|Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL - Episode 101|
狡猾なるベクター アストラル ＶＳ Ｎｏ．９６
Kōkatsu-naru Bekutā Asutoraru Bāsasu Nanbāzu Kyūjūroku
The Cunning Vector - Astral vs. Numbers 96
The Dark Mist Rises: Part 1
|Japanese air date||
April 28, 2013
|English air date||
March 15, 2014
|Episode listing||Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode listing (season 2)|
|Previous||A Duel in Ruins: Part 2|
|Next||The Dark Mist Rises: Part 2|
"The Dark Mist Rises: Part 1", known as "The Cunning Vector - Astral vs. Numbers 96" in the Japanese version, is the one hundredth and first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on April 28, 2013 and will air in United States on March 15, 2014.
Vector, under orders of Don Thousand, forms an alliance with Dark Mist in order to obtain one of the Mythyrian Numbers. Vector and Number 96 obtain the "Number" in the ruins first, and are waiting for Yuma and co. with this new power in hand. Upon doing so, they force Astral to a Duel in order to claim the card.
As Vector travels through dimensions, he asks Don Thousand where they're going - doesn't Thousand already know the location of the next "Mythyrian Number"? Thousand responds that the "Number" comes from the depths of Vector's own memories. Vector seems perplexed by this, but Thousand tells him to be quiet and just follow his instructions - they must find "that guy", first. In the Different Dimension Airship, Astral tells the group that the ship's systems have located the next "Number". Isolating the point on-screen, Shark says their destination is a set of ruins on an island. Rio wonders what kind of traps could await them there, with Tori adding that they don't know when the Barians will appear again. Yuma tells them that the "Kattobingu Yuma" will get them through, apparently having decided to name the airship after himself. Shark asks when he came up with that, while Rio adds that he has zero sense when it comes to naming things while Tori snickers. Elsewhere, a politician presents some flowers to a young girl outside a library as a gathered crowd cheers for him. A man approaches him and thanks him for his generous donation, which helped build this library, addressing him as Parker. Parker responds that children are the treasures of the world, so he should not need any thanks. The crowd begins to talk, saying that Parker had previously built a children's center, offers aide unfortunate people and always puts his citizens first.
The Different Dimension Airship hurtles through the dimensions, electricity flashing by the windows. Yuma crashes to the ground, commenting that that hurt. Shark, Tori and Rio and safely buckled in chairs and Tori tells Yuma to sit down already. Astral says some kind of dimensional twist has caused this storm as Yuma gets to his feet and falls again, before being hurled from one end of the deck to the other. Shark tells him to stop goofing off, while Astral wonders what all this means. Number 96 and Vector arrive at the ruins, with Vector bursting open the door with a flash of energy. As Vector enters, he clutches his head in pain and thinks that some feeling here is making him shudder. Don Thousand laughs. Vector questions him, with Thousand saying Vector has sensed it, then. Vector asks what he means, but Thousand says he doesn't need to know yet and insists he take advantage of this alliance with Number 96 while he can. As they descend a set of stairs and view the runes on the walls, Number 96 comments that the atmosphere here is refreshing. He says he can sense the remnants of human hatred here, transcending time and space. Vector asks what he means and Number 96 says that humans write their history with hatred and hypocrisy. The reach a landing and find five more sets of stairs. Number 96 asks which one they should take. Vector's eyes glow and he immediately walks to the left-most set. When he reaches them, the first several stairs become a platform that lowers him down. Number 96 floats after him and deduces that Vector has been here before. Vector responds that his body moved of its own accord.Yuma's group has also reached the island and they now cross a bridge to reach the ruins. Rio says he senses something malicious here and says it would be in their best interest not to enter. Astral says that map led them here and Rio responds that she supposes it can't be helped then. As they descend the stairs, Tori says she fails uncomfortable. Looking at the wall, Shark asks if this is the legend of these ruins. Rio closes her eyes and says she can sense the people of the past sighing out. Tori says that sounds scary. Rio's eyes glow green and she is surrounded in a green aura and she recites the legend. This place is cursed. The prince who ruled over this island lived here and he refused to trust anyone. In his paranoia, he ordered the execution of everyone on the island over time. When he was the only one left, he committed suicide. The green energy fades and Rio collapses. Shark catches her, with Rio insisting she's fine. Astral muses on the legend himself. Number 96 and Vector reach the throne room, with Number 96 calling it the "plaza of death