[YGO: TAS] Episode 71 – The Break-Up

October 25, 2016 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi promising Yugi he won't play The Seal of Orichalcos in YGOTAS episode 71
“Don’t worry, Yugi. There’s absolutely no reason to even use it.”

Ah, so LittleKuriboh has finally reached this episode — the one where Yami Yugi plays The Seal of Orichalcos. The one where he loses for real. Check out YGOTAS episode 71, “The Break-Up,” now on YouTube and TFS. But watch out, it’s a heartrending one. That Kuriboh metaphor? Hnnnggghh…

This humor in this episode is really old-school. While there are several visual gags present, the core of the story pokes fun at how preposterous some of the elements of the original episode are — Rafael’s justification for his hatred of humanity, his belief that the pharaoh could have been evil, and Yami’s decision to activate the Seal of Orichalcos.

Interestingly, LittleKuriboh leaves out an important element of Rafael’s story that is present in 4Kids’ English version, one that actually does help explain the character’s motivations — namely, that Rafael’s family doesn’t die. Rather, they choose to continue their lives without him even after he returns to civilization, which adds a layer of tragedy that further heightens Rafael’s loss and his disgust for the evils in people’s hearts. But, hey, having that wouldn’t be as funny!

Clocking in at over 14 minutes, this episode is one of the longest YGOTAS episodes to date. LittleKuriboh previewed the first four minutes of this episode during his Patreon live stream earlier this month and explained that he was worried about the episode’s length.

“I often look at an abridged video and say if I can cut something out, I will. If the video doesn’t suffer for it, I will cut it out,” he said. “This one I was a lot more lenient on because this is a pivotal moment in the series. […] A lot of things that happen in this episode are important so I didn’t want to just brush over a lot of it. So, I tried my best to really give it space to breathe and let it do its thing. I feel like as a part of the story, it’s good. I just don’t know if as an abridged episode if it’s good, you know?”

Oh, LK, I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

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