Head Scratchers: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

In-Universe

  • I can get why Pendulum summoning would be broken in the real world, considering all the archetypes out there that could abuse the crap out of the instant special summon thing, but by the standards of the various Yu-Gi-Oh! animes (ESPECIALLY after the brokenness that was Don Thousand) it's ridiculously tame, so how can the characters really consider Pendulum summoning to be so OMGSUPERUNBEATABLE?
    • By most of those incredibly broken standards, they are often supernatural/unrevealed to the general public. This is likely why Pendulum Summoning is an issue, but it's more the case that only Yuya so far is capable of performing it.
    • Yep. There is a very short list of cards that have been used by multiple people, even after 1000 episodes, so people just rolled with it when they have never seen Elemental HERO Neos or ZW - Tornado Bringer before, but Yuya pushed it by creating his own card type, which is what made everyone call BS on him.
    • And in the case of Neos it actually was a legitimate card, it just got sent into space.
  • Yuya mentions having watched recordings of his duel, so how did it take him three hundred duels to replicate Pendulum Summoning? Did he not take the time to examine his cards? Or even just pay attention to the words he spoke (something to the effect of "Now I can summon any monster from Level 2 to 7!")? Is this just another case of Idiot Hero?
    • Notice that he replicates the conditions exactly as they were in his duel against Ishijima. It would take a fair number of duels to get the exact same hand (in many of them, he was likely testing other Pendulum Monsters, like Odd-Eyes and the Entermate ones) especially as, since it's off-screen, he won't have super drawing skills. Though the number is a little extreme. It's also likely that due to the odd nature of the Summon, he hasn't joined the dots when it comes to Scales and Levels (which, considering having something in between a number is a new concept for the game, is not that far-fetched.)
    • The experimenting thing might be a good explanation since episode 9 shows that he doesn't necessarily need the two Magician cards to make a Pendulum Summon.
    • Also it's later implied that his Superpowered Evil Side may have been in control at the time (Notice the summon chant used) and not normal Yuya.
    • He just watched the conditions he was when he pendulum summoned, but it's unlikely the camara was able to record the specific cards he used nor the places the cards needed to be put to be able to Pendulum Summon (notice that in his duel with Yuzu he tried to use other cards instead of the two Magicians and he also puts them in the wrong places).
      • The Pendulum Cards weren't set in the wrong places; both cards were in the Pendulum Zones. It also doesn't matter which card is on which zone, since the zones themselves don't influence the difference between two Scales.
  • Why did Sawatari's buddies make such a big deal about Xyz Summoning? They say that the class on it is one of the highest level in their schcool, but the rules for it are pretty simple, and everyone should at least know the basics.
    • Because they're morons? The Dark Duelist did say that their dueling (specifically Sawatari's) didn't have the "sharpness of a blade or the precision of a bullet".
  • For that matter why is Fusion Summoning a big deal? It's been part of the game since the games inception and is one of the most basic things in the game.
    • For both the above points, it's implied/stated that LDS have been hoarding the special summoning methods to themselves. Sora claims it's normal where he comes from, suggesting that his home might be beyond their reach for now.
  • Why wasn't Ritual Summoning given a course at LDS? Granted, Ritual monsters don't come from the Extra Deck, but they're a unique summoning method that's rarely seen.
    • Who knows? Given that they're also making a comeback in the OCG/TCG, they might appear later. Confirmed to do so.
    • Actually, if one looks at the poster where Yuya reads off the Summon courses in Episode 3, there's clearly a blue column next to the purple (Fusion), white (Synchro), and black (Xyz) columns, so they do have a Ritual course. The above-mentioned "not part of the Extra Deck" thing probably means it's just not as popular.
      • The blue column is not a Ritual course, but a composite course, which teaches other tactics and related theories about dueling. It does have Ritual Summoning as a minor subject, but the composite course is not focus on Ritual Summoning.
  • Even if the You Show Duel School loses to LDS and the latter absorbs him, what makes them think that Yuya would just willingly tell them all the deets on Pendulum summoning? And unless they can get to mass-producing Pendulum cards instantly, it would be hard to teach about them when only one or two people can use them.
    • For that matter, what gives a duel school the authority to mass produce cards? We aren't talking about Industrial Illusions that created the game, this is just a school that can teach people how to duel. And if they can indeed mass produce them legally (say, having the rights to produce the cards, like having bought out I2) why do they need Yuya? Reiji already knows exactly how the cards work, and it's not like someone can have a patent on a type of summon (that we know of) so why not just make their own pendulum monsters if they have that option?
