"Power Play", known as "Vector’s Scorn - The Sundered Seven Emperors!!" in the Japanese version, is the one-hundred and thirty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on November 24, 2013 and on Hulu on November 10, 2014.
As Yuma tries to rush to the Barian World, Vector, Dumon and Marin face off in the Barian World. Having absorbed Number 96 into himself, Vector’s gained even greater evil powers, and now plans to defeat the two of them and steal their power for his own!
Nash regains consciousness, finding himself chained in a sphere of darkness, lightning cracking outside of it. He wonders where he is, but then remembers he was captured by Girag. He realizes the spell used to trap him is Don Thousand's power (Nash does not mention Thousand in the dub) and wonders why Girag would have it. A screen materializes in front of him and he sees Dumon and Marin confronting Vector. Marin repeats Vector's claim that he plans to defeat them and steal the power from their souls. Nash says the names of both of his comrades, while Dumon asks Vector if he's really capable of such a feat (in the dub, Dumon says Vector has lost his mind, but the traitorous Barian Emperor interrupts him before he can continue). Vector responds that of course he can do that - as he's revived Don Thousand. Vector cackles as dark power surrounds him and Thousand materializes behind him. Marin mutters that this can't be, while Dumon simply asks "what?" (Dumon's reaction is cut from the dub). Thousand introduces himself as the God of the Barian World (in the dub, Thousand says the two Emperors standing before him must be surprised to see him). Nash is surprised Vector revived him. Thousand tells them it's time for them to become his slaves - they'll be the "food" that helps restore his power. Dumon asks why he would need their power if he's the god of the Barian World. Thousand insists it is their destiny - the Seven Barian Emperors were the chosen souls that were meant to revive his power. Vector says they were intended as Thousand's "food" from the very beginning (in the dub, Vector reassures his fellow Emperors that they will be part of the winning team for once). Marin points out that that applies to Vector too - he is one of the Seven Emperors, after all. Vector insists that it doesn't as Thousand's form dissipates.
Yuma, Astral, Alito and Tori stand on the deck of the Different Dimension Airship. They see something glowing up ahead. Tori asks what it is and Alito explains that its a dimensional crack - and beyond it lies the Barian World. Yuma simply repeats "beyond it" and looks pensive ("That means it's go time" in the dub). Back in the throne room, Vector tells his opponents that this Duel will be conducted as a Battle Royal (in the dub, Vector comments that a 2 on 1 Duel seems unfair to his opponents; he adds that he knows the end of this story and they won't like it). He takes the first turn, drawing the Continuous Spell Card "Don Thousand's Throne". He cackles, saying an interesting card has arrived (in the dub, Vector tells the other two Emperors he will keep them in suspense and will make this Duel quick and painful). He activates it immediately. An ornate throne appears behind him and Vector seats himself in it. He says he could just sit here and beat them down leisurely, but he thinks that would be rude. Instead, he says he'll equip this card to himself. Tentacles wave out from the throne and ensnare him, giving him a new layer of armor. A red eye also opens in the center of his chest.
Marin asks what's going on, while Nash mutters that he feels a strange sensation as more lightning cracks outside his spherical prison. Vector activates the effect of the "Umbral Horror Ghost" in his hand as it contains two copies. This lets him Special Summon both of them in Attack Position. He does so before proceeding to Normal Summon "Umbral Horror Will o' the Wisp". As it was Summoned, its effect also activates, letting Vector change its Level to that of another "Umbral Horror" monster he controls. It becomes Level 2 - the same as both "Ghosts". He overlays his three Level 2 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 96: Dark Mist" in Attack Position, referring to it as the "messenger of deepest darkness" (in the dub, Vector asks Dumon and Marin if they've forgotten about it already). He tells "Dark Mist" to show them its true form. It morphs into a puppet-like version of its avatar, its eyes shining yellow. Dumon seems to recognize it, but Vector asks if this is the first time he's seen it - the being that killed Astral once ("the fun Astral" in the dub). Marin points out that Vector partnered with him in the past (in the dub, Marin says Yuma and Astral had destroyed Number 96 in the past). Vector says that's true, but informs them after Number 96 and Astral killed one another, he absorbed the remaining power of Number 96, making it his puppet. He claims they will be devoured and become his puppets quite soon too. He Sets a card to end his turn, reminding his opponents that no one may attack on their first turn during a Battle Royal (in the dub, Vector remarks that Dumon and Marin becoming his puppets should be something to look forward to).
