Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, is the second adaptation of the manga series produced by Nihon Ad Systems and Gallop. Loosely adapting the manga from volume eight onwards, the series features several differences from the manga and the Toei-produced series that preceded it. It largely focuses on the game of Duel Monsters, tying it in with the real life Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. The series aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between April 18, 2000 and September 29, 2004.

In 2001, 4Kids Entertainment obtained the merchandising and television rights to the series from Konami, 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 of 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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on August 6, 2005[1], one week after Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light premiered on Toonami. However, the series was short lived on Toonami, lasting only six weeks (episodes 119-124).


Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the tale of Yugi Mutou, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied around. One day, he solves an ancient artifact known as the Millennium Puzzle, causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit. From that moment onwards, whenever Yugi or one of his friends is threatened by those with darkness in their hearts, this "Dark Yugi" shows himself and challenges them to dangerous "Shadow Games" which reveal the true nature of someone's heart.

As the series progresses, Yugi and his friends learn that this other Yugi inside of his puzzle is actually the spirit of a nameless Pharaoh from Egyptian times who had lost his memories. As Yugi 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 and the dark power of the Shadow Games.


Yugi Mutou — The main protagonist of the story. He wears the Millennium Puzzle, one of the seven Millennium Items and an ancient Egyptian artifact holding the spirit of an ancient gambler. When Yugi is playing a game or under stress, he becomes possessed by the 5,000-year-old spirit inside the Millennium Puzzle, known as Dark Yugi, changing his personality to a cold and confident gambler. Initially, Yugi could be described as soft-spoken, timid, meek, and shy, but as the series progresses, his character develops to the point where he has a much bigger presence and becomes more outspoken. He fears the other personality inside him at first, however, as the narrative progresses, he grows a strong bond with his other self and considers his other soul a close and valuable friend.

Yami Yugi — His full name "Atem", is the darker side of Yugi. He is an extremely talented duelist and rivals with Kaiba, another accomplished duelist and business man. In the original manga's few chapters, Yami was brutal, mercilles punisher who made criminals and bullies suffer with cruel "Shadow Games" that he inevitably won, leading to thhe loser suffering a horrid fate of sorts.

Joey Wheeler — Yugi's best friend. Initially nothing more than a street thug and former bully; throwing Yugi's Millennium Puzzle piece into the swimming pool, disgusted at how unmanly he was. When a bully decides to be Yugi's self-imposed bodyguard in order to extort money from him, he beats up Joey and Tristan, Yugi stands up for them, and it's then that Joey realizes that he was jealous of Yugi's "treasure" all along, and later on that night, he retrieves the Millennium Puzzle piece and brings it back to Yugi's house, where Yugi completes it. Joey is touched by Yugi's behavior towards him and they become loyal friends, forming his own "treasure." After this Yugi's grandfather tutors him in how to play Duel Monsters, and he is initially rather unskilled at the game, only making his progress through additional help from Yugi, but he gains a knack for it, and eventually goes on to place second in the Duelist Kingdom Tournament. In the English version of the anime, he has a Brooklyn accent.

Tea Gardner — Yugi's childhood friend, an extremely supportive girl with a lot of spirit for her friends. Anzu is not an avid game-player and her ability is well below that of Yugi, though she exhibits some knowledge of video game RPGs during the Monster World arc. Her dueling ability is decent and she used to defeat Joey in school before he became a seasoned duelist. She is athletic, has a strong school spirit, and her secret dream is to attend a dancing school abroad in New York.

Tristan Taylor — A friend of Yugi, Joey, Tea, Miho, and Bakura. He does not play Duel Monsters that often. He along with Tea often support their friends from the sidelines while they duel.

Seto Kaiba — Or just commonly referred to as Kaiba, is the majority shareholder and CEO of his own multi-national gaming company, KaibaCorp, who aims to become the world's greatest player of Duel Monsters. To accomplish this goal, he must defeat his arch-rival, Yugi Muto. Kaiba is largely considered an anti-hero, as his motives are usually ego-centric and his relationships with the protagonists are antagonistic, but in several cases his actions are towards a good cause. He is the older brother of Mokuba.

