Kaaba has both one of the most powerful monsters in the game in Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and one of the best traps ever in the original Crush Card Virus, but as it turns out, none of that matters when facing someone who can read minds. But Mark was out here mind-controlling Yuri’s friends to get him into a duel where the loser would get yanked into the see by a giant anchor and drown to death.
On top of being incredibly creepy with it’s beginning (the introduction of Zorn Macrophages), it also features a young Solomon Auto as he attempts to solve the Ultimate Game of the Nameless Pharaoh. Despite Mark’s ability to make even Joey’s closest friends work on his side, that doesn’t mean he’s capable of winning the day.
As a result, Mark fails to break Yuri once more, and they narrowly survived to go on to face him in the finals. After multiple failed attempts to take down Yam, Mark finally lands on something with this combination he uses, bringing out the full power of Slider the Sky Dragon.
Fortunately, Kaaba inspires him to keep on fighting, which leads to this episode, where he comes up with his own way to interrupt the combo...that can’t actually work, but is an impressive watch nonetheless. Everything looks pretty bleak for Yuri, as he manages to look down all three of the Egyptian god cards which Item was able to summon in a single turn.
But ultimately, Yuri manages to get rid of all three god cards by the usage of the one trap, which tops all of them: Mirror Force. It’s a bit hilarious considering it took one trap to get rid of three powerful monsters, but that’s also the closest the game’s ever been to real life.
This episode is filled with multiple callbacks to cards both Yuri and Item have used over the course of the series, from Gazelle to Curse of Dragon all the way to Gaia and Dark Magician himself. This episode helps us learn just how far Yuri has come, while also showing Item’s status as King of Games is real.
Before people say anything like “I wasn't around to experience it, therefore have no right to judge it” or “You're just a kid who doesn't know what he's talking about and missed out on a deal with GO” no, just no. Now fast-forward 10 years later and without my nostalgia goggle it doesn't hold up very well.
HALF of the first season is nothing but one shot episodes that don't even matter to the overall story and even when they establish the plot it still delves away from it and does something completely different. Hell in the MAIN PROTAGONIST Judai-Kun is a one dimensional character for 3/4 of the series and when he finally does get developed he becomes an *beep* (he has his moments but overall an *beep* not to mention he hogs 70-80% of the screen time).
Thanks to the Leo Corporation, headed by Meiji Arab, new advancements to Solid Vision, the holographic system that gives life to the Duel Monsters card game, give physical mass to monsters... See full summary ». So far the latest Yugo series is shaping up to be an amazing one.
I didn't know this series existed until about 6 months ago, and it was at EP. Since this is still an ongoing series (100 Episodes on the date I made this list: April 7th, 2016) and we still have another year at the least since Yugo series generally end around this time of the year I'll guess by April next year Arc-V will be over, or it'll be close to wrapping up.
But since I'm not spoiling anything I'll just say: It has amazing writing, a VERY interesting lead character, the best female lead we've had since 5Ds, a cool rival, and the fact that EVERY Extra Deck mechanic (Fusion, Synchro, XYZ, & Pendulum) Play an important part in the story helps as well. Not to mention if you enjoyed past series you'll be delighted to know that this is essentially serving as a 20th anniversary series to the franchise by having older characters make a return.
So far Jack & Crow from 5Ds have reappeared and had big roles in the series, Alexis Rhodes & Aster Phoenix from GO are scheduled to appear, and Kieth Ten from Zeal is scheduled to appear. 8/10 (I could bump it up in the future depending on how the rest of this series goes).
Namely, being an initially bad story and unlikable characters. The first 73 episodes of Zeal are what really turn fans away from this series.
The last half of Zeal however is SOON good, it's honestly one of my favorite Yugo Story Arcs. Yuma however does have some good development going from a terrible duelist into an amazing one.
Overall Zeal is better than what most people credit for and if you haven't seen don't listen to the negative things others say about it. You should watch it for yourself to judge it (or at least the last half of the series or “Zeal II”).