Marin's eyes narrow and she vows not to lose - for Nash's sake as well as her own (in the dub, Marin replies that she will take Vector down). Marin Normal Summons "Blizzard Thunderbird" and activates "Blizzard Vision", explaining that it lets her target a WATER monster she controls and Special Summon this card as a monster with the same Level, Attribute and Type, but 0 ATK and DEF. She does so, then overlays her two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 103: Ragnazero" in Attack Position. Vector isn't surprised to see her ace right away, but calls her monster "cute" just the same. Marin Sets a card to end her turn. Dumon tells Vector that they will show him their own power (in the dub, Dumon swears to make Vector pay for his treachery). Dumon Normal Summons "Star Seraph Scout", explaining that he can Special Summon another "Star Seraph" monster from his hand when he does. He Special Summons "Star Seraph Sage", then activates the effect of "Sage", letting him send a Spell Card in his hand to the Graveyard to Special Summon another "Star Seraph" monster from his hand. He sends "Celestial Rage" to the Graveyard to Special Summon "Star Seraph Sword". He overlays his three Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 102: Star Seraph Sentry" in Attack Position. Dumon activates the effect of "Sentry", detaching an Overlay Unit to halve the ATK of a monster his opponent controls and negate its effects. "Sentry" fires its bow, impaling "Dark Mist" with an arrow, its ATK falling to 50.
Vector points out he only dropped the ATK by 50. Marin activates the effect of "Ragnazero", detaching an Overlay Unit as the ATK of a monster was reduced - this effect will destroy that monster. Marin declares "Doomsday Demoliton" as "Rangazero" hacks "Dark Mist" apart with its scythes. Dumon activates the Quick-Play Spell Card "Star Seraph Starscream", inflicting 1000 damage to Vector as a monster Vector controlled was destroyed when Dumon controls a "Star Seraph" monster. A shining pillar of energy blasts Vector backwards, crushing him against the stairs, cracking them in the process. Dumon and Marin asked how Vector liked the taste of their teamwork. Vector laughs and rises to his feet, saying they did get him (Vector's response is cut from the dub), while Marin reveals that when the effect of "Ragnazero" destroys a monster, she can draw a card.
Dumon Sets a card and moves to end his turn, but Vector interrupts him, activating his face-down "Nightmare Xyz". He explains that during the End Phase of a turn that a "Number" monster he controls was destroyed, he can target a Rank 4 or lower DARK Fiend-Type Xyz Monster from his Extra Deck by using DARK monsters in the Graveyard as the Overlay Units, their Levels automatically being changed to the Rank of the chosen Xyz Monster. He Special Summons two "Ghosts" and "Will o' the Wisp", changing their Levels to 2. He overlays them to Special Summon "Number 43: Manipulator of Souls" in Attack Position. He reveals that upon its Summon, "Manipulator of Souls" can equip itself with a "Number" monster in his Graveyard, which will prevent it from being destroyed by battle or card effect. "Manipulator of Souls" lowers crimson strings into the Graveyard portal, pulling out the puppet form of "Dark Mist". Marin demands to know what he's trying to do (in the dub, Marin says she and Dumon can take whatever Vector can throw at them), but Vector instead activates the effect of "Don Thousand's Throne". At the end of a turn during which he received damage, his Life Points are restored by that same amount. He floats in the air, surrounded in an orb of red power. The tentacles on his armor absorb the energy, transferring it into him as he yells that the power is overflowing. As this happens, Nash screams in pain, the tentacles binding him glowing the same red. Vector thanks Nash for the meal as his Life Points return to 4000, then drops to the ground and reveals that he can now activate the effect of "Manipulator of Souls" as he gained Life Points.
