English: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Synonyms: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yugioh GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! Genex, Yugioh Genex, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters GX, Yugioh: Duel Monsters GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters Genex, Yugioh: Duel Monsters Genex, Game King of Duel Monsters GX
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 26, 2008
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.131 (scored by 14345 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsfantasy game shounen
Jul 13, 2009
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is a sequel of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series as most would know. The game of Duel Monsters has gotten so popular that there are pro leagues as well as specialized schools to mainly train and teach students to become great duelists. It's an interesting setting and did intrigue me.
The story follows after a young boy named Yuki Judai, who just starts to attend an elite Duel Monsters school called, "Duel Academia" The school is divided in three different classes, "Obelisk Blue", "Ra Yellow" and "Osiris Red" (the names should sound familiar for those who watched the original series). It is basically dividing students into their skill levels, Osiris Red being the lowest class, Ra Yellow in the middle and the Obelisk Blue, consisting of the school's best duelists.
The series starts off with a lighter tone, just following Judai and his life in school as he makes new friends. But as the story progresses, it gets much more complex and intense. I felt that there were quite a few story elements that seemed forced and didn't make sense, but it was watchable overall. Much like the original series, there's heavy emphasis on friendship. One thing that does get a little annoying is that duelists read their card effects every time they play it and it kind of gets tiredsome when I know a lot of the cards. But I guess they can't help it since there will always be people who aren't familiar with the cards and their effects.
I wasn't too impressed with most of OP and ED songs, but soundtracks were quite good, although I would have liked a little more variety of music during duels. It's like when you hear a certain music starts to play, you know that our hero's pulling off an awesome combo to finish the duel!
Art wise, I felt that GX got a slight down grade from the original series. Not a big difference, but I never thought that GX had better animation or art quality. Not the worst, but not too impressive on most parts. However, I never expected it to be amazing since it is a 180 episode series afterall.
There are quite a bit of characters in GX and I felt that there were a little too many. Character developments are there, as it would be crazy to have a 180 episode series without character growths. Some character developments being more natural and suttle than others. The series inserts new characters here and there, which keeps it interesting, but it feels too crowded later on.
I mainly watched this because I play the card game myself. It will be much more enjoyable if you play the game. It does gets kind of repetitive, but that could be because I was having a marathon (almost). I never read the manga, but I heard that they are quite different. Unfortunately, since I didn't read the manga, I can't compare them. This series is good for people who actually play the card game or just to kill some time.
In conclusion, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was a decent series, but it was never at the level of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series. read more
Mar 11, 2010
Dec 30, 2008
The premise of a dueling academy makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact that Yu-Gi-Oh! is about a children's card game. While the importance of a children's card game seems exaggerated in the viewers' eyes, you have to remember that in this animeverse, it -isn't-. Duel Monsters is the most popular--and clearly the most influential--sport of the world. Plus, when you realize the Academia still has the required graduation classes (though you won't see them too much on-screen), you realize that the school is a typical high school--just one with a very specialized "Ivy Leage" program.
Still, while the premise doesn't have flaws, the way it was carried out does. The first half of season one made GX seem like a slice-of-life anime, which wouldn't be so much of a problem if the plot was at least consistent rather than having these separated one-shots. Then when GX actually started having substantial plots, it seemed like another series taking itself too seriously. A white hole in space sending proxies to bring about destruction? A deranged hermaphrodite demon seeking her lover? A force of darkness wishing to unify all existence in nothingness? Sorry NAS, not buying it. What probably made these plots worse was that they were arranged in a "What enemy will I face this school year?" fashion.
The art was average. It didn't thrill me, but it didn't disgust me either. No more to say on that. Now as for music, that was actually GX's best asset. The OPs and EDs weren't the best, but the OST soundtracks were. They did their job of accenting the situations quite smoothly. If an upbeat song came on, the situation was happy or comical. If a slow and sad song came on, the situation was depressing or dark. And if that one song that raised your spirits came on, you knew the protagonist of the duel was making his comeback.
NAS dropped the ball with its characters. Too many characters introduced at a time with too little development reserved for each one. Judai, the main character, was a Gary Stu that didn't get a background story until season three. The background wasn't even good either, turning out to be a contrived DM reincarnation rip-off with pathetically shallow "I need to grow up" development in season four that made him nothing more than an ass. And the other protagonists only got their little development in season one, and were shafted in season three with the appearance of the Academia champions.
Still, I found myself enjoying the series while watching it. Much of the bashing GX gets is in hindsight, when the fans start looking back and realize the flaws they overlooked when they first watched it. In the end, the GX anime turned out to be run by a group of people who had no idea what direction they wanted to take the show in; they would rather insert any random and unnecessary bit of occult history and symbolism if it made viewers think they were actually putting any thought into the series. (And let me tell you, GX is riddled with occult stuff if you know how and where to find it.)
I suggest that rather than watching this anime you read Kazuki Takahashi and Naoyuki Kageyama's manga adaptation. read more
Feb 12, 2007
Basically they began where the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters was near its ending. While Yuugi and friends were facing off the dangerous Yami Bakura in one last game, this Duel Academy was getting praise from around the world. Duel Academy not just teaches kids to become better duelists, but also better Buisness men. Then appears Jaden Yuki, a kid that has one thing on his mind, becoming the next "King Of Games". He's not the only one though. Once he joins Duel Academy he faces several opponents, some stronger then most. But does Jaden have what it takes to become "King Of Games"?
Some advice to you about this series, don't watch the 4Kids TV version! If you know how bad 4Kids TV ruins many other good animes (ex: One Peice, Tokyo Mew Mew, etc), then you best know how bad it turns out. Try going on Youtube or some anime fourm where they show the anime in Japanese. You'll see that the characters are more serious then the ones 4Kids turned them into. Besides, we all know that Japanese anime is better then dubbed American versions, right? So take my advice and be more open minded about animes. Once again so it's refreshed in your heads.....4KIDS TV IS BAD!!! Thank you. read more
Sep 17, 2010
*(Notes: Contains a few spoilers)*
Story - 6 - "Oh no, he's trying to take over the world with a child's card game!" A quote you may or may have not heard in relation towards Yu Gi Oh. The quote itself can pretty much summarize the entire anime franchise. If you decide to watch YGO GX, you should at the very least manage to place yourself in their world, where the world revolves around the card game.
To start off, the story takes place about 10 years after the original Yu Gi Oh. The story revolves around a boy named Yuki Judai and the duels he participates in as well as the duels of other characters. He goes through some tough problems and gets help from his friends, his teachers and even spirits. You’ll meet a few characters from the previous series, not too many though nor anyone you'd probably like too. YGO GX has 4 main seasons. Season 1 starts off with Judai and his friends having to protect the 3 Sacred Beast cards. It then moves on to Judai fighting against the Society of Light and there’s also a tournament being held, although it isn’t as important. Season 3 is more adventurous with the group moving into another world. Season 4 would be after all the event and just to note that season 4 was never dubbed by 4kids, probably because of the season actually showing blood as well as things related to darkness and maybe even the devil himself, so it’s only viewable in Japanese.
Characters - 6 - Sadly, I can’t say they were all that great, at the very least uninteresting, typical, etc. Judai has a fairly typical shounen character personality revolving around having fun and just enjoying his battles, even if they're with the enemy. His friends aren't too difficult to figure out either and there is barely any growth for the majority of them. Although I do consider there to be character growth for a few, at least for Judai and a few side characters, such as Manjoume and a fairly faint amount for Sho. Judai doesn’t really show character growth until season 3 where he loses someone close to him and ends up losing himself leaving only his friends to help him out. His personality almost completely changes after that season as well. If you were looking for some romantic scenes, I can say that there was almost one but it seems they just didn’t watch to make ‘her’ say it, at the very least, not in a metaphoric way.
Music - 6 - I can’t really say you’ll like it, although I can’t really say you’ll hate it. At the very least, the Opening and Ending is much better than the English dubbed version. While streaming the videos online, I did notice a lot of comments with people enjoying the background music.
