Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V - Scale 027

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"Reiji's Goal!"
Title page
Names
EnglishReiji's Goal!
Japanese name
Japanese零児の狙い!
RōmajiReiji no Nerai!
Serialization
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
Number27
Japanese magazineV Jump 2017 #12
English magazineWeekly Shonen Jump
Volume5: "The Enemy's Hideout!"
Release dates
JapaneseOctober 21, 2017
EnglishOctober 25, 2017
Chronology
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V chapters
Previous"Transcendent Duel!!"
Next"The Enemy's Hideout!"
Card galleries

"Reiji's Goal!" (零児の狙い! Reiji no Nerai!) is the twenty-seventh chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga.

This chapter was first printed in Japanese in the December 2017 issue of V Jump, released on October 21, 2017, and in English in the October 25, 2017 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

After a grueling battle, Reiji reveals his true schemes, surprising Isaac with his intellect and concluding the battle in an outer space environment.

Summary[edit]

Reiji Akaba continues his Duel against Isaac on the space station. Having proven that normal attacks, even those of his D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox, will do no good against his Mirror Imagines, Reiji has attempted to out-manuveur Isaac by forcing him to burn through all of his Pendulum Monsters that he uses as shields, then countering with his D/D Extra Surveyor to empty out the remainder of Isaac's Deck. However, not only did Isaac prepare for this eventuality, but he has also refilled his Deck instead, and declares that Reiji's chances of victory have become 0.

In a distant place, Sora Shiunin is still sitting by Ren's bedside, watching the Duel in progress. Even as he watched, Isaac has been sending analytical data on Reiji back to their base, which Sora proclaims to be typical of Isaac. With the sort of data they're receiving, they may just be able to replicate the Adam Factor within Reiji, even if Isaac fails. Sora notices, however, that something seems odd about Reiji, and how he keeps adjusting his glasses.

Back at the Duel, Isaac begins his turn. He stares at the phantom of Adam his friend and fellow researcher, and the object of their quest through space and time, who has been standing beside Reiji since the last turn, invisible to everyone else. He wonders again if perhaps Adam resents him for what he's done. Because what Isaac didn't tell Reiji in his story, what Isaac has never told anyone, is that he had the chance to try to end the experiment that forced Adam to sacrifice himself. He had that chance to save Adam... and he didn't.

The truth is that he was jealous of the bond that Adam and Eve shared, even as he was happy to be their friend. Perhaps, if Adam were to vanish, Eve's heart would turn to him. But it was a foolish thought from a foolish boy, because Eve's heart would never forget Adam. And so he sold his soul to G.O.D., weighed down by the guilt of the secret he could never tell, to fulfill his own wish - to see Eve happy again. Every act they undertake, he and Eve, has been out of love, but not for the same love. And perhaps that's the real curse that Adam left behind.

With his Scale set from 6 to 9, Isaac Pendulum Summons Mirror Imagine Catadioptricker 7 and Mirror Imagine Prism Coat 8 from his hand. He activates Catadioptricker 7's effect to add three Spells with the same name from his Graveyard to his hand. He chooses the three Additional Mirror Level 7, which he then activates. Since he's Special Summoned Mirror Imagine Prism Coat 8, he sends the other two Additional Mirror Level 7 in his hand to the Graveyard to Special Summon two additional Prism Coat 8 from his Deck.

Isaac activates Prism Coat' 8's effect. By Tributing it, he can increase his Catadioptricker 7's ATK by half the ATK of any of Reiji's monsters. He can then give his monster one of three effects for the turn - to make his monster unaffected by his opponent's Spells, to make his monster unaffected by his opponent's Traps, and to make his monster unaffected by non-Mirror Imagine monster effects. And with three Prism Coat 8, he can make his monster virtually invincible. He Tributes all three of his Prism Coat 8, choosing Zero Paradox each time and taking half of its 3000 ATK to give to his monster. Cadioptricker gains 4500 ATK and all three effects from Prism Coat 8.

Isaac attacks Zero Paradox with Catadioptricker 7. When it battles, Catadioptricker gains ATK equal to the attack target's ATK, meaning its ATK would increase to 7500, guaranteeing Reiji's defeat. Isaac declares this to be the end, and that he will save both Adam and Eve. Reiji adjusts his glasses again and calmly disagrees with Isaac's assessment. Perhaps Isaac has scientific powers that transcend human sense, but there's a good reason Reiji chose this place as the stage for their battle.

With a small light, hidden machines appear around the arena, and Isaac realizes that they're spy drones. Reiji explains that the biggest problem he had with dismantling the guardians of Genesis Omega Dragon was their location. He also knew that their agents would try to contact their base at some point, and so he needed a location where there wouldn't be any noise to stop Reiji from noticing information being sent and received. Isaac confusedly asks if Reiji was tracing them this entire time, and Reiji confirms that he now knows their general location.

Isaac calls out to Sora and orders him to destroy the space station by hacking into the Solid Vision system that sustains it. Sora, back at the base, acquiesces, but notes that whatever happens next isn't his fault. As suddenly as it was there, the station disappears in a grand flash of light, and both Duelists are suddenly blown into the upper atmosphere. Reiji and Isaac are equipped with helmets by Sora, but he notes that they won't last long. To make matters worse, the force of the blast has scattered all of their cards into space.

