Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL - Chapter 001

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"Starting Duel Team ZEXAL!!"
Title page
EnglishStarting Duel Team ZEXAL!!
Japanese name
Base rōmajiDī Chīmu Zearu Shidō!!
Base translatedStarting D Team ZEXAL!!
Furigana rōmajiDyueru Chīmu Zearu Shidō!!
Furigana translatedStarting Duel Team ZEXAL!!
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL
Japanese magazineSaikyō Jump 2012 #5
Release dates
JapaneseApril 3, 2012
Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL chapters
Next"An Instant Turnaround by Magic!!"
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"Starting Duel Team ZEXAL!! (デュエルチーム・ゼアルどう!! Dyueru Chīmu Zearu Shidō!!) is the first chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL manga. It was first published April 3, 2012, in the Saikyō Jump magazine.


Yuma Tsukumo aims to be the Duel champion, and Astral is the spirit who watches over him. However, Yuma, who is late, runs towards the first reunion of his team. He then meets Kotori, Tetsuo and Takashi, completing the Team ZEXAL. The other members complain about Yuma's delay, and explain that a Dueling Team is made in order to learn the rules of Dueling, creating new tactics and becoming stronger. Astral says being in a team can help Yuma Duel like him, and Yuma replies saying that's not true. However, only Yuma can see Astral, and the other members get confused. Kotori gets worried about having someone like Yuma as the team's leader, and then Tetsuo challenges Yuma to Duel, saying that if he beats Yuma again, he will be the leader instead. Yuma accepts the challenge, and they begin a Duel.

Featured Duel: Yuma Tsukumo vs. Tetsuo Takeda[edit]

Turn 1: Yuma
Yuma's starting hand contains "Xyz Effect", "Frostosaurus", "Shine Knight", "Gogogo Golem" and "Zubaba Knight". He draws "Chiron the Mage". Yuma Summons "Zubaba Knight" (1600/900).

Turn 2: Tetsuo
Tetsuo's starting hand contains "Call of the Haunted", "Star Changer", "Mystical Space Typhoon", "Wind-Up Honeybee", and "Tin Goldfish". He draws "Shreddder". Tetsuo Sets a card and a monster.

Turn 3: Yuma
Yuma Summons "Gogogo Golem" (1800/1500). He attacks Tetsuo's Set monster with "Zubaba Knight", who was "Shreddder" (1600/1000), destroying it. He attacks directly with "Gogogo Golem" (Tetsuo 4000 → 2200).

Turn 4: Tetsuo
Tetsuo Summons "Tin Goldfish" (800/2000). He activates the effect of "Tin Goldfish", Special Summoning the Level 4 "Aye-Iron" (1600/1800) from his hand. Then, he activates "Call of the Haunted", Special Summoning "Shreddder" from his Graveyard in Attack Position (1600/1000). Tetsuo Overlays the 3 Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Tin Archduke" (2200/1200). He attacks and destroys "Gogogo Golem" (Yuma 4000 → 3600).

Turn 5: Yuma
Yuma draws "Gogogo Giant". He switches "Zubaba Knight" to Defense Position and Sets 1 monster.

Turn 6: Tetsuo
Tetsuo activates the effect of "Tin Archduke", detaching an Xyz Material to switch Yuma's Set monster to Attack Position. It was "Shine Knight" (400/1900). Tetsuo attacks "Shine Knight" with "Tin Archduke", destroying it (Yuma 3600 → 1800).

At this points, few turns are skipped. It is only shown Tetsuo destroying Yuma's "Zubaba Knight" and "Chiron the Mage". Yuma has now 800 Life Points, while Tetsuo still has 2200.

Turn ?: Yuma
Yuma draws "Xyz Energy". He Summons "Gogogo Giant" (2000/0), and activates its effect, Special Summoning "Gogogo Golem" from his Graveyard in Defense Position (1800/1500) and switching "Gogogo Giant" to Defense Position. Yuma Overlays his 2 Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 39: Utopia" (2500/2000). He then activates the Spell card "Xyz Energy", detaching 1 Xyz Material from "Utopia" to destroy Tetsuo's "Tin Archduke". "Utopia" attacks Tetsuo directly (Tetsuo 2200 → 0).

Featured cards[edit]

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