Yu-Gi-Oh (Toei Version)

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Genre Anime
Writer Inoue Toshiki, Kobayashi Yasuko, etc.
Opening theme Kawaita Sakebi
Ending theme Ashita mo Kimi ga Kowarete mo
No. of episodes 27 episodes + Movie
Production company(s) Toei Animation
Fan Rating / 5 Stars
Original channel TV-Asahi
Picture format 4:3
Original run April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04) – October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
Related shows Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters

遊☆戯☆王 Some people call this Season Zero as a matter of convenience, but this is a completely different series made by different companies that have nothing to do with Duel Monsters and the other Yu-Gi-Oh anime series.

Yuugi-oh = Literally is Japanese for "King of Games".

Ran from April 4, 1998 to October 10. (27 episodes)

March 6, 1999 Yu-Gi-Oh the Movie came to theaters. It was a triple feature with the Digimon Adventures movie and the Dr. Slump movie.


Tenth grader Mutou Yuugi is an average teenager that's shy and bullied often. This changes when he solves the Millenium Puzzle and awakens the power of an ancient pharoah that passes judgment on villains using the power of the Shadow Games (Yami no Game).


Mutou Yuugi (武藤 遊戯)
Seiyuu: Ogata Megumi 緒方恵美
An average tenth grader who dislikes sports and prefer games. When he solves the Millenium Puzzle, he awakens his alter-ego, Yami Yuugi, who punishes villains in the malcious shadow games. Yami Yuugi, in contrast to the normal Yuugi, is much more cruel and punishes his opponents and villains in Shadow Games, often severly damaging them whether if it's physically or mentally when they lose the game and must suffer Yuugi's punishment game of fate.
Jounouchi Katsuya (城之内 克也) 
Seiyuu: Morikawa Toshiyuki
A bully who has trouble with his family. He befriended Honda before the beginning of the series. As a bully, he would often push Yuugi around and even went as far as throwing a piece of Yuugi's Millenium Puzzle into the pool. However, when Jounouchi and Honda were bullied by Ushio, who claimed to be Yuugi's bodyguard, Yuugi protects both Jounouchi and Honda, which made Jounouchi realize that Yuugi truly cared about him and returned the last missing piece of the Millenium Puzzle to Yuugi.
Honda Hiroto (本田 ヒロト)
Seiyuu: Okiyaru Ryotaro 置鮎龍太郎
A guy that's obsessed with his postition as a custodian. Honda is one of Jounouchi's friend, although he is not as violent as Jounouchi. He has a crush on Nosaka Miho and would constantly try to win her heart.
Mazaki Anzu (真崎 杏子)
Seiyuu: Kakazu Yumi かかずゆみ
One of Yuugi's childhood friend. Anzu often stands up for Yuugi when he's picked on by bullies. She also works as an employee at Burger World, where she was once even held hostage before Yami Yuugi was able to save her, although Anzu was blindfolded and thus wasn't able to recognize him. Afterwards, Anzu began to develop feeling for the man who saved her and eventually finds out that it was Yuugi when she was trapped in a ferris wheel with a bomb-maker trying to blow up gondolas with a game.
Nosaka Miho (野坂 ミホ)
Seiyuu: Nogami Yukana 野上ゆかな
A supporting character of the cast. Miho is often acting like a ditz and refers to herself in third-person. Honda is madly in love with her, although Miho doesn't seem to feel the same way about Honda.
Mutou Sugoroku (武藤 双六)
Seiyuu: Aono Takeshi 青野武 (Sugoroku is the name of a child's dice game)

Kaiba Seto 海馬 瀬人

Seiyuu Midorikawa Hikaru 緑川光

Kaiba Mokuba 海馬 モクバ

Seiyuu: 三輪勝恵

Bakura Ryou 獏良 了

Seiyuu: Kashiwakura Tsutomu 柏倉つとむ

Shadi シャーディー:塩沢兼人

Seiyuu: Shiozawa Kaneto


This series is an adaptation of the manga of the same name, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan from 1996 to 2004. It converted storylines from the first volume up to the seventh (with some parts from the eighth volume). However, the anime took some liberties. There are significant differences between the original manga series and the anime. Manga plots were re-written so that they could take up an entire episode time. Also, the level of violence was reduced between the manga and the anime. Finally, a minor character in the manga, Nosaka Miho, joined the cast of main characters in the anime.

