Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS - Episode 005

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"Rook, a Manly Battle"
Japanese name
RōmajiRūku, Otoko no Tatakai
TranslatedRook, a Manly Battle
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS
Japanese OP"Nanananananana"
Japanese ED"Goha 7th Elementary School Song"
ScreenplayHiroshi Yamaguchi
Air dates
JapaneseMay 2, 2020
Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episodes (season 1)
Previous"Farewell, Student Council President!"
Next"Sorry for the Noodles! Ramen Duel!"

"Rook, a Manly Battle" is the fifth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime. It first aired in Japan on May 2, 2020.

The school's journalism club came to interview Yuga and his friends! Since Goha has been keeping an eye on the internet, perhaps he can spread Rush Duels without attracting their attention by using printed newspapers?! However, it turns out that the journalism club thinks Rush Duels are "shallow"! Trembling in anger at their insults, Rook decides to challenge them!


Rook gasps "What?!" and Gakuto explains that every video showing Rush Dueling has been deleted again. Rook leaps around Gakuto for a closer look as other students pass them on the way to school and Yuga muses that it's true. Gakuto states that it's more than that; there aren't even any search results when entering "Rush Duel" into a search engine. Yuga muses that someone must be trying to completely erase it, and Rook protests that he's still here. Gakuto yelps that this isn't what he's talking about, and Rook asks what he is talking about. Yuga realizes what's happening.

At the Goha Corporation Main Building, dozens of employees work to terminate videos, files and accounts, while President Goha oversees their work and laughs.

Gakuto follows Yuga's gaze to the Goha Corp Main Building and he realizes that Yuga is implying that Goha Corp are responsible. Yuga admits that it's a likely possibility, and claims that it gets him going that a big corporation like that can't afford to ignore them anymore. Gakuto is hesitant, but Rook takes matters into his own hands and rings Goha Client Service. Unfortunately for Rook, he's greeted by Goha Customer Support (spoken in English as opposed to Japanese) and can't work out that he's been connected to the right place due to the language barrier, much to the poor assistant's confusion and Yuga and Gakuto's amusement.

As Yuga, Gakuto, and Rook arrive at school, two voices ask them to excuse them and three students zoom in front of them; one holding a notebook, another a microphone, and the third a camera. Gakuto states that they're from the Newspaper Club, and the stocky boy holding the microphone holds it up to Gakuto, asking him if he can tell them more about the currently popular Rush Dueling. Yuga asks if they're taking their interviews, and the girl with the camera holds it up and politely asks them to look here, snapping a photo while the shorter student scribbles down notes. Rook states that if they are taking interviews, they should let him tell them about Rush Dueling. Gakuto protests, but Yuga points out that Goha Corp won't be able to influence an analog medium like a newspaper. Gakuto states that a school newspaper won't reach far, but Yuga replies that they have to start somewhere. The two of them watch as the Newspaper Club interview Rook, who proudly tells them that Rush Dueling turns all common sense on its head and puts one in the steep and thorny road to reach new heights; in other words, it puts you on a road to become the King of Duels. Yuga seems confused by the interview process, while Romin watches disapprovingly from the sidelines. Later, Rook is practicing drawing while Gakuto cleans his cards and Yuga looks through a practice hand. Yuga suggests that if all goes well, this could become their greatest weapon against Goha Corp. Romin approaches them, asking if they're sure that was a good move. Rook asks in confusion if Romin wanted to be interviewed too and states that she should have said so earlier. Romin protests that it's not that, but their school's Newspaper Club doesn't really have the best reputation.

And sure enough, the next day Gakuto is furious to find an article decrying Rush Dueling as "the worst of the worst of all time", Romin notes that they called it a dishonor to Dueling, Gakuto adds that they wrote that the rules are "shallow and for kids" and Rook is incensed to see that they quoted him as saying he was the king and they were all his servants. The other students are abuzz at the article, pointing out Yuga, Gakuto and Rook, and Romin is quick to distance herself from the boys. But Yuga doesn't seem worried, pointing out that it's still a large effect even if it is an analog form of media. Gakuto declares that this isn't the time to be impressed; they have to take official action against them.

