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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 24: "Hunting Down the Hunter, Part 2"
ZEXAL (ゼアル Zearu) is a miraculous force from the Astral World in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime that is called upon by Yuma Tsukumo and Astral, combining them into one entity. While being utilized, the wielder is capable of performing the Shining Draw, which allows them to create and draw cards.
ZEXAL Morph (Xyz Change ZEXAL in the Japanese version, エクシーズ・チェンジ・ゼアル Ekushīzu Chenji Zearu) combines Yuma and Astral, with them referring to it as "overlaying" with one-another as in an Xyz Summon. During this time, Yuma and Astral are cloaked by auras: Yuma with red mist and Astral with blue mist, their souls combining into a new body. With this, Yuma/Astral wears a white suit that resembles spandex with red armor plating, his right eye becomes golden like Astral's left one, his hair turns gold and he gains a golden aura. While using ZEXAL (and its subsequent forms), Yuma and Astral are recognized by the Augmented Reality system as one Duelist under the name "ZEXAL".
ZEXAL can only be used in a pseudo-space condition that is or mimics alternate dimensions, such as the space inside the Emperor's Key or a Sphere Field. Astral characterizes ZEXAL as a miraculous power that once protected the Astral World, but The Door describes as the ability that can "turn darkness into light".
The primary utility of ZEXAL is the ability to perform a Shining Draw. This enables the Duelist to create and draw a new card specifically to counter the situation they find themselves in. The ability can also be used on pre-existing cards, essentially modifying the Duelist's Deck order.
During their Duel with Vector at Sargasso, Yuma and Astral attempted ZEXAL. Vector reminded Astral of the information Yuma had hid from him, prompting the darkness within Astral's heart to spread. Astral forcefully initiated ZEXAL with Yuma again, sending both of them into a black hole, which resulted in Dark ZEXAL. In this form, Astral had sole control of Yuma's body, effectively banishing Yuma to another plane of existence. In a berserker-like rage, Astral performed a Dark Draw to equip "Number C39: Utopia Ray V" with "DZW - Chimera Clad". Vector's counter to this move formed an infinite loop that could only be stopped if Astral stopped calling for attacks. Instead, Astral continually ordered "Utopia Ray V" to attack "Number 104: Masquerade". Yuma was able find Astral in his consciousness and reconciled with him there, just in time to stop the attack that would have reduced them to critical Life Points and cause them to lose at the End Phase due to "Sargasso". Dark ZEXAL was canceled as a result.
Having renewed their bonds with one another, Yuma and Astral performed ZEXAL Morph against Vector again. This time, they came out as ZEXAL II. In this form, they have access to the Shining Evolution ability, which lets them modify a card and unlock its "true form". They still have access to Shining Draw, as well.
After Yuma journeyed to the Astral World to get Astral back, they returned to Earth, where they took over Kite Tenjo's Duel with Mr. Heartland. The merging of Earth and the Barian World had damaged Kite enough that he fell unconscious. Yuma and Astral countered this via ZEXAL, this time emerging as ZEXAL III, proving their bond to be stronger than ever before.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 24: "Hunting Down the Hunter, Part 2"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 66: "Sphere of Fear: Part II"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 22: "The Shark Hunter"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 143: "The Aloof Duelist "Nasch" - The Destined Final Duel!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 97: "Sinister Shadows"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 98: "Shadows End"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 111: "A World of Chaos: Part 2"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 123: "The Hero's Triumphant Return! Carrying On a Friend's Will!!"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episode 140: "Our Feelings are as One! The Dragon of Creation, Numeron Dragon"