"The Adventures of Artimus Stanleyus", known as "Shark Enraged!! Save the Captured Little Sister!" in the Japanese version, is the seventy-eighth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on November 4, 2012 and in the United States on September 14, 2013.
Art Stanley, leader of the school's Comic Book Appreciation Club, kidnaps Rio Kastle in order to obtain Shark's "Number" card. The two face off in a Duel where Art corners Shark with his "CXyz" monster. However, with a little help from Yuma, Shark is able to save Rio and make a comeback with "Shark Drake Veiss".
At Heartland Academy, Yuma and his friends are walking along, talking about their test scores. Their conversation is interrupted by a boy in a beret calling out to Yuma, who asks who he is. He introduces himself as Art Stanley, the president of the school's Comic Book Appreciation Club. Bronk doesn't seem to know what the club is and Caswell comments that it has only one member. Spinning his pencil, Art tells Yuma he has a request. He's currently dedicated his club to a "great masterpiece" and he wishes to use Yuma as his model for the main character.Ray thinks that sounds like a great idea. Yuma seems excited and Art says that as Yuma is the champion of the WDC, there is no better model. He holds up a sketch of Yuma, dressed in a superhero costume. Yuma seems impressed, while Art suddenly asks Yuma what his weakness is. Yuma claims he has no weakness, causing his friends to wince. Art says that's good to hear and then tells Yuma to hold on (in the dub, Art responds that all heroes have weaknesses before leaving).Seeing Shark nearby, Art rushes over and calls out to him, asking if he'll become a model for his manga as well. He shows him the sketch he based on him, featuring Shark with metallic claws and demonic wings. Shark says the design makes no sense (in the dub, he calls it lame) and walks off. Art chases him and places his hand on Shark's shoulder, asking him to wait. Shark tells him to get his hand off of him and Art begins by saying he's begging Shark. Shark repeats that he needs to take his hand off him and pushes him away, one of the rings flying off of his finger in the process. Art reaches for the dropped ring, but Shark yells for him not to touch it and picks it up before walking off. Handing Art his dropped sketchbook, Yuma asks if he's alright. Art thanks him, saying his sketchbook is more important than his life - it contains all of his ideas and designs for comics. Yuma says he'll look forward to his comic then and rushes after Shark, his friends following. Yuma comments that Shark's tongue is as sharp as always. Shark asks what's wrong with stating the truth. (in the dub, Yuma asks how well Shark did on the test, with the latter responding with "Whatever".)
Later, Shark visits Rio at the hospital. Standing by her bedside, he wonders just when she'll finally awaken again. Opening his palm, he stares at the two rings. He recalls when he and Rio attended a carnival years ago. Rio held out the rings to him and Shark had responded he didn't want to wear one of them in a pair with her and adds that a man shouldn't wear a ring anyway (in the dub, Shark says he's Rio's big brother, not her big sister). Rio angrily throws the rings on the ground and walks off, calling him an idiot (in the dub, Rio calls Shark's comment a mean thing to say). Now, Shark slides one of the rings onto her finger, before staring at the one of his own. From the doorway, Art watches, having apparently followed Shark. Back at the Comic Book Appreciation Club, Art discusses things with Girag, who asks why they'd attack Shark now. Art tells him that though he was unable to find out Yuma's weak point, he did discover Shark's. Art claims every step of the plan is illustrated in his sketchbook.Girag approves the plan and Art vows to do his best for the glory of the Barian World. Girag then tells him he tried to draw some manga as well and holds two sheets of paper up, which feature poorly drawn black-and-white figures. He asks if they're pretty good and Art responds with "I guess..." (in the dub, Art didn't say anything, but his sweatdrops are still present).
