Ranked #1408

Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters

Alternative Titles

English: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Synonyms: Yugioh, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters, Yugioh: Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王 デュエルモンスターズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 224
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 18, 2000 to Sep 29, 2004
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.541 (scored by 62,167 users)
Ranked: #14082
Popularity: #375
Members: 96,648
Favorites: 1,315
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters centers around the journey of the spirit of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who is trying to re-discover who he was many years ago, since he has lost his memories. With the help of a boy, Yugi Mutou, the one who awakened the spirit, and his friends, he battles many villains and adversaries. Many of the villains have been linked to the Nameless Pharaoh's past, due to the Millennium Puzzle he holds and many try to take the puzzle and his power away from him.

The series focuses on the card game aspect of it and the main theme represented throughout the series is friendship.


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Sound Director
Kasai, Kenichi
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More episodes Episodes(66/224)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Terrifying Blue Eyes White Dragon
Senritsu no Blue Eyes White Dragon (戦慄のブルーアイズ・ホワイト・ドラゴン)
Apr 18, 2000
2 The Trap of Illusionist No Face
Illusionist no Face no Wana (幻想師ノー·フェイスの罠)
Apr 25, 2000
3 The Lost Exodia
Ushinawareshi Exodia (失われしエクゾディア)
May 5, 2000
4 Insector Combo
Insector Combo (インセクターコンボ)
May 9, 2000
5 The Ultimate Perfect Form, Great Moth
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May 16, 2000

Opening Theme

#1: "Voice" by CLOUD (eps 1-48)
#2: "Shuffle" by Masami Okui (eps 49-80)
#3: "WILD DRIVE" by Masato Nagai (eps 81-131)
#4: "Warriors" by Yuuichi Ikusawa (eps 132-189)
#5: "Overlap" by Kimeru (eps 190-224)

Ending Theme

#1: "Genki no Shower" by Aki Maeda (eps 1-48)
#2: "Ano hi no Gogo" by Masami Okui (eps 49-80)
#3: "Rakuen" by CAVE (eps 81-131)
#4: "Afureru Kanjou ga Tomaranai" by Yuuichi Ikusawa (eps 132-189)
#5: "EYES" by Yuuichi Ikusawa (eps 190-224)

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Jul 12, 2010 9:47 PM
I, probably like many others, watched Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series without ever watching much of the original show. Since TAS is hilarious, I assumed the original show was just another bad kid's show. Something made me decide to watch it a while ago. I then realized the error of my ways. This is not a kid's show by any means. It is a show for men.

Story: 7/10

While the story is not perfect by any means, it's about fucking card games what do you expect? I'd give it a 10/10 but only women care about stories so an 7/10 is read more
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Aug 2, 2013 6:48 PM
I think the fact that YuGiOh (along with Pokemon) was the first anime I ever watched is enough to give this series a 10. That and the fact that this is one of the very few solid English dubs out there.

Great story, plot, ingenius card game (think about it, Kazuki pulled the entire YuGiOh ruleset out of his ass and it's incredible!), along with enjoyable dialogue make this series a 10/10. Honestly, if you've never seen YuGiOh and you're on MyAnimeList to decide if you should watch it, then go ahead and do it. You've been missing out.
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Feb 15, 2010 10:28 PM
Yugioh is an anime about card games, that’s what most people see when they watch it. I’ve heard it called the best worst series ever. What people fail to see is the intense character development that happens over a course of 224 episodes. The series started out with no card games at all. The story is about a kid named Yugi who is shorter than average, insecure, geeky and picked on most of the time. For 8 years he works on a puzzle that his grandfather found in Egypt. Upon finishing it, He is possessed with an ancient spirit read more
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Apr 26, 12:44 PM

Time for another highly nostalgic review! Today, I will be looking back on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, which was very popular during the late 1990s and early 2000s. This was the first Yugioh anime to be widely released outside Japan, but was actually the 2nd anime adaptation of Kazuki Takahashi's original manga. The first anime adaptation actually followed the manga faithfully and was later released as "Season Zero" in the West. Is an anime worse when it doesn't follow the manga? Honestly, the answer depends on what anime you're talking about. The first Hellsing anime was vastly inferior to its manga counterpart, so it was very read more
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