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|Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 179|
Toraware no Mirā Naito
The Captive Mirror Knights
A Duel with Dartz - Part 3
|Japanese air date||
November 12, 2003
|English air date||
May 14, 2005
|Episode listing||Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 4)|
|Previous||A Duel with Dartz - Part 2|
|Next||A Duel with Dartz - Part 4|
"A Duel with Dartz - Part 3", known as "The Captive Mirror Knights" in the Japanese version, is the one-hundred and seventy-ninth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. It first aired in Japan on November 12, 2003 and in the United States on May 14, 2005.
It has just been revealed that Dartz has used his magical powers to transfer the souls of Yugi, Joey, Mai and Pegasus into his "Mirror Knight Tokens". He claims that it's an act of compassion; he's allowing for Yami to meet his companions again before he and Kaiba are sacrificed to the Orichalcos god. Kaiba is unmoved by the revelation, while Yami is unwilling to strike back against them. However, "Mirror Knight Yugi" seems to still possess a degree of self-awareness, since he refuses to attack Yami.
Kaiba Summons "Different Dimension Dragon, whose effect will allow for it to not be destroyed while fighting any of the "Mirror Knight Tokens". He decides to question Dartz about what'll happen to the "Mirror Knight Tokens" once they're gone. Dartz shrugs and claims not to know what happens to "vanished souls". Kaiba then declares an attack against "Mirror Knight Mai", but "Mirror Knight Joey" sacrifices his "Mirror Shield" to save her. Dartz is amused and Kaiba only gets even angrier. Yami is unable to strike them, so he does not attack during his turn.
During his turn, Dartz uses a Continuous Spell Card to inflict a large amount of damage to Kaiba. Yami gets rid of it, but he still refuses to attack. Kaiba tries to attack "Mirror Knight Joey" again, but "Mirror Knight Yugi" comes to his rescue.
Yami saves Kaiba from what would've been a lethal blow, and then "Mirror Knight Yugi" tells Yami to not hesitate: he has a more important task to accomplish.
It is at this point that Rafael finally breaks into the room and pleads of Dartz to stop this: he doesn't see a point on it anymore. Dartz looks amused, while Rafael claims that Yami helped him get rid of the "dark" in his heart. Dartz laughs, claiming that is impossible, as some darkness will always remain. He begins making a speech: many so-called "sages" across the eras tried to do the same and failed. He then admits that humans are, generally, evil. He then compares those people "blessed with wealth" and "those born with suffering and poverty", "those blessed with some form of talent" and "those born with dislike and hate". He concludes that the world has an unfair "fate", which man cannot conquer.
Dartz then announces that each of the Three Swordsmen were people whose fates were set by his own hands. Dartz announces that "Fate is created by the strong ones" and signals Alister's tablet. A vision of Alister's past is shown: Gozaburo Kaiba is seen leaving. However, his body fades away to reveal Dartz himself. Gozaburo wasn't the one who sold weapons to both sides: it was Dartz. Alister's wish for revenge was set up.
A new flashback is shown: Valon is shown witnessing the fire which destroyed the church. However, hidden in a side alley and having his head covered by a mantle, was Dartz. The thugs didn't start up the fire: Dartz did.
Dartz makes a final revelation through a flashback. It is shown that Dartz used magic to awaken the volcano that sank the ship Rafael was on. Rafael goes into a fit of rage and engages his Chaos Duel Disk. The symbol of the "The Seal of Orichalcos" suddenly forms on his forehead, and Eatos shows up behind him. Dartz laughs as "The Seal" forms on Rafael's feet next and begins to grow. The power of "The Seal" makes "Eatos" turn into her "Dark" version and she begins to build up energy with her sword. The energy suddenly goes out of control and "Eatos" disappears. Rafael's "Seal" closes on him and his soul is seized. Téa, Tristan and Mokuba rush to his side, but it's too late. A slate fills up with Rafael's picture.
Featured Duel: Yami Yugi & Seto Kaiba vs. Dartz
Turn 13: Kaiba
Kaiba draws "Pot of Greed" and subsequently activates "Pot of Greed" to draw two Cards. He then activates "Cost Down" to discard a Card and reduce the Levels of all monsters on his hand and field by two for this turn. Kaiba Normal Summons "Different Dimension Dragon" (1400/1500) in Attack Position. This monster can't be destroyed in battle by monsters that have at most 1900 ATK.
