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Synonyms: Yuu Gi Ou Shadow Games, Yugioh Duelist, Yu-Gi-Oh! Millenium World, Game King, King of Games
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王
English: Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 38
Chapters: 343
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 17, 1996 to Mar 8, 2004
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, School School, Strategy Game Strategy Game
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Takahashi, Kazuki (Story & Art)


Score: 7.721 (scored by 1987819,878 users)
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Ranked: #17022
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Popularity: #427
Members: 40,332
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High school student Yuugi Mutou spends his days being bullied between classes and his nights playing board games and solving puzzles in his bedroom. Yuugi's penchant for gameplay comes from his grandfather, whose game shop also serves as a house for the two.

One night, Yuugi manages to solve the Millennium Puzzle, a seemingly impossible challenge that awakens his inner darkness and converts it into an alternate persona: Yami Yuugi. Transforming into the more bold and dangerous persona against his will in moments of great distress, Yuugi begins to moonlight as a vengeful vigilante, challenging bullies and evil-doers to risky games where failure results in fates worse than death.

Yuugi and his alter ego befriend some of the very students who once bullied him, forming unbreakable companionships with them. But the group must contend with villains far deadlier than the high school punks they originally rallied against, enemies who use games for nefarious purposes and threaten Yuugi and his friends' very lives.

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Yu☆Gi☆Oh! spawned two card games. The first is the Bandai Official Card Game that released exclusively in Japan in 1998 alongside the Yu☆Gi☆Oh! anime and was very popular during its initial release. The second is the Konami Official Card Game that released in 1999 in Japan, which became one of the most popular card games in the world and has sold over 25 billion cards.

The series was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint. The publishing is divided into three parts: 7 volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh were published from May 7, 2003 to December 7, 2004, 24-volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist from February 1, 2005 to December 4, 2007 and 7 volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Millenium World from August 2, 2005 to February 5, 2008. A special hardcover collector's edition first volume was released on September 16, 2008. A 3-in-1 omnibus edition was published from February 3, 2015 to February 6, 2018, with the final omnibus containing volumes 37 & 38.

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Oct 28, 2023
As someone who already has an extensive background on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG/OCG, many of the cards in the manga have effects that have great deviation from their real world counterparts. But honestly, don't let that be a hindrance when trying to enjoy the story about a boy trying to make friends and learning to stand for himself, and an ancient king who learned kindness, through the medium called games.

Let's start with the world-building. It might come across as wacky. The first 50+ chapters are your typical game of the week, with the latter third focusing on the Duel Monsters card game and then a dangerous ...
Sep 17, 2023
I feel like the only way to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh is to talk about the three major arcs in the series, as they are all different but they all show different facets of the work.

The first is the original series "Yu-Gi-Oh" In this we meet Yugi, his group of friends, and join him as he solves the Millennium Puzzle. What it is will be hinted at but mostly we learn about what's contained in the Millenium puzzle, a spirit who uses Yugi's body to extract revenge on various people.

The thing is this first series is my favorite but it's not "Yu-Gi-Oh" ...
Apr 6, 2023
Mixed Feelings
By far, the most interesting aspects the Yu-Gi-Oh manga are the first 7 volumes, which are an interesting cross section between a gambling and horror story. This series really hit the ground running. The story then goes on to arcs that would be familiar to those who watched the anime, but probably has a better ending than the anime that really gets into the backstory and lore in ways the anime never really touched or explored. I definitely recommend the first 7 volumes for everybody. The duelist portions are best for those who want to experience the anime with a slightly darker take on the ...

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