This was the first anime adaptation for the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series. There are other adaptations - Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (known simply as Yu-Gi-Oh! in the U.S.) and it's spinoffs Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds were made by a separate animation company, Studio Dais, and are officially unrelated. However, they do share a few plot points, and most of the details from the original manga that were ignored or condensed in the other series are explained in more detail in this one.


Date Ep Title Script Director
April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04) 01 Fierce battle! The Dark Game
Inoue Toshiki Kakudou Hiroyuki
April 11, 1998 (1998-04-11) 02 Devilish Gamer! The Trap From Hell
(Kakudou Hiroyuki)
April 18, 1998 (1998-04-18) 03 Clash! The strongest monster
Kobayashi Yasuko Nitta Yoshikata
April 25, 1998 (1998-04-25) 04 Stolen! The super rare, mythical clock
Kanemaki Kenichi (Kakudou Hiroyuki)
May 2, 1998 (1998-05-02) 05 Now exposed!! Yuugi's secret
Inoue Toshiki Hayakawa Keiji
May 9, 1998 (1998-05-09) 06 Looks hopeless!! The fiery friendship battle
Kakudou Hiroyuki
May 16, 1998 (1998-05-16) 07 Cheater! The Digital Pet Battle
Kobayashi Yasuko 細田雅弘
May 23, 1998 (1998-05-23) 08 The four Game Shitennou make their move
Kanemaki Kenichi 山田徹
May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30) 09 Explosive yo-yo! The ultimate secret technique
Inoue Toshiki 中村哲治
June 6, 1998 (1998-06-06) 10 The approaching beautiful teacher! The secret mask
Chiba Katsuhiko 大庭秀昭
June 13, 1998 (1998-06-13) 11 The rumored CapMon! A new arrival
Kobayashi Yasuko Kakudou Hiroyuki
June 20, 1998 (1998-06-20) 12 The enemy extreme luck! Myth of the undefeated
Inoue Toshiki Hayakawa Keiji
June 27, 1998 (1998-06-27) 13 The prophet who targets the school girls
Kobayashi Yasuko 細田雅弘
July 4, 1998 (1998-07-04) 14 An explosive game makes for the worst date
Chiba Katsuhiko 勝間田具治
July 11, 1998 (1998-07-11) 15 A scary woman!! Can't transform
Inoue Toshiki 中村哲治
July 18, 1998 (1998-07-18) 16 Close turnaround! Threatening doctor's gown
Kobayashi Yasuko (Kakudou Hiroyuki)
July 25, 1998 (1998-07-25) 17 The model invites you to a close battle
Chiba Katsuhiko 鈴木吉男
August 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) 18 Don't lay a finger on the forbidden game
Inoue Toshiki Hayakawa Keiji
August 8, 1998 (1998-08-08) 19 Big brawl! Popularity contest
Kobayashi Yasuko 明比正行
August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15) 20 There it is! The strongest, final trump card
Inoue Toshiki 勝間田具治
August 22, 1998 (1998-08-22) 21 It's complete! The ultimate Game Land
Chiba Katsuhiko (Kakudou Hiroyuki)
August 29, 1998 (1998-08-29) 22 Break the limit shooting
Kobayashi Yasuko 山田徹
September 5, 1998 (1998-09-05) 23 CapMon King! Fight to the top!!
Inoue Toshiki 細田雅弘
September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12) 24 Now! Time to settle this! The miracle of friendship
Hayakawa Keiji
September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26) 25 A new development! The pretty boy attacks
Kobayashi Yasuko 細田雅弘
October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03) 26 Rivals clash! The biggest pinch
Inoue Toshiki 明比正行
October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10) 27 Friendship・From legend into myth
March 6, 1999 (1999-03-06) Movie Yu-Gi-Oh the Movie
Kobayashi Yasuko Shimizu Junji

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