Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 5 Sub/Dub Comparison


Plot: Yugi is continuing his duel with Haga as he prepares for his most powerful monster, the Ultimate Moth. Yugi uses the new rules to his advantage and wins out, defeating Haga and eliminating him from the tournament. But that is only the first bump on the road to getting his grandpa back.


4Kids seems to be putting effort into making Mai very mean. Mai’s not really humble by any means in the original, but she’s constantly throwing out “losers” and “geeks” while overall mocking the group in the dub.

Mai’s first dialogue is also changed slightly. She seems to believe Yugi can’t win against Weevil in the dub, while she simply says you can’t judge the duel by one turn as one turn can be all that it takes to turn a duel around, as Yugi showed with his Mirror Force, in the original.

Okay, why the hell did Yugi attack the cocoon? He knew the defense power was 300 points greater than Gaia’s attack points. That’s like a rookie level mistake…..*cough* Though, technically Weevil made an even rookie-er mistake because he clearly summons the cocoon in attack mode instead of defense mode, which means Gaia would’ve easily won since the cocoon’s attack is 0. While we’re on the subject, Yugi cheats by using Polymerization, a magic card, during Weevil’s turn.

I don’t know why this matters, but in the original, the Great Moth sounds like, well….a donkey. In the dub it sounds like a bird. Neither is really…uh, accurate (How does a giant moth sound?) but the dub sounds better.

They edited out a flashback of Yugi and the group running through the forest as moths flew overhead. The flashback was to trigger Yugi’s epiphany that the Great Moth was poisoning Gaia. In the dub, Weevil just tells him what’s going on. To be fair, though, it’s not like the moths were giving off poison scales to begin with, so even the original doesn’t make much sense sometimes.

Another mention of Jonouchi’s eighth place win in the regionals is cut. Poor Joey, can’t catch a break.

For some reason, in only this episode, a picture of the loser of the duel (in this case, Weevil) pops up on screen and an X goes through his picture signifying that he’s been eliminated.


This episode was the first taste into dueling weirdness. It also felt a bit Pokemon-ish with the whole ‘enemy’s wet so hit them with lightning’ trick. I would’ve liked to have seen the Great Moth fully formed, but I guess that’s okay.

Next episode, it’s Jonouchi’s first duel of the tournament and it’s with the supposedly psychic Mai. Can Jonouchi debunk her powers or will he be knocked out in round one?

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Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 4 Sub/Dub Comparison


Plot: Duelist Kingdom is underway and Yugi has his sights trained on Insect Haga for revenge for throwing his precious Exodia cards into the sea. However, Haga has plenty of tricks up his sleeve by using the new tournament rules to his advantage. Can Yugi exterminate Haga from the tournament? Oh God, now I’m using puns. Damn you 4Kids!


In the original, when Pegasus makes his speech, he explains the rules of the tournament games (You must use Duel Monster cards, 2000 life points and no direct attacks.) Pegasus in the dub just tells everyone to be at their best….Kinda lame to report, but this episode has been fairly changeless (barring the inclusion of a ton of dialogue over silence) so far. Pegasus also mentions that they have 48 hours to get ten star chips or they go home in the original version. In the dub, there’s no mentioned time limit.

I will never understand this – later we see that the security guys around the island are incredibly strict when it comes to star chips. When you’re out, you’re gone. No exceptions – not even if your chips were stolen. So how is it that Anzu and Honda (and Bakura) are able to fly under the radar? Just the fact that they have no dueling glove should be a dead giveaway. It just baffles me that they never get thrown out even when they meet several officials. Hell, when they enter the finals, one of the guards actually points out that they’re not duelists and yet they do nothing about it.

Bakura might be doing something Ring-wise to prevent this, subconsciously of course, but there’s no reason for the others.

In the original, Pegasus told Insect Haga of the new rule. Why? I don’t know. It could’ve been a special gift for winning that other tournament from episode two. In the dub, Weevil says he stole the new rules.

This is prevalent in both versions. Mirror Force doesn’t affect your opponent’s life points at all. It just destroys all of the monsters on your opponent’s side of the field when an attack is called by the enemy. But, in this season, that’s really the least of their worries.

In the dub, Weevil foreshadows his Ultimate Moth Cocoon. In the original, the episode ends at Yugi calling Weevil weak. I guess this can be forgiven seeing as how the Japanese preview basically does the same thing, but still.


All in all, this episode was fairly uneventful and boring. It was mostly focused on learning the new rules of duelist kingdom and the duel barely takes up any of the episode.

Next episode, the duel between Yugi and Haga concludes.

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