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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 55078 users)
Ranked: #14302
Popularity: #357
Members: 85,046
Favorites: 1,202
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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.


Episodes  0 / 224
Aired  Apr 18, 2000 to Sep 29, 2004
Status  Finished Airing
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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
Green, Dan
Green, Dan
Kazama, Shunsuke
Kazama, Shunsuke
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura
Matsumoto, Rika
Matsumoto, Rika
Inoue, You
Inoue, You
Honda, Hiroto
Honda, Hiroto
Riegel, Sam
Riegel, Sam
Kondou, Takayuki
Kondou, Takayuki
Jonouchi, Katsuya
Jonouchi, Katsuya
Takahashi, Hiroki
Takahashi, Hiroki
Grayson, Wayne
Grayson, Wayne


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

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Apr 26, 2015

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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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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Jun 23, 2014
This review will be short and to the point.

Yu-Gi-Oh! was one of the very first ever anime titles I watched and I’m currently re-watching it. I have to say I’m surprised to find that it’s more enjoyable now than when I was eight years old probably seeing as I have a much better attention span now. This is my review.

Contains Minor Spoilers

Yu-Gi-Oh! revolves around a game called Duel Monsters which is a card game where players summon mythical monsters and duel against each other. The plot is simple but the more you watch the show the more interesting the games become. The read more
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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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Both are shonen sports oriented Anime
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.
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 on team play but both series deals with strategies to outwit opponents and respond accordingly.

It's also about a Monster Card Game, not as funny as Duel Master.
- 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.
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.
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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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