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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.

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

* Yugioh GX 30 *

Yugioh GX Ep 30: vs. Darkness (part 2)
The Attack of the Red Eyes Black Dragon


Wow, very good episode indeed! I really enjoyed this latest installment of the seven assassins story. It obviously turns out that Darkness is Asuka's brother Fubuki. Quite an interesting twist, for it seems he was possessed by another soul, which ends up being sealed away in the card. I still don't understand how she could NOT know who he was, despite the silly mask, but I guess we just have to suspend our disbelief on that. But aside from her inexplicable blanking out of recognizing her own brother, Asuka has really moved up a few notches in my book. I liked her as a character, but she didn't seem to stand out until this episode, when she offers herself to be sealed off in place of Judai. It was very courageous and noble.

Just a note before I go on to the summary - I will be quite busy for the next few weeks, so my updates are going to be slow. Please bear with me. And thanks for reading, as always. Comments are always welcome! ^__^


The duel continues from where it left off last week...

Darkness LP - 3000
Monster - REBD
m/t - none

Judai LP - 700
Monster - Rampart Gunner
m/t - Attachment Dragon (equip to Rampart)

Judai: Activates Pot of Greed. Draws two. Activates Defusion and Rampart becomes Burst Lady and Clayman. The Attachment Dragon gets sent to Darkness's grave. Activates Fusion Sage, and brings Fusion from deck to hand. Fusions Clayman and Sparkman (from hand) to summon Thunder Giant. Attacks and destroys REBD with Giant, destroying Giant along with it. Direct attack with Burst Lady (Darkness LP: 1800). Finally, he activates Mirage of Nightmares, sets 1 m/t.

Darkness: Draws. Judai activates Mirage's effect, drawing 4 cards. He then activates facedown card Emergency Rations, destroys Mirage, ups his LP to 1700. (Ok, is anyone else tired of this combo?? How in the world does he pull it off every single time? This is the third time I've seen this! I'm not a duelist, but I would think that it's rare you should have this combo to pull every time. Geez). Darkness summons Mirage Dragon (atk: 1600). Attacks and destroys Burst Lady (Judai LP: 1300).

Judai: Summons Bubbleman. He has no other card on the field, so he activates his effect, drawing 2 more cards. Activates Silent Dead from hand, summoning Sparkman from grave. Activates Fusion Gate. Fusion summons Tempester. Attacks and destroys Mirage Dragon (Darkness LP: 600).

Judai's pretty happy with the tables having turned, but Darkness is not phased. He says these mid-way results mean nothing in a shadow game - what matters is who's left standing at the end. Judai declares that he may be right - but that the "I will be one who will be left standing at the end." Sets 1 m/t.

Darkness: He draws. "I can hear it... the voices of my dragons whisper to me from the grave," he says in a sinister voice. Judai is really creeped out by this statement. Flames in the shape of dragons flare up around them. Darkness continues, by saying that his dragons beg to come forth once again and burn the earth with their smoldering fire. And he says he will summon the ultimate dragon that will fulfill their desire. He summons Black Dragon Chick in atk. He activates its effect - send to graveyard to special summon REBD from hand. He then sacrifices REBD to special summon Red Eyes Darkness Dragon (atk 2400). By its effect, its atk goes up by 300 for every dragon in his grave. (atk 4500). He attacks. Judai activate Negate Attack.

Meanwhile, on the pier, Ryou says he can "sense" something. He looks toward the volcano with a concerned expression. Misawa and Manjoume have also sensed it. (Manjoume argues with Ojama Yellow about the eeriness). Chronos is fast asleep and doesn't know. But Datokuji, who's holding the key pendant (and not wearing it around his neck like everyone else), silently looks on toward the mountain. Sameshima is worried that he's put too much of a burden on the children...but that it can't be helped. "Please, protect the seven keys," he says.

Judai: Summons Friendock in def. Puts Tempester in def.

Darkness: He taunts Judai, saying staying in defense won't help his pitiful friends, who await their death. Hayato and Shou tell Judai not to worry about them, and to concentrate on his duel. Judai tells them to hang in there, because he's going to save them. "Are you done saying your goodbyes?" Darkness says. "Hurry up and draw," Judai responds.

Darknes summons Spear Dragon (atk 1900). Attacks and destroys Friendock (Judai LP: 600, by Spear Dragon's trample effect). Judai takes back an E-Hero and fusion from his deck by Friendock's effect. Spear goes into def (def 0). To stop Judai from activating Tempester's effect (save this card from destruction by sacrificing one m/t card on the field), Darkness uses Cyclone to wipe out Fusion Gate. Attacks and destroys Tempester by REDD.

Judai collapses to the ground, to everyone's dismay. Asuka steps up and tells Darkness to stop this. "And you are?" Darkness asks. "Tenjoin Asuka. I have a key too. I will give you this if you let Judai, Shou and Hayato go," she replies.

"Asuka..." the thought runs through Darkness's mind.

Asuka goes on to say, "I will be sealed off in that card,"

"Wait...Asuka...I can't give this passionate duel up," Judai says, crawling back up. "I still have cards left!" The lava starts to bubble over rapidly, threatening to engulf Shou and Hayato.

Judai: Summons Wildman in atk. He activates the magic card Wild Half, which can be activated only when Wildman is on his field. It lowers opponent monster's atk to one half of its original atk, and special summons one token of the same nature to opponent's field. REDD goes to a base atk of 1200, and now there's a token with the same qualities too. Even so, their atk is still at 3300 due to REDD's effect. He fusions Wildman and Edge man to special summon Wild Juggyman (sp?) (atk 2600). This monster can attack each opponent monster once. He activates Skyscraper. Juggyman goes up to 3600. He attacks with Juggyman for the win.

* End Duel *

Shou, Hayato and Asuka wake up on the rocky mountain side and find Judai unconscious. He's injured, by doesn't seem to be dying. Asuka notices that Darkness is also lying a ways off. She picks up the card nearby. It is an empty card, but as she watches, an image of the mask behind chains appears on it, signifying the trapped soul. She goes over to Darkness's side, and Darkness wakes up and looks at her, stammering "Asuka..." before dropping off into unconsciousness again. Asuka realizes who it is, at last, and holds him close.

Ryou, Manjoume and Misawa run up and discover what's happened. Asuka meets them in tears, saying that a different soul had been inside, and now that it's sealed away, the original soul has returned to its body.

"Don't you see? It is my brother, Fubuki..."

The kids stand there, stunned, as daylight breaks slowly over the horizon...

Next Episode: Chronos vs. Vampire Carmulla
(Yes, that's a 'u' not 'i') ^__^;;

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