The next day, Yuma, Tori and Ray approach Heartland Hospital. Ray says they brought enough food for a hospital visit and Tori tells him that she already informed him that Shark's sister is still unconscious, so she won't be able to eat. Yuma says that's fine, he'll eat them in her place. As they near the steps, Shark runs down the steps in a panic. Yuma says they're here to visit his sister and Shark mutters that Rio has disappeared from her room. Yuma wonders where she is now then. Art approaches them, saying it's a coincidence that they're all here. He wonders if they're looking for Rio. Shark asks what he would know about her and Art laughs, saying he'll tell Shark where she is on one condition: Shark must Duel him. Yuma tells him to stop this nonsense, (in the dub, Yuma asks where Rio is) while Astral appears from the Emperor's Key, telling Yuma he can feel a strange aura coming from him. Art, glowing with a red aura, asks what Shark's answer is and Shark agrees to Duel him, with both players setting up their D-Pads and D-Gazers.Shark says he won't forgive Art and takes the first turn, Normal Summoning "Shocktopus", who appears in a wave of water. Explaining that he's Tributing his WATER-Attribute monster, "Shocktopus" vanishes and Shark Special Summons "Sharkraken" from his hand via its own effect in Attack Position. Setting a card, he ends his turn. Art laughs and begins his turn, activating a Field Spell Card, "Comic Field". The hospital is replaced with a medieval castle, while the ground around them becomes a rocky expanse. Art reveals that his field is from his comic, and within it everything will be decided by the stories he's already written. He adds that this means the real hero is one of love, courage and frankness - a hero created by Art. This match will end in Shark's defeat. Art Normal Summons "Lancelot, Knight of the Lake" and activates "Vow of the Sword", explaining that when he controls a Warrior-Type monster, he may Special Summon another Level 4 or lower Warrior from his hand. He Special Summons "Tristan, Knight of Tragedy" in Attack Position. Astral comments that there are two Level 4 monsters and Art overlays them to Xyz Summon "Comics Hero King Arthur" in Attack Position. The effect of "Lancelot" activates; when it is used as an Overlay Unit, he can reduce the ATK of an opponent's monster by 800. The ATK of "Sharkraken" drops to 1600 and Art orders "King Arthur" to attack it.
Shark calls him naive and explains that his face-down card is "Zeus' Breath" and that it will negate the ATK and inflict 800 damage to Art. Shark moves to activate it, but Art asks if he's really sure he wants to do that (in the dub, Art asks if Shark truly cares about his sister). He says he'll tell him something about Rio right now. She is in Art's fantasy world (in the dub, Art struggles to think of a name for his world before settling for "Artopia"). A picture of Rio appears, unconscious on the floor of a cell, with her eyes still wrapped in bandages. Shark says this is impossible and Art claims that if Shark defeats him, his fantasy world will be destroyed. Art wonders what would become of Rio if that happened, laughing maniacally. Tori calls that a despicable tactic. Art tells Shark that he can't win and to allow him to recover his "Number" now. He resumes his attack, yelling "Radiant Sword". "King Arthur" fires a beam out of its sword, which obliterates "Sharkraken", drops Shark's Life Points to 3200 and throws him onto his back. Art Sets a card to end his turn.
Yuma muses that at this rate Shark will lose. Astral says it's as he expected; Art is an assassin of the Barian World. From the top of one of the cliffs formed by "Comic Field", Girag stands, laughing and claiming its over for Shark now (in the dub, Girag congratulates Art on a job well done, while also adding that Shark's "Number" is as good as theirs). Tori asks if there's something they could do to save Rio. Astral responds that the world is Art's creation. Remembering the sketchbook from earlier, Tori suggests Yuma goes to find it. The world itself should be drawn in that sketchbook. Yuma thinks she may be right - the sketchbook could have some hints. He, Ray and Astral rush off to find it, with Yuma vowing to save Rio. Shark begins his turn by Normal Summoning "Hammer Shark". Art is annoyed at the weak monster and insists Shark Summon his "Number" now. He adds he'll have to help Shark Summon it, then. He activates his face-down "Ordeal of the Hero", explaining that when he controls a "Comics Hero" monster and his opponent Summons a monster, this card will Special Summon two monsters from his opponent's Deck with the same Level as the Summoned monster.
