Anzu’s huffy little ‘I quit’ while everyone’s being so serious
and honestly, I have no idea why Kaiba is so sure Yuugi could make it to the final level of Death T alone with all this planned against him
I feel like it’s this huge, convoluted way to stroke his own ego
If Yuugi could beat him in a card game, then of course he can beat every fucking death trap he has planned
but thankfully, Honda’s all over this, so no one has to get hurt <3
well, too much anyway
Yeah, Kaiba’s tactics are really odd. If he really wanted Yuugi dead, he could have easily hired some assassins to kill Yuugi in a way that couldn’t be traced back to him (of course it probably wouldn’t work because of Atem and dark magic and all that, but Kaiba doesn’t believe in that sort of stuff). Much cheaper, much more efficient, much less work on his end, and no one would ever know that he’d lost a game.
But he wants to make a spectacle of it. He wants to defeat Yuugi in front of an audience. He personally won’t be satisfied unless he defeats Yuugi in a game. So why did he try to kill Yuugi before he gets to the rematch? Is it a psychological tactic to try to break Yuugi down before the match begins? If so, he was risking Yuugi actually dieing, which would deprive him of the chance to defeat him. If that happened, he would never be satisfied, so why would he risk it?
# for all the careful long-term planning he did he sure hasn’t thought this through at all either that or he’s absurdly overconfident that everything will go according to plan# and plans always go wrong so he should know better
you there, yes good, thank you
There’s always this underlying parallel between Kaiba and Jounouchi, I didn’t even think it would show up this early on but hey, every read through surprises me in some way
And here we’re getting it, just like with Jou’s fight a couple chapters back when he told wannabe bruce lee to not do his part in the knife one inch terror game. He gave his opponent a stupidly unfair advantage, for nothing more than the thrill of when he’d get to beat them
And it’s the same thing here with Kaiba, though to a much different method
He’s making it all that harder for Yuugi to reach him, just so that when Kaiba wins it’ll feel all that better
to have shown this world that Yuugi was this great rival, that deserved the right to face the Seto Kaiba
it’s just too bad (for him, I mean) that Yuugi kicks his ass in the end
With his ‘life is a game’ philosophy, I think it makes sense how exactly he was affected by his previous loss to the Other Yugi and his Penalty Game, and how much confidence he has that Yugi (or rather, the Other Yugi) will eventually reach him.
He’s the Seto Kaiba, the one who’s the best at every game, the one who managed to overthrow the same man he was supposed to succeed by playing at his game. His previous experiences (abandonment, the way he was raised by Gozaburo Kaiba, the way he basically killed his adoptive father), had already molded his mind in such a way that control and survival had become the absolute most important things for him. For this reason, being the best and the most invulnerable is a ridiculously high priority for him.
So the Other Yugi beating him (at the only game he’s truly interested in, no less) haunted him in more ways than the nightmares. It meant that there was someone who could surpass him, which is both a threat and a challenge. A rematch was absolutely necessary.
Unfortunately for Yugi, sort of like you’ve said above, Yugi had to prove himself worthy of battling Kaiba before facing him. However, this is so Kaiba can prove that he himself is the absolute best.
I think the logic behind Death-T might have to do with the fact that it’s the Other Yugi who beat him. By making Death-T, Kaiba is challenging him. He probably has a “to win you have to suffer” thinking. Maybe (consciously or not) he wanted to make him suffer a similar kind of suffering to what he went through?
So he makes Yugi’s grandpa suffer a heart attack (which also lets Kaiba have revenge against him for not giving him his Blue Eyes, the bastard) and forces him to play deadly games; he also forces Jonouchi to come along (while Jou willingly offered to go along with Yugi, Kaiba specifically ordered his henchmen to go pick Yugi and one of his friends in the first place). The nature of the games was enough that, according to Kaiba’s plan, Yugi and his friends were going to suffer; if they weren’t able to win, Yugi’s friends would die, and Yugi would suffer, as well as lose the emotional pillars he leans on that Kaiba lacks. Honda going along just meant more possibility of that happening.
And Yugi? Sooner or later, whether it was before or after one or all of his friends were dead, the Other Yugi would appear. And if he really was that good at games (rather than just having magic “heart-of-the-cards/duelist’s soul” bs, in his eyes), he would beat Death-T. Therefore, in Kaiba logic, an entire audience would see a kid who beat the biggest and most absurdly elaborate game ever (not that they actually saw the game), only to be beaten y Kaiba,clearly establishing the latter as the absolute champion. Sort of.
He wants the other Yuugi to be defeated in every way, crushed like he feels had been done to him in their first game
this whole thing is basically Kaiba having the worst hate boner for the other Yuugi, and honestly