Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Zexal

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

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Synonyms: Yugioh, Yuu Gi Ou! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zeal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王ZEXAL
English: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
German: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Spanish: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
French: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
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Type: TV
Episodes: 73
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Sep 24, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2011
Broadcast: Mondays at 19:30 (JST)
Licensors: 4Kids Entertainment
Studios: Gallop
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.401 (scored by 4260542,605 users)
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Ranked: #68542
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Popularity: #2327
Members: 74,312
Favorites: 313

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In the bustling and futuristic city of Heartland, a young boy named Yuuma Tsukumo has a dream that everyone his age wants to achieve—earning the title of the greatest duelist! Sadly, due to his lackluster dueling skills, this dream is far from achievable. But when the school bully, Ryouga "Shark" Kamishiro, splits the key given to him by his father into two pieces, he inadvertently sets Yuuma on a collision course with his dream.

Retaining one half of the key, Yuuma begins a duel with Shark, but soon realizes that his inexperienced skills are no match for him. In a sudden turn of events, Yuuma's key repairs itself, and the "Door of Destiny'' appears before him. Using the key to open it, Yuuma is greeted by an alien by the name of Astral—a being only he can see.

The bewildered Yuuma soon learns that his memories have been divided into 100 "Number Cards," all of which he must retrieve. However, he is also not the only one looking for them. Bombarded by these revelations, Yuuma, alongside Astral, must defend the world from the upcoming threats that loom over Heartland City—regardless of any divine intervention that may occur.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Zexal, the fourth anime installment of the Yu☆Gi☆Oh! franchise, introduced the concept of XYZ Monsters to the series. It was the first Yu☆Gi☆Oh! anime to have every episode dubbed in English since Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hosoya, Yoshimasa


Ikeda, Kyousuke


Yamamoto, Shouma

Kouzuki, Anna

Mochizuki, Rei


Kokuryu, Sachi


Matsuoka, Hiroki
Sound Director
Hosokawa, Hideki
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Masterpiece (マスターピース)" by mihimaru GT (eps 1-25)
2: "BRAVING!" by KANAN (eps 26-49)
3: "Tamashii Drive (魂ドライブ)" by Color Bottle (カラーボトル) (eps 50-73)

Ending Theme

1: "Boku Quest (僕クエスト)" by Golden Bomber (eps 1-25)
2: "Setsubou no Freesia (切望のフリージア; Freesia of Longing)"" by DaizyStripper (eps 26-49)
3: "Wild Child (ワイルド・チャイルド)" by moumoon (eps 50-73)

Jun 14, 2012
Mixed Feelings
I've always been a big fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Each iteration managed to improve upon it's predecessors, while still keeping things "fresh". Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's pushed the envelope with its outrageous concept (Riding Duels) and it succeeded. Coupled with strong characters and a great storyline, 5D's is easily my favourite of the series. It taught me to not judge a book by its cover, so I kept an open mind towards Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. While Zexal does manage to have many good things going for it, it completely disregards what has continually improved in each series: characters.

{Story} - [7/10]
The story of ...
Jan 1, 2017
Do I honestly think ZeXal deserves a 10/10? Not really (8 or 9 but not a perfect 10) but I wanted to offset some of the lower reviews, even just by a little.

I only watched the original Japanese version of Zexal, so I cannot comment on the dub other than Yuma's voice is horrendous.

Zexal has a really slow start, by that I mean really, you could skip episodes 3-9 and not really miss out on anything. And when I first started Zexal, Yuma was not my cup of tea. However, Yuma's growth in Zexal I is incredible. I find it a little unfair ...
May 4, 2017
Now, now, ZEXAL. The thing with ZEXAL is that if you do not dig the aesthetic, you will have a hard time watching it, especially if you want ~edge~ in your children's card games. Anyway. On with it.

Story - 6. It's a card game anime. It's pretty straightforward, really. A pokemon-esque treasure hunt, one tournament; an underlying purpose and other worlds. It's hard to rate it here because without ZEXAL II, said treasure hunt doesn't lead much anywhere.

Art - 7. ZEXAL is the prettiest YGO. Some animation is *really* wonky (episode 1 and 2 are unfortunate examples), some is vaguely bad (like the ep where ...

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