Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V Overall Review: The Untapped Potential

Eva

My name is Eva, I've been watching Anime since 2003, and I became a fan later in 2005. I am a passionate writer, so it's a wonderful experience and incredibly thrilling to blog reviews/critics and just express myself about the series.

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  1. Wilfredo Sifr Starduster says:

    A long journey of 3 years ended in utter heartbreak. Arc V, with its emphasis on “Duels are for Entertainment and Smiles”, was the Yugioh anime I’ve grown most attached to (even more that 5D’s), which is why I’m really mad that it crashed and burned harder than all four of its predecessors. I mean even ZEXAL ended on a high note with the unresolved “new conflict” due to the merging of both Astral & Barian Worlds, and Kotori actually “confessed” to Yuma, which was the ONLY good thing she had done in that show, but at least they wrapped things up properly to give everyone a happy sendoff. DM, GX and 5D’s all finished with everyone going their separate ways, which allowed them to move on with their lives and pursue their dreams as they matured into adults. Arc V, nuff said, had the WORST Yugioh ending ever with so many plot holes and loose ties completely left unfinished. To make it worse, SIX OF THE YUTAGONISTS AND YU-WAIFUS ARE DEAD, ONLY YUYA AND YUZU GET TO LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. This is why I had no smile on face even though Yuya and Yuzu are finally reunited, at the expenses of the lives of their counterparts. Even that “reunion” scene was simply garbage, I mean even their reunion moment in Synchro arc was far more emotional than in the final episode! Arc V, despite its bright start, slumped and hit rock bottom, and will forever be remembered with its abysmal writing which led to a notoriously messy plot, sheer neglecting of other more colourful characters, joke villains (even though ROGER was the most competent of them all) and THE NON-STOP HAILING OF THE EGAO MESSIAH TOMATO AS THE ONLY CHARACTER THAT EXISTED IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE WITH HIS INFALLIBLE TEACHINGS OF EGAO AND ENDLESS ACTION CARD SPAMS EVEN THOUGH HIS “CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT” GOT TOTALLY THROWN OUT THE WINDOW. Seriously, Yuya is, without a doubt, one of the worst and the most hated characters in Arc V.

    My final verdict of the 5 Yugioh animes: 5D’s > GX > DM > Arc V =/> ZEXAL (I & II)

    • Eva says:

      It is truly the series that broke ours hearts ; A ; Smiles, what smiles? How could we possibly smile in this situation?

      Ugh i know right – not just ZEXAL, but even in 5DS, Aki and Yusei had the silent confession (YOU CANNOT TELL ME OTHERWISE). Yuuya and Yuzu should’ve got to hug at the very least! AND EVERYONE ELSE IS DEAD. TT ___TT It’s not fair…

  2. 75chaosflare says:

    I’ll just say at best, once after finishing the Standard arc, fan-fiction would be much better than what happened afterwards.

    Whether people call it bad or not is mainly opinion based which there’s nothing wrong with. In my honest opinion, I just find it the weakest spinoff in the franchise for many reasons.

    It could be known for being even worse because unlike the others including the new one Kazuki Takashi had no involvement whatsoever with ARC-V nor never mentions it before which could imply a lot of things.

    • Eva says:

      I don’t always agree with this, but under these circumstances, POST-STANDARD ARC: Fanfiction > Original Script :\

  3. aramire77 says:

    You said almost exactly everything that I want to say that I don’t really have much to comment. I feel sorry for the animators who had done their best with the animation but not only the story was poorly executed, they also got low pay like all animators in Japan in general even after the overworks. Nevertheless, I’ve also learned many things from this series. If I may tell my personal individual favourite from one arc to another, I would choose:

    Standard Dimension: Episode 45 (Zarc-Yuya here smiling evilly was so cool while also kept standing from the attacks!)
    Synchro Dimension: Episode 84-85 (Even though she lost, Serena has done great here, especially this shows her growth)
    Xyz Dimension: Episode 107-108 (Tyler Sisters are badass here, and Yuya also did a pretty wonderful Duel)
    Fusion Dimension: Episode 132-135 (Kensho Ono did a marvellous amazing job in all those four episodes as both Yuya and Yuri, and his role as Yuri and Yuri’s own character really shines bright during those episodes)
    Final Arc: Episode 144 (The most amazing Entertainment Duel in the final arc more than other Duels, the best after the Zarc battle)

    This is one YGO series that I definitely will never forget, especially the characters.

