close won't end well.
  • Learning what happened to Yuto's hometown when Yuto was explaining things to Yuya in Episode 36 was sad on its own, but the reveal in Episode 41 that the Fusion Dimension began their invasion of the Xyz Dimension three years ago makes it even worse. Assuming that Yuya and Yuto are the same age, then Yuto was likely eleven years old at the time the events of that particular flashback took place.
  • In Episode 47, when Yuri met Yuzu, he didn't card Yuzu only because the Professor would be mad at him. But if you think about it, it would be a lot easier if Yuri simply carded Yuzu, teleported back to the Fusion Dimension and then uncarded her. But the fact that the Professor wouldn't be happy means that even the Academia can't uncard the victims. Meaning right now, there is no way to free them. And I Must Scream indeed.
  • In episode 34, Yuya notes how the field is becoming more and more of the battlefield. But why is that card effects are causing more damage to the field in this field? Well, it has noted that the effects of the solid mass systems can be controlled to different levels of hardness. Reiji picking Heartland was obviously not a coincidence, probably done to test both Sora and Kurosaki and to get them to slip information about themselves and the war. It's likely Reiji purposely amplified the damage in order re-create the Heartland invasion,and therefore the attacks/trap card causing more damage to the surrounding areas (Sora and Kurosaki also get more physical damage on their bodies, which would be more closer to how a war battle will play out instead of a friendly tournament battle)
  • In Episode 57, Dennis duels Gongenzaka in the Synchro Dimension. Dennis switches from hero to villain for the show because Gon didn't want to be the villain. He calls Xyz and pendulum summoning evil summoning methods as the villain, because he wants to trick the children into associating them with the enemy.
  • In Episode 62, there is a joint liability whenever there is a prison break. Regardless if the prisoner in question was involved or not, they will be punished simply through association. Luckily this didn't happen but what exactly will happen to Yuya and co. if the Facility Security learns that Crow and co. escaped?