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Anime Decks in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yu-Gi-Oh! monster archetypes often parody existing franchises, with cards existing based on Star Wars (Kozmo), Dr. Who (Time Thief), and Godzilla (Kaiju). But as cool as these are, Konami knows there's one thing players love, and that's cute anime girls.
With no shortage of anime-esque gals running rampant, you'll see these cards whether you're an otaku or not. Luckily, some aren't bad competitively—which geek gals reign supreme? These are the ten best waifu themes in Yu-Gi-Oh!
10. Harpie Lady
Best Cards: Harpie Oracle, Feather Storm, Hysteric Sign
The Harpie ladies are admittedly weak in battle but steadily improving at swarming and especially good at spell/trap removal. They particularly benefited from Feather Duster finally leaving the ban list (as they can search it with Feather Storm), and their wind-attribute winged beast-type status accesses support cards like Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds.
9. Cyber Angel
Best Cards: Cyber Angel Benten, Vrash, Preparation of Rites
One of the older ritual themes, Cyber Angels are mostly used as support for other ritual decks, often Drytrons. This is because some of their members, namely Benten, offer great +1 synergies (she lets you search a light fairy when tributed and can be found with Preparation of Rites).
Ritual summoning has become much more mainstream than it used to be, and we're excited to see if the archetype expands in future sets.
Best Cards: Marincess Aqua Argonaut, Pascalus, Battle Ocean
If you like mermaids, the Marincesses are for you. They're a water-attribute cyberse-themed family that heavily emphasize link swarming. They also employ a powerful utilize field spell, Battle Ocean, which makes their link monsters unaffected by effects!
Best Cards: Witchcrafter Genni, Creation, and Golem Aruru
Witchcrafters offer a versatile group that can function on their own but also work well as support. Despite the flux of mystical ladies, the real stars are their spell cards, which can recover themselves from graveyard if you end a turn controlling a Witchcrafter.
With easily-revived spells, Witchcrafters lock foes with a control win via, sometimes aided by spellcaster supports such as Secret Village and Magician's Right Hand.
Best Cards: Lunalight Tiger and Panther Dancer, Luna Light Perfume
Well, furries have pretty much been around since the Harpie Ladies, so we can't be too mad at Konami for the Lunalights. They're an aggressive theme focused on fusion summoning monsters for big attacks. If Tiger ever drops from limited to semi or unlimited, expect to see more from this theme.
Best Cards: Lyna the Light Charmer, Dharc the Dark Charmer, Awakening of the Possessed
I'll be the first to admit the main deck Familiar-Possessed monsters aren't good. But their extra deck Charmer counterparts are some of the game's most underrated link monsters. Each attribute has one with an easy summon requirement of just needing one monster of its matching attribute (plus any other).
From there, the Charmers can summon same-attribute cards from your opponent's graveyard, and search a monster if destroyed. Best of all, the cards stack great with continuous spell Awakening of the Possessed, which gives a draw when you summon an 1850 spellcaster (the Fairy Tails work with this too) and an ATK boost based on how many attributes you control.
4. Dark Magician (Girl)
Best Cards: Bond Between Teacher and Student, Magician's Salvation, Soul Servant
The most popular female card does have her own archetype, but the Magician Girls aren't great on their own. Instead, try using them to augment the better-supported Dark Magician archetype, which rewards you for using both with cards like the above spells. Plus, dark attribute and spellcaster type are some of the best-supported in the game, giving plenty of effects like Allure of Darkness to consider.
Best Cards: Dragonmaid Tidying, Changeover, and Sheou
This group combines two things guys love: dragons and maids. They swarm monsters during the battle phase, ending with powerful fusion summons like Sheou, wielding 3500 ATK and a negation effect.
While there may be faster archetypes, this one can still hold its own, especially with its unique fusion spell and trap disruptions.
Best Cards: Traptrix Sera, Mantis, Bottomless Trap Hole
The Traptrix monsters aren't very strong, but reward your usage of the monster-destroying Trap Hole cards. If you play first and can set up the right field, you'll make it almost impossible for your opponent to end with anything out.
Link monster Sera is especially crucial, easy to summon with just one Traptrix and letting you play other Traptrixes and set Hole cards from your deck.
1. Sky Striker
Best Cards: Sky Striker Ace—Raye, Sky Striker Ace—Kagari, Sky Striker Mobilize—Engage!
Sky Strikers use easily-summoned link monsters and spells to overwhelm foes by trading cards while slowly gaining an edge. This proves especially true once you have at least three spells in your graveyard, which activates bonus effects on most Sky Striker cards.
If Mobilize—Engage ever fully leaves the limited list, we may see this family rise once more, as it offers a powerful Sky Striker search followed by a draw with enough spells in graveyard, alarmingly close to a legal Pot of Greed (and not even once-per-turn).
Other Female Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Today we explored many archetypes sure to ignite your inner otaku (please let me stop using these phrases), and if you're not yet satisfied, you can explore the game's most iconic female cards. But for now, vote for your favorite theme, and I'll see you at our next YGO! countdown!
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