List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes (season 2)
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Rulers of the Duel|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||48|
|Original channel||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 10, 2001 – March 5, 2002|
|Home video release|
|DVD release date||Region 1: March 4, 2008|
The Second Season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, based on the anime by Kazuki Takahashi, premiered in Japan on April 10, 2001 and concluded on March 5, 2002 on TV Tokyo. An English adaptation of the series was made and premiered in the United States on November 16, 2002 and concluded on October 25, 2003 on Kids WB. The season was directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, and written by Junki Takegami, Masashi Sogo, and Shin Yoshida. The original version features vocals from Shunsuke Kazama, Hiroki Takahashi, Hidehiro Kikuchi, Maki Saito and Kenjiro Tsuda as the main characters. The English adaptation features vocals from Amy Birnbaum, Frank Frankson, Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Chuck Powers, Sam Regal, Eric Stuart and Dwayne Tan as the main characters.
This season follows Yugi and his friends - Katsuya, Hiroto, and Anzu (Joey, Tristan and Téa) - to the Battle City tournament on a quest to prevent the spread of evil by Marik, the season's new antagonist. The competition organized by Seto Kaiba in an attempt to gather more powerful cards, including the three Egyptian god cards - one of which was given to him by Ishizu Ishtar, as part of her plan to stop her brother from succeeding. Marik plans to use the three cards to take over the world with the help of his servants, known as the Rare Hunters. He uses them to capture Yugi's friends and Kaiba's brother, to lure them out to duel for their Egyptian god cards. After taking out Marik in the form of Katsuya, Mai, Shizuka and Ryugi (Mai, Serenity and Duke) join the others at the finals, which take place on Kaiba's company blimp flying over the city. There, they learn the truth about Marik and his origins as well as the hidden abilities of the coveted Egyptian God Cards.
Between January 24 and December 28, 2004, Funimation Productions released eleven DVD sets for the season, containing episodes from the season. The complete season package was released on March 4, 2008. All DVDs were encoded in Region 1.
Cast and characters
|Original air date||English air date|
|50||"The Mystery Duelist (1)"
"Challenge from the Past - The Terrifying Zera" (過去からの挑戦 戦慄のゼラ)
|An arcane fortune teller steals the Millennium Puzzle and Yugi must defeat him in a duel to win it back! However, this is no ordinary soothsayer; he's a familiar and formidable foe from Duelist Kingdom... or is he? Can Yugi beat him all alone, without the help of his friends or the spirit inside the Puzzle?|
|51||"The Mystery Duelist (2)"
"The Shattered Millennium Puzzle" (砕かれた千年パズル)
|The mysterious menace controlling Bandit Keith shatters the Millennium Puzzle into pieces before setting the dueling arena ablaze! Can Yugi put the Millennium Puzzle back together and save the spirit before the entire room is engulfed in flames? And is it possible with the dark spirit of Bakura's Millenium Ring determined to keep the Pharaoh from returning?|
|52||"The Past is Present"
"The Pharaoh's Lost Memories" (失われた王の記憶)
|The origin of Duel Monsters is revealed! Using the magic of the Millennium Necklace, Egyptian historian Ishizu Ishtar shows Kaiba how Duel Monsters was played millennia ago in the form of Shadow Games! The ancient games have been resurrected in modern times, along with three almighty beasts of unstoppable devastation – the Egyptian God Monsters, whose powers that are far more powerful than Exodia the Forbidden One! Now they are duel monster cards and when Ishizu gives Kaiba one of them, Obelisk the Tormentor, his greed for power overwhelms him and he is determined to get the other two, even if it means destroying Yugi.|
"The Fiery Dance Battle" (炎のダンスバトル)
|The spirit of the Millennium Puzzle realizes that his memories of ancient Egypt have faded, but Téa is going to help him uncover the mysteries of his past! However, their search is interrupted by the dancing duelist Johnny Steps and his musical monsters of rock!|
|54||"Obelisk the Tormentor"
"This City Will Become Battle City!" (この町は, バトルシティとなる!)
