Keith's Machinations: Part 1

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We’re back in the multi-part saddle, as Joey prepares to duel everyone’s favorite intercontinental champion: Bandit Keith! Join us as we recommend some fine media content for you, discuss Dual Duel Verification, and make a pitch for Everybody Loves Flame Swordsman. Later, we analyze Joey and Mai’s very real character development, and continue to speculate on whether the rules of Duel Monsters are an oral tradition. Plus, the return of Pepper!

Brief content warning for discussions of American politics and the finality of all things, right up front. If you would rather avoid those things, skip to the 4:45 mark.

Will Bandit Keith ever be promoted to Highwayman Keith? Are we finally done calling Joey a dog? Did Yu-Gi-Oh accidentally stumble upon the formula for prototypical “american" music?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 31, “Keith’s Machinations: Part 1" official synopsis:

Just minutes before he is due to duel Bandit Keith in the second match of the Duelist Kingdom tournament's semi-finals, Joey finds that his entry card is missing. Unaware that Bandit Keith had secretly stole it from last night, Joey runs back to his room so that he can look for it to no avail. Just when it seems that all hope is lost for Joey, Mai unexpectedly gives him her entry card right before her departure from Duelist Kingdom and the duel itself is able to go ahead.

Duel Identities: Part 2

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We’re back (for real)! Tyler finally has internet and a proper audio setup, so we’re back in action with a full, real episode for you. Although, in true YAMPod fashion, we royally fouled up the planning on this one. So you get to listen to Jimmy watching this week’s episode in real time. Pobody’s nerfect!

Listen in as we discuss an episode in which Mai continues to be the only competent one in the room, Little Yugi forgets what cards done do, and Big Yugi does it again! Witness the return of Tyler’s England-induced cough (or podcasting curse?), Jimmy’s live read of the episode, and our long overdue (or just long) catching up and talking about our various travels.

Will our podcast be affected by Brexit? Will another competent character rise up to replace Mai? Can we completely recast Yu-Gi-Oh as characters from Arthur?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 30, “Duel Identites: Part 2" official synopsis:

After Yugi and Yami Yugi make an internal compromise to each other and vow to work together as a team, Yugi starts to make a comeback against Mai, taking control of her Harpie's Pet Dragon and using his own Catapult Turtle to fire it at her Mirror Wall. Mai multiplies her Harpie Lady and revives Harpie's Pet Dragon, which gets a power boost for every Harpie Lady in play. Yugi manages to summon the Black Luster Soldier and defeats Mai from within their duel via Mai surrendering, sending Yugi straight to the finals of the Duelist Kingdom tournament.

Fan-Fiction: "What Time Is It?"

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Surprise! We’re back, and we’re bringing you what you’ve all been waiting for: some juicy, juicy fan-fiction. We asked for it, you wrote it, and now Tyler’s going to subject Jimmy to it.

This episode of Fan-Fiction comes to us from friend of the show Garrett! It gets real meta.

We’ll be back next week with our first real episode in over a month!

Duel Identities: Part 1

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Heads up, the audio on this one is fun and interesting! Tyler’s flat doesn’t have wifi yet, AND his primary microphone gave up the ghost, so we’re trying something very, very different this week.

Listen in as we discuss repeated words repeating words, Mai’s continued competence, and Little Yugi’s inner struggle against Big Yugi. Plus, a seasonally-appropriate card of the week!

Will we ever figure out our audio issues? Will Yugi let Big Yugi play the children’s card game? What does Joey need the money for, again?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 29, “Duel Identites: Part 1" official synopsis:

The semi-finals begin, with Yugi facing off against Mai. Yugi is still emotionally affected by his duel with Kaiba and Mai appears to be winning the duel via Yugi's internal struggle with Yami Yugi.

BONUS: Clash! The Strongest Monster

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If you thought we struggled with recalling episodes we had just watched, just wait until Tyler tries to remember this episode he watched a week ago! This week, we’re back into the original series for some green-haired Kaiba goodness.

Also, it was said as a joke at first, but we’re serious: Send us your Yu-Gi-Oh! fan-fiction! We’re still figuring out how we’re going to be recording with an ocean between us, so we may be slim on episodes coming up. If you send us a fan-fiction that you’ve written, Tyler will read it as a bonus episode!

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Yu-Gi-Oh!, “Clash! The Strongest Monster" official synopsis:

Seto Kaiba, a new student in Yugi's class is a Duel Monsters expert and the head of a company known as the Kaiba Corporation. After he steals the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from Yugi's grandfather, Yugi's other self challenges Kaiba to a duel where the monsters from the cards are real. The game ends in a tie, and Yugi gets his Grandpa's card back.

