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    First appearances of the Cover Cards

    I want you to discuss about the cover cards of the main series from GX onwards. The reason why I only chose those from GX onwards is because a) the early TCG sets are very different from the OCG sets, b) the old OCG sets had multiple cover cards on the same set, c) many of the later Duel Monsters era sets don't have cover cards that appear in the Duel Monsters anime. So, I'll "talk" about them a little and in which episode they were originally played. Maybe we find a pattern.

    GX Era:
    The Lost Millenium: Ancient Gear Golem (Episode 001, Tribute Summoned by Chronos)
    Cybernetic Revolution: Cyber End Dragon (Episode 008, Fusion Summoned by Kaiser) (7 episodes after ACG)
    Elemental Energy: Elemental HERO Shining Flare Wingman (Episode 033, Fusion Summoned by Judai) (25 episodes after CED)
    Shadow of Infinity: Raviel, Lord of Phantasms (Episode 049, Special Summoned by Kagemaru) (16 episodes after EHSFW)
    Enemy of Justice: Elemental HERO Shining Phoenix Enforcer (Episode 057, Fusion Summoned by Edo) (8 episodes after Raviel)
    Power of the Duelist: Elemental HERO Dark Neos (Episode 079, Contact Fusion by Judai) (22 episodes after EHSPE)
    Cyberdark Impact: Cyberdark Dragon (Episode 089, Fusion Summoned by Hell Kaiser) (10 episodes after Dark Neos)
    Strike of Neos: Elemental HERO Air Neos (Episode 107, Contact Fusion by Judai) (18 episodes after Cyberdark Dragon)
    Force of the Breaker: Volcanic Doomfire (Episode 109, Special Summoned by O'Brien in his imagination; actually played in episode 142) (2 episodes after Air Neos)
    Tactical Evolution: Rainbow Dragon (Episode 130, Special Summoned by Johan) (21 episodes after Volcanic Doomfire)
    Gladiator's Assault: Elemental HERO Chaos Neos (Episode 130, Contact Fusion by Judai) (1 turn after Rainbow Dragon)
    Phantom Darkness: Yubel - The Ultimate Nightmare (Episode 155, Special Summoned by Yubel) (25 episodes after Chaos Neos)
    Light of Destruction: Honest (Episode 160, send from the hand to the graveyard by Judai) (5 episodes after Yubel UN)

    5D's Era
    The Duelist Genesis: Stardust Dragon (Episode 004, Synchro Summoned by Jack; Yusei got control of it an episode later) (24 episodes after Honest)
    Crossroads of Chaos: Black Rose Dragon (Episode 016, Synchro Summoned by Aki) (12 episodes after Stardust)
    Crimson Crisis: Red Dragon Archfiend/Assault Mode (Jump Festa Special, aired between episode 038 and 39; Special Summoned by Jack) (22.5 episodes after Black Rose)
    Raging Battle: Power Tool Dragon (Episode 036, Synchro Summoned by Lua) (2.5 episodes before RDA/AM)
    Ancient Prophecy: Ancient Fairy Dragon (Episode 050, Special Summoned by Demack, but Luca Special Summoned her again two turns laters) (14 episodes after PTD)
    Stardust Overdrive: Majestic Star Dragon (Episode 055, Synchro Summoned by Yusei) (5 episodes after AFD)
    Absolute Powerforce: Majestic Red Dragon (Episode 059, Synchro Summoned by Jack) (4 episodes after MSD)
    The Shining Darkness: Black-Winged Dragon (Episode 095, Synchro Summoned by Crow) (36 episodes after MRD's first appearance, 11 episodes after MRD's second appearance)
    Duelist Revolution: Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste (Episode 102, Fusion Summoned by Yusei) (7 episodes after BWD)
    Starstrike Blast: Shooting Star Dragon (Episode 109, Accel Synchro by Yusei) (7 episodes after DKDE)
    Storm of Ragnarok: Odin, Father of the Aesir (Episode 127, Synchro Summoned by Harald) (18 episodes after Shooting Star)
    Extreme Victory: Junk Berserker (Episode 144, Synchro Summoned by Yusei) (17 episodes after Odin)

    ZEXAL Era:
    Generation Force: Number 17: Leviathan Dragon (Episode 001, Xyz Summoned by Shark) (11 episodes after Junk Berserker)
    Photon Shockwave: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (Episode 014, Special Summoned by Kaito) (13 episodes after No.17)
    Order of Chaos: Number C39: Utopia Ray (Episode 018, CXyz Change by Yuma) (4 episodes after GEPD)
    Galactic Overlord: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (Episode 043, Xyz Summoned by Kaito) (25 episodes after Utopia Ray)
    Return of the Duelist: Heroic Champion - Excalibur (Episode 045, Xyz Summoned by Gauche) (2 episodes after NGEPD)
    Abyss Rising: Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss (Episode 058, CXyz Change by Shark) (13 episodes after Excalibur)
    Cosmo Blazer: Number 92: Heart-eartH Dragon (Episode 069, Xyz Summoned by Dr. Faker) (11 episodes after No.C32)
    Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy: Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon (Episode 082, Xyz Summoned by Mizael) (13 episodes after No.92)
    Judgment of the Light: Number C39: Utopia Ray Victory (Episode 098, Ranked Up by ZEXAL II) (16 episodes after Tachyon)
    Shadow Specters: Number C96: Dark Storm (Episode 102, Ranked Up by No.96) (4 episodes after Utopia Ray Victory)
    Legacy of the Valiant: Number C101: Silent Honor DARK (Episode 125, Ranked Up by Nasch) (23 episodes after No.C96)
    Primal Origin: Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon (Episode 134, Xyz Summoned by Kaito) (9 episodes after No.C101)

