Episode 81: THE FINALS COUNTDOWN
doodooDOOdoo doodoo-doodoodoo doodooDOOdoo doodoo-doodoodoodoodoo etc etc
Everyone’s congregating at Domino Stadium, which is (a) half-built and (b) owned by Kaiba. I am frankly astonished it’s not called the SETO KAIBA BLUE EYES WHITE DRAGON STADIUM BROUGHT TO YOU BY KAIBACORP but maybe it will be once he finishes building it and adding the requisite dragon statues.
Malik and Rishid are hiding out in the stands.
Well one would hope so, he literally owns the place.
The Yugi-tachi arrive, and the three duelists present their Puzzle Cards in exchange for a Battle City ID card.
GUESS WHO MADE HIMSELF FINALIST 0001? I’m also willing to bet these TOs were under strict instruction that Yugi/Yami gets to be 0002 as well.
Malik sneaks out and back around to enter as ~Namu~ complete with Reason Why They Didn’t Kidnap Me
“The only POSSIBLE motive for kidnapping!”
Jounouchi’s halfway through puzzling out that Namu’s actions don’t make sense and line up too coincidentally with the move the Ghouls made but…
… the thought fizzles out in the inhospitable environment that is Jounouchi’s brain.
Yugi is delighted to meet any new friend, no matter how suspicious.
“Ha ha, yes, I personally used dark magic, kidnappings, brainwashings, and the tireless toil of my personal slave/brother. You?”
“Angry gay ghost living in my necklace.”
They’re distracted by the arrival of Ryou “Shouldn’t You Be In The Hospital” Bakura and his surprising decision to show up to a duel tournament with a Duel Disk, prompting a chorus of “Why do you have a Duel Disk, Ryou?”
“No I was going to fucking brush my teeth with it.”
pictured: group of duel-obsessed teenagers react to duel-obsessed teenager declaring intention to duel
I mean, I know, in OUR universe, dragging yourself from being in critical arm-stabbery in the hospital to the tournament finals over like, a two-hour period, is completely unreasonable and very shocking and suspicious. But LITERALLY ANY OF THESE PEOPLE would claw themselves out of a hospital bed for the sake of a card game so I find their shock, frankly, appallingly hypocritical.
honestly I just screencapped this for his ADORABLE FACE
(he’s worried Yami Bakura is back)
Then Rishid sneaks back around to enter as Malik. I like to imagine he psyched himself up for this, this critically important moment, this one chance to pull off a flawless deceit, all their scrutiny, all their suspicion will be no match for his meticulously-prepared introduction and well-rehearsed answers to any possible question they might have that might reveal him as an imposter…
(Mokuba is copying Nii-sama’s bad-boy attitude!! CUTENESSSSSS)
“Also, uh, welcome to the tournament finals.”
Now that the only two people Kaiba cares about have arrived - Yugi/Yami and the-person-he-thinks-is-Malik - it’s time to reveal that the tournament finals will not, in fact, be held in a half-built stadium…
LOOK AT MOKUBA’S FACE also Kaiba isn’t even looking up, he’s playing like he’s too cool to think blimps are cool even though the blimp was 100% his idea
Actually maybe it was Mokuba’s idea, Mokuba COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED and Kaiba even lets him introduce it…
… he may also have let him name it. “BATTLE SHIP! GET IT, NII-SAMA? GET IT? BATTLE! SHIP! BATTLESHIP! BATTLE CITY AIRSHIP! GET IT? BATTLE SHIP!”
Yugi is delightfully optimistic about the whole affair
“After all, it’s not like the leader of the Ghouls, the known murderer,
bomb aficionado and probable sociopath, capable of brainwashing even the staunchest of my allies into attempts against my life, will ALSO be in the sky on the same flimsy gondola tethered to an enormous flammable balloon!”
Oh and then we go through this again #soDuelistKingdom
“For that matter, neither do you. Or the pilot. Or the doctors we’ll inevitably need when the comas start setting in.”
And Kaiba’s even nice and backs Mokuba’s call.
pictured: Kaiba being nice
Kaiba tells the TOs it’s time to set off. They ask if they should wait for the last duelist to arrive. Kaiba literally couldn’t care less once Yugi/Yami and the-person-he-thinks-is-Malik are on board and in possession of their God Cards. Luckily, the last person is a ~mysterious woman~ who has ~preternaturally perfect timing~ #whocoulditbe so the TOs don’t have to figure out who gets a bye if there’s only 7 finalists.
So off we go!
(some really cute music plays as they take off, I wanted to give you all the experience of the cute music)
Once in the air, everyone loses their goddamn minds.
BITCH HE’S ON A MOTHERFUCKIN AIRSHIP I’M ONLY BE IMPRESSED IF HE EXITS THE GODDAMN VEHICLE TO DUEL jfc
Kaiba’s giant inflated orb filled with hot air … can barely fit on his blimp, he’s so pleased with himself. Although I think the sleep-deprivation might be getting to him, he looks VERY TIRED.
(Yugi: I somehow expected better from you, Seto.)
Seto stops in front of Yugi and look who immediately makes his first appearance in a few episodes:
someone has a crush someone else has a crush too I’m just saying teenage boy with a crush overblown poetry that whole connection there
Then for once, the writers actually manage to pull a genuinely moving scene with Shizuka and Jounouchi out of somewhere, instead of just having them repeatedly declare meaningless platitudes about their respective courageousness.
I mean, Jounouchi does IMMEDIATELY start thinking about Yugi again, and the moment doesn’t last long, but still!
Prrrrrrrobably because you left the door wide open and they’re your friends?
Anyway, you’ll need friends over to share your unreasonably large stockpile of “NAXIM” mouthwash, speckled sandwiches, and cheese from Serbia and Montenegro!