Sugoroku-Mutou

The Guardian of Right to Pass Judgement on Evil - Part One

“How about you play a game with me?”

One of the biggest over exaggerations of a character by fandom in general is early series Yami Yugi. Largely because the memes about him are hilarious but he’s often characterised as an insane, violent, vengeful murder-ghost. Which isn’t strictly an out-right lie but it also reduces his very complex character to something he simply isn’t.

Most people have only seen the DM anime, and by that point in the story Yami has levelled out considerably in terms of his behaviour and use of shadow magic so hearing about the first chapters of his appearance (especially the infamous chapter with the escaped convict who is set on fire) I find leads to the assumption he was completely nutter butters. He isn’t.

What Yami actually is, is ruthless. It’s an ongoing flaw that Yami steadily overcomes as the series goes on, but he’s very much in control of his actions and what he is doing. He’s not been driven mad and irrational by being in the puzzle, he’s not randomly attacking people and he certainly isn’t shrieking with delight as his victim burns merrily away in front of him.

I’m going to be covering two chapters at a time after this post – the early series chapters are either one-chapter stories or two-parters and are all relatively short. And hopefully overtime you’ll see what I mean when I say Yami’s not the dark madman he’s characterised as - he’s extremely confused and literally working off his base personality traits until he settles down a bit. It’s a very interesting character development arc.

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