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You people will never beat me in a Duel, so you'll never know what will happen to me if I lose!

— Reiji[1]

Reiji Akaba is a main character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga. He is the head of the Leo Corporation and aims to capture the Entertainment Duelist "Phantom".

Design

Appearance

Reiji is a thin young man with pale skin and grey hair, the front layer being a lighter grey than the back. His hair is arranged in a simple style, flicking upwards at the ends. Reiji's eyes are purple, and he wears red-framed spectacles. His ears are both pierced with black stud earrings. Despite his status as the CEO of the Leo Corporation, Reiji dresses rather casually, wearing a dark-blue sweater, white pants that end just above his ankles, and white shoes (apparently without any socks beneath them), along with a long red scarf wrapped around his shoulders with the ends trailing to the small of his back.

Personality

In general, showing a bit more emotion compared to his anime counterpart, Reiji has a grim and serious demeanor though he expresses some genuine concern for his subordinates. He is shown to be highly analytical and a skilled strategist, displaying himself as a no-nonsense duelist. Despite targeting Yuya Sakaki, Reiji does not show any open dislike for him though he expressed utter hatred towards Yusho Sakaki for destroying their world. This hatred was potent enough that Reiji refuses to do anything connected to Yusho like Action Duels, even refusing to listen to Yuya's side of the story.

Etymology

His character's last name,  Akaba, means "Red Horse". Reiji's surname is similar to that of Seto Kaiba ( Kaiba Seto) from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, whose name also contains the character 馬 (Uma, Horse), serving as another similarity between the two characters. His given name of Reiji means "Zero Child".

Biography

Background

Originating from twenty years into the future, attending an university at a young age, Reiji is the prodigy son of Solid Vision researcher Leo Akaba. Due to his father's busy schedule, Reiji would lower grades from his university classes in an attempt for attention. Though Leo easily saw through his son's intentions, teasing him about it, Reiji was able to spend time with his father when he took him to dinner. There, Leo explains to Reiji that he and his partner Yusho Sakaki are working on a project to combine Solid Vision with Duel Monsters. Leo then asks Reiji to finish that project for him if anything would happen to him.[2]

A few years later, tricked by Leo to go to his lab and help finish his research, Reiji learns from his father via monitor that their world is about to be destroyed by the time manipulative effects of Genesis Omega Dragon. As Leo revealed the G.O.D. card was stolen by Yusho and assumed to have used it to sent his son Yuya back in time, he dies telling Reiji to stop Yuya from finding the G.O.D card before the transmission ended.[3] Reiji remained in the underground shelter after the World Illusion passed before he was saved by Eve.

Traveling back in time to Maiami City three years before Yuya was to arrive, Reiji fulfilled his promise to Leo by establishing the Leo Corporation and introducing Solid Vision for public use.[4] Three months before Yuya arrives, Reiji begins to gather Duelists strong enough to take Yuya down with Nico Smiley directing him to Shun Kurosaki.[5]

Present

Reiji was first seen in the control room of Leo Corporation, when the sensors detected the summoning of "Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon". This alerts Reiji to Yuya finally making his presence known while dispatching his special squad to seize him for hacking into the LDS Solid Vision System.[6] When Yuto attempts a misdirect when and Yuya are cornered by Shingo Sawatari, Reiji suspected the mystery duelist to be a possible accomplice of Yuya's before learning the two are one and the same.[7] After Yuya defeated Shingo and escaped his men, Reiji debriefs the agents, and tells them that he intends to analyze Yuya's ability to Pendulum Summon.[5] When alerted to Shun Kurosaki acting on his own violation to duel Yuya, Reiji allowed it while showing an intimate knowledge of Pendulum Summoning. That intensified Sora Shiunin's inquiry over Reiji's obsession towards catching Yuya as a result.

Reiji and Sora manga 7-1

Reiji reveals to Sora that Yuya is a Destiny Factor that will destroy the world.

When Sora made an attempt to sneak into room where the company's super computer is stored, Reiji allowed the boy to break in before making himself known. He then proceeds to have Sora asks his questions, explaining to the boy that the super computer analyzed and predicted Yuya as a "Destiny Factor", a person whose existence would threaten the world. But when Sora then begins question Reiji himself, noting the inaccuracies of his sudden appearance and establishing Leo Corp within a small amount of time, Reiji ends the questionnaire. Reiji advises Sora to get his remaining answers from Yuya, intending the boy to give more data by giving him prototype Pendulum Monster cards along with intel that Yuya is seeking Genesis Omega Dragon.[4]

Reiji manga 9

Reiji telling Shun to not to apologize.

