Fusion of Light and Darkness - Black Chaos Descends

In this Episode:

It’s the end of an era! Well, at least the end of a five-part episode. Join us as we celebrate the end of a movie-length duel with arguably the most exciting— and strangely disgusting— episode of Yu-Gi-Oh yet. Jimmy loved it, Tyler hated it, and Bakura stole the whole damn thing. This is a whole new game!

This week’s recommendations:

  • Jimmy: Listen to Beats Antique!

  • Tyler: Watch Jeopardy!

  • Lauren: Watch Countdown!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 39, “Fusion of Light and Darkness - Black Chaos Descends” Official Synopsis:

Pegasus' Relinquished has captured Yugi's Dark Magician, and his time bomb monster is ready to blow it to bits and take out the rest of Yugi's life points. However, Yami Yugi captures Relinquished using a Mind Control card. Then, with the last card Yugi played face-down, he performs a Dark Magic Ritual, sacrificing the Dark Magician as well as Pegasus' time bomb to summon the Magician of Black Chaos. Pegasus counters by fusing Relinquished with Thousand Eyes Idol, creating Thousand Eyes Restrict. The Thousand Eyes Restrict paralyzes the Magician of Black Chaos, but Yami Yugi uses Kuriboh combined with his Multiply magic card. The Kuribohs explode on contact, blinding Thousand Eyes Restrict and freeing the Magician of Black Chaos to attack. Yami Yugi destroys Thousand Eyes Restrict and ends the duel as the victor. While Yugi, Joey, Téa, and Tristan celebrate the former's triumphant victory, Pegasus silently slips away and releases the spirits that he had stolen, honoring his word of the agreement that he had made with Yugi right before the start of their duel. Bakura is seemingly back to normal and volunteers to take care of an unconscious Mokuba while the others go look and search for Pegasus.

The Evil Eye Activates - Sacrifice

In this Episode:

C/W: This episode talks about death and mortality quite a bit. If that’s something that you’re uncomfortable with, you may want to cut out when we start discussing the episode.

THIS WEEK! We’re nearly there. 80% of the way through this five-part duel, and Pegasus has rewarded us with some fierce lewks. Join us for this ultra-chill hang sesh where Tyler loses his voice, and Jimmy feeds a cat. Oh, and we talk about Yu-Gi-Oh.

This week’s recommendations:

  • Jimmy: Read Saga

  • Tyler: Make up new insults, you brambling knop-wagons!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 38, “The Evil Eye Activates - Sacrifice” Official Synopsis:

Yami Bakura is after Mokuba's body so that his evil spirit can possess it. Tristan, however, knocks out Yami Bakura and throws away the Millennium Ring containing the evil spirit into the forest below. Meanwhile, Pegasus summons Relinquished, a fearsome monster that uses its enemies as shields. Yugi crumples in a complete state of both fatigue and exhaustion, under the crippling strain of maintaining his own monsters in the Shadow Game. Joey, Téa, and Tristan all yell desperate encouragement in an attempt to help their friends out, but their own voices cannot penetrate the sphere of darkness. Yami Yugi is the only one who can duel now, but unfortunately, he is at the mercy of Pegasus' Millennium Eye.

The Counterattack Begins! Mind Shuffle

In this Episode:

Back in the Shadow again! Welcome to part three of five in our Yugi v. Pegasus showdown, in which we celebrate the recognition of magic, obscure strategies both good and evil, the return of the Reaper, and the metaphysical implications of the phrase “banish you from the corridors of my mind.”

This week’s recommendations:

For those curious— yes! The tapping that you hear at the start of the episode is Pepper. It was too cute to edit out.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 37, “The Counterattack Begins! Mind Shuffle” Official Synopsis:

Yugi has found an ingenious way to counter Pegasus' mind-reading ability: Yugi switches back and forth between his two separate spirits and through this, Yugi is able to destroy Pegasus' Toon World, but Pegasus soon transports the duel to the Shadow Realm, where the situation itself becomes much harder for both Yugi and Yami Yugi. Meanwhile, Tristan is horrified to learn that Bakura is once again possessed by the evil spirit of Yami Bakura.

Attacks Ineffective?! The Invincible Toon Army

In this Episode:

It’s a duel-heavy episode, and you know what that means! That means that we spend too much of the intro talking about floppy disks and Disney Channel originals, before diving into a magical world where everyone is in denial about magic. It’s not just a river in (ancient) Egypt!

This week’s recommendations:

Thanks to Thomas for providing some trivia this week! Maybe one day we’ll finally get to the bottom of Yugi’s pants mystery.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 36, “Attacks Ineffective? The Invincible Toon Army” Official Synopsis:

Pegasus punishes Yugi by using the same Toon Deck and mind-reading abilities that he had previously used on Kaiba. As Pegasus turns Yugi's monsters against him, Yugi loses both the will and resolve to battle. Yugi is personally worried that Pegasus might seal his soul into a card, just like what he had done before to both Kaiba and Mokuba.

Final Duel! Yugi vs. Pegasus

In this Episode:

Finally, when it seemed like we were nearing the end at last, they go and turn this duel into a five-parter. Join us as we discuss the first of many episodes in which a grown man with magical powers threatens to kill a literal child in order to obtain a tacky puzzle box… just as soon as they play this card game.

