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"Messenger From Hell"
Title page
EnglishMessenger From Hell
Japanese name
RōmajiJigoku Yori no Shisha
SubseriesYu-Gi-Oh! Duelist
Subseries number15
Japanese magazineWeekly Shōnen Jump 1998 #17
Tankōbon volume9: "The Puppet Master"
Bunkoban volumeVolume 6
Release dates
JapaneseMarch 23, 1998[1]
EnglishMarch 1, 2005[2]
Yu-Gi-Oh! chapters
Previous"The Thief"
Next"The Cards Bare Their Teeth"

"Messenger From Hell" is the seventy-fourth chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. In its first English printing, it was numbered as the fifteenth chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. In the 3-in-1 edition, its number was changed to match the original Japanese printing.

This chapter was originally printed in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in Japanese. It has been reprinted in in Volume 9 of the tankōbon and Volume 6 of the bunkoban.

Mokuba explains why he tried to take Dark Yugi's Star Chips and reveals more of Pegasus true intentions. Dark Yugi is later arranged to face the Ventriloquist of the Dead in a Duel.


Dark Yugi has just exposed the thief he was Dueling as Mokuba Kaiba. Jonouchi, Anzu, Honda and Bakura look in astonishment and wonder why Mokuba would try to steal Dark Yugi's Star Chips. Mokuba drops to the ground saying "no" and Dark Yugi wonders what he is doing on the island.

Kaiba under care.

Jonouchi calls Mokuba a weasel and demands that he hand back the two of Yugi's Star Chips that he managed to grab, but Mokuba refuses. Anzu tries a calmer approach and asks if Mokuba is still mad at Yugi. Mokuba replies that he is of course, after what Dark Yugi did to Seto Kaiba, his brother. Anzu sees that Kaiba has not recovered and Mokuba explains that he is still under 24 hour care in the mansion and the world's greatest doctors have looked at him, but reported that he may spend the rest of his life in the coma.

Mokuba tells the others that he did not steal the Star Chips for revenge, despite what they may think. He says that they think they are smart, but they do not even know why Pegasus held the Duelist Kingdom tournament. He informs them that Pegasus needs to beat Yugi in order to take control of KaibaCorp. Dark Yugi is surprised to hear that Pegasus wants KaibaCorp. Jonouchi, Anzu and Honda can't make sense out of this and ask how beating Yugi will help him do that.

Pegasus meeting with The Big Five.

Mokuba explains that Pegasus established himself as a genius game designer when he created Duel Monsters, but his company, Industrial Illusions, was not big enough, so he teamed up with KaibaCorp to develop the Virtual Battle Simulation Box. Kaiba designed the Battle Simulation Boxes, but after he lost to Dark Yugi in Death-T, he fell into a coma and KaibaCorp's stock plummeted without his management. Pegasus took this as an opportunity to buy the company and made an offer with KaibaCorp's leading stock holders, The Big Five. With Kaiba gone, The Big Five possessed 60% of the company's shares and have all the decision making power. They liked Pegasus offer, but only accepted under the condition that Pegasus help rebuild their reputation. Since KaibaCorp had depended on the image of Kaiba being Japan's number one gamer, they lost the confidence of their investors after he lost to Yugi, so they wanted Pegasus to beat Yugi in an official Duel to regain that confidence. After doing that, Pegasus would be considered the chief executive.

Dark Yugi laughed that Pegasus really is looking forward to beating him. However Mokuba told him not to laugh; it is serious, he cannot beat Pegasus nor can anybody in the world. Kaiba had told Mokuba that Pegasus was unbeatable, so Mokuba thought if he could take Yugi's Star Chips and get him disqualified, he would not get to face Pegasus making his agreement with The Big Five void.

Dark Yugi asks if that is why Mokuba came to the island. However Mokuba replies that that is not the case; he was brought there by The Big Five because he has an important key. He tells them about how The Big Five came to his house one night to steal some documents from Kaiba's safe, so he swallowed the key to the safe in front of them. Anzu is slightly disturbed and asks "If the key's in your stomach...?" Mokuba laughs about how The Big Five would come running every time he went to the bathroom. He vows not to let them get control of KaibaCorp, even if they rip open his guts.

Saruwatari stops Mokuba returning the Star Chips to Dark Yugi.

While he considers that Dark Yugi might not believe it, Mokuba explains that although Kaiba made Death-T to get revenge on the Yugis, his real dream was to build Kaiba Land amusement centers all around the world so that children can have fun. That is why Kaiba gave his life to KaibaCorp and that is why Mokuba will give his life to save KaibaCorp, he explains. Anzu tells Mokuba that she believes in him and politely asks if he can believe in the Yugis. She asks if he will return the Star Chips. Mokuba starts to consider it and Dark Yugi promises him that he will defeat Pegasus. Mokuba decides that he will trust Dark Yugi and begins to hand over the Star Chips. However Saruwatari appears and warns them that exchanging Star Chips outside of a Duel is a violation of the rules, punishable by disqualification.

