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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223


強き心 優しき心

Japanese translation

(Strong Heart - Tender Heart)


The Final Duel - Part 3

Episode number


Japanese air date

22 September 2004

English air date

3 June 2006

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending


English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing - season 5
Previous The Final Duel - Part 2
Next The Final Duel - Part 4


Major Events

  • Thanks to Trap Card "Magnet Force" and his three Magnet Warriors, Yugi gets rid of all three Egyptian God Cards Yami has in play!
  • The Duel seems to swing back to Yugi's favor, but Yami Summons "Dark Magician"!! Is Yugi capable of facing & destroying his favorite monster in order to save the Pharaoh?


(NOTE: for steps in the Yami Yugi and Yugi Muto Duel please see the Featured Duel section below)


Yami's Foresight

  • During the Duel, as Yami Summons "Swift Gaia the Fierce Knight" he reveals that it was in fact the card he discarded in the very first turn of the Duel, when he activated "The Tricky's" special effect. A dialogue ensues.
Yugi Muto: "Wait a sec! Are you telling me you sent Gaia to the Graveyard all the way back THEN? But why would you throw away such a powerful card so early in the Duel?"
Yami Yugi: "I was preparing for THIS. I have known from the very beginning that we would get to this point."
Yugi Muto: "WHAT? But how could you have predicted that?"
Yami Yugi: "It was simple. From the moment I chose the cards in my Deck I knew the course that this Duel would take. For although I held the three most powerful monsters in existence, I knew that I needed more. Yugi, what I'm saying is: I KNEW you would defeat the Egyptian Gods!"
Seto Kaiba: "That's impossible! There's no way he could have known how all this would go down."
Yami Yugi: "Yugi, destroying the three Egyptian Gods was merely the first step of this ritual. Now that they're gone the true test of our readiness to separate from one another can begin. So if you're ready to live on your own then PROVE it to me by winning this Duel!"
Ishizu Ishtar: (thinking) "Yugi, there is only one soul with the power to save the Pharaoh, and that is you. Only by defeating him can you release his spirit from its final resting place. Please be strong!"
  • Duel resumes.

Yami's Influence of Fate

  • During the Duel, at some point just before his Draw Phase Yami predicts what card he is about to draw. Ishizu explains why.
Yami Yugi: "It's my move, and now the card that I'm about to draw is the exact one that I need: almighty 'Big Shield Gardna', come forth!"

Yami draws "Big Shield Gardna" and Summons it to the field.

Joey Wheeler: "Alright, now I've seen it all."
Tristan Taylor: "That's nuts! How could he have known what card he was gonna draw?"
Ryo Bakura: "I suppose that's what they mean by 'luck of the draw'."
Marik Ishtar: "Not quite. That move had nothing to do with luck. Truth is, he KNEW exactly what card he was about to draw."
Téa Gardner: "What? But their Decks were shuffled right?"
Joey Wheeler: "Can he see the future? 'Cause if he can, I'd say that qualifies as an unfair advantage."
Ishizu Ishtar: "You're wrong. You see, the Pharaoh didn't PREDICT what his next card would be, his will power MADE it so. It appears the Pharaoh's determination was so strong he actually influenced fate with his own will."
Téa Gardner: "That's insane! Since when can fate be controlled?"
Joey Wheeler: "Look Téa, if I've learned anything from hanging out with Yugi it's that nothing's impossible."
  • Duel resumes.

Joey's Support of the Duel

  • Téa is still cringing at the thought of the Pharaoh leaving this world forever. Joey explains to her why this must be.
Joey Wheeler: "Yugi's having the time of his life up there. And who could blame him? If he wins, that means he's ready to face the world on his own."
Tristan Taylor: "And the Pharaoh will finally be free."
Joey Wheeler: "What's up Téa?"
Téa Gardner: "I can't watch anymore. If the Pharaoh loses, this is the last time we'll ever see him. I don't know about you guys but I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. Please make them stop!"
Joey Wheeler: "Téa, this isn't easy for any of us but that Duel HAS to go on! Plus you know as well as I do we couldn't stop this thing if we TRIED!"
Téa Gardner: "I guess so, but remind me why..."
Joey Wheeler: "Here's the deal: everything that's happened since those two met has been leading up to this. Just think about it: every single Duel that Yugi and the Pharaoh ever faced together was preparing them for this one! Every enemy they stared down, every strategy they ever planned, and every friend they ever saved helped shaped who they are today!! And now they need this test to see how far they've come. (...) When they first met, these guys had a lot to learn and needed each other to get by. But hopefully by now they're both ready to move on with their lives. Trust me Téa, this Duel is really all for the best and as tough as it may seem, we need to support those guys ALL the way."
  • Duel resumes.

Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Yugi Muto - Part 3

Duel continues from previous episode.

Yami Yugi's Turn

Yugi Muto's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

Yugi Muto's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Insert dialogue from Yami's Foresight Summary section above)

Yugi Muto's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Insert dialogue from Yami's Influence of Fate Summary section above)

Yugi Muto's Turn

(Insert dialogue from Joey's Support of the Duel Summary section above)

Yami Yugi's Turn

Duel concludes next episode.

Facts about Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223RDF feed
English air date 3 June 2006  +
English episode name The Final Duel - Part 3  +
Episode number 223  +
Episode season number 5  +
Episode series Yu-Gi-Oh!  +
Japanese air date 22 September 2004  +
Japanese episode name 強き心 優しき心  +
Screenshot Yugioh223.jpg
Translated Japanese episode name (Strong Heart - Tender Heart)  +

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