    Looking forward for your VRAINS review in May, Eva! Good Luck! :D

    • Eva says:

      I pity the animators the most. Ever since I learned about how horribly paid they are when they are truly given the most difficult work, it’s beyond me how they are the ones with the lowest salary. They truly did a phenomenal job with this show. ; A ;

  4. aramire77 says:

    This is my version of the Final Arc that I think could improve the series:

    After Zarc is revived, Reira heard from Ray that her resurrection was incomplete not only because the life energies are insufficient, but Edo, Sora, and Gongenzaka’s interference also partly the cause of it. Reiji and Reira looks for Leo like in the story. Shun, Dennis, Kachidoki, and Sawatari evacuating the townspeople.

    The two-vs-one Duels are:

    1. Shun & Dennis vs. Zarc: Shun tries to reach out for Yuto and Yuya. He tries to remind Yuto of the times their spent together with Shun having flashbacks of those times and reminds Yuya of how he has changed theheart of people in the City. Dennis also tries to reach out not only for Yuya, but also Yuri, now remembering that the face Yuri was making while dueling when he was a child was similar to that of Yuya when he is having fun in his entertainment duel, now realizing how Yuri used to be, Dennis tries to remind Yuri of his old self. Unfortunately, they are defeated.
    2. Sora & Kachidoki vs. Zarc: Both Sora and Kachidoki tries to remind Yuya of how he has helped and changed them for the better. Sora reminds Yuya how he is his first true friend. Kachidoki reminds Yuya how he has freed him from the Zanpakuto teaching and taught him how fun dueling can be. They were also defeated in the end.
    3. Sawatari & Gongenzaka vs. Zarc: Gongenzaka tries to remind Yuya like in the story. Sawatari tries to remind both Yuya and Yugo of their respective duels with him and the times they have spent together in Heartland before marching to Academia. They got defeated as well.
    4. Leo tries to use the four cards against Zarc, and able to deal some damage before he got defeated and the En cards destroyed. (His defeat is not as immediately as in the story).

