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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: 7.611 (scored by 1693816,938 users)
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Ranked: #19382
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Popularity: #417
Members: 33,523
Favorites: 1,784

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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 the Trading Card Game of the same name, which is one of the most popular card games in the world and has sold over 25 billion cards since 1999.

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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Jul 18, 2010
mastertek (All reviews)
I finally finished reading this masterpiece... All I must say is this manga is not just a must-read or must-rate, but a MUST-FAVORITE! You can't run into another masterpiece like this in many decades. This one surpasses all other manga series in my fav-list, even though its anime adaptions are not so great.

Story: 8/10
-The only thing it lacks is ROMANCE. This was a pain at first for me but I quickly forgot that, being completely enthralled by the duels. Also, there are times when the motives behind the duels were not so reasonable and convincing. Nevertheless, the author did a great great job.

-In the read more
Oct 23, 2019
wasteman (All reviews)
The Yu-Gi-Oh manga is a work I wish I could convince more people to read. Most people I know have some experience with the franchise, whether it be through various anime series, films, video games, or the card game – but very few are familiar its origin. Even though the franchise is extraordinarily successful, the manga is much lesser known than the aforementioned media. I am very grateful to have finally read this magnificent work by Kazuki Takahashi, and feel compelled to express some thoughts on this manga in the hopes that it will kindle someone’s interest.

I have found that due to people’s association read more
Jul 14, 2020
Kyouma-D-Luffy (All reviews)
Yu-Gi-Oh! You've either saw on KidsWB or you saw kids in your school playing the card game. This was actually how my first encounter went with the franchise. I've actually had never finished reading the manga until recently as I had wanted to watch the Darkside of Dimensions with the manga storyline fresh in my head (and because that movie is a sequel to the manga, not the anime). Warning to those wanting to read though, there are some slight spoilers in this review.

I figured I needed to reread Yu-Gi-Oh! from the start. So from reading the early chapters again, I still was shocked by read more
Apr 11, 2020
Blazeisachicken (All reviews)
Yu-Gi-Oh is one of my favorite manga ever. Period. I used to love the card game, now I play it every now and then and it's pretty good. But the manga is where it's at.

I was impressed by the characters. Even the ones that don't do much are still really great, fun characters. They're really what holds the story together. Especially at first. When I read the first nine or so volumes, I was unimpressed by the art work, the unbalanced story, and just how edgy it is. I hear a ton of people going on about how dark it is, but to me, it read more

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