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Recap / Yu Gi Oh Arc V Ep 140 Pendulum Of The Soul

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The fierce battle against Zarc continues. Ray appears before Reira once again, and tells him that there is a “soul” residing inside Zarc. The Duelists who have challenged Zarc also feel the same. A showdown between Reiji and Zarc then begins. Will everyone’s emotions toward Yuya be able to create a miracle in this battle?

This episode contains the following tropes:

  • Back from the Dead: Tsukikage, now uncarded, appears in front of Reira to help him up.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Zigzagged for Leo; while his wish to slay Zarc is finally fulfilled despite Reira and Ray personally finishing his job thanks to Yuya's last minute interference, his Arc Area Project and Revival Zero ended up in a failure because they decided to seal Zarc into themselves.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Zarc rightfully proclaims that HE is the creator of Pendulum Summoning.
    • Ray tells Zarc that should he ever be come back, she'll come back as well to stop him.
    • When Zarc tells Yuya to know his place, Yuya says that he'll never be a "devil" again.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Subverted for the fifth (and final) time; Reira is unable to prevent Reiji's loss, but manages to prevent him from sustaining any fatal injuries. He does, however, lose his scarf.
    • Although played straight when Tsukikage was able to save Reiji and Leo from being killed.
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  • Break the Cutie: Yuya, it sucks to be inside Zarc, don't you agree?
  • Brought Down to Normal: Reira and Ray use the power of the four Natural Energy Cards to turn all Extra Deck Monsters on the Field, Graveyard, and Banished into Normal Monsters.
  • Call-Back:
    Yusho: If you're frozen in fear, you can't do anything. If you want to win, you must be brave...
    Yuya: And go forward!
  • Came Back Strong: Invoked by Zarc. He created Pendulum Summoning to be able to counter Ray the next time they meet.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Averted despite what Zarc says, Ray states that Yuya's pendulum was created because there was both good and evil inside of him.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode concludes with Yuya calling for Reira as an exorcised Zarc enters him.
  • Clothing Damage: Reiji's scarf dissipates to nothing as he loses to Zarc.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Downplayed. Zarc finally has at least half of his LP (since the start of the episode) whittled down by Reiji, but still defeats him regardless before Reira intervenes.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Reira, Ray, and Yuya are quite good at breaking what's left of Zarc's ego bit by bit.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yuya gives Reira and Ray the sign to land the deathblow on Zarc.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Has two: Ray's Natural Energy Cards and Yuya's Smile Universe.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Yuya spends the final moments of the Duel struggling against Zarc for control over his body. Due to Yuzu, he was able to succeed.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Just before Ray and Reira seal Zarc, we see Ray's spirit outside of Reira's body. We later learn that Reira actually kicked Ray out of his body and sealed Zarc inside of himself at the last second.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Yuzu spends part of the climax getting through to Yuya.
  • Here We Go Again!: Defied by Ray and Reira. They sealed him into themselves to ensure that Zarc doesn't come back again.
  • Heroic Host: Reira accepts Ray into his body, giving Ray a body so that she can confront Zarc.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ray decided to seal herself with Zarc to ensure he can never get out. We later learn that Ray failed as Reira kicked her out of his body at the last second so he could seal Zarc.
  • Heroic Second Wind: While Leo never got the chance to take down Zarc, Reira steps in after Reiji's loss, using the previously destroyed Natural Energy Cards to defeat Zarc once and for all.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Supreme King Dragon Zarc is unaffected by card effects that would make it leave the field as long as there are Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Monsters in any Graveyard or Banished. However, that doesn't save him from Ray's Natural Energy Cards, which require at least three of each Extra Deck Monster types in any Graveyard or Banished before they can be utilized to their fullest.
  • Hope Bringer: Reiji convinces his father (and everyone else) that there is still hope.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Subverted big time, after Reira and Ray step in to face Zarc.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • According to Ray, Zarc is holding Yuya captive, and it's up to Reiji to bring him back at this point. The preview even shows Yuya having an epic breakdown.
