This Yugioh manga may have succeeded in making the most changes out of all its predecessors. I’m always glad to see it have a brand new plot since it makes the manga more exciting. That being said, I don’t really like the new personality they gave Shay. While the manga doesn’t look to be as exciting as the anime, it’s very early on and is a solid title regardless. After all, Yugioh duels in any context are awesome! I shall have a review for this series once it finishes.
Yuya Sakaki may be one of the greatest dueltainers on the planet but it hasn’t come at the expense of his dueling abilities. He knows how to think out of the box and can hold his own against just about everyone when the pendulum is swinging his way. James Bond doesn’t have the same level of charisma and his gun skills aren’t enough to tip the scales of battle either. Looks like this is going to end badly for him. Yuya wins.
Yuya and Jaden have been compared a lot and I can certainly see why. Both of them started out as very enthusiastic duelists who just played the game to have a good time. Both of them were then forced to meet their inner darkness when villains took their friends hostage and increased the stakes. Jaden conquered his inner darkness and continues to use it to fight the good fight and Yuya appears to be taking the same path. Yuya has even learned how to fusion summon as he follows in the legendary hero’s footsteps. Yuya’s done a good job, but he’ll never surpass the original fusion master. Still, he’ll put up a good fight and will provide a nice show for the fans. Jaden wins.
Magoroku Shido is back, but he won’t be able to stop Yuya. While Shido has done his best to try and be an intimidating character, I can safely say that Yuya is already a whole lot more intense. His character really picked up during the second half of the first season and has continued on into the 2nd. Shido has a lot of cards, but Yuya’s pack significantly more punch behind them. There’s no getting around his fusion and pendulum monsters. Yuya wins.