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Original title 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王
transcription Yū-Gi-Ō
Yugioh Logo.JPG
genre Adventure , shons
country JapanJapan Japan
author Kazuki Takahashi
publishing company Shūeisha
magazine Shōnen Jump
First publication September 1996 - March 2004
expenditure 38
Trading card game
Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible card game
Anime television series
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
year 1998
Studio Tōei animation
length 24 minutes
Episodes 27
Director Hiroyuki Kakudō
music BMF
First broadcast April 4 - October 10, 1998 on TV Asahi
Anime television series
title Yu-Gi-Oh!
Original title 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王 デ ュ エ ル モ ン ス タ ー ズ
transcription Yū-Gi-Ō Dyueru Monsutāzu
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
Year (s) 2000-2004 (post-production 2006)
Studio Gallop
length 24 minutes
Episodes 234 in 6 seasons
Director Kunihisa Sugishima
music Shinkichi Mitsumune
First broadcast April 18, 2000 - September 29, 2004 on TV Tokyo
first broadcast
March 10, 2003 on RTL II
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (2004-2008)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (2008-2011)
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (2011-2014)
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (2014-2017)
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (2017)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ( Japanese 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王 Yū-Gi-Ō "King of the Games") is a manga series by the Japanese illustrator Kazuki Takahashi , first published in 1996 , which was also implemented as an anime and for which several merchandising products, including the international one successful Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game .

At the center of the plot of the manga and the anime, both of which are to be assigned to the Shōnen genre, is the initially lonely sixteen-year-old student Yugi , who sets free the spirit of an ancient pharaoh by assembling an Egyptian puzzle and wins him as a friend. Together with the Pharaoh, who stands up for justice and wants to punish the unjust, he must save the world from destruction in various battles. Many other friends, especially Katsuya / Joey , Hiroto / Tristan and Anzu / Téa , are there to support him.


The pupil Yugi Muto receives a three-dimensional, old, Egyptian puzzle that no one has been able to put together before. Trying to solve this changes his whole life. Because when he puts the "Millennium Puzzle" together, he awakens the spirit of an old pharaoh whose memory has been erased and with whom he now shares a body. With the help of the card game Duel Monsters , Yugi and Yami (the name with which the Pharaoh would like to be addressed) try to restore the Pharaoh's lost memory. However, the Millennium Puzzle is only one of a total of seven Millennium objects that are said to have the power to destroy the world. So many evil forces are after the Millennium Puzzle and its power. But together with his friends Joey Wheeler, Téa Gardner and Tristan Taylor, he opposes them.


First, the names of all characters are given according to the German manga, which is based on the names of the Japanese original version. The names are named after the slash according to the German version of the anime, which in turn is based on the US version.

