Ygo Weekly Essays

This OTK/FTK is based around 3 cards that can cause a potential OTK/FTK.

The cards are:

How it works

Your first step is to get "Koa'ki Meiru Doom" on the field and to get "Gallis" either on the field or in your hand. Either one works. The monsters can be on field however you wish or in whatever order you wish, the key is just having them in your hand to do so (especially "Genex Ally Birdman").

First steps include:

  • Normal Summon "Koa'ki Meiru Doom" or simply get it on field (Special Summon or otherwise).
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  • If "Gallis" is already in your hand, activate its effect, dealing damage and Special Summoning it (this is why people think your Deck must be all monsters, it does not have to be). It also does not have to be Special Summoned using its own effect.
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  • "Tutor" "Gallis" into your hand or Special Summon it to the field from your Deck or hand if it is not already there.

Once both are on field:

  1. Activate the effect of "Genex Ally Birdman" from your hand by returning "Gallis" to your hand. "Koa'ki Meiru Doom" negates the activated effects of LIGHT and DARK monster (without destroying the activating card), so "GA Birdman" stays in hand.
  2. Activate the effect of "Gallis" (which summons itself while dealing damage) and repeat using "GA Birdman" to recycle "Gallis". "Koa'ki Meiru Doom" simply needs to exist on the field.

When creating the Deck, you need to make sure you either have no Spells or Traps (easy, better version) or can manipulate the Deck easily or protect you (technical version). It's also possible to manufacture a variant that doesn't focus solely on monsters or even the combo itself, just using high level monsters (preferably cards like "Tragoedia" or "Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord") to deal at 1600-2000 damage per activation so you only need 4 high level (10's) monsters (preferably in a row) to finish off your opponent. A useful monster for the technical version is "Cockroach Knight" because when it is sent to the Graveyard, it is returned to the top of the Deck.

Required Cards

Suggested Cards

Monster Cards

Possible Searchers

Gallis Agent FTK



Out of the three monsters needed for this Deck, only "Birdman" is currently (as of the September 2013 Lists) Limited in any manner so 3 of "Doom" and "Gallis" can be played. "Birdman" is still available at 1, however ways to search "Birdman" out are needed for consistency.

In regards to stopping the FTK (as in actually being used during first turn where you must depend on the cards in hand to stop it), you can hardly stop it. "Lifeforce Harmonizer" cannot stop it as it is not certain that damage will occur. Cards such as "Effect Veiler", "Hanewata", "Herald of Orange Light" that active in Main Phase cannot stop it as they are LIGHT attribute, so "Koa'ki Meiru Doom" will negate them.

Using the monster "Cockroach Knight" will make sure that you can pull off the FTK/OTK, if you choose to run some Spells or Traps. Note that "Outstanding Dog Marron" cannot be used in place of "Cockroach Knight", as "Outstanding Dog Marron" is a LIGHT monster– it will be negated by "Koa'ki Meiru Doom".


You can stop this FTK if you activate the effect of "Hanewata" before your opponent's Main Phase.

This is very risky because if you use the FTK and don't get it and try to go for the OTK several things can stop it such as "Torrential Tribute" or "Bottomless Trap Hole".

This combo can cause trouble against an opponent who uses a "Mill Deck".

Some cards can be best used against a FTK, including "Cemetary Bomb", but "Doppelganger" is risky when using it on the FTK.


Yu-Gi-Oh! is a manga and animeshounen series, mostly intended for a child audience but with an older fan following that tends toward a certain degree of self-mockery, amidst the shipping and canon debates.

Canon Overview

Yu-Gi-Oh began in 1996 as a Japanese manga by Kazuki Takahashi, published in Weekly Shounen Jump, ending in 2004 with 38 volumes. In 1998 the first 7 volumes were adapted into a single-season 27-episode anime by Toei Animation (sometimes referred to as "Season Zero" -- erroneously so, as the show is a separate series from the later Duel Monsters anime). In 2000 the manga, starting with volume 8, was adapted by TV Tokyo into Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters, which ended in 2004 with 224 episodes. The anime in particular was created as a marketing ploy to sell the Yu-Gi-Oh card game.

In 2001, 4Kids Entertainment began releasing an edited English dub of Duel Monsters under the name "Yu-Gi-Oh!"; this version aired on Kids WB in the United States, and is the version most familiar to American fans. VIZ Media published a mostly unedited version of the manga, several chapters at a time, in the US version of Shounen Jump; the series was also collected into tankoubon equivalent to the Japanese volumes.

