Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 11: Friendship Power! Barbarian #1 & #2 Sub/Dub Comparison


Plot: Mai has lost her passion for dueling after losing to Jonouchi, so she concocts a plan to have Ryuzaki beat Jonouchi 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 Jonouchi beat Ryuzaki 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 Ryuzaki that he’ll get his reward after he wins. Jonouchi 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 Jonouchi implies he wouldn’t mind being Mai’s slave. Jonouchi’s kinda a perv….

One of the aspects of this season that bugged me was the status of the Flame Swordsman, which changes a couple of times over the course of the first season.

First off, Flame Swordsman is a fusion monster, not a regular monster. However, apparently a regular version of the card was made later on. Jonouchi 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, Jonouchi doesn’t announce that the card he’s placing in the trap field is a Time Wizard. Mai and Ryuzaki 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 Jonouchi dueling on his own two feet, and Ryuzaki’s a pretty interesting opponent.

Next episode, Jonouchi’s duel with Ryuzaki concludes. Can he face down the fearsome Red-Eyes Black Dragon?

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Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 10 Sub/Dub Comparison

Plot: Yugi is finally gaining some ground on the fake Kaiba thanks to the real Kaiba helping him out. Can the combined efforts of Yugi and Kaiba stop the fake, or will the Blue-Eyes prove too powerful for them to take on?


When they recap the scene before the commercial break (when Kaiba says “Yugi!”) They impose another Millennium symbol on Yugi’s forehead. They didn’t do it before the commercial break….and they redubbed the scene for some reason after it, so I dunno. I guess the Millennium Puzzle mixed its powers with the heart of the cards and killed a virtual dragon.



Like I mentioned in episode nine, the fake is not a ghost nor is it the ‘evil’ part of Kaiba. 4Kids injected a flashback of Yugi’s mind crush from episode one into this episode to push the concept of Kaiba’s evilness even further. Because making kids believe that evil can infect them is much better than an impostor dressing up as another person.

Also, why would Kaiba’s ‘evil’ part look like that? Wouldn’t it just look like Kaiba only evil, like he looked before? Or are we doing the tried, true and stupid ‘ugly=evil’ bullshit?

Side note – The music used for the fake when he reveals himself is hilarious in the original. It’s like some sort of Runescape music.

Whee, guns!



I actually have to give them props for this edit because, if you didn’t know the original, you’d probably never know they had guns.

Pegasus threatens Croquet in the dub after he finds out Kaiba is still on the run. In the original, he says it’s not an issue and to just enjoy the duel.

When Kimo turns his head, he’s actually thinking to himself in the original. In the dub, they change it to Pegasus contacting Kimo on some radio telling him to not let Mokuba go no matter what happens. This makes what happens in the end much less of a surprise.

It’s not the first time they’ve dubbed in the radio thing either. The first time Pegasus talks to him over the radio is a dub insert as well. In the original, it’s silent.

They edit out a scene in which the fake Kaiba pulls his cape over his head and suddenly changes his face to look like Pegasus to mock him. I guess they thought this wouldn’t make any sense since the dub fake is Kaiba’s evil self and not a guy in a suit.

Mystical/Holy Elf doesn’t have any special abilities nor does the Book of Mystic Arts grant any abilities beyond increased attack strength. Thus, Mystical Elf couldn’t have transferred its attack power to the Blue-Eyes. Duelist Kingdom logic is fun.

4Kids edited out the wine on Pegasus’s hand after Yugi has that awesome speech. I guess they thought it looked like blood?



This episode wasn’t as fun as the last because Kaiba quickly needs to run and doesn’t help Yugi anymore, so there’s no cool rival matchup after a short while. Without it, it’s kinda boring. Even with Kaiba’s deck, you know Yugi won’t lose to some goofy hired duelist. After all…not even Kaiba can beat Yugi with Kaiba’s deck.

Next time, Jonouchi Vs. Ryuuzaki!