    • He'd probably be under contract to do so if LDS took over. Also note that Reiji has claimed to have a near-complete understanding of Pendulum monsters now, possibly to the point that they can be mass-produced.
      • But what keeps Yuya from going "LOL I quit" and just leaving the school in general? I mean, it doesn't appear to be mandatory to attend a dueling school as Gongenzaka doesn't attend one, and they aren't competing over forcing Yuya to join the school, they're taking the school itself. I don't really see how Yuya is in any way inclined to remain with the school if he doesn't want to, and You-Show doesn't OWN pendulum summoning, Yuya is just the only person who has pendulum monsters. He could leave whenever he wants, or just quit right before the last guy loses, so the school still doesn't get pendulum summoning.
    • What I don't get is why isn't LDS being more diplomatic in their approach? I mean, they don't need the school or Yuya, as far as I can tell, they just need the rights. Why make a challenge you might not win when you could just offer Yuya a ton of money for the details on pendulum summoning? Even if he said no (which he probably would) they never even consider that approach. I mean, at least Kaiba offered to trade for the Blue-Eyes before he took it from Grandpa.
    • Himika did make an off-hand mention of wanting to punish Yuya for embarrassing her school.
    • A few things— LDS is only a part of the Leo Corporation. The Leo Corporation manufactures the new duel disks as well as the technology that creates Action Duels. Furthermore, it seems that cards need to be engineered as opposed to simply printed (for whatever reason), as implied by Reiji's slips of cardboard "malfunctioning" as well as V/Christopher Arclight creating RUM Argent Chaos Force "with science"— all of this would suggest Duel Monster cards require a great deal of R&D to produce, thus necessitating large companies such as Leo. Himika also explicitly stated that she wanted Leo to have a total global monopoly on duel schools— meaning LDS would be the only way to receive official Duel Monsters education (because you need that much information to understand a children's trading card game). Let's not forget that this is Yu-Gi-Oh!; such card games are not only Serious Business, but literally control the fate of not just the entire planet Earth, but also various alien worlds. The Leo Corporation having such power of Duel Monsters would certainly have its advantages to its CEOs. As it stands, it's probably safe to assume that the size, scale, and influence of Leo grants it N.G.O. Superpower status— governments probably cannot take it down without resorting to quirky kids with trinkets and a love of Duel Monsters and The Power of Friendship.
      • I feel the need to point out that in the case of both the LDS Pendulum Monsters and Argent Chaos Force, those tryign to create them have no existing material and don't always have all the facts. Even Yuya didn't know how they worked, and Reiji likely had a hell of a time getting the card data properly worked out.
  • Why are children (or anyone for that matter), even allowed to play in Action Duels? Depending on where you are when something happens to one of your monsters (as seen in several episodes), either player could be seriously injured or even killed. 5D's turbo dueling required heavy licensing and safety regulations, yet Action Duels require nothing.
    • Remember that this was due to those dealing the injuries being a massive jerkass (though that begs the question of why Shuzo didn't complain. Himika likely didn't, well, because evil.) Turbo Dueling is also at far faster speeds and requires the operation of a vehicle. Also note that Action Duels can only occur in certain locations, and this is likely the very reason Duel Schools exist - so that the graduates can Action Duel legally. Most Action Fields probably aren't as dangerous as Dark Town either. On top of that, I wouldn't be surprised if there were safety protocols. Then again, considering who invented it, I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't, either.
    • Episode 27 reveals that Fields with soft surfaces are chosen for young players, at least in official tournaments.
    • Yet, teenagers from 12 to 15 can duel on dangerous fields. Yuzu vs Masumi in episode 29 is a prime example.
      • There are probably safety features built into there as well, such as monsters saving people from falling, like we've seen the Gazer Magicians and Bloom Diva do.
  • So, is the black hole Overlay Network the new default? because in Zexal, that was only supposed to be for the Numbers and other plot-important Xyz monsters; everyone else had a red swirl.
    • Yes, it's the new default. I doubt the Numbers will ever appear but I guess they thought that overlay network looked so cool, they'll just make it for evey Xyz in the show now. Also fridge brilliance when you read that Xyzs are made form anti-matter.
    • Not really anything Fridge, because, well... Space Does Not Work That Way.
  • Before they got Pendulumed, Why did Yuya have the original Magicians in his deck? They didn't fit his deck theme. Were they given to him by his father or something?