Shark Special Summons "Spear Shark" and "Double Shark", with Art insisting that Shark bring out his "Number". Shark complies, overlaying his three Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 32: Shark Drake" in Attack Position. Shark asks Art what to do next - he shouldn't attack, after all. Art urges him to attack this time as all of Shark's attacks have already been predicated by Art's story. He adds that when forced into a pinch by a strong opponent, a true hero can always rise up (In the dub, the story has Shark raid Artopia to kidnap Princess Rio to steal her power, with Artimus Stanleyus coming in to save Rio with the forces of good, resulting in a battle). Shark wonders what Art is planning, but determines he has no other option but to do as he's told. He orders "Shark Drake" to attack "King Arthur" with "Deep Sea Destruction". "King Arthur" explodes and Art is pitched to the ground, his Life Points at 3600. Art seems shaken, saying he can't believe "King Arthur" was defeated. He yells for "King Arthur", saying that world peace and the hope of all are entrusted to him. Smiling, he explains the effect of "Comic Field". When a "Comics Hero" monster is destroyed by battle, this card will prevent its destruction and increase its ATK by 500. "King Arthur" reappears, its ATK rising to 2900. Now he activates the effect of "King Arthur", detaching an Overlay Unit as its ATK was changed. The difference between the old and new ATK will be inflicted to Shark as damage. He declares "Storm Sword" and a fierce cyclone is fired from the sword of "King Arthur", dropping Shark to 2700. Tori yells Shark's name, while Art asks how the "underling of evil" ("spawn of evil" in the dub) feels after such an attack. Shark responds by Setting a card and ending his turn.
Art starts his turn, equipping "King Arthur" with "Miracle Sword", which increases its ATK by 500. Tori is concerned as the ATK changed again and Art repeats his previous move, detaching an Overlay Unit to inflict more damage to Shark with "Storm Sword". Saying he's not done, he orders "King Arthur" to attack "Shark Drake" with "Flash Sword". Shark's Life Points fall to 1600, but Art comments that he can't destroy "Shark Drake" since "King Arthur" isn't a "Number", but that even that was already written in the story. Art activates the other effect of "Miracle Sword". If the equipped monster fails to destroy a monster by battle, he can send it to the Graveyard to activate a Spell Card from his hand. The Barian Emblem appears on Art's forehead as he vows to defeat the evil for the Barian World and activates "Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force". He Ranks-Up "King Arthur" and performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution to Special Summon "CXyz Comics Hero Legend Arthur" in Attack Position. Shark comments that this must be the new power of Barian, then (in the dub, Shark comments on the 3000 ATK of "Legend Arthur"). Art reveals that when a "CXyz" is Summoned with "Barian's Force", it steals the Overlay Units of an opponent's monster with "Chaos Drain".
"Legend Arthur" absorbs the Units from "Shark Drake". The ATK of "Shark Drake" then decreases by 300 for each absorbed Unit. Art says the battle isn't over yet and specifies that monsters Summoned with "Barian's Force" can destroy "Numbers". He orders "Legend Arthur" to attack and destroy "Shark Drake" with "Shockwash Slash". Shark's Life Points fall to 500. Yuma contacts Shark through his D-Pad, telling him he's found Art's sketchbook at the Comic Book Appreciation Club. Yuma clarifies that there are pictures of Rio in there as a captured heroine. Shark is enraged, but Art says that while Yuma found the sketchbook, that fact won't change the ending. Tori asks what he means and Art tells his story. In order to release the captured princess, Shark, who is the "devil's messenger" fights Art, who is the hero. Art wins, but it's too late to save the princess; she is already in her eternal sleep. This means Shark will lose and his sister will not be saved.
