Since it can be hard to find blogs/get found in our crazy big fandom, I created this list to help network between any and all YGO fans. Check out these super cool YGO-centric blogs below (listed in alphabetical order):
((ALSO, I’ll only be adding people to this list by request, in order to spotlight blogs that might not be as well known!))
Woke up this morning thinking YM would probably get a kick out of my Spooktacular sleeping shirt complete with anatomically incorrect cartoon skeleton, so I decided to do one of those Draw Your Faves in What You Are Currently Wearing thing.
What if Lotor is not the “big bad” of VLD after all? What if that honour goes to someone else? I know I sound like I’m off my rocker, but here me out!
A lot of long running shonen anime tends to be written in story arcs where each arc has it’s own villain, before switching it up in the next season.
For example, in YGO DM there were a lot of story arc villains such as Pegasus, Marik, Dartz, etc. The final boss of the series was none of those characters, it was…
Bakura was hinted at throughout the series, showing up to cause trouble. It wasn’t until the last arc he stepped out of the shadows to raise some hell. His past is tied to Yami’s since he is the spirit of the Millennium Ring and his village was burnt down by Akenadin, or Yami’s uncle. It makes sense for him to be the final boss since he is very closely tied to the hero and posses a Earth shattering threat due to him wanting to summon Zorc.
The other YGO series were the same way. The final boss of GX was Trueman. For Zexal it was Don Thousand. For Arc V, the latest YGO series, it was Zarc (not to be confused with Zarkon!). I’m not sure about 5Ds, though.
A lot of other shonen animes are the same way. Granted, I never got into One Piece, Bleach or Naruto, but I heard from others they tend to have “arc villains” too, which makes sense since a lot of these ran on for years and years, so they would have change things up to engage the audience.
What if VLD is the same way and is more story arc like? After all, it was based on an anime, Beast King Go Lion, and the series is very serialised so far, aiming at a larger goal then a ton of one off episodes. The more I think about it, the first two seasons seem like a season long story arc with it focusing on taking down one main villain. Sure, there were side villains the team fought off, but the main villain they battled was Zarkon.
A lot of people who are working on Voltron were heavily involved with the Korra series, which tended to switch villains out each story arc too. So it could be possible that they are planning to do the same for VLD.
Not only that, during an interview, the showrunners seemed to allude at other threats at play and that there could be twists about who the main threat is, making it very possible it might not be Lotor…
Lotor seems more of a Marik type threat (since I think he is the person in the Weblum and Lotor almost redeemed in DOTU to turn back into a villain much like Zuko) than someone like say Yami Bakura. Someone who has some connection to the hero, but still holds a chance to change his ways and yet is a very threatening villain in his own right. With that said, he is still not powerful enough to be considered a final boss of the series.
Plus, if Lotor possibly redeems himself (which I have a hunch he might) or is more morally grey villain and his father’s well…out for the count, then the series would end on a whimper instead of a bang. I really can’t see the VLD writers ever doing something like that. The writers on the series are super talented and would no doubt make a very good climax for the series.
You guys maybe thinking, “Wait. If you don’t think Lotor is the Final Boss of VLD, then who the hell do you think is?”
This is Emperor Throk. He is the main villain of the whole old school franchise…outside of maybe Lotor in a lot of the western adaptions. He is more blood thirsty and darker than Zarkon ever was. He assisted the emperor and pretended to be loyal to him, being a rather big kiss ass, but did it so he could put his ass on the throne instead. During the series, he murders the emperor, taking command of the army.
If I had to compare him to an Avatar villain, to quote @darkspellmaster from a meta they made, he’d be Amon from Korra. Someone with a very powerful presence and is very cut throat. (I think he might be more like Vector from YGO Zexal this time around, but that’s not the point).
The thing is he already showed up in VLD a few times and is right on the season 2 poster…
Even Throk’s design is extremely fishy. He sticks out in shots paired off against the other Galra. Everything in animation, unlike live action, is planned out and put there for a reason. Usually characters that have stand out outfits or looks from the other grunts tend to have a bigger part to play in the series, whether it be later on or then and there. This is probably why Sendak, Ulaz and Thace were distinguished by their physical looks. It’s also probably why the Weblum Galra wears custom made armour with a symbol that no other Galra in the whole series has on their chest. Throk having that red uniform and being more willowy then the other commanders not only makes him stand out, but indicates to the audience this a person to watch out for in the near future. There is even a scene where Throk is front and centre when Zarkon talks with him. Even though he has no lines, he sticks out from the crowd. (Not suspicious at all)
The show staff foreshadowed things long in advance before like with the Glara Keith thing, so them hinting at future villain now isn’t that much of a stretch.
It might be just me, but Throk had a wicked and malicious gleam in his eyes on the season 2 poster, which gave me the creeps, like he would sweet talk you one minute and stab you in the back the next. The last character in an anime I saw to have that same look in his eye was Vector from Zexal, who was a very powerful villain.
With the show staff naming a character after a major villain of the whole franchise, it really makes me wonder. It’s like if there was a character in Alex Hirsch’s new cartoon or in the new Ducktales reboot named Bill Cipher; I just would stare at the character the whole time, half expecting them to turn into a triangle at any second. It’s the same thing here, especially with the show staff naming a character after a main villain of a series.
