Intro: Hello dear users of AnimeVice. This thread is dedicated to clearing out some of the misunderstandings regarding Yu-Gi-Oh and its spinoffs and helping you with understanding how the verse functions, as well as how to use them in Versus debates.
Description of the Verse: So what is Yu-Gi-Oh all about? Well in short – its about a card game. But not just any card game, an ancient card game where you summon monsters from other dimensions in order to obliterate the soul of your opponent and subjugate the whole planet to your whims. Oh, and its also played for fun from time to time.
Dueling: So there is something very different in Yu-Gi-Oh anime compared to most other shounens. Its the card game. The whole series revolves around it, every possible conflict is resolved by a duel. Somebody stole your lunch money – you duel them, somebody wants to bang your girl – you duel them, somebody is trying to murder everybody on the planet – you duel them, your dog shat all over the house – you d... anyway, you probably understand what I mean by now. This "duel for everything" shtick creates a very interesting dynamic in the Yu-Gi-Oh verse. You see, the duel works like a contract, where both parties involved (the duelists) put their lives on the line. The looser of the duel usually gets his mind, sour or even body destroyed. There are moments when characters can't answer a duel, maybe they don't have a deck or something else prevents it. In these moments the character usually gets the same treatment as if he lost a duel, they loose their souls or get sealed. They are countless examples of this when fodders get wiped by the dozens just because they lack the ability to duel. Another case is when sometimes instead of dueling, characters choose to resolve their conflict with an actual fight where they summon their monsters as real physical beings and they battle it out.
Actual Powers: So how strong is the verse? One of the strongest ones out there I would say. While a lot of characters are just regular humans, there are some characters that can wipe out an universe like its just another sunny afternoon for them. The verse peaks at Multiverse Level, with its strongest character being able to rearrange the future, present and past of the multiverse to their liking. So lets get on with the different categories of power below:
Destructive capabilities: This is what most people think about when they hear the term power. The amount of stuff that you can destroy. Like I said before most of the duelist are around human level, so they rely on their monsters to do the work for them. Now, monsters come in different shape and form, some of them can take down a building, others are capable of busting a star. And there is those few individuals that dwarf those capabilities by being able to destroy galaxies and even whole universes.
Speed: Speed is important, after all what goods is power if you don't have the time to release it. Here is something interesting, while duelists for the most part are just regular humans, this is one category where they differ. For some reason most duelists have no problem reacting to the attacks of their monsters and those travel at incredible speeds. A majority of monsters fly at Massively Hypersonic Speeds, so their attacks have to be at least as fast if they want to hit each other. Higher tier monsters are capable of even faster attacks, reaching into the Faster than Light category. And again there are those few characters (the same few that destroy galaxies) that go up to Massively Faster than Light speeds.
Hax: The verse has a staggering amount of hax in it. Most is concerned with Mind and Soul manipulation, but there is also the occasional Invisibility, Intangibility, Teleportation, Time Travel, Existence Erasure and even Reality Warping.
*Soul Manipulation: Pretty much the bread and butter of the verse. Almost every major villain has a skill that allows him to mess with the souls of other characters. For example, Bakura is quite capable of ripping the souls of his opponents and seal them into different objects like cards and figures. This skill is very widely used and among its users are also Pegasus, Bakura, Yuri, Leo Akaba, Kite Tenjo and a lot of others. Another application is soul absorption, a few characters are capable of absorbing the soul of others and adding their power to their own. For example its been used by Vector to absorb the soul of Number 96 and later on Don Thousand used it to absorb Vector's soul. Another thing they can do is soul fusing. This usually involves fusing two souls into a single soul. Like how how Jaden Yuki fused his soul with Yubel's. Or how Yubel fused the souls of a few students with the souls of spirits.
*Mind Manipulation: The most basic use of mind manipulation is the ability to read the mind of other people. Characters like Pegasus, Yubel, Astral and some others have this power. Mind control is also very prominent in the verse, Maric, Yubel, Number 96, Vector, Don Thousand and lots and lots of others.
Nestle Not bad mahn, i love this. tbh i never really liked yugioh, not until it was introduced to me by a friend about 5 years ago, i saw him playing the game(YGORPO), i always wondered how he enjoyed such a boring game and back then i was kinda like king of all games lol, i literally play anything i see or lay my hands on but just that one game made my like urrgh...Eventually i got the game on my laptop but just abandoned it for like months until i got super bored one day and decided to play, after a few losses and getting really pissed i decided to keep firing on until my first win and HOLY! the feeling was great! then i kept playing and playing till i got somehow addicted lol, i couldn't believe myself but i still wasn't that good, so my friend advised my to watch the yugioh animes to learn more about monsters, spell cards, traps etc to be able to perfect my deck, and that's how i began watching the anime till today.
ah..although i haven't watched the anime for some time now...also do u play ygopro as well?
Thanks man, this is going to be my pet project for now. I hope I can provide enough info and maybe even get a few people to check Yu-Gi-Oh out. Its such an awesome verse, full of versatile & powerful characters.
I did play YGO a few years ago, I was really into it. I was even going to live tournaments, but I lost interest after a few key cards of my deck got banned. I haven't kept up with the game much since then. I'm more interested in the anime now.
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT