A majority of the fandom agrees that these two pieces of music are also some of the best the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise has managed to produce in a long time.
The new opening theme foreshadows that Yuya and Jack's rematch is coming, with Yuya actually holding his own this time against Jack with his new ace, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon AND new Synchro Spellcaster-Type monster, Enlightenment Paladin.
If one looks closely, Enlightenment Paladin is standing on top of Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon's head.
JACK ATLAS, he whose name must return to being in all caps.
Despite Yuya's Awakened self being Nightmare Fuel incarnate, its hard to argue that it's incredibly awesome to see due to the power Yuya has in that form.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Masumi beats Yuzu in a One-Turn-Kill with Gem-Knight Master Diamond by using its ability to copy that of Gem-Knight Topaz.
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.
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 Awesome Music, DDD.
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.
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.
The Dark Duelist and Sora's going ninja, jumping around and clashing their Duel Disks in MID-AIR.
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.
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.
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.
Yuya ramped up his strategy with Fusion Summon, being the first protagonist to do so since Yusei! The monster he summons? It's Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon!◊
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 Awesome Music theme, DDD.
Gongenzaka Synchro Summons his new monster, Superheavy Warlord Susano-O! Everyone is utterly floored to see him pull it out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At one point during the duel, Masumi used Crystal Rose which can be used as any fusion materialnote It's different in the actual game however. and a valuable card for any fusion deck. Shortly after, Yuzu uses Fusion Samsara which lets her use fusion material from her opponent's deck. Guess what card she uses.
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 His monster's effect required him to draw a Superheavy Samurai monster - literally every single card in his deck. 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.
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 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!
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.
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 Frightfur 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.
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.
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 physically attempt to destroy each other, just like Stardust and Red Daemon's in 5D's.
The episode ends with Yugo meeting Yuto and Yuya.
Yugo's finishing move. He summons Shave Boomerang whose effect allows him to reduce a monster's attack but Yuya realizes 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.
As horrifying as Yuya's Superpowered 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.
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.
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.
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 Not a true OTK, since Olga had only 2600, which doesn't fit to the criteria, but Yuzu did deal a lot of damage in that turn.
Yuya consciously Xyz summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, especially notable in how special summoning is treated in the show.
With the combination play of Yuya and Dennis with their Xyz Monsters, Yuya OTKs Takeda and Umesugi, who both had 4000 LP.
Yuzu using a new Melodious monster to Fusion Bloom Diva, whose effect decreases Bloom Diva's attacknote Notice that Bloom is actually stronger against Special summoned monsters when she's weakerand 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.
Kurosaki pulled out three Xyz monsters on his first turn during his duel with Sora.
In a dark way, Dark 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.
Dark 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.
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).
Yugo saves Yuu Sakugari and does it in a totally awesome way, defeating three members of Obelisk Force in one turn. Specifically Yugo takes advantage of the Obelisk's force's Ancient Gear Armaggedon Gear, A card that, inflicts damage equal to the owner of a destroyed monster equal to it's attack points. So Yugo uses a card that destroys all their monsters and wipes them all out of them in one single stroke.
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.
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 Awakening 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yugo showing off his Crazy Awesome Driving skills again by driving ON the wall and jumping right over a security truck with his D-Wheel.
How Yugo won the duel. Using a Trap Card, he was able to Synchro Summon Clear Wing on his opponent's turn.
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.
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) By acting as the performance's Heel, his use of Pendulum and Xyz Summons are played up as villainous against Gong's Synchro Summons, serving as subtle two-fold propaganda towards a public only familiar with Synchros. Through the Pendulums, it's sabotage against the rest of the Lancers, and through the Xyzs, it plays into Academia's campaign against the Xyz Dimension. 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.
Kurosaki defeats Mukuro Enjo (the Burning Skull Duelist from 5D's), 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.
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 Roget, 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.
Gongenzaka punching a crater in the wall and scaring the crap out of the blonde guard before holding up cards to bribe someone.
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 Tokumatsu, 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.
Kurosaki 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.
Sawatari saving Crow from a prison guard by clocking him with a frying pan.
Yuya once more using the Hard Light monsters cleverly when he, Sawatari and Tokumatsu 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 Position. Meaning Yuya was able to save everyone without wasting his play.
Yuya taking the 2000 life point penalty without flinching.
Kurosaki using two Spell Cards, Xyz Summons Rise Falcon using his allies' captured monsters and uses Rise Falcon to OTK their chasers.
Roget 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 Roget.
For any 5D's fans watching, JACK ATLAS summoning Red Daemon's Dragon (Scarlight), 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 Shakunetsu Crimson Hell Burning here compared to Absolute Power Force and Shakunetsu Hell Flare in 5D's.
Yuya doing incredibly well in his duel against JACK ATLAS. 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 ATLAS down to 300 LP before JACK ATLAS turned it all around.
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.
Many fans didn't expect anything good from the Tsukikage vs Shinji match, that's why Shinji Synchro Summoning a Level 12 monster and Tsukikage taking a page out of Jose's book and outrunning (or outjumping) his D-Wheel was a very nice surprise. The beginning of the episode is incredible, given the background music. Tsukikage roars up to the starting line as Melissa Clare finally gets over the change. Enter Shinji, who immediately takes the opportunity to start insulting the Tops, and flips them off even more by telling the crowd exactly what's going on.
Tsukikage demonstrating how he possibly OTK'd Mieru back in Standard: by using his Continuous Magic Card to deal 300 points of damage for every card he discards, Tsukikage went running around the field at lightning speed discarding up to fourteen Action Cards, thus not even giving Mieru a chance to fight back. Shinji was at least able to prevent the chain from building using his riding skills; poor Mieru was overwhelmed.
While, aside from Shinji's Level 12 Synchro and Tsukikage's awesome ninja skills, the duel was quite bland, Shinji gets a crowning moment for his rousing speeches, tearing down all pretenses and sugarcoating about the Friendship Cup and the City's society, and getting the whole audience of Commons to root for him, shouting words of rebellion in front of not just the audience in the stadium, but presumably everyone who was watching the Cup on TV. Also counts as a meta moment of awesome, as this is actually the most direct way the franchise has addressed such a real issue as social inequality. Even in 5D's, the abysmal situation of the people in Satellite wasn't solved by a revolution, nor the heroes had ever tried to guide the people of Satellite to fight against their oppressors.