Saruwatari is glad to have finally found Mokuba after being sent on a wild goose chase. He grabs Mokuba by the arm and confiscates his Star Chips. Jonouchi tells him to hold on; two of the Star Chips belong to Dark Yugi. However Saruwatari repeats that the only way to get Star Chips is by Dueling. In that case, Dark Yugi challenges Saruwatari to a Duel. He replies that he does not play games, but if Dark Yugi insists, he will arrange an opponent for him. He points to the Battle Box Dark Yugi and Mokuba had Dueled in, which is now occupied by someone.

Kaiba appears to be in the Battle Box, but after looking closer, it becomes clear to them that it is just a puppet of Kaiba held by the Ventriloquist of the Dead. The ventriloquist tells Yugi that he will pay for what he did to him and begins repeating the word "revenge". Dark Yugi considers the ventriloquist to be scum for making fun of Kaiba, one of the greatest gamers he's ever met and says that he will not forgive him. Mokuba protests that the puppet is not really Kaiba; Kaiba is still in a coma, and tells Dark Yugi to beat the faker. Dark Yugi sits down and the puppet says "Today is the day... I k-k-kill you!". Dark Yugi's friends all urge him to beat the ventriloquist. Saruwatari thinks to himself that the ventriloquist is no ordinary Duelist invited to the island; he is the first of a group of assassins brought to the island by Industrial Illusions to kill Yugi. He thinks that the puppet will disturb and enrage Dark Yugi putting him off guard, leading to his defeat and when that happens KaibaCorp will belong to Pegasus.

Saruwatari looks at Mokuba and asks if he recognizes him. Mokuba then recognizes that he is Saruwatari, his bodyguard from KaibaCorp. A flashback shows him and another guard standing over Mokuba during Death-T. Saruwatari laughs that he is honored Mokuba remembers him and explains that back then he was a spy and had been reporting KaibaCorp's personal information to Pegasus. He says that that is not all he stole and tells Mokuba to just watch.

The ventriloquist gets the puppet to play his cards.

Dark Yugi and the ventriloquist begin the Duel, each betting three Star Chips. The ventriloquist holds his hand of cards in his left hand and uses the puppet to draw and play his cards. He begins by Summoning "Battle Ox", which Dark Yugi recognizes as a card also used by the real Kaiba. Dark Yugi Summons the "Dark Magician" and gets it to attack and destroy "Battle Ox" with its "Black Magic" attack. The ventriloquist has the puppet wail that Dark Yugi got him as his Life Points drop to 1200. Dark Yugi is disturbed by the puppet and wonders how far the ventriloquist is going to go. Jonouchi notices that Dark Yugi looks stressed out despite winning. Anzu says it is because of the puppet.

The ventriloquist has the puppet draw his next card and comment "The d-d-dragon of r-r-revenge has risen from Hell!!" and ask if Dark Yugi is ready. Much to Dark Yugi and Mokuba's surprise he Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Saruwatari grins and says that he also stole Kaiba's Deck.

Featured Duels[edit]

Dark Yugi VS the Ventriloquist of the Dead[edit]

Ventriloquist of the Dead's turn
The Ventriloquist of the Dead Summons "Battle Ox" (ATK: 1700).
Dark Yugi's turn
Dark Yugi Summons "Dark Magician" (ATK: 2500). "Dark Magician" attacks and destroys "Battle Ox" (Ventriloquist: 2000 → 1200 Life Points).
Ventriloquist of the Dead's turn
The ventriloquist Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" (ATK: 3000).

Continued in the next chapter...

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this chapter.

Ventriloquist of the Dead


The following appear in this chapter. Items in bold debuted here.


Anime adaption[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, the end of the eighth episode, "Everything's Relative" and beginning of the ninth episode "Duel With a Ghoul" are based on this chapter. There are a number of differences including:

  • Bakura was not present with Yami Yugi (Dark Yugi), Joey (Jonouchi), Téa (Anzu) and Tristan (Honda).
  • Mokuba did not attempt to steal Yami's Star Chips until after he had begun explaining how KaibaCorp had lost reputation.
  • Kaiba was not left in a coma after his Duel with Yami.
  • A scene is added where Pegasus' goons tried to take Kaiba captive or kill him if he refused, but Kaiba escaped faking his death in the process.
  • Mokuba hid the key, rather than swallow it. Pegasus planned on reading his mind to find its location. (In the English version, there was no mention of a key. Pegasus instead had Mokuba kidnapped to use as a figurehead because KaibaCorp law stated that only a Kaiba family member could control the business.)
  • Mokuba attempted to steal the Star Chips after he began explaining himself and did so by sneaking up behind Yami and grabbing two of them.
  • After Mokuba agreed to return the Star Chips, the group then ran to the port as they had been given a time limit to return the Star Chips to the boy Mokuba had first stolen from before he was forced off the island. However Kemo (Saruwatari) had the boat leave regardless of the time limit. When Mokuba showed Kemo the Star Chips, Kemo slapped them into the water, including two of Yugi's.
  • Yami challenged Kemo to a Duel for Mokuba's freedom, rather than for Star Chips.
  • Yami's opponent was the Impersonator of Death, who pretended to be Kaiba, instead of the Ventriloquist of the Dead, who used a puppet of Kaiba.
  • Pegasus and Croquet were shown to be watching the Duel on a screen in the castle.
  • Ghost Kaiba Summoned "Hitotsu-Me Giant" instead of "Battle Ox".


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  2. "Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist, Vol. 2". Viz Media. (release date for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 2)