Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 053

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"Steppin' Out"
EnglishSteppin' Out
Japanese name
RōmajiHonō no Dansu Batoru
TranslatedFlaming Dance Battle
Japanese OP"S H U F F L E"
Japanese ED"The Afternoon of that Day"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2 Theme"
Air dates
JapaneseMay 1, 2001
EnglishNovember 23, 2002
Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes (season 2)
Previous"The Past is Present"
Next"Obelisk the Tormentor"

"Steppin' Out", known as "Flaming Dance Battle" in the Japanese version, is the fifty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on May 1, 2001, and in the United States on November 23, 2002.

Yami Yugi is disturbed by the fact that he has no memory of his identify or where he came from. Yugi Muto arranges for Téa Gardner to go out with him, hoping it will cheer him up. Yami begins to open up and the two are interrupted by the dancing Duelist Johnny Steps.


Téa battles Johnny Steps in a Dance Dance Revolution-like game and wins even though Johnny cheats. Johnny later challenges Téa to a Duel, but Yami Yugi accepts the Duel instead. (In the English dub, Johnny challenged Téa to a rematch in the dancing game, but Yami intervenes and says that he should faced him in Duel Monsters instead.) If Yami wins, Johnny must leave Téa alone. If Johnny wins, she has to go on a date with him.

Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Johnny Steps[edit]

Turn 1: Johnny
Johnny Steps draws. He then Normal Summons "Sonic Maid" (1200/900) in Attack Position.

Turn 2: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Celtic Guardian" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1400/1200) in Attack Position. "Celtic Guardian" attacks and destroys "Sonic Maid" (Johnny 2000 → 1800).

Turn 3: Johnny
Johnny Steps draws "Water Omotics" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1400/1200) in Attack Position.

Turn 4: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then passes his turn.

Turn 5: Johnny
Johnny draws "Spirit of the Harp" and subsequently Normal Summons it (800/2000) in Defense Position. He then activates "Chorus of Sanctuary" to increase the DEF of every Defense Position monster on his side of the field by 500 ("Spirit of the Harp": 800/2000 → 2500).

Turn 6: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Normal Summons "Curse of Dragon" (2000/1500) in Attack Position. "Curse of Dragon" attacks and destroys "Water Omotics" (Johnny 1800 → 1200).

Turn 7: Johnny
Johnny draws "Witch of the Black Forest" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1100/1200) in Defense Position. He then activates "Polymerization" to fuse "Witch of the Black Forest" with the "Lady of Faith" in his hand and Fusion Summon "Musician King" (1750/1500) in Attack Position. "Musician King" attacks and destroys "Celtic Guardian" (Yami Yugi 2000 → 1650). Johnny then Sets a card.

Turn 8: Yami Yugi
"Curse of Dragon" attacks "Musician King", but Johnny activates his face-down "Metalmorph" to transform "Musician King" into "Heavy Metal King" as well as increase his ATK and DEF by 300 ("Heavy Metal King": 1750 → 2050/1500 → 1800). "Heavy Metal King" destroys "Curse of Dragon" (Yami Yugi 1650 → 1600). Yami Yugi Normal Summons "Giant Soldier of Stone" (1300/2000) in Defense Position.

Turn 9: Johnny
"Heavy Metal King" attacks "Giant Soldier of Stone". The effect of "Metalmorph" activates, increasing its ATK by half the ATK of "Giant Soldier of Stone" during damage calculation ("Heavy Metal King": 2050 → 2700/1800) only. "Heavy Metal King" destroys "Giant Soldier of Stone". After damage calculation, the effect of "Metalmorph" expires ("Heavy Metal King": 2700 → 2050/1800).

Turn 10: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi Normal Summons "Dark Magician" in Attack Position. "Dark Magician" attacks and destroys "Heavy Metal King" (Johnny 1200 → 750). Johnny thinks there must be a mistake because as the effect of "Metalmorph" should have raised the ATK of "Metalmorph" to 3300; making him stronger than "Dark Magician". Yami Yugi explains that the effect of "Metalmorph" on increasing the equipped monster's ATK only activates when "Heavy Metal King" attacks, not when it's attacked by another monster.

Johnny, at this point, asks Yami Yugi for his name. When he finds out that his opponent is the duelist who defeated Maximillion Pegasus at Duelist Kingdom, Johnny quits.

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted in this episode.


This is the first episode to feature Hidehiro Kikuchi as Hiroto Honda. Takayuki Kondo had been his previous voice actor, voicing him in fifty of the previous episodes.

Japanese character name Japanese voice actor
Yugi Mutou Shunsuke Kazama
Anzu Mazaki Maki Saito
Katsuya Jonouchi Hiroki Takahashi
Hiroto Honda Hidehiro Kikuchi
Step Johnny Hideki Konda
Salesperson Eiji Takemoto
Customer Yuki Nakao
Customer Mika Ishibashi
Customer Masaru Hotta
Customer Makoto Tomita

Changes to the English dub[edit]

  • The text "2-B" is erased from the bucket in the dub.
  • The words "Domino Coffee" are erased from the coffeehouse in the dub.
  • The Japanese text on the menu is blurred out in the dub.
  • The Starbucks logo is erased from the cups in the dub.
  • The words "SPACE LEGEND" and "WCC" Picture (in small text) are erased on the poster in the English dub.
  • The Japanese text and little cards are erased from the poster in the dub.
  • A close-up of Yami picking a pack of cards is cut out from the dub because of the text in Japanese on them.
  • The words "BIG WED" and "GAME" are erased from the arcade shop in the dub.
  • The text "KAIBA LAND" is erased from the building in the dub version.
  • In the Japanese version, "Water Omotics" is naked. In the dub, she has a blue dress.
  • When "Musician King" is first summoned in the Japanese version, it is shown to have 1700 attack points instead of the correct 1750, but the dub shows it to first have 1750.
  • Téa's tube top is lengthened to be less revealing, but the length keeps changing throughout the episode; sometimes it almost covers her stomach, but other times, it is barely close to it.
  • Johnny mentioning that he failed an audition once was removed from the dub.


  • Before Johnny and Yami Yugi say, "Let's Duel!", the scene backs out and shows Yami Yugi far away, without the blue band on his left arm.
  • In the dub, when Johnny Summons "Spirit of the Harp", the ATK and DEF displayed on the "Water Omotics" card are swapped. This error does not occur in the Japanese version.
  • In the Japanese version, when Johnny Summons "Musician King", it is shown to have 1700 ATK rather than 1750 (this error does not occur in the English dub). However, when it attacks "Celtic Guardian", it still causes Yami to lose 350 Life Points instead of 300.
  • In the dub, when Johnny activates "Metalmorph", the ATK displayed on the "Musician King" card is shown to be 1800 instead of the correct 1750.
  • When "Metalmorph" is played and Musician King becomes "Heavy Metal King", its defense points increase by the wrong amount of 200 instead of 300, causing it to have only 1700 defense points. However, the next time Heavy Metal King attacks, targeting "Giant Soldier of Stone", it is shown to have the correct amount of 1800.
  • Yami Yugi's Life Points aren't shown decreasing after "Heavy Metal King" destroys "Curse of Dragon".
  • In the dub, in the shot from behind Johnny after "Heavy Metal King" destroys "Giant Soldier of Stone", "Musician King" is displayed as a Normal Monster on Johnny's field. (In the Japanese version, the card visible on his field is "Spirit of the Harp".)
  • After Summoning the "Dark Magician" and talking to Johnny, Yami Yugi doesn't have the blue band on his left arm again, this time in a close-up scene when pointing to Johnny.


  1. a b c This card was obtained in a booster pack.