penalties" The torches light of their own accord, revealing walls full of weapons and a few cages. At the bottom of the room is an axe stuck in a pedestal. Vector suddenly shivers, then realizes that Yuma is incoming. Number 96 says he's ensure Yuma and Astral are sent to hell from here. Vector begins to object, but Don Thousand stops him, saying that its not his turn. Number 96 floats downward, saying they'll need to obtain the "Number" first though. As he approaches the axe, its surrounded with a purple aura and a blue-skinned minotaur materializes. Number 96 asks if he is the Number's guardian, then. He suggests they find out who's stronger and D-Pad appears on his arm. Yuma's group has now reached the landing where the stairs split. Tori asks which one they should take. Spotting a star symbol on a nearby pillar, Yuma believes it indicates the closest set of stairs to it is the correct one. Tori and Rio both tell him to wait, but he speeds off down the stairs. The others resign to follow him. As they descend, a large black sphere follows them down the stairs - they've triggered a trap. Spotting another star symbol on the wall, Yuma presses it, which opens up a small alcove in the wall, allowing them to let the sphere pass them. Shark and Astral question why Yuma led them this way and Yuma explains that he knows his father left these star marks behind - he marked the path that it would be easiest to avoid traps on. Rio calls that brilliant and Yuma seems pleased, but Shark clarifies that they're not praising Yuma. Yuma leans back and accidentally hits another mark on the wall - this one a circle. Trap doors open up beneath the feet of all four of them and they find themselves sliding downwards. They land in cages, Rio and Tori in the left one, Yuma and Astral in the center cage and Shark in the right one. From the throne across the room, Vector welcomes them. Yuma is angry to see Vector, and Vector says he's disappointed that Yuma won't even call him "Ray Shadows" anymore. He clarifies that the "Number" is already his. Vector suggests they Duel for it, as it would be boring to do nothing when they're both here. Yuma accepts and a number of chains descend near Vector's throne. He pulls one and Yuma's cage opens up. The floor slides down, becoming a ramp, and Yuma is pitched down the bottom, nearly falling off the pillar he lands on. Vector explains he won't be able to get off of that pillar unless they mechanisms of the temple are deactivated, which can only be done from the throne. He adds that he acquired must information on the ruins from the "Number". Spiked bars rise up behind Yuma, blocking his access back to the cage. Yuma says he won't Duel like this, but Vector tells him to calm down - he won't be Dueling anyway - Astral will be. Rio says he must be planning something negative and Vector tells her that that's his catchphrase. Astral accepts and floats to the floor, telling Vector to get down here, then. Vector reveals that he's not Astral's opponent.
Number 96 materializes across from Astral, laughing. He tells Astral its been a while and holds up the "Number". Astral asked if he's allied with the Barians and Number 96 responds that he simply took the helping hand they offered him. Number 96 says he promised he would acquire Astral's body one day - and he will make due on that promise now. A D-Pad appears on Astral's arm and he asks Yuma is he can borrow his Deck. Yuma's cards fly towards Astral in waves of yellow energy and he absorbs them all. Number 96 vows to make Astral understand that he's not the same as the one they fought before. Number 96 goes first, Normal Summoning "Malicevorous Spoon". He then sends the "Malicevorous Knife" in his hand to the Graveyard to Special Summon "Malicevorous Fork" via its effect. Then he activates the effect of "Spoon", which lets him Special Summon a "Malicevorous" monster from his Graveyard once per turn. He Special Summons "Knife" and proceeds to overlay his three Level 2 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 96: Dark Mist" in Attack Position, calling it his "heart". Vector explains that "Dark Mist" can detach an Overlay Unit when it battles to halve the ATK of the other monster and add it to its own - that means that no matter what it battles, it will always have at least 100 more ATK. Vector brags that no one can defeat this monster. Number 96 Sets a card and ends his turn. Astral begins his, Special Summoning "Toy Knight" as he controls no monsters. He Normal Summons another "Toy Knight", with Tori commenting he has two Level 4 monsters now. Yuma asks if Astral plans to Summon "Utopia". Number 96 asks if he really thought he wouldn't anticipate this - the "Toy Knights" are not to Summon "Utopia", they're to force "Dark Mist" to use up its Overlay Units to destroy them. He wished to use low ATK monsters to minimize the damage he'd take. Number 96 activates his face-down "Small Stopper", explaining that as long as its face-up, monsters with 1000 or less ATK cannot attack. Chains ensnare both "Toy Knights" and Number 96 continues that if an Attack Position monster does not attack, its controller will take 1000 damage at the End Phase.