    Reira meets Ray at the ARC-V Reactor core together with Edo whom Reiji has asked to watch Reira when meeting on the way. Learning that Ray needs at least one more life energy to be revived, Edo offer his life energy for Ray to use under condition that Ray promise to save Yuya’s soul. Ray promised and Edo threw himself into the core to revive Ray. Fully revived, Ray and Reira together challenges Zarc seconds before his attack could defeat Reiji, Reira protecting Reiji with a trap card. Before dueling, Ray tells her father how she never wished for this to happen and he should have left the dimensions stayed separated. She also reveals that she and Zarc actually knew each other when they were still alive in the United World, and she loved Zarc at that time as she watched his dueling but their relationship became strained when Zarc started to get suffered and corrupted by the spectators’ demands for violent duel. This also revealed that Yusho’s conclusion that the girls are reborn close to the boys is to prevent Zarc’s revival was false, rather, they were reborn close to the boys due to Ray’s wish to be with the kind and innocent Zarc that she once loved. Reiji passed the Pendulum pendant to Ray who is determined to free Zarc from his hatred once and for all and the three Akaba siblings work together to Duel.
    Inside Zarc, Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri are trapped inside their ideal illusionary worlds created by Zarc to ensure they won’t resist his control, but he excludes the girls’ existences. Yuya, Yuto, and Yugo able to free themselves with Yuzu, Ruri, and Rin’s souls helping them after Ray sent their souls to them like she did with herself to Reira before. Yuri, however, refuse to leave with Serena, leading to a metaphysical rematch while Yuya and co watching them. During the Duel, they able to sense Yuri’s inner loneliness as Yuri lashes out his jealousy and envy towards his counterparts who have everything he doesn’t, questioning why he is the only one in different situation even though they are originally the same person. Realizing that all his actions and obsession to become one are Yuri’s way to cope with his loneliness, Yuya decided to intrude to help Serena and both determined to defeat Yuri and get him out. During the Duel, Serena used Yuri’s own words against him: “If I win, you have to listen to what I say” (what Yuri said to Ruri and Yuzu before dueling them). After he was defeated, Serena tells Yuri her order: she wants Yuri to give his life to her so she can show and teach him the fun and happiness in life she has experienced, something that surprise the others. Serena also adds she will watch over Yuri to atone for his sins. Yuya fully supported Serena and while he admit that he still hasn’t forgiven Yuri for what he had done, just getting revenge on Yuri won’t solve anything and Yuri still has a chance to atone and change, a chance that Yuya doesn’t want to take from Yuri. This amuse Yuri, who tell them that he still thinks the thought of carding everyone and become the strongest is delightful, but found Serena and Yuya’s declaration even more interesting. He agrees to help them, but warn if they bored him, he will return to his original goal.
    Back to reality, Ray tried to use the En cards to defeat Zarc again. However, Zarc learned from his first defeat and activated a counter trap that even though he lost his Xyz-Fusion-Synchro attributes it negated his monsters’ destruction and damage, preventing the Supreme King Dragon and the Servant Dragons from being destroyed. Zarc then also proceeded to once again destroy the En Cards with Reiji and Reira sacrificing themselves to protect Ray. Yuya’s Pendulum pendant glowed and turned Ray’s monsters in her hand into a Pendulum Monsters. She summoned her monster and used its effect to separate Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri from Zarc’s body (each boy is in their own separate body while the girls are back into Ray’s body). Yuya and co then assisted Ray in fighting Zarc, not before Ray returning Yuya’s pendant. Yuya and his counterparts eventually managed to get back the En Cards form the Graveyard. Yuya use En Flowers, Yuto use En Birds, Yugo use En Winds, and Yuri use En Moon and then use their dragons to destroy Zarc’s corrupted Servant Dragons. As Zarc is finally weaken, Ray delivers the finishing blow with her new Pendulum Monster. Zarc still won’t let go of his hatred. Ray and her reincarnations have decided to sacrifice themselves so that Zarc cannot be revived again and Ray think it’s better this way before Zarc can do more than he already has, but Yuya, who doesn’t want to lose them, pushed them away at the last second and absorb Zarc’s evil soul into his own body again.
    Yuya awakes to find himself in a shared mind space with Zarc who is in the form of a black spirit. Zarc intend to expel Yuya and seize control of his body again. He will allow Yuya some space in mind so he can watch the humanity’s end and then never again will anyone caused him pain and the process will grant him peace. Yuya argue with Zarc’s conclusion, doing so won’t bring the peace he wants but will only lead to emptiness for him. He also add that part of the reason why Zarc suffered so much was because Zarc himself bottled up his pain and sadness alone instead of sharing them with Ray or even with his own monsters, who also felt guilty for not doing anything even though they knew the path he was walking. Yuya tells him no matter how strong someone is, there are times they require help to overcome something. Zarc persists that only foolish humans fall for such pathetic words and Yuya was being naïve. However, Yuya retorts by questioning why Zarc start dueling in the first place, which remind Zarc of his first meeting with Ray and the first time he communicates with Duel Monster spirits. Yuya repeats what Ray told them that each of Zarc’s reincarnations embodies him. Yuya, being the embodiment of Zarc’s old self when he still purely enjoy dueling, tells Zarc to believe in him as it is the same as believing himself. Zarc agress to Yuya’s offer for co-existence, but Zarc warns him that the moment Yuya let his guard down, he will take over his body.
    Back in reality, everyone are worried that Yuya is not waking up no matter what they do. And so, they are relieved when Yuya awake. Yuya explains what happen inside the mindspace, and while most of his friends are objecting his decision, they relented after seeing Yuya won’t change his mind. Ray decide to split herself again. Leo begging her not to after they have finally reunited, but Ray tell him that each of her reincarnation has their own lives, memories, people who are waiting for them to return, and most of all future, and she has no intention to take their future for her own sake. She pleads her father to atone for what he had done and move on as her final wish. Bidding her father and everyone farewell, Ray split the dimensions and herself into four again, but her new Pendulum cards prevented her reincarnations to revert into infants and negate the bracelets’ powers.