To add on to this even more, only Galra commanders with large roles to play are given names whereas one shot villains tend to lack that; granted, there are some exceptions, but for the most part only stand out characters get a name.
Emperor Zeppo is another dark emperor of the old school franchise. He was more powerful than Zarkon was. He was a master manipulator and worked with Throk. He’s a very subtitle character, who doesn’t like making his presence immediately known to you. He can hide his plans by pretending to be foolish. But he can be just as cut throat as Zarkon. He even destroyed his own planet just so it couldn’t be in enemy hands.
Granted, he never had a modern counterpart show up in the series yet. But if the crew does plan to have another worse villain after Lotor become emperor, he is a huge possibility, especially with Zeppo’s ability to be undetected in the background.
Again, this is just a theory. I could see either one of these being the final boss in VLD.
We have a lot of art and angstshipping of ryou and marik being emotionally constipated babies when being romantic and junk
But.. where is the art… of their alter evils being emotionally stifled and just trying to be romantic by expressing their feelings towards each other but they both fuck up constantly. One tries to impress the other and the other is just “???” and they just keep miscommunicating their affections.
And all but one of the finalists have arrived. Ishizu is still in her room because she’s seen this episode before.
While they’re waiting for Ishizu to not show up, the duelists engage in some friendly chit-chat, and Jounouchi mentally rearranges his list of “worst matchups for me”
SERIOUSLY. Is this Yami Bakura being a little shit, doing a Ryou impression? Or is it Ryou being a little shit? I must know from whom the shittery is originating!
Kaiba, again, gets fed up waiting for Ishizu and has the TO press on without her.
Time to announce the randomly-chosen first pair! How do we choose?
OF COURSE IT’S WITH A BLUE EYES ULTIMATE DRAGON BINGO MACHINE that Kaiba either MADE or HAD MADE #heisnotthecoolone #sorrynotsorry
First up, by the laws of narrative, has to be Yami, so we see all the cool blimp stuff happening first in a protagonist duel. Also first, by Murphy’s law, Little Mr Should-Be-Resting.
Yami. Is. SO. Suspicious.
Now it’s time to reveal Seto Kaiba’s awesome Kilometre High Duel Arena!
this is a CARD GAME.
Well anyway, Yami and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Ryou are too busy having hate-sex eye-sex to complain about the TERRIBLE CHOICE OF DUEL ARENA and Yami’s not wasting any time pretending like he actually believes it’s metaphorical butter
and Bakura’s not wasting any time getting started on his usual plan of “Eh Fuck It There’s No Plan”
Yami: um, not really.
He doesn’t even TRY to lie, the MOMENT Yami says “[sigh] is that you, Yami Bakura?” he’s like “SURPR– oh you’re not surprised”.
YOU should– YOU SHOULD KNOW– omg are you?? See. Look. I feel like, here, Yami Bakura’s playing all “hehe I’ll keep him guessing”. But. But. This is from This Guy.
so actually I don’t believe you have a plan
AND NEITHER DOES YOUR BOYFRIEND
although it sure LOOKS like Bakura has a plan because him and Marik keep very unsubtly smirking and glaring at one another…
Like four minutes later:
Bakura’s so very cavalier about his LP that even Yami, aka Mr This Might Be A Trap Better Trigger It To Find Out, is pretty hesitant about mowing down the third unprotected monster Bakura leaves out, because he’s pretty sure it’s a trap, but, y’know, he decides to trigger it to find out
He uses his destroyed monsters to summon this thing, which I am calling Why The Doll Tho
the doll chatters, it’s truly horrifying
But Yami’s ready for this bullshit and summons All Time Fave, my girl DMG! Whom Bakura immediately disses
Bakura hadn’t attacked because Yami had a face down card he assumed was a trap, but it was actually Mana’s spellbook, boosting her power enough to destroy Why The Doll Tho!
it’s leg-stretchingly exciting for DMG!
UGH. WORST. WHY THE DOLL THO???
Turns out Bakura is smirking (awkwardly) because once Why The Doll Tho is destroyed, he can summon fucking hell itself I guess because who the fuck even designed this card game anyway #fightmePegasus
But the important thing is, everyone keeps their shit together in front of their 13-year-old sister. ^-^
I tried to give a visual representation of what my right eye (pictured right) sees versus what my left eye sees. Sadly, I couldn’t find a way to show the lack of focusing my lazy eye does so instead you guys get a terrible blurry picture
Are you the Yami Bakura or the Marik in relationships? ( platonic, romantic etc.)
Well, based on some events, I am left to believe I can be sweet as a Ryou, but act as a tamed-but-still-crazy Yami Marik once u get to know me. (Ex: Yell at you, making puns, sometimes tries to roast you…
Oh, I know: It’s like if Ryou tries to act like Yami Marik, but fails a lot.
A random headcanon
Yuugi’s favorite game is not Duel Monsters ,everyone just thinks it is because he is so good at it.
Which Millennium Item would you want and why?
The puzzle - not because Atem is in it but because it’s powers are very undefined and can be used in a lot of different ways. Also because I like my eyeballs
Marik being feminine honestly ( I know this mostly comes from YGOTAS but still) honestly I’m not a huge fan of how he is depicted in fandom. I mean he was running a gang when he was at least 14ish , he almost cut of Yuugi legs !! He’s hard core and most people kinda forget that