Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V centers around Yuya Sakaki, as he tries to escape from harsh reality by smiling. But one Duel leads him to make a determination to confront the difficulties and he will get the power of infinite possibilities. The show's main theme is "Take a step forward with courage!!"
Yuya is a student at a preparatory school, learning to become an "entertainment Duelist," a type of professional Duelist.
The story is set in Miami City on the coast of Japan. Leo Corporation is run by its president Reiji Akaba. Thanks to the spread of the company's "Solid Vision with mass," "Action Duels" are born in Miami City and has reached worldwide popularity. Children look up to star-level Pro Duelists, and they learn Summoning and Duel styles at various large and small cram schools, including the You Show Duel School that Yuya attends and the largest of such schools, Leo Duel School (LDS).
(Source: Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia, paraphrased from the V-Jump synopsis)
#1: "One Step" by P☆Cute [Pendelum☆Cute (Masumi Kuratsushi & Ruri Shirosaki)] [闇津ますみ・白咲るり] (eps 1-30) #2: "Future fighter" by Yuuya Sakaki x Reiji Akaba (Kensho Ono x Yoshimasa Hosoya) (eps 31-49) #3: "ARC of Smile!" by BOYS AND MEN (eps 50-75) #4: "Speaking" by Mrs. GREEN APPLE (eps 76-98) #5: "Vision (ビジョン)" by Kuso Iinkai (空想委員会) (eps 100-) #6: "Shissou Pendyuramu (疾走ペンデュラム)" by M!LK
My last review of the anime was a fairly impressed 8/10, back when 47 episodes had been released. After 40 more episodes have been released though, I have to sadly admit that I was wrong and I had misjudged it.
To say that Arc V skyrocketed the game's sales after the failure of Zexal would be an understatement. While every yugioh series until now focused on its own mechanic (rituals for original, fusions for gx, synchros for 5ds and exceeds for zexal), Arc V adds its own mechanic, Pendulums, but pays equal attention to ALL the others as well. Quite honestly I never imagined a day would come when I could play a deck that rituals/synchros/fuses/xyzes and possibly pendulums at the same time and NOT have balance issues with it. If you had told me something like that back when Zexal came out I would have called you a fool, since most decks back then couldn't even pull of a combination of TWO of these at the same time, let alone all of them together. But now here we are, in a golden, grand age for the game that rewards skilled players with incredible show-offing, that has successfully made me cut down on my food expenses to "barely surviving" so I could afford more cards. Kudos Konami.
But enough about the actual game. The anime takes place at first in Miami City (yes, the ACTUAL Miami, there are even black people in it) and later goes all over the place (literally). Our protagonist, Sakaki Yuya, is the son of the famous missing enternetainer Sakaki Yusho, and tries to become a professional entertainer duelist himself. As an entertainer duelist, he sees it his job and personal philosophy to bring smiles to everyone through his dueling, including the audience and his opponents. He is by all means a pacifist, and therefore a tragic figure in a world where dimensions collide, misusing the duel monsters game that Yuya loves as a weapon. Oh yeah, spoilers.
And really, that's where the great writing of Arc V truly shines. The same game that Yuya wants to use as a means to bring happiness, is instead continuously used to bring pain and misery and loss of human life, which continuously sends the "clownish" Yuya to depression (he has gone through a lot of those already and we're not nearly halfway through the anime). To bring an end to conflict, Yuya is constantly forced to take part in the conflict himself, LITERALLY becoming consumed by his inner demons as the mayhem continues to intensify.
Apart from Yuya there are plenty of other characters, including the alternate versions of himself and his potential girlfriend Suzu, one pair from each dimension, the rest of the Lancers the "good mastermind" Akaba Reiji has gathered (imagine Kaiba from season one with Urahara leadership and manipulation qualities, simply epic), and then there are the various individuals from the other dimensions, my favourite of which is Sora. In general the character roster in ARC V is pretty impressive, with fairly diverse characters whose loyalties aren't always where they're supposed to be, and who can all get consumed by their own personal conflicts, burdening their individual missions. All in all, great writing for EVERYONE. Yes, I mean EVERYONE. Not just the protagonist and his nymphomaniac girlfriend. EVERYONE.