As Vector gained Life Points, the effect of "Manipulator of Souls" activates, increasing its ATK by that same value and also damaging one of his opponents by said amount. The ATK of "Manipulator of Souls" becomes 1000 and Vector tells Marin to take that damage. As he yells "Licking Lash", "Manipulator of Souls" strikes Marin with its lizard-like tongue, throwing her off her feet and dropping her Life Points to 3000. Dumon yells her name, but Marin quickly gets up, saying that that much damage was nothing. Both Emperors piece together Vector's strategy: when he gains Life Points, that amount is also inflicted as damage to either of them. Vector thinks to himself that this strategy will drain Nash's energy, though his opponents don't know that yet. He asks them what they think of his "invincible" monster. Dumon says they can't defeat him at all unless they do so in one turn. Vector laughs at Dumon thinking they'll defeat him at all, as he is equal to a God. He draws and then orders "Manipulator of Souls" to attack "Sentry". Dumon is surprised as "Manipulator of Souls", shoots beams from its eyes, which "Sentry" spins its bow around to deflect back.
"Manipulator of Souls" is engulfed in an explosion and Vector is thrown backwards onto the stairs again, his Life Points now at 2500. Dumon asks why he'd destroy his own card, but Vector reminds him that as long as "Manipulator of Souls" has a "Number" equipped, it can't be destroyed. Vector activates the Quick-Play Spell Card "Card of Endurance" which inflicts 1000 damage to him when he has taken damage to begin with. Electricity engulfs him and he falls to the ground again, his Life Points now 1500. "Card of Endurance" also lets him draw a card. Vector Sets two cards and ends his turn. At the End Phase, the effect of "Don Thousand's Throne" activates, so he gains 2500 Life Points as Nash screams in pain and the ATK of "Manipulator of Souls" rises to 3500. He targets Marin for the damage again as "Manipulator of Souls" strikes her with its tongue (in the dub, Vector remarks that making Marin suffer is his new hobby). Her Life Points fall to 500 as Nash screams her name (in the dub, Nash yells, "No!") and she's thrown backwards again. Vector laughs as his eyes glow red and he tells Marin it's appropriate that one whose head was always held so high is crushed now. Dumon runs to her and asks Vector why he's only attacking her. Vector just cackles and Marin lays her hand on Dumon's shoulder to help her rise to her feet. She stares angrily at Vector (Dumon helping Marin is cut from the dub), who is pleased at how thoroughly he's humiliated her as an enraged Nash yells Vector's name. He says her Life Points are only 500 now, with just a bit more, she'll be sent to Hell - for sure this time. Marin asks what he means by "for sure this time" (in the dub, Vector remarks that he will defeat Marin again, just like old times; Marin simply repeats "again?"). Vector asks if she doesn't remember yet. Marin repeats, "remember?" and Vector says he'll tell them the shocking truth then. Using Ray's voice (in the dub, Vector uses his regular voice), he reveals to them that it was he who killed Marin and Nash in the Barian World.
At that time, Vector had taken Marin hostage over a cliff somewhere near Don Thousand's palace. Nash tells him to give up and release her and that he would spare Vector's life if he did. Marin urges Nash to stop worrying about her and just defeat Vector (in the dub, Marin tells Nash that Vector does not deserve any mercy). As red lightning strikes around the Barian World, Vector tells Nash not to make a move. Calling them both disgusting, he boasts that he'll send Marin to Hell now. Raising his arm, his hand glows with pink energy as he activates a Trap Card - "Giant Sky Sword". Purple energy flares and drops straight down past the cliff, opening a portal. He claims the card will absorb them and render them unable to climb out of the abyss. Nash tells him to stop, but Vector throws Marin from the cliff. Yelling her name, Nash quickly follows. Vector calls him an idiot (in the dub, Vector did not say anything at this point). As he reaches her and grabs her hand, he says he can't move his body freely anymore (in the dub, Nash reassures Marin that he will never leave her no matter what lies straight ahead). They scream as the abyss absorbs them. Covered in light blue energy, the two stream through the portal at high speeds. Nash mutters that they can't keep this up (in the dub, Nash asks where they are; Marin says she isn't sure).
