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Yukimura is a wonderful character that has lots of potential... His name is quite fitting to his character as well. "Yuki" is the kanji for peace or happiness, and "mura" means village. I think this reflects the serenity of his nature very well.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

* Yugioh GX 25 *




Yugioh GX Ep 25: vs. Manjoume Thunder! (part 1)
The Fearsome Armored Dragon!


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Waaaahhh!!!!! *cries for Manjoume-san* Why why why are your brothers so mean to you, Manjoume-san?? I think you're quite worthy, win or lose, thank you very much. Now go tell those butt heads to shove it! T.T

V sad for my Manjoume-san, but also v proud that he held his own, as he stepped up like nobody's business. You have to give this guy props. Even you player haters out there (if there even are any...) have to admit, he was looking damn fine in this episode! XD Great. Episode. Nuf said. [/end fangirl rave]

Actually, this is not the end of the fangirl rave. It will be sprinkled in throughout this summary. Apologies. I love this character too much. ^_^

summary

Episode begins with Manjoume standing on top of a large building rooftop, where the principal of the North School bestows him with a card...amongst the chanting of the students: "King, King, King!" The card is something that has been passed down through generations at the North school, and is their secret weapon. "You should be able to master this card," he says, as he gives it to him: "Now, take this card, King Manjoume...no, Manjoume Thunder!" The students respond in chorus, "Manjoume...Thunder...thunder .. thunder..!!"

He turns to his adoring crowd and raises his fist: "Manjoume Thunder!" he cries out. The crowd roars in response...

Meanwhile back at Duel Acadamia, Judai has summoned his monsters and he's having a pep talk with them, when Shou runs up and tells him that the North school reps have arrived. They hurry outside to meet them. The two principals of the schools are exchanging greetings at the pier. Ichinose asks about Tome-san, and Sameshima replies that "of course, she's doing well," explaining rather enigmatically that she is a person without which this event could not be held. Hmm...

Judai's pretty excited to meet his opponent, and jumps in between them to ask who the opponent is. Sameshima rebukes him for being rude, but Judai can't contain his excitement. "Who's my opponent?" he pleads.

"Me," Manjoume responds. He's standing on the deck of the submarine, and his followers are surrounding him protectively.

"Manjoume...It's Manjoume!" Judai looks surprised.

"It's Manjoume-san!" he says sternly.

"So who is it?" Judai asks

"He's right in front of you," Manjoume says.

"Who?"

"Me."

"Who?"

"Like I said, ME!" He looks a little frustrated. It finally dawns on Judai, the dense fool. Lol... "So my opponent is...Manjoume??"

"Manjoume-san da!" Manjoume says. "San dan!!" his classmates step in and announce. The former king of North school angrily confronts Judai for omitting the honorific "san" from Manjoume's name. (He refers to Manjoume as "Thunder-san") "Let him be," Manjoume says calmly. There's a determined look on his face. He and Judai face off..




All the sudden, the wind whips up around them, and two helicopters make a dramatic entrance. The helicopters are clearly marked as belonging to the "Manjoume Group."

"That's right!" from inside the helicopter, Manjoume's older brother Shouji yells. "It's been a while, Jun! Are you doing well?" his other brother Chousaku asks.

"Chousaku niisan, Shouji niisan, what are you doing here?" Manjoume asks, a little annoyed. (His hair whips around the wind...so cute!) "Of course, to watch over your victory," he replies, "don't worry us too much, Jun!" TV cameras crowd around, much to the surprise of the people there. Apparently, they have to come to broadcast this duel all over Japan.

Judai freaks out over the idea that his face is going to show up on TV screens all across Japan.

Back in a private room, Manjoume demands an explanation from his brothers. They reply, it's obvious...this is part of their grand scheme that they promised among themselves...their dream to found the "Manjoume Empire" of the world!! (There's a shot of the three them standing proudly behind a big sign. The sign says, "Let's Go San-biki" (Let's go, three of us!)) They explain that today, they plan to promote him, and make him a star of the dueling world.

