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signs as shit dub!kaiba said
  • aries:we've come this far and i'm not gonna blow it. actually, yes i am.
  • taurus:stop saving the world and get a hobby.
  • gemini:if i had a dime for every time you used the word destiny, i'd be even richer.
  • cancer:boooring. let's duel.
  • leo:i want him to see what he missed out on so give him a good seat for the next duel. aHAHAHAH! i'm funny.
  • virgo:oh great. if it isn't the dweeb patrol.
  • libra:that's it! i'm not gonna stand here and talk to some mutated hood ornament. i'm just gonna blast you into next week.
  • scorpio:mokuba, what do i always tell you? if at first you don't succeed, blast them with your blue eyes again!!
  • sagittarius:so you have a dweeb army? am i supposed to be scared to attack?
  • capricorn:me? duel you? i would have more of a challenge playing solitaire.
  • aquarius:anyone who's late for registration will be disqualified. mokuba, make sure wheeler's late.
  • pisces:oh great. i'm hallucinating again.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (Japan Trailer )
Spring 2016
http://www.yugioh20th.com/

I Hope He Wins.

There’s a lot of speculation going around about what’s in store for us in The Dark Side of Dimensions. Is Yami coming back? Is Honda going to be there? Who’s the villain?

What’s with Kaiba’s abs? 

Speaking of Kaiba, though, I’ve also heard some talk about his motivations, considering he seems to be a — if not the central character. I’ve seen espoused the general hope that Kaiba will finally let go of his incessant need to win at all costs. That he’ll finally learn that victory isn’t everything, and that he can find validation in other avenues.

Here’s the thing, though. I hope he does win. I hope he finally gets what he wants. I think it would go a long way toward actually teaching him what fans evidently want him to learn, much more than yet another pivotal loss.

Because I think the series has done enough to teach him that winning isn’t everything.

Considering the fact that he’s never won anything.

And can we stop telling Kaiba that his need for victory is somehow unwarranted? It’s not fair. It really isn’t.

In Duelist Kingdom, he needed to win.

Look at what happened when he lost.

In the Virtual World, he needed to win. 

Look at what happened when he lost.

In Doma, he needed to win. 

Look at what happened when he lost.

These are three of the biggest character moments that Seto Kaiba receives throughout the course of the narrative. Each time, he loses. And each time, he has every reason to believe that he’s going to die.

Each time, the villain responsible for his loss had every intention of killing him. That is precisely what Gozaburo hammered into him as a child: 

To lose is to die.

I know that Noa doesn’t exist in the manga, and neither does Dartz. And since the new movie is based on manga canon, they don’t technically count.

But this is Yu-Gi-Oh!. The stakes aren’t exactly normal, no matter which version we’re looking at. Every villain in the story seeks to punish, maim, and / or kill anyone who loses against them.

Seto Kaiba isn’t playing some normal card game and wallowing in self-pity because he lost a few matches. He isn’t just some hate-filled, angst-ridden teenager looking for attention.

He yearns for victory because anything but victory offers horrific, soul-rending consequences, if not outright death. What recourse could he possibly have, except to assume that Gozaburo was right? Almost all of the story’s major plot threads seem to prove that point.

And anyway, he’s just a kid. Of course he’s going to listen to his father.

The fact that Kaiba somehow manages to come out of this story even halfway sane and functioning is a testament to his strength of will and his growth as a character.

Seto Kaiba has already learned the lesson that winning isn’t everything, despite the story sabotaging him at practically every turn.

So me? I want Kaiba to win. I want him to get what he wants.

For once.

Personally, after so many years, I think he’s earned it.