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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: 7.231 (scored by 138614138,614 users)
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Ranked: #30172
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Popularity: #972
Members: 240,151
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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


Jun 9, 2008
First of all, this series is a LOT different from "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters". While the card game was certainly present in this series, it wasn't nearly as important.

There are a lot of changes from this to Duel Monsters. Mokuba's character is 100% different, Kaiba is somehow more of a jerk, Yugi is tinier and he gets beat up one per episode. And Yami challenges people to shadow games, which end in insanity or death.

The episodes are really predictable, for the most part. One of the main characters is picked on, Yami challenges them to a shadow game and wins, the episode ends. Even so, ...
Oct 20, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Children's Card Games Saga Part I: A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Away, Where Everyone Has Crazy Hair

Well, it's been a long time since I did a nostalgia review, and it took me so long to finish this series due to being unable to find synced audio and video versions of the show, I feel like I can be nostalgic about this show now. (Seriously, I had to quit watching this show for 6 months)

Anyway- so back in 1998, Yugioh was born. Not the 4Kids Yugioh I grew up watching in the early 2000s, but the version that nobody in the US ever ...
Sep 14, 2011
The premise of Yugioh is that a young High School boy solves an ancient Egyptian puzzle that unleashes another self within his mind. This other self challenges those who do evil to karmic games and destroys their minds when they cheat. The story is laughably bad. The games are different in virtually every episode so they constantly have to take time out of the action to explain the rules for the episode. Add that to the fact that the other Yugi frequently wins through pure BS, I mean the power of friendship, and you get a story that's so stupid and cheesy it feels like ...

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