They go to the Newspaper Club's office, where Masaru, the boy who interviewed them, claims that they can't retract their article. Gakuto asks him why it's impossible; this is an official objection from the Student Council. Masaru asks if they're censoring them, and Nico, the girl with the camera, rushes over, taking a photo of "the evil face of the Student Council President who is pressuring their newspaper club", while the other boy continues scratching down notes. Gakuto snaps that he isn't pressuring them, but the actual truth isn't - and then Rook slams his hand down on the desk, angrily warning them that they can write whatever they like about him, but he won't forgive them for making fun of Rush Dueling. Gakuto is shocked that Rook is actually being serious, but Masaru dismissively asks what he means by making fun of; they're only writing the truth. Nico declares that "Reveal the truth to as many people as possible" is their motto after all, prompting Rook to curse at them. Yuga comments that it's too bad that such a virtuous club will be silenced, much to Nico's surprise. Yuga explains that they're being observed by the Goha Corporation and whenever they try uploading a video with the keyword "Rush Duel" it and the associated data get deleted. Masaru is shocked at Goha's actions, and Yuga holds up the newspaper, noting that if it gets scanned and uploaded onto the internet, Goha Corp might even "erase" the Newspaper Club, depending on the circumstances, isn't that scary? Masaru and Nico freak out, and Romin asks Gakuto if that's really true. Gakuto suggests they just leave it at that, and Romin loudly states that Goha might find out about them and order the Newspaper Club to cease publication.

For a while, the only sound is the third student's pencil scratching as he takes notes, until he too freaks out and tears the pages of the pad, scattering them everywhere and screaming "Ceasing publication!" Nico zooms over to ask if the chief is okay, and Masaru holds up his microphone, asking him to tell them how he feels. Romin is quite unimpressed that the short boy is the chief, and the boy walks over to them and apologizes for losing his cool. He pushes his hair out of his eyes and introduces himself as Bakuro Shinjitsu, the head of the Goha 7th Elementary Newspaper Club and he states that he can't have them cease their club's publication. Gakuto asks if he'll retract his article, but Bakuro suggests that they Duel him and the winner will decide the article contents. Yuga eagerly asks what the rules will be, and Bakuro replies that he doesn't mind them being Rush Dueling rules. Gakuto seems surprised that Bakuro has agreed to a Rush Duel, and Bakuro declares that he'll show them that Rush Duels are very shallow. Romin, Gakuto and Yuga aren't happy, but Yuga perks up and is about to say something, but Rook asks him to wait; he'll Duel. Gakuto gasps his name, and Rook declares that he wants to how them that Rush Duels are very deep indeed.

Outside, Rook removes his watch to strap on his Duel Disk, while Bakuro readies his Deck case. Masaru sidles over to Rook, asking him to tell them how he feels, and Rook warns them that he's going to grill that eel (a play on the word for "feeling" in Japanese). Masaru then interviews Bakuro, who claims that the truth is on their side, as always. Nico quickly captures Bakuro's "great" expression, and Romin observes that they seem to have a lot of confidence. Kaizo's voice suddenly thanks them for waiting, everyone's favourite Drone Kaizo is here. Yuga is pleased to see his Drone, but Kaizo is immediately distracted by Nico, or as he puts it "a cute girl with cute glasses" and he flies around her appreciatively, spooking Nico away. Romin isn't impressed by the Drone's antics, and Yuga admits that it seems that Kaizo's getting weirder every time he modifies it. Rook readies his Deck case, noting that they seem to be having fun, and calls "Let's go!" Bakuro replies that he's ready when Rook is, and both Duelists declare "Rush Duel!" as they insert their Deck cases into their Duel Disks and deploy the blades, generating the holographic dome over them.

Bakuro declares that it's the Newspaper Club's turn, and he draws. He looks at his hand, containing "Delivery Machine Whirr", "That's All from the Scene!", "Duplicate Newspaper", "News Flash Machine Toughroid", and "It's an Accident!", and he Sets a monster, then Sets three cards and ends his turn. Gakuto is surprised that Bakuro only Summoned one monster, and Romin notes that Bakuro is playing conservatively. Kaizo zooms over to Romin with glasses projected on his screen and he suggests that Romin try out glasses once in a while. Romin irritably asks if Yuga can't do something about this, and Yuga sheepishly apologizes as he slides in and drags Kaizo away.