"Kaiser Glider" attacks "Mirror Knight Mai". The effect of "Mirror Knight Mai" activates ("Mirror Knight Mai": 500 → 2400/0). Due to the effect of "Kaiser Glider", it is not destroyed. Dartz then destroys the Shield Counter on "Mirror Knight Mai" to prevent her destruction. At the end of the Damage Step, the effect of "Mirror Knight Mai" expires ("Mirror Knight Mai": 2400 → 500/0).
"Different Dimension Dragon" attacks "Mirror Knight Mai", but "Mirror Knight Joey" intercepts the attack. The effect of "Mirror Knight Joey" then activates ("Mirror Knight Joey": 500 → 1400/0). Due to the effect of "Different Dimension Dragon", it is not destroyed. Dartz then destroys the Shield Counter on "Mirror Knight Joey" to prevent his own destruction. At the end of the Damage Step, the effect of "Mirror Knight Joey" expires ("Mirror Knight Mai": 1400 → 500/0). Kaiba Sets a Card.
Turn 14: Yami
Yami Yugi draws. He then Passes his turn as he is unwilling to attack his friends.
Turn 15: Dartz
Dartz draws. He then activates the first effect of "Orichalcos Deuteros" (Dartz 10000 → 12500). Dartz then activates his face-down "Twin Bow Centaur". Now once during his Main Phase 1, Dartz can select one monster under his control and one monster under the control of Kaiba or Yami Yugi and toss a coin. If he calls it right, the targeted monster under the control of Dartz's opponent will be removed from play and then the controller will take damage equal to the removed monster's ATK. If he calls it wrong, Dartz's targeted monster will be removed from play and Dartz will then take damage equal to the removed monster's ATK. If Dartz activates the effect of "Twin Bow Centaur", he won't be allowed to conduct his Battle Phase this turn.
Dartz activates the effect of "Twin Bow Centaur" by selecting "Mirror Knight Joey" and Seto's "Kaiser Glider" as the targets for the effect of "Twin Bow Centaur" and tossing a coin. Dartz wins the Coin Toss, so "Kaiser Glider" is removed from play and Seto takes damage equal to its ATK (Seto 3000 → 600).
Turn 16: Kaiba
Kaiba draws. "Different Dimension Dragon" attacks "Mirror Knight Joey", but "Mirror Knight Yugi" intercepts the attack. The effect of "Mirror Knight Yugi" activates ("Mirror Knight Yugi": 500 → 1400/0). Due to the effect of "Different Dimension Dragon", it is not destroyed. Dartz then destroys the Shield Counter on "Mirror Knight Yugi" Shield Counter to prevent his own destruction. At the end of the Damage Step, the effect of "Mirror Knight Yugi" expires ("Mirror Knight Yugi": 1400 → 500/0).
Turn 18: Dartz
Dartz draws. He then Normal Summons "Orichalcos Malevolence" (1500 → 2000/1000) in Attack Position. Dartz then activates the first effect of "Orichalcos Deuteros" (Dartz 12500 → 15500). "Orichalcos Malevolence" attacks Seto's "Different Dimension Dragon", but Seto activates his face-down "Attack Guidance Barrier" to redirect the attack to "Big Shield Gardna" and increase its DEF by 600 ("Big Shield Gardna": 100/2600 → 3200). The attack fails, but the effect of "Orichalcos Kyutora" nullifies the Battle Damage Dartz would take. Since "Big Shield Gardna" was attacked, its second effect switches it to Attack Position at the end of the Damage Step. Due to the last effect of "Attack Guidance Barrier", Dartz's Battle Phase ends immediately. On Dartz's End Phase, the effect of "Attack Guidance Barrier" expires ("Big Shield Gardna": 100/3200 → 2600)
Turn 21: Dartz
Dartz draws "Orichalcos Tritos" and subsequently activates it.
Difference Between Adaptations
- In the dub, Rafael lost all respect for Dartz and spoke to him in a disrespectful tone. In the original, Rafael still referred to Dartz with an honorific and pleaded with him to stop.
- Valon's flashback in Dartz' story was censored in the dub.
- Kaiba being struck by a flaming arrow from Twin Bow Centaur after Kaiser Glider is destroyed is also removed in the dub.
- The muscles near the legs of Twin Bow Centaur are removed in the dub, presumeably to avoid them being mistaken for a more obscene part of the body.
- Rafael's eyes are painted over to be closed after his soul is taken in the dubbed version, whereas they are open and vacant in the Japanese.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.