|Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 119|
Kaibake no Yami
Darkness of the Kaiba Family
So Close Yet So Far
|Japanese air date||
August 20, 2002
|English air date||
March 20, 2004
|Episode listing||Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 3)|
|Previous||Noah's Final Threat, Part 2|
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So Close Yet So Far, entitled The Darkness of the Kaiba Family in the Japanese version, is the 119th episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. It first aired in Japan on August 20, 2002 and in the United States on March 20, 2004.
The Duel between Yugi Muto and Noah Kaiba comes to a close, with Yugi the victor—but their troubles are far from over, as the gang must now contend with the true mastermind behind all their ordeals in the Virtual World: Gozaburo Kaiba.
With the 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons having launched their triple Direct attack, Yugi wins his Duel against Noah, enabling him to free Kaiba, Mokuba and the rest of the gang from stone. Noah realizes that he'd lost because Yugi had the same thing Seto had: the courage to never give up, even when the situation seemed hopeless.
Left alone in the Virtual World for 6 years after his accident, Noah feels that his father, Gozaburo, forgot him upon Seto's arrival into the Kaiba family. Because of this, he blames his stepbrother for robbing him of his birthright and intends to take revenge by escaping to the real world. He targets Yugi and tries to possess him by force, but gets the shock of his life when he discovers that not one, but two souls inhabit Yugi's body. The "other Yugi" forces Noah to back out, but not before he discovers that their minds have also been digitized into this virtual prison.
Moments later, Gozaburo Kaiba reveals his own virtual self to Noah and the gang and explains the story behind Kaiba's adoption: Initially, Kaiba was to become a replacement body for Noah's digitized mind, but Gozaburo later determined that, even though Noah would have a body, his son would never truly grow up and always remain a child in spirit. As such, Gozaburo turned his attention toward training Kaiba into inheriting KaibaCorp—except he felt that his stepson had stolen the company, which led to his (Gozaburo's) demise.
But now, Gozaburo has a new plan: to destroy the entire real world and trap everyone's mind in Virtual Reality (using an idea that Noah originally thought of); in doing so, Gozaburo says, the population of Earth would essentially become immortal and he would be the most powerful of them all. Noah realizes that, although Gozaburo promised to help him when he uploaded his own mind to the virtual world, he was actually just using Noah and the Big Five all along.
Noah takes everyone to a door which he claims is the exit. In reality they each become trapped in their memories until they realize they've been tricked and return to a virtual Domino City. Noah takes Mokuba to the virtual Domino City arcade where the real exits are. He takes over Mokuba's body and escapes to the real world.
Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Noah Kaiba - Part 3
Differences in adaptations
- In the original version, Noah didn't know that Gozaburo digitized his mind into the virtual world while in the English version, he knew.
- In the original version, Gozaburo said that the missile satellite that was in space was actually from the secret underwater base, while in the dub he said that the satellite was one of many things he made when he was in charge of KaibaCorp.
- In the original version, Gozaburo said that he would use the missiles of the satellite to blow up the world, while in the dub he planned to digitize the entire planet with the satellite.