anzu's eye


Tadaa! I was thinking it would be really fun to have a Mystery Dungeon game with Yu-Gi-Oh, and each dungeon would have different monsters that you could befriend like in the pokemon game!

The pixel sprites are from Yu-Gi-Oh Reshef of Destruction and the pixel backgrounds are from the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games!

kountoall  asked:

In chapter 25 I think of reverse Kurama thinks for a moment of taking Genma with him. Do you ever think of doing a au of it. I just imagine all the shenanigans they would get into.

Genma wakes with a throbbing headache, the vaguely nauseating lurch of a mild concussion, and the scent of rain and wet earth heavy in his nose.

It’s nothing at all like the sea-and-stone scent of Whirlpool Country that he remembers from before, and the air clings like a damp shroud in a way that sea air doesn’t. There’s no sense of Kakashi’s chakra, either, familiar and crackling like lightning. Instead, it’s like someone lit a bonfire right next to his head—chakra burns, as brilliant as standing at the heart of a wildfire.

Taking a breath, Genma opens his eyes, and is immediately confronted by orange-gold and green.

“Kurama-nii!” the little girl calls gleefully, grin wide and bright. “Kurama-nii, he’s awake! Are you going to torture him?”

“Are you going to eat him?” a redheaded boy, even younger than the girl, asks solemnly, leaning over Genma’s other side. Eerily pale eyes blink at Genma for a moment, and then the boy looks up. “Shukaku says you should eat him.”

“Shukaku is about ten cards short of a full deck,” a familiar voice says dryly, and a dark-skinned arm loops around the little boy and scoops him up. “Sweetheart, I thought you were supposed to be emptying out your pack.”

“But laying clothes out is boring,” the girl complains, even as she scrambles up. “They’re not that wet.”

“If you don’t stick them by the fire, they’re going to molder,” Uzumaki Kurama says, crouching down even as he boosts the redhead—the Kazekage’s child, Ichibi jinchuuriki, highly unstable, Genma remembers from the report, and can’t feel anything but bemused—up to cling to his shoulder. The boy latches on like a monkey, apparently perfectly content, and Kurama definitely doesn’t seem to mind, hardly even notices as he looks Genma over a little warily.

“Sorry,” he says, on the verge of gruff, but there’s a flicker in his eyes that makes Genma certain that he means it. “Freak Squad was incoming, and it was put you down or get the kids the hell out of there.”

Given that dropping him was hardly a time-consuming chore, Genma calls bullshit, and lets his raised eyebrow speak volumes as he pulls himself up to sit. Kurama has the grace to look faintly abashed, if not regretful, and he rolls his eyes a bit and huffs.

Well. There’s nothing to be done about it now, clearly, since Genma gets the feeling that Whirlpool Country is far behind them. He looks Kurama over, taking in the ragged clothes, the bare feet, the weary look edging his eyes, and tips his head in acceptance.

“I feel like I picked a fight with a mountain,” he says, keeps it light so that Kurama will know he’s joking even as he puts a hand up to rub at the lump on his skull.

Thankfully, it’s only humor that crosses Kurama’s sharp, almost pretty features. He chuckles softly, reaching out to gently tip Genma’s head forward. It’s a careful motion, and Genma only just feels the touch of claws against his scalp as Kurama shifts his hair. His bandana is still in his pocket, he realizes with something of a start. And—maybe it’s fitting, that Genma took off his hitai-ate before he helped Kurama, but…

Namikaze Minato was Genma’s Hokage, far more than the Sandaime. Minato was the one he loved, the one he would have given his life for in a heartbeat. And it was Minato he was serving, letting Kurama go. There’s no way Minato would ever have kept Naruto away from his last living relative, even if Naruto wasn’t his son. What could Genma do but honor that, when everything pointed to Kurama being benevolent, rather than an enemy?

“A jinchuuriki, not a mountain,” Kurama corrects dryly, letting Genma go to sink back on his heels, though dark red eyes linger on him. “It’s probably the next best thing, though, honestly.”

