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:
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I HAVE LOST A CARD GAME, MY GRANDSON. MY LIFE IS NOW IN MORTAL DANGER
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT IS THAT THING AND WHY IS IT SO GIGANTIC?
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.
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).
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.
Normal Yuugi was the one having visions of his grandfather, not Dark Yuugi as it’s shown in the anime.
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:
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:
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:
More card game tie-ins? Damn, Konami.
How the fuck did Pegasus find out about Kaiba’s defeat at the hands of Yuugi, in a private match of Duel Monsters?
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.
Witnesses to the lolwut anime battle:
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.
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.