Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 01 (Manga Comparison) — INJURED BY A CHILDREN’S CARD GAME LAWL

LOL, SHADOW OR A BIGASS EYEBROW?

So, after Toei’s ani­me was can­celled after adapt­ing the first sev­en vol­umes like total spazzes, Kon­a­mi and Nihon Ad Sys­tems decid­ed to make their own Yu-Gi-Oh! adap­ta­tion two years lat­er. Only this adap­ta­tion was made to be a pure adver­tise­ment for their card game. This was their plan: skip the first sev­en vol­umes of the man­ga, remove every­thing unre­lat­ed to Duel Mon­sters before and after (or make them relat­ed), and go straight to the first sto­ry arc where Duel Mon­sters take cen­ter stage as the main game — Duelist King­dom. King of “Games”, my ass.

Prob­lem is, it does­n’t com­plete­ly skip the first sev­en vol­umes, per se. They decid­ed to mesh up ele­ments from the ear­ly man­ga and re-imag­ine them in their Duel Mon­sters-cen­tric ani­me (such as char­ac­ters), cre­at­ing one of the worst intro­duc­tion sagas in an ani­me to ever hit tele­vi­sion. Ever. To name one, Seto Kai­ba, the #1 gamer in Japan and poster boy for Mag­ic & Wiz­ards (as the card game is called in the Japan­ese man­ga), had his whole arc rewrit­ten as the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Mon­sters.

Basi­cal­ly, the whole first episode is a “kit­bash” of his two intro­duc­tion chap­ters from the man­ga and the Death‑T saga, a sto­ry revolv­ing around his “amuse­ment” park of dead­ly games — all designed to kill Yuu­gi and his friends in the name of vengeance. Need­less to say, skip­ping sev­en vol­ume’s worth of details and rewrit­ing one vol­ume’s worth of events into one ani­me episode will always result in one thing:

Total. BS.

BUY OUR TOYS

Ele­ments from chap­ter 9 of the man­ga are used as an intro­duc­tion to the card game in the ani­me. Basi­cal­ly, “THIS CARD GAME SEEMS INTERESTING. BUY OUR TOYS. LET THIS BE THE ONLY GAME WE’LL EVER PLAY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. BUY OUR TOYS.”

Inter­est­ing enough, you can spot Ryou Baku­ra in the crowd. He isn’t even sup­posed to be a stu­dent at this school yet, in terms of the man­ga chap­ters this episode’s sup­posed to be crap­ping all over.

ONLY RARE CARD IN THE WORLD

Kai­ba notices Yuu­gi talk­ing about how his grand­pa hav­ing a rare card at their Card Game Shop.

In terms of the man­ga, Kai­ba should already know about this rare card and attempt to steal it from Yuu­gi, since the scenes that hap­pen next at the Game Shop actu­al­ly hap­pened BEFORE this in the man­ga.

Also, Kai­ba is read­ing a book by Niet­zsche in the ani­me.

Nihon Ad Sys­tems: ARE WE COOL NOW? 8D [/pretentiousness]

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW RIGHT YOU ARE

Inter­est­ing to note that, in the man­ga, the dis­cus­sion at the game shop had Sug­oroku Mutou talk about how he thinks the Amer­i­can card game “Mag­ic & Wiz­ards” will even­tu­al­ly get pop­u­lar in Japan too. It does­n’t hap­pen in the ani­me, I WONDER WHY. 8D

The man­ga also showed a pic­ture of Sug­oroku’s Amer­i­can gam­ing bud­dy who gave him the Blue-Eyes White Drag­on as a gift. Does­n’t mat­ter in the ani­me, since the dude will also be shoe­horned lat­er on as a card game-obsessed filler char­ac­ter, rant­i­ng on about card games and Atlantis (I shit you not).

The ani­me also does­n’t call this Amer­i­can man his “gam­ing bud­dy”, since Duel Mon­sters is the only game that ever exists.

Kaiba's faaaaamous

Appar­ent­ly, Kaiba’s rep­u­ta­tion as the CEO of Kai­ba Cor­po­ra­tion is already known by Yuu­gi and his friends in the ani­me. Also, in terms of chap­ter 9–10 of the man­ga, his step father should­n’t have com­mit­ted sui­cide yet and should still be the head of the com­pa­ny.

Well, now that Anime!Kaiba knows about the Blue-Eyes White Drag­on, TIME TO SKIP AHEAD TO A SHITTY VERSION OF THE DEATH‑T SAGA.

Nightmare fuel

This is how chap­ter 10 ends in the man­ga, by the way.

Kai­ba steals grand­pa’s Blue-Eyes White Drag­on, smacks the fawk out of Yuugi’s face with a met­al brief­case, Dark Yuugi’s like “OH NO YOU DIDN’T” and chal­lenges Kai­ba to one of his Games of Dark­ness, Kai­ba los­es, and the game ends in min­drape. Yuu­gi goes on to have a nice day know­ing he got his grand­pa’s card back, while Kai­ba spends months hav­ing night­mares about mon­sters maul­ing him to death.