Genma grins, because he knew Kushina, and he’d definitely agree with that. Before he can say as much, though, there’s a scuffle off to the side, and with a cheer Naruto goes tumbling head over heels, a small white fox in his arms. They’re wrestling, Genma realizes with a start, and—

Six years, and he’s never seen Naruto laugh like that before. Like Kushina, loud and bright, entirely uncontained.

Kurama growls under his breath, more exasperation than anger, and practically dives over Genma, grabbing for the boy, and Genma looks, takes in what’s alarmed the man, and sees the edge of a cliff uncomfortably close. With a curse, he grabs Kurama’s shirt, anchoring him, and Kurama snatches Naruto and the fox up a bare foot from the edge.

“Don’t do that, kit,” he huffs, even as Genma reels him back in, heartbeat still stuttering in his chest at the near miss.

“Sorry, Kurama-nii,” Naruto says abashedly, offering up a sheepish grin that’s entirely Minato and makes Genma’s breath catch a little.

“Oops,” the fox agrees cheerfully, wiggling out of Naruto’s hold. “We’ll be more careful, Kurama-sama.”

Kurama rolls his eyes, but he sets Naruto on his feet, then lets Gaara slide down to join him. “We’re going to be up here for one night. Please try not to die, okay, brats?”

“Are we giving you gray hairs?” a blonde preteen asks solemnly, looking Kurama over with sharp eyes. “Anzu said we were, but I don’t see any.”

“If anyone could, it would be you four,” Kurama says dryly. “But no. I’m fine.”

Yugito eyes him for one more moment, then nods, apparently accepting that, and says, “Naruto, Gaara, come help me lay out your clothes so they’ll dry. You don’t want to be wearing wet things tomorrow, do you?”

“Aww,” Naruto complains, though by the way he bounces over to her side, it’s probably not nearly as much of a problem as he’s making it seem. Gaara casts one more look at Genma, faintly cautious, and then follows.

Genma watches them for a moment, taking in the small cave they’re all camped out in. outside, rain is sheeting down, and grey clouds obscure everything, though Genma can’t tell if the cloud-cover is particularly low or if they’re up high. No defining characteristics, beyond the rain, and at this time of year that could mean they’re in Ame, Grass, southern Lightning Country, or anywhere near the eastern sea.

He glances over at Kurama to find the man watching him closely, still sitting next to him with one leg bent and an elbow looped around it. Definitely not the pose of an enemy, or even someone suspicious of Genma’s motives, and that’s…strange. Kurama shouldn’t know anything about him, and certainly not enough to mark him as something besides a possible threat.

Then again, Genma supposes that he wouldn’t be conscious anywhere near the kids if Kurama thought he was a threat. Probably would have been killed back in Whirlpool Country, honestly, and it’s not a comforting thought, but it’s still reassuring. Kurama’s doing everything possible to protect the jinchuuriki children, and Genma knows bone-deep that he won’t let any harm come to them.

“What’s happening tomorrow?” he asks mildly, carefully leaning back to brace himself against the wall of the cave.

For a long moment Kurama just looks at him, dark red eyes assessing. He looks so much like Kushina, from the shape of his eyes to the angle of his jaw, that it’s a little eerie, but…comforting. Genma’s spent the last six years with the only reminder of Kushina being her son, and for all Naruto will likely look like his mother when he gets older, for now his father’s coloring overwhelms it. It’s impossible not to see Minato, when Genma looks at him, so the shadow of Kushina in Kurama’s features is a welcome one.

Raggedly cut red hair sways as Kurama tips his head a little, and his lips tip up in a hint of a smirk. “If I said Kiri, what would you do?”

Kiri? Genma blinks, entirely taken aback, and—he’d honestly been expecting Kurama to say Ame. It would at least make more sense than the Bloody Mist.

Except maybe it wouldn’t, because Kurama’s been hitting all the highlights in his jinchuuriki-acquisition tour, and besides Bee, the only ones he hasn’t visited yet are Yagura and Kiri’s second human sacrifice.

“…You’re going to take four kids into Kiri,” he says, even so, because the bloody graduation exam might have stopped when he was a kid, but that doesn’t mean Kiri is anything even vaguely close to stable.

