Yu-Gi-Oh! is the first anime series translated and broadcast in the West from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. In Japan it is known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, since Toei Animation previously adapted part of the manga story to anime. That first version was simply titled Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Excluding the Toei series and movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! It encompasses 224 episodes, adding to these two films (The Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Ties Beyond Time) and 12 special episodes of the derived series Yu-Gi-Oh! Encapsulated Monsters. It has also been edited for better graphics and sound, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 20th Remaster started on February 7th, 2015.
Unlike Yu-Gi-Oh! Encapsulated Monsters, Monster Duel itself tends to give more importance to some monsters than others. Mainly to the letters of the main characters, such as "Kuriboh", "Dark Magician", "Dark Magician Girl", "White Dragon with Blue Eyes", etc. Similarly, there are some cards that are a fundamental part of the series, such as the letters of the Egyptian God or Legendary Dragon.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Duel has 224 episodes and 5 seasons. These will be discussed here and later on we will talk about the card game belonging to this franchise.
Season 1: The Kingdom of the Duelists
The Kingdom of the Duelists – Episodes 1 to 49 (49 episodes in total)
It is the first season of this anime created by TV Tokyo. The first episode "Heart of the Cards" is a quick adaptation of the Kaiba Tower of Death storyline that appeared in the manga and was adapted more extensively in the previous anime produced by Toei Animation. Seto Kaiba, the world champion of Monster Dueling, goes to Yugi Muto's grandfather's shop in search of rare cards when he finds the monster "Blue Eyes White Dragon". Faced with the rejection of his sale offer, he decides to get the letter by incorrect means, causing Yugi to accept his challenge and to go to his mansion to retrieve the letter from his grandfather. In the end he manages to defeat Kaiba with the help of "Exodia, the Forbidden One" that contained his grandfather's Deck.
This is also where the Maximillion Pegasus tournament begins in the Duelist Kingdom. Here Yugi Muto is invited by Pegasus to participate in a tournament by the creator of the Monster Duels. In order for Yugi to accept, Pegasus steals his grandfather's soul with the Millennium Eye, but if he managed to win the tournament he would return his grandfather's soul.
Season 2: Battle City
Marick vs. Yami
City Battles – Episodes 50-97 (48 episodes in total)
Seto Kaiba organizes a new tournament after the Kingdom of the Duelists seeking to get the cards of the Egyptian God that promise to beat even "Exodia, the Forbidden One". New enemies appear (Marik Ishtar), who wishes the power of the Pharaoh obtaining the three letters of the Egyptian God; previous enemies reappear as Yami Bakura, who forms an alliance with Marik to assist him in his plans in exchange for the rest of the Millennium Items.
Season 3: Enter the Shadow Realm
Noah's Virtual World / Enter the Shadow Realm – Episodes 98 to 144 (47 episodes in total)
Here the end of Battle City and Duels against Noah Kaiba are narrated. In the last Duel, Yami Yugi manages to defeat Yami Marik after an intense confrontation, Marik Ishtar regains control of his body and yields the Duel to Yami Yugi with only one LP remaining, making his dark side disappear. So Yugi gets the "The Winged Dragon of Ra" card. This was the last season that doubled for Spain, while Spanish-American dubbing continued normally.
Season 4: Waking the Dragons
Waking the Dragons – Episodes 145 to 184 (40 episodes in total)
With the recent discovery of the lost ruins of Atlantis it is discovered that the past of the Monster Duel dates back long before Egypt. Dartz is the new enemy, who steals the letters of the Egyptian God from Yugi Muto and tries to revive the Great Leviathan. They must defeat him, but they are not alone, since they have the help of the Legendary Dragon cards.
Season 5: Pharaoh's Memories
Yami bakura final duel
Grand Championship / Pharaoh's Memories – Episodes 185 to 224 (40 episodes in total)
A new tournament organized by Kaiba, new enemies. The last battle follows, an old enemy has returned: Yami Bakura, more powerful than before, challenges Yami to a Game of Shadows (Yami no Game) that will take place in Pharaoh's memories. Yami Bakura releases Zorc Necrophades and it is then that destruction begins.
Trading Card Game:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is a collectible card game of Japanese origin developed and published by Konami. It is based on the fictional Monster Duel game created by the mangaka Kazuki Takahashi, which is the main plot that unfolds in his popular Yu-Gi-Oh! and in the series created by Nihon Ad Systems Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, "Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V" and "Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS" (it appears intermittently and with the name of Sorcerer of Dark Magic, in reference to the card game of Wizards of the Coast Magic: The Encounter, in the Japanese version of the 1998 manga, Yu-Gi-Oh!). Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, often abbreviated as Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG was the first released by Konami in 1999. It was named the world's best-selling card trading card game by the Guinness Book of World Records. I would like to know your opinion but, to sustain a world record as the most sold trading card game is quite an accomplishment. There are tons of games of different manga and anime and it is this one the game that broke that record.
Did You Know?
Have you noticed the brand names and owners mentioned in this article? Among them you can find TOEI Animation, Konami, and others. It is quite interesting given that there are several manga and anime that belong to either (or some or all) of these world-famous names. In addition, we should not forget that the anime has been translated to several languages, not just English. It has become popular and it has gained fame in all the Spanish-speaking community in the world. I know that this may sound not so important, but keep in mind that this community encompasses well over 572 million people.