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Manga / Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

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Yuya Sakaki and Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon
This article covers the manga. For the anime, see Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Yuya Sakaki is the mysterious Entertainment Duelist known as the "Phantom", pursued by Reiji Akaba and the Leo Corporation after he hacked into their Solid Vision System. Yuya himself is in search of the card "Genesis Omega Dragon", a card that will supposedly determine the fate of the world. Having to share a body with Yuto, along the way he encounters Yuzu and, after not entirely paying attention to the piece of paper she had him "autograph", he now finds himself with a hothead of a manager along for the ride as well. With Yuri and Yugo also sharing Yuya's body, things only get weirder from here on out.

Published monthly in Shueisha's V-Jump in Japan and Shonen Jump in US since August 20th of 2015.

The manga is written by Shin Yoshida (story) and Masahiro Hikokubo (duels), drawn by Naohito Moyashi and supervised by Kazuki Takahashi.


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  • Adaptation Personality Change: Everyone. Reiji is a Bad Boss, Shuzou is a wimp, Yuzu is money-obsessed, Yuya is much more suave and lacks the depression and insecurities of his anime counterpart, Yuto is more talkative, Yugo is a Glory Seeker, Yuri is a Keigo, Sawatari's ego actually matches his skill (though he still jobs to Yuya much more easily than what we've seen of his teammates), Kurosaki duels to "feel alive" rather than for the sake of his people, and he and Sora work alongside one another. Not to mention, both Yusho and Leo remained best buds in this continuity.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Despite them being a major part of his anime deck, Yuya doesn't play Magicians in this continuity. Instead, Odd-Eyes have been developed into their own continuity.
    • Yuzu's dimensional counterparts (Serena, Rui, Rin) are absent due to Yuzu's own decrease in plot relevance.
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    • Yoko Sakaki is nowhere to be seen in any of Yuya's flashbacks. Turns out its because of the implication she isn't Yuya's mother in the manga, Yuzu is.
  • Alternate Continuity: Some of the notable details are the following:
    • You Show Duel School is renamed to Syu Zo Duel School and Yuya is not a student there (however, he finds himself in their employ later on).
    • Kurosaki and Sora are working under Reiji, on a team with Sawatari.
    • Yuzu is not wearing her signature bracelet.
    • Yuya's ace monster is not Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, but Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon.
    • Instead of being separate humans, Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri are Split Personalities. Though based from some of Yuya's memories, it wasn't always like that.
    • Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, Yuri and Reiji are revealed to be from the future. Reiji has very different relationships with Yuya, Leo and Yusho as a result.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Genesis Omega Dragon is supposedly this. Yuya says it can manipulate the Hard Light setup of most duels, and Yuya says Hard Light system was supposedly created to bring it into existence, and thus can deal out an untold amount of damage to the world if in the wrong hands. According to Reiji, Yuya himself is apparently also this, saying that it's his destiny to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Yuto in chapter 7 (and possibly Yuzu).
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Yugo chases and fights Ren inside Yuya's consciousness.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: The End of the World as We Know It from Yuya's original timeline happened on Yuya's birthday.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Yuya defeats Reiji and destroys the G.O.D card. However this causes a gate to appear and Yuya, Reiji, Ren, and Issac enter the gate to confront G.O.D's creators with Yuya leaving behind his Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon card for Yuzu. Sometime later Yuzu wonders if Yuya will ever return and encounters a young Yusho Sakaki. In the sky, Yuya's voice is heard promising to her that they will be reunited as it is their destiny.
  • Declaration of Protection: Yugo and Yuri promises to protect Yuya from those who wanted to hurt him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Shingo and Shun got hit with this hard. Both got to have only one duel and rarely received any Character Development. They immediately got shifted to the sidelines when Eve's group came into play.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Yuya has one that looks like a ghetto Bat Cave.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Genesis Omega Dragon is also called G.O.D. for short.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Just before Yusho triggers the World Illusion, Yuya's brothers place him in the only available escape pod, saving his life at the cost of their own.
    • Done again in their duel against G.O.D. Before vanishing for good Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri combine their strength to create a new monster for Yuya to use: God-Eyes Phantom Dragon.
  • Hot-Blooded:
    • Kurosaki combined with a Hair-Trigger Temper to boot. He duels for intense matches and hates Yuya's guts for taking a more performer approach to them.
    • Yugo in this continuity is still a hot blooded person.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The Dimension Dragons, as per the anime. However, unlike the anime where Odd-Eyes and its evolutions are Yuya's ace monsters while he mainly relies on his Pendulum Magicians and Performapals until he gets them, Odd-Eyes is promoted to its own full-fledged archetype in this manga, with Yuya and Yuto having several different Odd-Eyes Dragon Pendulum monsters to work with instead of just Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and its extra deck evolutions. Yuto still has Dark Rebellion though.
  • Keigo: Yuri speaks in this manner.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Yugo and Yuri are doing this inside Yuya's mind.
  • Large Ham: Yuya still has his entertainment routine. Sawatari is just as hammy as his anime counterpart.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Yuya doesn't remember anything about his past. Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri are trying their best to keep Yuya from remembering something from his past.
  • Mythology Gag: Yuya and Yuto are Sharing a Body, and can freely switch control between one another when needed. This is a massive Mythology Gag to the original series with Yugi and the Pharaoh. Later chapters reveal Yuri and Yugo also share his body.
  • Not So Above It All: Yuya manages to pacify Yuto by telling him that he looks good in a suit.
  • Read the Fine Print: Yuya neglected to do this after Yuzu asked for his "autograph", and as a result, he now finds himself with a new manager, but has also agreed to teach at the Syu Zo Duel School once all is said and done.
  • Sharing a Body: Both Yuto and Yuya share the same body. And at the end of the sixth chapter he says he has two more, Yugo and Yuri.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The anime is more zig-zagged on the scale. The manga is more idealistic, playing more out to the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! manga.
  • Talking to Themself: Yuya and Yuto do this quite frequently, much to the confusion of anyone who happens to be nearby at the time.
  • Title Drop: For Scale 37: "The Cause of Everything!!".
    Yuya: That thing stole our lives! It's the cause of everything!
  • Unexpected Character: Eve's deck features a Fusion Sacred Beast Monster, a Synchro Timelord Monster, and an Xyz Number monster, all cards originating from previous eras of the series.
  • Wham Episode: Scale 14 reveals that Reiji and Yuya are from 20 years in the future.
  • Wham Line:
    • When it was revealed that the Phantom is both Yuya and Yuto. In Scale 6, this is followed up by Yuya's willing and cheerful admission that he actually has four personalities, to the gaping shock of Yuzu and Shuzou.
    • In Scale 13, Ren also says that Yuya has the Adam Factor after the battle with Yugo.
    • "The four of us... ...were actually brothers."
  • Wham Shot: During Yugo's battle with Ren inside Yuya's mind, it was revealed that Yuya and Yugo used to be separate people.
    • Ren removes his mask to reveal his scarred face that resembles Yugo.
    • The last page of Scale 34: Yuya, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo playing with Yusho, confirming that they are family.
    • From Scale 37, Eve Summoning Genesis Omega Dragon.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Isaac feels that he is deplorable for being unable to find a cure for Eve's illness while the latter feels she's become ugly due to the scar she received. Both reassure each other that they are both brilliant and beautiful respectively.


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