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17 April 2008 @ 01:26 pm
"The Super Long Interview with Kazuki Takahashi-sensei" Translation  
First in a long series of translations I'm doing (or, to be specific, "have done,") from the Gospel of Truth character guide. This part covers some of the finer and more obscure details of the Kaiba Corporation and its history.

Chapter 7 - The Super Long Interview with Kazuki Takahashi-sensei

An interview with the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, Kazuki Takahashi-sensei. Setups and stories behind things during the series and a fervent message from the Sensei himself make them a must read!

Yu-Gi-Oh, currently a big hit in places like America, has concluded its Battle City Arc in Weekly Jump and his much anticipated new chapter is finally making its start! We had a hard-hitting interview with Takahashi-sensei, who is entering his seventh year in serialization and surfing right along, about the secrets of Yu-Gi-Oh and its future developments!

The Greatest Kaiba Corporation in Yu-Gi-Oh!?
--Please tell us some secrets behind the exceedingly mysterious Kaiba Corporation.

Kaiba Corporation was established by the father of Gozaburo, Seto's adoptive father, and was originally known as "Kaiba Heavy-Machinery Industry." It was a so-called "war profiteer." Then, after Gozaburo inherited the company, he patented components like IC-chips and shifted its focus over to a high-tech industry, but once he adopted Seto, little by little, the wheels started to fall off.
After Gozaburo's death, Seto utilized the high-tech industry and started to put the technology he had been fostering all towards gaming. Seto had the idea that war and games were one in the same. However, he placed a lot of emphasis on "fighting on one's very own to win," so he didn't hold any interest in corporate wars.

In the past, even though Gozaburo would hold chess tournaments, with him being the sponsor, he would have a trophy ready for himself when he won. Seto paid attention to that in detail...He seemed to think that no matter how high you stood on or how much you controlled of the corporate ladder, it just wouldn't be done on your own. In time, Seto searched for the meaning in fighting said to take down your opponent down in a game on your own. Fighting, and, for example, what's known as war, is a battle between two nations, while Seto considers fighting a personal war to the bitter end. That's why I think Yugi's character is so significant. Seto, without Yugi as his rival and without an enemy that he must topple, would not be able to exist.

[Panel Text] Kaiba Corporation
Send requests from cradles to missles to Kaiba Corporation!

Incidentally, Kaiba Corporation has a workforce of 2,000 and makes and makes 150,000,000,000 yen (around $1,400,000,000) a year. However, when Seto lost in his duel with Yugi, the price of Kaiba Corporation's stock took a noticeable plunge, and they even started some corporate downsizing, at a time. Seto always shows his stockholders him dueling on his own. Even in that matter of speaking, Seto has to keep winning in games, it seems.

It wasn't a matter of the past, but rather, of six months ago...

[Panel Text]
Kaiba: As of today, Kaiba Corporation belongs to me! This is the methodology I learned from you, though.

Gozaburo VS Kaiba: A Family Feud
--Would you have referred to Gozuboro and Seto Kaiba's relationship as one between father and son?

To Kaiba, he was a father, but he just wasn't a "typical" father. When he carried out his administration shift, Seto didn't think that Gozaburo would die. Now without a foe due to Gozaburo taking his own life, he slowly started to lose his sanity. He himself felt guilty of committing "patricide." Being an important keyword in this series, the word "patricide" always haunts him. You could say Gozaburo implanted the design that "games equal death" into Seto.

In the beginning, it was simply chess. That was when he won against Gozaburo and became his adopted son. However, Seto's game of chess had extended far beyond just that. The strife within the company had also created a schematic which pitted Seto against Gozaburo as an extension of chess, in the end. Gozuburo then lost and chose death. This would tie in with Kaiba's idea that "games equal death." He even ended up receiving the Penalty Game, Experience of Death, from Yugi, I believe. By doing that, the loser of the game believed that they had to experience certain death. That is what started Seto's manic obsession toward "games" and "death," no doubt. Seto normally battles his father complex. With him just going ahead and dying, he wasn't able to score a complete and utter defeat against his father. However, maybe meeting Yugi shifted his objective. After all, he's the type who couldn't live without a foe he must defeat around for him.

Yugi and Kaiba Shake Hands!?
--Are Yugi and Seto bound by ties of friendship?

Hmmm, that's a tough one. You could say they're rivals and close friends, I guess...Seeing how it's connected to them both gaining something through fighting, and all. The one scene where he passes his card (Devil's Sanctuary) over to Yugi before fighting Malik was pretty difficult. They have a touchy relationship where they redeem and repel what the other one lacks. Even when Yugi initially dueled against God (Osiris) and got himself into a fix, it was Seto Kaiba who offered him a helping hand. Neither of them probably want their self-proven rivalc to lose to anybody else, in the end, though.

[Panel Text]
Kaiba: This is what we'll use to win...the power of unity...

[Panel Text]
Sugoroku: !!  No other choice but to go!!
He's like In**ana Jo**es

Foxy Uncle Sugoroku!
--How did Sugoroku get the Millennium Puzzle and the Blue-Eyes White Dragon?