"Jun," Shouji says sternly. Manjoume looks up with a worried look on his face. (So. adorable.) "We heard from that Chronos or other that you were expelled from this school 3 months ago."

"That...that was..."

"Do you hear me, Jun?? You were the always the bum out of the three of us!"

"Since the Manjoume Group is sponsoring this broadcast, a defeat is unforgiveable!!"

"In this briefcase is contained a load of cards that me and aniki have put together with our money. Use them to construct the ultimate deck! Do you understand me, Jun? You had better not do anything to disgrace the Manjoume name!!" Manjoume looks down and frowns...

Judai meanwhile, is running through the hallways with brush and mousse in hand, upset that no one told him he was going to be on TV. He rushes in to the bathroom, but stops short when he sees Manjoume inside. He watches from outside, as Manjoume despairs under this terrible burden put upon him by his brothers...



"I can't! I can't! I can't! Damn it! Win! Win! I can't possibly be the bum of the family! I have to win, win and keep winning! I've got to win! Tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that! I'm gonna win, and win and keep winning! Nobody understands the weight of this burden I bear. All they say is 'Win...just win...win...'"

*sniffs....*

Judai overhears it all, and sneaks away quietly, as Manjoume crumples to the ground...

Back at the duel arena, the principals are sitting together. "If we win this year, then that prize will be ours, is that ok?" Ichinose asks, mysteriously. Sameshima agrees, saying this day is the day he looks forward to all year.

Shou tells Judai to just relax and take it easy, because afterall, he's won against Manjoume before, so it should be a cinch. Judai replies that "he wonders about that." Hayato says he can't be uncertain about things now. Judai says he's not being uncertain, only, "I respect Manjoume. He became head of that school all by himself, and brought his fight to this doorstep. He looks...kinda cool."

Chronos introduces the players. He's a little nervous b/c he's being broadcast around Japan. "First I'll introduce Drop out bo- I mean, Yuki Judai! vs, from the North School..."

"Nevermind, I will introduce myself," Manjoume says.

"Huh?"

"I said shut up and move it, you kappa-bastard!" (* A kappa is a water demon, who's got a weird hair-do) A shocked looking Chronos says his hair is done by a charismatic stylist! He gets frustrated, then all wound up in his mic wire, and he trips and falls off stage. "Drop...out!" he says as he takes a plunge.




(This part's Manjoume is so awesome!!!! Kyaaaa!!!! Manjoume-sama!!!)

Manjoume steps forward and thrusts his fist into the air and announces with great authority... "All of you...Do you remember ME??? Those of you who were relieved that I left! Those of you who said that I got what I deserved! If you don't know, then I will tell you: listen well! I have been resurrected from the depths of hell, like a phoenix! My name is... ichi, jyuu, hyaku, sen! Manjoume! Thunder!!!"

(His school mates yell the last part in unison with him, in a very dramatic fashion) Shou's surprised at how popular Manjoume is.

Manjoume continues: "I am.."

"THUNDER!"

"Manjoume..."

"THUNDER!!"

(Heheh...definitely reminds me of one Atobe Keigo and his little self-proclaming antics before vs. Tezuka..lol)

"Here I go, Judai...I can't lose this one!"

"Come, Manjoume!"

"It's Manjoume-san!"

His brothers in the audience look on proudly: "Jun...for the Manjoume Group!"

"DUEL!!"

* Duel *

Manjoume: Summons Masked Dragon in def (def: 1100).

Judai: Summons Burst Lady. Destroys Masked Dragon. Manjoume activates its ability: when this monster is destroyed in battle, special summon one dragon monster w/ less than 1500 atk from deck. He summons Armed Dragon LVL 3 (atk: 1200).

Shou asks about this card, and Asuka says it's a card that can evolve into stronger monsters by leveling up. Misawa says they are extremely rare, and wonders how he got it. In the stands, Sameshima is shocked, and asks if this is the legendary card passed down from the North school. "I told you, I'm serious. The prize will be ours," Ichinose replies. "No! It's going to be mine again this year! Judai, you had better not lose!" he yells.