Essentially the whole duel between Yuzu and Tokumatsu. Yuzu using her new riding skills to grab several Action Cards, even in mid-air. Tokumatsu does the same.
Tokumatsu sends out the same Cardian he uses to almost beat Yuya... and Yuzu draws without hesitation and takes the 1500 damage, because she has an Equip Spell that negates effect damage and powers up her monster by the same amount. With a single card, the strategy that almost stopped Yuya is completely reversed.
Tokumatsu Synchro Summons Cardian - Gokou, a Level 10 Synchro Monster with 5000 ATK!
JACK ATLAS admitted Yuzu's dueling impressed him the most.
Both Yuya and DC 227 had their moments of awesomeness.
Yuya for introducing the long-awaited Odd-Eyes anime support and Summoning Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, bypassing its effect. And him Awakening had made all the sadistic fans happy. They didn't get anything, though. Almost.
DC 227 for his amazing riding skills, using Monster Reborn(!),and Summoning a level 10 Fusion monster with a broken effect using 2 Synchro monsters!
Sawatari playing evenly against Yugo and nearly beating him until Yuya's influence helped Yugo reach an Action Card to save himself. Yugo acknowledged him as a Worthy Opponent.
Despite how unnerving it is that Yuya and Yugo sync up, it is also extremely cool to see them work together.
Tsukikage escapes the underground facility by keeping himself pressed along the bottom of the elevator.
The entirety of Reira's speech, which Tsukikage delivers to Yuya. You read that correctly: Reira, of all people, manages to make a full-fledged speech, and a damn awesome one at that, which succeeds in snapping Yuya out of his mental funk.
Kurosaki has a Rank-Up Magic which allows him to special summon an Xyz monster from his graveyard and rank it up to an Xyz monster of double the rank.
Dennis Fusion summons by sending Polymerization to the graveyard and banishing 4 Xyz monsters to special summon then fuse 4 different Antique Gear Hound monsters at the same time. Crosses over with Nightmare Fuel given Dennis's tone and the massive and menacing size of the resulting monster.
Ruri Kurosaki's design was finally revealed! All four Yuzu's as well as all four Yuya's designs are known now!
Revolution Falcon's debut against Sora has just been one-upped. Meet Raid Raptors - Satellite Cannon Falcon. Instead of simply bombing the Action Field, it attacks Dennis from space, and leaves an enormous crater in the stadium. Talk about overkill.
Sora coming out of nowhere and stealing away Dennis right from Security and the Executive Council's noses. Keep in mind that Sora is shorter than Dennis and somehow managed to spirit him away a great distance.
As disturbing as Sergey was the entire episode, seeing him pull off a triple Fusion and the monster summoned from it looked damn cool.
Sora leaping from rooftop to rooftop, hellbent on talking to Yuya despite the duel going on.
After Yuya sees Sora's message that Yuzu is safe and sound, he calms down to the point where he causes his D-Wheel to flip upwards backwards to grab an Action Card, saving him from Shinji's effect damage.
The episode ends with Yuya finding his determination and refusing to lose.
Yuya's speech that every card can be used actually made JACK ATLAS smile!
When it looked like Shinji's final attack would work, Yuya dodged it, revealing he had gotten an Action Card that negates effect damage.
Enlightenment Paladin joins the roster! And has very cool animation sequences for his effect and his attack. Then there's the animation sequence where Tuning Magician makes Yuya use Monster Reborn for her and has Yuya see Enlightenment Paladin in his mind's eye for the first time.
Yuya Synchro Summoning shocked Serena, Reiji, Sam, Crow, Shinji, and Roget, showing how impressive it is that Yuya was able to gather each of the extra deck summoning methods.
To top is off, Yuya managed to use Tuning Magician's detrimental effect to his advantage.note Keep in mind, anime Tuning Magician doesn't have the ability to resummon herelf from the graveyard, and 400 LP damage is far bigger than it would be in the actual game. Yuya Special Summons Tuning Magician from his graveyard using Monster Reborn to activate her effect to increase the life point gap between them, then Synchro Summons into Enlightenment Paladin and uses his effect to re-add Gap Power to his hand. The resulting combo manages to power up Enlightenment Paladin enough to where he can take down Shinji's 4000 ATK monster. After everyone spending the entire episode mocking her, Yuya makes a point to note how Tuning Magician's effect was what allowed him to win.
When Timesword Magician is hit with Hama the Evil-Crushing Bow's effect, he pulls out the bolt and tosses him to the side like it's nothing.
Shinji: Dont give me that kind of bull! Potential my foot! Evolving? Are you kidding me? This match was rigged from the beginning, wasnt it!?
Roget: Youre the one who is full of bull here, Shinji Weber.
Shinji: What did you say!?
Roget: I just stated a fact. After all, if the Duel was rigged like you said, that would mean that you are his partner-in-crime, and lost on purpose, no?
Roget: Yuya defeated you fair and square. Youre spouting that nonsense simply because you cant accept your defeat.
Shinji: I !
Roget: Youre an eyesore. Take the loser out of the stadium right now!
Yuya saving Sora from being captured by Security and Sora ninja jumps to safety.
The final shot of the episode, promising a duel between Crow and Kurosaki!
Crow's kids call out Kurosaki's actions as insensitive and wantonly destructive, a first in-universe.
Crow and Kurosaki's duel is amazingly even back-and-forth.
Basically everything about Kurosaki and Crow in this episode is awesome. The episode quickly opens with Crow making a "Phantom Synchro" to resummon Raikiri from the graveyard.
Kurosaki saves Tanner by jumping onto Revolution Falcon. He jumps back onto his bike in spectacular fashion.
Kurosaki and Crow fistbump. At the end of the episode, they affirm that they are now nakama.
Kurosaki ranks up twice in a row using Skip Force (jumping 2 ranks each time), allowing him to summon Rank 10 Ultimate Falcon.
Crow counters in a similar fashion to allow himself to summon a new level 12 ace.
The Ballroom Dance where Sora and Yuzu decimate Security. Also a Funny Moment.