Yes, the original is my 2nd favorite Yugo series but that doesn't mean it's terrible. Even now after 15+ years IMO the original Yugo series is still one of the best series to date with an excellent story, the OG Protagonist Yuri, along with Kaaba and Joey oh the memories but even my nostalgia with this series won't save it from the flaws it has.
As far as the anime goes Yuri will always be the best duelist but in a real game Yuma, Yuma, & Yuma would thoroughly hand Yuri his ass on a silver platter. AOI/Blue Angel is the most interesting female lead since Akita, Emma is waif material and a fairly interesting character, Revolver is a BOSS rival character.
There lies a strong divide between the rich and the poor, and... See full summary ». Yugo 5Ds has the best set of main characters WHO ALL have a purpose to the story, they all have a personality, and they're all developed.
People hate him for his constant friendship speeches but given the fact that the Yugo franchise is about bonds/friendships and the backstory of EVERY main character and the meaning of Yuma's name they're right on the money and Yuma has every right to give a friendship speech. Jack Atlas is a nice throwback to Kaiba, but he has more development as a character, Crow is a diet version of Joey if you will but more likeable.
5Ds has a truly excellent story, amazing duels, and GREAT characters (Hell Yuma and Akita are HEAVILY implied to be in love and get together at the end of the series and that's something we NEVER or hardly ever see in this franchise, even Yuma's VA believes they get together, or they will). If a few characters got a little more development and no filler episodes I'd say it is perfect.
The education system is built about a children's card game. You can rule the world if you want...with a children's card game.
Oh, and the monsters inside the cards are real, but only certain people can talk to them. We follow Jaden Yuri, a new student at Duel Academy, the world's leading school for learning how to play Duel Monsters and occasionally being roped into saving the world.
His best friends are Cyrus (timid blue haired kid with confidence issues), Zane (Cyrus' brother), Chimney (he's...fat. That's kinda it), Alexis (token female), Chain (the rival), Bastion (vaguely British logic-freak) and Hassle berry (annoying Texan army-wannabe stereotype with a man-crush on Jaden).
In season three another group of clinically insane people are added to the mix, Jim (an Australian guy with a live alligator strapped to his back), Axel (who sacrifices his life once an episode and always appears again at the end with no explanation of how he survived, like some sort of anime Kenny) and Jesse (Jaden-clone with blue hair and a southern accent). Together they fight evil and save the world from those who would destroy it.
Part of it is the pure barrel of insanity that is the setting itself, where playing Duel Monsters is serious business and losing a card game might mean losing your job, reputation or even your life. The writers and voice actors in this show just don't take it seriously, and characters constantly comment on the absurdity of the plot, the oddly translated lines and make meta pop culture jokes at inappropriate moments. There's even an episode where the main villain is a guy doing a pretty good Christopher Walker impersonation.
In a world that apparently is able to function with no laws, it seems inevitable that havoc will ensue in the name of science. What wasn't inevitable was that someone would get the bright idea of hooking a monkey up to electronics and forcing it to play card games.
This unfortunate soul, Wheeler the dwelling monkey, escapes from the high tech Laboratory of Evil Science Incorporated and onto Duel Academy Island. Unfortunately for him, shotgun wielding evil henchmen and the mad scientist responsible for his torment are in hot pursuit.
Jaden wins the duel, but the gang bands together to let Wheeler escape the scientists. Every Friday at Duel Academy is apparently 'sandwich day', a bizarre ritual (which probably breaks the Geneva Convention on Cruel and Unusual Punishment) in which the students have to pick their lunch from a tub of unlabeled sandwiches.
Selections include, and I quote, ostrich burgers, sardines, grilled tongue sandwiches and the focus of this episode, the Golden English, a fried egg sandwich made from the egg of a chicken that lays golden eggs. But for the past month someone has been stealing the Golden English, and our heroes make it their business to find out whom.
