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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 050

Yugioh050

Kanji

過去からの挑戦 戦慄のゼラ

Rōmaji

Kako kara no Chōsen Senritsu no Zera

Japanese translation

Challenge from the Past - The Terrifying Zera

English

The Mystery Duelist, Part 1

Episode number

050

Japanese air date

April 10, 2001

English air date

November 16, 2002

Cards
Gallery International
Music
Japanese opening

S H U F F L E

English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme (airing on TV)
Season Two theme (on DVD)

Japanese ending

The Afternoon of that Day
あの日の午後

Chronology
Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 2)
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The Mystery Duelist, Part 1, known as Challenge from the Past - The Terrifying Zera in the Japanese version, is the fifty episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on April 10, 2001, and in the United States on November 16, 2002.

An arcane fortune teller steals the Millennium Puzzle and Yugi must defeat him in a Duel to win it back. Can Yugi beat him all alone without the help of his friends or the spirit inside the Puzzle?

Summary

Yugi Muto now has changed his Millennium Puzzle brown rope to a chain to keep his Millennium Puzzle safe. Yami explains that this change is vital since the Millennium Puzzle connects the two and that faith has more in store. Then Yugi Muto and Téa Gardner are rushing to the soccer game when they come across a fortune teller who Yugi beileves can help him see what is in the future for him. The fortune teller asks for a personal item and suggest the Millennium Puzzle which, once in hand, he steals it. Téa runs into Yami Bakura who wants the Millennium Puzzle and uses his Millennium Ring to find the Millennium Puzzle. The fortune teller then alarms Yugi the only way to get the puzzle is to win it in a Duel. But the catch is since the Millennium Puzzle isn't close or on Yugi then he would have to do this Duel without Yami Yugi's help. During the Duel Yugi realizes that only one person has a lot of machine cards and that is Bandit Keith. His guess is right but it is not truly Keith since he is now the host of someone else, Marik Ishtar.

Meanwhile, Téa, Joey Wheeler, and Tristan Taylor search for Yugi.

Major Events

  • Keith is under the control of Marik Ishtar, who cheats during this Duel.
  • Whoever wins this Duel gets to keep the Millennium Puzzle, which Keith stole earlier disguised as a fortune teller.
  • Yugi is forced to Duel without Yami. In the dub, this is because the Puzzle is not within Yugi's reach, weakening his bond with Yami. In the original, Marik staged the Duel so Yami would take over to protect Yugi, giving Marik a victory over the pharaoh as well as possession of the Puzzle. However, Yami senses the trap and holds back.

Featured Duel: Yugi Muto vs. "Bandit" Keith Howard

Turn 1: Yugi
Yugi draws. He then Normal Summons "Celtic Guardian" (1400/1200) in Attack Position.

Turn 2: Keith
Keith draws. He then Sets a monster.

Turn 3: Yugi
Yugi draws. "Celtic Guardian" attacks and destroys Keith's Set monster. It's revealed to be "Cyber Jar" (900/900). "Cyber Jar's" Flip effect activates since it was flipped face-up, destroying every monster on the field. After that happens, the Flip Effect of "Cyber Jar" lets both Yugi and Keith draw five cards and Special Summon any Level 4 or lower monsters they drew in Attack Position or face-down Defense Position. Yugi Sets 1 monster while Keith Special Summons "Mechanicalchaser" (1850/800) and "Ground Attacker Bugroth" (1500/1000) in Attack Position. On Yugi's End Phase, he discards four cards in his hand as his hand surpasses the hand size limit.

Turn 4: Keith
Keith draws. He then Normal Summons "Machine King" (2200/2000) in Attack Position. "Machine King" gains 100 ATK for each Machine-Type monster on the field. Since there are 3, "Machine King" gains 300 ATK ("Machine King": 2200 → 2500/2000). "Machine King" attacks and destroys Yugi's Set monster. It's revealed to be "Silver Fang" (1200/800). On Keith's End Phase, he discards three cards as his hand surpasses the hand size limit.

Turn 5: Yugi
Yugi draws. He then Sets a monster.

Turn 6: Keith
Keith draws "Megasonic Eye" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1500/1800) in Attack Position ("Machine King": 2500 → 2600/2000). "Machine King" attacks and destroys Yugi's Set monster. It's revealed to be "Giant Soldier of Stone" (1300/2000).

Turn 7: Yugi
Yugi draws "Curse of Dragon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2000/1500) in Attack Position. Yugi then Normal Summons "Gaia the Fierce Knight" (2300/2100) in Attack Position. He then activates "Polymerization" to fuse "Curse of Dragon" with "Gaia the Fierce Knight" and Fusion Summon "Gaia the Dragon Champion" (2600/2100) in Attack Position. "Gaia the Dragon Champion" attacks and destroys "Mechanicalchaser" (Keith 2000 → 1250) ("Machine King": 2600 → 2500/2000).

Turn 8: Keith
Keith draws. He then switches "Megasonic Eye" and "Ground Attacker Bugroth" to Defense Position. Next Keith activates "Machine Conversion Factory" to increase the ATK and DEF of every Machine-Type monster he controls by 300 ("Machine King": 2500 → 2800/2000 → 2300; "Ground Attacker Bugroth": 1500 → 1800/1000 → 1300; "Megasonic Eye": 1500 → 1800/1800 → 2100). "Machine King" attacks and destroys "Gaia the Dragon Champion" (Yugi 2000 → 1800).

Turn 9: Yugi
Yugi draws "Summoned Skull". He then activates "Makiu" to decrease the ATK and DEF every Machine-Type monster by 300 ("Machine King": 2800 → 2500/2300 → 2000; "Ground Attacker Bugroth": 1800 → 1500/1300 → 1000; "Megasonic Eye": 1800 → 1500/2100 → 1800). He then Normal Summons "Summoned Skull" (2500/1200) in Attack Position. "Summoned Skull" then gains 750 ATK for this turn due to the effect of "Makiu, the Magical Mist" ("Summoned Skull": 2500 → 3250/1200). "Summoned Skull" attacks and destroys "Machine King" (Keith 1250 → 500). On Yugi's End Phase, the effect of "Makiu" wears off ("Summoned Skull": 3250 → 2500/1200).

Turn 10: Keith
Keith draws "Graceful Charity" and subsequently activates it to draw 3 cards and discard 2 cards (He illegally placed three cards on top of his Deck right before drawing through Graceful Charity's effect). Keith then activates "Zera Ritual" to Tribute "Ground Attacker Bugroth" and "Megasonic Eye" in order to Ritual Summon "Zera the Mant" (2800/2300) in Attack Position. "Zera the Mant" attacks and destroys "Summoned Skull" (Yugi Muto 1800 → 1500).

Duel concludes next episode.

Changes to the English Dub

DubEdit2
"Summoned Skull" being destroyed by "Zera the Mant" in the original version and the dub.
Golden KeyAdded by Golden Key
  • Cut from the beginning of the episode are scenes of Yugi's mother.
  • All the writing on Domino City is erased from the dub.
  • "Zera the Mant" slicing off the arms and wings of "Summoned Skull" are obscured in the dub.
  • The words "TO BE CONTINUED" are added at the end of the dub episode.
  • The gun is removed from the flashback.


Mistakes

  • After "Cyber Jar" is played face-down, it is seen face-up from behind Keith.

Featured cards

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

Yugi Muto
"Bandit" Keith Howard
Flashbacks


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