    • That's the current theory, yes. In the opening, you can see Yusho standing next to a monster that looks like a stage magician, with marking similar to Odd-Eyes Dragon. All three cards may have been given to Yuya by him.
    • Magicians can be in circuses and can fit the fun theme.
      • Though his magicians aren't circus-themed; the relation is shallow at best.
    • While the Entermate/Performapal cards are circus-themed, keep in mind that Yuya wants to entertain people with his dueling. Both circus and stage magicians would fit into the "entertainment" category.
  • Why are so many cards in this series given different effects, and often somewhat more restrictive effects. Battleguard King only being able to use his effects with Battleguards as oppose to more general warriors, the Level 5 or higher restriction of Odd Eyes and Dark Rebellion Dragons, etc etc?
    • Probably to make them less over-powered.
    • Yeah, but that's normally done when they are made into real cards. It's odd to have the in show cards weaker than the real cards
    • Well, look at this. If Odd-Eyes had its real effect, it would have wiped out Sora in one attack. Hardly entertaining, is it?
  • How Yuzu is going to use Fusion, anyway? If some of the theories around are true and LDS monopolizes the advanced ways of summoning, how Yuzu is gonna get her hands in Fusion cards and Fusion material monsters? Sora only agreed to teach her how Fusion works, and maybe he'll let her use his cards while training, but soon she'll be in need of her own cards to built her own deck, which would be quite the challenge.
    • Several possibilities. She and Sora could break into LDS, Sora could somehow be able to create cards, her bracelet creates the fusion cards, a hidden card vault, a card designer defects to them.....etc etc.
    • In the same way any self-respecting duelist would do: cheating. Make a new card mid-duel. It's a series staple at this point.
    • As of episode 18, she suddenly has a Fusion Monster that fits exactly with her "Fantasia" deck theme. No explanation is given how.
    • It's been very well established since the 1st series that a fusion summon can be conducted with simply polymerization and the cards required, and the rest occurs for itself. That's why you never see the fusion monsters in an extra deck outside of the duel. Yes, that only makes sense with the holographic imagers and not in the actual card games, but that's how the show works.
      • Except this was only in Duelist Kingdom, the time before the anime card game had rules.
  • Why don't more people just pack monster removal cards when battling with Yuya? As it stands now, most of his cards aren't Pendulum monsters yet, so they wouldn't just go to the Extra Deck. If someone could use, say, Raigeki Break, he'd have a smaller hand size and less monsters, which would seriously disturb the use of Pendulum Summoning. Considering we have LDS students who can flood the field with powerful monsters, they would only have to worry about Spell and Trap cards.
    • A couple of reasons. For one thing, Raigeki Break shrinks the users hand, not Yuya's. At the same time, Pendulum Monsters are new. People have not yet managed to come up with strategies against them. Arguably the only one who has a deck set up to counter them is Sawatari with his Mobius Cards.
    • "Where are all of the cards that destroy monsters without battle" is pretty much an eternal question in regards to the Yu-Gi-Oh anime.
    • Hilarious in Hindsight: This is exactly what Michio's deck does to Yuya.
  • In Episode 16, Michio attacks Whip Viper with the 2200/1000 Royal Cookmate Prince Curry. Why the hell did Yuya not use Whip Viper's quick effect to switch Prince Curry's ATK and DEF?
    • It's effect is different in the anime, it doesn't work on the opponents turn
  • Why wasn't the Duel Disk able to recognize that Yuzu put a Fusion Monster in the Main Deck?
    • Rule of Funny? Perhaps even though the Duel Disks are automated they might have a simple design in them, similar to Dueling Programs in Real Life. You put cards in and the Disk follows the logical progression of the program in the cards regardless of what's in the deck. Like the Real Life Dueling Programs, even if you put in a mismatched card, it will not warn you (unless it's banned or something).
    • Duel disks are card readers and hologram projectors, which is why they don't have issues with new cards, since they just follow the instructions programmed into them. And Dueling software in Real Life (such as Dueling Network) doesn't allow you to put Extra Deck cards in the Main Deck, or vice versa. Rule of Funny does explain it though, albeit making it appear poorly in execution.
    • In regards to this, note that the duel disk may not read the cards in the deck as it has in earlier series. It wouldn't know the fusion monster was in there until she tried to play it from her hand.
    • It does seem to read cards in the Extra Deck, though, considering that when an Extra Deck summon is performed it pops open and delivers the necessary card. Lacking that system in the main deck seems a bit backwards.
    • Computer programs operate in somewhat specific ways and don't handle deviations all that well. It's actually not that unexpected that such an little problem could mess it up.
