"Rook, Fight of a Man" is the fifth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime. It aired in Japan on May 2, 2020.
The school’s newspaper club came to interview Yuga. Meanwhile, Goha has been keeping an eye on the internet. Perhaps Yuga can spread Rush Duel rules without attracting their attention by using printed newspapers?! However, it turns out that the newspaper club’s goal is to denounce Rush Duels, for they think that Rush Duels are “shallow”! Angered by their insults, Rook decides to challenge them!
Featured Duel: Tatsuhisa "Rook" Kamijo vs. Bakuro Shinjitsu
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 1 monster and 3 cards in his Spell & Trap Zone.
Turn 2: Rook
Rook Normal Summons "Dragolite" (1500/0), "Dragon's Priestess" (1100/100), and "Dragon Bat" (1000/400). Rook activates "Piercing!, letting 1 face-up monster he controls inflict piercing damage this turn. He targets "Dragolite". Rook Sets 1 Card in his Spell & Trap Zone.
"Dragolite" attacks and destroys Bakuro's Set monster, which is revealed to be "Delivery Machine Whirr" (0/200) (Bakuro: 4000 -> 2700 LP). As a Defense Position monster he controlled was destroyed by battle, Bakuro activates his Set Trap "It's an Accident", inflicting 300 damage to Rook (Rook: 4000 -> 3700 LP). "Dragon's Priestess" attacks Bakuro directly, but since his opponent declared a direct attack, 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 "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 1 Card in his Spell & Trap Zone.
The 2 "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 "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 this turn. He returns "Dragon's Priestess" ("Toughroid": 2600/1600 -> 2300/1600). The attack continues and "Dragolite" is destroyed (Rook: 900 -> 100 LP).
Turn 4: Rook
Rook activates "Dragonic Pressure", allowing him to send 3 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 3 copies of "Toughroid", then Special Summoning "Dragon's Setupper" (0/1000) from his GY in Defense Position. Since his Machine monster was destroyed by a card effect during his opponent's turn, Bakuro activates his Set Trap "Reporter Soul", allowing him to Special Summon a Machine monster from his GY in Attack Position. He Special Summons a "Toughroid" in Attack Position. Since he controls no other monsters, 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", allowing him to send the top card of his Deck ("Twin-Edge Dragon") to the GY to allow it to make a second attack this turn if it destroys an opponent's monster by battle.
"Dragears" attacks and destroys "Toughroid" (Bakuro: 2700 -> 2500). Since it destroyed a monster by battle, the effect of "Dragears" lets it attack again. "Dragears" attacks Bakuro directly (Bakuro: 2500 -> 0)
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.