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 119 Review

Trap Monsters have long been one of my favorite concepts in the game of Yu-Gi-Oh. It’s just such a fun idea that traps can turn into monsters. For as long as I’ve known about the existence of Trap Monsters, I’ve thought there should be an archetype based on them. They almost did when they made Tiki Soul and Tiki Curse, both of which supported Trap Monsters, but they never went anywhere with it. It’s a shame that this game has been going on for as long as it has, and it has yet to do that. Despite how much I wanted to make a deck based off of Trap Monsters, I could never fit it in. It dawned on me recently that due to the Fang of Critias being focused on traps, it would be perfect to give Critias a trap-based deck that uses Trap Monsters. Actually, now that I have made Trap Monster deck, I’ve made every type of deck I wanted to make. Also, in case you hadn’t notice, in addition to Trap Monsters, the normal traps of Critias’ deck were based off of famous Trap Cards, such as the Mirrored Force o the Reliquary being based off of Mirror Force.

Until next time, duel on!

Technical Difficulties

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Regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and the Chaos Draw

I’ve been behind lately in watching the English episodes of Zexal. The episodes I watched over the weekend have brought it to my attention that Zexal is referring to something known as the “Power of Chaos” and specifically, a Chaos Draw that allows its user to draw a specific card. I would like to point out that my story started to delve in to these concepts before Zexal did, even in Japan, and as such my concepts are not copies of Zexal’s. Maybe some day I’ll have to write an independent story that will reconcile and link the two different concepts of Chaos.

Until next time, duel on!

The Card Database/Reader’s Companion is Now Updated

Some of you might have noticed that it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated the Card Databases section of the website, causing it to fall severely out of date. The main reason for this was several updates made to the way WordPress allows me to make pages. These updates made it next to impossible to update this specific page due to its length and complexity. Now, all these months later, I have finally found a way to get around said problem, and may resume updating the card database for every episode.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium: The Movie

That’s right, being announced for the first time now, in celebration of the release of the final episode of Season 4, is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Movie! This “movie” will be a quadruple length special episode, containing its own dramatic story that takes place in between Seasons 4 and 5. This movie will not technically tie in directly with the rest of the series, but will contain many  factors that help to tie it all together with the greater story of the series. Expect it soon to help break up the seasonal break.

Until next time, duel on!

Episodes 101 and 102 Review

Some say that to be a good author, you must first quote Shakespeare. For those who don’t know, the line Et Tu Brute comes from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. In the play, Caesar is assassinated by his best friend, Marcus Brutus (the namesake of Brutus Marc), at which point Caesar says to him “Et tu Brute?” In the play, Brutus did as he did because he was convinced it was the best for Rome by his fellow conspirator, Cassius. Since I first decided on the name for Brutus’ character, I knew that I had to have an episode where Brutus was taken over by means of some form of mind control and duel Yuni, in a similar vein to the time that Marik took control over Joey. I also knew that Yuni’s last line before almost losing would have to be “Then fall, Yuni” (as Casar’s last words were “Then fall, Caesar”). Initially, this episode was to take place back during Season 2, like the episode that inspired it was. I soon decided that Season 4 needed more content, and that if I was to use aliens for that season (which was all I had planned at the time), it would be interesting if the aliens abducted Brutus and experimented on him. I eventually came up with the idea of Mind Partners and decided that it was the perfect way for them to take over Brutus. With that, the modern incarnation of these episodes were born.

Until next time, duel on!