    ARC-V Era
    Duelist Alliance: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (Episode 001, Pendulum Summoned by Yuya) (13 episodes after No.62)
    The New Challengers: Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon (Episode 007, Xyz Summoned by Yuto) (6 episodes after Odd-Eyes Pendulum)
    Secrets of Eternity: Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (Episode 023, Fusion Summoned by Yuya) (16 episodes after Dark Rebellion)
    Crossed Souls: Clear Wing Synchro Dragon (Episode 037, Synchro Summoned by Yugo) (14 episodes after Rune-Eyes)
    Clash of Rebellions: Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon (Episode 046, Xyz Summoned by Yuya) (9 episodes after Clear Wing)
    Dimension of Chaos: Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend (Episode 064, Synchro Summoned by Jack) (18 episodes after Odd-Eyes Rebellion)
    Breakers of Shadow: Enlightenment Paladin (Episode 079, Synchro Summoned by Yuya) (15 episodes after SRDA)
    Shining Victories: Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon (Episode 085, Synchro Summoned by Yugo) (6 episodes after Enlightenment Paladin)
    The Dark Illusion: Nirvana High Paladin (Episode 097, Synchro Summoned by Yuya) (12 episodes after Crystal Wing)
    Invasion: Vengeance: [B]Starve Venom Fusion Dragon/B] (Episode 091, Synchro Summoned by Yuri) (6 episodes before Nirvana High Paladin, 9 episodes after with its second appearance)

    As of now, the release date between the current sets have a gap about roughly 3 months. That would be around 12 episodes, but we have several cover cards that debuted more than 12 episodes later after the previous cover cards. But there are also many cover cards that appear only a few episodes after the previous ones, so there don't need to be a 12-episode pattern. Furthermore, there are some cover cards who weren't released in previous sets, despite they had debuted during the time before the sets were released. I'm going to update this thread in the future just to make it up to date.
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    The cover card duelists:
    GX: Judai, Kaiser, Edo, Johan, Chronos, O'Brien, Kagemaru and Yubel.
    5D's: Yusei, Jack, Aki, Luca, Lua, Crow and Harald.
    ZEXAL: Yuma/ZEXAL II, Shark/Nasch, Kaito, Mizael, Gauche, Dr. Faker and No.96.
    ARC-V: Yuya, Yuto, Yugo and Jack.

    While Ancient Gear Golem fits to the title "The Lost Millenium", it's odd to see Chronos's monster being the cover card instead of Flame Wingman, who is Judai's signature card in season 1.

    It's odd to see Harald's monster being a cover card, but since it's a god card, I think it's fine. But I would prefer T.G. Halberd Cannon over Junk Berserker because now Bruno is the only member of Team 5D's who has not a cover card of the main set series.

    And ARC-V has Jack as the odd one, but I guess there is nothing against it, although I wouldn't mind Kali Yuga, since Reiji hasn't got a cover card yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingJinzo View Post
    But I would prefer T.G. Halberd Cannon over Junk Berserker because now Bruno is the only member of Team 5D's who has not a cover card of the main set series.
    Yeah, that or Life Stream Dragon. Junk Berserker never deserved the spot.

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    Updated: The Dark Illusion and Nirvana High Paladin.
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    I find it odd how the cover cards released for the Arc-V era are almost exclusively the Yu's, and not any of the other players; usually, at least some of the supporting cast get one card of theirs turned into the Cover Card, but not this time.

    Also, can we really call the Jump Festa special part of 5D's? True, the Assault Mode monsters made their debut there, and all of them were released in the main sets, but the episode itself could be called a side story at best...
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    Well Arc-v is all about the Yu's...
    I see a pattern behind it, it is always Yuuya --> Another person --> Yuuya --> Another person --> etc...

    Judging from the pattern, Starve Venom Fusion Dragon is almost guaranteed for Invasion of Venom (who has thaught something different anyways)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SynjoDeonecros View Post
    Also, can we really call the Jump Festa special part of 5D's? True, the Assault Mode monsters made their debut there, and all of them were released in the main sets, but the episode itself could be called a side story at best...
    I never said that the Jump Festa special was canon. I just said that it was aired between two regular episodes, and since I didn't want to disrupt the pattern by skipping a cover card, I still added the difference between the debut episodes of Black Rose Dragon, Red Daemon's Dragon/Buster and Power Tool Dragon. If Crimson Crisis had another cover card instead, it would be either Power Tool Dragon (the cover card of the next set, since it technically debuted before RDD/B) or Blackwing Armor Master.

    The 5D's cover cards are a mess. Majestic Red Dragon became the cover card by the time of its second appearance and because it wasn't released in Stardust Overdrive. And we got Junk Berserker instead of Life Stream Dragon or T.G. Halberd Cannon. Or they could have release Shooting Quasar Dragon and make it the cover card instead.
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    Shun and Reiji Deserves to get a cover card too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King View Post
    Shun and Reiji Deserves to get a cover card too.
    Wing Raiders says hello. Reiji is guaranteed one in the future. I hope the fusion SP has Sora on it with Yuuri.

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