Sora demonstrating his Character Development by not only owning up to his misdeeds and asking Tsukikage to wait for later, unless he couldn't wait to avenge his brother, because Yuya needed to be saved. Tsukikage, despite his rage, agrees.
Yugo completely shattering Serena's strategy with luck.
That moment when Yugo saves himself from falling off the road by switching his D-Wheel from Auto to Manual.
Serena refusing to take the Action Card due to Roget changing the course, saying she'll win her way.
Serena revealing her Pendulum Monsters and uses them to summon Moon-Light Lio Dancer.
Yugo not to be be left behind uses the Action Card that Serena refused to grab to survive and then was able to summon Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon to win.
While unintentional, Serena and Yugo putting a large wrench into Roget's plan was awesome to see.
As soon as Serena loses, Reiji starts looking around the place with expressions that tell the entire story.
Yuri getting away from Yugo by leaping off a moving truck on a highway; he survives the jump like it was nothing!
Reira showing that apple doesn't fall far from the tree by using Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Summon all in one turn, defeating the three Security officers.
Reiji taking on six Security officers and beating them all off-screen. As well as his speech to Roget, effectively tell him that his plan has failed.
Although seen in past episodes, this episode marks the first time that Roget truly loses control of his emotions and starts screaming through the screen at Reiji for foiling his plans; Reiji even insinuating that Roget's reign as "King" is pathetic sends Roget over the edge. Being an unlikable despot, seeing him lose his cool like that is awesome.
The return of Awakened Yuya is indeed awesome. The circumstances, not so much...
Sora decides to see the duel by grabbing onto the helicopter that circles around the duelists.
The duel between Awakened Yuya and Crow was a sight to see.
Awakened Yuya setting Synthesis and Antithesis Magician and using Synthesis Magician's Pendulum Effect to make Crow's monster a Level 7 monster so when Odd-Eyes destroys it, his effect will activate.
Crow instantly Synchro Summoning his ace Raikiri and using his effect to clear Yuya's field and score a direct attack
Yuya uses a Spell Card that returns Antithesis and Synthesis Magicians back into his hand, which are then used to revive Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and ends the episode by summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. If you've watched up to this point, you should know what's coming next...
Seeing all the Yus in synch as they Xyz Summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon must be seen to be believed.
Yuya summoning Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, who was so powerful that it caused blackouts in sections of the City due to its extreme amounts of electricity.
Due to Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon cutting off the power, it caused a huge gap in the duel lanes, which Roget was trying to change in order to give Yuya an advantage, right in front of Yuya and Crow. Crow uses his D-Wheel to fly over the gap. What does Yuya do? Equips wings to his monster and has Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon carry him over the gap. In fact this was so awesome this caused the Tops to cheer for Crow and the Commons to cheer for Yuya.
Crow surviving Yuya's relentless attacks and in his last turn actually manages to destroy Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon but Yuya's Equip Spell Card causes Crow to lose anyway. Still Crow's actions manages to bring Yuya back to his senses.
Sora manages to jump from the helicopter he was hanging on and land cleanly on Crow's back.
Sergey defeating three members of the Obelisk Force off-screen.
Reira doing the same, but twice.
As it looks like the Tsukikage is going to lose, Sora rescues him. And then following happens:
Sora discards Edge Imp Frightfuloid to activate Frightfur Sanctuary, sending two of his Frightfur Fusion Monsters from his Extra Deck to the graveyard, setting up the Fusion Summon of Frightfur Chimera with Frighfur Fusion.
With Tsukikage learning the buff effect of Frightfur Tiger (and probably remembering the effect of Frightfur Chimera), he activates his Trap Card to give the effect of one Ancient Gear Triple-Bite Hound Dogs to Sora's Chimera, which allows that monster to attack monsters three times a turn while preventing the opponents from activating cards and effects during the Damage Step. Sora attacks with Chimera three times and steals each monster with the effect of Chimera. Not only does Chimera become stronger for each monster it steals, with Frightfur Sanctuary treating all of Sora's Fusion Monsters he controls as Frightfurs and with the buff effect of Frightfur Tiger, Chimera and all other Frightfur Monsters gain an additional boost each time Sora steals a monster. Finally he finishes the enemies off with their own monsters.
Yuya giving an awesome Big Damn Heroes when he breaks through a wall on his motorcycle to save an exhausted Reira.
Followed by Tsukikage dropping in to bust out the Lancers. He announces his presence by severing the tethers with kunai, tossing the Lancers their Duel Disks, and dropping a handful of smoke bombs to cover their retreat.
Shinji gets his own moment by using the chaos to rally the prisoners into a full-scale riot and successfully taking over the facility. So Roget, what was that about "all bark and no bite"?
Duel Chaser 227 getting his revenge against Gallager.
Despite being caught in chains and repeatedly told to give in by Barrett, Yuya refuses to back down and constantly voices aloud that he'll fight until the bitter end to protect both Yuzu AND Serena from Academia.
Reira's sheer determination in trying to fight off his PTSD in order to protect his comrades, hell bent on making sure that Serena isn't taken by Obelisk Force. Likewise, Serena is willing to fight herself, despite still suffering from the effects of the nerve gas.
Yuzu's stubbornness in trying to reunite with Yuya after escaping Underground.
Yuri casually jumping over a large hole and continues conversing with the heroes, voicing his intention to arrest both Sora and Serena for being traitors to Academia. As he's about to, Yugo comes barging in and both counterparts finally have their long awaited duel...
Yuri FINALLY has his dragon debut and it's design is just as awesome as it is terrifying. It also stands out from the rest of the dimensional dragons as well. Whereas Odd Eyes Pendulum, Dark Rebellion Xyz and Clear Wing Synchro all have 2500 ATK and are primarily Level 7 note Dark Rebellion Xyz is Rank Four but when it evolves into Odd Eyes Rebellion Dragon, it becomes Rank 7, Starve Venom Fusion Dragon is Level 8 with 2800 ATK!!
Yuya is immobilized and his monsters attack power is reduced to 0 by Barrett. Things are looking very grim indeed. Who comes to his rescue? Sergey! Sergey then shows his new Earthbound monsters, and uses a spell that makes a Fusion and a Synchro monster! Geo-Kraken and Geo-Griffon then blast the Beastborgs to bits, but as usual they defuse upon destruction...oh? What's thateffect Geo-Kraken has?