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Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 7 Sub/Dub Comparison


Plot: Yugi and the others stumble upon some fish cooking on a cliffside. Thinking with their stomachs, and not having eaten for hours, Honda and Jonouchi quickly go after the feast. The owner of the fish, the ocean-based duelist Ryouta, confronts them. After finding out who Yugi is, he eagerly treats them to a meal and then demands a duel as compensation. Can Yugi beat the creatures of the deep or will the power of the ocean overcome him?


I agree. If Pegasus wasn’t going to cater the tournament, he should’ve at least told the participants to bring food…..Then again, I wouldn’t go to some strange island for three days without any food, especially if the invitation didn’t mention catering. Also, dub!Yugi, why would there be burger stands or restaurants on Pegasus’s private island where the only house is his?

Honda’s survival book cover has the evil language of Japan on it, so it got turned into rectangles. What? You can’t read rectangles? This is why you should’ve gone to college.

Subbed: ygoep7screen1
Dubbed: ygoep7screen2

Name Change: Ryouta Kajiki is changed to Mako Tsunami. Like Ryuzaki and Haga, his name is also a pun in both versions as Kajiki is a blue marlin. It’s also apparently the name of a typhoon, which adds to the pun.

Jonouchi justifies his stealing by saying the fish must be a meal prepared for them by God. Well, religion and all that so Joey just says he’ll eat first and ask questions later.

Mako’s getting the Joey treatment when it comes to his tournament rank. He came in third in the tournament that Joey participated in (Shouldn’t Jonouchi recognize him then?) In this version, Yugi just says he’s the top ranked ocean duelist (Out of how many? It can’t be a saturated field. He’s the only ocean duelist I’ve ever seen). Also, considering Yugi’s already beaten the champion of that same tournament, it kinda takes away the tension.

Ehhhhhhh wait a minute. Mako basically challenges Yugi to a duel right after he finds out who he is. “It’ll be my honor to duel you!” “Same here, Mako” basically insinuates a challenge and acceptance. This makes his infamous harpoon throw at Yugi even less necessary.

How did Yugi and Mako get onto their dueling platforms? The arena is like ten feet from the cliff and it’s jettisoned out about 70 feet from the water. The arena doesn’t extend a bridge, so what the hell?

At this point, I’m starting to get annoyed that Yugi constantly calls out Yami to help him in duels. Does Yami just burst out to steal Yugi’s limelight or is Yugi just lazy? He hardly ever duels on his own, and, if he does, Yami has an inner monologue running to help him. The more he does it, the more it seems like Yugi cheats…

Ya know, Yugi, an intelligent duelist would put their monster in defense mode if they were facing a monster they couldn’t see. Just sayin’.

I understand that tying up Mako/Ryouta was to save him from falling into the ocean, but what if the boat capsized? Then he’d be trapped, have no way out of the boat, and then he’d drown.

For some reason, they flipped the screens of the clouds coming in….no comment.

Death is a big no-no – Ryouta’s dad obviously died during that storm in the flashback. Ryouta wants a boat so that he can take on the sea again. In the dub, Mako says he noticed the lifeboat was missing when he washed up ashore and knows that he’s alive. He wants a boat to go out looking for him.

Both versions have this – you can’t attack spell cards unless it’s a specific effect of a monster or spell card. So, technically, Yugi cheated again. Though, considering this is season one, I guess it’s not the worst….That’ll come soon. Also, the moon barely affected the water when it came out on the field, but destroy it and all of the water leaves?


This episode was okay. Mako’s fairly entertaining, and his backstory is pretty sad. His story in the dub amounts to nothing, which sucks because you’re left wondering if Mako will ever find his dad.

Next episode, a mysterious star chip thief is roaming the island, and it’s Kaiba’s little brother Mokuba. He wants revenge on Yugi for defeating his brother and he’ll do whatever it takes to do so.

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