Kurama blinks, and then snorts. He curls his legs under him, shifting forward, and says, “You know, most people skip over the fact that they’re kids, seeing as they’re jinchuuriki too.”

Genma rolls his eyes at the man, because after Genma committing treason for him he should damn well know better. “Most people probably didn’t have to deal with a pregnant Kushina. Believe me, that’s not something I could forget.”

The slant of Kurama’s mouth changes, a faintly bittersweet smile crossing his face. “Yeah. She was a terror, wasn’t she?”

“The biggest terror,” Genma says fondly, because Kushina may as well have been a second older sister, and he adored her for everything she was. These last few years have been torture, only being able to involve himself in the barest fringes of Naruto’s life, unable to be anything but an invisible watcher most of the time. It hurts, even more so because he knows it’s the exact opposite of what Minato and Kushina would have wanted.


Well. Thinking like that, it’s easy enough to know what to do next. Kurama said he was planning to bring Naruto back to Konoha, and that’s good enough for Genma.

“So,” he says easily, pulling a senbon out of his sleeve and flipping it through his fingers. “What are our plans in Kiri?”

Kurama’s eyes widen, and he looks up at Genma sharply. Genma just grins back, lazy and maybe a little challenging, and watches the realization flicker across that familiar-unfamiliar face.

“Well,” Kurama drawls, “hopefully I’ll be able to find a babysitter. And then I was planning to go punch a goddess in the face. You up for it?”

Raidō is going to murder him, but it’s still nowhere near enough to make Genma back down. He holds Kurama’s gaze, tucks the senbon between his teeth, and smiles. “I did always like to dream big.”


I felt like wasting pen ink tonight 

Somehow ‘doodling Yugioh’ turned into ‘FUCK YOU DRAGONS’. I dunno I’m usually shit at drawing dragons, I took the one chance I had when I was doing halfway decent at them and ran with it. 

Also Jounouchi with tits. SUKEBAN?

Duel Monster Tamagochis sounds like it would’ve sold pretty well at the height of the show’s popularity, did they ever try that?


“She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.” 

― Veronica Roth, Allegiant    

anonymous asked:

hanzo having to leave his daughter with genj because of shimada clan reasons and the shimada clan thinks genjis dead (equal parts angst and fluff)

Hanzo’s Daughter 

“Papa.. where are we going?”.

Scanning the area with his sharp hazel eyes, Hanzo pulled the young girl closer to his chest protectively. “Hush love” he murmured, his lips barely moving as he checked the surroundings for any sign of a threat. The young toddler squirmed in the bundle Hanzo had wrapped them in, her long eyelashes fluttered as she tried to keep her almond eyes open. Sighing softly, Hanzo pushed himself from the tall ledge, the wind sailing through his black hair in the cold night sky until his feet came into contact with the snowy ground with a gentle crunch. 

He hated to do this. And he despised the fact he had no choice in his actions either. A letter arrived to him in beautiful penmanship at dawn - from his fallen clan stating that he was required urgently, on penalty of death if he ignored the request. Far from stupid, Hanzo knew the pain the clan could inflict. They murdered anyone who stood in their way of domination. Many years ago, he agreed with their morals and stuck to the rules that his father taught him.. yet it started to destroy him as the deeds he was instructed to carry out made him question his own being. He wasn’t a cold hearted killer.. surely not? 

Like lightning darting through the deep sky, the image of his own brother’s blood coating his hands flashed before his eyes. The taste of iron on his tongue, Hanzo’s body shook as he remembered the memory. He refused to ever let that happen to Anzu… He promised her mother that he would never let any harm come to her. 

“(y/n)?!” Hanzo screamed, his eyes blurry as tears spiked at his eyes. Around him, buildings were alight and cracking viciously - the stench of death in the air was suffocating. Calling your name over and over, Hanzo ran to every fallen house - roughly shoving debris to the sides in a desperate search to find you. “H-Hanzo” your weak voice called through the smoke, barely audible even to yourself. Spinning around, Hanzo’s eyes widened as he bolted towards you, his arms already reaching for the large pillar that was currently pinning you to the ground. Shaking your head, you smiled sadly as tears ran down your cheeks - reaching out for your husband, you pressed a hand to his face. “Don’t.. it’s okay”. Growling slightly at you, rage and sadness burned behind Hanzo’s eyes. “NO” he barked, his voice threatening to break into helpless sobs, “I am not leaving without you”. 

