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Recap / Yu Gi Oh Arc V Ep 11 At One With The Sword Synchro User Yaiba Todo

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The third battle to determine the fate of the You Show Duel School, Gongenzaka vs a Synchro Summoner named Yaiba Todo (Kit Blade) continues. Using the swarming capabilities of his X-Sabers, Yaiba attempts to overwhelm Gongenzaka with powerful Synchro monsters, but Gongenzaka responds with his Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei and an arsenal of back-up monsters that can use their effects from Gongenzaka's hand and Graveyard to protect Benkei. Pushed back, Gongenzaka has no choice but to use the effect of his monster to end the duel in a Double KO.


With one win, one loss, and one tie, Himika suggests a fourth tiebreaker match between the two victors. Yuya steps up for it, but before Masumi can step forward to face Yuya, Reiji (Declan) steps from the shadows, revealing he was watching the duels all along, and challenges Yuya.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: The entire You Show Duel School, a legitimate business which if nothing else has property values, is being determined by a few duels.
  • Boring, but Practical: Yaiba's strategy of the same play each turn and being able to loop his cards around is effective at maintaining field presence, but gets very old after a few turns, to the dismay of his audience.
  • Disability Superpower: In a sense. The Heavystrong style of dueling that Gongenzaka and his clan use relies on being rooted to the spot, never giving an inch and generally being defensive. Thus in an Action Duel, he never goes for Action Cards, despite their benefit. In actuality, he doesn't go for them because it hinders the effects of his Superheavy Samurais, which rely on having solely monsters in the graveyard, and no spells or traps. By building his deck entirely out of monsters, he guarantees his monster effects will go off without a hitch, while having a ton of variety in the cards he can use from both his hand and graveyard.
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  • The Heavy: It was pretty clear to everyone when Reiji appears that this arc is about to take a much darker turn.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Yaiba, twice. He uses the effects of his X-Sabers to send two cards from Gongenzaka's hand to the Graveyard, hoping to keep him from using Bigbenkai's discard effect. Unfortunately for him, both those cards have effects that activate from there, enabling Gongenzaka to force a draw.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Himika originally said the contest would be three duels, and never said "best two out of three" would determine winner, so technically, when she demands a tie breaker, she's abusing authority by changing the rules as she sees fit.
  • Mutual Kill: After stringing Yaiba along and luring him into a well placed trap intending to deal enough burn damage to defeat him, Yaiba turns the tables and redirects the damage towards Gongenzaka. This in turn forces Gongenzaka to use his Soulbang Cannon to damage both players and end the duel in a draw.
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  • Oh, Crap!: Yaiba gets one when he realizes how Gongenzaka's deck works. Interestingly enough, Sora has a similar reaction.
  • Rewatch Bonus: While Gongenzaka's lifepoints drop to 900, we can also see that he has two cards in his hand. He was shown to have three a few moments before.
  • The Stoic: A mild reaction is the most his opponent can get out of Gongenzaka.
  • Wham Line:
    Reiji: Wait... I'll be the one to duel.

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