  • Yugi Muto ( 武 藤 遊戯 , Mutō Yūgi ) / Yugi Muto is a 16-year-old teenager and student who is small for his age and is therefore very often bullied by his classmates and peers. He is always friendly and helpful and can connect with Yami Yugi through the Millennium Puzzle. Through his friendship with the Pharaoh, he became more and more courageous and mature.
  • Yami Yugi ( 闇 遊戯 , Yami Yūgi ) / Pharao Atem is an approx. 3000 year old pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (4Kids and their licensees give his age as 5000 years). He is very mysterious and his spirit lives inside Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. In the first season published in Germany, his name, Yami (in German "Finsternis / Dunkelheit"), is revealed at the end. In the Doom season he is simply called "Pharaoh". Later in the anime, his real name, Breath , is revealed. In the last duel against Yugi he says goodbye to him and his friends to enter the spirit world.
  • Anzu Mazaki ( 真 崎 杏子 , Mazaki Anzu ) / Téa Gardner is Yugi's best friend. After school she would like to move to New York to learn to dance there. She has romantic feelings for both Yugi and Atem.
  • Hiroto Honda ( 本田 ヒ ロ ト , Honda Hiroto ) / Tristan Taylor is a friend of Yugi's. He used to tease with Joey Yugi. That changed when he saved the two of them in a fight with the caretaker of their school at the risk of his life.
  • Katsuya Jonouchi ( 城 之 内 克 也 , Jōnouchi Katsuya ) / Joey Wheeler is Yugi's best friend and develops into a very good duelist in the course of the plot. He is particularly concerned about his sister Shizuka Kawai / Serenity Wheeler (Kawai is the maiden name of her mother with whom she lives), who suffers from an eye disease. With the prize money that Yugi wins with his victory over Pegasus in the kingdom of the duelists, he manages to pay for the eye operation for his sister. Joey has an aversion to Kaiba because he always makes fun of his dueling skills and does not see him as an equal duelist.
  • Seto Kaiba ( 海馬 瀬 人 , Kaiba Seto ) is the owner of a large corporation, Kaiba Corporation , which makes games, and one of Yugi's rivals. His younger brother Mokuba always stands by him. He was the undefeated champion in Duel Monsters until Yugi defeated him. Seto and Mokuba survived a car accident in which their parents died. Their parents' property, which they were supposed to inherit, was illegally stolen from them by their relatives. They were adopted as orphans by Gozaburo Kaiba , the world's best chess player, because he was beaten by Seto in a game of chess. Since then, Seto Kaiba has also had the title of "World Chess Champion". Seto has, among other things, the three legendary cards of the “White Dragon with an Ice Cold Eye” in his deck. After Kaiba has received the Egyptian god card "Obelisk, the tormentor" from Ishizu, he organizes the Battle City tournament in Domino to get the other two god cards into his possession, but fails again in the semifinals in the fight against Yugi. Kaiba had a stepbrother named Noah who died in a car accident. In the first series, Kaiba tries to kill Yugi and his friends with the "Death-T" project.
  • Ryo Bakura ( 獏 良 了 , Bakura Ryō ) / Bakura is a friend of Yugi. However, he is in possession of the Millennium Ring, whose evil spirit Yami Bakura, an approx. 3000 (5000 in the 4Kids version) year old grave robber, takes possession of him again and again. This spirit wants to usurp all millennium items to gain world domination. Bakura's father is an archaeologist. He bought the Millennium Ring in an Egyptian bazaar and later gave it to his son.
  • Pegasus J. Crawford / Maximillian Pegasus is the inventor of Duel Monsters . He hosted a tournament in the "Kingdom of Duelists" because he wanted all the Millennium items to bring his beloved wife Cecelia back to life. His Millennium Eye is his most precious possession. With this millennium item he can read the minds of others and steal their souls from people and then capture them in cards. He loses the Millennium Eye in a "game of shadows" against Bakura, the spirit of the Millennium Ring.
  • Marik Ishtar ( マ リ ク ・ イ シ ュ タ ー ル , Mariku Ishutāru ) is actually a tomb guardian of the Pharaoh. However, the desire to see the outside world instead of his underground home, and his father's anger over it, brought out his dark side, known as Yami Marik . Yami Marik banished his father to the realm of shadows with the Millennium Staff, but Odion was able to prevent him from banishing even more people there. Since the boy met Shadi / Shah Dee on the same day , he believes that the Pharaoh sent his father into the realm of shadows; since then he has been seeking revenge. He wants to get the so-called “Egyptian god cards” into his possession in order to send the pharaoh into the realm of shadows and to become pharaoh or world ruler himself. His older sister Ishizu Ishtar is owned by the Millennium Chain and is determined to support Marik's good side. When Odion was defeated by Joey in the Battle City finals, Yami Marik reappeared, who banished Mai and Bakura to the realm of shadows after victorious duels, and Joey as a result of a brutal duel, in which he and Joey's life force directly with their life points united, defeated and this completely exhausted after his defeat lost consciousness. After Yugi beat him in the final, he was banned into the spirit world and Marik regained control of his body.
  • Noah Kaiba ( 海馬 乃 亜 , Kaiba Noa ) is the biological son of Gozaburo Kaiba. Noah died in a car accident, but his father was able to transfer all of Noah's memories into a super computer and enable him to live in a virtual world. However, Gozaburo later realized that his son would never be able to take over his inheritance and run the Kaiba Corporation. The stay in the virtual world created by his father enables Noah to acquire all known knowledge and to increase his intelligence, with which he was able to take revenge on Seto. His defeat to Yugi prevented him from achieving his goal; later he destroyed the virtual world and thus irretrievably wiped out himself and his father. Noah does not appear in the manga. His clothes and hair are said to be an allusion to the Seto Kaiba of the first series, as this was also a green hair color.
  • Dartz ( ダ ー ツ , Dātsu ) is the over 10,000 year old ruler of Atlantis . He wants to revive the great Leviathan with the souls of the three chosen duelists Kaiba, Joey and Pharaoh. The Pharaoh defeats him in a duel. Like Noah, Dartz does not appear in the manga.
  • Siegfried von Schroider ( ジ ー ク フ リ ー ド ・ フ ォ ン ・ シ ュ レ イ ダ ー , Jīkufurīdo fon Shureidā ) / Zigfried von Schröder is Kaiba's German competitor and President of the Schröder Corporation. They have known each other since childhood. In the KC Grand Championship he wants to take revenge on Kaiba with his younger brother, Leon von Schröder, and drive his company, the Kaiba Corporation, into ruin; but Yugi manages to thwart her plan. At the end of the series, the credits show how Zigfried negotiates with Pegasus. Zigfried, like Noah and Dartz, does not appear in the manga.
  • Insector Haga ( イ ン セ ク タ ー 羽 蛾 , Insekutā Haga ) / Weevil Underwood : does not represent a main character, but appears several times in the series as an antagonist of Yugi and his friends. Underwood's deck is mostly composed of insect- type monsters and as such is a very good duelist. Weevil duels in the "Kingdom of Duelists" against Yugi and in the "Battle City Tournament" against Joey Wheeler. Weevil led the last and shortest duel against Siegfried von Schröder.
  • "Dinosaur" Ryuzaki ( ダ イ ナ ソ ー 竜 崎 , Dainasō Ryūzaki ) / Rex Raptor was like Weevil Underwood one of the most recognized duelists. He's constantly fighting with Weevil, but both seem to be more or less friendly to each other. Raptor loses to Joey Wheeler in the Duelist Kingdom and appears later in the second and fourth seasons. In the latter, he and Weevil are brainwashed and start working for Dartz . Like Weevil, Rex has specialized its deck on monsters of a certain type, namely those of the dinosaur type.