“It’s okay..” you breathed sharply as you felt the impact of the huge pillar begin to crush your bones. A weak smile tugging at your lips, you cried as you ran a thumb across your husband’s cheekbone. “Please, go find Anzu.. she’s in our room… She was sleeping when the attack began” you stammered, loosing all feeling in your lower body. “Promise me you’ll keep her safe?”. Ugly sobs spread across Hanzo’s delicate face as he pressed his forehead against your’s. Slowly, he nodded before kissing your forehead, “I will come back for you. Stay alive for me” he whispered, his body shaking. Running your hand through his thick locks, you sighed.. you knew you couldn’t promise that. “I love you Hanzo” you choked, the taste of blood rising in your throat. “I love you too (y/n).. i love you, i love you, i love you” he cried before hesitantly standing up. “Stay conscious for me love” he instructed before running into your house which was falling apart a bit more with each second passing.

Heavy uncoordinated footsteps pounding against the wooden floor, Hanzo threw himself into your bedroom and spun around frantically whilst looking for your child. There, on your bed lay Anzu. Wrapped up in one of your jumpers, she slept peacefully, her soft lips parted as her tiny hands clung onto the sent of you on your jumper. At this sight, Hanzo’s eyes soften. “My darling” he whispered, scooping your baby up and holding him to his chest, “everything is alright”. Kissing her tiny forehead, Hanzo, ran more carefully out of the building this time as the ceiling collapsed behind him - roaring as it burst into flames. Darting away from the burning house, Hanzo ran to safety where no falling debris would hit him or Anzu. Under a shelter, a couple of young mothers, children and old ladies sat huddled together - fear dancing in their eyes. Frowning at one of the mothers, Hanzo begged for her to hold Anzu for a few moments. The woman nodded sadly, pulling Anzu to her chest and holding her carefully. Before she had a chance to ask anything, Hanzo found himself running back into the flames.

Following the road that was littered in flaming debris, he ran back to you.. But as he screamed your name, his hand reached out to your weak body, the burning building above you collapsed - destroying everything underneath it. Eyes wide, Hanzo fell to the ground.. his legs gave out totally as he curled into a ball and called your name over and over, his body violently shaking in the overwhelming pain he felt in his heart.

From that day onwards, he swore he’d keep Anzu safe no matter what.

Walking along the icey path, Hanzo stepped up to a small house with golden light that shone out through the small window. His cold breath swirling in the December air, Hanzo hesitated for a second before knocking on the peeling door. After the gentle sound of footsteps and chatter, the door swung open. “Hanzo?”. Hanzo nodded, not taking his eyes of Anzu who was peering at her uncle in awe. “Genji” he clenched his jaw, “May… May I come in?”. Surprised at his brother’s sudden appearance, Genji opened the door wider and let the two in.

Walking into the living room, Hanzo sat down onto one of the couches and gently unwrapped the blankets off of Anzu, who was still staring at Genji. “I apologies for appearing without warning brother..” Hanzo stated, closing his eyes and feeling the warmth of Genji’s house on his cold limbs. “That’s.. alright…” Genji frowned, staring at the small child in front of him. His face was riddled with confusion as he glanced between the child and his brother. “Whose baby is this?” he asked, gesturing at Anzu who had her tiny arms wrapped around her father’s bicep. Hooking his large hands under her armpit, Hanzo lift the child onto his lap and stared at her. 

Naturally, Anzu took far more after her father with thick locks of black hair sitting at her jaw, almond eyes and a heart shaped face - yet there was something about the way she smiled and giggled that yanked at Hanzo’s heart as it reminded him painfully of you. “This is my daughter Anzu” he replied, placing a hand upon her head, making her squeal in delight. Genji’s eyes widened in shock, “Your daughter?!”. Kneeling down so he was eye-level with Anzu, Genji tilted his head as she copied him and did the same. “When…?” he asked, his eyes flickering up to meet his brother’s. 

