Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 061

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"The Master of Magicians, Part 2"
EnglishThe Master of Magicians, Part 2
Japanese name
RōmajiTamashī no Burakku Majikku
TranslatedBlack Magic of the Soul
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
JapaneseJune 26, 2001
EnglishFebruary 8, 2003
Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes (season 2)
Previous"The Master of Magicians, Part 1"
Next"The Master of Magicians, Part 3"

"The Master of Magicians, Part 2", known as "Black Magic of the Soul" in the Japanese version, is the sixty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on June 26, 2001, and in the United States on February 8, 2003.


  • Arkana and Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" go against each other.
  • Arkana tells Yugi about how he used to be world-famous stage magician with his fiancée, Catherine. His face was scarred in a botched trick and in his despair, he made Catherine leave him.
  • Kaiba eventually tracks Yugi on his computer. Téa, Solomon Muto, and Mokuba attempt to find him.

Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Arkana, Part 2[edit]

Duel continued from previous episode.

Yami Yugi has 4000 LP remaining and controls "Dark Magician" (2500/2100) in Attack Position.

Arkana has 1500 LP remaining and controls no cards.

Turn 4: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Normal Summons "Mystic Tomato" (1400/1100) in Defense Position and Sets a card.

Turn 5: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Normal Summons "Beta The Magnet Warrior" (1700/1600) in Attack Position. Since Yami Yugi summoned a monster, Arkana activates his face-down "Dark Renewal" to Tribute both "Beta The Magnet Warrior" and "Mystic Tomato" and revive "Dark Magician" (2500/2100) from his Graveyard in Attack Position. Yami Yugi Sets two cards.

Turn 6: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Sets two cards.

Turn 7: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Sets one card.

Turn 8: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Sets one card.

Turn 9: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Sets one card.

Turn 10: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Sets one card. Arkana then activates his face-down "The Mystical Guillotine" to destroy Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician", but Yami Yugi activates his face-down "Magical Hats" to create four Hats, hide his "Dark Magician in one of them, and shuffle the hats up. "The Mystical Guillotine" destroys a "Hat", but it turns out to be empty.

Arkana activates his face-down "Thousand Knives" to automatically destroy the hat that contains Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician", but Yami Yugi activates his face-down "Cursebreaker" to negate "Thousand Knives". As the location of the Hat with "Dark Magician" was revealed, the remaining Hats disappear.

Arkana's "Dark Magician" attacks Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician". Both monsters are then destroyed in a Double KO. Both Arkana and Yami Yugi then activate their face-down "Monster Reborn" to revive their "Dark Magicians" (2500/2100 for both) in Attack Position.

Turn 11: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then passes his turn.

Turn 12: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Sets one card.

Turn 13: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Sets two cards.

Turn 14: Arkana
Arkana activates his face-down "Beckon to the Dark" to send Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" into the darkness, but Yami Yugi activates his face-down "Mystical Refpanel" to switch the effect of "Beckon to the Dark" onto Arkana's "Dark Magician" instead.

Arkana then activates his face-down "Nightmare's Chains" to negate the effect of "Mystical Refpanel". The secondary effect of "Nightmare's Chains" also forbids Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" from attacking or changing its battle position. Since Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" is the only monster he controls but is unable to battle due to Nightmare's Chains, this allows Arkana's monsters to attack directly. Arkana's "Dark Magician" attacks directly (Yami Yugi 4000 → 1500).

Turn 15: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Normal Summons "Big Shield Gardna" (100/2600) in Defense Position.

Turn 16: Arkana
Arkana draws. He then Normal Summons "Doll of Demise" (1600/1700) in Attack Position. He then activates "Ectoplasmer", which lets the turn player choose two types of monsters and give them the ability to transform into ectoplasm this turn, with half of those monsters' ATK inflicted as damage to the opponent. Arkana activates the effect of "Ectoplasmer" and selects "Doll of Demise" and "Dark Magician" as those two types.

He converts "Doll of Demise" into ectoplasm and inflicts damage to Yami Yugi (Yami Yugi 1500 → 700). Arkana then also converts his "Dark Magician" into ectoplasm in an attempt to inflict damage. However, since "Dark Magician" was one of the designated types of monsters this turn, this also allows Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" to convert itself to ectoplasm and nullify the damage from Arkana's "Dark Magician".

Duel continues next episode.

Featured cards[edit]

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


Japanese character name Japanese voice actor
Yugi Mutou Shunsuke Kazama
Anzu Mazaki Maki Saito
Seto Kaiba Kenjiro Tsuda
Mokuba Kaiba Junko Takeuchi
Sugoroku Mutou Tadashi Miyazawa
Pandora Takehito Koyasu
Operator Mika Ishibashi
Other Eiji Takemoto

Changes to the dub[edit]

  • The star of "Dark Renewal" is given five more points in the dub.
  • The blade of "The Mystical Guillotine" has a glow added to it in the dub.
  • A bit showing Pandora/Arkana running from the flames was cut from the dub.
  • In the original, "Nightmare's Chains" chained "Dark Magician" to a cross. In the dub, this cross was changed to a slab.
  • The axe and knives of "Doll of Demise" are obscured in the dub to make it look like its weapons are part of its arms.
  • Although both versions eventually state that both of the Dark Magicians were affected by "Ectoplasmer" because each player controlled one when the magic card was activated, the Japanese version also makes Yami Yugi's card choose to sacrifice itself for him instead of just the Magic Card affecting both.