The Millennium Artifacts

There are a total of seven millennium artifacts: the puzzle, the stick, the chain, the ring, the eye, the key (ankh) and the scales - all with different properties. An eighth object appears in the movie, the pyramid of light. It belongs to the god of death Anubis . When the Millennium Puzzle was put together, the pyramid was activated. However, it is destroyed at the end of the film.

  • The Millennium Puzzle (or Lot) must be put together before it can develop its power. It is in the shape of an upside-down pyramid. It belongs to Yugi Muto, who got it from his grandfather. Whoever owns the puzzle has the power to rid a mind of evil thoughts and to bring the truth to someone's mind. In the past, at the time of breath, the Pharaoh had the power to call the Egyptian gods (The winged dragon of Ra, Obelisk the tormentor, Slifer the sky dragon).
  • With the Millennium Rod one can control the spirit of people, as far as the possessed is not able to defend himself against the seizure of his soul. The staff belongs to Marik Ishtar, who stole it from his father when he was first possessed by evil. In the Battle City tournament he uses it, among other things, to incite Joey and Téa against Yugi using mind control and thus get his millennium puzzle. However, Yugi defeats Marik in the tournament finals and Marik leaves the baton to him. In ancient Egypt, the priest Seto was its owner.
  • With the Millennium Chain , its owner has the power to look into the future and the past. In the beginning it belongs to Isis Ishtar / Ishizu Ishtar, Marik's sister, but later she leaves it to Yugi. In ancient Egypt, she owned the necklace as the priestess Isis .
  • The owner of the Millennium Ring can see into the soul of any person and locate even the most secret desires and fears there. He has the ability to find other millennium items. A powerful spirit lives in the ring, which can take control of its owner and also use the power of the ring to banish souls into objects. The ring belongs to Bakura. In ancient Egypt, the powerful priest and later magician Mahad (o) was its owner.
  • The Millennium Eye has the power to read the thoughts of people in your immediate vicinity. You can also use it to capture the souls of people in Duel Monsters cards and stone tablets. The owner of the eye must put it in place of his own eye in order to use it. The eye belongs to Pegasus J. Crawford / Maximilian Pegasus until the spirit of the Millennium Ring wins it in a shadow duel. In ancient Egypt, the priest Aknadin was the owner of the eye.
  • The Millennium Key (or Ankh ) allows its owner to penetrate the "space in the heart" of people and can change it at will and thus control people. It belongs to Schadi / Shah Dee, the guardian of the millennium artifacts. In ancient Egypt, the priest Shada was its owner and Shimon before him .
  • The Millennium Scales can track down the bad and the good in people. It also belongs to Shadi / Shah Dee. In the manga, Shadi judges people with her as follows: on one side of the scales comes the (invisible) heart of the evil person, on the other side the “pen of truth”. Then Shadi (Shah Dee) asks three questions. The person being judged must answer all questions truthfully, otherwise their soul will be eaten by the crocodile-like soul eater Ammit . In ancient Egypt, priest Karim was its owner and was able to fuse monsters with it.
    Here again parallels to Egyptian mythology can be found, because there, too, it was believed that after death, before one was allowed to enter the afterlife , the heart of the deceased was weighed against the pen of the mate (cf. also with the Egyptian Book of the Dead ).


