A/N: Hey guys! Since the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh ARC V has been over for a while, I thought I'd do a fanfiction about the series. Now, I love this series, but I know a lot of people don't and I can understand why. While the first season was good, and the Second season was okay, the third season was where things fell apart. Originally, I was just going to rewrite the third season, but then I decided to rewrite the whole series to see if I can do better. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

P.S. This story will be using the English names for characters, card, etc. If you prefer the Japanese version, well I'm sorry. Also, this story is rated teen for violence and mild language.

Italics= flashback/inner thoughts

Chapter 1: Pride of the dueltainer

Yuya Sakaki sat on a small ledge, overlooking the sea. Despite the beautiful day and the sounds of people laughing on the beach, Yuya's attention was solely focused on the object in his hand: a pendulum.

"It's been 3 years dad," he whispered, "What happened to you?"

The scene shifts to a stadium, where a strongly built man stands in the middle. The crowd is silent, as if waiting for something.

"Yusho Sakai? Yusho Sakaki? Paging Yusho Sakaki!"

The man on the duel field snorted.

"That circus freak better show up soon. Otherwise the championship title will be meaningless."

Five minutes go by before the announcer speaks again.

"Yusho? More like No-Show! Since Yusho Sakaki has not shown up, The Sledgehammer wins by default. Ladies and Gentlemen, our new champion!"

The crowd awkwardly claps, irritated that Yusho never showed up. The Sledgehammer grunts and exits the stadium. As the crowd departs, they begin to whisper among themselves.

"I can't believe that Yusho. Getting the crowd ready for a fight and ditching at the last second."

"I know! Who does he think he is?"

"I bet he was too scared to fight."

"What a wimp!"

As the crowd continues to chat among themselves, an 11-year-old Yuya sits in shock."

"Dad…"

"They never did find you, and your reputation only worsened. People say you're a coward, but I know there's more to this story than that. And I promise that one day I will find you and clear your name."

"Yuya?"

Yuya nearly fell off his ledge in surprise. He turned to find his best friend, Zuzu Boyle, looking concerned.

"I thought I'd find you here. Thinking about your dad?"

"How can I not? It's been three years today that he disappeared, and I still don't have any leads on where he went."

"Well, you know that we'll have your back all the way. And no matter what, we will find him."

"Thanks, Zuzu."

"Yuya!"

Yuya and Zuzu turned to find their friend Gong running towards them at full speed.

"There's something you need to see at You Show."

"What is it?"

"Something real bad."

Once they were at the Duel School, they turned on the TV to find The Sledgehammer standing in front of a background of fire.

"I hereby challenge Yuya Sakaki to a duel at Paradise City Arena tomorrow at noon. If he has any guts, he'll show up. If he wins, then I will donate $500,000 to You Show Duel School, and a new ARC system will be donated to them by Leo Corporation. But if I win, You Show will close and Yuya will never dueltain ever again. If Yuya has any guts, he'll show up. If he doesn't, I guess cowardice runs in the family."

Yuya turned off the TV. Everyone sat in silence for a minute.

"Are you really going to go through with this?" Ally, one of the younger students and Zuzu's younger sister asked.

"Jaa, that guy has creamed professional duelists like they were apple streusel." Said Frederick, another younger student.

"But we could use the money, plus that new ARC system could help drum up some new business," Skip, the principle of the school and Zuzu and Ally's father.

Zuzu responded by smacking him with a giant fan.

"Ow! What was that for?"

"For being an idiot!"

"Okay."

"Look dad, I know we need the money, but this isn't the way to do it. The Sledgehammer is the Pro League Champion, and there is way too much riding on this duel for us to accept. We'll get more money somehow, and…"

"No."

Everyone turned to Yuya, who had until now kept quiet.

"I know that he's strong, and I know a lot is riding on this duel, but this is my chance to prove myself as a dueltainer. Ever since dad disappeared, I've been ridiculed for his "cowardice." This could be my one chance to prove that I have what it takes to duel with the best."

Everyone sat silently.

"Well Gong still don't think this is a good idea, Yuya. But I support you no matter what."

"Me too, Yuya."

"Kick that meanie's butt."

"Jaa, give him the shivers."

"And win that ARC System."

WHACK!

"I'll shut up now."

The next day at noon, everyone met at the stadium. The Sledgehammer waited as Yuya entered the stadium.

