Sorry it’s been so long, writing the movie took quite a while.
These episodes were obviously inspired by the finale of Season 4 of original Yu-Gi-Oh, the duel with Dartz, just as this season was based off of that season. It’s always bugged me that in those episodes that it’s Yugi and Kaiba fighting Dartz. They spent the entire season building up Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey as being the three heroes, and yet Joey gets completely ignored. I made sure not to make the same mistake. Perhaps the biggest take out from these episodes were the new Yugohan Lord(s), and the new effect to Another Hope. When I initially planned the series, Versal was to appear back in season 3, just as Ra did in the original series, but I just couldn’t think of a way to make it work. Once I decided that season 4 would be based on an alien invasion, I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce Versal. Empyrean was another odd case. Obviously it is inspired by Horakhty, which didn’t appear until the series finale of the original series. I needed a replacement for the Knight of Destiny and had different plans for the finale, so I decided it would be best to premier Empyrean here.