Sets one m/t.

Manjoume: Standby phase, and his dragon evolves. He sacrifices it to special summon LVL 5 (atk: 2400) from his deck or hand. Judai activates his trap card Hero Halo, which prevents any monster with more than 1900 atk from attacking that turn.

Manjoume is not phased. He activates LVL 5's special ability: discard one monster from hand to destroy one opponent monster with less atk points than discard monster. He discards Dragonfly (atk: 1400). Destroys Burst Lady. Direct attack. (Judai LP: 1600). He's blown away and falls dramatically on his side. "What's the matter, Judai? Is that all you've got?" He sets one m/t and ends.

Judai realizes he's being broadcast, and says he can't look too uncool in front of the audience. "That Jun, he's doing well," his brother say with pride. "But we don't want him to win too quickly...we still have time left in the broadcast. Mwa hahahaha!!" (Jerks...!)

Judai: Summons Bubbleman in atk. Draws 2 cards by its effect. Fusion summons Tempester (atk: 2800) (Bubbleman, Featherman & Sparkman). Destroys LVL 5. (Manjoume LP: 3600). Manjoume activates Call of the Living Dead (Yay! his signature card!) to bring back LVL 5. Sets one m/t.

Hayato notes that even tho LVL 5 is back, you still have to discard a monster to activates its effect. He says there aren't many monsters that have more than 2800 atk.

"Don't underestimate my deck," Manjoume responds.

Manjoume: Discards Despair from the Dark (atk: 2800) to activate LVL 5's effect. Judai activates his magic card Defusion, saving his Tempester and breaking it down into its 3 monster parts. He proceeds with battle and destroys Sparkman.

He laughs and says Judai made a mistake using Defusion. Now, his dragon can level up even more! He sacrifices it to special summon LVL 7 (atk: 2800). In a dramatic wave of his hand, and thundering roar of the crowd, his monster emerges... It's very very big. The crowd chants, "Thunder, Thunder...Manjoume thunder!!!"

Shouji says with shock that this card was not among the cards he gave Jun. Chousaku is surprised.

(Ok, this scene is DEFINITELY straight out of Atobe vs. Tezuka!!! Prince of Tennis fans, you know what I'm talkin' about!! XD )

Manjoume yells, "The winner is..."

"Thunder!!" The crowd reacts enthusiastically. "Manjoume Thunder!!!"

Judai's really excited at seeing this monster and says he wants one too. Manjoume calls him an idiot, saying it's not time to be starry eyed. Judai bounces around with joy, saying he's so happy he can duel like this. Manjoume is a little miffed by this attitude.



"I can't be like you, thinking about nothing all day and skipping through life. Look! The pressure of that glare!" The scene pans over to his brothers as they watch over him from the stands. "That is the heaviness of the glare under which all of the dreams and desires of the Manjoume family rest...upon MY shoulders! In order to fulfill my brothers' expectations, and to prove my worth, I have to defeat you here, no matter what!!"

"You're not going to defeat me so easily, Manjoume!"

"Manjoume san da!!" he yells out.

Judai: Summons Friendock in def, sets one m/t.

Manjoume: He activates LVL 7's ability: discard one monster from hand, and destroy ALL opponent monsters that have fewer atk points than discarded monster. He discards LVL 3, and destroys all 3 monsters on Judai's field. "Go!! Genocide Cutter!!"

The crowd goes wild...

Judai activates Friendock's ability, and takes back Fusion and Burst Lady from grave.

"Behold, my brothers! My power!! This is the end! Armed Dragon, LVL 7, Direct attack!! Hahahahaha......."

The dragon's claw swipes at Judai dramatically, as the screen blacks out.

To be continued...

(Hm...the first time they've ever showed "to be continued" at the end... ^^)

Next week: vs. Manjoume Thunder (part 2) Armed Dragon LVL 7

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