Art - 7 - I find the art to be fairly simple and clean, assuming you watched a decent quality version. It’s a bit sharp and pointy, especially the hair designs but the monster designs into anime were pretty nice to view. Although a vast majority of the character designs were recycled from the first series.
Enjoyment - 8 - I personally enjoyed the show a lot as a fan of the TCG and I'm sure you will too if you're a fan of the TCG. Though do expect some disappointment here and there such as the extremely rule bending 'fake’ cards used in the series. It gives battles an extremely unfair feeling and throw at you ‘wth?’ card effects. Many effects of the monster cards as well as some magic/trap cards are different than the actually TCG, probably because the anime was released before the cards, so there might be some misunderstanding every now and then but not enough to stop you from enjoying. Although, the way they activated some of the effects were insanely idiotic and incomprehensible, such as spinning a card to see if it’s upright or downright instead of simply flipping a actual coin. Hell, even a virtual coin would have been more logical.
Overall - 6.6 - If your a fan of the card game, looking for something long to watch and don’t really mind watching a show where people are taking over the world with a child’s card game, then hell, give it a shot. If you've never seen the first one, I'd recommend you take a go at that one first though it isn't necessary.
Jul 31, 2011
I have a lots of comments about this one
I am a Yu-gi-oh fan, and I am the type of person who likes to see all series
I got really disapointed, unfortunately I saw this GX series in 3 languages, the first season I've downloaded in the original language (JAP) and I started to like it, but around 50th or 60th episodes, I couldn't find in Japanese, and downloaded Portuguese Version, which kinda sucks
Around 80th's I had the bad luck to encounter the disgusting version of Cartoon Network and 4Kids, which made me hate GX series
It's all wrong in English series, the duel card format, the soundtrack, the voices and their accents, the fuckin' american lame jokes that completely ruined the Anime scene
Well, I would love to see this one all in Japanese, but I couldn't find, so... life sucks, and that's why I scored as a 4
After this experience, I am completely against DUBBED versions
And one more thing, sorry the bad english read more
Feb 6, 2013
Everytime i read or heard about this show, people said horrible things about it! they say it's the worst yugioh series ever! and it's childish!
Well, first of all, i watched the japanese version, because the dub version is always worse in my opinion.
the second thing is, what people said about this show was true, i can't deny that this show was totally childish and full of crap, but that goes for the beginning (about 50 episodes) after that it became more dark and serious, but still not good enough.
After that, starting from episode 105 untill the end of the show, i was surprised! it was epic! i didn't expect such thing from a yugioh series! it was too dark! people die, the way how the characters act, everything was well made that i'd compare it to Code Geass and Death Note!
besides, it's not about good vs evil, it's all about survival, and you see the main characters show their darkest sides!
and that's what i'm gonna rate this show for...
i'd like to give it more than that, but i can't exclude the first part of the series, it was so stupid that i doubt anyone other than me have ever continued watching untill they reach the good part! anyway, the story is simple, the protagonist "Yuki Judai" is a new student in the duel academy who loves dueling so much, and always enjoys it, he makes friends and gets envolved in different incidents, every part of the series has a different story.
the art is about the same as every yugioh series, still, it wasn't good in the start, the characters are well drawn, but the monsters sometimes looked too different than what i imagined them, machines look like toys, humans look ugly, and animals look like some characters from a kids show! but sometimes they made them very well, especially the demons and dragons.
in the start, they used to repeat the same music over and over, there was an ost which you can tell by hearing it that the duel is gonna end, and of course Judai is the winner! but later, it gets more darker, and the osts become better, also the 3rd opening was good.
i personally liked Yuki Judai, especially in the final parts of the show, Kaiser Ryo too was great, i liked some others too, but i didn't like most of the characters, of course there isn't any character here that can compare to the old yugioh's characters, like Marik and Bakura, but the reason why i gave it a good rating is because i like the protagonist, i think that's more than enough.
it's been a while since i enjoyed watching an anime show as much as i enjoyed this one! i couldn't stop watching! no matter how long did i sit infront of the screen, i just couldn't stop watching! i was wondering all the time what's gonna happen!
