"Frozen in Time", known as "Visit of Time - Three Suns Appear" in the Japanese version, is the twenty-fifth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on October 3, 2011, and aired in the United States on August 18, 2012.This episode is a clip show.
One morning, Yuma heads to school, and while talking to his friends, time stops. He sees three suns shining in the sky. Together with Astral, they both shiver from a fear they do not understand, causing Yuma to run off to find out what possibly could have happened. At that time, Kite, using Dr. Faker's technology, retraces Astral's memories and invites Yuma to the World Duel Carnival.
The episode starts with a recap of the events from the previous episode (this is cut from the dub).
Yuma Tsukumo runs down the stairs into the living room where his sister, Kari is working. She tells him to stop, and Yuma waits, moving in one place, asking why. She shows him a picture of Kite and Orbital 7's burning building, explaining the mystery of the case, and Yuma, who was part of causing it. While running through the streets, the Emperor's Key shines and Astral comes out. Yuma and Astral talk about their success yesterday; they got the Key and Shark's soul back. The flash back to a few of their experiences with Numbers Hunter Kite Tenjo, and the traffic light becomes green. While passing the city's canal, Astral brings up the effects and powers of the "Numbers", and that Kite seems immune to it, flashing back to some of the Number Holders and Kite's Numbers 10 and 20, as well as "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon". Astral remarks that Kite's powers don't seem to be of this world and the light within "Galaxy-Eyes" may be similiar to that of his own world. Yuma questions why Kite would hunt the "Numbers" in the first place - they are Astral's memories. Astral muses that they may also be the tools of his obliteration. If his memories return, something terrible may happen. Astral then tells Yuma about Hart, who Kite mentioned during their Duel. Yuma remembers the photo he saw of Hart in Kite's base and then realizes he's late and starts running again.
Astral looks at a dark cloud passing in front of the sun. Close to school, Yuma meets Tori. However, they're both too late. Tori mentions a few things, remarking that she overslept because of Yuma and tries to talk to Astral, who seems uninterested. Bronk and Caswell comes towards Yuma and Tori, claiming they waited for Yuma to come. Cathy sneaks up from behind Yuma, and Flip also walks to them, remarking that he wasn't with them yesterday. However, Caswell trips, and when hitting Flip, a light flashes and Yuma sees the others frozen in place. Blue and red lights float all around, and Yuma looks around him what just happened. Yuma asks to Astral what happened, who replies saying he thinks time has stopped. Yuma asks if it means Kite will appear, but Astral replies that this time is different.
At their tower, Mr. Heartland asks Dr. Faker what just happened. Faker replies that a wave has hit the Earth, originating from the Astral World and another world. Time has temporarily stopped because of it. He tells Heartland not to panic - time will be restored as if nothing happened once the wave passes. However, he also remarks that this means that there is no doubt that the other two worlds are getting closer. The final stage will soon be set. Yuma looks up at the sky, seeing a blue, red, and a yellow sun.
Back with Yuma and Astral, Astral gets a shock and his head aches, saying that someone has accessed his memories. He suggests that he and Yuma also retrace their memories and flies off with Yuma following him. Kite races past the paralyzed traffic on Orbital 7's motorcycle form, saying that this is the place the third "Numbers" appeared. He then sees the Summoning of Number 34. Astral lands himself on a square, and Yuma catches up, however, he is quick to fly off. Once Yuma's with him again, they arrive where Yuma fought Flip before. They flash back to the Duel, with Astral being locked in a sphere of a light after the "Numbers" 39 and 17 were taken by Flip's Trap Cards, then to Yuma using the "Baby Tiragon" he was tricked into playing, and the recovered "Utopia" wiping out Flip's Life Points.
Kite and Orbital are at the docks, watching the studio in which the "D.D. ESPer Sparrow" show was shot before, and sees the Duel between Yuma and Nelson Andrews/Sparrow. He sees the beginning, Number 83's Summon, and "Utopia" destroying "Esper Star Sparrow" to wipe Nelson's Life Points out. Yuma and Astral run across a bridge, and Yuma remembers his Duel with Cathy, seeing "Twin Tail Cat Lady" and "Baby Tiragon" striking back (the Duel with Cathy is cut from the dub). Yuma and Astral arrive at the museum's square, where he and Shark Dueled Scorch and Chills. He flashes back to the end of the Duel he had with Shark prior to it, when "Black Ray Lancer" destroyed "Utopia". After that, he sees Scorch and Chills Summon their Numbers61 and 19.
They walk across the road of their first Duel with Kite. They see moments of him playing his cards, and him attacking with "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", when Yuma didn't know what to do and Astral was to shocked to think, as well as Kite calling the Duel off when he went back. They then see the end with Astral looking defeated and Yuma crying out loud. He then thinks about the Duel Sanctuary, Roku and Kaze.
Yuma and Astral are running across another square, and atop a building, they see Kite and Orbital 7 standing. The three suns merge together again, causing traffic to start moving again, the birds to fly on, and Yuma's friends continue to fall. Kite grins at Yuma, and tells him they'll meet again in the World Duel Carnival, before flying away with Orbital.
All cards featured in this episode are from flashbacks.