The manga was published in Japan from September 1996 to March 2004 in individual chapters in the high-circulation manga magazine Shōnen Jump . The Shueisha Publishing House brought this single chapter from March 1997, in anthologies out of which 38 volumes have been published. Under the title Yu-Gi-Oh R ( 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王 R ) appeared in V Jump , a sister magazine of Shōnen Jump , a follow-up series of the manga since June 2004 . This has a different plot and was not drawn by Takahashi, but by Akira Itō .

The Yu-Gi-Oh! -Manga was also released in North America, Finland, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden. The comic was published in German in September 2002 in the manga magazine BANZAI! , a German version of the Shōnen Jump , at Carlsen Comics . Carlsen brought out the anthologies at the same time. In January 2005, Yu-Gi-Oh! from the banzai! Magazine in order to be able to publish the anthologies faster without having to worry about the slower publication in the Banzai! waiting. The series is completed with 38 volumes.

Anime / film adaptation

TV Shows


From April to October 1998, a 27-episode anime series based on the manga, produced by Toei Animation , ran on the Japanese television station TV Asahi . Like the beginning of the manga series, it is about the life of Yugi and his friends at school. The card game Duel Monsters did not play an important role here. This series has only been shown in Japan so far.

Under the title Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters ( 遊戯 王 デ ュ エ ル モ ン ス タ ー ズ , Yū-Gi-Ō Dyueru Monsutāzu ), which was produced by Studio Gallop and Nihon Ad Systems, TV Tokyo aired a follow-up series from April 2000 to September 2004 that of synchronized with other speakers. While Megumi Ogata played the roles of Yami Yugi and Yugi Muto in the first series, Shunsuke Kazama took over this role from the second series. Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters deals in its 224 episodes, which are divided into five seasons, mainly with the game Duel Monsters .

4Kids Entertainment secured the worldwide rights to this series, importing it as Yu-Gi-Oh! to the US and made some changes to make it more accessible to a US audience. This is how Americanized names, removed religious symbols and scenes of violence, and sexual innuendos. Dialogs have also been changed. RTL II broadcast the US version under the same name in Germany from March 2003. Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi / Pharao Atem were dubbed in the German version by two different people, Yugi Muto by Konrad Bösherz and Yami Yugi / Pharao Atem by Sebastian Schulz .

From October 2004 to March 2008, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX , a sequel to Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters . This begins about three years after the events from this series, illuminates other characters and was also seen on German television from February 2006. From March 2006, the twelve-part series Yu-Gi-Oh Capsule Monsters ( 遊戯 王 カ プ セ ル モ ン ス タ ー ズ , Yū-Gi-Ō Kapuseru Monsutāzu ) appeared. This additional season was added after the start of the follow-up series Yu-Gi-Oh! GX produced and released on DVD on behalf of 4Kids Entertainment for the USA and was broadcast by RTL II as the sixth season of the second series from May.

As of April 2008, the franchise was expanded to include a fourth series called Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and from April 2011 through Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal continued. These were also licensed by 4kids and broadcast on US television. After 4Kid's business end, Konami took over the licenses for the entire franchise in 2012.


The version edited by 4Kids Entertainment was dubbed on behalf of RTL II.

