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Sunday, April 3, 2011
My Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Character.
Joey Wheeler, known as Katsuya Jonouchi in the manga and Japanese version, is a Yu-Gi-Oh! character, who is best friends with Yugi Muto. He is one of the best duelist in all of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
He is known as Joseph "Joey" Wheeler in the 4Kids English (why did they have to censor the Dark Magician Girl?!) anime and video games as well as the Brazilian and Portuguese version of the manga, and called Joseph "Joey" Katsuya in the Funimation Uncut English Anime. His name is sometimes spelled Katsuya Jyonouchi in the Japanese anime. His dub name could be based on the character of Wheeler, another character with a Brooklyn accent from Captain Planet. It may also be a homage to Joseph Wheeler, a commander during the American Civil War.
Joey started out as a bully, but becoming friends with Yugi Muto changes this (sentimental people go "awww!!!!"). Though occasionally portrayed as comic relief, he is essential to the plot and the series' overall theme (without him the show would have been really boring :) ). He is an enthusiastic duelist, who claims dueling is about fighting to help people you love (sentimental people go "awww!!!!" again) :P.
Kazuki Takahashi considers Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi weak in comparison to Joey (and damn! he is right!!! Joey Rules!!!).
The first syllables of Yugi and Jonouchi's names form Yūjō, which is Japanese for friendship, symbolizing the bond between the two characters. The card "Yu-Jo Friendship" is based on this connection (how convenient isn't it?).
Joey's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi (THANK YOU!!!! :D ).
In the first seven volumes of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Joey's hairstyle changes drastically. Originally featuring two large fringes in front of his ears, the hairstyle changes to a sporadically arranged taper-like and unrealistic hairstyle. Joey's first color appearance depicts him with medium brown hair and black eyes. Subsequent appearances lighten the hair color to dirty blond and blond (THAT DOESN'T MAKE HIM A METROSEXUAL!!!) . His eyes are portrayed as brown or hazel.In the first series anime, Joey's hairstyle does not change, and the sporadic hairstyle colored in a bright blond style is used. His eyes are brown.
In the second series anime he has dirty blond hair in the sporadic hairstyle and dark brown eyes. His usual outfit from the second series anime consists of a long green open jacket with a raised collar, a white T-shirt underneath and blue jeans (that is my favorite outfit from him). Later in the series, his green jacket is replaced with a blue denim one (its really awesome, but not like the green one :P ). He often carries a KaibaCorp Duel Disk on his left arm.
In the Japanese version, Joey does not use honorifics, which means he has a "rude" speech pattern. When talking to people he doesn't like, Joey uses the word "teme" (a rude form of "you" in Japanese, often translated as "you bastard") instead of his normal "omae" (a form of "you" that in context is used between friends, but can imply that the person being spoken to has a lower status than the speaker does if used incorrectly), especially to Seto Kaiba, who does not think highly of Joey, even though he is one of the best duelist in the whole world!!! >:( . The speech pattern translates into the American English anime, in which it is represented by Joey (voiced by Wayne Grayson) speaking with a Brooklyn accent. He refers to himself as "The Godfather of Games" in the movie. (Brooklyn = full of guidos (Italian Americans), Joey refering himself as "The Godfather of Games", really suspicious :P ) I just imagine him with his Brooklyn accent saying to "someone else" in a cruise ship: "You know, that is a really nice deck. It would really suck if something happened to it, like getting thrown overboard, especially your Exodia." :P
Joey and his sister, Serenity Wheeler, were separated when their parents divorced when he was 10. Serenity was brought up by her mother while Joey lived with his father.
Joey and Tristan Taylor (another cool character) used to bully Yugi Muto at school. At one point Joey took a piece of Yugi's Millennium Puzzle and threw it into a canal. However when Ushio started beating up Joey and Tristan (how does he dare to do that?!), Yugi stood up for them, saying they were his friends (again go "awww!!!!"). Joey was inspired by how Yugi had tried to help him and came to care for Yugi. He retrieved the piece of the puzzle in the canal and gave it to Yugi's grandfather, to give to Yugi (go "awww!!!! again :P ).
Joey became friends with Téa Gardner through Yugi.
His deck has changed numerous times throughout the series. His strategies often involve luck, which is sometimes criticized by other characters. It usually consists of Warrior-Type monsters and later support for "Red-Eyes Black Dragon".
Initially he tried filling his deck with just powerful Monster Cards (reminds me of myself :P ). His deck becomes more balanced as he learns more about the game.
During Duelist Kingdom
Since the rules at this stage of the series excluded Tribute Summons, many of his monsters are above Level 4 and could be Summoned without Tributes. During Duelist Kingdom Joey's Deck comprised mainly of Warriors, Beast-Warriors or other tough Anthropomorphic animals.In the anime on the boat trip to Duelist Kingdom, Joey acquired a few additions to his Deck. Yugi gave him the "Time Wizard" card and Joey traded with other people to get "Baby Dragon", "Salamandra", "Shield & Sword" and "Kunai with Chain". During the tournament, Tristan Taylor gave him the card "Lava Battleguard" in the anime. Joey won the card "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" off Rex Raptor by gambling the "Time Wizard" card.
During Battle City
With the rules changed to match the OCG and TCG, Joey's Deck includes much less high Level monsters as they must now be Tribute Summoned. Many changes are made to Joey's Deck during the Battle City tournament.
The number of tough Warriors and Beast-Warrior-Type monsters decreases and he includes a few cartoon-like warriors, while many more luck based cards are added.
Due to the Ante rule, Joey loses his "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" :( , but wins a few more rare cards. Although Yugi manages to win back Joey's "Red-Eyes", Joey refuses to take it back and says he'll earn it when he becomes a better duelist (in the English dub, he lends it to Yugi to help defeat Marik). Since he is shown to have it back in his deck in later arcs, it is implied he won his duel with Yugi after Battle City. However, Joey's last duel in the manga was his match with Marik, so that issue never came up.
During Virtual World
He used "Flame Swordsman" as his Deck Master, where it could distribute its ATK among Joey's other monsters. In Noah Kaiba's virtual world, Joey was made to construct a Deck to use in this world. He made one close to his Battle City Deck, but also included a number of "Harpie" cards as a homeage to Mai Valentine.
He teamed up with Yugi to face the Big Five. Here Joey was able to combine "Flame Swordsman" with Yugi's Deck Master, "Dark Magician" to form "Dark Flare Knight" and "Mirage Knight" who became their shared Deck Master.
During Grand Championship
In the Grand Championship Joey's Deck incorporates more support for low level monsters, such as the Landstar monsters. He continues his luck cards as well as his more memorable cards like "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" and "Jinzo."