Noticing the sharp ripple of pain brush across Hanzo’s features, Genji shook his head and smiled. “Ah forget it, it doesn’t matter right now”. Reaching forward, Genji lifted a finger towards Anzu, the metal plates glinting in the light. Glancing up at her father nervously, Anzu waited for his approval. Lips breaking into a soft smile, Hanzo rested his hand against her back and nodded, “it’s okay little one”. Turning back to face her uncle, she clutched to his finger and giggled gleefully. A grin spread across Genji’s face at this - Hanzo could tell that his brother already loved her.

 Standing up, Hanzo placed Anzu on the floor gently before turning to his brother, keeping his voice low so that she couldn’t hear. “I’m sorry to bring this upon you Genji, but the Clan has called for me”. All traces of happiness before vanished from the Cyborg’s face in an instant. Nodding gravely, Genji turned back to glance at the little child. She was so young … so small and helpless - he understood perfectly why Hanzo had come here. Resting a hand upon his Hanzo’s shoulder, the brothers shared a look that they both understood perfectly. The Shimada clan was no place for a child. “I understand” Genji whispered, “I will look after Anzu for as long as needs be”. Relief rushed across Hanzo’s features as he relaxed. “Arigato brother” he murmured, staring at the floor darkly.

Walking across the floor, Hanzo brought himself to the ground beside Anzu who was playing with an old carved dragon Genji had left on a table. “Anzu” he smiled, reaching his arms out. Bright eyes wide, Anzu toddled over to her father who swept her up into a bear hug. Rubbing her soft cheek against his shoulder, Hanzo brought his hand to the back of her head. “Papa is going away for a while.. You are going to stay with your uncle, he’ll keep you safe. Do you understand blossom?”. Frowning, Anzu pressed her podgy hands to either side of Hanzo’s face, her bottom lip stuck out slightly. “Is Papa okay?” she asked with concern. Smiling, Hanzo took either of her tiny hands in his and kissed her forehead, “Yes, Papa is fine, don’t worry”. 

Standing up with Anzu on his hip, he pointed at Genji. “Now, you have to look after you Uncle won’t you?”. Genji snorted at this and crossed his arms whilst Anzu giggled in delight. Nodding she reached for Genji who took her into his own arms carefully. Walking to the door, Hanzo picked up his bow and sighed - his back to Anzu and Genji. About to step back out into the severe winter, Anzu whimpered. “Papa! Wait!”. Turning to face them, Genji walked forward with Anzu in his arms. Before he could realise it, she flung her arms around his neck and kissed the tip of his nose. “I love you Papa!”. “I… I love you too blossom”

Azureshipping - Fanfic Recommendations.

I literally have no idea if people still read fanfics about this couple since the show is like 20 years old but I’m going to make one anyway because I’m trash for this ship. Be warned though some of these stories will probably never be finished but definitely are worth the read.


Advice From a 5,000 Year Old Pharaoh by aphrael21

Kaiba needs a date. 

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Past, Present, Destiny and Future by Redenzione

The group are stuck in ancient Egypt and run across a past none know or even understand.

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Deception by Thallein

Ever since Tea can remember, she’s wanted to become a dancer. Now, her dream is finally within reach, but there is one obstacle standing in her way. Seto Kaiba.

  • Teen, 15k, 5 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Apr 19, 2004}

Feelings That Shouldn’t Be by Living Arrow

Living her dream in New-York, Anzu never expected to see Kaiba again, but when she does, he’s colder than ever. Anzu is determined to help him, can she pierce the walls around his heart, can she even stand what awaits behind them?

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Gold Digger by Anshu

“Don’t deride me,” he warned. “Don’t provoke me,” she vied. “Don’t resist me,” he approached. “You don’t possess me,” she survived. “You’re very angry,” he considered. “Yet, you remain deluded,” she defied.

  • Teen, 62k, 40 Chapters - Completed + Has A Prequel (Isn’t Finished Yet)

Like The Rain by Revolutionnaire Rouge

The rain has a funny way of getting in your eyes, but Anzu and Seto find that sometimes you need to blur the boundaries in order to see clearly again… And things are definitely starting to get blurry.

