(This is the first part in a multi-post series looking at Mai Valentine (Kujaku Mai)’s characterization, the implications of the narrative’s treatment of her identity as a woman and as a duelist, and how she adds to the overall Yu-Gi-Oh! canon as a main female character. This series is part of a larger series called “Girls Can Play Card Games Too!”, which analyzes the dueling prowess (and fails) and offering commentary on feminist and anti-feminist characterizations of select Yu-Gi-Oh! girls).
Let it be known that if you’re a girl in any Yu-Gi-Oh! verse, chances are you are not going to have a victory streak. In fact, in most cases than not, you will lose. A lot. And when you do win, it’ll most likely be against an inconsequential minor character who only sticks around for the duel’s duration and whose name is almost instantly forgotten an episode later.
Or God help you, all of your victories and tournament wins are off-screen.
This is the reality of the YGO-verse. If you’re a girl, your dueling is going to be Continue reading “Be Mai Valentine? Sight, Blindness and Beauty in Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 6: The Beautiful Harpie Lady”