When Sora's duel with Yuya commences the next day, Reiji instructs Shun and Shingo to remain and observe. During the duel, making no attempt to confirm nor deny it, Reiji gets confronted by Shun when Sora claims that the former was holding his sister Miu Shiunin hostage.[8] But once it was revealed that Sora made the story up, having allowed his subordinate to speak his mind, Reiji shot down Shun's apology attempt while making a comment to remember the latter's distaste for kidnapping.[9] After the duel ended, sending Shingo and Shun off to inspect the damage, Reiji left for an excavation site run by his company: entering a secret room where he acquires his deck to personally deal with Yuya.[2]

Reiji then reaches Yuya's hideout, falling through the trapdoor Yuya triggered to they would duel in the underground cavern where Yuya first came to in this time. Despite Yuya's attempts to talk Reiji out of it, Reiji proceeds to express his hatred towards Yusho for causing his father's death while insisting for a normal Duel rather than an Action Duel.[10] Reiji proceeds to overwhelm Yuya to the point he called Yuto and Yuri for help, refusing to accept his opponent's side of the story.[11] But their Duel ended in a draw when Reiji reveals that are being spied on. Ren then appeared, revealing the G.O.D. card is in Eve's possession and confirmed that Reiji also possesses the Adam Factor which they are need to awaken the card's full power. But the damage caused by the duel causes a cave-in, forcing all parties to escape. Once safe, Yuya attempts to convince Reiji that they need to join forces against the new threat Eve poses. But Reiji refuses and leaves, Yuya feeling that Reiji may reconsider once he accepts the truth of what he said to him.[12] Reiji dropped off the grid after that with Leo Corp shutting down as consequence.[13]

In reality, Reiji took refuge in the orbital space station where various tests of Solid Vision were conducted. Patching a communications link to Yuya following his win over Ren, Reiji was confronted by Isaac who expressed an interest as a fellow scientist while revealing himself as one of Eve's servants. While Isaac explained how the Adam Factor can be extracted, he provoked Reiji by revealing the true events of how the G.O.D. card came into his father's possession. A Duel was started, and both sides set cards in their Spell & Trap Zones, with Isaac proclaiming he felt they were like gunmen waiting to fire.[1] Before Reiji resumed his turn, Isaac mentioned that Eve and Adam were his students, who dabbled in an experiment, which caused Adam to disappear. Reiji thought their intention was to awaken G.O.D., but Isaac corrected him to find Adam. Reiji continued his turn, using "D/D Cold Golem" and "D/D Greedy Golem" to summon "D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell". He tried to inflict 2800 LP damage to Isaac, who used his "Mirror Imagine" 1 2 3 combo to redirect that attack and take no damage. On Isaac's turm, Isaac summoned "Mirror Imagine Catadioptricker 7" and "Mirror Imagine Ray 5", warning Reiji that his deck was really complex, as he went to make his next move.[14]

Isaac had his "Ray 5" monsters tributed to boost the ATK of "Catadioptricker 7", then summoned "Magnifier 4" to further increase that ATK. Isaac attempted to win by having "Catadioptricker 7" raise its ATK by the ATK of Reiji's monster, so Reiji would take 4000 LP damage. To prevent that damage, Reiji played "Zero Potential", and successfully drew a "D/D/D" card that prevented his loss. Isaac noticed Adam, who was helping Reiji from the shadows. Reiji made his counterattack by Pendulum Summoning "D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell", and berated Isaac for thinking his defenses were impenetrable. Using the card his father gave him, Reiji made a Transcendent Pendulum Summon of "D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox". Playing "Zero Protection" against Isaac's "Devil Mirage", Reiji had his monsters attack. Isaac played his defensive "Mirror Imagine" combo once more, foiling Reiji's attacks. Despite his failed attack, Reiji attempted to mill Isaac's deck with "D/D Extra Surveyor", by sending his entire deck made of 15 cards to the Graveyard. Much to Reiji's shock, Isaac had used "Exchange of the Mirror World", negating Reiji's effect and returning the cards from his Extra Deck to his Main Deck, thus qualifying him for his defensive combo once more. Isaac gloated, stating Reiji's chances to win were zero.[15]