    • Apparently, that was a bug/feature kept from the first generation. Joey put Giltia the Dark Knight in his Main Deck, and when he tried to play it, he received an error message (this was attributed to it being Level 5 normal summoned without a tribute, but it's also an illegal summoning of a fusion monster). Apparently, the duel disk will not prevent you from placing a card of the wrong type in your deck, but should you attempt to play a card illegally, it will trigger an error and either send that card to the graveyard or remove it from play. It also appears that a player attempting to summon a monster illegally loses his/her normal summon for the turn.
    • Except that Giltia wasn't a fusion monster in the anime, it was a normal monster. So was Flame Swordsman for that matter. The only thing he did wrong in that case was a lack of tribute summoning.
  • With 4Kids gone bankrupt and the Saturday morning cartoon (at least the non satellite TV kind) going down the toilet, what company will dub Arc V? And, possibly more importantly, who will show it it?
    • Konami's 4KMedia Inc. (4Kids Productions Inc. acquired by Konami) has licensed the series. A dub is expected to air in 2015. Though where, is still unknown.
  • To qualify for the Junior Youth Championship, you need at least a 60% win rate in 50 duels or 6 straight wins. Yuya already had six straight wins (Sawatari, Sora, Hokuto, Reiji, Shuzo, and Michio), so why did most of the qualifying arc hinge on Yuya changing his win rate? If he lost somewhere between those matches, we'd be told (considering Yuya's pessimistic attitude, and how people see Pendulum as nigh-unbeatable, this would be a big thing). There's no evidence he lost matches between them, anyway.
    • It's official matches. A random match with Sora, for example, doesn't count.
  • Is Reira a boy or a girl? Subs say "she" and Reira is usually a girl name, but -kun is usually used as male honorific, plus Reira has a boyish face.
    • He's a boy, he fits into the sibling category in the same vein as Mokuba or Haruto. While Ruri fits into the sister archetype like Shizuka or Rio.
  • Why is this season demonizing Fusion Summon? It's probably the most harmless looking Special summon of all (Ritual Summon looks like a sacrifice, and Synchro Summon almost destroyed the world once). Hell, even Tribute summon form of Normal Summoning looks more vicious.
    • It's the oldest form of Extra deck special summoning, so... Old Media Are Evil ? (I'm kidding. Yuto and Kurosaki probably just reacted poorly to someone who looks like the girl they're trying to protect using the same technique their enemy uses. In other words, coincidence. Kurosaki will learn this sooner or later, most likely.)
      • Same editor as above here. This actually might be a bit of a pun on their part: the guy on the motorcycle is called "Yugo" which is the Japanese name for Polymerization. Yugo used Synchro summoning, though, but it's still a neat detail if it's intentional.
    • 1. Only Yuto and Kurosaki are the ones who demonize Fusion Summons, not the whole season or any other character (It was the first Extra Deck special summon to be shown in the series). 2. The enemies who use Fusions were the ones who took their comrade (Ruri) so they're definitely on the top of their hit list (If a Synchro Faction exists, like with the White Rider, they'll not be the top priority, but still an enemy) and 3. Their talk about "Your sister would never use Fusions" was more to clear out the fact Yuzu isn't Ruri. So in short, no, the only characters who demonize them are the one who have a good reason to be against them. Hell, there are more characters that use Fusions than Synchros (as of the time of this writing)!
    • It's not really demonizing Fusions when two of the main characters are praised for using it. As for the "more vicious" summoning animations, it's just Rule of Cool and Animation Marches On, if you will.
    • Sora's behavior might have answered your questions.
  • If the advanced summoning methods (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz) are supposed to be LDS exclusive, why can everyone and their mother suddenly use Fusion?
    • LDS in general tend to be Smug Snakes, they are trying to monopolize them, but it obviously isn't working.
      • It is more likely that they have courses and more cards on special ways to do Fusion Summon and when to use them. If you notice in both of Yuzu's duels, her opponent doesn't use a Polymerization card, the surebet for Fusion.
      • Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists have the innate ability to pull cards out of their ass when the plot wants them to. In Yuya's case, it's mid-duel; in Yuzu's, it's off-screen.
      • It's also possible that Yuzu could get the Fusion monsters, but not the Fusion related cards. Sora likely had to give her a fair few cards. Presumably in Gongenzaka's case, he got his cards from Yaiba.
    • Simple. Because they aren't exclusive to LDS. Just most duelists who use these kind of Summonings are from LDS.