Voice CastEdit

CharacterEnglish Voice ActorJapanese Voice Actor
Yugi Mutou / Yami Yugi / Pharaoh Atem Dan Green Shunsuke Kazama
Joey Wheeler Wayne Grayson Hiroki Takahashi
Seto Kaiba / Priest Seto Eric Stuart Kenjirō Tsuda
Téa Gardner Amy Birnbaum Maki Saito
Tristan Taylor Sam Riegel (ep. 1-10)
Greg Abbey (ep. 11-224)
Takayuki Kondo (ep. 1-51)
Hidehiro Kikuchi (ep. 53-224)
Bakura / Yami Bakura Ted Lewis You Inoue (ep. 12-41)
Rica Matsumoto (ep. 50-224)
Mokuba Kaiba Tara Jayne (ep. 1-184)
Caroline Lawson (ep. 185-224)
Junko Takeuchi
Solomon Mutou / Shimon Muran Maddie Blaustein Tadashi Miyazawa
Mai Valentine Megan Hollingshead (ep. 3-144)
Bella Hudson (ep. 151-173)
Haruhi Terada
Weevil Underwood Jimmy Zoppi Urara Takano
Rex Raptor Sam Riegel (ep. 2-144)
Sebastian Arcelus (ep. 145-187)
Anthony Salerno (ep. 188-224)
Kin Fujii (ep. 2-59)
Yūichi Nakamura (ep. 131-224)
Mako Tsunami Andrew Rannells Daisuke Namikawa
Panik David Moo Holly Kaneko
Bonz Amy Birnbaum Masami Suzuki
Sid Eric Stuart Eiji Takemoto
Zygor Maddie Blaustein Norihisa Mori
Bandit Keith Ted Lewis Hajime Komada
Para Wayne Grayson Takashi Matsuyama
Dox Marc Thompson Hitoshi Nishimura
Croquet Ted Lewis Yoshikazu Nagano
Kemo Eric Stuart Masahiro Okazaki
Maximillion Pegasus Darren Dunstan Jiro Takasugi
Shadi Wayne Grayson Nozomu Sasaki
Rebecca Hawkins Kerry Williams Kaori Takagami
Arthur Hawkins Mike Pollock Saburo Kodaka
Duke Devlin Marc Thompson Ryou Naito
Serenity Wheeler Lisa Ortiz Mika Sakenobe
Johnny Steps Matthew Charles Hideki Konda
Espa Roba Sebastian Arcelus Maiko Itō
Seeker David Wills
Arkana Sam Riegel Takehito Koyasu
Strings Jonathan Todd Ross
Umbra (Mask of Darkness) Matthew Charles Koji Ishi
Lumis (Mask of Light) Jimmy Zoppi Yū Mizushima
Ishizu Ishtar / Isis Karen Neil Sumi Shimamoto
Odion Ishtar David Brimmer Konta
Marik Ishtar / Yami Marik Jonathan Todd Ross Tetsuya Iwanaga
Gansley Eric Stuart (ep. 1-45)
Marc Thompson (ep. 98 - 121)
Nobuyuki Saitō (ep. 1-45)
Shintaro Sonooka (ep. 98 - 121)
Crump Mike Pollock Satoshi Tsuruoka (ep. 1-45)
Ryōsuke Ōtani (ep. 98-121)
Johnson Wayne Grayson (ep. 1-45)
Andrew Paul (ep. 98-121)
Shinichi Yashiro
Nezbitt David Wills Hiroomi Sugino
Leichter Sean Schemmel Eiji Takemoto (ep. 1-45)
Hisashi Izumi (ep. 98-121)
Noah Kaiba Andrew Rannells Chisa Yokoyama
Gozaburo Kaiba David Wills Tetsuo Komura
Gurimo Mike Pollock James Onoda
Valon Marc Thompson Takeshi Maeda
Rafael Marc Thompson Yoshihisa Kawahara
Alister Ted Lewis Yukinara Iemura
Dartz Wayne Grayson Yuu Emaou
Vivian Wong Caren Manuel Rie Tanaka
Balfry Ginger Sam Regal Mika Ishibashi
Abe the Monkey Man Adam Blaustein Mikio Katsuyama
Dr. Richard Goat Ted Lewis Kazuma Takeo
Paul McGregor Wayne Grayson Shinobu Matsumoto
Totani Ialos Scottie Ray
Sergei Ivanoff Marc Diraison Hiroshi Kikkawa
Shane Jordan Pete Capella
Fortune Salim John Stocker Mito Jilli
Ethan Shark David Wills
Jafar Shin Togo Igawa
Leon von Schroeder Andrew Rannells Seiko Noguchi
Zigfried von Schroeder Pete Zarustica Eisuke Tsuda
Priest Shada Michael Alston Baley Nozomu Sasaki
Priest Karim Marc Diraison Masahito Kawanago
Kisara Caroline Lawson Rie Nakagawa
Bobasa Sean Schemmel Yū Mizushima
Hasan Brian Haley
Mana Bella Hudson Yuki Nakao
Mahad Michael Sinterniklaas Kazunari Kojima
Aknadin Pete Zarustica Hitoshi Bifu
Aknamkanon Marc Thompson Kobiyama Youichi
Zorc the Dark One Mike Pollock Yoshitaka Kaidu



Color Season Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
1 49 September 29, 2001 November 9, 2002
2 48 November 16, 2002 November 1, 2003
3 47 November 1, 2003 September 4, 2004
4 40 September 11, 2004 May 28, 2005
5 52 August 27, 2005 November 26, 2006

All episodes of the series have been released on DVD and Blu Ray in the United States. Also, All five seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! are now available for free streaming on the official site,

Broadcast HistoryEdit

  • Japan (TV Tokyo) — April 18, 2000 - September 29, 2004
  • United States (The WB) — September 29, 2001[3] - November 26, 2006
  • United States (Cartoon Network) — November 4, 2002[4] - 2005
  • United States (Fox) — November 4, 2006[5] - 2007
  • United States (The CW) — September 5, 2009[6] - 2010
  • Canada (YTV) — 2001 - November 20, 2006
  • United Kingdom (Nickelodeon) — 2002[3] - 2006
  • France (Canal J) — 2002[3] - 2006
  • Latin America (Nickelodeon) — 2002[3] - 2007

Toonami Broadcast HistoryEdit

The series had a short-lived run on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from August 6, 2005 to September 10, 2005. Only episodes 119-124 of the series were shown on Toonami before it was replaced in the lineup.

  • Toonami (United States) — August 6, 2005[1] - September 10, 2005[2]

External LinksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Yu-Gi-Oh Talkback 8/6 So Close, Yet So Far ". August 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 2, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Toonami's Symphony - September 10, 2005 ". September 5, 2005. Retrieved on October 2, 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Roll-Out Campaign for Trading Card Games, Videos Games and Toys ". February 28, 2002. Retrieved on October 2, 2017. 
  5. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 Returns to 4Kids TV ". October 31, 2006. Retrieved on October 2, 2017. 
  6. "CW4Kids Replaces Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's with 1st Yu-Gi-Oh! Show ". September 4, 2009. Retrieved on October 2, 2017. 
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