    Despite everyone returning to their normal lives, Yuya knew he still needs to pacify Zarc’s vengeful soul inside him. Yuya decide to go to other dimensions to see how everyone are doing after the battle, and Yuzu also accompanying him. They first visit Heartland. Just like in the story, the citizens are traumatized, so Yuya and Yuzu decide to hold an Entertainment Tag Duel against Yuto and Ruri. During the Duel Yuya and Yuzu feel a reaction from within them. Yuya and Yuzu won and they restore the citizens’ love for dueling. Next, they go to Synchro Dimension where they found much to their relief the citizens are now truly living on equal status and new government has been formed with Jack’s help. After hearing before that Yuya won against Jack, Yugo challenges Yuya to a Duel for the title of Duel King (although unoficially). Seeing Yuya and Yugo started a childish prattle over Yugo’s reason, Yuzu and Rin also joining in, making it another Tag Duel. Reiji provides them with Dimension Highway so everyone in whole dimensions can watch their Riding Duel. While they were dueling, Yuzu and Rin are having a brief talk how Yuya and Yugo are very much alike. Yuya and Yuzu feel another reaction from within them. Yuya and Yuzu won the Duel, and Yugo promise that he will defeat him next time before Yuya and Yuzu depart to Fusion Dimension. In Fusion Dimension, Yuya and Yuzu finds Dennis, Sora, and Asuka teaching some of Academia students Entertainment Dueling with Serena dragging Yuri around to help with rebuilding and observe more Entertainment Dueling. Remembering his promise with Yuri, Yuya challenged Dennis and Sora to a Battle Royale Duel to show how fun duel can be without hurting nor carding anyone. However, Dennis instead pushed Yuri to duel Yuya, thinking it’s better for Yuri to experience it himself rather than just simply watching. Yuzu then for some reason want to do another Tag Duel again and Serena also decide to join because she is the one who made the promise with Yuri to begin with, beginning another Tag Duel between Yuya & Yuzu vs Yuri & Serena. After the Duel with another victory for the Pendulum pair, Yuri comes to understand what Yuya and his friends are trying to accomplish, but Yuri refuse to admit it out loud though he told them the Duel wasn’t bad, earning him a giggle from Yuya, Yuzu, Sora, and Asuka, an understanding smile from Serena, and a comical teasing jab from Dennis (causing him to receive a punch in the gut from Yuri). Embarassed in the inside, Yuri dragged Serena with him and left. Serena told him to let go, but Yuri reminds her of her own words that she will stay by his side to teach him the happiness in life. Serena let Yuri hold her while telling where they’ll go next.
    Yuya and Yuzu discuss the reactions they have felt and the urge to do Tag Duels with their counterparts. They concludes that Zarc and Ray’s souls inside them are reacting to the Duels and the ones urging them to do the Tag Duels. At the same time, Reiji decides to hold the continuation of Battle Royale Maiami Championship that has been cancelled before, inviting everyone who participated in the battle against Zarc to join as this was done to commemorate, and Reiji himself will also join the Duel, which means that anyone who defeat him will instantly received professional liscence. After a while, only Reiji and Yuya are left standing. While dueling, Yuya feels Zarc reacting more than before. Yuya eventually won the Duel and Reiji officially promoted him to professional duelist. As they were celebrating, Yuya’s pendant and the girls’ bracelets suddenly shining and everything is engulfed in light. Yuya and Yuzu found themselves facing Zarc and Ray. Zarc finally remember his true wish to bring happiness to everyone with his dueling and also his promise with Ray to Duel together once they reach the top. Zarc and Ray request for one last Tag Duel between them, a request that Yuya and Yuzu granted. Yuya and Yuzu, again, emerged victorious, and despite losing both Zarc and Ray nevertheless are satisfied now that both have finally found peace. Zarc and Ray thanked them for their help and then departed, assuring Yuya and Yuzu now everything that bind them to their previous lives has gone and now they can fully live their own lives. When the light dissipated, Yuya, Yuzu, and everyone are surprised to find ARC-V fully restored (the four dimensions became one again). The girls’ bracelets also suddenly disappeared following the union. Yuya and Yuzu takes this as a proof that the world is finally freed from Supreme King Dragon for good so it’s unnecessary for the world to remain split. Yuya and Yuzu thanked Zarc and Ray for one last time.
    The ending montage takes place a few months afterwards:
    1. Sora and Gongenzaka are helping Shuzo and the children welcoming new students applying for You Show Duel School.
    2. Sawatari is showing off with his three lackeys to new students in LDS during the supposed welcoming speech but then got interrupted by Masumi, Yaiba, and Hokuto who drags them away so Nakajima can take over (pre Reiji’s order).
    3. Kachidoki left Ryozanpaku Duel school to try joining Tsukikage and Hikage’s Duel school.
    4. Shun and Kaito are having a Tag Duel against the Tyler Sisters while the children are excited watching with Allen, Sayaka and Noro and some residents including their families.
    5. Crow is having a Riding Duel against Jack with Shinji, the children, and the rest of their friends cheering for them.
    6. Tokumatsu and Dennis holds a joint show of Entertainment Duel as a sign of friendship between the people from different dimensions who are still getting used with each other due to the newly united world.
    7. Edo is giving a speech during the ceremony of the official reopening of Academia, being appointed to become the new leader with Asuka and Barrett on his side. The now normal BB is among the students, wearing red Academia uniform.
    8. Yusho and Yoko are visiting the island where Leo is serving his exile sentence and find Reiji, Himika, and Reira also there conversing with Leo, trying to start over their family bond. Yusho then challenge Leo to a friendly duel like they usually did in their old days, which Leo accepts while Reiji and the others smiling watching them.
    9. Lastly but not the least, Yuya, Yuzu, and their counterparts are gathering in a memorial made by Reiji for Zarc and Ray. They then decide to take a photo together in front of the memorial, which resulted with a quite hectic photo when Yugo tried to stand out, Yuya and Rin tried to get him to be still but is worsen when Yuri pulled a little prank. Although the photo’s result is not as what expected, it nevertheless still clearly showing how happy they are with their lives in the present.