If you have dropped this show because you didn't like the beginning, then i really suggest you continue watching it, you can skip the first part if you like, it doesn't have too many connections to the part i was talking about, i assure you you'll like it! read more
Mar 11, 2009
Okay, let's begin:
10 years have passed after we broke up from our beloved Yugi, Atem and their friends, here comes a new story about Judai, a dueling dreamer, who is going to a duel academy to learn how to be the best dueler all over the world. Without to notice, Judai meets Yugi on his way to school, when Yugi gives him a luck card: The Winged Kuriboh (Judai calls him at the beginning 'Partner' and after that, the real name). Since then, Judai comes to school and the adventures begin.
Until here everything is good and pretty. But the 2 first seasons were unnecessary to me. Why? Because they were such as fillers and boring. The improvement is seen in the 3rd season, when there are good episodes and good new characters (Johan of course ^__^). One more surprising thing is the 4th season, that actually is the main portion, during the previous seasons are the appetizers.
But what's the matter? Also on the original Yu-Gi-Oh there was an improvement, But it was since 2nd season. There is a different.
Art was very great and very good, such as any anime I love. Quality? Excellent (Although the dub version has a bad quality LOL)
Sound? Very good. I am also buzzing the soundtrack any single moment(The dub version sounds like a drag-show). The japanese voices very great and the songs also.
Characters? Very great. Judai is so cute, and when he grew up, he was very valued (That's why am I calling him:'Pet-Yugi' XD). Sho sounds twetty, but he was cute. Manjoume? My favourite. Asuka? Very good character. Chronos? was annoying a little. But still, There were many good characters to me. Any character that was a villain at the beginning, has changed to good (Remember Kaiba, Pegasus and Malik?), but in any anime is like that, no?
Enjoyment? I told when I reviewed on the story, but I can tell that I stayed because of many great characters, such as Manjoume, Edo, Fubuki and Ryo (My faves+Johan and Jim from 3rd season and up) and that's why I love the 3rd and the 4th seasons of the anime.
And overall? If you look for bishies (And shipping xD) and you are a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is the perfect anime for you!
[*NOTE: I related for the original version, not for the foolish dub version] read more
Jun 26, 2011
Yu-Gi-Oh!, as we all know it , is a super successful card game show, and downright franchise. Most of the content that spill's out of its universe, is made purely, for cash. The original series people will argue, is the same. And they are right, but here's how I look at it. So fucking what? As a child, me and the kids my age were absorbed into this show and its card game. I was about maybe around 9 when GX came out, and as a kid I could not see the huge flaws that make up this show. We loved it so much, all these franchises, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon. Hell, maybe even some Digimon. These things, make up what I liked to do as a kid with friends and alone. And at the age of 16, I am secure enough to say I fucking love this show. Not that i would watch it or play the card game, Hell no I'm no fucking loser, but i love the memories and I still have a tremendous respect for this show.
It's all horrible, or it's all good. Does not matter. The story is shit. We have no development and all their is for characters are Archtypes. But that's OK. The dissection is redundant at this point! It was more about the cards then the actual show. But still this show had our tiny brains absorbed into this spikey haired, over the top, repetitive show! But at least it was consistent! If i had to pick most show's that game out now, or this, THIS in a fucking heartbeat. No not Angel Beats, Shoo weeaboo.
We basically got our dumb protagonist Jayden, who only losses when it suits the plot accordingly, our evil pedophile DR who wants to take him down, A stuck up rival who has a Ojama complex, a chick who does not want to show us her titties, a pussy for a best friend, Fat albert if he was a white Koala, and a strain of side characters that have more meaning than some.