Yuya then gets serious and takes him on with Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, which literally tears Geo-Griffon limb from limb. Cue Geo-Griffon's effect, which takes Odd-Eyes down with it and lets Kraken finish Yuya off. Sergey does not mess around.
Rather than challenge Tsukikage and Sora to a duel, Sergey instead activates built-in rocket boosters in his legs and tackles both duelists out of the way before snatching Yuzu and flying off with her.
Even better: Tsukikage intercepts Sergey's tackle with his sword. Sergey breaks it.
JACK ATLAS' entrance into the Duel Stadium, which is practically lifted directly from the very first scene of 5D's (and literally lifted from episode 64).
JACK ATLAS:*points his index finger into the air* There is only one King, and that is me!
Sergey merges with his D-Wheel Yliaster-style to become the "ultimate Dueling Machine". Everyone is horrified by this abomination, but what does JACK ATLAS do? He just carries on normally, unperturbed by Sergey's intimidation.
JACK ATLAS, he whose name must return to being typed in all caps. He utterly steals the show, dismissing Sergey'sSadistic Choice and choosing the proper option: preventing Red Demon's Dragon Scarlight from being destroyed, seeing as it's his very soul (using the same wording as his summon chant from 5D's). He then proceeds to save Sergey from falling to his death to continue to duel, and attempts to do so again after winning. But the real kicker is when he gets the entire City cheering his name in unison, utterly flattening Roget's plan to have the City lose their hope in them. And he's never fazed the entire time.
Sergey isn't to be outdone either; fusing an Earthbound Fusion and Synchro Monster to Summon a 3000 ATK behemoth, and later embraces his defeat with surprising grace.
Seeing Roget's plans fall apart and the man himself dissolve into a screaming mess is a glory to see. Yuzu even rejecting his so called "ideal world" is awesome too.
Some nostalgia for 5Ds fans. Jack has Dark Resonator in his deck. One of his signature tuners from 5Ds.
Yuzu pushing Roget away to warn the City of his plans and beg Yuya to save the day. It shows even if she's captured Yuzu refuses to give up.
Reiji entrance, summoning Kali Yuga and destroying all the Trap cards Security had set and knocking them out. For those who didn't watch the episode, it was A LOT of traps; a bare minimum of 14 traps were shown on screen, and more were implied.
Kurosaki summoning his monsters and having them carry the Lancers safety to the Duel Palace.
Crow not only wrecks a group of Security attacking Shinji, Damon, and Tony, he's all ready to duel them after they challenge him when he tries to convince them to stand down.
Yuya giving a Badass Boast where he tells the City to watch his duel where he'll prove that dueling isn't a tool for war by defeating JACK ATLAS.
Roget orders a small army of Security into the Duel Palace to take down the Lancers. The Lancers hand them their asses instead. This deserves expansion. Sawatari has Big Star take down an opponent like freaking Batman, complete with a Three-Point Landing; Tokumatsu has Ameshikou take out an opponent and then sheathe its katana before the monster explodes, Gongenzaka has Susan-O take out an enemy with the backlash of its attack, Kurosaki unleashes Rise Falcon's whipass properly for the first time in a while and Reiji atomizes a Goyo King with Caesar Ragnarok while looking completely unworried. The scene ends on a power shot of all of them that can seem cheesy, but is simultaneously awesome - and pretty much cements Tokumatsu as a Lancer.
Roget's completely stopped pulling his punches. He stations a squad of Security - all with Goyo Emperors - in the path of JACK ATLAS and Yuya's Riding Duel and forces them into a Battle Royale. The problem: they're dealing with JACK ATLAS, who passes them with no trouble whatsoever, before wiping them out with Red Demon's Dragon Scarlight.
Episode 97 may as well be the CMOA of the whole series up to that point.
Firstly, Nirvana High Paladin:a Level 10, 3300 ATK upgrade for Enlightenment Paladin - and a Synchro Pendulum Monster. Clearly, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon was just the tip of the iceberg. Even better is how he summons it: by Nirvana's own effect, it can be summoned by Tributing a Pendulum Summoned monster (in this case, the Level 2 Entermate Cheermole) and a Synchro Monster, Enlightenment Paladin. On the screen, this is represented as a Synchro Summon using Enlightenment Paladin as the Tuner. Immediately afterwards, it attacks by conjuring a massiveLaser Blade and cleaving Scar-Right in two - or it would have, had JACK not had a Trap set to negate the destruction (and then Special summon it as a Tuner). How awesome was it? Even JACK FREAKING ATLAS was impressed - and that's not a sentence you see written very often.
This is, of course, followed by one from JACK ATLAS: he's heading towards a broken bridge. Completely unfazed, his reaction is to go full throttle. Then, he summons a second Tuner monster to the field and Double Tunes his two Tuners with Red Daemon's Dragon Scar-Right, in a scene lifted straight from 5D's, complete with fiery Synchro rings and a cameo by the Crimson Dragon, to summon Red Daemon's Dragon Tyrant, while dashing straight over the gap enshrouded by a glowing red Battle Aura. There's a reason why he's the King.
Finally, JACK ATLAS uses Tyrant's effect to completely wipe Yuya's field, Pendulum Zone and all... Except Nirvana High Paladin's effect allows him to place it in a Pendulum Zone instead of the Extra Deck. Yuya then tries to dodge Tyrant's attack with an Action Card, only to have it negated by Tyrant's effect while increasing Tyrant's ATK by 500, to a total of 4000 ATK. Fortunately, Yuya has a plan B: he summons Acrobat Magician from his hand to fend off the attack, and Acrobat Magician's effect places itself in the Pendulum Zone. On Yuya's turn, he draws none other than Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, and ends off the episode with a full quintuple Pendulum Summon, manifested as a whirlpool of rainbow light, which shocks the entire audience into silence.
Awesome moments aren't just restricted to the climactic duel, either. Tsukikage and Sora manage to fight their way to the control room for the mind-control chips controlling Security and disable it, while also freeing Yuzu from her cell in the process. The Lancers head out to quell the riots at Reiji's command, putting themselves between the panicking and no-longer-brainwashed Security and the Commons - a particular highlight being Kurosaki putting himself between Crow and Shinji. Reiji and Reira move to confront Roget. It's safe to say that the future of the Synchro Dimension is looking brighter at this point.