    Finally finished. I want to emphasize more on Zarc and Ray’s relationship as well as their reincarnations. I thought of it again, and in the end, I want Yuya to defeat Reiji after all. The thought of Yuya remaining never defeating Reiji even after his struggle and growth until the series end doesn’t sit well with me. Other than Roget, Sergey, and the Doctor, I really just can’t kill off other characters for some reason in this anime. Strange, if it’s other anime series, I’m not hesitating like this. I chose Yuri not immediately agreeing with Yuya and Serena’s ideal right after their Duel was because I think that will fit Yuri’s character more. I think it will be more make sense if Yuri learned it gradually instead of right at that moment. That’s why I made Yuri starting to understand what Yuya and Serena meant only after the Tag Duel and slowly open up his heart (And I personally prefer YuriSere pairing).
    Maybe this is too long, but I really couldn’t help but wanting to write all of it. Eva and everyone reading the post, I’m really sorry if my long post is bothering all of you. I promise this will be the last time.

    • The highest praise I can give your version of the Final Arc is that I found myself wishing the anime took a similar route. Yuri’s redemption with Serena and Yuya’s help, Yuya and Yuzu facing each of their counterparts to remind Zarc why he became an entertainer to begin with, the memorial for Zarc and Ray, the final duels, all of it was perfect. If I ever get round to writing a Fan Fiction about Arc-V, ideas similar to the ones you have brought forward will be implemented, that’s how good they are, with full credit going to you of course.