This week’s recommendations:

We’re getting into the final stretch of this season! Will we make it? Will you? Will Yugi? Tune in now to find out!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 35, “Final Duel! Yugi vs. Pegasus” Official Synopsis:

Yugi prepares himself for his long-awaited and fated battle against Pegasus with the souls of Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba on the line. Meanwhile, Tristan and Bakura infiltrate the castle to find the Kaiba brothers in an attempt to cripple Pegasus' current plan.

Best of Friends, Best of Duelists: Part 2

In this Episode:

Y’all… sometimes, when you want an episode to be good… sometimes it just isn’t. Join us, won’t you, for a deep-dive into the episode that broke Tyler.

This week’s recommendations:

  • Jimmy: Build a D&D fantasy world!

  • Tyler: Find your guilty pleasure TV program

Later, Lauren joins us for a brief interlude into the minds of Joey & Yugi, and we discuss which of the Yu-Gi-Oh characters would podcast.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 34, “Best of Friends, Best of Duelists: Part 1” Official Synopsis:

Yugi defeats the Black Skull Dragon (which Joey had summoned in the previous episode by fusing his Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Yugi's Summoned Skull) by using a combination of the Dark Magician, Magical Hats, Spellbinding Circle and Book of Secret Arts. Joey responds with his Baby Dragon/Time Wizard combo in a bid to overcome Yugi's strong offense against him, but in the end, he loses to Yugi. Despite this, Joey is thankful to Yugi for giving him a great match and vows to be by his side, along with Téa, Tristan, and Bakura for his upcoming duel against Pegasus.

Best of Friends, Best of Duelists: Part 1

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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, much like this show assumes we forgot about our old friends Yugi Muto and Joey Wheeler? Join us for our first episode of 2019, where we encounter a brief mystery in the show’s opener, talk about our New Year’s celebrations, and make some Very Very Good recommendations.

Later, we talk about Pegasus’s proclivities, HitClips, failed McDonald’s branding experiments, and the WORST EDITING CHOICE THIS SHOW HAS EVER MADE. Eventually, we round out the episode with a decent summary, a lackluster cliffhanger, and a pitch for a new PBS show. Yes, we really do all of that.

Will we ever get an explanation of Joey’s accent? Will the “men” in the room ever listen to Tea? Will Pegasus ever learn to differentiate between his internal and external monologues?!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 33, “Best of Friends, Best of Duelists: Part 1” Official Synopsis:

Yugi and Joey, who have been helpful and supportive of each other from within the start of the Duelist Kingdom tournament, must now face-off against one another from within the finals in order to see on who will win the tournament and face-off against Pegasus when all is said and done.

BONUS: The Top Cards of 2018

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Twas the night before Duelmas,

and all through the kingdom,

not a pod was to be cast,

(okay, maybe just one).

Our Top Five lists were placed

by our microphones with care,

in the hopes that St. Kaiba

soon would be there!

Jimmy has coffee,

whilst Tyler drinks stout,

you should listen to this episode,

to hear what it’s about!

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BONUS: The One with the Yo-Yo's!

In this Episode:

The holiday season is upon us! In this first of two special holiday bonus episodes, we’re bringing you a long-awaited entry from Yu-Gi-Oh’s fabled “Season 0”: Explosion! The Ultimate Secret Yo-Yo Technique! Listen in as Tyler rants about his favorite music of all time, Jimmy dishes out the best one-liners we’ve had yet, and we kick back and ring in the holidays with what has quickly become one of our favorite episodes of television.

Next week, we’ll be counting down our Top Five Cards of 2018, looking back at the year and covering all of our favorite cards that we’ve talked about so far. Then, we’ll pit them against each other to determine which card reigned supreme in 2018!

As part of our search for the best card of the year, we want you to write to us! Tell us about any cards that have really stuck out to you from this year’s episodes, either from the show itself, or our random card of the week, or any other bullshit that comes out of our mouths! Anything written to us before this Saturday will be read on the show!

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Keith's Machinations: Part 2

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Welcome to Wednesdays, duelists! This week, Jimmy and Tyler spend a significant chunk of the intro talking Smash and Sonic, then enter into a duel-heavy episode that we actually liked! Listen in as we discuss the classic “duelist walks into a bar” scenario, friendship symbol tattoos, rampant censorship by 4Kids TV, and Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon. That’s right, we’re going metal.

What makes Keith a “Bandit”? Does Pegasus’s discretion know no bounds? Will anyone ever acknowledge that card-carrying serial killer Bad-kura is IN THIS VERY ROOM?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 32, “Keith’s Machinations: Part 2" official synopsis:

Joey transforms his Red-Eyes Black Dragon into the Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon, enabling him to take out the strongest Monster in Bandit Keith's deck, the Barrel Dragon, but Joey still has to deal with Bandit Keith's Slot Machine, in which Bandit Keith is powering up with the 7 Completed magic cards he has hidden under his right wristband. Joey emerges triumphant against Bandit Keith, who is then thrown out of the castle and dropped into the ocean for cheating.

Keith's Machinations: Part 1

In this Episode:

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

In this Episode:

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

In this Episode:

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!

Email us at youactivatedmypodcast@gmail.com

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

In this Episode:

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

In this Episode:

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…


gimmick puppet

puppet egg

egg head

gimmick puppet egg head

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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

In this Episode:

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!

In this Episode:

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.