Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王)combines action, adventure, fantasy and card playing in an exciting anime series that has gained huge popularity across the globe. For those who have seen the series and loved it, there is some big news that was just revealed earlier today! A new movie in the works has been teased and all the details are soon to come. So make sure to keep checking back on the site for your chance to know more about the Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie.
Yu-Gi-Oh! first started out as a manga series in Japan, but quickly became a very popular anime series and soon evolved into a card playing trend. A quick fun fact about Yu-Gi-Oh! the card game, it was loosely based off the popular U.S. card playing game, Magic: The Gathering. Using some of the same principles, Yu-Gi-Oh! combines the abilities of monsters, spirits, magic, strength, and strategy in one unique experience.
There are three arcs to the series with the first arc being known as the original series in Japan, but it was never released in the U.S., or outside of Japan for that matter. The first arch is a great introduction to the character, Yugi Mutou, who is frightful, weak and often bullied by others. The Japanese version overlaps the U.S. Version at a certain point in the series. What isn't explained in the U.S. Version is that Yugi is a great gamer and loves to solve puzzles. As you follow him, you learn that he is alone with little to no friends, with his grandfather at his side caring for him. This is most of the first arc, closing with Yugi finding an ancient artifact, the Millennium Puzzle (千年パズル/ Sennen Pazuru).
Yugi tries to solve this puzzle throughout the series and after solving the strange artifact, a spirit appears and possesses his body, he suddenly gains confidence and strength as a person and has a split personality. Whenever one of his friends is in a situation of being antagonized by another with a dark heart, the spirit takes over his body and challenges those in a game that shows the true nature of the person. That game is known as Shadow Games. Unaware of this presence, Yugi continues to live his life until he realizes the spirit within him.
- Episodes: 27 (Japan)
- Aired: Apr. 1998 - Oct. 1998 (Japan)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
The second arc of the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters the U.S. Version, begins with Yugi living in a card gaming shop with his grandfather who has taught Yugi everything he knows about playing “Duel Monsters” the card game. When one of Yugi's friends accompanies him to the shop, they are followed by another card player known as Seto Kaiba, who discovers that Yugi's grandfather may have the Duel Monsters card he's been looking for. Offering his entire stock of playing cards and money, Yugi's grandfather declines the offer saying the card was a gift and has more value that anything in the world.
This begins the recurring act of greed that leads Yugi to fight for those he cares dearly for. Yugi's grandfather's is the first person he must save from a man named, Maximillion Pegasus, who has taken his grandfather's soul in order to test Yugi's abilities. It is in this arc that he finds out the spirit is a mysterious Pharaoh from Egyptian times with no memory of its past and name, Yugi hosts the spirit within him until he can regain his lost memories.
Later on in the series, you find out that the Millennium Puzzle is not just any artifact, it is one of many powerful Millennium items that make up one object. Pegasus has one such item and used it to kidnap Yugi's grandfather. Yugi must defeat Pegasus, obtain the Millennium item and free his grandfather. It is then that he discovers by obtaining all of the items, it will help reveal the lost memories and name of the Pharaoh Spirit that is part of him. This is when the show gets pretty exciting. With out going into great detail and spoiling the show for those who have not watched the series, Yugi takes part in a final duel that will make watching the show, totally worth it.
- Episodes: 224 (US)
- Aired: Apr. 2000 - Sep. 2004 (US)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
In the third and final arc, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, is a short mini-series of about twelve episodes. This arc is also known as a spin off of the anime with four other spin offs to follow, the others are Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. In Capsule Monsters, the story continues as a filler to the Duel Monsters series, taking place in an unknown world where they have the ability to summon actual Duel Monsters using capsules. This arc is to be related to the game more than the series, and was never really released in Japan. This arc was also known as, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ALEX.
These are just a few of the events and studios you can hope to see at this year’s Jump Festa. More news about the event will surface as it draws nearer. Fans are looking forward to the two day event. A lucky few will also get to have personalized work drawn by the manga artists! Keep an eye out for more news coming soon.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Sep. 2006 - Nov. 2006
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