|Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 001|
Senritsu no Burū Aizu Howaito Doragon
The Terrifying Blue Eyes White Dragon
The Heart of the Cards
|Japanese air date||
18 April 2000
|English air date||
29 September 2001
|Episode listing||Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing - season 1|
|Next||The Gauntlet is Thrown|
The Heart of the Cards, known as The Terrifying Blue Eyes White Dragon in the Japanese version, is the first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime, titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Japan.
Seto Kaiba overhears Yugi Muto telling his friends that Solomon Muto, Yugi's grandfather, has a rare card, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Obsessed with owning them all, Kaiba challenges Solomon to a duel, and when his holographic arena technology proves too much for the old man, Yugi steps in to duel in his grandfather's stead.
The narrator explains how in Ancient Egypt when the pyraminds were young, ancient Kings played Shadow Games, which erupted into a war that threatened to destroy the world. However a pharaoh sealed the magic away, imprisoning it in the Millennium Items.
3000 years later (5000 in the English version), Yugi Muto unlocked the secrets of the Millennium Puzzle infusing him with ancient magical energies. Destiny has chosen Yugi to prevent the return of the Shadow Games, like the pharaoh did.
At Domino High School, Yugi Muto is teaching his friend, Joey Wheeler, how to play Duel Monsters, while Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner and Ryo Bakura watch. Tristan jokes that Joey looks cute when he's thinking. Joey shows him Tristan the cards, explaining that they're playing Duel Monsters. Tristan looks at him blankly and asks "Drooling Monsters". Joey pushes him away and Téa says that they've been at it for hours; Joey's starting to get the hang of it, but Yugi's an expert.
As Joey plays "Kagemusha of the Blue Flame", Téa explains some of the rules to Tristan. Joey's pleased with his move. Although Yugi agrees it was good, he plays "Blackland Fire Dragon", which is powerful enough to take out Joey. Tristan teases Joey's skill, but Yugi assures Joey that he played alright. Yugi just has better cards, he tells them, which is because his grandfather owns a game shop, where he gets all his good cards. Joey gets fired up to visit the shop and Yugi talks about a super rare card his grandfather has.
A few tables across, Seto Kaiba is reading Also Sprach Zarathustra. (In the English version the cover of the book is blank.) He overhears Yugi's conversation and wonders if the rare card is the one he's been searching for.
After school, Yugi and his friends Joey, Tristan and Téa arrive at his grandfather's shop. He asks his grandfather, Solomon, if he could show them his rare card. Solomon thinks about it, laughs and says "how can I refuse?". He produces a decorative box and tells them that they're in for a treat and he doesn't usually take this card out. He holds up the card, "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", telling them it's so rare and powerful that he never lets it leave his hands. The kids are impressed apart from Tristan, who grabs the card from Solomon's hand, remarking that he doesn't see what's so good about it. Solomon snaps it back insisting that the card is priceless; there are only 4 copies of the card in existence.
As Joey prepares to trade for other cards, Kaiba enters the shop. Solomon asks if he can help him, and Kaiba says if he can't, it wouldn't surprise him. The kids are surprised to see here, as he has a big company to run. Kaiba says he's here to see the card. Joey is glad to hear that Kaiba plays Duel Monsters too and suggests that they could all duel together. Kaiba mocks the idea, saying he'd have more of a challenge playing solitaire; he's the number 1 ranked duelist in the country and the favorite to win the Duel Monsters. Joey is intimidated and suggests they settle this with fists. Yugi steps between them and tries to calm Joey down.
Kaiba sees the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" on the table in its case. He rushes over to it, pushing Yugi aside. Solomon takes the card away and asks if there's anything else he can help him with. Kaiba slams his briefcase on the counter and opens it showing it's full of Duel Monsters cards. He offers to trade all of them for the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". To everyone's surprise, Solomon declines. Kaiba then attempts to buy the card, asking Solomon to name his price. Solomon refuses and explains that he does not want to give it away because it was given to him by a dear friend, so he treasures the card. Kaiba leaves, realizing it is useless trying to get it peacefully.
As Kaiba leaves in his limousine, he is sickened by Solomon's attitude. He believes the cards are all about power, and one way or another, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon card will be his.
