Episode 125 Review

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).

Until next time, duel on!

May the Fourth be With You

As some of you may know, today is known as Star Wars Day, because it’s May the Fourth, as in May the Fourth be with you. Last year I made an article listing Yu-Gi-Oh cards that seem to reference Star Wars. If you want to read it, look here. Sadly, I don’t have much more to talk about this year, except for this one card I found.

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I can’t abide those Jawas. Disgusting creatures.

– C-3PO

Just take a look at that picture. It is obviously a Jawa. It’s short, wearing a brown robe with a hood, and has glowing yellow eyes. What else could it be? Add to the fact that this card obviously represents the creature stealing something, it fits the opportunistic scavenger attitude of Jawas.

Until next time, may the Force be with you.

Episode 110: Chaotic Order

Episode 110 is out, and able to be read here.

Yuni and Ma’at may have defeated the previous two opponents to challenge them, but things are not right between them. A schism started by their differences in beliefs has now lead to an all out fight. Now separated from Ma’at, Yuni must face yet another member of the Hand of Order.

Also, happy Star Wars Day everyone! May the Fourth be with you!

Until next time, duel on!

Episode 78 Review

The first episode of a new season is always interesting to write. The combination of time passing plus whatever paradigm shift occurred in the previous season’s finale always lead to a unique writing opportunity. I must admit, my love of Star Trek heavily influenced this episode (for those of you keeping track, yes I like both Star Wars and Star Trek). I referenced the opening sequence and I used something that was suspiciously similar to the transporter. I couldn’t help myself. Anyways, this plot plays off two reveals at the end of last season; Zenith’s ulterior motives and Cosmo’s statement that the Yugohan Empire fell to invaders. This season, being the fourth, is meant to reference the forth season of original Yu-Gi-Oh, and as such I have already introduced my version of the Seal of Orichalcos (The Malevolent Soul Engine of Tyria) and one of the Dragons of Atlantis (the Chronoton Staff). There are sure to be more references to come.

Until next time, duel on!

May the Force be With You…

For those who don’t know, today is May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day (Get it, May the 4th be with you?). Two of my favorite things in the world are Yu-Gi-Oh and Star Wars, so I always love it when I find Star Wars references in Yu-Gi-Oh. Some of you readers who pay close attention might have noticed that one of the cards I made was called Chaos Relic: Twilight Sabers of Glintos, that was no coincidence. Anyways, I’d like to talk about three real cards that contain Star Wars references.

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“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
―Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi

The first time I saw this card, I was laughing for several minutes afterwords. It is such a blatantly obvious reference, its shocking that Lucas Films (or Disney) doesn’t sue. It even looks like an elegantly designed lightsaber. I don’t have much to say about the card’s effect itself. It’s a fairly bland card, if not for the Star Wars reference.

“You don’t know the power of the Dark Side.”

―Darth Vader

I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, what does this completely random Alien card have to do with Star Wars? The answer is all in the Japanese name. This card in Japan is known as Alien Vader. That’s right, in Japan, this card is named after the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader. Take a good look at his design. His head appears as if its some sort of helmet, with a breathing apparatus attached to it. In fact, the entire monster’s body looks as if it is covered in some sort of armor. This monster’s effect is interesting and actually has a funny story behind it. Back when this card, along with a few others, came out in the pack Cyber Dark Impact, Konami wanted to push effects like these, but the problem was that no one in the Yu-Gi-Oh community wanted to worry about tracking what zone their monsters where in, so this card never saw any usage.

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“So be it… Jedi!”

―Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious

That’s right, this little guy is the Emperor reborn as a Yu-Gi-Oh card. Just look at it. He uses Force Lightning in the exact same manner as Palpatine and he wears black robes. Not to mention, his name is Force Resonator. Another point of interest is the orb behind him. This may be stretching things a little bit, but it vaguely resembles Darth Vader’s helmet.

Until next time, may the Force be with you…always…