I don’t know about you guys, but my first impression of Yuma was “what a loser…” This is weird because the previous three characters who have starred on Yugioh have all been what the modern world calls “hard-ass”. I knew Yugi/Pharaoh would be a beast when I witnessed their epicÂ millenniumÂ puzzle transformation. With Jaden, he looked a bit aloof at first sight, but one he dominated Dr. Crowler in the first episode, you could tell that he was a tough duelist. As for Yusei, you didn’t even have to watch him duel to know to see that he was a monster. His tough attitude and relentless spirit was enough evidence for me to conclude that he would be an unstoppable duelist. Yuma seems the polar opposite of all three of these characters.
Yuma seems to be like Jaden from the first half of the series: goofy, silly, and a loudmouth; only difference is Jaden could back up his words with his dueling while Yuma can’t. Yuma is also similar to Yugi in the sense that Yuma utilizes Astral, similar to how Yugi relied on Pharaoh. However, Yugi became a greater duelist even without Pharaoh’s help, and Yuma hasn’t been able to do that yet. Yuma’s differing qualities from his predecessors is one of the reason I have been following the show. I am keen to see how he will evolve as a character and how his relationship with Astral transforms as well.