This show sounds like shit! But when we were kid's we could let that all go and take it simply for what it was. Any review criticizing this show for its countless flaws is redundant. The only thing that matters to rate this show, No, this universe, is how it affected YOU. Fuck character and art and sound (Get your game on) YOU are what this show is about. Now take all your cards from you closet, or if you sold them remember the times, and just take a gander at yourself. This to people who grew up with any franchise, That IS YOU. Take it or leave it. read more
May 2, 2012
A different twist in this show that the original didn't have is that the main characters of the show (Jaden, Syrus, Chazz, Alexis, Zane, Bastion and a few others as time goes on) are school kid age like Yugi and Joey were at the time of the original Yu-Gi-Oh, however rather then be normal school students they live a school made by Seto Kaiba for dueling called Duel Academy.
Overall this show isn't half bad, but if you want to truly enjoy the show, I suggest you watch the subbed version of it rather than the Dub so that way you can see every episode of the series the way it was meant to be seen. I also recommend the sub since GX was canceled in the US before the end of Season 3 so the surprise Series Finale never aired here. Personally after reading some it I prefer the manga and recommend it over the show as it has a better more original story.
Definitely watch this over 5D's, when you watch it you can kind of relate from year to year of the show like I did when it first aired. Once again good series and second best in the franchise. read more
Sep 6, 2011
Okay, first off the story. The first season is what drew me to the series because of the light-hearted themes in it. At one point, things kinda got serious but nonetheless it still had its comic relief. The story was kind of scattered though. It wasn't until around later did it finally get into it's actual plot, not that I had a problem with. The second season was the same thing but with a different plot. The third season started off light hearted but then later on we see a much more meaningful plot that leads on into season four. I loved that. Not even the duels turned me off. In fact, it had me on the edge of my seat. And I'm a girl. :P
The art was really nice. But at some points they didn't color it right. Like for example, they had once colored Judai/Jaden's eyes grey and they forgot to shade in the orange-brownish patch at the top of his head. Anyways, the art was really well done and not lazy at all.
The Soundtrack was really good but I prefer the yugioh. The music really matched the scene that was playing and it really added to the mood. Also I fell in love with the season two ending - Wake Up Your Heart by KENN (Judai's voice actor) and the season three opening - Teardrop by BOWL.
Another thing I really like about this series is the characters, especially Judai. The other protagonists for the other yugioh series (not sure about Yuma) have a sort of win-or-die attitude and have been slapped or punched for being so...ahem..."EMOtional"(once again not sure about Yuma). But not Judai. Well, before season four but still. Judai would probably get slapped for being so naïve or stupid. He had a happy-go-lucky air around him that draws people to him like moths to a light. Even when he lost, he still had his happy air. However, at the start of season four, Judai had undergone a major character change, which in other words he matured with a twist. And I also love his "twin" Johan/Jesse. I wished he came in around season one so he could get more screen time and character development.
I really enjoyed watching this series and re-watching my favorite moments over and over. I recommend this show to those who like Yugioh and school-based animes. Even if you dont, still just watch it, you wont regret it. Forget what everyone else is saying about how this show sucks.
Overall, I give this show a 10. As I said before, you will not regret watching this show and the duels are just as amazing. But if you want the full enjoyment of this show, watch the japanese version like I did. read more
Apr 23, 2011
GX made the Yu-gi-oh! card game awesome before 5D's came and screwed things up with card duel racing and syncro monsters. It's much better then the original because even though there is some paranormal evil in the show, it still focuses on the card game more.
Many good characters come in this series and the location of the stories great too. With 5D's it's like" what happen?" Did the world go down a polluting hellhole or something? No, not with GX. GX has a more happier side to it.
Jaden Yuki is the best of the Yu-gi-oh! main characters. Yusae( sorry if i spelled his name wrong) sounds like a Yu-gi-oh version Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass and Yugi Muto sounds angry when he's dueling as Yami Yugi. Remember the pharse " My Summoned Skull!" "What have you done to him!?" when he's dueling Pegases? I know the original involed the powers of the Milemium Items and the Shadow games. But it just a fucking game! No need for anger! Jaden dosen't do that. He might get his butt kicked at times but he can still crack a smile while it happens.
That is why I perfer GX over the other two series anytime. read more