Now there are some minor issues I have with Arc V, and I mean other than spending too much money on the game. First, wanting to place equal power and interest in the girls to attract female audience, the writers have Yuzu dash off at the start of the series, away from the rest of the cast, essentially playing in her own anime as she goofs off/flirts with Yuya's alter egos from various worlds. It can even be said that she has a reverse harem: The pacifist emo one, the angry driven vengeful one, the goofy cool funny one and even the freaking YANDERE one. Now, I have no problem with the female claiming her own harem, but there does need to be someone for the protagonist to save like a princess... And that someone ended up being Sora, a 10 year old BOY. In fact, in light of Yuzu never being near him, the depressed clown of a protagonist does have a habit of gathering around him and "protecting" waaaaaay underage boys, with Sora obviously being the favourite, which at times raises a few eyebrows.
But that's all water under the bridge. As usual, Yugioh has perfected the art of doing character development through the duels themselves and the cards played in them, and by God, have they succeeded in Arc V. Even ignoring Yuya (whose main deck basically consists of a circus and fun and games when he's trying to be a pacifist and rampaging dragons when he goes all berserk), the vast majority of the characters' decks reflect their personalities, with my favourite, again, being Sora. His deck consists of the cutesy Fluffals that are basically stuffed animals, which reflect the cute kid he was pretending to be at the start of the series. He then combines these cute stuffed animals with saws, scissors, chains etc etc through fusion, creating terrifying 5 Nights at Freddie's monstrosities that reflect the true, twisted-self he was hiding beneath the cute bravado. And again of course, that's just an example. The vast majority of the characters work like that, and it's doing the series WONDERS.
Last but certainly not least, Arc V is doing a FANTASTIC job technically, with very good art, well chosen camera angles, perfectly expressioned faces, and of course, epic sound. In fact the sound department is another of Arc V's highlights, with Yuya's beautifully painful screams, Reiji's wonderfully arrogant voice, Serena's cute tomboyish military-talk (among many, many others) being accompanied by a soundtrack that easily rivals 5ds', which will always get your blood bumping and ready for a duel.
All in all: A fantastic job. First time in a while you get the feeling Konami hired actual script writers instead of marketing advisers and it really shows. Excellent at everything, my only regret is that between arc V and Steam Sales, I will have to survive on campus food for a while (ew).
-...I guess the slightly yaoish feel when Yuya is near boys, if you're annoyed by that sort of thing.
-HOW?! HOW DID I SPEND SO MUCH MONEY...?!read more
(This will be my first so bear with me. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°))
The series start really slow at first, it made me wan't to drop the anime for the first 6 episodes, but as the series goes deeper, the pacing gets better. The story is pretty unique for the Yu-Gi-Oh! shows as Yuya wants to entertain people by dueling, just like how was his father. It also showed all of the real life summons (Fusion, XYZ, and Synchro) which was really cool, because the other shows just focused on one (because then, every deck in the show would be focused to do the featured summon). It also introduced a new type of summon, the Pendulum Summon.
It is great, but there are inconsistencies with the animations sometimes.
The sound duels are getting better and better, which is great. Wonderful OP/EDs too that goes with the theme of the anime.
Well, there are interesting ones and there aren't, Yuya is a pretty decent character too, a pacifist who deeply cares for his friends.
The duels are well-scripted, which is the most enjoyable thing in the show. The art and sounds goes well with each other too, for more epicness.
This show is the best among the Yu-Gi-Oh! shows that ever aired in my opinion. read more
I was about to drop the Yu-Gi-Oh anime series with Zexal. Seriously.
But Arc-V brought me back.
As a real life YGO player and an anime fan, I can say that this series satisfied me.
Story 7/10: The story is about a young boy named Yuya Sakaki trying to become as great as his father once was. It's pretty standard for a plot, but the way they developed it while including the three main card mechanic (Fusion/Synchro/XYZ) along with the new Pendulum Summon was good. It starts a bit slow and might not avoid confusion sometimes (even though it might just be intended).
Art 8/10: The animation is as good as Zexal's, maybe better. It is very fluid when some boss monsters are summoned.
