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 WHY8D

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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