Ray asks Yuma if there's really nothing they can do. Yuma says he can't accept the future being decided by something like that. He urges Shark to get up and fight; he's the only one who can save his sister. He tells him to crush everything in his way - he is still Shark, isn't he? (in the dub, Yuma asks if even a little fanfiction can stop Shark) Hearing his sister's voice in his memories, Shark rises to his feet. He may not know what his future holds, but he vows he'll always protect her. He begs Rio to wake up. Both rings glow with pink energy and the fantasy world shatters. He hears Rio's voice again and she's now standing on one of the ramparts that are part of "Comic Field". The wind blows her bandages off and she opens her eyes. Art is in disbelief, while Tori smiles. Ray cheers and Astral comments that his feelings for his sister have broken Barian's curse. Rio looks at Shark and asks if he's really going to lose this Duel. She asks how he dares lose in front of her and turns away. Shark asks who she thinks he's Dueling for (in the dub, Shark retorts that he's losing because of her). Art yells he can't allow this and activates the effect of "Legend Arthur" by detaching an Overlay Unit. When it destroys a monster by battle, he can banish that monster from the Graveyard to inflict damage to Shark equal to the monster's ATK. Shark smiles as Art is blasted backwards instead of him. He explains he's activated his face-down "Torrential Reborn", which can be activated when a WATER monster is destroyed - it will Special Summon the WATER monster and inflict 500 damage to Art. "Shark Drake" reappears and Art's Life Points fall to 3100.
Shark's turn is next and he immediately performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution, overlaying "Shark Drake" to Special Summon "Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss" in Attack Position. Shark activates its effect, detaching an Overlay Unit and banishing a "Shark" monster from his Graveyard to decrease the ATK of "Legend Arthur" by the banished monster's ATK. He banishes "Shark Drake", dropping the ATK of "Legend Arthur" to 200. He then activates "Surging Erosion", which can destroy a Field Spell Card. "Comic Field" vanishes and the rampart where Rio stands is revealed to be a water tower. Art is devastated by the destruction of his masterpiece. Shark continues that "Surging Erosion" will also increase the ATK of all WATER monsters by 500. The ATK of "Shark Drake Veiss" rises to 3300 and Shark orders an attack with "Chaos Stream", destroying "Legend Arthur" and dropping Art to 0 Life Points.
The Barian Emblem vanishes from Art's forehead as Yuma cheers for Shark's victory. Girag is annoyed, saying it was so close, but now dismissing Art as a "useless loony" before vanishing. (in the dub, Girag says he is sick of being left empty-handed and that he needs to find better puppets) Shark gets to Rio, who mutters his name. (in the dub, Rio tells Shark to bring her home) He silently proceeds to carry her away. The next day at school, Art approaches Shark again, saying he has a new character model based on him - a samurai hero. Yuma likes the design, but Shark dismisses it as "silly" ("solidly lame" in the dub) and walks off again. Yuma asks about his design and Art shows another picture, featuring Shark's character fighting a golem who has just crushed Yuma's character beneath his foot. Astral and Tori agree it's a fitting place for Yuma. (in the dub, Astral makes Observation Number 21: Yuma would make a good cartoon character in real life) Enraged and embarrassed, Yuma leaps up in the air, screaming why he isn't the main character after all.
Featured Duel: Reginald "Shark" Kastle vs. Art Stanley
Turn 2: Art
Art activates the Field Spell Card, "Comic Field". When a "Comics Hero" monster would be destroyed by battle, it will gain 500 ATK instead. He then Normal Summons "Lancelot, Knight of the Lake" (1500/1700) and activates "Vow of the Sword", allowing him to Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Warrior-Type monster from his hand as he already controls a Warrior-Type monster. He Special Summons "Tristan, Knight of Tragedy" (1400/1800) in Attack Position. He overlays his two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Comics Hero King Arthur" (2400/1200) in Attack Position. As "Lancelot" was used as an Overlay Unit, it decreases the ATK of "Sharkraken" by 800 (2400 → 1600). "King Arthur" attacks "Sharkraken". Shark begins to activate his face-down "Zeus Breath", but ceases his action after Art threatens Rio. "Sharkraken" is destroyed (Shark 4000 → 3200). Art Sets a card.
