Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 029

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 029

絶体絶命! 誘惑のシャドウ


Zettai Zetsumei! Yūwaku no Shadō

Japanese translation

Desperate Situation! Shadow of Seduction


Duel Identity, Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

November 7, 2000

English air date

August 24, 2002

Japanese opening


English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

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Duel Identity, Part 1, known as Absolute end! Shadow of seduction in the Japanese version, is the twenty-ninth episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!. It aired in Japan on November 7, 2000, and in the US on August 24, 2002.


The first duel of the Duelist Kingdom finals between Mai Valentine and Yugi Muto begins. This time, Mai is playing without cheating. The Duel does not start off very well for Yugi, as Mai's "Mirror Wall" cuts all of Yugi's attacking monsters' ATK in half, making them easy pickings for Mai's powered-up "Harpie Lady". Mai's "Shadow of Eyes" prevents him from playing any of his monsters in Defense Position, and her "Harpie's Feather Duster" destroys two of Yugi's strongest Trap Cards, "Spellbinding Circle" and "Mirror Force". To make things worse, Yugi and Yami continue to internally clash for control of the Duel, as Yugi will not let Yami Duel, for fear that he might recklessly hurt someone as he almost did when Seto threatened to kill himself if Yugi won. With only 300 Life Points left, can Yugi get over his fear and make a come-from-behind victory, or will he be eliminated and lose his chance to save his grandfather and the Kaiba brothers?

Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Mai Valentine

Turn 1: Mai
Mai draws. She then Normal Summons "Harpie Lady" (1300/1400) in Attack Position and Sets 1 card.

Turn 2: Yami Yugi
Yugi draws "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2300/2100) in Attack Position. "Gaia The Fierce Knight" attacks "Harpie Lady", but Mai activates "Mirror Wall". Now when a monster Yami controls attacks, Mai can negate the attack and halve the ATK of the attacking monster. Mai activates the effect of "Mirror Wall" activates to negate the attack and halve the ATK of "Gaia The Fierce Knight" ("Gaia The Fierce Knight": 2300 → 1150/2100).

Turn 3: Mai
Mai draws "Cyber Shield" and subsequently activates it, equipping it onto "Harpie Lady" and increasing its ATK and DEF by 500 ("Harpie Lady": 1300 → 1800/1400 → 1900). "Harpie Lady" attacks and destroys "Gaia The Fierce Knight" (Yugi 2000 → 1350).

Turn 4: Yami Yugi
Yugi draws "Summoned Skull" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2500/1200) in Attack Position. "Summoned Skull" attacks "Harpie Lady", but Yami Yugi forgot that "Mirror Wall" is a Continuous Trap Card. The effect of "Mirror Wall" then activates, which negates the attack ("Summoned Skull": 2500 → 1250/1200). Yami Yugi Sets 1 card.

Turn 5: Mai
Mai draws. She then activates "Harpie's Feather Duster" to destroy Yugi's Set card: "Spellbinding Circle".

Turn 6: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi switches Summoned Skull to Defense Position and Normal Summons "Feral Imp" (1300/1400) in Defense Position.

Turn 7: Mai
Mai draws "Rose Whip" and subsequently activates it, equipping it onto "Harpie Lady" and increasing its ATK and DEF by 300 ("Harpie Lady": 1800 → 2100/1900 → 2200). "Harpie Lady" attacks and destroys "Feral Imp".

Turn 8: Yami Yugi
Yugi draws. He then passes his turn.

Turn 9: Mai
Mai draws "Harpie's Pet Dragon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2000/2500) in Attack Position. Due to its effect, "Harpie's Pet Dragon" gains 300 ATK and DEF for each "Harpie Lady" on the field. There is currently one ("Harpie's Pet Dragon": 2000 → 2300/2500 → 2800). "Harpie's Pet Dragon" attacks and destroys "Summoned Skull".

Turn 10: Yami Yugi
Yugi Muto draws "Dark Magician" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2500/2100) in Defense Position. He then Sets 1 card.

Turn 11: Mai
Mai draws "Shadow of Eyes" and subsequently activates it. Now all male monsters that Yami controls that are in Defense Position are switched to Attack Position. Any monsters that have been affected by this effect must attack the turn they have been switched into Attack Position; Dark Magician is switched to Attack Position and is forced to attack "Harpie Lady". The effect of "Mirror Wall" then activates, negating the attack ("Dark Magician": 2500 → 1250/2100). Mai then activates another "Harpie's Feather Duster" to destroy Yugi's Set card: "Mirror Force". "Harpie's Pet Dragon" attacks and destroys "Dark Magician" (Yugi 1350 → 300).

Duel concludes next episode.

Differences in adaptations

  • The dub shows "Yugi" dueling poorly because he is distracted by keeping the spirit of the puzzle in check. The Japanese version does not say this because it has never shown Yugi's and Atem's minds to be fused. Instead, Atem's spirit is the only one dueling, but he is thinking about defeating Pegasus and not paying proper attention to Mai.
    • Similarly, the English version includes Atem asking multiple times for Yugi to accept his help, with Yugi refusing. The Japanese version does not have this exchange.
  • "Harpie Lady"'s artwork and appearance was edited so it was less revealing.


  • When Yugi summons his "Summoned Skull", in both Japanese and US adaptations, "Summoned Skull"'s defense points are 2300 and not 1200, as in the other episodes.
  • In both versions, when Yugi draws "Summoned Skull", on the display of Mai's cards on the field you can see "Rose Whip" on it next to "Cyber Shield" when she hasn't played it yet.
  • When "Rose Whip" is equipped, "Harpie Lady"'s ATK gains the 300 points starting from 2100 instead of ending at it. The correct number is displayed afterwards.

Featured cards

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

Mai Valentine
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi


  1. This card was played as a Magic Card. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.

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