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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

* Yugioh GX 26 *



Yugioh GX Ep 26: vs Manjoume Thunder! (part 2)
Armed Dragon LVL 7


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First of all, apologies for the late post. I just haven't had much energy to update my blog this past week. Also, if you truly enjoyed this episode and would rather not listen to my rant, you are welcome to skip ahead to the summary.

Those of you who know me or have been reading my blog already know what I'm going to say. I can't believe they did it yet AGAIN. How many times does Manjoume have to duel before he actually gets to be victorious over Judai? I swear that not even Seto Kaiba had it this bad. Nothing makes the winning streak even more disappointing than the fact that they try to use Judai's happy go-lucky "I wanna have fun dueling" attitude to try to justify it. As Manjoume says at the end of the episode, "Just shut up, because it makes me feel even more pathetic."

I don't mean to sound bitter. It's not that this was a bad episode, either. Any episode with Manjoume is a good episode! But the "lessons to be learned" crap just gets on my nerves. "You can never win when you're dueling for someone else," is how Judai explains it. Just duel with all your heart, and everything is possible, etc. blah blah blah. I think I just need to remember that this is a kid's show, afterall, and things don't always turn out the way they should because they have to explain that the hero always wins at the end. Somehow, the heart of the cards BS didn't seem to bother me as much during Yugioh Duel Monsters.

Manjoume explains that he didn't use the cards given to him by his brothers because he wanted desperately to win "with my own cards." Isn't that enough? That he put his heart into building that deck - a deck that evolves, no less (which seems to suit his personality quite well). Maybe if he had the godly draw power of Judai, he could actually get a win under his belt before the show is over.

All in all, I'm happy at least that he's going to remain at Duel Acadamia. So I look forward to more episodes with him in them...though I still think he'll look really bad in red. ^_~

summary

So the episode continues with where the duel left off last week...

Manjoume LP: 3600
Monster: Armed Dragon LVL 7 (atk: 2800)
m/t: none

Judai LP: 1600
Monster: none
m/t: one


Manjoume: Attacks directly with LVL 7. Judai activates his trap card Hero Spirits. This card lets him bring battle damage to zero when one of his E-Heroes have been destroyed in battle. Manjoume isn't phased, saying nothing can win against his Armed Dragon.

Judai: He draws Hane Kuribo and summons it in def.

Manjoume: Manjoume taunts Judai, saying that being on the defensive won't help him at all. Kuribo gets angry, and Manjoume scoffs at how it's acting that way. Ojama Yellow appears beside Manjoume and says that maybe Kuribo knows the whereabouts of his siblings, and begs him to play him the duel so he can ask. Manjoume tells him to shut up, and that Ojama has no place in this important duel. "Awww, don't say that Aniki...pleeeeaaasee??" the little thing pleads.

Kuribo gets a little excited, and points in their direction for Judai to see. "What? Manjoume? Isn't that...?" Manjoume panics, and tells Ojama to beat it, because he's not gonna use him. He swipes around after the critter, and finally manages to get rid of him. He draws, then attacks and destroys Kuribo.

Of course, he doesn't activate LVL 7's ability, as there is no point - Hane Kuribo's effect would negate all LP damage done that turn anyways.

Judai: Activates Pot of Greed. He discards one card from his hand to activate the magic card Special Hurricane, which lets him destroy all specially summoned monsters on the field. LVL 7 is thus destroyed. Summons Wildman in atk. Direct attack on Manjoume...Thunder! (Manjoume LP: 2100). Manjoume despairs at his pitiful situation... (poor thing...)

Manjoume's brothers get irritated, and say, "What the hell is Jun doing?? Why doesn't he use the cards that we gave him?"

Manjoume: Activates the magic card Grave from the Fourth Dimension, letting him return two LVL monster cards from the grave to his deck and shuffle. He chooses LVL 3 and 7. He summons LVL 3 in def. Sets one m/t.

Misawa remarks that sees Manjoume's pattern, and surmises that he's beginning to panic. Manjoume senses his brother's glares, and thinks to himself: "Don't...look at me with those eyes! Niisan..."

Judai notices where Manjoume is looking...into the stands. He remembers seeing Manjoume in the bathroom, earlier, despairing over his burden of having to win for the family honor. Judai says that dueling is supposed to be fun...it's beyond winning and losing, and it's not about playing for someone else. "You duel because because it's fun...Manjoume!"

"Manjoume-san da!"

The crowds also enthusiastically responds: "Manjoume-san da!"