Dark Yuugi’s night­mar­ish Penal­ty Game is what spurs Kaiba’s ram­page of revenge in the Death‑T saga, dozens of chap­ters lat­er.

HELLO, I KIDNAPPED YOUR GRANDPA

To bridge the gap between the ani­me’s short ver­sion of chap­ters 9/10 and the abrupt adap­ta­tion change to Death‑T, Kai­ba makes an extreme­ly unnerv­ing call to Yuu­gi at the game shop.

Capitalism is evil

Kai­ba Cor­po­ra­tion in the ani­me, which serves a sec­ond pur­pose of being “Death‑T Tow­er” in the man­ga.

How­ev­er, the ani­me skips over Death‑T 1 (dead­ly laser tag), Death‑T 2 (haunt­ed theme park with a chain­saw mani­ac on the loose), Death‑T 3 (FALLING TETRIS BLOCKS OF DOOM AND RHYTHM), and Death‑T 4 (Cap­sule Mon­ster Chess, Mokuba’s favorite game in the man­ga).

Instead, we jump all the way to the final floor, Death‑T 5.

BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE DEM CARD GAMES ARE AT.

Which brings us to the most hilar­i­ous and point­less­ly melo­dra­mat­ic scene in Yu-Gi-Oh!

AVENGE MEEEEE

I HAVE LOST A CARD GAME, MY GRANDSON. MY LIFE IS NOW IN MORTAL DANGER

AVENGE ME.

OH SHIIIIT

Makes much more sense in the man­ga, where Sug­oroku was forced into a sim­u­lat­ed Penal­ty Game based on the one Dark Yuu­gi gave to Kai­ba, there­by induc­ing a heart attack due to being MAULED BY MONSTERS.

And who could blame him? Those things look ter­ri­fy­ing! In the ani­me, the excuse is that he could­n’t han­dle the holo­graph­ic sim­u­la­tions dur­ing the game of Duel Mon­sters.

I call BS on that, since he is shown per­fect­ly fine using a bet­ter ver­sion of this tech­nol­o­gy dur­ing ani­me filler.

ABSOLUTE DICKERY FOR THE LULZ

HEY YUUGI, I’M GOING TO RIP THIS CARD THAT I WORKED SO HARD TO OBTAIN, BECAUSE I EASILY OBTAINED THREE MORE OF THESE CARDS IN THE SPAN OF ONE DAY. SOMEHOW.

WHY DID I WANT THAT CARD AGAIN? ANYWAYS, I STILL HUMILIATED YOUR GRANDPA BECAUSE I’M AN ASSHOLE. LAWL NOW I CHALLENGE YOU TO A CHILDREN’S CARD GAME, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NO REAL MOTIVE WHATSOEVER.

Like I said before, Manga!Kaiba want­ed revenge due to Yuugi’s alter ego min­drap­ing him a few vol­umes before this. He also spent sev­er­al good months track­ing down oth­er BEWD own­ers, black­mail­ing them and mak­ing them com­mit sui­cide in order to get their cards.

He was a psy­chopath in the man­ga. In the ani­me, he starts off as a child­ish dick who has no rea­son for doing what he’s doing.

Sugoroku: Um, hey, dying over here!

LAWL RANDOM FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE WHEN YOU COULD REALLY USE THE TIME TO CALL AN AMBULANCE FOR THIS DYING OLD MAN.

In the man­ga, the friend­ship cir­cle was drawn in Death‑T 3, where the main char­ac­ters actu­al­ly had TIME to do the whole “bond­ing” thing, until the liv­ing Tetris blocks start­ed falling down on them.

Plus, it was a lot more mean­ing­ful and heart­warm­ing, since we’ve actu­al­ly seen the bond between these peo­ple in pre­vi­ous chap­ters and adven­tures. As opposed to the ani­me, where it’s the first episode and WE STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE TAKING CARD GAMES SO SERIOUSLY.

IS THIS NECESSARY?

Are you seri­ous? The only thing that changes dur­ing the Yuugi—->Dark Yuu­gi tran­si­tion is that his hair gets disheveled and his eyes become more fierce (and in the ani­me, appar­ent­ly growth hor­mones). Do you real­ly need an entire hen­shin sequence for that?! Talk about a waste of bud­get.

BIGGER IS BETTER, APPARENTLY

WHAT IS THAT THING AND WHY IS IT SO GIGANTIC?

Duel Sphere

Much less ridicu­lous in the man­ga, where they use Duel Box­es (it’s actu­al­ly a table sur­round­ed by a dome SPHERE in Death T‑5). What’s wrong with using tables? The huge sta­di­um in the ani­me is the cause of a bunch of log­i­cal prob­lems and plot­holes dur­ing Duelist King­dom, until they start using Duel Disks for the card game sto­ries.

YES, THANKS TO YOU

Why are you so sur­prised, Yuu­gi? Your puz­zle has the pow­er to bring the mon­sters of a game to life dur­ing a Games of Dark­ness. It was what INSPIRED Kai­ba to cre­ate this tech­nol­o­gy in the first place (in the man­ga).