"So, you had the guts to show up. I'll admit you have spunk, but I'll crush It out of you like a bug during this duel.

"As if, unless you plan on knocking me out with bad breath."

As Yuya and The Sledgehammer moved to opposite sides of the court, the crowd began jeering at Yuya.

"Get off the stage!"

"You Sakaki's had your chance!"

"Beat him into next week, Sledgehammer."

Among the crowd was the You Show gang, who were uncomfortable with the crowd's attitude.

"Gee, the duel hasn't even started yet, and they already hate him."

"What's their deal?"

"It's how any crowd would react."

Everyone turned to see Yuya's mom Yoko standing in the stairway. They made room for her while she took a seat.

"Look, I know that it's hard to hear these people insult Yuya, but its part of being a dueltainer. The crowd won't always be on your side, so you need to work around that to make them smile anyway. Yusho knew this, and so does Yuya. This is just a minor obstacle for him."

The group nodded. Meanwhile, the announcer, Nico Smiley, began his speech.

"Now that both players are here, we can begin this duel. And I'll start by activating the field spell Castle of Chaos!"

The ARC system underneath the stadium activated, transforming the dueling field into a dense forest. A castle sat in the middle of it, with the duelists standing atop one of its spires. With the preparations ready, Yuya and The Sledgehammer began to chant.

"Duelists locked in battle,

Kicking the earth and dancing in the air alongside their monsters.

They storm through this field! Behold!

This is the newest and greatest evolution of dueling!

Action…

Duel!"

Yuya's life points: 4000

The Sledgehammer's life points: 4000

(Action Cards dispersed)

"Since you're the challenger, I'll go first," Yuya said as he drew his starting hand.

"Go ahead, puny boy. It doesn't matter how this duel starts, all that matters is who wins in the end, and that'll be me."

"We'll see about that. I'll start by summoning Performapal Skullcrobat Joker in attack mode (1800/100) in attack mode!" (i.e. I won't be including a description of what the cards look like unless they're ones I created or I'm going for dramatic effect. For the most part all cards I will use exist either in the anime, card game or both and have pages on the wikia if you want to know what they look like.)

"But my show's just getting started, because when Joker is normal summoned, I get to add either another Performapal, a Magician, or an Odd Eyes monster from my deck straight to my hand."

The crowd began to whisper in amazement.

"Wow, a card that can search for one of any three archetypes? That's impressive."

"Yeah maybe we were wrong about this kid."

The Sledgehammer, on the other hand, was not quite as amused.

"Search whatever you want, it won't help you in the end."

Yuya just smiled.

"That's what you think. I'll add Performapal Ballad from my deck to my hand. Next, I'll set two cards facedown and end my turn. You're up."

The Sledgehammer grunted as he drew a card.

"Pathetic, just like your father. Allow me to show you how real duelists duel. I'll start off with the spell card The A. Forces, giving my warriors 200 attack points for every warrior or spellcaster I have on my field. Next, I summon Marmitting Captain (1200-1400/400) in attack mode! But he won't be alone for long, because I activate his special ability. By shuffling one card from my hand into the deck, I can draw another card. But it gets better, because if it's a monster I can summon it straight to the field."

The Sledgehammer did so, and after he saw what card he drew he gave a sinister grin. Yuya gulped.

"That can't be good."

"No, it can't. Not for you, puny boy. For you see, I just drew my ace, so come forth: battleguard King (3000-3400/1100)!"

A loud thumping was heard as the field began to shake. Just then, a towering behemoth came upon the castle, its armor gleaming in the sunlight, its battle club ready to strike.

The crowd began to go wild.

"Yeah, that's his ace!"

"Sakaki doesn't stand a chance!"

"Go Sledgehammer!"

The Sledgehammer sneered at Yuya.

"If you surrender now I'll let you keep your duel school and your dueltaining. No one has ever beat my Ace before, and they never will."

"First time for everything, sludge hammer."

The crowd went silent at Yuya's insult. The Sledgehammer looked like he was about to explode in anger.

"For that insult I'll be sure to show no mercy. I activate Battleguard King's Special ability! I sacrifice Marmitting Captain to allow him to attack twice this turn."

Battleguard King grabbed Marmitting Captain and swallowed him whole (3400-3200), before raising his club for battle.

"This duel will be over before it has even begun. Goodbye, Yuya Sakaki. Battleguard King pulverize his Joker with Battleguard Smash!"