They call him 'Damon', but he does the chest thumping cry, speaks in broken English and everything. The story is that this guy was a student, who was so sick of drawing horrible sandwiches that he went missing and trained Rocky Balboa-style until he could draw the good sandwiches without looking.
47 episodes in, Chain decides he is madly in love with Alexis. And I do mean 'decides'; they'd barely shared any lines of dialogue and he'd never even acknowledged her as part of the group before.
Then one day he woke up and decided he was going to commit grand larceny of the season's plot McMuffin (the Seven Spirit Keys) to get her attention and blackmail her (with a children's card game) into becoming his girlfriend. I thought it was going to turn out that he was possessed by the Shadow Riders (the big bad sat the time), but no... Chazz is just crazy.
Chain : “When Alexis and I were trapped in that weird vortex, I felt her heart! The episode begins with a really...weird conversation about being sexually attracted to Duel Monster cards.
Later on it's discovered that all the students have been bribed into building a giant Colosseum for the bad guy of the day, an Amazonian woman named Tania. After she pays her loyal workers with children's trading cards, she declares that one of Jaden's gang must duel her, and if she wins the loser must marry her.
She chooses to duel Bastion, our delightful and very oddly voiced British logic-freak. Midway through the duel he randomly falls head over heels in love with her for no adequately explored reason (vaguely implied to be some sort of spell cast by Tania).
He promptly loses the duel because he was distracted by his arc- burning infatuation. The first part ends with the rest of the gang being chased out of the Colosseum to give Bastion and Tania some...alone time.
The second part begins with the gang sat outside the Colosseum listening to Bastion...moaning. But before you assume he's being molested against his will, Chain quickly explains that he's been 'dwelling' Tania all night.
Bastion later emerges looking despondent and exhausted, stating that Tania dumped him because he 'wasn't enough of a man'. Tania demands another duel, and Jaden steps up the plate and kicks the Amazonian's ass to next Sunday, breaking the spell over Bastion.
When she loses to Jaden, she literally transforms back into a tiger and wanders off. I have a theory that Duel Academy is actually an insane asylum for delusional and psychotic children, and that Duel Monsters is just some Shutter Island-esque way of letting them act out their delusions in the hopes of bringing them back to the real world.
The episode opens up with Cyrus browsing an online Agony Aunt website. Jaden spots the following message: “I have my sights set on someone who's out of my league.
Because Jaden doesn't appear to have hit puberty yet/is completely obsessed, he assumes the question is referring to the card game, and posts a response that if he trusts in himself, he'll win any match. Anyway, Bob has a crush on Alexis, as evidenced by the stalker pictures of her he has in his room.
And the fact that he lurks outside her room spying on her with binoculars. During one of his spying sessions, he is caught by Jaden and the gang, and their arguing attracts the attention of Alexis, who accuses Jaden of spying on her...despite the fact that he is stood on the ground outside the white dorm, nowhere near her room and facing in the wrong direction.
By a convoluted series of events, Bob intends to prove his love to the woman he has never spoken to by jumping out of a bush while she is manhandling Jaden and defending her honor in a duel. Jaden understandably doesn't know what on earth is going on, but Alexis threatens to have him expelled if he doesn't duel.
This episode gives you a good idea of just how completely warped the values of the Yugo universe are. It is a running plot on the show that several students have gone missing at the Academy's Abandoned Dorm, including Alexis' brother.
This episode revolves around an undercover reporter who infiltrates the school hoping to investigate the rumors of missing kids and sell the story for a huge profit, of course ruining Duel Academy's reputation in the first place. Firstly, it is revealed that the school has actually been covering up the disappearances, faking records that show them going on vacations or special programs.
Did the parents not find it strange when their kids failed to come home after two years? It's because he is greedy, hates children's card games and wants to ruin everyone's fun.
