Welcome to Aroma Tactics, the AnimeFanlistings.com‘s approved listing for Mai Kujaku/Mai Valentine from the hit series Yu-Gi-Oh! created by Kazuki Takahashi.

Recent Changes to Aroma Tactics


RIP Kazuki Takahashi 1961-2022

I wanted to add a feed of the latest fics tagged ‘Kujaki Mai|Mai Valentine’ from the Archive of Our Own to the site, but the feed could not be filtered or customized, even using external tools. This is a limitation of Archive of Our Own, so I’ll be looking into other sources for fics and fanart. Stay tuned for that feature to return!

Interested in Affiliating with the site or Nominating a piece of fanwork to be featured on the site? Fill out the forms on those pages and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Mai Kuja-who?

You might be more familiar with Mai Kujaku as Mai Valentine from the hit Japanese anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! In Japan, the series is known as Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters and focuses on the lives of several people that play the popular card game “Duel Monsters” (Magic and Wizards in the Japanese manga/comic book). But of course, it’s more than just a game– prestige, riches, and the very fate of the world rest in the hands of several teenagers…

Mai is just one of the many intriguing characters from this popular anime and is liked by people from around the world.

In Japanese, her surname means “peacock,” which fits with her egotistical attitude and her love of female “Harpie” cards from the Duel Monsters card game.

In English, Mai’s surname is “Valentine,” likely to be a pun on the phrase “My Valentine.”

What’s a Fanlisting?

A fanlisting is a place where fans (that’s you) gather to show their pride, their devotion, their love of– a character, a pairing, anything! Since this fanlisting is devoted to Mai, if you like her as a character (in any capacity: hero, villain, strong female, whatever!), then join! Those with AND without websites are welcome to join– there are all sorts of cool buttons, banners, and text links to choose from! So come on, join us!

Why Aroma Tactics?

When Mai is first introduced in the first arc of both the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga, she claims to possess a special ability—her “aroma tactics”—for knowing exactly what cards she is going to draw from her deck. She uses this to con a regional champion out of his room onboard the cruise ship bound for Duelist Kingdom and tries to use it again on Jounouchi (Joey) during their duel, but the truth comes out that she just scented her cards with different perfumes in order to tell them apart.