Card of the Year (#8): Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi" | The Irish Duelist

Card of the Year (#8): Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi"

We're up to number 8 on my list of this year's Top 10 cards, take a look.

Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi"

(Extreme Victory)

EARTH/Machine/Tuner/Level 3

This card must attack if able. When this face-up card on the field is selected as an attack target, change its battle position. While this card is face-up on the field, once per turn during your Main Phase, you can Normal Summon a "Karakuri" monster in addition to your Normal Summon or Set. (You can only gain this effect once per turn.)


While many of the cards that Duelists consider to be the "best of the best" are generic cards that can fit into almost any Deck (Pot of Duality, Reborn Tengu etc.), every so often a card comes out that takes an archetype from being a fun thing to try out at locals to the top tables of a YCS. Extreme Victory did just that to a few Decks, one of them being Karakuri. The Karakuri Deck's main combos involve bringing out multiple Synchro monsters and getting as many free cards and effects as possible in the process. The 2 Karakuri Synchro monsters (Burei and Bureido) are incredibly powerful but were always difficult to Summon. That is, until Ninishi came along...

Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi" has all the basic effects that we've become familiar with in Karakuri monsters, from switching battle positions to being forced to attack whenever it can. What sets it apart though is the ability to gain a second Normal Summon (of a Karakuri monster) per turn. That means Ninishi + any other Karakuri monster = a quick and easy Synchro Summon. Ninishi's a Level 3 monster so Summoning 919 "Kuick" or 236 "Nisamu" will give you a Level 7 monster (like 00 "Burei", which in turn opens up more combos), while dropping 177 "Inashichi" gives you a Level 5 (Naturia Beast, T.G Hyper Librarian or Ally of Justice Catastor) AND a free search. Cyber Dragon or another Level 5 monster can give you 00x "Bureido" and open up a wide variety of plays. Of course you can also just Summon another Ninishi (or Nishipachi) and Xyz Summon a Rank 3 monster, like the ever threatening Wind-Up Zenmaines. It's also searchable by Genex Neutron.

It goes without saying that Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi" only has a purpose in Karakuri Decks, but when a single card can push what was a "casual" Decktype into the mainstream that card deserves some form of recognition, and as such is (in my opinion) one of the best cards of the year.