    • Yugioh Fan says:

      That whole tag team duels was brilliant, I never even considered it after Zarc’s defeat. I also feel the same way about killing off character in series like Pokemon and Yugioh, other series I don’t mind it too much like Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball, while I don’t mind them redeeming people, I still enjoy watching them kill people, especially if there people who deserve it like Roger and the Doctor from Arc V, or Freeza and Zamasu from Dragon Ball. I don’t mind your post being to long, my post in episode 148 on how I’d improve the Fusion/Final arc was pretty long too.

      • aramire77 says:

        Thank you very much! Maybe because Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball, especially Dragon Ball, are shows that clearly showing good vs evil and kill off the villains from the very beginning, while Arc-V and Pokemon are more towards children with little to almost no death from the very beginning?

    • Johnny Go Tan says:

      If Arc-V is an over 180-episode series like in GX, then its storytelling could’ve been better.

  5. 75chaosflare says:

    Kensho Ono without a doubt along with the other VA’s along with the music are easily one of the greatest things about this series. Without a doubt they gave the most effort compared to the director/writer which I’m very glad Ono and Kamishiro are into mainly involved in this one.

    However, you can argue that’s another problem with most Yugioh series to date because unlike ARC-V, the protagonist is always played by a new VA starting out with a YGO series being their debut role. We know Kensho Ono has been in a lot of role before ARC-V.

    • aramire77 says:

      Now that you mentioned it, the previous YGO protagonists are voiced by VAs who already has quite experience, but not as much and not as popular as Kensho Ono. Kensho Ono not only has a lot of experience before ARC-V, but he is also very popular due to his excellent voice acting from his role as Harry Potter in Japanese dub, Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket, and Ren Hakuryu from Magi. And with his role as Yuya, Yuri, and Zarc, I have no doubt that it will boost his popularity even further after this.

      • 75chaosflare says:

        I meant their anime debuts were voicing YGO protagonists. Kensho Ono was already known to have experience with voice acting in other shows.

        • aramire77 says:

          Yeah, I know. Sorry, the previous protagonists’ VAs’ experience part was written earlier before I remembered their debuts and I forgot to erase them when posting the comment.

  6. kofmaster says:

    I think the biggest problem that the show had was its nature, just like the whole franchise. It’s a commercial to sell cards.

    What am I going with this?

    That history is changing on the fly because of the popularity and needs to print certain cards in the TCG. For example…

    – They killed 80% of the cast during an arc of GX because they didn’t want to print their cards.
    – They changed the whole story of 5Ds because the Blackwings sold a lot.

    Duel Monsters not being tied to the TCG was an advantage, Takahashi used the cards as a means of confrontation but focused on the general story, this made the plot more organic, after Duel Monsters all others were Trainwreck (no exceptions).

    I love Arc-V and I’m really going to miss it …
    It had many problems, plotholes, good ideas but wasted, characters that were forgotten on the fly (hello Sergey) and lengthen the argument just to rush it at the end. However, it’s still among my favorites of the franchise, in fact I liked the action cards even though many people hate them.

    1- Original Sleeve
    Duel Monsters
    3- 5Ds first half, Arc-V
    4- GX
    5- 5Ds second half
    6- ZeXaL

    • aramire77 says:

      I guess this means we can’t entirely blame it on Ono and the writers? I heard they were appointed to do Arc-V by the ones doing TCG, and must follow along with their card sales. It still doesn’s change the fact they’re not really doing a good job wit this ending and all, but we can’t place the blame entirely on them.

      • kofmaster says:

        Yep, Konami has some of the blame, must be chaotic to work on a Yugioh anime that needs to sell cards, changing plot, creating filler duels to show new cards and making many characters to promote different archetypes.

        For example Ono said “The last duel will be one where everyone will participate and there will be a special guest” that never happened. Those internal conflicts must have made everything a mess.

        This clearly doesn’t leave the Anime Staff guilty-free because they didn’t know how to carry the exigencies of what they were trying to do.

