The plot follows the story of a boy named Yuri Motor, who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle. Yuri awakens a gambling alter-ego within his body that solves his conflicts using various games.
Tells the tale of Yuri Motor, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied around. One day, he solves an ancient puzzle known as the Millennium Puzzle (, Mennen Seizure), causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit with the personality of a gambler.
From that moment onwards, whenever Yuri or one of his friends is threatened by those with darkness in their hearts, this other Yuri shows himself and challenges them to dangerous Shadow Games (, Yam no Gem, lit. “Games of Darkness”) which reveal the true nature of someone's heart, the losers of these contests often being subjected to a dark punishment called a Penalty Game (, Bats Gem).
Whether it be cards, dice, or role-playing board games, he will take on challenges from anyone, anywhere. As the series progresses, Yuri and his friends learn that this person inside his puzzle is actually the spirit of a nameless Pharaoh from Ancient Egyptian times, who had lost his memories.
As Yuri and his companions attempt to help the Pharaoh regain his memories, they find themselves going through many trials as they wager their lives facing off against gamers that wield the mysterious Millennium Items (, Mennen Items) and the dark power of the Shadow Games. Although the end result was a manga about games, it was clear that some horror elements influenced certain aspects of the story.
Takanashi decided to use “battle” as his primary theme. Since there had been so much “fighting” manga, he found it difficult to come up with something original.
He decided to create a fighting manga where the main character doesn't hit anybody, but also struggled with that limitation. When the word “game” came to mind, he found it much easier to work with.
When an interviewer asked Takanashi if he tried to introduce younger readers to real life gaming culture referenced in the series, Takanashi responded by saying that he simply included “stuff he played and enjoyed”, and that it may have introduced readers to role-playing games and other games. Takanashi added that he created some games seen in the series.
The author stressed the importance of “communication between people,” often present in tabletop role-playing games and not present in solitary video games. Takanashi added that he feels that quality communication is not possible over the Internet.
Series around such games and used this idea as the premise; Yuri was a weak childish boy, who became a hero when he played games. , he based the names of the two major characters “Yuri” and “Gnocchi” on the word Yugo (), which means “friendship”.
Hen shin, the ability to turn into something or someone else, is something Takanashi believed all children dreamed of. He considered Yuri's “hen shin” Dark Yuri, a savvy, invincible games' player, to be a big appeal to children.
Takanashi said that the card game held the strongest influence in the manga, because it “happened to evoke the most response” from readers. Prior to that point, Takanashi did not plan for the card game to make more than two appearances.
In a 2004 interview, the editors of the United States Shnen Jump mentioned that Americans were surprised when reading the stories in Volumes 1 through 7, as they had not appeared on television as a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh ! English release by 4Kids have been subject to censorship to make it more appropriate for children', for example mentions of death or violence were replaced by references to “being sent to the Shadow Realm”.
Kabuki Takanashi has also stated that the character names “Yuri” and Gnocchi are based on the word (Yugo “friendship”). Yugo is pointed out by Gnocchi to Yuri at the end of the first manga chapter, as “something visible yet invisible” (what's visible is the two of them, what's invisible is their friendship), as a way to tell Yuri that he wants to be his friend.
Manga by Kabuki Takanashi was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shnen Jump from September 30, 1996, to March 8, 2004. Unlike most other media, it features a variety of different games.
The plot starts out fairly episodic and the first seven volumes includes only three instances of Magic & Wizards. In the sixtieth chapter, the Duelist Kingdom arc starts and instances of Magic & Wizards becomes fairly common, and after the DDD arc, it reappears again and becomes part of an important plot point during the Battle City arc.
The last arc of the manga focuses on a tabletop role-playing game that replicates the Pharaoh's lost memories, in which the battle system is based on an ancient Shadow Game played in his kingdom (stated in-series to be the precursor of Magic & Wizards and the indirect precursor to card games in general). The editors were Yoshihisa Hash and His Ahumada.
Manga was released in the North America by Viz Media, running in Shnen Jump magazine between 2002 and December 2007. The original Japanese character names are kept for most of the characters (Yuri, Gnocchi, ANZUS, and Honda, for instance), while the English names are used for a minor number of characters (e.g. Maxi million Pegasus) and for the Duel Monsters cards.
The manga is published in its original right-to-left format and is largely unedited, although instances of censorship appear such as editing out the finger in later volumes. Manga up to the end of the Monster World arc under its original title.
