"The Dragon Awakens", known as "Miraculous Overlay! Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" in the Japanese version, is the forty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on February 13, 2012, and in the United States on December 22, 2012.
Due to the terror of Trey and Quattro's strategy, Kite and Yuma are pushed into a corner. However at the edge of defeat, Hart's feelings awaken a new power inside Kite. With it, he Summons the monster created by the powerful bonds between them, "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon".
Kite is about to receive 3000 points of damage from Trey's "Number", but Yuma uses his "Courageous Heart" Trap Card to save Kite at the cost of a big part of his own Life Points. Both Yuma and Astral are blown back. Quattro and Trey each have their own thoughts about Yuma's move, with Trey being impressed. Since the damage came from a Number, Astral's presence begins to flicker, but tells Yuma he's used to the way Yuma Duels and that it can't be helped, making Yuma grin, getting up. Kite asks him why did it, and doesn't show much sign of appreciation when Yuma tells him he wants to help bring Hart back. Kite ends his turn. Tori angrily says Kite should at least thank Yuma, but Orbital 7 asks her to forgive Kite, since he's quite desperate.
Vetrix enters Hart's memories during his ritual, arriving at a time where Kite and Hart weren't involved with the "Numbers" yet. Kite caught a butterfly, and shows it to Hart. He watches at it as it's in a little cage, asking Kite is he can release it, since it would be sad if it had to be imprisoned. Kite says he's a very kind child, and Orbital, revealed to be with them, watches as the butterfly takes off. Vetrix then opens his eye in reality, stating he will take all of Hart's memories.
Kite urges Trey to draw quickly, watching Hart squirm on the screen. Yuma calls Quattro names, also showing a dislike for Quattro's stalling. Trey asks his brother if he's overdoing it, but the latter reminds Trey of their own pain. Trey starts his turn. He uses his Numbers' powers again, by increasing its own ATK to 3200 with "Chronomaly Pyramid Eye Tablet", this time damaging Yuma's Life Points, with Quattro commenting that the 'trash' Life Points will gone in no time now. "Machu Mech" attacks "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", whose ATK was depleted to zero, but Kite saves himself with his Trap card, "Battle Simulation", halving the ATK of both monsters and preventing them from being destroyed in battle, though the impact knocks Kite down, reducing his Life Points to 1600. Yuma runs over to Kite to see if he's okay, but Kite gets up, shouting he still has Life Points left. However, Quattro, not impressed, tells Kite off.
Kite gets angry at Quattro, and Yuma tells him to calm down, which only angers Kite further, telling Yuma he doesn't know anything about how he feels. Yuma agrees but tells he won't accept those feelings and will help save Hart no matter what. He tells his philosophy on Dueling again; it's no tool for anger or revenge, and will show them his "kattobingu" spirit. Astral tells him to do his best, and Yuma draws "Monster Reborn", which lets him revive the earlier destroyed "Number 39: Utopia". Telling the brothers his monster's power doesn't end with this, Yuma and Astral perform a Chaos Xyz Evolution to Xyz Summon "Number C39: Utopia Ray", stunning both Trey and Quattro, and making the watching Quinton think of something, when he says Yuma's last name, "Tsukumo." Kite remains unimpressed, having already seen Utopia Ray, and Tori gets excited about it. Trey remarks he has never heard of "Chaos Numbers" before, implying even the Vetrix Family doesn't know about them.
Yuma uses the effect of "Utopia Ray", "Overlay Charge" effect which boosts its ATK to 3000, and lowers that of "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder" to 500. Yuma then commands "Utopia Ray" to to attack "Giant Grinder" with "Rising Sun Chaos Slash", destroying "Giant Grinder". Quattro activates "Gimmick Box", preventing himself from taking damage. As a bonus, the "Gimmick Box" trap becomes a Level 8 monster on his field. Yuma ends his turn.
Quattro comments to Yuma and Kite to think they can really beat him. As Quattro begins his turn and his crest glows, he draws and activates "Junk Puppet", targeting 1 "Gimmick Puppet" with 1000 ATK or less in his Graveyard and Special Summoning in Defense Position. Chains appear from the "Junk Puppet" card and dig into the ground, reviving "Gimmick Puppet Dreary Doll". Quattro overlays his 2 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings". Quattro then attacks Galaxy-Eyes and Kite shows true fear, thinking that he has failed to save Hart.
