The second chapter of this new story is out and can be read here.
When a convicted Yugohan felon with a grudge against Prince Yu-Gi-Oh finds himself in the time of Yugi Muto, he sets his sights on the King of Games, believing him to be the target of his revenge. Now Yugi is forced into a Shadow Game against a man who’s history he can’t even begin to fathom.
Also, the Card Database has been updated with cards used by Yugi in this episode.
Warning! The following review contains minor spoilers for the Dark Side of Dimensions
As I expressed before, I am so happy to finally be writing this series. It took a lot to get me to this point, but I’m finally here. And as it was the Dark Side of Dimensions that inspired me to finally begin this series, it only seemed fitting to have the first chapter tie into the movie. When I left the theater after watching the movie, my head was abuzz with ways I could tie it in with Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. The most obvious point was that Kaiba’s special Duel Disk easily could have been a prototype for the Duel Gauntlet, it even replaced the traditional physical deck of cards with a virtual version and connected straight to the users mind. Looks like Kaiba may have been 5,000 years ahead of his time. Anyways, one of things that intrigued me the most was the Plana. Despite being so important to the plot of them movie, we were left knowing so very little of it. All we knew was it was some sort of magical power that could be used to change reality itself. I realized while watching the movie that the Yugohans were no strangers to reality altering powers, as Versal, their greatest god/creation had the very same powers. And of course, it has been a trend so far that what is traditionally considered magic in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh is actually forgotten Yugohan technology, so the Plana would be the same. One of the most interesting things about the Plana, at least in my mind, was that it seemed to exist as a network between all of the students of Shadi. The Plana linked them together, and as a whole they would manipulate reality. I quickly realized how reminiscent of a computer network this was. That’s what the inspiration was for making the source of the Plana a system of quantum computers linked to a network of human (or Yugohan, in this case) minds. Of course, the Plana we see in this chapter is not yet exactly what we see in the movie. Among other things, this chapter did not have any hint of Diva’s “Millennium Cube.” I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what else Yugoha has in store for the Plana. On one last movie-related note, I also wanted to point out a potentially missed character trait, the character Shadu was meant to be the Yugohan incarnation of Shadi and Shada, hence the name and similar descriptions. This was done because of Shadi’s link to the Plana.
Spoilers end here.
Aside from just connect to the movie, this chapter was designed to serve as a crux for much the following series. It served as an introduction to Yugoha for new readers and a reintroduction for returning readers. It brought in several familiar faces from Millennium, such as Thoth and Xenox, showing both of them as they were before we knew them 16 years later, during the Yugohan Civil War. In both cases they had yet to reach their true potential, but were well on their way. This chapter also served as a basis for the series, as it was our first in-depth look at Yugohan life, especially before the war.
Surprise! It has been nearly exactly a year since I released the last episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium, and ever since then I’ve been planning and debating with myself about a new series known as Chronicles of Yugoha. The idea for the series first came to my head when I was still writing the second to last season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. It would allow me to write something even once I completed Millennium. However, I then started Cosmic Quest, and decided that writing that was more important than starting a new series. Ever since then I have debated back and forth with myself on whether or not to write this series. There have been times, such as around the Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th anniversary last September where I got really close to deciding I had to do it. But I would always back down because I felt I was too busy to take on two stories. In all honesty, I probably am too busy to write two stories, so I can’t promise episodes for The Chronicles of Yugoha will come out all that often, but I figured something was better than nothing. What put me over the edge in the end was seeing the movie Dark Side of Dimensions. That movie was absolutely great, and it made me realize that if I didn’t write Chronicles of Yugoha now, that I never would. So here I am.
The concept of the series is that Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium left a whole lot of history behind in its lore, and the only way to truly explore that lore is through its own story. The Chronicles of Yugoha is what I like to call anachronistic, meaning in this case that it has no specific order. Every chapter will be its own self-contained story, and could take place before, after, or even during the time frame of the previous chapter. Of course, just because the name is Yugoha, doesn’t mean it will focus entirely on the Yugohan Empire. It will also explore concepts such as Chaos and Order, other civilizations such as the Tyrian Empire or the Precursors, and maybe even have some episodes that take place during the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series. What this series really is, is a grand celebration of the entire universe’s history, with a special focus on Yugoha, and the way it shaped it.