The Night Before

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Apologies for the week we missed! As we mention in the episode, Jimmy has been in Australia, and Tyler has been in England this week, going through hell trying to let a flat. But we’re back! This episode was recorded just over a week ago, before any of that happened, and it’s a doozy.

Listen in as we discuss an actually good plot-heavy episode, wherein Tea and Mai are the only competent people. No, seriously, all of the guys are idiots this episode, it’s objective fact. Later, we see some weird Pegasus magic, weirder cult magic, and the weirdest return of Bad-kura!

Is this all just Yugi’s fever dream? Do you think Grandpa’s just been dead this whole time? Will Bakura ever settle on an accent?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 28, “The Night Before" official synopsis:

The line-up for the Duelist Kingdom semi-finals is determined: Mai will battle Yugi in the first match while Joey faces off against Bandit Keith in the second match. Once everyone is settled in for the night, Tristan, Téa, and Bakura set out to find on how Pegasus had "cheated" in his match against Kaiba. They are soon trapped by Pegasus in an underground chamber and he is about to claim their souls when Yami Bakura unexpectedly emerges and blasts Pegasus with the power of his Millennium Ring. He then tricks everyone into thinking that the entire ordeal was just a dream while secretly planning his own revenge against Yami Yugi. Meanwhile, Yugi speaks to his Grandpa in a dream of his own and is warned by him that Pegasus must be stopped before he risks causing Armageddon to the world.

Champion vs. Creator: Part 2

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Coming to you live from a six-year-old’s bedroom, we finally found an appropriate setting to talk about this children’s card game TV show. Listen in as we read messages from our listeners, discuss another duel-heavy (but blessfully Pegasus-centric) episode, and introduce our new favorite characters: Funny Bunny and Ruff Gruff McDogg!

Join us on our journey into Toon World, where we discover both kinds of puns, and confront the reality that Pegasus does what he wants. Blue Eyes White Dragon’s pride is stolen! Tyler discusses tattoo ideas! Then, Kaiba proves that he can look equally moody no matter what dimension is soul is trapped in.

Will Jimmy be judged for his Starbucks order? Will the Kaiba brothers be okay, or will Pegasus use them in his next tournament deck? Will Yugi’s friends EVER accept that magic exists???

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 27, “Champion vs. Creator: Part 2" official synopsis:

Pegasus unleashes his secret weapon, the Toon World card, which he uses to turn one of Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragons into the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon. When Kaiba tries to counter with one of his other Blue-Eyes, it emerges that Toon Monsters have the ability to dodge any attack. Faced with a card so powerful that it was never put into circulation, Kaiba loses the duel and ends up having his own soul stolen by Pegasus..

Champion vs. Creator: Part 1

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Join us as we embark on a Pegasus-fueled journey of friendship and magic! Listen to us spend far too much time trying to remember the word “Artificer”, constantly get Pegasus’s and Kaiba’s names mixed up, and marvel at precisely how on-brand Pegasus’s decor really is.

Later, we talk about what the opposite of a bottomless pit is, Pegasus’s staff naming scheme, and what kind of gimmick…


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puppet egg

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 26, “Champion vs. Creator: Part 1" official synopsis:

Yugi and the others enter Pegasus' castle, where they learn that Kaiba is about to duel Pegasus in an attempt to win back Mokuba's soul. As the duel gets underway, it becomes clear that Pegasus is using his Millennium Eye to anticipate Kaiba's moves and see every card in his hand.

Shining Friendship

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Finally! Amidst a sea of multi-part, plot-laden episodes, our hard work and perseverance is rewarded with a duel-heavy episode in which not much happens. Listen in as Jimmy recaps our first all-female duel, Tyler forgets what jokes are, we do some live foley work, and learn the hard way that the rules of Duel Monsters really are just made up on the spot.

Apologies for the delay leading up to this episode! As we talk about at the beginning, with life events happening all at once lately, it's sometimes tough to set aside time to watch Yu-Gi-Oh. If that's not proof of being an adult, I don't know what is. You're the real Shining Friendship, and look forward to watching what is sure to be a great rest of the season with you. <3 

Could Shining Friendship have shot that bow and arrow? Is there a Duel Monsters rule book somewhere that no one's talked about yet? Is Grandpa going to be okay?!?!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 25, "Shining Friendship" official synopsis:

After losing half of his star chips to Kaiba, Yugi becomes depressed. He is also worried by the fact that Yami had wanted him to win the duel, even though it meant killing Kaiba. In a bid to help him, Téa, despite her lack of experience in Duel Monsters, volunteers to duel Mai, who has more than enough star chips to qualify for the finals and is more than willing to give her extra star chips to Yugi if Téa is able to defeat her. After a bad start, Téa eventually manages to win via Mai forfeiting the duel after seeing Téa's strong resolve and determination to help Yugi out and through this, Yugi is able to regain enough star chips so that he can enter Pegasus' castle while personally vowing to face and defeat Pegasus with his own strong resolve and determination. 