|To face the future, Yugi must first look into the past! Yugi learns that he was once a powerful Pharaoh who saved the world five thousand years ago, and he must now save the world again! Meanwhile, Kaiba tests the hidden powers of his Egyptian God Card Obelisk the Tormentor against the fury of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon with the revolutionary hologram technology of a new invention-the Duel Disk!|
|55||"Stalked by the Rare Hunters"
"Ghouls Attacks - Red-Eyes Black Dragon Targeted" (グールズ強襲 狙われた真紅目黒竜)
|Joey is cornered by a group of sinister Rare Hunters who force him into a duel where if he loses, the Rare Hunters get his precious Red-Eyes Black Dragon! Though Joey pummels his foes with his mighty monster armada, eliminating life points isn't the only path to victory...|
|56||"Yugi VS the Rare Hunter (1)"
"Clash! Battle City Begins" (激闘! バトルシティ開幕)
|It's time to master new rules and monsters; let the Battle City Tournament commence! In the first duel of the tournament, Yugi challenges the Rare Hunter to win back Joey's Red-Eyes Black Dragon. However, Yugi's falling into the same trap that led to Joey's demise!|
|57||"Yugi VS the Rare Hunter (2)"
"Reversal - Chain Destruction" (逆転 連鎖破壊)
|Yugi figures out the Rare Hunter's strategy to summon the almighty Exodia, but it's too late to stop him! The Rare Hunter already has four pieces of Exodia in his hand, and the fifth and final piece is on top of his deck! How can Yugi stop the unstoppable Exodia?|
|58||"Espa Roba - The ESP Duelist (1)"
"Esper Roba - Terror of the Psychic Deck" (エスパー絽場 サイキックデッキの恐怖)
|The psychic duelist Espa Roba defeats Rex Raptor as easy as a chumpasaurus, and Joey's next on his hit list! What chance does Joey have when Espa Roba has the telepathic ability to read all the cards in Joey's hand?|
|59||"Espa Roba - The ESP Duelist (2)"
"Gamble of Courage - The Spinning Roulette Spider" (勇気ある賭け 廻れルーレットスパイダー)
|Joey discovers that Espa Roba's extrasensory perception was a hoax, but he's not yet free from Espa's mental manipulations! Espa Roba's Jinzo not only slaughters all of Joey's monsters, but grows in power every turn! Joey's luck has come to an end... or has it?|
|60||"The Master of Magicians (1)"
"The Black Magician Master - Pandora" (ブラックマジシャン使い パンドラ)
|The magician duelist Arkana (Pandora in the Japanese version) transports Yugi to the world's most lethal dueling arena, where the loser gets sent to the Shadow Realm! Yugi must win this duel or he'll lose much more than his Dark Magician!|
|61||"The Master of Magicians (2)"
"Black Magic of the Soul" (魂のブラックマジック)
|It's Dark Magician versus Dark Magician! However, while Yugi only controls one Dark Magician, Arkana has three residing in his deck! Though outnumbered, Yugi will never give up, as long as he believes in the heart of the cards!|
|62||"The Master of Magicians (3)"
"The Magician's Disciple - Black Magician Girl" (魔術師の弟子 ブラックマジシャンガール)
|To counter Arkana's Dark Magician, Yugi pulls a rabbit out of his hat: the Dark Magician Girl! It's the battle of the sexes to determine the true master of magicians!|
|63||"Playing with a Parasite (1)"
"The Trap of Revenge - Rampage! Paraside" (復讐の罠 暴走! パラサイド)
|Old enemy Weevil Underwood lures Joey into a rigged duel. With a Parasite Paracide monster sneaked into Joey's deck, Weevil is able to block all of his monster's attacks and summon the Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth!|
|64||"Playing with a Parasite (2)"
"The Steel Knight - Gearfried" (鋼鉄の騎士 ギアフリード)
|Joey squashes Weevil's Moth, but Weevil has other tricks up his sleeves. He summons the all-powerful Insect Queen, which gains power from all of Joey's infected monsters and becomes practically invincible. Can Joey find a way to win?|
|65||"Mime Control (1)"
"Marik Moves - God Combo" (マリク始動 神のコンボ)
