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Yu Yu Hakusho
What Comes to Mind???
July 5, 2005
strange to think of our selves as superheroes – they are
always running about the place saving old ladies or little
kids or whatever the hell it is that they do. If you’re an
anime lover like me then the first thing that comes to mind
is actually being a superhero. Of course, if you play
the Duel Masters card game and you still or used to
watch Yu-gi-oh! then saving the world comes to mind. Of
course, it is quite impossible to save the world with cards
- but think for a moment. What conflicts could you solve
with Duel Masters?
Hello everyone! My
name is Kerokero, and I love Duel Masters. Some of
you might have read a few of my recent tourney reports or
have seen me in some anime message boards. Today, I'll be
talking of what comes to mind when you sit down and play
this fascinating game. I'll begin with how this game mirrors
the show, then the many conflicts in this game, and finally
the meaning of card games.
all crawl from the slime. Someday, we'll all return to it."
-Mudman, Darkness civilization
The Duel Masters anime is about a young boy
named Shobu who loves to play said card game. He eventually
strive's to become the best duelist he can be with the help
of his friends. Notice how I wrote said "the best he can be"
rather than the best in the world. The truth is, Shobu isn't
the best in the world. Matter of fact, he wins only about
2/3rds of the time. He’s beat often, but mostly
wins. Many duelists in real life brag about winning with
this card or that. For example, James might have a Silver
Fist in his creature zone while Larren will have a
Bolmetus Steel Dragon, Alcadies, Lord of Spirits,
and a Bollom, Master of Death on his field. Jimmy is
able to break three shields with his common card over a
period of three turns, while Larren is able to win the duel
in one quick sweep. Most people hate this. In the show,
Shobu doesn't have any survivors, speed attackers, chargers,
or triple breakers. In fact, he must have no more than
three double breakers in his entire deck!
important to remember this even though you may not have the
best deck, the most experience, or even be of the same age.
Whenever put on the spot just think of Shobu and his deck.
Remember, those players that you may lose against were
beginners just like you.
"You don't want to
get into a tickle fight with this thing."
-Purple Piercer - Darkness
In my short and
unlively Duel Masters career I have only been in three
tourneys so far. However, many of times a complete stranger
will interrupt my duel with a well-placed, "Why that card?"
How many times I've heard this I am unsure of but it is
common for everyone. Older, more experienced players aren't
trying to be rude or hurtful. They just want to have a well
played duel. Duel Masters, unlike Yu-gi-oh!, doesn't end in
five turns or have a deck full of holo's. It's just that
there are to many good fatties out there right now including
way to many double breakers and power attackers. Also, how
many times have you seen a younger player make mistakes
during their duels? A victory brings no reward, but a defeat
brings a thousands lessons. I'll let the latter of you
figure this out on your own.
"Commanders send them to the front line. It's too dangerous
to have them close."
-Bone Assassin, the Ripper- Darkness
The game of chess
was invented to settle disputes between royalty many years
ago. After hundreds of years, it is now a commonplace game
where you can see local games being played by any person.
Chess prevented many wars from sparking and even had enemies
turn into close friends. Duel Masters is nothing
compared to chess and it will never be. Despite this, I
find this game is about more than marketing and money. There
are many haters out there who find it amusing to make fun of
those who play card games. I say, “Whatever! To each his
own.” Card games were made to make friends near and far -
to enjoy anothers companionship. To find out the value and
virtue of trading, competitiveness, and the experience of a
passion shared by others. Just take a second and think. When
you play card games, what comes to mind?
Hello! Once again, my name is
kerokero and I hope you enjoyed my perspective on the
Kaijudo Code. You can reach me at
I am open to any comments and expect another article and
tourney report within the next few days.
LONG LIVE POJO!