Yu Yu Hakusho
Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
When this card is sent from the field to the
Graveyard, move 1 monster with an ATK of 1500 or
less from your Deck to your hand. Your Deck is then
Type - Fiend/Effect
Card Number - DB2-EN042
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 12.29.05
Another simple card to run out the new year. Nothing
that'll make everyone's head hurt thinking about it.
Unless your deck runs absolutely no monsters that
are 1500 ATK or less, you run Sangan. +1 hand
advantage is good. It's something your opponent
doesn't want to waste a Sakuretsu Armor or Smashing
Ground on, and although 1,000 damage isn't HUGE, it
does add up over the turns. Most cookie-cutter decks
run Magician of Faith, Spirit Reaper, D. D. Warrior
Lady, Magical Merchant (if running Flip-Flop
Control/a Pot of Avarice build), Don Zaloog,
possibly Exiled Force, Mystic Swordsman Lv.
2...there are a LOT of things Sangan can get you.
It's not the utility knife that Witch was, getting
you pretty much ANYTHING short of DDWL/DDA, but it
can get you the answer to a lot of situations.
If you run more than two of the above-listed cards
and you don't run Sangan, you are a n00b.
5/5 all formats
I'll let the other reviewers explain why Sangan is
godly. There's no need to repeat what I know will be
Sangan is the most ridiculously powerful
monster-search effect printed if you exclude Witch
of the Black Forest. I’m very serious. This card
makes strategies viable, but at the same time it
also completely wrecks many strategies. The
advantage that can be provided from running a Sangan
is unquestionably awesome. It’s obvious that whoever
draws that card first is going to have the
upper-hand in a duel unless their opponent has
something along the lines of D. D. Warrior Lady.
This card’s a staple. Simple as that. It’s about a
95% staple in traditional, as it doesn’t belong in
every FTK, but it’s still damn good.
the spirit of Christmas, I'd like to talk about a
friendly 3-eyed critter we call Sangan.
(A note to my loyal reader fanbase: Right now I'm
going to try some experimental writing. Enjoy, or
despise, or whatever.)
A lot of us don't really question the world around
us enough. We take stuff for granted a lot, such as
the fact that we're going to be alive tomorrow.
While that's one of the more drastic things we can
pretty much safely take for granted, you could die
while being driven home (or, if you can drive, while
driving home). Hell, a surprising amount of people
die on New Year's Eve accidentally. Someone fires a
gun up into the air in celebration and they don't
quite realize that bullets fall. With about as much
velocity as they're fired up with, actually.
A good friend of mine had one such bullet miss an
artery (you need arteries to live, by the way) by
under three inches. He's lucky to be alive.
But very few of my readers have come close to death
(there's this funny story where I almost got bitten
by an extremely venomous snake, but I'll save that
for a more boring review*), so I don't expect you to
know what I'm talking about, or even to care. Living
your life in fear of death, or rejection or of the
world being destroyed by a construction company to
make room for a hyperspace highway will only make
you miserable. In other words, don't let fear
conquer your life.
That's the disclaimer.
One of the most life-changing experiences possible
is questioning the actions of the people around you.
A lot of people fail to see other human beings as
actual people. I still have this problem. While I do
see them as enjoyable elements to my life with
rights and dignity and respect, I often fail to
understand all of the forces that are at work with
their lives. Taking a Peer Facilitation class has
amended this quite a deal and made my life much
better. It has also convinced me that there are at
least two classes worth taking high school for**,
which I would have thought impossible.
In fact, analysis of the world around us is what
created psychology and medicine and science and
pornography, all of which are multi-billion dollar
industries and very good for the human condition***.
Analysis of your actions and your decisions and what
drives them is what Buddhist monks do all the time.
In fact, teachers of martial arts and chess often
try to make their students question their own
actions. Being inquisitive of the world around you
is human, but being inquisitive of yourself is
superhuman. Establishing a middle ground between
self-questioning and absolute confidence in yourself
will make you a powerful individual in business and
with friends, something no book or no teacher can
What I'm trying to convey is this idea: Questioning
ideas is good, and self-confidence is good, and
combining both in mediation will make you a smarter
person, a cooler person, and a more enjoyable
You will like your life much more if you learn to
question your habits. A minor example; Have you ever
noticed that, when asked "What's up?", you will
ALWAYS respond with "Fine." or "Nothing much."?
