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Ray Akaba (あか レイ Akaba Rei) is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. She is the original incarnation of Zuzu Boyle (Standard Dimension), Celina (Fusion Dimension), Rin (Synchro Dimension), and Lulu Obsidian (Xyz Dimension). She was Leo Akaba's daughter and a professional Duelist in the Original Dimension. In her father's place, Ray confronted Zarc, which resulted in her soul being split into four and reincarnated into four different lives. This initiated the Revival Zero project with her resurrection being its main focus. She, along with Zarc, is one of the true co-creators of Pendulum Summoning.

Design

Appearance

FullRay

Full body view of Ray.

Ray's face is strikingly similar to that of her dimensional soul fragments, but Ray herself is older and taller than they are in the series. Overall, Ray shares a mix of similar traits to those of her four dimensional reincarnations. She has long, maroon and dark red hair, similar in style to Lulu Obsidian. Her hairstyle is held similarly to both Lulu and Zuzu Boyle's with hairclips. Her civilian clothes are similar to the Duel Runner Suit that Rin wears. She also wears a thigh strap, similar to Celina's Duel Academy uniform. When she was first shown on the TV screen in her father's laboratory, her Duelist profile picture showed her wearing pink sunglasses or goggles.

Personality

Ray's desire to stop her father from being wiped out in his attempt to stop Zarc is what caused her to step up in his place to stop his crazed ambitions. She was also shown to care very deeply for her father, as well as the Duel Monsters' thoughts during the destruction.

According to her father, Celina acted exactly like Ray did when she was younger, showing that she has always been a very willful individual. Considering all four of her reincarnations are pieces of herself, she presumably possesses other traits the girls possess or have in common.

Etymology

Ray's last name, Akaba, means "red horse", Ray's name spelled in Katakana can mean zero, the name derivation from which the Revival Zero Project is named. The other male members of her family, Declan and Leo, both share this character in their Japanese names. Given the kanji "零" for the Akaba family's male, her name may refers to "zero", a reference to her using the natural energy of the world to reset the damage and turn herself and Zarc into the Dimensional counterparts. It also refers to "ray" as in light, given Zarc's name similar pronunciation to the word "dark". Finally, her name may also refers to Rhea, the Titan earth goddess of fertility and motherhood.

Biography

History

No 9 V Ray

Ray's next opponent, No.9.

Ray was a professional Duelist in the Original Dimension and is first seen as a profile picture on a holographic TV screen in her father's lab being matched up against another Duelist called No.9 in a tournament.[2]

Ray and Leo evacuated

Ray and Leo escape from Zarc's attack.

When Zarc declared his desire to destroy the entire world with his four dragons for the sake of fighting, Ray was by her father's side evacuating from the tournament's stadium, witnessing as Zarc attacked the audience and fused himself with his four Dragons using "Astrograph Sorcerer".[2]

Ray Spliting into Four Fragments

Ray splitting into four while defeating Supreme King Z-ARC.

When Leo finished creating the four cards to seal Zarc away, Ray took them, refusing to let her father sacrifice himself. She confronted Supreme King Z-ARC and used the cards to absorb the natural energy into her body and defeat him. However, the result of their battle led to the United World to be split into Four Dimensions while her soul split into four and revived in each of the dimensions as Zuzu Boyle (Standard), Celina (Fusion), Rin (Synchro), and Lulu Obsidian (Xyz), all of whom appeared near Zarc's reincarnations. At the moment of being split, Zarc's will to become one again reacted to Ray's will to keep Zarc split which resulted in the creation of the Pendulum Summoning.[3]

This incident eventually prompted her father to start the Arc Project as a means to carry out Revival Zero to rejoin the dimensions into their original form and revive Ray in her original form.[1]

Duel Academy

ArcV 131

Ray's spirit conveying her will through Riley.