At a KaibaCorp building, Kaiba tells his employees that he wants them to pick up something at the game shop. The next morning, Hobson and 2 other goons arrive at the game shop. Hobson tells Solomon that his master, Seto Kaiba, has requested a Duel with him. He asks what if he was to decline? Hobson says they must insist. Solomon thinks that Kaiba doesn't understand, but he'll teach him about the Heart of the Cards.
Yugi and his friends arrive to find his grandfather missing. Kaiba calls Yugi, claiming that his grandfather has gotten sick and needs picking up. (In the English version, the words "Now Printing" are removed from a box near the phone.)
Yugi and his friends make their way to KaibaCorp and find Solomon seriously injured. Solomon tells Yugi that he failed; he had tried to teach Kaiba a lesson about the Heart of the Cards, but he lost. Kaiba appears in the room and says that he defeated Solomon in a Duel, where they each bet their most prized card. He guesses that playing against a champion like himself was too much stimulation for Yugi's grandfather. In the Japanese version, Anzu (Téa) accuses Kaiba of cheating, which he denies. In the English version, she tells Kaiba he should be ashamed of himself.
Kaiba holds up the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and tears it in two. In the Japanese version, Kaiba says that since a Deck can only hold 3 copies of each card and the 4th could become an enemy. In the English version, he says that he didn't want anyone to use it against him.
Solomon hands Yugi his Deck, saying that he put his soul in these cards, and taught Yugi everything he knows. He instructs Yugi to take them and teach Kaiba respect for the Heart of the Cards. Yugi insists that he needs to take him to a doctor, but Kaiba remarks that that sounds like an excuse. Yugi's friends offer to take Grandpa to the hospital, while Yugi faces Kaiba. Yugi is unsure, but the others offer support. In the Japanese version, Jounouchi (Joey) says "I used to love fighting, but it was you who changed me, Yugi. You can do it." In the English version, Joey says Yugi's the best duelist he's ever seen and he has the Millennium Puzzle. He knows Yugi can do it.
Before Yugi leaves, Téa uses a marker to draw a special smiley face sign on everyone's hands. In the Japanese, Anzu (Téa) says that even though the ink will wash away, they'll always remember the circle of their friendship. In the English, she says that when Yugi's dueling, he'll know he's not alone. They'll all be right there with him.
As Téa, Tristan and Joey take Solomon to the ambulance, Téa suggests that Joey stay behind to support Yugi.
Kaiba takes Yugi to a virtual stadium. Kaiba says he designed the stadium and himself and he thinks Yugi will agree it adds a bit more life to the game. In the Japanese, Kaiba says they'll play using the Kaiba Special Rules. In the English, he says that they each begin with 2000 Life Points, and the first player to hit 0 loses
Kaiba goes first and Summons "Hitotsu-Me Giant". A hologram of the monster emerges onto the field. Yugi is surprised to see the monster come to life. Kaiba explains that it's his virtual simulator; it creates life-like holograms of every Duel Monster. Yami realizes that this is how Kaiba beat Solomon.
Yugi starts his turn and Summons "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress". At this point, Joey arrives and is shocked by the presence of the monsters. The two monsters get ready to battle and Yugi commands "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress" to use its "Fireball" attack. "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress" launches a fireball at "Hitotsu-Me Giant", destroying it and lowering Kaiba's Life Points to 1800. Mokuba Kaiba rushes into the room, asking his brother if he's okay, while Joey celebrates on Yugi taking out 1 of Kaiba's monsters.
In the Japanese, Kaiba says that he should have started with a handicap this size anyway. In the English, he says "Well played... for a beginner". He asks how Yugi will stand against this and Summons "Saggi the Dark Clown" in Attack Position. Yugi is puzzled, as the monster has very few ATK, but Kaiba combines it with the Magic Card "Negative Energy Generator", tripling its ATK. ("Negative Energy Generator" has different artworks in the English and Japanese versions.)
"Saggi's" ATK goes up to 1800. Kaiba orders it to attack "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress" with "Dark Light". "Saggi" launches a ball of energy at its target and destroys it. Yugi's Life Points drop to 1600.
Yugi thinks Kaiba's good, but his grandpa put all his gaming knowledge and his heart, into this Deck, so he must believe it holds some secret strategy. He draws "Right Leg of the Forbidden One". (This has different artworks in the English and Japanese versions.) Yugi thinks the card is useless, it can't defeat "Saggi", so he Sets a card in Defense Position.