  • How could Yuya ride on his Discover/Hip Hippo during his duel with the four thugs in episode 30? They were outside of the stadium and were in a forest, so it cannot be an Action Duel. The field didn't even change. And the Solid Vision for Action Duels can only used on special arenas that provide the solid holograms.
  • If the LDS machine thing could detect Yuya's Pendulum Fusion during his duel with Sawatari, and judging by their reactions, it was the first they saw of it, why didn't the machine detect it when Yuya did it against Gongenzaka?
    • It was on LDS's turf as opposed to at another duel school?
    • Maybe they weren't watching him for the time since they were dealing with the more pressing matter of LDS members being attacked.
  • Why does Yuya have Entermate Trump Witch if he hadn't an Extra Deck before? Since it's a Pendulum Card, it was in Yuya's deck during his match with Ishijima, and she had probably a similar effect back then. In that case, she would be useless, but why did Yuya include her in his deck?
    • The glow Trump Witch had when Yuya drew her might have something to do with it. It could be that Yuya created Trump Witch when he made Rune-Eyes in Mieru's duel or when he drew her during Gongenzaka's duel. Of course, Yuya doesn't seem to think of it oddly, similar to when he made Rune-Eyes. Speculations say that Yuya has a split personality but its subtle and subconscious. Which is why he isn't finding the cards he's suddenly making odd. Alternatively, Trump Witch might have had a different effect before she was made a Pendulum. Timegazer Magician's monster effect was different when he was a regular effect monster (Which was to prevent a Spell and Trap on your field from being destroyed as opposed to when he became a Pendulum, prevents Pendulums in the Zones from being targeted by effects).
  • When Sora applied to You Show Duel School, why didn't anybody ask about his parents?
    • He could have just claimed Parental Abandonment. Wouldn't be anything too unusual for the series, considering how half the characters are down a parent.
    • Considering The Reveal about Sora... who knows where his parents actually are?
    • In episode 35, Yuya and Yuzu said they did ask about Sora's past a few times, but he would always dodge the question, so they stopped asking him.
  • Why is the Xyz section hated so much? We know the Fusion section hunted them down and it seems the Synchro section later joined the "fun" based on Yugo.
    • Who knows? Maybe it is meta-commentary? Perhaps it was just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Perhaps the show is catering to Americans, who dislike ZEXAL (which introduced it)? Hard to say really, let's wait a few episodes to find out.
    • Considering whether Yugo is a Synchro user or not. His name doesn't speak for it.
      • Well, the second opening seems to confirm that his dragon is a Synchro Monster.
    • The Synchro faction may have some deeper reason for attacking Xyz users than Academia does.
      • Recent evidence seems to suggest that it's just the Fusion Dimension (more specifically, Academia) that are the haters. Judging by Yugo's comments, they seem to have attacked the Synchro Dimension as well, while the only reason that Yugo is associated with the Fusion Dimension is because they didn't realize that his name was Yugo. So it's just that only Xyz have been shown so far, the only person from Synchro is Yugo, who's appeared in capacity to give answers once. Heck, when Serena is complaining about not being able to fight, she wants to destroy both Xyz and Synchro.
  • Seriously, how does Kachidoki get away with physically attacking his opponents? That is assault by any definition.
    • Evidently, in Action Duels, players are allowed to perform direct attacks on one another at any point during the duel...
  • Was there any reason for Yuya to return his Magicians to his Deck with Mad Hurricane in Ep. 39? Pendulum Summon doesn't force you to Summon every monster you can with the set Scales, and the two Magicians (Scales 1 and 8) could've easily got the monsters needed for Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon.
    • The two monsters in the Pendulum Scale were Trump Witch (Scale 4) and Timegazer Magician (Scale 8). Yuya couldn't have summoned any level 4 monsters for Dark Rebellion with those scales.
      • *looks again* Oopsies. How did I forget that?
  • Why exactly was the way Yuya won in episode 39 so 'bad'? I mean, sure, everything got oddly dark there for a second, but is Yuya defeating a guy with a one hit KO really that bad?
    • That bugged me, too. Okay, so Yuya got pissed and decided to stop screwing around and beat the guy. Considering the crap Kachidoki puts his opponents through, Yuya being angry by his own will or through Berserk Mode is completely justified. Not to mention Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon didn't actually strike Kachidoki, whereas Kachidoki kept beating the crap out of Yuya through the whole Duel. I can understand his friends being disappointed in him (stuff like this doesn't match Yuya), but at least a good portion of the audience should've been cheering out of pure joy of seeing Kachidoki being the victim for once.