Role name Japanese speaker ( seiyū ) German speaker
Yugi Muto Shunsuke Kazama Konrad Bösherz
Yami / breath Shunsuke Kazama Sebastian Schulz
Joey Wheeler Hiroki Takahashi Robin Kahnmeyer
Seto Kaiba Hikaru Midorikawa a
Kenjirō Tsuda b
Gerrit Schmidt-Foss
Solomon Muto Tadashi Miyazawa Peter Groeger
Tea Gardner Maki Saitō Rubina Kuraoka
Tristan Taylor Takayuki Kondō c
Hidehiro Kikuchi d
Kim Hasper
Duke Devlin Ryō Naitō Dennis Schmidt-Foss
May Valentine Haruhi Terada Irina von Bentheim
Mokuba Kaiba Junko Takeuchi Ricardo Richter
Constantin von Jascheroff e
Diana Borgwardt f
Bakura Yō Inoue g
Rika Matsumoto h
Constantin von Jascheroff
Yami Bakura Rika Matsumoto David Nathan
Peter Reinhardt i
Maximillian Pegasus Jiro Jay Takasugi Till Hagen
Marik Ishtar Tetsuya Iwanaga Charles Rettinghaus
Hannes Maurer f
Yami Marik Tetsuya Iwanaga Klaus-Dieter Klebsch
Hannes Maurer f
Rebecca Hawkins Kaori Takagami Jill Schulz
Noah Kaiba Chisa Yokoyama Hannes Maurer
Dartz Yū Emao Björn Schalla
Shadi Nozomu Sasaki Bernd Vollbrecht
Peter Flechtner j
Zigfried von Schröder Eisuke Tsuda Viktor Neumann
Leon von Schröder alias
Leon Wilson
Seiko Noguchi David Turba
a 1st series
b 2nd series
c Episode 1–51
d Episode 53-224
e Some episodes in season 3
f Flashback
G Episode 12-41
H Episode 50-224
i Episode 199-224
j Episode 201-224

Plot of the series "Yu-Gi-Oh!"

Season 1: Kingdom of Duelists

The first season of the series is about the Kingdom of Duelists, a tournament organized by Maximillian Pegasus. By stealing the soul of Yugi's grandfather with his Millennium Eye, he forces Yugi to take part; if Yugi wins, Pegasus releases her soul again. Pegasus also steals the soul of Kaiba's younger brother Mokuba in order to let Yugi and Kaiba compete against each other. The tournament is an excuse to get Yugi's Millennium Puzzle into his possession. For he who possesses all seven millennium objects is to gain great power; but later you learn that Pegasus only wants to revive his deceased wife (in the US version: Cecilia Pegasus) with the artifacts. In the final duel against Pegasus, Yugi wins and receives the title of King of the Games. At the end of the season, Yami Bakura stole his Millennium Eye from Pegasus. The first season has three short attachments:

  1. The first appendix introduces Rebecca Hawkins (in the Japanese original version: Rebecca Hopkins). This tells the story of the White Dragon with Ice-cold Eyes map, which was owned by Yugi's grandfather Solomon at the beginning of the season. The then eight-year-old precocious Rebecca claims that the White Dragon is really hers and duels Yugi for the map. She wins the duel against Yugi because he gives up. Shortly afterwards, her grandfather Arthur appears, whose life Solomon saved on an expedition in Egypt. Arthur teaches his granddaughter that dueling isn't always about winning or losing. He explains to her that Yugi has given up to show her the way to the heart of the cards, which is only revealed when you duel your heart and mind.
  2. In the second appendix, “Virtual Worlds”, Kaiba is kidnapped into a virtual world by the board of directors of his own company. Yugi, Joey, Mokuba and Mai follow him and find out that he is being held captive in the "Castle of Dark Illusions". The friends fight their way to the castle and manage to free Kaiba. But before they can escape, Kaiba's board members stand in their way and let loose their "five gods dragon" on them. Joey, Mai and Mokuba fall victim to this, but Yugi and Kaiba can finally defeat him with united forces. As a result, the five members of the board of directors are in turn banished to the virtual world.
  3. In the third appendix, the friends meet Duke Devlin, who in turn is the inventor of the "Dungeon Dice Monsters" game he developed himself and who seeks to defeat Yugi in this game. After a verbal argument between Joey and Duke, Joey decides to challenge Duke to a duel in Duel Monsters. Joey loses the duel and, according to an agreement between him and Duke, has to wear a dog costume for a week and obey Duke's orders. Yugi doesn't put up with that and wants to avenge Joey. But Duke is clever and does not want to play Duel Monsters, but his own dice game against Yugi. Since Yugi doesn't know the game, of course, Duke sees himself at an advantage. He also wants to take advantage of this to expose Yugi to the world as an alleged deceiver who, in his opinion, could only defeat Pegasus with unfair means. But while the game was still going on, Yugi learned the rules and how to play and managed to defeat Duke and free Joey. In the end, Duke apologizes to Yugi for the allegations and the gang befriends him.
Season 2: The Battle City Duel

