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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 37: "A Dark Reflection"
Awakened (覚醒 Kakusei) is the state of mind that Yuya Sakaki and his counterparts occasionally enter. This ability changes the user's personality, voice, and mannerism to become more malevolent and causes their eyes to glow. According to Leo Akaba, the Awakened state is the portion of Z-ARC's soul attempting to possess his reincarnations and resuscitate.
This ability causes Yuya and his dimensional counterparts to go into a state of rage, and their eyes to white out and glow. This usually occurs in a Duel invoking the Four Dimension Dragons where the dragons overtake their owner's mind or when the user is sufficiently angered, and its activation is usually accompanied by an excruciating amount of pain. It is also possible to force the activation of the ability by forcefully amplifying the aggressiveness of the user through electrical shocks. The activation of Yuya's awakening is depicted by the opening of an eye, followed by the instant annihilation of a shadowed city.
While Yuya and his counterparts are awakened, they are willing to harm or destroy their opponent in order to win the Duel. When they regain their senses, they generally have no knowledge of what happened while they were awakened unless prompted. If they are awakened while merged with one of their counterparts, they become vulnerable to being influenced by that counterpart's own memories and desires.
In Stage I, Yuya's irises glow but he remains in control. He is shown to enter this stage while Xyz Summoning "Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon" with a conscious mind.
In Stage II, Yuya becomes collected and cold, speaking no more than necessary. Additionally, his hair becomes wild and his voice deeper (his voice remains the same pitch in the dub, though it becomes rougher), both his iris and pupils glow and mute any natural shine to them. He is occasionally surrounded by a dark aura, and his card also become darker.
In Stage III, Yuya's hair sticks upwards, his pupils glow white, and he is constantly surrounded by a dark aura. He also becomes vicious and even sadistic, shown by his ruthlessness while Dueling the Obelisk Force and continued to thrash about while restrained by his friends. He is also capable of unleashing powerful shockwaves that are beyond normal for a person originating from the Standard Dimension.
In Stage IV, Yuya's pupils will glow even brighter and all of his counterparts will gain the same dark aura around them if they are in sync with Yuya. Yuya's anger in this stage grows to an almost primal rage that he become impervious to reason. Anything he is in contact with also gain a dark aura, in the same manner as Yuya. This stage takes such a toll on their bodies and minds that their eyes become dull and empty as the glow fades, though Yuya's eyes become brown instead, and all of them pass out afterwards.
In Stage V, Yuya's eyes become completely red. Yuya is surrounded by dark aura and start behaving like Z-ARC, wanting to show his own strength and ruthlessness to his opponents for his own pleasure. This stage is the closest stage to Z-ARC's Awakening.
In Stage VI, Yuya's pupils become white, his hair once again stick upwards, and surrounded by a thicker dark aura. At this level of extreme rage, Yuya somewhat gained unnatural strength as he broke free from "Restraining Sword of Impact".
In Stage VII, Yuya's eyes completely white out and glow red like his counterparts. He is constantly surrounded by a dark aura and instantly release intense shockwaves of darkness from it. This stage takes a toll on Yuya's mind as Yuri, Yuto, and Yugo kept shouting to become one at Yuya while awakened and all Four Dimension Dragons were out. This also caused Yuya to forget who he was momentarily and he needed help to remember from Declan.
In the Final Stage, Z-ARC takes complete control over Yuya whose face takes a sinister appearance, sprouting veins and a wicked smile. His pupils become slit, like Yuri's, before glowing red and completely whiting out. The dark aura also flares up and overflows around him until the fusion between his counterparts and dragons are complete.
When Yuya and all four of his counterparts are in the same place at the same time when awakened, a distortion appears in the sky and they continuously declare that they will reunite as one (phrased as "become one" in the Japanese version).
Pre-Arc League Championship
The very first instance of awakening occurred in Yuya's Duel against the Sledgehammer, during which Z-ARC's will reacted to Yuya and turned several of his Monsters into Pendulum Monsters, which had been created when Z-ARC was divided into four. After the Duel concluded, Yuya snapped out of that state and did not remember what he did. Unlike the other instances of awakening, Yuya's eyes did not glow and the only change was him becoming more confident and serious, lacking any rage-filled desire to annihilate his opponent.
Arc League Championship
Awakening was properly introduced during the Duel between Yuto and Yugo. When Yuto Xyz Summoned his "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon" and Yugo Synchro Summoned his "Clear Wing Synchro Dragon" their eyes glowed. After being reminded by Yuya that he didn't want to hurt anyone, Yuto came out of his awakening but lost to Yugo a moment later, who remained gripped by the state until after his victory and didn't quite remember what he'd done.
Later in his Duel against Iggy Arlo, Yuto appeared in Yuya's mind and the two merged, causing Yuya to awaken and use Yuto's "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon" to win the Duel. When Yuya regained his senses, he was met with concerned stares from the audience and disdain from Iggy.
During his Duel against Taka and Nagi, "Dark Rebellion" appeared in Yuya's mind and he would have awakened had his ally, Dennis McField, not managed to bring him back to his senses before it fully consumed him. Though Yuya did summon "Dark Rebellion", he was able to remain in control for the remainder of the Duel.
