Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Will Always Be The Best TCG Anime
The original Yu-Gi-Oh! series is one of my favorite animated series. It is high on my list with MegaMan NT Warrior and DragonBall Z. Yugi and his friends are always on an exciting adventure. They are either in a major tournament or dueling to save the world against a nearly unstoppable enemy. Most of the duels are very exciting to watch. I continue to watch duels with Kaiba, Yugi, and Darts. No other anime on a trading card game has been able to reach the same success. Cardfight!! Vanguard does not have the same charm as Yu-Gi-Oh! The original Yu-Gi-Oh! series is in its special place in the history of trading card games. Many players including myself started playing trading card games because of Yu-Gi-Oh!
It's Time To Duel
Yu-Gi-Oh! was the first anime to have a unique type of fight. DragonBall Z and Power Rangers feature physical fights. Yu-Gi-Oh! introduced battles with a trading card game in the genre. Two or more duelist clash in an epic game with monsters, spells, and traps. The original series introduced many popular cards in the franchise. Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon are two of the most popular cards it the game. Konami continues to support both cards in today's game.
Pharaoh Atem had the never give up attitude before John Cena made it his slogan. He was the older version of Yugi. He is far more confident than his counterpart. He often took over duels and won a dramatic fashion. Atem had the best attitude in most situations. He would never give up in a duel. He does everything possible to protect his loved ones and save the world from a major threat.
Yugi Moto's Growth
Yugi Moto was not the best player or the strongest character at the beginning of the series. He lacked confidence. That is when Atem stepped in to solve conflicts. Yugi was not a bad duelist. He was pretty good, but not at Atem's level from the start. Yugi started to grow and take control of situations on his own. His first major victory was against Yami Bakura. The talented duelist surprised his foe by winning the game. Yugi continued to improve his skills. He defeated Atem without anyone's help in the final duel.
Joey Wheeler The Underdog
Joey was the underdog and a lot of people cheer for the underdog. He quickly grew into a fine duelist. His motivation to become a good duelist was his little sister Serenity Wheeler. She was losing her eye sight and he wanted to raise enough money to be able to afford her surgery. He did not win Duelist Kingdom. Yugi gave the prize money to Joey to save his sister's eyes. It was one of the most touching moments in the series. He was not a selfish guy. He was working hard for his loved one. Nearly everyone wants to succeed in life and a relative is often a person's motivation. Some people want to provide a better life to their children, spouse, and parents.
My favorite villains in the franchise are from the original series. Their goals and motivations are clear. The actions to achieve their goals were very horrible crimes. Pegasus wanted to revive his deceased wife with the help of the Millennium Puzzle. Marik wanted to use the Egyptian Gods to conquer the world. Darts wanted to rule the world. Each main villain's motivations and goals were perfectly executed in the anime.
Too many TV shows, movies, and videos from today are trying to go deep with complex stories. However, most of these plots fall flat because the stories are not logical. Yugi's story was very clear. It was the classic story about heroes saving the world from villains. The villains would temporary gain advantage over the heroes, but the heroes would always find a way to overcome the odds. We had the anti-hero Seto Kaiba. Kaiba's goals often crossed our heroes' goals and sometimes had to fight alongside Yugi.
The Final Word
Fans will always remember the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series. The series is filled with fantastic characters and memorable moments. The duels were a part of the show's hype, but the story did not solely rely on the cards to grab our interest. We had emotional attachments to these characters. We related to Joey being the underdog and Yugi growing into a young adult. New players should at least watch the original series once. You will not regret it.