      • Because it was completely unexpected. The audience in the show only knows what they have been shown from three things. His duel with Ishijima, his opening speech, and his first duel in the tournament. Him acting like a completely different person (like Sora did in his duel) is creepy and frightening. He also went overkill on purpose. Yuya could of kept his overlay unit and still won the duel.
      • Actually, overkill was necessary in this duel. If he had only used one overlay unit, Kachidoki would have had 1500 life points left after he attacked.
      • No it wasn't. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon has a normal attack of 2500. The bulk of level 4 cards (and under) tend to reach 2000 attack at most. In order to do anything he would need something to wipe Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon off the field along with the Pendelum cards and do the 100 LP damage, since Yuya could simply resummon it with new Overlay units due to the extra deck rule. What that means is he would of needed a 2600 five star monster or a way to power one up to that again. Since Dark Rebellion's monster effect is an ignition type he had no reason to fear the Xyz effect. Basically what this amounts to is Yuya over-killing just because he could, since Kachidoki was out of moves beyond an Action card that could summon monsters or do direct damage.
      • And what would have happened after that? His deck is meant to be a brutal beatdown deck, even without him doing the beating. Leaving it alive after that would have been a foolish gamble.
      • The math is off here. Idaten was at 3600 ATK, Dark Rebellion starts at 2500. First overlay unit and Idaten was at 1800, the dragon at 4300. IF Yuya attacked right then and there, Kachidoki would have been left with 2500 life points. So it was either go overkill using the second overlay unit (Idaten at 900 and DR at 5200) or letting Kachidoki have another turn with four cards to work with after his draw phase. It was brutal, only possible because of Dark Rebellion's anime effect, but that was the only winning move to take. I'd go into a prediction of what would happen if Kachidoki had another turn and another monster to summon that could be used to beat the then-2500 atk dragon, but I think I've said enough. Though that sequence would probably be both awesome and terrifying, as well as hammer harder just how dark Yuya's dark side is.
      • FYI, 4300 - 1800 = 2500. Therefore, Kachidoki would have been left with 1500 life points.
    • Agreed with the person who said it was because it was unexpected. Yuya, up until now, was all about sunshine and sparkles and bringing smiles to his opponents. Suddenly the sky goes dark (convenient rain, but setting up a creepy atmosphere), Yuya's eyes glow and he's speaking in a monotone voice before pulling out a new, black monster dragon that isn't cute (like the Performapals) or well-known (his Odd-Eyes.) The eye glowing alone would be off-putting enough.
  • How did Kachidoki not know Level-based effects don't work on Xyz monsters? It is said that he finished second place in the previous year's tournament. The winner of that tournament was Yuu Sakuragi, who runs an Xyz deck.
    • Perhaps his deck simply doesn't use Level-based cards (Like Gravity Bind, Burden of the Mighty, etc) before this tournament.
    • The thing is that LDS monopolized all Special Summoning methods to itself, so a lot people are not familiar with certain types of cards. The Ryozanpaku Duel School seems to be focused only on Fusion Summoning (and beating the crap out of people), so they don't have much knowledge of Xyz Monsters in the first place. Also, we don't know how Sakuragi could defeat Kachidoki's brutal dueling style. We don't even know whether Kachidoki ever got the chance to summon Idaten or not.
    • Assuming they both used the same archetype they used in the present, Sakuragi runs Prophecy and while the archetype has two Xyz monsters, it doesn't focus on bringing them out like Constellars, or Tellarknights. So it's entirely possible that he won without Xyz summoning.
    • It was mentioned that he hadn't used Fusions in the previous tournament, so he would have not had that interaction.
  • Why Yuto knocked out Kurosaki in Episode 21? Saying to your best friend "Hey, this lass is not your sister?" was not enough?
    • Kurosaki would have probably stirred up more trouble anyways; it'd be best to remove him entirely from the situation until he can cool off.
  • "Awakening of the Imperial Wrath", the title of episode 39. Usually, Japanese Titles are very straighforward (Catch this Pokemon, draw this card, summon this archetype), but that title...makes no sense whatsoever.
    • It may be because of Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side (the name "Berserk Mode" is floating around for this) awakening, him Summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, and beating down Kachidoki. "Imperial Wrath" (逆鱗 Gekirin) appears in the idiom "逆鱗に触れる" (gekirin ni fureru), which translates as "to infuriate one's superior"; Yuya is indeed superior to Kachidoki, and when Kachidoki's beatings awakened his Berserk Mode, he proved it with a pissed-off look on his face. "Gekirin" has another meaning that relates to Dark Rebellion, too: It literally means "reverse scale", and it usually refers to a dragon scale growing in the opposite direction, which will infuriate the dragon if touched, once again linking to the Berserk Mode, and possibly to Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon's own anger at its owner vanishing.
