Kaito is probably in the top five among anime characters by the sheer number of consistency cards he runs, but there are three that really stand out in my opinion- two pieces of Photon support, and one very interesting option for anti-meta or going-second Decks.
Discard 1 "Photon" monster: Draw 2 cards.
Banish 2 "Photon" cards from your Graveyard: Draw 2 cards.
Cards of Adversity
If your opponent controls a Special Summoned monster(s), and you do not: Draw 2 cards.
Photons might go the way of Destiny HERO if they got both Trade and Sublimation (becoming more an engine for other Decks than an archetype you run in its own right), but they could definitely receive one without anything of relevance happening.
Cards of Adversity, on the other hand, is one of those tools that we'd need to be very careful as to how we gave it to the game, because it might just be a card that would get abused by things like Chain Burn and Yosenju Stun for profit that would piss off anyone who encountered it. It seems to be a tradition that protagonist comeback cards from the anime get turned into oppressive cards that maintain the presence of a "villainous" stun Decks.
photon trade would actually be pretty good if released as is. the only deck that might want to abuse it would be something like exodia draw, and that already has a better option in the form of blue-eyes. it's just a themed trade-in. that said, i could see it being one of those cards that needs a clause to future proof it, something like the cardian clause would probably do the trick.
sublimation would be really good, but it, in combination with photon trade, and trade in, would make photons into one of the most consistent decks in the game. and yes, they would become an engine for something degenerate down the line. there's more than enough ways to abuse this card if it doesn't have any added clauses.
put simply, adversity would be banned a month, if not a week after release if printed as-is. special summon something like mithra (or grinder golem), give your opponent a token, tribute for anything, activate adversity, you've just gained cards for doing whatever was already going to give you advantage.
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