"The Duel Off, Part 1", known as "Fusion Seal! Judai VS Misawa (First Part)" in the Japanese version, is the twenty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime. It first aired in Japan on November 23, 2005 and in the United States on November 22, 2005.
Jaden Yuki is pitted against Bastion Misawa in a Duel to determine which of them will represent Duel Academy in the inter-school match against North Academy. At the same time, a reporter named Gerard arrives on the island, and goes undercover to gather information about the Abandoned Dorm.
At the docks, a ship is unloading at Duel Academy. A scuba diver sneaks onto the island from the ship, stating that he's going to uncover the school's dark secrets. Chancellor Sheppard is having a staff meeting, in which the teachers attempt to decide who will represent Duel Academy in the inter-school match against North Academy. Dr. Crowler insists that there is no reason not to have Zane Truesdale (who is also present) as their representative just as it was last year. Sheppard reveals that North Academy has chosen a first-year student, so Sheppard wishes to choose one as well. Zane has no problem with this, and suggests Jaden Yuki for the position. Crowler does not wish for a Slifer Red student, especially Jaden, to represent them, and nominates Bastion Misawa. He suggests that the two duel to determine who shall have the right to be their representative. The scuba diver infiltrates the school, stealing a Slifer Red jacket from the locker room, intending to use it to blend in with the students. Professor Banner announces the news to Jaden and Bastion during class; Bastion reveals that he's been building an entirely new Deck specifically to counter Jaden's Elemental HEROes, and that he's nearly finished.
The scuba diver wanders the halls, perplexed as to why Obelisk Blue and Ra Yellow students will not speak with him. Jaden meets with him, and assumes that he was held back a few years, as he appears older than a student should. Jaden drags him back to the Slifer dorm, where he rebuilds his Deck for his Duel with Bastion. He drops a "Skyscraper" card, and the diver picks it up, remembering his own past (it appears that he used an Elemental Hero Deck of his own, and suffered a loss to Seto Kaiba). He accidentally lets slip that his name is Gerard after insisting that Jaden cease calling him "old timer". He then states he doesn't like Dueling, leading them to question why he's at Duel Academy, and he says he doesn't enjoy it because he is not good at it. Chumley Huffington sympathizes with him, having been held back himself, and states that watching Jaden duel inspired him to do better. Syrus Truesdale suggests that Gerard watch Jaden duel, hoping this will help inspire him to become better himself. Gerard then attempts to get the information he needs out of them, and asks if they know if the rumors about disappearing students have any truth to them. Jaden asks if he means the Abandoned Dorm, which intrigues Gerard, as he hadn't heard of it. This gives him a starting point for his research, and he later ends up outside the Abandoned Dorm, where he meets Alexis Rhodes. He questions her about the missing students, but she advises him to cease his search. She departs, and he pulls out a camera, and begins to take photos, stating that if he breaks this story, the money he gets from it could set him up for life.
At the Ra Yellow dorm, Bastion sits at his computer, still analyzing Jaden's Deck. He determines that he needs to stop Jaden from Summoning "Elemental HERO Flame Wingman" and "Elemental HERO Thunder Giant", which would mean stopping their respective Fusion Material Monsters. Racking his brains, he develops a strategy that would neutralize both threats. The next day, the whole school gathers to watch the Duel, and Gerard determines that with them distracted, this is his ideal time to act. He sneaks into the library, and begins attempting to hack into one of the school's computers. At the arena, the Duel begins, with Bastion Summoning "Carboneddon" in Defense Position. Jaden Summons "Elemental HERO Burstinatrix", using it to attack and destroy "Carboneddon" before Setting a card. Bastion draws, thinking that the card he drew is the one that will lead him to victory. He Summons "Oxygeddon", and attacks, but Jaden negates the attack by activating his face-down "Hero Barrier". Bastion Sets the card he drew and ends his turn. Jaden Summons "Elemental HERO Sparkman" and equips it with "Spark Blaster", using its effect to switch "Oxygeddon" to Defense Position. He attacks and destroys it with "Burstinatrix", which activates "Oxygeddon's" effect, dealing 800 damage to both players. Jaden attacks directly with "Sparkman", reducing Bastion to 1600 LP. This greatly worries Crowler, as he's the one who nominated Bastion for this Duel, and he appears to be losing so early on.
