|* ~ Japanese high schools run from grades 10-12. So
there are only freshmen, sophmores, and seniors
**~ Don't ask me why he's got lime
green hair and yellow eyes. I haven't figured that out myself, but it does make me
wonder about the folks at Toei.
A cold, manipulative, genius with an obsessive desire to win, Seto
enters Yugi's life shortly after the smaller teen introduces his friends to the card game:
Magic and Wizards*. Orphaned at age 10 along with his 5 year old brother Mokuba, the
boys were dumped into an orphanage by relatives. (But only after they had
stripped the two boys of their inheritance.) Determined to keep them
together, Seto challenged Gozaburo Kaiba to a chess game. If Seto won, Gozaburo
would have to adopt both brothers. This turned out to be a mistake on his part as
Gozaburo was a cold, cruel man who drove the awful message into Seto's head that losing
was not only unacceptable, but that loser's should die. He is largely responsible
for most, but not all, of Seto's personality problems.
A nationwide champion of not only Magic and Wizards, but also any other game he's
played. He takes his loss to Yugi very personally and seeks revenge on the boy with
a life-threatening, multi-million dollar game called Death-T.
In the manga, Seto is already a classmate of Yugi's, but doesn't take an interest in the
small teen until he sees him playing Magic and Wizards in school. There he
overhears Yugi talking about his grandfather's "special" rare card and later
shows up at the Kame Game Store.
In the anime, he tranfers into their school and finds one of Yugi's cards on the
floor. Kaiba then invites Yugi and his friends over to his home to show them his
collection and in turn, Yugi in turn, invites him over to see his grandfather's rare card.
*~ later on the game is called Duel Monsters.