  7. Yugioh Fan says:

    You made a lot of good points that I agree with Eva. It’s kind of ironic that the two best villains in this series was a secondary villain(Roger) and a villain that didn’t get that much screen time(Yuri). However, I would like to try and partially defend the Lancers, now I can’t deny that Declan(Reigi) was the worst leader in history, but during the Synchro Arc the Lancers(minus Declan(Reigi)) did okay. Shay(Shun), Celina(Serena) and Sora all got great character development, Yuya got a little development and Zuzu(Yuzu) got to be a bit of a bad-ass before that brutal defeat by Sergey. This really all came to ahead when the Obelisk Force invaded, Sora finally made the choose to defect and helped Moon Shadow(Tsikikaga) aiding in the forgiveness and trusting process. The Lancers in the underground all worked together to escape(including Shay(Shun) to show how he’s grown to trust the others). Zuzu(Yuzu) choose not to sit around, she thought Yuya was in danger and escaped the underground despite the risk to find him. Yuya didn’t give up trying to protect his friends, even temporarily abandoning his parents teachings because it wouldn’t help him in this situation save Zuzu(Yuzu) and the others. The once arrogant and partially selfish Celina(Serena) didn’t want her friends Reira(Riley) and Moon Shadow(Tsikikaga) to get hurt and told them to leave her, showing her growth, but her friends wouldn’t abandon her, showing just how much Reira(Riley) has grown too, he/she is no longer a scared child now he/she is determined to protect his/her friends. While the Lancers did fail in there mission to protect Zuzu(Yuzu) and Celina(Serena) I still give them an A for effort, except Declan(Reiji) who I give a D. Which is ironic the Lancers brought there A game to Synchro, but not Fusion to defeat Duel Academy, you know the whole reason the Lancers were formed in the first place. However, I’ll still remember the good times from Arc V which saves it from being in last place on my list of Yugioh series:
    1.) GX 2.) Orginal 3.) Arc V 4.) Zexal 5.)5DS

  8. Elhienn says:

    Coming back from the dead just for the finale(finale?What finale? This looks like a regular episode with how underwhelming it was)

    Eva, you are a hero and a saint to endure watching this, I dropped it as fast as I could because it wasn’t worth the stress and the bitterness, it’s a shame this series was a pile of wasted opportunities because if they executed well the elements it would be one of the best spin-offs ever.

    Egao wouldn’t be a big problem if it wasn’t paired with the kind of situations Yuya dealt with. Yuya’s comedic dueling kills the mood of what are supposed to be serious situations and even worse, because Egao is tied with Yusho, Yuya never stepped out of Yusho’s shadow, he’s still high on a pedestal for Yuya.

    I don’t even need to say how the whole treatment of the girls was horrendous, worst of all, Konami are dumbasses because this isn’t “just” a Shounen to appeal watchers, it’s a marketing ad of 20 minutes that are supposed to sell cards for people and girls also play YGO, it’s like they want to drive away potential buyers or something geez!

    I wouldn’t have big hopes of them improving the writing for girls in Vrains, after all, they hired YOSHIDA-WOMEN-HATER again, he likes to bench the girls, make them cheap fanservice brainless parrots that only say the protagonist’s name or when they show to have a tiny bit of autonomy or desires not involving a man, to humiliate them and tell them “to stay in the kitchen”.

    • 75chaosflare says:

      To be fair Yoshida, honestly just doesn’t know how to write female characters properly and is better at being an individual writer rather than a Series Composer but in the end, he gets the job done when the story has to be consistent and interesting; in short he’s hit/miss. Earlier before ARC-V, he stated he wanted to back off from doing a YGO Series again and stick back to manga’s and other things, but with the apparent failure and immense hate ARC-V brought out NAS/Konami pretty much had no choice but to bring him back especially with all of his experience in the franchise.
      He’s known to have done:
      Doma/Orichalcous of DM
      4th season of GX
      27-154 of 5D’S
      The entire Zexal series anime and manga
      Currently doing the ARC-V manga and the new series.

      I would honestly, prefer new comers to give a nice take in interesting ways but with what happened its understandable why they needed somethings to get things back in balance.