Episode 98 builds even further upon these CMOAs:
Firstly, Yuya is finally able to use his Smile World Spell to the best of his ability, powering up the ATK of the five monsters he Summoned last episode by 600 each, then using the effect of his Entermate Radish Horse to weaken Tyrant's own ATKexcept JACK ATLAS then reveals a Trap Card that proceeds to give his Tyrant 10,000 ATK.
However, an unfazed Yuya uses his Radish Horse's effect in conjunction with Nirvana High Paladin's Pendulum effect to weaken Tyrant's ATK further still with each attack Yuya makes. Finally, he uses his Odd-Eyes to attack Tyrant, reducing the Life Points of a smiling JACK ATLAS to zero. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Duel King.
Oh, but it gets even better than that: as Yuya's doing this, the entire City is cheering him on. Tops and Commons, Security and Lancers, everyone is cheering Yuya Sakaki's name. It's incredibly awesome that Yuya managed to make the City go from antagonizing himtouniversally cheering for him to win - to the point of getting them to call his final attack with him.
Everyone in the City: "Go, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon! Attack Red Daemon's Dragon Tyrant! RASEN NO STRIKE BURST!"
But it doesn't stop there. Dirty to the end, Roget has been a hologram all this time, and he immediately reenters the Duel at the cost of 2000 LP. Reiji's field, however, has been set up in such a way that Roget has been caught in an infinite loop: no matter how many times he reenters the Duel, Reiji will always win. Explanation The first of his 3 new Pendulum Monsters has an effect that allows him to Special Summon it from his hand on his opponent's turn by destroying 2 Pendulum Cards he controls. The other 2 new Pendulum Monsters he has have effects that bring themselves back and bounce the first back to his hand. When they do, his Continuous Trap Card deals damage to Roget equal to the returned monster's Defense, hitting him for 2000 damage, reducing his Life Points to 0 and setting it all up to be done again as soon as Roget returns. This causes the real Roget, who has been hiding above the chamber with Yuzu close by, to flee the scene with his prisoner.
Just as Roget thinks he'll escape, he sees Jack and Crow staring him down saying he'll pay for his crimes. Jack uses Red Demon Dragon Scarlight to destroy the elevator Roget's in. But in the process sends Yuzu flying which leads into Yuya's Big Damn Heroes moment where he comes in swing and catches Yuzu midair and then has Discover Hippo catch the both of them.
Roget trying to destroy the City with a doomsday device but ends up screwing himself over when he falls into a wormhole.
While it's frustrating to see it happen over half an episode's worth of recaps, there's no denying how satisfying it is to see Yuya, Gongenzaka and Sawatari utterly stomp their Academia opponents with an Entertainment Duel that actually works for the bystanders. Considering how poorly they did against Security, it just shows how far they've come from then.
Kaito makes his return to the series in grand style, effortlessly defeating both Sawatari and Gongenzaka, despite the "new" methods of dueling they both displayed (Action Field, Action Cards, Pendulum Monsters, Pendulum Effects and Synchro Summoning).
Kaito's new deck theme that sets him apart from his original counterpart: he uses "Cipher" monsters instead of "Galaxy" and "Photon". Even his dragon undergoes an "upgrade", becoming an Xyz monster instead of the effect monster it used to be, looking more powerful and wrathful to boot.
Both Yuto and Kurosaki acknowledging Kaito as the strongest Xyz user in their home dimension, who could have potentially become the champion if it were not for Academia.
Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon vs Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon! The battle ends in a draw.
Kaito summoning a second Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon!
Yuya using Odd-Eyes Rebellion in the Pendulum Zone.
Asuka's return to the series is fitting for the royalty that she is. From her rescuing Yuzu from three Academia students and doing a three one turn kill with the added bonus of using Ritual Monsters instead of Fusion.
Oh, and guess who else makes their grand debut? Yusho Sakaki.
Edo Phoenix returns, bringing all-new Destiny HERO monsters and support cards with him! Including a new Fusion Monster that destroys cards when its ATK is modified, and one that robs Yuya of victory by forcing a draw.
Yuya (as a result of being momentarily taken over by Yuto) adds yet another Summon method to his arsenal: Rank-Up Xyz Change!
Followed up by the debut of Dark Rebellion's Rank-Up form, Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon.
Kurosaki duels well against Kaito, even if he still loses. His Character Development over the series finally comes through as he comes to acknowledge the Lancers and Crow as his fellow friends.
Asuka is about to be carded by Academia enforcers but is saved just in time by Yusho, despite the injuries inflicted on him by Edo.
The students of Yusho's school standing up to Yuri, despite being defeated by the psychopath.
In a villainous example, Yuri showing off the ferocity of his dueling, including finally giving a proper debut to the powers of Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.
Unintentional, but Yugo showing up just in time to save Yuzu and Asuka from Yuri; the former causes the latter to teleport away thanks to Yuzu's bracelet.
Sayaka uses Fairy Rail to negate the effect damage that would have taken them out of the game and raise Fairy Cheer Girl's effect to 4500. It was the only thing she or Allen did that took the Tyler Sisters by surprise. Not that it helped.
This episode is a HUGE CMOA for Yuya. He was after being thrown into a corner by the Tyler Sisters, who have over 10000 life points, he refused to throw away his ideals and gave a huge show on his turn. Where he not only defeated them but made everyone smile.
Just when everything seems to be done for Yuya, Kaito comes to his rescue and single-handedly beats Obelisk Force.The guy wasn't a candidate to becoming a Champ for nothing.
Even though it crosses into Nightmare Fuel, one cannot argue that Chaos Giant tearing down a pair of buildings was amazing.
Yuya's final turn as a whole counts. First he uses a complex strategy to power up his Laughmaker to 6900 attack points and then using Edo's own field spell card to grab an action card to save his monster from Dystopia Guy's special effect by good old physics. When Edo is able to counter it and grab the Action card, Yuya reveals Laughmaker's special effect to revive Brave-Eyes Pendulum Dragon leading up to the final battle where Yuya is able to power his dragon to 6600 attack points and wipe out Edo's remaining life points in a huge fireworks display.
