Episodes 134-136 Review

Let me start off by telling you how unreal it was writing these episodes. These were some of the very first episodes I planned for the series, and I’ve been constantly revising, adding to, and fine tuning my plans. Those years of planning culminated in these three episodes. One of my biggest disappointments with the original series was that the final battle wasn’t a duel, but, well, a battle. With dueling being the center-point of the franchise, Atem really should have defeated Zorc in a duel, at least that’s what I think. And as I think that, I made it a reality here. Ottiuk’s deck, the Hydra Heads, actually comes from back when I would come up with random deck ideas for fun and have imaginary duels in my mind. The Hydra Head deck was always one of my favorites. As soon as I decided to write Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium, I knew that the final duel had to have the main villain using them.

Another aspect of the cards used in the duel is the infinite ATK monsters used in the first turn. I got one review about it, and I’m assuming that others realized this as well, but Horackhty and the Knight of Destiny were nothing like their real-world counterparts. This was a case of me taking the liberty of being a writer of an anime-esque series. I worked under the assumption that Horackhty was given its game-winning effect to be a more realistic version of an infinite ATK monster, as it would be awkward to say the least to make an actual monster with infinite ATK. As for the Knight of Destiny, I don’t care if the printed card was called Timaeus the Knight of Destiny, Yugi never once calls it that in the show, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s name is simply the Knight of Destiny.

One final thing to talk about was the goal of these episodes. When I started this series, I had to very different plot points in motion. There was the plot focused on Chaos and the Balance, and their was the Yugoha plot. Sure, there was some interaction between the two plots, but for the most part, they were completely separate. This episode finally firmly established the important link between the two. The other purpose was to give an origin story to Duel Monsters. A simple glance at the original series would tell you that Ancient Egyptian Shadow Games were the origin. The problem is that through out all of the Yu-Gi-Oh series, we see that ancient cultures beyond just Egypt had their own forms of Shadow Games. A closer look suggests that Atlantis was the true origin. After the War of Atlantis, Ironheart’s monster army was scattered across the world, and this could have lead later societies to discover Duel Monsters. However, even closer looks suggest that even this isn’t the whole story. Both GX and Zexal suggest that Duel Monsters is more that just a game played on Earth, it is a fundamental concept across the Universe (or universes in Zexal’s case). Then of course my Yugoha story line outright shows that Duel Monsters exists beyond Earth. So I created an origin story linked to Yugoha. Yugoha created the Monster Spirit World, and countless other cultures over the millennia discovered it, and tapped into its power.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 127 Review

Let’s start off talking about the duel. To tell the truth, it was very much cut down in scope from the vision I originally had for it. As Kaiba was my favorite character of the original show, and Blue-Eyes was my second favorite monster (next to only Red-Eyes), I had some grand plans for this duel. Sadly, the story proved to take to long to tell to fit an intricate duel. The reason for the duel taking place over the course of two episodes, but not being a two-part episode is because the story told both before and after the duel was to long and important. I had no choice but to shorten the duel and split it up across two episodes. Originally I wanted to create an entire Blue-Eyes archetype (something that the real card game has refused to do for some reason). You can see the remains of the archetype in the two Blue-Eyes monsters I did make, as well as a couple of Spell and Trap Cards Kaiba used. I still liked the way the duel turned out, it just wasn’t as fun or as much as a celebration of Blue-Eyes as I wanted it to be.

Onto the second part of the episode. I’m sure some of you are wondering “why bring back Capsule Monsters of all things?” the answer is simple. Despite getting an entire mini-series devoted to it, Capsule Monster has a fairly undeveloped story. I want to develop further, just like I did with Atlantis and the Pyramid of Light. I was originally inspired to do Capsule Monster when I was thinking about possibly having Yugi use the Duel Armor as a way to increase his power. I thought that would be weird without Capsule Monsters. Then I realized that I could base the entire story off of Capsule Monsters and it would work perfectly. I have a few other reasons too, but you’ll have to wait for those. And yes, I did have the gall to kill Yugi off.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 120 Review

And now the story turns to Ancient Egypt, the focus of the original series. It was a whole new world when compared to Atlantis in more ways then one. When it came to writing about Atlantis, I was just using vague story cues, and essentially writing my own story otherwise. Egypt on the other hand is a much more established place, with a much more established story. The choice to put my story in alternate timeline was not one I arrived at lightly. I really wanted to put my story in the same timeline we see in the original series, the problem is, the first episode of the Dawn of the Duel arc shows the first day that Atem became pharaoh, and the final episode shows him disappearing right before Priest Seto’s eyes. So essentially, if I wanted to write a story about Atem being Pharaoh, it would have to take place in the middle of Dawn of the Duel, and that would never work. So instead, I came up with the idea of using an alternate timeline. I have another reason too, but I’ll leave that as a surprise. The only major thing I added so far to the Egyptian story was my addition of the new High Priests. Mana was an obvious choice to hold the Millennium Ring, since she was Mahad’s student. The other ones were not so easy. I decided that at least one of them needed to be an incarnation of an already known character. I contemplated using Joey, as he is one of the few main characters from the original series to not have an Egyptian version, but decided that I didn’t need to do that. I eventually settled on using Ma’at, as he needed an incarnation besides Thoth. Also, it made perfect sense, as the Millennium Scale is based off of the Scale of Ma’at, the owner of which is Ma’at’s namesake. The name Isfet is actually based off of the opposing concept of Ma’at. While Ma’at is Order, Isfet is Chaos. I felt it was poetic considering recent events. The other High Priests are all named after various Egyptian gods.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 120: The Millennium Era

Episode 120, the first of the Millennium Era arc is out now. Read it here.

Having completed their mission in Atlantis, Yuni, Seto, and everyone else head off for their next temporal destination, Ancient Egypt, home of Pharaoh Atem and Priest Seto. Despite their efforts, they captured and branded as threats to Egypt. Now they must face off against the wielders of the Millennium Items.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 115 Review

This episode was the start of my attempt to retcon and fix the Waking the Dragons arc of the original series. In my opinion, Waking the Dragons was one of the best arcs in all of Yu-Gi-Oh, but it was full of so many flaws, contradictions, and errors. One of the biggest is the Knights/Dragons. First off, why would you seal away a knight as a dragon? Isn’t a dragons more powerful than a knight? Also, if the Legendary Dragons were originally knights, sealed away by Dartz’s curse, then why do we see them as dragons when Ironheart first asks for their help. The purpose of this episode was to explain the origin of the Legendary Dragons/Knights, and hopefully explain a couple of those problems. By making the knights and the dragons separate entities originally, I think managed to allow the story to fit together a little bit better, The next few episodes will continue to this trend.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 115: Waking the Dragons

If you liked the Waking the Dragons arc of the original series, make sure to read this episode.

Having found Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos, the Knights of Atlantis, Yuni and everyone else must now help them on a quest to save Atlantis in order to gain their trust. They must wake the Dragons.

Until next time, duel on!