"The Hero's Triumphant Return! Carrying On a Friend's Will!!" is the one-hundred and twenty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on September 29, 2013.
As the Human and Barian Worlds begin to merge, Kite's body begins to suffer the full burden of the Barian's Field. Due to a Barian trap, each hit Kite takes is a hundred times worse than before, causing him to ultimately collapse.... But just as he falls, Yuma returns, with Astral alive and well by his side! Mr. Heartland finds himself unable to contain his shock and dismay. Yuma relieves Kite, and takes over the Duel with Astral by his side, and challenges Mr. Heartland to one last decisive battle...!
An "Infection Bug Token" attacks "Utopia", destroying itself. Its effect activates, Heartland takes no battle damage from that battle and he can destroy a monster his opponent controls, then inflict 300 damage to his opponent.[Notes 1] Heartland destroys "Utopia" (Yuma 1750 → 1450). Another "Infection Bug Token" attacks directly. As his opponent declared a direct attack, Yuma activates the effect of "Rainbow Kuriboh" in his Graveyard, Special Summoning it (100/100) in Defense Position. A replay occurs and the "Infection Bug Token" attacks and destroys "Rainbow Kuriboh". The remaining "Infection Bug Tokens" attack Yuma directly (Yuma 1450 → 550). As he has not Normal Summoned a monster this turn, Heartland activates "Infection Extension", Special Summoning an "Infection Bug Token" (300/300). In addition, as long as it remains face-up, Yuma must Normal and Special Summon monsters in Attack Position and if an "Infection Bug Token" is destroyed, he will take 300 damage. Yuma activates his face-down "Light Back", letting him Special Summon a LIGHT monster from his Graveyard and equip it with this card, with the equipped monster losing 1000 ATK. Yuma Special Summons Kite's "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" (3000 → 2000/2500).
Turn 6: Yuma
Astral and Yuma perform a ZEXAL Morph into ZEXAL III. Yuma performs a Shining Draw, drawing "ZS - Vanish Sage" (500/100), which he Normal Summons. "Galaxy-Eyes" attacks an "Infection Bug Token". Yuma activates the effect of "Galaxy-Eyes", banishing it and the monster it is battling until the end of the Battle Phase. As exactly one monster he controls was banished, Yuma activates the effect of "Vanish Sage", banishing its to Special Summon the banished monster, then banish all monsters on the field with less ATK than the Special Summoned monster. "Galaxy-Eyes" (3000/2500) is Special Summoned, thus banishing all the "Infection Bug Tokens". "Galaxy-Eyes" attacks directly (Heartland 3000 → 0).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.