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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 025

涙のデュエル! フレンドシップ


Namida no Dyueru! Furendoshippu

Japanese translation

Duel of Tears! Friendship


Shining Friendship

Episode number


Japanese air date

October 10, 2000

English air date

April 27, 2002

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 1)
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"Shining Friendship", known as "A Duel of Tears! Friendship" in the Japanese version, is the twenty-fifth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. It first aired in Japan on October 10, 2000 and in the United States on April 27, 2002.


The group is outside Pegasus's castle, but Yugi still won't respond to anyone. He is unable to get over what happened between him and Seto Kaiba. Mai Valentine shows up and offers him some of her Star Chips, but Yugi won't move. She challenges him to a Duel for the chips, but Téa decides to take his place. The duel does not start off very well for Téa, as Mai's "Harpie Lady" pounces on her monster and she still does not know some of the rules of the game. She uses a combination of "De-Spell", "Silver Bow and Arrow", and "Elf's Light" on "Shining Friendship" to destroy Mai's "Harpie Lady". Mai is about to activate "Harpie's Feather Duster", but decides not to. She then purposely forfeits the Duel. Yugi snaps out of it, accepts Mai's Star Chips, and everyone heads towards the castle.

Featured Duel: Téa Gardner vs. Mai Valentine

Turn 1: Téa
Téa Normal Summons "Petit Angel" (600/900) in Attack Position.

Turn 2: Mai
Mai Normal Summons "Harpie Lady" (1300/1400) in Attack Position. "Harpie Lady" attacks and destroys "Petit Angel" (Téa: 2000 → 1300 LP). Mai then Sets 1 card.

Turn 3: Téa
Téa draws. She then Normal Summons "Fairy's Gift" (1400/1000) in Attack Position. Téa's hand contains an unknown Normal Monster, "Breath of Light", "De-Spell", "Silver Bow and Arrow", "Waboku", and "Magician of Faith". Téa then Sets 1 card. "Fairy's Gift" attacks "Harpie Lady", but Mai activates "Rose Whip" and equips it to "Harpie Lady", increasing the latter's ATK and DEF by 300 ("Harpie Lady": 1300 → 1600/1400 → 1700). "Harpie Lady" destroys "Fairy's Gift" (Téa: 1300 → 1100 LP).

Turn 4: Mai
Mai draws. Mai's hand contains an unknown Magic Card, "Harpie Lady", "De-Spell", "Harpie's Feather Duster" and "Cyber Shield". Mai Sets "Harpie's Feather Duster".

Turn 5: Téa
Téa draws "Shining Friendship" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1300/1100) in Attack Position.

Turn 6: Mai
"Harpie Lady" attacks "Shining Friendship", but Téa activates "Waboku" to prevent her monsters from being destroyed by battle this turn and reduce all battle damage she takes to 0.

Turn 7: Téa
Téa draws "Magician of Faith" and subsequently Sets it. Téa then activates "Silver Bow and Arrow" and equips it to "Shining Friendship", increasing the latter's ATK and DEF by 300 ("Shining Friendship": 1300 → 1600/1100 → 1400).

Turn 8: Mai
Mai activates "Cyber Shield" and equips it to "Harpie Lady", increasing the latter's ATK and DEF by 500 ("Harpie Lady": 1600 → 2100/1400 → 1900). She then activates "De-Spell" to destroy "Silver Bow and Arrow" ("Shining Friendship": 1600 → 1300/1400 → 1100). "Harpie Lady" attacks and destroys Téa's Set "Magician of Faith" (300/400). Since "Magician of Faith" was attacked and flipped face-up, her Flip Effect activates, letting Téa add "Silver Bow and Arrow" from her Graveyard to her hand.

Turn 9: Téa
Téa draws "Elf's Light". She then activates "Silver Bow and Arrow" and equips it to "Shining Friendship", increasing its ATK and DEF by 300 ("Shining Friendship": 1300 → 1600/1100 → 1400). Téa then activates "Elf's Light" and equips it to "Shining Friendship", increasing its ATK by 400 and decreasing its DEF by 200 ("Shining Friendship": 1600 → 2000/1400 → 1200). Téa then activates "De-Spell" to destroy "Cyber Shield" ("Harpie Lady": 2100 → 1600/1900 → 1400). "Shining Friendship" attacks "Harpie Lady". Mai is about to activate "Harpie's Feather Duster", but decides not to. "Shining Friendship" destroys "Harpie Lady" (Mai: 2000 → 1600 LP).

Turn 10: Mai
Mai tries to activates "Harpie's Feather Duster", but ultimately surrenders the Duel.

Differences in adaptations

  • Mai's cleavage was removed.
  • Although it is hard to see, "Fairy's Gift" is naked in the Japanese version. Her naked body is obscured in the dub.

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Téa Gardner
Mai Valentine


  • In the dub, despite Shining Friendship having no halo when it appeared as a card, it still has a halo on top of its head when it is summoned.
  • Téa had four cards in her hand when she summoned "Fairy's Gift", however when she looks at her hand, she has six cards in her hand.
  • When Téa gives Yugi the star chips there are six star chips instead of five.
  • Mai gives the group a total of 6 star chips, but she owed Yugi 8.


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card was seen in Téa's hand.
  2. A second copy of this card can be seen in Mai's hand.
  3. This card was seen in Mai's hand.
Facts about Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 025RDF feed
English air date27 April 2002 +
English episode nameShining Friendship +
Episode number25 +
Episode season number1 +
Episode seriesYu-Gi-Oh! +
Japanese air date10 October 2000 +
Japanese episode name涙のデュエル! フレンドシップ
Romaji episode nameNamida no Dyueru! Furendoshippu +
Translated Japanese episode nameDuel of Tears! Friendship +

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