#ygo #i dont care what anyone says #Atem would use his real name without shame #he worked so hard to get it #he struggle for it #and even now look at him #wanting to know what he really is #what his true name means so much for him #calling him another name would just be WRONG #His name was all he has left even to uncover his own memories #they are important #its all about holding to that because he has nothing left #and while he knows he made so many good memories with yuugi #is not the real him in a sense of why he is dead #why he is trapped #and i got a lot of feels for atem sometimes #no one gets it
Yes! I’m so glad someone said this because I agree 100%. It’s always really bothered me whenever I see fanfics that don’t use his real name after he gets his memories back or try to pretend that the past doesn’t mean anything to him at all. I just don’t understand that. Like you said, he spent practically the entire series working so hard to find out who he really was. Why on earth would he then just turn his back on all of that?
I don’t read fanfiction and I’ve recently marathoned this arc, but correct me if I’m wrong.
The importance of concealing Atem’s name it was because it was like a 8th Millennium Item, one with enough power to stop Zorc. In ancient cultures, the name holds incredible power, tied to your very soul. Some cultures every person even got two different names: one people call you and your private name, only known to yourself and the gods.
In Atem’s case, he relinquished his name because of his duty, to use his name and his very sense of self to stop this terrible menace, it was a sacrifice. For an Egyptian, to give up their resurrection or eternity was the ultimate sacrifice , one he was more than willing to make. That was probably the bravest and most selflessly thing to do, I don’t think any other character would do it.
I would understand to see Atem being wary of using his name so freely at first. After all, it was very important to keep his name forgotten. It was extremely important to don’t reveal his name to Zorc even in his own memories until the right time had come. Any little thing which would lead to have Atem recalling his own name out of turn would have been catastrophic.
But with Zorc defeated, the evil from the Millennium Items being quenched and everything being finally over, there would be no need to keep on hiding Atem’s name. I can understand the gang hiding this information from the public because it would raise too many questions so forever in the history books he will be always the Nameless Pharaoh, but they wouldn’t have to hide it. And I can understand why Atem would have some reluctance to use his own name at first, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t with time.
To have Atem ignoring his past or denying his own name is bullshit. He cherished his friends Mahad and Mana so deeply that they are still with him, so having Atem to pretend his past didn’t helped is out of character and downright insulting.
It was so important for Atem to move on. Sure, I got conflicted feelings about him leaving Yuugi but it was important for BOTH of them as well I don’t understand how it fits in the Egyptian belief: if resurrection was so important for them, this means that he would just move on to his next life, reincarnating?
I really need to get to read this part of the manga, hopefully I’ll be resuming next week
While I agree that Atem name had a lot of power, Atem HIMSELF didn’t know that until much later in the series. He had struggle the entire series from beginning, to Battle city to where they are to figure out EXACTLY what he is, his memories were a key of importance to him. And even though Atem kept Zorc locked he was STILL going to come out into the real world so at the end Atem name was STILL needed for that. When he shout out his true name, he was PROUD of it. Look at the manga and even anime how he stands when everyone gather around to give him his real name. It was a seal yes but it was more than just a tool.
It was what he originally was and THAT is important to him. The same when he left Yuugi to walk in the afterlife, he said his name without shame. Being scared of a name would only grant it power over something he knows he doesn’t have to fear. Zorc was no longer a thread why should he deny himself something he had long to get?