Preface: I typically don’t do this, but the more series I cover in AniManga Clash, the more I might find the need to do so. Since Yu-Gi-Oh Season Zero didn’t cover these chapters of the manga, I’m going to simply do a regular review on them instead.
Chapter 2: Lying Eyes
Yugi and Jonouchi are talking about a dirty video that is floating around. Jonouchi has seen it, but since Japan has strict censorship laws, he couldn’t make out anything in the mosaic censoring. Times sure were different before the Internet, eh?
A filmmaker comes to Domino High to film a documentary about bullying. When he sees Yugi, he assumes he must be bullied, so he decides to make him the star of their show. I guess just following a kid who seemingly must be bullied isn’t good enough, so he asks his assistant director to dress up like a student and beat the piss out of Yugi so they can film it and make a good scene for the documentary.
The assistant lures Yugi out back with the promises of seeing an idol he believes is hanging around the school. With the cameras in place, he beats the crap out of Yugi. Jonouchi comes to his rescue (Noticeably holding a camera, so I think he was snooping to catch a picture of the idol who’s not there.) He tries to attack the director, but he says they’ll catch it on tape if he does. Jonouchi doesn’t realize the cameras are actually off, so the director takes that opportunity to beat him up.
As the director walks away, he says they shouldn’t worry because their faces will just be mosaiced out.
Angered by the injustice, Yugi transforms into Yami.
That night, the director muses that, next time, they should try killing someone on camera…..This guy is so ridiculously over-evil. You were pushing it having someone, a minor no less, beaten up on camera for the sake of a public feature. You want to KILL someone for a public video? Do you want to never see anything but the inside of a jail cell?
Yami arrives and challenges the director to a simple dice game. He’ll roll the die once. If the director can roll a die of equal or lower value, he’ll win. Yami rolls a six, and even though the director proclaims that this automatically makes him the winner, Yami insists he roll anyway.
The director then throws the die at his face, seemingly…trying to kill him? When it lands, he states he won since the die seemingly landed on a one, but Yami declares a penalty game for the attack and reveals that the die broke in half. One half landed on one, the other landed on six, equaling seven.
Yami punishes the director with Illusion of Mosaic, which alters his vision to make everything look like it’s being put through a mosaic filter. Yami’s reasoning was that he warped the reality of his subjects on camera, so he shall be damned to seeing everything through a warped mosaic filter.
The next day, Jonouchi delivers the tape to Yugi, but it ends up in Anzu’s hands and the final panel is of them chasing her to get it back.
I gotta say, this chapter was kinda dumb. The bad guy setup was a little too ridiculous, the porn tape was an odd side plot, and the Shadow Game was kinda boring (even his rule breaking was lame. Did he really think he could throw a die so hard he’d kill Yugi?)
Chapter 3: Hard Beat!
It wouldn’t be Yu-Gi-Oh without Yugi being bullied, so the chapter starts with Yugi being bullied.
A…uh…’music lover’ named Souzouji threatens Yugi into selling tickets for his monthly live karaoke show. No one ever comes to these events because his singing voice is inhumanly awful. Yugi can’t sell any of the tickets and doesn’t want to get Jonouchi or Anzu involved.
He comes across a small, timid boy named Hanasaki who was also bullied into selling tickets for Souzouji. He tries to sell Yugi a ticket, but Yugi decides instead to take the task of selling the tickets off of Hanasaki’s hands so he’ll be free from Souzouji. Problem is, Souzouji watched Yugi take the tickets and he’s none too happy about this.
Later, Yugi’s the only one at Souzouji’s show, and Souzouji’s very mad. He pulls a curtain to reveal Hanasaki, badly beaten as punishment for giving the tickets away.
Yugi is so filled with anger at Souzouji’s actions, that he transforms into Yami and challenges Souzouji to a game of silence.
In the karaoke room are Sound Pierrot dolls, which dance upon hearing any noise, even noise as light as moving your foot. The game is simple, one of these dolls will be placed in front of them. First one to dance, IE hear sound, loses.
Oddly, Yami makes no statement about what Souzouji will get if he wins, just that Yami will give his life if he loses and Souzouji will suffer a penalty game if he’s the loser.
The no-sound off starts, and Souzouji notices that Yami left the jack to his headphones perched on top of a glass. If it falls, he’ll win. It’s only a matter of time. Souzouji anxiously watches the jack, waiting for it to fall when the doll suddenly starts dancing.
It wasn’t triggered by the jack falling, however. Souzouji had left his microphone on high and never put it down. He was so amped up waiting for the jack to fall that his heartbeat increased substantially and was audible through the speakers. Yami wins, and Souzouji suffers the punishment game of Beat Festival.
Now his heart perpetually beats so loudly, to him anyway, that he can’t escape the noise.
Yami picks up Hanasaki and heads for home.
This chapter was pretty interesting. The shadow game was a little boring because it was literally a game of doing nothing. I get how it connects back to Souzouji’s desire to be as loud and irritating as possible, but this is basically the game your parents made up to get you to shut up for long periods of time.
I like that Yugi has a new friend, even though I’m not quite certain if he’ll stick around.
I’m also enjoying Jonouchi, even if his part in this chapter was small. He was funny and he keeps showing how dedicated he now is to protecting Yugi and making sure he’s okay.
And now to get back on the anime track.
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5 thoughts on “Yu-Gi-Oh! (Manga) Chapters 2 and 3 Review (AniManga Clash! Season Zero Placeholder)”
I didn’t even know about those particular chapters. I did hear about the mosaic law in Japan mainly because of Otaku No Video. There’s one live action scene in that anime where an “otaku” (in reality, a Gainax employee that’s obscured) invents a pair of glasses to bypass the mosaics when watching a hentai video which the audience thankfully doesn’t have to see. If that director did anything like that in real life, he would totally be arrested for multiple charges in making a snuff film. That’s probably one of the darkest things I’ve ever seen associated with YGO! That silence game does sound boring even if it makes sense given his opponent. Weirdly enough, I was partially bullied in college for being a music fan although totally for different reasons compared to that Souzouji guy.
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The manga gets even darker from here – it’s so strange reading some of these chapters knowing I first watched YGO in a version that was too scared to suggest even slightly suggestive or violent things (Thanks 4Kids.) I just got to Mokuba’s manga debut and I was shocked at some of the things he was saying and doing. He’s a little psycho. 0.0
That sucks that you got bullied for that. Music is a pretty universal thing, but I guess bad people will take any opportunity to take jabs at others. 😦
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Oh, wow. It’s so crazy knowing how much creepier YGO was compared to the version most people know. Yeah, 4Kids really softened up so many anime series. Mokuba is psycho in the manga? WHAT?!
It wasn’t great especially since I liked (and still like albeit in different genres) a ton of obscure bands and it was what I talked about a lot since I didn’t want people to know I was an anime fan, international film buff, or even liking geography. It’s a long story…
No problem, Fiddletwix!
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I think I know the reason why Dark Yugi just looks so WRONG in a lot of the manga pictures. It’s because his smile is way too small. I think that if it were stretch out more, he’d look a lot better.
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Lol yeah you’re right. I mean, if you go too far in the other direction. he’d look just as creepy, but he needs a smile that fits his face.
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