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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 173
Yugioh173
Kanji

苦い勝利

Rōmaji

Nigai Shōri

Japanese translation

Bitter Victory

English

Fighting for a Friend - Part 5

Episode number

173

Japanese air date

October 1, 2003

English air date

April 16, 2005

Music
Japanese opening

WARRIORS

English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

These Overflowing Feelings Don't Stop

English ending

Season one theme

Chronology
Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 4)
Previous Fighting for a Friend - Part 4
Next Grappling with a Guardian - Part 1

"Fighting for a Friend - Part 5" is the one hundred and seventy-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. It first aired in Japan on October 1, 2003 and in the US on April 16, 2005.

Joey continues his Duel with Mai. Meanwhile, Yami, Téa and Tristan try to locate them. Kaiba is still dealing with the hordes of Orichalcos Soldiers using the combined power of both "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "Critias. However, no matter how many he blows up, they instantly regenerate.

Summary

Mai continues to Duel Joey. Just as she's about to inflict the final blow and seal Joey's soul away forever, she suddenly hesitates and stops her attack. Mai can't understand at first why she is hesitating, as she thinks winning will mean she has finally stepped out of the shadow of Joey's success and keep him out of her way for good. Joey, exhausted by the previous Duel, collapses and declares Mai the winner. Mai rushes to him, memories of their friendship washing over her, and declares that she will not let his soul be taken. But Joey says its too late and, still protecting her, pushes her out of the ever shrinking circle. In the process, his hand catches on Mai's Orichalcos fragment and it gets removed, crumbling as the seal passes over it on its way to claim Joey.

The scene changes to Dartz as Mai's fragment shatters, and he exclaims that Mai is now free. However, he senses a powerful soul has been captured for the Orichalcos, and is glad to have finally seized the soul of one of the "Chosen Duelists."

Joey's soul is claimed; Mai cradles Joey in her arms, and then starts crying. She truly regrets what she's done. She realizes that blaming Joey for the loneliness she felt was wrong; she acknowledges Joey as not just the only person who ever honestly cared about her, but also as the best friend that she ever had, and how did she repay him for all of his kindness? By leaving him for that madman who promised her power. Now free from Dartz's spell, Mai decides to go challenge him directly, determined to set things right and set Joey free, and make Dartz regret the day he met Mai Valentine. As she leaves, she picks up Joey's "Hermos" card from the ground where it fell before hopping on her motorcycle and racing toward Paradius Inc. Home Office. Once inside, she's confronted by a mysterious figure whom she seems to know.

Meanwhile, "Timaeus" materializes from the Pharaoh's card and "Critias" leaves Kaiba's battle. The duo appear over the city, keening in lament and mourning the fall of their companion. Kaiba is surprised at Critias's behavior, brushing it off as a hologram malfunction and continuing to stubbornly ignore the truth he knows in his heart.

An anxious Yami, Téa and Tristan finally stumble upon the site of Joey's duels, only to be stunned when they see Valon's and, especially, Joey's soulless bodies sitting propped against the chain-link fence.

Featured Duel: Mai Valentine vs. Joey Wheeler - Part 2

Duel continues from previous episode.

Turn 6: Joey
Joey draws. He then Normal Summons "Swordsman of Landstar" (500/1200) in Defense Position and Sets two cards.

Turn 7: Mai
Mai draws. One "Cyber Harpie Lady" attacks "Swordsman of Landstar", but Joey Activates "Double Magical Arm Bind" to Tribute two "Sheep Tokens" and take control of two of Mai's "Cyber Harpie Ladies" (Two Cyber Harpie Ladies: 2300 → 1800/1300). Joey then activates "Vow of Tribe", which prevents any monsters that exist on both sides of the Field from attacking this turn. Because of that, "Cyber Harpie Lady's" attack on "Swordsman of Landstar" is negated.

Turn 8: Joey
Joey draws. He then Tributes two "Cyber Harpie Ladys" and "Swordsman of Landstar" to Summon "Gilford the Lightning" (2800/1400) in Attack Position. Since "Gilford the Lightning" was Tribute Summoned by Tributing 3 monsters, its effect activates, destroying all monsters on Mai's side of the Field. "Gilford the Lightning" attacks Mai directly (Mai 3600 → 800).

Turn 9: Mai
Mai draws "Card of Sanctity" and subsequently activates it to make her and Joey Draw until both have 6 cards in their Hand. The four cards Joey drew were "Gearfried the Iron Knight", "Magical Arm Shield", "Kunai with Chain", and "Knight of Dark Dragons". Mai then activates "Monster Reborn" to Special Summon "Cyber Harpie Lady" (1800 → 2300/1300) from her Graveyard in Attack Position. She then activates "Elegant Egotist" to transform "Cyber Harpie Lady" into the "Harpie Lady Sisters" (1800 → 2300/1300) in Attack Position. Mai then activates "Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation" to destroy Joey's "Gilford the Lightning" and last remaining Sheep Token and inflict damage to Joey equal to the total ATK of his destroyed monsters (Joey 3600 → 800), however no Harpie monsters can attack this turn.

