Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 081

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"Let the Finals Begin!"
EnglishLet the Finals Begin!
Japanese name
RōmajiBatoru Shippu Hasshin!
TranslatedBattle Ship Takes Off!
Japanese ED"Paradise"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2 Theme"
Air dates
JapaneseNovember 13, 2001
EnglishAugust 30, 2003
Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes (season 2)
Previous"Lights, Camera, Duel"
Next"The Dark Spirit Revealed, Part 1"

"Let the Finals Begin!", known as "Battle Ship Takes Off!" in the Japanese version, is the eighty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on November 13, 2001, and in the United States on August 30, 2003.

After obtaining 6 Locator Cards, the semi-finalists arrive at the Battle City finals secret location.


Seto Kaiba is waiting with his brother Mokuba for the Battle City finalists to arrive. The first three finalists, Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler and Mai Valentine arrive with their friends, Tristan Taylor, Serenity Wheeler, Téa Gardner and Duke Devlin. Marik Ishtar, the next finalist, arrives but is still using his disguise of Namu. Joey is suspicious about his true motives, but eventually dismisses it. Bakura arrives even though he is still injured and announces he is also a finalist, baffling everyone. Odion comes in at this point, creating a commotion as Yugi, Kaiba and Joey recognize him as Marik, and Odion continues to identify himself as Marik, another finalist.

Bakura reveals his 6 Locator Cards.

Mokuba introduces Kaiba Craft 3, a huge airship where the finals will take place. The airship lands and all the contestants enter, although Yugi's friends are initially not allowed as they are not finalists but Mokuba persuades Kaiba to let them on. Kaiba orders the airship to leave, even though the remaining finalist has not arrived, but at the last minute Ishizu Ishtar enters with a mask over her face to conceal her identity.

The finalists spend time alone in their designated rooms, except for Joey who is with Serenity and later Tristan, Téa and Duke, who do not have their own rooms. Yugi plans his deck while talking to Yami Yugi and they agree that Bakura is once again under the influence of the Millennium Ring. The finalists are called to the main hall to decide who will duel first.

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this episode.


Japanese character name Japanese voice actor
Yugi Mutou Shunsuke Kazama
Anzu Mazaki Maki Saito
Katsuya Jonouchi Hiroki Takahashi
Hiroto Honda Hidehiro Kikuchi
Seto Kaiba Kenjiro Tsuda
Mokuba Kaiba Junko Takeuchi
Ryo Bakura Rica Matsumoto
Mai Kujaku Haruhi Terada
Ryuji Otogi Ryo Naito
Marik Tetsuya Iwanaga
Rishid KONTA
Shizuka Mika Sakenobe
Isono Masami Iwasaki
Fuguta Eiji Takemoto

Differences in adaptations[edit]

A scene of Yami Bakura aggressively eating steak and saying "Not enough blood" is removed from the dub.


  • When Yugi, Joey, and Mai are asked to show their six locator cards, all three show seven cards instead of six.
  • After Bakura reveals he is a finalist, the scene of Marik (still in the guise of Namu) shows him without a Duel Disk.
  • When Roland and Fuguta announce that the actual location is on a blimp, Marik is still seen without a Duel Disk, and Kaiba mistakenly has his on his right arm, but then it switches back to his left arm, like everyone else's shown.
  • Mokuba calls Fuguta "Roland".