I don’t know why I decided to talk about this only now, but, anyway. At the kanji lesson during my Japanese class, I encountered this awfully familiar kanji. the teacher told us about it and showed us how to write it, despite not being for our current level. She must have…
A few months ago, I promised I’d go through the YGO manga and make a detailed timeline. Too often in fanfiction, people mention Yuugi and Atem spending “years” together, when that’s actually not the case at all. In fact, if you want to get right down to it, they spent less than three months in a state where they could speak freely to each other.
Anyway, the dates listed are the general timeframe during which certain chapters took place. For instance, Duelist Kingdom lasted three days, not an entire month. I was going to go through and list all the smaller details and timeframes, such as how the first chapter lasted three consecutive days, or how long Yuugi was in the hospital after that fire, but then I got lazy and realized how hard it would be to fit that kind of information into a small chart.
People also get Yuugi’s age and/or grade in high school wrong, so I included that information at my own discretion. People don’t realize that secondary education works differently in other parts of the world.
Anyway, if you see any errors or have other feedback, let me know. I encourage writers in this fandom to use this chart as a reference.
edit: tumblr resized the first upload, but it should be clear now
Some people seemed to question the legitimacy of the dates listed, so I’ve gone and gathered references for each timeframe.
Row 1: The Japanese school year generally starts in early April. Thus, the first six chapters would take place around that time. The end of this time period has to be within two weeks of the school year’s start, due to Yuugi’s internal monologue at the beginning of chapter 6:
(Even though the image is taken from a scanlation, his speech checks out in the original version.) This means the chapter takes place during the second week of school. Even with all the days that pass before this chapter, it checks out just fine - eleven days are accounted for in the narrative, with a 3-day lapse in Chapter Three (during which a Sunday could have passed). Due to the six-day school week in Japan, the number of school days in the manga up to this point work out just fine.
Row 2 + 3: A lot of stuff happens in the early manga. Yuugi and Jounouchi’s friendship grows at a rapid rate as they attend school together and spend a lot of their free time hanging out. Death-T happens. This all occurs before June, because a very important thing happens then. That’s right, the annual switch to the summer school uniforms.
This is an important date marker because it helps us see the passage of time. Up until this point in Chapter 41, Yuugi has pretty much lived in his gakuran. And, while the actual date of the uniform change varies depending on what part of Japan a student lives in, since we never really find out where Domino City is supposed to be located, I went with the standard June-through-September timeframe.
Also, Yuugi’s birthday is listed as June 4 in the YGO character guide. Most Japanese students begin school at age 6 if their birthday falls on or before April 1 of that year. Therefore, up until this point, Yuugi has been 16, but we can infer that in all chapters from this point onward, he is 17.
Row 4 + 5: Everyone returns to their winter uniforms, marking the end of summer. The (standard) second annual school uniform change takes place at the start of October. Therefore, any chapters after 47 would take place after October 1.
While the Monster World battle lasted only a day, it could have taken place any time from October to February. Pinpointing a date would be hard, considering how there are several months of Yuugi’s normal, everyday school life we don’t see. It’s hard to tell.
That brings us to Duelist Kingdom. It’s a tremendously long arc in the manga, but the tournament lasted only two days, plus travel etc. It would be hard to tell when it took place, if it weren’t for Seto Kaiba’s convenient awakening. As he rushes to save Mokuba, we learn something important about the amount of time that has passed:
Death-T had to take place during May, as it happened before the uniform switch in June. But, Duelist Kingdom can’t have taken place before April, because Yuugi and his friends hadn’t yet moved up to the 11th grade. My best guess is that Duelist Kingdom takes place during the week-long break in classes at the end of March, which can sometimes extend into the first week of April depending on the school.
Row 6 + 7: When Yuugi and his friends next appear after the end of the tournament, they’re just getting back to school, and have moved on to the 11th grade.
Thanks for the clarification, Honda. (Is this why we never see Hanasaki again?)
So, with this being the beginning of the new school year, it’s April again. After the first week of school wraps up, everyone meets at the new Black Crown Game Shop on Sunday, which leads to Yuugi nearly getting burned alive. He stays in the hospital for three and a half days afterward before returning to school (he mentions being in there for three days, and is released the next morning).
However, the peace doesn’t last long at all, because Kaiba organizes Battle City right away. There is no listed time frame, but if invitations were sent out with a week’s notice, that would put Battle City at the end of April, two weeks after the fire. Which means that Bakura plays his final Shadow Game with Atem immediately afterward. Despite the passage of time within the Millennium Puzzle and the Memory RPG, it seems that it, too, lasted only an afternoon.
And, of course, after Atem regains his memories, one month passes before Yuugi and his friends travel to Egypt, which puts the final chapters at the end of May, maybe the very beginning of June. Which would be heartbreaking. I mean, the Ceremonial Duel on Yuugi’s 18th birthday? It’s possible.
yuya is adorable
who wants to speculate on what horrible things are going to happen to him and everyone he loves
i love how gx, 5ds, and zexal have conditioned us to expect that these things are going to happen
What if all three bakurae combined into one mega bakura
Sounds like it would be some weird-ass mega evolution
Zorcs Bakuranite is reacting to trainers Mega Ring!
Zorc has Mega Evolved into Mega Zorc!
ygo break dancing au and the blue eyes white dragon is one fo the sickest moves and yuugi’s grandpa is capable of doing it and Kaiba is mad bc he’s supposed to be the only one able to so he breaks yuugis grandpa’s legs