After her father began the process of merging her reincarnations using ARC-V, Ray's spirit left her fragments to convey her feelings to Riley Akaba and she told her to revive her before Zarc, or Zarc would destroy the world again. She stood by Riley's side in her Duel against Declan.[4] She told Riley that Zarc's revival was close after Yuri absorbed Yugo.[5] When Leo activated ARC-V, Ray's soul suddenly disappeared, and Riley found herself unable to hear Ray's voice. However, she wasn't reviving as soon as Leo had expected because he had rushed the revival process thus ARC-V didn't fully charge, leaving Ray as a bodiless spirit within the machine.[6]

After Zarc revived, Riley could hear Ray again yelling for her father to revive her as she was the only one who could defeat Zarc.[7] She later told Riley that Leo was trying to split the world again using the four cards that had revived instead of her.[8] She explained to Riley that Leo planned to battle Zarc with the cards and contacted Riley before she could follow Declan after Declan went to help Leo. She met with Riley inside ARC-V in a visible state.[9]

Ray and Riley

Ray Dueling within Riley.

When Riley offered herself to become Ray's vessel, she accepted and possessed her body. While they were running to the battlefield, Ray was asked by Riley how she dueled Zarc with the four cards. They then ran into Moon Shadow who took them to confront Zarc, intruding the Duel just as Declan was defeated. Ray recovered the four cards from Leo's Graveyard and fulfilled the conditions to activate them, which succeeded in destroying "Supreme King Z-ARC and his Supreme King Dragons. When Zarc refused to give up and persisted that Yuya was no more, Ray told Zarc that Pendulum Summoning wasn't just born from his malice and declared that Yuya still existed within him. With Zuzu's soul momentarily coming out to reach for Yuya, he fought off Zarc's control and increased Ray and Riley's LP, allowing them to activate the effects of the four cards again to deliver the finishing blow. To prevent Zarc's soul from splitting into four again, Riley took over for Ray by ejecting her soul out to seal away Zarc into herself instead of splitting the Four Dimensions as Ray had during their last battle.[3]

Following the battle with Zarc, Ray's fate was unknown but Declan theorized that she most likely still inside the remnants of ARC-V.[10] Leo managed to collect what appeared to be Ray's spirit, though he was unsure that it was Ray and theorized that Ray's fragments would eventually revive as Zuzu Boyle.[11] During Yuya and Declan's Duel, Ray began to react and she revived when Yuya won. She then traveled the Four Dimensions and brought all of Yuya's friends and family to the stadium to witness her revival as Zuzu.[12]

Deck

Most of Ray's deck is unknown, but she is shown to have used the Natural Energy Cards to separate Zarc and his Four Dimension Dragons. The cards focus on locking down monsters with different Summoning methods and changing them into Normal Monsters. The utilizing of these cards indicate Ray mastered Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Summoning because the Natural Energy Cards require three monsters of each type to be in the graveyard for the continuous spells' effects to be activated.

By using "En Moon", "En Winds" and "En Birds", Ray can change Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters on the field, Graveyard or banished into Normal Monsters. Then by using "En Flowers" Ray can negate all face-up monsters effects, including Pendulum, and destroy them, inflicting damage for each monster sent to the Graveyard.

Deck

Duels

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
No.9 126 Not shown (flashback)
Zarc/Yuya Sakaki 140 Win (with Riley Akaba)

Trivia

  • Unlike Zarc, none of Ray's incarnations have faced off against each other in a Duel.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 127: "Revival Zero"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 126: "The Demon's Birthday"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 140: "Pendulum of the Soul"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 131: "The Light Shining in Eternal Darkness"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 132: "The Peerless Entertainer"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 135: "The Trembling Dimensions"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 136: "Reign of the Supreme King Dragon"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 138: "The Shadow-Winged Dragon"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 139: "The Eyes Tainted by Darkness"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 143: "Soul of the Supreme King"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 145: "Endless Rebellion"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 148: "The Miracle Drawn by the Pendulum"

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