Though the main Yu-Gi-Oh series has ended, there are multiple ongoing spin-offs, including the manga Yu-Gi-Oh! R, the anime and manga Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. There are also multiple video games and movies, and of course the extensive trading card game franchise that the Duel Monsters anime series is based on.


Yu-Gi-Oh is the story of a teenage boy, Yuugi Mutou (Yugi Moto in the English dub), who solves the ancient Egyptian Millennium Puzzle and releases the spirit of an ancient pharaoh imprisoned in the puzzle. The spirit (nameless at first, but dubbed Yami ['darkness'] by fandom) joins with Yuugi, sometimes possessing his body, to challenge and and teach lessons to wrong-doers in the form of 'punishment games'. The first few volumes of the manga are darker in tone and feature a wide variety of games and punishments, some fairly twisted. The later volumes focus on the Duel Monsters card game and follow the basic format of most shounen fighting/tournament series, with Yuugi and his circle of allies facing various super-powered foes and defeating them, but with semi-magic card games in place of physical battles.

Fandom Overview

Western YGO fandom can be a little tricky to navigate. Like most animanga fandoms, it encompasses the contradictions of fans familiar with different canonical sources, though in YGO it's more confusing than most, because of the difference in sources. The Japanese anime is already a substantial deviation from the original manga (there are a couple season-long filler arcs as well as alterations in plot and character histories) and the English 4Kids dub censored more, as well as Americanizing the series. Many fans may have only had contact with one source, though English fanfic is written for all incarnations of the series.

YGO has a fairly active Japanese fandom as well, with webpages and doujinshi; like most Japanese fandoms, it doesn't intersect much with the English-speaking side, save for the occasional doujinshi scanlation or fanart site rec. As with many anime/manga fandoms, Japanese fanworks are appropriated for use as graphics in LiveJournal icons, site layouts, and other uses in English fandom, often without permission -- this contentious practice is strongly frowned upon by some, but staunchly defended by others.

Yu-Gi-Oh as a series came about at a time when English-speaking fandom was transitioning from dedicated websites, message boards and mailing lists to a consolidated presence on LiveJournal. Early English YGO fandom could be found on multiple off-LJ websites; from the earliest days of the fandom Fanfiction.net has been an important hub for fanfic activities. One of the most famous independent sites was Janime.net (now defunct), run by a Thai fan who provided summaries and translated series content into English long before the official versions were released. The site hosted fanart and fanfic and a popular forum. Another well-known site during this early period was Kyokou Geemu (also defunct), a dedicated YGO fanfic archive with a well-trafficked and lively community message board. KG started life as a hand-coded archive, but transitioned to use of the eFiction software later in the site's life as better technology became available. Kokoro no Naka, in its heyday a hugely extensive archive of series screenshots, multimedia, fanworks and general information, was another important site of the early era still extant today.

In the early 2000s, Cody Nelson published A Slasher's Guide to Yu-Gi-Oh!, a small booklet to help introduce new fans to the TV series.

"A Children's Card Game"

While the Yu-Gi-Oh manga, like most Shounen Jump series, was nominally aimed at boys but more generally appropriate for all audiences, the Duel Monsters anime was targeted specifically at children, toning down some of the darker elements of the manga's plot in favor of promoting the trading card game. Perhaps because of this obvious merchandising, as well as the low production values of the series, Yu-Gi-Oh has a poor reputation among most "serious" anime fans, who tend to consider it about on par with Pokémon, only not as cute, and it tends to be rated poorly on most anime review sites[1], when it's reviewed at all.

While the series has its defenders, quite a few fans are aware that their show is somewhat less than fantastic. Some admit to liking YGO with embarrassment[2][3], and rather than argue with detractors, many fans will cheerfully agree, and often be first in line to mock the show for its many flaws, even as they enjoy it for the weirdly addictive crack and characters.

Sub vs Dub

The original Japanese Duel Monsters anime and the American 4Kids dub are substantially different, mostly because the dub aired on network TV. Not only was the show "Americanized" to a certain extent, with changes to some character and card names, but some of what is considered child-appropriate in Japan is not allowed on American kids' cartoons, and thus the scripts and the animation were censored. In the fandom, as is often the case, there is friction on occasion between "purists" and dub-fans, though these debates are less contentious than in some anime fandoms because relatively few English-speaking fans have seen the original version. 4Kids only released a few sub DVDs, and few fan-sub groups picked up any of the series, so it was only available on Japanese DVDs (without subtitles) and on sets of cheap East Asian bootleg DVDs (with the usual uneven and occasionally inadvertently hysterical English translations.) Thus, many English-speaking fans have only seen the dub.