In the second season, Seto Kaiba organized the Battle City tournament, with which he wants to get the "Three Egyptian Gods Cards", the cards of the three most powerful Egyptian gods. He himself receives the card “Obelisk, der Töriger” (“God of Obelisk”) from Ishizu Ishtar. The other two cards are owned by her brother Marik, who stole them from their hiding places. The three cards are the strongest in the whole game, they are even stronger than "Exodia, the Forbidden". Yugi later wins "Slifer, the sky dragon" (English: "God of Osiris") from Marik. But Marik still has the third Egyptian god card "Winged Dragon of Ra" (English: "God of Ra"). Marik wants to get the Millennium Puzzle from Yugi by all means, because he wants to become ruler of the world through it. (At least in the 4Kids version. In the Japanese original, Marik wants to kill the nameless pharaoh because he blames him for killing his father). In the final round, Marik banishes Mai and Bakura to the "Realm of Shadows" because they lost their fights with him.

Season 3: Enter the Shadow Realm

The third season begins in the middle of the final of the Battle City tournament. The airship, with which the finalists travel, will be landed on a floating fortress by Noah Kaiba. Yugi, Kaiba and Yugi's friends are banished to a virtual world by the Big Five, the former board of directors of Kaiba Corp. There they all have to compete individually against the Big Five, consisting of Gansley, Leichter, Nesbitt, Johnson and Crump, in Duel Monsters, because they want their bodies to get back into the real world. It turns out that Noah is Kaiba's long-dead stepbrother who wants to get revenge on him. Later, Gozaburo Kaiba, Seto's stepfather and Noah's biological father, appears. In the end, thanks to Noah's help, everyone can escape and flee by airship. Now the final of the Battle City tournament begins, in which Joey is defeated by Marik, whereby Joey is unconscious for a long time, but he does not get into the "realm of shadows". After Yugi's victory over Kaiba in the semifinals, he succeeds in defeating Marik's evil side in the final duel and saving his good side, which frees all trapped souls.

Season 4: Waking the Dragons

The fourth season starts after the end of the third season. This season is about a mysterious villain named Dartz , who resurrects the great beast Leviathan through the souls of strong duelists, which he "collects" with the help of a powerful Duel Monsters card (seal of Orichalcos) and who destroys the world with it want. He even takes over the Kaiba Corporation. In order to realize his plan, he wants to steal the soul of Yami Yugi in a duel. After many duels in which many, including little Yugi, are robbed of their souls, the great Leviathan has almost risen from the dead, only the souls of Kaiba and Yami Yugi are missing. In a final duel, Dartz, the leader of the Doom organization (in the Japanese original version: Doma), wants to steal the souls of both. Kaiba fails in a duel and loses his soul. But finally Yami Yugi can defeat Dartz and free all captured souls again after he has conquered the risen Leviathan thanks to the three Egyptian gods he summoned.

Season 5: Grand Championship / Dawn of the Duel

The first part of the season is about a short tournament that Kaiba holds to celebrate the inauguration of the Kaiba Land theme park . The winner of the tournament has the honor of playing against Yugi in the end. Overall, the best duelists from all over the world compete; this includes Rebecca Hawkins, Joey and Yugi's grandfather. However, one of Kaiba's German competitors by the name of Siegfried von Schröder sneaks in and infects his computer system with a virus . Another competitor, whom everyone thought was a nice boy, turns out to be Siegfried's brother Leon, who, unlike Siegfried, does not want to take revenge on the Kaiba family.

The second part focuses on Yami Yugi's past. In Egypt he is challenged by Yami Bakura to the ultimate game of shadows, in which the events of ancient Egypt are repeated. After regaining his memory, one of the things he learns is that his real name is Breath. With the help of a fusion of the three god monsters he destroys the personification of evil: Zorc / Yami Bakura.

