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E'Rah (・ラー, e Rā) is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga. She is claimed to be the Goddess of Despair, and is the mysterious figure behind Kyoji Yagumo's involvement in the Numbers War. E'Rah is the main and final antagonist in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga.

Design

Appearance

ERah full

Full body view of E'Rah.

E'Rah appears as a huge slender and busty woman, with long dark hair, light colored bangs and a pair of feather-like accessories on each side of her face. She wears a long dark dress with armour-like shoulder pads, with a larger, more designed pad on her right shoulder.

Abilities

E'Rah is a powerful deity capable of scenting "hope" and destroying its sources. She can also use humans as vessels, granting them dense dark powers and being able to manipulate them.[1] She is also capable of allowing "Number" monsters to influence their wielders, regardless of what kind of protection they have. This is seen when "No. 95: Galaxy Eyes Dark Matter Dragon" possessed Kaito Tenjo despite the protection the latter's Photon Hand would have otherwise granted him.[2]

Etymology

E'Rah's name has the same pronunciation as "error" in Japanese (the lowercase "e" further supports the idea, since "error" is a noun and doesn't begin with a capital "e").

Biography

History

E'Rah fed off the heartbreak suffered by Dr. Faker when he opened the door to the Astral World and she had a hand in the loss of Haruto Tenjo's soul. When Kazuma Tsukumo opened the door to the Astral World E'Rah learned that the Astral World were sending a messenger, Astral, to confront her and as a result when Astral arrived on Earth E'Rah scattered his memories and used them. Six months prior to the Numbers War, E'Rah encountered the disillusioned Kyoji Yagumo before he was about to enter a tournament and gave him the nine "Numbers" she had acquired and gifting him with him several supernatural abilities. Her possession caused Yagumo to desire the destruction of both Earth and the Astral World and to believe that their existence had no value.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

ERah defeated

E'Rah's defeat at Yuma's hands.

During the 3 vs. 1 Duel between Yuma Tsukumo, Ryoga Kamishiro, Kaito Tenjo and Kyoji Yagumo, when Kyoji was about to lose, E'Rah appeared and took over him to continue the Duel, confronting her enemies for the first time.[3]

After being defeated by Yuma and Astral in their ZEXAL form in a Duel where she managed first to take out Kaito and Shark, she seemingly vanished. But in reality, she was sealed inside Astral, whose mission demands of him to seal himself in a state of complete stasis for eternity, to make sure she could never escape again.

Number Hunting

Prior to the events of the manga, E'Rah came into possession of "Number 70: Deadly Sin" and 8 other blank "Number" cards. All of these were passed onto Kyoji Yagumo six months prior to the Numbers War.[4]

Deck

E'Rah runs a Strain/Anti Deck, which creates "shadows" of her opponents' monsters stronger than their original counterparts, reflecting her belief that light will always produce shadow, and the shadows will always be stronger than the light. Said monsters are called "E'Rah Monsters"; in Japanese, "E'Rah" has the same pronunciation as "error", so her shadow monsters can be understood as "error" monsters. In a pinch, E'Rah can use the effect of "Strain Endo" to summon multiple "Anti" monsters, which she then layers to summon "Anti-Hope, God of Despair". Some of her Spells refer to three of the elements of the ancient priests who opposed her: land, sea and sky. Her "Anti" monsters also follow this aesthetic, with allusions to all the elements, including light.

Image Information
AntiHopeGodofDespair-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Anti-Hope, God of Despair | Despair God Anti-Hope (絶望神アンチホープ Zetsubō-shin Anchihōpu)
Level
12 ★★★★★★★★★★★★
ATK
00005000
DEF
00005000
AntitheAbyss-JP-Manga-ZX-CA.png Anti the Abyss (アンチ・ザ・アビス Anchi Za Abisu)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000100
DEF
00000100
AntitheEarth-JP-Manga-ZX-CA.png Anti the Earth (アンチ・ザ・アース Anchi Za Āsu)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000100
DEF
00000100
AntitheRay-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Anti the Ray (アンチ・ザ・レイ Anchi Za Rei)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000100
DEF
00000100
AntitheSky-JP-Manga-ZX-CA.png Anti the Sky (アンチ・ザ・スカイ Anchi Za Sukai)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000100
DEF
00000100
StrainBomb-JP-Manga-ZX-CA.png Strain Bomb (ストレイン・ボム Sutorein Bomu)
Level
1 ★
ATK
DEF
StrainDesmosome-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Desmosome (ストレイン・デスモゾーム Sutorein Desumozōmu)
Level
 ???
ATK
DEF
StrainEndo-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Strain Endo (ストレイン・エンド Sutorein Endo)
Level
1 ★
ATK
DEF
StrainFilament-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Filament (ストレイン・フィラメント Sutorein Firamento)
Level
 ???
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
StrainHuge-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Huge (ストレイン・ヒュージ Sutorein Hyūji)
Level
 ???
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
StrainNuke-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Nuke (ストレイン・ニューク Sutorein Nyūku)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
StrainSpore-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Spore (ストレイン・スポア Sutorein Supoa)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
StrainSpore-EN-Manga-ZX-NC.png
Strain Spore (ストレイン・スポア Sutorein Supoa)
Level
1 ★
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
BizarreSacrifice-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Bizarre Sacrifice (ビザール・サクリファイス Bizāru Sakurifaisu)
Card type
Spell Card
NonequivalentExchange-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Non-equivalent Exchange (とうこうかん Futōka Kōkan)
Card type
Spell Card
SeaofRebirth-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Sea of Rebirth (りんうみ Rinne no Umi)
Card type
Spell Card
ShiftingLand-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Shifting Land (とどまらぬ大地 Todomaranu Daichi)
Card type
Spell Card
SkyofEndlessNight-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Sky of Endless Night | Sky of Endless Darkness (とこやみそら Tokoyami no Sora)
Card type
Spell Card
StrainElement-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Strain Element (ストレイン・エレメント Sutorein Eremento)
Card type
Spell Card
LastGroan-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png Last Groan (ラスト・グロウン Rasuto Guroun)
Card type
Trap Card
WorldCycle-EN-Manga-ZX-CA.png World Cycle (てんそうぞう Tenchi Sōzō)
Card type
Trap Card

Duels

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Yuma Tsukumo, Ryoga Kamishiro and Kaito Tenjo 47-51 Win (Ryoga and Kaito)/Lose (Yuma)[Notes 1]

Trivia

  • According to author Shin Yoshida, E'Rah was initially never meant to appear and Kyoji Yagumo was to be the final antagonist; however he developed E'Rah's role after artist Naohito Miyoshi "started grumbling" that he was "sort of tired of drawing Yagumo" and Yoshida hastily came up with E'Rah to keep Miyoshi engaged with drawing.[5]

References

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 47: "The Deity of Despair!!"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 42: "The Power of Bonds!!"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 46: "A Bond Between Us!!"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 45: "Yagumo's Original Sin!!"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL volume 8: "A Bond Between Us!!"

Notes

  1. E'Rah takes over Kyoji in the middle of the Duel and continues it in his place.

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