The Yu-Jyo YGO Episode Guide provides detailed episode summaries of both the Japanese and the 4Kids dub, painstakingly chronicling all the cuts, changes, and censoring made between the two versions, complete with screencaps.

The Viz translation of the manga, on the other hand, is generally faithful to the original, preserving the original names and art and accurately translating the dialogue.


As with most anime fandoms, the majority of YGO fanfic is ship-fic, het, yaoi, and some yuri.

While some fans use slashes or x's to denote pairings, a more recent (post-2003) and popular phenomenon in the fandom is the use of ship names. The ship list on Yuugioushipping has some 529 ship names (though some of these may include multiple names for the same ship, as there is not fandom-wide consensus.)

Character Names

Many of the characters in YGO have multiple identities, re-incarnations, and dub names, as well as some fanon names.

The character of the Thief King is called "Akefia" in a number of fanfics, to the point of the name being assumed to be canonical by some fans, although "Akefia" isn't a real name or word. The name originated in English language fandom, initially appearing in fanfic in early 2005, and may have been a misunderstanding of a line in the dub, "I'm a thief, a stealer of souls", according to one fan's analysis of the phenomenon.[4]

Fan Communities

This article or section needs expansion.

look up lj comms

"Play the Damn Card, Already"

In the present day, like most of English-speaking fandom, the majority of (female) Yu-Gi-Oh fans have packed up and moved to LiveJournal -- and the biggest and most active YGO community on LJ is almost certainly Play the Damn Card, Already!. "Play the Damn Card, Already" was founded at the beginning of 2004 for fans who "love Yu-Gi-Oh, but are sick of being wise and sensible and relevant on all the normal communities" (User info, accessed January 2009). The posts include almost any sort of fandom participation, not limited to fanfic, icons and macros, essays, translations, and crack. While there is serious discussion on occasion, the general tone is good-natured mocking of the series and sometimes the fandom.

Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series

In July 2006 Little Kuriboh posted to Play the Damn Card the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, a parody fandub of the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters voiced entirely by LittleKuriboh imitating the English dub actors. Within a few episodes, YGO! Abridged exploded into a minor internet phenomenon, inspiring a host of Abridged versions of other shows and leading to constant troubles with YouTube for copyright violations.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.




ship_manifesto essays:

  • The Angel, Devil and Fallen by vanessa_chan, Ryou/Yami no Bakura/Malik (Dec 2004)
  • Chaos to His Order by regann, Jounouchi/Kaiba (May 2005)
  • I Will Be Loathing You My Whole Life Long by nayami, Yami no Yuugi/Kaiba Seto (Jun 2005)
  • Bourgeious and the Rebel by jurhael, Seto/Alister (Oct 2005)
  • SS Turbulence by jurhael, Alister/Valon (Jan 2006)
  • The Sweetest Thing by omg_popehat, Anzu/Shizuka (Jan 2006)
  • I'll give all of my memories to be with you by lediz, Yami/Yuugi (Jul 2005)
  • “You’re just fine the way you are.” by cypsiman2, Yuugi/Anzu (Apr 2008)



  1. ↑"A 224 episode long commercial for a card game. Do you really have the time and patience to sit through all that?" --Tim Jones review on T.H.E.M (accessed 1/2009)
  2. ↑"I can't believe I sat through a whole hour of Yu-Gi-Oh (out of a lack of anything better to do with my life)." immicolia: Saturday morning cartoons.... haven't done this in a while... posted May 21st, 2005 (accessed 1/2009)
  3. ↑"immicolia has been getting into YGO, too. Does this sudden influx of respectable authors mean that I can quit feeling ashamed of my gargantuan folder full of fics and fanart?" --keelieinblack in comments to xparrot: Oh! Dear, posted Jun. 28th, 2005 (accessed 1/2009)
  4. ↑Whilst there are as many Akefia theories, as there are people to make them up, this was the only one that held any significant pedigree, or logic. It seems reasonable to me that Akefia truly is a mishear of the English Dub. In short, Akefia is a fandom mistake." "The Hot Mess That Is Akefia" by ariasune, last accessed 15 June 2015

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