|Yugi is challenged by Strings, Marik's mind-slave, who has an Egyptian God Card in his deck! Marik's summoning of the great beast seems assured when he calls forth the seemingly immortal Revival Jam.|
|66||"Mime Control (2)"
"The Sky Dragon of Osiris" (オシリスの天空竜)
|Marik summons Slifer the Sky Dragon, and with his invincible combo, the dragon's attack power will increase every turn with no limit! Yugi tries everything, but Marik's strategy seems infallible.|
|67||"Mime Control (3)"
"To Defeat a God! The Ultimate Infinite Loop" (神を越えろ! 究極の無限ループ)
|Yugi suddenly devises a strategy to defeat Slifer despite its overwhelming attack power. Will it work, or will Marik win and gain the Pharaoh's power?|
|68||"Legendary Fisherman (1)"
"Invisible Enemy - Sea Stealth II" (見えない敵 シーステルスII)
|Joey duels Mako Tsunnami, unaware of the danger that Marik has prepared for him and Yugi's other friends...|
|69||"Legendary Fisherman (2)"
"The Legendary Fisherman" (伝説のフィッシャーマン)
|Mako summons the Legendary Fisherman, a monster protected by the ocean's power. Can Joey defeat it and claim victory? And even if he does, can he escape Marik's trap?|
|70||"Double Duel (1)"
"The Mask's Curse - The High Altitude Duel" (仮面の呪縛 高層デュエル)
|Marik captures Joey, Téa, and Mokuba, forcing Yugi and Kaiba into a tag team duel with Lumis and Umbra, a pair of Rare Hunters with fantastic teamwork abilities.|
|71||"Double Duel (2)"
"Sealed God Cards" (封じられた神のカード)
|Lumis and Umbra prevent the summoning of all high-level monsters with their Mask of Restrict card, while they summon the powerful Masked Beast. But even in spite of all this, Kaiba is highly reluctant to work together with Yugi.|
|72||"Double Duel (3)"
|As Yugi and Kaiba finally form a semblance of teamwork, and their enemies' team spirit begins to crumble, Lumis takes things into his own hands and summons the Masked Beast Des Gardius, a monster even more powerful than Kaiba's Blue-Eyes.|
|73||"Double Duel (4)"
"The Giant God Soldier of Obelisk" (オベリスクの巨神兵)
|Yugi and Kaiba finally conquer Lumis and Umbra with Valkyrion the Magna Warrior and Obelisk the Tormentor. But Marik still has Joey and Téa...|
|As they head via helicopter to Marik's hideout, Yugi and Kaiba discuss the events of the past.|
|75||"Friends 'Til the End (1)"
"A Cruel Duel - Yugi vs. Jonouchi" (非情の決闘 遊戯vs城之内)
|With Joey under Marik's mind control, Yugi is forced to duel his best friend in a twisted timed match where only one will survive!|
|76||"Friends 'Til the End (2)"
"Awaken! Red-Eyes Black Dragon of Friendship" (届け!友情の真紅眼の黒竜)
|Yugi chooses to duel himself, without the Pharaoh's aid, and summons Joey's Red-Eyes Black Dragon, hoping to break Marik's control over Joey. When that fails, he gives Joey the Millennium Puzzle...|
|77||"Friends 'Til the End (3)"
"The Countdown to Despair" (絶望へのカウントダウン)
|An enraged Marik finds his hold over Joey slipping, which leads to a weakened Red-Eyes still surviving and Yugi managing a lead. But when Marik draws Meteor of Destruction, all hope seems lost...|
|78||"Friends 'Til the End (4)"
"Attack Me! The Fated Last Turn" (ボクを撃て!運命のラストターン)
|Joey finally breaks free, and finds, to his horror, that Yugi plans to lose the duel and give up his life so that Joey can escape. How will both of them survive?|
|79||"Shadow of a Duel"
"Ghost Deck vs. Occult Deck" (ゴーストデッキvsオカルトデッキ)
|To fulfill his plot with Marik, Yami Bakura forcibly enters the tournament. He looks for locator cards, and finds the perfect victims in Bonz and his gang...|
|80||"Lights, Camera, Duel"
"Ninja Master Magnum Enters" (忍者使いマグナム見参)
|Before they arrive at the Battle City Finals, Mai is challenged by Hollywood star Jean Claude Magnum, who plans to gain Mai's hand in marriage after he defeats her in a duel. Will her Harpies be able to stand up against his Ninjas?|
|81||"Let the Finals Begin!"