Bastion Summons "Hydrogeddon" and destroys "Burstinatrix" with it. Since it destroyed a monster in battle, "Hydrogeddon's" effect activates, letting Bastion Summon a second copy from his Deck. He then activates "Living Fossil", Special Summoning "Oxygeddon" from his Graveyard, though its effect is negated and it's ATK decreased by 1000. He then plays "Bonding - H2O", Tributing his three monsters to Special Summon "Water Dragon". Bastion believes that Summoning such a powerful monster will force Jaden to Summon a Fusion Monster - and fall right into Bastion's trap. Jaden plays "Polymerization" in an attempt to fuse "Sparkman" with the "Elemental HERO Avian" and "Elemental HERO Bubbleman" in his hand to Fusion Summon "Elemental HERO Tempest". Bastion activates his face-down "Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell", discarding "Double Spell" in order to negate "Polymerization" and prevent Jaden from playing it again during the current Duel, even if it's a different copy. With this, Bastion has sealed off Jaden's main method of Summoning his Fusion Monsters.
Featured Duel: Jaden Yuki vs. Bastion Misawa
|This Duel uses Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime gameplay. Rules and card effects may differ from that of the TCG/OCG. See the individual card articles for more information.|
Turn 3: Bastion
Bastion draws "Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell". He then Normal Summons "Oxygeddon" (1800/800) in Attack Position. "Oxygeddon" attacks "Burstinatrix", but Jaden activates his face-down "Hero Barrier" to negate the attack as he controls an Elemental HERO. Bastion Sets a card.
Turn 4: Jaden
Jaden draws "Elemental HERO Sparkman" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1600/1400) in Attack Position. He then activates "Spark Blaster" and equips it onto "Sparkman". Now during each of Jaden's Main Phases, he can switch the battle position of a monster. When this effect is used three times, "Spark Blaster" is destroyed. Jaden then activates the effect of "Spark Blaster" to switch "Oxygeddon" to Defense Position. "Burstinatrix" attacks and destroys "Oxygeddon". Since "Oxygeddon" was destroyed by a FIRE monster in battle and sent to the Graveyard, its effect activates, inflicting 800 damage to both players (Jaden: 4000 → 3200 LP, Bastion: 4000 → 3200 LP). "Sparkman" attacks directly (Bastion: 3200 → 1600 LP).
Turn 5: Bastion
Bastion draws "Hydrogeddon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1600/1000) in Attack Position. "Hydrogeddon" attacks and destroys "Burstinatrix" (Jaden: 3200 → 2800 LP). Since "Hydrogeddon" destroyed a monster by battle and sent it to the Graveyard, its effect activates, allowing Bastion to Special Summon another "Hydrogeddon" (1600/1000) from his Deck in Attack Position.
Bastion then activates "Living Fossil" to Special Summon "Oxygeddon" from the Graveyard (1800/800) in Attack Position and equip it with "Living Fossil". Due to the effect of "Living Fossil", the effects of "Oxygeddon" are negated and it loses 1000 ATK ("Oxygeddon": 1800 → 800 ATK). Bastion's hand contains "Litmus Doom Swordsman", "Double Spell" and "Bonding - H2O". Bastion then activates "Bonding - H2O" to Tribute his three monsters and Special Summon "Water Dragon" (2800/2600) from his Deck in Attack Position.
Turn 6: Jaden
Jaden's hand contains "Elemental HERO Avian", "Elemental HERO Bubbleman", and "Bubble Blaster". Jaden draws "Polymerization" and subsequently activates it to fuse "Sparkman", "Avian", and "Bubbleman" to Fusion Summon "Elemental HERO Tempest". Bastion, in response, activates his face-down "Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell" to negate the effect of "Polymerization" and destroy it by discarding "Double Spell". In addition to this, Jaden is forbidden from activating "Polymerization" again for the remainder of the Duel.
Duel continues in the next episode.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
Differences in adaptations
- In the original version, Jaden believes that Gerald's been held back several years at Duel Academy. In the dub, he believes that he's a new student who took a while to be accepted.
- The dub cuts Zane and Alexis' brief discussion about Bastion and Jaden's duel.
- In both versions, when "Carboneddon" is Summoned, Bastion places it on the Duel Disk in Attack Position, despite having Summoned it in Defense Position.
- When "Oxygeddon" is switched to Defense Position by "Spark Blaster", the read-out still shows its DEF value as its ATK.