R was illustrated by Akira Ito under Takanashi's supervision. The story is of disputed canonical and takes place in the original manga's universe, between the Battle City and Millennium World arcs, where Yuri and his friends must stop a man named Yoko Tenma who plans to use ANZUS Kazakh's body to revive the deceased Pegasus.
The spin-off was serialized in V-Jump between April 21, 2004, and December 21, 2007, and was compiled into five Rangoon volumes. Viz Media released the series in North America between 2009 and 2010.
Anime adaptation was produced by Tea Animation and aired on TV Ash between April 4, 1998, and October 10, 1998, running for 27 episodes and one theatrical movie released on the 6th March 1999. It also adds a new regular character to the group, Milo Osaka, who was originally a one-shot minor character in the manga.
The series aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between April 18, 2000, and September 29, 2004, running for 224 episodes. A remastered version of the series, focusing on specific duels, began airing in Japan from February 7, 2015.
In 2001, 4Kids Entertainment obtained the merchandising and television rights to the series from Nixon Ad Systems, producing an English-language version which aired in North America on Kids' WB! Between September 29, 2001, and June 10, 2006, also releasing in various countries outside Japan.
The adaptation received many changes from the Japanese version to tailor it for international audiences. These include different names for many characters and monsters, changes to the appearance of the cards to differentiate them from their real-life counterparts and various cuts and edits pertaining to violence, death, and religious references to make the series suitable for children.
An uncut version, featuring an all-new English dub track and the original Japanese audio, began release in October 2004, in association with Animation Entertainment. 4Kids would later release the uncut Japanese episodes on YouTube, in May 2009, but were forced to stop due to legal issues with ADK and Yuri's Japanese voice actor, Unsure Mazama.
Meanwhile, a separate English adaptation, produced by A.S.N., aired in South East Asia. The names were also Americanized, but the series setting and the original music remained intact.
On March 24, 2011, TV Tokyo and Nixon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against 4Kids, accusing them of underpayments concerning the Yu-Gi-Oh ! This led to 4Kids filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code.
Although 4Kids had managed to win the case in March 2012, they ended up selling their rights to the franchise, among other assets, to INAMI. INAMI currently distributes the series and its spin-offs, in addition to producing English dubs through its renamed subsidiary, 4K Media Inc.
A complete DVD box set, including all English episodes and the Bonds Beyond Time movie, was released on July 15, 2014, via Amazon. On July 11, 2015, 4K Media began releasing subtitled episodes to the Crunchy roll streaming site monthly.
Capsule Monsters is a twelve-episode spin-off miniseries commissioned, produced and edited by 4Kids Entertainment, which aired in North America between September 9, 2006 and November 25, 2006. Duel Monsters, apparently somewhere between episodes 198 and 199, and involves Yuri and his friends being pulled into a world filled with real Duel Monsters they can summon using capsules.
It is similar to the Virtual RPG arc in many respects, but it does not seem to have anything to do with the early Capsule Monster Chess game featured in early volumes of the original manga. A DVD containing a condensed version of the Capsule Monsters episodes was released in May 2006.
A novel adaptation revolves focuses on some beginning parts of the manga and the Death-T arc, written by Mutsuhito Chiba ( Chiba Mutsuhito). It was published in Japan by Squash on September 3, 1999, and has four sections.
The fourth section is an original story, occurring only in the novel. Yuri accepts, and when the game begins, they use a special variation of Magic & Wizards called the “Bingo Rule,” which prevents the use of a specific card in each player's deck.
Yoruba stumbles in on them, and tells Yuri that Kaaba has not yet awoken from his catatonic state. The Gospel of Truth series guide for the manga.
Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth (, Yugo Kyarakutzu Guido Bulk Shinji no Future) is a guidebook written by Kabuki Takanashi related to characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh ! It was published in Japan on November 1, 2002, by Squash under their Jump Comics imprint and in France on December 12, 2006, by Kana.
And the various Penalty Games used by the Millennium Item wielders. An art book titled, Duel Art (, Dyueruto) was illustrated by Kabuki Takanashi under the Studio Dice label.
The art book was released on December 16, 2011, and contains a number of illustrations done for the Bunyan releases of the manga, compilations of color illustrations found in the manga, and brand-new art drawn for the book. It also contains pictures by Takanashi used for cards with the anniversary layout, pictures he has posted on his website and a number of other original illustrations.
The book includes episode information and pictures regarding the first Yu-Gi-Oh ! Anime and movie, some pictures with the original manga with a section covering the making of certain monsters, and interviews regarding the first film.