  • Teen, 125k, 15 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Aug 9, 2010}

Mixing Business with Pleasure by twilight eyes 8120

Anzu bit out, ‘Try a different flavor ice cream next time.’ 'I take it you don’t want to play with me,’ Kaiba accused, 'You’d have enjoyed it.’ He closed the door behind him. No matter what logic said, Seto Kaiba already meant too much to her.

  • Teen, 76k, 15 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Oct 17, 2007}

O’ Blessed Child of Mine by Flashchimp

“He may be your husband, but don’t forget, I’m the one carrying his child. I have a greater right on Seto than you.” Serenity’s words were like daggers to Tea’s heart, and she knew she had lost this battle.

  • Mature, 53k, 11 Chapters - COMPLETED.

Sapphire Dreams by AlienDemon

Mai and Joey invite Tea and Yugi to go to a club. But their night of fun is ruined when they run into none other than Seto Kaiba.

  • Teen, 31k, 10 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015}

Secret Indulgences by twilight eyes 8120

Her fingers stilled as she looked up, and noticed a familiar logo on his discarded jacket. His soft moan caused her to jerk back. It couldn’t be… him… fate wasn’t THAT cruel.

  • Mature, 25k, 6 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Nov 13, 2005}

Spectrum by AudibleHush

Anzu’s summer plans were primarily about rest and relaxation. They did not involve answering to the most arrogant jerk she’d ever had the displeasure of knowing. And they certainly didn’t involve falling for said jerk…

  • Mature, 50k, 9 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Nov 17, 2005}

The Bachelor by Flashchimp

Tea couldn’t believe what had happened to her. Her vacation had effectively turned into a nightmare because she had agreed to do a favor. Now she was a contestant on Domino’s very first Bachelor show. Worst of all, the bachelor was Seto Kaiba. How could she win his heart when her true desire was to wring his neck?

  • Teen, 137k, 15 Chapters - COMPLETED.

What Doesn’t Kill You by Azurite

Téa Gardner lost everything in a single night: her home, her family, her very livelihood. Of all people to help her in this time of need, Seto Kaiba is the one to give her another chance.

  • Mature, 547k, 28 Chapters, WIP. {Last Updated: Aug 6, 2016}

Where This May Lead by Geniusgirl The Original

I’m more than willing to offer myself. Do you want my presence or need my help? Who knows where that might lead? …Solace comes in many forms, from many sources. She is their source.

  • Kids +, 4k, 5 Chapters - COMPLETED.


Claustrophobia by TechnicolorNina

Anzu and Kaiba get stuck in a dark room … and nobody else knows it

  • Teen, 9k.

Cruel to Be Kind by Nietzsche’s Itch

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  • Teen, 2k

Egyptian Silk by Valentine'sNinja

There was nothing like waking up to the feel of Egyptian silk against her skin, in particular the silk of his skin.

  • Mature, 4k.

Feel Beautiful by Geniusgirl The Original

While escaping Noa’s virtual world, Anzu realizes that you can’t waste time because your life just may be shorter than you expected. So, she acts.

  • Teen, 2k.

From Business To Pleasure by Higuchimon

Kaiba Seto never noticed when he fell. He didn’t even notice he’d stumbled in the first place.

  • Teen, 11k.

Getting Over It by DarkShadowFlame

Seto and Mai are dating, and neither Joey, Téa, or Mai is very happy about that.

  • Teen, 31k.

Reach by AudibleHush

So much space exists between them. The difference between smiles, and frowns, friends and isolation. And all he wants is to touch her.

  • Kids +, 2k.

Sente by Geniusgirl The Original

TO: skaiba @ “Téa’s single again. It’s been nine years. Do it for me if not for yourself… Yugi.” And then there’s the phone call.

  • Teen, 3k.

To See Her Dance by DarkShadowFlame

Looking at home among the tasteful décor of the Kaiba household hangs a glossy photo of a ballerina, the moment captured in midpose, the girl vibrantly alive.

  • Kids +, 2k.