Just before the club made contact with Skullcrobat Joker, though, Yuya spoke up.

"Not so fast! I activate my trap card, Magical Hats!"

Three top hats appeared in his monster's place, confusing the King.

"My Jokers is hidden in one of them in defense position, you just have to pick which one. So go ahead, you have a one in three chance."

"You may have saved yourself from taking damage, but my Battleguard king can attack twice per turn, so your monster is as good as dead. Go Battleguard king, attack the one on the right!"

Battleguard King smashed the hat, only for it to be revealed to be a trap card.

"No matter, battleguard King, destroy the one on the far left."

His monster obeyed, only for it to be revealed to be a spell card.

"So sorry, better luck next time."

The Sledgehammer just growled.

"So you got lucky, but you won't next time. I set a card face down and end my turn."

Yuya just laughed as he drew a card.

"Relax, dueling's about having fun and making the crowd go wild. Let me show you. First, I flip summon Skullcrobat Joker."

Yuya's joker reappeared.

"Since he wasn't normal summoned, I can't activate his ability, but that doesn't matter because I'm ending this duel right now."

The crowd began to whisper among themselves.

"End it right now? Is he serious?"

"How?"

The Sledgehammer just laughed.

"Bold words for someone who's facing the strongest monster on the field right now. But go ahead, I can use the entertainment."

"Then you won't be disappointed, because with the scale 2 Performapal Ballad and the Scale 8 Performapal Odd Eyes Unicorn, I set the Pendulum Scale!"

The crowd gasped as Yuya's monsters appeared in glowing tubes of light, with a spectral pendulum swaying between the two.

"Incredible!" Nico exclaimed, "Very few people use Pendulum summoning due to it being recently released, but Yuya may just pull it off."

Yuya just gave a confident smile.

"My monsters are ready, to swing into action! Come forth Performapal Whip Snake (1700/900), and the main attraction, Odd Eyes Pendulum Dragon (2500/2000)!"

With two shoots of light, Yuya's monsters appeared, a viper wearing a top hat and bow tie and a red dragon with white armor and dual colored eyes.

"As impressive as that was, none of your monsters have what it takes to beat my Battleguard King, much less beat me this turn."

Yuya just smiled.

"On their own, no, but my Performapals have some pretty special abilities that will end you this turn! First off, I activate my Whip snake's special ability to switch your monsters attack and defense points!"

Whip snake began swaying its tail, hypnotizing Battleguard King and switching its stats (3200-1100-1300/1100-3000).

"Now it's time for the grand finale Odd Eyes, attack his royal highness with Spiral Flame Strike! But first, I activate the ability of my Performapal Ballad, weakening your King by 600 more points (1300-700). Lastly, I activate reinforcements, adding 500 attack points to Odd Eyes (2500-3000)!"

"So what? Even if your attack hits, I'll still have 1700 life points left." And when he attacks me directly, I'll activate A Rival Appears to summon Sword Hunter. No matter what, this kid is finished."

"That's where you're wrong. Ordinarily, you would be correct, but when My Odd Eyes Pendulum Dragon attacks a monster, any battle damage is doubled."

"What!"

Odd Eyes shot a huge burst of energy at the weakened king, destroying it and sending rubble from the top of the castle down on The Sledgehammer.

Sledgehammer's Lifepoints: 4000-0000

Yuya wins!

The crowd stood silent for a minute, before clapping and cheering for Yuya. Meanwhile, The Sledgehammer lay in shock as the field dissipated around them.

"I thought maybe seeing his kid about to lose would bring Yusho out of hiding, but I wound up getting crushed instead."

"Hey!"

The Sledgehammer looked up to see Yuya offering him his hand. He took it and Yuya helped him up.

"That was some good dueling, there."

"Same for you. I am a man of my word. Expect the new system to come later today, if not tomorrow. I look forward to a rematch in the pro leagues."

"Same here, Sledgehammer."

With that, Yuya departed, reaching his friends and family who congratulated him.

I don't know where you are now, dad, he thought, But I know you'd be proud of me. Just you wait, Dad, I'll make it to the pros and bring you home. Until then, Keep bringing smiles to everyone, and I'll do the same.

A/N: Whoo boy, that was a doozy. Sorry the duel was relatively short, but the chapter was long enough as is. Anyway, let me know what you guys thought about it.