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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Alternative Titles

English: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Synonyms: Yugioh, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters, Yugioh: 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 episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.531 (scored by 56192 users)
Ranked: #14322
Popularity: #357
Members: 86,833
Favorites: 1,221
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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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Aired  Apr 18, 2000 to Sep 29, 2004
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Sequel: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Prequel: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Side story: Yu-Gi-Oh!: Hikari no Pyramid, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Special, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Chou Yuugou! Toki wo Koeta Kizuna
Other: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie

Characters & Voice Actors

Yami Yuugi
Yami Yuugi
Kazama, Shunsuke
Kazama, Shunsuke
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura
Matsumoto, Rika
Matsumoto, Rika
Inoue, You
Inoue, You
Honda, Hiroto
Honda, Hiroto
Kondou, Takayuki
Kondou, Takayuki
Kikuchi, Hidehiro
Kikuchi, Hidehiro
Jonouchi, Katsuya
Jonouchi, Katsuya
Takahashi, Hiroki
Takahashi, Hiroki


Kobayashi, Noriko
Sugishima, Kunihisa
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Hayakawa, Keiji
Episode Director

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Aug 2, 2013
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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Jul 12, 2010
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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Feb 15, 2010
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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Mar 8, 2008
Not another card driven game! That is what I thought going into this. I had just gotten over my Pokemon and Digimon phase. So upon seeing this I quirked an eyebrow. However I gave it a whirl and watched it, and by god I actually enjoyed it. The characters are so much more dynamic than most of these genre of shows. There is a plot behind all the games (read the manga for more). The most interesting twist to me was the Egyptian background. That intrigued me to no end to see how exactly that would play out. Surprisingly to me it played out nicely, read more
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Both are shonen sports oriented Anime  
reportRecommended by ShadowAlex
They both are about games, Hikago is about the game of Igo, Yu-Gi-Oh! is about duel monsters with cards, both of them will lend different strategy types to win, and as Yugi Moto there is Hikaru Shindo, as Yami Yugi there is Fujiwara no Sai. 
reportRecommended by Hikusa
Both Yugioh and Cardfight Vanguard emphasizes the game of card play in terms of its concept. The characters from both series are skilled duelists/players that engages against others using their skill, intellect, and strategy in order to win.

Throughout both series, the main male protagonist improves their skill through experience and watching others. They also are caring towards their friends and often tries to help out in the best way possible.

Both series' main protagonist also has a rival (although present differently). Along with that, they also have their own 'signature cards' that are noticeable throughout the series. Cardfight Vanguard does emphasis more  read more 
reportRecommended by Stark700
It's also about a Monster Card Game, not as funny as Duel Master. 
reportRecommended by Peralisc
- Both have Millennium Items in them.

- Both have a "King of ____" (i.e. yami is the King of Games, while Kaito is the King of Puzzles.)

- Both have a character who looks like Duke Devlin (i.e. Duke Devlin and Kaito)

- Both are childish

- Both are pretty cool. 
reportRecommended by Flying-Rowboats
Both are about games in which you could die. Akagi is about mahjong and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is about a card game. Yu-Gi-Oh! have magical/spiritual touch. 
reportRecommended by Lucek

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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