Up Among The Trees by Artemis_Day

Anzu was really starting to regret going on this trip. First she’s attacked by monkeys, and now she’s been captured by some kind of wild jungle man with no sense of personal space

  • Teen, 3k.


With my Red Eyes, I’ll put Kaiba to shame.

NOTE: This is not from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Joey’s lines are from the 4KIDS Entertainment English dub.

Time to Burn

The manga and Toei versions now align more closely with one another at this point. The criminal demands that Yuugi, on account of him looking cowardly, bring him what he wants. In the manga, he then demands that everyone else get on the floor (in the Toei version, he’s already demanded this). In the manga, he threatens that if anyone moves, he’ll kill Anzu, and in the Toei version, he threatens that he’ll shoot whoever moves, firing a warning shot into the air. In the manga, Jounouchi is pissed but gets down anyway, in the Toei version, Honda swears as he’s on the ground.

The criminal then demands cigarettes and alcohol – in the manga, he specifically requests “Lucky Stripes” brand cigarettes on account of him being lucky, in the anime he says that he had quit both of those, but now he felt free to indulge in them again.

In both versions, Yuugi then gathers the requested items. Anzu, thinking about what the criminal has said, figures out that it must be Yuugi. She stands up and calls out for him, telling him to stay away. The criminal slaps her, which causes Yuugi to scream for her before immediately getting taken over by Atem, who’s of course pissed that the criminal lay a hand on Anzu.

Atem sets the stuff down on the table, then casually sits across from the criminal. This pisses the criminal off, who demands “who said you could stay?”. Atem, unfazed, then says that he was just staying to play a game. In the manga, the criminal wonders if it was really the same person he demanded bring the stuff. In both versions, Anzu first thinks that it’s Yuugi who’s talking, but then thinks that it can’t be – although the voices are similar, there’s a subtle difference, and is much too confident to be Yuugi’s. In the manga, she also thinks that whoever it is, he must be crazy to talk that way to someone holding a gun.

The criminal laughs and agrees. In the Toei version, he adds that he used to gamble constantly in the past. Atem then warns the criminal – in the manga, he states that the loser will die, in the anime he says it’s a dark game where your life is at stake. The criminal says that’s interesting and asks to hear the rules. In the manga, he thinks to himself about how the kid is stupid to challenge him while he has a gun in his hand and can so easily kill him; in the anime, he thinks that he’ll show what happens when he’s underestimated.

It then cuts to Jounouchi, wondering what’s going on. In the manga, he’s stuck behind a fat guy and complains that he can’t see anything because of that.

Atem explains that there’s only one rule – they each pick one finger, and can only move that finger for the duration of the game (in the manga, he states that that’s as long as they sit at the table facing one another, in the anime he does not specify the end state). He then asks which finger the criminal chooses, who says that of course he picks his trigger finger, in order to fire the gun. Atem says that he chooses his thumb. The criminal thinks that that’s a stupid decision, thinking “what can he do with one thumb” and that he’ll kill him in an instant. Atem says that once the game starts, the criminal can do as he likes, even pull the trigger on him.

Atem declares the start of the game, and the criminal immediately declares that it’s game over, pointing the gun at Atem and preparing to fire. Atem merely flicks the lighter open with his thumb, which gives the criminal pause, as the cigarette in his mouth is not let lit.

In the manga, the criminal speaks aloud, saying that he had forgotten to ask for a lighter, as he hadn’t been allowed to smoke while in prison so it had slipped his mind that he needed it. He then states that he’ll let Atem light the cigarette, then kill him after that. In the anime, he just thinks that he’ll let him light the cigarette and then kill him, rather than saying it out loud.

Atem lights the cigarette, then lets the still lit lighter slip from his hands onto the top of the criminal’s other hand, which he had been using to pour vodka into the glass. He tells the criminal he can keep the lighter, and the vodka starts to overfill the glass, the criminal being unable to move, as the lighter will set the vodka on fire.

Atem states that firing the gun would cause the lighter to fall, and mentions that the vodka is 90% alcohol (in the anime he also says this, but in reverse order). He gets up from the table, taking Anzu by the arm and leading her away.