In the Japanese, Kaiba says he can practically hear Yugi's grandpa's dying breath coming from those cards. In the English, he says Yugi's not doing any better than his Grandfather did; His deck is just as weak and feeble as his grandfather. Yugi argues that his grandfather is a great man and a better duelist than Kaiba will ever be. He can feel his heart in this Deck and doubts Kaiba has that kind of faith in his cards. Saying he believes in his grandfather's Deck, Yugi draws his next card. He tells Kaiba that his faith has rewarded him with "Gaia the Fierce Knight".
Yugi Summons "Gaia" and has it attack and destroy "Saggi", lowring Kaiba's Life Points to 1300. Joey compliments Yugi, who invites Kaiba to make his move.
Kaiba laughs that the Duel will be over sooner than Yugi thinks and draws a card. He Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Joey is suprised again and states that it's impossible; they saw Kaiba tear that card in half. Kaiba says Yugi's grandfather wasn't the only one to possess a "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". "Blue-Eyes" attacks and destroys "Gaia the Fierce Knight", dropping Yugi's Life Points to 900. Faith or no faith, Kaiba says, Yugi fall before his superior monsters, faith is for losers, like his grandfather.
As more of Yugi's monsters are destroyed by "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", including "Horn Imp" and "Beaver Warrior", Kaiba states that there isn't a card in Yugi's Deck that can stand up to a "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". He asks what hope does he have against two, as he Summons another "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
Meanwhile, Solomon is being rushed through the hospital, on a bed, with Téa and Tristan at his sides. Solomon calls to Yugi, encouraging him not to give up.
Back at the Duel, Yugi refuses to give up. He draws and plays "Swords of Revealing Light", which prevents Kaiba's monsters attacking for the next three turns. Kaiba calls the move desperate and asks whta good a three turn delay will do.
Yugi thinks Kaiba's right and looks at the cards in his hand; "Left Arm of the Forbidden One", "Right Leg of the Forbidden One", "Left Leg of the Forbidden One" and "Rude Kaiser". (The English version mistakenly shows the "Right Arm of the Forbidden One" instead of the "Left Arm". All "of the Forbidden One" cards have different artworks in the English and Japanese versions.) He can't figure out what to do with these cards; they're just pieces. Yugi then hears Solomon's voice. It says to him, for someone who claims to have faith, he's giving up too easily and that sometimes the cards are like a puzzle and you must put all the pieces in their proper place. "Like the Millennium Puzzle?", Yugi asks. "Exactly", Solomon replies, "Each piece helps build a greater entity, like the pieces of a puzzle". Yugi starts to ponder on this and remembers his grandfather telling him about Duel Monsters only unstoppable monster, "Exodia". However "Exodia" can only be Summoned by gathering all 5 parts; a feat that, to this day, no one has ever accomplished.
Kaiba threatens to treat Yugi's stalling as a forfeit, if he doesn't stop. Yugi draws the "Right Arm of the Forbidden One".
Kaiba claims that Yugi can draw whatever card he wants, but it won't change a thing. Although his 2 "Blue-Eyes" are frozen, his new monster is under no-such spell. (At this point in the series, "Swords of Revealing Light's" effect was different than its real life counterpart. It only affected monsters that were already on the field when it was activated.) Kaiba Summons "Judge Man", who takes-out Yugi's face-down "Rude Kaiser".
Yugi draws the "Dark Magician". He thinks he can use this to attack, but it won't stand a chance once Kaiba's dragons are free. He goes ahead and Summons "Dark Magician" and uses it to defeat "Judge Man". Kaiba's Life Points lower to 1000.
Kaiba considers that to be a sacrifice which doesn't even phase him. Although his dragons can't attack, he Summons his third "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", which can attack. It attacks and destroys "Dark Magician", lowering Yugi's Life Points to 400.
Kaiba asks Yugi how his faith is now; with his 3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" free to attack next turn, there's nothing Yugi can do and he was never a match for him. Joey urges Yugi not to listen to him.
Yugi realizes that he must draw the last piece of "Exodia", but the odds are against him. He tries to draw, but his Deck seemingly moves away from him. In the Japanese, Dark Yugi (Yami) wonders if the cards are moving away from him, but thinks, no, it's just himself and he's afraid to draw. In the English, he says the Deck senses his doubt, so he tells Yugi to concentrate, and not lose faith. He notices the mark Téa drew on his hand and imagines his friends standing there with him.