Turn 10: Joey
Joey draws "Claw of Hermos". He then activates "The Warrior Returning Alive" to return "Blue Flame Swordsman" from his Graveyard to his Hand. Joey then Normal Summons "Blue Flame Swordsman" (1800/1600) in Attack Position. He then activates "Dark Dragon Ritual" to Tribute "Gearfried the Iron Knight" from his Hand and Ritual Summon "Knight of Dark Dragons" (1900/1200) in Attack Position. Joey then activates the effect of "Knight of Dark Dragon" to Tribute the latter and Special Summon "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" (2400/2000) from his Deck in Attack Position. Due to the secondary effect of "Knight of Dark Dragons", "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" cannot Attack in the same Turn that it was Summoned via the effect of "Knight of Dark Dragons".

Joey then activates "Claw of Hermos" to fuse it with "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" and form "Red-Eyes Black Dragon Sword". Joey then equips "Blue Flame Swordsman" with "Red-Eyes Black Dragon Sword", which increases the ATK of "Blue Flame Swordsman" by 1000 ("Blue Flame Swordsman": 1800 → 2800/1600). "Blue Flame Swordsman" attacks and destroys Mai's first "Harpie Lady Sister" (Mai 800 → 300). Joey then Sets two cards ("Kunai with Chain" and "Magical Arm Shield").

Turn 11: Mai
Mai draws "Harpie's Feather Duster" and subsequently activates it to destroy all of Joey's Spell and Trap Cards; "Red-Eyes Black Dragon Sword" and Joey's two set cards are destroyed. Since "Red-Eyes Black Dragon Sword" has been removed from the field, the ATK of "Blue Flame Swordsman" goes back to its original value ("Blue Flame Swordsman": 2800 → 1800/1600). Mai then activates "Spell Reproduction" to discard two Spell Cards and add "Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation" from her Graveyard to her Hand.

Mai then activates "Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation" to destroy all monsters Joey controls and inflict their total ATK to Joey as damage, but Joey activates the effect of "Blue Flame Swordsman" to transfer all of its ATK ("Blue Flame Swordsman": 1800 → 0/1600) to one of Mai's "Harpie Lady Sisters" ("Harpie Lady Sister": 2300 → 4100/1300) before it's destroyed. "Blue Flame Swordsman" is destroyed, but Joey does not take any damage. Since "Blue Flame Swordsman" was destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, Joey activates its effect to Special Summon the original "Flame Swordsman" (1800/1600) from his Graveyard in Attack Position (NOTE: in the anime, "Flame Swordsman" is not a Fusion Monster). Since Mai activated "Harpie Lady Phoenix Formation", none of her Harpies can attack this turn, so she ends her turn.

Turn 12: Joey
Joey draws a card and subsequently sets it.

Turn 13: Mai
Mai draws "Mirror Wall". The boosted "Harpie Lady Sister" attacks Joey's "Flame Swordsman", but Joey activates "Skull Dice" to roll a die and divide the ATK of the boosted "Harpie Lady Sister" by the result. Joey gets a two, so "Harpie Lady Sister's" ATK is halved ("Cyber Harpie Lady": 4100 → 2050/1300). "Harpie Lady Sister" destroys Joey's "Flame Swordsman" (Joey 800 → 550). Mai is about to order her second "Harpie Lady Sister" to attack Joey directly, which would lead to her victory, but she decides not to. However, Joey is unable to continue the Duel as he is too exhausted to continue.

Mai wins.

Trivia

  • This is the only time a Duel fully shown on screen was won by the player who activated "The Seal of Orichalcos".
    • Even then, it was only won through the other player essentially surrendering, rather than having their Life Points reduced to 0.

Differences in adaptations

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"Vow of Tribe" and "Dark Dragon Ritual" original first artwork in episode 172.

  • In the previous episode, "Vow of Tribe" and "Dark Dragon Ritual" was shown with a different artwork. For unknown reasons, these cards' artwork were completely changed. The International anime artwork of "Vow of Tribe" and "Dark Dragon Ritual" show the original first artwork.

Featured cards

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

Seto Kaiba
Joey Wheeler
Mai Valentine
Flashbacks
Yami Yugi

Notes

  1. This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 This card was seen in Joey's hand.
  3. This card belongs to Joey, but it was taken by Mai after the Duel.
  4. This card was played as a Quick-Play Spell Card. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  5. Mai drops this card when she ran toward Joey before he became unconscious.

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