SHADOW GAMES, DUEL MONSTERS STYLE

The reac­tions seem a lit­tle reversed in the ani­me, don’t you think?

Fun­ny thing about Dark Yuugi’s pow­er to make Games of Dark­ness and give out Penal­ty Games is that it seems non-exis­tent in this ver­sion of the ani­me because he nev­er men­tions it. In the man­ga, the Games of Dark­ness are the most impor­tant ele­ment of the sto­ry besides friend­ship and all that jazz, but in this ani­me, they aren’t men­tion by name until the next episode. TAKING CARD GAMES SERIOUSLY COMES FIRST.

Grant­ed, the duel in this episode can be con­sid­ered a Game of Dark­ness, but Dark Yuu­gi… isn’t as bru­tal as he would have been in the man­ga, when it came to his Penal­ty Game (hell, he nev­er even calls it a Penal­ty Game in the ani­me!). Espe­cial­ly since the whole thing with Moku­ba is absent in the ani­me, it should have been more of a rea­son for Yuu­gi to fuck Kai­ba up.

So yeah, the card bat­tle is basi­cal­ly a copy­pas­ta of the man­ga one, while every­thing out­side of the card bat­tle was not.

Why did they even change this?
Much better

Nor­mal Yuu­gi was the one hav­ing visions of his grand­fa­ther, not Dark Yuu­gi as it’s shown in the ani­me.

WIN THIS CARD GAME FOR US

The man­ga ver­sion is bet­ter, for some rea­son. Most­ly because the friend­ship smile had more mean­ing oth­er than “LOL, YUUGI, WE HOPE YOU WIN THIS NONLETHAL CARD GAME.”

Seri­ous­ly, unlike the man­ga there’s no dan­ger of death. Why don’t you go and com­fort your grand­pa at the fuck­ing hos­pi­tal?

Dark Yuugi’s Penal­ty Game, “Mind Crush,” in the man­ga:

MIND CRUSH

Shat­ter­ing Kaiba’s heart. Puts the guy in a coma, until he puts togeth­er the shat­tered pieces of his heart in order to be a bet­ter per­son (i.e. not a mur­der­ous psy­chopath) for his lit­tle broth­er, which does­n’t hap­pen until sev­er­al vol­umes lat­er.

Dark Yuugi’s Mind Crush in the ani­me:

ANIME MIND CRUSH

Um..

WHAT

Makes Kai­ba go soul search­ing in regards to the “heart of the cards” and makes him stop break­ing oth­er peo­ple’s toys for the lulz.

And it appears to be the only type of Penal­ty Game that Dark Yuu­gi ever uses in the ani­me. Seri­ous­ly, he does a few more dur­ing Duelist King­dom that def­i­nite­ly weren’t Mind Crush­es in the man­ga, basi­cal­ly cen­sor­ing the deaths with­out hid­ing the fact that they’re dead, if you know what I mean.

Notice how it looks EXACTLY like the Black Magi­cian’s Black Mag­ic attack:

BLACK MIND CRUSH

More card game tie-ins? Damn, Kon­a­mi.

I GOT YOU NOW KAIBABOY

How the fuck did Pega­sus find out about Kaiba’s defeat at the hands of Yuu­gi, in a pri­vate match of Duel Mon­sters?

Let’s see.

Kaiba fanboys. No girls in sight.

Wit­ness­es to the Death‑T bat­tle (in the man­ga):
‑Jonouchi and Anzu (at gun point)
‑The peo­ple hold­ing the guns; Mokuba’s body­guards (who are revealed to be spies for Pega­sus in Duelist King­dom)
‑Kaiba’s legion of fan­boys (WOW).
‑Moku­ba and Hon­da arriv­ing just in time to hear said fan­boys whin­ing about it.

HOW COULD I BE A LITTLE BIGMOUTH?

Wit­ness­es to the lol­wut ani­me bat­tle:
‑Moku­ba
‑Jonouchi

So, um… did Anime!Kaiba go around say­ing “HEY GUYS I LOST TO YUUGI” or did Anime!Pegasus install cam­eras every­where in Kaiba’s vicin­i­ty? Oh, the yaoi the­o­ries! Or was Anime!Mokuba just a lit­tle dum­b­ass and well… you know?

Anoth­er inter­est­ing thing to note is that they reuse the ani­ma­tion from this episode in count­less of Duelist King­dom episodes. I SHIT YOU NOT, THESE ANIMATION DIRECTORS ARE LAZY ASSHOLES.

The Blue-Eyes Blue Dragon

FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE BLUE EYES BLUE DRAGON.

No, seri­ous­ly. Even Toei got the col­or­ing right with this one.

Don’t get me start­ed with the Pur­ple Black Magi­cian, who was a mix­ture of black/dark blue with red accents in the man­ga.

2 thoughts on “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 01 (Manga Comparison) — INJURED BY A CHILDREN’S CARD GAME LAWL

  1. Loved this and would total­ly read one of these for every episode in the series, plus what­ev­er oth­er autis­tic rants you have about YGO plots. Please con­sid­er?

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