After returning to the present, Atem and Yugi must prove in a final battle that the two are ready to go their separate ways. In a ceremonial duel, Yugi not only succeeds in defeating the three monsters of the gods, but also asserting himself against his friend and thus giving him the ultimate peace.

Additional season: Capsule Monsters

The plot in the twelve additional episodes differs from the original and is timed to an unspecified point within the series. The duelists do not fight with cards, but with monsters that are locked in capsules. In this season, Tristan and Tea, who actually only act in the background, get an important role.

Follow-up series: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Since 2004 there has been a follow-up series called Yu-Gi-Oh! GX . This series has a new protagonist Judai Yuki, who is renamed "Jaden" in the US version. The protagonist of the previous series Yugi has a cameo in the first episode of the first season and in the last two episodes of the fourth season of the series. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX ended in Japan in March 2008 with a total of 180 episodes.

2nd follow-up series: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

In April 2008, the second successor series, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s . There are new characters again, and the setting has changed too. The well-known city of Domino from the first series has now been divided into two parts according to economic criteria: In New Domino City , a very large, affluent high-tech district, and in Satellite . The latter looks very shabby and is more like a slum, where “branded” criminals are also banished. The protagonist of the series, Yusei Fudo, also lives there.

3rd successor series: Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

From April 11, 2011, the third successor series Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal . At the same time, a manga for the series was published again. The action is set far in the future. The protagonist is the slightly clumsy and careless Yuma Tsukumo. After meeting the mysterious being Astral, his adventure begins.

4th successor series: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

In the spring of 2014, the fourth follow-up series Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V . The new protagonist is Yūya Sakaki, who uses the new type of duel, the "Action Duel". The free TV premiere in Germany was on March 12, 2015 on ProSieben Maxx .

5th successor series: Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS

In the spring of 2017, the fifth follow-up series Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS . In this, the rules of the card game were comprehensively changed in order to massively restrict summoning techniques that were introduced in previous series. This is mainly done through the new type of monster cards, the so-called link monsters.

The latest protagonist is Yusaku Fujiki, who is known as a playmaker in the digital game world, the eponymous LINK VRAINS.


On March 6, 1999, a Toei Animation thirty-minute movie was released in Japan along with the Digimon Adventure (film) and Dr. Slump - Arale no Bikkuri Bān released as part of Toei Spring Anime Fair '99 . The Toei Spring Anime Fair '99 grossed about 650 million yen in Japanese theaters.
This film is about a boy named Shōgo Aoyama who shies away from dueling even after obtaining the Black Roach Dragon map . Yugi tries to encourage him in a duel against Seto Kaiba, who is after this rare card.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The film
A film produced for western viewers made it into international cinemas in 2004 (theatrical release in the USA on August 13, 2004, in Germany on August 26, 2004 and in Japan as an extended version on November 3, 2004). It was shown in 2,411 cinemas in the United States.
" Yu-Gi-Oh! The film “( Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Hikari no Pyramid , 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王 デ ュ エ ル モ ン ス タ ー ズ 光 の ピ ラ ミ ッ ド , Yū-Gi-Ō Dyueru Monsutāzu: Hikari no Piramiddo ). Goes back to ancient Egypt. After the end of the Battle City tournament, an ancient power awakens deep beneath the sandy desert of Egypt. Anubis, defeated centuries ago by Yugi's mysterious second self - the ancient Pharaoh - returns to seek revenge. Anubis decides to destroy Yugi and take control of the world. With every point of life that Yugi loses in a duel against him, Anubis' power is strengthened. Now all of Yugi's skills as master of the "Duel Monster" are required - after all, the fate of the world depends on it.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
For the tenth anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Produced by Studio Gallop and Nihon Ad Systems Series, came 10th Anniversary Gekijōban Yū-Gi-Ō - Chō-Yūgō! Jikū o Koeta Kizuna ( 10th ア ニ バ ー サ リ ー 劇場版 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王 〜 超 融合! 時空 を 越 え た 絆 〜 ) on January 23, 2010 in 3D in Japanese cinemas. The film is about Yusei's "stardust dragon" being stolen by a mysterious duelist named Paradox; he also wants to kill the inventor of Duel Monsters, Maximillian Pegasus. Yusei travels back in time to take on Paradox with Jaden Yuki and Yugi Muto and retrieve his card to stop him from murdering.
The film was licensed by 4kids and was released in American cinemas in spring 2011 under the title “Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time ”. It was supposed to be shown in Germany in spring 2011, but in March 2011 4kids acquired the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! has lost, publication outside of America has not been possible. In August 2018, the publisher KSM Anime announced that it would release the film in German in mid-2019. The film was released in a bundle together with the first film in a FuturePak on June 27, 2019, but initially exclusively in the Anime-Planet-Shop. The bundle was published in stores on September 26, 2019 in an edition of 1000.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
For the twentieth anniversary of the franchise, the fourth film Yū ☆ Gi ☆ Ō Za Dākusaido Obu Dimenshonzu (ゆ うお う THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONSザ ・ ダ ー ク サ イ ド ・ オ ブ ・ デ ィ メ ン シ ョ ン ズ) released in Japanese theaters on April 23, 2016. On March 12, 2017, he came through KSM Anime as Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in German and Austrian cinemas and later on DVD and Blu-ray.


