Re-reading the first Yugioh manga makes me realize that Yugi is more or less a magnet for violence.
It seems like no matter where Yugi goes, insane people arrives to beat the ever loving shit out of him and his friends or in general make their life problematic.
But I honestly think it it the puzzle’s fault. The spirit inside the puzzle punish evil, so I believe the puzzle attracts these evil SAOBs so that they can be punished by Yami.
And boy oh boy do they get punished! Each punishment is more wild than the other. They make Mind Crush seem tame! When Yami is not using his dark power to curse them, he burns them to death. TRICE!
This is probably my favorite Penalty Game:
A guy who forces people to go to his private rock concerts with threats of violence get’s punished to listen to his own heart. His heart beats so loudly that the noise is driving him insane. That’s messed up!
Another thing I like about the manga is how Yugi and Joey’s friendship is portrait.
They are teenage schoolboys, so they do the dumb shit teen boys do, like talk about porn tapes and eat burgers.
I’m not exactly thrilled about them watching porn, but it does sound like something two teen boys would do back in my day. But I think Yugi really needed Joey. Sure, he was friends with Tea, but he can do “guy stuff” with his new friend.
Speaking of friends, you might wonder how Tristan became one of Yugi’s friends. And it so happens that the chapter where Tristan became part of Yugi’s friend group is one of my favorite chapters... as well as a surprisingly not violent one.
Yugi doesn’t like Tristan at all since he bullied him way more than Joey did, like making him buy ecchi books for him and stuff. But he is Joey’s friend, so Yugi agrees to help Tristan.
One of the sad things about the manga becoming more card game centric is that Tea and Tristan don’t get a chance to shine as much. The author of the series is clearly very passionate about games and even made Tea and Tristan experts in their own fields. I like to say that Yugi is the strategist, Joey is an expert gambler, Tea is the master of rhythm and Tristan has a talent when it comes to games that includes aim.
But Tristan is also the hopeless romantic of the team. And that’s what he needs help with.
Tristan has fallen in love with a girl from the class called Miho, or “Ribbon-Chan” among friends. Poor Tristan is crazy about her despite them having nothing in common(Miho is a bookworm and on the library committee, Tristan is a bad tempered moron). But Tristan has no idea what to do to show her how much he likes her. That’s why Joey asks Yugi for help since his grandpa owns a funny store with a ton of games.
And Grandpa has just the thing. In fact, it is one of the most romantic things I have ever seen!
That’s right, a love letter in jigsaw puzzle form. If that is not romantic, I don’t know what is!
... Unless the person you give it to sucks at puzzles, then she will never know how you feel about her.
Tristan can’t write a proper love declaration, so he asks Yugi to do it for him. Joey then places the puzzle in Miho’s school desk so she can find it.
So... where is the evil douchebag that makes life difficult for Yugi and friends?
Chouno is a teacher who is famous for two things. First of all that she uses a ton of makeup. Secondly... that she is quite diabolical.
Chouno enjoys using her authority to dominate the students completely and expel them whenever she gets the chance. And she dates men in her free time just to give them false hopes and then crush them by rejecting them in the harshest way possible.
So it is bad timing that she choses this day to force the student to empty their bags and desks so she can see if they have something they are not allowed to bring to school. Japanese schools can be very strict, some schools have rules about students not being allowed to flirt with each other.
Chouno finds the gift at Miho’s desk and begins to put the pieces together in front of the students and reads the love letter out loud. Poor Miho is completely humiliated in class. Chouno demands to know who gave Miho the puzzle so she can throw the student out of school for inappropriate behavior.
And we then get the ultimate bro moment.
Yep, Yugi and Joey are ready to take them blame. And Tristan won’t let them do it. What makes this moment even more beautiful is that they are all three technically telling the truth since Yugi wrote on the puzzle, Joey was the one placing it on Miho’s desk and the message really is what Tristan feels.
But Chouno is unimpressed by this trio of loyalty. She has yet to complete the puzzle and she knows that by completing it, she will learn the name of the person who gave Miho the puzzle.
... Okay, I’m sorry to nitpick, but as a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, I find it unlikely that she would lay it like that. I get it is for the drama and so she doesn’t know the name of the person who gave Miho the puzzle, but most people do the “frame” part of a puzzle first.
As Chouno is about to finish the puzzle, Yami steps in. This is the first time he punish someone indirectly. He curses the puzzle so that if someone tries to harm others by revealing their secrets, their secrets will be revealed.
So before Chouno can yell Tristan’s name, her makeup is transformed into jigsaw puzzle pieces that falls of her skin and her true face is revealed.
... And she looks as insane on the outside as she is on the inside.
Chouno runs away from the school, meaning Tristan is saved. Later, Tristan goes to Miho in private and confesses.
But she unfortunately just doesn’t like him that way. Joey and Yugi invites the heartbroken Tristan to go out and eat burgers, officially making him Yugi’s third friend.
That’s all for this time. Next I will take a look at Kaiba’s debut.
I’m Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.