Rook declares his turn and draws, declaring that it's time for a swift attack. He Summons "Dragolite", "Dragon's Priestess", and "Dragon Bat", and Gakuto declares that they're here. Romin is impressed that Rook summoned three monsters right away. Rook then activates the Spell Card "Piercing!" on "Dragolite", allowing it to inflict piercing battle damage this turn. He Sets a card, then declares his Battle Phase, attacking the Set monster with "Dragolite". "Delivery Machine Whirr" screeches onto the field, but freaks out at the sight of "Dragolite", who incinerates it with a blast of blue flame. Rook reminds Bakuro of the effect of "Piercing!" and the plume of flames passes over Bakuro, reducing him to 2700 LP. Bakuro comments that it's too bad that the cute and diligent "Delivery Machine Whirr" was destroyed and his LP decreased. Rook beckons Masaru over, and he tells him that he'll change their Newspaper Club to "Rook Newspaper" if he wins. Masaru thinks it's crazy, but Bakuro seems unconcerned, activating the Trap Card "It's an Accident", which blasts a shockwave at Rook. Bakuro explains that if a Defense Position monster was destroyed by his opponent's attack, his Trap will deal 300 damage to his opponent. Rook is buffeted as his LP falls to 3700, and Masaru holds up his microphone, asking Rook to tell him how it felt to fall into a trap so easily. Rook replies that it was only a scratch, and Nico takes a photo of his "pretending to be strong face". Rook suggests that he show them whether or not he is, and he attacks Bakuro directly with "Dragon's Priestess". But as she begins to pray, Bakuro sends his "Toughroid" from his hand to the Graveyard to activate another Trap Card, which inflicts 300 damage to Rook. The card's image is blanked out by its light as Rook falls to 3400 LP, and Bakuro steps out from behind it as he declares that it will also end Rook's Battle Phase; "That's All from the Scene!" Romin is shocked by the effect, and Gakuto admits that it's a strong Trap Card. Yuga eagerly comments that Bakuro seems to have done his research on Rush Dueling, and Gakuto asks why he wrote that article in that case. Bakuro asks if they don't get it; one must investigate thoroughly about the other party before writing the article; it's an important approach as a reporter after all. He smirks and claims that the investigation made him understand that Rush Dueling rules are very shallow, since even he, who has difficulty remembering things, can remember them easily. Rook ends his turn.

Bakuro politely asks if it's his turn and draws five cards. He Summons two "Delivery Machine Whirr", then Tributes them to Tribute Summon. He chants "There it is! You did it! I got the Scoop! Print! Print! Print in the printing press! Bring on out the newspaper extra! News Flash Machine Toughroid!" "Toughroid" appears with 2300 ATK, and Rook asks if that's Bakuro's ace monster. Bakuro confirms that it is; "News Flash", in other words, a scoop is the main essence of a newspaper. He won't let Rook escape his overwhelming reporter attack. Rook grits his teeth, and Bakuro activates a Spell Card, "Duplicate Newspaper". Rook gasps in shock as Bakuro explains that it allows him to Special Summon a monster from hsi Graveyard with the same name as a Machine monster he controls. He tells his second "Toughroid" to come back, and it leaps out of the ground and lands with a crash. Gakuto gasps that Bakuro resurrected a monster from his Graveyard and Romin asks if this is the "reporter attack". Bakuro then activates the effect of "Toughroid" by sending the top card of his Deck - a third "Toughroid" - to the Graveyard, forcing his opponent to excavate the top five cards of their Deck and for each monster revealed, "Toughroid" will gain 100 ATK until the end of the turn. He declares "Scandal Break", and Rook extracts the top five cards of his Deck; "Return of Dragon", "Fire Dragon's Heatflash", "Palm-Sized Drago", "Twin-Edge Dragon", and "Rush Dragon Dragears". Bakuro smirks at the sight of "Dragears" as Rook places the cards on the bottom of his Deck, thinking that Rook just put his ace monster on the bottom of his Deck. Rook asks if that's all, and Bakuro claims that it is; three monsters were revealed, so "Toughroid" gains 300 ATK. Rook grits his teeth, but Bakuro flips over his last face-down card; a second "Duplicate Newspaper", and he revives his third "Toughroid". Gakuto gasps that Bakuro Summoned three of his aces, and Romin wonders if he might actually win, while Yuga watches intently. Bakuro Sets a card and declares his Battle Phase, attacking "Dragon Bat" with his first "Toughroid". It sucks "Dragon Bat" into its body, expelling it as a picture that burns away much to Rook's shock as he falls to 2100 LP. Bakuro then attacks "Dragon's Priestess" with his second "Toughroid", rolling it into another picture and reducing Rook to 900 LP. Bakuro smirks and he laughs that it's so easy. Romin observes that Rook's remaining LP is 900, this really is bad, while Gakuto screams that it's over now. Masaru cheerfully asks Rook to tell him how he feels about this turnaround, while Nico eagerly waits to treat herself to the shot of the decisive moment when Rook loses like a plebeian. Bakuro claims that it's as expected; Rush Dueling is as shallow as it seems. He smirks, and Masaru and Nico snicker as Bakuro asks Rook to allow him to deliver the finishing blow. He attacks "Dragolite" with his powered-up "Toughroid", ordering "Scoop Shot".