BONUS: Yu-Gi-Oh "Season Zero", Episode 2!

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In preparation for our half-way-through-the-first-season celebration, we're taking a week off to bring you this bonus episode. Join us as we go back to our Yu-Gi-Roots, reveal the secrets of Tyler's dark past as a shitty teen, and discuss how great anime music is. 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero, Episode 2, "The Devil Gamer - The Trap of Hell" official synopsis:

A criminal escapes from jail, disguises himself and gets a job at the restaurant Burger World. When his true identity is exposed, he holds the restaurant and the people inside, Yugi, Honda, Jonouchi, and Miho hostage, while also taking Anzu as a prisoner. When Yugi reacts angrily to the criminal slapping Anzu, his other self in the Millennium Puzzle emerges and wastes no time in challenging the criminal to a Shadow Game in order to get her back. The game this time is that the two contestants are allowed to choose one finger to use, as soon as the game begins they can do whatever they wish with it, the criminal chooses his pointer to fire a gun, but is outsmarted when Yugi uses his to light a lighter to light his cigarette, but then puts it on his hand, so he may not fire, or allow the lighter to fall on the alcohol he is about to consume. But the prisoner does not fall for it and attempts to kill Yami Yugi. In revenge, Yugi subjects him to a Penalty Game, causing the criminal to believe he is on fire. As a result, Anzu develops a crush on the man who saved her, unaware that it was Yugi's alter-ego. 

Face Off, Part 3

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*slaps top of duel* This bad boy can fit so many Kuribohs in it.

This week, Jimmy talks about his side-gig! Tyler talks about something boring! Then, we get into discussing the final part of the duel between Kaiba and Yugi. Things get... surprisingly metal, and emotional? We talk mammoth chest-bursters, fusing zombies to non-zombies, infinite versions of tiny creatures, and brand new strategies that we're convinced Yugi pulled out of his ass.

Later, we wax poetic about Link, the Hero of Time, and remind you all to please please please stop touching Millennium Items. They WILL possess you.

Does anyone actually know how Polymerization works? Did Kaiba get his evil groove back? Would Big Yugi duel a man in Reno, just to watch him die?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 24, "Face Off, Part 3" official synopsis:

Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Multiply combo to protect his Life Points and uses his Living Arrow and Polymerization magic cards to fuse his Mammoth Graveyard to Kaiba's Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. This causes the Ultimate Dragon to decay and lose Attack points until it is weak enough for Yugi to attack. Refusing to lose from within a desperate state, Kaiba unexpectedly stands on a turret and warns Yugi that if he attacks, the impact force of the monsters battling will knock Kaiba off the castle and kill him. An internal conflict soon takes place between Yugi and Yami Yugi which causes the real Yugi to quickly stop his Celtic Guardian from attacking the Ultimate Dragon, enabling Kaiba to swiftly counterattack and win the duel so that he can gain the right to face Pegasus.  

Face Off, Part 2

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Well, they can't all be winners. Six months into making a show about a show about a card game, we discover that the worst part about the show actually is the card game. 

Join us as we dissect an episode so boring, even its official synopsis is only two sentences. We talk about winning at Stardew Valley, good anime, more things to do with a library card, and the extra-terrestrial origins of our card of the week. Then, much like the animators of this episode, we try desperately to stall for time. 

Will Kaiba ever find a different dueling strategy? Is Mokuba tournament-legal? Can we please, please, please get back to the interesting episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh again?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 23, "Face Off, Part 2" official synopsis:

The duel between Kaiba and Yugi continues. Kaiba tricks Yugi into releasing the Crush Card virus, rendering every Monster in Yugi's deck with more than 1500 Attack points unplayable. 

Face Off, Part 1

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Hot on the heels of a terrible three-parter, we endeavor into the gaping maw of yet another three-parter! Sadly, this one stars neither John Travolta nor Nicholas Cage, but we'll muddle through somehow. Join us in media res as we talk about Tyler's weird mouth sounds, our favorite non-Yu-Gi-Oh pastimes, Jimmy's new podcast, and an actually decent episode.

