Yu-Gi-Oh! - Duel 197

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"One Card of Life and Death!"
Title page
EnglishOne Card of Life and Death!
Japanese name
RōmajiSeishi no Ichimai!
TranslatedOne Card of Life or Death!
SubseriesYu-Gi-Oh! Duelist
Subseries number138
Japanese magazineWeekly Shōnen Jump 2000 #50
Tankōbon volume23: "The Battle City Finals"
Bunkoban volumeVolume 13
Release dates
JapaneseNovember 13, 2000[1]
Yu-Gi-Oh! chapters
Previous"The Last Piece of the Puzzle"
Next"Friends till the End"

"One Card of Life and Death!", titled "One Card of Life or Death!" (生死の一枚! Seishi no Ichimai!) in the Japanese version, is the 197th chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. In its first English printing, it was numbered as the 138th chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. In the 3-in-1 edition, its number was changed to match the original Japanese printing.


Archfiend of Gilfer” attacks and destroys “Rocket Warrior”, dropping Jonouchi’s Life Points to 2400. Yugi becomes anxious as the attack was not enough to shake him out of Marik’s control. He looks down at the weakened “Red-Eyes Black Dragon”, thinking it may be the only monster capable of snapping Jonouchi out of it. But with Red-Eyes too weak to even stand up, Yugi begins to sweat, wondering what is he supposed to do now.

Kaiba watches insecurely. With less than ten minutes left, Yugi must do something or both players will end up drowning. One of the Ghouls seizes Mokuba. With that Kaiba can no longer tolerate having himself stand helplessly on the sideline.

Jonouchi begins his turn, drawing “Skull Dice”. Marik laughs to himself as considers seeing both players drown. He tells Jonouchi to take a break; he no longer needs to fight his friend; he just needs to wait for the end to come. Yugi calls across the field to Jonouchi, reminding him of the promise they made in Duelist Kingdom. Jonouchi had fought hard to save Shizuka and won the prize, but after Yugi gave him the prize money, he promised Yugi that he would owe him one until the day he beats Yugi.

Yugi’s words begin to slowly shift Jonouchi back to his normal self. Jonouchi continues his turn and switches “Panther Warrior” to Attack Position and Sets two cards in the Spell & Trap Card Zone. Marik is shocked to see Jonouchi continue after he told him not to. There is no way his brainwashing could have worn off, he thinks, could Jonouchi be fighting purely by instinct.

Certain he can get Jonouchi’s heart back by fighting, Yugi begins his turn. He draws “Mystical Rift Panel” and Sets it. Yugi attacks “Panther Warrior” with “Archfiend of Gilfer”. Jonouchi laughs, saying he had put “Panther Warrior” in Attack Position, to lure Yugi into attacking. Yugi says to himself that he knew Jonouchi did. Jonouchi flips his two face-down cards, “Skull Dice” and “Graceful Dice” to strengthen his monster and weaken Yugi’s, but Yugi plays “De-Spell” destroying “Graceful Dice”. “Skull Dice” rolls a 1, which has no affect on the ATK of “Panther Warrior”. "Archfiend of Gilfer" destroys “Panther Warrior”.

Jonouchi and Yugi’s Life Points are now both at 700. Yugi wonders if he managed to get both players to go to 0 at the same time if would that let them both escape.

With less than four minutes left on the timer, Kaiba sees that he must do something. He reaches to is Deck, hoping to draw a common card, instead he draws, “Blue-Eyes White Dragon”. Regardless he throws it at the Ghoul who is holding Mokuba captive. The card impales into his hand, causing his to drop his knife and release Mokuba. Kaiba dashes over and punches him and another Ghoul.

Jonouchi begins his turn, drawing “Meteor of Destruction”. Marik smiles and tells him to play it if he wants to beat Yugi that badly. If he does so, he will kill Yugi and save his own life. If not both players will die.

Featured Duels[edit]

Yugi Mutou vs Katsuya Jonouchi
... Continued from last chapter.

Yugi attacks and destroys "Rocket Warrior" with "Archfiend of Gilfer". (Jonouchi: 2400 Life Points)

Jonouchi draws "Skull Dice". His hand contains: "Graceful Dice", "Skull Dice", "Card Destruction" and "Time Wizard". Jonouchi switches "Panther Warrior" to Attack Position (ATK 500) and Sets the 2 "Dice" cards.

Yugi draws "Mystical Rift Panel" and Sets it. Yugi attacks "Panther Warrior" with "Archfiend of Gilfer". Jonouchi activates his two face-down cards, "Skull Dice" targeting "Archfiend of Gilfer" and "Graceful Dice" targeting "Panther Warrior". Yugi plays "De-Spell", destroying "Graceful Dice". "Skull Dice" lands on a 1, having no effect on the ATK of "Panther Warrior" ATK. "Archfiend of Gilfer" destroys "Panther Warrior". (Jonouchi: 700 Life Points).

Jonouchi draws "Meteor of Destruction".

Continued next chapter...

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this chapter. Cards in italics debuted here.

Anime adaption[edit]

This chapter was redone in the end of episode 77 and start of episode 78 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.

Differences included:

  • Mokuba was not taken captive. Téa Gardner (Anzu Mazaki) was instead strapped to a chair under a large crate suspended by a crane, while under Marik's control. Instead of rescuing Mokuba, Kaiba threw his card at the Rare Hunter (Ghoul) operating the crane, impaling his hand and making him drop the controls. Kaiba then tackled him.
  • Joey (Jonouchi) rolled a 2 with "Skull Dice" rather than a 1. This halved the ATK of "Beast of Gilfer" (Archfiend of Gilfer).


  1. "Oda's Deep Thoughts". thegrandline.com. (release date for Weekly Shōnen Jump 2000 #50)