But Rook grins, apologizing to Bakuro as he can't have that. Bakuro gasps as Rook activates his Trap Card "Dragon's Tenacity", returning a Dragon monster in his Graveyard to his Deck to reduce the ATK of his opponent's monster by its Level times 100. Bakuro gasps "Attack Points?!" as Rook chooses the Level 3 "Dragon's Priestess", reducing "Toughroid" to 2300 ATK. Bakuro blanches as Rook inserts "Dragon's Priestess" back into his Deck, and then "Dragolite" is sucked into the final "Toughroid" and its picture ejected and incinerated, reducing Rook to 100 LP. Bakuro laughs nervously, admitting that he had been worried for a minute, but Rook only has 100 LP left and only survived by a hair's breadth. Romin gasps that Rook survived and Gakuto nervously wonders if maybe they shouldn't have allowed Rook to Duel. Yuga states that's not true; the Rook he knows would never lose like that. Rook gets to his feet as Masaru tells Bakuro that it's too bad he couldn't finish Rook this turn and holds out his microphone. Bakuro reassures them that Rook will lose soon and tells Nico to make sure she captures the important part. Nico replies that of course she will, and she snaps a picture of him. Bakuro ends his turn.

His eyes closed, Rook declares his turn and draws five cards. He asks if Bakuro calls Rush Dueling rules shallow, and Bakuro asks if he's wrong (as Nico swirls around taking photos of him). Rook suggests that Bakuro might be able to change his mind after this, and Rook takes "Dragon's Upsetter", "Dragon's Setupper" and "Twin-Edge Dragon" from his hand (which also contains "Dragears") and sends them to the Graveyard to activate the Spell Card "Dragonic Pressure" from his hand. Cracks open up in ground below the three "Toughroids" as Rook declares that the effect will destroy all of Bakuro's monsters, which fall into the abyss as Bakuro gasps "What?!" Rook then Special Summons "Dragonic Setupper", and Bakuro panics as he gasps that he still has a play; since his Machine monster was destroyed, he activates his Trap Card "Reporter Soul" to Special Summon "Toughroid" from his Graveyard. Rook then activates the effect of "Dragon's Setupper", Special Summoning "Dragon's Upsetter" from his Graveyard, and then he Tribute his two monsters to Tribute Summon, chanting "Right now, in my galaxy, seven supernovas unleash a gamma-ray burst! Even if you tell me to stop, it's too late! Even if you tell me to stop, it's too late! There's a reason why I said it twice. Now, come out! Rush Dragon Dragears!" Bakuro is horrified to see "Dragears", protesting that he sent it to the bottom of the Deck, but then he realizes that Rook shuffled his Deck due to "Dragon's Tenacity" earlier. Rook tells Bakuro that if he says he's trying to report the truth, then allow him to treat him to the real truth. Bakuro flinches backwards as Rook activates the effect of "Dragears", sending the top card of his Deck to his Graveyard to activate the "Gears Charge" effect of "Dragears", and "Dragears'" eyes and orbs glow red as Rook states that if "Dragears" destroys a monster by battle, it can attack once again. Bakuro gasps "No way!" and Rook slides "Twin-Edge Dragon" into his Graveyard and he declares that this is the truth of Rush Dueling. Bakuro repeats "Truth" (the word for "truth" is the same as his last name in Japanese) and Rook attacks with "Rush Dragon Dragears", which releases its "Striking Light Bullet of Explosive Supremacy" and destroys "Toughroid", reducing Bakuro to 2500 LP. Rook then attacks directly with "Dragears", ordering "Dragon King Strike of Annihilative Supremacy" and as the flames approach Bakuro, Rook tells him to turn to ashes. Bakuro is consumed by the fire as his LP falls to zero, beginning to whisper "Ceasing publication..." (the word "ash" in Japanese, "hai" is also part of the term "Ceasing publication).