Character 8/10: Yuya's dream is to become a professional entertainment duelist. This time around, we actually have a character with a set goal in mind, and somewhat better dueling skills (compared to Yuma). He had a few good development episodes as well. Other characters such as Yuzu and Shun were pretty nice as well, Yuzu also being a reminiscent of Akiza from 5D's as we actually got to see her duel a few times. In general, the characters seem less forced.
Enjoyment 9/10: While other series focused on their own main summoning ways (Fusion/Synchro/XYZ), this one brings all of them together, which somewhat makes me nostalgic (I'm a synchro player in real life, so I feel pumped every time I see a synchro summon in the anime).
Overall 8/10: This is Zexal done right. Nuff said.read more
Great new Yu-Gi-Oh series, shows vast amount of promise with the foreshadowing and character development, almost as good as Yu-Gi-Oh Mugen (The best Yu-Gi-Oh ever).
Story - 8
Story unfold slowly, but since this is a review there is going to be spoilers, the beginning may make this seem like light-hearted, but in reality it is pretty dark with the true plot being an inter dimensional war. Foreshadowing are made in every new episode keeping things intriguing (also providing a lot of re-watch value), the pacing have no major flaw as of now. So far the plot is pretty well written and it actually make use of most of the character we have. Second most intriguing plot behind Yu-Gi-Oh Mugen, a lot of people are sucking 5Ds or DM's cock, but those two maybe dark, but they really didn't handle what they have very well, especially DM who have fillers that do nothing very important, and 5Ds ruining itself with some fillers that weren't that good. But then again ARC-V only have 50 episode as of now, so I may eat my word in the next 50 episode, but so far so good.
Art - 7
Zexal art, I'm not complaining cause Yuzu is cute, and pretty fitting for this work, it isn't too dark, but it can be when it needs to. Very colorful.
sound - 8
Some tracks are good, others are okay, overall not too shabby for a yu-gi-oh series.
character - 8
We finally have a VERY plot relevant female character (with perhaps more to come), in fact she gets a lot of screen time, this already puts it vastly above every other Yu-Gi-Oh series besides Mugen (Cause once again Mugen can not be surpassed cause 大佐 is the best/strongest Yu-Gi-Oh female character), some may argue about 5Ds, but Aki really fazed out a lot plus she isn't that close to Yusei. Another good thing is that there is actually some romantic context which, considering how the rest of the series is full of bromance, is quite achivement placing it once again only below Mugen (you can't top 大佐 and 千星's love story, which was so beautiful and damn 艾叶 for making 千星 kill 大佐).
Anyway more on the characters, Yuya is perhaps the best fleshed out and balanced MC since 千星, not too naive like Judai, not too angst and stoic like Yusei and Pharaoh, not annoying like Yuma. Most importantly he have character flaws, he undergo changes and are effected by the consequences of his action. Very human, great MC, you get second place right after 千星. I look forward to how his character arc would play out.
Yuzu, a competent female duellist who have her own character arc (which she try to resolve BY HERSELF) and is very plot relevant, no competition here, she gets second place right after 大佐. Man I wish we have the other female characters in past series would have a more active role. Oh well no use crying over spilled milk.
Other side characters include the alternate dimension counterparts and companions, they are all pretty interesting (except the fat kid, but at least his shiver line doesn't come up anymore now that the serious part is here).
Overall - 8
Currently the best Yu-Gi-Oh right behind Mugen (which is unsurpassable), so go watch it right now, much better plot than a lot of the other new shows airing as well as past Yu-Gi-Oh series. So stop sucking up to DM or 5Ds, you angsty plebs, we all know that they are nothing compared to Yu-Gi-Oh Mugen, but since Mugen is fan-made and haven't been translated into English, you can start by watching the current second best.
The opening theme to an anime, or any television show for that matter, is a crucial element to the show's success. This will often be the first thing that an audience sees, and for Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Arc-V that means it's the first chance to introduce audiences to the majesty of Pendulum Summoning!
The trading card game known to viewers as Yu☆Gi☆Oh! is known to the characters of the anime as Duel Monsters. Each monster used by the players has its own devastating powers, and the ace monsters of the main characters have become iconic to fans worldwide.