Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998 Toei Animation) 01 Manga Comparison

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This episode was Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s offi­cial ani­me debut, based on chap­ter one of the man­ga, “The Puz­zle of the Gods.” As you can guess, it shows Yuu­gi com­plet­ing the Sen­nen Puz­zle and awak­en­ing his oth­er half “Dark Yuu­gi”, befriend­ing Jonouchi, and start­ing his spree of min­drap­ing just about any­one that mess­es with him or his friends/family through Games of Dark­ness.

Appro­pri­ate­ly, the first episode is one of the more faith­ful episodes of this ani­me, despite some char­ac­ter­i­za­tion changes and the Game of Dark­ness between Yuu­gi and Ushio (no, not the cute one from CLANNAD xD) being com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent, as well as his Penal­ty Game.

Pop-Up Pirates

Yuu­gi is no longer play­ing Kuro­hige Kiki Ippat­su (Pop-Up Pirate) as he was in the man­ga. Instead, he was build­ing a house of cards, hint­ing at the big ani­me change that’s about to occur in this episode.

Yuu­gi is voiced by Megu­mi Oga­ta in Toei’s ani­me. Yes, the same one that voiced Shin­ji Ikari and Ken­shin from the dra­ma CDs. She does a great Dark Yuu­gi, but her Yuu­gi is WAY too high pitched. Bet­ter than Dan Green’s SUPER DEEP Dark Yuu­gi voice, though (although it does indeed fit Yami from the dub, who has an hilar­i­ous sense of JUSTICE and DOING LAUNDRY)

Did you guys hear something?

Miho Nosa­ka, a one-shot man­ga char­ac­ter who does­n’t appear until chap­ter sev­en of the man­ga, gets pro­mot­ed to a main char­ac­ter in the ani­me.

I have no idea why Toei did this. Maybe they thought there weren’t enough females in the group. You’d think they would real­ize that after Baku­ra arrives, it would have still been a sausage fest over­all. The only good thing about Miho is that she’s voiced by Yukana.

Notice how the school uni­forms go from being pink in the man­ga to being orange in the ani­me.

I like the way you think, little man

Also, note to self: Manga!Yuugi is appar­ent­ly more of a nor­mal teenage boy than both of his ani­me coun­ter­parts com­bined. xD

At the begin­ning of the man­ga, Jonouchi and Hon­da begin as two punks who like to tease and tor­ment Yuu­gi, alleged­ly “turn­ing him into a real man.”

AND I'M A PUSSY

How­ev­er, Hon­da goes from being Jonouch­i’s right-hand-man as a fel­low punk to a junior cus­to­di­an in the ani­me, obsessed with cleani­less, order­ly con­duct, and is lovestruck with Miho 24/7 (in the man­ga, it’s only for one chap­ter and his love let­ter to her has some­thing to do with him and Yuu­gi becom­ing friends).

BUT HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING

…lead­ing to Hon­da get­ting beat up by Ushio for no real rea­son in the ani­me. First the guy gets emas­cu­lat­ed in the ani­me and now he gets his ass kicked for no appar­ent rea­son. What the hell, Toei?

TRUE DARKNESS HAS BEEN AWAKENED

Yuu­gi stand­ing up for Jonouchi and Hon­da is the same, but sev­er­al things after that is rearranged. Yuu­gi gets beat up while pro­tect­ing them, and Ushio tells him his “body­guard fee”. Jonouchi, feel­ing like a huge dick, fetch­es the Sen­nen Puz­zle piece out of the swim­ming pool and returns it to Yuu­gi in the mid­dle of the night. Yuu­gi com­pletes the Sen­nen Puz­zle at home and his dark side is awak­ened.

TRUE DARKNESS HAS BEEN AWAKENED

In the ani­me, Yuu­gi does­n’t get beat up and Ushio tells him his “body­guard fee. ” Yuu­gi finds out he’s miss­ing a piece of the Sen­nen Puz­zle and goes back to school to look for it. Yuu­gi gets beat up one more time by Ushio for not hav­ing his body­guard fee on him, Jounochi and Hon­da show up, Jonouchi puts the piece of the puz­zle into Yuugi’s uncon­scious hand, Yuu­gi wakes up to a heart-wrench­ing scene of Jonouchi/Honda get­ting beat­en up to a state of uncon­scious­ness for his sake, and THEN it was time to kick ass as Dark Yuu­gi.

Admit­ted­ly, I kind of liked the ani­me’s take on this scene bet­ter than the man­ga. Though, unlike the ani­me, Manga!Honda would­n’t become friends with Yuu­gi right away.

SUPEIDO QUEEN

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Toei makes me for­get about that lit­tle instance of get­ting some­thing right by doing some­thing com­plete­ly absurd by giv­ing Dark Yuu­gi dimen­sion-alter­ing pow­ers. Pow­ers that his Puz­zle DON’T HAVE.

Not only that, but appar­ent­ly Dark Yuu­gi gets a growth spurt in this ani­me as well. In the man­ga, Yuu­gi and his alter ego are the same height.

Yes, Ushio, what the fuck IS happening?

IT SUDDENLY BECOMES NIGHT TIME, USHIO AND DARK YUGI ARE TELEPORTED TO SOME RANDOM TOWER THAT APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE TIED TO A ROPE THAT ALSO APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE, AND YUUGI HAS THE POWER TO MAKE PLAYING CARDS FLOAT IN MID-AIR.

THE LAWS OF PHYSICS DON'T APPLY

HOW DO THE CARDS STAY THERE? IT MAKES NO SENSE

Infamous Knife Game

In the man­ga, Dark Yuu­gi sim­ply played a game with Ushio involv­ing a knife and plac­ing a stack of mon­ey that he “owed” him on top of their hands. Who­ev­er got the great­est amount of bills with­out stab­bing their hands wins. Ushio, of course, cheats out of greed by attempt­ing to stab Yuu­gi with the knife.

PENALTY GAME!

Now, a quirk that Dark Yuu­gi has through­out the mna­ga is the fact that his Penal­ty Games served as poet­ic jus­tice to the vic­tim. Since Ushio was a greedy per­son, his Penal­ty Game involved…

Time to call the mental institution

…think­ing that piles of garbage and leaves were mon­ey, and appear­ing to be a lunatic to the gen­er­al pub­lic.

While in the ani­me…

WHAT THE FAWK

Holy shit, someone call a theorapist

Yeah.… that’s actu­al­ly the only instance where Dark Yuu­gi is more bru­tal in the ani­me. Go fig­ure.

Despite how much I loathe this ani­me adap­ta­tion, I adore the voice actors and the end­ing theme.

wut

What in the name of… KONAMI! ヽ(o‘皿′o)ノ

Tet­su Ushio reap­pears in the ter­rib­ad CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYLES spin-off. Some­how. Don’t ask me. I don’t think it makes sense either.

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