Yu Gi Oh Sub Dub Comparison Episode 1
Plot: Yugi and his friends love playing the card game Duel Monsters, but when the world champ, Seto Kaiba overhears that Yugi’s grandpa has a super rare card at his game shop, he believes it to be the card he’s been searching for for ages. When he arrives, lo and behold, it’s the Blue Eyes he’s been looking for. However, Yugi’s grandpa, Solomon, won’t sell it or trade for it because it’s so precious to him.
Kaiba later kidnaps Yugi’s grandpa (because logical reactions) and duels him for the card. Solomon falls ill after losing to Kaiba and Yugi goes to save him. Kaiba rips up the Blue Eyes to prevent it from ever being used against him since Kaiba already has three Blue Eyes and Duel Monsters’ decks can only have three copies of one card in a deck and challenges Yugi to a duel as his grandpa goes to the hospital. Yugi struggles with Kaiba for a long time, believing he’ll lose. Will one card be the difference between triumph and defeat?
I don’t completely understand Kaiba’s reasoning for kidnapping Yugi’s Grandpa. I know he wanted the blue eyes, but why did he want it so badly? 1) It’s pretty clear his Grandpa was never going to sell it to anyone or trade it. 2) He also didn’t show a desire to use it in a duel. 3) Even if it was ever used against him, he has three Blue-eyes, he has a huge advantage. In addition, tearing up a card doesn’t mean it can’t be used in anymore duels. I mean, maybe in duels using the holograms (because the system probably couldn’t ‘read’ the card that way) but it’s still usable. If you wanted it gone so badly, you should’ve burned it.
Why does Joey mention that Yugi has the Millennium Puzzle when he’s listing off reasons as to why he can win? He doesn’t know at this point that that thing has magical powers to help him win duels, so basically he’s saying “Hey Yugi, you can win this card game because you have a giant necklace!” In the subbed version he just talks about how Yugi helped change him from a fight-loving thug.
In order to make it a surprise that Kaiba has the other three Blue eyes, they omit the part of Kaiba’s speech before the duel where he mentions that a deck can only have three copies of the same card and he destroyed the fourth because he couldn’t use it and didn’t want it used against him. So when Blue eyes shows up in the dub, it’s a huge reveal even though in the Japanese version they state it before the battle even begins.
This season is well-known for the utmost disregard of the rules of the game. In the Yugioh game, each player starts out with 8000 life points. What you can summon depends on how many stars the monster has. If a monster has 4 stars or below, it can instantly be summoned. If it has 5-6 stars (I believe) it requires one monster to be sacrificed from the field. If a monster has 7 or more stars, it requires 2 sacrifices. In this season, incredibly powerful monsters can be summoned from the start and each duel requires only 2000 life points on each player. You’d think this would make duels go faster…..Silly you! :3
To be honest, though, I prefer this season. Sure the rules are used as toilet paper and a lot of the include moves that make no sense, but that make duels more exciting. In the following seasons, practically everything is about rules and regulations. It makes it pretty boring.
You also hardly ever see direct attacks in this season. In the game, if you have no monsters on the field but your opponent does, they can attack your life points directly causing damage equal to the number of attack points a monster has. Take the duel in this episode for example. Surely Kaiba has other monsters that he can summon from his hand when Saggi is on the field. If he did, Yugi’s one monster per turn defense would fail and he’d win in a matter of a couple of turns, yet he doesn’t. In addition, it doesn’t seem to matter if you have more than one monster out. If your opponent has one defense monster, I guess you’re barred from using the other monster to attack.
Kaiba states that the Swords of Revealing Light card only affects monsters that are currently on the field during activation. A new monster won’t be under the same spell. This is entirely wrong; new monsters are just as affected by Swords as the others.
Subbed, dubbed, that friendship marker smiley face thing is still uber cheese.
Quick edit: Exodia comes out of a pentagram in the original. They added more lines in the dubbed version to avoid controversy, though it makes more sense to use the regular star design since it has five points and Exodia uses five cards/parts….Also, technically, that’s far from a Satanic pentagram, but whatever.
Name Changes: I honestly don’t understand why they chose to change only some of their names. 4Kids changes names a lot in order to Americanize their shows, but only a handful are changed in Yugioh. Jounouchi is changed to Joey, Honda is Tristan and Anzu is Te’a (I’ve never even heard of that name before. Why change her name to sound just as foreign?) Pegasus also had a slight name change. In the sub he’s Pegasus J. Crawford. In the dub he’s Maximillion Pegasus. This is yet another name change I just don’t get. Why change it so that his first name is his last name? Either way, both the sub and dub characters call him Pegasus. Though, I do have to say, at least the dub makes Pegasus’s parents look better. Max is a fairly normal first name and you can’t do much about your surname. His Mom and Dad must’ve hated his guts to name him Pegasus….
Entire show edit: The dubbed version never shows the title cards. Which is weird. I’m sure 4Kids could’ve come up with all sorts of puns.
Entire show edit: The opening and ending themes have been replaced for the entire run and the next episode previews have been removed……Though, the be completely honest, I prefer the Dub version’s better at least for this season. Later seasons get better themes.
Entire show edit: All of the cards had to be edited for the American release to not look like the TCG cards (Trying to avoid product placement in kid’s shows and whatnot, though I could never make heads or tails of the actual rules involved with that.) Instead of showing them as they look as the real-life TCG cards, they only show the picture, color, attack and defense points. This causes a lot of confusion during the series as the characters seem to read cards several times, but there’s no text to read. It also makes you wonder how anyone knows what these cards do.
Entire show edit: Though Kaiba is still an asshole in the series, he’s is much more respectful in the subbed version. Dubbed Kaiba slings insults and treats people like crap while subbed version Kaiba is more subtly condescending and uses honorifics.
Entire show edit: As typical 4Kids fashion, a lot of the music is replaced and there is hardly ever any silence.
Voices: I’ve brought this up before and I might as well do it again, Dubbed Yugi never sat well with me. I can partly understand if his friends don’t realize his eyes, demeanor and height change when he duels, kinda….But Yami’s voice is so deep compared to Yugi’s in the dub that it’s completely unbelievable that they wouldn’t notice that. In the Japanese version, Yami sounds just like Yugi only using a deeper, smoother voice. It’s a very subtle change. Don’t get me wrong, Dan Green does an incredible job as Yami and I commend him in his range because he does not sound like Yugi at all, but the change is too drastic for me …Also, why is it they all seem to notice when Yugi gets encompassed by light but no one bothers building on that?
Next episode, Pegasus and Yami have a showdown through a video tape. Will the tracking need to be adjusted during the duel!? Tune in and find out!