VI. “There are no women in Yu-Gi-Oh! Only extremely girly men!”:
Textual Sex in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Community
***for the unfamiliar, please refer to the character sheet, or even better, the alter ego sheet, if you get lost with names. In fan-speech, evil Yami Bakura is often just called "Bakura", while the normal, unpossessed guy is just called "Ryou." Normal, as not-so-evil Marik might sometimes be called "Malik." Yuugi might be spelled as Yugi... Yeah. It's confusing.
The mature character designs also gratify the viewers. Females especially. Fangirls respond to the league of sexy anime boys with !!!!1! and flushing hormones. In a forum post entitled “YUGIOH! ROCKS!”, one young fangirl gushes:
I am 11 and i love Yugioh but there is some blood in the the 10th season and Mokuba gets kidnapped a lot i love him and Yugi is so hot! soul are taken and its awesome!!!!!!!!!!! people this is for kids that act over their age like me... i love yugioh! plus i am Rebbecca i am smart i love yugi and i am a fan girl. kids 9-10-11-12. Highlights: hot guys, great fun, and funny characters.