The holographic dome fades, and as Kaizo lies tied up on the ground, Masaru and Nico run to Bakuro's side as ask if he's okay. Rook deactivates his Duel Disk as Gakuto sighs in relief and Romin smiles proudly, and Yuga points out that it all turned out fine. Gakuto protests that Rook wouldn't have been able to make the second attack fi his opponent hadn't Special Summoned "Toughroid", then worries over how "Dragears" had been shuffled into the Deck in the first place, but Yuga reassures him that it's fine; even if the possibility is less than 0.1%, you should always bet on that possibility until the last moment; that's how their Rush Duel works. Rook turns around and smiles at Yuga, and Yuga grins back and he fist pumps while Romin smiles happily and sidles off, snatching up Masaru's microphone and asking the Newspaper Club how if feels to have lost from a turnaround. But Bakuro declares that a journalist's mission is to report the truth, snatching back the microphone and crying this to the setting sun, much to Romin, Nico and Masaru's shock. Bakuro happily declares that he experienced the depth and fun of Rush Duels in this Duel, and he vows to porperly report the truth. He begs Rook not to suspend their publication, and bows to him (Masaru and Nico running up and doing so as well), and Yuga reassures them that they won't, much to the surprise of his friends. He laughs nervously, and the Newspaper Club are overjoyed; Bakuro thanking him sincerely.

The next morning, Masaru and Nico swiftly distribute the new 7th Elementary Newspaper; a complete analysis on appeal of Rush Duels. Romin notes that they seem popular, and Bakuro states that it's thanks to them; from now on the Newspaper Club will try to report the truth. Yuga thanks Rook for protecting their Rush Dueling as well, and Rook claims that it's only natural for someone aiming to be king to do. But Gakuto runs up, crying that it's a disaster and handing the paper to Yuga, telling him to look at the article. Yuga doesn't see anything wrong, but Gakuto tells him to look at the other side, and he turns it around to show them a photo that makes Romin physically ill as she asks what on earth it is; a photo of Rook's head digitally pasted on a king's body with Gakuto and Romin as his servants and a thoroughly unimpressed Yuga in the portrait beside them. Rook claims that he asks for it, and Bakuro happily states that it was tough editing the faces. Rook replies that he totally gets it; this is the best article.

Featured Duel: Tatsuhisa "Rook" Kamijo vs Bakuro Shinjitsu[edit]

Turn 1: Bakuro
Bakuro's hand contains "Delivery Machine Whirr", "That's All from the Scene!", "Duplicate Newspaper", "News Flash Machine Toughroid", and "It's an Accident!". Bakuro Sets a monster. Bakuro Sets three cards.

Turn 2: Rook
Rook Normal Summons "Dragolite" (1500/0), "Dragon's Priestess" (1100/100), and "Dragon Bat" (1000/400). Rook activates the Spell Card "Piercing!", allowing a monster he controls to inflict piercing battle damage this turn. He chooses "Dragolite". Rook Sets a card.