They suddenly find themselves underwater. Abyss appears before them, kneeling. He says he's come to pick their "great king" up (in the dub, Abyss is honored to see his lord again). Nash asks who he is and he introduces himself as Abyss - the one who used to assist him. Nash can't remember that and Abyss adds that their souls must find new vessels in the human world. Nash asks if they'll become human. Abyss confirms this and adds that their memories will be sealed until they meet Abyss once again. Abyss vanishes in a puff of bubbles. Nash says he understands that he's counting on Abyss. Marin resumes a light blue energy form, while Nash resumes a purple one. On Earth, two doctors and a nurse are at the besides of Reginald and Rio Kastle. The devices monitoring their heart rates have just flatlined. One doctor asks the other how the kids' parents are. The other responds that its no good - they just died as well. The first doctor instructs a nurse to take the kids to the mortuary and contact the authorities. The nurse responds that she will, but suddenly their heart rates return and both kids open their eyes (the hospital staff mentioning the Kastle family's deaths are cut from the dub). The first doctor asks what happened, with the second adding that they've been revived.
In the present, Marin hangs her head. Dumon mutters her name and Marin says she remembers everything now. Dumon asks why Vector would do such a thing (Dumon's quote is cut from the dub). Vector responds it's quite simple - he doesn't like them. He says that ever since meeting Nash, he has disliked him. It was fate that the two of them would be unable to coexist. He claims he endured everything at first (in the dub, Vector says every word Nash spoke annoyed him and he knew that one of them had to be gone for good). He didn't kill them right away. He explains he made the "point system" instead. Dumon asks what he means and Vector says that each time Nash irritated him, he got 1 point. When he reached 1,000,000 points, Vector would kill him. Before that, he endured everything. He adds that each time Nash spoke, he got 1 point and also received a point each time he did anything at all. Using Ray's voice again, he adds it didn't take long for the points to accumulate (in the dub, Vector also adds that when he lashed out at Nash, Marin made the perfect bait). Dumon disdainfully mutters Vector's name (in the dub, Dumon says, "You fiend!") Vector says he never expected the two of them to still be alive though. Shaking with anger, Marin says they were revived in human bodies and lived as Reginald and Rio Kastle. They met Yuma and his comrades and forged a deep bond. When their Barian memories returned, Nash continued his mission, suffering in the process because he and Marin would have to fight their best friends. Vector calls it a refreshing situation ("Oh my, however did poor little Nash manage?" in the dub).
Enraged, Marin yells Vector's name ("I've had enough of you, Vector!" in the dub), her eyes glowing bright red and light blue energy spiraling around her. Back on the airship, the occupants near that dimensional crack that leads to the Barian World. Suddenly, "Number 106: Giant Hand" appears in front of the ship. It grasps the deck, stopping the airship. On it stands Girag. Marin asks Nash to lend her his power and performs a Chaos Draw, drawing "Rank-Up-Magic - The Seventh One". She activates it, Ranking Up "Ragnazero" and performing a Chaos Xyz Evolution to Special Summon "Chaos Number 103: Ragnafinity" in Attack Position. She vows not to let Vector live and adds that she will "freeze" him (in the dub, Marin tells Vector that she will take the pain she suffered and throw it back at him).
Featured Duel: Vector vs. Marin and Dumon
Turn 1: Vector
Vector draws and activates the Continuous Spell Card "Don Thousand's Throne". He then activates the effect of the "Umbral Horror Ghost" in his hand as he has a second copy of it in his hand. He Special Summons both (200/200 each) in Attack Position and Normal Summons "Umbral Horror Will o' the Wisp" (0/0). The effect of "Will o' the Wisp" activates as it was Summoned, letting Vector change its Level to that of another "Umbral Horror" monster he controls. He targets "Ghost", so "Will o' the Wisp" becomes Level 2. Vector overlays his three Level 2 DARK monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 96: Dark Mist" (100/100) in Attack Position. Vector Sets a card.