Have we uncovered further proof that Mokuba is color-blind? Has Kaiba actually just been making really big Beyblades? Can anything defeat the sheer naming power of our card of the week? 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 22, "Face Off, Part 1" official synopsis:

Arriving at Pegasus' castle, Yugi and the others are confronted by Kaiba, who challenges Yugi to a duel as a part of Pegasus' past ultimatum towards Kaiba. As the two duelists face off on the castle roof, Kaiba hatches a plan to fuse all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons and create the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. 

Double Trouble Duel, Part 3

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Well, we did it. We finally got through this three-parter, and by golly, we got through it together. Join us for a wine-fueled roller coaster ride through the final chapter in "Double Trouble Duel". Listen as Pepper licks everything, Jimmy takes a phone call, and Tyler questions the logic of... well, everything. 

Did any of the Paradox Brothers' riddles even matter? Is Kaiba the world's best cat burglar, or the world's worst cat burglar? Does anyone actually know the rules for Duel Monsters?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 21, "Double Trouble Duel, Part 3" official synopsis:

In a bid to defeat the Gate Guardian, Yugi uses Polymerization to fuse his Summoned Skull to Joey's Red Eyes Black Dragon, creating the Black Skull Dragon. Through the combined effort of their unified teamwork, Yugi and Joey defeat the Paradox Brothers, winning enough star chips to allow them inside Pegasus' castle. Also, Yugi and his friends manage to escape the caves after solving a riddle posed to them by the Paradox Brothers. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to find Mokuba from within his search, but Pegasus suddenly appears and uses his Millennium Eye to steal Mokuba's soul. After doing this, Pegasus then gives Kaiba an ultimatum: Kaiba must first defeat Yugi in a duel so that the former can gain the right to face Pegasus himself in an attempt to win back his brother's soul. 

BONUS: Yu-Gi-Oh "Season Zero", Episode 1!

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The Gate Guardian's lasers somehow pierced the dimensional barrier, messing up our schedules and preventing a full episode from being recorded this week! Never fear, Jimmy showed Tyler the first episode of the original 1998 run of Yu-Gi-Oh! and we're here to talk about it. And boy do we have feelings. 

Listen in as we discuss the origin of Shadow Games, Yugi's even weirder voice-acting choices, and imagine a world in which Yugi never played Duel Monsters. 

We'll be back next week with our regularly-scheduled content! Somebody's got to finish that god-awful three-parter, and it might as well be us.

Yu-Gi-Oh! "Season Zero" Episode 1, "Furious Battle - A Shadow Game" official synopsis:

A shy and meek young boy named Yugi Mutou is a student, who is bullied by his classmate Katsuya Jonouchi. The hall monitor, Tetsu Ushio, forcibly becomes Yugi's bodyguard, beating up Jonouchi and Hiroto Honda, and then says that Yugi owes him money. Ushio later beats up Yugi, but Jonouchi and Honda try to intervene, only to be beaten up as well. One day, Yugi solves the Millennium Puzzle after working on it for eight years, heralding the return of the Shadow Games. In the process, he unknowingly changes his own life forever by releasing an alter-ego, who is the "King of Games", and challenges Ushio to a Shadow Game. Ushio loses after a failed attempt to cheat, and Yugi enforces a Penalty Game upon him, which results in Ushio hallucinating that there were monsters coming out of a body of water that were about to eat him. After all of that, Yugi, Honda, and Jonouchi become life-long friends, with Yugi's childhood friend, Anzu Mazaki, and Honda's crush, Miho Nosaka, joining the group. 

Double Trouble Duel, Part 2

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They prepared for trouble, and made it double! And, against all odds, they also ended it on a cliffhanger! Listen in as Jimmy and Tyler get to the brink of throwing in the towel on this monotonous slog of a three-parter. We also discuss video games, Tyler and Lauren and Pepper's Big Move, LEGO sex acts (yep, that happened), and a narrative structure that will have you reaching for "Memento" in search of something more straightforward. 

Did we discover the identity of Dox? Is everyone finally done with being mean to Joey? Will Croquet ever be the first to learn anything? 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 20, "Double Trouble Duel, Part 2" official synopsis:

To get their monsters through the Paradox Brothers' maze, Yugi and Joey must work as a team, but the Paradox Brothers attempt to divide and conquer by changing the layout of the maze so that Yugi's Monsters become separated from Joey's own. From there, the brothers start assembling the pieces they need to form the powerful Gate Guardian in an attempt to defeat both Yugi and Joey. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to get into Pegasus' castle and wastes no time in searching for Mokuba, but unknown to Kaiba, Pegasus is watching him with a sinister eye and decides to initiate a plan of his own in order to stop Kaiba. 

