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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Game King, Yugioh, King of Games, Yu-Gi-Oh! First Series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Serie Zero, Yugi-Oh, Yuugiou, Yu-Gi-Oh Season 0
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王
German: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Spanish: Yu-Gi-Oh!
French: Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 27
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 1998 to Oct 10, 1998
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Saturdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.241 (scored by 141248141,248 users)
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Ranked: #30542
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #989
Members: 245,334
Favorites: 1,256

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Bullies often target someone frail and weak—someone exactly like Yuugi Mutou. His beautiful childhood friend, Anzu Mazaki, is always there to stand up for him, but he can't depend on her forever. Katsuya Jonouchi, who is almost always accompanied by his verbal sparring partner Hiroto Honda, doesn't seem like a bad person either, despite always bringing Yuugi trouble. But most of all, Yuugi wishes for a true friend who understands him and would never betray him.

Yuugi treasures his Millennium Puzzle, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was brought into his grandfather's game shop. Believing that solving the puzzle will grant him his wish, he completes the puzzle, unleashing a new personality within him—the soul of the "King of Games."

Dark, twisted, strong, and reliable, the new personality named Yami Yuugi is the exact opposite of Yuugi. Upon any injustice toward him, Yami Yuugi takes over Yuugi's body and forces the opponent into a "Shadow Game." The stakes are high as whoever loses shall have a taste of the darkness that resides within their own heart.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Yu☆Gi☆Oh! loosely adapts the first 59 chapters of the source manga while adding original events and characters not present in the manga.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kakudou, Hiroyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sugishima, Kunihisa
Hosoda, Masahiro
Episode Director
Ikeda, Youko
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Kawaita Sakebi" by Field of View

Ending Theme

"Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowaretemo" by WANDS


Apr 24, 2023
I remember watching this in high school and having fond memories of it, one night just binging it with a buddy who'd stayed the night.

It's rough around the edges and it's a bit different than the rest of the Yugioh series: being the OG it's a lot darker in tone which adds to the appeal. The focus in general is less on the card game itself and more on the Millennium Puzzle and everything else having to do with it. In addition, the characters are slightly different than if one has come into this from having watched any of the others in terms of ...
Jul 9, 2022
Mixed Feelings
It was a decent season of Yu-Gi-oh!, from here on onward Yu-Gi-Oh starts. Disappointed that there were not many duel battles in the series, but other types of games were introduced a lot during the season. The character development was decent, art style and animation was also decent as it aired in the 90s. I liked some episodes and others were also decent, I enjoyed the MC and his friends. This series aside gaming shows us the importance of friendship.
What I liked about the series is the MC and the duel game which is played and his smartness also.
I give this series 6/10.
May 18, 2017
Watch this show only for the novelty of it being the OG series for Yugioh. I wouldn't recommend this show for someone who isn't already a fan of Yugioh Duel Monsters because in all honesty if you are looking for a great story or great characters or amazing art and sound this isn't the show for you. I would recommend this show for anyone who likes Yugioh Duel monsters to basically see it all started and the inspiration for some of the fights in duel monsters such as the first duel with kaiba to even the final arc of the show. This show is worthwhile ...

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