Episode 91, part 2, this would be such a fun duel if it wasn’t for the murder #justYGOthings
Part 1, focusing on Mai’s flashback early in the episode, is here!
Shit’s already super fucked-up, Yami Malik stylz
Mai can’t hear or see Anzu. I’m pretty sure this is a sop to the viewers to show where Anzu should be, and not actually what Mai sees.
But Mai is determined and battles onwards nonetheless.
Wow that’s … some name. And her attack is called Dance of Betrayal. #IblamePegasus
Yami Malik isn’t rattled by such things as counterattacks or human conversation.
oh, fuck off, edgelord
you were never even really a child, you’re just a magical mental illness
Anyway, he’s quickly able to destroy Mai’s Monster, matching her move for move.
… didn’t think I’d ever say this, but Yami Malik makes a good point.
But tragically, the upshot of Mai losing this Monster, and therefore another fragment of her own memory, is that glowing, floating memory!Jounouchi explodes like a wine glass that abruptly met a bullet
Don’t worry, she copes well!
(right before the exploding-Jounouchi is when she has her flashback, which I recapped separately, when she realises what’s about to happen)
Meanwhile Jounouchi doesn’t even know why Mai’s no longer responding to his (near-constant) yelling
“How the hell would I know?”
Wait HOW THE HELL DID HE KNOW??
Can he see the illusions? Yami Malik says only the people in the game can, but, as we’re about to see, he doesn’t account for Yami’s dark magic abilities elsewhere. Can he somehow sense what’s happening? Or does he read Mai as well as Yami Malik does, and also read Yami Malik, and guess that that’s what’s happening?
… Wait didn’t Yami Malik TELL Mai out loud with words what’s happening? So then this changes from “Yami’s incredible control of dark magic or Yami’s superlative observation skills?” to “why the fuck is everyone else so fucking dense?”
Either way, Yami says that outsiders can’t interfere with a Dark Game…
YEAHHHH :D I fuckin love when Yami gets all Dark Sorcerer up in other people’s business
Yami Malik is not delighted.
WHY IS HE CALLING HIM YUGI FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD AND NARRATIVELY CONSISTENT WHY THE FUCKITY FUCKING FUCK CAN NO ONE GET THIS RIGHT I SWEAR TO THE GODS OF WRITING-SHIT-THAT-MAKES-ANY-KIND-OF-SENSE I COULD NOT BE MORE ENRAGED BY THE COMPLETE AND TOTAL DISREGARD THE WRITERS PAY TO THE FACT THAT MOST OF THESE FUCKING FUCKERS KNOW. DAMN. WELL. THAT THE MAGIC-WIELDING DUEL-WINNING SMACK-TALKING ROYAL-ASS ASS IS THE GODDAMN PHARAOH AND NOT IN FACT “””YUGI””” YOU FUCKING MOTHER-FUCKING-FUCKERS
Yami butts in to the floating green void that idk symbolises the Dark Game somehow and delivers some motivational slogans to Mai
He tells her that the horrible things that are happening are illusions based on her fears. She listens and starts to feel hopeful again, and it jogs her memory, although imperfectly: she’s now able to hear Jounouchi but not see or remember him.
well that’s sweet!
Just in case things get too sweet and touching, Yami Malik moves on to Phase 2: The Kinky Shit
It’s the emphasis on “slowly” that makes this weird.
…. I’m just saying, he’s DEFINITELY getting off on this. Good to know he’s a masochist as well as a sadist. Or maybe this is like, an emotional-control kink as a Dom? idk
Mai didn’t object to Yami visiting the green void, but she’s determined to do this herself.
Jounouchi grabs Yami and asks him what the hell is going on, specifically what Yami Malik means by saying that, if Mai loses, she’ll fall into a “slumber”.
That’s… not a very informative answer.
But look at his body language: he stiffens up and looks away, turns his whole face away, so he’s not looking Jounouchi in the eyes. Even though he was perfectly comfortable identifying and even interfering in the Dark Game, he’s very uncomfortable talking about it here. I wonder if he’s ashamed of how he used to run his own Dark Games and inflict similar punishments on people, even though he thought at the time he was doing the right thing, while Yami Malik is pretty explicitly just really into fucking people up.
But hey, one slick combo later!
Even Yami Malik is impressed
Actually he’s been very complimentary throughout. When he’s not being a sadistic creep, which is rare. But he gives her credit for all her good moves, and even does so politely.
Unlike SOMEONE I can mention
RUDE. (so cute tho)
Meanwhile, speaking of people getting off on weird shit
good lord, he’s so into this
But when she summons it, it doesn’t exactly go the way she’d hoped and everyone is shocked
pictured: adorkable Pharaoh, shocked
and Yami Malik laughs so hard his entire cloak blows up in the air to join him in merriment:
I’m apparently not done yet - one more cover. I was asked to do an incentive cover for an Adventure Time: The Flip Side issue coming out in June. I’ve been wanting to draw Adventure Time fanart for goodness knows how long, but I’ve always been too nervous to actually get anything out. Thankfully I managed to push through the art block for this. :)