It’s the beginning of the end! Episode 134 is here!
With all eight incarnations of Prince Yu-Gi-Oh and Prince Seto, Yuni, Seto, Yugi, Kaiba, Atem, Priest Seto, Timaeus, and Critias return to Earth at long last, ready to fight and defeat Ottiuk once and for all. But without the power of Another Hope, are they really ready?
Sorry about the long wait, I just started college, and have been too busy figuring out my life to write episodes. That being said, I hope to get into a more regular schedule from this point on.
Now, down to business. Definitely the most important take-away from this episode is in how it relates to the movie The Pyramid of Light. Throughout the episode I inferred in several different ways that this arc of episodes is actually a prequel to the movie. Most important of those are that if it weren’t for Yuni’s Chaos enchantment, the Dagger of Fate wouldn’t be powerful enough to stop Anubis. Also, the prophecy that tells how defeat Anubis and the Pyramid of Light actually originates in the Pharaoh’s memories of the future. In the science fiction community is known as either a predestination paradox or a temporal causality loop. That means that there is no technical source of an event, instead, two events cause each other in an endless loop through time. These two things pretty much confirm something I’ve been inferring since the beginning of the arc, which is not only does the Pyramid of Light take place in a alternate timeline, but it takes place in the timeline created when Yuni and his friends went back in time to recruit Atem and Priest Seto.
Speaking of Priest Seto, the other major point of this episode was to wrap up his story with Aknadin, his father. I had always felt like the way Aknadin was dealt with in Dawn of the Duel was a little poor. He defeated and sent to the Shadow Realm. There was no real closure between him and Priest Seto. It wasn’t like he necessarily deserved it, but it could have made for a better story. So, I used that here (and I’m sure just about anyone can guess what movie inspired that final scene between Priest Seto and Aknadin).
Giving Priest Seto a deck based off of excavation was a last minute decision. I started writing this episode and then realized that I had no idea what deck to give Priest Seto. By this point in the series I have pretty much used up every deck idea I had come up with already. That I night I just started thinking of different gimmicks and mechanics I hadn’t used yet. After a little while I remembered excavation and realized that it would fit thematically in an Egyptian-based deck. Speaking of the theme of the deck, each of those monsters (except the Legendary White Dragon) where based off of different mythological creatures of Egyptian Mythology. The Legendary White Dragon is actually a funny story. If you go back and watch the Dawn of the Duel, never once do they call it the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. They only call it the White Dragon. This was the perfect opportunity for me to make it a different monster to fit better in my story.
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.
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.