Dennis: "That's just a bluff. The monsters you take can't attack directly, meaning only two of your monsters can attack. Even if you attack me with your 5000 ATK Neo Galaxy-Eyes and 800 ATK Little Fairy, I can half the damage with Bubble Gardna's Pendulum Effect."
Kaito: "So even if I attack, you'll still have some life left?"
Sora and Yuya working as a team to defeat Captain Solo.
Yugo and Kaito each go up against Apollo and Diana respectively, who are clearly meant to give them a hard time and slow them down. They both defeat each of their opponents in a single turn without breaking a sweat. Special mention goes to Kaito taking yet another page out of Kurosaki's book and his ZEXAL counterpart's book, and using both Neo Galaxy-Eyes and Galaxy-Eyes to Wave-Motion Gun Diana.
Not only do we finally get to see Rin, but she defeats Yugo in her first on-screen duel, giving Yugo his first proper loss of the series!
Kurosaki himself is no slouch in this episode either. Throughout the episode, he's almost completely unfazed by the infected Ruri's attempts to get into his head, and as a finishing move, he copies Yuya's party trick of using an Xyz Monster's Rank as a Level for an Xyz Summon, pulling out Etranger Falcon to finish the Duel with both its effect and an attack.
As sad Crow's "death" scene is, the way how he goes out while smiling, he looks very cool as a card. And before BB stomps on his card, Sawatari dive saves him and acknowledges how cool Crow looks like.
BB's impressive skills. Most notably when he corners Yuya and Gongenzaka during the latter's turn. When BB gets his second turn, he takes out Gongenzaka and reduces Yuya's Life Points from 3500 to 100.
Gongenzaka throwing his own style to protect Yuya. When BB finishes Gongenzaka off, the manly Gongenzaka stands like a man and falls like one.
When BB is about to card Gongenzaka, JACK ATLAS and his Wheel of Fortune come out of nowhere and everyone looks up in the air as their attention is grabbed by the former King of Riding Duels.
Physics aside, JACK ATLAS constantly driving through walls during duel cemented his status as Badass Biker, possibly even more than Yugo.
Yuya utilizing BB's own cards against him and winning the duel as a result.
Asuka actually putting up a good fight against Yuri, being the first character in the series to reduce someone as powerful as Yuri to 100 Life points and stripping the guy's deck of all of his Fusion Cards, crippling his Fusion Summoning.
Yuri proves he's no slouch, demonstrating his skills with another deck that's not his own and ultimately bringing out Super Polymerization that ends up defeating Asuka.
Yuto and his deck making a glorious return as a result of fighting against Ruri.
Yuto's amazing move to get rid of the four Parasite Fusioners.
You have to give credit for Ruri and Serena's teamwork.
When Yuya and Serena are looking for an action card, they both show amazing agility.
For all the Nightmare Fuel it can induce, Yuya's inner darkness allowing him to No-Sell the Parasite Fusionner and burning the thing that was trying to latch onto his brain was damn awesome.
Serena: (after Yuya collapsed) "And now you're our comrade."
Yuya: (Stands up with glowing red eyes) "Who... IS YOUR ALLY ?"
When Yuya awakens his inner darkness, the 12 Parasite Fusioners are trembling in fear!
As promised Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon is awesome, from its summoning to its power. It is a horrifying dragon of mass power.
Supreme Dragon King Zarc. As horrifying as powerful, Zarc declared himself a god in this form and he wasn't lying.
The Doktor getting carded by the Professor, full stop.
Ray taking the four nature cards and using them to defeat Zarc.
The Professor asks Reiji to kill Yuya, but Reiji rebuffs the Professor, saying he knows that Yuya truly wants to make everyone happy and successfully made the dimensions safer. He then states that the Professor is the true threat and as the leader of the Lancers' he'll stop him with Yuya. Then they proceed to begin a Duel. Heck yes, ARC-V. Heck yes.
The Professor tries to win Reiji over for the entire duel. Reiji nicely points out that the only reason that Zarc is a problem again is because of the Professor's war.
After Reiji's awesome traditional opening, he blocks the Professor from using Fusion, Synchro or Xyz as long as he has his three Extra Deck Kings out. The Professor's response? He PENDULUM SUMMONS. Either he was the true inventor (and thereby solving a lot of Headscratchers) OR he had the brains to reverse-engineer Dennis's. Either way, it's still damn cool.
The interplaying mechanics are well worth a hand as well. The Professor's Pendulum Governor prevents the opponent's monsters from attacking if their Levels are between his active Scales, meaning that Levels 2-7 can't attack. But wait - Ceasar is an Xyz Monster, so it doesn't have a Level. Not so; only Pendulum Monsters can attack Pendulum Governor.
Yuya Fusion Summoning a new Performapal and NOT a new Pendulum Dragon to almost OTK the Professor. The expressions present say it all.
They lose it later on, but Yuya and Yuto continue to hold back Zarc, at least briefly.
The Professor shows us where Reiji picked it up when through his planning, he perfectly predict Reiji's moves, steal his ace and even summon a Pendulum Fusion Monster all on Reiji's turn.
Yuya using his roller blades to grab an action card to avoid the Professor's attack.
The bracelet girls nearly calming Awakened Yuya down. If it wasn't for the Professor, the worst might have been avoided.
Yusho's Big Damn Heroes moment where he binds Yuya, stopping him from killing Reiji and the Professor. Then he states he'll find a way to stop Zarc.
Kaito utterly dominates Yugo during his turn, with only a last second monster on the latter's part saving him from being beaten by Edo on the next turn.
Yugo and Edo's countering, which is much more even than the one-sided beatdown that Kite dished out. Edo eventually summons the godly Destiny HERO - Duskutopiaguy and reminds Yugo about Rin to break him out of his awakened state.
Yuri Fusion Summoning Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon while fully knowing that Yugo would use Crystal Wing to destroy it, thus activating its second effect to take all of his opponents out. Thanks to another moment from Edo, Yugo remains in the game, but Kaito (his first loss in the series) and Edo are both taken out.
Reira showing his development by confidently standing up against Reiji and even outplaying him.