Reiji notes that even if Isaac has destroyed the space station, that hasn't stopped what he's most annoyed by - the spy drones may be Solid Vision constructs, but they run on a special code that Reiji developed, unattached to the space station itself. Isaac asks if that means that Reiji knew all this was going to happen from the start, and Reiji confirms, as it was the reason he chose this place. Reiji activates his Set Zero Gravitation, allowing him to choose the target for Catadioptricker 7's attacks. As this Trap doesn't actually affect Catadioptricker, but rather the players, it cannot be stopped by Prism Coat 8's effect.

Reiji redirects the attack to his Zero Maxwell. Catadioptricker's effect only increases its ATK the first time it battles a monster, so changing the attack target means its ATK won't increase, and Reiji will be able to reduce the damage to 0. In response, Isaac activates his Set Mirror World Break, banishing Zero Maxwell outright. A replay occurs, and the attack continues on Zero Paradox. But Reiji has had this Duel planned from the first move, and activates Zero Paradox's effect, allowing him to activate the Pendulum Effect of the cards in Isaac's Pendulum Zones as if they were his.

Reiji activates the effect of Mirror Imagine Secondary 9 as he's been attacked, allowing him to Special Summon a Mirror Imagine monster from his Deck with a Level between the active Scales. Perhaps Reiji has planned ahead during this Duel, but Isaac points out that there's no possible way he could have put a Mirror Imagine in his Deck beforehand, but Reiji points out that Zero Gravitation has another effect. During this turn, he can treat both players Decks as a single combined Deck this turn. As he speaks, all their cards that have been scattered in space merge fly together and form a single pile.

From the combined Deck, Reiji Special Summons Mirror Imagine Reflector 1, making it the attack target. He activates its effect, Tributing it to reduce Catadioptricker 7's ATK by 1000, to 3500, then Special Summon Mirror Imagine Reflector 2 from the Deck and make it the attack target. As an added twist, the only monster effects that can affect Catadioptricker this turn are Mirror Imagine effects. Reiji Tributes Reflector 2 to halve Catadioptricker's ATK, to 1750, then Special Summon Mirror Imagine Reflector 3 from the Deck and make it the attack target. Finally, Reiji Tributes Reflector 3 to change the attack target back to Zero Paradox.

Reiji activates Zero Paradox's effect. Since another D/D/D monster has left the field this turn, Zero Paradox's ATK doubles to 6000. Isaac realizes that he has no way to stop the attack anymore. The attack continues, and Mirror Imagine Catadioptricker 7 is destroyed by D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox. Isaac is thrown through the atmosphere as his LP fall to 0 in a single attack, and Reiji declares that victory is his.

Featured Duel: Reiji Akaba vs Isaac[edit]

Duel continues from the previous Scale.

Turn 6: Isaac
Isaac Pendulum Summons "Mirror Imagine Catadioptricker 7" (0/0) and "Mirror Imagine Prism Coat 8" (0/2600). He activates the former's effect, adding the three "Additional Mirror Level 7" from his Graveyard to his hand, which he subsequently activates, Special Summoning two additional "Prism Coat 8" (0/2600 each). Isaac activates the effect of his three "Prism Coat 8"; each of them, when Tributed, increases the ATK of "Catadioptricker 7" by half the ATK of an opponent's monster - with Isaac choosing "D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox", and grant "Catadioptricker 7" an additional effect. The first "Prism Coat 8" makes "Catadioptricker 7" unaffected by non-"Mirror Imagine" monsters' effects ("Catadioptricker 7": ATK 0 → 1500). The second one makes it unaffected by opponent's Spell Cards ("Catadioptricker 7": ATK 1500 → 3000). The third one makes it unaffected by opponent's Trap Cards ("Catadioptricker 7": ATK 3000 → 4500).

"Catadioptricker 7" attacks "Zero Paradox", but Reiji activates his face-down "Zero Gravitation", making him able to choose the targets for Isaac's attacks. Reiji tries to redirect the attack to his "D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell", but Isaac activates his face-down "Mirror World Break", banishing "Zero Maxwell". The attack continues towards "Zero Paradox", but Reiji activates its effect, making him able to use the effect of a card in Isaac's Pendulum Zone. He activates the effect of "Mirror Imagine Secondary 9", allowing him to Special Summon a "Mirror Imagine" monster from his Deck and making it the new attack target. The second effect of "Zero Gravitation" treats both player's Decks as a single Deck for the turn - making Reiji able to Special Summon "Mirror Imagine Reflector 1" from the united Decks and redirecting the attack to it.

Reiji activates the effect of "Reflector 1", Tributing it to negate the effects of "Catadioptricker 7" and decrease its ATK by 1000 ("Catadioptricker 7": ATK 4500 → 3500), as well as Special Summoning "Mirror Imagine Reflector 2" and redirecting the attack to it. The effect of "Reflector 2" also activates, with Reiji Tributing it to halve the ATK of "Catadioptricker 7" ("Catadioptricker 7": ATK 3500 → 1750), as well as Special Summoning "Mirror Imagine Reflector 3" and redirecting the attack to it. Finally, Reiji activates the effect of "Reflector 3", Tributing it to redirect the attack to his "Zero Paradox". Reiji also activates the effect of "Zero Paradox"; once, during a turn where a "D/D/D" monster left the field, the ATK of "Zero Paradox" can be doubled ("Zero Paradox": ATK 3000 → 6000). "Catadioptricker 7" attacks "Zero Paradox", getting itself destroyed (Isaac 4000 → 0).

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this chapter. Cards in italics debuted here.

Reiji Akaba
Isaac