Kaiba tells Yugi to draw his last pathetic card, so he can end this. However Yugi says his grandfather's Deck has no pathetic cards, but it does have the unstoppable "Exodia", as he draws "Exodia the Forbidden One".
Kaiba recoils in horror, remarking that it's impossible. Yugi places the 5 pieces on the field and a large star appears. (In the English version, the star has been given more points.) The complete Exodia emerges from the star. Kaiba steps back, once again calling it impossible, noone has every managed to call him before. Yami orders "Exodia" to "Obliterate". "Exodia" destroys Kaiba's dragons and drops his Life Points to 0.
Joey cheers, and Mokuba looks up in surprise, since his brother never loses. Yami tells Kaiba that he plays only for power, and that's why he lost. If you put your heart in the game, there's nothing you can't do. Kaiba wonders how he could have lost. The Eye of Wdjat appears on Yami's forehead. In the Japanese, Dark Yugi tells Kaiba that he will crush the evil in his heart, and taps into the power of the Millennium Puzzle, granting Kaiba a "Mind Crush". In the English, Yamii tells him if he wants to know to open his mind. Kaiba falls to his knees.
Over at the hospital, Solomon wakes up, knowing Yugi won.
The beginning of the Duel is skipped.
Yami Normal Summons "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress" (1400 ATK / 1200 DEF) in Attack Position. "Winged Dragon, Guard of the Fortress" attacks and destroys "Hitotsu-Me Giant" (Kaiba: 2000 → 1800 Life Points).
Kaiba Normal Summons "Saggi the Dark Clown" in Attack Position (600 ATK / 1500 DEF). He then activates "Negative Energy Generator" to triple "Saggi the Dark Clown's" ATK ("Saggi the Dark Clown": 600 → 1800 ATK). "Saggi the Dark Clown" attacks and destroys "Winged Dragon, Guard of the Fortress" (Yami: 2000 → 1600 Life Points).
Yami Sets "Battle Steer" (1800 ATK / 1300 DEF).
"Saggi the Dark Clown" attacks and destroys "Battle Steer".
Yami Sets "Torike" (1200 ATK / 600 DEF).
"Saggi the Dark Clown" attacks and destroys "Torike":
Yami draws and Normal Summons "Gaia the Fierce Knight" in Attack Position (2300 ATK / 2100 DEF). "Gaia the Fierce Knight" attacks and destroys "Saggi the Dark Clown" (Kaiba: 1800 → 1300 Life Points).
Kaiba draws and Normal Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in Attack Position (3000 ATK / 2500 DEF). "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" attacks and destroys "Gaia the Fierce Knight" (Yami: 1600 → 900 Life Points).
Yami Sets "Horn Imp" (1300 ATK / 1000 DEF).
"Blue-Eyes White Dragon" attacks and destroys "Horn Imp".
Yami Sets "Beaver Warrior" (1200 ATK / 1500 DEF).
Yami has "Rude Kaiser", "Left Leg of the Forbidden One", "Right Leg of the Forbidden One", and "Left Arm of the Forbidden One" in his hand. He draws "Right Arm of the Forbidden One". He then Sets "Rude Kaiser" (1800 ATK / 1600 DEF).
Kaiba Normal Summons "Judge Man" in Attack Position (2200 ATK / 1500 DEF). Since it was Summoned after "Swords of Revealing Light" was activated, it can attack. "Judge Man" attacks and destroys "Rude Kaiser".
Kaiba draws and Normal Summons his last "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in Attack Position. That "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" attacks and destroys "Dark Magician" (Yami: 900 → 400 Life Points). "Swords of Revealing Light's" effect ends.
Yami draws "Exodia the Forbidden One". Since Yami has "Left Arm of the Forbidden One", "Left Leg of the Forbidden One", "Right Arm of the Forbidden One", and "Right Leg of the Forbidden One" in his hand, "Exodia" is Special Summoned in Attack Position (∞ ATK / ∞ DEF). "Exodia" attacks; destroying every monster Kaiba controls and dropping his Life Points to 0. (Kaiba: 100 → 0 Life Points).
The Duels in this episode followed the earlier Duel Monsters rules, so 2000 Life Points were used as apposed to 8000, Tributes were not required for Level 5 or higher monsters and players could not attack each other directly.
Differences in individual cards included:
Kaiba came to the shop, not particularly looking for the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". He didn't have the other 3 at this point and wanted Sugoroku's to become more powerful, rather than to stop it from being used against him.