Yuri showing his skill by using Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon to destroy Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon and when both have re-summoned their original aces. He then negates and copies Clear Wing's effect and uses it to defeat Yugo for no reason other than to mess with him again.
Yusho shows why he's one of the best duelists in the Standard Dimension by correctly guessing Yuri's strategy and making the perfect plays to derail it without even trying: he gets rid of two of Yuri's cards, including shuffling Super Polymerization into the deck, takes out a good chunk of his Life Points, and powers up his ace monster to 3100 ATK to boot (and has the means next turn to boost it further while also being able to negate any Spell cards Yuri might try).
He exactly names Yuri's facedown card as Super Polymerization by performing a Sherlock Scan on him to explain how he knows the card Yuri has based on what he's said and what he's played beforehand. It's extra awesome because Yusho just has to guess if the facedown is a Spell or Trap for his own card to work — he doesn't have to declare the name. He does so just to show off how clever he is.
Yet another layer of awesomeness is that, by doing that, Yusho is the first duelist to make Yuri lose his composure.
Yuri states that Yusho is the best duelist that he has ever faced including Yugo.
The fact throughout most of the duel Yusho was in control, greatly annoying Yuri.
Yuri's final move. Using his real ace card Ultra Polymerization which he uses to summon both Starving Venom Fusion Dragon and Clear Wing Synchro Dragon. Then he creates a combo that slowly lowers Yusho's life points and Sky Magician's attack points till he can defeat Yusho using Starving Venom.
Yuya is so enraged by seeing his father carded, that he breaks free of Binding Swords of Impact, ready to defeat Yuri. However, throughout the duel, Yuya is able to remain in control despite the pain.
As horrifying as it is, the Four Dimension Dragons on one field is a sight to see.
A dark example but seeing Yuri descend into madness and laughing like every other Ax-CrazyYu-Gi-Oh! villain is entertaining to watch, especially towards of the end of the episode when Yuri activates a continuous trap card that disrupts Yuya's winning strategy and steals control of Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon away. Now he has three of the dimensional dragons under his control.
Yuya finally ending Yuri's Invincible Villain status by beating him. How he won was amazing as well; he was not only able to reclaim Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon but also turned Yuri's trap against him and take control of Clear Wing Synchro Dragon. Then using masterful playing, he is able to use all three dragons abilities to not only destroy Starving Venom but defeat Yuri too. The icing on the cake is Yuya using Odd-Eyes to win when last episode Yuri mocked his ace.
Since the dimensional dragons are extensions of their duelist, seeing Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon (Yuto) and Clear Wing Synchro Dragon (Yugo) aid Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (Yuya) in taking down Starving Venom Fusion Dragon (Yuri) serves as a Laser-Guided Karma moment to Yuri himself; after kidnapping Ruri and Rin and screwing around with most of the cast of characters, he's finally brought down to size.
As scary as it is to see, it is breath-taking to see Zarc summon Astrograph Magician and re-fuse himself back to Supreme King Dragon Zarc.
Despite being an Ax-Crazy villain, it is pretty cool to see Z-Arc easily handle Aster Phoenix and Sora, doubling his LP then defeating them both without even attacking them once.
Supreme King Dragon Zarc's summoning is this mixed with Nightmare Fuel. We see dark clouds summon as huge wings extend past the clouds and blow away the cloud, showing just how HUGE the dragon is.
Kurosaki's awesome line before taking his turn when he and Kaito decide to make a stand against Z-Arc.
Z-Arc: So you two are next?
Kurosaki: Let's go, that form really doesn't suit you. Come back to us! Ore No Taaan!!! *[Enters his draw phase as the episode ends]*
The preview of the episode features Kurosaki and Kaito taking a stand against Zarc with Kurosaki taking a massive backflip to get on top of Raidraptor Rise Falcon, while Kaito scales Supreme King Dragon Zarc himself JUST to get in front of him to take his turn.
Kurosaki and Kaito's teamwork despite not knowing what cards the other is holding is certainly very worthy of being awesome Kurosaki upgrades Rise Falcon into Blaze Falcon which allows Kaito to active his set "Rank-Up-Magic Limit Overforce" to upgrade Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon into Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon with double it's original ATK (4500 -> 9000/3000) which allowed Kurosaki to activate his own "Rank-Up-Magic Limit Overforce" so he could upgrade Blaze Falcon into Revolution Falcon with triple it's original ATK (ATK: 2000 -> 6000/3000) surpassing Supreme King Dragon Zarc (4000/4000) and Servant Dragon Dark Rebellion (2500/2000).
JACK ATLAS' grand entrance riding into the duel over Gongenzaka and Sawatari's heads and nonchalantly challenging Zarc to a duel
THE MAN Gongenzaka's save for Kurosaki and Kaito after they were defeated by Zarc.
Gongenzaka's many defensive moves to protect Jack's monsters. These moves actually gain him Zarc's respect.
Jack summoning Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend without using Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend. As such he has both of his aces on his field at the same time.
During the lead up to summon Tyrant, he starts driving up a ramp from the City that hasn't been fully integrated in the Fusion Dimension. But as he starts driving the ramp starts integrating just before his D-Wheel.
While the circumstances are iffy, the fact that Crow came back to defeat Zarc is this.
Sawatari taking the 2000 point penalty without flinching.
Both Sawatari and Crow telling Zarc off for being a Sore Loser and a coward. They are actually the first people to get under his skin.
Sawatari and Crow might actually have had the best show against Zarc yet. Highlights include:
Forcing Zarc to abuse his overpowered defensive abilities time and time again, keeping him on the defensive.
Adjusting immediately to the effects of Zarc's new cards, with Crow avoiding damage from Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing and getting multiple attacks to bypass his ability to avoid destruction once each turn, and Sawatari playing his Abyss Script from his graveyard, bypassing his inability to add new cards to his hand.
Crow is the first one to actually damage Zarc since Edo and Sora. Not the first one to get an attack, but previous damage ended up adding to Zarc's life points thanks to Gate 0 and Gate Infinity. Crow nullifies their effects, and Zarc himself never saw that coming.
Zarc once again shows us why he's the Supreme King by defeating the Professor before the Professor had the chance to use the Bracelet cards.
