Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Volume 7 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
March 12, 2015 - 21:35

Viz Media
Writer(s): Masahiro Hikokubo, Taylor Engel and Ian Reid, HC Language Solutions
Penciller(s): Masashi Sato
Letterer(s): John Hunt
ISBN: 978-1-4215-7684-8
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K., 208pp B&W, paperback
Rating: T (Teen)

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Rated “T” for “Teen”

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! media franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s follows Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and precedes Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.  Set in New Domino City, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s focuses on Turbo Duel.  The city’s hottest game, Turbo Duel is fought on Duel Runners, motorcycle-like vehicles (also called Duel Disks).  Players battle using cards that can summon assorted fantastic creatures and beings. Yusei Fudo, the toughest duelist in Satellite (a district on the outskirts of New Domino City), is the newest Turbo Duel hero.

Yusei has been competing in the D1 Grand Prix, the battle to determine the toughest duelist in the world.  Rex Goodwin, host of the Grand Prix, plans to use this competition to revive the Ultimate God.  As Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Vol. 7 (Destiny's Last Draw!!; Chapters 47 to 53) opens, the epic duel between Rex and Jack Atlas reaches its stunning climax.

Meanwhile, Yusei duels the mysterious turbo duelist, Skeleton Knight.  During the battle, Yusei discovers the secret of Rex and Skeleton Knight and their connection to a young duel priestess thousands of years ago.  Waiting for the winner, high in the Aerial Fortress Seibal, is Yusei's friend, Sect, poisoned by darkness and dark ambitions.

[This volume includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card.]

THE LOWDOWN:  As I wrote in my review of the sixth volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s manga, the more I read this series, the more I like it.  Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 7 is an improvement in the overall narrative simply because the chapters in this volume focus on the intimate connections between the characters.  That is best exemplified by the flashback in Chapter 51, “Memory...!!”  I hope the next graphic novel in this series also focuses on the relationships.

  Anyone who has been reading the other Yu-Gi-Oh! graphic novels will want the Shonen Jump title, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s.

Rating: B+/10

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