Isaac noticed Adam's presence, and noted he could've saved him during the experiment. Isaac used three of his "Prism Coat 8" to make "Catadioptricker 7" immune to card effects, and had its ATK increased to 4500. Swearing he'd save his allies, Isaac proclaimed end for Reiji, as his monster attacked. Reiji disagreed, showing spy drones he had installed in the place to allow him to learn the location of the headquarters of Isaac's team. Isaac contacted Sora, who destroyed the space station; the two guys were flying in open space, with space helmets on to breathe temporarily. To finish the Duel, Reiji used "Zero Gravitation" to change the attack target to "D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell". Isaac tried to avoid that with "Mirror World Break" and continue the attack towards the "D/D/D/D" emperor. This time, Reiji used the latter's effect, using cards of both of their decks; he used Isaac's "Mirror Imagine" combo to deflect attacks. Isaac was shocked that Reiji stole his "research"; the ATK of "Catadioptricker 7" fell down enough to get targeted by Reiji's "D/D/D/D" emperor. As a final effect, the latter's ATK doubled, thus ensuring Isaac's defeat.[16]

Isaac was blown away by the attack, but Reiji took his scarf to pull Isaac to him. Isaac swore to protect Eve, and drifted into space, with Sora opening a portal to warp him back to the headquarters. Reiji returned to Earth, and was immediately approached by Shingo and Shun, who demanded answers. Reiji cut the talk off, stating they had no time and had to board the airplane. Yuya and Yuzu joined them, as Reiji declared he found the enemy's base on Antarctica. While they were flying, Yuzu reminded Shun and Shingo of the enemy, Ren, who appeared in the cave during Yuya and Reiji's Duel. Reiji let Yuya explain who the enemy was, and much to others shock, stated they were from the future. Reiji only confirmed Yuya's answer, declaring Sora was one of them, sent to spy on him. Going to the private quarters, Reiji didn't care whether they believed that fact. Still, he wished to go to the enemy's base, and with luck, the enemy would take the bait by revealing their location. Yuya noted it was like Reiji discovering his hideout, for Reiji didn't want to prolong the fight. Yuya wished to speak about the Adam Factor, which he and Reiji had.[17]

Yuya, making a magic trick with a card, believed that the enemy was trying to change history, considering Ren relived his life again. Yuya, showing "Performapal Skullcrobat Joker", claimed their era was one of the victims of their attacks. He simply stated he wished to destroy the G.O.D. card before more damage was done, thus preventing anyone from messing up space-time. Reiji remained silent, but let Yuya know they still were not friends. Eventually, the group landed their airplane on a pad on the South Pole. This way, the group knew that was the enemy's hideout, which was made using advanced technology.[17] The group went inside, surprised how modern the place looked. Yuya and Yuzu went in one direction, separating themselves from Reiji, Shingo and Shun.[18] Since they were too disoriented in the place, Reiji, Shun and Shingo tried to locate Yuya and Yuzu. Reiji showed a transmitter, for he had chips installed onto their coats. While Shingo and Shun went to find them, Reiji saw a figure of a man - Adam.[19]

Adam admitted he was the one that gave the "Adam Factor" to Reiji, and his mind was wandering between time to escape from G.O.D. Adam felt guilty, since Eve and Isaac have been searching for him relentlessly, and with Reiji and Yuya's involvement, felt he should apologize to them. Reiji questioned Adam as why he didn't regroup with others. Adam explained he could not, for G.O.D. could sense his presence, hence why the Adam Factor he gave to the boys was like a key to unlock G.O.D.'s power. He told he gave that key to Reiji and Yuya because they were into Dueling, and G.O.D.'s power as a Duel Monsters card was shifting, and Adam was not skilled Duelist to take it on. Since the boys went through time, Adam sensed they were special, considering Yusho Sakaki turned time backwards to fight G.O.D. It is why he shared this power to Reiji and Yuya to battle it, else his efforts would've been in vain, due to G.O.D. manipulating time itself. Reiji became impatient, wishing to know what G.O.D. actually was. Adam was uncertain, and warned Reiji of the gate. He did not know who made the gate, but knew he could not forget about G.O.D.'s threat. It was why he went to Reiji to warn to battle G.O.D. before it awoke to its full power. Reiji, however, believed Adam came to ask him to return the power Adam gave to him.[20]

Non-canon

Manga Reiji (One Shot)

Reiji in the special manga chapter.