Sugoroku was once a gaming master who tried all sorts of games all over the world and won every single one of them. When he was forty, he faced a legend talked about amongst his companions, which was the Shrine of the Game of Darkness said to be in Egypt.

The back of the shrine held the space for the game, and though many people had tried in the past, with neither curse lifted or game solved, they all failed and suffered death. All the traps that had been laid were part of the Game of Darkness. Sugoroku attempted and almost lost his life, but, as if being guided, he got the Millennium Puzzle. So, he entrusted it to his grandson, Yugi. Sugoroku got his Blue-Eyes White Dragon from a friend. That friend might have been acquainted with Pegasus. He probably recieved from him saying that it was a special card.

[Panel Text]
Sugoroku: The Millennium Puzzle transcends human comprehension! I doubt you can do it.
kangofukangofu on April 17th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Reposted, because I fail HTML.

Seto had the idea that war and games were one in the same.

Interesting, but not really suprising when you think about it.

I was actually just enjoying re-reading Death-T the other day. It's interesting to see Kaiba, like the president of a nation, but in this case, the president of a company, "declaring war" on Yuugi and sending out his "army" to fight. But in the Kaiba's case, he knows that Yuugi is going to pass all his challenges and ultimately face him, and Kaiba wants to be the one to do the "defeating," rather than just let his "army" do it. I still think that Kaiba Seto is the best developed character in the series.

Damn, KC! Lend me some of that moolah!

Thanks again, Horoko!
cassius335cassius335 on April 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Nice and pretty much what one would expect of Kaiba.
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, the interview gives more insight into Kaiba than what was shown in the anime. And thanks to it, it's more apparent why it is that Kaiba feels he has to crush Yugi, and how Gozaburo influenced him. Thanks for the translation, as always, Horoko. :D

(Anonymous) on May 20th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the translation. It was very interesting to read, even though some of it wasn't all that surprising anymore now that the series is over.
Do you mind if I post your translation or the link to your livejournal on another YGO forum? I'd give you credit, of course.

shinhoroko on May 22nd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Well, it's still not complete, as you can probably tell. I don't mind you linking to it at all with the proper credit. (Where is it exactly, so I can keep tabs on it?)
(Anonymous) on May 22nd, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
It's a msn group (Pharaoh's Palace). I can give you the link, but the group is only for registered members. It's a prideshipping group (that's why I'm interested in everything Kaiba and/or Yami Yuugi related. Besides, there's also a general discussion forum), so it's surely not your cup of tea, though.

shinhoroko on May 25th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Ah, sure, then. That's no problem. Use away.
nenya85nenya85 on July 14th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Hi! I hope you don't mind my commenting on your LJ. I read the translation on the Pharaoh's Palace. Thank you so much for posting this. It was really fascinating – especially seeing how the things in the interview were carried through in the manga itself.

One of the things I’ve always found striking about Kaiba is how deeply he believes that losing is death, and how he struggles with this belief – Mr. Takahashi captured that so well in the manga in very sparse references. Kaiba says that he will always remember Gozaburo’s lesson, it shows up in his deck and in his duels where he talks about how his life points only exist to further his aims. You can see him struggle with this however. For example at the duel between Jounouchi and Yugi at the pier, when he realizes that Malik has set this up so that either Yugi or Jounouchi will die he says something like, can death be the answer? I will not accept this answer, and even risks Mokuba to see that another answer is possible. Yet at Battle City he comes back to it again and again, as when he tells Yami that Jounouchi is lucky, that if he loses he would like to die in a duel (something he also says at Duelist’s Kingdom.)

I think one of the most hopeful things about Kaiba is that at the end of Alcatraz, even though he’s unsure if he can let his demons of anger, hatred and bitterness sink into the ocean, and in spite of the fact he’s just lost a duel that he gave such emotional consequences to, he does decide to go on and find a new dream. At the end of Alcatraz, he really takes the first step towards walking away from the idea that losing means death.

Interestingly, I think there’s a real change in the way Seto’s past history and feelings about KC’s weapons history is shown in the manga. When they first meet at Duelist’s Kingdom, Kaiba expresses the philosophy that war and games are the same, and you could see him switching simply because games allowed him the personal battles he craved. But when he arrives on Alcatraz, he shows another side. He talks about how Gozaburo sold the VR system he designed for military purposes, and yells that his adoptive father sold his soul to the military industrial complex, and how he swore to destroy KC’s weapons capabilities. I think this shows a real hatred for how his talents were used. While he clearly looks on personal battles as a way of testing philosophies (one of my favorite things about Yugioh is how the duels are about each characters goals, values and philosophies) he equally clearly hates the idea of his designs being sold to the highest bidder to cause death for profit.

The interview was fascinating to read. I hope you don’t mind my rambling on your LJ like this.
obsessivefaerie: Smug Kaibaobsessivefaerie on February 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
That was so interesting to read. I've always thought all those things about Kaiba, and to have it come from the horse's mouth, sort of speak, and in SO much complexity, it just excited my mind. I always thought if he lost, he might as well be dead from Gozaburo, and that's why he can't lose. And he's devastated when he loses. I'm very happy to read that he actually wants to lose all of the demons from his past, that is a step in the right direction.
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