Yuma springs into action once again, activating "Trap Reborn" and giving up his dwindling life points to remove from play "Battle Simulation" and activate it subsequently, dropping Kite's Life Points to a mere 100. A frustrated Quattro declares that their interference with his "fanservice" is completely unacceptable and activates the effect of "Gimmick Puppet of Strings" to ensure Kite and Yuma will lose at the end of the next turn, by destroying all of their monsters and inflicting damage equal to their ATK to their controllers. He laughs as "Galaxy-Eyes" and "Utopia Ray" are ensnared by red strings, while they bounce harmlessly off a shield when they try to attach to "Machu Mech". As Kite lies on the ground, not responding, Yuma urges him to get up for Hart's sake, desperately asking who would protect Hart from then on if he didn't.
At this point, Kite begins to remember the day a tearful Hart was taken away from him, while Mr. Heartland tells him to work for Dr. Faker if he wants to see his brother again. An infuriated Kite, separated from Hart by many barred walls, tries to punch Mr. Heartland, only to realize it was a hologram talking to him. Mr. Heartland gave him a sinister smile before disappearing.
Vetrix, meanwhile, is shocked when Hart appears before him, declaring the masked boy will no longer hurt the Tenjo brothers again. The chains restraining Hart and Vetrix disappear, and they drift slowly to the ground, alerting Quinton that something has happened to disrupt the ritual.
Back at the Duel, a burst of red energy strikes Kite, imbuing his Extra Deck with a new power and causing him to glow red. He calls out to Astral for his help in defeating the Vetrix brothers and draws his next card. Yuma and Astral agree to help Kite with their monsters. Quattro tries to drive home the hopelessness of their situation, but Kite ignores him and activates, "Overlay Regen", attaching the top card of each players Deck as an Overlay Unit to a Xyz Monster they control, and then Tributes Yuma's monsters to summon "Photon Caesar", which possesses an effect allowing him to Xyz Summon a Rank 8 with 3 Xyz materials, including "Galaxy-Eyes". Forming a red and black spear in his hand, Kite declares "Overflowing galaxy, become the striking light, and show yourself. Descend, my very Soul! "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon!!" All the combatants and observes are amazed by the evolved "Galaxy-Eyes", appearing with 4500 ATK. Kite proceeds to activate the effect of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes," which, when using "Galaxy-Eyes," as Xyz Material, allows him to negate the effects of every other card on the field. Trey is shocked that Kite's monster can use its effect without using an Overlay Unit. Then Kite activates "Neo Galaxy-Eyes'" second effect, targeting both "Machu Mech" and "Puppet of Strings", and taking all their Overlay Units for "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" to increase its ATK by 500 points for each - to 6000. Kite attacks, destroying "Machu Mech" with "Ultimate Photon Stream of Destruction," and wiping out Trey's life points. Quattro cries out to his brother in concern, but as the effect of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" lets it attack multiple times, Kite declares he hopes Quattro has said his prayers. Quattro turns to Kite furiously, but his retort is held back as he realizes that he's next. Kite declares the attack of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" again, and attacks with "Ultimate Photon Stream of Destruction," destroying "Gimmick Puppet of Strings." The attack blasts Quattro back, and he screams as his Life Points decrease to 0.
Featured Duel: Yuma Tsukumo and Kite Tenjo vs. Trey and Quattro
Duel continues from the previous episode.
Turn 6: Kite
Trey has just activated the effect of "Number 33: Chronomaly Machu Mech", which would inflict 3000 damage to Kite, but Yuma activates his face-down "Courageous Heart", halving his Life Points (Yuma 2400 → 1200) to negate the activation and effect until the end of this turn. Kite Sets a card.
Turn 7: Trey
Trey activates "Chronomaly Pyramid Eye Tablet", increasing the ATK of all "Chronomaly" monsters he controls by 800 ("Machu Mech" 2400 → 3200). As a monster's ATK was changed, Trey activates the effect of "Machu Mech", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Machu Mech" ORU 1 → 0) to inflict damage to Yuma equal to the difference in ATK (Yuma 1200 → 400). "Machu Mech" attacks "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", but Kite activates his face-down "Battle Simulation", halving the ATK of both monsters until the end of the Battle Phase ("Machu Mech" 3200 → 1600, "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" 0 → 0) and preventing both monsters from being destroyed by battle this turn. (Kite 3200 → 1600).