Reiji faced Yuya Sakaki in an Action Duel in the special manga chapter. He used relentless tactics to quickly Summon high-Level monsters and was skilled with the use of Action Cards. In this chapter, Reiji is portrayed as a rather serious and a reserved Duelist, and he claims that he never loses Duels.[21]

Relationships

Leo Akaba

Reiji's relationship with his father is a complex one, often seeking his attention. When Reiji succeeds, he agrees to aid his father in anyway in his research and complete it should something happen him. However, unaware of the full truth, Reiji was horrified when Leo sacrificed himself to ensure his son survived the World Illusion. He takes the promises to his father seriously, establishing Leo Corp while doing everything in his power to prevent Yuya from finding the G.O.D. card. Reiji's impression of his father was great to the point that he refuses to accept the truth that Yuya and Isaac each revealed about Leo.

Yuya Sakaki

The relationship between Yuya and Reiji is one built on the latter's grudge against the former's father and his need to study the former. From Reiji's perspective, calling him the Destiny Factor, Yuya is finishing what Yusho began in their time and seeks to stop him. When Reiji personally duels Yuya, he refuses to listen to the youth's attempts to tell him what actually occurred with his fathers and the G.O.D. card. Their duel ended in a stalemate when Yuya's hideout began to cave-in, both learning they possess the Adam Factor as it briefly warped their surroundings during the duel. Although Yuya tends to disagree with Reiji's methods, he knows that he is a good person at heart and would accept the truth eventually.

Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki

Two duelists Reiji selected to aid him in hunting down Yuya, personally recruiting Shun.

Sora Shiunin

A duelist that Reiji selected to aid him in hunting down Yuya, Sora was the only LC duelist who questioned Reiji's reasons for them to hunt Yuya down. Reiji used that curiosity to send him after Yuya, even giving him enough knowledge to establish a means to snare Yuya in. It would later turn out that Sora was a sleeper agent for Eve sent to unconsciously spy on Reiji.

Yusho Sakaki

Reiji expressed sheer hated towards Yusho, blaming him for his father's death and the ruination of their time. The hatred was intense enough that Reiji refuses to utilize Action Dueling or listen to Yuya telling him was actually happened involving the World Illusion.

Deck

Canon

Reiji runs a "D/D" Deck focused on Pendulum Summoning.

Reiji's main strategy consists of reducing the DEF of his opponent's monsters to zero and inflicting piercing battle damage with monsters such as "D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell" and "D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace". With the aid of cards like "Block Attack" and "00 Rush", those monsters' effects allow Reiji to quickly inflict heavy damage to his opponent, while repeatedly reviving his monsters by Pendulum Summoning them back if they get destroyed.

Most of Reiji's manga cards have a "zero" theme. This is a reference to Reiji's name, which is written with the character for "zero" (零 Rei).

Image Information
DDCountSurveyor-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png D/D Count Surveyor (ディーディーカウント・サーベイヤー DīDī Kaunto Sābeiyā)
Level
8 ★★★★★★★★
ATK
00002000
DEF
00002000
D/D Extra Surveyor (ディーディーエクストラ・サーベイヤー DīDī Ekusutora Sābeiyā)
Level
5 ★★★★★
ATK
00001000
DEF
00000000
DDScaleSurveyor-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png D/D Scale Surveyor (ディーディースケール・サーベイヤー DīDī Sukēru Sābeiyā)
Level
2 ★★
ATK
00000000
DEF
00001000
DDDDestinyKingZeroLaplace-EN-Manga-AV-NC.png
D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace (DDD運命王ゼロ・ラプラス Dīdīdī Unmeiō Zero Rapurasu)
Level
10 ★★★★★★★★★★
ATK
00000000
DEF
00000000
DDDSupersightKingZeroMaxwell-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell (DDD超視王ゼロ・マクスウェル Dīdīdī Chōshiō Zero Makusuweru)
Level
7 ★★★★★★★
ATK
00002800
DEF
00002500
D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox (ディーディーディーディーちょうげんとうおうゼロ・パラドックス DīDīDīDī Chōjigen Tō'ō Zero Paradokkusu)
Level
12 ★★★★★★★★★★★★
ATK
00003000
DEF
00003000
BlockAttack-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png Block Attack | Attack Sealing (こうげきふうKōgeki Fūji)
Card type
Spell Card
CreativeDestruction-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png Creative Destruction (そうぞうてきかい Sōzōteki Hakai)
Card type
Spell Card
EndlessSeal-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png Endless Seal (げんふういん Mugen Fūin)
Card type
Spell Card
00Rush-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png 00 Rush (00ダブルオーラッシュ Daburu Ō Rasshu)
Card type
Trap Card
DDColdGolem-EN-Manga-AV-NC.png
D/D Cold Golem (ディーディーコールド・ゴーレム DīDī Kōrudo Gōremu)
Card type
Trap Card
DDGreedyGolem-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png D/D Greedy Golem (ディーディーグリーディー・ゴーレム DīDī Gurīdī Gōremu)
Card type
Trap Card
DimensionDrape-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png Dimension Drape (ディメンション・ドレープ Dimenshon Dorēpu)
Card type
Trap Card
Zero Gravitation (ゼロ・グラヴィテーション Zero Guravitēshon)
Card type
Trap Card
Zero Potential (ゼロ・ポテンシャル Zero Potensharu)
Card type
Trap Card
Zero Protection (ゼロ・プロテクション Zero Purotekushon)
Card type
Trap Card