Even if you just had the crappiest day of your life
and you know that your report card is coming with
three D's, at least one of which you will have to
make up in summer school, you will still say
"Fine."? I have a number of theories as to why this
is, none of which I can recite without making this
review FAR too long.
A similar habit in Yu-Gi-Oh! is not playing too many
Spell or Trap cards down when you're low on LP and
your opponent has already used up Heavy Storm and
Magician of Faith. It's good to not overextend a
hand of three Sakuretsu Armors, but if you forget
why you don't play too many s/t cards, then you'll
destroy the purpose of playing conservative to gain
The parallel can be made to other things which my
average reader won't care about. Marriages break up
because people have annoying habits.
So here comes the part where I tie this into Yu-Gi-Oh!
AND Christmas at once.
A number of kids reading this have been enjoying
gifts from their parents and from Santa Claus for
the past few days, but I wonder how many of them are
going to wonder why their parents would spend so
much time and money buying gifts, and why Santa
would waste so much time flying around the globe
delivering gifts. I mean, they could just get their
own gifts for themselves, right?
The answer to this conundrum comes when you give a
gift. It's subtle, but it's there. The joy of
receiving something new is matched smile by smile
with the joy that the giftgiver gets. It's one thing
to be the person smiling, but it's another thing to
know that just buying a videogame or a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh!
cards for someone can bring them a small degree of
happiness. Kids, your parents love you greatly. What
you can do is return that love. NOONE expects you to
get a job to repay the gifts they give you, but
returning that love to them makes up for the
$100,000+ they will spend raising you into an
awesome person two hundred and seventy-seven
thousand times over.
Perhaps I should get to the review of the card… But
then again, you should already know this is a good
card. There are three reasons I chose this
particular card for this vacuous review.
The first is that I saw someone running Sangan with
only two other monsters in his deck that could be
searched out: Exiled Force and D.
D. Warrior Lady. AND he was running two
Reinforcements of the Army.
When you do that, you're forgetting WHY you run
Sangan and betraying the purpose of playing the
card, failing to question your decision.
The second is that Sangan is the epitome of
questioning your current position in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Choosing the wrong monster for Sangan loses games.
Choosing Magician of Faith instead of D. D. Warrior
Lady when you know a Magician of Faith pulled back
Premature Burial last turn… And they have Mystic
Swordsman LV2 in their graveyard? I've made that
mistake. Pulling out D. D. Warrior Lady instead of
LV2 with Sangan when they've got one m/t down and
600 LP and used up all three Sakuretsu Armors but
not the Bottomless Trap Hole I know they're running?
I've made that mistake recently as well. Know your
situation before making any decision in Yu-Gi-Oh!
The third is that Sangan is one of the most
Christmas-like cards I can think of. It gives you a
gift that you really want at the cost of its own
life. But you intend to revive it next turn with
Premature Burial anyway, so it's cool****.
With that said, this card is an automatic inclusion
in almost every deck because of its sheer power. If
your opponent wastes energy or cards trying to kill
this one, you gain advantage. I mean, if they spend
a card (Smashing Ground) trying to kill your Sangan,
you lose a card, but then you get one back, gaining
you advantage. In an advantage-oriented format such
as this, that's a huge move. On top of card
advantage, it gets you card quality… Yeah, I'll play
the maximum of 1, thanks.
This review was a test of my writing skills. I
wanted to see if I could tie some seemingly
unrelated things into Yu-Gi-Oh! and make it an
entertaining read for multiple audiences. I'd like
feedback on this review in particular. Send it off
to Cakepie (at) gmail (dot) com. Well wishes upon
you and your loved ones!
* - such as that of Kaibaman or Magical Scientist.
** - The first one was British literature. That
class teaches you how to read circumlocution.
*** - At least once a year, I make an obligatory
pornography joke. That was it.
**** - It's cool… Even if you just want to tribute
it to Mobius the Frost Monarch to two-for-zero your
opponent. You monster!
Sangan, is in short, a staple in pretty much every
deck. Like Monday's card, and tomorrow's card, it's
good, and you don't need me telling you this. Run it
if you need to (which you probably do) or not.
4.75/5 all around
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)