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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V


Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-Ⅴ(ゆう)()(おう) ARC-Ⅴ(アーク・ファイブ)Yūgiō Āku Faibu유☆희☆왕(Yu-Gi-Oh!) ARC-V(아크 파이브)

Anime series
Directed by

Katsumi Ono[1]


Flag of Japan TV Tokyo, BS Japan

Original run

April 6, 2014[2]

No. of episodes

83 (as of November 22, 2015)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-Ⅴ (read as "Arc Five") is a Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, the fourth main spin-off series, which began airing in Japan on April 6, 2014, following the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. The series focuses on a new protagonist, Yuya Sakaki. As with the previous spin-offs, it focuses on (and introduces) a new type of Summoning - this time, Pendulum Summoning, as well as Pendulum Monsters and the mechanic in general. There is also a manga adaptation.

This series marks the only Yu-Gi-Oh! series to show all unique types of Summoning from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (though at the time, both Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX showed the available Summoning types): Ritual Summon (from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Fusion Summon (from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Synchro Summon (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's), Xyz Summon (from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL), and the newly introduced Pendulum Summon.



The Japanese ARC-V logo.

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.[3][4]

The story is set in Paradise City on the coast of Japan. Leo Corporation is run by its president Declan Akaba. Thanks to the spread of the company's "Solid Vision with mass," "Action Duels" are born in Paradise 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 Institute of Dueling (LID).[1]

One day, Yuya ends up fighting an exhibition match with the current champion of Pro Duel world…[1]

During the Duel, Yuya's pendant begins to glow, giving him access to a never-before-seen type of Summoning called Pendulum Summoning. This causes the Leo Corporation to take an interest in Yuya. Meanwhile, a dark Duelist is trying to take down the Leo Corporation, and he looks exactly like Yuya!

In order to become a pro and follow in his father's footsteps, Yuya must win four matches in a row to qualify for the Arc League Championship. During this challenge, Yuya grows as a Duelist and eventually gains entry into the tournament. As the tournament is about to begin, Declan wonders whether Yuya has the strength to protect the Standard Dimension from his father, Leo Akaba.

The Paradise City Championship is underway, and Yuya's first match is against his rival: Sylvio. When they last met, Sylvio promised that he would master Pendulum Summoning before their next Duel and defeat Yuya. Meanwhile, Sora's opponent is none other than Shay, a highly dangerous Duelist from another dimension who has entered the tournament at Declan's request.

Ultimately, Yuya and his friends have found themselves in a ever-growing mystery surrounding the major Dueling schools in the city... and beyond.[5][6]



Japanese opening theme 1: Believe x Believe

  • Performer: Bullettrain
  • Episodes: 001-030

Japanese opening theme 2: Burn!

  • Performer: Bullettrain
  • Episodes: 031-049

Japanese opening theme 3: UNLEASH

  • Performer: Gekidan Niagara
  • Episodes: 050-075

Japanese opening theme 4: Trump Card

  • Performer: Cinema Staff
  • Episodes: 076-???

Japanese ending theme 1: One Step

  • Performer: Pendulum★Cute
  • Episodes: 001-030

Japanese ending theme 2: Future fighter!

  • Performer: Kensho Ono and Hosoya Yoshimasa
  • Episodes: 031-049

Japanese ending theme 3: ARC of Smile!

  • Performer: BOYS AND MEN
  • Episodes: 050-075

Japanese ending theme 4: Speaking

  • Performer: Mrs. GREEN APPLE
  • Episodes: 076-???

English theme: Can you Feel the Power

  • Episodes: 001-050

The first official soundtrack CD, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Sound Duel 1, was released by Marvelous Entertainment on August 20, 2014. The second official soundtrack CD, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Sound Duel 2, was released by Marvelous Entertainment on January 20, 2015.




The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga is being serialized on V Jump since the 8/2015 issue. The story is written by Shin Yoshida, the duels by Masahiro Hikokubo, and it is illustrated by Naohito Miyoshi.

The manga also contains a one shot chapter, which was published in the 7/2014 issue of V Jump, before the serialization of the long-run manga.

Spin-off manga

A spin-off manga series named Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V The Strongest Duelist Yuya!! has been published in the Saikyō Jump magazine starting from April 2015. This story is non-canon to the anime series, focusing on a more childish and humored plot, and is written and drawn by Akihiro Tomonaga, who was also responsible for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL spin-off manga, Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL.

Differences in adaptions

General edits

General edits involve changes to dialog, names and scoring.

  • Some names are Americanized.
  • Most, if not all of the music in the dub is rescored.
  • The Pendulum Zone activation and point gauge sound effects are replaced with different ones than the originals.
  • Dialog is added in some scenes to remove silence.
  • Frederick's shivers are changed to dancing.

Paint edits

Paint edits involve changes to the footage. General edits that involves digital paint goes under this category.

Nico Smiley Comparison

An example of a paint edit in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, where Nico Smiley's moustache is edited. Left is the Japanese version and right is the dubbed version.

  • Nico Smiley's mustache was lengthened to avoid resemblance to Adolf Hitler.
  • The "LDS" (Leo Duel School) sign is changed to "LID" (Leo Institute of Dueling).
  • The Duelist's names in the beginning of all Duels are removed and the LP counter is enlarged.
  • Skirts and socks on female characters are lengthened to avoid any sexual implications.
  • Most of the Japanese text is digitally painted out.
  • When a Duelist is holding a card(s) in a way that it appears like they're flipping the bird, their hand is redrawn. A common example of this is when a Duelist is about to place a Pendulum Monster(s) in their Pendulum Zone(s) while holding Pendulum Monster(s).
  • In advertisements, every card shown is digitally painted out.
  • Some monsters are edited to correspond with their TCG artworks.

Deleted scenes

Deleted scenes involve cutting footage.

  • The explanation of Action Duels before the beginning of an opening is cut.
  • Some close up shots showing lots of text are cut. An example is a close up shot of a Poster with text or a close up shot of the contents of a book.
  • Some scenes that are too violent to be shown are cut.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "OCG V-Jump Time". YGOrganization. February 17, 2014.
  3. "4K Media debuts Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V at Kidscreen Summit".
  4. Lombardi, Nancy (February 13, 2014). "Jeffrey Katzenberg to Give Licensing Show Keynote".
  5. "New Yu-Gi-Oh! Series 'Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V'". Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Website. February 7, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  6. "Kensho Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuna Inamura Star in Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V". Anime News Network. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-19.

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