Reiji pulls out all the stops against Zarc, summoning elite versions of Genghis, Alexander and Caesar, then he counters Zarc every step by making his pendulum effects useless, preventing him from special summoning and dealing over 2000 points of damage in a single turn. Zarc... does not take this well, and retaliates by summoning all four Supreme King Servant Dragon versions of the Four Dimension Dragons and taking out Reiji in one turn. Notably, however, Reji forces him to make use of all their abilities and attack with all of them to defeat him. And if not for an Idiot Ball on him, actually, he'd have been able to survive that turn.
Tsukikage then pulls an epic Big Damn Heroes as he saves Reiji and the Professor from Zarc's final attack.
Reira reveals that he has allowed Ray inside his body and they start their counter attack.
Ray proves her taunt by defeating Zarc again despite him creating Pendulum Summoning just to counter her.
Yuya is able to finally able to fight Zarc's influence because of Yuzu's words. And he creates Smile Universe to allow Reira and Ray to defeat Zarc for the last time.
Shuzo not only remembering Yuzu but also being the one to remind the Lancers and You Show of her.
Gongenzaka seeing that Yuya is not taking the news that Yuzu is missing well, defeats Sawatari and Tsukikage so the duel will end faster.
The preview has Gongenzaka telling Yuya if he's too shaken up to do anything then he'll save Yuzu and Reira instead.
Gongenzaka showing his resolve by Synchro summoning a level 12 monster with 4800 Defense that, as per his battle style, can also be used to attack, and actually going after Action Cards. Plus his new ace has the ability to remove all spell cards in his graveyard and damage his opponent 200 points for each card removed.
The entire duel between Yuya and Gongenzaka becoming a battle of attrition. During each turn they fight to get an Action Card to damage the other each by 200 points of damage. In the end, Yuya is barely able to win.
Yuya's final turn against Dennis has Yuya using a combo that he uses to let Odd-Eyes attack five times in a row before defeating Dennis.
Yuya and Kurosaki revealing their new aces, Odd-Eyes Lancer Dragon and Raidraptors Final Fortress Falcon.
During the last turn, Kurosaki attacks Odd-Eyes Lancer Dragon, Yuya using Odd-Eyes, planning and some manipulation is able to survive with 50 life points while Kurosaki's attack depletes his own life points.
Reiji reveals that he knew that Yuya would be scared of using the other Dimension Dragons; thus he created the interdimensional highway. A Real Solid Vision road between the four dimensions through ARC-V for the ultimate Riding Duel.
Yuto, Yugo and Yuri calling Yuya out on his fear of the Dimension Dragons and his refusal to listen to them. Yuya finally realizes that since the four of them share a body, he has the full powers of Zarc and he can fully understand the Dimension Dragons. Yuya then proceeds to Summon all four Dimension Dragons in a single turn.
A meta one for Ray when Yuya reveals that the four Dimension Dragons are actually scared of her. The strongest monsters of their respective summoning methods are scared of her. That is incredible.
Yuya using the Four Dimension Dragons to defeat Jack, showing all their powers and abilities.
After Yuya misses an action card, he sees that Clear Wing helped him get reach it.
Yuya and Reiji's final duel show them both step up their game.
Yuya is able to summon all Four Dimension Dragons in one turn and then successfully work with them to fend off Reiji's attacks with his three CEO Hell Armageddon
Reiji shows he means business by using his new Pendulum/Fusion, Pendulum/Synchro and Pendulum/Xyz upgrades to CEO Hell Armageddon to destroy the four dimension dragons and take away most of Yuya's life points.
Yuya, not giving up, summons new Odd-Eyes upgrades to Starve Venom and Clear Wing, Odd-Eyes Venom and Odd-Eyes Wing Dragons and then summon Odd-Eyes Rebellion to deal 1500 points of damage to Reiji.
Yuya and Reiji's mad dash for action cards due to Yuya's Five Rainbow Magician. When Yuya finally gathers them all, he uses Odd-Eyes to deliver the final blow, but Reiji is able to counter. Only for Yuya to reveal he planned for this too and deal the final blow to Reiji.
In general, one for the writing staff who are able to routinely surprise the fandom despite releasing spoiler summaries ahead of time and releasing screenshots before the episode airs.
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 5D's 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.
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 5D's 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.
Episode 76 has Goyo Guardian showing up again, despite having been banned in the OCG for years. It's especially awesome on the meta level, because the ones who are using it are Security—and they are very, very morally questionable as a whole.
As of episode 79, Yuya is the first protagonist to use all thenote then current Extra Deck summoning types!
Roget's Japanese VA, Masamichi Kitada, deserves a freaking Emmy for his performance in episode 94. Not only does he manage to make Roget's arrogance and confidence in his master plan feel real, he manages to make Roget's Villainous Breakdown when it all goes to hell both hilarious and utterly amazing to watch. It continues into the further episodes as well; Roget has clearly lost his mind by this point.
After an entire series of Antique Gear Hound-Dogs, Roget using good old Antique Gear Soldier as Fusion Material was a real treat.
By Episode 103, ARC-V Asuka's debut brings Cyber Angel (again) into the spotlight, while also increasing the amount of Ritual Summoner in the series!
Episode 107 has an onslaught of old cards; the Tyler sisters' Amazoness monsters, Sayaka using Kotori's monsters (and even discarding DM-era Dancing Fairy!), and Allen using both Anna's Railway monsters and Limiter Removal.
The Gladiator Beasts finally appearing on TV.
By the end of the series, characters from all three previous spinoffs are sharing scenes. It's understated, yet awesome.
As the foreshadowing entry on the main page shows, the writers are really good at understanding how the fans think and sneak in hints so they don't catch on it till a rewatch.
A testament to the writers is how the fandom was unsure if Yuya would actually win against Yuri. Generally the fandom can tell how duels involving the protagonist will end but the fact the writers were able to create a situation when the fandom was evenly split tells volumes of their skill of understanding the fandom and tension.
In the manga, Eve's Deck includes legendary monsters from the past series; a Phantasm Emperor Fusion Monster based on the Sangenma/Sacred Beasts, a Timelord/Time Machine God Synchro Monster, and Number XX, and Xyz Monster. Even in-universe Yuya recognizes how cool it is.