After seeing the Knights of the Duel Disks students being turned into cards by the Obelisk Force, Yuto's memories of when Heartland was invaded and his vengeful hatred towards the Fusion Dimension flooded into Yuya's mind, triggering Yuya to awaken again to take revenge on them. This time, Yuya's awakening took on a whole different level; Yuya became more brutal and even enjoyed inflicting damage to his opponents. During the Duel against the Obelisk Force, Yuya progressively became more malicious and violent, becoming surrounded by a dark aura, and ultimately he summoned "Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon" to defeat them all at once. After winning the Duel, he remained awakened and continued to where Sora and Shay were dueling, but was restrained by Gong, Aura, Reed, and Trout. While restrained, Yuya only kept on yelling violently in pain and struggling to escape (biting and uppercutting Trout) until passing out. Aura was able to determine that there were two souls within Yuya, along with a terrifying darkness. Yuto's soul was the one who initially triggered the awakening, but the darkness eventually took over both souls and caused their anger to intensify. After resting, Yuya returned to normal and was consciously informed of this state, along with what he had been doing while awakened and what Aura had discovered.
When Yuya saw his friends being sealed into cards by the Obelisk Force, he briefly awakened once more and chased after Sora. After reaching Sora, Yuya recalled Yuto's words and managed to calm down.
Goaded by Declan in their Duel, Yuya was about to awaken again before snapping out of it on his own. He briefly awaken again during his Duel against Officer 227, and though he snapped out of it soon enough, Yuya retained the serious demeanor throughout the rest of the Duel.
Friendship Cup Finals
When the chip Roget planted inside Yuya's helmet activated during Yuya's Duel with Crow Hogan, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri synchronized with Yuya's pain and all four became awakened. When Yuya Summoned "Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon", his eyes glowed brighter while Yugo and Yuri started to gain dark auras around themselves. When Yuya won the Duel, all of them passed out and the chip was destroyed in the process.
The state was invoked again when Yuri, the Obelisk Force, and Yugo arrived at Yuya's location. With Yuya controlling "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" and "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon in his Duel with Barrett and Yugo and Yuri summoning their "Clear Wing" and "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon" respectively, all of the Four Dimension Dragons were in play at the same time, causing Yuya and his counterparts awakened and synchronize again. After entering both states, Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri started shouting that they waited for this time to become one and for a revival. But before the distortion caused by their dragons finished, Zuzu arrived and her bracelet teleported Yugo and Yuri away while Yuto's consciousness sank away.
During his Duel with Lulu and Celina, a Parasite Monster landed on Yuya's shoulder and went inside his ear, attempting to take control of him. However, it caused him to awaken for a brief moment as Z-ARC's darkness destroyed it. After the Doktor taunted Yuya by showing that Zuzu was under his control, Yuya and Yuto furiously awakened. The intense anger of their awakening caused the "Fusion Parasites" to retreat in fear, while a sinister silhouette appeared behind Yuya. They summoned "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon" to defeat both Lulu and Celina simultaneously, destroying most of the Doktor's laboratory in the process. After the Duel, Yuya remained conscious and followed them to the Doktor.
When Yugo and Yuri summoned "Clear Wing" and "Starving Venom" respectively, they, Yuya, and Yuto entered a synchronized awakening (with Yuya gaining his aura again) and started shouting that they would become one again. When the ARC-V Reactor started to power up around the girls' capsules, Yuya and Yuto angrily told Leo to stop, causing them to awaken and emit dark auras. He and Yuto managed to overcome the pain of Z-ARC's influence but Yuya returned to the state when Fusion Summoning "Performapal Gatling Ghoul". During the Duel, Yuya managed to fight most of the pain and even make brief contact to Declan with Yuto. But, Z-ARC's will continued to try to take over and when the Four Dimension Dragons were all out at the same time, Yuya's pain increased with his dark aura turning into Supreme King Z-ARC's silhouette. As he Summoned "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon", Yuya destroyed everything on the field and inflicted damage to Declan unintentionally. As he was about to defeat Leo and Declan, Yusho bound him to a pillar with "Restraining Sword of Impact". Yuya then tried to break free as he sensed Yugo and Yuri coming to him soon and didn't want to be near them.
When Aster and Kite's Duel against Yugo and Yuri, they managed to push Yugo into a corner in order for him to regain his true self. Yugo started to show signs of breaking free when Aster mentioned about saving Rin. Aster managed to free Yugo from his awakening with "Destiny HERO - Dusktopia", but Yuri told him it was too late to get him to smile. He then defeated Aster and Kite with the effect of "Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon" and Yugo with the effect of "Starving Venom". When "Clear Wing" and "Starving Venom" resonated, Yugo awakened briefly and shouted to become one just before being absorbed by Yuri. Yuya resonated with Yuri's absorption but started to break free of his awakening when watching his father Duel Yuri. He broke free from it completely during their Duel but reawaken again when Yuri sealed his father into a card and showed it to Yuya, causing his rage to reach a breaking point, who then broke free from "Restraining Sword of Impact".
During his Duel with Yuri, Yuya managed to calm down after drawing "Smile World" and remembering Yusho's words but remained awakened. When he and Yuri Summoned all Four Dimension Dragons, their resonation caused Yuri, Yugo, and Yuto entered a synchronized awakening and shout to become one while Yuya screamed in pain. When Yuri tried to convince Yuya to surrender and become one with him, he briefly awakened while he, Yuto, and Yugo kept shouting to become one. It also caused Yuya to awaken and release a shockwave of darkness until Declan made him remember Yusho's ideals to break free. Yuto and Yugo would also break free from their awakening when Yuya took control of "Dark Rebellion" and "Clear Wing" from Yuri. After Yuya defeated Yuri, he succumbed to Z-ARC's will and awakened when he summoned "Astrograph Sorcerer" to reunite with the Four Dimension Dragons. Yuri would also awaken briefly before being absorbed by Yuya to become Supreme King Z-ARC.
- Before Awakened had an official name, fans often called this ability "Berserk Mode".
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