Johan Andersen

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Johan Andersen
Johan Andersen
Appears in manga:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX manga
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX anime
Debut Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX manga chapter 037
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX anime episode 106
Deck Crystal Beasts
Seiyū Kanako Irie
Voice acting Pete Capella (US)

Johan Andersen (ヨハン・アンデルサン, Yohan Anderusan), Jesse Anderson in the dub version, is a transfer student hailing from North Academy who enters Duel Academy in the third year. Jesse is Scandinavian in the Japanese version while he is from the South in the English version.

Excitable and energetic much like Juudai (similarities between him and Juudai are noted in both versions), he serves as one of Juudai's allies. Although a close friend, his disappearance serves a catalyst for Juudai's descent into darkness as the Supreme King of the alternate dimension. Johan is later possessed by the spirit of Yubel, Juudai's favorite card in childhood, using him and his Crystal Beasts as mediators to act through.

Character Bio

Invited along with his fellow overseas champions from around the world by Chancellor Sheppard, Johan's the most secretive of his identity, even with those he’s supposed to be traveling with. Although he doesn’t board the ship that’s supposed to take the champions to their final destination, Adrian expects that Johan would appear once they reached Duel Academy. He’s known simply as a "ghost" or the "mystery man" until officially introduced during the school's year-opening ceremony.

He is chosen by Viper to duel Juudai in the first exhibition match of the third year, and the two are unknowingly fitted with Bio-Bands. Just as Johan is about to be defeated by Juudai, he suddenly reveals the name of the most powerful Crystal Beast: Rainbow Dragon. However, he later confesses that Rainbow Dragon has not yet been made into a card by Industrial Illusions, and that he wishes to find the Roman lithograph from which the concept of his Crystal Beasts was derived in order for Pegasus to finally create it.

After being drawn into an alternate dimension, Johan and the rest of Duel Academy are contacted by Dr. Eisenstein, who tells them that the lithograph has finally been found. Securing the lithograph's excavation site, Pegasus has the "Rainbow Dragon" card made and sent to the other world via a Duel Energy-powered wormhole, opened in a battle between Johan and Zane. Johan later uses the Rainbow Dragon when Juudai fought Marcel, only to learn their real opponent is Yubel, the duel spirit that took control of Marcel. Johan uses "Rainbow Dragon" to get Juudai and the others out while he remains in the alternate dimension to face Yubel, prompting Juudai and his friends to dive back into a rift left open between the worlds to get him back.

Although labeled dead by many, he later appears as merely a shadow standing on a cliff near Syrus and Ojama Yellow, but it's later confirmed that the shadow was Johan in Ojama Yellow's flashback where it spots him. He later reappears in front of Zane and it is revealed that he is possessed by Yubel. After defeating Zane, Johan challenges Adrian Gecko, in order to retrieve it's lost energy. Johan is able to easily destroy Exodia in the first turn, and summon the Sacred Beasts one after the other in quick succession, before fusing them to form Armitael, Phantasm of Chaos. When his Sacred Beast strategy fails after they are all removed from play, he switches his strategy to survival, keeping Adrian's King Mist away from his life points, before being able to destroy it. After Adrian suddenly adds most of Exodia to his hand, with the last piece on top of his deck, Johan pulls out all the stops and summons Yubel, his ace card, beating Adrian there and then.

When Juudai finally duels Yubel to save Johan, it is revealed that Yubel actually removed Johan's soul from his body and placed him inside the Rainbow Dragon before taking over. However, when Juudai activates the Super Fusion Spell Card, Rainbow Dragon is turned back to normal and Johan is set free, returning to his body. But using its last two cards, Yubel takes Super Fusion using and ends the duel in draw.

At the beginning of Season 4, Johan returns to North Academy but will supposedly come back since he is in the intro for Season 4.


In the English version, Johan speaks with a Southern accent. He is voiced by Kanako Irie in the Japanese version. His English voice actor is unknown.

Similar to Juudai, Johan has possessed the ability to communicate with Duel Monster spirits since he was a child. His spirit partner is Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle, whom he affectionately nicknames, "Ruby". Although Ruby is seen most frequently by his side, Johan considers all his monsters a part of his "family," for they themselves selected him as their master.

In addition, he tends to say "Come out!" when summoning his monsters during the Japanese duels.


Johan plays a Crystal Beasts Deck. His monsters are based on seven precious gemstones collected from around the globe for the construction of a lithograph as evidence of Julius Caesar's reign during the time of the Roman Empire. On its return trip, the ship carrying the stones was battered by a storm, and the treasures disappeared into the depths of the ocean. Employing this concept, Pegasus specially designed and created the Crystal Beasts, which have the unique ability to retreat in a crystallized Continuous Spell form to their controller's Spell/Trap Zones when destroyed as means of avoiding complete annihilation. Due to the exclusivity of the cards, the Princeton family once attempted to purchase them using all its assets, but were rejected. Instead, Pegasus awarded them to Johan at the end of a European tournament (in the English anime, it was a Southern Tournament). The only Crystal Beast card not given to Johan at that time was Rainbow Dragon, which wasn't even found until Duel Academy was sucked into the alternate dimension. However, when he gets the card, Johan focuses his strategies around gathering all the Crystal Beasts together to summon Rainbow Dragon.

Aside from Counter Cards, Johan's deck does not contain any other specific resources aimed towards directly destroying the cards of his opponents. He feels that a strategy of merely destroying his opponent's cards through effects is far too simple to execute, and thus values battle over cunningness.

Under Yubel's influence, Johan uses Advanced Crystal Beasts, which, like Juudai's Evil Heroes, are darker versions of his original Crystal Beasts.

He also uses the Sacred Beasts against Adrian Gecko in a seperate deck. His Sacred Beast deck focusses on cards that can duplicate themselves (such as Triangle Force, Delta Barrier, and Phantom Gunner) as tributes for the Sacred Beasts. His ace card is Yubel. To see Johan's decks visit