Turn 2: Marin
Marin Normal Summons "Blizzard Thunderbird" (1600/1400). She then activates "Blizzard Vision", allowing her to target a WATER monster she controls and Special Summon "Blizzard Vision" as a monster with the same Level, Attribute and Type, with 0 ATK and 0 DEF. She overlays her two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 103: Ragnazero" (2400/1200) in Attack Position. Marin Sets a card.
Turn 3: Dumon
Dumon Normal Summons "Star Seraph Scout" (1200/1800). Its effect activates as it was Summoned, letting him Special Summon a "Star Seraph" monster from his hand. He Special Summons "Star Seraph Sage" (1600/1400). Dumon activates the effect of "Sage", sending a Spell Card in his hand to the Graveyard to Special Summon a "Star Seraph" monster from his hand. He Special Summons "Star Seraph Sword" (1400/1000) by sending "Celestial Rage". He overlays his three Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 102: Star Seraph Sentry" (2500/2000) in Attack Position. Dumon activates the effect of "Sentry", detaching an Overlay Unit to halve the ATK of "Dark Mist" and negate its effects ("Dark Mist" 100 → 50). Marin activates the effect of "Ragnazero", as the original ATK of her opponent's monster was decreased, detaching an Overlay Unit to destroy a monster her opponent controls whose ATK is less then their original ATK and draw a card. She destroys "Dark Mist". As a monster was destroyed while Dumon controls a "Star Seraph" monster, he activates "Star Seraph Starscream", inflicting 1000 damage to Vector (Vector 4000 → 3000). Dumon Sets a card.
During the End Phase, Vector activates his face-down "Nightmare Xyz". At the end of a turn a "Number" monster he controlled was destroyed he can target a Rank 4 or lower DARK Fiend-Type Xyz Monster from his Extra Deck, then Special Summon as many monsters from his Graveyard as possible equal to the number of monsters needed to Xyz Summon the target monster and change their Levels to match the target monster's Rank. He then must immediately overlay them for the Xyz Summon of the targeted Xyz Monster. Vector Special Summons "Will o' the Wisp" (0/0) and two copies of "Ghost" (200/200 each) and then overlays his three Level 2 monsters to Summon "Number 43: Manipulator of Souls" (0/0) in Attack Position. Its effect activates upon its Summon, letting him equip it with a "Number" monster from his Graveyard to prevent it from being destroyed by battle or card effects. He equips it with "Dark Mist". The effect of "Don Thousand's Throne" activates, increasing Vector's Life Points by the same amount he lost this turn (Vector 3000 → 4000). As Vector gained Life Points, the effect of "Manipulator of Souls" increases its ATK by that value and inflicts damage to one his opponent's equal to that value ("Manipulator of Souls" 0 → 1000, Marin 4000 → 3000).
Turn 4: Vector
"Manipulator of Souls" attacks "Sentry" (Vector 4000 → 2500), but is not destroyed due to the equipped "Number" monster. Vector activates "Card of Endurance" as he took damage from a card in his possession, he takes 1000 damage (Vector 2500 → 1500) and draws a card. He then Sets 2 cards. At the End Phase, "Don Thousand's Throne" increases Vector's Life Points by the damage he took this turn (Vector 1500 → 4000). The effect of "Manipulator of Souls" activates and Vector chooses to inflict the damage to Marin, while "Manipulator of Souls" gains ATK equal to the Life Points Vector gained ("Manipulator of Souls" 1000 → 3500, Marin 3000 → 500).
Turn 5: Marin
Marin performs a Chaos Draw, drawing "Rank-Up-Magic - The Seventh One". She activates it, Ranking Up "Ragnazero" and performing a Chaos Xyz Evolution to Special Summon "Chaos Number 103: Ragnafinity" (2800/2400) in Attack Position.
Duel continues in the next episode.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
- In the dub, when Vector activates "Don Thousand's Throne", it displays the Japanese layout instead of the International layout.
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