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.
And that ends the shortest story arc I’ve attempted in Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. These two episodes really served as the finale to both the plots of Chaos and Order. I’ve actually been building up for these episodes since the introduction of Order. When I first introduced Themis, I had no doubt in my mind that I would resurrect him in some way. I didn’t how until more recently, but I knew it had to be done. Also originally, Themis wasn’t going to be an immortal entity of Order, just a normal Lord of Order (well…at least as normal as a Lord of Order can be) that faked his own death to manipulate Ma’at. Then I started thinking about what I wanted the conclusion to the Order sub-plot to be. I couldn’t just end it with Ma’at staying as a Guardian of Order, but I couldn’t have him simply defecting back to the Society of Chaos. I needed something more meaningful. That’s where the idea for Order’s origin came from. When Themis pointed out that Ma’at’s Neo-Eunomia had New Order in its name for a reason, that’s actually something I’ve been planning from the beginning. I new that when it came time for Themis duel, his deck would be called the New World Order, as a pun on the concept, and the fact that he follows Order. Speaking of the New World Order deck, it’s worth pointing out that the four Evolution Monsters of the deck were based off of various secret societies. Master Mason represented the Free Masons, Templar Knight the Knight’s Templar, Rose Cross the Rosicrucians, and Illuminati, obviously, the Illuminati.
The final episode of the Odyssey of Order sub-season is out now, make sure read this momentous episode here.
The enemy that Yuni and Ma’at have been facing all along is actually Ma’at’s old mentor and master, Themis, the previous Lord of Order. Now Ma’at must cope with the repercussions of this reveal, and Yuni must help him along the way, forcing the two to put their pasts behind them, and fight in a battle for the fate of both Chaos and Order. Nothing will be the same again.
Also, the Yu-Gi-Oh Timeline has been updated with reveals from this episode, and some of the previous.
The tension that lead to the fight in this episode has really been building up from the beginning of this season. The point behind this plot point really refers to the base incompatibility between Yuni and Ma’at. They started off as bitter enemies, but were forced to work together due to a shared enemy. Since this is the first time they’ve really had a chance to debate the philosophy of Chaos vs. Order, the sparks started to fly. This really infers that had they New Yugoha not invaded, the two never would have become friends in the first place. As for the duel, Inti’s deck has an interesting story. Going back to my original plan to have each of the Hand of Order have a unique play style, this deck was to be a deck based off of achieving an instant win condition. That much was set early on. However, soon before I started writing the episode, I realized that one of the only monster types I had yet to showcase were Geminis. Only days before I started writing, I created the Enigmachine concept, combing my two ideas, instant win and Gemini.
Season 5, the final season, is now out! Read the first episode here.
In this season Yuni and Ma’at must first embark on an Odyssey of Order in the Realm of Order and face a threat who seeks to destroy both Chaos and Order as we know it. Then it’s a journey across time and space as Yuni, Seto, and friends race to save the galaxy from a dark threat as old as Yugoha itself, gathering allies from the past along the way.
In this episode, Yuni and Ma’at begin their Odyssey of Order when they are pulled into the Realm of Order against their will. There they find an opponent who claims to be a part of secret sect of the Guardians of Order and seeks to destroy Ma’at and Yuni.
These episodes were a massive undertaking. The big purpose of them was to give Order the back story it lacked when compared to Chaos. While Chaos may have had three seasons to develop a story, Order had been fairly stagnant story-wise, and needed this for some catch-up. An interesting side-effect of these episodes was the story of Valex. In all honesty the original plan for these episodes was to bring in some story for Order and then have a final showdown. Last second I decided that Valex’s character had been to plain and flat. In all honesty, I thought it was boring to write for him. So I made the last minute addition to his character, and I feel that it worked out perfectly.
Ma’at and Valex begin their final duel of Order at the Ruins of Order to determine once and for all who is the greater controller of Order. However, all is not what it seems with Valex. Ma’at quickly learns that his history is not what is expected.