      • Elhienn says:

        The fact that he admits that he can’t write females is pretty telling of how he doesn’t really see female characters as human beings because what makes them different from having the same aspirations and motivations as the guys he writes? It’s not like specific gender attributes influences at all in dueling, which is focused on strategy, cunning and luck. It’s like he can’t picture girls to be smart and not brain dead parrots that are only programmed to fawn over boys.

        If card games were affect by, forgive me for my crudeness, breasts, periods, pregnancy or physical strength then it would be one thing, but these factors doesn’t matter at all, so there is no excuse for his writing, Yoshida is sexist as hell and that shows in Zexal, the YGO spin-off where he had free reign to do as he wished. Let’s look at what happened in this show:

        1)Kotori, the main girl? Was made to say “Yuma!” 90% of the time and be his cheerleader, nevermind her VA plays YGO irl as is considered quite good among the YGO VAs and had a contract to be a VA to appear in all episodes, that’s like a slap to her face.

        2)Anna, the only girl that doesn’t use stereotypical girl’s deck? Was made to be a very harsh tsundere tomboy that are only focused on love and fawning over Yuma

        3)Droite? A cool collected lady duelist? Was made to have a crush on Kaito out of nowhere!

        4)Cathy?She was created only to crush on Yuma

        5)Mirai, Yuma’s mother? Was MIA, but who cares, only his dad being MIA was important

        6)Akari? Yuma’s sister? Dude tells her to make him a obento and she obeys while blushing

        7) Rio Kamishiro? The girl that, in her debut episode stated that she wanted to be strong, independant and not seen as “Ryoga’s sister” or “Ryoga’s weakness”? In the same fucking episode she stated all that they made the protagonist, Yuma, call her all the time as “Shark’s(Ryoga) sister”! Now isn’t that just disrespectful to her? No, wait, there’s more! She turned into everything she was against, she was used to milk angst from Ryoga as she kept being killed/sent to a coma and didn’t express at all her feelings about the whole Barian thing not to mention that they never gave her closure with IV about him accidentally hurting her.

        I hope he learned his lesson and doesn’t commit the same mistakes in Vrains, but the Arc-V, his most recent YGO work doesn’t rise my hopes high as Yuzu does Jack shit there too nor develops at all as a character.

        • 75chaosflare says:

          To be fair, YGO in general honestly never had any real decent portrayal with female characters compared to a lot of other certain different series’/franchises. One time Kishimoto admitted he doesn’t know how to properly handle certain characters but in the end at least still tries. The ARC-V anime had no involvement with Yoshida yet arguably in the end it’s just as worst as Yoshida and the females that should have mattered were nothing but mere plot devices and existed to be kidnapped. I wouldn’t go as far and say he’s sexist but more on the full shounen trope where he made a lot of memorable moments within the franchise. Some(including myself) might have seen him as a scapegoat with what happened in 5D’s and especially what happen when Ono was fully left alone with ARC-V.

          The thing with Droite was indeed dumb as well as with Rio but you have to admit at least she honestly made a more compelling sister character compared to Ruri(even though it’s not really saying too much). Originally from what I’ve heard was stated in Kazuki Takashi’s draft or take of Zexal he would have Anna be the main girl instead of Kotori.Anything can happen to be honest.

  9. Alex says:

    You know Arc-V was rushed when characters like Barett and Jean-Michael didn’t even make a reappearance. I mean, Jean-Michael could have been killed in that dimension rift – But we know Barett was alive. What a mess. I hope Vrains will be better than Arc-V

  10. Virginia says:

    They should not have had Jack duel Yuya again. I don’t mind Jack’s character because somehow his personality from 5D’s kinda fit to be Yuya’s mentor

    BUT OH MY GOD.

    They at least should never have stuffed in Crow, Kaito, Edo, and Asuka.

    Jack contributed to Yuya’s development but the others only jogged screentime and did not advance the story at all.

  11. firestorm says:

    Just curiosity. Why you didn’t cover the whole 5ds?

    • Eva says:

      I was forced to go into an Emergency Health Hiatus. I was more or less crippled for 9 months. :( That’s why it was important to be able to finish ARC-V this time, since had it not been for my health condition, I would’ve finished 5DS. ; A ; (God I loved that series too)

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