Although Jaden and Jesse are used to being surrounded by spirits, they appear to scare all the others students and are therefore surprised when Sapphire Pegasus and Winged Turbo materialize. Adrian Gecko escaped from the collapsing lab with Devil Arm in tow.
At the suggestion of Jesse Anderson, Dr. Crowley and Vice-Chancellor Bonaparte gather all the students in the gym and tally them. They determine that a total of 100 students were transported to the alternate dimension, and the rest (presumably in the dorm buildings), were not.
Along with the duel monsters problem, many of the students start to panic which leads to Jesse taking charge again and losing his temper with them. Once order is restored, Adrian arrives warning them someone is approaching Duel Academy.
It appears not all the usual Duel Monsters rules apply though, as Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger is able to destroy one of the sisters without affecting the other two. They developed a theory of their being twelve separate dimensions in which Duel Spirits reside.
In an experiment, something went wrong and Bastion ended up being transported to the same desert dimension as Duel Academy. Meanwhile, Blair, Marcel and some other first-year students are hiding in a classroom, afraid of the duel spirits.
Adrian gets back to the room where he had locked the Devil Arm in and discovers it's disappeared from its capsule. Label determines that Marcel Bonaparte would make a good host, and possesses him.
Under her influence, he attacks and wounds Blair Flanagan, who is found in the hallway by Jaden later. Jaden and his friends find themselves in a different dimension where duel monsters are real, the ocean is a sea of sand and...
Will she get the first aid in time, or have the Duel Ghouls prescribed a different kind of treatment for her? With Jesse, Jim and Axel facing off against three masked duelists, there’s no telling what might happen.
After discovering that the Supreme King and Jaden are one and the same, Jim looks to stare down the darkness controlling his friend and defeat it with a gift given to him long ago! After witnessing the dark powers of the Supreme King, Axel finds himself afraid for the first time in his life.
GO follows the exploits of Jaden Yuri (Judah Yuri in the Japanese versions) and his companions as he attends Duel Academia (Duel Academy in the 4Kids version). It was later dubbed in English by 4Kids Entertainment and a manga spinoff was created by Naomi Panama.
Taking place ten years after the events of Yu-Gi-Oh! GO follows a new generation of duelists including a young boy named Judah Yuzuki (Jaden Yuri) who attends Duel Academia (Duel Academy), a school founded by Set Kaaba, wherein aspiring duelists train in the field of Duel Monsters.
Judah/Jaden makes friends and rivals at the academy and accepts challenges alongside his Elemental Hero deck, which includes the Winged Turbo card given to him by Yuri Auto. GO is produced by Nixon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo, and the animation is handled by Studio Gallop.
The series was directed by Katsuki Sufi and scripts were prepared by an alternating lineup of writers–Shin Yeshiva, At sushi Malaya, Semi Mode, Suzuki Suzuki–with music arrangements by Lusaka Minor. Tanya Tiramisu is in charge of sound direction, supervised by Yuri Matsuda.
Character and monster designs are overseen by Knight Hara, while Duel layout is overseen by Mahavira Shikoku. The “GO” in the series' title is short for the term “Generation next”.
“GENE” was conceived as the series' original title, as can be evidenced in early promotional artwork. It also refers to the GO tournament that takes place between episodes 84 and 104.
The program is divided into episodes classified as “turns”. The title sequence and closing credits are accompanied by lyrics varying over the course of the series, with the former immediately followed by an individual episode's number and title.
Eye catches begin and end commercial breaks halfway through each episode; in the first season, there were two eye catches per episode, usually showcasing the opponents and their key monsters for a given episode while in later seasons, a single eye catch appears with only the duelists. After the credits, a preview of the next episode, narrated most frequently by KEEN and Masai Suzuki, is made, followed by a brief “Today's Strongest Card” segment.
The 180-episode series aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 6, 2004, and March 26, 2008, and was followed by Yu-Gi-Oh! It was subsequently licensed by 4Kids Entertainment and adapted into English, picked up by Cartoon Network and 4KidsTV in North America, where it is also distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment (edited version only) and Warner Bros. Television Animation.
Like previous 4Kids adaptations, several changes were made from the original Japanese version, including the names and personalities of characters, the soundtrack, the sound effects, the appearance of visuals such as Life Point counters, and the appearance of cards. The story and some visuals are also edited to remove references to death, blood, violence and religion in order to make the series suitable for a younger audience.
Also any written language text, either Japanese or English is erased or replaced with unreadable content. These edits are also used in various localizations of the show in countries outside of Asia where 4Kids had distribution rights.
Ending themes “Genoa Battle” (Japanese : , Genoa Baton) by JAM Project (Episodes 1-33) “Wake up your Heart” by KEEN (Episodes 34-104) “The Sun” (Japanese : , Tailor) by Bite the Lung (Episodes 105-156) “Endless Dream” by Kinda Hiroshi (Episodes 157-180) English “Get Your Game On” by Alex Walker, Jake Ziegler and Matthew Order.
A manga spin-off of the series supervised by Kabuki Takanashi and written and illustrated by Naomi Panama began serialization in V Jump on December 17, 2005. The chapters have been collected and published in nine Rangoon volumes by Squash starting on November 2, 2006.
The manga is licensed for English language release by Viz Media, which serialized the first 37 chapters in its Shnen Jump manga anthology. The remaining chapters were published straight to graphic novel, beginning with volume 5.
The plot of the manga is completely different from the anime and is more of a continuation to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Series with Shadow Games and the Millennium Items playing a major role within the story.
A one-shot of the GO manga was released on June 21, 2014, in the August issue of V Jump. The one-shot was written and illustrated by Naomi Panama.
The Tag Force series has appeared on the PlayStation Portable, which adds the ability to form tag team duels, with the first three games in the series being based on the GO series (subsequent games are based on Yu-Gi-Oh! So far, Tag Force 3 has not been released in North America.
Each fortnight a collectable would be included in the form a medal (Academy character or duel monster), a Treeing (2x shiny or 1x Holographic) or a miniature monster which would stand on its own platform. In Issue 2 a tin was provided to keep medals and things in, along with a further 2 collectable file folders to hold the comics in later issues.