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!

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Episode 117 Review

This episode answers what was perhaps one of the biggest unanswered questions of the Waking the Dragons arc. It is stated that in the Battle of Atlantis neither side was victorious. Somehow, even with Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos sealed away, Ironheart and his monster army somehow managed to seal away the Great Leviathan, but in the process, Atlantis was destroyed. Of course, in this timeline, the knights were still there to help, but it is to be assumed that Ironheart could have done it alone in the original timeline. The funny thing about this episode is I thought it would be fairly short at first. I figured that if the entire episode was going to be just fighting the Great Leviathan, then I couldn’t make it last that long. However, things just kept on popping up that I felt I had to elaborate on, turning this into one of the longest episodes of the season.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 116 Review

The Battle of Atlantis is an interesting topic, because it was so crucial to the Waking the Dragons arc, and yet there was so little information given on it. Obviously the purpose of this episode was to help give some story to this barely known event. The original show almost seemed to infer that the entire War of Atlantis was simply this one battle. As I’ve already shown, the war has been going on for much longer than that. One thing to note is opening scene when Ironheart summoned the Knights of Atlantis. My scene was almost directly taken from what we see in one of the episodes in the original series. I tweaked it slightly to fit the situation, but that can be attributed to any changes made to the timeline by Otto and Yuni. The point of showing this scene was to help explain one of the biggest contraindications made during the Waking the Dragons arc. If when Ironheart first asked for there help, the Knights of Atlantis were already dragons, then why did Dartz have to seal them away to turn them into dragons later? I made it so that they can be in any form, as they wish, and Dartz merely trapped them in one of those forms.

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 116: The Battle of Atlantis

Make sure to check out the next episode, found here.

Having found Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos, Yuni and Seto must team up with them and Ironheart to stop Dartz and Otto’s Atlantean persona, Ottikus. Now they lead the charge in what promises to be the climatic battle of the War of Atlantis.

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!