    • Based on the fact that Zarc now uses Pendulum cards, Reiji deduces that Yuya is still lingering within Zarc.
  • I Let You Win: Invoked by Yuya, who uses Smile Universe to bring back Supreme King Dragon Zarc and Supreme King Servant Dragon - Odd-Eyes so that Reira and Ray can deal the finishing blow.
  • Idiot Ball: Subtly handled to Reiji: he has no need to detach his second unit, it can't allow him to do enough damage to win that turn and the attack boost wont last, but the ability to negate special summons could be very useful instead during Zarc's following turn (Zarc, of course, pulls a massive special summoning right after the battle, allowing him to defeat Reiji). It's possible, however, that he wanted to attack with all of his monsters to connect with Yuya.
  • Invincible Hero: Finally a proper aversion for Reiji, who lost to Zarc.
  • Invincible Villain: Averted with Zarc's loss at the hands of Reira and Ray.
  • Jerkass: Zarc remains an irredeemable scumbag until the very end.
    Zarc: I have no need for smiles or anything else!
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Holy crap! Reira, what feminine hair you have! Subverted, Reira is revealed to be a girl later on.
  • Magical Incantation: Averted. There are no Summoning chants for the Executive versions of Caesar, Temujin, and Alexander.
  • Meaningful Name: The name for this episode comes from Yuya's Pendulum Summoning chant: "Swing! Pendulum of the Soul! Draw an arc of light across the heavens!"
  • Mythology Gag: Yuya and Zarc fighting against each other for control is reminiscent of Marik struggling against Dark Marik to regain his body.
  • Oh, Crap!: Reiji has this expression as Supreme King Dragon Zarc prepares to finish him off.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Ray's claim is proven true when she and Reira slay Zarc.
  • Precision F-Strike: Zarc curses Reira for bringing back and use the previously destroyed Natural Energy Cards.
    Zarc: YOU BITCH!
  • Rapunzel Hair: When Reira takes off his hat, we see that his hair is longer than his body. It's questionable if that his natural length of hair or if Ray being inside his body lengthens it somehow.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Zarc claims that he's not Yuya and he created Pendulum Summoning, Reiji, Reira, and Ray shot him back.
    Zarc: I am not Yuya!
    Reiji: No! You're both Yuya and Zarc! Your heart is always swinging back and forth... LIKE A PENDULUM!
    Zarc: Pendulum!?
    Reira & Ray: The four cards father created return all powers back to nature and purify them. That’s why Pendulum was created. An existence who is only filled with evil cannot make the Pendulum swing. He still exists within you. The embodiment of your pure desire to bring smiles: Yuya Sakaki!
  • Say My Name:
    • Reira calling for Reiji as he rushes in to face Zarc.
    Reira: NII-SAMA!!!
    • Yuya calls for Reira as an exorcised Zarc enters the latter's body.
    Yuya: REIRA!!!
  • Screw Destiny: Yuya rejects his destiny to become Zarc and annihilate everything. It is also implied that the same applies for his other counterparts too.
  • Ship Tease: Yuya was able to regain control because Yuzu kept talking to him, allowing him gain the will to fight back.
  • Shirtless Scene: As a result of Zarc being a Walking Shirtless Scene and his defeat when Yuya regains control, he's shirtless.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Zarc's attempts to threaten Yuya backfires when Yuya puts him into place.
    Zarc: Pendulum Monsters are indestructible! Even if they're destroyed countless times, they will come back over and over again!
    Yuya: That's not going to happen! I'll finish this right here, right now!
    Zarc: Bastard! You are just my avatar!
    Yuya: The monsters Special Summoned by this effect became Normal Monsters, and my opponent gains Life Points equal to their combined ATK!
    Zarc: W-What are you doing!? E-Enough!
    Yuya: I’ve made up my mind... I won't become a "devil" anymore! NOW! DO IT REIRA!
  • Sore Loser: This is the second time Zarc ends up losing to Ray (in Reira's body). To add insult to Zarc's injury, Yuya hijacks his body and plays Smile Universe, allowing Ray to put him down for good.
  • Take Up My Sword: Sawatari hands Yuya's pendant to Reiji, counting on him to free Yuya from Zarc's grasp.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Reiji uses Executive versions of Caesar, Temujin, and Alexander in his Duel against Zarc.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The episode preview unveils DDD Gust High King Executive Alexander.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Zarc is royally pissed off when Reira and Ray brought back the Natural Energy Cards and Yuya hijacked his body.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Supreme King Servant Dragon - Starve Venom's presence is short-lived, spending only two turns before meeting its end at the hands of the Natural Energy Cards.
  • Wham Shot: Zarc Summoning the Supreme King Servant Dragon versions of the Four Heavenly Dragons all at once.
  • Willing Channeler: Reira allowed Ray into his body to give her the chance to Duel and defeat Zarc.

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