Double Trouble Duel, Part 1

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Jimmy has a normal, human face! Tyler makes words happen! We discuss the biblical implications of Beyblades, and give you the opportunity to listen to two grown men spend some time talking about dolls. Later, we discuss a real stinker of an episode, setting the bar real low for this three-parter. In it, we're introduced to the villainous Paradox Brothers, and their nefarious riddles! Except, are they real brothers? And are the riddles really riddles? 

No. They're definitely not. 

Who's making the rules for this fake card game? When will everyone stop being so mean to Joey? Which one's Para? Which one's Dox? 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 19, "Double Trouble Duel, Part 1" official synopsis:

Yugi and his friends are trapped in the caves by Bandit Keith and his gang, with the latter soon betraying his own henchmen afterwards and stealing their remaining star chips so that he can enter into Pegasus' castle. Lost in the caves, Bakura's Millennium Ring begins glowing again. Bakura uses its magic to guide them, eventually having to admit that the Shadow Game between him and Yugi, in which Joey, Téa, and Tristan thought was just a dream, had actually really happened. While searching for a way out of the caves, they come across a room guarded by the scheming Paradox Brothers. Before the gang can progress, Yugi and Joey must face the Paradox Brothers in a two-on-two duel where their Monsters must negotiate a trap-filled maze. Meanwhile, Kaiba is making his own way to Pegasus' castle, determined to find and save Mokuba.  

Arena of Lost Souls, Part 2

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We discover Pepper's true podcast calling! Join us as we look up Yu-Gi-Oh videogame speedruns, bring the conversation back to Beyblade (again, somehow), and dive back into the zombie horde. Joey finally finishes his duel against Bonz, and we're reminded that being a bad guy isn't about what you look like on the outside-- it's about whether or not your name is Bandit Keith. 

Meanwhile, Tristan punches a rock! Bakura is bad at dungeoneering! Yugi plays the friendship card! If you were looking for any episode to jump into season 1 with, boy howdy do they spend a lot of this one re-summarizing the plot. Welcome to Yu-Gi-Oh!

Did Pegasus have a past life as an Imagineer? Will Tristan's string of great one-liners ever end? Hey kid, wanna buy some cards?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 18, "Arena of Lost Souls, Part 2" official synopsis:

Joey is fighting a losing battle against Bonz's Zombie Monsters, who have the ability to come back to life and become much stronger whenever they're destroyed. Yugi and the others are determined to find Joey and soon reunites with him in due time. Despite the odds stacked against him, Joey manages to win the duel against Bonz. 

Arena of Lost Souls, Part 1

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Jimmy does an offensive accent! Tyler gets excited about speedrunning, and proves that he knows nothing about video games! Later, we discuss the first of two very spoOoOoOoky parts! Join us as we get introduced to Bandit Keith, Bonz, Sid, and Zigor-- four characters that we will definitely remember the names of in the future. Who could forget our old friends Zlid, BonBon, and Ichor? 

Is Bonz okay? Did Bandit Keith build an unlicensed arena on Duelist Kingdom? Is Joey maybe a cat person? Seriously though, is Bonz okay?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 17, "Arena of Lost Souls, Part 1" official synopsis:

Still smarting from his defeat by Kaiba, Joey vows to prove that he isn't a "whimpering dog" and ends up being forced into a duel with Bonz, one of a gang of duelists led by the ruthless Bandit Keith. 

The Scars of Defeat

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We wish Jimmy a happy early/late birthday! Kaiba returns! Joey continues to be a disappointment. LOL SAME, amirite? Join us as we reunite best frenemies, rekindle our love for Pegasus, and introduce the world to the man, the myth, the bandana: Bandit Keith. 

Is Sam the current King of Games? Will Kaiba get his groove back? Was developing a new mobile holographic system that cost millions of dollars really necessary, or is that just how he winds down? When Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out will our productivity drop to zero?

Well yes, the answer to that last question is yes. Definitely.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 16, "The Scars of Defeat" official synopsis:

When Kaiba turns up in Duelist Kingdom (intent on confronting Pegasus and rescuing Mokuba), Joey rashly challenges him to a duel but loses. Afterwards, Yugi and Bakura notice that Bakura's Millennium Ring is glowing and pointing straight towards Pegasus' Castle.