Non-canon

In the special manga chapter, Reiji runs a Fiend Deck, featuring the "DD" and "Archfiend" archetypes. He uses Pendulum Summon and cards like "Rules of Antiquity" to easily bring high-Level monsters on the field.

Image Information
ArchfiendSoldier-EN-Manga-AV-NC.png
Archfiend Soldier | Daemon Soldier (デーモン・ソルジャー Dēmon Sorujā)
Level
4 ★★★★
ATK
00001900
DEF
00001500
BeastofTalwar-EN-Manga-AV-NC.png
Beast of Talwar | Talwar Daemon (タルワール・デーモン Taruwāru Dēmon)
Level
6 ★★★★★★
ATK
00002400
DEF
00002150
DDDKaisertheConqueror-EN-Manga-AV-NC.png
DDD Kaiser the Conqueror (DDD制覇王カイゼル DīDīDī Seihaō Kaizeru)
Level
7 ★★★★★★★
ATK
00002800
DEF
00002100
DDProudChevalier-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png DD Proud Chevalier (DDプラウド・シュバリエ DīDī Puraudo Shubarie)
Level
5 ★★★★★
ATK
00002000
DEF
00000700
DDProudOgre-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png DD Proud Ogre (DDプラウド・オーガ DīDī Puraudo Ōga)
Level
6 ★★★★★★
ATK
00002300
DEF
00001500
AncientRules-EN-Manga-AV-CA.png Rules of Antiquity | Ancient Rule (古のルール Inishie no Rūru)
Card type
Spell Card

Duels

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Yuya Sakaki SP1 Not shown
Yuya Sakaki/Yuto/Yuri 15-18 No result
Isaac 24-27 Win

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 24: "The Reason They're After Us!"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 13: "The Adam Factor!"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 16: "Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 7: "Genesis Omega Dragon!"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 4: "The Hungry Assassin!"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 1: "The Name is Phantom!"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 2: "Yuto vs. Sawatari!"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 8: "Sora's Hospitality!"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 9: "Fusion vs. Fusion"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 14: "Where It Began!"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 17: "Another Fact!"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 18: "An Unknown Enemy!"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 19: "Their Whereabouts!"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 25: "Adam and Eve!"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 26: "Transcendent Duel!!"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 27: "Reiji's Goal!"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 28: "The Enemy's Hideout!"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 29: "Memory Duel!"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 30: "The World Sora Wants!"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 32: "What Adam Saw!!"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale SP1: "The Name is Phantom!Yuto vs. Sawatari!Pendulum Summons!The Hungry Assassin!Assault! Raidraptors!!Feeling Alive!!Genesis Omega Dragon!Sora's Hospitality!Fusion vs. FusionThe Entertainment Ends!Turbo Duel!High-Speed Strategy!The Adam Factor!Where It Began!It's Zero!Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!Another Fact!An Unknown Enemy!Their Whereabouts!Your Opponent Is Me!Yuya's Memories!Immortal Beings!!The Trick Revealed!The Reason They're After Us!Adam and Eve!Transcendent Duel!!Reiji's Goal!The Enemy's Hideout!Memory Duel!The World Sora Wants!Satisfaction and Resignation!What Adam Saw!!Eve's True Skills!!Challenge the Legends!The Four Brothers' Bond!The Power of Bonds!The Cause of Everything!
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