Yugi dueled Jonouchi at school after visiting the shop. Rather than "Kagemusha of the Blue Flame", Jonouchi had a Zombie monster, which wasn't shown. They had the attention of much more people in the class, but not Honda or Bakura.
At school, after Kaiba told Yugi that his grandfather had taught him how to love the cards, Kaiba asked to see the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" again. Yugi showed him the card, but Kaiba exchanged it for a counterfeit. When Yugi tried getting the real one back, Kaiba struck him with his briefcase, causing Dark Yugi (Yami Yugi) to come out.
Dark Yugi dueled Kaiba in a Shadow Game of Duel Monsters to win back the card. Kaiba cheated and slipped the "Blue-Eyes" into his hand. However the "Blue-Eyes" remained loyal to Sugoroku and betrayed Kaiba, by destroying itself. After Kaiba lost, Yami inflicted a Penalty Game, where Kaiba imagined he was sent to the Duel Monsters Spirit World and repeatedly killed by Duel Monsters.
Death-T is an arc in the manga, where Yugi is forced to play in Kaiba's theme park of death.
Kaiba invites Yugi to his mansion the night before the opening of his KaibaLand theme park. At the grand opening, he reveals he has kidnapped Yugi's grandfather and duels him. They Duel using Battle Boxes rather than the large Dueling Arenas. Sugoroku uses "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", but is overwhelmed by the holograms and Kaiba's 3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragons".
Kaiba tears up Sugoroku's "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and subjects him to an artifical Penalty Game. In order for him to be released, Yugi is coerced into swearing he'll face Kaiba's Death-T.
Like in the anime, Sugoroku gives Yugi his Deck to use against Kaiba.
Much of the stages of Death-T are skipped in the anime.
Some of the conversation used at the start of Death-T 3 is used in the anime, shortly before Yugi faces Kaiba. Jonouchi tells his friends that he changed after meeting Yugi. That is used in the Japanese version of this episode. Honda says he always wanted to pick a fight regardless of who or what it was with, but realized the person he wanted to hit was himself. The Japanese anime has Jonouchi say something similar "I used to love fighting, but it was you who changed me". Shortly after hearing this, Anzu draws the smiley face on their hands.
After Death-T 3, Yugi admits to thinking there is another Yugi to his friends. He doesn't disclose this until much later in the anime.
Yugi's Duel with Kaiba in this episode is based on their Duel in Death-T 5. A number of changes were made, including:
After receiving the Mind Crush, Kaiba is left in a coma for 6 months.
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|Chapters||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist • Millennium World • Yu-Gi-Oh! R|
|Volumes||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist • Millennium World • Yu-Gi-Oh! (bunkoban) • Yu-Gi-Oh! R|
|Storylines||The Shadow Games • Death-T • Monster World • Duelist Kingdom • Legendary Heroes • Battle City • Virtual World • Battle City Finals • Waking the Dragons • Grand Championship • Dawn of the Duel • The Ceremonial Battle|
|Plot Elements||Millennium Items • Egyptian Gods • Wicked Gods • Orichalcos • Legendary Dragons|
|Games||Bandai's Official Card Game • Official Card Game • Trading Card Game • Capsule Monster Chess • Digital Pets • Dragon Cards • Monster World • Dungeon Dice Monsters • Capsule Monsters
|English air date||29 September 2001 +|
|English episode name||The Heart of the Cards +|
|Episode number||1 +|
|Episode season number||1 +|
|Episode series||Yu-Gi-Oh! +|
|Episode summary||Seto Kaiba overhears Yugi Muto tel … Seto Kaiba overhears Yugi Muto telling his friends that Solomon Muto, Yugi's grandfather, has a rare card, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Obsessed with owning them all, Kaiba challenges Solomon to a duel, and when his holographic arena technology proves too much for the old man, Yugi steps in to duel in his grandfather's stead. eps in to duel in his grandfather's stead.|
|Japanese air date||18 April 2000 +|
|Japanese episode name||戦慄のブルーアイズ・ホワイトドラゴン +|
|Romaji episode name||Senritsu no Burū Aizu Howaito Doragon +|
|Screenshot||DMx001 Triple Blue-Eyes.jpg|
|Translated Japanese episode name||The Terrifying Blue Eyes White Dragon +|