With no other options, Astral overlays his two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 39: Utopia" in Attack Position. Vector seems amused and Yuma says "Utopia" won't stand a chance. Astral asks if they think he had no plan and equips "Utopia" with "Exchange Guard Robe". "Utopia" is adorned with a golden cape and its ATK rises by 500. "Utopia" attacks "Dark Mist", but Number 96 activates the effect of "Dark Mist", detaching an Overlay Unit to halve the ATK of "Utopia" and add it to that of "Dark Mist". He declares "Shadow Gain" and a black mist envelops "Utopia", dropping its ATK to 1500, while that of "Dark Mist" rises to 1600. Yuma says that "Utopia" is finished then and Vector yells that that's too bad for Astral. Astral activates the other effect of "Exchange Guard Robe" now - when the ATK of the equipped monsters changes through a card effect, the opposing player takes damage equal to the difference. Astral says Number 96 will take 1500 damage now. Shark is impressed - this card will let him use the power of "Dark Mist" against itself. Vector balls his fists and growls, while "Utopia" fires golden beams from his cape, hitting Number 96 for 1500 damage. Now, Astral activates the effect of "Utopia", detaching an Overlay Unit to negate his own attack. Yuma says Astral is ahead early now. Number 96 says he expected no less, but asks if they really think he took damage for no reason. From above Yuma, a large pendulum blade swings down, nearly hitting him. He narrowly avoids it and Vector says he forgot to mention that when Number 96's Life Points decrease, the labyrinth's traps will activate. Tori and Rio say that means Astral can't attack then, with Shark calling it a cowardly move. Number 96 says he has "cards" outside of his Deck. "Small Stopper" will serve him in the Duel, while the temple's traps will serve as more "cards" to put into play outside of it. He asks what Astral will do now then.
Featured Duel: Astral vs. Dark Mist
Turn 1: Number 96
Number 96 Normal Summons "Malicevorous Spoon" (100/500). Next, he Special Summons "Malicevorous Fork" (400/400) from his hand via its own effect by sending a "Malicevorous" monster from his hand to the Graveyard. He sends "Malicevorous Knife". As a "Malicevorous" monster was Special Summoned, Number 96 activates the effect of "Malicevorous Spoon", letting him Special Summon a Level 2 or lower "Malicevorous" monster from his Graveyard. He Special Summons "Malicevorous Knife" (600/100). Number 96 overlays his three Level 2 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon"Number 96: Dark Mist" (100/1000) in Attack Position. Number 96 Sets a card.
Turn 2: Astral
As he controls no monsters, Astral Special Summons "Toy Knight" (200/1200) from his hand via its own effect. He Normal Summons another "Toy Knight". Number 96 activates his face-down "Small Stopper". As long as its face-up monsters with 1000 or less ATK may not attack and during each End Phase the turn player will take 1000 damage if Number 96 controls a monster with 1000 or less ATK and the turn player does not attack. Astral overlays his two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 39: Utopia" (2500/2000) in Attack Position. He equips "Utopia" with "Exchange Guard Robe", which increases its ATK by 500 (2500 → 3000). "Utopia" attacks "Dark Mist". Number 96 activates the effect of "Dark Mist", detaching an Overlay Unit to halve the ATK of the monster its battling and gain an equal amount of ATK ("Dark Mist" 100 → 1600, "Utopia" 3000 → 1500). The effect of "Exchange Guard Robe" activates as the equipped monster's ATK changed by an effect other than its own, inflicting damage to Number 96 equal to the ATK difference (Number 96 4000 → 2500). He then activates the effect of "Utopia", detaching an Overlay Unit to negate his own attack.
Duel continues in the next episode.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
- During this episode, the summoning portal for "Number 39: Utopia" appeared on the ceiling rather than on the ground, as it's usually the case.
- The dubbed name of this episode is a reference to "The Dark Knight Rises".