Four animated films based on the franchise have been released. (1999) Based on the Tea animated series, the thirty-minute movie revolves around a boy named Shoo Obama, who is targeted by Set Kaaba after obtaining a powerful rare card; the legendary Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
The cards were Pyramid of Light, Sorcerer of Dark Magic, Blue Eyes Shining Dragon, and Weapon. The Home Video Release also gave out one of the free cards with an offer to get all four cards by mail (though the promotion ended in December 2004).
In Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom, free promotional cards were also given out, however, they were given out at all screenings of the movie, and not just the premiere. Bonds that Transcend Time, is a 3-D film released on January 23, 2010, in Japan.
The film was released in North America by 4Kids on February 26, 2011, under the name Yu-Gi-Oh ! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time with additional footage, where it also received an encore screening in Japan.
The Dark Side of Dimensions 4K Media announced that a new film was in development in Japan, celebrating Yu-Gi-Oh's 20th anniversary. The film features an original story by Kabuki Takanashi, set six months after the events of the manga, depicting a duel between Yuri and Kaaba, as well as a new adversary.
The film released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 8, 2017, in Japan, and included the two part manga prequel called Yu-Gi-Oh ! The film was released in the United States on January 27, 2017, and was made available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 27, 2017.
Duel Monsters GO, is the first spin-off anime series produced by NAS which ran for 180 episodes from October 6, 2004, and March 26, 2008. Duel Monsters, the series follows a boy named Jaden Yuri as he attends a Duel Academy, built by Set Kaaba, in the hopes of becoming the next Duel King.
Like the previous seasons, 4Kids Entertainment licensed the series outside Japan and aired it in North America between October 10, 2005, and July 12, 2008, though episodes 157–180 were not dubbed. A manga adaptation by Naomi Panama was serialized in Squash's V-Jump magazine between December 17, 2005, and March 19, 2011.
The manga differs from that of the anime, featuring new storylines and monsters, as well as some personality changes in some characters. The series is published in North America by Viz Media.
5D's is the second main spin-off series also taking place in the 2000 universe, which aired for 154 episodes between April 2, 2008, and March 30, 2011. This series focuses around a motorcycling duelist named Yuma Judo and introduces new concepts such as Turbo Duels, duels which take place upon motorbikes called Duel Runners, and Synchro Monsters, which were also added to the real life trading card game.
A manga adaptation by Mahavira Shikoku and Stop Marathi began serialization in V-Jump from August 2009 and, like the GO manga, differs from the anime in storyline and characterization. The manga is also published in North America by Viz Media.
The story revolves around a boy named Yuma Tsunami who, joined by an interstellar being known as Astral, must gather the 100 Numbers cards that make up his memory. The series adds yet another monster type, XYZ Monsters, which were added to the trading card game.
4Kids licensed the series and began airing the series in North America on The CW's Tootsie block from October 15, 2011. After a legal battle with TV Tokyo and NAS caused 4Kids to file for bankruptcy, INAMI received the rights to the series.
The series aired on Saban's Vortex block, with production done by 4K Media Inc.. Zeal II, aired in Japan between October 7, 2012, and March 23, 2014.
The series focuses on a new protagonist, Yuma Sakai, who participates in the world of Action Duels, in which enhanced Solid Vision systems give substance to monsters and environments. The series introduces Pendulum Monsters and Pendulum Summoning, which were added to the trading card game.
TRAINS is the fifth main spin-off series, which aired for 120 episodes between May 10, 2017, and September 25, 2019, following Yu-Gi-Oh ! The series follows a new protagonist named Lusaka Fujiko who engages in duels on a virtual world under the alias “Playmaker”, determined to take down an elusive group of hackers known as the “Knights of Hanoi”.
The series introduces Link Monsters, which are also added to the trading card game. Sevens On July 21, 2019, it was announced that a new anime spinoff would premiere sometime in 2020.
Trading Card Game is a Japanese collectible card battle game developed and published by INAMI. Based on the Duel Monsters concept from the original manga series, the game sees players using a combination of monsters, spells, and traps to defeat their opponent.
First launched in Japan in 1999, the game has received various changes over the years, such as the inclusion of new monster types to coincide with the release of new anime series. In 2011, Guinness World Records called it the top-selling trading card game in history, with 25.2 billion cards sold worldwide.
Franchise which are published by INAMI, the majority of which are based on the trading card game, and some based on other games that appeared in the manga. Aside from various games released for consoles and handheld systems, arcade machines known as Duel Terminals have been released which are compatible with certain cards in the trading card game.
Was more meant for teenagers than the young kids that make up the audience for franchises such as Pokémon. The main character, Yuri, is a weak and childish boy who becomes a hero when he plays games.
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