Turn 3: Shark
Shark Normal Summons "Hammer Shark" (1700/1500). As Shark Normal Summoned a monster, Art activates his face-down "Ordeal of the Hero" as he controls a "Comics Hero" monster, forcing Shark to Special Summon two monsters with the same Level as "Hammer Shark" from his Deck with their effects negated. If he cannot, he will take 400 damage. Shark Special Summons "Spear Shark" (1600/1400) and "Double Shark" (1200/1600). He overlays his three Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 32: Shark Drake" (2800/2100) in Attack Position. "Shark Drake" attacks "King Arthur" (Art 4000 → 3600), with the effect of "Comic Field" preventing its destruction by battle and increasing its ATK by 500 (2400 → 2900). As its ATK was changed, Art activates the effect of "King Arthur", detaching an Overlay Unit ("King Arthur" ORU 2 → 1) to inflict damage to Shark equal to the amount the ATK was changed (Shark 3200 → 2700). Shark Sets a card.
Turn 4: Art
Art equips "King Arthur" with "Miracle Sword", increasing its ATK by 500 (2900 → 3400). As its ATK was changed, Art activates the effect of "King Arthur", inflicting damage to Shark equal to the difference in ATK (Shark 2700 → 2200). "King Arthur" attacks "Shark Drake" (Shark 2200 → 1600), with the effect of "Shark Drake" preventing its destruction by battle as "King Arthur" is not a "Number". Art activates the effect of "Miracle Sword" as he inflicted Battle Damage with the equipped monster but failed to destroy the monster by battle, he sends it to the Graveyard to activate a Spell Card from his hand. He activates "Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force", Ranking Up "King Arthur" and performing a Chaos Xyz Evolution to Special Summon "CXyz Comics Hero Legend Arthur" (3000/2400) in Attack Position. The effect of "Barian's Force" lets him target one Xyz Monster the opponent controls, detach its Overlay Units and attach them to the newly Summoned "CXyz" and decrease the ATK of that monster by 300 for each one detached.
"Legend Arthur" takes the three Overlay Units of "Shark Drake" ("Shark Drake" ORU 3 → 0, "Legend Arthur" ORU 2 → 5) and decreases its ATK by 900 (2800 → 1900). "Legend Arthur" attacks "Shark Drake" (Shark 1600 → 500) and destroys it as the effect of "Barian's Force" lets it negate effects which prevent destruction by battle. Art activates the effect of "Legend Arthur" as it destroyed a monster by battle and sent it to the Graveyard, detaching a Chaos Overlay Unit ("Legend Arthur" ORU 5 → 4) to banish the destroyed monster and inflict damage to Shark equal to its ATK. Shark activates his face-down "Torrential Reborn" as a WATER monster he controls was destroyed by battle. It is Special Summoned and Art will take 500 damage. "Shark Drake" is Special Summoned (2800/2100) (Art 3600 → 3100). As the monster can't be banished, the effect of "Legend Arthur" cannot resolve.
Turn 5: Shark
Shark performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution, overlaying "Shark Drake" to Xyz Summon "Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss" (2800/2100) in Attack Position. He activates its effect, detaching the overlaid "Shark Drake" ("Shark Drake Veiss" ORU 1 → 0) to banish a "Shark" monster from his Graveyard and decrease the ATK of "Legend Arthur" by its ATK. He banishes "Shark Drake" ("Legend Arthur" 3000 → 200). Shark activates "Surging Erosion", letting him destroy a face-up Spell or Trap Card and increase the ATK of all face-up WATER monsters by 500. He destroys "Comic Field" ("Shark Drake Veiss" 2800 → 3300). "Shark Drake Veiss" attacks and destroys "Legend Arthur" (Art 3100 → 0).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
- When "Comics Hero King Arthur" was Xyz Summoned, it looks as if it is a LIGHT-Attribute monster due to its Overlay Units being yellow even though it is an EARTH-Attribute monster.
- During the episode preview after the opening, Art's sketch of Shark has a blank text box in it. In the episode proper, the text box shows the letters "UGU".
- At a certain point, the cards in Art's hand have the old card backings. The new card backings is correctly shown throughout the rest of the episode.