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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.

The more interesting part about his name is the fact that it stems from the historic Japanese war hero, Sanada Yukimura. A brilliant tactician and expert in the art of war, he almost led a successful campaign against the then-shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He is ultimately betrayed and meets a tragic end. I think it's interesting indeed, that the powerhouse tennis team Rikkaidai's Captain (Yukimura) and Vice Captain (Sanada) are named after this true life hero.

"Sei" means soul or life force. This of course, speaks to Yukimura's passionate feelings toward tennis, and his incredible will to overcome his suffering to become greater than he is. Ichi is a common ending for a boy's name.

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

* Yugioh GX 29 *

Yugioh GX Ep 29: vs. Darkness (part 1) -
The Challenge from Red Eyes Black Dragon


Hmm....intriguing. The plot thickens, as the story takes a more sinister turn. I think people who have been clamoring for a "real" plot might begin to enjoy this new adventure for our GX characters, as they tackle the mysterious group of 7 assassins who are apparently bent on world domination. Hah. Well, it seems that the "dueling just for fun" attitude isn't going to fly anymore for Judai. Although the "taking over the world" stuff sounds pretty far fetched and cliche, I think this should prove to be an interesting twist in the story, which up until now hasn't had too much of a focus. I'm looking forward to more...


So the episode begins in a dark cavern, where a group of shadowy figures are meeting to discuss their plans. The seeming leader figure ominously announces that the time has finally arrived...and that those gathered have pledged to help him bring about destiny. "Who will destroy the first one?" he asks. A figure steps forward and volunteers... "Darkness..." the leader utters his name...

Darkness takes off into the night sky on a hang glider that looks a lot like the bat signal. It begins to storm pretty badly outside. He's spotted in the air by Marufuji Ryou and Asuka, who have been having a conversation on the pier. (They weren't really talking about much... Ryou just tells Asuka that her expression has gotten softer lately...and that it's a good thing. Aww....!) Sameshima also spots the hang glider, and notes that "they have come, just as I had been informed."

Darkness alights upon a rocky hill top, and tosses aside his glider, which goes up in flames..inexplicably. He's got the other half of that pendant we saw in the last episode hanging from his neck. It begins to glow..

Over at the Osiris dorm, Judai's pendant is also glowing, but he's so far gone in sleep that he doesn't notice it. Shou and Hayato are amazed that the kid can sleep through a storm as bad as this. They don't notice his glowing pendant..

Next day at Duel Acadamia, Judai is sleeping in class again, and gets up in time to partake in his lunch... but Daitokuji tells him he will have to postpone his meal, because the Principal wants to talk to him. His friends fear that maybe he's done something wrong again and going to be expelled.. Manjoume gets up and cackles, saying, "Well, it was short time, but it was nice knowin' ya. Sayonara!" (By the way, he's still wearing his hot outfit from North School. Whee!! No Osiris red for him!) But Daitokuji tells Manjoume that he, too, is being called to the office. (Manjoume: "Ehh??") And while he's at it, he tells Misawa and Asuka the same.

They all gather at the office, along with Chronos and Ryou. Chronos makes another odd ball comment ("Tiramisu fuumi!" - or tiramisu flavor!) and looks at Judai, saying that there's someone here who doesn't really belong in this group. Judai smiles at Manjoume and says, "Don't worry about it, Thunder." Manjoume counters with, "He's talking about you!" XD They're so adorable..

So in the office, Sameshima explains the story of the Three Legendary Demon cards. (FYI: He calls them "san-gen-ma." This is like "san-gen-shin" - or Three Legendary Gods, only instead of god, he uses the word for demon, or magic. I'm assuming he means demon. I'll correct myself later if I'm mistaken. ^_^;;) He says these three cards have been sealed within this island since ancient times.

Judai: "Eh? Has this school been here that long?"

Manjoume: "Shut up and pay attention!"

Sameshima goes on to say that this school is built on top of the place where the cards have been sealed. He says that they are buried deep underground, and that according to legend, if these cards are ever brought out to the surface, the world will be enveloped in evil and that the darkness within people will be released. This will mark the destruction of the world...that is how powerful these cards are. Sameshima says that people have arrived to unseal the cards - 7 assassins / duelists that call themselves the Seven Stars. He says there is little known about this group..but he knows that one of them has already arrived on this island.

Asuka asks how they plan to unseal the cards, and Sameshima explains that the cards are protected by seven stone gates, which can only be opened by a key. He opens a box, and reveals seven pendants, which he says are these very keys. He asks that each of them take one and protect it. For as the ritual goes, the seven assassins will come for each of them and challenge them for the key. He pleads for them to keep these keys safe...

Judai figures that the first guy will always come after the strongest of the group...which of course must be..him! Heh. (Chronos taunts Judai, saying it couldn't be him, for according to his sources, he's lost miserably to Ryou.. but Manjoume has a come back, saying "So you say, and yet you lost to Judai as well..")

Judai later comes to his more modest senses, and figures that he'll probably go after Kaiser first. He falls asleep quite soundly, considering the circumstances. Asuka, meantime, had figured that they will likely come for the weakest link, too. And although Judai is a strong duelist, they will come for him first because he's in red. So she's rushing to his dorm, when she sees a strange light coming from inside. She rushes forward.

Meanwhile, Judai has been woken up by Hane Kuribo, and he realizes that there's an odd light coming into his room. He tries to wake Shou and Hayato, to no avail. Asuka rushes inside, and the light increases.. The two of them wake up to find themselves standing on a lighted disk that's floating over lava. Darkness arrives in a flare of heat, and challenges Judai to a duel.. He says he has been guided here by the pendant.

He points down to reveal that further in the lava pit, Hayato and Shou are trapped inside a lighted bubble. The longer they stay there, the quicker the walls of that bubble will begin to disintigrate. He says that if Judai wants to save his friends, he'll have to win this shadow duel. He also says that the loser of the duel will have his soul sealed away in a card...

* DUEL *

Darkness: Summons Army Dragon in def (def: 800). Sets one m/t.

Judai: Summons Wildman in atk (atk: 1500). Attacks and destroys Army Dragon. Darkness activates this monster's effect - when goes to the grave, special summon another Army Dragon from deck.

Darkness: Activates trap card Call of the Living Dead to summon back Army Dragon (atk: 700). He sacrifices both monsters to summon Red Eyes Black Dragon (atk: 2400). He attacks and destroys Wildman. (Judai LP: 3100).

Hayato knocks at the wall in the bubble to make sure it'll hold, but the walls have already begun to fall away...

Judai: Fusion summons Rampart Gunner in def. Activates her ability to directly attack from def position using half her atk. (Darkness LP: 3000).

Darkness: Activates magic card Dark Mega Flare, which lets him inflict direct damage to Judai equal to REBD's atk when REBD is on his field. (Judai LP: 700). Summons Attachment Dragon (atk: 100). Activates its effect to convert it into a equip card on opponent monster, forcing it to change positions. He has thus effectively sealed off Rampart's special ability.

The walls protecting Shou and Hayato continues to dissolve... "I'm not gonna lose!!" Judai thinks to himself. "Draw!!"

The episode ends to some rockin' background music...

Next Week: vs. Darkness (part 2) - Attack of the Red Eyes Black Dragon

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