"Dragolite" attacks and destroys Bakuro's Set "Delivery Machine Whirr" (0/200) (Bakuro: 4000 → 2700 LP). As a monster he controls was destroyed by battle, Bakuro activates his Set Trap Card "It's an Accident!", allowing him to inflict 300 damage to Rook (Rook: 4000 → 3700 LP). "Dragon's Priestess" attacks Bakuro directly, but Bakuro activates his Set Trap "That's All from the Scene!", allowing him to send a Machine monster from his hand to the GY to inflict 300 damage to Rook and end the Battle Phase. He sends "Toughroid" to the GY (Rook: 3700 → 3400 LP).

Turn 3: Bakuro
Bakuro Normal Summons two copies of "Whirr" (0/200). He then Tributes both copies of "Whirr" to Tribute Summon a "Toughroid" (2300/1600). Bakuro activates "Duplicate Newspaper", allowing him to choose a Machine monster he controls and Special Summon a monster with the same name from his GY, but it cannot attack directly and its effects are negated. He chooses "Toughroid", and Special Summons another "Toughroid" from his GY in Attack Position. Bakuro activates the effect of the 1st "Toughroid", allowing him to send the top card of his Deck to the GY to force Rook to excavate the top 5 cards of his Deck, and for each excavated monster, "Toughroid" will gain 100 ATK until the end of this turn, then Rook places the excavated cards on the bottom of his Deck in any order. Bakuro sends another "Toughroid" and Rook excavates "Return of Dragon", "Fire Dragon's Heatflash", "Palm-Sized Drago", "Twin-Edge Dragon", and "Rush Dragon Dragears" ("Toughroid": 2300/1600 → 2600/1600). Bakuro activates his Set Spell "Duplicate Newspaper", choosing "Toughroid" and Special Summoning a third "Toughroid" from his GY in Attack Position. Bakuro Sets a card.

The two "Toughroids" with 2300 ATK attack and destroy "Dragon Bat" and "Dragon Priestess" (Rook: 3400 → 2100 → 900 LP). The "Toughroid" with 2600 ATK attacks "Dragolite", but Rook activates his Set Trap Card "Dragon's Tenacity", allowing him to return a Dragon monster from his GY into his Deck to decrease the ATK of the attacking monster by the returned monster's Level x 100 until the end of the turn. He returns the Level 3 "Dragon's Priestess" ("Toughroid": 2600/1600 → 2300/1600). The attack continues and "Dragolite" is destroyed (Rook: 900 → 100 LP).

Turn 4: Rook
Rook's hand contains "Dragonic Pressure", "Dragon's Upsetter", "Dragon's Setupper" "Rush Dragon Dragears" and "Twin-Edge Dragon". Rook activates the Spell Card "Dragonic Pressure", sending three Dragon monsters from his hand to the GY to destroy all monsters on the field, and if a monster is destroyed by this effect, Rook can Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Dragon monster from his GY in face-up Defense Position. Rook sends "Dragon's Setupper", "Dragon's Upsetter", and "Twin-Edge Dragon" to the GY, destroying all three copies of "Toughroid", then Special Summoning "Dragon's Setupper" from his GY (0/1000) in Defense Position. As his Machine monster was destroyed by a card effect, Bakuro activates his Set Trap Card "Reporter Soul", allowing him to Special Summon a Machine monster from his GY in Attack Position. He Special Summons "Toughroid" in Attack Position. Rook activates the effect of "Dragon's Setupper", allowing him to Special Summon a "Dragon's Upsetter" from his GY in face-up Defense Position, but his Level 6 or lower monsters cannot attack this turn. He Special Summons "Dragon's Upsetter" in Defense Position (1000/0). Rook Tributes "Setupper" and "Upsetter" to Tribute Summon "Rush Dragon Dragears" (2500/1500). Rook activates the effect of "Dragears", sending the top card of his Deck to the GY to allow it to make a second attack this turn if it destroys an opponent's monster by battle. He sends "Twin-Edge Dragon".

"Dragears" attacks and destroys "Toughroid" (Bakuro: 2700 → 2500), then attacks Bakuro directly (Bakuro: 2500 → 0)

Featured Cards[edit]

Tatsuhisa "Rook" Kamijo
Bakuro Shinjitsu
Yuga's Deck