"Playing Defense", known as "Be Revived! Yuma vs. Shark, A Healing Duel" in the Japanese version, is the eighty-fourth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on December 23, 2012.
After his Duel with Mizar, Yuma is injured in both body and spirit. Therefore, in order get through to him, Shark challenges him to a Duel.
Featured Duel: Yuma Tsukumo vs. Reginald "Shark" Kastle
Turn 4: Shark
As Yuma controls two monsters, Shark Normal Summons the Level 5 "Panther Shark" (1100/2000) without Tribute via its effect. As he controls a face-up "Panther Shark", he Special Summons "Eagle Shark" (1000/1800) from his hand via its own effect. He then overlays his two Level 5 monsters to Xyz Summon "Shark Fortress" (2400/1800) in Attack Position, using one less Overlay Unit than required as he controls an Xyz Monster. Shark equips "Black Ray Lancer" with "Sharkize", letting him treat it as a "Shark" monster and increase its ATK by 400 (2100 → 2500/600)[Notes 1]. He then detaches an Overlay Unit to activate the effect of "Black Ray Lancer", negating the effects of "Gogogo Golem" until the End Phase. "Aero Shark" attacks "Gogogo Giant", with the effect of "Gogogo Gofu" preventing its destruction by battle. "Black Ray Lancer" attacks and destroys "Gogogo Giant". Shark attacks "Gogogo Golem" with "Shark Fortress", with the effect of "Gogogo Gofu" prevents its destruction by battle. Shark activates the effect of "Shark Fortress", by detaching an Overlay Unit he can target 1 "Shark" monster he controls that has attacked this turn, that monster can attack once again. Shark first targets "Aero Shark". "Aero Shark" attacks and destroys "Gogogo Golem". Since Yuma controls no "Gogogo" monsters, "Gogogo Gofu" is destroyed via its own effect. Shark activates the effect of "Shark Fortress" again, detaching an Overlay Unit to allow "Black Ray Lancer" equipped with "Sharkize" to attack again. "Black Ray Lancer" attacks directly, but Yuma activates the effect of the "Gagaga Gardna" (1500/2000) in his hand, Special Summoning it in Attack Position as he is about to be attacked directly. Yuma uses the other effect of "Gagaga Gardna", discarding a card to prevent its destruction by battle (Yuma 1100 → 100).
Turn 5: Yuma
Yuma draws "Magnum Shield" and Normal Summons "Ganbara Knight" (0/1800). Yuma overlays his two Level 4 Warrior-Type monsters to Xyz Summon "Heroic Champion - Excalibur" (2000/2000) in Attack Position. He then equips it with "Magnum Shield" which allows it to gain ATK equal to its DEF since its in Attack Position (2000 → 4000). Yuma activates the effect of "Excalibur", detaching all of its Overlay Units to double its ATK (4000 → 8000) until the End Phase[Notes 2]. "Excalibur" attacks and destroys "Shark Fortress" (Shark 3000 → 0).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
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