    • It's also a Call Back, as Gekirin/Imperial Wrath was used in the title of the episode Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon first appeared in, Episode 7.
  • Is LDS hoarding the Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Summoning methods Fanon or Canon? Kachidoki Fusion Summoning made me wonder about how we all seem to take for granted that LDS has been doing so.
    • It's canon, but those Summoning methods are not exclusive to LDS. It tries to monopolize them for itself, but there are still a couple of schools who have access of those Summoning methods. However, most of duelists who use Fusion, Synchro and Xyz are from LDS, and LDS is the only school so far who teaches all three of them. Ryozanpaku Duel School seems only to have access of Fusions, but their lack of knowledge regarding Xyz Monsters makes them inferior to LDS, anyway.
  • Mr. Barrett lost an eye to "Widespread Ruin's" card... How??? I'm not questioning the power of cards in their hypothetical world. But Widespread ruins destroys only attaking monsters, it has no effect that can damage life points.
    • Take a look at the Japanese name: "All-Purpose Landmine Claymore." In case you weren't aware of that reference...
      • Holy cow, that's hardcore! Wait, does that mean... the other men who were with him, were they killed off for real?!
      • I wouldn't be too surprised - Yu-Gi-Oh! (mostly in the original language) is usually like that.
  • Barrett, for a Shell-Shocked Veteran, made a huge misplay. Reiji was at 3200 LP, and had a monster with 2000 ATK on the field. Barrett had beastborg Panther, which, due to his medal, was also at 2000. So far, so good. Then, he raised his attack again, which left Reiji clinging to life (when he eventually won). What he could have done was have Panther and Temujin destroy each other... and, due to Panther's effect, he would get back both Dark Sentinel and Panther Warrior, totaling 3500 damage. He totally could have won on that turn.
    • Dumb, but it makes sense in a way. Barrett has more than likely lost friends and comrades, and the idea of sacrificing one, i.e. his monster may have been out of question for him.
    • Panther Warrior needs a tribute to attack. Don't know about Dark Sentinel though.
    • It's likely that Panther Predator might have an effect to prevent that for balance.
  • If Entermage Trapeze Wizard could negate Bloom Diva's effect damage, as Dennis exploited, why didn't Yuzu activate the effect to avoid losing to her own monster's effect?
    • Simple. Trick Box negated Trapeze Wizard's effect.
  • Okay, Ep. 45, you gave us a big one. Dennis is from the Xyz Summon Course, right? Then why does he have freaking Polymerization in his Deck?
    • There are many theories about it. You can simply look them up on the Wild Mass Guessing page.
    • A more simple answer is the sheer fact that Xyz decks do lend to other summoning methods, due to not needlessly bloating your deck. A good example of this is the recent Cyber Dragon structure deck from 2014. Getting your Cyber Dragon Nova allows for easier summoning of your Cyber Dragon based fusions (via it's destruction due to card effect or by being able to pull Cyber Dragons out of the graveyard.)
    • Or since he's an Exchange Student he's also studied Fusion Summoning.
    • Turns out he's apparently working with Yuri, who's from the Fusion Dimension.
  • If you get a 2000 life point penalty for interfering with a duel, why didn't Yugo get penalised when he defeated the Obelisk Force duelists and saved Sakuragi?
    • Probably because Yugo uses a different Duel Disk and he does not use the Leo Corporation system.
    • Or he did, it just didn't show it.
  • On the note of the Youth Division Lancers, why didn't any of them use Pendulum cards? Did Reiji simply neglect to give them any?
    • Maybe he did. It might be that they either actually did play the Pendulum Cards, but they ended up destroyed or they never drew them during the duels.
  • Why did Reiji keep the 2000 Life Points penalty when he knows there are invaders have infiltrated the tournament? Seriously, Michio and Teppei wouldn't have lost so quickly if they had the usual 4000 Life Points.
    • The whole "Use a Battle Royale to hide the invasion" plan has glaring flaws (mismatched decks, no idea how long will it take, not to mention the whole issue about explaining the disappearance of several teenagers), it just came back to bite them to have the tournament rules on the duel disks by that point and it was too slow to remove them.