Judai: Attacks and destroys LVL 3 with Wildman. Manjoume activates his trap card Grave of Revival, which can be activated when your monster is destroyed in battle. It allows both plays special summon one monster from their grave in def. These monsters cannot change their battle positions. Manjoume summons LVL 5. Judai summons Hero Kids (def: 600), which he had discarded one turn earlier. When this card is special summoned, the player can special summon monsters with the same name from his deck. He special summons two more Hero Kids in def. Sets one m/t.

Manjoume: Activates Level Up, which lets him level up his monster to LVL 7. He equips his monster with Armed Changer, which can be activated by discarding one equip card from his hand. He destroys Wildman with LVL 7. (Judai LP: 300). He activates the equip card's effect: when you destroy an opponent's monstor in battle, take one monster card with atk that's less than destroyed monster from grave to hand. He takes Masked Dragon. He discards it to activate LVL 7's effect, destroying all of Judai's monsters.

Manjoume laughs maniacally, and tells Judai that he should just surrender. But of course, he doesn't.. And his victory music begins to play, so you know he's about to pull something out of his you know what. But he says something sweet here, actually: "I really wish I could've played with the real Manjoume...Thunder..."

"You're saying I'm not playing for real?" a surprised Manjoume asks.

"Yeah...you don't seem to be looking at me, but were fighting with someone else.. Next time...let's have more fun when we duel."

"Fun...is dueling supposed to be...fun..?"

Judai: Activates Warrior Returning Alive to take back Featherman from his grave to hand. He fusion summons Flame Wingman (of course...) He activates his trap card Miracle Kids, which lets him lower his opponent monster's atk by 400 for every Hero Kids in his grave. LVL 7 is decreased to 1600. He attacks and destroys LVL 7 with Flame Wingman, then activates its effect for the win. Blah....

* End Duel *

Oh, and just before the final attack, the TV cameras are snapped off, so as to avoid embarassment to the Manjoume broadcast. But this doesn't stop the brothers from taking out their wrath on poor Manjoume. *sad*



They stand over the defeated Manjoume and berate him for disgracing their family. Manjoume apologizes...and his brothers demand to know why he didn't use the cards they gave him. He replies that he wanted to win using his own deck.

"You idiot!!" one of his brothers grabs him by the collar, while the other one yells, "That's why you're the bum of the family!!"

Judai runs up and tells them to cut it out...that Manjoume dueled valiantly. The older brother says that strangers should butt out of sibling matters. "If you're siblings, then you shouldn't treat each other like this!" Judai protests. "Me and Manjoume--Thunder dueled with all our best!"

"We don't care about the process," the younger brother announces. "We care about results."

Chronos agrees that results are important...but still, something about this situation doesn't sit right, even with him.

The older brother agrees, results and winning are everything. "Besides, how much money do you think we spent on this duel??" he yells. (gah! what a jerk!!!) "And yet he disgraced us!"

Judai, now shaking with anger, says: "but he fought against all the stupid pressures you put upon him...and he won! Even in his suffering, Thunder was able to surpass you!"

"Exactly, exactly!!" Chronos says, crying buckets...

"Dueling isn't just about winning and losing...it's about gaining something more important!" Judai says.

"Shut up...Judai! Don't make me feel...even more pathetic..." Manjoume whispers.

"Jun..." his brothers say authoritatively.

"Go home...my brothers," Manjoume says quietly.

"That's right! Go home!!" the crowd yells. They yell out Manjoume's name..

The brothers leave in a huff. Manjoume sees them off from the hill top...

The school is now gathered at the pier, to see off the North School folks, and Judai says to Manjoume that they should duel again soon. But Manjoume says he's not leaving for North school...he's staying here, because there are things he has left unfinished. "Edogawa...I return the title of King to you," he says to the former North school king.

The prize for winning the duel is announced by Chronos: a kiss on the cheek by Miss Duel Acadamia herself...Tome! Sameshima gleefully accepts his award while Ichinose fumes in the back. The kids are pretty speechless...they made all this hubbub over a freakin' kiss??

In any case, it turns out that due to his 3 month absense, Manjoume will be demoted to Osiris Red.. Judai and his friends rejoice at the prospect at having Manjoume among his buddies, although Manjoume himself is none to happy.. Hehe. The episode ends with all the friends gathered around Manjoume, cheering him on: ichi, juu, hyaku, sen, Manjoume...THUNDER~!!!!

XD Ok, so the ending wasn't so bad eh? ^_^;;

Next Episode: The Extra-Curricular Class - Is a Shadow Duel?

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