Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Episode 131

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Episode 131

未来を賭けた戦い! 機皇帝スキエル VS スカーレッド・ノヴァ・ドラゴン


Mirai wo Kaketa Tatakai! Kikōtei Sukieru Vāsasu Sukāreddo Nova Doragon

Japanese translation

Fight for the Future! Machine Emperor Skiel VS Scar-Red Nova Dragon


The Beginning of the End

Episode number


Japanese air date

October 13, 2010

English air date

August 13, 2011

Featured card

Force Resonator

One-point lesson cards

 Dimension Switch
 Shooting Star Dragon
 Red Nova Dragon

Japanese opening

Road to Tomorrow ~Going My Way!!~

English opening

Hyper Drive

Japanese ending

Future Colors

English ending

Hyper Drive

Animation director
Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode listing (season 2)
Previous Bound to the Future, Bonds to Our Companions
Next Dawn of the Machines

"The Beginning of the End", known as "Fight for the Future! Machine Emperor Skiel VS Scar-Red Nova Dragon" in the Japanese version is the one hundred and thirty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime. It first aired in Japan on October 13, 2010 and in the United States on August 13, 2011.

The World Racing Grand Prix final between Team 5D's and Team New World begins. Yusei and company realize that New Domino City will vanish off the face of the earth if they don't win, so they need to fight.

The match begins with Jack against Lester. Jack, wary of Lester's strategy, believing it to be the "Synchro Killer" "Machine Emperor", performs a Double Tuning to Synchro Summon "Red Nova Dragon". Lester tries to fight back with "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity", though this strategy fails as Jack uses the effect of "Red Nova Dragon" to remove it and negate an attack. Lester then reveals his "Infinite Aura" trap, which converts his Life Points into counters. Jack finally defeats Lester, allowing the next Duelist Primo to go; however, Yusei notes that Jack defeated Lester way too easily.

Featured Duel: Jack Atlas vs. Lester

Turn 1: Jack Atlas
(Jack's SPC: 0; Lester's SPC: 0)

  • Jack draws "Dark Resonator" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1300/300) in Defense Position.

Turn 2: Lester
(Jack's SPC: 1; Lester's SPC: 1)

  • Lester draws "Sky Core" and subsequently Normal Summons it (0/0) in Defense Position.

Turn 3: Jack Atlas
(Jack's SPC: 2; Lester's SPC: 2)

  • Jack draws "Gear Changer".
  • Special Summons "Gear Changer" (1500/700) in Attack Position via its own effect as Lester has monsters on his field, but Jack doesn't.
    • Since "Gear Changer" was summoned, its effect activates, increasing its Level by the Level of "Sky Core" ("Gear Changer": Level 4 → 5).
  • Special Summons "Red Nova" (0/0) in Attack Position since he controls "Red Dragon Archfiend".
  • Double Tunes "Red Dragon Archfiend" with "Trust Guardian" and "Red Nova" to Synchro Summon "Red Nova Dragon" (3500/3000) in Attack Position.
    • "Red Nova Dragon" gains 500 ATK for each Tuner monster in Jack's Graveyard. There are three, so "Red Nova Dragon" gains 1500 ATK ("Red Nova Dragon": 3500 → 5000/3000)
  • "Red Nova Dragon" attacks "Sky Core", but Lester activates "Twin Vortex" to destroy "Sky Core" and "Red Nova Dragon", however "Red Nova Dragon" can't be destroyed by Lester's card effects, so only "Sky Core" is destroyed.
  • A replay occurs and Jack uses "Red Nova Dragon" to attack "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity", but Lester activates the effect of "Skiel Guard" to negate the attack.
    • Jack activates "Power Pressure", inflicting 1000 damage to Lester as a monster's attack was negated (Lester 4000 → 3000).
    • Lester activates "Infinite Aura" which gains 1 Aura Counter for every 100 damage that Lester takes. As Lester took 1000 damage, "Infinite Aura" gains 10 Aura Counters ("Infinite Aura's" Aura Counters: 0 → 10).

Turn 4: Lester
(Jack's SPC: 3; Lester's SPC: 3)

  • Activates the effect of "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity" to equip itself with "Red Nova Dragon", but Jack activates the effect of "Red Nova Dragon", removing it from play and allowing Jack to negate one attack this turn.
  • "Red Nova Dragon" returns to the field (3500 → 5000/3000) in Attack Position during the End Phase.

Turn 5: Jack Atlas
(Jack's SPC: 4; Lester's SPC: 4)

  • Jack draws "Force Resonator" and subsequently Normal Summons it (500/500) in Attack Position.
  • Activates the effect of "Force Resonator", sending it to the Graveyard to prevent Lester from activating card effects that target "Red Nova Dragon" when it attacks this turn.
  • "Red Nova Dragon" attacks "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity".
    • Lester activates "Infinite Prison", discarding "Skiel Carrier 5" to take "Sky Core" from his Graveyard and Set it in his Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Spell Card.
    • The attack continues, destroying "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity" (Lester 3000 → 0).
    • The effect of "Infinite Aura" activates, giving itself 30 more counters ("Infinite Aura's" Aura Counters: 10 → 40).
    • Since "Meklord Emperor Skiel Infinity" had been removed from the field, "Skiel Top", "Skiel Attack", "Skiel Guard", and "Skiel Carrier" are all destroyed.

Jack wins. Due to the WRGP rules, Lester passes the baton to Primo who keeps any Speed Counters and cards that Lester had on his side of the field before he lost. Primo proceeds in Dueling Jack.

Differences in adaptations

  • In the original, Lester did not mention he lost to Primo in Rock, Paper, Scissors.
  • Z-one explaining to Sherry about the future is cut from the dubbed version.


All mistakes are displaying in Dub version:

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Jack Atlas

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