    • Common fanon interpretation is he left it in as a test so only the best of the best (those who could still win despite their massive disadvantage) would be left to become the Lancers. Granted, it's still a massive Jerkass move considering how many ended up paying because of this, but Reiji has shown to be an 'end justifies the means' kind of guy from what we've seen so far.
  • How did one of the Youth Division Lancers manage to summon Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth in episode 47? That monster is notoriously difficult to summon.
    • Perhaps the deck was tailored to it: with Pyro Clock of Destiny to speed up the countdown. Plus, there were 8 Lancers at the start, give or take. There were 3 by the time Yugo popped up. That duel was probably lengthy.
    • It's possible that he used "A Wild Monster Appears."
      • Then the monster would have been destroyed. But it was still there.

Meta

  • I was going through the YMMV page and found two things that caught my attention. Number 1, why are people less than impressed by Yuya constantly utilizing Pendulum Summons? Isn't that kind of the point? Number 2, why do people hate the Performapal archetype for being weak? With a card like Trump Witch being revealed not too long ago, I think we can expect the archetype to be more powerful and dynamic that people seem to be giving it credit for.
    • People dislike Entermates/Performapals because in the high-tier competitive scene, it's not consistent or powerful enough to regularly compete with more dangerous decks such as Shaddoll, Qliphort, or Necroz.
    • Pendulum Summon is more or less overrated and the reactions are similar to the early reactions to Synchro and Xyz Summoning.
    • “Stop Having Fun” Guys meets Technician Versus Performer. Yuya's all about making a show with elaborate strategies, and the meta-game, which prefers to spam high power monsters as quickly as possible, is offended by his treating something that is Serious Business as *shudder* a game.
    • Performapal had a pretty bad start due to having monsters with poor ATK and DEF and pendulum scales that they couldn't make use of, which probably contributed to the hate. However, they are getting better.
  • I keep on seeing his but why is Sora being compared to Vector? I mean I saw the episode he reminds me more of Bakura you know the original friend turned traitor do people forget that?
    • Vector is largely considered to be an Expy of Yami Marik with a few shades of Bruno and Bakura. Vector is getting referenced since he was in the preceding series. It's just shorter to say Vector.
    • Bakura was not a friend that turned traitor. There were two separate Bakura; Bakura the boy, and Yami Bakura, who was always evil from the start. He DID briefly befriend them, but only in the manga, and it was made clear that he was still evil. Sora is compared to Vector mainly because them being evil is treated as a plot twist.
    • Extra dimensional member of a villain faction that joins the main group as their new friend by posing as a school chum. The similarities are there, though I'm not prepared to call Sora Vector 2.0. Seems much more likely that Sora's going to join the winning team for good. Probably have a 2 on 1 duel alongside Kurosaki, get their asses kicked to show off how super OMG strong Leo Akaba is.
  • This has been bugging me for a while now, but where is it said that Yuya got his pendant from his father? I've watched all the subbed episodes and I don't remember them ever saying that the pendant was a gift from his father. I don't think they ever showed that the pendant was once Yusho's in the first place, either. Am I missing something? Or is the thing about the pendant coming from Yusho just an assumption made by fans?
    • I think it was stated in early promotional materials for the show.
  • If there are four dimensions and ARC-V is the Standard, then where did the other series (Duel Monsters, GX, 5D's, and ZEXAL) take place?
    • DM, GX, and 5D's all take place in the same dimension/world since the 10th Anniversary movie showed them all in the timeline (and said movie is canon to 5D's), GX had multiple references and characters from DM, and 5D's had Ushio. They probably all take place in Standard, too. I never watched ZEXAL completely, but I assume it takes place in the Xyz dimension due to Heartland in Xyz dimension looking exactly like it does in ZEXAL and ZEXAL never had any direct references or connections to the other series as far as I know.
      • Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes, Red-Eyes, Flame Swordsman, Neos, Flame Wingman, Cyber Dragon and Rainbow Dragon appear in episode 15 and 16 of ZEXAL, and they are all well known monsters there.
      • Fusion Monsters (and Ritual Monsters) were used in ZEXAL, so it takes place in Standard. The argument of Heartland being in the Xyz Dimension holds no water since a Duel Academy is present in the Fusion Dimension. As for the Fusion Dimension's Academy looking different to the GX one while Heartland hasn't changed, a lot more time has passed since a GX era than a ZEXAL one, which makes Duel Academy being more different more sensible (as well as the fact that it's effectively a military institution now.) Seriously, this troper needs a mantra for this, for so many people make this mistake...
    • Since certain characters are set to appear, we will know the answer when they do. We simply have to be patient.