At the end of the episode he is inspired by Jaden's dwelling and realizes that dwelling is the greatest thing ever, destroys the evidence he found, and leaves. You also found a conspiracy involving covering up kidnapped children.
The new villain, Professor Viper, has been forcing everyone to wear wristbands that drain their energy while they duel, and issued a mandate that everyone must duel once a day. Though the gang have only just begun to suspect this plot, a new student named Adrian Gecko has uncovered it for certain.
Viper wants him out of the picture, and so reminds him he must duel once a day or be expelled, and turns up the energy draining power to 11 so that when Adrian duels, he'll be killed. Adrian is smart though, and organizes a tournament at his dorm so that when he duels, half the school will be dwelling at the same time, reasoning that Viper won't slaughter hundreds of people.
He goes out looking for an opponent, and is challenged by our favorite restraining order waiting to happen, Chain Princeton. You see, Chain has recently learned that Adrian is richer and more popular than he is, and he isn't going to stand for it.
So he challenges Adrian to a duel...by summoning two helicopters to air-lift them off the ground onto floating platforms. This one isn't nearly as insane in the content of it as the others, but it is a good demonstration of the writers getting bored and just deciding to mock the show relentlessly.
You've got purple hair, and you're wrapped in my mom's old living room curtain. The sooner I beat you the less bad dialogue I have to hear.
As punishment for breaking school rules in an earlier episode, Jaden and Cyrus are forced to duel the paradox brothers, a cameo from the first Yugo series who are incapable of speaking in a normal rhythm and force every sentence into a torturous rhyme. Jaden : I’m starting to wish they’d called our dorm Slider Orange, so we wouldn’t have to put up with all this terrible rhyming.
Episode 62: The One with the Alternate Dimension of Imaginary Alien Dolphins who Fight Robots Through a long and convoluted series of events, Jaden ends up stranded on a boat out at sea, having resolved to quit dwelling forever.
Having previously been forced to abandon his cards, Nightmare-Dolphin-Man leads Jaden to a new deck, hidden inside a space probe. It turns out these cards were actually created by Jaden himself, designed when he was a child as part of a competition.
The winning cards would be shot into space (WHY), and apparently Jaden had completely forgotten this, despite it being something as high-profile and impressive as shooting cards into space (WHY). This episode would have made a lot more sense if it had turned out to be a hallucination induced by dehydration, but at the end of the episode, Jaden wakes up mysteriously back on Duel Academy Island, holding the deck of cards that had been shot into space.
Funnily enough, she's actually a fairly terrifying villain. The story arc leading up to this episode is already fantastically weird, with the school being transported into another dimension, and the students being taken over by a curse which turns them into 'duel ghouls'.
These are basically creepy zombies that force you to duel them over and over until you collapse from exhaustion and become one of them. The creature responsible for all of this is possessing a boy with a stereotypical French accent, and Jaden has finally cornered him in a duel.
But whenever Jaden quelled with Label, his opponents would have horrible seizures and fall into a coma. When Jaden discovered he'd won a competition to have his card designs shot into space, he asked Albacore if they would shoot Label into the cosmos as well, and they agreed.
I mean, ok, shooting a kids card's into space could be a cool (if absurdly over-the-top) prize for a competition. He could have eaten it, or dissolved it in acid, or Morris danced on it until it was trampled to pieces, anything would have made more sense than shooting Label into space.
Got back into the show after LittleKuriboh started reviewing it and I just love how absurd it is. I used to watch this show eight years ago, and I'm rewatching it, and it's still amazing.
Also, no one on the entire staff noticed in season 2 that majority of the student population is being inducted into a cult? Great educators, but then again every single teacher in the academy looks like a pedophile.
I love the quotes you added to each episode 'cause that made this article all the better. The episode where they are looking for Banner in his home has an AMAZING bit about trees.
Watching the show now I actually see the humerus vs when I was younger. Only a select few episodes were interesting the school for training duelists just threw me off from what I was used to seeing in the past.