Trading card game

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Video games

Since 1998, a whole series of video games based on Yu-Gi-Oh have been released for various platforms. The manufacturer of the games is Konami :

Arcade games:

  • Duel Terminal 1-6 (2010–2012)

PC games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi The Destiny (2003)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba The Revenge (sequel to Yugi The Destiny) (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey The Passion (third installment in the Power of Chaos series) (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Steam) (2016)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Steam) (2017)

Online PC games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Online (PC) (online version of the game, technically like the Chaos series)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Online 2 Duel Evolution (PC) (online version of the game, technically like the Chaos series)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Online 3 Duel Accelerator (PC) (online version of the game, technically like the Chaos series) (2010)

PlayStation games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories (2003)

PlayStation 2 games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists of the Roses (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Colosseum (2005)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force Evolution (2008)

PlayStation 3 games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels (2014)

PlayStation 4 games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (2015)

PlayStation Portable Games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force (2007)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2 (2007)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 (2008)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 (2009)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5 (2010)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6 (2011)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special (2015) only in Japan

Xbox games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Cradle of Destiny (2005)

Xbox 360 games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels (XBox Live) (2010)

Xbox One Games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (2015)

Game Boy Color Games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Duel (2003)

Game Boy Advance Games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards (card game with RPG elements) (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2005 - Duelist's Day
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2006 - Ultimate Master Edition
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeondice Monsters (2006)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler (2005)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition - Stairway to the Destined Duel (Championship 2003)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef the Destroyer (successor to "The Sacred Cards") (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy (2006)

Nintendo DS games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour (2006)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller (2007)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Card Almanac (2007)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2009: Stardust Accelerator
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus

Nintendo 3DS games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: World Duel Carnival (Japan 2013) (Europe, USA 2014)

GameCube games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Kingdom of Illusions (real-time strategy game with RPG elements) (2004)

Nintendo Switch games

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (2019)

Wii games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers (2009)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Master of the Cards (/ Duel Transer) (2010)

Android and iOS games:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Bam Pocket
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation (2014)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (2016)

Individual evidence

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters (US TV) - Anime News Network. Retrieved March 24, 2009 .
  2. Konami Explains Transition of 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh Assets. In: Anime News Network. July 30, 2012, accessed August 22, 2012 .
  3. TV tip: "Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V" from tomorrow exclusively at YEP! from ProSieben MAXX! . March 13, 2015. Accessed March 14, 2015.
  4. Anime News Network entry for the 1999 Yu-Gi-Oh! Film (English)
  5. biglobe.ne.jp/~MINEO/kougyou (Japanese)
  6. Annual Report 2008. (No longer available online.) TV Tokyo, archived from the original on July 16, 2012 ; accessed on February 24, 2009 (English, p. 13). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tv-tokyo.co.jp
  7. »Yu-Gi-Oh!«: KSM Anime publishes further films. In: anime2you.de. August 5, 2018, accessed September 8, 2018.
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! - Bundle Edition - Movie Collection | Blu-ray. In: Anime2You.de. June 27, 2019, accessed August 12, 2019.
  9. https://www.animenachrichten.de/news/yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions-ksm-anime-veroeffentlicht-7-synchroclip

Web links

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