"Battle Ship Takes Off!" (バトルシップ発進!)
|The Battle City Finals draw to a beginning with triple deception; Marik's servant Odion is assuming his name, Marik makes himself seem like a friend, and Yami Bakura plans to enter with Bakura as his pawn. Yugi and the Pharaoh make the difficult decision to put Slifer in their deck, and enter the battle to save the world.|
|82||"The Dark Spirit Revealed (1)"
"First Duel in the Sky - Yugi vs. Dark Bakura" (天空のファーストデュエル 遊戯vs闇の獏良)
|Yami Bakura reveals himself, but seems to be no great duelist, losing nearly all of his life points, even when he summons the powerful Dark Necrofear. What is he plotting?|
|83||"The Dark Spirit Revealed (2)"
"The Death-Calling Ouija Board" (死を呼ぶウィジャ盤)
|Yami Bakura calls forth the terrifying Dark Sancturary, activated when Yami Yugi sent Dark Necrofear to the Graveyard, which is capable of possessing one of Yugi's monsters. While Yugi tries to find a way around this, Yami Bakura calls forth the Destiny Board, which will end in an automatic victory for Yami Bakura...|
|84||"The Dark Spirit Revealed (3)"
"Shatter the Darkness - God's One Blow!" (闇を砕け 神の一撃!)
|Yugi finally overcomes Yami Bakura's tactics when he summons Slifer the Sky Dragon. But Marik plots to make him face a difficult decision when he persuades Yami Bakura to release control of Bakura: would Yami Yugi rather save the world or risk harming a friend? However, Yami Bakura decides not to take the risk, since he needs Bakura in good health because Bakura is the holder of the Millennium Ring and the host for Yami Bakura's spirit. As a result, Yami Bakura regains control, much to Marik's shock, which allows Yami Yugi to follow through with his attack and win the duel.|
|85||"Rage of the Egyptian Gods"
"Hidden Power - The Mystery of the God Cards" (秘められた力 神のカードの謎)
|Yugi meets Shadi again, who relates the history of the Egyptian God Cards and the terrible power they possess. Afterwards, Shadi uses his Millenium Key to cloak his presence as he checks up on Bakura, while Marik temporarily retakes control of Tea's mind to steal Bakura's Millenium Ring, in order to gain a leverage over Yami Bakura.|
|86||"Awakening of Evil (1)"
"Jonouchi vs. Trap Deck" (城之内vsトラップデッキ!)
|Joey duels Odion (who has taken Marik's name) but quickly falls behind when he faces Odion's powerful traps. When Joey attempts to take advantage of his deck's weakness (no monsters), Odion pulls out a surprise--Trap Monsters!|
|87||"Awakening of Evil (2)"
"The Spirit-Inheriting Card - Psycho Shocker Counterattacks!" (受け継ぎし魂 サイコショッカー反撃!)
