Plot: Mai has lost her passion for dueling after losing to Jounouchi, so she concocts a plan to have Ryuuzaki beat Jounouchi for her. The catch? Yugi isn’t allowed to give him any advice. Being entirely on his own in the tournament for the first time, can Jounouchi beat Ryuuzaki or will his dinosaurs make him extinct? …..Dammit, 4Kids, stop infiltrating my mind!
They edit out Anzu’s inner monologue in the dub, which makes it awkward when you suddenly see her before Mai introduces the condition of the duel.
The punch sound is edited out of the dub and Tristan says he was shoved when it’s obvious he was punched in the face….Don’t worry. We’ll have even funnier punch/shove moments than this.
In the original, Mai tells Ryuuzaki that he’ll get his reward after he beats Jounouchi. Jounouchi doesn’t know what she means by that, so he cheekily asks what the reward is, very subtly implying that he thinks it’s something romantic or naughty. In the dub, this is omitted, obviously. They also edit the part where Jounouchi implies he wouldn’t mind being Mai’s slave. Jounouchi’s kinda a perv….
First off, Flame Swordsman is a fusion monster, not a regular monster. However, apparently a regular version of the card was made later on. Jounouchi flip flops back and forth between using a regular version and fusion version yet he regularly summons both instead of performing a fusion.
Secondly, it has no effect; it’s a plain monster, even in this version as shown by the color of the card.
Third, since when is fire strong against dinosaurs and why? Eventually the card stays as a regular monster card, but for this episode 4Kids changes it to its purple fusion appearance when it’s regular yellow in the original. Since I believe the fusion version is the ‘right’ version, at least at this point in time, I’ll give 4Kids some props.
In the original, Jounouchi doesn’t announce that the card he’s placing in the trap field is a Time Wizard. Mai and Ryuuzaki guess that it is, but what idiot would declare what FACE DOWN card he just played? Even if it can’t be sprung as a trap, that’s just stupid.
Overall, I liked this episode. It’s nice to see Jounouchi dueling on his own two feet, and Ryuzaki’s a pretty interesting opponent.
Next episode, Jounouchi’s duel with Ryuzaki concludes. Can he face down the fearsome Red Eyes Black Dragon?
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