Turn 8: Yuma
Yuma activates "Monster Reborn", Special Summoning "Number 39: Utopia" (2500/2000) from his Graveyard in Attack Position. He performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution, overlaying "Utopia" to Xyz Summon "Number C39: Utopia Ray" (2500/2000) in Attack Position. He activates the effect of "Utopia Ray", detaching the overlaid "Utopia" ("Utopia Ray" ORU 1 → 0) to decrease the ATK of "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder" by 1000 ("Giant Grinder" 1500 → 500) and increase the ATK of "Utopia Ray" by 500 ("Utopia Ray" 2500 → 3000) until the End Phase. "Utopia Ray" attacks and destroys "Giant Grinder". Quattro activates his face-down "Gimmick Box", reducing the battle damage to 0 and Special Summoning it as a monster with an ATK equivalent to the damage he would have taken (2500/0). Yuma Sets a card.
Turn 9: Quattro
Quattro activates "Junk Puppet", letting him Special Summon "Gimmick Puppet" monster with 1000 or less ATK from his Graveyard. He Special Summons "Gimmick Puppet Dreary Doll" (0/0). Quattro overlays his two Level 8 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings" (3000/2000) in Attack Position. "Gimmick Puppet of Strings" attacks "Galaxy-Eyes", but Yuma activates his face-down "Trap Reborn", paying half his Life Points (Yuma 400 → 200) to target a Normal Trap Card in an opponent's Graveyard and activate its effect. Per the rules of the Tag-Team Duel, Kite is considered an opponent as well as a partner, so Yuma activates the effect of "Battle Simulation", halving the ATK of the battling monsters ("Gimmick Puppet of Strings" 3000 → 1500, "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" 0 → 0) until the end of the Battle Phase and preventing them from being destroyed by battle this turn (Kite 1600 → 100). Quattro activates the effect of "Gimmick Puppet of Strings", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Gimmick Puppet of Strings" ORU 2 → 1) to place a String Counter on all other face-up monsters. During the End Phase of the next turn, all monsters with String Counters will be destroyed and all players will take damage equal the ATK of the monsters they controlled that were destroyed.
Turn 10: Kite
Kite activates "Overlay Regen", attaching the top card of each player's Graveyard to a face-up Xyz Monster they control ("Machu Mech" and "Utopia Ray" ORU 0 → 1, "Puppet of Strings" ORU 1 → 2). He Tributes "Utopia Ray" and "Damage Mage" to Tribute Summon "Photon Caesar" (2000/2800) in Attack Position.[Notes 1] The effect of "Photon Caesar" allows it to be treated as two Overlay Units for an Xyz Summon. Kite overlays his two Level 8 monsters treated as 3 to Xyz Summon "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" (4500/3000) in Attack Position. Since "Galaxy-Eyes" was used as an Overlay Unit for its Summon, the effect of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" activates, negating the effects of all other face-up monsters. Kite activates the effect of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Neo Galaxy-Eyes" ORU 2 → 1) to send all Overlay Units attached to other Xyz Monsters on the field to the Graveyard ("Machu Mech" ORU 1 → 0, "Puppet of Strings" ORU 2 → 0) and increase its ATK by 500 for each one (4500 → 6000), and allowing it in an additional attack this turn for each one. "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" attacks and destroys "Machu Mech" (Trey 2400 → 0) and "Gimmick Puppet of Strings" (Quattro 2400 → 0).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
Differences in adaptions
- The artwork and appearance of "Gimmick Puppet Dreary Doll" is redesigned in the dub as this monster's coffin has been changed to a large present box, and its bandages, dress and face are no longer stained with blood.
- The artwork of "Junk Puppet" has the coffins changed to a present boxes in the dub
- The entire Summoning animation of "Dreary Doll" is cut from the dub. In fact, the monster itself isn't seen at all, with Quattro simply stating that he revived it.
- The scene showing "Number C39: Utopia Ray" slicing "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet of Giant Grinder" in half is cut from the dub.
- Most of the Summoning sequence of "Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings" is cut.
- When "Gimmick Puppet of Strings" uses its effect, anonymous laughter is removed and replaced with Quattro laughing instead.
- A close-up of Kite shouting "My Soul!" during the Summoning animation of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" is cut.
- ↑ The written Japanese anime lore of "Photon World" indicates that it is a mandatory effect and thus should have activated here, which would have caused Yuma to lose.