The manga and anime diverge again at this point – in the manga, the criminal protests this situation on account of how lucky he is, and the lit cigarette slips from his mouth into the vodka, causing him and the table to go up in flames.

In the anime, Jirou has the sense to put down the gun and use his now free hand to remove the lighter. Atem then cuts in, saying that he knew he couldn’t follow the rules (which is a little absurd on his part, since he never specified the end state and already himself pulled Anzu to safety). The eye appears on Atem’s forehead, and Jirou freaks out about it as Atem, with a cold anger, goes into his spiel about how the dark game reveals a person’s true nature and for breaking the rules, Jirou will face a punishment game. Not having it, Jirou grabs up the gun and prepares to shoot, but Atem imposes the penalty game, causing Jirou to fire upwards instead, and green and purple flames appear out of the gun, consuming him. This is revealed to be an illusion, as the rest of the restaurant hears his cries and sees him begging for the fire to be put out, but no fire.

The DM anime, of course is in a different situation altogether, although the original and dub go fairly similarly at this point. As the creep/mugger approaches Anzu, Yuugi bursts through the door calling for Anzu, and attempts to tackle this guy that’s twice his size in order to keep him away from her. He gets thrown into some equipment for his efforts. Anzu calls out for him and leaps forward to bite down on the creep/mugger’s arm. He throws her against the wall, knocking her unconscious (which leads to the question of how this flashback can continue, but it does). The puzzle then shines as Atem takes over (the dub gives it a bit longer of a transformation sequence than the original does).

As the creep/mugger approaches the unconscious Anzu, Atem startles him by demanding a game (in the dub, he also calls the mugger a coward). Because card games are the only law in this show, Atem pulls out his deck and says that they’ll each draw a card, with the one with the weakest card losing (in the dub he’s also a bit sassy about it, insulting the guy’s intelligence by saying that it’s “so simple even you could understand”). In the original he states that the loser goes to the Shadow Realm. The dub, surprisingly, does not invoke the Shadow Realm here, but instead Atem says that if the guy wins, he goes free, but if he loses, he’ll decide his fate.

The creep/mugger laughs it off, but Atem challenges him, asking if he’s scared. This goads the guy into coming over and drawing a card. He laughs and reveals Curse of Dragon. Atem closes his eyes and draws Black/Dark Magician, revealing it and announcing his win. The creep/mugger laughs again, and then tries to attack Atem, in the original saying “Let’s see how you win a man’s fight!” (are you implying that card games are not the most masculine form of interpersonal combat, sir?), and in the dub saying “Time to teach you a lesson”. Atem, in the most unimpressed tone (seriously, screencaps/text does not do it justice, go watch. Either version, because both do this), says a variation of his famous catchphrase in the original, and “I don’t think so” in the dub, and simply Mind Crushes the guy.

I definitely prefer the manga in this instance, mainly because the guy actually gets lit on fire. The Toei way of making it into an illusion just feels like a cop-out. And “Mind Crush” is just a boring, generic punishment in DM. No, come on, show us how screwed up and terrifying early Atem is, that’s what we all want! Only manga Atem gets to say this:

Originally posted by disneygetsgradschool

I do appreciate Atem’s sass in DM though. Not that he isn’t in the manga and Toei versions, but the way he says some of his lines there are really great. I also appreciate the way Yuugi and Anzu rushed to defend each other, even if ultimately it didn’t work.

The game in DM was also boring. Just each draw a card? Come on, I know the series is about Duel Monsters but that just felt lazy when the early manga/Toei games were generally creative, fun to watch/read, and exploited the flaws of the opponent. He cleverly tricked the criminal into that trap of fire, he was incredibly quick-thinking to read and take advantage of the situation like that. There was nothing like that in the DM version, no cleverness involved at all. Also…I thought he got those cards (or at least Black Magician) from his grandfather, which would have occurred after this point, since this is a flashback. I could be wrong about that, however. There’s also the fact that this is Anzu’s flashback, that somehow we get even though Anzu is unconscious and doesn’t actually recollect this part – it makes no sense, it would only make sense if it was Atem’s flashback, but it isn’t.