|Joey summons Jinzo and devastates Odion by disabling all his traps. But when he summons his most powerful monsters, Odion calls forth the deadly Mystical Beast of Serket!|
|88||"Awakening of Evil (3)"
"Summon the Winged God Dragon of Ra" (ラーの翼神竜を召喚せよ)
|As Odion's Beast destroys Joey's monsters one by one, he is impressed by the friendship he shares with the others and recounts his and Marik's own dark history.|
|89||"Awakening of Evil (4)"
"Ra's Fury - Stand up Jonouchi!" (ラーの怒り 立て! 城之内)
|When Joey begins to suspect Odion's true identity, Marik orders Odion to summon a counterfeit of the Winged Dragon of Ra, the most powerful Egyptian God Card. But the Gods, enraged at the action, strike both Odion and Joey with devastating lightning. Now, the winner will be the one who stands up first. Joey eventually manages to stand first, allowing him to win the duel. However, Odion's lapse into unconsciousness allows Mariks's evil half, Yami Marik, to surface and take control of Marik's body, since Marik needs Odion to help restrain his dark side.|
|90||"Mind Game (1)"
"Mai vs. Marik - A Dark Duel" (舞vsマリク 闇のデュエル)
|Mai goes up against Yami Marik, an even more malicious counterpart of Marik. Though Mai gains an early lead, Yami Marik soon creates a Shadow Game; as Mai's monsters are destroyed, so are her memories of her friends...|
|91||"Mind Game (2)"
"Steal the God Card" (神のカードを奪え)
|Mai attempts to stand up to Yami Marik's torture and steals the Winged Dragon of Ra from his deck. But the monster can only be summoned by reciting the card's text...|
|92||"Mind Game (3)"
"Mystery of the Hieratic Text" (古代神官文字の謎)
|Yami Marik recites the text and summons Ra. With his victory, he banishes Mai to the Shadow Realm where he plans to torture her for eternity...|
|93||"A Duel with Destiny (1)"
"Kaiba vs. The 8th Duelist" (海馬vs8人目のデュエリスト)
|Kaiba duels against the mysterious eighth duelist who is soon revealed to be Ishizu, and she, in turn, is revealed to be Marik's sister. She plans to take Obelisk back, as her necklace shows her, and plants a trap in the midst of Kaiba's arrogance.|
|94||"A Duel with Destiny (2)"
"An Attack that Changes the Future" (未来を変える一撃)
|As Kaiba summons Obelisk, he is unaware of the trap Ishizu has implanted within the monster, which will destroy him when he attacks. But Kaiba soon has a vision in the midst of the duel which goes against Ishizu's predictions...|
|95||"The Tomb-Keeper's Secret"
"The Truth of the Ishtar Family Revealed" (明かされるイシュタール家の真実)
|Ishizu gives Yugi her Millennium Necklace and recounts the story of the Ishtar family, finally revealing tragedy that gave birth to Marik's evil.|
|96||"Showdown in the Shadows (1)"
"Darkness vs. Darkness" (闇vs闇)
|With the 'good' Marik aiding him, Yami Bakura duels Yami Marik. Using Marik's knowledge of the Winged Dragon of Ra, Bakura steals it and plans to summon it. However, Yami Marik seems unconcerned...|
|97||"Showdown in the Shadows (2)"
"One Turn Kill" (ONE TURN KILL)
|Yami Marik uses Joyful Doom to reduce Ra's attack points to 0. When the beast is destroyed, he revives it, and then, Yami Marik uses the previously unknown abilities of Ra to defeat Bakura.|
The first ten DVD volumes, as well as volumes 12 and 13, contain 3 episodes each. Volumes 11, 15, and 16 contain four episodes each and the fourteenth volume contains two episodes. The first volume was released on September 24, 2002. The complete first season set was released on August 10, 2004.
|Volume||Discs||Episodes||Region 1 release|
|1||1||4||January 27, 2004|
|3||1||3||April 6, 2004|
|5||1||5||June 1, 2004|
|7||1||5||July 27, 2004|
|8||1||5||September 28, 2004|
|9||1||5||November 16, 2004|
|11||1||4||December 28, 2004|
|Complete Second Season||7||48||March 4, 2008|
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- "Cast". Yu-Gi-Oh!. TV.com. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Volume 1: The Mystery Duelist". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 2: Obelisk the Tormentor". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 3: The ESP Duelist". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 4: The Master of Magicians". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 5: Mime Control". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 6: Double Duel". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 7: Friends 'Til the End". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 8: The Dark Spirit Revealed". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 9: Awakening the Evil". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 10: Mind Game". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Volume 11: Showdown in the Shadows". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Second Season". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.